Breaking Mews: Neutered Male Cat Gives Birth to Quadruplets

toppers babies at one week

Arizona, USA

In cat news today, we bring you the story of Topper, a neutered male cat who recently gave birth to four surprise babies.

Topper’s human, Cher, says Topper has the paperwork to prove that he was neutered five years ago: “I have his neuter certificate saying he was neutered. I also have all his records saying he’s a he.” (from Cher’s Facebook page.)

Despite being a neutered male cat, on February 9th, 2017, Topper gave birth to his first litter. The kittens’ names are Shocky, Stunning, Surprise, and WTF.

Neutered male cat Topper gives birth to quadruplets

Topper and his kittens; source

Topper’s human Cher reports that the kittens are growing and healthy. Cher is an active proponent of spaying and neutering pets in her community in Arizona. When asked about the work she does there, she said, “I believe the only way to be a no kill Arizona is thru education of spay and neuter. Spay one female and that is 6,700 less dogs that her and her offspring bring into the world in time.”

Spot the Kitty correspondent Lancy Pants has contacted Topper for his comments on this miraculous story. Come back to Spot the Kitty for updates soon! Meanwhile, enjoy this video montage of Topper’s little sweethearts:

 

Music for Cats

kitty mewsic reviews

Do your cats listen to mewsic? Do they dance with you when you have a house party? Do you have little cat iPods for them? If you answered “no” to all of these questions, it might be because cats have different musical tastes than their humans.

The website www.musicforcats.com claims that they are developing music that is scientifically composed to appeal to cats. Throughout history, according to Music for Cats, music has been composed by humans for humans, but this composer has studied the sounds that appeal to cats and produced music that stimulates cats’ emotions.

The music is available for purchase on the website , but before we forked out $15.00 for the digital download of “Album 1”, we thought we’d give the kitties a listen.

Here is the reaction to “Music for Cats” at Spot the Kitty HQ:

Baker seems rather nonpussed, but Lance is somewhat curious as to where the singing cat might be found.

Click on the website above if you would like to play the sample for your cat, and tell us in the comments what your kitty’s reaction is.

Not all Daring Cat Rescues are Successful!

baker body language translator

We cats usually have a mind of our own. If we decide to climb up a power pylon, maybe we are just trying to get a different view on things, or maybe we are brave jungle cats stalking hapless birds. Whatever the reason, we do not always need or wish to be rescued, as this daring cat demonstrates.

Humans take note: please ask your cat if he or she would like the firemen to come.

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If humans would learn to sleep all day like normal animals, we wouldn't have so many problems getting them to do stuff at night.

Koyuki Takes the Internet by Storm

Koyuki is the next grumpy cat to take over the internet. Photo credit: Daily Mail

Koyuki is the next grumpy cat to take over the internet. Photo credit: Daily Mail

Move over, Grumpy Cat! A Japanese cat with a grumpy expression to rival Grumpy Cat’s is gaining popularity among social media users. Koyuki has 46.5K followers on her Instagram page and 50.7K are currently following her on Twitter. Despite her scowling expression, her owners say she is a friendly kitty.

Marmalade Endures Cone of Shame

Marmalade in blow-up collar photo credit coleandmarmalade website

Marmalade in blow-up collar: Photo credit coleandmarmalade website

Back in February, Cole and Marmalade’s human reported that Marmalade was strapped into an inflatable cone of shame. It seems that Marm let curiosity get the better of him and ended up with a scratched eye. Luckily, Marmalade’s humans noticed his condition straight away. Unluckily, Marm was forced to not only wear a cone of shame, but to endure eye drops twice a day for two weeks!

Read all the grisly details of Marmalade’s misadventure on their website, here.

Grumpy Cat Pure Gold

Grumpy Cat's Tales to be Told in Golden Books. Photo credit: Grumpy Cat website

Grumpy Cat’s Tales to be Told in Golden Books. Photo credit: Grumpy Cat website

Hold on to your reading glasses, because Grumpy Cat’s many tales will be told in a series of three Golden Books, to be published by Random House. The first title is “Grumpy Cat — The Little Cat that Wouldn’t” and will be available on book shelves on July 26, 2016. This story is about Grumpy Cat saying “no” to all her friends’ suggestions to try new things and have fun. See Grumpy Cat’s website here for all the deets.

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Kitties and Holidays

Holiday decorations for sale in Mexican market

What religious holidays does your cat observe?

The humans here at Spot the Kitty HQ were raised Catholic and Christian, but we do not put up a Christmas tree or other Christmas decorations. A lot of aspects of Christmas can be very dangerous for kitties. This year we’ve heard about two different kitties getting strangled in Christmas light strings. A few years ago, a very beloved family cat passed away after eating Christmas ribbon, and a childhood friend lost her kitty many years ago because he ate tinsel off the tree. As pet owners, we have to take safety into consideration when decorating for any holiday. Cats are very curious and playful animals. Light strings, garlands, tinsel, ribbons, and any other stringy or tasty decoration can be very dangerous for cats.

kitty dies in the christmas tree

Fifteen-week-old kitten is strangled in Christmas tree lights, reminding us to consider safety when decorating this holiday season.

A couple of years ago, a very dear Jewish friend taught me about Hanukkah, and this year although we are living far away from each other, we decided to celebrate it together again. She sent us eight Hanukkah gifts, including our very own Menorah. According to Jewish tradition, we light the Menorah every evening and gather around it for about half an hour of quality family time.

Lance loves this tradition very much. He finds the candles in the Menorah fascinating. We had to put the unused candles out of his reach because he kept trying to steal them. If you are celebrating Hanukkah this year, I think it is a very good opportunity for cats to enjoy some quality time with their humans, but please don’t leave your candles lit unsupervised. We don’t want to risk anyone getting their whiskers burnt off!

Lance enjoys the Hanukkah tradition of gathering around the Menorah.

Lance enjoys the Hanukkah tradition of gathering around the Menorah.

Another religion that is very good for cats is Islam. A few years ago, very close friends of Spot the Kitty told us about the Prophet Mohamed and his love for cats. Once when Mohamed wanted to put on his best robe and go to prayer, he discovered that his beloved cat was sleeping on the sleeve of the robe. Rather than disturb the kitty, he cut off the sleeve and left it for her to sleep on. Click here for more information about this. Baker and Lance both come from Qatar, a Muslim country. Both were strays when Spot the Kitty adopted them. Lance and other strays stayed near the local mosque, because visitors to the mosque always provided food and water there for stray cats.

Muezza was the name of Prophet Mohammed's favourite cat. Here is a tweet of a cat named Muezza visiting a mosque.

Muezza was the name of Prophet Mohammed’s favourite cat. Here is a tweet of a cat named Muezza visiting a mosque. Click to see more from #Muezza.

If you want to open your home to a pet this holiday season, remember that it is against Islam to pay money for a cat or dog. You might want to consider adopting a pet from your local shelter.

Cats love yoga, and can teach us a lot about holding positions (especially while napping) and meditation.

Cats love yoga, and can teach us a lot about holding positions (especially while napping) and meditation. Click to see more cat yoga pics!

A new trend all over the world is inviting cats to yoga classes. Yoga originated in Hinduism, which teaches that all animals are part of divine creation and we must care for them and treat them with love and respect. Learn more about Hinduism and animals here.

"The Cat who went to Heaven," a 1930 book by Elizabeth Coatsworth

“The Cat who went to Heaven,” a 1930 book by Elizabeth Coatsworth. Click to see it on Goodreads.

Buddhists also practice yoga and love for cats. Buddhism teaches us to show equal care and compassion for each and every creature in the universe. A beautiful story by Elizabeth Coatsworth in 1930 tells the story of a poor painter who takes a little cat into his home and soon after receives a commission for a painting of all the animals paying their respects to the Buddha. The commission will bring him fame and fortune. However, he is not to include the cat in the painting. The story is based on an old Buddhist tale. Learn more about Buddhism and animals here.

Whatever your beliefs and traditions, enjoy and take care of your cat this holiday season!

Losing a Loved One

The most difficult part of pet ownership is losing your beloved pet. Nothing could be worse for a cat owner than having to say goodbye as your little companion leaves your side at the end of his or her life. Some kitties live long lives and others are with us for only a short time. But every kitty, no matter how long we know them, leaves an indelible mark on our heart.

For all our friends and fans who have lost a kitty along the way, we would like to share this poem.

To all the kitties we've loved before.

To all the kitties we’ve loved before.

Spot the Kitty Takes a Walk on the Wild Side

fish creek provincial park

Spot the Kitty fans Penny and Kelly Borrowman of Calgary, Alberta, Canada did some wild kitty spotting in early September.

Can you spot the kitty in this picture?

Can you spot the kitty in this picture? Hint: it's a bobcat!

Hint: it’s a bobcat!

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The Borrowmans have not decided whether to call their visitor Bobcat Stanfield or Bobcat Marley. Which do you think is the better name for this sweet wild kitty?

Bobcat Stanfield close up

Here’s a close up of Bobcat Stanfield relaxing in the lovely back garden.

This little bobcat has been stalking squirrels and jack rabbits in a city park in Calgary.

This little bobcat has been stalking squirrels and jack rabbits in city yards and parks in South West Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Here Bobcat Marley poses for the camera before going to the next yard on his squirrel hunt.

Here Bobcat Marley poses for the camera before going to the next yard on his squirrel hunt.

Don’t you just want to go out and cuddle this guy? Bobcats are not dangerous, but they’re not cuddly pets, either. This area of the city is very close to a provincial park where deer, ospreys, and other wild animals live. The Borrowmans did the right thing by just taking pictures and otherwise leaving their guest alone to enjoy their garden. Hopefully he had such a nice visit that he’ll be back again shortly!

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Have you spotted any interesting kitties in your neighbourhood? Has your kitty found an unusual place to hide? Please send your story with photos and you might be featured on Spot the Kitty! Spot the Kitty’s email address is bakerandlance@gmail.com.

 

Cat Tales: The Story of Two Kitties in Mexico

membrillos are quince, like these.

Spot the Kitty recently relocated from Beijing, China to Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Mexico. Baker and Lance always love exploring a new place, and they’re willing to endure hours spent in their carriers aboard airplanes if it means they’re on their way to an exciting new destination.

We settled in to our new HQ fairly uneventfully. There are many differences between our Mexican abode and previous homes. For one, we are now in a house where previously we were always several floors up an apartment building. When one looks out a window here, there is a whole world to explore right on the other side.

Lancy has become thoroughly obsessed with the great outdoors.

Lancy has become thoroughly obsessed with the great outdoors.

Yesterday Spot the Kitty’s human servants went into Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city, for the first time. We spent a couple of hours on busses each way and a few hours exploring. We got back at about dinner time and the first thing we did was greet Baker at the door. Lance was nowhere to be found, however. After searching the casa, we discovered that someone small, furry, and adventuresome had lifted one of the window screens.

We ran outside and started in opposite directions around the block, calling, “Lance! Lance! Come home!” Fortunately our little conquistador turned up in the patch of jungle right across from our gate.

We assumed that this adventure past large dogs, zooming cars, and prickly underbrush would have quenched his thirst for exploration, but Lance, usually a heavy sleeper, spent the night mewing to go out again. Well, all screens have been secured and the only way he is going out now is in his harness!

Meanwhile, after a restless night, I woke up to the sound of crazy kitty play time. Unusual, since both usually run around maniacally after breakfast, not before. I went to investigate and found Baker proudly displaying a large brown scorpion! It looked like it had been dead under the mat for a long time, and nobody was stung, but Baker batted it around a bit longer just to be sure.

Baker heroically caught a dead scorpion, which he displays for his fans.

Baker heroically caught a dead scorpion, which he displays for his fans.

Viva la Mexico!

 

The word “membrillos” translates to quince, a yellow fruit for which this area of Mexico is famous. Click here to read all about it!

Spot the Kitty is On the Move: Today’s cats are Baker and Lance, Spotted Visiting Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lance honing his hiding skills in a basket.

Spot the Kitty is in the process of moving HQ from China to Mexico, and along the way we have stopped to visit friends and family in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Baker and Lance enjoy visiting very much and wasted no time in finding great places to hide.

Lance is ready to go in his cat carrier.

Lance is ready to go in his cat carrier.

Spot naughty Lance!

Spot naughty Lance!

 

 

Spot naughty Lance!

Spot naughty Lance!

Spot Baker! Is this a kitty or a box of macaroni and cheese? Hmm...

Spot Baker! Is this a kitty or a box of macaroni and cheese? Hmm…

Baker is hiding very stealthily. Can you spot him?

Baker is hiding very stealthily. Can you spot him?

Spot Baker! Also Lance, but he's not hiding, he's spotting birds outside.

Spot Baker! Also Lance, but he’s not hiding, he’s spotting birds outside.

Baker found! This is his favourite hiding place.

Baker found! This is his favourite hiding place.

Baker found! He's hiding in the cat cave; it's not too difficult to spot him here.

Baker found! He’s hiding in the cat cave; it’s not too difficult to spot him here.

Lance found! He knows he's being naughty on top of the kitchen cabinets.

Lance found! He knows he’s being naughty on top of the kitchen cabinets.

Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitty Cats Spotted in Siem Reap, Cambodia!

Siem Reap map

We didn’t spot many kitties in Siem Reap. We were too busy exploring Angkor Wat, the Eighth Wonder of the World, which was strangely devoid of kitties. But we were lucky to spot this kitty at our hostel, the Amigo Villa Hostel.

This little kitty was very friendly and not hard to spot at all!

This little kitty was very friendly and not hard to spot at all!

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Then this kitty introduced us to her family:

These adorable kittens couldn't have been more than a couple of weeks old! The hostel proudly kept them where the little mama cat put them, in the cupboard under the reception desk.

These adorable kittens couldn’t have been more than a couple of weeks old! The hostel proudly kept them where the little mama cat put them, in the cupboard under the reception desk.

She didn't seem big enough to be a mother, but she took good care of her babies.

She didn’t seem big enough to be a mother, but she took good care of her babies.

 

We are sad to be finishing our exciting trip, but what a great way to end it — meeting these sweet little kittens! Next time you travel to Cambodia, these little guys will be all grown up and ready to play Spot the Kitty with you!

by KI Borrowman