Yoda the Cat Astounds With Four Ears

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
By Sara Bonisteel
Fox News

How many years, (oops I mean “ears”) does that add to a cat’s life? …..flagranny2

The real Yoda, and the cat named Yoda.     AP/Fame Pictures

The real Yoda, and the cat named Yoda. AP/Fame Pictures

They say cats have nine lives, but this one has four ears.

A genetic abnormality gave Yoda, of Downers Grove, Ill., four ear flaps instead of two.

Ted and Valerie Rock first spied the little guy in 2006 at neighborhood bar on the South Side of Chicago before a Bears game. He was the last of a litter of eight put up for adoption by the bar’s owner.

“The people in the bar, because it was coming up on Halloween, were thinking it was a devil cat or had evil powers or something,” Ted Rock told FOXNews.com. 

But the Rocks, who had lost their cat of 20 years just 6 months prior, saw something special in the gray kitten and decided to take him home.

Their “Star Wars”-loving son thought to name the cat after the tiny Jedi master.

“I had named him Barfly,” Rock said. “But we kind of liked Yoda better, and Barfly lasted only about a day.”

The abnormality can cause hearing impairments, though Rock said several veterinarians have given Yoda a clean bill of health.

“He is perfectly normal, hears well, energetic, cute little cat,” Rock said. “Very friendly, very social.”

The only thing these retirees worry about is a possible catnapping of their curious pet.

“We always let the cats go outdoors, but this one was so unusual we decided we didn’t want to do that,” Rock said. “So we had him chipped, and we keep him inside.”

There his four-eared force is used to entertain the grandkids.

“They come over and he comes running to play with them,” Rock said.

Cat Has Skills Of Grim Reaper

Cat Appears To Predict Death In Patients

POSTED: 8:41 am EDT July 26, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I.Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die: He curls up next to them during their final hours.

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 [Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill.

She was convinced of Oscar’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said, she noticed the woman wasn’t eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar wouldn’t stay inside the room, though, so Teno thought his streak was broken.  Instead……]    Full Story

Cat survives trip from China in cargo crate

Feline chews through box, spends at least 35 days amid motorcycle gear

Updated: 4:53 p.m. ET May 12, 2007

I found this article very interesting as I didn’t think cats could survive 35 days without food but then pets always seem to amaze me. I thought this was an intereting article to share, especially for pet owners like me.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – After Eric Congdon opened a crate from China and discovered a cat inside, coming up with a name for the furry stowaway was easy.

China the cat had chewed through one of the boxes before it left Shanghai on April 3 and spent at least 35 days on a ship inside the container filled with motorcycle gear.

“I saw something in the container move,” Congdon said. “I turned up the headlights on the fork lift to get a better look.”

That was when he saw the cat cowering in a corner, weak but still alive. Congdon, owner of Olympia Moto Sports in Hendersonville, said he and a co-worker called the county’s animal services when the cat would not let them near.

A co-worker of Congdon’s plans to adopt China, as animal service workers are calling her, if she checks out with a veterinarian. North Carolina law says any animal coming into the country must be vaccinated and quarantined for six months.

“We have to take precautions,” said animal services manager Brenda Miller.

How could China survive for so long on no food and water?

“Usually we say that animals can only survive a few weeks without food and only a few days without water,” said Raleigh veterinarian Michelle Misavage. “The theory is that cats have such good kidneys their bodies adjust to the lack of water and somehow they received small amounts of moisture from condensation.”

Information source: MSNBC.com