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Meet Sassafras!

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This weekend a cute vanilla cat showed up in our driveway. He was super-friendly, coming over to be petted and cuddled. He let our toddler pet him; he let me pick him up and pet his tummy and put him over my shoulder like a baby. He purred deeply. He followed us up and down the driveway.

He was obviously not neutered, and looked like he had some eye issues and I think fleas. His face and tail were scratched up and some fur was missing. He was skinny. And he had tummy troubles, and an uncomfy-looking butt (sorry if this is TMI).

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I now knew who had been pooping all over the place for the past week.

It’s been getting cold out at night. I thought of this sociable, lovey cat who really did not feel very good probably being left out in the cold again.
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I reasoned that I’d rather worry about a worried human than about this cat having another night out there.

So, I called Tompkins County SPCA and asked if it made sense to bring him in. They said if he was a house cat and someone called in looking for him, they’d give him needed veterinary care and neuter him before giving him back.

All things considered, I think this was the best decision for the cat, and the cat is the one with less power in this situation. I try to side with those with less power. So, sorry human, if you’re out there: your cat has taken a trip to the SPCA and may go up for adoption if he isn’t claimed. : /

Sassafras

I took the liberty of naming this dude Sassafras; it seemed to suit his gregarious nature and appearance, somehow. I know that if he does go up for adoption, he’ll get a wonderful home and a happy life — he’s a lovely, sweet cat who obviously thrives on attention. If I hadn’t brought him in so quickly, I would have fallen in love. I think I already kinda did. Like all cats I’ve encountered and had some connection with, I’ll probably remember him forever.

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Good luck, Sassafras. Whether it’s back where you one day came from, or in a new home, may your future be full of clean floors and enticing toys, clawable carpets and scratching posts, delicious food, cool fresh water, open windows in the summertime, lots of play and cuddle sessions, and safe afternoon naps in warm pools of sunlight, in your very own territory, surrounded by your very own human family. I’ll be glad to think of you there, rather than worrying about you roaming our driveway all winter.

Thank you to SPCA of TC for taking in Sassafras and providing his medical care free of charge! I could not help all of these cats without this incredible service and support. If you can, please consider donating to Tompkins County SPCA, Browncoat Cat Rescue, or another local animal rescue or shelter operation. The folks that do this work, and the animals who depend on them, really need us to pitch in. Whether it’s a few dollars, a few hours of your time, or a donation of towels or food, your contributions can make a huge difference.

Humans, you are bigger and stronger than cats.

The headlines read, with a snicker, 22-Pound Cat Takes Family Hostage; Family Calls 911 For Help. The cat, it turns out, is in a family with a new 7-month-old baby. Lux scratched the baby and was kicked. He began hissing and growling and cornered the family including the dog in a bedroom for a short period before presumably making friends again. In this comment thread, someone says, “Don’t kick cats!” and a lot of people are all like, “Why not? He scratched the baby!”

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My thoughts:

  1. This story is not funny, it’s sad.
  2. Humanity’s amusement about this story says a lot about our collective lack of compassion for beings of other species.
  3. Cats and dogs and children all depend on us and all love us. We don’t have to place them in some kind of hierarchy of importance.
  4. Cats get jealous. They are often very disrupted by the arrival of children. Since we first made a commitment to the cat, we should continue to honor that commitment.
  5. Cats scratch when they’re threatened or upset. Kicking them doesn’t make them feel any less threatened or upset.
  6. Kicking those who are less powerful than you are does nothing but show how cruel and ignorant you are, and sets a terrible example for children.
  7. Next time maybe try apologizing to the cat, protecting him from the baby, and NOT KICKING ANYONE.

As an aside, because I happen to be jumping through the hoops needed to become the second adoptive parent of my own baby son: I can’t believe that people are allowed to just go buy cats and make babies, when adopting them is so difficult (and is done with so much positive intention). Our species will take a great leap forward the day we realize that caring for children and non-human animals is a great privilege as well as a right.

Animal Rescue Fundraising Shindig!

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This just in from Browncoat Cat Rescue:

Americana Wineries is having a book release shindig, with fundraising for rescue groups (Seneca County SPCA, Pet the Pet, and Browncoat Cat Rescue!) There will be live music, face-painting, food, wine, raffles, a silent auction, and adorable animals to meet! Eat, drink, and save some lives.

Well mannered dogs are more than welcome to attend!

Come by BCR’s little tent, and meet my boxes of kittens :-)

Saturday, June 1, 2013
12:00pm until 6:00pm

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Some vegan news and some news of vegans

I’m still caught up in the world of new parenthood, but I had to share these few things that have been sitting in my in-box. Hope you’re all having a beautiful spring!

Humans have a really weird relationship with other animals.

Do we love them or hate them? Do we respect them or not? Are we troubled enough by the inconsistent and sometimes exploitative and violent ways we treat them, to change our actions? More

Meet my neighbors, Rashida and Spike

Meet my neighbors, Rashida and Spike

Back in the fall, I posted about feral cats and how we can help them through the winter. Since then, so much has happened in our own yard, I wanted to post an update!
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Broken Bruce

broken bruce the rescued catMy friend Kristin of Browncoat Cat Rescue is trying to raise funds to help get x-rays for a poor kitty named Broken Bruce. His story is so heartbreaking – I really hope that folks will donate to help get him the care he needs. If you can’t donate, please consider sharing this link with your contacts. Thank you!

Here’s his story:

Bruce was found with a severe upper respiratory infection that had caused him to lose the hair around his eyes. (This mask shape is what led to his name.) He has blossomed from a scared and sickly kitten into a wonderfully affectionate and outgoing little guy. While snuggling with his foster mom on the couch, he blissfully rolled over, and off onto the floor. This fall of roughly two feet cost him the use of the left side of his body. A physical exam at the vets led to a diagnosis of at least two hairline fractures. His doctor believes he could have either osteogenesis imperfecta, (the patient does not have normal bone formation leading to soft and fragile bones) or Vitamin D responsive rickets (even in patients with healthy diets, they develop rickets due to problem with calcium metabolism.)

We need to take radiographs of Bruce’s bones to get an idea about whether or not he has normal bone density. Pending the results of the radiographs, he may need further testing to evaluate for other conditions (such as calcium metabolism problems.)

The initial radiographs alone are estimated at $360-$560.

Bruce is currently confined to a small crate to keep him from further injury, but he rarely stirs from his cushion. Please help Bruce, so he can run and play again!

Click here to donate.

UPDATE: A few days after this was posted, poor Bruce passed away. However, his fund is still open; all funds go toward helping orphaned kittens.