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My children’s book is written. I hesitate to call it ‘done’ because I’ve revised it so many times already. But it’s resting comfortably as I practice the art of writing query letters. Who knew that would be harder than writing the book?

While the cats were sleeping I started another blog – The Dead Cats Society, same name as my book. Don’t be fooled by the name. It really isn’t about cats. The blog, I mean. It’s for writers and word geeks.

Check it out at: http://deadcatssociety.wordpress.com/

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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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This posting is in response to reader’s comment made this morning about how I dealt with a dangerous feral cat.

“I appreciate your taking the time to write your comments in regards to the feral cat. You are obviously passionate about this issue. However, please note several things here. This is not a decision that I made lightly. Indeed, I spent several months feeding this cat and trying to talk to him. In every way I tried to deal with this cat in a compassionate manner. If you read my series of blog postings, you can see that I was very concerned about doing this right. It did not turn out the way I wanted, but I was honest enough to post the real outcome when I could have easily avoided it.

I have had many, many cats over my lifetime (60 years) and have fed, and yes, spay-neutered many strays and ferals. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not a cat murderer, as you have labelled me. This cat defied all my previous experience with cats. I’ve never encountered anything like this gray cat.

I truly believe in the TNR approach and will continue my efforts in this way. However, these are the issues I had to consider in making my decision:

  1. Feral, gray cat attacked my two tabbies in such an agressive manner that they had deep puncture wounds on their legs and face. These were infected and required antibiotics. This happened three times.
  2. Each of these attacks were more vicious than the previous one. It reached point where I could no longer let my own cats outside, because I was in fear for their lives.
  3. I had to consider that the behavior of this cat might due to more than hormones and that he could be rabid, making him a serious threat to the welfare of my family and the other cats in our area, some of which are ferals which I am taking care of.
  4. One of these ferals on our property has new kittens, which I was also trying to protect.

These issues weighed more in the balance of things when I made my decision. I admitted to calling Animal Control right here on my blog where I’ve been chronicling the story about this cat. If you take a moment to read these postings, you would realize that I’m not a heartless person.

As much as I love cats and will do everything I can to help all cats, ferals, strays, etc. I will not endanger the lives of my own cats or my family by harboring a dangerous animal.

Addendum: I did not go to Best Friends site to ask what to do about this cat, because obviously I had made my decision. I went there in hopes of having a rational dialogue with others who had maybe encountered a similiar situation.

The keyword here is rational dialogue. Emotional attacks on others, not knowing all the circumstances, does not help create an atmosphere of learning and growth. If we are to learn from our experiences, then we must learn to listen to each other before judging.”

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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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