The cat killer

Infuriated to discover the body without life of its hens, a 77-year Ollioulais has purely and simply killed Bart, the cat of one of its neighbours. On 15 April, Gilles V. and his wife, a couple of forties, made a macabre discovery before the portal for their villa. A tightly closed plastic bag inside, they find the remains of their pet. Stunned, they learn from the mouth of a river that it was he who drowned their cat after him have trapped.

It regulates neighbourhood disputes…

Nauseated by the situation and the man’s behavior, V. husband seized justice, and this weekend, the police court ruled on this case of cruelty to an animal.

At the helm, the cat killer is no stranger to justice services. Bernard D. l., retired from the Navy, is… conciliator of justice. A man named by the first president of the Court of appeal which is one of the essential tasks to solve neighborhood problems. And, in this case, he settled his property strange way.

Before the president Leperchey, the debates were lively and heated. Bernard D. l. confirmed throwing the cat in the pool and that he went to a ride before returning to find drowning.

Prosecutors demand the maximum penalty

The individual – whose defence was provided by Me Claramunt-Agosta – did not hesitate then to brandish certificates of good character from two mayors of West Var and a former Prosecutor of the Republic. Ms. Batlle, the representative of the public prosecutor requested the maximum sentence: 1 500 e fine and the publication of the judgment.

The Court sentenced the murderer of Bart cat to pay including 1 000 e V. husband of moral prejudice (plus court costs), 500 e Foundation 30 millions d’Amis and Ditto for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and the League against the mistreatment of animals.

1. The Prosecutor’s office has estimated that the facts are fine for contraventions of the 5th class. Mr. Labalme (lawyer of the owner of the cat and Me Bacquet for the 30 million friends Foundation) has raised an objection to the jurisdiction and requested referral back to corrections. A request rejected by the tribunal.

The Cat Breeds

The many breeds of cats vary greatly in appearance. Cat breeders have developed numerous breeds by se­lectively mating animals with certain desirable and distinctive characteristics. These characteristics appear consistently in the offspring of purebred cats. A pure­bred cat is one whose mother and father belong to the same breed. The offspring of cats that have mated ran­domly are known as crossbreds or alley cats.

Many people prefer the special features of a certain breed of cats. For example, such purebreds as the Abys­sinian and the Birman are among the most beautiful and unusual animals in the world. But crossbreds may be just as beautiful and lovable as purebreds.
Certain associations officially recognize cat breeds and establish standards for the ideal characteristics of each breed. However, different cat associations recog­nize different breeds, and breed standards also vary somewhat. In the United States, cat breeds are com­monly divided into two major groups: short-haired breeds and long-haired breeds.

Short haired breeds. Most cat associations in the United States commonly recognize 10 short-haired breeds. They are the Abyssinian, American shorthair, Burmese, Havana brown, Japanese bobtail, Korat, Manx, Rex, Russian blue, and Siamese.
Abyssinian is a slender, muscular, medium-sized cat with a long, tapering tail. Aby cats, as they are some­times called, have a rounded, wedge shaped head and large, pointed ears. Their almond-shaped eyes may be green or gold. These cats are known for their melodic voices and their agouti coat pattern, which is common in wild animals. Each hair of an Aby’s soft coat has two or three bands of alternating light and dark colors. The coat may have red and chocolate bands, or reddish-brown and black or dark brown bands.

Abyssinians have been bred in Ethiopia (formerly called Abyssinia) for thousands of years. Many people believe the quiet, graceful Aby is descended directly from the sacred cats of ancient Egypt
American shorthair, also called the domestic shorthair, is the best known breed of cats. American shorthairs resemble many alley cats but are purebreds. The American shorthair is a muscular, medium to large sized animal. Its large head features full cheeks; a broad, squarish muzzle; large, round eyes, and rounded, medium-sized ears. The coat and eyes may be any color. The breed probably developed from cats originally brought to the American Colonies by Europeans. The British shorthair is similar to the American shorthair but is stockier and has a thicker coat.

Breed Organizations

Recognition and acceptance of a breed usually must come from an established group of cat fanciers. Groups of breeders and other persons interested in showing cats have formed organizations to establish rules for shows and standards by which cats can be judged at the shows. They also keep stud books and validate the registration papers needed for purebred cats. In most countries there is only one organization that acts as the governing body. In the United States, there are many, each of which sets its own judging standards and rules. The two largest of these are the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., and the American Cat Fanciers Association. In Canada the governing body is the Canadian Cat Association.

In most parts of the United States there are many organizations to which persons interested in cats may belong. Some of these are affiliated with national associations, but many arc strictly local clubs that invite the participation of anyone in the neighborhood. Membership in the large clubs usually consists chiefly of breeders and owners of purebred cats. Such organizations serve as clearinghouses for disseminating information about specific breeds, giving members’ advice about breeding methods, and helping establish standards for breeds. Most of the organizations conduct shows in which competitions for champion ships are held. Cat fanciers take their animals to vie with others in their breed or class for top honors. No purebred cats may also be shown in the household-pet class. These cat shows are extremely popular, and in a large one there may be more than a thousand cats entered for competition.

Wild Cats

Cats is an animal that belongs to the family Felidae. Cats include a wide range of animals from the domestic house cat to the huge tiger.

All cats, large or small, have the same general proportions of body and the same food habits. All are carnivores (meat eaters) and kill their own food. Depending on the size of the cat, this food ranges from small mice and birds up to large zebras, deer, antelope, and cattle. Any animal which the cat is large and strong enough to kill will serve for food. Cats do not run their victims down, as do wolves, j but stalk them and then pounce on them. Sometimes they rush for a short distance at high speed to leap upon their prey.

A cat has soft cushioned toes on which it moves very silently. It also has five sharp I pointed claws on each of its front feet and four on each of its hind feet. With these it seizes, claws, and tears its victim, while it bites at the throat with its teeth.

The cats tongue is covered with tiny hard growths called papillae, which make the tongue feel rough to the touch. The pupil of the eye is opened wide in dull light or darkness, and in bright light is reduced to a narrow vertical (up and down) slit. From the sides of the mouth grow long, heavy whiskers.

The sounds made by cats are mewing, purring, howling, and screaming. Some of the large cats, such as the lion and tiger, often roar, while the jaguar and leopard utter a sound described as a hoarse cough or bark. One interesting thing about these four cats is that because of a difference in the formation of certain bones in the throat, they do not purr.

The cat is no more of a killer than any other animal that lives on meat. Cats are one of the natural controls on deer and other browsers and grass feeders. If the latter were not held in check, they would soon become so numerous that there would not be enough food for all of them. And the cat has been very useful to man in helping him keep rodents (rats and mice) under control in his houses, barns, and granaries.

The color of the cat is, in general, a yel­low or tawny background marked with black streaks and spots, or rosettes of spots. Its tail and legs sometimes bear black rings around them. This all varies, of course, with the kind (species) of cat a few, such as the lion of Africa and the mountain lion of America have lost all their black markings. Their young, however, have a spotted coat at birth. All cats are born with their eyes closed.

Fossils of cats have been found which have been estimated to be millions of years old. Their range today includes the entire world, ex­cept the West Indies, Pacific Islands, Madagascar, Australia, and the Polar Regions.

They live in many different types of country in high, snow-covered mountains; in hot, wet jungles; in arid (dry, waterless) deserts; in pine forests of the north, where the cold is in­tense in winter. Some live on the ground like the lion, and many hunt on the ground. But the majority can climb trees and the smaller, forest-dwelling kinds also hunt for birds, mon­keys, and other animals in the trees. Cats do not fear water, and the jaguar of South America often swims rivers.

Cats, like most animals, vary in size and color, depending on whether they live in dry or wet climates, or hot or cold regions. In desert country, where it is hot and dry, a cat has a light-colored coat, while one living in a wet forest has a darker, perhaps more reddish coat. The differences have been studied and described. For example, the puma ranges over North and South America; some pumas are large and some small, some light and some dark. These differences are recognized and are scientifically known as geographic races.

A few cats hunt by day, but most are active at night and remain hidden in the day, and so are not easily studied. Rarely are their dens or homes found, with the result that very lit­tle has been learned about their habits and their young.

The larger cats, and some of the smaller ones, have been driven out of many places because they preyed on mans livestock, or be­cause there was a demand for their skins. The larger kinds, particularly, are rapidly becom­ing scarcer.

The lion, tiger, leopard, puma (also called cougar or mountain lion), jaguar, ocelot, and lynx are well-known members of the cat fam­ily. For more detailed information on them see the individual articles on these animals.

Feral Cats

Even though nina Johanna García, today in 20 years, wanted to have a cat as a pet in his Washington Heights apartment, his mother always opposed because he didn’t have animals in the home.

In adolescence, in a birthday party they gave him a cat, and when her mother first thing said you saw him was: “that is not here”. But Garcia promised to take care of educating it and provide you with all the essentials so that it will not cause discomfort, and today is the mother of Garcia who called her cell phone to ask what should you feed Te Adoro, as Jack was baptized.

Garcia extended the love for your cat to all feral cats in your neighborhood, and today she studied veterinary medicine at the University and is one of the most active volunteers from the Washington Heights Cat Colony, organisation non-profit that has a colony of feral cats in the neighborhood.

What do you do for cats at the Washington Heights Cat Colony?

From 2011, I work voluntarily with the colony of cats, took them food and water, teach them tricks, helped put them in foster homes, and we give the families that host them food and sand until the cats find permanent homes. We also provide you services annual veterinary, and carry them to get vaccinated, neutered and sterilized.

What inspired you to help feral cats?

When I was graduating from high school, the teacher who was helping me with the subject of the University, told me that they were acquiring experience in something that I liked. I had my cat yet, and as I liked animals someone recommended me to look for something in my district related to this topic. That’s how I found on the internet Washington Heights Cat Colony, applied, and I joined the program.

What are the biggest problems facing the cats in Washington Heights?

One of the biggest problems is death or injury by falling from the windows of the apartments. Cats suffer from high altitude syndrome and have excellent ability to focus their attention on what interests them, a bird or an insect in the window could be one sufficient distraction to lose the balance and fall. Falls can result in broken jaws, perforated lungs, limbs and broken pelvis and even death. The cats that survive often end up on the street. To prevent falls, the most advisable is to put screens to windows.

Why people quit their cats?

When cats grow, they begin to urinate on furniture rather than sand, and people believe that it is because they want to be on the street, and abandon them. The problem is that these cats are not castrated or sterilized, and the solution is to operate them.

The Anatomy of the Cat

The cat is probably one of the most beautiful and most graceful of all animals. As it moves, the power­ful muscles of its long, lithe body ripple under the soft fur, which is often beautifully marked. At rest, every line of its body curves into a graceful arc. The overall impression of the animal sometimes is one of complete indolence. This impression is shat­tered when the cat springs and attacks with ears flattened and fangs and claws bore.

The cats as a group range widely in size. The great (or big) cats, including the lion and tiger, are the largest. The domestic cat is one of the smallest. An adult domestic cat is about 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 centimeters) high. The length from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail averages 18 to 20 inches (46 to 51 centimeters), and the tail is about 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) long. Females usually weigh from 6 to 10 pounds (2.7 to 4.5 kilograms) and males from 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms), depending on skeletal size.

The Head and Body

The head is large compared with the rest of the body. The nose and jaws are short, so the face seems flat when compared with the faces of many other kinds of animals. The ears are large and flaring at the base. They taper up to rounded or pointed tips and stand erect. A cat has keen hearing and can detect many sounds that humans cannot hear. A cat usually turns its head in the direction of a sound. This aids both hearing and vision. In the cat, as in humans, the inner ear—a bony structure of fluid-filled semicircular canals—contains a complicated mechanism for maintaining body balance. It is this mechanism, not the cat’s tail, that enables the ani­mal to land on its feet when it falls.

The cat’s large and prominent eyes are placed well forward on the head and, like the eyes of humans, they face forward. The cat comes closer than does any other animal except the owl and the ape to having binocular vision similar to that of humans.

The size and position of the eyes permit as much light as possible to enter them and ensure an exten­sive field of vision—important factors in hunting and nocturnal prowling. A cat cannot see in total dark­ness, but it can see better in dim light than can most other kinds of animals. In bright light a cat’s pupils contract to narrow vertical slits. But in the dark these slits enlarge to round openings that admit a maximum amount of light. The eyes seem to shine in the dark. This shininess results when even the smallest amount of light strikes a reflective area of iridescent green or yellow crystalline needles in the inner lining of the eye. Eyes of the Siamese appear red in the dark; the retinas lack pigment, and the color is provided by blood vessels.

Small New World Cats

There are four kinds of small wildcats in tropical America, ranging over Mexico, Central America, and South America. One is the Pampa cat of the southern pampas (plains), the high Andes, and the open savanna (grassland) of central Brazil. It is about three feet long, in­cluding the tail which is one foot long. The color is pale ashy or tawny and the stripes more reddish than black. The stripes of the upper parts are often absent, or very faint. It feeds on birds, burrowing rodents, and any other mammal that it can catch.

The colacola is a larger cat, related to the pampas cat, and is very rare. Little is known about it.

Geoffrey’s cat is a gray or tawny spotted forest and open-country cat about two to three feet long. It is fairly common, and is widespread in southern South America. Its habits are the same as those of other small cats.

The smallest of the New World cats is known as the margay, and lives in Mexico and South America. It is a forest cat, and varies in color from rich yellow, tawny yellow, or reddish to buff and olive-gray, with black spots and stripes. In length it averages about three feet from its nose to the end of its tail. It lives in holes in trees, caves, or burrows of other animals, and has two or three young a year. Margays are said to make nice pets.

Small Old World Cats

There are 6 kinds of the smaller wildcats found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The first of these, the European wildcat, is found in Scotland, on the continent of Europe, and in – Turkey. It is two and a half to three feet long, including its tail, which is ten inches to a foot in length. Its general color is brown or grayish with a strong black stripe down its back and black stripes on its head, face, and sides. Some look very much like large gray house cats.

The African wildcat ranges over most of Africa, except where the land is heavily forested. This range borders that of the European wildcat in Europe and extends eastward through Arabia and northern India. This wild­cat is the same size as the European. It differs in having a smaller tuft of hair on its ears, a low crest of hairs on its back, and less strongly marked stripes. Some also look like large gray house cats. They are also found in both brush and desert country.

The desert cat, so called because it is a desert-or semi desert-inhabiting animal, lives in parts of China. In general appearance it is very much like the African wildcat, but has a much longer tuft of hairs on its ears.

The sand cat, a typical desert cat, is known only in the Sahara Desert in Africa and in the deserts of Turkistan in Asia. It is the same size as the other wildcats but the soles of its feet are covered with a heavy growth of hair. It does not have tufts on its ears.

The black-footed cat of South Africa has its legs more marked with black, and is more heavily spotted than the other wildcats. It is one of the smallest cats, being two feet long including its very short tail, which is from six to eight inches in length.

The marbled cat of Asia is marked more with lines than with spots or stripes, giving it a marbled appearance. Its head and body are about 18 inches long with a tail of equal length. It is a forest cat and is active at night. It feeds on rats, squirrels, and birds. It is quite rare and little is known of its habits or life history.

The domestic cats

The ancestor of the domestic cat first appeared about 10,000,000 years ago, but it was not until 1500 B.c. that cats were adopted as household pets. The Egyptians, who were the first to do¬mesticate cats, made pets of African wildcats. Certain breeds that are common today probably descended from these tamed wildcats, while other breeds may be descended from an Oriental v cat. The earliest record of cats in Great Britain dates back to about a.d. 936 when a law was passed for their protection.

There are two groups of domestic cat types, long-hairs and short-hairs. There are further dif¬ferences within each group, based mainly on color.

Persian cats, originally an Oriental breed, are long-haired cats. Their colors include black, white, silver, and blue. A calico cat is a Persian with patches of black, orange, and cream on a white coat.

Cats of the short-hair type differ greatly in appearance. Among the most striking are the tailless Manx, the blue-eyed Siamese, and the curly-haired Rex. The domestic short-hair is the most common breed for keeping as a pet. Its short coat is often patterned with stripes, and its colors vary widely.

The Egyptians regarded the cat as sacred and worshiped it at the city of Bubastis. Their god¬dess Bast or Pacht was pictured with a cats head. Sacrifices were offered to the god and goddess, Ra and Isis, often represented as cats. When a house cat died, the family and servants shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning. The death of a temple cat was mourned by the whole city. Many mummies of cats have been found, pre¬pared in the same way as the mummies of kings and nobles. The penalty for killing a cat was death.

The tame cat was rare in Europe until after a.d. 1000. In European superstition the cat was usually an evil spirit rather than a god. The devil was often pictured as a black cat, and the familiar spirits of witches were sup¬posed to take the shape of cats. Even today some people believe that a black cat crossing their path will bring them bad luck.

Chester – abandoned cat

When we first found Chester, a male tabby kitten. He was probably about 4 weeks old then. Abandoned to the cold unfriendly streets. He was freightened, hungry and cold. When we scooped him up into our car, he was too weak even to struggle. He ate hungrily that first night home.We brought him to the veterinarian next morning to have him checked up. Thank God there was nothing wrong with him.

Then the BIG decision came: Do we want to keep him, or leave him at the shelter.

We decided to keep him, and have never looked back.

Then,about 1 year later,we stumbled upon three kittens, abandoned in a carton box, on the street corner. They were hardly a week old we could tell. We could just leave them there as if we had not found them. They would not have survived. We did the next natural thing that we could: we brought them home to nurse them.

It was through this experience 2nd time around that we decided to catch up on our reading on cats and animal care, talked to other cat owners and veterinarians, and practically learned everything we could learn about caring for them.

One of our neighbours’ moved out, and left behind a kitten , He was then about 6 months old. We took him in..(he adopted us :-).and the journey continues…

It was a journey we will never forget: A journey of love. The things we learned about cat ownership openned our eyes to so many things that have been ignored by so many other cat owners. This prompted us to write this book, dedicated to all cats with our love. We do not pretend that this book is complete. However,we are always updating our information in it.

All information and suggestions found in this book are strictly the thoughts of the writer, and do not suggest to be the final authority on this subject. Informations are gathered through research and reading of other authors’ contributions, of which we give thanks to.

Human health does not need to be compromised because of a cat in the household. Allergies to cats can often be controlled. On the other hand, cat owners should be aware of the various zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted between cats and humans, particularly if the owner if immunocompromised..

What can we say….we are just so proud of them, we just cant help showing them off here.

Cats love to chase (and sometimes kill) mice and rats. That’s an accepted fact that most human accept. In many countries, people still use ‘barn cats’ to take care of rodents-which is a win-win situation for all parties (except the rodents). However, in the cities, almost all indoor-outdoor cats will occasionally bring home a small kill ,to show off their skill, and whether the owners welcome the kill or not depends on the owners themselves.