New Science Fact: 10,000 volts kills all of cat’s nine lives in one go

Cats are evil and a waste of space and a pain in the butt, but at least this one went out in style – creating maximum inconvenience to human beings.

Nearly 10,000 homes and business in Tauranga lost their power for an hour after a cat was zapped at a substation.

The cat climbed on to outdoor electrical switchgear at the Otumoetai substation last night, lines company Powerco says.

Power was restored about an hour later at 8.25pm.

The cat did not survive.

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As seen in the wild

From the Cat Site forums:

Do Male cats kill kittens?

We had three little kittens in our backyard .We were feeding them and their mother for a week. They were so tiny and beautiful and playful. Actually, other strays were even afraid to come near he mother. But y’day night, we saw a huge cat, it was twice the size of the mother and unlike any stray we had seen. The mother cat was out on a hunt and the three kittens were frightened and hiding. (They were too little even to mew). We chased the big one away. But it looked exactly like one of the litter. ( a striped grey that we called Tiger). So we thought may be it was the father of the litter, and so it would not harm them. But this morning, the mother came back and sat staring stiffly at something behind a bush. When my brother went and saw, it was little Tiger, (Oh God!) bitten in half with its lower part missing. We searched for the others, but could not find them. But then later we saw the other two in our neighbor’s house. But Tiger was our special pet, the most beautiful of the litter, a shy kitty, that would peek around a bush or a wall and make sure none of us were near before it came to lap up the milk we gave them. Just yesterday, all of them, including Tiger started coming near us and played with us when we shook little twigs at them. It was so delightful to watch.

The first expert comments:

Yes Toms will kill kittens because the grief in the momcats throw the females back into heat quickly and the toms can mate again. Normally the Tom will put the kitten in their mouth and shake them violently and not leave a mark. But I have known some Toms that will kill more violently than that.

Apparently this behaviour disappears once the tom cat is neutered…

Now bearing all that in mind this was the news on Fairfax from  yesterday:    Read more »


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 »