TICA Newsletter Vol.74(2015.12.25)

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Pet Product Innovations, LLC

Pet Product Innovations, LLC has launched the best invention for feline owners I’ve seen in a very long time. This is the easiest to use, safest nail clippers on the market. I used these so easily on my adult cats and the babies. My Blue & Gold Macaw didn’t even know her nails were being trimmed. Check the product out with this hyperlink Zen Clippers. These are available and can be purchased on Amazon. These are the real deal for safety and comfort.


Cat-Opoly is like Monopoly, but better because you buy cats instead of houses

Someone out there has thought: "You know what Monopoly could do with more of? Cats." Sure, in 2013 they replaced the classic iron piece with a silver-haired feline, but one cat to a whole board full of houses just doesn’t really cut it. To rectify this hairy situation, that someone has created Cat-Opoly, a whole board game filled with four-legged friends. And we are thankful.

It works like this: instead of buying properties, you buy breeds which, like in Monopoly, get more expensive as you go round the board, starting with the Ocicat and ending in Persian. Rather than buying houses, players can buy litter boxes (though why a cat needs more than one litter box remains a mystery to us) and then trade them in for fish bones. You also get to play with adorable cat related pieces from yarn to sardines. Oh, and instead of going to jail, you get thrown in the water.

They’ve really thought this whole thing through and it shows, because cats (and humans) are loving it.


Albquerque coffee shop caters to cats, people

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Cat lovers and coffee lovers have reason to celebrate, because a unique café is coming to Albuquerque. Cat cafés are becoming popular around the world. The feline-friendly establishments offer patrons a chance to mingle with cats and cat lovers. Entrepreneur Julia Grueskin has signed a lease for Gatos y Galletas, according to the Albuquerque Journal. She hopes to open it in downtown early next year.




Watch: Vincent the Cat Gets New Legs Thanks to 3-D Technology

Vincent the cat was born without his hind legs, but thanks to dedicated work and groundbreaking innovation, today the 3-year-old feline is standing tall with the help of 3-D printed prosthetics. As an injured kitten, Vincent was brought into the Story County Animal Shelter in Iowa, where his pet parent Cindy Jones would fall in love with him and take him home. Eventually, Jones would take Vincent—who could not walk due to his rare disability—to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where his life would change forever.

It was there that Dr. Mary Sarah Bergh, the Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery—along with the efforts of BioMedtrix, former ISU surgical resident Dr. Andrew Burton, the ISU Soft Tissue Surgery service, and veterinary students—created extruded titanium-alloy legs through 3-D printing that could be put in his femur bones and come out through the skin. Dr. Bergh tells Pet360, "I think that 3-D printing has a lot to offer veterinary medicine. In fact, we use it commonly to plan for orthopedic surgeries and it has been used to design prosthetics as well. 3-D printing was used to create ‘mock implants’ for Vincent and I rehearsed his surgery using 3D printed bone models made from his CT scans."

While the procedure is very uncommon (he is one of just approximately 25 animals who has had these kind of prosthetics0, the 3-year-old Vincent was walking on his new legs within days and continues to be thriving. "He is really doing great. He his really happy and enjoying running around on his legs. Seeing him be so mobile on his legs and playing like a normal cat is the most rewarding part for me," Dr. Bergh tells us.

Watch Vincent's incredible story, his adorable walk, and his inspiring progress in the video.




Former Clevelander chronicles cat life in 'Felines of New York' bestselling book, blog

CLEVELAND, Ohio — One-time Clevelander Jim Tews, author of the "Felines of New York" blog and best-selling book, thinks like a cat. "They're temperamental," said Tews, a comic who used to tell jokes at Hilarities and a Lakewood coffee shop before moving to New York City five years ago. "Have you ever seen a dog in a bad mood? There's not complexity there like there is with cats."

Felines of New York complain about roommates and commitment. Discuss their catnip addictions with candor. Equate chasing ambition with chasing feathers. Tews followed the format of the successful Humans of New York blog to create his parody. He admired the concept, and believed it could translate well into comedy.

元クリーブランド人がベストセラー「Felines of New York(ニューヨークの猫たち)」で猫の生活を描く

TewsはHumans of New Yorkのブログを真似てパロディーを作りました。「Humans of New Yorkはとてもクールですが、悲しい物語です。気がめいるような場面が多いため、平均的な猫の性格に変えようと考えました。そうすることで面白くなり、気持ちが和らぎます」


Heroic Cats Save Elderly Italian Woman from House Fire

Oftentimes, when cats jump on your bed, they want food. This time, they wanted to save a life.

A trio of cats in the Italian fishing village of Camogli saved their 84-year-old owner's life when a fire broke out in her home. When their chorus of meows failed to alert Mariangela Banchero, the group leapt on the bed to wake her up.




San Francisco Could Get a Disturbing Bridge With Glowing-Eyed Cats

The proposed “Catbridge” would be festooned with demonic-looking felines. People afraid of cats might vigorously oppose this planned public artwork in San Francisco, as it’s populated with mutant felines whose peepers gleam in the dark.

The “Catbridge,” designed by L.A. sculptor Peter Shelton, would appear on a downtown overpass as part of a convention center-expansion project. It’s one of three finalists vying for acceptance in early 2016; the other two feature objects that look like “simple freehand drawings” and “ocean encrustations,” respectively.


Why cats love to knock things over: Researchers say even LIONS show strange behaviour - and it's all about attention seeking

Unlike dogs or cows, cats are self-domesticated and don't need humans
Cats act out to get attention, need food or they have some kind of illness
Cats only hunt small things that move, such as mice or birds, not objects
Behaviour might be instinctual not learned, its been seen in lion cubs
In April, animal behaviour experts said they decoded 24 kinds of 'meows'