Famous cat passes away, so city honors him with a statue at his favorite spot


Meet Tombili, the chillest cat in Istanbul. Tombili’s spent his days lounging around the town, showcasing his laidback lifestyle and enviable calmness for all to see. Naturally, he was beloved by all the locals, and became a local (and Internet!) legend when passersby took pictures of him relaxin’ in the streets.


Unfortunately, Tombili passed away last August, but he will never be forgotten. To show their appreciation for their chubby feline friend, the locals decided to immortalize his resting image in bronze, building a statue right where he used to recline his kitty spine.


It really captures his likeness! The statue memorializes Tombili’s lackadaisical demeanor — the very picture of a cool cat at home in his favorite spot. It’s clear that Tombili was a true inspiration to everyone who came across him: sometimes we all need a reminder to take some time to sit around and enjoy the stuff around us.


The memorial opened last October 4th, and already people have been flocking to come pay their respects to this town fixture.


“You will live in our hearts. Mascot of our street, beloved TOMBILI lost his struggle for life after a month and closed his eyes to life on first of August,” wrote one of Tombili’s fans on a note near the statue.

Source: http://shareably.net/istanbul-cat-statue/?utm_source=CM&utm_medium=boxerIK&utm_campaign=CMfacebook


Oscar the Bionic Cat


Oscar the bionic cat lost his hind feet in an accident four years ago and thanks to the efforts of vets to get him back on his own four feet

Kate Allen and her partner, Mike don’t get many callers at their house in Jersey. They’re relatively isolated. But mid-afternoon, there was a knock at the door.

Mike, answered to find a distressed woman standing with a bicycle. She asked them if they own a black cat and if they and told them about a cat in the field with lots of blood.

Kate and Mike rushed to the scene and found Oscar lying on the edge of the field splattered with blood. It looked as if he had been trying to drag himself home but couldn’t quite manage it. The cat’s hinds leg had been chopped off, caught by the combine harvester.

Oscar was rushed to the New Era Veterinary Hospital and Mike explained to the vet, Peter Haworth, what happened.

Mike said, “We tried to come to terms with the fact that we would probably have to have him put to sleep, although sleep was the one thing we couldn’t  do ourselves. Luckily for Oscar, not everyone was as pessimistic.

When we went to visit him, he was on a drip, but Peter had an idea. He knew of a colleague in England, Noel Fitzpatrick, who had used implants to replace missing limbs on dogs. He didn’t know if Noel would be interested, or indeed if it would be possible to do  it. But suddenly we had a glimmer of hope. We knew it was a long shot, we knew it might be prohibitively expensive. We also knew we had to explore this option fully. It was all we had.”

Back in 2009, Oscar underwent a nearly $50,000 (USD) operation. The cost was financed mainly by the surgeon because of its pioneering nature- with Oscar now having led the way for other groundbreaking work.

After the surgery Oscar went from strength to strength. He grew big and muscular and charged around the house. You could hear him click-clicking as his back feet made contact with the stone floor in the hall and kitchen.

Mike said, “Oscar settled into a pretty normal life, with one big exception. He could not roam at will. It was so sad when we got home to see two huge eyes staring through the window on to a world that was no longer his.”

“Sometimes we let him out into our tiny garden. He had always been fascinated by a particular place at the bottom of the fence where he would sit for hours. What for, we had no idea. Whenever we let him outside it was the first place he raced to. Sometimes he would sit down there and his tail would sweep from side to side like a lion’s. Sometimes he would click his teeth together.”

After years of injuries and operations, his artificial parts included a new hip, the metal implants and two prosthetic feet. Mike said, “He really was a bionic cat, but personality-wise he was exactly the same as ever.”

Source: http://lovecatsworld.com/oscar-the-bionic-cat/

This Cat Visited A School So Much That They Let Him Become An Actual Student

Bringing a cat into your home is always a wonderful thing. Unlike dogs, cats mostly take care of themselves (as long as you supply them with food, that is). They’re also incredibly loving creatures who can be just as loyal as their canine counterparts.

Bringing a cat into a school, however, is a different story. Cats aren’t usually allowed to traipse around on school property, but students and teachers at Leland High School in San Jose, California, were more than happy to welcome their furry visitor.

This is Bubba.

Amber Marienthal of San Jose brought Bubba into her home in 2009.

She quickly realized that the cat loved hanging around at the nearby school to get a little affection from the students.

The kids liked Bubba so much that they eventually made him an official student.

He even has his own school ID card!

He also snagged a coveted cover spot on the school’s newsletter.

He’s clearly a model.

Bubba loves keeping an eye on his human friends.

And he sometimes makes his way over to the middle school to see what’s going on!

And he sometimes makes his way over to the middle school to see what's going on!

This cute kitty really loves spending time with his peers.

This cute kitty really loves spending time with his peers.

And they enjoy being with him, too.

This cat has made history as America’s first feline student.

He’s focused and ready to take on that math test!

But all of that learning really tuckers him out.

Bubba goes home from school every day, just like the other students.

And mom is always there to greet him with hugs and snacks!

(via BuzzFeed)

I can say for certain that Bubba is one smart cat! To see even more of his exploits, be sure to visit hisFacebook fan page. You won’t regret it.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com/bubba-the-cat/?mb=fbko

Cat survives shock, 25-foot fall from power pole

This April 8, 2015 photo provided by Jennifer Kagay shows her cat Liam after the cat fell from a power pole in Grants Pass, Ore. Kagay, the owner of the Siamese cat says he has nearly used up his nine lives after getting shocked on a power pole in Grants Pass and falling 25 feet. (AP Photo/Jennifer Kagay)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The owner of a 17-pound Siamese cat named Liam says he has nearly used up his nine lives after getting shocked on a power pole in Grants Pass and falling 25 feet.

Jennifer Kagay tells The Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/1DpyP6v ) she and her husband were lying in bed early Tuesday when they heard a “bang” and the power went out.

Her husband, Jeff, went outside and the cat was lying still on the transformer at the top of the pole. They were relieved when Liam started to move, but horrified when he fell 25 feet to the ground. On the way down, he snagged a wire with a claw, then landed softly in some brush.

The Kagays took him to the vet, where he may have to have one leg amputated.

Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cat-survives-shock-25-foot-fall-power-pole-232907108.html

How One Hair and a Cat DNA Database Helped Convict a Killer


LONDON (AP) — Fingerprints are not the only thing that killers can leave behind – add cat hair to that list.

A British university said Wednesday that its DNA database of British felines helped convict a man of manslaughter, illustrating how the genetic material of pets can be used by crime scene investigators.

“This is the first time cat DNA has been used in a criminal trial in the U.K.,” said Jon Wetton from the University of Leicester. “This could be a real boon for forensic science, as the 10 million cats in the U.K. are unwittingly tagging the clothes and furnishings in more than a quarter of households

Although drawing DNA from human hair, saliva, or blood samples has long been a part of crime scene investigations, animal material has also provided invaluable clues. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, has used animal DNA to catch criminals for more than a decade – including one case in London in which blood left at the scene of a nightclub stabbing was matched to a murder suspect’s bull terrier.

In the latest case in Britain, investigators tapped the same lab to identify the cat hair discovered around the dismembered torso of David Guy, 30, who was found hidden in a trash bag on a British beach in July 2012. Detectives matched the hair to a cat belonging to the man’s friend, David Hilder, but because the genetic material was mitochondrial DNA – which can be shared among large number of animals – the strength of the match couldn’t be known.

the cat in the picture is Trixie. Trixie the cat plays at her London home June 26, 2013. A newly created DNA database of British cats has helped convict David Hilder, who was convicted of manslaughter last month in Winchester, England, a British university said Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013, dramatically illustrating how even pets’ genetic material can be a great help to forensic scientists. (Photo: AP/ Naomi Koppel)

source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/14/how-one-hair-and-a-cat-dna-database-helped-convict-a-killer/