It’s Vyshyvanka Day! How to say it!

It’s Vyshyvanka Day!

Yep, in Ukraine it is Vyshyvanka Day today May 19th, 2023. So, what is it? Wikipedia kindly tells me: “Vyshyvanka Day is an international holiday that aims to preserve the Ukrainian folk traditions of creating and wearing ethnic embroidered clothes called vyshyvankas. It is celebrated the third Thursday of May. Vyshyvankas are, along with …

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Can I cuddle my cat if she has fleas?

Kitten with bad flea infestation

Well, sigh. Someone asked the question in the title and it is slightly strange because common sense applies. I think the answer is that you don’t want to cuddle your cat if they have a lot of visible fleas. The best thing to do is to remove the fleas first or asap. It isn’t …

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Online invitations to adopt a 40.3-pound grossly obese cat went viral. Good or bad?

Patches an obese cat at 40.3 pounds prior to adoption

NEWS AND COMMENT: I think that it is worthwhile discussing this story from the point of view of ethics. Something which perhaps would not occur to most people but I think it’s a valuable discussion in this instance. Here we have a grossly obese and large domestic cat that found himself at the Richmond …

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Police seize Scottish wildcat from charity and it’s downhill from there

Scottish wildcat

NEWS AND VIEWS: The police have been at it again; screwing up and messing around. And telling fibs, I’d say. In the UK can we trust the police anymore? No, I’m afraid not. In this story, a wildlife charity in Wales, Wildcat Haven, was looking after a rescued Scottish wildcat kitten called Finlay. He …

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Woman asks AITA for not lending her estranged sister money because of veterinary bills for her cat

Woman asks AITA for not lending her estranged sister money because of veterinary bills for her cat

For me, this is an interesting story of family strife and cat love. Two opposites really. The story kind of highlights how a person can love a cat but dislike their mother and sister. And that mentality sticks for their whole life. AITA: Am I the asshole? SCENARIO: the Reddit.com website, a woman asks, …

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Rescue and domestic cats need their personal space (peripersonal space) like humans

Rescue cats enjoy their personal space at Ernesto's Sanctuary in Syria

Rescue cats and domestic cats and indeed feral cats in colonies, all need their personal space just like humans. These photographs clearly illustrate this aspect of their character. When food arrives, they prioritise getting the food over the need for personal space and come together. Immediately I saw these photographs of rescue cats at …

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Abyssinian Rescue – list of Abyssinian cat rescues 2022

Abyssinian cat

This page on Abyssinian cat rescue was first compiled about 14 years ago but updated and refreshed 26/9/2022. As you might imagine, a lot of the rescue organisations have closed as have their websites. However, some have opened on Facebook and so there is still a possibility of adopting a rescue Abyssinian cat. Although, …

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11-year-old Ukrainian girl takes on responsibility of feeding abandoned cats in devastated Ukraine

11-year-old girl feeds abandoned cats in devastated Ukraine

NEWS AND OPINION: The remarkable aspect of this cat rescue story is that the central character is an 11-year-old Ukrainian girl feeding abandon cats in a devastated urban landscape, destroyed by Putin’s artillery and rockets. When she talks to the camera, she points up to the 9th floor of a shattered apartment block and …

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