Oh my whiskers, it’s Wednesday already, boy did the last week fly by! Now that doesn’t mean that we were busy, well let me correct that, The Human was busy but we felines were a bit bored and that is how this conversation got started. Since we were bored, we had our purrsonal assistant make this a cartoon.
“I hear ya’ Al but what can we do? Oh wait, I have a great idea.”
Well furiends, I apologize for Oliver’s attempted coup to take over my Wednesday post. Here are this week’s feline related news items, I hope you enjoy them!
This one’s for any of you humans who don’t believe in the human/animal bond. On January 11 Rachel Lawrence was on the phone with her vet regarding an issue with her cat Toryi. While she was on the phone, she heard a meow in the background.
She thought that meow sounded familiar and asked the vet if that was Toryi. The vet said no, it’s a stray that someone brought into the practice.
After the call ended, Rachel couldn’t get that meow out of her mind. She wondered if it could be her cat Barnaby who had been missing for eight months. After three hours when she was still thinking about it she called the vet back and asked if the stray was black with a white patch on his back foot. When the vet said “yes” she couldn’t believe it.
She went to the vet and confirmed that the cat was indeed Barnaby. They had a joyous reunion.
Barnaby is now back at home being showered with love, treats and affection. She knew Barnaby so well that she could recognize him by his meow, now that’s a human/feline connection! My favorite kind of happy ending!
Okay, I’m scratching my head but this one was just too weird not to report on.
A multilingual, singing waiter-robot with the face of a cat is being tested out in restaurants in and around Poznań, Poland with success. .
Named BellaBot, or Bella to its friends, the black and white robot waits for visitors at the entrance alongside a (live) waiter or waitress, greets the guests and escorts them to their table, then delivers their ordered dishes.
Inquiring minds like the mind of this feline may be asking, “why a cat face?” but sadly I found no answer to this in the article although it did say children love to scratch the cat’s ears.
And just when I think you humans can’t get wackier, you create the BellaBot.
Admit it humans, it’s our home and you only live in it and, with that in mind it’s time for a bed that accommodates felines!
So it stands to reason that any piece of furniture in your home should take your cat’s desires into consideration, with your human needs having, at most, secondary importance. That includes your bed, and here with a way to bring it more in line with proper priorities is Tokyo-based interior company Dinos.
Called the Bed with Cat Step, the design from Tolyo-based interior company Dinos resembles a canopy bed, with tall posts at each corner. The footboard, though, is outfitted with ledges that lead upward all the way to the top of the frame, with a coupe of round windows on the way, for felines to climb and play on.
The Bed with Cat Step is available in both single and semi-double sizes, measuring 99 and 124 centimeters (39 and 48.8 inches) respectively, and the top of the frame is 184.6 centimeters off the floor. If you’re wondering whether it’ll work with your cat’s size, each of the steps is 31 centimeters tall, and the round openings are 24 centimeters in diameter. The single-size frame is priced at 352,000 yen (US$3,060) and the semi-double at 418,000 yen (packages that include a mattress are 352,000 and 467,280 yen). The bed is available through the Dinos online shop.
Happy Wednesday Furiends! The weather in our neck of the woods is icky, First we had weeks of snow dump on us. This was a good thing for some of the more resourceful neighbors. The Human took these photos from inside so the quality isn’t so great. The point is, the deer figured out how to get to the tasty tree branches by using the snow berms.
As for The Tribe, we are making sure we sit on the chair at the front door window and snoopervise The Human’s hilarious antics as she first shovels snow and then attacks the ice on the driveway. When we become exhausted from snoopervising we take time to cozy up and rest. So far this horrible weather hasn’t affected us too much, although our Chewy order was a little late and we almost ran out of kibble, Oh the horror! I am happy to announce that starvation was narrowly avoided when the box arrived that evening!
Well, thankfully disaster was avoided and food was delivered and The Human is uninjured. The ice is so bad in our neck of the woods that The Human is working at home. This is an excellent opportunity for me to make sure that she completes this blog post with the excellence I demand.
I hope you enjoyed our little slice of life from our next of the woods this week. Stay safe and if it is snowing or icy in your neck of the woods, make sure you keep your humans safe!
When a mother cat gave birth to five kittens on a ship, four were adopted out. The fifth kitten named Lollipop took up residence on the ship.
Wherever the ship docks, Lollipop and her human crew serve as kitty ambassadors. Crew members say they buy cat food and leave it with shopkeepers in the ports they visit because they want all kitties to be as well taken care of as Lollipop. Good work sailors!
Water Loving Hawaiian Cat
When you’re a feline in Hawaii, of course you’d want to surf! Mahalo kitty! This video about the water loving feline is pawsome!
Kitties rejoice! The cat room is the hot ticket for 2022. What is it? It’s a room dedicated entirely (or almost entirely) to your marvelous felines. . And why cat rooms? Because we cats have very specific needs.
Now having a cat room doesn ‘t mean you banish your feline to one room only. We need the run of the WHOLE house. A cat room is another way to enhance our lives.
There are many great ideas on Instagram if you are interested in enhancing your feline’s life by creating a cat room.
People, People! Don’t you know that moving is stressful for us and that we love to hid in strange places when we’re scared? Let this story be a lesson to you before you get rid of any furniture that you need to make sure all your felines are accounted for.
Denver Animal Protection got a call on New Year’s Eve from the city’s Arc Thrift Store, where employees had discovered a meowing sound coming from a chair someone had dropped off at the shop.
“Sure enough, there’s a recliner out front, and there’s a little orange tabby stuck inside,” animal protection Officer Jenna Humphreys told The Denver Channel. “Very friendly, couldn’t get out. They said that they had noticed the meowing shortly after somebody had dropped it off.”
Meanwhile, the cat’s owners had become distraught after realizing Montequila was nowhere to be found. They eventually realized she must have stowed away in the chair, and they reached out to the thrift store, where the staff put them in touch with animal protection, the agency wrote on Facebook.
Humphrey said the owners were “so relieved” and “absolutely thrilled to have their cat back.”
Water intake is important for every cat and if your feline has kidney issues it’s even more critical.
To aid in monitoring your cat’s health, PurrSong is releasing a water dispenser that tracks water consumption, a litter box that tracks your cat’s weight and bathroom habits and an activity tracker that can collect data on your cat’s movement and sleep patterns. The idea is that any and all of this data can help you see your cat’s everyday routine and, more importantly, notice early enough when they break that routine.
If PurrSong sounds familiar, it’s because at CES 2019 the company launched the $900 LavvieBot S, a self-cleaning litter box that refills litter automatically. Joining the LavvieBot S in PurrSong’s 2022 lineup is LavvieWater, a filtered water dispenser that tracks your cat’s water intake. Water is circulated without a motor and filtered to reduce water scale build-up.
PurrSong is also launching a new litter box called the LavvieBox. It’s an open air box that can be modified into three different physical setups depending on your cat’s preference. The LavvieBox can track your cat’s urinary and bowel movement data and weight patterns. It’s equipped with an air purifier to reduce odor and dust but, unlike the LavvieBot S, it’s not a self-cleaning box.
Rounding out the new trio is the LavvieTag, an activity tracker on a collar that gathers data on your cat’s activity. That data is analyzed to determine four main patterns: resting, grooming, walking and running. The LavvieTag is lightweight and lasts four weeks on a single charge. (Oliver is very concerned that The Human may buy this gadget!)
You can learn more about this company in the video above.
Felines have been in movies for decades. There was the Tabby in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the Himalayan in Meet the Parents whose special trick was flushing the toilet. The latest feline star is the kitty in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.
The film maker refused to use CGI for the shoot, so they called in animal trainer Charlotte Wilde who showed up with 40 felines. All the potential stars were treated like royalty and had their own green room.
Wilde’s agency is based in London and has supplied animals for films for 10 years. Felix, her 10-year-old black and white moggie (“a very cheeky chap!”), was cast as Peter, Wain’s furry best friend, who inspires his first sketches.
We can tell you Peter was one of our favorites in the film! Wilde shared some of her training tips for wanna be movie star cats. She uses positive reinforcement (translation= snacks). “We teach our cats to go to mark,” she says. “They’ll walk in and they’ll know where to stop. We train them so they run to the sound of a buzzer. We’ve got some that can roll over. A couple can retrieve. They’ll lie down, rub against people’s legs, and walk alongside someone. We show them what they’ve got to do. Then we try to make that happen on the take.”
She enhances her training with a clicker.
“You might have a moment in between a couple of lines where we can get a click in, just so the cat [knows]: ‘You’re doing really well. Wait. Food is coming.’ Obviously, that’s really distracting for actors. They’re probably sick of the sound of a clicker by the end of the film!”
Other famous cat movie trainers have different techniques. Mark Harden, an animal trainer based in Los Angeles, was in charge of the five snowy white Chinchilla Persians who played Snowbell in Stuart Little, and looked after 40 cats on the set of Catwoman including several rare Egyptian Maus. With cats, he says, it’s all about getting into their mindset. “They’re a predator but they can also be skittish. They’ve got a very strong flight reaction. The most important thing with a cat is desensitizing them to strange environments. A movie set is a very strange environment.”
Canadian animal trainer Melissa Millett has a novel way of desensitizing the cats she works with: she stages mock film shoots at home. For the Pet Sematary reboot, she recruited five Maine Coons from rescue shelters to play Church, who is transformed into an aggressive zombie cat. This meant gradually acclimatizing them to wearing makeup and being wet. The whole process took two months. “We started with a catnip party in the bathtub. A little bit of water on the cat while it’s eating. Then we worked up to a full bath. Separately, we would start with a bit of egg white and then work our way up. All the products had to be edible.”
There are some cat actors that have amazing talents. Millett has a talented Bengal named Sashimi, who can ride a scooter. Wilde taught one of her moggies, Leicester, to pretend to play the harmonica, while Harden trained Cairo, an Egyptian Mau, to pick up a mobile phone with his teeth and run off with it.
So, if any of our feline fans out there have acting ambitions…don’t give up!
You humans are often meowing about how we felines have the ability to spot the only non –cat person in the room and make a beeline for them.
The questions is why and some researchers believe they may have an explanation. Cats, not all of them, but most of them, seem to be more interested in people who are not interested in them, or more precisely who are afraid of them.
This is because we felines observe and try to understand people who are shying away from us and who appear to be watching us. People who are afraid of cats or allergic to them behave in a way that is intriguing. If the human looks at the cat out of the corner of their eye, avoids the cat’s gaze or even try to move away. The cat is then attracted because he considers it a game. So our hunting instinct takes over: it’s simple, we want to chase those who try to get away from us.
In feline language, a stare announces aggression. If two cats look at each other for a few moments with round eyes, a fight is about to break out. The feline etiquette rules state that discretion is a kind of politeness: when two cat friends meet, they look at each other briefly, and then look away while getting closer. The cat is attracted to its fellow cats, who seems not to pay the slightest attention to it!
You now may be asking, how do I smile at my cat, it’s easy, you blink very slowly and don’t open your eyes completely.
So how do you get our attention? If you appear to needy (want to grab us and cuddle us) you may make us uncomfortable. The best way to get us to notice you is to act uninterested. We’ll be attracted also if you don’t stare at us. Offer the back of your hand, we’ll sniff it and make our own decisions. If we decide to accept you, we’ll stay close to you and that also means you have been granted permission to pet us.
Our Human is fascinated with polydactyl felines. Normally cats have 18 toes, five toes on each forepaw, and four toes on each hind paw. As for polydactyl, cats may have as many as nine digits on their hind or front paws.
The Guinness World Records reported a Canadian polydactyl cat, Jake, and an American polydactyl cat as having the most toes on a cat – 28 in all. These cats are very flexible and they don’t act any different than other felines.
A Cat-World report said polydactyl cats, also known as “Hemmingway cats, boxing cats, cardi or mitten cats,” have a congenital abnormality that leads to additional toes.
There is a substantial disparity from cat to cat in the formation and number of additional digits.
Cats typically have 18 toes in all, with five on each front paw and four on every rear. However, if a cat is polydactyl, it might have as many as eight goes on any given paw. The term is originally Greek. Specifically, “poly” means many, while “daktylos” mean digits.
Traditionally, polydactyly was an advantageous characteristic for Maine Coon cats. For a breed that originates in snowy Maine, what’s described as doublewide paws that have extra digits worked as natural snowshoes. At one time, as much as 40 percent of all Maine Coon cats had additional toes.
In the past, polydactyl cats got their sea legs by keeping fishermen company on various journeys. Consequently, they obtained their keep, they were believed to be outstanding hunters of mice, and their extra toes resulted in better balance on ships that went rough waters.
Yes, cats know when it rains. We are not the only animals who know when it rains. Our ability to predict rain was useful to sailors, centuries ago. Cats on board s hips would run and hide to a dark area when rain was approaching and the sailors could almost guarantee a heavy rain was coming.
How do we do this? We are more sensitive than humans to sounds, smells, and changes in the environment.
And so, we can pick up the slightest changes in atmospheric pressure with our senses, and our heightened senses allow us to “feel” signs that rain is coming long before our humans know it.
Over the years, felines discover that just before it rains, our inner ears detect a change in our environment. It’s all about the sudden drop in atmospheric pressure, and since we’ve experienced similar effects before, we quickly learn to associate it with rain or storm.
In addition, like humans, we also learn to distinguish sounds, we can pick up, thanks to our thin ears, the faint sound of thunder from afar, and we know that before long, a torrent of rain will be coming.
Finally, we can also smell the characteristic odor of ozone, which is generated by rays and has a strong metallic odor. This is another signal that a storm is coming.
Just another reason why we felines are so amazing!
Since we live in the wilds of Northern Idaho, internet service is always an issue. There are some folks in our and other necks of the woods who are quite happy with Starlink. One thing we didn’t know is that their satellite dishes are great at attracting cats.
One of the “trouble tickets” the Starlink folks didn’t expect is a call about felines stuffed into people’s dish (sometimes as many as five felines!) Clients have said, “Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days
The phenomenon has appeared in many locations and many critters are being attracted to the satellite dishes. When activated, the dishes tilt at such an angle to prevent animals, including birds and rodents, from nesting in them,
We cats might not be interested in a satellite nest but we sure do enjoy the warmth.
Hello Furiends, As this year comes to an end we felines have spent a few moments reflecting about the past year’s events. It’s been a pretty good year, the summer was one of the hottest on record, this winter is one of the coldest and most snowy. The Human made it through with most of her sanity intact however, she just received that the part to fix her garage door won’t arrive until January 18th. I will not repeat here what she said when she heard this. She keeps meowing about how she has to allow an extra hour every morning to dig her car out and snow blow the driveway. Sigh, needless to say she’s looking forward to the new year!
As for us felines, we each have a little New Year’s wish for you.
And a final word about the coming year from Oliver:
There is a thing called a subreddit, in which people share personal stories and elicit comments from other users. This story is funny and the follow up is even more hilarious.
The initial story shared by Reddit user u/throwawayorangecat is about an orange cat who works in a profession not disclosed, but described as a “service to clients in very sad/stressful points in their lives”. I think that sounds like noble feline work!
The post said:
“We have two workplace cats in one area of our worksites. They add value to the worksite, we all love the cats and the worksite cat presence is not the issue. One of the cats (Jean) is a tortoiseshell cat we have had for years. The other cat (Jorts) is a large orange cat and a recent addition.
Jorts is just… kind of a simple guy. For example, Jorts can’t open a door even when it’s ajar— he shoves it whether he is going in or out, so often he closes the door he is trying to go through. This means he is often trapped inside the place he was trying to exit and meows until he is rescued.
My colleague Pam (not her real name) has been spending a lot of time trying to teach Jorts things. The doors thing is the main example — it’s a real issue because the cats are fed in a closet and Jorts keeps pushing the door closed. Jean can actually open all the other interior doors since they are a lever type knob, but she can’t open this particular door if she is trapped INSIDE the closet.
Tortie Jean is very nice to poor orange Jorts, and she is kept busy letting him out of rooms he has trapped himself in, so this seems easy to resolve. I put down a door stop.
Pam then said I was depriving Jorts of the ‘chance to learn’ and kept removing the doorstop. She set up a series of special learning activities for Jorts, and tried to put these tasks on the whiteboard of daily team tasks (I erased them). She thinks we need to teach him how to clean himself better and how to get out of minor barriers like when he gets a cup stuck on his head, etc. I love Jorts but he’s just dumb af and we can’t change that.
Don’t get me wrong— watching her try to teach Jorts how to walk through a door is hilarious, but Jean got locked in the closet twice last week. Yesterday I installed a cat cutout thing in the door and Pam started getting really huffy. I made a gentle joke about ‘you can’t expect Jean’s tortoiseshell smarts from orange cat Jorts’ which made Pam FURIOUS. She started crying and left the hallway, then sent an email to the group (including volunteers) and went home early.
In her email Pam said I was ‘perpetuating ethnic stereotypes by saying orange cats are dumb’ and is demanding a racial sensitivity training before she will return. I don’t think it’s relevant but just in case, Pam is a white person in a mostly minority staff (and no she is not ginger/does not have red hair).
Well the responses to this post were purrfect with comments like, “”Um, you can’t be racist against an animal,” to “Why is Pam spending so much of her work time trying to train a cat?”
Then when the update was posted, it took things to another level.
“Thanks for responding to my query which had truly upset me. I work to have a good relationship with my team and the situation had gotten weird so gradually that I lost perspective.
I just met with HR, she had already met with Pam. HR was concerned about Pam’s comparing ethnic stereotypes with giving a cat a doorstop and they addressed that which went well. HR will follow up to make sure Pam understands. (The replies to my query were helpful to me for this discussion.)
HR also addressed Pam assigning other staff Jorts-related tutoring, as it is not appropriate for Pam to assign others work. This also went well.
We both think Pam had a hard time with the transition from volunteer to staff, and may have ‘new kid’ sensitivity projected to Jorts. Pam got emotional about her perception that I favor Jean over Jorts and gave specific examples. Some of these things are fair. Jorts deserves respect as a member of our team.
There are 3 buildings in our workplace. Jean and Jorts are limited to one. HR told me there were 5 holdouts about vaccines, and restricting unvaccinated people from entering the building (to protect Jean and Jorts) was enough to win over 4 of them. That’s CRAZY, but great.
More importantly: the cats’ presence greatly enhances our work with our clients, and Jorts’ friendly nature has been so great. Both cats truly are doing important work. Truly Jorts deserves to be treated with respect.
We all deserve to be treated with dignity at work, so I will apologize to Jorts about some things that were insensitive or disrespectful.
a. Jean has a nice cat bed with her name on it, while Jorts has chosen an old boot tray in my office with a towel in it. Recently a visitor put wet boots in the boot tray and Pam saw Jorts sleeping on the wet boots. I bought a bed for Jorts today and a name tag has been ordered.
b. I will apologize to Jorts and remove the sign saying ‘DAYS SINCE JORTS HAD A TRASH CAN MISHAP: 0’ Jorts likes to fish dirty paper cups out and he often falls into the bin or gets a cup stuck on his head, etc. (He is able to get out of the bin by tipping it over so it isn’t a safety issue.)
c. Jean’s ‘staff bio’ has a photo of Jean, while Jorts’ bio has a photo of a sweet potato. I did not actually know either cat had a staff bio, but we will use a photo of Jorts instead of a sweet potato.
HR also suggested changing Pam’s duties so she is ‘in charge’ of the cats. This I refused, the cats are my staff, not Pam’s. I think Pam was well-intended but actually not meeting the needs of either Jean or Jorts so they remain under my supervision. (Pam is also not to put cups on Jorts’ head or intentionally put him into frustrating situations given his unique needs.)
Lastly, and this made us both laugh so hard we can’t deal with it in person and will be said via email: Pam admits that she has been putting margarine on Jorts in an attempt to teach him to groom himself better. This may explain the diarrhea problem Jean developed (which required a vet visit).
Pam is NOT to apply margarine to any of her coworkers. Jean has shown she is willing to be in charge of helping Jorts stay clean. If this task becomes onerous for Jean, we can have a groomer help.
Believe it or not, there are many more comments to read in the links in this report. All I have to say is you humans are pretty weird.
I’ve reported on heroic firefighters saving cats stuck in trees, after fires and other dire circumstances. This rescue story however,is a new one and proves once again what amazing folks our local firefighters are.
A group of firefighters from Manotick, a suburb of the Canadian capital Ottawa, were called out to reports of a trapped kitten—which had somehow managed to get its leg stuck inside a pull-out sofa.
In order to rescue the terrified black cat they had to cut into the couch. You can follow photos of the rescue on the link to the Newsweek article.
The team also shared snaps of their efforts to the Twitter page @OttFire on Thursday.
The kitten’s humans got their cat back safe and sound but clearly they’ll need a new sofa.
Sgt. Arielle and Sgt. Marisol are back in the paws of their beloved felines. The U.S. service members, who both live in Florida, each rescued a cat while deployed overseas. Sgt. Arielle first met her feline, Cathulhu, while stationed in Lithuania, where she found the kitten emaciated and in need of help. She fed and cared for Cathulhu from that moment on, helping the scared kitten grow into a healthy and playful cat.
“Her personality came out, and now she is a spunky, healthy kitten who loves to play. I have been going through a difficult time recently, and Cathulhu showed up at the perfect time. We refer to her as a therapy cat because anytime you are sad or upset, she starts up the purr machine and comes to give you a bath,” Sgt. Arielle said about her relationship with Cathulhu.
Sgt. Marisol met her cat, Mariska Hargitay, while deployed in Poland. It was Mariska Hargitay the cat who chose Sgt. Marisol, following the servicemember into her room. The pair quickly formed a strong bond after that moment.
“I was walking to my room on my post, and there was a litter of about 20+ cats on base. I continued to walk to my residence, and when I was halfway to my room, I looked back, and there was a baby kitten following close to me. I looked around, and she was really far from the rest of her litter. I attempted to look for her mother but could not find her. I then took the kitten to my room in order to get her fed and out of the elements. We bonded immediately, and she stayed in my room ever since,” Sgt. Marisol shared in a statement to PEOPLE about how she and Mariska Hargitay first met.
Needless to say, both Sgt. Arielle and Sgt. Marisol didn’t want their relationships with their cats to end when they went back to the U.S. To ensure the felines the pair adopted while overseas could keep being their pets in America, SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program stepped in. I’ve reported on several programs that work to reunite soldiers with their beloved felines and this one has helped over 1,000 servicemembers reunite and officially adopt the animals they met and befriended during their deployments. Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide navigates the complicated logistics required to send an animal overseas safely and covers the costs of these expensive trips for U.S. service members
The head of the organization said, “Being forced to leave a beloved pet behind when deployment is over can be devastating, so until we see peace in every corner of the world, OBP: Worldwide will continue to serve wherever it’s needed – just like the heroes of our U.S. Armed Forces. We consider every reunion request, regardless of the location, a chance for SPCA International to give back to our troops,” Kronish added on why SPCA International takes on these complex endeavors.
Both Sgt. Arielle and Sgt. Marisol are grateful to be the recipients of Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide’s efforts. They are looking forward to spending the holidays with the furry friends that got them through some of their most challenging times.
There are many stories of feline survivors of the recent tornados and this is a great one. Nine days after a tornado demolished his three-story office building in downtown Mayfield, Kentucky, Sonny “Hoot” Gibson was standing in the rubble when he thought he heard a faint meow.
That sound gave him hope that his office cat, Madix, who hadn’t been seen since before the storms hit, was alive. Gibson said he had tried to find the black cat with yellow eyes who liked to greet customers of his rental business, but he had given up after a few days.
“I don’t know how anything could’ve survived not just the tornado but the destruction that came along with it,” he said.
“I thought I heard a meow, and I thought my mind’s playing tricks on me so I hollered his name out, and he meowed again,” Gibson said.
The noise was stifled and he couldn’t locate Madix immediately so he called some employees who came to help search. Soon after, they found the cat in a hole beneath the rubble.
“It was just an incredible feeling to put him in my arms,“ Gibson said. “If cats actually have nine lives, he probably used up about eight of them in that nine-day period.”
Other than being very hungry and thirsty, Madix was unscathed. Gibson said he took Madix home, where he will live out the rest of his days as a house cat.
Gibson said the story of Madix the survivor is becoming popular around the town of Mayfield, where a long-track tornado demolished huge parts of the community.
“It’s a blessing for people to hear the story so they can take that and realize that great things can come out of terrible situations. If it’s uplifting to one person, then Madix has served his purpose on this planet.”
I reported about a man who chose his cat over his girlfriend and here we have another story of humans choosing their beloved felines over their cat hating significant others.
A woman chose her cat over her boyfriend after he complained her pet was unhygienic.
She posted the story to Reddit‘s popular Am I The A**hole forum, under username AITA_Shower, where she explained she’s had her cat, Crumb, since he was three months old.
She found Crumb abandoned and “nursed him back to health and as a result they have a strong bond.
She wrote: “My cat ‘Crumb’ is the most important aspect in my life right now. Like most cat parents, he rules the household.”
Still, Crumb was a problem for her new boyfriend who she’d been dating for two months. When he stayed over, Crumb never showed him any affection or interest and he pretty much left the male human alone. And yet the guy began to complain constantly about the feline.
When he walked into the woman’s bathroom to see Crumb rubbing his face against her toothbrush (an electric ones that stands), he was shocked and told her how disgusting it was. He demanded she get a new toothbrush (expensive) and she said no and put the toothbrush in a drawer.”
The boyfriend next announced he didn’t like her nightly routine with Crumb. She gives Crumb a kiss on the head, stomach and then face before he goes to sleep.
The boyfriend complained this was unhygienic, that the cat is dirty and that letting the cat sleep in the bedroom is gross.
When he wanted the cat punished, it was the last straw. She tried to explain that you can’t punish cats but he wouldn’t hear it. He then went on to say that me kissing Crumb is disgusting, especially his face, and he wouldn’t ever kiss me if I kissed Crumb again. He asked me to put Crumb outside the room when he is over, or lock him in a ‘crate.’
“So she (finally) said, ‘okay bye.’, and let him know Crumb was 10000x more important to her than the cat hating boyfriend. When she began to feel remores about how she’d treated the boyfriend, she asked people on the internet for their opinions. Her post, entitled “AITA for standing firm on my ‘lack of hygiene’ and choosing cat over bf?” has been upvoted more than 17,000 times, as people backed her.
Krik2019 advised: “NTA-Crumb sounds like a great cat! Your boyfriend, not so great. Keep the cat, ditch the boyfriend. You’ll be happier.”
Envydiare commented: “You’ve only been with him 2 months and he’s already trying to be controlling. Leave the bf and kiss the cat.”
Mvfrostsmypie said: “Yep. Dump the guy. Life is too short to date a guy who doesn’t like your cat.”
LinusV1 thought: “If someone demands that you put your cat in a crate when they are over, laughing at them is 100 percent the appropriate reaction. Unless they are serious. Then laughing at them AND dumping them is the way.”
While SupGirluHungry pointed out: “Tooth brush heads are designed to be replaced every few months.”
And just for the record, , most cats don’t require baths, and rather than needing to be scrubbed down, a healthy cat grooms itself, and if done properly is generally hygienic.
Explaining more about how they keep clean, website Senior Cat Wellness said: “Cats have a reputation for being clean animals due to the countless hours they spend grooming. The average cat will spend much of its day cleaning its fur, removing grease, dirt, and debris.
Happy Holidays my furiends, Our neck of the woods has not seen as much snow as usual but The Human isn’t griping about it since our garage door broke. That means she can’t get her car in our out of the garage and she has to scrape snow off of it every morning. This has done nothing to put her in the Christmas spirit which has resulted in little yuletide cheer at our house. In her defense, she’s been busy doing what she calls “working” (she just finished a story that will be coming out in fall of 2022 about Christmas Cats). And, that working stuff provides us with Christmas goodies like a jar of Meowijuana Purple Passion Silver Vine & Catnip blend and catnip infused paper bags so we’re not going to complain.
While we wait for Christmas, we did a little dreaming of what we think is a purrfect holiday.
Billi, a 13-year-old cat in Florida, presses a button that voices the word “dog” — twice. She then sits and looks at her human as though she’s waiting for a response. Her human, Kendra Baker says, “Dog outside, hmm
There have been “famous” talking dogs but Billi is blazing trails for felines. At the beginning of the pandemic, Billi’s human found herself with a lot of time on her hands. She had seen videos of “talking dogs” and decided to order a device to test the talents of her feline.
Baker said, “I was concerned because they [the buttons] were quite large for a little tiny kitty, and I was not sure that she was actually going to be heavy enough to press them. So I started with a word that I’d really not recommend that you start with, which is ‘food,’ because it becomes very motivating for them. And Billi loves food.”
Billi was a champ at pushing the food button and today she has 50 words on her board and has become part of the ongoing research project called TheyCanTalk, whose goal is to understand if animals can communicate with humans through AAC devices. While the study is mostly made up of dogs, about 5 percent of the animals using AAC devices are now felines. It turns out that many cats have been successful at using the device.
The cognitive scientist and founder of “How They Can Talk”, Leo Trottier, was “pessimistic” about cats using the buttons, but was pleasantly surprised when they started to see felines catch on. (Clearly this man knew nothing about humans!)
The consensus is that Billi appears to string words together less frequently than dogs. (Another swipe at felines!) But Billi’s human has a theory about why Billi is a single button pusher.
“Billi is very, very deliberate when she presses a button and knows exactly which one she’s looking for, she takes her time . . . and if she is going to string a sentence together, she’ll take a thinking loop and then she’ll come back — very rarely does she go from one directly to another.”
We felines are constantly getting a bad rap by people who don’t know or understand us very well. I am hoping this study will enlighten some of them.
There is one interesting observation that has come from Billi’s antics; her human says she’s noticed a shift in Billi’s happiness since introducing the buttons to the talkative kitty. She believes this is because cats like stimulation and play and Billi’s work with the board is something fun for her to do.
A woman is the proud owner of five white cats, named Foxy, Bacon, Harry, Larry and Szymon, and it seems their light-colored coats give them incredible camouflage abilities. She shared a clip to her TikTok account, @5crazycats, captioned: “When your landlord is coming for an inspection and doesn’t allow pets.”
The film shows her bed, which is covered with toys, and she pans the pillows revealing a sloth, stuffed cat, yellow duck, a Pikachu, a teddy bear, an incredibly life-like cat cushion, a monkey, another teddy and more cat toys.
“Can you see Larry???” the on-screen caption asks.
People watching the video had a hard time finding the feline but there were some determined Tik Tokers who found him.
She is talking about doing a film and hiding all five felines.
Earlier this year the U.K. government announced plans to make it easier for pet owners to rent and released an announcement, “Landlords will no longer be able to issue blanket bans on pets. Instead, consent for pets will be the default position, and landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a written pet request from a tenant and provide a good reason.”
The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelter in Lynwood Washington has enriched the environment for it’s felines. They are now looking for donations of flat-panel TVs so all the cats can get screen time.
Felines in forever homes have the opportunity to scan the outside from a window but in shelters, particularly older ones, cats don’t get to do this. Providing the TVs gives them a digital window to the outside world — of birds, squirrels and other eye candy for cats.
“This stimulation engages a cat’s brain, which can help to prevent boredom, loneliness and even depression,” said Rachel Bird, PAWS animal behavior specialist. “The TV encourages the cats to listen and look around, and many cats will approach the front of their kennel to investigate, which helps to make them more visible to adopters.”
The shelter doesn’t have a budget for cat entertainment electronics. Lynn Jefferson, the PAWS web and graphic designer, is on a mission to outfit every room with a TV. At least nine TVs are needed. She has three, including one that came from her home.
“Immediately after turning on the TV mounted above the cat cages, cats could be seen in their cages watching the TV,” Jefferson said. “The bird and nature sounds also bring a soothing peaceful atmosphere to the room while potential adopters walk through and interact with the cats. It’s a win-win situation for all.”
Employees in nearby offices said the sounds of chirping birds were soothing.
Jefferson said donations don’t have to be smart TVs.
“For only $35, I can turn any older TV into a cat video cinema experience,” Jefferson said. “All I need is a player, HDMI cable and a USB flash drive.”
Newer shelters, such as the PAWS Cat City in Seattle, have colony rooms and “catios” (cat patios) where felines mingle with others of their ilk and can see outside.
There is lots of entertainment for felines (I watch cat TV with my Human often) and the PAWS cats already have their favorite shows.
“They really like the birds flying in and out, and the squirrels,” Jefferson said.
The felines are not allowed to watch TV all night and the screens are shut off at night so all kitties get their beauty rest.
You know how I love stories about lost felines who are reunited with their humans. I think each story can teach us something about how you humans can look for your cat’s when they’re lost. This is the story of Chara who, on Nov. 3, escaped from a bathroom window.
Chara, the 8-year old feline was lost for 36 days. During that time Chara’s humans made countless social media posts, flooded neighborhoods with missing cat signs, consulted with non-profit search and rescue groups and even considered using a pet psychic, but Chara remained missing.
Then, in early December someone called and said they’d seen a cat that looked like Chara. A trail camera was placed in the yard of the home that had reported the sighting. Photos of the cat passing by were taken and on Thursday, Dec. 9, Chara was caught in a trap set up near the home.
Chara was home in time for Christmas, a holiday that he loves. In his 36 days on the road, Chara lost approximately four pounds and had some “battle scars” but other than that was no worse for the wear.
Michael Cohen credited his girlfriend for her tireless efforts and optimism that Chara would eventually be found.
“If it wasn’t for Stephanie, this miracle wouldn’t have happened. I didn’t think we ever would see him again, there was no way they ever would have seen him again. She was out there every night calling his name, hoping to find him,”
The community was also a great help in bringing Chara home. And again, this is why I say, “Never give up!”
Season’s Greetings Furiends, I hope you are enjoying this holiday season. We are not slacking off even though many folks we know have extended time off during this time of year. We have been working hard on a product review that the kind folks at Paint My Pooch asked us to do. Before I get into all the good news, I am required to take a moment to present a few comments from our attorney.
Before we begin our review, there are some things our attorney’s insist we say.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a free product in return for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are our own and are not influenced by the goo folks at Paint My Pooch, it’s affiliates and/or agents in any way.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the review of this excellent product.
The folks at Paint My Pooch do lovely pet portraits but they wanted to know if The Human was interested in reviewing their new product, a pet phone case. . After she read the information about the case, she said “yes”.
The first issue was, whose picture would be on the case? She finally had to put our three names in a hat and then drew one. Oliver won. She searched for a good head shot of Ollie, picked out the background color and the font, uploaded the picture and waited.
The phone case arrived very soon (impressive) and the looks and quality were far beyond The Human’s expectation. It came carefully protected in a box , inside a fabric pouch.
Putting the iPhone XR into the case was easy. She was amazed at how sturdy and strong the case was but, first impressions don’t say a darn thing about the durability and strength of the product so, she used the case for a couple of months as she has a way of really beating up phones and cases.
First, she has a huge black leather bag and the poor phone is constantly tossed in and relegated to the bottom of the bag.
During the time The Human tested the phone cover it was dropped (many times), slid across the floor after being dropped (with the help of feline paws) and picked up with greasy, sticky and dirty fingers. The case didn’t receive a scratch, any grubby paw prints (human or otherwise) were easily wiped off and the phone case looked as pretty as it did out of the box.
The one thing I’ve neglected to comment on (only because I’m jealous because it’s Oliver’s photo) is the quality of the picture, very beautiful!
And there you have it, we give these phone cases an enthusiastic paws up. I suggest you head on over to Paint My Pooch and order yours now, you won’t regret it!
I am not a feline fan of government overreach and haven’t yet been convinced that you can legislate morality or caring so I’m feeling a bit conflicted about this.
Cat owners in the UK could face a £500 ($661.47 USD) fine if their pet is not microchipped under a new law being introduced by the government.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE supporter of the chip (I’ve even included a story here with a happy ending because of the chip) but maybe there’s a better way to do this than make another law.
Our local shelter microchips all the cats (and dogs) it adopts out and, it also offers several microchip clinics throughout the year. The other issues is that you humans need to make sure the microchip information is current!
The proposed law will allow the human 21 days to get the cat microchipped before the fine is enforced.
There are over 10.8 million pet cats in the UK and as many as 2.8 million unchipped. Another consideration is the rate of cat theft which tripled between 2015 and last year and rose by 12.3 per cent between March 2020 and March 2021.
The cost of microchipping is usually between £20 and £30 ($26.00-$40.00 USD) and the procedure is not painful for the animals, according to the charity Cats Protection. Animal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith said: “Cats are much-loved parts of our families and making sure that they’re microchipped is the best possible way of making sure that you are reunited with them if they are ever lost or stolen.
What do you think and how are your communities handling microchipping for felines in your neck of the woods?
And speaking of microchipping…..Zeke, a Maine Coon, disappeared from his London home in July 2016 and this week Zeke was reunited with his human after being found 30 miles away from home.
Owner David Blane, from Haringey in north London, said: “Zeke spent most of his time in the house but he is a very trusting cat and would venture out to visit other people and play with their cats, if they would let him. Everyone knew Zeke locally.
“But then we got two new cats, both of whom were quite territorial. Although we didn’t realise the full effect on Zeke at the time, it’s clear now that he was being bullied by them.”
Because of the bullying, Zeke began to spend more and more time outside until it seems he decided to move permanently..
When he was found, Zeke was disheveled and his coat was quite dirty, but he was a healthy 9kg (20lb) boy with an insatiable hunger. Despite needing five teeth removed and a good bath he was in good shape, all things considered..
After all his time away from home, Zeke immediately recognized his human. There are no other cats at Zekes home now so he can settle in comfortably. His owner said, “It’s the best Christmas present I could ever imagine.”. We agree!
What’s better than a boutique that benefits an animal rescue nonprofit ? When that boutique has cats roaming around in the store!
Tortie & Co., is located in the Chicato area and sells housewares, paper goods, candles and ceramics, as well as pet products. All proceeds from the store will support One Tail At A Time’s animal foster programs in Chicago.
The feline sales staff are all available for adoption and, since people can interact with them, it allows everyone to get to know each other and hopefully find their purrfect match for a forever home.
Chances are most felines might not get the chance to live in a paradise quite like the one Peter Cohen built for his 24 cats. Over the past 30 years, Cohen—a home builder and founder of the nonprofit ZenbyCat—has spent a great deal of time and money catifying his Santa Barbara, California, abode into a feline utopia. Mostly made up of colorful catwalks, ramps, tunnels, and hideaways, the house is an intricate and vibrant display of one man’s love for his feline family. As Cohen explains, “Cats let me survive the human world.”
Starting in 1995, he put his first catwalk in one room. “The cats loved it,” he says. Much like the walkways and passages that now cover the home, Cohen’s interest in a feline-friendly house quickly expanded. Little by little, he added more walks, steps, and wall perches to his space, connecting every room into an accessible maze fit specifically for felines. He says, “When I have money and time, we look at a place in the house that doesn’t have some catwalks and try to do something interesting.” (Now this guy is my kind of human!)
You may not have Cohen’s expertise but there is a lot you can do to create a fancy environments for your felines.
For many people, cat trees are the first things that come to mind when thinking about cat furniture. Cats like vertical space, cat behavior specialist and consultant Jennifer Van de Kieft explains. “It makes them feel safe,” and cats like to view the room from a high perch, Van de Kieft says. So building a cat tree is not only a fun project, but a useful undertaking for your pet too.
To start, Lora Lombardi—owner and designer at Cat Haus—advises that you “think of a shape that you can make yourself.” It could be as simple as some scrap lumber with a dowel rod, or a 4 x 4 post drilled into it. As Lombardi explains, “It doesn’t have to be super complicated.”
Alternatively, you could adapt other furniture. Zoe Garred, a designer and director of product at Tuft + Paw, suggests starting with something as simple as an IKEA piece. “Maybe there’s a way to cut some holes and use some shelves to make an internal climbing path for your cat,” she says.
Of course, your cat’s safety should be top of mind. “If you can lightly push on it, and it tips,” Lombardi says, “don’t trust it with your cat.” Try weighting the bottom, mounting it to the wall, or building a base that’s of equal dimension to the height to keep the structure as sturdy as possible.
You’ll also want to consider the materials used on the tower. Most of Lombardi’s creations use soft fabrics and carpets, but she never uses anything that’s looped that could catch the cat’s claws. She also attaches everything with staples instead of glue or other adhesives to minimize the chances of cats consuming dangerous chemicals like those used in polyurethane and isocyanate- based adhesives. “Make sure that each staple is fully submerged so there’s no ability to clip a fingernail,” she says. If you want to add a scratching area to the design, try sisal rope—according to Van de Kieft, it’s what most cats prefer anyway.
Knowing what to cover the base in—or what to leave bare—could come down to your cat’s preference. As Garred explains, do some R&D and observe your cat. She says, “Pick a few materials that you think your cat might like and see which ones they gravitate towards.”
Catwalks and wall perches
Like those found in Cohen’s home, catwalks and wall perches are another great way to use vertical space to your cat’s benefit. But they should make you as happy as they make your cat. “I built my catwalks because I like the way they look,” Cohen says, “Pick the colors you like, the style you like.” It can be as easy as purchasing a few shelves at your local hardware store. “That’s all the cat needs,” Cohen adds.
To make sure the perch is secure, you’ll want to drill it into studs. “You don’t want to use drywall hangers because even if the walk will hold a cat, if they’re jumping, the forces multiply,” Cohen says. “So drill into those studs, and then the sky is the limit.”
Regardless of how you organize the walks and shelves, Van de Kieft says, “You just want to make sure there is not a dead-end.” This is especially important in a multi-cat home so no pet feels cornered or trapped. She also encourages you to make sure the contraptions are big enough to accommodate your cat in a sleeping position. “Cats do like it cozy, so not too big either,” she says.
Though cats tend to like to be higher up, you still may want to have a bed for them in your home. “Beds are really great projects,” Garred says. “Cats love all sorts of tactile and cozy materials.”
This is a prime opportunity for owners to be really creative with the design. Any material for the bed is pretty fair game, though it might be helpful to choose something that’s machine-washable.
“You could take it in so many directions,” Garred says. Whether it is a wooden base with a plush topper or a bean bag-esque poof, there are countless ways to build the perfect resting spot for your pet. Garred notes, however, that cats tend to like more concave shapes. Cats enjoy “something they can put their backs up against, where they feel contained inside,” Garred says.
Merging human and cat design
When catifying your home, the ultimate goal should be to create a space that both you and your feline enjoy. “The key is to think about how you can integrate your cat’s life into your own life,” Garred says. If you have an established color palette, design something that fits that scheme. The same would go for the style of your furniture and decor. Design your cat’s furniture to be midcentury, Art Deco, Scandinavian, boho, or whatever style you love.
Lombardi insists that it can help to think of it as your cat’s room. “This is their place in your home,” she says. “Make [their decor] a statement instead of something you want to hide or push in the corner.”
I like the way these humans think! I think all you humans should start catification projects at your houses.
A cat maned Kitty underwent a dramatic transformation after finding her way into her owner’s fireplace. Kitty went viral on Reddit after her owner’s brother, John Jacob, shared a series of before and after pictures chronicling the noticeable change in her appearance.
The post, titled “My brother’s cat got into the fireplace,” has earned over 19,000 upvotes on Reddit thanks, in no small part, to Kitty’s surprised expression in the accompanying photos.
Poor Kitty went from a gloriously white, fluffy cat to a decidedly gray and black feline with only her face remaining unblemished from her fireplace adventure. Her human arrived home from work to find sooty carnage that took quite a bit of effort for clean up, Kitty’s clean up alone took an hour with a water vacuum.
Let’s hope her further holiday adventures keep her far away from the fireplace!
Happy First Day of December Furiends! We took last week off while The Human prepared for Thanksgiving but we’re back now! We hope you a good holiday and that you enjoyed the extra time your humans had to spend with you! The Human in our house had a good Thanksgiving but then she crashed the next day with a sinus infection. I am happy to say that her health did not affect the level of service we received and it was nice having her “down for the count” and unable to do much more than snuggle with us. I’m quite proud of The Human as she chose to have a positive purrspective on being ill during her time off. Any feline will tell you that a pawsitive purrspective always makes you feel much better!
I did try to offer some grooming advice because by day four, The Human was looking a bit rough around the edges.
Oliver took no interest in helping our poor Human and chose to sleep through most of the holiday.
Well, at least Oliver took a moment to prepare a Hanukkah message for our furiends.,
I’ve heard you humans meowing about the silly ways we felines sleep but did you know that there are meanings to the way we sleep?
For instance if you catch your cat sleeping with his belly up it means he’s purrfectly content and trusting of his surroundings because the belly is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body.
If your kitty is curled up he’s wanting to enjoy his nap uninterruypted. The curling up position is a position that protects us and conserves our heat.
Have you caught your cat sleeping with her eyes half shut? That means she’s on guard and doesn’t feel completely safe. This might indicated that she needs more time alone or a more quite, safe place to sleep.
The traditional “loaf” position is an indicator that we are happy and content and it also keeps our toes warm.
Now all three of us like to sleep on top of our Human. It’s believed that we see her as a form of protection or, it’s just another way to stay warm and cozy.
A full stretch out sleeping position means we don’t have to be on guard and we feel very safe.
There are more answers to sleeping positions in the video for this article.
Do you like to drive your humans crazy at night when you’ve got the zoomies?
The first thing to figure out is “why” do you have the late-night zoomies?
First, as we are crepuscular beasts (means we’re most active at dusk and dawn) and that can include nighttime activity. Kittens and younger felines are more prone to this. But as when you’re trying to figure anything out about your feline, please eliminate any physical issues first.
Sometimes our nighttime activity can be a form of play and a way to get attention. If you’re feline isn’t getting enough play time during the day this might explain the nighttime activity.
Sometimes “only cats” who are alone most of the day will be very active at night.
This might particularly be the case for cats who are the only cat in a household and are alone most of the day.
Sometimes adjusting the feeding schedule can help you tame the crazy late night antics. Maybe smaller more frequent meals or feeding the evening meal a little earlier will help.
Appeal to our hunting instincts by hiding food around the house so that we spend our time looking for the rest of our dinner rather than running across your chest when you’re trying to sleep. Or, get a timed feeder that schedules late night meal sessions.
MOL! I love it when a feline has the opportunity to mess with a human’s TV show. This happened during a political news show in the country of Georgia. The host and guest were pleasantly surprised with the visitor and tried to carry on with their conversation, but then the cat started to clean itself and they couldn’t help but get distracted. No word on whether the cat’s interruption was purrlitically motivated.
This is a “never give up” and “think lost not stray” story. Dex, a cat from central Pennsylvania recently found his way New York’s Fort Plain — 222 miles northeast of its home.
The animal shelter scanned the cat’s microchip and fond its owners’ information. Thanks to the microchip information the family was contacted and they made the journey to bring their feline home. Dex’s family has no idea how he got to New York.
So humans, this is a cautionary tale. Make sure your felines are chipped and make sure yhou keep the information up to date! Many shelters offer free microchipping events (ours does).
Hi There Furiends, We decided to release the videos of our #RememberMeThursday contest winners during Thanksgiving week because we felines believe the best thing to be thankful for is a furever home!
We picked two of our furiends as contest winners. Their rescue stories are purrfect and remind us all that every kitty deserves a home. We hope you enjoy their stories, we sure did!
And Ava and Link, please tell your humans that the packages with our books (and a little something for each of you too) are on their way.
Please say hello to Link, from messimimi’s meanderings. He may be a big guy but he still feels like a kitten. Link’s human told us about a friend who stayed with them when Link was a kitten. When the friend woke up Link was perched on the headboard of the bed, waiting for her to wake up so he could pounce. And even today, Link likes to hang out at the bottom of the bed, waiting for a foot to move so he can grab the toes.
Our other winner is Ava, a beautiful and sleek house panther. from Meowmans – Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. She began life as an adopted kitten but sadly, the humans who adopted her took her back to the shelter because they got a dog. (That just made me want to hiss!!) Black kitties don’t have the best of luck in shelters and shy Ava needed some divine intervention. And that’s what happened when a wise and beautiful angel kitty named Zoe visited Ava. Zoe had crossed the Rainbow Bridge recently and she wanted her sister Gracie (18 yeas old) to have a furiend. Zoe took care of the details and, well, we’ll let Ava tell you her story.
We hope you enjoyed these rescue stories as much as we did and we wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving (and lots of turkey!) Purrs & Head Bonks, Alberto, Lily & Oliver