99.96% of Tortoiseshell Cats are Female and Harry is a Boy


Harry is a very special cat because 99.96% of tortoiseshell cats are female and Harry is a boy.

“It’s very rare to get a male,” said Nicola Zelent of Lothian Cat Rescue in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian Scotland. “He’s the first tortie boy we’ve had at LCR in our 35 year history, and he is the first of his kind which our vets have seen too!”

“Harry is 12 weeks old and came to us when his previous owners suffered an extreme allergic reaction to the wee one. He arrived with his brother Dennis (a black and white cutie) a few days ago and is settling in well. He displays all the tortie-tude you’d expect from one with his colouring.”

The vet who identified Harry’s gender never came across a male tortoiseshell prior to Harry in her more than 30 year career. “When I heard the cat called Harry, I said to the owners, ‘I think that might have to be a Harriet.’

“I had to change my words when I discovered it was male. I’ve never seen one before and I’ve been a vet for more than 30 years.”

“If it is male, they’re normally hermaphrodite. Harry shouldn’t be fertile, but there’s no way to know for another 12 weeks,” said Zelent.

Harry will be neutered and rehomed when he is old enough.

“Male cats, like male humans, have only one X chromosome in their DNA, as opposed to females who have two. A cat’s colouring is inherited through the X chromosome, so it should be technically impossible for male cats to inherit the mix of hues necessary to produce a tortoiseshell coat.

But male tortoiseshells can be born through a genetic mutation that causes the cat to be born with two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome (XXY).” (Edinburgh News)

99.96% of tortoiseshell cats are female and Harry is a boy.

Harry rare male tortie tortoiseshells cat Lothian Cat Rescue

The 12-week-old kitten came into Lothian Cat Rescue after his owners ­discovered they were allergic to his fur.

Harry rare male tortie tortoiseshells cat Lothian Cat Rescue

“He’s the first tortie boy we’ve had at LCR in our 35 year history, and he is the first of his kind which our vets have seen too!”

Harry rare male tortie tortoiseshells cat Lothian Cat Rescue

Source: Edinburgh News; Lothian Cat Rescue.

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The Feral Cats of Disneyland


Many stray and feral cats have settled down in Disneyland since the amusement park opened in 1955. Disney has embraced the feline friends as an important part of the park’s everyday operations.

They have partnered with rescue organizations to run a trap-neuter-return program to keep the feral population under control. “We view them as partners. It’s kind of a symbiotic relationship with them,” said Gina Mayberry of Alley Cat. The cats have become the “natural exterminators” who keep the rodent population in check.

During the daytime, most cats are rarely seen. According to an article in the LA Times, approximately 200 cats came to Disneyland Resort’s overnight after crowds have gone home, prowling the parks’ greenery in search for mice.

With help from local organizations such as FixNation, Disneyland instituted a policy for the humane care for the resort’s cats.

“What we do is trap the cats, get them spayed or neutered and make sure they get a wellness check and release them back into the population,” said Mayberry. After the cats have been returned to the park grounds, they continue to receive managed care. (Alley Cat)

The program has been helping kittens get adopted so that the cat population can be well controlled.

Giovanni, trying to find a few samples at the Alfresco Terrace. (by annapetrelli)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Can you spot the cat?

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Chloe the cat rubbing up a post. (by Amanda Nguyan)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Hanging out on a dock along the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland park. (by Sam Howzit)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Hortence enjoying Downtown Disney after most of the humans had vacated. (by Amy Ratcliffe)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

This is why you might want to consider a dinner at Wine Country Trattoria—you never know when Giovanni might decide to pay you a visit. (by Kristina)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Sometimes they venture out before the park closes. (by Anneth Briones)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Francisco, a very photogenic cat at the park. (by @dizneyphotoguy)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Kitty hanging out in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (by Loren Javier)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Source: Alley Cat. Follow Cats of Disney via Instagram.

Starla The Kitten Is A Little Fighter


Meet Starla, a tiny bitty kitten who was found with a badly injured leg. As soon as they took her into the Saving Grace Rescue in San Francisco, she started purring and cuddling with rescuers. “She is already gaining weight and enjoying cuddles here at SGR,” said the rescue group via Facebook.

The little lovebug is healing very well. “Starla had radiographs today to look at her injuries… Amazingly, she is… doing much better this week, playing and even running in short bursts.”

Meet Starla, a tiny bitty kitten found with a badly injured leg by the Saving Grace Rescue.

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As soon as she came to the shelter, she started cuddling with the rescuers. 

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Starla hugging her first mouse toy.

Starla rescue kitten with injured leg saved by saving grace

Starla is healing well. Look at that face!

Starla rescue kitten with injured leg saved by saving grace

Amazingly, she is doing much better this week, playing and even running in short bursts.

Starla rescue kitten with injured leg saved by saving grace

Follow Starla’s progress at Saving Grace Rescue.

Photos by Saving Grace Rescue and Josh Norem of the Furrtographer.

The Difference One Day Makes To A Stray Cat


They found a tiny stray. “We took in this beautiful stray last night, the difference a day can make is unbelievable.” (via reddit)

The night of the rescue

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“Minutes after bringing her in from outside. She was scared, hungry, and cold.”

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The little one was in need of a lot of TLC.

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The next morning

rescue kitten one day difference

Happy to be cuddling with her human.

rescue kitten one day difference

Happy to have a place called home. 

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Photos via imgur.

A Shelter Cat Gives A Person The Biggest Hug


A shelter cat named Tim started hugging a volunteer and wouldn’t let her go when they met at the Potsdam Humane Society in Potsdam, New York “Today I started crying at the animal shelter because one cat hugged me and nuzzled into my neck,” said Rachel Griggs via reddit.

“I’ve been volunteering at the Potsdam Humane Society, and last time I was there I held this one cat that instantly attached to me. He nuzzled into my neck and hugged me and kneaded his paws in my hair.” (via)

As a college student living on campus, she is not allowed to have pets in her dorm room, but the love and affection from the shelter cat has really touched her, and now she’s in the process of bringing the kitty to her mother’s home.

She was volunteering at the Potsdam Humane Society and a little tabby cat gave her the most affectionate hug. 

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“I was there I held this one cat that instantly attached to me. He nuzzled into my neck and hugged me and kneaded his paws in my hair.”

shelter cat hugging girl

“It was so sweet and I was the only one he let hold”

shelter cat hugging girl

Though her dorm room doesn’t allow pets, she is in the process of bringing the kitty to her mom’s home. 

shelter cat hugging girl

Photos via reddit.

Kitten Found In Near Freezing Temperature. Rescuers Refuse To Let Her Go


A tiny four-month-old ginger kitten was found in near freezing temperature by rescuers from the Denver Dumb Friends League. The kitten was so cold that her temperature did not even register on a thermometer, but the rescuers refused to let her go.

“You could sort of feel the cold coming off her,” said Dr. Kasey Carter, veterinarian who treated the kitten. (abc News)

When they brought in the tabby kitten, she was unresponsive. Staff members used hair dyers to warm the kitten’s fur, heating pads with mittens to keep her body and paws warm, a bear hugger which has a tube that blows in warm air to wrap her in, and even injected her with warm IV fluids.

“When she came into the shelter, we weren’t even sure if she was alive,” said Megan Rees of the Denver Dumb Friends League, but the kitten is a little fighter.

They named the kitten Elsa after the Disney character from Frozen for her “fighting, little spirit.”

Elsa is doing a lot better now. “We put some food in front of her and she immediately went for it, a little ravenous,” said Carter.

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Meet Elsa the ginger kitten who was found in near freezing temperature. She was so cold that her temperature did not even register on a thermometer, but the rescuers refused to let her go.

Meet Elsa, the Kitten Who Survived Being Frozen

Staff members used hair dyers to warm the kitten’s fur, heating pads with mittens to keep her body and paws warm, a bear hugger to wrap her in, and even injected her with warm IV fluids.

Meet Elsa, the Kitten Who Survived Being Frozen

They named her Elsa after the Disney character because of her “fighting, little spirit.”

Meet Elsa, the Kitten Who Survived Being Frozen

Elsa is doing a lot better now thanks to the rescuers.

Meet Elsa, the Kitten Who Survived Being Frozen

WATCH VIDEO: Elsa the kitten found in near freezing temperature. The rescuers refused to let her go.

Photos byDenver Dumb Friends League. Follow them on Facebook.

Source: abc News.

Rescue Kitten Safe And Warm Now


A tiny kitten was spotted by the trash can all by herself. The rescuers from Good Karma Pet Rescue took her in and now she’s safe and sound at her foster home with a full belly.

“Cute as all get out. Probably 4 or 5 weeks old. She used the litter box immediately! Smart baby. More updates and photos later,” said Nicole of Good Karma Pet Rescue.

A tiny kitten was spotted by the trash can all by herself. 

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The rescuers from Good Karma Pet Rescue took her in and now she’s safe and sound at her foster home with a full belly.

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Now all she needs is a forever loving home.

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Follow her progress on Facebook.

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