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Stray Calgary kitten boards transit, rides rails to new home
National Post ^ | October 9, 2013 | Sherri Zickefoose

Posted on 10/09/2013 12:10:29 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

He may have been lost, he may have been lonely, but a kitten down on his luck changed his life by boarding a CTrain.

It was a dark night in September when the feline was spotted prowling inside the Barlow/Max Bell station.

The 6½-month-old tabby charmed strangers he met along the way, enjoying an ear scratch or two.

When the kitten bounded up to the platform, he came into view of Calgary Transit’s security video.

Staff watching the screens did a double take when they noticed the obedient kitten sitting patiently behind the yellow line, waiting for the incoming train.

As the train’s doors opened, the cat climbed aboard, lapping up attention from delighted riders clamouring to pet him.

Transit staff intercepted the stray as the train pulled into City Hall station, taking him to safety.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping

1 posted on 10/09/2013 12:10:29 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Slings and Arrows; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ..
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canadian Kitty Ping!

2 posted on 10/09/2013 12:12:09 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888; Slings and Arrows

Kitty ping...


3 posted on 10/09/2013 12:12:52 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Squawk 8888

6 1/2 months and already eight pounds? T.C. is one big kitten!


4 posted on 10/09/2013 12:13:22 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Squawk 8888; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

5 posted on 10/09/2013 12:13:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; LibreOuMort

Awww...fangs, again, S&A. I’ve SO been thinking about a kitten, but I have a friend who is very allergic, and I’m afraid that even pet dander on my clothes would be too much for her immune system.

So I will wait for a while. Maybe I can find one that is hypoallergenic!!


6 posted on 10/09/2013 12:19:29 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, how did Harry Reid get out?)
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To: Squawk 8888

2 Cute!


7 posted on 10/09/2013 12:19:31 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Squawk 8888

That is one little Einstein kitty. Pickup on how the two leggeds do it, then did it too. In every animal species there has to be a bell curve on intelligence. This little kitty is in the far right side under the curve.


8 posted on 10/09/2013 12:24:17 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thanks for a good story for a change.


9 posted on 10/09/2013 12:24:52 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Monkey Face

You’re welcome, and try googling “hypoallergenic cats”.


10 posted on 10/09/2013 12:27:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Monkey Face
This should help you decide which is best for you....http://www.pawnation.com/2013/06/05/10-hypoallergenic-cat-breeds/
11 posted on 10/09/2013 12:29:16 PM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: MHGinTN

You can’t really train a cat the way you would train a dog, but cats DO learn things by observation. They definitely aren’t stupid...


12 posted on 10/09/2013 12:31:26 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

You don’t train a cat. The cat trains you.


13 posted on 10/09/2013 12:41:18 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

See? I told you they’re not stupid! :)


14 posted on 10/09/2013 12:44:15 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

My Mother had a cat named Bear, all black, big guy, who watched her unlatch the screen for the back porch and learned to do it to get out. When she put a hook up near the top of the screen too, he simple climbed the casing and unlatched that one too. He was famous for letting the possum in to eat cat food on the porch. But when the possum tried to share Bear’s cubby hole one winter, Bear ran the possum off and stopped letting him in. When Speck, his sister, would be outside and bang the screen door, bear would go unlatch it so she could pull it open and come in. He never latched it back though ...


15 posted on 10/09/2013 12:45:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

Great story! LOL


16 posted on 10/09/2013 12:46:36 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: MHGinTN

I watched my cat follow my wife into a room. she closed the door behind her and the cat reached up with two paws to the door knob and try to open it...he’s dangerous. He also figured out how to trigger the garage door and follows us out to the car.


17 posted on 10/09/2013 12:47:29 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


18 posted on 10/09/2013 12:51:28 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: longfellow; Lazamataz

I have a wild raccoon mama who reaches up and pulls the back door handle (I have handles not nobs) to let me know she’s on the porch for her dog food treats. I have placed a small can over the inner handle that is tied with a string, allowing it to fall and clang against the steel door when she pops the handle outside. Her five kits finally started accompanying her to the porch and three of them still drop by occasionally to get treats. I open the back window and they climb all over me to get to the treats first. They LOVE oatmeal cookies ... but then, so does Lazamataz.


19 posted on 10/09/2013 12:55:21 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

Be very careful, We had a big ol 25lb black cat. Beat everything in the neighborhood but a raccoon. 60 stitches later he let the raccoon eat his food anytime.


20 posted on 10/09/2013 12:59:17 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Dog; Slings and Arrows

Thank you so MUCH! I will check the kittehs out... It is a very informative site!


21 posted on 10/09/2013 1:13:46 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, how did Harry Reid get out?)
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To: MHGinTN; longfellow

We had a raccoon coming through our cat door to eat kitty food. She finally got so fat she actually pulled the door off. I heard a racket & looked out the window to see the coon with the door around her hips. She got it off & left, & didn’t try to come back in. But the next spring she came back with three kits & sent THEM through the door for food! Smart girl.

Happily, our cats & coons have never bothered each other. Prudence is the better part of valor.


22 posted on 10/09/2013 1:16:40 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: longfellow

We once had a Maine Coon who spent every spare minute lying in front of the fridge, patiently working at undoing the magnetic door edging (not sure what it is properly called).

He never managed it. He was infamous for snatching food right out of my husband’s mouth, though. Worse than any dog we ever had for successful counter surfing, too. Snagged himself a steak, once.

Your cat is a genius.


23 posted on 10/09/2013 1:17:38 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Monkey Face

There are hypoallergenic cats, but they’re very expensive. I’m very allergic, but being around someone who owns a cat (and presumably has cat hairs on them) doesn’t bother me. When my symptoms do flare up, Claritin D 12 Hour helps a lot, if that helps your friend any.


24 posted on 10/09/2013 1:18:28 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Monkey Face
I can find one that is hypoallergenic!!

Check out blue russians, I hear they're the poodles of the cat kingdom......they don't shed.

25 posted on 10/09/2013 1:23:04 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Ms. Muffett suffered from arachnophobia)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I hadn’t heard that they didn’t shed, but I have always liked to look at the photos...I will check them out, thanks!


26 posted on 10/09/2013 1:30:37 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, how did Harry Reid get out?)
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To: Nea Wood

I don’t know how allergic my friend is, but it seems I recalled her telling me that the dander on clothes was enough to choke her up. So I want to be very careful about any pet.

I will also buy some Clairtin D 12 hour for her visit, once I get a kitteh! I used to take it (long before it was OTC!) and it was the only allergy med that worked for me. Thanks again for the info!


27 posted on 10/09/2013 1:33:05 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, how did Harry Reid get out?)
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To: MHGinTN

Clever kitty. Surely he was smart enough to relatch the door, so obviously he didn’t relatch it out of spite. :O)


28 posted on 10/09/2013 1:44:21 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: reformedliberal

He is an EVIL genius. Raised him from 2 weeks old. 8 oz of pure trouble, vet gave him a 50/50 chance.

I love the counter surfing! the main coons were just on too cute.


29 posted on 10/09/2013 2:10:52 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Hmmm, hadn’t though of that. Spite? Hmm ... he did appear to believe kittehs rule.


30 posted on 10/09/2013 2:16:34 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: longfellow

Yeah, I think Maine Coons are part dog. Sam would go on walks. I think he weighed about 17 pounds at the peak of his life, before he had an unfortunate run-in w/a car. We raised him from a kitten, too. Gorgeous markings as a baby.


31 posted on 10/09/2013 3:08:35 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Squawk 8888
The cat was later rescued from the train and over a month later adopted by Barrit

This is what I wanted to see....:)

32 posted on 10/10/2013 6:18:33 AM PDT by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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