Oliver Opines on Family and Spring in Friendly Fill Ins #98

Hi Folks,

black and white cat eating wheat grassOliver here, just chillin’ and enjoying one of my favorite treats, wheat grass, while I purruse the neighborhood. We’re still waiting for spring at our house but the good news is almost half the snow is gone from the front yard!

I hope you enjoy this week’s fill ins and as always, you can go to McGuffy’s Reader and join the blog hop or join it at our friends blog 15andmeowing. Or, if you’re so inclined, you can leave your fill in answers in the comment section of this post. We love to have our friends meow at us!
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

Here are the fill in questions:

1. I am the _________________ in my family.
2. I have __________________ sibling(s).
3. I am looking forward to                            this Spring.

4. The first sign of Spring this year was                      .

Here are my answers:

1.I am the most heat loving cat in my family . Whenever the humans look for me, they first check all the floor heat vents. They call me a “heat hog” as I’ll block a vent until my fur is so warm it’s almost on fire. And, speaking of fire, the fireplace is one of my favorite spots. Here is a photo of me blocking the vent under the kitchen sink.


2.I have five siblings. Actually only one is a blood relative and that’s Alberto my brother (I know, we don’t look anything alike) but the other three tribe members are adopted siblings and we’re all a happy family.


3.I am looking forward to butterfly chasing this spring. Our house has big windows and there are always birds and butterflies fluttering around. The Female Human managed to capture one of my fierce butterfly hunts from last summer.

4.The first sign of spring this year was not yet seen. Dude, we still have snow in the yard and not one robin has flown past our windows! Spring will take a bit longer in our neck of the woods. In the meantime, I’m hunkering down and staying cozy.














































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































2. I have five siblings. Only one is related by blood and that’s my sister Jasmine. The rest are rescue adoptees into the family.

3. I am looking forward to sitting on the front porch with my humans this spring.






























We’re Purring With Excitement

Hi Folks,
black and white cat in mad hatters top hatOliver here. I’m wearing my fancy dress because we have some exciting news from our Feline Opines newsroom. We have been honored and Alberto is reporting from our newsroom with this exciting news.

We only have one question. If it’s the opining of The Tribe of Five that got us this award, why is the name of our purrsonal assistant on the announcement?
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/21

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Friends,

It’s good to be back with you. I must say it was quite a hardship to be without our purrsonal assistant for a week. Granted, The Tribe remained safe and comfy at home and we have a pawsome cat sitter but still, there was work to be done and until we felines can figure out how to dictate to our blog and have it type itself we are forced to depend on The Female Human. Sigh.

Her trip was not without success though. In her wanderings, she met a cat who works in an art gallery and I as I am purrticularly fond of “working cat” stories, I will be doing a special report on Blue soon.

I hope you enjoy this week’s offerings,
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

‘Cat Pawsitive’ training helps make cats more adoptable – Q13Fox


As my readers know, all of the Tribe of Five are rescues so we are very keen on any idea that helps felines get out of the shelter and into fur-ever homes. A shelter in Seattle is implementing Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Pawsitive  program to help their kitties find their own special humans.  The premise is that a mentally stimulated, active cat is a much more happy cat and happy gets get adopted sooner!

The training uses positive, reward based clicker training. When the felines master the “tricks” they are taught, they become more confident and more ready to meet humans who come to visit them. Some over achieving felines have been known to give the human visitors a “high five”.  Be sure and visit the story about this pawsome program and watch the video. 

At this time, the shelters who use this program are selected by the foundation but you can email them (jgp@greatergood.org) to see if your shelter can participate. I give this program a two paws up!


Reiki for Cats is “thing” – BravoTV.com

tabby cat getting reiki massage

Okay, first I had to ask the female human, “What the heck is reiki and is it edible?” She wasn’t sure so I sent her to the reiki.org website and this is how they describe it, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.”

Evidently “Cat Reiki” is a popular solution for “emotionally imbalanced kitties”. Now I would hesitate to point the paw at any of the Tribe who might be in need of this technique but Jasmine comes to mind. You can read Jasmine’s story (it’s in 3 parts and actually is called “Amelia’s Story”) and then draw your own conclusions if our Jasmine could do with a good dose of reiki.  But I digress.

The lady in this article., Misa Ono is a cat expert and specializes in Reiki for felines. Her company is called Balanced Cats .  

The goal of her company is to improve cat well-being so that “cats and their ownerrs share happy lives together for a long time.” In additional to the Reiki techniques,  there are also treatments for behavioral coaching with a focus on the cat’s environment and Flower Essence to help re-balance the cat’s state of mind.

Reiki helps cats emotionally and also helps with recovery from surgery or illness. Sessions take 5-10 minutes (which is really as long as any feline wants to be still).

This reiki thing sounds kinda’ nice. Have any of you felines out there ever tried it? I’d love to hear your stories.

Do Big Cats Get Hairballs? – National Geographic

African lion licking his paw

The Female Human and the Tribe had a discussion about big cats when she returned from her trip. She went to the Wildlife World- Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park on her trip. Of course, her favorite part of the place was where the big cats were and she said looking at the sleeping felines reminded her of our house. She told me there are many similarities between domestic felines and our wild cousins. She then wondered, if the big guys are so similar, do they have similar issues, like hair balls.


A photo the Female Human took at the wildlife park. She’s right, it does kinda’ look like our house on a warm day.

Some animal behaviorists say all cat species, wild or domestic, have hairballs. Others say wild cats do not get hairballs (really humans, what is it, yes or no?)

Some believe big cats don’t get hairballs because they eat only meat while domestic cats cough up hair balls because of their diet. I think, since all cats have the same kinds of tongues (with little bristles) the tongues will catch hair and they’ll swallow it. Hair isn’t something you can digest so sure enough, the hair will resurface (if you catch my drift).

I think, for those folks who don’t believe big cats have hairballs, it’s just because it’s a lot harder to see them in the tall African grass. Leave a hairball on the floor or the rug and trust me, the humans can spot it right away!

Dogs and Big Cats Part of Mayan LIfe – LiveScience.com

black and spotted jaguars

I’m an educated cat and I know all about how the Egyptians worshiped cats as gods (seems like you modern humans could take a page from their book) but I never heard that the Mayan people kept cats too. Evidently new archeological findings prove that cats (and dogs too but this is a cat blog so canines only get a mention in passing). played “larger” rolls in early Maya society.

The scientists found that the cats (probably big cats and not the fuzzy domestic variety) were kept in homes from their youth. I think those archaeologists are pretty smart, they discovered evidence that a jaguar or puma had a maize (corn) diet from a young age, suggesting that the cat was eating either maize or animals that ate maize. There is also some ancient Maya art from the time period that shows kings holding jaguars or jaguar kittens.

This just goes to show once again, felines have a long and noble history. Meow!

Japan’s Famous Cats in Hats – The Japan Times

gray tabby in a panda hat

Okay, I’m not sure how I feel about this one but the cats seem to be chill about it.  And, I’m hoping The Humans will read this and stop griping about the cat hair around the house. Ryo Yamazaki has fashioned more than 100 hats out of the hair of their three Scottish Fold felines. Ryo and his wife work as a cat hat team. He takes the photos and uploads them and she does the design and creation of the hats. They’ve even published a book with photos of their “cats in the hats”.  Their cats wear top hats, acorn caps, berets, sushi hats and another designed to look like Princess Leaia’s side buns.

If you want to see more of these delightful creations, you can check out their Instagram account  @rojiman, which currently has more than 89,000 followers. Meowza! If I knew all it took to get so many followers was to don a hat The Tribe of Five would have gotten The Humans busy on this project long ago.






Not Walkin’ – Chillin

Hello There Friends,

Alberto here. The Female Human (also known as our purrsonal assistant) has been given the week off from my normal “Walk Through the Web Wednesday” feature. She has had her nose in the computer for a month now, finishing a book for The Tribe of Five. Had she not been working so hard for us, we would not have given her time off but we are not unreasonable bosses.

So, while she enjoys a week away from the regular routine and flys to places much warmer than our neck of the woods for a speaking engagement, I’ll make the announcement that the book is done. I must add here that we are a bit annoyed that her name is listed as th author as she is merely the scribe who brings our opining and thoughts to light. We will have to have a contract renegotiation before the next book.

And……drum roll please, here it is …..you can read it in paperback or on your kindle! When The Female Human comes home we’ll have here include the links.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Walk Through The Web Wednesday..a day late 3/8


Hello Friends,
So, my purrsonal assistant allowed herself to get a bit behind and my Wednesday deadline came and went with no blog post. She is redeeming herself (a bit) by getting my Wednesday Web Walk posted today but I guess better late than never!
I hope you enjoy this week;s wanderings,
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

I Don’t Normally Get Purrlitical but…..


One of the reasons my weekly Wednesday wanderings were late is because the female human was busy making this little video for a local candidate. There are no purrlitical parties mentioned so, since I deemed this a non-partisan video I thought I would share it. This candidate has a canine in the forefront of his campaign but it seems like he is garnering a feline constituency.

Man Quits His Job and Travels Australia in Camper Van With His Cat -Providr

man travels with his calico cat through Australia in a van

This man used to live in Hobart, Tasmania but  he decided to quit his job in May of 2015 sold his possessions, including his house, bought a camper van and began to travel Australia. He didn’t travel alone though. His cat Willow was with him for ever mile (or kilometer). He keeps a close eye on Willow but he also has her wear a tracking collar so he knows where she is all the time. Rich and Willow traveled over 50,000 kilometers and when they finally returned home, Rich decided they weren’t done with traveling yet. You can follow Rich and Willow’s adventures at VanCatMeow.com  You can sign up to have Willow send you postcards so you  never wonder again, “Where are  Rich and Willow?”

The Cats of Longwood Gardens – Atlas Obscura

black and white cat in longwood gardens

Here is another in my series on cats with jobs. These Longwood Garden cats have a pretty nice gig going. The Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania are filled with colorful plants (even some carnivorous ones!). The working felines at Longwood actually have two jobs. They patrol and take are of pest control and they are also feline ambassadors.  There are about 12 cats working there and are all loved and cared for. They are all very well loved rescue cats. They never used to wear collars but ever since a visitor took a Longwood feline worker home, thinking he was a stray. Thankfully, the purloined pussy cat was returned to his friends and cat co-workers.  I think this is one of the best feline jobs I’ve reported on yet!

Buddy The Adventure Cat Enjoys the Great Outdoors – Philly.com

Buddy the Adventure Cat

Meowza! Cats are getting more and more adventurous! Meet Buddy, a feline that likes to head out into the great outdoors. Buddy was rescued when he was 7-months old when he was found near an old warehouse. Someone put Buddy in a box and set it next to Steve Swartz’s desk. Good think Steve is a cat lover and Buddy had a forever home.

Buddy is now an adventure cat in training. On the day this article was written he was a little leery of the photographer which is why he’s peeking out of his carrier. I was very glad to hear that cats can be in training to be an adventure cat because I’m a wannabe kayaking cat and will begin my training this summer. Who knows, maybe I’ll bump into Buddy on a trail someday. Adventure on my feline friends!

British MPs Launch a Group Dedicated To Cat Welfare – inews.co.uk

gray and white cat Larry the downing street cat

Larry, the Downing Street cat (Photo by James Glossop – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The British folks always seem to be on the forefront of cat news. Members of British Parliament and their constituents have joined together with animal charities to campaign for better rights for cats in the UK. They will lobby for law changes to improve protection for cats and their owners and will focus on feline welfare and key issues affecting cats such as toxins in antifreeze and ownership of air guns. Cats do not have the same rights as dogs in road traffic accidents and they seek to change this.  APGOCATS has been created which will be dedicated to tackling matters affecting feline welfare. I guess when it comes to laws pertaining to felines, I am a purrlitical animal!









Alberto Opines on Dr. Seuss in this week’s Friendly Fill ins # 95


Hello Folks,
Alberto here doing this week’s fill ins. If you’d like to join the blog hop, head on over to McGuffy’s Reader or, to our friends who co-host the hop, 15andmeowing.  You can also add your “Seussian” fill ins in the comments in this blog post.

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Dr. Seuss

Here are this week’s fill ins:

1. My favorite Dr. Seuss book is _________________.
2. The most interesting person I have ever met is ______________.
3. Besides books by Dr. Seuss, my favourite book as a child was                       .
4. Lately, I have been working on                          .

Here are my fill in responses:

1.My favorite Dr. Seuss book is The Cat In The Hat (of course, what did you expect me to say?)



2.The most interesting person I’ve ever met is purrhaps the relative of my humans who has been staying with us. This human enjoys doing puzzles and I enjoy helping challenge him by knocking those little pieces on the floor or, in some cases snacking on them. This human foolishly attempts to protect his puzzles with cardboard (to no avail I might add). My humans have never introduced me to this wonderful feline activity.



3.Besides books by Dr. Seuss, my favorite book as a child was not really a book at all. You see I was a 21st Century kitten and I spent less time reading and more time playing games on the iPad. I would like to report that as an almost adult cat, I have become more litter-ary.





4.Lately, I have been working on getting The Female Human in gear to update our website (FelineOpines.com) . She added a nice section about Cat Cafes from Katzenworld and also linked to a website that lists cat cafes all over the world. Nice job Human.




Oliver Opines on Purresidents and Other Stuff on Friendly Fill Ins Week 94

Hello Folks,
Oliver here. I’m filling in the “fill ins” this week because I have some pretty strong opinions on some of this stuff.

You can join the fun by going to our friends at McGuffy’s Reader or with our friends, and Friendly Fill Ins Co-Hosts, 15andmeowing.  And, as always, feel free to leave your fill in thoughts as a comment in this post.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

This Week’s Fill In Questions:

1. My favorite president is ________________ because ___________________.

2. This weekend, I have plans to ______________________.
3. I            my               .

4. I believe                    .

My Fill In Responses:

1. My favorite president is the one who was not elected and that would be me because I think it’s time for this country to take a look at things from a feline point of view!

OllieOliveBtnThis feline ran for Purresident with my pawsome running mate, Olive from Three Chatty Cats. We had an excellent platform and I think this country would benefit from some feline wisdom! You can read about our platform and other information (as well as my concession speech) here. 






2.This weekend I have plans to do absolutely nothing. I am a cat, the only plans I make are for meal times and purrhaps, if I’m feeling frisky, some play time.  My “do nothing” plan will be purrfect if I can convince The Male Human to “do nothing” with me.







3.I quite enjoy  my job as shower snoopervisor (with my brother Alberto). Although I must say, Alberto is a bit wacky. He loves water, even gets in the shower with The Male Human. I guess that’s why The Female Human is training him to go kayaking with her!






begging squirrel



4.I believe that the fat “town squirrel” who tries to muscle our little pine squirrel away from the bird feeder should be a little less demanding and a little more thankful. If the feeder is empty, he stands on the railing of the upstairs deck and gives The Female Human attitude. The raccoons are far more polite and grateful.