Caturday felids trifecta: Ben the Golf Cat fouls up putts; a stowaway kitten; and a film about New York’s street-cat saviors

Ben the golf cat won’t let you sink a putt. This video is from two years ago, but has recently reappeared. If you don’t want to bend over to retrieve balls from the hole, Ben is the cat for you!

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The notes for this YouTube video say this:

Occurred on July 2, 2019 / Vladikavkaz, Russia “‘We found a kitty inside a car bumper after the owner heard some strange noises. The lady who owned the car took him home with her.”

I’m glad that tiny tabby got adopted by the rescuer; it would be almost incumbent on you to keep a cat that lodged itself in your car frame. I would have named it “Bumper.”

 

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This New York Times article (click to read) highlights a new movie about people who rescue street cats, either trying to find homes for them or engaging in the “trap, neuter, release” program which, though it keeps new kittens from being born in the streets, also puts the adults back in tough conditions.

An excerpt from the article:

New York’s cat lovers are probably familiar with the feeling of wanting to help out the city’s many stray felines, but Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence’s modest, effective documentary “The Cat Rescuers” captures the peculiar anxiety of not being able to help all of them. The film focuses on the brave, sometimes eccentric souls who have devoted their lives to caring for the city’s cat population. As we watch their often heroic efforts, we get the nauseating sense that whatever they do will never be enough.

In many cases, these people catch the animals, then arrange to have them spayed and vaccinated, before releasing them back out into the streets. There probably aren’t enough prospective owners for these cats, and many of the animals brought to shelters wind up being euthanized; the film’s most heart-rending sequence involves watching different people from all walks of life bringing their beloved pets to one such shelter, in the full knowledge that these creatures, if they can’t find a home, will eventually be killed.

And here’s the movie’s two-minute trailer. The NYT notes that “no animal lover should be surprised to find themselves holding back tears while watching this documentary.”

 

The official website for “The Cat Rescuers” is here, and includes four Vimeo clips that I can’t bear to watch.

My only comment is to add the old proverb, “whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved the lives of all men”, replacing “men” with “creatures.” Interestingly, this phrase, which derives from Jewish scripture (with the proviso that the life saved must be Jewish) also appears in the Qur’an.

h/t: Michael, Ginger K.

9 Comments

  1. merilee
    Posted July 13, 2019 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Sub

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 13, 2019 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Hey, one of our cats is Bumper. The name is not from hanging around bumpers but he use to bump his mother with his head to get closer to the food in the bowl. He knew how to use his head.

    • merilee
      Posted July 13, 2019 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      “He knew how to use his head.”😻😻

  3. uommibatto
    Posted July 13, 2019 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    The stowaway kitty video reminded me of the story of our cat Kaz. As a kitten, she stowed away somewhere in the engine of a Volvo, and made the trip from Ojai to Camarillo, about 45 miles or so. This car was driven by the neighbors of friends of ours in Camarillo, neither of whom was in the market for a kitten. My wife and I were, however, so we adopted her.

    My story for how Kaz got her name goes like this:

    At the time, there was this TV channel called “MTV” that showed these things called “music videos.” One video that was in rotation at the time was “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash. There’s a line in the first stanza of the song about something “in the radiator grill.” Since that was approximately where the kitten had been ensconced, we came up with the name “Casbah” which became simply “Kaz.”

    • merilee
      Posted July 13, 2019 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Great story and lucky Kaz😻 My Carmen (Dingle) was found by the Humane Society in the wheel well of a truck, along with her calico mother and 4 pure white litter mates. Dingle is a light grey tabby. She’s such a nosy parker that she might have joined the gang in the wheel well🤓

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Groovy cat people helping cats to help themselves. Top marks [& scars of course].

  5. rickflick
    Posted July 13, 2019 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    When I was 6 years old, I was playing along the ditch by the road and found a rather bedraggled gray cat. I dragged it into the house and fed it some milk and cookies and asked my mom if we could keep it. She agreed, why I don’t know, and the cat became part of the family – and, she eventually delivered into our family, a family of her own. Her descendants were with us for the next 25 years.

    • merilee
      Posted July 13, 2019 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

      😻🐾🐾

  6. Posted July 14, 2019 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Rescued cats are wonderful. I have Bridget and Cat Jack who I love dearly. They are the best cats ever !


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