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Man Custom Builds Elevator So His 20-Year-Old Cat Can Get Up & Down the Stairs December 09 2021, 1 Comment

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Cat Day With Your Cat October 29 2021, 0 Comments

 

 

                                                                                                                                  

On National Cat Day, we get to celebrate all things cat: cat videos, cat memes, soft cat bellies, their tiny little noses - don't forget their poofy little paws and their squishy bean toes. Whether you're a cat lover or even just looking for another reason to have some cake, here are five felicitous ways to celebrate our favorite felines on National Cat Day - the cat way. 

 

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An Ohio Bomb Squad Was Called To Disarm A Bag ... of Kittens October 20 2021, 3 Comments

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13 Black Cats To Bring You Good Luck on Friday 13th August 13 2021, 1 Comment




Adventures of a Rescue Cat Named Zoey June 18 2021, 2 Comments


A Huge Meow To Honor Military Cats That Faithfully Served Beside Courageous Women & Men May 31 2021, 0 Comments

In the U.S., we honor fallen military personnel on the last Monday in May known as Memorial Day. In remembrance of those who gave their lives, here are some honorable cats from history that stood side-by-side soldiers during difficult times of war. We salute your humans and you!

 

"Pooli."

Her name is short for Princess Papule. She was born in the Navy yard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii appropriately on the 4th of July 1944. She joined the sailors aboard the attack transport ship the USS Fremont, and became a sailor cat in her own right. Pooli saw many WWII battles in the Pacific including the Marianas, the Palau group, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima.

During battles, Princess Papule would race to the mailroom to nest in a mail sack until the battle was over. During the war, Pooli earned four battle stars and three service ribbons and then retired to live a long and happy life.

 

US Coast Guard mascot "Bilgewater" ensuring the quality of a new cadet uniform is up to cat comfort-level standards. 

 

 

Hammer

Hammer was born in 2004 on a U.S. military base in Iraq. While his littermates had all run away, he decided to join the soldiers stationed there and work as a mouser. Joining the Army unit, Hammer would chase away mice that would have contaminated or eaten the soldiers’ food. Because the situation in Iraq was extremely stressful, Hammer provided another very important role serving his soldiers as a source of comfort when needed.

Hammer became Private First Class Hammer after the soldiers made him an honorary member of their unit. When it was time for the unit to go back to the United States, they couldn’t leave Hammer behind. They raised enough money through rescue group Alley Cat Allies to bring Pfc. Hammer home. He received a hero’s welcome from unit members and spent the rest of his life living with Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield and his family. Hammer passed away in 2015. 

 

"Pincher," the mascot of the HMS Vindex, sitting on the propeller of one of the seaplanes carried by ship.   

 

 

Salty and Kitten

Salty, who was stationed in California during WWII at the San Diego Coast Guard Air Station, was a US Coast Guard mascot. When a pilot went down at sea, she stowed away with her kitten on the amphibian reconnaissance plane and successfully joined the rescue effort mission.

 

SIMON

 

In 1948, Simon was picked up by a British seaman from a dock in Hong Kong and brought aboard he HMS Amethyst to be the ship’s mouser or ratter. He performed well-taking care of any rodents that might eat the ship’s food supply or chew through ropes and wood. He received 2 service awards, the Amethyst campaign ribbon, and is the only cat to have received the Dickin Medal. He died in 1949 from injuries sustained in during a battle and was buried with full naval honors.

 

"Pitouchi" (photo below) was born in the trenches, and would later go on to save his partner's life.  

Pitouchi's mother was killed when he was a kitten. He was adopted and nursed back to health by a Lt. Lekeux of the Belgian Army.  

As recounted in the book Soldiers in Fur and Feathers by Susan Bulanda, Pitouchi followed Lekeux wherever he went and reportedly went on to one day save Lekeux's life:

"As Lekeux reached a spot near the German lines, he saw that they were digging a new trench. He hid himself in a shell hole nearby to make a sketch of the German works. He was so absorbed in his sketch that he did not notice approaching German soldiers on patrol. When he finally realized his situation, it was too late to run.

He decided to lie very still, hoping that the Germans would not see him, but unfortunately he heard one soldier say, "He's in the hole," so he knew he had been seen.

When Pitouchi heard the German say that, he jumped out of the hole onto a piece of timber. The Germans were startled and fired two shots at Pitouchi. However, as frightened as he was, Pitouchi was not hit, and he jumped back into the hole with his beloved Lekeux.

The Germans laughed and joked that they had mistaken a cat for a man and left. Lekeux finished his drawings and returned to the Belgian lines with Pitouchi on his shoulders."

 

We thank you for your service with the deepest of gratitude.

HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY AND STAY SAFE!


A Look Back: Cat Cafe Adoption Success Stories December 30 2020, 1 Comment

Every month, Meowingtons sponsors the adoption fee of a rescue cat at the Good Luck Cat Cafe, our partner cafe here in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our goal is to share this amazing  nonprofit organization with our fans and followers to bring their rescue efforts into light - and ultimately to help homeless cats in need find their forever homes.

The Good Luck Cat Cafe is the not-for-profit adoption center for the Lady Luck Animal Rescue, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue. The rescue and the cat cafe are all 100% run by volunteers and donations. 

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Confessions of a Cat Dad June 21 2020, 0 Comments

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I became a cat daddy at age 5. My neighbor’s cat had just given birth to a litter and I somehow talked my parents into letting me adopt one. I picked the biggest tuxedo cat of the bunch and named him Sylvester (of course the most awesome B&W cat ever). He’s was the sweetest, grumpiest cat I have ever had and he lived a great life with me well into my Adulthood. When he passed, it was like losing part of my childhood.

While my family had Sylvester, we also somehow became a house that attracted strays. I’m pretty sure it’s mostly my fault much to the consternation of my parents. I would feed and spend time with the strays. This was a constant even on family vacations where I would temporarily adopt stray cats. When a stray cat I had befriended had a litter of 4 black and white cats under our house, they just stayed and adopted our family. I don’t remember too much pushback from my parents except the usual “you will need to take care of them speech”.

But then a funny thing happened, I saw my father feeding, petting, and caring for the kittens. And then one day he and I went to the lumber yard and bought a bunch of wood. He said we were going to build a doghouse. I’m not sure we needed a doghouse, but it was perfect for kittens to live in especially with all the rainy weather here in Florida. It was big and large enough that an 8-year-old boy could comfortably climb inside and spend time with a group of kittens as they slept, ate, played, or spent time keeping dry from the rain. 

I’m not sure my dad would admit to having a soft spot for cats and kittens, but it sure seemed that way. Maybe it’s just that part of human beings seeing something small and vulnerable that needs a little bit of help and comfort in a world that can seem indifferent to its survival.

Here’s to all the reluctant cat dads and moms of the world. We 👏🏽 you!


Rescued Feral Cats Are Raising Their Kittens Together May 30 2018, 1 Comment

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and that's just what these two feral cat moms are doing - raising their kittens together, with plenty of cuddles and snuggles. And with a total of nine kittens to raise, they're going to need all the helping paws - and hands - they can get. 

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Lonely Senior Cat Cries to Be Held Until Shelter Comes Up With Purrfect Solution September 21 2017, 3 Comments

senior cat baby bjorn cat holder

In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, we're featuring the story of 15-year-old senior kitty, Dougie!

Life at the shelter is difficult for any cat. Loyal and hardworking shelter staff try their best to make the transition as easy as possible and as stress-free as they can. But for senior cats who have spent the majority of their lives in a loving home, only to end up in a shelter through no fault of their own, shelter life can be extremely upsetting and extraordinarily lonely. 

This was the case for Dougie, a 15-year-old cat who was rescued by the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. According to the shelter's Facebook, Dougie loves nothing more than to be held 24/7. When he isn't scooped up in someone's arms, his meow "can be heard from galaxies far away."

The members of the shelters feline team put their heads together and realized that Dougie needed more hands-on attention than most of their other feline guests. They came up with the purr-fect solution: a baby bjorn. 

senior cat baby bjorn cat holder

 

Dougie seemed perfectly content to sit in the baby harness while his caretaker, Robert, went about his various duties at the shelter. Early solutions included a sweater papoose.

 

 

 

Dougie was put up for adoption and within a day of his story being shared on the Internet, Dougie found a wonderful new forever home!

While Dougie has found a home, there are still plenty of other animals in need of their forever homes. If you’re interested in adopting a pet from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, you can check out their website here  

 

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