Monthly Archive:: November 2009

Top Cat: Persian Puff Ball Wins 2009 Best in Show

Kuorii Gorilla of Cuzzoe

Did that furry toss pillow just meow at me?

The puffiest, poofiest, uber-fluffiest Persian cat you have ever seen in your life scratched out 650 other entries to land the coveted "Best in Show" prize at this year's "Catlanta" – the CFA International Cat Show in Atlanta held just last week. At only eight months old, Kuorii Gorilla of Cuzzoe (right) – nicknamed "Go Go" at home – is being touted as a "superb example of the Persian breed,” due to his massive bone structure, a round and smooth head, and over-the-top fluffy coat. 

When I first spotted this cat on CNN last night, it looked like the handler was petting some kind of fur throw or toss pillow – this cat is HUGE! 

Other finalists included a platinum Tonkinese male called "Purrtek's Syrah", a silver and white American Shorthair called "KCDancers Eye-of-the-Tiger", a Maine Coon called "Highlander Tony Bennett of Wenlock", and a Burmese cat called "Mar-chu Electra of Karleton".

Cat Agility Tourney?

In addition to the best in show contest, the International Cat Show also featured a kitty agility course which you simply have to see to believe. Check out the video below, and to learn more about Persian cats visit Cats 101 on Animal Planet.


Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Claw & Order: Cat Turns Policeman into Personal Jungle Gym

Cat really gets to officer's head … SRSLY

An adorably tenacious and affectionate kitty in Texas has been caught on tape trying to climb his way up the legal system ... literally.

During a routine traffic stop last week in Texas, Officer Keith Urban (yes, Keith Urban – same name, different guy) found himself being showered with attention by an extremely amorous kitty who just wouldn't take no for an answer.

With his patrol car dash-cam picking up the whole incident, this courageous kitty approaches the officer with laser intensity and promptly helps himself to Officer Urban's pant leg. He then climbs up Urban's leg and manages to traverse his shoulders, ending up on Officer Urban's head, all while Officer Urban is attempting to proffer a citation to the motorist! HYSTERICAL! According to FOX news, the sympathetic speeding motorist offers Urban their help, as the officer has the cat clinging to his head.

Watch the ridiculously funny video below!

Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley at Animalplanet.com.

Holy Hounds: LA Church allows pets in pews

Picture 4From doghouse to God's house

For many of us, our pets are official family members who accompany us just about everywhere we go. Occasionally we might even decline an invitation because, well, Buster and/or Mademoiselle Pouf Pouf were not welcomed to accompany us to the affair and frankly we'd rather stay home and watch Animal Planet with them.

Well, apparently the Rev. Tom Eggebeen realized that this very issue may be why many of his previously devoted worshipers at his Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles were no longer attending services. So he came up with a brilliant and unconventional idea: He turned his house of God into a doghouse by offering a 30-minute service every week, complete with canine prayers, an offering of dog treats and even special music, such as "GoD and DoG."

After putting the word out, holy hounds big and small, from pit bulls to Dachshunds, have piled into the church's chapel to worship … the pile of biscuits in the offering bowl

Check out the holy hounds in action in a short video at USATODAY.com

Reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley.

The sow that’s now: Micro-Piglets

Micro-piglet baby These adorable little piggies won’t be going to market.

Just when you thought super-engineered and hybrid pets couldn’t get any more bizarre, enter micro-piglets – the newest British craze in engineered pets. Bred to stay as tiny as possible for their entire lives, these darling little bacon bits are the newest pet of choice in England. Their popularity stems mainly from the fact that they are REE-DICULOUSLY cute, amazingly intelligent and possess a delightfully sweet disposition.

Starting out as wee wee little piggies, but reaching the size of a medium-sized dog in adulthood (approximately 14" tall) micro-piggies share a few other traits with dogs in that  “….they just love to be loved,” said micro-piglet breeder Jane Croft in a recent interview on the Today Show.

"They can be easily house trained and will sit on your lap while you watch TV so you can scratch their bellys. They will "talk" to you and have you giggling for hours.." Jane explains on her website, Little Pig Farm UK.

With a genetic makeup that is actually a mixture of several pig breeds, micro-pigs can be less troublesome to allergy sufferers than many breeds of dog and can be litter-box trained. 

U.S-based pig parent potentials need not apply

Not available in the U.S and sold only in pairs, Jane Croft's Little Pig Farm has strict criteria for prospective micro-pig parents, and Rupert Grint, the young actor who plays Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" series, was apparently able to pass pig parent muster and picked up two lil porkers recently.

Check out the little buggers in the video below and permanently swear off the other white meat from this day forward!

ps. If you sincerely are looking for a companion with a delightfully sweet disposition that loves to be loved, why not check your local shelter or check out one of our adoption events. There are plenty of creatures there that would love to be loved.

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley.

Serenity Meow! Cat Cafes on the Rise

Tokyo Cat Cafes
One of our globe-trotting friends always finds the coolest, most random out-of-the way travel destinations -  and this week was no exception when she sent us a note about the crazy Cat Cafes she found throughout the city of Tokyo.

Cat cafes you ask? Don't worry … they aren't serving up Cat au Gratin like some of Japan's less evolved neighbors out east, but instead the cat is celebrated and honored in these unique cafes.

"I'd like a decaf-capp, add one cat please"

In the densely populated and hustling city of Tokyo – where residents not only long work hours but tight and expensive real estate limit pet ownership – cat cafes are a cultural trend. There are at least seven of them operating in Tokyo, packing customers in at fees varying from $8 to $12 an hour. Given the busy lifestyles of Japanese people dearly longing for a moment of peace and comfort, these cat cafes offer them a dose of kitty calm and serenity along with their tea … and they don't seem to mind the staff dipping their whiskers in their tea or pouncing on their fur coat. (Of note, word is that in Cafe Calico, an upholstered reception chair no longer looks like itself.)

Vacuums are ever-present, everyone going in must wash their hands and use liquid sanitizers. Shoes must be removed (a Japanese custom in homes but not normally in public places).

Of the seven cat cafes in operation in Tokyo, the globe-trotters over at Spot Cool Stuff Travel have sniffed out  the top three cafes, which according to them are: The Calico Cat Cafe, Neko JaLaLa (means 'cat' in Japanese) and Nekorobi. Check out Spot Cool Stuff Travel for locations and details.