KITBULL ANIMATED ANIMAL OSCAR NOMINATION

Kitbull is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category
Kitbull is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category

It already has 40 million views on YouTube, but do you think Kitbull, the animated animal Oscar nomination, actually has a chance of winning? The fans certainly believe it’s possible. Well, very soon we will know which of the five contenders in the category Best Animated Short Film came out of top. And, in the meantime, millions of us are anxiously watching the countdown to the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony that will take place this coming Sunday.

A single frame from Kitbull, the impactful Oscar contender in the Best Animated Short Film category
A single frame from Kitbull, the impactful Oscar contender in the Best Animated Short Film category

This short is very special for a number of reasons. Primarily, it tells the story of a distrustful stray kitten struggling to survive alone. We see a dog (pitbull) suffering at the hands of a sadist. However, their fates take an unexpected turn. Viewers witness an unlikely friendship developing between the two. Then, finally, human compassion shines through. All of this in the space of just nine minutes!

The kitten gets close in an attempt to comfort the injured dog
The kitten gets close in an attempt to comfort the injured dog

Interesting Kitbull Facts 

1. Pixar Animation Studios are renowned for their pioneering digital animation. However, for this film, a product of their SparkShorts program, every single frame is hand-drawn and hand-painted.

This artist draws a rough sketch directly onto the screen
This artist draws a rough sketch directly onto the screen

2. Kitbull features 2-D animation instead of the usual 3-D.

In Kitbull, the animated animal Oscar nominated short film, KITten and pitBULL plan their escape
In Kitbull, the animated animal Oscar nominated short film, KITten and pitBULL plan their escape

3. There is sound but not a single spoken word.

In this shot the human who eventually cares for these creatures is barely visible
In this shot the human who eventually cares for these creatures is barely visible

A Voice For The Vulnerable

Through no fault of their own, community cats and kittens, also known as feral cats, are homeless. Nevertheless, they deserve and have the right to live. Rounding them up for slaughter, or poisoning them, are barbaric solutions to prevent population explosion. The Trap/Neuter/Return program is humane and, what’s more, it works. Also, another reason why animal lovers and activists are outraged is because of laws stating that to feed these defenseless creatures is a crime.

As you may or may not know, Pit Bull is not a recognized breed. Now, what  commonly occurs is that any dog with a bulldog- or bull terrier-like head, pure bred or otherwise, is discriminated against and horrendously abused. “Pit Bulls” are exploited to satisfy human greed in the form of dog fighting. It is our duty to report such operations so they can be shut down. Without exception and whenever rehabilitation is possible, these fighting dogs, breeding bitches and bait dogs absolutely deserve a second chance.

Kitbull Is A Call To Action 

There is no doubt that the purpose behind Kitbull, this impactful Oscar contender, is to create greater awareness of the tragic circumstances that affect the dogs and cats in our very midst. What brings about change. And how everyone can help right these wrongs in our society.

Kitbull Animated Animal Oscar Nominee

To Sum Up

Kitbull teaches us about selflessness and compassion as well as making a connection and having a relationship. Animal to animal. Between the same kind, or a different species. Animal to human. Human to animal. Enjoy the film! Spread the word!

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

INDOOR OUTDOOR CAT STATISTICS

If you’re uncertain about allowing Fluffy outside or not, these indoor-outdoor cat statistics might help you decide
Outdoor cats face many dangers that shorten their lives
Photo credit: Jonatan Svensson Glad

If you’re uncertain about whether to allow Fluffy outside or not, these indoor-outdoor cat statistics might help you decide.

Apart from any Ordinance that may apply to domesticated cats in your vicinity, you need to know, or be reminded of, some very basic facts. It’s all about why the big outdoors can be an unfriendly place and actually a big threat to the safety of your kitty companion.

The Longevity Of Cats

Studies tell us that the number of years cats typically live depends largely on where they spend their time. Ones that roam part of the time, as well as those that live outdoors permanently, have a shorter life span. In other words, kitties that are kept entirely inside the home live longer.

On average, indoor cats live between 12 and 15 years.

Now, if Fluffy is an indoor-outdoor pet, her life expectancy is around 3-5 years less than if she spent her entire life indoors.

And, in stark contrast, when a cat lives outdoors completely by herself, she may live only two or three years.

Community Cats And The Unfriendly Outdoors

In a category all of their own, and spread across all communities and parts of the globe, community cats (feral cats) typically live for five years. So, we should be asking ourselves, “Why is that? Well, here are the answers. 

It’s because they are subject to harsh and extreme weather conditions They are also prone to disease. In addition, they are exposed to poisons and animal traps. And, let’s not forget that they are prey for birds such as hawks and owls as well as larger mammals like coyotes.

The Dangers Facing Ferals and Domesticated Felines

All cats can get into fights with other cats they encounter outdoors. They may be ferals, indoor-outdoor cats, lost cats, abandoned cats, and even domesticated dogs.

Another danger is that they are often injured or killed by vehicles.

To Sum Up

To anyone who has read this data on indoor outdoor cats, I think you would agree. No truly responsible and caring pet parent should allow their companion feline to experience any of these scenarios. Please take note. Think twice. A long, protected lifespan is what all domesticated animals deserve, isn’t it?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!