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CAT LADIES celebrate! You've all met your #funstatic #squadgoals of being recognized in the Oxford English Dictionary as a real collective word or term.
The leading word authority recently added 300 words and terms that have lately become part of the youth's vocabulary. The millennials and others older or younger than them are no stranger to the term cat lady, thanks to the abundance of cat images on the Net.
Cat lady is defined by Oxford as a noun that pertains to an older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted.
For some, the term cat lady still has a bit of uncomplimentary sound to it, but there's been an improvement in perceptions as more people, including males, proudly proclaim their love for cats.
Also included in the Oxford word collection update are new words like funtastic and squadgoals with meanings that all cat ladies can surely relate to.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
PURINA Petcare Philippines, a business unit of Nestlé, is fueling a Facebook-based project to promote the local breed of cats, many of which are neglected and homeless.
Pusang Pinoy or Puspins they are called, Philippines' version of (British) moggies are currently basking in the limelight after Purina created an online stage for them to shine. PuspinsofMeownila is a Facebook-driven project of Purina's local team that highlights the beauty and fine quality of Puspins.
PuspinsofMeownila entries like these four photos above celebrate the beauty and fine qualities of local cats. (Photos from Purina Philippines)
Until recently, the Puspin used to go by a derogatory nickname “Pusakal”, short for Pusang Kalye, as many of them are strays. The fact that it has been given a more dignified name is proof that many people appreciate Puspins and for good reason.
PuspinsofMeownila lets anyone share stories and photos of their Puspins on Purina's official Facebook page to inspire more people to take Puspins as pets. The combined use of images and stories creates a compelling narrative, made more valuable by supporting comments from like-minded individuals.
Through PuspinsofMeownila, more people will hopefully see that the native kitties can be as adorable as purebred cats. PuspinsofMeownila is a valuable publicity tool for the many Puspins that are wandering the streets and languishing in shelters, all hoping to be soon adopted into loving homes.
“PuspinsofMeownila is designed to help increase Puspin adoptions, give these cats a 'voice' and show that they are also very lovable,” said Joshua Frederick P. Alarkon of Purina Petcare Philippines.
Although Facebook is the project's platform of choice, PuspinsofMeownila inevitably found its way in the photo-sharing application Instagram, where proud Puspin owners share their photos using the official hashtag #PuspinsofMeownila.
From June to November 2015, Purina received over 2,000 entries from Puspin owners, all declaring their love and gratitude for their low-maintenance Puspin that's every inch a good cat.
ON Sunday, Belgium was on high-alert due to reported possible terrorist attacks and imposed a lockdown.
Belgians were asked not only to stay home, but also not to tweet about armed operations that were being carried out around the country. They also appealed to citizens to go easy on social media to prevent giving unintentional leads or information to the terrorists.
The Guardian reported, however, that instead of hunkering down in fear, Belgians made use of the lockdown to get online and relieve their stress by sharing tons of cat pictures.
The hashtag #BrusselsLockdown was all about cats instead of police action or terrorism.
So, next time there is something strange in the neighborhood, who do you gonna call? Why, the cats, of course, just like the Belgians did!
THIS has been a colorful week for pets around the world. The news are generally positive, except for the news Down Under that threatens cats in a massive way.
Here are this week's top news on pets from around the globe:
SPANISH TOWN GIVES PETS EQUAL RIGHTS AS CITIZENS
The perros (dogs) and gatos (cats) in the small town of Trigueros del Valle now enjoy the same rights like humans after the mayor recognized them as citizens that have been co-existing with them for over a thousand years. The new town council approved an animal bill of rights that states that even non-human resident is entitled to respect and should not be exploited or abandoned
NEW YORK TO BUILD ANIMAL AIRPORT TERMINAL
The John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is set to build a $48 million first-of-its-kind luxury animal terminal that hopefully will open next year. It will be a 178,000-square-foot facility aptly called The ARK which will shelter and quarantine every animal that goes through the busy airport. It will feature a dog hotel with a bone-shaped pool, trees for cats to climb in, and climate-controlled stalls with showers for farm animals, among others.
An estimated 70,000 traveling animals go through the JFK airport every year that it made sense for it to turn its unused cargo terminal into the world's first airport terminal for animals. The ARK will allow for planes to taxi animals straight to the building.
NEW YORK MUSEUM STAGES INTERNET CAT EXHIBIT
From August 7 to January 31, The Museum of the Moving Image in New York will host an exhibition dedicated to all things cat, called How Cats Took Over The Internet. The exhibit promises to take a deeper look at why cats have become an Internet phenomenon if not a cult. Expect to see images and videos of the most popular cats the Internet has given birth to as well as discussions on the cat phenomenon that has transfixed a generation of web users. There's serious business behind all these, too, and the museum exhibit would be a great way to, well, skin the cat?
DISNEYLAND LOVES ITS FERAL CATS
The cats are out of the bag and they are in California's Disneyland! A park visitor posted this week about finding feral cats around the theme park and discovering even a website for them. As it turns out, Disneyland is quietly taking care a community of feral cats by feeding them and making sure they are spayed or neutered. The only big question is: How does Micky Mouse feel about this?
AUSTRALIA EYES KILLING 2 MILLION CATS BY 2020
Australian authorities are planning to kill as many as two million cats over the next five years apparently for causing the extinction of many species and therefore have become “pests”. Australia’s environment department says that feral cats have been identified as a threat to 35 species of birds, 36 mammals, 7 reptiles and 3 amphibians. Australian authorities said the feral cats will be put down as humanely as possibly, which coud involve baiting, shooting and poisoning. Public reaction against the plan, however, has been snowballing and has prompted iconic French actress and animal rights champion Brigitte Bardot to write Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt an angry letter in defense of the cats.
"This animal genocide is inhumane and ridiculous. In addition to being cruel, killing these cats is absolutely useless since the rest of them will keep breeding,” Bardot wrote.
* One stormy afternoon at Taiwan's Houtong Cat Village