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Friday Films: MEAN KITTY: Wake-up Call

MeanKittiesIt’s been a while since we’ve featured Cory Williams and his mean kitties Loka and Sparta, so here’s a treat.  Do your cat, dogs (or other) serve as your very dependable alarm clocks?  Tell us in the comments!

View more Mean Kitty videos on their YouTube channel or on their Facebook page.  You’ll be entertained for hours!  (Our favorite is still the original Mean Kitty Song.)

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April 19, 2014 Posted by | Cat Behavior, Friday Films, Humor, YouTube Videos | , , , | Leave a comment

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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Can be found at

Sacramento County Animal Care

Bradshaw Shelter

3839 Bradshaw Road

Sacramento, CA  95827

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April 16, 2014 Posted by | Available Cats, Pet overpopulation, Wordless Wednesday | , | Leave a comment

Friday Films: Clicker Train Your Cat at Home

More on clicker training with Denver’s Dumb Friends League

April 11, 2014 Posted by | Animal Welfare/Protection, Cat Training, Friday Films, YouTube Videos | , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Tales: Marsee, now Marcie

This story is from Laurie who adopted Marsee , a cat  scheduled for euthansia as unadoptable because of major hair loss due to flea allergies and related sick appearance. Lapcats stepped in to save Marsee, and devoted volunteer Gena agreed to foster Marsee while making her healthy, beautiful, and adoptable.

Laurie’s story demonstrates the importance of companion animals and their amazing affect on the human sprit and health.  It’s a true testament to saving TWO lives with the power of compassion and teamwork.

Please share this heartwarming story and pray for the continued health and happiness for Laurie and Marcie as they LIVE LIFE together!

How Marcie Saved My Life AND My Spirit

Marcie22Many of us think that when we lose a beloved long time pet, that we need to wait & "heal" before we can find room in our hearts for another pet. Many of us think that when we are so sick & weak from going through treatment for cancer that we "don’t have the energy" for a new pet in the house. Well my friends, we are wrong in our thinking on both counts. Let me tell you my story, & how a skinny little girl cat named Marcie Lee saved my life & my spirit.

My name is Laurie, & my husband David & I lost our beloved little cat Sidley Bear (as we liked to call her because she looked a lot like a little bear in the winter time)  of 17 1/2 years about a week before Christmas this last year. We were devastated & I was particularly inconsolable, because I was in my 8th month of treatment for ovarian cancer, which had metastasized all throughout my torso, from ovaries to diaphragm. I nearly died 3 times in those 8 months. I had been progressing nicely those last 2 to 3 months with my wonderful husband David, of over 37 years constantly by my side, & of course, with my little Sidley Bear always with me, by me, or on me. But now my cancer marker numbers in my blood were no longer going down, they were staying the same; I was almost there, almost cured, but not quite. But my spirits were at an all time low & my husband says that he could see me digressing, going backwards physically & emotionally. I could barely get out of bed most days.

We had thought we didn’t want another cat yet, but then I started looking at kitties online, through the Sacramento County Animal Shelter website, which led me to Lapcats. I sat in bed day after day looking at over 100 cats, conflicted over whether we were ready for a new one or not. Many, many cats pulled at my heartstrings, yet I kept looking. I would show them to David, & he would say oh he’s cute, or she sounds nice, but was very non-committal to my search. I wasn’t even sure that I was searching on a conscious level, I just knew I wanted to look at kitties. I was growing more and more depressed with each passing day. Then, I saw Marcie….her wonderful foster mom Gena spelled it Marsee. My heart stopped, & I looked into that little face & I fell in love.

I showed David, & he said well why don’t you submit an application for her? So I did that very night & by the end of the next day, Barbara from Lapcats had made arrangements for me to come meet her that Saturday. When we got there, she was much skinnier than I expected & her hair was fairly thin, due to being sick from flea allergies & malnutrition at the time Lapcats found her. I could tell David was a little unsure about this whole thing when he saw her, but I was determined to take this little kitty home with me & make her thrive! I didn’t want anyone to walk away from me just because I was sick & not perfect, right? So I took her home with us.

Marcie1She was very scared at first, but eventually came out to play a little here & there, running back under an end table to hide if she heard something or someone. By that night, she had gotten used to me, & I guess she decided she kinda liked me. I wasn’t really feeling much of anything for her yet, then she came and climbed in my lap & went to sleep. When she woke up, she stayed put. My husband was next to me, & he said I don’t think she likes me. Oh yeah? She stood up and walked over to his lap & plopped right down, looking up at him like, yes I do! Awhile later she came back to my lap. I had always wished for a little cat that would just lay in my lap, by her own decision, but none of my cats have ever done this. Marcie does it to this day, every day. And she looks deep in your eyes, with such love, and such caring. It can’t help but melt your heart! So that night, as I held her against me after she looked in my eyes, I felt the most amazing feeling in my heart. I felt her warm little body snuggling up to me, and I felt the love, and the LIFE, coming from her, INTO ME. It was beautiful! My sadness, my pain, & my loneliness was gone. I began to thrive, totally. I was smiling & happy & so in love with our sweet little girl, we both were. My depression was gone, and even more important, my cancer marker number in my blood went down by a third. Also, the small mass that the Drs saw on a CT scan taken the day after Sidley died, that they thought was resistant to chemo & that I may have to have surgery again to remove it, was GONE. I found this out 2 or 3 weeks after we adopted Marcie, & I owe my healing to her love & affection!

Never underestimate the power of healing from animals. And, never underestimate the room in your heart for a new pet after losing a previous one. My question for everyone is….did I rescue her? Or did she rescue me?

If anyone would like to comment on this story, or share a story with me, you are welcome to do so by emailing me at:   labola612@yahoo.com.

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April 6, 2014 Posted by | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Happy Tales, Poems and Stories, Volunteers | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Films: Crazy Time–Simon’s Cat

CatBehaviorZoomies:  the act of running full speed, usually in a circular motion around the backyard, open field or in your living room

Do your cats ever get the zoomies?  Dogs can get the zoomies too, but they are usually never as dramatic as cat zoomies, because dogs generally are pretty earthbound.  But cats… when cats get the zoomies, sometimes they can fly.  And when cats get the zoomies, nothing is safe.

Here’s a new Simon’s Cat video, in which Simon’s Cat gets the zoomies.  If your cats ever get the zoomies, I’m sure you will relate!

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April 4, 2014 Posted by | Cat Behavior, Friday Films, Humor, YouTube Videos | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Cats: A Poem by Charles Bukowski

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(Source:  Sulia)

March 30, 2014 Posted by | Cat Behavior, Poems and Stories | , , | Leave a comment

Friday Films: “Ricky” Wins 2014 Catdance Film Festival

The 2014 Catdance Film Festival Winner is…“Ricky” UCLA MFA Candidate and Filmmaker Simon Savelyev wins $50,000 Grand Prize and the Coveted Golden Litter Scoop.

Savelyev has a dog, Romy, who is afraid of other dogs, but she loves cats. Last year he adopted a friend for her: a kitten named Ricky. The film is the story of their meeting.  This film is narrated–but unscripted–by his 7-year-old neighbor, Willa, and follows Ricky and Romy as they get to know each other.

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Read more about the 2014 Catdance Film Festival winner and the runner-ups on Layla Morgan Wilde’s popular blog/online magazine Cat Wisdom 101. 

You may also be interested in these related posts:

Friday Films:  A Cat in Love and vote for Catdance! 

Friday Films:  2013 Catdance Film Festival

March 28, 2014 Posted by | Events, Friday Films, Humor, YouTube Videos | , , | Leave a comment

Happy Tales: Courtney, now Zizka

Our Courtney, a sight-impaired kitty, was adopted yesterday by a wonderful lady, Kelly. Kelly and her husband have a kitty now that has one eye and is also sight-impaired. Kelly drove all the way from Clovis to adopt our sweet, cuddly Courtney. She was purring up a storm in these pictures just before they got on the road for home.

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KellyContacted a day or two later, this is what Kelly had to say:

“We’ve re-named little Miss Courtney Jan Zizka (Zizka for short) after the 15th century Bohemian general. Like Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, General Zizka and his armies were never defeated. He was blinded in battle as a young soldier, and he was known as the Blind Genius by his troops. Gen. Zizka joins Admiral Nelson at our house, and now we have a couple of very distinguished cats.

Zizka is such a precious little doll. She likes to curl up in my arms when I’m on the couch, and she has a delightful little meow and purr. She’s a little skittish when I try to pick her up, but she settles down as soon as she’s in my arms, and so far she’s let me administer her nightly eye drops like a champ. She’s eating her kibble but has yet to try her wet food, and she’s perfect about her littler box.

Admiral Nelson is alarmed, and snorts and growls at the door to the office where Gen. Zizka is living for the time being. Yesterday Admiral Nelson sneaked in as I was doing laundry, and the two briefly met nose-to-nose. Admiral Nelson did a bit of hissing and posturing, but Gen. Zizka just watched her and meowed. She didn’t seem threatened or frightened, so I am hopeful that once the Admiral Nelson’s shock wears off there will be peace. :)”

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March 23, 2014 Posted by | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Happy Tales | , , , | 1 Comment

Friday Films: Jackson Galaxy is Bipetual—Are You?

Orangecat-terrierAre you a confirmed “dog person” or a “cat person”, or both?  In this video popular cat behaviorist and animal activist Jackson Galaxy shares his theory why you may pick one species over the other, or whether you’re just an “animal person” and can relate to both, especially if you just try.  With so many cats and dogs filling our shelters nationwide, it’s a terrible shame to have love and lives go to waste if you are willing and able to adopt another furkid.  It’s something to think about.

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Season 5 of Jackson Galaxy’s “My Cat From Hell” premiers April 26th on Animal Planet.  Be sure to check your local listings for broadcast times.

March 21, 2014 Posted by | Education, Friday Films, Pet overpopulation, YouTube Videos | , , , , | Comments Off

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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find your new best friend at:

Sacramento County Animal Care

3839 Bradshaw Road

Sacramento, CA  95827

March 19, 2014 Posted by | Available Cats, Pet overpopulation, SCACR, Wordless Wednesday | , , | Comments Off

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