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Cat-ducation, Catculture appreciation

Mark’s Mews: Sad Story Of Smalley of Singapore

I read a beautiful telling of Smalley’s story.

The original

This is the message I left for the author:
“Thank you for this moving rendition of Smalley’s story. You got it right on the kibble. It is amazing that someone halfway around the world from Singapore gets it so thoroughly with just a simple 6 page story, when we’re facing the gigantic wonder that the Singaporean authorities who have enforced the “no cats outside, no cats allowed inside laws” for decades fail consistently to connect the dots.

Thank you again for telling more people about our Smalleys. Thank you.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sad Story Of Smalley of Singapore

Doesn’t that mean no cats anywhere?

The last time Beins were so stupid to try to eliminate cats from their lives, they suffered the terrible Bubonic Plague. Stupid Beins killed most of the cats, there were no cats to kill the rats that carried the fleas that carried the Plague, and up to a third of all Beins in Europe died as a result.

So Singapore wants to kill all the cats. Those who don’t know history suffer the repetition of it…

So we want to restate the story of Smalley as a warning of how cat-hate starts, knowing that you now know the consequences of that hate…

(Click here to read Mark’s Mews‘ version of Smalley’s story and thank him for telling his readers about Smalley.)


Book: Cats in Love

Cats In Love by J.C. Suarès and Jane Martin
(available for loan from the nlb)

Light without being whimsical, heartwarming without being saccharine, thought-provoking without being ponderous.

This pictorial book about cats and their relationships with other cats, non-cats, and even minions, is a great bedtime read. Or maybe see is a more appropriate word, because every picture accompanying each one-page narrative (which are simple and easily digested too) will have you getting all the yawn-kinks in your jaw worked out with the awwing you’ll be doing. Just be sure kitty doesn’t catch on that you’re admiring other cats!

Though there are kitty and kitty-and-buddy pictures aplenty, my favourite story is the one without an accompanying photo of the protagonists, “The Cat and the Grizzly”. Read it and tell me if you feel the same.

I am also partial to “Beau”, “The Grinch and the Burmese”, “Love to a Cat”, “The Easter Cat”, “Tender Ziggy”. But the fact is, every story, evey picture tugs like a yarn being pulled in different directions by playful kittens.

(I shall now privately bemoan the fact the the only time Philly and Rheilly chose to entice me with a cheek-to-cheek embrace photo moment of their own was that one occasion in the dead of night. Ref pictures on 1st page and page 27 of the book for what my comatose brain missed that night months ago)

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Book: Is your cat crazy?

Is your cat crazy? Solutions from the Casebook of a Cat Therapist by John C. Wright with Judi Wright Lashnits
(available for loan at the nlb)

Is your cat crazy? Despite the innate instinct to say “no”, you’re probably nodding your head at the same time.

This succinct, easy-to-understand book is light on theory but generous with relatable anecdotes and thoughts. Part of the reason must be the fact that the writer, Dr Wright, is also a cat minion to two females (Domino and Turk) himself. Right off the bat, he laid bare his minionly soul in chapter 1: “In search of the Perfect Cat”. And it is such a comfort to be reading about Dr Wright’s own search that an instant comaraderie coalesce.

Of course, this isn’t a self-help DIY gig to uncrazy your cat. There’s no such elixir-in-a-box. But it s a great help to getting a grip on what your cat does, why he does it, and your part in setting him off. Even if your cat’s this side of crazy, this book is an enlightening read for keeping him here.

Personally, I do find some discrepancies between Dr Wright’s opinions and diagnoses, and our experience – eg his seeming acceptance of declawing, which to his credit did seem viable given the circumstances, plus this book was printed in the 90’s – more is known now about the damage, both physical and psychological, that declawing inflicts on the poor cat. But well, cats aren’t factory-line products, so aside from the declawing bits, who’s to say what the good doctor says isn’t the rule of thumb?

On the whole, he makes a lot of sense and confirms more than negates the things we’ve learnt. For eg, the importance of a proper introduction for the new cat you’re adding, litterbox basics, keeping cats indoors and reducing the myriad sources of psychosis, the importance of vertical space to a cat’s sanity (especially if it’s a colony you’ve got), the importance of stability and familarity and so on and so forth.

Yet, despite all his experience, Dr Wright’s observations and case conclusions often carry the caveat that each cat is different from the next and therefore the circumstances and the program that works for one may not work for another (yup, say it with us: cats are not not factory-line productions). For example, after saying:

Researches have found a direct relationship between the number of cats in the household and the probability of spraying by one or more of them. One survey of 150 cat owners revealed that in a household with one cat, there was a 25 percent chance it would spray; in a household with ten cats, that likelihood jumped to 100 percent – there at least one sprayer in every such bunch. It’s something to think about if you value the quality of life for all your pets – not to mention the smell and sanitation of your home.

Dr Wright goes on to point out that “… I see households with numerous cats having no probles whatsoever. If each has sufficient space to be separate from the others, enjoying his own special location where he feels comfortable and can cope successfully witht the stresses of daily living in his territory, there is less likely to be a marking or stress-induced urination problem.”

Of course this is then balanced with “But I’ve seen big problems in households filled with cats….”

The bottomline is that where cats are concerned, generalisations are just that. Individually, they will not all conform to stereotypes. A very big part of who they are, how they behave, what’s wrong with them, and the hows and whys of getting them normal again has to do with the persons in their lives. Yes, the human mums and dads of any crazy cats. Don’t laugh, this might just be you.

Even as a TNRM minion, there were a few noteworthy quotes. Namely this one:

“… a recent study that gives us a good idea of typical feline home ranges, if they have the opportunity to travel as far as they want to each day. tom cats – unneutered male cats usually in search of fetile females – ranged over an area equivalent to about rwo acres, whereas neutered cats of both sexes used about one-tenth the home range of intact males.”

(Dr Wright defines the home range as an area which “extends to the farthest point away from home base the cat will normally go, but not necessarily defend” and territory as “an area he roams throughout and will defend”)

And this one:

“… feral (outdoor unowned) cats live an average of two to two-and-a-half yeats, whgile indoor cats now average seventeen years. Theres’ something to think about before opening the back door.”

I found his insights about “The Crime of Punishment” especially insightful too.

Dr Wright closed the book’s introduction thus:

The other day I saw an article in a newspaper from one of the world’s most sophisicated cities. It contained the mind-boggling statistics that 70,000 animals had endned up at the city’s SPCA in 1990, and 5,000 were “put down” at the owners’ request… reasons pet owners gave for giving their cats and dogs an almost certain death sentence (only 17,000 were adopted):

“I’m allergic.”

“My apartment’s too small.”

“I’m moving.”

“I’m going on vacation.”
My practice. amd this book, are a tribute to thoses cat owners who don’t consider a trip to the Bahamas a good reason to have a companion animal put to death. Before they find help their homes may look like battle zones or smell to high heaven; their cats may be hated by the neighbours; their limbs may be covered with scratches and bites; their patience and resources may be nearly exhausted.

But here are the people who cared enough to give their pets one more chance, and the cats who have made it all worthwhile.

So to all the genuine cat parent, too-shay, and don’t forget to give this book a go. You’ll find that even if you’re nodding in agreement with what’s written, the guilty twitch isn’t quite so bad – you are not alone in thinking your cat just might be crazy. But before you indict him or her, check yourself. If necessary, do it at Woodbridge.

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What Cats know about War

Humans are so insidiously spread throughout this world, that any conflict between us affects not just the ones we want to inflict pain or suffering on. It will leave very deep impact on the animals who happen to be on the scene too, like the Gorillas of the Congo. The Iraqi conflict spawned efforts to rescue zoo animals in its initial aftermath (photos); some of the animals were in the private collection of the dictator and his heir-designate. It’s not just animals living in the wild or trapped in zoos that suffer for our follies. Read this post by Dawn and go and read the “ What Cats know about War” article.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What Cats know about War

Thanks to Mezzo for sending this in. This must be extremely hard to NOT be able to do TNRM at all because there are no vets available :-

What Cats know about War

The military apparently does have very strict rules about animals, and it seems that it doesn’t seem to be enough to stop people who DO grow very attached to animals. When you think about it, why would bans on civilians in NON-war time then work? For another case of a marine who smuggled a dog back to the US (and who had a range of military people, journalists and Iraqis helping him), there’s also this book : From Baghdad with love.


posted by Dawn @ 12:17 AM

Here’s another informative article: The Animal Victims of the Gulf War

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Book: Know your Cat’s Purr Points

Know your Cat’s Purr Points by Margaret Woodhouse
(available for loan from nlb)

This delightful little book is a biblical must for any cat minion. It will impart the knowledge and skills ape hands need to reach kitty purr points just right. And this little tome does it in illustrious simplicity, with carefully annointed pictures of kitty anatomy and hand positional aids.

Technique is everything, and so is minion sensibility – not only do you need to know when to start, step up, slow down, you have to know where to adminster the purr pointing, and even when to stop and retreat too.

The Purr Register is a very helpful aid to knowing how well your minionstrations are being appreciated by kitty.

The slackers’ Our favourite purr points are (in no order of priority) “The Rumbler”, “Chin Lifter”, “The Flamenco Guitar”, “Double Doses”, “The Plunge”, “Dancing the Limbo”.

More reviews on

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More pet food recall news

(Companion post specific to the Natural Balance recall: Natural Balance specific pet food recall info and news. Added 20 Apr 07)

With regards to Yahoo News 20070317: Animal owners frantic on pet food recall (and also ref this: TODAY 20070319: AVA probes US pet food recall), a list of informative and insightful stuff found on the blogpound (reverse in chronological order, earliest post dated Mar 12, latest Mar 23)

Incidentally, please note that details and latest info can found on and Pet Connection. (Thanks to Leigh-ann of the blogpound)

List of articles/blog entries on blogpound (updated 13 Apr 07)

(Updated: 20 Apr 07)

TODAY 20070321: P&G awarded $29 million over Satanism rumours

I’m no fan of corporate animal-testing advocates like L’Oreal and P&G (or Pain and Greed)

And hot on the heels of news about the US pet food recall that affects major P&G pet food brands Iams/Eukanuba/Science Diet, comes this tidbit about Pissing Apathetic Goliath hounding little Davids to the end of the earth. I do not think much of bullies, and corporate bullies takes the cake.

Please think about your impact as a consumer. For a list of corporations you might want to stop supporting and consumer impacts, see these links:

And here’s the shameful details of the Goliath crushing Davids antics (emphasis mine).

This story was printed from TODAYonline

P&G awarded $29 million over Satanism rumours

Wednesday • March 21, 2007

CINCINNATI — The world’s largest consumer products company, Procter & Gamble (P&G), has won a jury award of US$19.25 million ($29.38 million) in a civil lawsuit against four former Amway distributors accused of spreading false rumours linking the firm to Satanism.

The US District Court jury found in favour of the consumer products company in the 1995 lawsuit, one of several P&G brought over rumours alleging a link between the company’s logo and Satanism. Rumours had begun circulating as early as 1981 that the firm’s logo — a bearded, crescent man-in-moon looking over a field of 13 stars — was a symbol of Satanism.

P&G alleged that Amway Corp distributors revived those rumours in 1995, using a voice mail system to tell thousands of customers that part of P&G profits went to Satanic cults.

Amway is involved in direct selling through independent business owners in over 80 countries and territories around the world.

The former Amway distributors thought they would be exonerated and were shocked by the jury’s verdict, said Mr Randy L Haugen, one of the defendants.

“It’s hard to imagine they’d pursue it this long, especially after all the retractions we put out,” said Mr Haugen, a 53-year-old businessman who maintained that P&G was never able to show how it was harmed by the rumours. “We are stunned. All of us.”

Mr Haugen said he forwarded another person’s account of the Satanic rumour to other Amway salesmen on a common phone-message system, then circulated the retraction. The original message, however, found its way to P&G.

Referring to the defendants in the suit, Ms Kate Makled, a spokeswoman for Alticor Inc, Amway’s parent company, said: “Despite the public apology, P&G has spent 12 years destroying their lives. P&G is a US$68-billion company. What they got out of this case was what they could earn in about two-and-a-half hours. We think that’s shameful.” — AP

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