Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 143)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.

We have setup a Katzenworld Forum and would like to encourage everyone to make their entries for Tummy Rub Tuesday on our dedicated Tummy Rub Tuesday post. Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!

Alternatively you can still send them in via info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use.

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Alfie the Completly_Cats mascot is back for another round of TRT! 😀

Meet Dylan who was sent in via e-mail by Mary. 🙂

This adorable fluffball is called Tigger, and he was kindly entered by Revz via e-mail! 😀

Minx is back for another Tummy Rub Tuesday! Don’t forget to check out her mum’s blog.

This purrfect combo of black and white was entered by one of our twitter friends.

This sweet tummy unfortunately is no longer with us. 😦 Richard Parker has gone over the rainbow bridge. Please do pass your condolences on this blog here.

And last but not least, an entry from the Blessing of Animal Companions!

Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below. 😀

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your fur-friend on your own Blog and add your post link and photo into our Tummy Rub Tuesday post within our Forum.

Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments! 😀

Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source! 🙂

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better 😀

And on next week’s #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

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American Teenager’s Book Making a Difference for Cats

(Minnesota, USA) – When you first meet him, Justin M. Anderson, 16, who lives in Minnesota, seems like your typical American teenager. He enjoys drawing, playing computer games and texting with his friends. But in the summer of 2015, he took on a cause not too many teenagers delve into. He became an advocate for the plight of homeless animals.  

You could say it’s an effort he stumbled upon. “I was out for a walk at my neighborhood park with my mom when I spotted a mother cat and three kittens relaxing at the edge of the woods,” he said. “I thought to myself, ‘Hey they don’t belong there.”  

Anderson and his mother enlisted the help of some neighbors to catch all four cats. The next day he helped deliver them to the Animal Humane Society, the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest.

When he returned to the shelter a few days later to check on the cats, Anderson’s parents let him bring home the orange tabby kitten he had named Stripes. The other two kittens were also adopted that day.

The mother cat, however, was deemed unadoptable. With her life on the line, Anderson’s mother, Rachel, contacted an organization she was familiar with called S.O.S. Rescue Relief. The non-profit is dedicated to providing support to animal rescue groups, shelters and sanctuaries.  

Co-founder Stephanie Timberlake encouraged the Andersons to go back to the Animal Humane Society and recover the mother cat, which they did. Timberlake then took possession of the cat and brought her to a veterinarian. Turns out the mother cat was very sick and in need of lifesaving medicine.  

As events unfolded, Justin began work on what would eventually turn into the self-published book, “Saving Stripes: A Kitty’s Story,” which is available for purchase online at www.createspace.com/4931704. The book tells the story of the rescue from the point-of-view of the kitten he ended up adopting.

Since the book’s release in June 2015, nearly 275 copies have been sold with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting S.O.S. Rescue Relief, Inc.

To learn more about the book, and find out how Stripes is doing today, go to www.Facebook.com/savingstripesbook. More information about The-Adopt-A-Pet Shop can be found at www.theadoptapetshop.org.

A Paralysed Stray Cat and a Dedicated Carer Experience the Beauty of Unconditional Love

But when a soul, by choice and conscience, doth
Throw out her full force on another soul,
The conscience and the concentration both
Make mere life, Love.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

COSPICUA, Malta, 19/02/2017 by Alexander Johnson. Sugar’s life started brutally. As a small kitten he was thrown from the roof of a high building on to a hard pavement, a violent act which severed a part of his young brain, causing paralysis from the head down. Somehow, the little tabby managed to drag himself into a dark doorway, where his squeals of pain attracted the attention of a kind passerby who fortunately called a friend, an animal lover, well known for taking care of sick and injured cats. This was the beginning of many years filled with a deep bond of love and commitment between «Sugar» and his human Doris Zarb.

Even though he could barely move, the traumatised kitten was hard to catch, and still had a lot of fight left in him. Beaming, and with a twinkle in her eyes, Doris recalled, “When I finally managed to pick Sugar up, out of fear he bit me, causing my hand to swell like a balloon”. The weeks that followed involved journeys from one vet to another, the final diagnosis was Sugar would remain paralysed for the rest of his life. Doris told us, “I was recommended to have Sugar put down. However, he wasn’t in pain, and he had life, therefore there was no reason to destroy him, so I ignored the advice.”

Affectionately, Doris continued, “Furthermore, as the days went by, he started to accept me as his friend, and warmly purred when I stroked him. After that I couldn’t let him go. He was so sweet and loving, so I named him Sugar, and decided to keep him with me.” Since then, for the last thirteen years, due to his disability Sugar has had to be hand fed and cleaned several times a day, a chore which Doris lovingly does, besides seeing to any other needs.

No matter where Doris goes Sugar is close by, snuggled in his soft layered basket. “I also have him by me at night”, said Doris. “When he sleeps he lies straight and stiff as a board, not curled up into a soft ball like most cats.” Doris asserted further, “Sometimes, when he’s dreaming, he has moments of spasms, which wake me up.” Extraordinarily, in all those years Sugar has not been sick once! “The fall broke all his teeth, and we had to take them out,” related Doris, “but in the course of the years his gums have become so hard that he can chew dry food. Other than that Sugar, besides his paralysis, has had a very healthy life!” Taking care of Sugar means that Doris has had to sacrifice some of life’s pleasures, such as a holiday. “How can I have a holiday, when I’m needed here with my cats!” She smilingly exclaimed.

Doris has dedicated her life to cats, especially to the most vulnerable of the feline family. Over the years she has worked hard to establish one of Malta’s leading cat sanctuary, CSAF (Carers for Stray and Abandoned Felines), which today is home to over 250 cats. It is at the sanctuary that Sugar and Doris spend most of the working day. Sugar lies in his basket, surrounded by an entourage of cats, who seem to be very happy and proud to be in his presence. “The cats here love him, play with him, and one can see he enjoys it”, said Doris. On hearing Doris’ voice Sugar lifted his head to see where his loving human was. “I love all cats,” said Doris looking down at Sugar, “but Sugar has his own space in my heart.”

It was not expected that Sugar would survive a week, never mind to live all these years, but he proved all the pessimists wrong. Today, he is happy and healthy, with a lot more life to live, a miracle of love and devotion.

You can read more about Doris and the fantastic work of the  CSAF in the book dedicated to the humble work of the Maltese stray cat carers ‘Islands of Cats‘ on pages 79-85.