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OCR’s Cutest Senior Cat Contest is Back

Chyna Bear chills after entering OCR's Cutest Senior Cat Contest.

OCR’s 2nd annual Cutest Senior Cat Contest launched today and it is rocking Facebook thanks to our friends and fans — but most of all, those fabulous felines that deign to share our lives.

Every November, OCR celebrates Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month with an American Idol-style contest that lets the community choose their favorite senior cat. And once again, we are happy to partner with World’s Best Cat Litter for a grand prize that includes a 6-month supply of litter. (I’ve tried WBCL and give it two paws up).

If you want your cat to glitter in the OCR Hall of Fame — and win the litter — it’s really simple.Visit OldCatsRule on Facebook, and click on the the promotions tab and upload a photo of your cat along with the cat’s name and age. But don’t wait too long because the contest ends November 14. The winner will be announced by the end of the month. Think about it: you won’t have to run to the store for cat litter and can focus on last-minute holiday shopping or parties.

All contestants must be at least 18 years of age and live in the United States.






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Commentary: Cats, Real Life and an Animal Abuse Registry

courtesy takecareofyourcat.com

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. Life, unemployment and stress are all factor but ultimately there is no excuse.

Through it all, Bubba and the girls have been a comfort — even when they are busting my chops to get out of bed. Especially when they want me to get up and face the world (but not before feeding them, of course).

On the blog news front, Bubba and OCR got a mention in Fetch magazine’s special senior pets issue. Alas, I’m not the article is not available online.

Elsewhere, we’ve been active on Facebook and continually amazed at the interested OCR has generated.  Thanks to everyone who has offered feedback, tips and postings.

Now, on to my commentary for the day.

The recent story of a New York man who tried to cook his cat, Navarro, understandably sparked anger among anyone with a heart. You don’t have to like cats to be sickened at such an act.

“What really grabbed my heart was this passage from the YNN.com story: “When he was brought here, he was in rough shape. He was still purring, still trying to be very friendly, but having a hard time,” said Gina Browning, public relations director of the Erie County SPCA.”

Fortunately, Navarro has a new name and a loving home.

Navarro’s story is one more reason we need a national registry for animal abusers. New York, California and Colorado are among several states that have considered a registry. Some may say it’s misguided to place animal abusers in the same category as child molesters.

To that I would state the obvious: it is a well-established that one of the hallmarks of may serial killers is torturing animals. A registry need not be a way to stigmatize people, rather an official step to treating those who are receptive to change. For people with deeper issues this mean early identification — potentially preventing a person’s murder.

The opposition could rightly counter that an animal abuse registry is creating one more bureaucratic morass in difficult times. The government is already swimming in a sea of debt and unemployed Americans who cannot find work. Why spend money on animals?

To that I would say a small tax on pet food and supplies is one option. I hate taxes as much as the next person, however, in a country where we will be forced to have health care of pay a fine, a few more pennies to protect those without a voice is a worthwhile investment.

To do otherwise would only chip at the innately giving spirit that has traditionally made this country great.


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The Daily Cat: Special Purr Allows Cats to Manipulate Humans

From the Editors of The Daily Cat

At 5 a.m., my cats want two things: breakfast and attention. Their Plan A is to meow louder than an alarm clock, which usually works. If I take longer than usual to respond, they resort to their no-fail Plan B: climbing on top of my head, butting my chin and purring with hypnotic desperation directly into my ear.

Perhaps you’ve also heard this special purr? Scientists have just named it “solicitation purring,” otherwise known as the purr we humans cannot ignore.

What Is Solicitation Purring?
Karen McComb, a cat owner herself, led the recent study on purring, published in the journal Current Biology. After she and her colleagues analyzed the acoustic structure of recorded cat purrs, they determined one particular type contains an embedded, high-pitched cry. “The high-frequency voiced cry occurs at a low level in cats’ normal purring, but we think that cats dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective in generating a response from humans,” explains the University of Sussex behavioral ecologist.

The cry, much to a cat’s benefit, is very similar to that of a wailing human infant. “Cats have about the right size of vocal folds to produce a cry that is similar to a baby’s, so there is a coincidental element,” says Dr. McComb. In fact, she believes this cry component of a solicitation purr can sound remarkably like a crying child, and that is particularly effective with humans.

How It Works
If your cat sees you stirring from sleep at all in the early morning, it will immediately switch into giving this solicitation purring and position itself next to your head so you get the full impact. Sound familiar? Here’s what’s really taking place:

First Your cat gets a craving for food, water, attention, playtime or something else. Being relatively small, furry and unable to get to such things alone in your home, your pet sets a strategy in motion.

Second Your cat approaches you while vibrating its vocal folds, or cords, in its larynx. “This is not a normal vocal production mechanism [in the animal kingdom],” says Dr. McComb. “Usually in mammals, the vocal folds are just moved into the airstream and then are blown open and snap shut at their own natural frequency of vibration.” The resulting vibrating low fundamental frequency results in a purr.

Third Your cat doesn’t just continue to purr as usual. It voices a cry, “probably with the inner edges of the vocal folds,” believes Dr. McComb. The cry is superimposed on the regular purr.

Fourth You hear the solicitation purr and instinct kicks in. Studies show that most primates are driven to respond to the sound of an infant in distress, so your brain on some level perceives your cat as though it were an actual human baby, even though you consciously know it’s your needy feline.

Last If you are like most owners, you give in to what your cat desires. Considering cats cannot use actual words, the system is surprisingly effective. Nicolas Nicastro, who studied cat vocalizations at Cornell University, says that although they lack language, cats have become very skilled at managing humans to get what they want — food, shelter and a little human affection.

Have Cats Domesticated Humans?
Cats are domesticated animals that have learned to pull the right levers and make the right sounds to manage our emotions. And when we respond, we too are domesticated animals.

However, don’t confuse cats for little people. “Felines cannot say, ‘Take a can of food out of the cupboard, run the can opener and fill my bowl immediately,’” says Nicastro. They’ve evolved a different, yet no less effective, method of communicating with us.

Four Types of Purrs
Dr. McComb and Georgia Mason, a professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, suggest cats might purr in at least four ways:

  • Contentment purr This is “the relaxing one,” says Dr. Mason. It’s the common low frequency rumbling we both hear and feel.
  • Silent purr Purrs can occur as silent forms that we humans feel but not hear. Kitten purrs are particularly easy to feel, probably because of a kitten’s ability to communicate “all is well” to its natural mother.
  • Solicitation purr This is the newly identified purr with the embedded baby-like cry. “It’s amazing the way certain cries are recognized by humans as needy, even by non-cat owners,” says Dr. Mason.
  • Pain purr Cats also sometimes purr when they’re extremely ill. No one is certain why, but some experts have speculated the felines are attempting to comfort themselves.

If you have heard the solicitation purr, consider yourself lucky. “Not all cats use this solicitation purring,” explains Dr. McComb. “It seems to most often develop in cats that have a one-on-one with their owners.”

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OCR on Facebook

Last night we went to a fund-raiser for New York City’s Animal Care and Control with some OCR fans, including fellow blogger I HAVE CAT.

The evening started with cocktails and finally meeting some of the cool folks who follow OCR. Naturally we shared cat photos but the conversation ran the gamut from fashion to the economy — and quickly morphed into a typical Friday night gathering of friends who have known each other for a long time.

Then, it was off to the fund-raiser and lots of kisses from the dogs that consented to take their owners. We posted a video on OCR’s Facebook page of Stanley. He’s a sweet pit bull who was rescued from the streets of New York. This hard beginning didn’t dampen Stanlet’s love of people — or the spotlight.

Click here to see Stanley and the newest fans photos of fabulous senior felines, plus some of the best cat-curated content online.

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The Daily Cat: Dating Services for Cat Owners

Purrfect love.

“SINGLE FEMALE CAT OWNER: Seeks male companion who likes cuddling, playing ball and doesn’t mind hearing the occasional “meow” in the middle of the night.”

It used to be that lonely-hearted, pet-owning singles would take out personal ads, hoping a potential match wouldn’t end up being allergic or averse to their cat. Now there’s a way to cut to the chase: A variety of cat-themed dating Web sites and social networks have launched in the last few years on the premise that pet owners share a special something that they seek in a spouse — or even in a good friend. That special something can be summed up by the feel of soft fur rubbing against one’s leg, the purr after a satisfying neck scratch, and friendship of the feline sort.

“There are a lot of people out there who want to meet others who share a common interest like pets,” says Robert Yau, who founded DateMyPet.com five years ago and more recently started the social networking site MyCatSpace.com.

Cat-themed Social Networking Sites
Joining a pet-centered Web site can help ease tensions on the dreaded first date. “Nobody can tell whether or not you’re going to have chemistry based on something like a common interest in pets, but if you have a dog or cat, it’s a great way to break the ice,” explains Michael Carter, president of PetPassions.com, a pet-themed dating and social networking site.

These pet lover Web sites also allow your sense of humor to show through — in your profile and postings. DateMyPet.com asks members to describe their pet’s perspective on the ideal date. “It brings out the tongue-in-cheek,” says Yau. People sometimes write quips such as, “If I was a cat, I’d just want to stay in my bed” or “If a member of the opposite sex comes to the house, I would hope they would have a big lap so I could sit on it.”

But, as with meeting any strangers, it’s important to be cautious. Experts advise that you guard personal information and go to a public place for initial get-togethers. Here is a rundown on a few pet-themed dating and/or networking Web sites:

  • The Right Breed This Web site features instant messaging, chat rooms, topic forums, streaming video from webcams, and an online magazine about pets and dating. Singles can search for prospective partners by region, age, animals and even by cat breed. The service is free for the first 60 days. After that, it’s $14.99 per month.
  • Pet Passions This free online dating and social networking site was started in 2004. It features photo personals, blogging, email, text chat, audio chat and webcam chat. Inside, the site is segmented so that cat lovers can stick with their own kind while fish and horse lovers mingle among themselves.
  • Must Love Pets Members use personals, chat, matchmaking services, forums and photo galleries to get to know other cat lovers. You can meet feline fans from around the country or those in your neighborhood. Basic membership, during which you can create a profile and post pictures of you and your pet, is free. If you want to contact other members, you can sign up for a premium membership, which costs a one-time fee of $44.95.
  • Date My Pet Members fill out two profiles — one for themselves and one for their cat(s). The site can be used for romance or friendship. The basic membership is free and allows you to post a profile. The next level of membership costs $15 per month and allows you to initiate contact or a chat with another member.

Remember Your Cat
While searching for a new friend or date, keep in mind that your cat still needs companionship too. Consider adopting another cat, but if that’s not for you or your kitty, make sure to set aside time each day to play games with your pet, enhancing the fun with soothing and comforting banter. Remember, cats can’t directly post personal ads.


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‘Lost’ Re-enacted by Cats

Bubba: the Energizer Cat

The finale of “Lost” may be confusing but leave it to the animals to place it all in perspective.

Bubba felt fuzzy because we couldn’t get a TV or Internet fix, thanks to a Time Warner outage. (I almost typed outrage and that would’ve worked, too.)

Anyway, click on the link below to see cats sum up all six seasons of “Lost” in less than 2 minutes.

Watch the video.

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OCR on Facebook

Just a reminder that OldCatsRule is on Facebook with fresh content that is not on the blog.

Get your cat on every day — just click here and become a fan of OCR’s page. You’ll see a link to toxins that kill animals, cats checking out an iPad and a great post from The Creative Cat.

OldCatsRule is more fun than a hit of catnip.

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