Cat News by Kitten-World | Episode 2 | Feb - April 2020
Wilford the 28-Pound Foster Cat
In the beginning of February 2020, The Playschool for Wayward Kittens announced that Wilford, a 28-pound gray foster cat, was looking for a new family in Washington area.
Wilford, eight-years-old, was in a foster home, but because of his obesity he was being treated and under veterinary supervision. Wilford needs to lose at least half of his weight. He uses an inhaler twice daily and in order to shed the weight, is on veterinarian supervised diet for calorie reduction. For exercise, he likes to sit up when his humans wave toys at him.
The next month, Wilford was adopted by Peter Sorkin and Kiah Berkeley.
You might remember this couple back in 2017 when they made headlines by adopting a 35-pound cat named Symba, whom the couple renamed Vito. Unfortunately, Vito died back in January. Rest in Peace Vito.
The new family is happy with their new fat friend Wilford.
For more details: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-28-pound-cat-forever-home-20200207-ivrxzojy5rb4rpqovda7yjufj4-story.html
Justin Bieber's Cat Sushi Goes Missing (03/06/2020)
Sushi was missing nearly a month when Celebrity Chef, Sandra Lee, found Sushi in her backyard.
Sandra Lee fed and attended to the kitty’s wounds, he had an encounter with a porcupine. Once the kitty was calmed, she took the collar off and called the number.
Justin and Hailey Bieber were incredibly happy to have Sushi back. Justin Bieber was concerned and beginning to lose hope, thinking Sushi would be gone for good. Sushi was found miles away, he looks extremely skinny and had a sad meow, but Sushi is now back home safe and sound.
For more details: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8084047/Justin-Biebers-missing-Savannah-cat-Sushi-looking-extremely-skinny-running-away.html
Ricky Gervais Mourns the Death of his Beloved Cat Ollie
Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon have announced the death of their kitty, Ollie.
Cat Ollie lived to the impressive age of sixteen.
Jonathan Ross gave Ollie to Ricky and Jane in 2003. Ollie had been a social star ever since, with his own Twitter account reaching more than 60,000 followers.
Ollie was ‘3/8 Burmese, 1/8 Siamese, ¼ Cornish Rex, ¼ Devon Rex, ½ English, ¼ French Canadian, ¼ Irish & 100% CAT.
Ollie July 9th, 2003 – March 10th, 2020.
Rest in Peace Ollie.
For more details: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8096037/Ricky-Gervais-mourns-death-beloved-social-media-star-cat-Ollie-dies-aged-16.html
Kitten Found Alone on a Porch
Mustang Bartholomew, a small kitten, was found by a resident from Los Angeles. This resident heard meowing coming from outside, it was an on and off cry. When she followed the sound, it eventually led her to tiny Mustang, sitting on the steps of the porch.
Ashley Kelly, a foster volunteer of Wrenn Rescues, took Mustang and after a couple days paired Mustang with a litter of four.
Mustang was considered half size for his age but dons a big personality. He is very playful and uncontrollably exuberant. He loves to cuddle and does not miss an opportunity to beg for one. Throughout his foster journey, he would crawl into an empty lap or climb a shoulder to stay close to humans. Mustang is a people cat.
Eventually, a family adopted him into a welcoming and loving home, where he found a new feline sibling to love on.
For more details: https://www.lovemeow.com/kitten-stray-porch-rescue-cuddles-2645629419.html
A Tiger in the Bronx Zoo Tested Positive for COVID-19
Nadia, a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Nadia started showing symptoms after March 27. She appeared to have a dry cough and mild loss of appetite. Her Sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions, also developed similar symptoms.
Stool samples of the tigers were tested, where it was confirmed they tested positive for the virus.
The Bronx Zoo thinks that Nadia contracted the virus from a human handler. The Zoo has been closed to the public since, March 16, 2020, but it still requires about 300 essential employees each day to take care of roughly 6,000 animals.
All big cats seem to be recovering well. They are behaving normally, eating well and their cough is greatly reduced.
For more details: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiger-bronx-zoo-tested-positive-covid-19-180974624/
Katy Perry is Mourning her Cat
Katy Perry, the singer, shared with Instagram on April 19, that her Kitty Purry, has died. Kitty Purry was in Katy’s life for 15 years before she passed away.
They first met when Purry crawled through Katy’s then-boyfriend window, she was fully pregnant and seeking shelter. Katy Perry was incredibly happy to take Purry in, and now is time to say goodbye.
We all will miss you.
Rest in Peace Kitty Purry.
Two Cats In New York Have Tested Positive
Two separate cats in New York State have tested positive for the Coronavirus. These are the confirmed cases of the disease in the United States.
In one of the cases, the cat’s owner had tested positive for the disease before the cat show any symptoms. They have a second cat who has not shown any symptoms, despite living in the same home.
In the second case, the cat’s owners were not confirmed with the disease, they are not sure if the disease was transmitted by a mildly ill or asymptomatic person or an infected person outside of their household.
A couple of pets worldwide were tested positive, mostly of those pets had close contact with the people infected by the disease.
A study published in Science magazine, found that the virus tends to replicate poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but cats and ferrets are highly susceptible to the disease and the younger the cat the more vulnerable.
For more details: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/coronavirus-cats-new-york-test-positive-cdc
Shenzhen Becomes 1st Chinese City to Ban Eating Cats and Dogs
Shenzhen, in China, will be the first city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. The new law will come into effect on May 1, 2020.
After the Virus outbreak was linked to a wildlife meat market, Chinese authorities banned the trade and consumption of wild animals.
Humane Society International (HIS) says thirty million dogs a year are killed across Asia for meat.
The practice of eating dog meat in China is not that common. Most Chinese people have never done so and say they do not want to.
Dogs and Cats have grown close relationships with people in many different cultures and Chinese people are not staying behind, Shenzhen City and Taiwan have been the first places in Asia to ban both the killing and consumption of dog and cats.
For more details: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-52131940