Charles The Cat Makes 1,300-Mile Journey


A tabby cat named Charles made his way 1,300 miles from his home in New Mexico to Chicago. The feline’s eight month odyssey ended when he was picked up by a rescue shelter in Chicago and he is now being given a free flight home by American Airlines to be reunited with his owner.

Charles vanished when owner Robin Alex was away in New Orleans working for an anti-poverty charity.She had left a friend to look after the cat.She said: “I was crushed and I found out while I was away volunteering. I was so upset because I was in New Orleans so there was nothing I could do.”This week she received a call telling her Chicago Animal Care and Control had picked up her wandering cat as a stray and identified him from a tracking microchip embedded between his shoulder blades.

The agency’s executive director, Cherie Travis, said: “He’s in good condition. He needs a good brushing. He’s got a little bit of a cold a little bit of an upper respiratory infection but otherwise he’s in great condition.”Miss Alex, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, said she had no idea how he could have made it to Chicago.She said: “I’ve moved around a lot. It seems kind of destined that my cat would be a travelling cat.”


Keeping Your Cat Happy While You’re Away


Summertime is vacation time and we often leave our beloved felines alone in the house for a few days while we soak up some sun and sand. How to make sure the kitties are happy while we’re gone?
Here are several great, simple ideas that will make your cats purrrr! As well as finding a trusted pet-sitter to care for your cat, you could also:

1. Fill special treat balls (available at pet stores) and hide them around the house. While you’re away, your cat can hone her predatory drive. She will focus on the hunt and not have the time or desire to destroy things out of boredom or anxiety.

2. Keep the radio playing on low. Some cats like jazz; others prefer talk radio.

3. Invite trusted neighbors or friends to stop by and play with your cat.

4. Telephone home twice a day and leave a friendly message for your cat on the answering machine. Sample: “Hey, Callie, how’s my good cat doing? You’re the No. 1 cat in the world. I’ll be home soon.” Be sure the volume on your machine is turned up so your cat can hear it.

5. Set the timer to turn on the television for 15 minutes. Set the channel to your cat’s favorite show–maybe the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet. Or play a video with birds flying cross the screen or mice scampering


Italian TV Chef Axed After Recommending Cat Stew


Among other things, Giuseppe “Beppe” Bigazzi is known for his prize-winning cookbook La cucina semplice dei sapori d’Italia (“The simple cuisine of the flavours of Italy”). But as of this week, the flavour with which the TV gastronome is likely to be most closely associated is that of stewed cat.

Bigazzi is familiar to millions of viewers of the publicly-owned RAI network as the white-haired co-presenter of a popular pre-lunchtime programme, La prova del cuoco (“The proof of the cook”). But today he was experiencing his first day without television commitments in 10 years after being axed for expressing his enthusiasm for the flesh of felines.

His remarks came after mentioning how, in the desperate conditions of post-war Italy, some people had taken to boiling stray mogs.As his fellow-presenter, Elisa Isoardi, looked on aghast, the 77-year-old Bigazzi told viewers that, far from being a last resort in times of near-famine, gatto in umido was “one of the great dishes of the Valdarno [in Tuscany]”.