Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Nora, Tags & Kittens

When we posted the video of Nora the Piano Cat playing with the full orchestra, Cats in Trees left a link to an interview Milo & Alfie did a while back with Nora. You can read it here. We think you will enjoy it.

And our post on the broken rabies tags of us woofies brought some surprising comments. We were not aware the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not have rabies and the pets do not have to have a rabies vaccination. Anyone know why?

The woman who pierced the ears and neck of kittens and calling them "Gothic" was found guilty of animal cruelty. We have trouble understanding why she is so confused as to why this has happened. Just because there is no specific law stating she can't doesn't mean she should. There are laws against cruelty and in some instances it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what constitutes cruelty. You can read about the verdict here.

21 comments:

  1. We feel so sorry for the poor kittens that had their ears and neck pierced. Although we guesses we might understand why the woman is confused when poor puppies have their tails and ears docked and the people who do it are not accused of animal cruelty.

    She also mentioned human babies with pierced ears which sadly we have seen. ~AFSS

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  2. Some people just have no common sense ...

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  3. Our guess for why they don't have any in the UK et al is that they don't have any indigenous creatures that naturally carry rabies and so it's not an issue. They do the pet quarantine for 6 weeks in those countries to prevent it from coming in. Rabies is spread only by direct contact (there are not pest vectors--you must have body fluid to body fluid contact to contract) so that by keeping out household pets that could be infected, they don't need to vaccinate or worry about wild critters getting rabies.

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  4. We have to get the one year rabies vaccine because the city won't accept the three year one - guess that varies by location.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

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  5. I remember reading years ago about a woman who pierced the ears of an orphan fawn with rhinestone studs because she thought it looked pretty. I think these kind of people are just so incredibly naive that they are incapable of understanding the ramifications of their actions.

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  6. I had NO idea that rabies wasn't in the UK or New Zealand, what an interesting fact!

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  7. Wow, wow, wow! Didn't know about the no-rabies! And, GOTHIC kitties! No way. Arg!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

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  8. Us, too, didn't know about the no rabies deal overseas. Also, GOTH KITTIES! What the hell is wrong with her?!?

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  9. That kitten lady I still think shes nuts and I'm glad she was charged with animal cruelty. Now I have to go check out what that entails for her. As for no rabies overseas....WOW I really didn't know I always figured it was an everywhere thing

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  10. I really wonder about peoples intelligences sometimes.. hm.
    Mum says we has no rabies here, cos we have very strict quarantines for any pets or animals that comes in to our borders, easier if you an Island I guess.
    ~lickies, Ludo

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  11. Some humans really never learned to use their brains - Us Khats and Kitties and even the Woofies are beautiful just the way we are - they cant improve upon perfection so why bother. They just
    want lots of green papers and don't care who they hurt in the process. I'd suggest someone pierce them - but have you seen some of them beans all pierced and tattooed up - in most cases it didn't make them better looking - just weird looking.

    Purrs,
    Genghis

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  12. We agree about the lady that was piercing the cats...what was she thinking??? Obviously she wasn't...

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  13. Yes, there are some countries that are "rabies-free" and they have very strict quarantine laws to keep it that way. It is actually 6 MONTH quarantine in the UK, not 6 weeks! - unless your dog has a Pet Passport and has had 2 bloodtests over a 6 months period to prove that they are rabies-free, if they are entering the UK from other countries which have rabies (eg, US & Canada). Of course, if they are born and have lived all their lives in those rabies-free countries, then they are considered safe. So animals from these rabies-free countries can travel between them without quarantine restrictions (eg, why Honey moved into Australia from NZ with no quarantine). Aside from the UK, Aus and NZ, the other countries are Switzerland and Taiwan and Japan, I think. They are mostly islands, so easier to patrol borders, but they do maintain very strict controls to keep their rabies-free status. It is good as if you live in them (and your pet was born there), then you never really have to worry.

    Hsin-Yi

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  14. We read the story about the lady who pierced the kittens. Bad... bad...
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  15. Honey and Her Mom khovered the rabies issue furry well -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: Even I wouldn't pierce the khytties -

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  16. That's so interesting about rabies not being in the UK and Australia!

    Glad to hear the goth woman was convicted of animal cruelty. What a sicko.

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  17. "The woman who pierced the ears and neck of kittens and calling them "Gothic" was found guilty of animal cruelty"

    Yeah! YAY, YaHOO!

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  18. I am very glad that the lady who pierced the kitties has been charged with animal cruelty. I hope she gets convicted, too.

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  19. Oops Honey--we were thinking 6 months when we wrote six weeks!

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