August 21, 2014

Nurse Gives 175 Terminally Ill Cats A Loving Home

LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count.
The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes.
Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. “That’s not my role,” she told The Associated Press. “I’m a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about.”
She said that “people don’t adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill.”
For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which is not contagious to humans or other species. It usually is transmitted through direct contact, mutual grooming and the sharing of litter boxes, food and water bowls, according to the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
She finds the cats in Lima’s streets and markets and has them tested for leukemia. Nearly all of the street cats turn out to have the disease, as well as fleas, parasites and malnutrition. She takes in only adult cats to avoid spreading the disease to new generations.
"Bringing a kitten here is condemning it to death," she said.
Torero names the cats — Fellini, Peppa, Dolly, Misterio among them — and dresses many in small shirts. “Each one has a distinct personality,” she said.
She said she doses out medicine, sterilizes the animals and treats them for parasites every two months. Her arms bear the scratches of cats that resist the injections.
She estimated she spends about $1,785 a month to care for the cats, half of that from donations and the other half from her job as a private nurse.
Her three children, ages 16, 14, and 6, share the apartment and often play or cuddle with the cats, many of which sleep in plastic organizer bins and sprawl across seemingly every chair and shelf.
The cat boxes and heavy use of deodorants don’t quite mask the odor of urine, but Torero said her neighbors haven’t complained.
Cats with leukemia can survive for several years, though their lifespan is usually much shorter than that of an unaffected cat. They eventually die naturally; Torero hasn’t the resources to have them put down. There are no special ceremonies.
"My best gift of love and respect I give them in life," she said.

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August 21, 2014

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Pretty depressing going to work when you have the cutest kitty asking you to stay :(

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August 21, 2014

His name is Bartok and he’s the cutest baby you’ll ever see.

Photos by ©Brain Gremlin

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August 20, 2014

10 Cats That Are So Screwed Because The Floor Is Lava

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August 20, 2014

Fernando and his Mommy, then and now.

Photos by ©Juliana Vincenzi Weber

August 13, 2014


August 10, 2014

Would you survive a Zombie Cat apocalypse?

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August 9, 2014

"Omar and Seashells are rescues that bonded in foster care. Seashells was pregnant and when she gave birth, non-biological father Omar comforted her. These two need forever homes as well as the kittens when they are ready. Omar and Seashells need to stay together."

Photos by ©Southern California Siamese Rescue

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August 9, 2014
Comic by ©Sarah’s Scribbles

Comic by ©Sarah’s Scribbles

August 8, 2014

The Mysterious Lives Of Cats Captured In Black And White Photography

Today, August 8th, is International Cat Day, and we just couldn’t let the opportunity pass without mentioning it. Every day is cat day on the Internet, so we decided that we’d bring a bit of class back to the cat pic with a list of mysterious and classy black and white cat photos.

Via Bored Panda

August 7, 2014
Don’t mess with this guy, he has a fully loaded Laser Grumpy Kitten.
Photo by ©Wwei Lim

Don’t mess with this guy, he has a fully loaded Laser Grumpy Kitten.

Photo by ©Wwei Lim

August 6, 2014

These men carry their shoulder cats with pride and honor.

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August 5, 2014
Oh Minni, you beautiful girl!Photo by ©Kissiminni

Oh Minni, you beautiful girl!

Photo by ©Kissiminni

August 3, 2014

Hot Weather Tips for Pets: Cool it Down

Have plenty of fresh water available for your companion animals. Cool the water down with an ice cube. Add water to canned food to help keep them hydrated. Place water bowls in the shade for outside animals. Fill a 1-2 liter bottle with water, freeze it and put it accessible areas to help keep them cool. 

Caption by ©The Cat Coach 
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August 1, 2014

Her name is Chubby Jo.

Photos by ©Allison