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Cats offered to Chechnya’s Kadyrov to replace lost pet

May 25, 2016, 14:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Last week the Chechen leader asked his 1.8 million Instagram followers to help find his missing cat, a Toyger, a domestic cat bred to resemble a little tiger.

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© Ramxan Kadyrov's Instagram account

MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. Governor of the Far Eastern Magadan Region Vladimir Pecheny and the Moscow Cat Theater are offering cats to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov whose pet feline went missing some two weeks ago.

“I am ready to give a cat to Ramzan Kadyrov. I love animals and have four cats,” the governor told TASS, adding that he will not send any of his pets to Chechnya.

Pecheny who often posts photos of his cats on Instagram said he can give Kadyrov a cat of any breed.

Dmitry Kuklachev, the director of the Moscow Cat Theater, home to some 150 feline actors, said one or two of them can move to Chechnya.

“We can offer Kadyrov one of our fluffy actors,” Kuklachev told TASS. “This will be an honor to us but, of course, we hope the Chechen head will find his (lost) cat.”

Last week Kadyrov asked his 1.8 million Instagram followers to help find his missing cat, a Toyger, a domestic cat bred to resemble a little tiger.

Comedian John Oliver, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, mocked Kadyrov’s plea for help in his Sunday’s show and also made fun of the Chechen leader’s habit to post photos of himself wearing T-shirts that bear President Vladimir Putin’s image.

Oliver also posted on Twitter a photograph of himself holding a cat, asking Kadyrov if it was his.

Kadyrov thanked his followers for joining the search for the missing pet, and responded by posting on Instagram a photoshopped picture of Oliver wearing a Putin T-shirt and with the caption “I’m tired of jokes, I want to care for cats in Chechnya. By the way, Putin is our leader!”

Kadyrov said millions of Russians wear T-shirts with portraits of Putin praising him as “a wise, courageous, resolute head, who managed to withstand unfriendly campaign, which is conducted by the USA and its assistants.”

“The country directed by Obama under the guise of peacekeeping operations spark new wars and bloody internal conflicts, in which die millions of people. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria... That's why there is nothing surprising that Oliver also got a wish to appear publicly in a T-shirt with an image of Putin, but not Obama,” Kadyrov said.

Toyger cats were bred in the US in 1993 and first arrived in Russia in 2008. A toyger kitten can cost up to 100,000 rubles ($1,550). 

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