exclusive. I for one understand that
your magazine was not stating that
we need to blame cats; instead, you
were calmly pointing out that we
as humans and pet owners need to
recognize the problem, take responsibility for it (the large abandoned
cat populations are because of us!)
and make changes. Not letting cats
defecate outside is one small step.
TNR is another more wide-reaching
step that can help create change. I’m
sorry that many readers did not pick
that up from your article nor seem to
care about the wider world. Perhaps
it is time for people to step back a
little and view their cats as part of
the complicated ecosystems on our
planet, not simply as islands unto
themselves. Everyone has a responsibility to this planet, including us
JULY 2013 PHOTO BY TETSU YAMAZAKI
I’ve returned to the Cats for Kids
section in the
to see the
by Allison A.,
tell this young
lady how very
gifted an artist she is. I can see this repro-
duced with a border, framed and selling for
Ginger • Allison A., 13
Doris A. Duke
Overland Park, Kan.
I work for T. H.E. Cat Hospital in Tustin,
Calif. We were all so excited to see Takota,
our resident Grand Champion American
Bobtail, featured as the centerfold in the
July issue. We thought your readers might
enjoy knowing a little
Takota came to
live with us when he
was about a year old.
Possessing great people
skills, it wasn’t long
before he assumed his
role as our ambassador.
He spends most of his
days on the reception
desk and in our store.
He greets clients and is
quick to point out his
favorite toys. He also TakeaUnique Walk Ifyoulookupasyouwanderaround thisbeautifulYorkshirecity,youmight spotothercatstatues—perchedproudly onwindowsills,scalingpuborshop walls,orstaringdownfrombalconies. Otherssitorstandproudlyoutside homesandoffices.Andthesemarvelousmoggieshave soinspiredlocalresidentsthatthey’ve createdawalkaroundthecityshowing offasmanyaspossible. TheYorkCatTrailtakesaboutan hourtocompletewiththehelpofa mapcontainingclues.Theuniqueand quirkywalkhasbeendesignedwithcat loversinmind.Ittakesin18statues andsculpturesdottedonbuildings aroundthewindingstreets.Ifyouhave moretime,thereareotherswortha visitalittlefartherout. ThetrailmakestheperfecttourasitpassessomeofYork’stopsights.High- lightsincludethetoweringgothic spiresofYorkMinster,themedieval cobbledstreetofTheShamblesandthe ancientcitywalls.Youcanalsolearna bitaboutYork’samazinghistoryalong theway.Thefreetrailwasstartedbylocal businessesTheCatGallery,agiftshop dedicatedtoallthingsfeline,and tourismgroupCompleteYorkshire. AlisonHanson,whorunsTheCat GallerywithhusbandPeter,says,“The ideastartedasadifferentwayofpromot- ingthecity.Everyoneknowsthehistory ofYork,butwewantedsomethingabit quirky.Plus,I’vehadcatsallmylife.We currentlyhavetwo—Geoffreyand Ethel,ourmuch-lovedRSPCArescue moggies.”TheHansons,whohavenowtaken overtherunningofthetrail,even 58 AUGUST 2013| CA TFANCY CA TFANCY. COM| AUGUS T 201359 Follow the Felines Climbingthewallabovethe YorkLuckyCats hopon TheShambles. Halfthesizeofotherstatues,thiskitten climbsthewallofaresidentialhome. Art & Culture THE YORK CAT TRAIL GIVES VISITORS FUN AND HISTORY IN ONE WALKING TOUR. Atfirstglance,theblackcatseemstobestalkingapigeononthecityrooftop, tailaloftandreadytopounce.Highabovetheshoppers,streetperformers andtourists,itappearstobekeepingitssteadygazeonitsprey.Butthisis noordinaryfeline.Infact,it’ snotevenarealcat.Thisisacatstatue,oneofmany thatgracethebuildingsofthehistoriccityofYorkinnorthernEngland. Thiscatperchesabovetheentrancetothe 15thcenturyBlackSwanInn. ARTICLEANDPHOTOSBYLINDAHARRISON
represents the hospital at
We’re happy Takota came to live with us
and are glad we can share him with others.
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The Cats of York
Thank you for the article about the York
Cat Trail (“Follow the Felines,” August
2013). I’ve seen the York Cat Trail in
person. What a great way to see the city. It
is advertised as a children’s tour of the city,
but any cat lover would enjoy looking for
these cute and entertaining kitties.