Kevin (Photo by theadventuresofkev)

Meet Kevin, the four-year-old “kitten” who was not supposed to live more than six months. Sort of gives new meaning to the old saying, “Don’t ever give up.”

Kevin has hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain).  Although his condition has left him partially blind and deaf, he is apparently no worse for wear and is completely happy and content.

Read more about him here and here (lots more cute pics, too).

I love stories like this.

You go, Kevin!



Illegal Pet Food Ingredients: An FDA Admission of Guilt


I will be the first to admit that my claims regarding the pet food industry’s use of illegal ingredients and the FDA’s written policy allowing their use may seem outlandish, but unfortunately, it’s true.

This video was recorded by Susan Thixton of the Association for Truth in Pet Food.  In it, she recorded a conversation between herself and a representative of the FDA.  It’s only a little over three minutes long, but she recorded the FDA openly admitting they will continue to allow this illegal activity.

While everyone is certainly free to watch the video for themselves, I have quoted the question and FDA’s answer below:

Susan:  “FDA still is going to allow animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter into pet food even though law says that is an adulterant?”

FDA:  “We’re gonna allow animals that have died other than slaughter that have been further processed, turned into a protein and fat product, the protein and fat product can be used in it.”

Let me be clear.  Animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter can include road kill, animals that have died of disease, animals found dead in the field for days, the euthanized carcasses of shelter animals, etc.  Any meat harvested from these sources is not fit to eat.

What this constitutes is a blatant disregard for the health and well-being of our fur babies, not to mention a blatant disregard for the law (the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), simply in order to make a buck.

All of this is done without informing the general public.  This is precisely the need for Little Man’s Law.  Little Man’s Law won’t change the way the pet food industry prepares pet food products.  People have been trying for years to get the FDA to do that with no success.  But if Little Man’s Law is enacted, they will be required to include a label on every product containing these illegal ingredients.

That way, we’ll know.

And we can buy something else.

Please support Little Man’s Law.  Sign the petition.  Share it with everyone you know.

Do it for our fur babies.  They are family, too.



Family Heirlooms


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I’m not one for knick-knacks, but cat lovers would love this.

I was over at Mama’s today.  I don’t recall how the subject came up, but she showed me this.  There are some incredible pieces here that I thought some of you would like to know about.

These are not your every day run-of-the-mill knick-knacks.  Most of them are cats, of course, and I would be hard pressed to find replacements if something ever happened to this display.

For example, toward the bottom left is a figure of a cat carved out of solid granite or marble (I wasn’t sure which).  It’s beautiful.  There are several other pieces of cats, dogs, raccoons, etc., all made of solid pewter (they’re heavy).  Others are ceramic, but at the top center is a miniature carousel “horsey,” except this one is a cat.  It actually slides up and down the pole.

There are two framed mustard seeds as a reminder of the power of faith, even if that faith is only “the size of a mustard seed.”   In the upper left is a figure of a camel forged out of solid brass.

But my personal favorite is the one next to the brass camel.  It’s another figure of a cat, but this one happens to be carved out of solid jade.  It was a gift from one of Mama’s friends who found it in Taiwan.

Since Mama just recently moved to be near us, she is still unpacking a few things.  But when I saw this, I asked, “Why haven’t you hung this up yet?”

Her response was classic.  She said, “‘Cause it’s a pain in the ass to clean.”

That’s Mama.

As for me, I had only one thing to say with regard to the person who inherits these pieces when she goes to the great litter box in the sky:



Simon, Recipient of the Dickin Medal


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I was reading a story the other day about Lucca, a military working dog, who saved the lives of many soldiers in Afghanistan but lost a leg doing so.  Lucca was honored with the prestigious Dickin Medal for his actions.

As I was researching the Dickin Medal (I had never heard of it), I came across the story of a cat, Simon, who also received the medal.

In 1948, Simon was found wandering around in Hong Kong while the HMS Amethyst, a ship in the Royal Navy, was in port there.  One of the Amethyst‘s sailors smuggled him on board, but in no time he won over the hearts and minds of the entire crew.  His specialty was ridding the ship of rats, and he became well-known for leaving “presents” of dead rats in crew members’ bunks and for sleeping in the Captain’s cap.

Then in 1949, the Amethyst was involved in the Yangtze Incident.  She was fired upon by the Chinese during a civil war between the Chinese nationalists and the Chinese communists.  She took a direct hit near the captain’s quarters, mortally wounding the captain, and Simon was badly wounded.  He was not expected to survive.  He did survive, however, and was soon back at work.

He received numerous awards, to include the Dickin Medal, for “surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service.”

You can read more about Simon here.  Yes, it seems he was one heck of a “Seacat.”