Exotic cat on the loose on West Islip, Long Island

A potentially dangerous exotic cat was on the lam on Long Island — and animal rescue officers aren’t feline fine about it, they said Wednesday.

“Safeguard your children, safeguard your pets. They are a type of animal that can be extremely dangerous,” Roy Gross, of the Suffolk County SPCA, told The Post.

“It’s probably gonna be hungry, and it’s probably frightened.”

The illegally owned pet,  which may be a lynx, was spotted prowling through a residential section of West Islip on Tuesday — prompting a resident to snap a photo of the spotted critter, Gross said.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the big cat was loose, but it was still at large as of Wednesday evening, according to Gross, who said the case was under investigation.

The Suffolk County SPCA warned these types of animals can be “extremely dangerous.”
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“It is illegal to own exotic cats without a special permit in New York,” he said. “The owner may have raised it from a little kitten and it may or may not know how to fend for itself.”

Neighbors shouldn’t try to approach the animal if they see it, the Strong Island Animal Rescue League said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

“If anyone sees it please keep a visual and call 631-403-0598 and leave a voicemail. Do not chase; just keep a visual,” the rescue group wrote.

Some observers called the sighting a borderline cat-atstrope, saying neighbors should keep their cats and dogs inside.

“Everyone should be concerned about a pet or person getting hurt. This is a matter for authorities not amateurs. This is not a lost pet. It’s a dangerous animal,” one observer wrote.

Others poked fun of the animal-world jailbreak, wisecracking that the big cat “is probably looking for Cheetos.

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Efforts underway to get a more accurate count of feral cats,

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Just about all of us have seen feral cats on Oahu and on the neighbor islands, but exactly how many of them are there?

There have been estimates, but those estimates are likely to be wrong.

“It’s estimated that we have 40,000 feral cats here on Maui,” said Katie Shannon of the Maui Humane Society. “But it’s really based on a ‘finger in the air’ estimate.”

To get a more accurate count, the Maui Humane Society is starting an island-wide survey in August, using tools developed by animal welfare groups and conservation scientists in Washington, D.C.

“It involves house surveys, it involves transect surveys, and it involves actually placing cameras in areas throughout the island,” said Shannon.

Field cameras will be set up near known colonies, while volunteers will also do manual counts.

The effort is expected to take four months.

On Oahu, the feral cat population is said to top more than 300,000. The Hawaiian Humane Society has just completed its cat count at 15 locations and is now awaiting the numbers.

“We’re going to find out the hot spots of where there’s a high concentration of free-roaming cats, and we’re going to be able to target those areas to help reduce those populations,” said Thomas Hanns of the Hawaiian Humane Society.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says cats are one of the most devastating predators of Hawaii’s wildlife. Besides eating native birds and insects, their feces carry the parasite toxoplasmosis, which is known to kill monk seals and sicken humans.

“Over time we’re hoping to work with our conservation partners,” said Hanns. “If there’s a high population free-roaming cat area somewhere near wildlife that they shouldn’t be, we can start focusing our efforts there.”

That will mean more focused TNR — trapping,

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Adorable Cat Photos Show the Surprisingly Silly Side of

Cats and dogs generally have very different temperaments. Whereas canines are known to be silly or crack a smile at any moment, felines are associated with being aloof and unwilling to take commands. (There’s the phrase “…like herding cats” for a reason.) Photographer Elke Vogelsang, known for her pictures of gregarious pups, highlights this difference in her portraits of cats.

In Vogelsang’s images, the felines—while fabulous—don’t always offer the same affectionate expressions as their doggie counterparts. Some snarl at the camera while others sit stone-faced and wonder when the photo session will end. But despite any chilly receptions towards the camera, Vogelsang is a master at coaxing a great photo from any creature—no matter how surly. Her cat portraits maintain the warmth that we’ve come to love about her work.

Luckily, Vogelsang is quick to offer tips on how to snap fantastic feline photos. “Let’s face it, cats can be so much harder to photograph than dogs,” Vogelsang tells My Modern Met. “If they can’t be bothered, they won’t do it for our sake.”

Young cats are more playful than their elders, which increases the chances of a successful portrait. But don’t count out older kitties. “With a mix of patience, entertainment, and fun, older cats can be ‘persuaded’ to pose for your camera,” Vogelsang explains. “In general, sessions with cats are shorter than sessions with dogs. They are the ones to determine the schedule.”

Above all, Vogelsang stresses being a patient observer. “At the beginning of the session, the cat might still find me interesting and look at me inquiringly. I try to capture [these] situations,” she explains. Whether it’s with toys, food, or even just watching her set up her equipment, there are fewer valuable opportunities to photograph cats. Vogelsang has a good sense of when’s the right

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Minneapolis Animal Care and Control cancels free adoptions

Update: National Adoption Weekend in Minneapolis has been canceled after city officials say they had a very successful first day.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control had planned to waive adoption fees Friday through Sunday however, within hours of the start of the event today all 23 dogs and 21 cats were adopted. In a press release, Animal Care & Control thanked community members who stepped up for the animals in need of a family.

Anyone who is interested in adopting a pet should consider contacting Animal Care & Control or set an adoption appointment online.

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It’s National Adoption Weekend and the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control is celebrating by offering all of their cats and dogs for free.

It continues at their shelter along 17th Avenue North in Minneapolis from 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, dozens lined up early to try and get the new member of their family.

“Me and my wife have been looking to adopt a dog for a very long time so she’s very happy today,” said Dominic Aron, from Minneapolis.

“Obviously the community showed up, so we’re pretty excited about it,” said Madison Weissenborn, Volunteer Coordinator with Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. “We’ve partnered with local shelters and rescues to kind of bring all of us together to hopefully get some animals adopted this weekend.”

Whether it’s a cat or a dog joining the family, you’ll first have to fill out an application when you arrive that staff will screen.

“Doing the application just allows us to understand a little more about that home life, it allows us as well to check if there’s any cruelty in the background because we want to make sure these animals are going to a good home,” Weissenborn said.

While waiving fees for the

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Vet’s Unusual ‘Dangle Test’ To Check How Good Your Pet Is

A vet from Florida has taken the internet by storm with a trick that she says may help you tell if your pet has a good temperament or not.

Dr. Tori Given now lives in Kansas with her boyfriend, two dogs, and two cats. A graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she took to TikTok and Instagram to share her top tips on pet care and health.

Given told Newsweek: “I first started out on TikTok trying to share interesting cases that I saw in the clinic to hopefully reach other veterinarians or students interested in veterinary medicine. From there I realized that TikTok can be a great educational tool for owners that are interested in helping pets live their best healthiest lives. “

Pictures from the viral video by Dr. Tori Given where she demonstrates the “dangle test” which is said to let you know the temperament of your pet. Internet users have been inspired to test out their own animals and share the results.

On Tuesday, Given shared a video with more than 109,000 followers which has since received over 4 million views. In the video, she shares the details of the “dangle test.”

With a small kitten to hand, she explained: “Apparently, if you dangle them like this and they’re ok with it, then they’ll be good cats.” In the demonstration video, the kitten handles the dangling perfectly, passing the test to the delight of Given.

Explaining the story behind the unusual idea, Given said: “When I started working in a veterinary hospital at around 18 years old, a wise older veterinarian introduced me to the ‘dangle test.’ His theory was that if you hold up a puppy or kitten and they loosely dangle without stress then they will grow to be nicely

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Why do cats meow? Explaining your pet’s vocal expressions

  • Cats meow to communicate with you. Different noises can indicate a variety of needs and wants.
  • Some cats meow more than others. Elderly cats may do this because of cognitive dysfunction.
  • You can try communicating with your cat by using an uplifting tone to indicate friendliness.

Wondering about the cat’s meow? No, we’re not talking about the 2001 Kirsten Dunst flick. The English language is riddled with phrases relating to cats — “the cat’s pajamas,” “it’s raining cats and dogs” and “the cat’s meow,” to name a few. The third originated in the 1920s and means that something is enjoyable or desirable. 

But cat owners know that a real cat’s meow can sometimes be neither enjoyable nor desirable. Cute at times, excessive meowing can be a headache for guardians of these furry friends. Here’s what your cat’s meow is trying to tell you, and what to do if it becomes too much. 

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Why do cats meow?

The answer is domestication. Before cats began living alongside humans as pets, they communicated with each other using their sense of smell or by urinating or rubbing against trees, LiveScience reports. Now, the common household kitty meows to get its owner’s attention. 

Kittens meow to get their mother’s attention when they’re young. Older house cats do the same with their guardians, but feral cats tend to outgrow meowing. Cats also don’t meow to other cats — that function is reserved for their two-legged friends. 

If your cat is meowing, it’s trying to communicate its wants and needs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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