It’s snowing heavily in Chicago, and there’s no sign it will stop. Professor Ceiling Cat had to dig out the CatMobile, I’ve got a book to write, and so posting may be light today. But of course there will be Caturday felids: three today.
The BBC News reports a mysterious felid journey:
Mystery surrounds the discovery of a cat in an Aberdeenshire garage which has been traced via its identity chip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
BBC Scotland has learned the cat was found by a family in Muchalls on Thursday.
They contacted Cats Protection before taking it to a vet, and the cat was traced to the Spanish island through an international database after the national one drew a blank.
It has been named Juanita.
It will be found a new home if the owners cannot be traced.
Here’s Juanita, a lovely tabby with a lovely name. How do you suppose she made it? In the absence of firm evidence, I suppose the Discovery Institute would implicate the Hand of God!
Some of my favorite cat videos are those in which cats, wild or otherwise, encounter snow for the first time. It’s a fascinating study of animal behavior to see how an animal reacts when its world is covered with white, cold stuff. (Hili, I’m told, is affronted, and runs from one side of the house to the other, expecting that if there’s snow on one side, perhaps it will be summer on the other. Her owners call this “looking for the door to summer”).
At any rate, here’s a new video showing a cat from Alabama deals with its first snow. As you may know, Alabama, Birmingham in particular, had a very rare heavy snowfall last week, paralyzing the city.
And a reminder that tomorrow’s Superbowl, which I won’t be watching, has a halftime in which cute animals disport themselves in a mock football game to the delight of the viewers and the enrichment of the sponsors.
I’m not a big fan of these shenanigans (I’ve never watched a Kittenbowl of Pu**ybowl), but this year’s Kittenbowl had a worthy cause. According to Care2Makeadifference, it was to get all 71 cats adopted—and they were. The event was taped a few weeks ago
The North Shore Animal League America and the Hallmark Channel joined forces for an event of adorable cuteness. Hosted by animal activist and TV personality Beth Stern, the Kitten Bowl will pit over 70 kittens on four teams against one another until one team emerges victorious. John Sterling, the famed radio voice of the New York Yankees, will emcee.
While the Kitten Bowl is a light spirited bit of fun, behind the scenes this event is serving a serious purpose. NSALA became involved so it could find every homeless kitten in the game a loving forever home. That’s right — the folks backing the Kitten Bowl promised they’d find adoptive families for 71 abandoned kittens.
Curiously, the sponsor of this event is Beth Stern, who’s married to Howard Stern: yes, the Howard Stern, the potty-mouthed shock jock on the radio. Apparently Howard has his soft side. And the bowl was a success, and you can watch the taped event tomorrow at Superbowl halftime:
Beth Stern is the official spokesperson for NSALA. She and her husband, radio personality Howard Stern, have fostered more than 50 cats and kittens during the past year or so. That combination made hosting the Kitten Bowl a perfect fit for Beth. She says she had a great time.
“At one point there was one [kitten] on the ceiling and you pull them off like Velcro and put them down on the field,” Beth told Newsday. “And some of them in the middle of the field, they take little catnaps. Really adorable, that’s all I can say. It’s just the cutest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”
And the best news (my emphasis):
The Kitten Bowl hasn’t even aired yet but remarkably, its primary mission for 2014 is already complete.
“I had the time of my life frolicking on a field with 71 kittens,” Beth told Newsday. “And after the taping we held an adoption event at North Shore Animal League and all 71 kittens have since been adopted.”
The Care2 site has more information on the players, as well as this video about the kittenbowl, which shows far too much of the bizarre Regis Philbin and far too few kittens:
h/t: Su, Matthew Cobb