Friday, March 12, 2010

Maverick, a Bobcat


On September 13, 2005, Drs. Jennifer Conrad and Kirk Wendelburg repaired the front feet of Maverick, an eight-year-old bobcat that had been declawed when it was an illegal pet. Maverick's current home is Forever Wild, a USDA-approved southern California sanctuary. Photograph by Christina Bush.

I'm researching declawing for the paper I am writing for a class entitled "Animal Suffering" and ran across this gorgeous boy. He looks a lot like my two little tigers! Maverick's life hasn't been as cushy however; hopefully his rough days are over now that he's at the sanctuary. Check out for more info. And remember - if you want a wild cat, adopt a feral not a literally wild cat!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sunny Day!

Alexander (right) in one of his favorite spots
Sidney (left) in his cute baby pose

The KittyStar kitties took advantage of a recent sunny but chilly day to sunbathe inside. Can Spring be far behind?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Growing up!

That's Adian on the left, Odin on the right - look at how big they are getting! They love food and aren't picky at all. Adian has purred twice for me now. There are days I can't spend much time with them but every night around 10PM or so, they get bedtime snacks. This is when Adian has purred, loudly, while being rubbed and eating at the same time. He doesn't let go of his shyness all that often but I guess sometimes he can't help himself! Odin always purrs - he is the happiest boy and what a sense of humor he has.

This weekend I will be working on getting adults at their site trapped and altered again. So far, two females (one pregnant) and one very stinky Tomcat have been "fixed". There are at least 4-6 more adults to TNR before kitten season (spring). Saturday will be a full moon, should be interesting....

Sunday, January 17, 2010

In Memory of Clayton

My heart goes out to Cath and Brian, who lost dear Clayton last week from a long-term illness. Clayton was absolutely one of my favorite kitties to visit! He was like a cuddly stuffed animal in that he would let me pick him up and kiss him as much as I wanted, as he was an incredibly tolerant little being. Clayton was also very interested in being sociable and I think he really enjoyed his dog and cat siblings and people for who they were. What a lesson for humans (me especially). On our last few visits together Clayton and I watched a movie together. He sat on the couch contentedly with me and it made me happy to spend time with him.

I will miss you Clayton, as I know your family does. I am so glad to have known you little man.