Friday, August 29, 2008

Another Fat Cat

Weight is on! 'Shamu' gives 'Prince Chunk' a run for his money

Thursday, August 28th 2008, 7:34 AM

Fusco for News

Shamu was found Tuesday roaming outside an abandoned home in Camden, N.J.

There must be something in the water: A second fat cat has been dropped off at the same south Jersey animal shelter that introduced the world to a 44-pound tabby named Prince Chunk.

The new portly pussycat weighs 35 pounds, is a male and has a nickname deserving of his remarkable heft.

"He looks fatter than Chunk looked," Catherine Harr, board president of the Camden County Animal Shelter, said yesterday. "He's black and white and looks just like a whale. We named him Shamu."

Animal kingdom oddballs: See the photos

Shamu was found Tuesday roaming outside an abandoned home in Camden, N.J., and delivered to the shelter.

It seemed the cat had been living in the unoccupied home for a few weeks, though he clearly had no problem finding food, Harr said.

"He looks to be in pretty good shape other than him being grossly obese," Harr said. "When you look down at the cat, you can't even see his feet."

The discovery of Shamu came on the same day the Daily News learned a cat fight had broken out between the family selected to adopt Prince Chunk and shelter officials.

The unidentified family is upset over the amount of time it's taken for an adoption contract to be drawn up - and is even claiming now that the cat weighs only 22 pounds, a source said.

"We can't believe this is happening," the source said. "We've just been looking out for the best interests of the cat."

Prince Chunk captivated the nation last month after winding up at the New Jersey shelter. The 10-year-old cat was abandoned after his owner lost her home to foreclosure. As more than 500 people applied to adopt the tubby tabby, he went on a media tour usually reserved for A-list celebs, including "Good Morning America" and "Live With Regis and Kelly."

Shamu will be kept out of the spotlight at least for another week.

Like every stray animal that gets dropped at the shelter, the owner is given seven days to reclaim their pet.

If the owner doesn't turn up, shelter officials are planning to contact people who applied to adopt Prince Chunk.

Shelter officials are hoping Shamu is the last fat cat they see for a while.

"I just hope it's not a trend that's starting because we don't have cages big enough to accommodate these fat cats," Harr said.

Cat House on the Kings

Check out this video, it is truly amazing! This place is a lot cushier than the Marion Co. Humane Society.

For more information here is the link: Cat House on the Kings

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

100th Post

My 100th post is one of my favorite You Tube videos.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I saw This hansom chap on TV today and thought it worthy of a post. I pirated this article from Guardian

While all cats are said to have nine lives, very few are as unusual as Yoda, a two-year-old feline with four ears.
The animal's two extra flaps of skin behind his ears have astounded vets.
Valerie and Ted Rock, who spotted Yoda in a cage in a Chicago bar, adopted him as a kitten. The eight-week-old pet was one of the last remaining from a large litter and had yet to find a home.
They named him after the pointy-eared Star Wars character and took him to a local vet who said he'd never seen the condition before.
"We have spoken with other vets in our acquaintance, and they likewise had never encountered anything like this," said Valerie.
"We began to realise that we had something very special. As a result, he has been an indoor cat and has a chip installed in case he gets lost.
"Yoda is so different that we were concerned that he might be catnapped."
Multi-eared cats are rare, but not unheard of. In 2004, a six-month-old cat with two extra ears was put up for adoption at an animal shelter in Germany. In the same year, Russian media reported a kitten being born with seven ears.
Yoda's owners said he was a perfectly normal, affectionate, curious cat and a joy to have around. His extra ears, which are not thought to affect his hearing, are not attached to the base of his skull, with one placed slightly behind the other. They are believed to be the result of a genetic mutation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Big in Japan

Tama the Stationmaster runs the show at her station along the
Kishigawa Line on the Wakayama Electric Railway in Japan. In 2007 she was appointed Staionmaster at a previously untended staion along the line. Since then, ridership is way up on the once struggling railway. Tourists visit this out of the way station just to see Tama. See the full story and a better translation of what's happening in this video at Japan Probe.

Moisture Attack

There isn't much in my home that I don't dominate. For instance the arms of the couch, house plants, and anything that dangles. The one thing that's keepin' this cat down is the spray bottle. I'm minding my own business, singing my little song at 4am, and out of nowhere I'm hit with a stream of water! It seems to hate my happines, especially early in the morning. So the question is, have any other cats out there figured out what makes this thing so cranky in the morning? Why do spray bottles hate us?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lazy American Cat

Today it was 101 and I don't do heat, so when it came time for dinner I felt the need to lay dawn. I know that B&E hate the heat also so I didn't think they wold give me grief for my unusual eating position but I was wrong. They not only mocked me but they took photos. I figured I would post them so every one might see how mean it was to take such pics and maybe the next 101 day they can put on a black fur coat and see how much spunk they have.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

House Guest

This weekend we had guests from Seattle down for the weekend, one of which happened to be a dog. Unlike a lot of cats, I'm fairly brave when it comes to large beasts invading my space, and I like the beasts to know that I'm boss. This is achieved by sitting down and blocking the only exit and using my kitty powers to intimidate the drooling lummox into submission. When all was said and done it was nice to have him here and it gave me another animal to feel superior to.

My food bowl, safely out of reach of "the inhaler"

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Lasagna Cat

Today I felt that something was missing and I couldn't put my paw on it. Then I read Crews Views and realized what was missing was a little Garfield, so here you go.

From one of the early strips, originally printed just a few weeks after Burt was born.
Spend a little time watching some of the other episodes. Never before has the brilliance of Jim Davis (who hails from Ernie's home state, I may add) been enhanced quite so well!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Well Pom Pom escaped to be with me (at least I thought that was her motive) but it turns out she's not looking for a relationship right now and expressed this by hissing (a lot!). In the interest of keeping this a family safe blog, I won't translate that into human speak...
That's life, my heart may be broken but at least my favorite shoestring will always be there for me.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Forbidden Love

I'd like to tell you all about my new girlfriend, well she's not really my girlfriend, more of an obsession. Her name is Pom-pom and she lives in the apartment above mine. We met when I was looking out the bathroom window and she was sunning herself on her deck. Our interaction mainly consists of her staring at me an I stare back. B&E have not been very supportive of our relationship, I feel I have done all I can to incorporate them, which means inviting them on double dates to stare out the window at four AM, (my four am love ballads are not appreciated either). B&E be damned, my love for Pom-pom grows every day so they will just have to accept it!