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I checked the local SPCA website yesterday only to discover that Spooky the cat wasn’t listed. Frantically, I scanned the recently adopted section and there he was. Spooky was adopted on February 9, 2013. I am so happy I can’t even begin to tell you. I was afraid that I would have to adopt him to make up for talking so much smack about him.

I don’t know how he managed it. He must’ve tricked his new owner by dressing up as a Great Dane and hanging out in the dog section. Great Danes are popular at the SPCA. When one turns up they only last a day before they get adopted.

Good for Spooky. I’m glad he managed to find someone with a bigger heart than me. Now I can check out some of the other cats the next time I visit the shelter instead of spending all of my time trying to befriend Spooky.

Manti Te’o, Spooky the Cat, and Catfish

In light of certain events that have happened to me this weekend, I’d like to say that I know exactly how Manti Te’o must be feeling. That’s right, you don’t have to be a naive college football player to be fooled by a fake internet profile. I have a catfish story of my very own, and this one involves a cat.

I like to peruse the local SPCA website looking for pets that I can adopt once I get my very own house. I look at dogs of course, but cats also interest me. Since August there’s been a certain cat on the site that I’ve had my eye on. His name is Spooky and besides his issue with other male cats he seemed like a good find. Here’s his profile:

spooky

He’s friendly, curious, active and social, and he likes to ride in cars. Doesn’t he sound great. Just look at his cute little kitty cat face. Well, don’t believe everything you see online. Anybody can steal someone else’s profile picture, pass it off as their own, and completely make up a bunch of really nice things about themselves. I know Spooky didn’t write his own profile. He pays people to do his dirty work for him.

On Saturday I decided to go to the SPCA to meet the animals that I’ve spent months looking at online. One of my primary goals was to meet Spooky.

The cat section of the SPCA has a series of glass inclosed rooms. Each room has cats roaming around inside. Visitors can go into the rooms to meet the cats. I searched the profiles taped on the glass doors looking for Spooky. When I finally found him we entered that room.

There were five cats in the room, but one grabbed our attention first. “That’s the biggest cat I’ve ever seen,” my husband said gesturing to the jet black cat spilling over the sides of a cat hammock. “Is that Spooky?”

“No,” I said confidently. “Spooky is a medium sized cat.” As I looked around the room and realized that he was the only completely black cat my heart sank. Could this be Spooky? I wondered. Could that be the medium sized active cat that I fell in love with? That was impossible. If he’s medium what’s a large cat look like? Do they have lions in the back room or something?

We played with a black cat with a splash of white fur on her chest while Spooky slept. Occasionally his enormous dandruff covered back would twitch, but he never woke. Before we left we asked a volunteer if the large black cat sleeping in the hammock was Spooky. She checked his tag and nodded. “Yeah, that’s Spooky,” she said.

I couldn’t deny it any longer. I’d been had. As much as I wanted to hide the fact I couldn’t. That’s why I’m telling you now. It’s best to confess to being the victim of a hoax before some busy body reporter finds out and blasts it all over the television news channels.

Will I see Spooky again? Probably. Will I adopt Spooky in the future? I don’t know. It just depends on whether or not I can get over the way he deceived me for the past six months. It depends on whether or not I believe his apology … if he ever wakes up long enough to give me one.

Hey guys. The other day Funny Not Slutty published a guest post that yours truly wrote. It’s all about New Year’s Resolutions. I encourage you to read it and make a comment if you’re so inclined. Here’s the post.

Cats or Dogs


For someone who doesn’t have pets I spend quite a bit of my time thinking about them. The other day I was wondering who was smarter cats or dogs. Since no cats or dogs were volunteering to take the IQ test I was administering, I decided to do some intensive research on the subject. Here intensive research is short for poking around the interwebs for about ten minutes.

Anyone whose read Garfield can tell you that cats are definitely smarter than dogs. I was fooled by this extremely realistic cartoon about a cat who eats lasagne too, but my research has found that dogs are indeed smarter than cats. Apparently, being social makes you develop a bigger brain. Who would’ve thunk that?! Upon reading that I got extremely worried about my own intelligence because I’m not exactly social.

When tested a dog will pull a string for a reward, but a cats would rather take a nap. Dogs look at your face to read your emotions, but cats would rather not have to look at your ugly face at all. It’s not that cut and dry though because even though a cat’s brain is smaller compared to body weight it has 300 million neurons in the cortex (the thinking part of the brain). Dogs on the other hand only have 160 million neurons in their cortexes. (I have no idea how to pluralize that word, I wonder if that means my cotrex is lacking neurons.)

My husband who is always so diplomatic says, “It’s impossible to really compare them because they each have a different kind of intelligence.”

Whatever … I want a clear answer to this question. From my extensive research, I’ve come to the conclusion that dogs are definitely smarter. If you are a cat owner and you feel like I’ve insulted your cat by implying that he isn’t as smart as the yappy dog up the road, I’m sorry, but I do have some very good news for you. A 2007 study done by Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at Bristol University found that cat owners on average are smarter than dog owners. They didn’t say anything about people who own a collection of hairy free range spiders, but I’m sure we’re probably the smartest of all.

Photo by sskennel

A Fox in the House

So you’re probably thinking, enough about foxes already, but I have just one more thing to add. I found this video about people keeping a red fox as a pet. I’m not partial to the red fox. There’s something freaky about their eyes. I like the silver fox or even the small fennec fox. I know you were wondering about my fox preferences. Anyway here’s the video.