Martha Stewart the Cat Lady

Tue, May 26, 2009

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Martha Stewart has six purebred Himalayan cats! Maybe the next one should be a rescue, huh, Martha?

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24 Responses to “Martha Stewart the Cat Lady”

  1. 1
    C Maddison

    At least two are rescues. Snow and Frost were rescued as adults from an animal shelter – Frost was eight I believe. Purebreds need rescuing too sometimes.

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    @C Maddison Good to know! Thanks for the clarification!

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    Jake & Micah

    I was wondering that too because she said the kitten was just adopted. That sure was a fun segment! I wish they’d profiled Bengal or Siamese cats though. I want all the cats featured after seeing that. :)

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    I think the “purebreed vs rescued cats” issue is a hard one.

    Be Bop is my first cat ever, and she’s a purebreed Chartreux. I often get the question as to why I didn’t go to a shelter. I kinda feel bad about not rescuing a cat who would need it, but I wanted a pet without any bad previous history, since I didn’t know if we could handle it. Better make a happy purebreed than living through hell with a rescued cat with bad habits I don’t know how to break, I thought. Considering that Be Bop is the sweetest, best behaved cat ever (don’t even try and compete), I’m not regretting anything.

    I think poeple who adopt rescued cat should be praised, but purebreed owners shouldn’t be condemned (although I tend to condemn breeders of “extreme” types, because it seems more like playing with gene pools than loving cats). I’ll never say that purebreed are in any way superior to rescued cat, but they may be a little easier with you, since nobody ever hurt them, and they came from the breeder straight to your home. I’m not even sure of that… in fact, all I know, is that I love my cat, and try to make her happy. Isn’t that what it’s all about ?

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    You beat me to it C Maddison. Purebreds can be rescues too! I have a house full of them :)

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    @Loora Very well said! I agree completely, I question extreme breeders, too, but you are right, there are plenty of purebreds that need homes, too, that come from reputable breeders or have landed in the shelter. I’m definitely not condemning purebred owners or cats! I love all cats, regardless of where they came from! Purebreds are amazing, very beautiful and interesting to see the personalities. But boy do I love my I love my little ragamuffins!

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    I just love that the cat is like, “You can dangle that thingie all you want. I’m napping.”

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    I’m concerned about all of this purebred talk. I definitely understand that purebreds often need rescuing, and that’s a wonderful thing to do. But as Martha Stewart and the presenters were singing the praises of purebred personalities and talking about the Himalayans’ special desire to follow their people from room to room, one of my two domestic short-hair rescues jumped down from the windowsill, poked me on the elbow, and chirped at me, as if to remind me that well-loved rescue cats of uncertain parentage also engage in a wonderful range of affectionate and charming behavior. And although there are certainly rescue cats who have survived difficult circumstances and have personality quirks and special needs, I’ve spent my life with cats who were adopted in late adolescence or adulthood. Not all of them have been lap cats, but they all love to play, follow me around the house, snuggle, sleep on my bed, and cozy up to my computer. I worry about treating the distinction between purebreds and shelter cats as if it were a distinction between high-end brands and dubious knock-offs.

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    I have 2 birmans. I love them to bits and both came through rescues. I got the first one from a cat rescue and he was one of the foster family’s own cats but he was not happy living with so many fosters. The other birman came from a purebred rescue by accident.

    I do feel guilty about the purebred status but I didn’t set out to adopt a purebred, just fell in love with a picture of a birman and after we met, it was love at first sight!

    I always always adopt adults, in the last 35 years, only one kitten and one adolescent, the others have been anywhere from 2 to 8 years old.

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    My brother in law recently adopted/bought an Akita puppy. He also used the “you know what you’re going to get” from a purebred dog from a breeder rationale. I suppose there is some truth to that but I think you can know even more of what you’ll get with rescue animals if you get them through a good rescue group. The one I volunteer with does a very thorough job of educating potential families of the history, temperament, health and personality of each cat in foster care.
    Millions of dogs and cats are put down each year in US shelters. I don’t condemn people that adopt purebreds but I definitely do encourage serious consideration of adopting rescue animals first (as in, go and spend some time with some rescue cats at your local kitty adoption center before calling a breeder).

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    Both of my cats were rescued from being rescue cats. My sister adpoted my Oreo (i think he’s part Maine Coon) and then decided that she wasn’t a cat person so I insisted that I take him. I got Neela, my Bangal, from a friend’s boss. He bought her from a breeder for their office, and had never lived witha cat before. He was going to bring her to the Humaine Society the day after I took her in.

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    Lisa L

    They have the FRIENDLIEST cats & kittens at my shelter. They are full of love and need a home! Some cats are just scared and hide up away from everyone and even the workers don’t realize it and therefore some of the cats never get fed.

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    BRAVO to Martha for adopting two rescued cats along with her “cash crop” cats! Yes, all cats need loving, forever homes. Just wish that people who claim to care about cats would not stop until every one who needs a home was adopted into one!

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    Victoria thank you for adopting a rescued purebred instead of buying one from a breeder. It’s wrong to assume an animal that comes from a shelter means it has a better chance at having something wrong with it. People give up animals for the most frivilous reasons and it was no fault of the animal. They didn’t have time to walk it, allergies, they were moving, getting married or divorced or were having a baby, etc…I have seen PLENTY of purebred dogs and cats from breeders and puppy mills that have serious health and behavior issues. Purebred dogs and cats make up one third of animals killed in our shelters. These are animals bred purely for profit. When owners do not want them anymore they end up at the shelter and tax payers end up paying to euthanize them. But the breeders made their profits. Please, if you want a purebred, adopt and don’t buy. Look for a purebreed rescue group in your area through There are so many on there waiting for their forever homes.

    And one word about dogs and cats who have health or behavior problems which any animal can have no matter where it came from, I hope more animals one day will be accepted for what they are. That means loving them for all their wonderful qualities and accepting the not so wonderful ones. Just like people, animals have their faults and we need to be less judgemental when wanting to give one a home. My kitty Jaws, loved and spoiled, would completely agree. He loves to give hard love bites without any warning!

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    I work at a humane society (and have two rescued cats) so I am a bit biased but I will never buy an animal from a breeder. Not when I see daily the effects of over-population and the amazing animals we can’t find homes for. And in my experience rescue animals (even those who were abused like my cat) have so much love to give and receive. We also see our fair share of purebreds here too.

    Last year we had to put down close to 2,000 cats just because we could not find them homes. As long as this is happening I just can’t accept people buying animals from a pet store, breeder, etc.

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    Ha, Martha wouldn’t even let that lady talk, and she was a guest. Tisk tisk.

    Rescue rescue rescue! Last year, the Seattle Animal Shelters were going to kill all of their cats with ring worm, so a large force of foster moms and dads took in as many as they could. (Not sure if Seattle went through with the mass murder). That’s how I ended up with two AWESOME cats. After a few weeks, nether had any signs of the fungus – and haven’t since.

    Now they’re great house cats (even the “semi-feral” one that was nothing but loving and affectionate after a few days). Can’t imagine they were almost killed for no reason…

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    I ‘ve opened my heart and home to what ever kind of cat is meant to be with me, I LOVE them all! When I was employed as a teacher I read an add from another teacher offering two pure bread CFA registered Himalayan Persians (a male and a female for $100 each!) I went to see them and fell in love with them both. She claimed allergies as the reason for selling them, later I found out the female had a kidney desease and her treatment cost me more than three or four kittens bought directly from the breeder, but I don’t care because the years I had with my Baby Cakes even the last year when her kidneys gave up on her completetly and I had to nurse her were priceless. The male is still with me and he has a congenital teeth and nose problem and therefore recurrent URI but he is the most adorable cat ever and the only one that loves hugging and cuddling.

    I also “stumbled” upon two Oriental females given away by the breeder because of closing down her business, a white domestic female, a brown tortie domestic female, a Main Coon/Siamese female, a Chocolate Point Siamese female abandoned at the vet by her owners (because they didn’t like her behaviour) and a Blue patch Persian female. They all have their sorrow stories and I gave them all (pure bread and moggies) a home and my love but the years of companionship, love and happiness they all have given me are priceless and I would not change that for all the riches in the world.

    Just give them your love in any form you are able to because they need us to be there for them.

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    my purebred himalayan was adopted from Last Chance Animal Shelter.. I didn’t even know what he was until I got him, I just fell in love with his wonderful personality!

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    My cat, a 6 year old Blue Cream Point Himalayan, was a “breeder Throwaway, she produced her litters and now she is “retired” and living with me. : )

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    Abyssinians are wonderful! I have a one-eyed rescue Aby.

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    Ahh, I love the stories. Gives me much hope for the human race!

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    I agree with Stephanie: congrats to all of you for giving homes to cats who needed it !!

    I still think there’s a world between praising poeple adopting cats, and condeming poeple who own purebreds… and I’m happy you guys only talked about how great your adopted cats are, without criticizing. I really appreciate that; it does make me want to adopt our next cat, without being ashamed of owning my loving Chartreuse.

    @Laura: I heard about those breeders who “retire” (aka abandon) older females on a French forum. I felt ashamed and revolted. At six years, a cat has a good half of his life ahead !

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    All of my cats are breed rescues. Persian cats (and Himalayans) are the most abandoned breed of ANIMAL in the US right now. Good on Martha for getting some rescues.

    And great comments and feedback from everyone. works with the local Animal shelters (i.e. animal control) and gets approximately 40 cats per month that have been abandoned. They also help support their local SPCA and are a great rescue organization.

    If you are a fan of a specific breed of cat or dog, there is a rescue out there for your interest.

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    I agree wholeheartedly with the idea of adopting cats from any situation where they are in need of a good home, especially shelters! I really wanted to adopt a kitten or cat from a local shelter, but in my area they all seem to have invasive adoption applications and require a contract that you have to return the cat if you are unable to care for it. I understand their rationale (they don’t want cats abandoned), but if (heaven forbid) couldn’t take care of my baby then I want the responsibility and ability to find him a good home! I even saw a contract where the rescue could contact your vet and take the cat back if they disagreed with your medical care. Please petition shelters to have reasonable application and contract procedures so that more people feel comfortable with adopting! Too many animals are without homes.

    I ended up adopting a kitten from an “accident litter” in the neighborhood, and contributed a small fee towards the spaying of the mother. He’s the sweetest!

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