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Kitty Star of the Week
This week our star is Tonka, a Tonkenese who lives in the UK.
His person-dad says,
"Tonka is such a beautiful lap cat. He's a little needy and constantly me-ows for food.
The neighbours love him too and are always feeding him stuff ( he's over-eaten a few
times and left messages on our hall carpet ! ). My wife and I adore him.
Tonka the Lap Cat
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From the Crazy for Kitties mailbox: Raphaella Bilski has written a book in which she invites us to
Discover the World of the Street Cat:
For 14 years I cared for a community of street cats that lived in my garden in Jerusalem. This book is their story. "My Street Cats"
provides a rare look into the lives of these cats not only as individuals, each with a distinctive personality, but also as
members of a community. And therein lies its uniqueness.
Dr. Raphaella Bilski is a political scientist, teacher, writer, & previous adviser to three of Israel's Prime Ministers. But mostly she’s an animal lover, with a passion for street cats.
You can see Raphella talk about her book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQEzhUsdQwc.
As a rule street cats do not form communities. Instead, they live as individuals within a specific territory, with little
interaction between individual cats except during mating season or in rare cases of feline friendship. What happened in my
garden was unintentional. By starting a feeding station, I inadvertently created a community of cats that spanned several
generations at a time when TNR programs were uncommon in Israel.
As we read of the social life of street cats we encounter their hierarchies and leaders, extraordinary displays of courage and
friendship, different forms of motherhood, including joint motherhood, compassion towards the sick and dying, cats teaching one
another, and much more. No other book offers such a long-term and in-depth exploration of the lives of street cats in a communal
The book also examines the complex interplay between the world of the street cat and our own human world. People often see
street cats as a nuisance, at best to be ignored. Throughout the years I have formed deep bonds with individual cats. In this book,
I try to convey the special nature and depth of these relationships, showing that the street cat can be a warm and loyal
friend if treated correctly.
And this is really why I wrote this book. I want to change people’s attitudes towards street cats, raising compassion for an
animal that is either hated or overlooked. I also hope that the book will help people connect with others who care for street cats,
ask questions, share experiences, and so raise awareness of the plight and beauty of these amazing animals, living all around us.
"My Street Cats" is available at your local Amazon shop, Barnes & Noble, or here:
All profits from the sale of "My Street Cats" go towards the continued care & Trap-Neuter-Return of Jerusalem's cats.
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Baby, who is a frequent guest, likes to sleep on her back -- and snore.
See the video.
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Baby (the cat) and Tink (the dog) have an interesting relationship...
Tink tries fierce
Tink tries innocence
Tink thinks maybe another bite attempt...
Tink tries bite action number two
Tink tries nice -- Baby is not impressed
Aren't we just the cutest? Baby bides her time...
Baby makes her move!
Tink says, "Hey!"
Friends again -- sort of
A visit from Norman (June 2001):
Do you have any catnip?
T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Cat Lovers
More shirts here...
cat-themed stickers, ornaments, and keepsake boxes
||We've separated out the cat themed items here and have
organized them into some different price categories. About 400 are
priced under 10
dollars (be patient for that page to download!). And around 500 are between
$10-$25. Magnets, notecards,
art prints and other goodies are available, too. Whimsical and funny, cute and
cuddly, realistic and photographic -- something for everyone! Great gifts for you
cat-loving friends and relatives.
How many felines do you have? Please take our poll:
A visit from Briggs (March 2003):
I'm a rescue
Some cat facts...
- The first cat show was held in 1871 in London, England.
- The name of the gene controlling the length of cats' hair is called L. The dominant form causes short hair; a mutated form (known as "l") causes long hair.
- Pregnant women should not change or handle used kitty litter because it could harbor a bacterium that causes toxoplasmosis, which can harm the unborn baby.
- "Cobby" means short and sturdy on low legs.
- Cat can hear sounds at much higher frequencies than humans -- up to 100,000 hertz as opposed to our 20,000 hertz.
- The Himalayn breed resulted from crossing Siamese and Persians.
- Being able to reduce the pupils to slits rather than tiny circles gives cats greater and more accurate control of how much light enters their eyes; this ability is particularly important in bright sunlight.
- Cats without protective pigmentation can get sunburned. White cats are especially susceptible.
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Your guide to caring for, understanding and loving your cat! Check it out!
Parts of a boat named for a cat: cat back, cat beam, cat boat, catfall,
catharpin, cathead, cathole, cat hook, cat rig, and catwalk.
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Lots more posters and prints here!
The friend you've been waiting for is at your local animal shelter.
No more homeless pets! Adopt a shelter pet. Get started by
Please consider donating to help animals (and their humans) affected by
recent disasters. There are many good organizations, but here are two:
ASPCA -- 866-275-3925
Humane Society of the United States -- 888-259-5431
What is "TNR"? It stands for "trap-neuter-return" and is a humane way to
control feral (wild) cat populations. Alley Cat Allies is an organization
that promotes TNR. For more information, visit
Animal Poison Control 24-hour hotline: 1-800-548-2423
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