10 Inspiring Cats

10 Inspiring Cats

For the cat lover in all of us.

Cats tend to get a bad rep for reasons completely unknown to me. From my own experiences, cats are generally just creatures that exude really positive energy with their wit, humor, courage, and caring nature. Yet many of my peers still remain apprehensive toward them. In fact, a few have even tried to convince me that dogs are better! Now I don't hate dogs or anything but they're certainly not cats! So I dug a little deeper to find some cases that could challenge the irrational fears that many may have and even inspire a few people. Some of these cats have done things that many of us will never get to in our lifetime — that's certainly worth praising!

1. Radamenes, the Polish nurse

Radamenes simultaneously breaks gender and animal stereotypes by being one of the first male cats to become a nurse at an animal shelter in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He originally came in as a patient and was almost euthanized until a fellow human vet took a chance and gave him treatment for an upper respiratory infection. He is now healthy and happy and snuggles with injured animals in the shelter, which may actually have some surprising holistic healing powers.

2. Boomer, the dog lover

Speaking of breaking stereotypes, a cat named Boomer gave nose kisses to 50 dogs at a dog show! Maybe we should aim to end all our differences in a similar manner?

3. Pancake, the two legged wonder cat

Pancake may only have two hind legs, but she never lets that get her down! According to her human mom, she stands up to play, she jumps on the bed, she eats a lot, she uses a litterbox, she chews on books and she likes to attack feet.

4. The unnamed cat who floated to safety

If you think Boomer was brave, meet the kitty who floated to safety in her litterbox. After her house was flooded in Missouri, rescuers found this cat who smartly sought shelter in her litterbox. She was then later reunited with her family.

5. Nala, the comforting neighbor

Nala, an outdoor cat, frequently played outside. Little did her owners know, she was also spreading some love and comfort to a neighborhood couple whose cat had died that year. Nala’s human family found a note on her that said:

“I don’t know who this cat belongs to, but she comes and visits us every few weeks. She’ll meow outside our backdoor until we let her in; she… walks around the house like it’s hers; waits at the fridge until my husband and I feed her bologna. She doesn’t like soft cat food very much! We look forward to her visits. We lost our 21-year-old cat this year.”

6. Kuli, the one-eyed surfer

I admit that I have never surfed in my life, but there’s a cat out there who’s a pro! Kuli had to have his eye surgically removed when he was a kitten but was able to develop a high water tolerance because he had to be washed frequently after his surgery. At six months he learned how to surf with his owners Alexandra and Krista.

7. Jessie, the cat who walked 1900 miles

Jessie traveled more than three times The Proclaimers vowed to for love. Jessie and Jack (Jessie’s brother) were inseparable since their birth. Their family was planning to move across the country when Jack suddenly disappeared. After a few months, the family decided to move anyway, taking Jessie with them. Jessie, however, was not about to leave her brother behind so she traveled back home through the wilderness of the Australian outback. They were reunited at their old farm, where they still remain with the new family who owns the farm.

8. Tara, the hero

Tara’s story is an incredible. Her owner’s son was riding his bike on the driveway when a stray dog suddenly appeared and attacked him. Before his mom could get to him, Tara bravely ran out and pushed the dog and ran after him. Luckily the event was caught on video, giving Tara the fame she deserved.

9. Teddy, the therapy cat

It’s likely you’ve seen therapy dogs on campus, but what about therapy cats? Teddy is a large, fluffy rag doll cat that loves to be held and cuddled. His mere presence alleviates stress and brings smiles to endless faces. He was most recently spotted at Pacific Lutheran University during their finals week.

10. Luke, my cat

Whether it’s through his eternal beauty, his endless cuddles, his little kitty kisses, or his positive aura, I would be nothing without my special boy. My heart will always belong to him regardless of the miles that often separate us. He inspires me everyday, like every cat inspires someone.
Cover Image Credit: Natalia Korpanty

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Don't Boycott Fairlife Because Of Fair Oaks Farms Just Yet

These shameful acts do not represent the dairy industry or agriculture as a whole.


I am currently enrolled in Auburn University's College of Agriculture set to graduate in a short time. I am majoring in Poultry Production with a minor in Animal Science. I also work on a small cow-calf operation on the weekends and am completing an internship at a chicken processing plant. I am well-versed in areas of animal welfare, proper husbandry, and have many certifications and countless hours training in proper animal handling for all manner of livestock and meat-producing animals.

Because of this, my Facebook feed and other social media accounts are often filled with farming videos, new agricultural technologies, and the occasional Peta ad. Upon opening Facebook this week, I came across the Fair Oaks Farm scandal. I typically don't click on videos depicting animal abuse allegations without first doing a little research of my own.

Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is an organization promoting the cessation of severe animal cruelty. A noble cause for sure, but as with many of these organizations, they often seek to demonize agricultural organizations by preying on the heartstrings of individuals who know little about farming or the industry as a whole.

Often, modern farming activities are misconstrued with either adulterated information, misguiding comments, or extremely old, outdated footage. While these actions recorded by ARM in the Fair Oaks Farm were very real instances, they were isolated.

These organizations never seek to show what humane treatment of animals looks like. They never aim to showcase good handling practices. For every minute of abuse, they videoed, how many hours of proper conduct was carried out?

Upper management, supervisors, and individuals in a position to stop unacceptable behavior are incapable of being everywhere at once. In addition, when offenders know they are being watched by such individuals, they will discontinue the behavior until they are unsupervised again.

Because of this, any company that handles livestock practices some form of the "See Something, Say Something" rule. This rule, under one of its many name variations basically means if an employee of any level sees another employee participating in behavior that is inhumane, they are required to report it immediately or risk termination. The undercover videographers were at one point, employed by Fair Oaks Farm.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but that makes the ARM videographers employees of Fair Oaks Farm which men they went through the "See Something, Say Something" training, and knew they were supposed to report it, but didn't.

How many times in the four-month observation of the ARM videographers could they have reported the actions of the men in the videos? How many times did they fail to notify the company of the responsible party's actions? How many of these cruel instances of abuse been prevented had they notified management and how much sooner could the culprit have been terminated? They allowed these activities to continue to transpire until they had enough evidence to smear the dairy industry. They inhibited proper company function and they disregarded the safeguard practices the company had in place.

Fair Oaks Farm is not blameless, and these acts should not go unpunished, but boycotting Fairlife isn't the way to do it.

Sure, boycotting it will pull money away from the company until they inevitably source milk from another dairy in response to the media and consumer's cry for change, but how does this help the dairy cattle at Fair Oaks or the employees who have abided by proper animal handling? When you boycott, the responsible farm and responsible parties fall out of the public eye and the abuse goes uncorrected.

Boycotting is forgetting.

How about instead of refusing to buy their milk, you push for changes in their employee vetting processes or make amendments to their animal welfare checks. Don't let people forget about Fair Oaks, and don't turn your back on a farm because of the actions of a few. Instead of pretending the company doesn't exist, we hold them to a higher standard. Then, we will see change.

But if you simply cannot continue supporting this company, I understand. It's a hard concept to come to terms with. But remember, these shameful acts do not represent the dairy industry or agriculture as a whole. Do not stop supporting the dairy industry and the countless dairy farmers nationally.

Do not assume this is normal behavior because it isn't.

The employees in question were terminated before the release of the video campaign because a responsible employee reported them.

Do not turn your back on agriculture or farmers, and do not idolize organizations like ARM who interfere with proper business practices in order to capture the information they want.

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