Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/27

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
I hope all is well in your neck of the the woods. We are surrounded by fires in our neck of the woods as are some of our blogging furiends. Today we’re thinking about  Barb, Alex, Marv, JoJo, Kozmo and Cinnamon from Cats-Astrophic Events. Today is Marv’s birthday and normally you’d see a big pawty and celebration on their blog but the fire in their area has knocked out the internet so it’s up to the rest of us to celebrate! The official pawty is taking place at Zoolatry so if you’d like to leave birthday wishes for Marv, head on over there and he’ll be able to see all his birthday wishes after he’s back on the web. And if you want to know more about Marv, check out his video on our Cat Chat segment. He has some pawsome things to say.

Oliver, Lily and I were busy celebrating holidays this week, some have passed and some are coming up so we thought we’d share some of our special holiday photos.

July 24th
Ollie is getting in touch with his fierce side for this July 29 holiday
Brothers and best furiends, International Day of Friendship 7/30
Oliver gets in touch with his “geek” side on World Wide Web Day 8/01

Well, that’s enough holidays for now, we’ll share some more next week. Now let’s see what feline newsworthy items we found on the web this week.

Massachusetts woman’s lost cat turns up six years later

I love happy endings and this ending is really happy! A lady in Massachusetts was heartbroken when her cat escaped from her third-floor condo through a loose window screen.

Margaret Kudzma’s cat, Mini Max, escaped in 2015, and she did everything she could to find the cat, posters, online posts and newspaper ads, all to no avail.  

Kudzma even ended up founding her own nonprofit rescue group, The Rescue Business, in 2016 when the search for Mini Max led her to discover a large colony of feral cats living in her neighborhood.

Needless to say, she was shocked when she received a phone call from Dr. Samantha Simonelli, a Wakefield veterinarian who found her information on the microchip of a cat that had been brought in with ear mites.

Kudzma learned Mini Max had been spotted in Revere, where a family fed the feline for several months before moving him into their house. They brought him to the vet when they noticed his ear mites, and that’s when the microchip information was discovered.

“A true miracle has occurred,” Kudzma said in a Facebook post. “Thank you everyone who participated in this search!”

Kudzma said she is having Mini Max thoroughly examined to ensure he does not have any other health issues or lingering injuries from his jump out of her third-floor window.

Humans, I can’t say this enough. When you find a kitty think LOST not stray and get that cat to someplace where they can see if the feline is microchipped.

A Colorado Springs plant store’s shop cat brings smiles to whoever walks in

Working cats rock and Marley draws customers to Summerland Gardens in Colorado Springs for the plants-and the feline. Marley is a hard worker, on the job every day either at the front counter, hanging out in a box of seeds or patrolling the place, looking for pets and skritches.

The owner of Summerland Gardens, Julie McIntyre said she never wanted a shop cat. She had a shop dog and felt she’d reached her animal quota.  That changed twelve years ago when she met Marley.

She called him Marley because he’s so mellow and easy going. He waltzes around the business as though he’s the one that runs the place. Marley is king of all he surveys.

Customers can enjoy “Marley Mondays”  and post Marley photos on Instagram. Now there are even Marley stickers for sale at the shop with all proceeds going to cat shelters.

Marley is working hard to reduce stress and bring happiness to all who visit Summerland Gardens. Paws up for Marley, doing his job and making his little corner of the world a better place.

Animal Shelter Creates Hilarious Bio for Cat Called Dave

Hey, I get it. It’s hard to come up with spiffy descriptions of all the kitties in the shelter who are looking for their forever home. And sometimes, you humans have to let loose and have some fun, just like the human at The Cats Cradle Shelter in Fargo, N.D.

The description reads, “Look at him, he’s a perfect Dave. The kind of Dave who’s quiet, calm and sometimes overlooked, but is the best neighbor on the block.” And the shelter also listed some of Dave’s talents such as,  “Dave will snow-blow your drive before you come home from a winter vacation, so you can drive right into your garage, Dave will keep an eye on your house every day when you take the kids to California for a week.”

And if those talents aren’t enough the shelter continues, “Dave will shop-vac your carpets and set up fans when the sump pump quits and your basement floods a little bit, two days before you are due to fly home. He’ll call your shared insurance guy, take pictures, get everything cleaned up, and not tell you until you get home, because he doesn’t want to ruin your trip.” And Dave doesn’t do anything half-way when it comes to caring for his humans, “Dave will make sure there’s beer in the fridge and tells nice fishing tales. “Adopt Dave. He’s too good for this world,”

Well, it looks like someone may have adopted Dave because we sent our Purrsonal Assistant to the shelter page to see if Dave was still there but he is gone. We sure hope he’s relaxing with his new humans in his forever home in North Dakota.

Rescue cats inspire mental health author to create tool for navigating change

Mental health clinician, Dianne Salvador had her mind and heart changed when she rescued L’il Fox and Ming Ming. As she got to know her felines, she realized that her kitties could help others navigate change and wrote a book called Cat Shapes  as a tool to help with change.  She says that the knack cats have to transform captured her imagination and she thought the cat’s ability to adapt could help humans too.

She observed her feiines and identified 28 shapes (or ways of approaching a situation) used by cats.

Ms. Salvador wants to turn change into a positive and she feels that using the example of cats will help to do that.

*Note, I sent our Purrsonal Assistant all over the inter-web to find a link to this book and the one I’ve included is the only one she could find.

See 8 ‘purr-fect’ Portland cat patios in person or online: 2021 Catio Tour fundraiser

Meowza, what a great fund raising idea! We have a garden tour in our neck of the woods every summer and it’s a great fundraiser. This catio tour is brilliant! And, the stories about the catios on the tour are pretty interesting. Take, for instance, Sheryl Hirschbein who wanted a safe playground for her felines, Goober and Mango. Her kitties got an Asian inspired catio connected to 80 feet of sky bridges. Oh my whiskers, that place sounds like kitty heaven.

Mango and Goober have identification microchips on their collars that open the flaps to let them in their catio (and keep other critters out).  I’d say Goober and Mango are living their best life for sure as are the other catio owning felines in Portland.

This tour is produced by The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Portland Audubon (to encourage cat owners to build catios and keep the felines from going after birds). If you are in the Portland area you can purchase tickets at Cats Safe at Home Campaign.

And, if you would like to build a catio for  your own feline furiends, there are some good ideas in the article.  If you live in a place like our neck of the woods where winter is snowy and chilly, you may want to consider a “popup catio” like we have at our house.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/21

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
This is a great Wednesday as we got some rain! Meowza does that make a difference! Aside from the precipitation, there’s not a lot new in our neck of the woods.

I have been taking on a new role (in addition to the many roles I have) as morning advisor to The Human. I have noticed for quite a while that she could use some assistance in getting ready in the morning. This feline has so much on his plate but I am the kind of guy who sees a need and steps in. So far, The Human is not expressing the amount of gratitude for this sacrifice of my time that she should, but I’m sure she will come around soon.

Lily heard there was some rain coming and she insisted on going on the upstairs deck with The Human to watch for the clouds and enjoy that nice “rainy” smell in the air.

“Get ready folks, the rain is coming!”:

The Human purchased a nice floofy bed for us and as soon as it was delivered and she put it on one of the levels of the cat condo, Oliver took it over. I think we can safely say Oliver approves. As for Lily and I, we haven’t been able to get near it yet.

Well, enough about us, let’s check in on other felines in this week’s news report. ‘Hope your week is filled with showers (if you need them) and floofy beds.

The best U.S. cities to be a cat

The #3 city is the closest one to our neck of the woods so con-catulations Salt Lake City! OneVet  rated all these cities on many different things such as the number of veterinarians, pet friendly rentals, number of cat adoptions and more. Who was #1? Miami with Orlando at number 2 (‘seems like Florida really loves felines!)

If your humans are thinking about moving, I’d have them check out this site because not only are there ratings for the best cities for felines, there are ratings for the worst states for felines (New Y ork, I hiss in your direction and my condolences to my feline furiends in the Big Apple) as well as cities with the most cat adoptions, cat café’s and more.

I also found out that the OneVet company is interesting as it offers protection for humans against unexpected vet bills and get this, a single subscription covers up to 6 pets! Meowza, I’m sending The Human over to check it out!

Cats Protection Pawsome Afternoon Teas returns

Siamese Cat and human having a tea party
Photo from our feature, “Navi’s Tea Party”

I love how our furiends across the pond love felines and this event shows their love and support of cats in a very British kind of way with cakes, biscuits and of course, tea as cat lovers across the U.K. host afternoon teas to raise money for Cats Protection.

This year the tea events take place during the month of August and there are many ways to purrticipate such as holding a tea party at home, a bake sale for your office, or an outdoor picnic.

You can find inspurration with the online tutorials Cats Protection has provided for things such as Purrfect Pawprint Cupcakes, Cat Face Biscuits, Cat Face Cupcakes

Cats Protection uses the money from these teas to help so many cats. For instance 20 Pounds (a little over $27.00 U.S.) will feed four cats at a shelter for 25 days and fifty pounds sterling (a little over $68.00 U.S.) will provide eight kittens with milk for 14 days.

I’m encouraging all our British furiends to go online and sign up and America, we need to get something like this going too!

Surfing cat raises awareness for mental health

Now my regular readers shouldn’t be surprised to hear about a surfing cat. I’ve featured all kinds of adventure cats in my Wednesday news features but that doesn’t make Maverick any less cool.

Maverick started his surfing career when his human put him on a surfboard in the pool when he was just a kitten and that’s when his adventures began. Maverick skateboards, paddleboards in addition to surfing.

Maverick has been featured in People and has nearly 50,000 followers on Instagram. Recently, he starred in an episode of “Cat People,” a Netflix series that showcases the unique bonds humans have with their pets.

And if you think Maverick is just a selfish adventure seeker, think again. He works with his humans to spread awareness about mental health.

His humans say, “We’re trying to open up a dialogue and let Maverick be on the forefront and also allow people to realize that having an emotional support animal or therapy animal enhances your life and adds so much.”

Mav’s motto is “trying to smash the perception cats have to stay home.” This feline agrees and I (and the rest of The Tribe) enjoy putting on our harnesses and going for a stroll with our Human.  

Pixel the cat is an online celebrity

Pixel is a l2-year old Cornish Rex with a distinctive grin, slightly protruding eyes and some fancyt fangs that give him a very special look. Pixel’s human, Alyson Kalhagen, says the feline has a goofy personality to go with his funny facial expressions. He loves hanging out with his family and insists on being in on anything that’s going on, whether it’s movie watching or playing fetch.

And lest you think Pixel is reluctant in front of the camera, think again. His human says he loves to model.

And, social media being what it is (full of critics and naysayers), Pixel gets some less than flattering email, some even accuse him of being a demon in a cat’s body. I say some of you humans just need to keep your opinions to yourselves! I think Pixel is the cat’s meow!

Vote for Alberto

Furiends, I am not usually a self-promoter but this time it’s for a good cause.

I just entered the  Second Annual Rescue Brew Beer Spokescat contest. (Oh, they are also having a Spokesdog too but that’s not important). Who can enter? The rules allow rescue cats (and dogs) from all over the country. You enter on the Charleston Animal Societies website. Nominations are July 15-August 15 with a $10.00 entry donation which goes to the Charleston Animal Society.

Voting will be August 16 until September 17. Three finalist cats (and dogs) will be voted on and local celebrity judges will make the final decision with one winning cat (and one dog) appearing on the labels of the 2021 Rescue Brew Beer. The six finalists cats (and dogs) will receive a $100.00 gift certificate for pet supplies from the pet supply store at the Charleston Animal Society and a “Mega Pupcake” from Cupcake DownSouth.

The grand prize winning cat (and dog) will be announced on October 16.

And why is this Northwest feline entering this contest in Charleston, SC?  My human nephew, Burke Fahling, is a member of the Charleston Battery soccer team and, since I’m a fan (note the bandana, although I was forced to sport a dog bandana since the team isn’t enlightened enough to offer cat products). I figured my connection with the team might get all the beer loving soccer fans to vote and that would result in more donations for the shelter.

I’m asking my furiends to mark your calendar for August 16-September 17 and please vote for your furiend Alberto and help the Charleston Animal Society..

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/14

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,
We are still suffering from the heat in our neck of the woods. The Human is getting a bit cranky and muttering under her breath, “I moved to this area to be away from the heat!”. While we sympathize, her issues are of no consequence to us as long as meals and snacks are on time and those cooling machine thingies are in full operation.

Now don’t get me wrong, we here at The Tribe would purrfur cooler weather ourselves and I, for one, will be very happy when it’s time to snuggle up next to the fire again.

Lily is no big fan of the heat either.

“I’m not coming out of this box until fallo!”

Oliver has chosen to beat the heat by celebrating Shark Awareness Day today.

As always, The Tribe is wishing you all a cool, comfortable week filled with tuna and catnip..

Feline employee of the Year honored with a new beer release at Marker 48 Brewery

Oh my whiskers, this is my kind of story. My readers know how I like to report about working cats but this news item takes the professional feline story to a whole new level. The owners of this brewery are extremely enlightened, much more so than brewery in our neck of the woods called Laughing Dog. They host things called “Yappy Hour” . Yappy Hour, can you believe it? Makes me want to hiss every time they advertise another canine centered event!

But I digress and say thank goodness kitties are finally getting their due recognition in the brewing world by Marker 48 Brewery . Not only did these wonderful humans brew a beer to honor a deserving feline employee, they commissioned some limited edition merch as well. We sent our Purrsonal Assistant to the brewery’s site with credit card in hand to order some of the beer and maybe some merch to see if she could order merch but it looks like you have to live in or near Brooksville, Florida to do that.. If any of my furiends live near this fantastic feline loving place, please visit Willy Nelson, taste some of his beer and meow about it on our blog.

Feline Fine: Cat Enjoys Private Transatlantic Boeing 767 Flight

We felines deserve only the best and this feline is getting the best of everything, even a personal charter flight on SkyLady of Comlux. There are no tacky carriers, small cat beds or quarantine time for this feline. The Transatlantic crossing VIP kitty guest and his/her human wanted to remain anonymous so we don’t know the cat’s destination but the airline posted a nice video on Twitter to show how the cat is living the Vida Loca. Meowza, how nice would it be to have the run of a luxury plane that can seat 55 people? I wonder how many cats that translates to.

Many cats are living their best lives but this cat has taken that concept to an entirely new level. Methinks it’s time for The Human to step up her game.

A giant 3D cat has taken over one of Tokyo’s biggest billboards

And now that there are cats who have  beers brewed in their honor and who travel by private chartered et, a gigantic 3D cat has on a billboard in Tokyo shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The cat appears between advertisements and is amazingly realistic. And it doesn’t just move, it meows too! If you’re in Tokyo, you can see the cat between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m.. The video changes throughout the day. The calico cat is first startled awake in the morning, and by the afternoon it can be seen standing up and meowing at passersby. In the evening, it lies down and falls asleep with its head rested on its paws. The billboard is located over the east exit of Shinjuku train station, an area known as a busy shopping and business center. According to a website launched for the display, which is known as Cross Shinjuku Vision, 190,000 people pass the screen every weekday.

Hmm, maybe the time is getting closer when cats will rule the world (at least virtually).

Orlando Cat Café Will Donate Pet Oxygen Masks To Lake County Fire Rescue For Use In Saving Cats, Dogs After Fires

Oxygen masks save kitties lives. Does your fire department have them?

I’ve reported on many cat cafes and am a fan but have never heard of any that raised money for kitty oxygen masks. This is exactly what Orlando Cat Café did when they donated two pet oxygen masks to the Lake Country Fire Rescue. These masks revive cats and dogs who suffer from smoke inhalation after a fire.

We were intrigued with the issue of pet oxygen masks and thought that every fire department should have some so we sent our Purrsonal Assistant out on the web to learn more. To our delight, we found Project Breathe, a pet oxygen mask donation program from the good folks at Invisible Fence. Does your fire department have these life-saving masks? Why not meow at them and find out? And paws up to Invisible Fence for caring for animals!

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FELINE FINE!: Rescue cat climbs New Hampshire’s 48 tallest mountains in nine months

Not every feline thinks that travel in a private jet or having a beer named after you is living their best life. There are some cats like Floki who live lives of adventure . Floki and her hiking companion,, Mel Elam have summited every mountain in New Hampshire over 4,000 feet!

Elam had a chocolate lab hiking companion for years who had passed away. She went to the shelter to find a new buddy to take a look at a litter of kittens she’d seen there. Her plans changed when Floki reached out her paw as Elam walked by, insisting that she be picked as the new companion. When Floki was 4 months old, she had a harness and a leash and the duo headed out for their first hiking adventure.

Floki took to the adventure life and the two are looking forward to many more adventures to come. Even though this feline is a bit on the lazy side and my brother Oliver prefers to take his outside adventures in the cat stroller, we think adventure cats are cool cats!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/7

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,

It looks like there are weather issues in everyone’s neck of the woods this week. We’re purraying for our friends who are waiting for the hurricane to pass and for those of us suffering unusual heat, hang in there.

The air cooler The Human ordered finally arrived. As you can tell from this photo, it’s a hit with me!

Lily enjoys the evenings when it cools down enough to open the windows.

Lily also enjoys snoopervising whatever is going on in the kitchen.

And Oliver? Well, Ollie is just hanging around being Ollie and any chance for a nap is good for him, even when it’s hot!

So furiends, stay safe, stay cool and nap whenever you can!

Netflix’s next documentary star is the world’s greatest ‘cat rapper’

Beginning today, Netflix will show a 6-part docuseries called Cat People. There are all kinds of breeds of feline lovers like rescue workers, veterinarians, cat café owners and one of this feline’s favorites, Moshow, the cat rapper!

Moshow isn’t only a cat rapper, he puts his love of cats to good use as he promotes adoption for the Oregon Humane Society and is a participant in the Million Cat Challenge.

The Tribe gives Moshow paws up and says, “Rap on our furiend”. Enjoy the video and visit the full article for more Moshow feline rapping.

Woman woos stray cat

MOL! This could happen to our Human as she’s blind as a bat without her glasses. Claudia Hankin was enjoying sitting on her porch and reading on evening. She was delighted when she noticed a shy, little gray cat hanging out on her porch.

She doesn’t wear her glasses when she reads so she didn’t have a good view of the cat but she did the “psst, psst, here kitty” thing to try and get the cat close enough to pet.

Imagine her surprise when the “cat” got close enough to her for her to realize it wasn’t a cat at all but a possum! Hankin grabbed her phone to get a photo but as soon as the flash went off, the timid creature headed back to the woods.

I’m wondering , now that the human has extended the hand of friendship, if the possum will attempt to continue their relationship.

How to cool cats down in hot weather

Oliver). Signs of heat exhaustion are rapid breathing, lethargy, staggering movements, vomiting, red tongue and mouth, and a high temperature.

Thank goodness we cats sweat through our paw pads and we will attempt to disperse our body heat by moving to a cooler spot and drinking lots of water.  

Now if your feline is extra furry they will be looking for heat relief but even the less furry of us appreciate some help.

Here are some ideas to help your kitty be more comfortable when the weather is too warm.

1. Freeze cat treats
If you like those tasty Churu mousse like treats or Delectables, tell your human to put a few in the freezer and voila-cat popsicles!

2. Provide an outdoor cat house.
If you find your feline lounging on the hot pavement, try a cat house that is more elevated and that offers some shade.

3. Make your own frozen cat treat.
Drain some tuna juice (water from the canned tuna), add a bit more water and pour into an ice cube tray. Tasty!

4. Consider a cat cooling mat
They make these for dogs but they work for cats too. If you have multiple felines, get a large mat so everyone can lounge on it.

5. Get a pet water fountain
Having  plenty of fresh water is important during warmer months. Water fountains provide a regular supply of flowing water.

.6. Put ice cubes in water
Our Tribe loves this and, after we’ve had a nice cool drink, we like to swat the ice cubes around.

7. Make your own DIY cat cooling towel
Save the money for cat treats and just paper towels for DIY cooling towels.

9. Consider a catio
Make sure there is plenty of shade and cool water available.

10. Make sure your windows are safe
If you leave your windows open use netting frames that fit over the windows or doors to keep your cat safe and your home cooler.

12. Daily grooming
Cats with thick coats will especially appreciate frequent grooming.

14. Freeze a bottle of water.
Freeze the bottle, wrap it in a towel and place it where your cat likes to hang out

And remember, no matter how much your do, you may still have some dramatic felines in your home like Oliver.

Keeping cats safe in your yard

There is a lot of talk about catios, heck, I’ve reported on some fantastic ones myself but if you humans are adverse to attaching something to your home (especially if you have snowy winters) you might like this idea.

Happy Paws Out is a cat-proof fencing system that allows your felines to enjoy your yard and not pull a Houdini maneuver to escape. This can be installed on all kinds of fences or, 2D panels can be installed to close open garden areas.

You can go the  DIY route or take advantage of their installation services (if you live in Ireland, that is). Purrsonally, I like the idea of fencing everyone in, not just the felines!

Meet Smokey, One of the First Cats to Beat FIP!

Oh my whiskers, if there ever was a time and a cat to celebrate, this is it! Smokey has been through quite a bit in his life. He was rescued when he was found in a field, sick and without his mother. He was diagnosed with feline infectious peritonitis or FIP  which is a disease that is almost always fatal in cats. But our furiend Smokey defied all the odds and is one of the first cats to ever be cured of this nasty disease!

Smokey’s human, Peter, started ZenByCat which is a non-profit organization raising funds for further FIP research. Smokey is the organizations poster cat.  Peter says that Smokey’s purpose is to give hope to people. You can follow Smokey and his siblings on their Instagram account.

Paws Up award by FelineOpines.net for humans who do amazing things for cats

The healthy Smokey spends his days walking on his wheel and playing with his 24 feline siblings.   Peter adopts as many cats as he can to give them a happy home and, as a talented general contractor, he’s been able to modify his home with cat walks to create the best cat jungle him ever.     

We give this human our Paws Up award and say concatulations to Smokey for beating this disease!   

                                                                                                                                 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 6/30

Hi there furiends,

I sure hope it’s cooler in your neck of the woods than it is in ours. We are suffering through unusual record breaking heat here in the Inland Northwest. So unusual in fact, that most folks don’t have air conditioners. Just so you know what I’m talking about here’s Weather Kitty’s report for the moment (it’s supposed to hit 102 today!)

“Halp, I think I’m melting!” – Lily
“Sigh, when will winter be here?” – Alberto

Stay cool my furiends and make sure that your humans drop some ice cubes in your water bowl!

Rescue attempt leaves cat and owner stuck in tree

MOL!! Here’s a word for you cat parents crazy enough to climb up a tree to assist your stranded feline…DON’T!

A pet parent in Oklahoma found out the hard way that this is a bad idea when he found himself stuck up in the tree with his cat. The Tulsa Fire Department’s report noted:

“Around 3:45 pm, Captain Alan Hancock and his Engine 27 A Platoon crew responded to a rescue near S. 94th E. Avenue and E. 27th Street,” the Tulsa Fire Department wrote on Facebook. “Apparently a cat climbed high up into a tree. Its owner was so concerned for the feline that he climbed up to attempt a rescue. Unfortunately, they both found themselves in a dangerous predicament high above the ground, unable to get down safely.”

Both human and cat were rescued. You can watch the video here

How vets saved Babi the cat’s life with a few shots of vodka

In a little town in South Africa, Babi, a ginger cat underwent unusual emergency treatment.

The cat’s owner noticed Babi was acting funny and refused to eat. He was barely able to stand. They scooped him up and carried him, without a box, almost 2km across the valley from Mashaeng township to the veterinary clinic in Fouriesburg, South Africa.

The veterinary team suspected poisoning so a urine sample was taken. The urine was a strange lime yellow color and tested extremely high for increased glucose levels. Diabetes was ruled out. The next potential prognosis by the vets was kidney failure. They considered that it was a cold time of year and thought it could be potential antifreeze poisoning.

They were worried as the prognosis for antifreeze poisoning is very poor if not caught early. Because the cat had vomited while in their care, they thought that they had caught it early enough and decided to try and save Babi. They did some quick internet research on antifreeze poisoning and read that the urine would be fluorescent; they confirmed with a fluorescent lamp that the urine was neon and the diagnosis was confirmed.

 “Anti-freeze poisoning is treated with intravenous ethanol and that isn’t something that we have just lying around, so back to Google we went; what could we use in its place?” the vet said.

One of the vets raced to the local liquor store and bought the purest bottle of vodka she could find. They then dosed Babi with a drip after they figured out the dosage.

Even though they did dilute the vodka, poor Babi did get drunk. They repeated the treatment every six hours for a day and a half and then every eight hours for another day.

The propylene glycol in anti-freeze causes crystals to form in the kidneys which destroys the tubules in the kidneys. Ethanol, or in this case vodka, dissolves the crystals and allows them to pass in the urine.

By the fourth treatment, Babi was almost back to normal. He was eating and he looked like a million bucks. They kept him for a couple of days for observation and his family was thrilled to have him back in their arms again when he went home.

Bravo to these fantastic veterinarians but humans, please don’t treat your cats with alcohol!

This cat is no couch potato

I love to report about adventure cats and Salem is one of these felines with a heartwarming story.  Salem’s human, Shawn Crassweller, came across Salem about two years ago when he was on a walk. He heard a truck speed up and saw Salem in the middle of the road. He ran to the cat, scooped her up and took her to safety. The cat followed him for more than eight blocks to his house. He left the back gate open as well as the back door of the house. She walked back and forth between the gate and the door for a few minutes, finally settling on the door and yelling as if to say, “Let’s get inside!” Crassweller says Salem has been with him ever since that day.

Crasweller says Salem rescued him that day too. His ex had just left him as well as his godson and two roommates. Having Salem in his house forced him to get out of bed and care for her, keeping him from succumbing to depression.

He trained Salem to sit on his shoulder while he longboards around the city. Once he was able to walk around his house, bent over digging in cupboards, or open the fridge without her jumping off, he started going outside with her hanging out beside his head. Now Salem goes biking, longboarding and hiking with him. He does make sure Salem wears a harness on their outdoor excursions.

Crassweller and Salem are planning a camping trip to Waterton Lakes National Park. Salem will get her own tent, complete with a litter box, and will sit in a backpack while Crassweller hikes. 

Crassweller says that being an adventure kitty means having the right temperament and he’s thankful that his cat shares his passion for the outdoors and also loves to be hugged.

I’d say Salem found the purrfect human!

Cats that care lead the way among National Cat Awards finalists

Minty and his humans

The lineup for this year’s National Cat Protection Awards is dominated by felines who have helped people through difficult times.

This year’s event – sponsored by Purina – is comprised of four categories: Furr-ever Friends, Most Caring Cat, Outstanding Rescue Cat and Purina Better Together.

Among the hopefuls are Minty, from Holywell, Flintshire, who lost one of his legs after being hit by a car. He cares for his young human who has severe learning difficulties as well as other medical conditions. When things get difficult, Minty rubs his face on Connor’s hand to calm him. Minty also helped Connor to learn to climb the stairs. He spent hours jumping one step at a time, stopping to allow Connor to catch up. Connor’s mom said,  “It was incredible to witness him patiently encourage Connor to achieve something he found so difficult. She also said, “Connor can be very loud, and his medical conditions mean he’s very wobbly and clumsy. Many pets would understandably keep their distance, but not Minty – when Connor is at his most in need, Minty is there like a shot.”

And if you think Minty’s story is pawsome I encourage you to visit the article to learn about cats like Paddy, who makes daily trips to Co-op Funeralcare’s Mayfields Remembrance Park near his home to comfort mourners. Then there’s Bruno who came into his human’s lives after their five-day old daughter died. Caring for Bruno and his littermates who were found in a box helped them cope with their loss.

While learning to live with their grief, Caroline and Damon found a box of four abandoned kittens and took them in, deciding to keep Bruno after rehoming the other three.

Winners of each category will receive a trophy, a £100 ($138.00 USD) pet store voucher, a year’s subscription to Cats Protection’s magazine and three months of Purina cat food.

The winners will be announced on August 5, while a week later the National Cat of the Year will be decided by a celebrity panel.

Cat allegedly stolen by Uber Eats driver located, reunited with its owner


.Oh my whiskers, this is the third catnapping article I’ve reported on in the last month! At least this story lets us know the outcome. An 18-year old feline named Hog and her human, Patrick Lewis were reunited after she’d been cat napped.

Lewis despaired of every seeing her again and then the cat was discovered in someone’s back yard in Van Nuys when their dog kept barking at something in the yard. Upon discovering the cat, the homeowner said she was sure the feline belonged to someone. She searched social media and found a listing on Next Door about Hog. She contacted Lewis immediately.

Hog was stolen from Lewis’ front yard in Studio City and the culprit was a food delivery driver, caught on camera taking the cat. After the story was featured on the news, the Uber Eats driver contacted the family, telling them she thought the cat was a stray and that she gave it to a family at the animal shelter.

The female Uber Eats driver was reportedly delivering food to another home on Laurelwood Dr. when she took the cat who was sitting on the sidewalk. Hog’s collar, tags and all, were found on the sidewalk. 

 Lewis called the Uber Eats driver after Hog was located, and said that she started crying. He said there were no hard feelings, he’s just happy to have Hog back home.

In a written statement to FOX 11, an Uber Eats spokesperson said, “What the customer reported is unacceptable. We are working to get the cat returned, stand ready to help in the police investigation, and will take the appropriate action against the delivery person.”

So folks, I will repeat to you what The Human always says regarding random cats that you might encounter…think LOST not stray!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 6/23

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
I don’t know how things are in your neck of he woods but things are heating up in ours – literally,. It rarely gets really hot here so when it does heat up for that one to two week time period we really suffer.

Lily chose to ignore the uncomfortable temperatures and put on her fairy (or as she says faerie) garb to celebrate yesterday’s holiday.

Oliver, on the other hand is still yammering about the D-I-E-T so we decided he should celebrate today’s holiday, “Let It Go Day”.

As for me, I wouldn’t mind a few new Cat TV channels. I am beginning to feel a great ennui as I am forced to watch the same old birds on my iPad. Oh the trials and travails of a first world cat . Life is rough. .

Well that’s it from our neck of he woods this week. We hope you and your humans are staying cool and comfortable!

Cat turns liquid to squeeze under door

Holly the feline has become an overnight TikTok sensation as she appears to turn into liquid to get under a door that looks far too narrow for her to squeeze through.

The video has so far been viewed more than 29.7 million times and surpassed 5.7 million likes. Meowza!

I don’t understand why you humans are making such a big deal about this. We felines are expert at getting into, over and under things that look impossible to you!

Take a look at Holly’s video and let me know what  you think. And by the way, you humans have been wondering about the feline ability to fit through small spaces for years.  Cats Maru and Hana were subjects in an experiment that their human conducted on this subject.

Is my cat happy or hurting? This app will help

“So human, tell me what kind of a mood I’m in.”
Oliver

We felines recognize that our health and happiness is of the utmost importance to you humans and this is why you will be thrilled with this new piece of news. There is a new app in development called  Tably that was released by Silverster.AI a joint venture between two Canadian companies. .Now you may be asking, “Alberto, how did this come about?” Well the developers discovered the Feline Grimace Scale (FGS) that was developed to assess acute pain in cats based on facial expressions. This made the Tably folks wonder, could we figure out a cat’s mood with the right app?

Now any of you humans that share a home with felines know that we give you lots of clues when we don’t feel good but the cues are subtle.  “

“Depending on the cats’ muzzle, eyes, ears, whiskers, or head position, you can determine whether or not a cat is in pain,” says Paulo Steagall, lead author of the FGS publication and associate professor of veterinary anaesthesia and pain management at the University of Montreal. The FGS was created by Steagall and his team to be used by veterinarians, other veterinary technicians, and cat owners.

Alta ML coupled the FGS  with machine learning to make it more accessible to the general public. The app picks up relevant points on our faces, maps them out based on the FGS, and shoots out a reading – happy or not – along with a percentage. The percentage isn’t correlated to the level of happiness, but rather the level of confidence the machine has.

The developers say that Tably, with a high quality and full face front image of the cat, will be 97% accurate.

The app company reports that most humans are using the app to check on their kitties after they’ve had surgery or to figure out if a cat exhibiting hiding or other behaviors is experiencing pain. The company says the app will help humans know when it’s time to take us to the stabby place but I don’t know, our Human always seems to know when we need to go there.

The company will soon be releasing an ios and android version for the app and their plans are to make it part of a veterinarian’s post-appointment follow-up process.    

Elderly cat spends birthday in animal shelter, celebrates by getting adopted

Oh my whiskers! If you can read this story without getting leaky eyes then this feline would have to question your humanity!  A cat arrived at a shelter in Cincinnati after his owner had to  go to assisted living and couldn’t take Sammy along.

When the staff at Kitty City learned it was Sammy’s 19th birthday, they threw him a birthday celebration — complete with party hats and bright decorations. Well, if Sammy’s birthday wish was for a new furever home, his wish was granted. This sweet guy will live his golden years with a new family full of love for him.

And by the way, there are a few other senior cats at the shelter if any of you Ohio folks are looking to make them happy too.

When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren’t people too

We are here for all your feline legal needs.

This may make you howl but according to human law, pets are considered property in a divorce. Still, there are ways of working out custody with special mediation and “petnups” that will keep your humans from getting into a cat fight in court.

Some of the more enlightened states in this area are Alaska, California and Illinois. There is a bill in New York state to give judges more leeway to consider the best interests of the pets as these other states have done.

The subject of fur kids comes up a lot when you humans divorce. Adam Citron, a New York lawyer who has handled dozens of divorces, said pets are “constantly an issue.” He’s among lawyer who’ve sometimes see the worst in people in divorce court and advocates for prenups covering pets. A “petnup” is especially helpful for animals acquired during the marriage.

One tip for states that haven’t taken the new approach to consider the best interests of the fur kids would be agreeing at the time a pet is acquired during a marriage whose name will appear alone on registration or adoption papers. That person should pay any costs out of a separate bank account. Such measures are especially helpful if one party is trying to weaponize a pet in exchange for other coveted property. (Boy you humans can really get vindictive!)

It’s best, if you humans insist on divorce to put fur kid custody at the top of divorce negotiations. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, says more laws empowering judges to consider the emotional needs of pets are needed.

A spolespurrson for the Animal :Legal Defense Fund said, “What we would like to see is to have animals considered in the most holistic way possible,” she said. “Who is the animal bonded to? Who can provide for the animal’s overall health and well-being going forward?” Now that lady has the right idea.

Here’s hoping all your humans will stay together and that you will never need the services of some legal beagle (or feline purrsonal attorney) to sort out the best interests of your cats when a split happens.

Family ‘absolutely shocked’ when cat they thought they cremated returns home

When Frankie the cat went missing on May 19, his family in Warrington, England was devastated.  Frankie was a beloved rescue who had been adopted by his family 14 years ago. His human, Rachel Fitzsimons, said he was  a “real hunter” who went out and brought “gifts” back to the family — but was never gone for long as he always came home to sleep with their 7-year-old son every night.

But on Wednesday evening of May 19th Frankie left at about 7pm and didn’t come home.  The family wasn’t too worried the first night because the weather had turned bad and they figured Frankie had taken shelter somewhere. The next day the family did become worried when Frankie didn’t return and they went all over the neighbourhood looking for Frankie. Their 7-year old son Remy cried every night.that Frankie did not return.

Then on Saturday, Fitzsimons said she spotted the body of a cat on the side of the motorway near their home — fearing the worst she got as close as she could to look at the cat..  Still they continued to search but they returned to the cat on the roadside. The cat had been badly injured so identification was difficult  but the fur and tail were strikingly similar to Frankie’s.  The family was convinced it was him.

The family was in mourning for Frankie. They collected Frankie’s remains from Highways England who had picked him up and they took Frankie’s body to their vet to have it cremated.  They lovingly placed his ashes in a box with his name on it and their son kept it in his bedroom.  They also kept Frankie’s bed and his toys.

Then just over three weeks from the day he went missing, the family heard a cat outside. Mr. Fiitzsimmons ran into the garden and then started shouting, “‘Come out! Come out quick! Come out!’ Mom and son ran outside and there was dad…holding Frankie!

Sure enough, Frankie had returned home — albeit a frailer, thin version of himself. The family, who was “absolutely shocked,” gave him food and had him checked at the vet who noted Frankie had an abscess in his mouth and might have suffered some head trauma but Frankie is recovering and eating more.

The family is so thankful to have him back and to have had him all those years before and now are even more thankful to have Frankie in their lives again, living his best life.