Pet Scoop: British Cat Named World’s Oldest, Kitten Rescued From California Freeway

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Poppy was been named the Oldest Cat Currently Living by Guinness World Records in May.
Poppy was been named the Oldest Cat Currently Living by Guinness World Records in May.

Cat, 24, Wins Guinness Record

Guinness World Records has officially recognized Poppy, 24, as the Oldest Cat Currently Living. Poppy lives in southern England with Jacqui and Andy West and their 11- and 8-year-old sons, as well as four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster. Jacqui West says Poppy has slowed down quite a bit in recent years, losing her sight and hearing. But she’s still “quite feisty” and is clearly the matriarch of the household. “People always ask what we put Poppy’s longevity down to and I guess she has a good diet and lots of exercise,” West says. “She keeps herself fit by walking around and she eats a lot.” Poppy was given the title following the death of Pinky, a cat from Kansas who died last year at the age of 23. — Read it at Guinness World Records

1,000 Dog Deaths May Be Linked to Jerky Treats

A recent update from the Food and Drug Administration finds that more than 1,000 dog deaths could be linked to toxic jerky treats. In addition, there have been 5,000 complaints of illnesses related to the treats since 2007. But the FDA is still investigating the source of the illnesses and deaths. They’ve partnered with the Centers for Disease Control to study what foods might be contributing to pet disease to determine whether the treats are the culprit, or if there might be other factors involved. The FDA has cautioned against giving dogs jerky treats, saying they’re not needed for a balanced diet. — Read it at Fox News

Dogs Can Have Human “Albino” Gene

A new study found that some dogs carry a gene that causes albinism, which results in little or no pigment in the eyes, skin or hair. Researchers from Michigan State University tracked down the same gene mutation in Doberman Pinschers that’s associated with a form of albinism in humans. People with oculocutaneous albinism are sensitive to sunlight, which can make them more vulnerable to skin tumors. The scientists found that canines with the condition also have a higher risk of skin tumors. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Live Science via the Huffington Post

California Freeway Service Patrol workers rescued a kitten from a car's wheel well on a highway Monday.
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California Freeway Service Patrol workers rescued a kitten from a car's wheel well on a highway Monday.

Kitten Stops Highway Traffic

During gridlocked traffic on Highway 580 in Oakland, California, on Monday morning, a motorist noticed a kitten perched on the road’s center divide. A driver got out and tried to pick it up, but it darted into the wheel well of a nearby car that was stopped in the traffic. Freeway Service Patrol workers stepped in to rescue the kitten, holding up the fast lane for about 15 minutes while they worked to free it. They wrapped the feline in a blanket and were discussing which shelter to take it to when a witness offered to adopt it on the spot. The California Highway Patrol shared photos of the scene on its Facebook page. The rescue comes just a week after the CHP saved a Chihuahua from Interstate 680. — Read it at the Los Angeles Times

Husky Who Thinks She’s a Cat Goes Viral

Tally, a Husky mix who grew up with a group of cats, is stealing hearts on the Internet. Her owners posted a series of photos on Imgur documenting how the dog has learned to act like a cat — playing in boxes, squeezing into small spaces, posing like a cat and staring out the window of her home. — See photos at Time

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