This week, I was inspired by Emily Heeb's story about a dog that rides a bus all by herself to the park. Naturally, I wondered if cats did similar human-like activities. And since my most visited article on Paw Mane Fin is Do Cats Sense Human Illness?, I felt you might enjoy this piece.
Meet Stubbs, the Honorary Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska
My intro photo of Stubbs was taken July 1st, 2006 by Jenni Konrad on flickr (CC-by-SA 2.0); her description reads: as we were taking photos of him, a guy walked by and said, "he's mayor of this town!"
Well, he certainly looks confident and proud, don't you think?
In a Reuters article, I learned that Stubbs was mauled by a dog during the Labour Day weekend in 2013. He ended up in veterinary hospital to be treated for a punctured lung and fractured sternum, along with deep cuts and bruises.
I had to wonder if Stubbs passed some doggie by-law that wasn't popular, like no barking after midnight.
And Stubbs isn't young, he's 17 years old. According to Wikipedia, he assumed office July 18th, 1997. Oh but he's not all business. Every afternoon he frequents his favourite watering hole at a nearby restaurant. There, he can be found lapping up catnip-laced water from a wine glass. You'll see him do it in the short video next.
Stubbs the Cat for U.S. Senate
Published on Nov. 4th, 2014 (only 1:28)
Jordan the Cat
Edinburgh University Library Card Holder
The Edinburgh Evening News reported that Jordan the cat was issued a photo library card at Edinburgh University Library, one of the top universities in the UK. It expires May 25th, 2017 so I am guessing he may have graduated by then. His major? No idea, but I doubt it has anything to do with theology.
Facebook Page Photos of Library CatYou see, 8-year old Jordan was adopted by Catholic friars as a kitten but he prefers to hang out at the Edinburgh library instead of the chaplaincy.
He only returns to the friary for food. Father Dermott Martin stated, "He ignores us when he sees us in the square. He ignores us indoors as well unless he wants feeding [food]."
The library's help desk supervisor, Caroline Stirling, explained that Jordan "doesn’t have to have it [the library card] with him when he comes in."
Each day, Jordan can usually be found sitting in his favourite turquoise chair near the entrance. I wonder what kind of books he reads.
It seems that Jordan prefers to hang out with the students and he helps them study. Stirling added, "He is really popular. He has been coming in for at least a year." Father Martin concurred, "The students say its stress relieving because he’s in the library when they study."
Masha Kept Infant Warm and Meowed for Help
Published on Jan. 15th, 2015 by AmazingWorldNews
A stray cat in Russia kept an abandoned infant boy warm for several hours in an apartment stairwell and alerted residents by yowling in distress.
In sub-zero temperatures, Masha the cat curled her body around the 8 - 12 week old baby who was dressed in clean clothes and left in a box. Some diapers and baby food were also found nearby.
Ruptly News reported that Masha was quite protective of the boy when medical help arrived. The woman who found the baby stated:
"When an ambulance worker took the baby to bring him into the car, the cat followed him and pitifully meowed."
And paramedic, Vera Ivanina, was quoted in a Daily Mail article by Sam Matthew:
"She was so worried about where we were taking the baby. She ran right behind us, meowing. She was really a rational creature."
The baby has been declared healthy and Masha has been given credit for keeping him warm and for summoning help. Authorities are trying to find the parents of the infant. As for Masha? She's being treated like a hero and residents taking good care of her too.
Russian Cat Feasted on $1,000 Worth of Seafood
Published on Dec. 13th, 2014 by UKRAINE TODAY
A real cat burglar. Okay to be fair, this cool cat probably didn't eat that much but since the cat had its paws on the fish counter, the entire lot had to be written off. The estimated worth of the seafood was $63,000 rubles (over $1,100 USD).
What cracked me up is the media outcry afterwards. Apparently, this cat has been hailed a modern day Robin Hood. The unnamed cat has even been promised membership on a St. Petersburg's communist party website.
What's more, he's been offered a good job according to RT News. Yury Kuklachyov, founder of Moscow's Cat Theater, offered to pay for all damages incurred by the cat if he can feature him in one of the theater's performances.
A Piano-Playing Cat?
Burnellyow at the English language Wikipedia / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0As fabulous as Grumpy Cat is, I was astounded to learn in a Huffington Post article by Katherine Brooks about the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra which performs with Nora the piano-playing cat.
They call it a Catcerto.
Now before you wonder how on earth a cat will perform in front of a live audience, the cat is shown playing piano on a giant screen above the orchestra.
For 4:52 seconds, professional musicians (mainly cellists and violinists) follow along, lending their harmonizing chords and whatever sounds good to Nora's melody.
Apparently, she has real talent. Nora is from New Jersey and has been a piano playing sensation for several years.
Up next, enjoy Nora and the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra. Mindaugas Piecaitis is the conductor and composer of this Lithuanian chamber ensemble.
Photo by Burnell Yow! uploaded July 14, 1007 on Wikipedia (CC-by-SA 3.0)