Once Upon A KitNip Box…

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Hello Furiends,
Alberto here. I want to tell you a little “tail” about The Tribe of Five and the day we received a gift of a KitNip Box.

The Female Human came home one day and said, “Guess what guys? The nice people at KitNip Box are sending us a complimentary box to check out. Notice my face, I’m thinking, Human, I have no idea what this KitNip thing is and it’s twenty minutes past my dinner time. 

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Well sure enough that “KitNip thingy” arrived at our house. As Chief Snoopervisor I made sure I inspected the box as soon as it was opened.

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The Female Human went on and on (“Oh look at how cute the toys are..look at that sweet thank you card..how nice they provide information on all the items inside…”) What a bunch of drivel, I was interested in those toys and the enticing aroma of nip coming from inside that magic box.

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Once I had ascertained the the box contents were safe for inspection, the rest of the Tribe sauntered over and did their own inspection. Unfortunately, there was a slight delay in unpacking the box when our Alpha Tucker decided he was going to have an “if it fits I sits” moment.

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As we continued our inspection the Female Human kept  blathering on…”Oh my goodness look at that little umbrella toy….a PINK mouse sooooo cute…I love the natural materials..” Blah,, blah, blah.

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The Tribe of five was only concerned with the play worthiness of these things and they were definitely play worthy.

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As Oliver and I tested some of the toys we had to admit they were a lot of fun. Tucker isn’t as playful as he used to be and Lily has learned to let Ollie and I play first or she may receive some whacky paw. But then, The Female Human took a bag out of the box……..

She opened the side of the bag just a bit and the heavenly aroma that emanated from that bag was a little kitty heaven on earth. That delightful fragrance even got Tucker off his favorite spot on the sofa. The Female Human opened the bag and offered The Tribe some of the delicious fishy inside. And wonder of wonder, every one of us, the entire Tribe loved it! The Female Human was amazed because Oliver and Jasmine normally refuse most treats but this magic bag was tasty to all of us!

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Although this “once upon a time” story was a great one for the Tribe of Five, there is a cautionary note for you humans. The Female Human, wanting to make sure we Felines did a stellar job of opining on our KitNip Box took her time introducing us to all the delights it contained. She made one great tactical error however, she left the box within my reach and I felt it my duty as Chief Snoopervisor to distribute its contents to the the rest of the Tribe. And then, there was the issue of that delicious snack bag in there.  The Female Human is still crawling around looking under the furniture trying to retrieve the feline friendly items in the KitNip Box. Tummy issues were avoided because the sneaky fishy people made that package impossible to open and believe me, I spent some quality time chewing on the bag!

 

And that my furiends is the “tail” of the magical KitNip Box and The Tribe of Five. The Tribe gives it a two paws up and The Female Human loved it too!

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 5/16

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Hello Folks,
It’s time for me to share my meanderings on the Internet Superhighway and my favorite feline news stories.

I hope you enjoy,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Milwaukee’s First Cat Cafe Offers Wine and Felines – Journal Sentinel

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I am not in Milwaukee in this photo but I do enjoy the bouquet of a nice red. But I digress. I liked this new take on cat cafe’s. The owner of the cafe, Katy McHugh, says that she met a wonderful yellow tabby at an Amsterdam cat cafe. She enjoyed a good conversation with her human friend and the purring feline in her lap, so much that she didn’t want to leave.   That’s how  The Sip & Purr was created.

Now before anyone who does not imbibe gets their whiskers in a twist, the Sip & Purr will also serve coffee and snacks, so there’s something for every human. And best of all, the felines at the cafe will all be available for adoption. I hope all my Milwaukee friends will head on over to the Sip & Purr after it opens on June 1st and, if you do, please  opine about your experience in the comment section.

11 Cat Birthday Party Ideas That Will Honestly Beat Any Human Party There Is – Bustle

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The Tribe of Five belongs to a lot of cat groups and every day we see feline birthday notifications, many of them photos of the kitty party.  If you are inclined to throw your cat a birthday bash, these tips are for you. The Female Human couldn’t pick a favorite, she loved the kitty cookies, the mini cat pinata and the crystal cat ears headband. You humans will have to decide for yourselves.

Sad Cat with Permanent Frown Named Luhu Finds Happiness (and Followers) on Instagram-PeoplePets

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Looks can be deceiving. This kitty named Luhu may look sad but he’s a happy kitty. He lives in Beijing, China with his human, Maggie Liu. He may look like he’s frowning but he’s a happy guy, loves to play and is full of purrs.  Luhu was born with  developmental defects which account for his sad appearance. His original human didn’t have the time to give him the care he needed so Maggie Liu adopted him. Luhu shares his home with two other felines.  His unusual expression has made him an Instagram sensation, so if you want to see more of Luhu, just go to his Instagram account.

Wacky Names for Dogs and Cats – Post Gazette

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The 2018 pet name winners are an orange and white cat named Pablo Purrcasso and a white pitbull named Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo.  The article got me thinking, you humans come up with some strange name combinations. Take my name for instance, because I’m a lean, mean moving machine and The Male Human is quite the cycling  aficionado , I ended up with the name Alberto Contador. So as you purruse the names on this year’s list like Sir Reginald Fluffybutt or  Princess Consuela Bananahammock,just remember there’s a story behind every feline’s name.

Student’s Cuddle Kittens to Help Reduce Stress From Finals – 9news.com

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Sometimes we felines don’t get enough credit for the good things we do and sometimes, doing good things is just letting humans hold us. Case in point, check out the story of the students from Metropolitan State University who had the opportunity to spend some stress-reducing kitten time. The nice humans from The Feline Fix and Metro Denver C.A.T. teamed up to bring seven-week-old kittens to the school’s Biology Department to provide some relief during a notoriously stressful time. And, the kittens will all be eligible for adoption when they’re 12 weeks old. Good thinking humans, two paws up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re Purrticipating in Thankful Thursday

Hello All,
BriansHome-ThankfulThursday-BlogHopWe’re purrticipationg in Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. The Tribe of Five are thankful for spots of sun to lounge in (and we lounge anywhere we can find a spot of sun). You’ll notice on the last photo that I got a twofer, a sun spot and a place to help the Male Human while he works!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto

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Walk Through the Web Wednesday 5/09

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Hello My Furiends,
Alberto here with my weekly web wanderings. I hope you enjoy this week’s stories.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

 

Vintage Photos of Pampered Cats – National Geographic

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If you think cat photos are a new phenomenon, think again. We felines have been admired and photographed for many years. One well known photographer, Willard Culver spent months in the abodes of some of the countries most wealthy folks, staging photos of their fabulous felines. The photos were featured in the November 1938 issue of National Geographic. I must say, we felines haven’t lost our beauty over the years. No wonder you humans are so fascinated with us!

 

Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails? – Gizmodo

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Now, I don’t know if I would describe cats as “wagging their tails”, that’s more of a canine activity. I would prefer if the article would have been titled, “Why Do Cats Swish Their Tails Elegantly?”. But I digress.  I must give a two paws up to Gizmodo who sought out a number of cat specialists to answer this question. The short answer, our tails are our emotional barometers. If you want more specifics you definitely want to read the article.

 

7 Apps All Cat Owners Should Have – Bustle

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Our Male and Female Humans are real geeks and often that benefits The Tribe of Five. When Oliver and I were kittens we had our own iPad to play kitty games with. But there are more uses for technology than just playing. There are first aid apps for felines, 11Pets that remind humans when they need to give their felines in residence medication and other important cat reminders, a cat clicker training app and of course, fun apps for kitties to play with (if you humans have your faces in your phones, maybe the felines should get a little phone time too!)

Dogs and Cats and Decorating – The NY Times

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The Female Human is all about aesthetics (she even relegated our cat tree to the downstairs TV room) so she was thrilled when I showed her this article. I was less thrilled because of all the good advice and lovely photos there was no photo with a cat in it. So I had my purrsonal assistant do some further research and she found an excellent article from HGTV that was solely dedicated to felines (Purrfect Design Ideas Your Cat Will Love). This is also where the photo came from. So decorate away humans but remember, cat hair is a fashion assessory!

Seven Ways to TurnYour Partner Into A Cat Person – Bustle

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This is a subject that The Female Human knows about! As soon as she and the Male Human got married she made sure he knew how much she wanted a cat. One day he finally looked at her and said, “Okay, we can get a cat but you have to clean the litter box!” She wrote all about this in her story, “All My Children Wear Fur Coats” in Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Very Good, Very Bad Cat.” (I was surprised that you could get this book at Chewy.com!

There are some good tips if you are looking for ways to convince the folks who share your home that a feline is a good idea such as showing them how to interact with felines (maybe take them to a cat cafe), teach them things cats like and do not like (and remember, cats are different. I love water, the other cats in the Tribe, not so much). So start studying and get that feline into your home (and remember, adopt, don’t shop!)

 

 

 

 

The Female Human Opines

Hi There Folks.,
Alberto here. As you know, the name of this blog is “FELINE Opines” but once in a while we allow the Human to opine on something we think is important. This post she did for KatzenWorld is a very important subject and highlights a new program called Home to Home  (created and implemented in our own local shelter, (Panhandle Animal Shelter) where Oliver and I and Lily came from.

We think this is an important message and we hope you do too.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

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Click here for the story

 

 

And Now For Something Different

Hi Folks,
Our friends at 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader are taking a “paws” from fill-ins this week so we’re joining Feline Friday hosted by Comedy Plus, Create With Joy’s Friendship Friday and XMAS Dolly’s Show Off Tuesday. The Female Human and I had a little play time yesterday.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

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Okay Human, I will play with you

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Are you going to swing that toy or are you just going to sit there?

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I am fierce, I am a beast, beware of my moves!

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Fear the claws Human, fear the claws. 

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Okay, I am done. You may leave now.