Pets at work? Or Pests at work? [POLL]

Research suggests allowing people to bring pets to work is beneficial for productivity and general harmony.

Allowing workers to bring their animal friends to work could increase workplace productivity rather than prove a distraction, a pet care advisor believes. …

“The benefits are huge, it’s not just the amount of fun we have and the pets have, but there’s really good research to say it reduces the stress of people whose pets are in the office on a regular basis.

“People think it must be chaotic but we know productivity increases…maybe because you’re taking more regular breaks so the time you spend at the desk is more productive.”

Research also showed that employees began to enjoy their jobs more and even liked their bosses more for allowing them to bring their pets in.

But it was important good guidelines were set down, as not every pet and not every workplace would be suitable, she said. Read more »


Man calls police for help after being attacked by his own cat


Connecticut police have released a 911 call a homeowner made after his 8-pound cat turned violent and prevented him from entering the house.

CBS New York says Mohammed Lokman, of Stamford, was sitting in his car when he dialed 911 on his ferocious feline around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Revoke his man card.  Immediately.   Read more »


Winston Sledges New Zealand’s Favourite Grandmother

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Please please don’t kill me Granny Maggie

Whaleoil Politician of the Week Maggie Barry is National’s designated Winston antidote.

So it is not surprising that Winston gives her a good kick in the arse over her cat policy.

Ms Barry says the SPCA’s practice of catching cats, spaying them and setting them free – is counterproductive.

“What I’d like to see the SPCA do is if they catch a wild cat, to put them down in a humane way.”   Read more »

Conservation Minister wants government to go all ISIS on your cat


NZ Newswire reported Ms Barry said she had spoken about [Prime Minister’s cat] Moonbeam to Mr Key and knew she was kept locked inside at night.

Mr Key said limiting cats was Ms Barry’s personal view rather than the Government’s.

“Some people are going to have lots of cats and some people are going to have few. The Government isn’t going to limit the number of cats people can own.”

Ms Barry was speaking from bird sanctuary Zealandia. Read more »


Damn cats are dominating the news. Just kill them already


Story one:

Woodville’s claws were out and cat-trappers called it quits after offensive notes were left in letterboxes and personal jibes were posted over social media.

The Tararua town’s feline problem came to the fore after the SPCA fielded several complaints of wild cats annoying residents and reproducing on people’s properties.

Woodville District Vision, the town’s community board, set about fixing the problem by trapping the wild felines and euthanising them.

Community board chairwoman Robin Winter said one resident called for help after feeding more than 30 cats near her property, which made them her responsibility.

The cats were left by their owners, who had either died or moved away, she said.

With residents’ assistance, volunteers trapped and took wild cats to be euthanised.

But the volunteer trappers have quit after being taunted over social media and receiving notes in their letterboxes.

“The reality is they were being talked about as if they were murderers,” Winter said.

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Can a man who owns a cat ever be trusted?


The question is, can a man who owns a cat ever be trusted?

What is the measure of a man? Well, his choice of pet, of course. If he has a dog, this says positive things about him. He values loyalty, energy and heroism. He’s probably a good laugh.

But if he is a cat owner, he may as well walk around with a huge sign that says: “I’m terrified of commitment, rather snobby and a tad creepy. PS – my home probably smells of on-the-turn shellfish.”

There are, I suppose, some excuses for owning a cat. The stereotypical owner is a spinster, and given their plight, one can forgive them the error of allowing the clawing fleabags through their front door. But beyond that, cat-ownership seems a bizarre lifestyle choice. Certainly among males, there is no excuse for it once adolescence has passed.

Cats are sinister, self-centred little madams with an unjustified, Herculean superiority complex. They are crashing bores, the animal world equivalent of the mute dinner-party guest from hell.

Throughout their lives, most of which they seem to spend asleep, the only drama cats create is when they awaken their owner with a half-dead sparrow. They give as much fun back to their owners as goldfish. When someone tells me their cat has died, the question I always want to ask is: but how could you tell?

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Gareth Morgan proposes something that is already being done

Gareth Morgan wants cats dead…so do I…especially feral cats.

His latest call though is already being done with an outcry recently in Auckland about cats being dispatched after trespassing in a wildlife reserve on Whangaparaoa peninsula.

Lock up your moggies if you live near a sensitive wildlife area, or they could be put down – that’s the latest suggestion from Gareth Morgan’s environmental group in its bid to stop cats harming native birds.

Geoff Simmons from the Morgan Foundation made the suggestion in a submission on Wellington City Council’s biodiversity management strategy.

He said the strategy’s plan to manage predators that had an impact on native wildlife was for the most part “fantastic”.

However, there was a “glaring omission” around the issue of cats.

Mr Simmons suggested any cats found wandering around sensitive wildlife areas, where birds would breed, should be humanely trapped and returned to their owners.

If the cat was not microchipped, it would be dropped off to the SPCA where it would be re-homed or euthanised.    Read more »

Maybe we could send Gareth to help out

Long term readers of this site know that I hate feral cats…well, most cats, but feral cats in particular.

They are bird killing machines, mostly of our native birds.

But it turns out they are spreading disease too.

Free-roaming domestic cats (Felis catus) are widely understood to have substantial negative impacts on wildlife. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists cats among the world’s worst non-native invasive species, and cats on islands worldwide have contributed to 33 species extinctions (Lowe et al. 2000, Medina et al. 2011). In the United States free-roaming cats are the top source of direct anthropogenic mortality to birds and mammals, killing approximately 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year (Loss et al. 2013).

The indirect impacts of cats on wildlife are less obvious, but one of the greatest emerging threats from free-roaming cats is infection with Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii is a parasitic protozoan that can infect all warm-blooded species but relies on felids to complete its life cycle. According to a new study published in EcoHealth, feral cats are likely driving white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) infections in northeastern Ohio (Ballash et al. 2014). Cats that host T. gondii excrete oocysts into the environment in their feces, and a single cat can deposit hundreds of millions of oocysts, which may remain infectious for up to 18 months (Tenter et al.2000).   Read more »


Kim Dotcom broke, whining like a baby about it too

Kim Dotcom is crying a river of tears because he is broke…though I note he hasn’t yet moved out of his rented mansion.

Business Insider reports:

German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has acknowledged that he has run out of money after spending over $US10 million on legal costs.

Speaking through a Skype call at the unBound Digital conference in London, Dotcom said his three-year legal fight could be coming to an end. “My legal team resigned after I ran out of money,” Dotcom said. “I spent $US10 million to defend myself. They have drained all my resources.”

In times past this was referred to as a ‘forlorn hope’. Recklessly charging ahead despite overwhleming odds, hoping for a miracle.

He wouldn’t have such massive legal bills if he had only just hopped on a plan to the US and cleared his name. He has claimed innocence yet acts like a guilty crook.

Dotcom said the appearance could be his last public interview, because he suspected that the New Zealand government could use his lack of funds to revoke his bail Thursday during his next bail hearing.

“I’m an easy target because of my flamboyant lifestyle,” he said. “It’s hard to keep a low profile when you have number plates with ‘GOD’ and ‘STONED’ on them. Also, I’m German, and Hollywood loves German Bond villains.”

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Don’t stroke it, you’ll stress it

Here at Whaleoil we’re not afraid to swim upstream, upset people, and challenge the status quo.   What you are about to read is going to tear at the fabric of society as you know it.

You have been warned.

…pet owners have been warned that cuddling their feline can cause them stress.

Research has revealed that more than half of people do not know how to cope with an anxious cat and think that petting them is the answer.

Leading cat charity, Cats Protection, asked pet owners what they knew about caring for their moggy but found too many were letting the love of their pets cloud their judgement.

Nicky Trevorrow, Cats Protection’s behaviour manager, said: ‘Being held or stroked for too long can be very stressful for some cats.

‘Space and peace is often what they need – they’re not small furry humans so what would comfort us won’t necessarily comfort them.

There you go.  And not all purring is signs of comfort either, just quietly.   Read more »