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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Having been in our care for several months now, this week’s Adorable Adoptables take patience to a new level. Given their love of tummy and cheek rubs, and super-sunny dispositions, the fact they’re still here is a surprise to the staff and volunteers that enjoy their company every day.

Tuxedo cat Timothy is two years old and has been at our Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, WA since February. He’s become a firm staff favorite since he arrived, not least because of his incredible patience in waiting for his soul mate to walk through the door.

If you’re looking for someone playful, Timothy fits the bill perfectly. He enjoys everything from stringy things to jingle toys to furry toy mice:

And then there’s the attention seeking part of him that never turns down a good cheek rub! Timothy is a true gentleman and absolute sweetheart – so, why the long wait for a forever home?

One of the reasons Timothy might be being overlooked is that he has an Upper Respiratory Infection (commonly known as a URI), which affects his nose and throat. Its most recognizable symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, and discharges from the nose or eyes.

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The good news is that most cats with a URI can be treated at home. In cases where nasal congestion is a factor, simply spending 10 to 15 minutes in a steamy bathroom regularly can provide great relief. This congestion also affects a cat’s sense of smell, which often leads to a decreased appetite – serving a highly palatable canned food is the solution here. A simple moist tissue will help wipe any irritation-causing discharge away.

With lots of love and care, Timothy and his pet parents can enjoy a full, happy life together in spite of his snuffles. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the shelter environment is just what Timothy needs – the sooner he finds his forever home, the sooner he can kick back, relax and feel better.

Come spend time with Timothy in Lynnwood, WA today. We challenge you to resist his charms!

Ten-year old Chihuahua Mimi is a well-traveled pup who’s been searching for her forever home longer than most.Transferred from a Los Angeles shelter in 2013 and adopted in the Puget Sound area, she was subsequently surrendered to the Regional Animal Services of King County and transferred to PAWS in April of this year.

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Mimi’s been hanging out with one of our cherished foster care families recently, and is now back at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA ready to find her new pet parents.

Here’s a snippet from her exemplary foster care report:

“Her favorite activities are napping, cuddling with her people and getting treats! She gets very happy when you say her name – she’ll give you the best smile and even rolls on her back for tummy rubs. She sleeps through the night and likes to have some extra blankets in her bed in case she feels like burrowing in them! It may take her a few days to settle into her new surroundings, but her delightful and happy personality soon shines through.”

Sweet senior Mimi enjoys the quieter things in life so is hoping for a chilled out home where she can nap and cuddle her days away close to her humans. She also doesn’t mind the idea of having an easy-going buddy around, to share those moments only a canine companion can fully appreciate.

Call PAWS in Lynnwood, WA today and arrange a tummy rub with Mimi!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Welcome to Where Are They Now?, a kind of PAWS ‘Hall of Fame’ where we check in with fur families that found each other through PAWS several years ago. First up, happy adopter Abigail reports back on an action-filled two years with Rhett and Felix, adopted in May 2012.

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What made you decide to adopt from a shelter?
Growing up I had two cats from a shelter, Kelly and Sphinx. To be honest I’m not sure I realized you could get cats any other way! Kelly passed away in 2009 and, when I moved to Seattle from Virginia in 2011 to start a graduate program, travel-averse Sphinx stayed with my mom. I knew I still wanted to have cats around. Luckily my boyfriend Alexander (Zan) is a cat person too!

How did you find Rhett and Felix?
I took to the internet, searching for “cute cats for adoption”. I think at the time I just wanted to look at pictures of cats (what else is the internet for, right?). Anyway, a picture of Rhett (aged 9) from the PAWS website came up. He sounded like a real gentleman and the perfect lap cat. His description encouraged me to check out his friend Felix (aged 8) too and, in no time, Zan and I were talking like they were ours.

We spent about a month thinking about them, then decided to go to PAWS Cat City. Even thought Rhett and Felix were at PAWS in Lynnwood, we thought we should look at other cats too seeing as we’d formed this attachment via only a few pictures and a brief description.

After completing adoption paperwork we met a couple of cats, including a guy called Joey who was a little standoffish, but Rhett and Felix were still on our minds. The next day we made the journey to Lynnwood. Maybe, we thought, they’ll be like Joey and then we won’t have to obsess anymore – we can wash our hands of these cats we’ve been pretending are already ours.

When we finally saw them in the flesh, it was like a celebrity sighting after all those days looking at their pictures online! Within half an hour, we were driving home with Rhett and Felix meowing in the back seat.

We had a great adoption experience with PAWS. Filling out the paperwork was easy and we got great information about our new animals’ history. We were also given notes on their personalities from PAWS staff and volunteers that had cared for them, which I really enjoyed reading.

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Tell us about your first journey home and settling in together.
After we got them in the back of the car, panic set in. We hadn’t really expected to come home with two cats that day, and had no food, litter boxes, cat bowls, or toys at home. So we stopped at a pet store on the way to pick up the basics. Zan stayed in the car with Rhett and Felix while I ran through the aisles like a crazy woman grabbing all the essentials!

When we got them home, the first thing Felix did was run to the bathroom, pull out a drawer, and slide into the space behind the drawer. I’m still not sure how a 22-pound cat managed to squeeze into such a small space, but he did! Rhett took a more typical route and hid under a bed. But they came around very quickly, and within two days they ruled the roost.

What have you been through together?
We’ve had an eventful two years! The biggest upheaval was moving back to Arlington, Virginia a few months after the adoption – an unmissable job opportunity turned what we’d thought would be at least six years in Seattle into only one. Rhett and Felix adjusted well to our unexpected relocation of over 2,500 miles, and it’s good to be home again. We love the area and we love having our fur babies with us every step of the way.

Being adult-approaching-senior cats, we’ve had a couple of trips to our friendly veterinarian with both Rhett and Felix. Though stressful and emotional times, the good news is they’re both perfectly healthy and happy cats, and we wouldn’t change them for the world. Felix has even slimmed down from a cuddly 22 pounds to a more modest 13 pounds. His ability to open drawers and cupboards with ease remains however, so we still hide their food on top shelves and in locked cabinets!

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What have they brought to your life?
Everything. Joy, love, emotional stability – on hard days, their purring is balm to the soul. Rhett’s blue eyes are always so kind looking, and he’s always quietly there when we need him.

Felix is my study buddy and like a teddy bear. I can grab him up in my arms like a stuffed animal and he’ll stay all night, just happily purring right next to my chest.

What would you say to anyone who isn’t convinced about cats as companions?
Give them a chance! I often hear people say they want an animal that doesn’t just “use” them, but needs them, so they get a dog. Cats do need us. Felix and Rhett follow me from room to room, snuggle on the couch for TV nights, and snuggle in bed with me on sick days. We can tell they love us, and I think that’s because they can tell we love them. It’s a reciprocal relationship.

On a more practical note, cats are less work than a dog. We don’t wonder whether they need to go out to pee – their litter boxes are right there! We keep a scratch pad around at all times and have never had an issue with damage to our apartment. And, cats do play. Despite being older cats, our boys still have a lot of fun with feather wands, toy mice, and iPad games!

Thank you Abigail and Zan for sharing your story, and giving Rhett and Felix the forever home they so desperately needed and deserved.

If, like Abigail and Zan, you found your perfect match at PAWS, we want to hear about it! Email us to be featured in a future Where Are They Now?.

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

We’re scratching our heads over this week’s adorable adoptables – Jake and Soda Pop – who are still searching for their forever homes after several months in our care. As staff favorites, we can’t understand why they’re still waiting! Could their perfect pet parent be reading this?

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Expert snuggler Jake is an eight year old Italian Greyhound mix, originally from Long Beach California. This perfectly petite little guy was found as a stray and transferred to PAWS in May.

Initially very nervous of his new surroundings, Jake has relaxed a lot in our care (we figure it must be due to copious cuddles and tasty treats!) and is ready to find his forever fur family.

If you’re the kind of person that likes to come home to a wagging tail and a LOT of attention, you need to meet Jake. He just LOVES to be with his people. 

Watch his delight (and adorable bum wiggling!) when a volunteer comes to visit his kennel:

He’s also a social guy with four-legged friends, enjoying the company of mellow dogs his size.

Jake’s idea of a perfect day is low-key with lots of people time, so he’d do best in a quieter home with kids over the age of 8 years. If you’re looking for a lap dog, Jake’s definitely your man. When he’s out for a walk with you, he may even ask to be carried for the home stretch… another excuse for cuddles.

Next time you’re visiting our Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, WA ask to meet Jake and get ready to feel BIG love from this small superstar!

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Our kitty companion this week is Soda Pop, a beautiful orange tabby who arrived at PAWS in March. She was surrendered by her fur family due to a change of living arrangements following an incident of domestic violence.

Having been part of the family since she was a kitten and now 10 years old, the transition from home to shelter life was an emotional experience for Soda Pop, and it has taken time to adjust.

With the patience, affection and dedication of PAWS staff and volunteers, Soda Pop has blossomed into a talkative, friendly and affectionate character with lots of love to give.

She can seem shy at first and likes her own space (like everyone does now and again!), but with a little patience and gentle encouragement she’ll be your new best friend in no time.

Some of Soda Pop’s favorite things are chasing string toys, giving kisses while you pet her, and cat napping. She’s not such a fan of being brushed – she prefers to be in charge of her own grooming routine!

Soda Pop is still working on liking kids (she thinks they’re nice from far away) and is afraid of dogs. If you have a quiet and predictable adult-only home where Soda Pop can adjust at her own pace, she would love to meet you. Stop by PAWS in Lynnwood, WA and you might just be the one to get her kiss of approval.

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Continuing our blog series championing overlooked (but no less adorable) adoptables, we profile two very special PAWS characters waiting for their forever families.

Long term loveable Milosh arrived at PAWS in October 2013, surrendered by his pet parents after 12 years of guardianship. He’s currently in our Foster Care Program, where his true character is blossoming – including one particularly irresistible trait…

Milosh loves to snuggle. He’s not necessarily a lap cat, but likes to be snuggled in right beside someone whenever possible. This makes him an excellent buddy to sleep late with on the weekends; he will settle in by your chest and purr all morning. And, if you happen to have a room with a view and a high perch to enjoy it, you’ll have a friend for life!

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Milosh is shy with new people at first but doesn’t take long to warm up if you show him a little love (and treats!). He has a very submissive, relaxed personality when it comes to interacting with other animals. His current foster family reports that he wants nothing more than to interact with their two torbie (tabby/tortoiseshell) girls. Unfortunately they’re rebutting his advances so far, but he’s very good at picking up their signals and respecting their space (pictured right keeping his distance, a true gentleman!). There are also two 50-60lb dogs to contend with, and Milosh doesn’t seem to be fazed by them at all.

And don’t let his advancing years deceive you – Milosh loves to play, a particular favorite being batting feather toys:

As distinguishing features go, the crook at the end of Milosh’s tail gives him a certain added charm, and his sleek black fur (with just a dash of white on his chest and belly) is simply beautiful. If sleek and snuggly is your thing, get in touch with our adoption advisors at PAWS and arrange to meet this stunning gent today.

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In our canine corner this week is one year old Hugo – a super smart, energetic boy who learns quickly and has a strong desire to please his people.

It’ll be no surprise then when we tell you that Hugo’s part Australian Cattle Dog, part Pit Bull Terrier; breeds known for their intelligence, loyalty, and proficiency for canine sports including agility, obedience and flyball.

Originally brought up to Washington State all the way from California and then surrendered at Everett Animal Shelter, Hugo was transferred to PAWS through our Placement Partner Program in March 2014. After a few weeks of brushing up on his obedience and manners, we waved a happy goodbye as Hugo left with what we thought was his forever family. Sadly he was returned to us in early June.

Hugo’s athleticism and full contact play style mean his perfect home would be with active adult pet parents who get a kick out of physical exercise and setting mental challenges on a daily basis – rain or shine. You’ll also win brownie points if you don’t mind retrieving the balls he loves to chase!

Watch Hugo in non-stop play mode with his PAWS pal Mattie

Hugo would enjoy having doggy friend play dates to burn some energy. His preferred method of greeting other dogs currently is by jumping on them, but with a little help mastering his ‘hello’ he’ll be an off-leash dog park etiquette expert in no time.

Next time you’re visiting PAWS in Lynnwood, ask to meet Hugo and get ready for an exuberant four-legged hello guaranteed to brighten your day!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

We work so closely with all the adoptable animals here at PAWS, it’s sometimes hard for us to understand why a certain cat or dog in our care is seemingly overlooked by potential adopters.

Each and every one of the companion animals at PAWS tugs at our heartstrings, and we know they all deserve to find the right family. In this new blog series, we reveal the personalities behind some very special companion animals at PAWS who are anxiously waiting for their forever humans to walk through the door.

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Take Tiger Rico, a seven year old bundle of Chihuahua love who arrived at PAWS in February. This wasn’t his first appearance at our doors – after adopting him from PAWS two years previously, his pet parents were moving away and surrendered him to PAWS instead of taking him along.

In those two quick years, the most striking difference in Tiger Rico was his weight. It had tripled since he was last in our care.

PAWS staff immediately enrolled Tiger Rico in a bootcamp-style training program with a new PAWS foster family – not such a popular switch of routine from Tiger Rico’s perspective, but hugely successful.

With a proper diet and moderate exercise, he lost 6 lbs and his energy levels increased dramatically. His once reserved, stoic personality blossomed into the complete Tiger Rico goofball he is today!

Now svelte and eager for the next chapter in his life, Tiger Rico is still most definitely a typical Chi, meaning he can be grumpy and bossy at times (can’t we all?!). He can also be pure love and offer up snuggling under the covers, playtime and doing tricks for treats.

We know from spending time with Tiger Rico that he deserves your notice. Next time you’re at PAWS in Lynnwood, be sure to take an extra moment to meet him.


Watch Tiger Rico in clicker training mode


Then there’s 10 year old Simba who, with his flowing luxurious golden coat, is aptly named.

Currently calling PAWS Cat City his home, Simba is another resident we’ve had a long, glorious relationship with. Brought to us in May 2013, Simba spent time in PAWS Foster Care Program before being adopted in October 2013. Sadly, he was returned to us only a few days later.

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Perhaps one of the reasons Simba’s search for the perfect pet parent has taken longer than most is due to the fact he has feline asthma. Much like the human version, feline asthma is a chronic condition in which airway inflammation leads to coughing, wheezing, and/or exercise intolerance.

Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. With regular love, attention and the advice of a good veterinarian, this condition can be managed, especially in a home clean of second-hand smoke, dusty cat litters and strong perfumes. 

Aside from his need for a more experienced cat mom or dad, Simba has perfect litter box manners, loves being brushed and is a great fan of treats. Whichever PAWS Cat City visitor is lucky enough to be chosen by this quiet, gentle boy as his forever companion has a wonderful life ahead of them!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

If asked whether a dog or cat would be more likely to play fetch, most people would be forgiven for immediately choosing dog as their answer. But don’t be fooled… cats play their cards close to their chests, and we have proof to show they’re just as talented as their canine counterparts.

Take Nora for instance – a grey tabby from New Jersey who began her rise to fame back in 2007. At the tender age of one year old, and after months spent listening to her pet parent playing the piano, Nora jumped up on the piano stool one day when no one was looking and started making her own music.

Nora’s since become an internet sensation with her own website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, where Nora the Piano Cat: The Sequel has been viewed over 8.7 million times.

Today, Nora is the official mascot of the National Music Festival – all in all, a definite contender for the ‘Hidden Talents of Cats Hall of Fame’!

Then there’s laidback Australian feline Didga the Skateboarding Cat, who loves nothing more than accompanying her cat dad about town on four wheels. According to web sources she mastered her moves in just 18 months and, like Nora, has become an overnight internet sensation with over 2.5 million views of one YouTube video alone.

Another classic move is The Door Opener, mastered by many a kitty with escape artistry in their blood. In stealth mode at PAWS Cat City one day, we captured resident feline Nala giving other cat colony members a demonstration of her exemplary technique:

We’ve had many happy adopters report back that their kitties play fetch, tag, and hide go seek, proving that purr pals love learning new tricks from their human companions.

Looks like it might be time to move over doggie daredevils, cats are the new talents in town!

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Stop! Before you upload your latest kitty hilarity to YouTube, you might want to know that you could win an award for that cat video of yours.

It’s true. If your quality time Introducing Cat to Cat or Introducing Cat to Dog has turned into a video library that’s inspiring its own channel, consider submitting to your first festival instead.

Today around the world, the fastest growing type of film festival is the Cat Video Film Festival. With new festivals in Minneapolis, Oakland, Toronto and online, there’s really no reason for you not to take advantage of the opportunity to show off your skills! 

The concept for a Cat Video Festival began with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 2012. Starting as a lark, the festival drew 10,000 fans and was profiled in New York Times. Today, it continues on. Across the United States, the Walker Art Center Cat Video Festival re-plays in almost every city, while in Canada, their cross country tour Just For Cats (an initiative of Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) takes cat film joy from coast to coast too.

Looking back at the Walker Arts Center 2013 Internet Cat Video Festival

Cat videos help people to understand cats, their behavior and can also answer some questions about Understanding Cat Aggression Toward People. The more we know about fabulous felines, the more likely we are to help the many homeless cats surrendered to shelters every year to find their forever homes.

The Walker festival – free to the public in Minneapolis but open to everyone to vote – kicks off on August 14th this year. Categories for prizes are: Comedy, Drama, Musical Documentary, Animation, Action/Adventure, Vine Video, Cute.

Have you captured your PAWS cat's talents on camera? Share your videos and pics with us on Facebook or send them via email.

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Fathers come in many varieties and Father’s Day is that one time during the year that we get to celebrate what fatherhood means.

 

This Father’s Day, we wanted to share with you an adoption story - or a Pet-Papa story - that warmed our hearts here at PAWS. Every year, we help around 3,000 Washington residents find their fur-family members, but this recent adoption success had us all particularly watery-eyed.

When animals in our care find their forever homes, it’s an emotional moment for us. It means that the work we’ve done to nurture and shelter that animal has allowed a potential adopter to see the wonderfulness that we see in that animal, and choose them as part of their family.

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Just shy of 14 years old, tabby cat Cindy Lou was having a truly hard time finding long-term love and security. She was a PAWS regular, meaning that she has stayed with us three times since 2011.

On two separate occasions she came to us because her guardians let her outside without proper supervision and she was left to fend for herself. A highly social kitty, Cindy Lou was roaming an apartment complex for at least a couple of years before she arrived at PAWS the first time. We were happy then to reunite her with her guardians, but she returned again to PAWS as a lost cat. Again, she was reunited with her family, and PAWS counseled the family on how to keep her safely confined and wear proper identification. When she came to us once more at the beginning of this year, her guardians had vanished.

Now, she had no one at all.

In another part of Seattle, William was looking at life as a widower and wondering what his future would hold without his beloved wife. He had recently lost his elderly cat – whom he had adopted from PAWS – to old age, and the halls of his home felt emptier than ever before.

Curious, William strolled over to Cat City in Seattle’s U-District and immediately noticed Cindy Lou. PAWS’ unique Cat City layout of colony rooms allowed William to interact with all the cats in their familiar surroundings. Cindy Lou was especially drawn to William and it didn’t take much for her to make her choice known. Cindy Lou wanted William.

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William felt the exact same way.

We snapped this pic of the two of them knowing full well that this was a Cat City match like no other.

Happy Pet-Papa Day to William, and to all the other pet-papas caring for their fur-families this weekend.

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Whether your cat helps you run your daily errands, or joins you on longer journeys at holiday time, making sure they’re happy travelers is crucial. Here are some handy tips to help make journeys run smoothly for the both of you!

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1.  Always use a pet travel carrier

It should be large enough for your cat to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in. We recommend hard sided or sturdy fabric carriers for adequate support and protection. Also be sure that the carrier has proper ventilation. It should be fixed securely in your car so any movement whilst driving is kept to a minimum; in the back seat, away from airbags. 

2.  Associate carrier and car with all things good

Cats are very sensitive to their environment and territory is important. Take time to familiarize your cat with the carrier, starting with using it in your house.  Place his bedding, some of his favorite cat toys (see opposite), or maybe some catnip or kibble in the carrier. Keep the door open and let your cat go in and out as he pleases until he seems comfortable with it.

Your car will become part of your cat’s territory too. For familiarity and comfort, place a towel or blanket that has his scent on it inside the car. Safely put him in the car with you and close the doors. Give him a few minutes to explore, rub around and spread scent. Commit to doing this every day at least a week before your trip, increasing the time he spends in the car. Then move on to feeding or playing with him in the car, whatever motivates him more!

Once you’ve mastered the carrier and the car, it’s time to combine the two! Secure the carrier and turn on your engine to let your cat get used to the sounds and vibration. Do this several times a day until your cat seems comfortable with it, and remember to reward him as soon as you take him out of his carrier.

3.  Start moving

Now you’re ready to move! Ideally, start by backing up and down your driveway or going around the block a few times. Then take your cat into the house for rewards and play time. Gradually extend the length and duration of your journeys, with rewards after each to positively reinforce the experience for him.

4. Rest breaks 

If you’re traveling long distances at a time, you’ll need to consider stopping for potty breaks. When stopped and the car windows and doors are closed, let your cat out of the carrier and provide him with a litter box in the car. Some cat parents have harness trained their cats so they can walk them at rest areas to use up some energy and stretch their legs. If this isn’t for you, we recommend keeping your drive to 8 hours at the most for maximum comfort.

5. Stay calm

Perhaps the most important tip of all! Your cat is very sensitive to your energy, so throughout the entire travel-training process, it’s important for you to be patient with him and remain calm. We know – easy to say, not always so easy to do – but if you’re stressed and frustrated, your cat will be too!

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You could blame Garfield for starting it all, but you’d be missing a few details. Society as we know it got its first introduction to the personality of cats through Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat of Alice’s dark fairytale was a know-it-all troublemaker who could disappear like a mist but always leave his smirk behind.

We have been fascinated by cats ever since.

Composite-for-FB-and-TwitterMany names have made it into our pop culture, among them; Felix The Cat, Abraham Lincoln’s First Cat Tabby, Sylvester and his longtime foe Tweety-bird, Morris - a shelter rescue who went on to represent the cat food brand 9Lives throughout the 70’s - and finally, Garfield.

Perhaps the most famous of animated cats for an entire generation of cat lovers, Garfield’s persnickety observations and cool reserve earned his creator - Jim Davis - a healthy retirement plan and spawned every cartoon cat that came after him. Bloom County’s Bill the Cat was every political activist’s dream feline with his pre-Jackass style willingness to try just about anything. Today, The Oatmeal’s irreverent online comics make you think twice about that long stare your beloved cat is bestowing on you.

To cat devotees the wonders of their beloved companions is no surprise. It’s why our resource pages about Keeping Your Cat Happy Indoors and Outdoor Enclosures for Cats are so popular with our readers. Understanding cat behavior is precisely what inspired all of these famous cats to become the pop icons that they are.

Tipping the interest in cats over the edge was the recent news of the Hero Cat, a California cat who saw its human companion in trouble and sprung to action. This behavior in cats caught many people off guard but is no surprise to cat behavior specialists.

Hear Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s MY CAT FROM HELL talk about the Hero Cat

If you’re a feline fanatic and you’ve got some cats in your care, remember that the best way to protect your loved one is to spay or neuter. Why Spay & Neuter?

Curious about being a cat guardian? Visit PAWS’ adoptable pets page to find out how you can meet the perfect fit for you.