Monday, 28 February 2011

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Downing Street defends Larry the cat from anonymous briefing - Telegraph

Downing Street defends Larry the cat from anonymous briefing - Telegraph

Downing Street defends Larry the cat from anonymous briefing

No 10 spin doctors yesterday rushed to the defence of Larry the Downing Street cat after the new Government ratcatcher fell victim to an anonymous whispering campaign.

Larry the cat is ready to fulfil his brief - as soon as he is allowed out
Larry the cat is ready to fulfil his brief - as soon as he is allowed out Photo: Getty

The four-year-old tabby became the latest in a long line of political appointees to suffer the pain of anonymous briefings when insiders complained that he had failed to deliver on a pledge to tackle Whitehall’s vermin problem.

One source told a Sunday newspaper that Larry had done little but sleep since his arrival from Battersea Cats and Dogs home 10 days ago, stirring occasionally to scratch passing officials. Larry had even left hair on the Prime Minister’s suits, the anonymous briefer complained.

"He has shown no interest in the many mice in Downing Street," a source told the Independent on Sunday. "There is a distinct lack of killer instinct."

A senior Downing Street spokesman leapt to defend the cat from the anonymous slurs, pointing out that it was far too soon to expect the rat catcher in chief to have fulfilled his brief.

In fact, Larry has only just begun to explore his new home at No 10, and will not be allowed outside the building, where the rats were seen, to the alarm of television news crews, for more than a week in case he takes flight and runs away.

One aide said that Larry had been “expressing an interest” in moving beyond the small suite of rooms he has been confined to while he gets his bearings.

He added: “Larry is a very popular member of staff. It’s true that he slept for his first two days at Downing Street, but he had been through quite an ordeal moving into a new home.

“Like all cats, he does still sleep a bit, but he is certainly a lot perkier than he was when he arrived.

“He’s keen to move out of the small area where he is kept and begin exploring, but he’s not allowed to go outside yet.”

Friday, 25 February 2011

Coolest cat in the world Jimmy gives thumbs up | Mail Online

Coolest cat in the world Jimmy gives thumbs up | Mail Online

Jimmy the cat has an amazing party trick.

In a YouTube video a woman's voice can be heard saying: 'Hi Jimmy. Can you give me a thumbs-up, Jimmy?'

And then the woman and a man are heard laughing as Jimmy obliges and sticks his 'thumb' up.

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Jimmy the cat stars in a YouTube video in which a woman with a British accent asks him to give her the thumbs up

Jimmy the cat stars in a YouTube video in which a woman with a British accent asks him to give her the thumbs up

The description attached to the video says: 'Jimmy is a polydactyl cat. He's probably the laziest cat in the world but he's also super clever and has thumbs. And he's got a great party trick :-)'

Jimmy appears to have polydactyly, which means he has extra digits, a physical anomaly that's sometimes caused by a genetic defect.

Polydactyl cats are fairly common in some parts of New England in the U.S. and they are sometimes called Hemingway cats, because the writer Ernest Hemingway grew to love them after being given a six-toed cat.

Of course, it is always quite possible the incident was a fluke, or it's another internet hoax and the voices dubbed on the video afterwards, but it's more fun to assume it's genuine.

The Guinness World Record holder for the cat with the most digits is Jake, a cat from Ontario, Canada, which has 27 digits. The unofficial record goes to Bandit, a 29-toed cat from Hoboken, U.S. Bandit is owned by Beth Stuart, who is in the process of applying for recognition.

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Help Find Hope

Help Find Hope

Help Find Hope
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Hope is a semi-feral dog that was featured on "Last Chance Highway", a reality TV show on Animal Planet. Hope was rescued and rehabilitated in Mississippi, and then transported to New York City, where she was adopted.

According to Animal Planet, Hope ran away soon after her arrival in NY. She subsequently was found in Central Park by Animal Haven Shelter and, is said to have been adopted out in May 2010 to a family in Oneonta, NY. She went missing again immediately upon her arrival in Oneonta.

No Effort has been made by Double Dog Rescue/Animal Planet or Al Roker Productions (Executive Producer) to find Hope. It is our number one concern that Hope be recovered and placed in a suitable environment. Secondary to this is a concern that all of the entities above seem to view Hope as a disposable commodity. She helped to bring them ratings, exposure and advertising dollars, they need to do right by her and “Help Find Hope”.
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Wear Valley & Darlington Cats Protection branch is ran by a team of dedicated volunteers, mostly from their own homes. We rely entirely on Donations from members of the public.

If you are thinking of Adopting a Rescued Cat and you live in the DL postcode area then pleasecontact us. E-mail Us! Home must be prepared to be visited by a Cats Protection Representative. All our cats are Neutered, Vaccinated, micro chipped, vet checked and come with 4 wks free insurance. Adoption Fee is £50

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011



Cat charity urges vets to sign up to the Early Neutering Register

Cats Protection is urging all veterinary practices to sign up to a new online register to help people locate a local veterinary practice that carries out neutering at four months of age or earlier.

The national register is being launched at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress on 1st April 2011 and will be free of charge.

According to the charity, early neutering is the most effective method of controlling the population of unwanted cats in the UK and it recommends that cats and kittens are neutered at four months of age or younger as opposed to the traditional six months of age.

Maggie Roberts, Director of Veterinary Services at Cats Protection, explains: “Our research shows that, although over 90% of owned cats in the UK are neutered, around a fifth of all queens have had a litter before being spayed. The key to population control is neutering cats before they reach puberty which can occur as early as four months, so we should be aiming to neuter most cats by this age.”

Cats Protection already provides vouchers to help neuter over 160,000 cats each year but, despite these efforts, rescue facilities all over the country are inundated with kittens and are constantly full - often with extensive waiting lists.

Numerous scientific studies have proven that there are no long-term negative consequences following early neutering. In fact there are many benefits which include:

  • Fewer unwanted kittens
  • Cats can be neutered prior to rehoming from rescue centres reducing the need for follow-up
  • Fewer pregnant cats presented for neutering
  • Fewer cats developing pyometras, mammary tumours, mammary hyperplasia etc or needing Caesarean sections
  • Reduced surgical time and quicker recovery for the cat (standing to standing 45 mins)
  • Reduced blood supply to the immature organs and therefore likely reduced risk of bleeding during surgery
  • Feral cats can be neutered after weaning avoiding the need to recapture young animals

Vets can sign up to the register by completing the flyer at