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BUSINESS
June 1, 1999 | Reuters
Los Angeles-based Kal Kan this week will air a TV commercial for Whiskas cat food aimed not at the pet owner but at the cat. The 45-second ad, to be broadcast on ABC, CBS and NBC starting Thursday, will be prefaced by a 15-second teaser instructing owners to try to lure kitty near the TV set. The ad, which was created by London-based M&C Saatchi and initially ran in Britain, was adapted for the U.S. market by D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles of St. Louis.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1998 | --JULIE LOGAN
* The vast majority of animal actors live in the (805) area code on ranches or compounds. * Animals almost always have understudies and doubles, sometimes triples and quadruples. Cats are always cast in teams of two to six. * Animals don't get residuals. * Cats have different eating styles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1993
If you can stand just one more letter on the influence of "Beavis and Butt-head" on youngsters ("Just Boys or Civilization Destroyers?" Sept. 12, and Letters, Sept. 26): A couple of letter writers cited a story of two children blowing up a cat after Beavis and Butt-head were seen discussing such an act in a recent episode. I, of course, as the owner of two cats, am sickened by the behavior. I have been sickened many times in my life by acts of cruelty toward cats, and Beavis and Butt-head aside, there is nothing new about cats being blown up. I have been hearing stories like that since I was in kindergarten.
NEWS
November 12, 2000 | PATRICIA HOUSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We weren't in the market for a pedigreed cat 10 years ago when we first saw Ferris. We planned to be more responsible and adopt a pet from the animal shelter. But with his soft folded ears, dime-sized eyes and oversized paws, we found this Scottish Fold impossible to resist. And so we bought him and brought him home. A week later, we discovered the small scabs under his silver down. It turned out Ferris had a particularly nasty case of ringworm, a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1996
It's the subject of a thousand jokes and cartoons: firefighters rescuing a cat. But when a fire raced through a small home Monday afternoon, they really did save a feline in distress. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said firefighters responding to a blaze at about 4 p.m. in the 18400 block of Tarzana Drive found a cat unconscious and barely breathing inside the empty home. Eager to save the unidentified cat, they rushed it outside and slipped an oxygen mask on its face.
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | Reuters
A cat saved a family of six, waking them just minutes before their two-story mud house collapsed in the Chinese town of Beiling, a newspaper reported today. On July 16, the 3-year-old cat, Ugly Sister, meowed, scratched at her master's legs, jumped on a window sill and pushed open the window, then pulled down the sleeping man's trousers, waking him in time to get his family out of the collapsing home.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A cat helped spare a family from death by carbon monoxide poisoning by jumping on the bed and meowing wildly as fumes filled the home, the owners said. Eric and Cathy Keesling told reporters that their 14-year-old cat, Winnie, played a crucial role in saving their lives March 24 after a gasoline-powered water pump in their basement caused the odorless but deadly gas to build up. About 1 a.m., Winnie began nudging Cathy Keesling's ear and meowing loudly.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Erin Hunter, author of the best-selling fantasy cat clan series "Warriors," is going canine with a six-book companion series about dogs. "Survivors," launched last week, follows a lone dog whose circumstances force him to join a pack. Like "Warriors," "Survivors" will be penned by a team of authors who write under the name Erin Hunter. We caught up with Gillian Philip - the Erin Hunter who wrote the series kickoff "Survivors: The Empty City. " Why follow a series about cats with another animal fantasy series about dogs?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The problem was daunting: Round up every last one of the who-knows-how-many cats living in the wild on wind-blasted San Nicolas Island, a 33-square-mile chunk of chaparral and jagged canyons off the Southern California coast. And don't get in the way of the missiles that are launched from, and sometimes aimed at, the arid, Navy-owned island. And don't hurt the cats, the seabirds they feast on, the threatened island foxes, the native deer mice or, for that matter, anything else. The solution was something a little more complicated than "Here, kitty kitty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2001 | From Wire Reports
A woman who faces felony charges for keeping hundreds of cats in a Petaluma home is a fugitive, authorities said. Marilyn Barletta, 62, unexpectedly left the Sonoma County courthouse before being arraigned Wednesday on new charges of animal cruelty after still more cats were found at the house. Barletta is sought on a $50,000 arrest warrant.
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