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A Cat with Cochlear Implants

July 13, 2007


Implanted cat 5 months after surgery.
The cat wears the device 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
These cats are born deaf and offer an excellent model for
studying congenital deafness. With the implant, cats will come
when called and demonstrate behaviorally that they can hear.

 

Read more, click —> A Cat with Cochlear Implants

There is an article about pigeon with Brain Implant

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  1. mother goose
    July 13, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Why!?

  2. Johnson
    July 13, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Poor cat 😦 Animal lab is cruel same as Nazi

  3. July 14, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Oh, this is too much! Poor kitty!

    ~ LaRonda

  4. Jenny
    July 14, 2007 at 12:49 am

    This is horrible. That’s got to be heavy for the kitty. And it’s 8 hours 5 days a week – the cat probably has no idea why it’s not on all the time – no say in whether it gets to wear it or not, etc. Poooor dear.

  5. July 14, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Very sad.

    Fookembug, Thank you for this website. We hope to make this a difference by fighting against the animal abuses. I hope this article makes everyone to see it. We should do something about it. It is my firm belief that ALL creatures deserve the right to live out their lives in peace, comfort and harmony with the other souls of the Earth. Abuse in any form is wrong, and we should speak out against it whenever the opportunity presents itself. Please help all innocent animals before the evil force kill them.

  6. Diane
    July 14, 2007 at 2:16 am

    I think it is a joke.

  7. Amberly
    July 14, 2007 at 2:38 am

    WHY YOU TEST ON CATS… THAT DUMB THING… IT SAD POOR ON CATS.. IT DONT NEED TEST ON DEAF AND ANIMAL TO CAN HEAR ANYTHING.. I FAVOR TO LEAVE NATURAL GOD CREATED THEM!!! TOOOOO SAD!! I DISAGREE WTIH TEST COCHELAR IMPLANT ON DEAF AND ANIMAL.. I CANT JUDGE ON DEAF CHOOSE COCHLEAR IMPLANT. BUT YOU CANT PUT ON ANIMAL.. THAT DUMB!!!

  8. July 14, 2007 at 5:32 am

    It’s a hoax. I remember seeing that photo in alldeaf.com last year and then someone announced it’s all a joke.

    Good one, Fookem!

  9. Diane
    July 14, 2007 at 5:58 am

    It is a joke. Do you know why? Her arm and her head hadn’t been shaved. It doesn’t grow back very fast. That’s how I know bec I work at the vet. 😀 So it is a good news … it is a hoax!

  10. Mule4350
    July 14, 2007 at 6:35 am

    Why do We not stop Animal Veteration /Doctor to play test on Famous Rat/Mouse…..

    Now They put cochlear implant on pet when Pet want it or not

    Hearing People like to use any parts on ALL DEAF HUMAN.

    Let us stop them or not or delay?????

  11. Lisa C.
    July 14, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Its a hoax. Poor kitty.

  12. July 14, 2007 at 7:14 am

    To be proactive, we need to adopt every deaf cat, including deaf dogs, out there before they go to the lab for this very purpose. The Deaf community has an obligation to prevent this kind of cruelty imposed on deaf animals.

    When the Deaf community turns the other cheek, they are the last people to complain or get upset when they haven’t done their part in adopting a deaf cat or dog. If no one does, then they’ll go to the lab without us knowing. Let’s work together and make sure deaf animals are out of their hands.

  13. July 14, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Wait wait wait — it is not a hoax! It is true… they are using albino blue eyed cats with genetic deafness as lab experiments… using this research to support why it is scientifically beneficial for young deaf babies to get implanted!

    Check out these weblinks:

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2005/12_01_05.html

    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Office of Corporate Communications
    Media contact: David March
    410-955-1534; dmarch1@jhmi.edu
    December 1, 2005

    HOPKINS STUDY PROVES COCHLEAR IMPLANTS PREVENT OR REVERSE DAMAGE TO BRAIN’S AUDITORY NERVE SYSTEM
    — Animal study advances call for early implants in children born deaf

    New research at Johns Hopkins has clearly demonstrated the ability of cochlear implants in very young animals to forge normal nerve fibers that transmit sound and to restore hearing by reversing or preventing damage to the brain’s auditory system.

    The findings in cats, published in Science online Dec. 2, help explain why implants are up to 80 percent successful in restoring hearing in young children born deaf, but rarely effective when implanted in congenitally deaf adults, the researchers say.

    Another weblink:

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1200/is_11_156/ai_55983023

    Ear implants resound in deaf cats’ brains – Brief Article
    Science News, Sept 11, 1999 by B. Bower

    The outer layer, or cortex, of a young brain exhibits a remarkable knack for reorganizing itself in the wake of injury or new experiences. In the latest example of this neural shiftiness, kittens born deaf due to an ear abnormality were then exposed to sounds through an ear implant. The animals sustained brain changes that rendered them able to perceive sounds about as well as cats with full hearing do.

    The findings help to explain why kids who are deaf from birth can often learn to hear and speak using devices known as cochlear implants, according to a team of neuroscientists led by Rainer Klinke of the University of Frankfurt in Germany. In contrast, adults who have been deaf from birth generally find such implants useless, apparently because their brains no longer respond with sufficient flexibility to piped-in sound stimulation.

    Deaf kittens given the chance to hear by using ear implants display marked alterations of electrical activity in the auditory cortex, a brain region devoted to sound perception, the researchers say. Nonetheless, the organization of the auditory cortex in these cats differs from that of felines who have heard meows, electric can openers, and other vital sounds from birth.

    Klinke’s group placed ear implants in six deaf-from-birth kittens, all 3 to 4 months old. The animals lacked part of the cochlea, a swirly tube in the inner ear that transforms sound waves into electrical signals carried by auditory nerves.

    Third weblink:

    http://www.drf.org/timeline/cochlear_timeline.htm

    Check this timeline: 1994 Deafness Research Foundation gives grant to Dr. J Assouline of the University of Iowa for the study of cochlear stimulation of deaf animals.

    Fourth and last weblink here (but there are LOTS if you google: research cochlear implants on deaf animals)

    http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/530720/

    The researchers used cats bred for laboratory use in their experiments. They measured brain processing of auditory signals in normal conditions, then compared deaf animals’ brain responses to sounds using cochlear implants and then the direct auditory nerve implants. These measurements employed neuron -monitoring technology developed earlier at U-M. The scientists found their sensitive 16-electrode microarray resulted in several advantages over cochlear implants.

    Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1984, cochlear implants have greatly benefited profoundly and severely deaf people. More than 100,000 implants have been performed worldwide in the last two decades, including more than 1,000 at U-M.

    It is NOT, NOT, NOT A HOAX! It would be helpful that we get one of these cats that was been operated on and film it! Involve P.E.T.A about this…

    I cannot believe that they are using poor defendless genetically deaf animals as lab experiments to justify why cochlear implants are successful if implanted on deaf infants prior 6 months old!

    Meow… STOP THIS INSANITY! Meow!

    Amy Cohen Efron

  14. July 14, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Unfortunately, it’s not a hoax. It’s also old news. The kitty was a part of a hearing test lab at John Hopkins University about five years ago. It caused an uproar in a Deaf Ed forums board that pitted Deaf/ASL members against Deaf/CI members.

  15. July 14, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Amy C. Efron,

    Then why some people in AllDeaf said it’s a hoax??

    The photo looks like someone with a CI was fooling around with the cat. The device doesn’t look “secure” when dangling from the collar. It would fall off easily. I thought that cat should be wearing a harness with the CI affixed on the back.

  16. July 14, 2007 at 10:06 am

    It may be that THIS picture itself is a hoax and does not demonstrate the actual CI testing on cats.

    However, the research itself is NOT a hoax. It has been done, and I would assume such research is continuing.

    My guess is that someone decided to create a picture to call attention to this issue. While it might not have been very appropriate to do so, it still serves its purpose in getting us thinking about the ethical treatment of animals, and whether or not cats should be used for this kind of research.

    It is indeed a sad thing!

  17. jflmad
    July 14, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Great! Then why not we put ci on the forehead of the humans?

    This one is sick and unnecessary

  18. seekgeo
    July 14, 2007 at 11:02 am

    As much as I’m against putting CI into cat’s head but then again, what can we do? No matter how much we hate the idea of this, but it doesn’t matter whether if they are deaf or not, there has been animals testing for many many years which has disappointed me. I really am feeling sorry for these animals.

    Here’s the wiki info about animals testing: Click here

    In 1957, the dog was sent to moon to test but did they care if the dog never made it back? NOPE. And don’t forget about rats, they have been using for several purposes to test such as shampoo, any kind of chemicals you need to use in your home, bug sprays, hair sprays, etc.

    Also, there is good site called Stop Animals Test: Click here

    They give a lot of good information about how these poor innocent animals being suffered so they know if it is safe to use on humans. So the biggest question is how can they test to make sure it is safe for us if it wasn’t for animals?

    I’m sure they can figure that out without really have to suffer animals, I know they can do it.

    Deaf or not, poor animals.

    -SG

  19. July 14, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Kevin, There is a medical research fact on cat with c.i. still in there, how come?

    Patty said the news is old. She is right but why didn’t we know until now? We should do something about it long time ago. I am really angry with people using animals for medical study, sport, or meat.

  20. Diane
    July 14, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    It is not hoax? I guess the lab technicians or researchers are sick. A Poor cat… *sigh*

  21. July 14, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Poor kitten! Hope they will survive!

  22. July 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    It is not a hoax. We have seen all kind of animal abuse cases. We are still fighting to stop it. Please join us. Visit our website: http://www.peta.org

    Animals in Laboratories

    Unseen
    they suffer.

    Unheard
    they cry.

    In agony
    they linger.

    In loneliness
    they die.

    People for the Ethical Treatment Animals

  23. July 14, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Animal testing is required before the scientists can go to human testing. This is true of anything used on humans, from makeup to new foods and medicines, to medical devices and new surgical techniques.

    Sigh.

    The scientists never ask people if they want to hear or have a new cosmetic or a new drug…they just assume it will be in demand and go on to test many, many products, most of which never succeed to go to human testing or to the market.

    And there are millions of “sacrificed” animals sent to the incinerators when the scientists are done with them. If scientists had to go through a review board that examines the need, the risks, the possibility for success, the amount of animal sacrifice, and the cost to the public, we would have much less testing.

  24. Lisa C.
    July 14, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Thats SICK!! I hate the animal testing. Poor kitty. I’ll kidnap that kitty!

  25. White Ghost
    July 14, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    How is that kitty as of now?

  26. JungleForest
    July 14, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Interesting. That’s new to me. 😦

    I remember a many years ago, I read an article on animals have been experiments at the lab research. I was angry about the way lab people has been torture on animals. For example, a picture of beagle dog laid on the rack was burning on his/her side cause it tear and bleeding. Same with CI on any cats. Poor cats. They’re suffer enough.

    Imagine, cats screaming *meowing…meowing…meowing..” dogs scraming *howling…howling…howling..”, and so on.

    Thanks for the information on CI on deaf cat. (He looked unhappy)

  27. Anonymous
    July 14, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    People are whining about animals with cochlear implant. What about innocent human being babies?

  28. July 15, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Congratulations Fookem and Bug!

    You found the PDF file of an actual report and that professional journal comes with a picture!

    Then it is NOT NOT NOT a HOAX! Picture is real! Real!

  29. July 15, 2007 at 6:46 am

    =^o.o^= Well, well..

    Kevin and Ocean1025, that was me who posted the pic of the cochlear implanted cat as an avatar on AllDeaf.

    Some of the AllDeaf members (some of the proCIers) decried it, saying it is a hoax and same time saying it is okay to test on animals. Unfortunately, due to the harshness and cruel comments by the CI members of AllDeaf, the cochlear cat thread was either locked or thrown into the trash by one of the mods.

    I found the pic in a PDF file on a scientific study group’s website ending in ‘edu’. Yep, it’s the URL as Fookemandbug posted: http://www.jhu.edu/ryugolab/pdfs/kretzmer_etal_2004.pdf !! So, that is NOT a hoax. The picture is real. The cat is real. I feel bad for the cat having to carry that pack around!

    Thanks Amy!! I appreciate you posting the links up there to show it is not a hoax! 😉

  30. July 15, 2007 at 7:12 am

    P.S. I double-checked and the thread is still there. AllDeaf thread – http://www.alldeaf.com/hearing-aids-cochlear-implants/41262-animal-cruelty-okay.html

    and my HearKitty avatar – http://deaf258.com/images/hearkitty.jpg

  31. Richard Roehm
    July 15, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Deafread isnt being inclusive!

    Check our blog and vlog on “We Can Adapt Ourselves” – Our 2007 Deaf Awareness Education Booth Theme

    http://www.deafadvocacy.org/blog/2007/07/we-can-adapt-ourselves-our-2007-deaf.html#links

  32. JustJodi
    July 15, 2007 at 9:01 am

    That was just grosteque!!!!!!!!!! Using that poor cat for lab experiments,, hoax or not,, its still CRUEL..
    I have seen enough cruelty to animals ( what about those gorgeous white baby harp seals) I have seen photos of what those labs have done to dogs, cats, monkeys, rats, mice etc,, I do not care if they are testing them for better good or the sake of science,,, Animals and Humans are NOT the same !!!!!!!!!!!
    Its just A HORRIBLE THING TO DO………Why don’t these folks in John Hopkins experiment on themselves ?? I am sure they would just loveeeeeeeee to be stuck and prodded, and having foregin objects implanted in their bodies for the sake of science,,
    Its making me so damn mad,,,,,,,,,,,

  33. Helene ryles
    July 15, 2007 at 10:45 am

    I have a guide dog and rescue rodents. I am totally against animal testing. Particularly as deafness is not even fatal and the money that goes to torturing these poor animals will be taken from deaf services.

    Of course the animals are not the only victims in this affair. Deaf babies are being implanted when they are too young to be consulted. I think this is unethnical too.

  34. Billythegoat
    July 15, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Why did people like you think it is a hoax? You need to accept the fact that the lab scientist likes to test on animals for no reason. It is like a LEGO thing.

    We should have a deaf lab scientist so we can experiment on hearing people to see how they feel like they did to innocent animals AND babies, too.

    I can see myself that the poor kitten is unhappy and it is not a healthy thing. 😦

  35. no name
    July 15, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Helene,
    I do agree strongly with you that deaf babies are being implanted when they are damn tooooo young to be consulted. The deaf babies NEED to be loved instead of implanted! The doctors and hearing parents are so stupid and they think what is the best for the deaf babies!! Some could be succeed, but some could be suffering! I believe that the hearing parents CAN learn ASL, a deaf culture, and be a part of the deaf world, so when the deaf little ones become adults, they’d thank their hearing parents! I KNOW, KNOW, KNOW that the hearing parents will NEVER take it. They just cry/weep just because their little baby is deaf. It makes me damn mad!

  36. Julie B.
    July 15, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    That’s way too cruel! We should break hearing people’s ears!!

  37. Anonymous
    July 15, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Sabina says

    poor cat sorry abt that was horrible and dumb!!!

  38. Anonymous
    July 15, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Tanya says

    Very expensive surgery for a cat! It’s owner must be very rich and love it a lot!!!

  39. Marco
    July 18, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Domme proffesor idee! dat is niet leuk!

    DUMB PRDF IDEA! This is not funny!

    Grrr

    Marco, the netherlands, deaf men.

  40. Sane
    July 18, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Lucky cat, who would spend shitload of money on a device for an animal with short life span.

    Owner is generous!

  41. carol l walker
    July 20, 2007 at 6:14 am

    oh poor cat!! i saw this is picture of white cat. i can tell cat is very unhappy with cochlear. i dont like idea about cochlear for cats. cats are suffer. that enough.

  42. Doni
    July 20, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Oh Man! I wish hearing people stop focus on Deaf people or animals’s EARS to able hear! That’s really sicko! Why don’t Deaf focus on hearing people’s EARS to be Deaf to test? It would be great to see that happen. If hearing people aren’t happy to be Deaf so are Deaf people aren’t happy to have CI to able hear too!!!!
    Damn right! Leave God made us to be natural Deaf. God love us whoever we are! What idiot for hearing focus on fixing hear too much! SICKO!!!!

  43. M
    July 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

    You guys are mentally retarded. How else can we improve on technology without experiment ? Mankind obviously was put on earth to reign, and you George Bush-lovin’ wimps “with a heart” will be the downfall for all of us.

  44. Joyce
    July 20, 2007 at 11:50 am

    It is joke and Hoax on kitten.

    If true, I am feeling so sorry for kitten as curel on an animal of someone put cochlear implants to kitten. Please stop play game and put it to an animal curel.

  45. F
    July 20, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    To M, you are just pissed off since your Nazi Human Soap Maufacting failed.

  46. Teresa
    July 20, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Are cats like deaf people??

  47. Teresa
    July 20, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Are deaf people like CATS??

  48. For M
    July 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Tell us why you think they are mental retarded? They have nothing to do with it. They got some information from internet and shared it with you guys. The doctors are hearing people so you see how cruel they are. And they are your people, not ours.

  49. M
    July 21, 2007 at 7:35 am

    This is reality F. Nothing to do with my soap company. It’s called Irish Spring and been up and running for years. In case you haven’t come out of the hole where you are, I hear the Nazis contributed greatly to our medical knowledge today. Before you assume another’s anger (or hearing impairment, I’m also deaf lolz), one must question their own intellect. This is the age-old issue of “heart vs. technology”. If you little hippies decide to get stuck in the stone age, be my guest. Rarely do you know how this kind of research can save lives generations later. Yes- SAVE LIVES. 😛

  50. Anonymous
    July 21, 2007 at 7:47 am

    doctors like to play god.if god made deaf cats and dogs and babies let it be. He has a reason.

  51. M
    July 21, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Enough about God. He said nothing of this in the Bible.

  52. Truth Exposed
    July 21, 2007 at 11:33 am

    stem cell, anyone ?

  53. Lisa Marie
    July 21, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    I think it’s good about stem cell.

  54. F
    July 21, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    M, Send your loved one and yourself to the lab if you believe it’s worth to save others. I don’t give a damn if you are deaf and dumb or not, you are so crooked, I am sure your Hitler could have used your spine for a safety-pin. In the future, wake up the dozy peglegged hamster operating that wheel-powered brain of yours before you start typing.

  55. M
    July 21, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Isn’t life cruel ? I can tell you live in a small town F’er. There is no process without knowledge. Must I keep reminding you about the true mask of reality ? I think before you should say anything, the F’er should wake up. Suppose your little kid’s laying in the hospital dying with the doctors and their droopy, pitiful faces saying, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing that can be done.” I’m sure you would trade a few lives to save your own. Don’t lie, you will. What you really should do is keep your mouth closed until you have a relevant argument. Just be glad you weren’t the lab rat and move on.

  56. Truth Exposed
    July 21, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    To F and M

    Both you MFers are stupid and need to be shot. Period. Get over it !

  57. JANICE TUCHMAN
    July 21, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    VERY STRONG INTERESTING . ENJOYED READING THAT PART OF STEM CELL. THX PLSE KEEP UP DOING ANOTHER WRITING. GOOD LUCK TO FOOKEANDBUM.

  58. July 21, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Janice, GASP! you called me bum? 😦 _ _ _ Glad to know that you enjoy this website. It’s your home and you can throw a bum out if you wish.

    🙂

    Bug

  59. anonymous
    July 22, 2007 at 6:42 am

    whooa-whooa-whooa, thats good one. You have good points, F. (cheer!)

  60. LOL
    July 22, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Anonymous is F and I think we all know that.

  61. Zack T
    July 22, 2007 at 8:27 am

    LOL M FUNNY IT MAKE SENSE. ANOYMOUS PLS EXPLAIN U LET YOUR SON DIE IN HOSPITAL ?

  62. July 22, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Fookemandbug,

    I think Janice made a typo. Based on her English, it is obviously unintentional.

  63. Lorraine
    July 22, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Sad but M is true if think twice it look like F just try to make points. Hamster in brain not real and hitler already died u shod talk about what here F. U shud quiet because u are embarrass.

  64. Terri
    July 22, 2007 at 9:41 am

    POOR CAT…WHY IT NEED C.I. FOR?? SHE WONT ABLE TO PLAY OR SOMETHING…NOT USED TO ANY SOUNDS!! SHOULD LEAVE IT ALONE AS SHE BORN DEAF!! LEAVE IT ALONE…SHOULD NOT HAVE HER IMPLANTED TO BECOME HEARING…THAT’S BAD!!!!
    I FEEL SORRY FOR THIS CAT!! THAT’S CRUEL THING TO DO THAT TO CAT!

  65. M
    July 22, 2007 at 10:13 am

    If only I could get paid for hearing that punch-line about the crippled hamster and methods to make human soap. Common talk of common folk, is all.

  66. Truth Exposed
    July 22, 2007 at 11:00 am

    I think you’ve made your point, M. You should cool it. Fookemandbug seems to be taking all the credit.

  67. Billythegoat
    July 22, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Truth Exposed and M,

    You both sound like a person that make a comment. You are wasting your breath in every seconds.

    I will use my little horn to attack the lab scientists if they plan to put the robot in my head. BLEAT BLEAT

  68. Lisa Marie
    July 22, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    *laughing*
    you are cool, Billythegoat! Be sure to bite them!

  69. M
    July 22, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I kick bleaters. You’ll only walk out with a broken snout. Look who’s wasting time walking in labs thinking they can change the world. What a nublet.

  70. M
    July 22, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Let me add: what a goat ! Ima ram your little horns back to where they truly belong- in your teeth.

  71. Suzie
    July 22, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Goats suck. They need to be extinct. No researcher would want to waste their time with a bleating pile of ignorance.

  72. M
    July 22, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    You rock Suzie. I’ll never forget those petty words- “BLEAT BLEAT” ::gunshot:: (weakly) BLEEEAT !

  73. Suzie
    July 22, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you. I like to spend time with intelligence.

  74. M
    July 22, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Funny how goats accuse commenters whilst doing the same. Kinda proves your theory correctly, Suzie.

  75. Lars
    July 22, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Fun stuff. The poor goat. He shudn’t have said anything. Ouch. That’ll take years to recover.

  76. F
    July 22, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    To Billy the Goat, very odd about this “M” with personality disorders. He used different names after we trapped him at the corner so he used ” Suzie, Lars, Truth Exposed, etc” to protect himself. Keep attacking him with your horns while many of us are busy trying to imagine him with a personality.

  77. F
    July 22, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    M, there’s nothing wrong with you that couldn’t be cured with a little Prozac and a polo mallet, or, better yet. Keep talking, someday you’ll say something intelligent.

  78. Katie
    July 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    That is an animal abuse. Poor cat

  79. Sally
    July 22, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    IT IS VERY CRUEL TO CATS. YOU KNOW THAT TALKING PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF DISABLED ANIMALS. THE DEAF PEOPLE CAN TAKE CARE OF DISABLED ANIMALS, TOO. REMEMBER ABOUT THE STORY OF CRIPPLED BOY AND DISABLED PUPPY. THEY CANNOT RUN FAST AND TAKE TIME TO WALK TOGETHER. PLEASE LEAVE THE DISABLED ANIMALS ALONE WITH THE OWNERS, WHO DON’T MIND TO TAKE CARE OF DISABLED ANIMALS. SOME PEOPLE SIGNS TO DEAF DOGS.

  80. Gailski
    July 22, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I think it is joke. I do not believe it really happened. Come on.
    Maybe you wish to have your deaf cat to use cochlear implant. It is very cruel. Sounds to me that everyone wants to treat any deaf animals or human to become “robot”.
    I strongly believe that God make all of us humans and animals such as deaf, cripple, gays, lesbains, many many more. Just leave all of us alone.
    Thank you…

  81. M
    July 22, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Finally. I think it was obvious since Truth Exposed emerged. Note the name ? If only you said something one day earlier, I would’ve complimented you. Unfortunately, you were a day too late. I got bored and decided to go for the obvious. Yet, it took HOURS later for someone to realize it. So much for my search of intelligent life. I wouldn’t be surprised you also needed a little help from systems’ servers to relieve your suspicions. You guys are no fun. The hearies are better, faster, and know how to play along. I now understand why people pity the deaf.

  82. M
    July 22, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Finally. I think it was obvious since Truth Exposed emerged. Note the name ? If only you said something one day earlier, I would’ve complimented you. Unfortunately, you were a day too late. I got bored and decided to go for the obvious. Yet, it took HOURS later for someone to realize it. So much for my search of intelligent life. I wouldn’t be surprised you also needed a little help from systems’ servers to relieve your suspicions. You guys are no fun. The hearies are better, faster, and know how to play along. I now understand why society pity the deaf.

  83. Truth Exposed
    July 22, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    I just love it when people fall in my trap. It’s even better when they’re centuries overdue. Not feeling so big anymore, eh F ?

  84. Anonymous
    July 22, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    i think this debate is all staged

  85. F
    July 22, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    M as Truth Exposed, you don’t have life. You sit in the front of computer all day and night. I don’t have time for you. Just when I think, “Surely this person has reached and encapsulates the limits of Internet tedium” you go and push the boundary even further. Dullard, do yourself and everyone else a favor: disconnect your computer from the Internet. Go and play with your lab hamster, Mr Mad Scientist.

  86. Billythegoat
    July 23, 2007 at 10:32 am

    M and your imaginary friends, wow, your motormouth won’t stop but your talks bore me anyway.

    I prefer to live in the mountain because I laugh, cry and eat the grass to get high with my herd than listening those nonsense people like you.

  87. gloria
    July 23, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    I AM AGAINST CREATE OR TEST ON ANIMALS, I HAVE MY HORSE ALBINO CAN HEAR IF ANY ANIMALS BORN DEAF, SHOULD LEAVE IT ALONE AS SHE BORN DEAF!! LEAVE IT ALONE…SHOULD NOT HAVE HER IMPLANTED TO BECOME HEARING…THAT’S BAD!!!!
    I FEEL SORRY FOR THIS CAT!! THAT’S CRUEL THING TO DO THAT TO CAT! ALL PEOPLE CAN TEACH HOW SIGN LANGUAGE TIO ANIMALS INSTEAD OF IMPLANTED AID… IT IS VERY STUPID…AND VERY SAD TO SEE CATS NO FUN AND CANT PLAYFUL WHILE IMPLANTED ON HER OR HIS… MAKE ME SICK…PLEASE STOP TEST ON ANY ANIMALS…

  88. Richard
    July 23, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH GLORIA WHAT SHE SAID.. I AM VERY DISAGREE WITH THE ANIMAL LAB.. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE. I AM ANIMAL LOVER.. I REALLY LOVE ALL NATURAL ANIMALS. I HAD THE DEAF CAT AND HE WAS VERY LOVELY… I TOOK CARE OF HIM FOR YEARS.. HE IS IN HEAVEN NOW.. BLESS HIM..
    NO TEST ON ANIMALS…

  89. Duh
    July 23, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    F and Billygoat –

    It was all a joke, lol… I’m not the one who’s really talking anymore. As you can see, I ended it already. If you feel the need to spend more time than I do checking and hoping for a flaw in my comments, be my guest. I doubt you’ll hear from me after this. I don’t even really use the computer, or the internet for that matter. Just a one-time “trollin” experience. It’s ironic how people claim others are such a waste of breath, yet they try to get the last comment in. I think it’s all about “proving one’s intellect.” Relax people, my trail only have left a path of assumptions and you guys easily gobbled it up.

  90. Lisa Marie
    July 23, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    I can’t realy believe that we have 90 comments here. Wowwie..

  91. F
    July 23, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    About the time you learned something since we got you in the spotlight. In closing, I helpfully suggest that you support your local Search & Rescue Unit, and get lost. Good bye to you, Loser M.

  92. Suzi
    July 24, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Its stupid to use animal for that reason.. I think We should use hearing people to remove hearing inside ear (whatever)and see how they feels. they will not use animal or people for the CI… It makes me feel nausea oh… You better be HOAX. I hope its REAL HOAX,,, if not u have no right respect animal’s right even tho animal cant communciate like human. Kitty is suffer already. I agreed with LISA C she can catnap (kidnap) cat why not…. GO FOR IT…..

    F

  93. Anonymous
    July 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Its so abuse it kind of animals and all those animals has alot of smell and see it thier eye not kind of shit …

  94. Anonymous
    July 24, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    i know, its hard being punk’d by monosyllabism. you’ve just proven how naive you are F. i guess if you can’t read between the lines, your comments are completely worthless.

  95. Anonymous
    July 24, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    I think it is an idiot to put CI on deaf cat or any animals.Why in the world they abuse them…
    Annoymous

  96. Cat
    July 24, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    meow-meow-meow. please help me. I don’t want to become hearing. I am proud DEAF. dont let hearing people change me. help me.

  97. Liza
    July 25, 2007 at 11:38 am

    This is sicko and very stupid because I am hearing-impaired, too and don’t let hearing people change me and try to force me to wear cochlear implant. I am very proud to be deaf forever…Also, God has his reason for me to born deaf that way…Sad for poor cat…

  98. Jackie
    July 25, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    I think its so stupid doing that and dear god hope its a fake not real ones. poor kitty and they dont deserve it. Leave kitty alone.

  99. Kitty
    July 25, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Why putting that stuff on poor cats? Keep them inside for their safety. I keep both cats inside for years and they live like loyal. I am deaf and both cats are hearing. I would keep any deaf cats inside instead of going out and getting hit by cars or attacked by dogs or mean kids. That poor cat would have a hard time to lick and brush its head or lick its body cuz of that stuffs. Cats are fussy and love grooming themselves, why can’t this cat do that? Love cats, no matter if they are hearing or deaf. Purrry

  100. GhostAngel
    July 26, 2007 at 10:30 am

    I feel look at kitty oh poor little kitty is innocent…I say guess who person make good idea new put CI..That who person make idea is bigger dumb dumb dumb want fun test put animals thing suppose not plus same too dr want smell money who like let surgury CI to animals..Too dr is dumb want money that all..They are devil peroid…God is creator animals so sweet left alone…Why they do so mean don’t care enjoy peck at animals no reason..They not know how good take care,where show love give animals be happy…Well,Who all of u agree with me…Yes,I know i not be judge say to ppls choice decide want..Undy very importment think about of god care..How tell me..Thanks

  101. Julie
    July 27, 2007 at 5:57 am

    I absolutely DISAGREE with that stupid idea about cat like that. She would not happy with it. Look at cat, she will not pleased it.. I am honest with you those are very stupid! That is so idiot!!! Let animals alone!! It looks not right for that!

  102. Robin
    July 27, 2007 at 9:18 am

    I am so shocked to see a deaf cat with CI. Listen me, This is stupid things to play with God’s animals and try to be above GOD and know everything better than GOD’s creating animals with cripple, blind, deaf, etc… A cat is deaf to glory GOD not for men’s science! God is OMNISCIENCE!

    **** BEWARE ***** Please do not put CI on any animals for foolishly playing game against GOD. God will count on you if you are playing games on any animals against GOD. He will hold your accountability! Watch out yourself what you do with those animals! ****** BEWARE*******

    Jesus is our Creator! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever!

  103. Tracy
    July 27, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Hey For those people like John Hopkins..This is TOTALLY CRAP such as trying to help young deaf childen when they are born to prevent from become deaf.. that’s ridicous a big time! I am deaf myself and I accepted it long long time ago.. that cochlear implant is a big time joke! Can’t you learn to live with us deafies.. such as blacks, mexicans, whatever it is… live with it! Shut up and move on!!! Jesus Christ.. God gave us the gift and we use them… Get off their back and stop using the experiment on us.. back off. Especially with you John Hopkins.. thinking you are a big shot thinking you can solve the problem.. No! It will never solve problem! Period!!! Accept that! This is the reality!

  104. July 27, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Wow!!! Feeling less heart that real scientist more CRUEL whose kind of sick? See more likely “AUDISM” there! Damn all “CI” ideological on way!

  105. Cindi Nagy
    July 27, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    I was appalled seeing this cat with a cochlear implant. I read some of the articles, yes, indeed, it is true. NOT a hoax. That is so sad. I want to do a petition to put a stop on experimenting deaf animals with implants. Let me think how to get this started. Anyone out there have any idea to help get it started? Let the animals just be deaf like us, they will live a happy life! Aren’t we happy???
    Makes tears in my eyes, just like seeing babies & children with implants. SAD!

  106. Jackie
    July 27, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Why? Why? Why? Invent the Cochlear Implant on human and animal??? What an Idiot!…. I telling you the TRUTH!
    Cochlear Implant is NOT answer neither 110% solve for
    everybody! Sorry… We are not Bionic people
    because Universal make us Human Being…
    Hey! Hearing people, How do you feel IF Deaf People
    will ask Hearing children, “Would you like remove Cochlear Implant as like as Deaf people?” GRIN…
    I betcha Hearing People will said NO WAY!
    Deaf and Hearing is SAME People… Again, Cochlear Implant is not 110% ANSWER for everybody! Time to STOP continue invent
    Cochlear Implant!!!!

  107. ashley
    July 27, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    This is interesting, but in all reality, the cat doesn’t care weather it lives in a lab or outside – as long as it has interaction. This, to me, is not necessarily animal abuse – but testing weather or not cochlear implants have an effect on animals as well as humans. If children wear these implants 24/7 why is it so cruel for a cat?

  108. Grant
    July 28, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Jackie what you talk about there? You make no sense!! Time to STOP continue invent Cochlear Implant??? What is that to mean?? That’s not deaf talk, I think you hearing and pretend to be deaf and feel all good because you help with deaf issues. Not all deaf against CI. If you want to be deaf and miss out on good things in life that is good for you, I rather have CI and hear people around me and cute things children say than to be deaf and bitter like you or pretend to be deaf like I think you are! CI all the way and up yours Jackie!! You NEVER stop CI!!!

  109. Starbeary
    July 28, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Why people are saying that this is HOAX and this is not a HOAX? so which one is a fact ? I’m sure that this has to be a HOAX because it has not been announced on the news to show the world about the kitty became the first to have a cochlear implant…. Whoever want to make the kitty look suffer just to make people laugh at the kitty but THIS IS NO JOKE and I don’t see it is any FUNNY at all…. GOD created animals so we can enjoy and love them but not to torture them… People make think animals are stupid but HEY – who’s stupid ? YOU….

  110. nmagliocchino
    July 28, 2007 at 9:22 am

    GAVE ME REALLY SHOCK!!! I FELT SORRY FOR THAT CAT.

    I REMEMBERED WHEN I WAS YOUNG GIRL AND CARED THE DEAF CAT. MY NEIGHBOR WHO HAD A DEAF CAT. SHE ASKED ME FOR CARE AND FEED THE DEAF CAT WHEN THEY WENT TO VACATION. THE DEAF CAT WAS SO FRIENDLY AND DIDNT HAVE A COHLEAR. I COULDNT BELEIVE ABOUT COHLEAR FOR ANIMALS, HUMANS, AND BABIES. GOD MAKES YOU FOR DEAF WHY DOCTOR WANTS TO MAKE EXPERIMENT FOR DEAF PEOPLE THAT IS NOT RIGHT!!!!!!! LEAVE ALONE FOR DEAF PEOPLE…

    I FEEL THAT PERSON WHO MAKE A BIGGER IDEA AND REALLY DUMB AND WANT FUN FOR TEST. IT CAUSE REALLY CRUEL……

  111. Diane K
    July 28, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    This device is expensive enough — wasting it on an animal — doing this without their consent is animal cruelty!!!!! The cat looks depressed!! Shame on you!!!!!!! Just for $$ and fame is what this is about!!! Poor cat is RIGHT!!

  112. Anonymous
    July 29, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    no no no more !! fix cochlear implant to animals. animals never happy and get confused . poor poor cats!!!!

  113. Lillian Ana Zabala
    July 29, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Poor cat, i have no idea & it’s proof or not!

  114. kamilla
    July 30, 2007 at 9:15 am

    aww poor kitty… leave kitty nature!

  115. Ernie
    July 31, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I just can’t believe it! What the hell for? What are those Dr. Frankenstein wanna-be trying to prove? Have you ever heard of any hearing aid companies creating hearing aids for animals? They didn’t because they knew better. What’s next? CI for birds, insects, elephants? Senseless right? Same thing. Can’t those people try to use sign language to dogs and cats, that’s showing love for animals. Humans, same thing. We have had dogs and cats that are not deaf and we use sign language with them, of course in simple language. Can’t those parents do the same thing with their children? Deafness is nothing to be ashamed of but yet those parents and pro-CI are. I wonder why? We are what we are and I don’t want to be fixed! I’m happy the way I am, deaf but I ain’t dumb like they think we are.

  116. July 31, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    hoax or not..

    Look at kitty, it looks so unhappy. Damn you people! I sure hope they are reading this, If you guys think they do have some kind of benefit? Try with bats?

    Fool!

  117. Judy
    August 1, 2007 at 7:49 am

    SICKO!!!!! THE OWNER OF THIS CAT REALLY WASTE ALOT OF MONEY!!! I WOULD CALL THE OWNER “STUPID”

  118. Anonymous
    August 2, 2007 at 10:42 am

    It reminds us of Alexander Graham Bell’s vocal experiment on dogs which was totally irrelevant. Now AGB is incarnated trying to fix Deaf people like “God-given” cat. OH PLEASE! STOP AUDSIM STOP!

    JOhn Warren, Vancouver B.C.

  119. Christina says
    August 2, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    It’s a LAME! Poor kitty! :>(

  120. Carol
    August 2, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    ABUSED AND SICK!

  121. Dick Henley
    August 3, 2007 at 5:43 am

    That is very insult!!!! Possible hoax, I believe. Are you trying to brainwash people?

  122. Anonymous
    August 3, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    OH MY GOD,
    DRS SHOULD LEAVE DEAF ANIAMLS ALONE. DUE THE NATURAL FOR DEAF ANIMALS AND PEOPLE.
    NO COCHLEAR IMPLANT FOR ALL OF THEM.
    PERIOD.

  123. Barb
    August 3, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Hey….I would not allow my black cat that is deaf to have cohlear implanted cuz I taught him how to read my sign language. He understands my sign language (eat, come, bye, points at his food or things, wait, and window what he knows) and he thinks he is lucky because he would not want to be implanted.

    I feel bad for the cat with CI that it must be saddened for any animals that could have cohlear implanted. I think it is not a good idea!!!!!!

  124. deafguy
    August 3, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    why… im AGAINST.. even im against cohlear implanted…. DEAF are natural as god creative.. not doctor thing…. im not apprcation what i see it

  125. ASL sucks
    August 3, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Yes yes yes the report showed that the project was successful. I hope they will put C.I.on dogs someday.

  126. Lisa Marie
    August 3, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    ASL Sucks:

    Come on! You better watch your mouth and dogs don’t deserve C.I. either. Deaf dogs are very smart!! I bet they are smarter than you are.

  127. Sylvia Urbanski
    August 4, 2007 at 12:17 am

    I dont belive cat put implant on her head. that cat real human deaf. cat not dumb their know
    what do. I belive real normal cat deaf

  128. Kathy Nunely
    August 4, 2007 at 7:01 am

    I dont like idea to put ci on cat no way. that ABUSE animals. They are innocent. That is terrible and poor cat. Like human still CI that call ABUSE. Better not to put more ci cats or dogs no matters. They are very smart. I am DEAF and dont want to use CI no way. God give me a reason in the future. I love deaf no matter.

  129. Jtg45Fcs
    August 4, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Look sick doctor love to play toys give animals sick. ALWAYS ALL DOCTOR LOVE GREEDY thier job treat animals. Doctor try kills all.

  130. Brian Buckley
    August 5, 2007 at 10:17 am

    HI Everyone, I have agreed with you everyone what you had said on the most comments. This is not a Hoax. This is Real. Many of us who are Deaf are very opposed to this Cochlear Implants and it destory our Deaf Cultures. that poor cats had to go through like Deaf people who choose to implant by Cochlear Implants. it was very painfully surgery. Most Deaf people are force by parent when they were young and babies at the time. Alot of Hearing Parent with Deaf children often thinks Deaf will not learn or able to readlip. I know many hearing parent are worry how to communicate. The Answer is Sign language(ASL- American Sign Language). Most of use hardly readlip. I would say about 95 percent of us are not able to understand the readlips. only 5 percent who are able to readlips well. In facts, Cochlear Implants is very dangerous due infections, magnet problems,not able to hear at all(mean not working with Cochlear Implants), it hurts when you are around with this Magnet like Airport dectector or Hybird cars because they have magnet too. Please support our Deaf Cultures histories to opposed the Cochlear Implants. send to any Doctors or nurse to opposed this Idea. Thanks

    from Brian Buckley

  131. SANDRA Y
    August 5, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    AFTER LOOKING AT THE PICTURE OF THAT BEATIFUL CAT, NO WAY !!! IT IS PITIFUL !!! PLEASE STOP THIS CHARADE !!! I WON’T SUPPORT IT !!!

  132. darlene
    August 5, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    thats abused and sick

  133. Kamig
    August 6, 2007 at 5:42 am

    Funny…it amazes me how “scientific achievements” can be greatly overlooked by animal-rights folks. Despite favorable results to improve one’s quality of life through science…for animal lovers, it’s all about what happened to the animal and the heck with science or medicine.

    That rationality doesn’t make sense at all because I can bet you my bottom dollar that these are the same people who benefited from past animal experiments when they had to take medicine for whatever ailed them in the past. If not them, I am sure their family members benefited from medicine in some shape or form.

    As posted previously, “animal testing” has been a long standing practice in the field of medicine and science. Let’s rationalize for a minute here…shall we? Like everything we do in life…some things need to be put to test to determine if it will work or not…and if the product warrants a living test subject…would you prefer to use an animal or a human?

    I, for one, don’t want to see humans tested on when an animal can be used as the primary subject for testing. We all read about the cruelty of “human testing” performed by the Nazis–and how the world cried bloody-murder when this was uncovered. Do we want to find ourselves in that predicament? I don’t think so! So what is the next best living thing to humans for testing purposes? Animals, of course!

    Now…just because I am a proponent for animal-testing…that doesn’t mean I don’t condone animal abuse like in the case with Michael Vick from the Atlanta Falcons. Dogfighting is pure cruelty and totally premeditated from beginning to end. It served no benefits to mankind or to any field of studies other than to fattening the pockets of participants in that criminal enterprise. Additionally, that environment permeates violence–such as the killing of dogs that do not perform to their ill level of expectations. Who is to say that those violent acts committed by such folks wont spill over to our communities?

    So in this rebuttal, I have depicted two scenarios to help us examine the differences between blatant cruelty against animals and animals used for testing to help mankind. Stark differences, I would say, with different end results. So before we cry “animal abuse”…let’s examine this subject matter as intellects and differentiate the true meaning of the term “abuse.”

  134. Anonymous
    August 6, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    YOU STUPID!!!!

  135. Kamig
    August 6, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    I gather the above individual had limited communication skills and was not able to articulate himself or herself. Heck, I bet the cat with the CI could have done a better job communicating its thoughts in a coherent manner.

  136. georgi
    August 6, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    jajajaja q cosa mas linda..dios mio como es imposible!!1 va a ponerun gato asi.. pq si va pelear o jugar o correr eso no es bueno pa eso y pierde!! $$ bueno..

  137. Anonymous
    August 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    i am against and dont like that on cat it is mean and cruel that is not right god make that??? no

  138. Ati says
    August 8, 2007 at 11:34 am

    hahaha that is fake !!!

  139. bearboyds
    August 9, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    really cute buti see oh sorry about it

  140. E with 6 furballs
    August 10, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Thats really messed up. that person who owns this cat is really wasted in head. I have cocohlear implant and i totally prefer to be done on me instead of cats or dogs that doesn’t have rights to say no. I complete disagree with you. thats whole bullshit. you sicken me period

  141. mtnlady
    August 11, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Why the cat needs this implant? can’t communicate with us. Real sad to see how the cat looks dumb implant.

  142. Kelly
    August 11, 2007 at 6:55 am

    What a sicko..for what they did to that cat…I considered the Cochlear Implants experiment was not necessary !! How about if I’d invented the “Deaf Cochlear Implants” for the hearing people who should defect their ear drums and imperfect sounds…
    LEAVE THE DEAF WORLD ALONE !!! PLEASE..

  143. August 12, 2007 at 10:56 am

    I like that said: Kelly’s comment about “Deaf Cochlear Implants” for the hearing people…UMMM! Great idea! I agree with Kelly said!

  144. Lambie
    August 13, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Animal cruelty, it is! I certainly hope that it is a hoax. So sad and poor Kitty!

  145. Buck
    August 13, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Rresearcher tries to make money. Why test on this poor cats. Who wants to have deaf cat to have cochlear implants. Shame Shame on to whoever does experiments.

  146. Anonymous
    August 13, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    IDIOT i know lots of humans are willing to be rat labs, use them! do not use animals while animals are healthy or small disabled parts. dont use them! USE HUMAN BEINGS that who willing to give up on themselve! use them!

  147. DJ
    August 16, 2007 at 8:06 am

    I don’t think this is real. 1. Cats don’t keep anything on their heads or around their necks they don’t like. 2. Doesn’t state who performed the surgery and where. 3. Doesn’t say who paid for the $40,000 piece of equipment and surgery. 4. That is not where the receiver goes on a person, why would it go up on the skull on an animal. The magnet on the inside is behind the ear. We shouldn’t spread nonsense. Maybe someone thought it was funny to show it was “cumbersome” but this is not true.

  148. eileen,c
    August 16, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    i can’t stand to see poor kitty and stop cruel !!! that is any animals normal born!

  149. sherry
    August 17, 2007 at 9:11 am

    hi i know it is not hoax now they using on animals thaat so cruel so as human dont make them like a robot or machine i felt bad for deaf babies and animals too that has to be stop no more abuse on animals so as human bec human and animals have a feeling emotion . tht cochlear implant is a machine but does not have a feeling quit abusing them it is enough seeing many deaf children suffer so as animals stop stop now

  150. Lisa Marie
    August 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I noticed one deaf girl that she’s not happy with CI…but accepted it for her parents’ sake. I asked her how she feels about it and she said she’s not happy with it.

  151. August 18, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    People who think it is a hoax. Please click the link and read

    http://www.jhu.edu/ryugolab/pdfs/kretzmer_etal_2004.pdf

  152. frannie
    August 19, 2007 at 9:35 am

    huh? spend $$$ …means cat have already used up 9 lives?

  153. Monalisa
    August 19, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Its hoax but I prefer leave it alone thats Gods nature to both deaf and animals I think thats really cruel do that to animals whats more I AM VERY PROUD TO BE DEAF and no need cochlear implant PERIOD!!!!!!

  154. Frank Robitaille
    August 19, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Even if it is real or fake, it still disgust. Cochlear Implant is a crime

  155. Christine
    August 25, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    My gosh…. I’m against CI for deaf babies… now cats… why not put CI on snakes as they are deaf????? Scientists have no hearts for animals…. why not use the scientists’ pets from home to use for experiments???? Animals must be treated with lots of love!!!!

  156. Tweety
    August 26, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    I’m sick of this “animal abuse” …. what do you call it when a parent forces a child or newborn to wear these things? DUH!

  157. big bog
    August 26, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Jesus Christ!!! What next? put on fish or lion or snake?? what else will they do? stuipd….

  158. Anonymous
    August 27, 2007 at 7:58 am

    This is animal cruelty. They should be made to wear this stupid thing all the time.

  159. Glen
    August 28, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, the cat should be adopted by deaf person, it’s me. Please
    terminate the lab study on that cat. Please let the cat go free and I want to adopt that cat. Please lab boss send me the cat
    thank you

  160. Garfieldcat
    August 28, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    big bog,

    Haha about fish. CI is not waterproof so cannot put it on fish!

  161. Jeanne
    August 31, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Let’s say this is not a hoax. Why is it so bad that animals have cochlear implants. It could save their lives if they can hear what is coming after them, like a dog or some wild animal or something else. They can hear their owners opening a can of food or something like that. Also why is it so horrible to the animals and not to humans. Humans have that kind of surgery and we don’t think it’s wrong but whoa be a cat or dog or some other animal who has it done to better their lives. To me that’s sad thinking of you ask me. So if my cat was deaf and he/she had a chance to hear WAY TO GO for the surgery. That’s my input on it.

  162. anonymous
    August 31, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Don’t you forget that bats can’t see? Do they need some technical things to help themselves to see? How’s about the snakes getting the fake legs? I have two deaf cats (8 years old and 2 years old). They are independent and fine. I will think of anyone as an animal abuser if they put cochlear implants on their pets.

  163. crazysweetdolphi
    September 4, 2007 at 10:00 am

    It is sooo retard of dr and cat owner to put cochelar implant! I mean, come on! Leave deaf’s natural way alone! They ruin the deaf enivornment! Ughh..its make me soo madd!! I hope someday the cochelar implant will stop business and just left us, deaf alone!
    Heyy hearing people….ya think deaf is soo stupid?? I aint think so! I think cochelar implant got to stop! Anybody here agree with me?? if so then e mail me at crazysweetdolphi@aol.com

  164. plydevlvoate
    September 4, 2007 at 11:22 am

    When will animals expermients STOP?

    we heard it all

    we compain it all

    the ?? is Are we going to do something about it
    instead of typing?

  165. N
    September 8, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I am not agreeing to cats can talk and not words. can sign lang to cats. that is not worth for hearing aid on pets. God did not say words about pets cant talk but just own word.

  166. JOAN
    September 11, 2007 at 10:17 am

    TERRIBLE OH MY GOSH U ABUSE THAT POOR CAT

  167. Dora
    September 11, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    John Hopkins Hospital studied that the brain of cat was similar to the human brain.

    The cat does not look happy, too. I bet hearing cat learns sign language and the CI cat’s paws are tied up. Bummer!

  168. Dora
    September 11, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Jeanne,

    You forgot. Deaf would know what’s coming after them. They are more alert and sensitive than hearing. Deaf knows when a can of food is served. What’s a big deal to become a hearing? Being Deaf is perfect for taking a nap. Right, cat? Meowesssss! See!

  169. Casper
    September 11, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    My name is Caper, I am Deaf White cat. I looked almost like the one with CI on, I don’t have Cochlear Implants. This is very sicken one. If I knew who did this, I would have my mommy (Owner) to report that person to Animal Cruelty. That person is also SICKO. MEOW in ASL. My heart goes to my friend who is burden with CI.

  170. TJ
    September 14, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    I fail to see what’s so sad about this (if this particular cat is indeed a genuine test subject). The cat only has to wear the implant 40 hours a week, the length of a standard workweek. As silly as the processor looks on the cat’s head, it is not hurting him. And as long as the scientists treat such research subjects kindly, what’s the big deal? It’s not like they’re inducing deafness in cats just to study them. That would be cruel.

  171. Dave
    September 14, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    WOW ! It is always something ! !
    I wonder W-H-O will pay CIs on deaf cats ?
    I have deaf cat like the picture of cat with CI for 9 yrs. He is doing ok like normal life but he does not hear. He really use his eyes as ears. Also I am deaf person.

    My question is will you(Hopkins) put CIs on Shrek or Fiona ? LOL !

    However it is sooo stupid about CIs on cats issues ! !

  172. donna
    September 18, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    oh darn poor kitty… leave all animals alone…… if i had deaf dog or cat i will proud that i am deaf too.. so leave all anmials alone peroid……

  173. September 19, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    I know and believe this is some lame joke!! UH!!
    Who’s next….FISH?

  174. Beach bunnie
    September 19, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    this is animal abuse someone has to do somthing about it and im just a kid so nobody will listen to me so i cant help no matter how much i want to i hope that testing things on animals will be ilegal
    one day ( i hope ) animal creulety will stop i want to kill all people who did this to the cat just so they know what its like

  175. Sandra G
    September 20, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Huh , Doctor ,How you dare show deaf people see about kitty have CI and I didnt surpise why Doctor idea put anmial kitty CI . i dislike kind of doctor had idea no right who pay for that kitty had CI why deaf people have pay for CI human huh but Animal not pay for CI goofty idea by doctor going be wrong human and animal nutty doctor had dirty business money $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I againist for CACHLEAR Implants expenisve money deaf people cannot afford for that implants bec they not have job okay i blame all Company not hired deaf people got cause upset no job that why blame doctor preoid it thanks .I believe my own eye see all company afriad want not hired deaf people dont get job that why believe is 10000 % blame all heariiscm people ingore and want force deaf people must put implant ear who pay for by hearing want deaf put implant then all hearing had to pay help to deaf people get better wihtout implant againist law thanks you

  176. StarQwerty
    September 25, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Reading most of the responses above, I see that a lot of you were concerned about animal cruelty…

    Well, if you really think it’s cruel to do it to cats, I think it’s even more brutal and sad to do it to deaf HUMAN children!

    There should be a law that you have to be 14 years old (or any other specific age) to get a CI.

    The children with CIs look more handicapped than the deaf children.

    Just my thoughts…

  177. John
    September 28, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Sick of abused any animals and also humans, too. What a stuiped!

  178. Diane D
    September 29, 2007 at 7:28 am

    What in the world happening here with animals? I think it is sad and terrible these animals being tested. Im sure some died or deformed because something happen while or after being tested. These animals have no saying like human babies. I feel bad for babies. I have heard stories about babies who became older was not happy with implants as well adults too. I would never force my dogs to have implants to hear if they became deaf. Let the animals alone!

  179. Bobby Lopez
    September 29, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Hey
    oh my god and I really sorry for a cat and I really do not like CI test in cat that is awful. ASL SUCKS really shame and awful. yes, I have my dog WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERD and weight 85 so I can order to attack ASL SUCKS, Please come and not joke. I am very serious. honest,my wife and I have member PETA. excuse me,ASL SUCKS is very SICKO,wow.
    I really hate test on cats,rat,mice and dogs. Thank you.
    Bobby Lopez.

  180. October 2, 2007 at 10:03 am

    This pisses me off!! IF WE ARE BORN DEAF, WE ARE THAT WAY, PERIOD!!! This is animal cruelity! The sciencists have NO rights to do that to cats, even the owner of cat either!! (Owner of cat had to be really sadistic to do that to poor cat) Oh yeah you bastards I have the power of opinion I’m freaking deaf and I don’t mind! I bet you my ass the cat don’t mind either!!! That cochlear implants are for humans because it was invented for freaking humans!!

  181. brain
    October 17, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    what are u hell cat are stupild

  182. Vitez trez
    October 23, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Yeah, but thanks to those cats and the scientists, human lives will improve. Experimenting on cats is not the same as experimenting on humans so dont compare to Nazis by any means. Not only human lives improve through this but animal life to. I say good work..

  183. Liz from Australia
    November 2, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Everyone who opposes this is sick….I can’t believe that you think a cat having an implant is cruel. The implant is surgery giving it a better life of being able to hear, eg hear someone calling it for dinner, or hear the birds it needs to catch for it’s food. What on earth is wrong with that?
    It was born with a defect.
    Saying that its ok to be born deaf and you don’t need to be ‘fixed’, is just as stupid as saying if anything is born with a hole in it’s heart it doesn’t need surgery. but I say it’s cruel to leave things as they are born particularly if it has a defect. In the medical world we help all babies that may be born with a defect……We live in a world where nothing is perfect including deafness…….
    Get real.
    Deaf people including ME suffer all their lives with the disability that separates them from everyone else…..!
    The cochlear implant is one of the world’s most amazing inventions.
    By not implanting babies or children, you are denying them the right to choose to speak and hear…..! If they are not implanted they don’t have that choice.

  184. : (
    March 15, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Bet it was invented by HEARING people. Leave Deaf people and animals ALONE!

  185. Renee
    March 16, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    This is stupid!!!!We had a deaf cat and our cat was so sweet and loyal to us!!! He never had a problem with his life of being deaf!!!!This is too much(cruel).

  186. daftincalifornia
    March 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Its a pretty sure bet that, in order to be able to see at various stages of development, cats would have to be killed for vivisection. I’m almost positive that the 1 cat you see is their “poster child”, and that implantation had to be practiced many times on many cats in order to “get it right”. I love my cats to death, and don’t really see the benefit to humans that this thing being done to cats gives us. Should be doing this on humans, more real world interpretations follow…

  187. Julue
    April 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Oh please!!! That is soooooo stupid!! I disagree with that for animals… Look at that cat looks unhappy! You don’t care the cat’s feeling.. I do care about animals. I won’t do that. Cat is a CAT! Not ROBOT! I am sure of God would not be happy about CI for animals and deaf people. God make us as human being! You know better! It is about about MONEY to make for CI like that.

    Who’s ide about CI?????????????????????????

  188. BFM
    April 10, 2008 at 7:30 am

    WHY YOU TEST ON ANY DEAF CATS OR ANIMALS … THAT IS VERY CRUEL THING… IT’S VERY ABUSE POOR ON CATS OR ANIMALS.. IT DONT NEED TEST ON DEAF OR ANIMAL TO HEAR ANYTHING WHICH THEY BORN TO BE DEAF.. I FAVOR TO LEAVE NATURAL GOD CREATED THEM!!! TOOOOO GRIEF!! I DISAGREE WTIH TEST COCHELAR IMPLANT ON DEAF AND ANIMAL.. I’M ALSO DEAF PREFER N O T CHOOSE COCHLEAR IMPLANT. BUT YOU C A N ‘ T PUT ON ANIMAL.. THAT IS VERY CRUEL AND FORCE DUMB THINGS !!!

  189. April 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    This is outrageous behavior that Lab/Medical Scientists doing like this to poor Kitty Cat ! I’m opposed Cochlear Implanted onto any form of the animals and children. This is so ugly to look at Cochlear Implanted when I see it. Thankfully, I’m an adult, otherwise,my parents would have whisked me away against my will, to have a cochlear Implanted or maybe both. I preferred digital Hearing Aids. Let’s us, deafies, keep on fighting against Cochlear Implants to save Animals and Children.I will make a report to the Animals rights for help to fight against Cochlear Implanted. Wondering, who’s invented it ? That, I’d like to know….

  190. cat65rose
    August 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I feel sorry for the cat….why would scienist use animals like that?

  191. Anonymous
    April 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    im deaf myself. it breaks my heart to see this picture u f**king asshole

  192. deaf dude, chris
    April 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    im deaf myself. it breaks my heart to see this picture u f**king asshole.

    if u live in a world full of deaf people, how was you feel if i damage your f**king ears just to be like everyone else? so uncool, sorry for my lang. but this turn me offf.

  193. Anonymous
    August 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The madness doctors who admired the DR JOSEF MENGELE THE MADNESS ANGEL OF DEATH…AND ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ( ALECK ) MADDNESS FOR OPRESSING ON MABEL AND PEOPLE WHO USIGN LANGUAGE….

    THEY ARE FAR FAR CRAZY MENTAL UNBALANCED AND THEY SHOULD BE IN ASYLUM … THEY ARE VERY SICK PEOPLE WHO PLAY WITH THE HUMAN AND ANIMAL WITH THEIR PRIDE BEING DEAF.

    THEY (DOCTORS) ARE HATE -CRIME OF DEAF!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIKE IN HOLACUST THEY ARE HATE CRIME OF JEW.

    THEY ARE CRUELTY AND COLD BLOOD HEART… MANIPULATING THE VICTIMS…..

    PLEASE ABOLISH THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT, BONE ANCHORED HEARING AID, AND FAR MORE TO SCREW THEIR LIFES… LEAVE DEAF AND DEAF GENETICS ALONE…

    INSANE DOCTORS ARE DEFINITELY KILLERS

    DEAF ANONYMOUS

  194. Elizabeth
    September 21, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I dont like it.. They are cruelty and cold blood heart.. Yes of course… I agree with deaf anonymous……

    doctor love to play his surgery?????

  195. amber
    March 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

    The cat is cute! But its sad to see it with a cochlear implant : (

  196. ^ amber again
    March 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

    doing a cochlear implant project nd i think its stupid that they would put a pix of this up. at least its a horx but its still mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! poor lil kitty >__<

    yours truley,

    Amber dawn

  197. Wanda Perry
    May 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    My husband had a cochlear implant, bothe ears. It was sucessful, he can even talk on the phone. Guess what, we were BOTH disappointed to learn that cats are being used in this research.
    As smart as these scientist say they are why can’t they get away from using animals?????
    I am against using animals in research,sometimes we need to go out of the box…..

  198. Wanda Perry
    May 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry I spelled both wrong, I never proof read before I posted

  199. Anonymous
    October 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    haha this is so cute and funny! =)

  200. CK Baggett
    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    All of the comments AGAINST using animals in horrible experiments should be sent to
    senators and the president and the secretary of agriculture. Boycott ALL products and
    all companies who use animals in experiments. Look online for cruelty free companies.
    The only way we can stop this is to stop buying the products and SPEAK OUT every chance
    we get. I have written to Obama and to Mrs. Obama and to senators and the secretary
    of agriculture. Wear them out with phone calls, faxes, letters, and emails. We can
    bring about change. LET YOUR VOICES RING OUT IN THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE FOR HELPLESS
    ANIMALS. God bless you all for your kind hearts.

  201. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    i think its an amazing thing the cat gets a second chance to hear again and it doesnt look all that heavy. As long as the cat is not geting harmed i love it n hope it helps out the human side too especially my boyfriend who can not hear either…. i hope he can get it and his insurance covers it.

  202. Anonymous
    January 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Ok, I know this may seem fake, but it is true. If you click the link below the picture it will tell you more about the cat and the Cochlear Implants!

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