Welcome to Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat!
Let's begin with a News Report!
1. The BIG NEWS for me is an honor I received on February 1st!
This Community has "become the fastest growing pet destination on the internet and is now a top-five overall pet destination, serving over 3 million photos for over 450,000 uploaded pets by 500,000 members."
It offers the opportunity for Cats and Dogs to have diaries, share pictures, and videos, and join Discussion Boards, and Groups, thus making new friends worldwide, and learning about each others species, and breeds.
It truly does "allow for the purest online reflection of people's love and enjoyment of their dogs and cats."
The other day this Newbie learned, to my delighted surprise, that I had been named a Daily Diary Pick!
I don't know the criteria used for choosing me, but I am honored that I was, and hope that I can live up to the Honor, and Responsibility that having earned such recognition entails.
Here is my Catster Page, and here is the Diary Entry where I share my reaction, and Daddy's when I told him the news when he came home and didn't immediately check his e-mail.
2. In nearby Huntington Beach there is a new law being considered that has Cats and Dogs, and their Humans in a very heated debate:
A proposed mandatory spay, neuter and microchip law morphed into an incentive-based program with increased fines for owning an unaltered dog or cat without a microchip.
The heated, six-hour meeting Monday night ended with council members directing the city attorney to modify the sterilization and microchip program into a five-tiered discount program that will mirror rules already set up by Orange County Animal Care Services. There was no formal vote.
While no city in the County requires Cats to be licensed "the county licenses dogs for $23 if the pet is spayed or neutered but charges $95 for unaltered dogs, and Cat owners can voluntarily license their cats for $5."
This new program, in Huntington Beach, would make registering cats mandatory in the city.
According to the new proposal, residents who license a cat or dog would pay a higher fee if the pet has no microchip, isn't spayed or neutered, or is not a service animal. Dogs and cats would need to be sterilized by 6 months. No exceptions were suggested for competition dogs.
Price tags for the tier have not been set.
There was a lot of shouting and name calling by residents in attendance on both sides, and it looks like there will be more hissing and arched backs before all is said and done on December 17th, if the 400 letters sent in to the city, so far, are any judge.
Check out the OC Register for the story and some interesting commments: H.B. turns pet-fixing law into incentive program.
3. Adventuresome Cat takes Journey to Texas:
A 10 mo. old Kitten managed to get herself locked in a suitcase and taken to the airport, then slipping past an airport X-ray machine and traveling 1,300 miles to Texas.
Budget Travel Blog says "Enough already with the kitten!" and has links galore, including to pictures and videos. ;-D
Daddy wonders what this says about Airport Security 6+ years after Sept. 11. ;-D
4. This story has legs. 5 of them to be exact, hee, hee! ;-D
A FIVE-legged cat found wandering the streets of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, will have not one, but two, of its extra limbs removed.
The stray Cat, given the name Baby Girl by workers at an animal shelter, has an extra paw on the left side of its body, and uses only 3 legs to walk.
The Herald Sun, of Australia has a picture and a short video, of the Cat. ;-D
5. From the Times and Democrat, in South Carolina, comes a story of friendship, a pregnant Cat, and adoption: Women share enduring friendship through love for special adopted cat.
6. When Cats Sign:
"Plea from a cat named Virtue", at inside View from Ireland, is a wonderful little video.
7. Has the Cradle of Cat Civilization Been Found?
The Fertile Crescent of the Middle East has long been identified as a “cradle of civilization” for humans. In a new genetic study, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have concluded that all ancestral roads for the modern day domestic cat also lead back to the same locale.
“This study confirms earlier research suggesting that the domestication of the cat started in the Fertile Crescent region,” said Monika Lipinski, lead researcher on the study and a doctoral candidate in the School of Veterinary Medicine. “It also provides a warning for modern cat fanciers to make sure they maintain a broad genetic base as they further develop their breeds.”
This story, from the Archaeozoology Blog, is a lengthy, and fascinating report well worth the time of any Cat and their humans.
Before I move on it's time for a very important Public Service Announcement:
I've said it before, but I'll say it again...
Yes, yes, it's harmless, I know that ...
Just don't over do it, hee, hee! ;-D
Now let's move on to a round-up of Weekly Carnivals:
2. Bad Kitties Festival of Chaos #29 with an optional theme of feathers or birds, is hosted by Pet's Garden Blog, and #30 is over at Bad Kitty Cats ,and you can learn all about the Festival itself, over at Bad Kitty Cats.
(WHEN GOOD BIRDS GO BAD #1: Spotted by Daddy lurking in the bushes near the drive-thru of a Krispy Kreme, at The Block of Orange.)
(WHEN GOOD BIRDS GO BAD #2: Spotted by Daddy fighting over scraps in the parking lot of a 7-11 at Bristol and McFadden, in Santa Ana, Ca.)
Oh, and those Birds? Addiction to Human Food is a problem not just among inner city birds, but has long been an issue in the suburbs as well it would appear. ;-D
5. The Pet Prayer and Praise Blog is for any pet prayer requests, praises or remembrances.
Each Sunday a new list is started. If you need a special request added to the list, please leave it in the comments anytime.
Well, that's all for today!
Night everyone! ;-D