Revealing crash test video shows what happens to animals being transported incorrectly

I used to thread the seat belt through the handle of a carrier thinking that if I was in an accident the cat in the carrier would be perfectly safe, that it might jerk, but it would stay in place. Was I ever wrong! In this video you’ll see what happens to the seat belt at the moment of impact! It is shocking.

You don’t need to understand German to see what happens in crash tests, the visuals say it all. We could not find an English language video on the subject.

This video shows us that the best way to transport your cat is in a carrier placed on the floor of the back seat. This video is suitable for people of all ages, there isn’t anything scary or tragic, it’s 100% crash tests with dummies and mannequins.

Non-Toxic Flea Control Proven to Work

I’m so not fond of housecleaning that I can successfully talk myself out of it nearly every time! And vacuuming? Ugh! The noise offends my delicate nerves and ears, and worse, it scares my cats and rabbits. What better reasons could I possibly have to postpone vacuuming for when the dust bunnies grow into tumbleweeds? My hatred of fleas!

After reading an article (linked below) about how effective a quick vacuuming around the house is at killing fleas in any stage of their development I’ve changed my ways. When I learned that for 96% of yucky fleas who get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner it’s “a one way trip.”

Over the years I had read, as I’m sure you had too, that we should put a flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag. And, that we need to throw out or otherwise destroy the vacuum bag after each use because it was assumed the fleas were still alive and would escape with vengeance in their evil little minds. All of this misinformation gave us more work to do, gave us more to worry about, and fortunately none of it was ever necessary.

From the article…

“Six tests of vacuuming the adult fleas yielded an average of 96 percent of fleas killed; three tests of vacuumed pupae and one test of vacuumed larvae (in their third stage of development) resulted in 100 percent killed.”

Read the entire article here: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/needfleas.htm

Here’s a smart kitty on flea patrol on his Roomba!

See this video…

Film maker Morgan Spurlock spends a week at an animal shelter!

Film maker Morgan Spurlock spends a week at an animal shelter!

Didn’t you just love Morgan Spurlock’s film Super Size Me? Currently he has a series on CNN called Inside Man. Just like in Super Size Me he physically dives into the week’s topic. In the episode which just aired called “Pets in America” he works for one week at The Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Reading, PA so he can firsthand experience everything that happens. He nurses a 3 day old kitten who was not expected to live (but did!) to cleaning kennels and witnessing euthanasia.

“Where I worked in Reading, PA is one of thousands of these types of shelters across the country. You see these animals who are so sweet and so nice and a lot of them who won’t get adopted and will end up getting killed. That’s the sad side of the story. But the fact that there are people who every day make them first in their lives is phenomenal.” -Morgan Spurlock

In this short interview Morgan gets interviewed about this episode of “Inside Man” and what he learned about cat and dog over population.

We tried to find a copy of the episode online for those of you who missed it, but we couldn’t find one. If CNN releases it for online viewers we’ll let you know. It will be repeated on CNN so if you have a DVR you’ll find repeats of this show.

Meet the Feral Cats of Disneyland. More “cats on the job!”

A few years ago we heard that Disneyland in Anaheim, CA had and actually cared for about 200 feral cats who keep the theme park free of rodents.

Cats roaming Disneyland were discovered in the 1950’s. Rather than “get rid of them” the park decided to house and care for them so they could help keep the park clear of mice and rats.

All of the cats are part of the program we know as TNR – Trap Neuter Release. The tipped left ear is what tells you that the cat has been spayed or neutered, and is part of a feral colony.

During the day these cats are kept from the public in special cat ranch hidden on the property. At night they come out to hunt and play! But sometimes one or two sneak out and make themselves seen. This home video shows one of them being fed a few scraps of food at the park’s Hungry Bear Restaurant:

This LA Times article from May 2, 2012 by Hugo Martin tells us all about them!

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/02/business/la-fi-cover-disney-20100502

Someone known as Aunt Peaches writes about the cats too

http://www.auntpeaches.com/2013/08/the-feral-cats-of-disneyland.html

PS: The Disneyland feral cats are specifically told not to bother these two mice…


Do you know of any “working cats” in your community?

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A fun Vine video of a cat playing with her Cat Faeries carrot toy

Here’s a fun Vine video sent in by Kitty and Chris of their cat Deanna playing with her Cat Faeries carrot catnip toy!

(Click on the video to turn on the sound and to stop/start.)

How to Set Up Your Own Kitty Cam

Without a doubt, setting up your own kitty cam to document the experiences of your young kitten’s playful life can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Those early moments of development which we all cherish – the innocent pounces and the adorable snuggles are unforgettable. A kitty cam is a relatively inexpensive way that allows you to catch these precious and funny moments on film. Though the project itself is monetizable, setting up and executing a successful kitty cam project can take an arduous amount of effort and time. For those who love their kittens and want to share the adorable moments of their young felines’ lives, however, the investment of energy into a kitty cam project is well worth it.

The Original Crittercam: Tracing Back the Animal-Filming Trend

Though there has been a notable resurgence in popularity for live-streaming videos of cute animals and their babies within the last five years, the idea of the Crittercam is something that has been in existence since the 1980s. But the origins are not necessarily with regards to observing the adorable, but to further the abilities of scientific zoology research. In fact, Greg Marshall of The National Geographic invented the Crittercam to observe sharks (arguably, not the cutest of animals) without disturbing their behavior or habitat. Today, National Geographic is working on a Kitty Cam Project, in line with the popular trend, but of course their work with the medium is scientific: they aim to understanding the movement and behaviors of free-roaming domestic animals. Today, it is popular for animal shelters, pet stores, and cat lovers to set up kitty cams that watch their precious pets throughout the day – and viewers around the world take comfort in being able to remotely watch the kittens grow and play.

First Steps: Finding the Right Equipment and Setting the Scene for Your Kitty Video

Many people who design kitty cam projects simply use the built-in cameras on their phones, computers, or other device, saving the hassle of having to search for and purchase any new equipment necessary. Others like to purchase a camera and a tripod that can remain stationary around the clock, and have set up the equipment to stream wirelessly to their laptop or desktop computer. In terms of setting up the live feed, it is easy to use an online live streaming tool such as Livestream in order to share the footage without downloading any additional software. Livestream walks its users through the process of setting up the camera footage, such that even a new user can learn how to set up the stream without a hitch. For ideas about how to

Financial Advantages: How to Monetize Your Kitty Cam

Without question, a popular kitty cam can become a means for earning extra cash. With many monetizing options available for both YouTube videos as well as streaming live feeds, many pet owners have taken advantage of the medium in order to help defray some of the costs of ensuring that their kitten is happy and healthy. After all, the price of vaccinations, monthly flea medicines, and high-quality, nutritional cat food can add up quickly over the first months of a young kitten’s life. Monetizing can be relatively simple, by sharing videos on YouTube and allowing for advertisements to show along the bottom edge of your video.

However, for this particular tactic to work, you will have to employ a social media campaign in order to generate the viewership needed to actually make a financial return on your investment of time and money. Though it can be a joy to share the life of your young kitten with the world through the live stream medium, amassing the thousands of followers and viewers needed through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram takes a consistent effort and a moderate level of expertise. Especially since there is a lot of competition in the kitty cam market – including videos from the “giants” in the zoology industry such as Animal Planet and the World Wildlife Fund – take the time to find out how your kitty cam will fill a particular niche, and be sure to take the time to market your videos through many social media venues.

This is an article by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger and a full time pet lover from Wisconsin. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. Cat Faeries is delighted to have Ashley as a guest writer.