Thursday, December 30, 2010

Water Bowl

Water Bowl, originally uploaded by dawnkua.

There were water bowls placed discretely through the cemetery.

Tipped ear

tipped ear, originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Most of the cats didn't look like they had tipped ears - but this one did. It looks too deliberate to be from a cat fight and looks more like a tip on the right side. Unfortunately I couldn't ask the caregiver.

Cat among the tombs

Cat among the tombs, originally uploaded by dawnkua.

As I thought, the caregiver turned up a few minutes later and there were a group of cats waiting. The caregiver was medicating some of the cats. I asked her about the cats but she didn't speak much English and my Spanish is non-existent. I managed to gather that some of the cats have cancer of the nose.

Cat in Recoleta Cemtery

Cat in Recoleta Cemtery, originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I saw this cat today at the Recoleta Cemetery in Argentina. I read before going there that there were a group of women caring for and sterilising the cats in the cemetery. This cat looked a little thin and might have some kind of skin disease - but she knew the rustle of a paper bag. I was reaching into my bag to get my camera and she thought there was food. She was also clearly waiting for someone.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Podcast on Mediation

Apparently the podcast I did last summer is up on the Alley Cat Allies website.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cat versus the Internet

This is a little funny cartoon on cats and the Internet.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Urban Coyotes

This is a fascinating project that is going on in downtown Chicago.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cats kill 'billions' of birds?

I read this article with interest being a backyard bird feeder myself (and yes my feeders have multiplied and increased in size). I was however dismayed again to read the last part of the article where cats are again blamed. It is always disheartening when people claim that cats kill 'billions' of birds. I seriously doubt that if they are killing birds at that rate, that we'd have any birds left.

I did however find this interesting website from the comments section.

There was also a great article in today's Straits Times about the macaques. Substitute the word 'cat' for macaque and you wouldn't be far off.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Putting animals down when their humans die

I can understand the fear and anxiety that some people might feel on dying before their animals but this somehow strikes me as being a little like sati.

Fortunately these cases are pretty rare - it's more the case that surviving relatives no longer want the animal after a relative has died, and ask the vet to put it down.