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Rambo, the taxi cab cat, isn’t a new story, but one I’ve been meaning to add to my collection of Cats in the News. 

Don’t know how many cats out there actually like riding in the car. My cats sure don’t, but then I always have them in a cat cage and I’m taking them to the vet. That could possibility affect their opinion. Riding in the car=getting stabbed with a needle.

In spite of that, My Mewsers were intrigued by this Taxi Cat, especially Marco, the more adventurous one. They asked me what other cats thought about riding in  cars. I told them I’d ask my readers.

So, how does your cat like riding in the car? Do you know any other good ‘cats riding in cars’ stories?

  

Meet Rambo, The Taxi Cab Cat

WEST PALM BEACH (CBS4) ― A sign on a South Florida cab reads ‘Living Life in the Fast Lane’ when it should say ‘Living Nine Lives in the Fast Lane.”

That’s because West Palm Beach cab driver Dan Somers brings his car loving kitty to work with him.

“I don’t spend a lot of time at home, so I figured to spend time with my cat the best thing to do was to have my cat come with me,” said Dan.

Now, Dan and “Rambo” have become a sort of feline phenom and are known around town as the tabby taxi.

While most cats can’t stand riding in a vehicle, Rambo seems to revel in it, sticking his face and paws out the window to take in the breeze.

“Sometimes he’ll put his head way, way out there. I mean he’ll put his feet way out,” says Dan. “Sometimes I’ve gotta grab hold of his tail to make sure he doesn’t fall, you know?”

As much as Rambo enjoys the ride, Dan says his cat companion does not like big dogs, trucks, trains and the drunken men whom Dan has to occasionally give a ride.

“He goes under the seat,” laughs Dan “He does not like drunk men. I guess most people don’t.”

Rambo’s been a big hit with customers like Chrissy Sewell who finds riding with him just dandy despite the possible dander.

“I thought it was pretty cool because I’ve never seen a cat look out the window the way he does,” said Chrissy.

And fortunately, says Dan, not one fare has yet to complain of any feline allergies.

Link to news story about Rambo includes video.

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Here’s a rescue story of a different sort in case you missed this. A house cat adopts and nurses a baby panda. Cat belonged to the zookeeper at an Amsterdam zoo. This cheered me up and I hope it will you too.

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Let our Meows be heard!

This is the opportunity of a lifetime for your cat. Let your feline have his political voice in this highly scientific-based survey. Find out what’s truly going on in your cat’s mind regarding the 2008 Presidential Election. This will certainly sway your vote if you are still on the fence.

According to Ducker of ‘Mutts n Cats from Honduras’ whose wife voted for their mayor primarily from the fact that the candidate had rescued a dog off the streets (see comments on last posting), I’m thinking that the pet issue is more of a major factor than anyone has acknowledged before now. Forget economic, healthcare and foreign policy issues! Cats, who are in the majority (outnumbering dogs by over 13 million) in the U.S., undoubtedly have valuable foresight into our political affairs.

So… don’t make this important decision without your cat’s opinion! This election is running so close that it might come down to ‘meow and bark’ opinions.

My two Mewsers are split politcally on the election. Polo is definitely more conservative and prefers the rumpled lived-in look of McCain, while Marco is the dashing, adventurous one with liberal leanings. He is very inspired by Obama and would love to see him in the White House. They get into fights over this occasionally. It’s making politics a hot button issue at our house these days.

So far the survey results indicate that both ferals and pedigrees choose McCain’s lap to sit in. The mixed breeds prefer Obama. Interesting.

Don’t delay. Grab your cat and let ’em vote!   http://www.polldaddy.com/s/D0CBCE9E910CC283/

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I wasn’t going to get political on this blog, but it seems that the cats and dogs can’t stay out of it this year and the staff at Global Cat Newsroom tries to keep its readers up to date on all the really serious news.

Seems that this year the election is going to the dogs according to an AP-Yahoo news poll. Any surprises there? But the headlines are fairly shouting out “Pet owners favor McCain over Obama!”  “Is McCain Best in Show for pet people?” “McCain expected to win the pet owner vote”.

Seriously, the AP poll concluded that pet owners prefer McCain over Obama claiming that since McCain owns a menagerie of pets and Obama has none, he has more of a compassion quotient. Has the election really come to this?

We’re going to decide who runs this great country by the candidate’s pet count? According to the the poll, dog owners lean toward McCain (43% to 34%) while cat owners run a closer race. It’s Obama in the lead (41% to 38%).

But here’s where this poll is mortally flawed. According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association, they estimate that 63 percent of American homes include a pet, including 88 million cats and only 75 million dogs.

So….cats rule America, but the dogs are making the decisions here.

Unfair to felines!

Cats need their own voice!

My conclusion is that these polls are pretty silly and are just there to keep us entertained, and so, following that logic, I’ve created my own poll. This is to be taken by your cat. No cheating. And no dogs sneaking their votes in on this one.

 Marco and Polo have both taken it, so I feel confident in it’s accuracy, give or take a margin of error of say, plus or minus 95%.

Please don’t hesitate to give your cat a political voice! Just nine short questions. I will post the results of this survey.

http://www.polldaddy.com/s/D0CBCE9E910CC283/

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This is a rescue story of a different sort. Freddy, the cat, made the news in England lately by ending up on top of an electrical pole for 18 hours, just inches short of a live wire and electrocution.

From England’s Wilshire area, the Wiltshire Gazette article states:

“Balanced precariously on an electricity cable for about 18 hours, one false move and Freddy would either have fallen 25 ft or been electrocuted. And there were times when the young cat came very close to doing both.”

Despite efforts from a neighbor to assist the cat, Freddie seemed unperturbed about this situation and refused all help. The Wiltshire Fire and Rescue crew was called in, but they couldn’t deal with Freddie’s precarious position either. It took an electrical engineer from the power company to deal with Freddie.

“Once the electrical engineer arrived, he used a fibreglass ladder and specialist rubber gloves and was able to grab the cat, who remarkably seemed to be quite comfortable perched on the wires.”

What was Freddie thinking?  Cats are so darn mysterious. With total aplomb, Freddie sat there watching the drama going on around him, either unaware of the danger or so completely self-assured of his destiny that he felt he had no reason to worry.

Could be that cats are just plain foolish, but I don’t think so. I prefer to think that they are the ultimate in ‘cool’. I have often wondered what goes through a cats’ mind.

What does a cat see? I believe in the world of the unseen, but these are worlds that I mostly know about through stories and teachings.

And by contemplating my cat’s contemplations.

What do you think cats see? or think about?

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From AMNewYork, June 1, 2008

“The cat and mouse game between Kennedy Airport felines and the Port Authority has come to an end — and the cats lost.So say animal lovers who accuse the authority of backing out of negotiations to humanely deal with the hundreds of cats who roam the 5,000-acre airport. The next stop for the furry creatures, advocates say, could be death. 

 

“They are telling folks that they are trying to adopt these animals out, but that is patently not true,” said Patrick Kwan, New York state director of the Humane Society of the United States.
“These animals cannot be adopted out. This is an extermination program that sentences them to death.” 

 In October, the Port Authority announced that they were rounding up the feral cats and sending them to shelters. Animal advocates protested, arguing that shelters couldn’t handle the cats and that they would ultimately be put down. They also claimed that a program to trap, neuter and then return the cats to the airport would be more effective.

The agency and the Port Authority have for months been negotiating a solution. On the morning of Memorial Day, Kwan said the agency called him to announce that they were ignoring advocates’ plans to trap and neuter the animals and would restart a program to trap and remove the cats.

“We have been working with them since August and we believed they would have a good-faith effort to work with us,” said Kwan. “It is not possible to trap and remove all the animals there.” 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 The Port Authority did not return phone calls seeking comment, but in October they explained that the cats can interfere with aircraft operation.”Airports that serve 50 million people are not an appropriate place for a large, wild, cat colony,” agency spokesman Pasquale DiFulco told amNewYork.Many of the cats arrive at JFK after they are inadvertently lost at the airport. In time, colonies of feral cats have taken over the grounds, as many New Yorkers dump kittens there that they no longer want to take care of.Groups concerned about the cats’ welfare have offered to implement a neutering program themselves but they say the Port Authority has rebuffed them. “It’s astounding,” said Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals. “Every time we answer them, they come up with a new question. They say they are a danger to aircraft, but that’s silly. I have never seen a feral kitten pole vault into the engine of a jet airplane. Someone there must really have a bee in their bonnet about feral cats.”

 

 

 

 

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In diplomatic and other compounds in Iraq, it is illegal to have a cat. Go figure. Last year over 7,000 cats were trapped and of these, more than 5,000 were killed. In the Mesopotamian cradle of civilisation where cats were first domesticated, most are well-fed and respected by the locals but there is no safety net for the abused.

Apparently the biggest threat to cats’ survival is not roadside bombs, but American contractors who think the cats are somehow a threat to humans.

 Simba is one of the lucky few to have found her rescuer. She now lives in England in an undisclosed location.

Here’s the story: “It is cloak-and-danger work, which means the 35-year old woman only wants to be known by her first name, Louise. But she has spent tens of thousands of pounds over the past four years adopting pets.

This is Simba who she rescued from Bagdad and took to England. To cope with the costs, she has set up a website, Baghdad Cat Rescue .”

Read the rest of this amazing story.  Simba has been placed on my Global Cat map.

Know any good Rescued Cat stories? They don’t have to be as dramatic as this one. Share your story here.

 

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