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May 2014

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Cat Rescued from a Car Engine in Manchester

Cat is Rescued from Car Engine

We see lots of stories of cats and kittens rescued from car engines unscathed, after going along for rides in the engine compartment. But Tommy was rescued from a car engine in Manchester, NH last weekend, but he was not so lucky.

Tommy was seriously hurt and is now recovering from a 90 minute surgery that left him with more than 100 stitches.

A woman turned her car off after a 3 mile drive to Wal-Mart on Saturday, and heard an animal screaming. When she opened the hood she saw the trapped cat. The woman, along with several bystanders, tried to get the cat out of the car but couldn’t, and had to called in the fire department.

Three Manchester firefighters managed to free the cat from his tight spot, wedged between a strut and the hot metal of the engine, after about 20 minutes. Tommy, as he has been named by shelter volunteers, was treated for third-degree burns at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Manchester. He is now in the care of the Manchester Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter that has taken responsibility for his medical bills.

“So many people worked to save this cat, the  Manchester fire fighters, good Samaritans, but it’s only right that we provide him with the very best veterinary care we can,” said Dr. Kevin Pascoe with the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Manchester. “He’ll need several weeks of recovery, but with time, Tommy will be a healthy cat, not to mention a lucky one.”

The Manchester Animal Shelter wrote on Facebook the day after Tommy was rescued, saying: “It’s a miracle he is still alive! He was wounded and very burned.”

Tommy is estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old, and is declawed and neutered, so he was once someone’s cat. Tommy’s story has gotten local news coverage but an owner has not come forward to claim him.

The Manchester Animal Shelter is accepting donations toward Tommy’s care and recovery through their Tonka Fund.


Guinness World Records oldest cat

24 year old cat named Poppy

Guinness World Records has announced that a 24 year old cat named Poppy, from Bournemouth, UK, is the new officially recognized title holder for the “Oldest Cat Currently Living”.

Poppy was born in February 1990 and lives with Jacqui West and her family in their Bournemouth home. Poppy moved around a bit in her early days, living with two owners before being adopted by Jacqui’s mother Marguerite Corner when she was 5. At the age of 10, Poppy went with Jacqui when she moved in with her future husband.

The West household comes with 8 and 11 year old sons Toby and Joe, four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster.

Jacqui said: “People always ask what we put Poppy’s longevity down to and I just guess she has a good diet and lots of exercise.

“She keeps herself fit by walking around and she eats good. She has biscuits in the morning and tinned food later on. She’s never been a fat cat.

Poppy, worlds oldest cat

“She is partial to the odd takeout. We sometimes give her a bit of KFC chicken, Fish and chips and even the odd bit of kebab meat.”

Jacqui wrote to Guinness World Records in February after Poppy turned 24, submitting her for the category of “Oldest Cat Currently Living”. Guinness World Records accepted Poppy’s documentation and has now confirmed her as the current title holder in her category.

Craig Glenday, the Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with claims for the ‘oldest living cat’, with owners from across the globe making applications on behalf of their cats. Today, I’m pleased to confirm that we’re recognising Poppy from Bournemouth in the UK as the world’s oldest living cat, at the age of 24 years. If anyone thinks their cat beats this, and can prove it, then I’d encourage them to get in touch with us.”

Jacqui said: “Poppy is definitely the top cat and she is still feisty. If one of the other cats tries to eat her food she will bite them on the ear.

“She’s deaf and blind and meows for everything. We call her stroppy Poppy.

“She can get up the stairs but we don’t let her walk down. Over the last year her health has gone down hill and we know the end is near.

“Poppy does seem to be out-living our other pets too. We unfortunately had a hamster and bunny die on us last year.

“Each time we tell the grandparents we’ve lost an animal, they all assume its Poppy. I’ve said goodbye to her a few times but she keeps on going.”



Furby the cat dj

Furby the kitten has become a DJ

A vinyl cat has become an internet sensation after she was caught on video using a record playing like a DJ.

Two year old Furby was enticed by the sounds of Bob Marley’s Is This Love, which her owner James Corballis, 27, had put on at home in Galway, Ireland.

And once she had come face-to-face with the spinning record, she decided to take over,using her own paws by moving the record back and forth. She speeds the track up, slows it down as well as seeming to ‘scratch’ the record in the manner of professional DJs.

But, her curiosity quickly gets the better of her, and she climbs onto the player, knocking the needle off and leaving her spinning round on the player. Mr Corballis managed to capture the moment on his phone’s camera.

Uploading to YouTube the video amassed more than a million hits over three days. Mr Corballis said: ‘I was just sitting around at home one day and put on a Bob Marley record. Furby had never seen the record player in action before and took an immediate interest in it. ‘The video was a complete one off and there will be no attempt to do another.

I believe the best viral videos happen by chance. ‘After the video went viral, I played the music in the house regularly. She would run over to the computer every time she heard Is This Love so it’s safe to say she’s a  Bob Marley fan.’

Thomas returns home after 8 years

Lost cat returns home after 8 years and attacks owner

After eight years missing, Thomas has returning to the safe haven of home should be a welcome relief. But not for this adventurous moggy named Thomas, the black tom cat.

After nearly a decade on the run, this pet cat gave his owner Elizabeth Shaw a surprise after the pair were reunited – sinking his sharp teeth into her hand 10 times, leaving her needing hospital treatment.

He disappeared from the Dalkeith home in Midlothian, Scotland in 2005. And so Ms Shaw was amazed when she was reunited with her pet in February. But after two months at home, Thomas started to get itchy feet once more, disappearing on Wednesday for 24 hours.

When the 13-year-old black and white moggy returned and Ms Shaw spotted him lurking in her garden she went to grab him, fearing he would wander off again.

Injured hand from cat bite



May 2014

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