Friendly Fill Ins Week 84

Hello Everyone,
We had so much fun with the fill-ins last week that we’re doin’ it again.

I hope you’ll play along with us. You can add your link at McGuffy’s Reader or you can  leave your fill in answers in the comments.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

The Questions:

1. Snow___________________.

2. I _____________________.

3. One holiday memory that I cherish is                   .

4. I always thought that Santa__________________.

 

My answers:

  1. Snow brings interesting visitors to our house. img_2387

2. I enjoy keeping warm by the fire when it’s snowing.

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3. One holiday memory I cherish is my first Christmas when the female human wrote a poem for me.

black and white Christmas kitten”Twas two nights after Christmas
And kittens so young
Were destroying gift paper
And having some fun.

The humans were snuggled all warm in their bed,
And felines so spoiled had been very well fed.

When what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a guest in the garden, a beautiful deer.

He munched and he snacked
On the nice cherry tree
Then turned toward the porch,
The kittens to see.

And then those deer hooves made such a clatter
The felines, so scared all jumped and then scattered.

And they heard the deer say
As he walked back to the woods,
“Merry Christmas small kittens
Now try to be good!”

4. I always thought that Santa was a human, but I’m beginning to wonder if Lily is the real Santa!

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/13

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Hello Friends,
Alberto here. Every week my purrsonal assistant brings me the best of feline stories on the internet and I select my five favorites. This week is all about creative ways humans are working with shelters to help felines find furever homes and make the time the cats do spend in the shelter much better. Does your shelter do anything newsworthy for felines? I’d love to hear about it!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Cats in the Office Can be a Stress Reliever – The Virginia Pilot Online

Black and White Cat on a ladder in an art galleryI picked this story because it covers two of my favorite topics, cats with jobs and new, creative ways to help shelter kitties be adopted. The Law Offices of Waldo & Lyle, have three office cats, all rescues and all beloved by the staff and clients. The office administrator says this about the effect of the working legal felines, ““They bring joy and they brighten our day,”  They all have different personalities and love people. Even Hilde, who hides during the day, wants to be around you when it’s quiet and calm.”

And then there’s the Harbor Gallery who has gallery cats (and sometimes a gallery dog). The gallery owner says, “They lay in the front windows and entice people in, I believe they make the gallery more home-like, friendly and warm.”

If your shelter hasn’t found creative ways to help shelter cats, purrrhaps you should suggest a working cat program.

Don’t Touch that cat: Humane Society program focuses on felines’ minds, not their cuddles – CBCnews

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Two paws up to the Winniepeg Humane Society for their new program that focus’ on felines mental well-being. Shelter cats get bored and even depressed or stressed. These shelter employees and volunteers are being trained to broaden the range of activities for the felines in their care.   After working hard to enrich the environment and life of their shelter cats, the shelter director has noticed that the cats are now more engaged with visitors, sitting in the front of their cages and looking to be touched by visitors. Improving the mental health of the cats improves their physical well being.  Watch the video and see how happy these shelter cats are with the new program.

This idea is excellent for the cats in your home too. Are you at work all day? What does your kitty have to play with while you’re gone? Are there window sills to sit in, places to climb and toys to distract? We felines only have two speeds, fast or stop so when we’re not “stopping” (aka sleeping) we want to have some fun.

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Even a 2-Year Old Human Can Make a Big Difference for Cats! – LoveMeow

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Dear humans, this is the way you train future adult humans to care for and about felines-start early! Sam is a two year-old boy who so far, has helped to foster 17 kittens. His mom brought the first group of fosters home from Cat House on The Kings. Sam doesn’t do his fostering alone, it’s a family affair.  Sam is gentle with the kittens and is learning about the importance of fostering to help cats find furever families (My brother Oliver and I were fostered). Sam’s mom says, “Any time we get new babies, Sam looks at them and says, ‘Hi little boo boos, they are so cute, so precious’.”

Be sure and watch the video with the article and purrhaps Sam’s story will inspire some of you human parents out there to teach your kids about fostering.

Felines, Coffee Relieve Stress at Library – The Daily Tribune News

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My readers know I love a good cat cafe story and this is one of the best!

Since the Christmas season can be a stressful time of year, the Bartow County Library System in Georgia is offering a way to relax and unwind while helping the shelter find furever homes for their felines.

The Cartersville Public Library partnered with the Etowah Valley Humane Society to host its first Pages & Paws Cat Cafe. The cafe took place from 1pm-5pm and was a great success (and coffee was donated by a local company). Now that is innovative thinking and I’ve always said there is a littter-ary side to every feline!

Does your local library and shelter partner for occasional cat cafe’s?

Finding Homes for Elderly Felines – The Riverdale Press

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Cats on Wheels was founded by New Yorker, Susan Wolfe who has been an active  volunteer at the Manhattan Animal Care Center, playing with the cats, cleaning their kennels and writing short biographies about them. Her passion is to find loving homes for cats who’ve celebrated their eighth birthdays, the ones often passed over for adoption.  She said, ““I realized when I was volunteering at the shelter, these incredibly wonderful, beautiful cats were at risk of being euthanized,”  “It just became a mission for me to find a home for as many of them as I could.”

And this was why she co-founded Seniors 4 Seniors Cats on Wheels with fellow volunteer Brooke Smith. The organization  offers prospective pet adopters rides to the center to and assisting them in finding a cat to adopt.

She also works to debunk the myths about older cats, especially the idea that they won’t be around long. Cats can live up to 20  years.  Another belief is that health care costs of an older pet are prohibitive. All shelter cats receive thorough health exams from veterinarians.

 

 

Two paws up for the Seniors 4 Cats on Wheels program and the creative humans who go above and beyond to help these older kitties find furever homes!

What creative things does  your shelter do to help felines? I’d love to hear about them and feature them in my Wednesday wanderings.

Whisky, The Tuxedo Cat Opines

Hello Friends,

Oliver here. Recently, we learned about Tuxedo Cats and, meowza is there a lot to know! I feel a special affinity to these stately felines as I too am a black and white, although officially not considered a Tuxedo Cat.

Whisky the Tuxedo CatIn the process of doing my blog post I met a very nice Tuxedo Cat named Whisky. The Tribe of Five was interested to hear Whisky opine about his human, his life in the UK and the life of a Tuxedo Cat in general, so I set up an interview with him.  I invite you to join our conversation and we always love to hear from fellow felines and if you’re at Tuxedo, definitely give us a “meow out”.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

 

black and white cat Oliver
Hello Whisky, welcome to Feline Opines! My first question for you is, how did  you get your name?

 

design-1Why thank you Oliver. I got my name because my mum had never seen a cat with such long whiskers! Eventually my name (Whiskers) was shortened to Whisky and it stuck!

 

black and white cat Oliver
Your human created a fantastic graphic about adoption in my previous blog post. We love adoption stories (we shared ours with kitten photos) during Remember Me Thursday). Please tell us about  yours.

 

design-1I don’t remember much of the first few months of my life but I do remember when I was a kitten of four months, finding myself in a cold suitcase outside a cat rescue home. Thankfully, they let me in! A month later my mum and dad came to see me in there. We got on great and through my fabulous powers of purrrsuasion, I convinced them to become my humans.

black and white cat OliverAre you kitten me? Left in a suitcase? ‘Makes me wonder about some humans out there. I must say though, the humans in the UK do seem enlightened about “moggies” and we often opine on cat-topics from across the Pond. Since your humans are such fans of tea, do they serve you catnip tea?

design-1Catnip tea? What’s that? I’ve never heard of it, please tell me where I can send my humans to get some. I do have a small amount of catnip but my human mostly hides it away.

black and white cat OliverWe learned about catnip tea from a very fancy cat called Navi. Jasmine interviewed her at her Tea Party. Navi said that catnip tea is good for humans too.  I had my purrrsonal assistant check for catnip tea in the UK and she found some online. We haven’t tried it so you may want your human to do a bit more checking in your neighborhood.  Our humans are a bit stingy with our catnip as well.

On another note Whisky, tell us what is your favorite thing about your human.

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He gives me treats almost every time I meow at him, and strokes on demand too!

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black and white cat Oliver
Meowza! Sounds like you have your human trained well! So tell us, are there any other felines (or other creatures, furry, feathered or otherwise) in your house?

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Just me! They couldn’t handle more than one pet!

 

black and white cat OliverWe felines spend a lot of time keeping watch over our neighborhoods by sitting in the window. What do you see when  you look our your windows and what’s your favorite thing to watch outside?

 

design-1I love watching birds, they get me so excited! Sometimes a big black cat comes and meows at me through the window and we have a chat together too.

 

black and white cat OliverYep, birds and squirrels are our fave as well. Other cats, not so much. Our big Alpha, Tucker does not like any cats on our front porch and, if they are brazen enough to come up to the door, Tucker might just leave a present for our humans when they get home (unwrapped, if you get my drift). That brings another question to mind, are you an indoor or an outdoor kitty?

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I am an indoor cat. In summer, when my humans are gardening, they let me outside for a little while so long as they can see me.

 

black and white cat Oliver
That’s good that your humans watch over you when you’re outside with them. What do they do to keep you safe?

 

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They never let me out without supervision. They say it’s dangerous because there is a busy road not far away. I wish they’d chill out a bit!

 

black and white cat OliverWe feel the same here, the female human especially is nervous (granted, I did a header down the stairs when I was a kitten) and Tucker has fallen off the upstairs balcony twice. This has caused the female human to be over protective and now we’re not allowed outside anywhere unless we’re in our portable catio. Actually, it’s pretty cool but don’t tell our humans I said so.

We did notice that on your wonderful website about Tuxedos, there isn’t any information about you. Are  you considering lobbying your human for a little more exposure as you are clearly the spokespurrson for the Tuxedo Cat website.

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Good idea! My human really underappreciates the work I’ve put into the website, it’s about time I got some more recognition. I’ll have words!

black and white cat Oliver
We noticed that your human is involved in awarding an Animal Welfare & Veterinary Scholarship. That’s pawsome! How did this come about?

 

design-1Ah, that was one of his stupid ideas that never worked.  He’s probably forgotten about it. I think he hoped to use it to get in touch with a few veterinary students who may be interested in coming on as writers, but he had no applications. Oh well!

black and white cat OliverHah, hah. Our human has also had some less than stellar ideas but what are you going to do. If we had opposable thumbs, we could just go to the site and erase all their “faux paws”.  That brings to mind another question, how did your human become so interested in Tuxedo Cats?

 

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Through me, of course! I’m the first cat (of any kind) he’s ever had and, I guess I made a great impression!

 

black and white cat OliverWell, he certainly has become informed about Tuxedo cats and a great advocate for them. Your inspiration has resulted in amazing work.  Have  you ever watched Henri, le Chat Noir’s videos? He’s a famous Tuxedo cat.

 

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I just watched one now, what a magnificent creature, very good looking, so wise and cultured…much like myself!

 

black and white cat OliverWell my friend, this interview has gone quite long and you’re looking a bit tired.  It’s been great fun. Thanks so much for purrticipating  and please thank your human for all his hard work on behalf of Tuxedo Cats! Oh wait, it appears that we’ve gone overtime and into Whisky’s nap time. We’ll just wish him and his humans well and quietly, oh so quietly end this interview.
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Friendly Fill Ins Week 83

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Hello Friends,
Lily here gettin’ in the mood for Catmas, hence the festive head gear. We’re having our human check out some blog hops so today I’m doing our first Friendly Fill Ins.  If you want to join, make sure you add your link at McGuffy’s Reader. You can also answer in the comment section.  The Tribe of Five would love to learn more about you so join the blog hop or answer in the comments.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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This week’s Questions:

1. The best part of last week was _______________________.

2. The worst part of last week was ____________________.
3.                               is a Winter project that I will be working on.

4. A holiday gift that I always buy for someone is                           .
My Answers:
1. The best part of last week was spending more time with our female human. It wasn’t such a great week for her because she missed a step and fell, smashing her knee. She was home for two days which  meant more petting and cuddle time for me (lest you think I’m cold-hearted we gave her lots of love, we felines are very good nurses).
2. The worst part of last week was that our female human hurt her knee (see #1) but she’s doing much better now.
3.Watching the deer pass by and try to get the apples off the trees will be a winter project that I will be working on. This photo is Oliver watching the passing deer.
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4.A holiday gift I always buy for someone is absolutely nothing. I’m a cat and although I am a hard working, blogging, journalistic cat, I receive no salary so the best gift I can give my humans and the rest of the Tribe of Five is the gift of my presence. This is a picture of me gracing my family with my presence.
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The Tuxedo

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Hello Folks,
Oliver here. I’ve been feeling a bit reflective ever since our purrsonal assistant received an email from another human named Daniel Richardson who lives, as we felines say, across the Pond.

Those of you who follow our blog understand that The Tribe of Five is quite enamored with the British humans, who, we believe, are some of the most pawsome and enlightened humans when it comes to cats.

Now this human, Daniel, was interested in sharing a graphic he’d done regarding the many reasons to adopt cats. The Tribe of Five are great fans of adoption. We even shared stories about our adoptions (and featured some baby pics) on our “Remember Me Thursday” post entitled, “Let’s Talk About Adoption” .

We had our purrsonal assistant purrruse Daniel Richardson’s webpage, Tuxedo Cat and yowza did we learn a lot!

designDid you know that in the UK  75% of all cats are Black and White? And, because they are so common they’re often overlooked by many people when choosing a cat? Well this black and white cat says that’s terrible! I was horrified to learn that Tuxedo patterned cats generally spend more than ten days longer in cat shelters than other cats.  This really made me think. If our humans hadn’t adopted us after fostering us, Alberto (my brother, the Siamese looking fellow) probably would have been adopted much sooner than me, even here in the U.S.

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According to the information on Tuxedo Cat, a “Tuxedo” is black and white, they typically have black coloring around their eyes often with a white chin or nose, sort of like a mask.  To be officially classified as a Tuxedo Cat, the feline should have a predominantly black coat with a white chest and paws. The photo to the left is a fine example of a Tuxedo and is Whiskey, the spokespurrrson for the Tuxedo Cat website.

Meowza is there a lot to learn about the esteemed black and white cat on this website. I took a good long look in the mirror and my coloring is not “classic” Tuxedo but I do think I’m close enough to stand in solidarity with the Tuxedos.  Black and white cats are cool, they’re great swimmers, good-natured, very smart, and, well the list goes on and on but the female human warned me not to go too far with my “black and white cats are the best” lest the rest of the Tribe take exception to my comments.

So, what started out as an opportunity to share an excellent graphic on adoption has become quite an information session about Tuxedo Cats. And there’s more, the Tribe of Five will be interviewing Whiskey and sharing with you his adoption story.

So, as my feline friends across the Pond say, Cheerio until next time and if you don’t go over to TuxedoCats you’re just barmy! (and don’t forget to check out the pawsome graphic about adoption from Whiskey’s human below!)
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/6

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,

I’m back after my holiday hiatus. The humans went away and we had a very nice cat sitter. I must say, at least on behalf of The Tribe of Five that staying at home and having a nice cat sitter come in twice a day is soooo much better than being hauled away to some place to stay in a cage. If you have a great cat sitter, tell us about them. Two paws up for all cat sitters!

Now, let’s get to the items I found on my weekly wanderings through the web.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
AlHead

Alberto

 

Twitter Account Pairs Cat Pics with Metal Lyrics and it’s Purrfect – I Can Haz

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Sphynx cat with raised paw

No matter how floofy and sweet we felines look, if you look a little deeper, you’ll find many of us have an affinity with rock and roll and metal. The humans behind the Twitter Account, Black Metal Cats understands this very well.  I admit I’m a little more rock and roll than I am metal. My theme song would be “Born to Be Wild” but every feline can enjoy a little darkness now and then.

 

The Cat Who Swims Like an Otter – I Heart Cats.com

Siamese cat swimming in pool

Adventure cats are the cat’s meow and I am purrrticularily interested in cats who swim. As you may know, the female human and i are planning on being kayak buddies. Unfortunately, it took us a while to find just the right life jacket (don’t I look handsome?) and then the skies were so filled with smoke from the forest fires that surrounded us that the air quality was not good for humans or animals. So, onward and upward and looking forward to next summer. Siamese cat in life jacket

But in the meantime, I want to learn from other fearless felines that like the water. Sasha is just such a feline. Sasha likes to take a swim in her pool and acts like it’s no big deal. if  you don’t believe me, check out this video of her swimming. As much as I admire Shasha’s pool adventures, it’s still good to be safe. We live near big lakes and rivers and those conditions can be dangerous so I always recommend a life jacket (like the fashionable one I’m sporting)

 

 

 

 

Man’s Adopted Cat is His Favorite Climbing Partner – Bored Panda

black cat climbs mountains with her human

Now if you’re just catching your breath over the swimming feline Sasha, this one might just put you over the edge. Meet Millie and her human Craig Armstrong. Craig found a feline that shares his love of exploring, camping and climbing and the two have had some wonderful adventures.  Craig says that “Ever since Millie climbed up onto my shoulder at the  adoption center in Utah, I knew we’d make a good team.”

The female human was very pleased to see the precautions Craig takes with Millie but thankfully, she has not suggested that we add mountain climbing to our summer adventures! You can follow Craig and Millie’s adventures on their Instagram account. 

 

Max the Banned Cat Meets with Macalester President – Star Tribune

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Dear Humans, this is a cautionary tale for you, never, EVER underestimate the power of felines and social media. Max, the Orange Tabby first came to fame when he began sneaking into the library at Macalester College. Now what can be so bad about a cat with litter-ary aspirations? Evidently quite a bit according to the librarian , who maxposterbanned him from the building and even went so far as to create a wanted poster for the door.

Max’s plight created a stir on campus. There were cartoons about Max, a student created a library card for Max and there were #FreeMax comments all over campus. When social media picked up the story more people joined the Max bandwagon and an international hue and cry was raised for Max the Library Cat.

Things reached the point where the college President arranged a meeting with Max. You can see the video on the page with the story.  The sit down was not a great success, with the college President complaining that a cat is more famous than he is. The rest of the meeting was interesting. You must watch the video. Suffice to say, Max had the upper paw! Sheesh, what’s a cat have to do to keep a job?

KitTea Cat Cafe Offers Caturday Cartoons and bottomless Cereal Bar -KitTea Cat Cafe

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If you follow me Wednesday wanderings you know I love to report on Cat Cafe’s, especially the ones opening up all over this nation. If you think a cat cafe is just a place to see or interact with cats you’ve got another think coming. Take the Kit Tea Cat Cafe for Front+Sign+How+We+Work+-+2017instance, they do lots of neat things there and, aside from their special events, they even make it easy for visitors to understand what the cat cafe experience is.  Check out their easy to understand graphic for visitors.

You can book any regular visit online and even book the special events like the yoga nights, Happy Meowr, Mewvie Nights, The Caturday Morning Cartoons and more. Follow the Kit Tea Cat Cafe on Instagram.

 

This Caturday Morning event really intrigues me.  Here is how they advertise it:

Have mew heard about our Caturday Morning Cartoons event? Come in your best jammies and curl up like a cat (with a cat) to watch an hour of nostalgic 90’s/80’s cartoons and commercial clips on our big screen – surrounded by 10+ sanctuary kitties. A cereal bar filled with sugary sweet cereals will also be available to make it the ultimate Caturday morning!

Includes:
Bottomless cereal bar (assortment of sugary childhood favorites)
A morning of streaming cartoons in our Cat Lounge

The female human said if we lived close to San Francisco she’d be there! Great job Kit Tea Cat Cafe! See you at the breakfast bowl.

 

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web 11/29

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Alberto here. Please forgive me for missing my Wednesday Walk last week. The humans were off somewhere celebrating this thing they call “Thanksgiving”. We had a great cat sitter so all was well at our house but truth be told, I’m a bit miffed that they didn’t bring us any of this “turkey” they keep talking about. Sometimes humans can be so selfish.

But I digress. Here are my feline findings on the web this week.

Enjoy!
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Catty Shack-A Sanctuary For Feral Felines – RiverBender.com

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There are many kind humans who feed and care for feral cats. Sarah Shipton is one of those kind humans and when some of her feral friends were found dead or disappeared she decided that these felines needed a safe place. She took out a loan and built a sanctuary for the feral felines in her area.

She installed a cat proof fence, insulated shack full of kitty toys and a safe place for the felines to sleep and stay out of the cold, a lawn dragon and a porch where humans can enjoy the kitty cavorting and lots more. The Catty Shack is a 501c3″ no-kill animal shelter in Hamel, IL and the bulk of the contributions they receive are used for testing, spaying and neutering and food.

If there was an award for human rescuer of the year, I’d give it to Sarah Shipton. Two paws up for Catty Shack!

Awsome 4th Grader Collecting Blankets for Shelter Cats – CactusHugs.com

Kendalls Pawsitively Purrfet kitty supply deive

While we’re on the subject of humans doing great things for felines, here’s another example. This mini-human named Kendall Keyes (who is only 9 years old) was concerned when she learned that the Palm Springs Animal Shelter needed warm fleece baby blankets for their adoptable kittens and cats. She sprang into action and with the help of her mom and school counselor, Kendalls Pawsitively Purrfect Kitten Supply Drive was born.

So you see humans, you don’t have to big, old or famous to do something fantastic for the felines at your shelter!

How Police Solved a Mail Bomb Case With Cat Hair – Above The Law

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Our female human is a writer and happens to be writing a mystery that centers around animal forensics. I for one, thought she was a bit crazy until I stumbled upon this article. A woman accused of sending letter bombs to Texas Governor Abbott and former President Obama was recently arrested and indictes and some of the key pieces of evidence in the case…cat hairs!

Evidently the Feds found cat hairs stuck under the address label on the letter and voila, the rest is history.  So now I guess I owe our female human an apology, especially since I have it on good authority that there are two characters in the book that are exactly like Oliver and yours truly!

Dog and Cat Besties Hike the Colorado Wilderness Together – Matador Network

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Those of you who follow my Wednesday wanderings know how much I love stores about adventure cats (being an aspiring adventure cat myself). I’ve featured many but this story is about an adventure cat and his canine buddy.

Henry, the dog and Baloo, the cat were both adopted from shelters and now that they have each other, their humans take them camping. These two have some amazing adventures and you can follow them on their Instagram account. Hmm, maybe I should speak to the humans about adopting an adventure buddy for me.

Oscar Is A Cat Of The World But He Doesn’t Like Flying – Newstimes

gray tabby in cat carrier on plane

Even world-famous media cats and adventure cats have their limit. Oscar, as his human desciribes him, is a “cat of the world” but there is one area of modern life that Oscar does not like and that is flying. Note his less then enthusiastic expression in his carrier.

After you read all that the human had to go through before and during the trip and Oscar’s response, you’ll want to think twice about taking your feline on a flight, even if they are the most adventuresome of cats.