Monday, February 4, 2013

SIGLINDA SCARPA an ARTIST and ANIMAL RIGHT ACTIVIST

Posted by Amaya Chika at 6:37 PM 0 comments
Photo credit to SIGLINDA SCARPA

Heard about a woman who loves cats and fight for animal rights?  She is SIGLINDA SCARPA, an Italian artist based in North Carolina.  She  loves to make vessels and pots.   But what makes her more admirable is the love she has for animals; especially CATS.  

Her GOATHOUSE REFUGE is a CAT SANCTUARY a safer haven for all cats who are disposed or scheduled for euthanasia by public shelters.  

Photo credit to Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times

The Refuge would be a place where even cats that were unadoptable could live in comfort, with the care, attention and love they deserve. No cat would be refused due to age, illness or disposition. The ultimate goal for each cat would be adoption into a loving home. But the Refuge would be designed so that they could spend ample periods of time living comfortably, awaiting adoption. In fact, it would be designed so that a cat could spend years, or its entire lifetime, at the Refuge. This meant that the cats would be cage-free.~SIGLINDA SCARPA 

Photo credit THE GOATHOUSE REFUGE

I know some people hate cats; fear is probably made them hate cat's.  But one thing I know about folks that loudly profess their hatred to cat's, the bigger the outcry, the harder they fall(you know what I mean here).

For cat's lovers like me, please visit this site:


Sunday, December 9, 2012

YOGA LOVES BY CAT

Posted by Amaya Chika at 7:10 PM 0 comments
It's been a while since I've been to YOGA CLASS.   However I can  still recall my last experience.  For me Yoga is the best exercise for weight loss.  But do you know that YOGA is not only for people?  Wired Magazine both me to this video from YOU TUBE and I saw this cute cool cat.


Yoga indeed for everyone, not only people love yoga.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

DUSTY: THE KLEPTO CAT

Posted by Amaya Chika at 5:15 PM 0 comments
Saw this post at my friends' wall. Because I am a cat lover I would like to share it here on my blog.  I found this cat so adorable and cute, though this cat was called a cat burglar.




Video credit to FROWNSUPSIDEOWN

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Mayor In The Seventh Streets

Posted by Amaya Chika at 3:06 PM 0 comments
PRETTY BOY, The Mayor In The 7th Street
Photo credit to Raymond McCrea Jones 


Pretty Boy, the Mayor of East Seventh Street, a dignified white cat who had a confident swagger — and a distaste for rainy weather. Thus the long-delayed memorial service to sprinkle his cremated remains along the path he once strutted.

Pretty Boy, believed to have been about 22 years old, was a local fixture for over a decade, making his rounds on the south side of the block between First Avenue and Avenue A, as shops opened and closed and renters moved in and out. His death last month, of natural causes, unleashed a storm of emotion.

A business owner broke into tears at his mention. One young resident wept through a rehearsal for her kindergarten graduation. And Herbie, a disheveled supermodel of a cat who used to live with Pretty Boy at Mikey’s Pet Shop, has retreated behind bags of cat litter to grieve privately.

“Every day I cry,” said Betty Knapp, who used to work at Mikey’s Pet Shop. Pretty Boy used to rest on her chest when her blood pressure rose, she said, and it helped to calm her down. Now, she bursts into sobs when she talks about him. “He knew he was the man. He was the man on East Seventh Street. Everybody just loved him.”

While accounts differ on exactly when Pretty Boy appeared on the block, Mikey Diaz, owner of the pet store, said he had strutted in and leapt onto the counter shortly after the store opened in this spot in 1998. Pretty Boy started sleeping in the shop at night and was later joined by Herbie. During the day, Pretty Boy ventured a few doors down to a hair salon called Chatsii, where he perched on the reception counter and leapt onto the laps of customers. Some days, Mr. Diaz said, he swaggered through a Swiss restaurant on the block.

But the turnover of shops on the block meant changes for Pretty Boy. Monique Simard, the previous owner of Chatsii, said that after she retired in 2004 Pretty Boy was no longer welcome in the space: The new owners were allergic to cats. And the Swiss restaurant closed.

So in 2004, Pretty Boy showed up at Salon Seven, a little farther down the block, and began a friendship with the owner, Mark Dolengowski.
It made for a good life: After waking to breakfast and a face-washing from Mr. Diaz at the pet shop, Pretty Boy headed over to spend the day with Mr. Dolengowski, sniffing hubcaps on the way over and meowing for water upon his arrival.
He spent his day purring, sprawled on the appointment calendar at the reception desk and in the laps of clients having their hair washed. The cat’s love of hair salons made Mr. Dolengowski suspect that he was a reincarnated hairdresser.
When he returned to the pet shop at day’s end, Pretty Boy was less subdued, chasing Herbie around the store, Mr. Diaz recalled, and breaking into the catnip. When rats appeared, however, Pretty Boy typically stayed on the counter and let Herbie handle them.

At the tail end of his life, Pretty Boy was balancing a fairly demanding schedule. He spent Saturdays traveling back and forth, greeting clients at the hair salon and purring for fans and families who stopped by to visit him after services at a synagogue in the neighborhood. Sundays brought children from a Ukrainian church.

Daliyah Abdel-Rehim, who lives on the block, is struggling to accept that Pretty Boy, whom she calls her “best friend,” won’t attend her upcoming sixth birthday party. Her mother, Iryna Malytska, said that Daliyah cried through her kindergarten graduation rehearsal on Wednesday.
“She really loved him,” Ms. Malytska said. “He was a part of Seventh Street.”

Standing before the Pretty Boy memorial he made with photographs and a vase of pink peonies, Mr. Dolengowski, too, conceded that the cat’s death had broken his heart.
“You get so hard living here,” he said in a gravelly, mournful voice. “But pets open up that heart center. There is something about the unconditional love; they clean the blues off of you.
“That’s their mission. That’s why a lot of New Yorkers have pets.”


Published: June 19, 200
Originally posted: NYTIMES

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Human Foods to Avoid for Cats

Posted by Amaya Chika at 7:10 PM 0 comments
Some cats are inveterate "bums" and will beg for food while we are trying to eat.  We the owner are kinda of giving them what we have.  It's already a practice here in the Philippines that what we have in our table, after that we give it to our pets.




And knowing that it is not a good practice, because feeding cats with "people food" is very dangerous to cat's health.  There are foods that are TOXIC to cats and it might kill them.  And as a CAT LOVER I will share with you the list of foods that cats should never eat.

ONION, GARLIC, & RELATED ROOT VEGETABLES.  Onions contain a substance that can destroy red blood cells in the cat, it can cause Heinz Body Anemia.  Garlic and other root vegetables contains similar substance with onion but in a lesser amount.  

 
                               photo credit: Rudy A. GirĂ³n via photo pin cc

GREEN TOMATOES, GREEN (RAW) POTATOES.  These foods are members of SOLANACEAE family of plants or the DEADLY NIGHTSHADE.  It contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms.  The leaves and stems are particularly toxic. 




                                photo credit: krossbow via photo pin cc

CHOCOLATEWhile recent study show us that chocolates are beneficial to human health, but toxic and even fatal for animals.  Why?  Because chocolate is made from the fruit beans of CACAO TREE.  Theobromine, a component of chocolate, that is very toxic compound in chocolate.

                                photo credit: MarcelGermain via photo pin cc     


GRAPES and RAISINS.    These food toxicity has mainly been found in dog and it is very harmful if taken by animals. 

                                photo credit: ruurmo via photo pin cc

MILK.  We know cats love to drink milk.  But did you know that many cats are lactose intolerant.  And if you're cat loves milk you must know where to give milk to your pet, two or three times a week is better.  The more fat in milk means less lactose.  CATSIP is much preferred products for cats and dogs who had problem in digestion.

                               photo credit: alli ♥ via photo pin cc        

Hope I made myself clear here, in order to avoid problems with our pets let us seek for VETERINARIANS advice about their foods.  We must take good care of them because they are also part of our families. 



photo credit: julessilver via photo pin cc

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cat Olympics Show

Posted by Amaya Chika at 9:48 PM 26 comments

Power Sleeping

Photo credit by cats.about.com

Mouse Hockey

Photo credit by mirror.co.uk


Relay Drinking

Photo credit to floppycats



Bird Watching

Photo credit to Evan Animals

Compulsory Yawning


Photo credit from wikimedia


Freeform Leaping


Photo credit to dipity

Is your cat a specialist in one or more of the Cat Olympic events? Fill out this simple form with one or two photos from each event. You may enter your cat in as many events as you wish, but please fill out a new form for each event. The events thus far are:
  • Power Sleeping
  • Mouse Hockey
  • Bird Watching
  • Relay Drinking
  • Compulsory Yawning
  • Freeform Leaping
  • Other (Creative New Event)
There are no awards, but the best photos will be featured in an upcoming Cat Olympics photo gallery.
Source Link from: cats.about.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Cat's Bedtime Prayer

Posted by Amaya Chika at 11:48 PM 0 comments

       Now I lay me down to sleep,
     I pray this cushy life to keep.
     I pray for toys that look like mice,
     And some cushions, soft and nice.
     For grocery bags where I can hide,
     Just like a tiger, crouched inside!

     I pray for gourmet kitty snacks,
     And someone nice to scratch my back.
     For window sills all warm and bright,
     And shadows to explore at night.

     I pray I'll always stay real cool,
     And keep the secret feline rule.
     To NEVER tell the humans that,
     This world is really ruled by cats!
 

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