Caturday felids: Life at a British cat sanctuary; Kiwi’s lost cat notice; cats that don’t want to be at the vet’s

I don’t approve of big cat sanctuaries unless they’re to preserve a species going extinct in the wild or help cats that are injured or unable to survive in nature, but even when preventing extinction the aim should be to re-release the cats. A big animal whose genes tell it to roam miles in the wild simply cannot be happy in a small cage. That goes double for preserving mutants like the white lions and white tigers below., which are prone to deformities and disease. Nevertheless, without endorsing this practice, here’s what it’s like to work in one of these places.

This “sanctuary” is in Kent, England, and they do seem to care well for their animals.


From reader Tom in New Zealand:

My record collecting friend, Roger Pittman, who you met while you were in Nelson, is touring the southern part of the South Island and came across this lost cat notice. I thought you, cat lover that you are, would appreciate it.

Note: do NOT call that number!


Reader Tom in the U.S. sent an article from Mashable showing how cats try to hide at the vet’s. All of us with cats are familiar with this behavior.

Other tactics:

Lagniappe: two cat cartoons from the New Yorker:




  1. BJ
    Posted February 2, 2019 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Yay! You’ve decided to continue the series. Thanks you, Jerry 🙂

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted February 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted February 2, 2019 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I’ve got felids in small spaces, where the water bowl spills and the litter traces.

  3. BJ
    Posted February 2, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    If we’re posting single-panel cat comics, here’s my favorite one from my favorite single-panel comic series of all time:

  4. Posted February 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    The “hiding” cats are cute!

  5. rom
    Posted February 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I used to have a cat that would pee in the bathroom sink.

    He would jump up and get into the sink … it would not be too bad but I was shaving at the time.

    God knows what he did when I was not there. I miss that cat from 37 years ago.

    • BJ
      Posted February 2, 2019 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      That’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever heard. You didn’t train him to do that? He just decided that’s where he wanted to pee?

      • rom
        Posted February 2, 2019 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

        The cat was not allowed in the bedroom. Wife and I would come home and the bedroom door was open … we blamed each other. One Sunday morning 6 am there was a rattling at the door and the cat came in. He was jumping at the door lever and opening it.

        Anyway we stopped closing the door after that. One day shaving at the sink the comes in jumps up on the counter, into the sink and starts peeing. Grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and ran the cold water on him.

        He repeated the stunt once whilst I was around … same result. Sadly he got run over not long after that (outdoor cat). He was a brilliant cat as cats go.

        To answer your question: Definitely Not!

        • BJ
          Posted February 2, 2019 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

          Sorry to hear about his fate 😦 Sure sounds like he was a smarty!

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