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World Cat Day – August 8



Today is World Cat Day, also known as  International Day of the Cat. I’m glad we have a day where everyone around the world can celebrate how wonderful we are.

The International Federation for Animal Health Europe estimates that there are 220 million domestic cats in the world. Here’s a table of the top 10 countries with cats (from These numbers may not be entirely accurate – they’re here just for fun. Canada doesn’t make their list, but a google search shows there are 79 million cats in Canada, but maybe that includes feral cats. In any case, there sure are a lot of cat lovers out there.

Country Number of Cats
USA 76,430,000
China 53,100,000
Russia 12,700,000
Brazil 12,466,000
France 9,600,000
Italy 9,400,000
United Kingdom 7,700,000
Ukraine 7,350,000
Japan 7,300,000
Germany 7,700,000

I hope you got some extra snuggles today for World Cat Day. I did. If your human didn’t know it was World Cat Day, that’s ok. I think every day should be World Cat Day so snuggles can be given each and every day!

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Celebrate Less Adoptable Pet Week Sept 17- 23

Last year for PetFinder’s “Adopt a less adoptable pet” campaign,  I shared how Sammi and Raven were not “less adoptable” to us.

Being a 10-ish-year old cat with only 3 legs, most people wouldn’t consider adopting Sammi. But that was our good fortune, and I think hers, too. We adopted her knowing she was older and she’d need some help making the house safe for her. And we adopted her knowing she may be more than 10 years old and we may not have her for a long time. Unfortunately, that part was true, and we had to say goodbye to Sammi last November after having her for only 3 years. But I believe they were some of the best years of her life, and they were certainly fun-filled years for us. Our beautiful, three-legged kitty was one of the most people-oriented cats we’ve ever had. She was spunky, fun, and silly.

As a black cat, the odds were against Raven being adopted. I don’t understand the black cat superstition, but again, it was good luck for us. I thank Raven every day for choosing us to be her new family. She brings a joy and energy to our home that is unique.

I hope sharing our experience of adopting “less adoptable” pets shows people that taking the time to look past something most people think is a negative may help you find the perfect companion. Take a look at the one-eyed, senior, one-legged, deaf, black, “different” animals at the local shelters and rescue groups. We did, and we were rewarded with two wonderful cats.

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Get well Northstar – horse cruelly burned

Update September 6, 2012 – Northstar is improving and has been taken to Ohio State University for specialized care of his burns. There’s a website for Northstar here where they’ve posted updates.

Our blog is usually fun and lighthearted and occasionally we talk about health issues, but today’s post is different.

First, and most importantly, I hope Northstar the horse recovers from his horrific burns. Poor guy was in his pasture and someone poured a flammable liquid on him and set him on fire. You can read his story here.

If you want to donate to help with Northstar’s veterinary bills, there’s a Facebook page here
You can also donate directly to the vet clinic
Marley Veterinary Clinic
11416 Hydetown Rd.
Titusville, PA 16354

Please stop reading here if you don’t want to read my rant.

I have zero compassion for someone who is cruel to animals (or people). I have no reservations or moral uncertainties about wanting whoever did this to be removed from the population. I don’t mean put in prison. I mean removed, as in dead. In my opinion, this person proved they are incapable of following one of the most basic rules of a civilized society. It’s a simple rule and one that’s easy to follow: don’t torture defenseless creatures! I have no need for Old Testament justice (an eye for an eye). A quick execution accomplishes the task and would show more mercy than this person showed Northstar. If this animal abuser believes in God, I hope he meets his Maker soon. I’m guessing He is more merciful than I could be.

There are over 7 billion people on the planet. 7 billion minus one animal abuser …. I won’t miss you.

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Bella a three-legged llama gets a prosthetic leg

Bella, a llama, was recently fitted with a prosthetic leg. She broke her hind leg stepping in a gopher hole, and after two years of trying to get it to heal, she reinjured it. Her owner and vet decided to ampute the leg and get Bella a prosthesis.

It took three tries to make a leg that worked for Bella. She wears her leg for 6-8 hours each day and is doing very will with it.

It always amazes me how well animals adapt to a “disability”. Our cat Sammi thrived after her front leg was amputated. I’ve seen dogs, a cow, and now a llama with a prosthetic leg. I think it’s fantastic that owers are dedicated to the health and welfare of their pets (or farm animals) and we are able to adapt technology designed for humans to our animal companions.

Here’s a short video of Bella with her new leg.