Category: Working Cats

13 Military Cats Who Buoyed Sailors’ Spirits

13 Military Cats Who Buoyed Sailors’ Spirits

Historically, veterans (and their families) of wars prior to the current middle east conflicts had it worse than present-day fighters. Communications were slow (letters took weeks or months to arrive), they were often hungry, and there was a lot more brutal hand-to-hand combat. Many more lives were lost. Cats provided a welcome respite from the […]

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Erik the Red Retiring after 16 Years of Service

Erik the Red Retiring after 16 Years of Service

On September 20th, a one-eyed ginger tabby named Erik the Red celebrated his retirement as Rodent Control Officer aboard the CSS Acadia in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He’s held the post since 1999 when, as a stray kitten, he followed shipkeeper Stephen Read back to the vessel. He’s been there ever since, vigilantly fighting rodentia. Dozens […]

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Stubbs, Retired Mayor of Talkeetna Alaska, Enjoying His Sunset Years

Stubbs, Retired Mayor of Talkeetna Alaska, Enjoying His Sunset Years

After staging an unsuccessful last-minute write in campaign for the Alaskan senate, Stubbs the Cat has retired from his post as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. He’s the quintessential rough-and-tumble Alaskan, having survived a BB gun attack, falling into a deep fryer (fortunately, not hot at the time), a ride in a garbage truck out of […]

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Tom the Cat is a Hospice Hero

Tom the Cat is a Hospice Hero

The end of life is never easy — for the decedent or the family. But it can be better with cats. I’m not being flip. Cats occupy a space within our souls that is different — but just as vital — as that of family members. Well, they ARE family members, after all. If I […]

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Alaskan Mayor Stubbs Recovering from Dog Attack

Alaskan Mayor Stubbs Recovering from Dog Attack

Stubbs the Cat, mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska (115 miles north of Anchorage), is recovering at a veterinary hospital following an attack by a dog. Saturday’s vicious attack left the orange tabby with bruised hips, a punctured lung, a long gash on his side and a fractured sternum. His sternum may need to be repaired with […]

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Tober, Library Cat with Staff

Tober, Library Cat with Staff

Many of you already know Tober the library cat. He’s been blogging since 2008, despite his daily duties associated with keeping the library running smoothly and his Staff in line. We’re grateful he blocked out some time for us because as we all know, humans are notoriously hard to train and even harder to keep […]

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Long Island Loses its Finest Doorman

Long Island Loses its Finest Doorman

Mickey Mantle, notuble for his services as doorman at the Hotel Harris on Lon Guyland, has gone to The Bridge. He is survived by his brudders Jeter Harris, Matsui, and that stoopid kitten Joba.

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“YOU’RE FIRED!” Larry the 10 Downing St cat gets axed

“YOU’RE FIRED!” Larry the 10 Downing St cat gets axed

He was only doing what many politicians do once they’re in office. Kick back and coast. Larry — the cat who runs the UK — was hired to resolve Downing Street’s rodent infestation. But today, because of his lackluster purrformance, he was fired from his position as the country’s Chief Mouser. Despite being promoted by […]

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Alaska Cat Celebrates 15 Years as Mayor

Alaska Cat Celebrates 15 Years as Mayor

Stubbs the Cat just celebrated his 15th year on the job as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Named for his Vienna-Sausage-like tail, Stubbs has ruled the roost in this rustic town on the way to Mt. McKinley since he was a kitten. Unlike at least one other Alaska mayor, Stubbs generates little controversy. One or two […]

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Cat’s Collar Sparks Outrage in the UK

Cat’s Collar Sparks Outrage in the UK

Larry (the cat who runs the UK) has a new feline friend on Downing Street and boy is she a looker! The cat’s name is Freya and already she’s caught up in a maelstrom of controversy. Freya’s guardian, Chancellor George Osborne, is currently under fire as the austerity plan he’s imposed upon the UK is […]

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65-Cat Team Protects World’s Largest Art Museum

65-Cat Team Protects World’s Largest Art Museum

Russian Empress Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and decreed that cats would be held as protectors of its art, a tradition that lives to this day. The Royal Family was fond of cats, ever since a cat sent from Holland came to live with Peter the Great in the Winter […]

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Matilda Returns to the Algonquin Hotel

Matilda Returns to the Algonquin Hotel

Matilda, the famous Algonquin Hotel cat is back! I wuz vary disappointed win I wint to NYC reesintly only to discuver that the Algonquin Hotel wuz undergoing renovayshuns and wuz clozed. I had bin sooooo looking forwerd to meeting Matilda and I’m shur she wood by happy to meet an innernet sellbrity like me. I […]

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First Viennese Cat Café Opens

First Viennese Cat Café Opens

Vienna is now the home of the city’s first cat café, the Café Neko. Pawpularized in Japan, cat cafés are scarce in Europe. Café Neko is run by five cats: Sonja, Luca, Moritz, Momo and Thomas who socialize with the patrons and pad across catwalks while customers have coffee or a meal. They can also […]

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Libris Adds PURRsonality to Wesleyan College Library

Libris Adds PURRsonality to Wesleyan College Library

Libris is a handsome feral who was rescued by Wesleyan College (Macon, GA) students in 2009 and put to work in the school’s Willet Memorial Library. Here he is, hard at work: Libris had big paws to fill. His predecessor, Sqeakers (1985-2008) was an institution at the college, spending her last nine years employed by […]

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Hank the Cat, Senate Candidate, Releases Tax Filing

Hank the Cat, Senate Candidate, Releases Tax Filing

Hank the Cat, a Maine Coon Senate candidate in Furginia, has released his 2011 Tax Filing just as other candidates for federal office do. It’s thought that the release of this sensitive information was necessary after a dog-backed SuperPAC released a video questioning Hank’s character and forthrightness (more on that below) with bogus allegations. The […]

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Pet Curfew Death Knell for Japan’s Cat Cafés?

Pet Curfew Death Knell for Japan’s Cat Cafés?

Cat cafés in Japan may become a thing of the past after an animal protection curfew law goes into effect on June 1st. Because of the tight housing regulations and small living spaces, cat cafés purrvide a way for cat lovers to get a little purr therapy and interact with their fuzzy friends. The pawpular […]

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Obama the Cat Ditched by The Mob

Obama the Cat Ditched by The Mob

After five years of faithful service, Obama the Cat is losing his home at the Cafe Liberty Social Club, a self-described right-wing gathering place in Queens, NY. The Club was inherited from mob associate Alfred “Freddy Hot” DiCongilio, who originally hired Obama as mascot and rat catcher in 2006. The cat was a scrawny stray […]

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Cheeto Trains Search Dogs to Find Lost Cats

Cheeto Trains Search Dogs to Find Lost Cats

Cheeto the Cat trains search dogs to search for lost cats in his job at Missing Pet Partership, a Pet Detective agency in Federal Way, Washington. This requires that Cheeto be absolutely silent while dogs are searching so as not to tip them off. It took several months to train Cheeto to keep mum. Part […]

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Hank the Cat Running for Senate in VA.

Hank the Cat Running for Senate in VA.

Finally! Virginia cats are finally getting an opportunity to vote for one of their own. Hank the Cat has thrown his collar in the ring for a cat fight with former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine over the Senate seat being vacated in November by Virginia Senator James Webb. Hank’s platform is appealing to […]

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Tampa Rays Add DJ Cat Mascot

Tampa Rays Add DJ Cat Mascot

If Rally Monkey and Keyboard Cat were to get it on, their spawn would likely be DJ Kitty, the Tampa Bay Rays’ handsome new mas-cat. DJ Kitty’s not replacing Raymond, but will purrvide mascot support in much the same way as the infamous Rally Squirrel in St Louis. (We suspect he might want to join […]

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