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Mar 24, 2007

THIS JUST IN: Is global warming producing mo' kittens than usual?

Kirb_3_splode According to TreeHugger and The Star, global warning is causing mo' and mo' kittens. Humane Societies in the Toronto are reporting that due to milder climates, more cats are outside earlier in the winter. And those cats are gittin' it on. [reported by Cuteporter Denise S.]

//Note; headline edited for clarification//

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I hate to be that person, but I can't help it.

It's actually really bad that there are more kittens, for obvious reasons. I say this coming from a city that has room for about 190 cats in the humane society and was up to almost 400 this winter.

Everyone loves kitties, but unwanted kitties are sad.

liza
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 03:46 PM

What the...

Peter
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 03:46 PM

So this is bad for the cats themselves, but good for this site? Seems like it.

Peter
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 03:49 PM

I came here to post the same thing. I feel so sad seeing feral cats all over our neighborhood. So many people are not responsible pet owners.

Michelle
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 03:55 PM

I agree, that's stupid and tasteless. think, people.

zosterops
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 03:57 PM

Right on with the :( faced kitten. More stray cats = :(

Yubi Shines
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 03:58 PM

"The result is a population explosion that's stretching GTA pounds and shelters beyond their limits."

Wow the next grand theft auto game sounds awesome!

kevin h.
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:02 PM

Thanks for putting that up, Miss Meggers. I'm so glad you found it "C. O. worthy"! *bows in deference to the Meg-a-liciousness of it all*

musicchick2
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:11 PM

I'll be that person.

*SQUEEEE* KITTEHS!

Pipi
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:15 PM

Do you understand that this just means more cats will be euthanized in animal shelters? How is this in any way good news?

b. sharp
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:16 PM

How is this good for cats and kittens? If the kittens survive, they end up growing up into cats that are feral, often starving and very cold in winter because they don't have homes to go to. A controlled and cared for cat population is infinitely more desirable than an large uncontrolled population comprised mostly of animals that will suffer a lot before early death.

So... how is this good for the site?

M. Montpetit
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:16 PM

The idea of feeling good about global warming because it results in more stray kittens makes me feel all queasy inside.

Peter
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:19 PM

Does anyone know the meaning of spay/neuter? apparently not so they'll blame it on global warming. PLEASE have your pets neutered people. Sheesh.

JinxtheCat
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:27 PM

This is Bob Barker, telling all you people out there, help control the pet population, have your pets spayed or neutered. Goodbye, folks!

all day long
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:28 PM

come to think of it, there's so many things global warming will be good for if only you have the *right* perspective, eg: once the pole caps have molten and the sea levels have risen there will be so much more room for our cute friends the dolphins to frolick about and so much less coastline they can accidently get beached on! now, don't you feel better?

zosterops
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:28 PM

So, does this mean we're going to see "teh cute" pictures of barrels full of euthanized kittens? Hooray! You're right. This IS a good thing for Cute Overload.

Kristen
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:28 PM

Oh my God. Have you lost your mind?

I'm sorry, I normally love this site, but seriously. This is tragic, not "cute." You realize those cute little baby kittens are mostly headed for the pound, then the needle, right?

crackrabbit
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:32 PM

Gettin' it on. Hah.

Yvie
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 04:57 PM

Hmm.

OK, followed the link, read the snippet on Treehugger (note that this is a news site with a distinct PRO-ENVIRONMENT slant). Here's a quote:
"We've been racking our brains to figure out why we're seeing more cats in January and February," says Lee Oliver, spokesperson for the Toronto Humane Society. "Now we realize the spike in kittens and strays is because of the weather."

The article happens to use "Cute Overload" in the title, and borrows a photo from the "What's a Toyger" post (linked below) to help make its point.
http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2007/03/whats_a_toyger.html

I don't agree that animal overpopulation or global warming are good for this blog... though I suppose it is a shoutout, of sorts.

Theo
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 05:22 PM

I have to join the few commenters noting this is in bad taste. I normally haven't had any issues with the "hot topics" in comment debates on the site (only snickering at the people who get their knickers in a twist over small things). I do also understand that this was meant to be a joke (or so I hope). I volunteer in an animal shelter here in Finland and also offer a foster home for some of the cats. This just really hit a nerve.

hans
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 05:34 PM

I love seeing cute kittens. Unfortunately, I see too many of them as a volunteer with a cat rescue organization (Rescue House in the San Diego area). I hope to goodness that global warming won't cause more kittens, because we're overrun with them as it is between April and October every year.

Robbie
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 05:35 PM

...
I thought it was a bit extreme when some people would get on a spay/neuter soapbox when pictures of kittens or puppies are posted here, but whether in jest or sarcasam, your post about it being good news that global warming (which sucks as it is) is promoting cats to have more kittens...now I think you are the one with the problem. Cute baby animals on this site are wonderful, but not at the expense of possibly being euthanized. I think someone is on too high of a dose of lithium to think this was a suitable post, though I am 98% sure that the moderator might have been saying this in jest, it's still not kosher. I'm posting the sites for places that assist in spaying/neutering services, I would encourage others to post them in their blogs/comments/messageboards.

************************
http://www.spayusa.org/

http://www.friendsofanimals.org/

http://www.muffins.org/

bayoujuju
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 05:41 PM

I have to say that this is the very first time ever (and I've been coming here practically since the beginning) that I've had a problem with a post. I'm all about the "Meg's blog = Meg posts what she wants".

However, while it may be newsworthy and important, in that it should point out the need for spaying and neutering, perhaps it could have been presented differently.

We need to use the cute to good advantage, peeps.

arbed
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 05:42 PM

No, sorry, not cute.

Jenny
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 05:45 PM

Well, that's absolutely appalling. It's not cute when unwanted kittens are born. It's not cute when they stretch the resources of animal shelters beyond their limits. It's not cute when those kittens have to be euthanised. It's not cute when those kittens grow up feral and produce more and more feral kittens. What were you thinking, posting this as though it were a good thing?

Melissa
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 06:19 PM

That's right people, get your kitties and puppies spayed and neutered!

Danielle
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 06:31 PM

Hmmm...while I certainly believe in spaying and neutering your pets (mine both are, and they are indoor only because I live in the city), I'm a little taken aback by the comments left here.

The automatic assumption that Meg ACTUALLY THINKS this is 'good'. Having brain farts people?

See, I have viewed it as bringing something to our attention (global warming causing felines to start their mating season earlier due to mild temperatures...and it's probably happening in the wild as well, the concept that responsible pet owners should get their pets fixed, keep em indoors, etc, etc) with a touch of the typical humour that's plastered all over this blog.

So by all means, get your knickers in knots, but NOT at Meg's humour. Try at OURSELVES for being the root cause of the Global Warming which is messing with the mating instinct of animals domestic and wild, at those who refuse to spay/neuter their animals and let them run around and 'get it on'. And then DO SOMETHING if you haven't started already.

Perspective. It's a good thing.

Teri
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 06:43 PM

Stops. Thinks about Teri's comment. Mulls. Reviews.
"Naaaaaaahhh."


Meg - Enh. Baroo?

pyrit
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:04 PM

meg, you have a devilish sense of humor and deserve a spankin'. in a good way.

anner
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:12 PM

It's only fair to add that I really do love this blog. I guess if I can comment when I'm miffed about something, I should also bother to comment about the positives. This is the first time a CO post has failed to bring a smile to my face. :)

crackrabbit
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:17 PM

For heaven's sake, folks. Guess there needed to be some quotation marks and other irony-enhancing punctuation on site...

Tor
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:19 PM

whoa whoa whoa—don't spiral! I meant that more kittens=good. Nothing about unwanted kittens=good.

Geeshe, Peeps.

Meg
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:25 PM

Cheers, Meg. Don't mind us. Heh, y'just skeered me there fer a sec. Good one!

pyrit
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:33 PM

I for one refuse to get my knickers or any other article of clothing in a twist over what someone posts on a humor blog. Was Meg using irony, perhaps she was making quotation marks with her hands in the air when saying "good"? Or, perhaps she is revealing the first phases of her diabolic plan to take over the world with an army of rabid feral kittens (if their claws don't get you their cuteness will!)? Only time will tell, but I will be the first to welcome our heat-induced cute overlords.

CuteBabyFix.com
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:36 PM

Ok, in the time it took me to type up my musings on Meg's evil plans, she already posted a commend backpedaling on her plans to rule the world with an army of rabid kittens. That can only mean one thing. Meg & a kitten to be named later will be declaring their candidacy for the '08 elections any time now... either that or my spelling is so bad it just takes me too long to hunt and peck these random ramblings out... Either way, I vote for Kitties!

CuteBabyFix.com
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:40 PM

I for one am glad Meg posted the article. Irony or no. It brings a potentially sad situation to light and if it bugs all the 'nuffs so much, may I suggest a) being a foster parent (like Theo) or b) doing something to help the situation besides harshing our cute.

Suzanne
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:44 PM

Kittens good.

Feral kittens bad.

Dewd in photo anerable.

lurkertype
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 07:48 PM

I live in Toronto and one of the charities I donate to helps to look after feral cats. Sometimes I help feed feral colonies and it breaks my heart to see these poor cats outside. I just hope that my cash will help at least some cats. I found out about this charity from CO and maybe someone will read the article posted on CO and it will prompt them to try and find a way to help these cats the way that previous cute overload comments made me aware of the state of animal welfare in Toronto and now you must excuse me so I can go and hug my own cat so I am not so sad about the feral cats.

browngrl
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 08:04 PM

On a more serious note, I do agree with Suzanne whole heartedly on the fostering/adopting route. Both of our cats and our beloved Corgi were rescued from situations where they were unwanted. While they may have had their challenges over a shiny 'new' puppy or kitten (Nairobi was feral, 'Bup rescued from a kitty mill and Bastian had seizures) knowing that we saved them from the needle or a hard life on the streets is worth the extra bit of work we may have had to put into them well worth it. So everybody, hug a kitteh today!

CuteBabyFix.com
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 08:09 PM

As the adopted sister of a formerly feral furball, I have to join in on the "aww, poor kitties" side. I LOF kitties and would gladly take in as many cuddy widdle kittems as I could stack floor-to-ceiling in my home ... but unfortch, I cannot take em all.

Lizzy
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 08:10 PM

Man, it'd be far more serious of a problem if global warming actually existed.

Thank God it's just a figment of Al Gore's imagination.

We can all rest easy.

Constance
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 08:10 PM

A lot of you are being way too uptight and serious. As an operator of CO I highly doubt Meg likes seeing the plight of homeless animals. Probably shouldn't try to take things in the worst way possible.

Viscious!

Ogopogo
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 09:46 PM

*
Was Meg the poster?

Ogopogo
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 09:47 PM

Are you a scientist Constance? Perhaps not.
Obama/Gore 2008!

Another Angela
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 09:50 PM

Ogopogo -- you're no "operator" here. (Duh, then you'd know who posted.)

Constance -- global warming's no figment. (Duh, that *other* figment of Gore's is real.)

Theo
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 10:33 PM

Another Angela -- um... I'm pretty sure Constance was being ironic. Colbert-ish.

Theo
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 10:46 PM

I don't think Meg was joking about the kitten overload. Cute Overload is her blog, and lots of people read it, so I think she simply used it as an outlet for serious news as well. Give her a break!

It's true, peeps. I live in India, which is hot anyway, and the maniacal weather often results in ferals having way more kitties than they (or we) can handle. A few are lucky though ... http://subhangi.vox.com/library/posts/pwecioush.html

Subhangi
 |  Mar 24, 2007 at 11:44 PM

I'm the proud mommy of my kitty-girl, adopted from the Toronto Humane Society :)

Lucy
 |  Mar 25, 2007 at 12:02 AM

Global warming is blown way out of proportion. The earth has been periodically warming and cooling since the dawn of it's creation and they're finding more and more that global warming is not a true threat or problem. What is a problem is people letting their cats roam about as they please and not spaying/neutering. >:(

alisa
 |  Mar 25, 2007 at 01:32 AM

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