Walk Through the Web Wed. 2/22

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Friends,
It’s that time of the week when I purrruse the web and bring you my favorite feline facts and news. Enjoy!
Your Friend,
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True Love – Feline and Human Style – The DoDo

orange tabby brothersThe course of true love can be a wild ride as two humans recently discovered. They meet through an online dating service and soon discovered that their felines were long-lost brothers.   Come to find out, the humans had adopted these brothers from the same shelter four days apart. “”After realizing that we had long-lost cat brothers, we were amazed and felt like it was serendipity!” says Cavin. “It was love at first sight when we met and the cats just solidified that we truly belong together!”

 

Keeping Up With the Kattarshians’ Will Be Your New Favorite Cat Reality Show – Mental Floss

live stream kitten show from IcelandThe humans have friends who recently moved to Iceland. I kept thinking,  “Iceland, what in the world is in Iceland?”  Well, come to find out, those Iceland folks are pretty clever and have created a new reality show, which is, as the review says, is just about everything you could want in a reality show. The advertisement says,Four kittens. One dollhouse. The drama between nine-week-old kittens Guðni, Stub, Bríet, and Ronja is palpable. Who will nab the top bunk bed? Is Guðni teasing his sisters again? How will the family deal when Stub has to have part of his tail amputated? (He’s fine.)”   Humans, hand over the clicker, the cats now have their own favorite show!

Hilarious Adoption Cards at Shelter Aim to Get Cats Adopted – People

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A clever human figured out how to make felines even more adoptable by making some pretty funny adoption cards. The cards feature a photo of the cat, his/her name and provides a list of their likes — “sleeping in a sunbeam”  — and dislikes  — “the warlock’s curse that transformed her into a cat.” All of the cards are funny and clever and here’s hoping it will help more of my feline friends find furever homes.

 

Cats as Search and Rescue Animals -Seekr

black and white cat who helps find lost felinesYou know how much I love working cat stories so you can imagine how excited I was to find this article that talks about how great felines are for search and rescue. “Experts say cats may hold even more potential than dogs when it comes to sniffing out missing persons, bombs drugs and diseases.”  I have two feline friends, Dezi and Raena  who are service cats. Never heard of service cats? Read about them here.

There is also a cat named Henry who helps to find lost kitties. We felines have lots of jobs and I think, humans are only beginning to learn what we are capable of.

Celebrating Purrrresident’s Day

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Oliver here. Since today is Purresident’s Day I found myself reminiscing about my run for Alpha of the Kitty Kat Pawty.

It was a great ride, I worked with my feline staff to purrrfect my purrlitical platform (at the time I threw my straw hat into the ring, I was only a kitten) so the advice of those older and wiser was greatly needed.

Tucker offered some sage advice, stating that  if a candidate would guarantee a catio on every front porch, a home and food for every feral cat and a bird feeder in front of every window (kitty cable) that cat-i-date would receive his vote.

I no sooner began my campaign when I discovered my feline competition, Limberbutt McCubbins.  As I purrused his platform I found areas where we agreed and other areas of great difference. For instance, McCubbins’ passion for homeless felines is one I share.  I was disturbed however, on his support of a return to cat space flights. Never in my wildest kitty dreams have I thought hurling hapless felines into space is a good idea.

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My furry campaign manager was  quite pleased to announce my running-mate, a sage and beautiful feline named Olive from Three Chatty Cats. Olive brought some new ideas to the campaign. She advocated for an official “Tortie Day” and promised to organize “Tortie Tuesdays”. She focused on homeless kitties and wants to see more clicker training in shelters for felines. She also promoted a mandatory “Tuna Day”. All sound ideas that all felines could get behind.

 

 

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The humans had campaign buttons made and handed them out at the BlogPaws conference, provided them to Blog fans and worked hard for the cause. (Photo of actual button on the left.)

 

All in all it was a great run. I gave what I felt to be an excellent concession speech and made it clear that I have not given up my purrlitical aspirations.

sleeping black and white catWill I run for purrresident again? I haven’t decided but I can assure all my cat-stituents that there will be some purrlitical campaign in my future.  As I look at my options I am incorporating a strict regime of rest and reflection.

I leave you with my campaign slogan and wish you all a great Purresident’s Day!

“We must vote for tuna, vote for catnip, vote for a brighter future for all cats.”.
Purresidential Catidate. Kitty Cat Pawty, Oliver

Your Friend Oliver,
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Cat Art Blog Hop

color pop photo of siamese cat in grden 
Hello Folks,
Alberto here. My purrsonal assistant decided to exercise her artistic side and entered my photo in the Car Art Blog Hop. She took a photo of me in the garden and then used something called “Color Pop”, she says it’s an “app” but I have no idea what that is.
Let me know what you think.
Your Friend,
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Linky Party 2/18

Five cats in hats celebrating Linky Party

Hello Friends, furry, feathered and otherwise,
Lily here as your Linky party host. I’ve selected my three favorites from the last Linky Party and have featured them here for your enjoyment.

Enjoy the “pawty”,

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Sister Precious Enjoys Sister Saturday – Brian’s Home Blog

black and white cat with a little calico“Sister Precious” writes about sister Saturday. I’ve never heard of this but I like the idea. And, I have to say Precious is one pretty kitty (kind of reminds me of a black and white version of myself). She says she’s 14 and our Tucker and Jasmine are 14 as well. When our humans take good care of us, we can still look good and feel great at 14.

Erin the Cat Princess – Asterisk

black and white princess catFirst of all just let me say that I love the idea of being a princess…have to have a little conversation with the female human about this.  I loved this mewsing about punctuation and the keyboard thingy but I have to say, Erin, just let your human purrrsonal assistant deal with all those pesky things like grammar and punctuation. All we famous felines need to do is provide the ideas and let the humans do the “manual” labor!

Travels With Barley – Northeast Ohio Rocks

black, white and brown dog with painted rockI acknowledge that canines are more interested in travel than most felines. Although there are some kitties who travel and enjoy the great outdoors like our new friend Jesper. If I were a dog, I think finding painted rocks might be fun but, since I’m a cat, you’d have to make the hunting a bit more exciting. Perhaps bury a bag of my favorite catnip “Meowy Wowy” or some nice stinky fish. That might get me digging but anything else…meh..

 

 

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Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase!

This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs!

Meet the Hosts Behind the Showcase

Pet Faves– Living the pet lover lifestyle

Heart Like A Dog– The good, the bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs

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About the Pet Blogger Showcase

Twice a month, On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you have the chance to link up one of your blog posts to the linky party link-up. Then visit 3 other blogs that joined the party and leave a meaningful comment. Feel free to share with your followers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Then each week the hosts will feature their favorite 3 posts from the previous Linky Party on the new party post.

Pet Blogger Showcase Rules

  1. Share a pet specific post, past or present, from your blog in the linky below (be sure to link to your post page and not your home page). Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics and niches, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted this includes any posts that don’t mention pets even if they are on a pet blog or if the post could pertain to pets.)
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What to Do About A Nervous Feline – Guest Post by Kevin Davies

Siamese cat sitting on floral chair by red curtains looking out the window Hello Friends Jasmine here,
I’m excited to introduce a guest blogger who is writing about feline nervousness. I can most definitely relate to being a fraidy-cat because of the bullying problem I went through (you can read that story here.)  We felines have lots of reasons to be nervous, some our humans know about and some may have happened before we came to live with you. Our guest blogger friend Kevin has some tips to help you and your cat so, without further ado, I’ll turn this blog post over to our human friend Kevin.

 

 

How to Calm a Nervous Cat by Kevin Davies (a human)

Cats can be nervous for many reasons and bringing a rescue cat home can be a tine fraught with fear for your new feline.  Some indications of fearful behavior are hissing when anyone tries to pet them and hiding.  Don’t be discouraged if your new rescue acts this way. You help them get over their nervousness and become the loving and happy pet they are supposed to be with these tips.

How Your Cat Displays Nervousness

black and white cxat hiding under red and white rugA nervous cat will always shy away whenever you try to pet it on the head. It will spend most of its time hiding and you will also notice it walking with the legs bent low to the ground. It will also frequently lower its tail with the tip curved upward and twitch its ears. The nervousness also makes them groom excessively and in moments when the agitation is too much, they will groom to the point where bald spots will form on the back legs.

It is normal for newly adopted cats to be initially nervous because of the new surroundings. However if the nervousness carries on for more than a few days, you might be forced to take the initiative and calm them to avoid the stress for both of you. Patience, love and some persistent training will be required to help your cat come out of its shell.

Know Why Your Cat Is Nervous

siamese cat staring at a raccoon through the glass doorKnowing the reasons behind your adopted cat’s nervousness can help you seek the appropriate treatment for them and refrain from blaming yourself in case attempts to help fail to bear fruit. There are many reasons why your cat could be nervous, sometimes its experiences from their past. It could be new surroundings or being removed from the shelter. Some cats might also be overwhelmed with the new surroundings because they probably aren’t used to being around people and living in a home; this is very common with former alley cats. And some cats are just more nervous than others. Close observation of your cat is an excellent tool to understanding what makes him/her feel nervous. The first step in reducing nervousness is providing the cat a safe place to hide, then some  patience as they cat adjusts to their new home.

Help Your Cat Get Rid of Nervousness

Being loving and patient with your cat will make them more comfortable in their new home. There are some training techniques and medications you can give to help your cat quit the nervousness and adjust. When you bring your nervous cat home, prepare a small confined space where she can hide. It can be that corner where you have pushed off a few things to create space. Have everything a cat needs available in this space such as food, water, litter, a scratching post and some cozy material for them to sleep on. Ensure that the cat’s living space is comfortable because you will have to let them stay in that space for a few days or weeks until when they feel ready to venture to the rest of the house.

Food Bribes and Medication (if Recommended by Your Vet)

You might be forced to use food bribes to lure them into spending time with you, but ensure that you give them these food treats on schedule to avoid fattening them up. Ensure that the food bribes are the kind that a cat will really like such as cooked chicken which will be an effective treat during training. Every time your cat makes progress, reward them so that they can link you to the great treats and feel more comfortable around you. Administer medications as directed by the vet to ease their anxiety. Also talk to your vet about other effective medications that may further help your cat.

Final Thoughts and Tips to Help Your Nervous Kitty

black and white cat sitting on ledge by lampTalk to your cat in calm tones and pet them whenever they draw close. Give them a name and call them by it until they get used to it. Whenever they are afraid because a stranger is in the house or because of the loud cracks of thunder, talk to them in low soothing tones to calm them and pet them as much as you can. Plan Social Interactions.

After your cat is comfortable moving around the house and feels at ease with everyone in the family, it is now time to introduce other people and other environments to them to enable them completely overcome their fear. Most cats will walk around confidently when it is just the family that they are accustomed to in the home, but when guests arrive; they cower and go into hiding.

Introduce your frequently visiting guests to your cat. Food treats can work effectively in this situation too. Lure them into the room by offering food treats and have your guests feed the cat too but make sure they know that you are trying to help the cat overcome its nervousness. Also ensure that your guests like cats or don’t have anything against them, because cats are able to sense when negative vibe is coming from someone and will of course react negatively.

Never push your cat too hard when you notice slow progress or their reluctance to interact with other people. Have patience, it might take several visits and more training for the cat to be at ease around strangers. Always remember to provide the basics for your cat such as food in their bowl and fresh water every day for them to drink. Ensure that their litter is frequently cleaned and their living space is clean. Remain relaxed around your cat, felines are very adept at sensing your moods and your emotional state can adversely affect your cat. Encourage other members of the family to help make the cat’s stay in the home more comfortable.

A nervous cat need not stay nervous forever. Try these methods and help your feline transform from a wild alley cat into a calm and happy house pet.

 

 

 

Oliver Celebrates World Cat Day

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Hello World,
Oliver here urging all my feline and human friends to celebrate World Cat Day today. I asked my purrrsonal assistant to look up the origins of this fantastic feline holiday as I wanted to recognize the brilliant folks who started this tradition.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare introduced this holiday in 2002 and it was created to raise public awareness about the needs of cats (and believe me, we cats have many needs!)

But not all cats are as lucky as The Tribe of Five. We were all rescued and we know what it’s like not to have humans to care for you.  I would live to see everyone celebrate World Cat Day by rescuing a feline who needs a home!

So paws up to the humans who’ve brought us into their homes and I say ….
Danke, Merci, Благодаря, Tak, Kiitos, Þakka þér fyrir, köszönöm, grazie, ..and all those other words that mean thanks and of course, the most important word of all……Meow!

Your Friend,

Oliver the kitten's siganture

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/15

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello All You Cats and Kittens (and humans too),
Alberto here with my weekly purrrusal of the web. I’ve got some working cats, a sporting cat, luxury for cats and a “must see” documentary for feline fans. Enjoy!
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Police build mini condo for unofficial mascot ‘SWAT Cat’ – The Boston GlobePolice

Calico mascot of the Boston SWAT team gets a new houseMembers of the mobile SWAT team in Roxbury have constructed some fancy digs for their calico “unofficial” mascot SWAT.

This lucky feline received a one-story apartment with a spacious interior, a nice deck for outdoor dining (and perhaps entertaining) custom-made outdoor living facility .  Now that’s a job with some good benefits, food and fancy lodging!

 

George the Cat goes to work at the local Wilco Store – Daily Mail

British tabby cat hangs out in Wilco storeGeorge, the tabby has decided that the retail life is for him.  He’s created quite a sensation in the Wilko store (a budget store) in Bristol, England.

George has created quite a sensation and has garnered a fan club as well. Some fans created a Facebook page for him. When asked about his job description, the response was that he takes strolls in the aisles (probably greeting customers), catnapping on mats and relaxing on cushion displays. Sounds like a good job to me!

A concentrated effort was made to find out if George has a human, and he does. His human remarked that “he has a loving home with two other cats but I can’t keep him in and he keeps returning to the shops to say hello.”

Well, I guess if you’re a career minded kitty, you’ve just got to do what you need to do.

Kedi-The ‘Citizen Kane’ of Cat Documentaries – IndieWire

black and white cat from the Turkish movie Kedi,IndieWire refers to this feline film as “technically  a sophisticated, artful documentary from Turkish film maker Ceyda Tourun.”. That’s a  bunch of human language to say that this movie tells the story of Turkish felines and the humans who love them.  Although stray cats are sort of a cultural thing in Turkey, their cats are loved and cared for by the people of Instanbul. The film opened in New York on Feb. 0 and will be in Los Angeles on Friday. You can watch a ” target=”_blank”>preview  here.

Now I don’t understand all this “film speak” but I do know that any movie about felines is a good movie! Oh, and guess what “kedi” means in Turkish…cat, of course!

The Amazing Skiing, Swimming & Hiking Norwegian Cat – Adventurecats

orange cat skiing with his humanWe felines, by nature, are athletic and supple. Why even Tucker, our 16-pound Alpha can leap onto a high stool and onto the kitchen counter in an elegant and acrobatic movement. But Jesper, the Norwegian athlete takes athleticism to an entirely new level. He even has his own Facebook page. And if you don’t  believe that Jesper is the ultimate feline athlete, check out the video of him swimming.

His human says that Jesper likes hiking in the mountains and forests but he really loves fishing trips. She said some of her best memories are “When we are on fishing trips in the evening. It’s dark and we make food on the campfire, and he is sitting with us. He’s our best buddy in fur. It’s a special time for us.”

Well, Jesper, I commend you but I think I will contain my outdoor adventures to my regular strolls through our garden wearing my stylish harness and leash.

 

 Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotels

tabby cat in wrought iron kitty bedLast week I told you about a fancy feline hotel in Indonesia and this week I’ve discovered an entire chain of feline luxury hotels in England.

So here’s what you proper British Moggies can expect when you check in:

  • a sumptuous suite with decorations befitting a 5 star hotel
  • wrought iron beds with soft pillows
  • A La Cat menus served on bone china
  • there is a themed garden area for each cat suite
  • 24 hour human concierge service
  • cheerful music guaranteed to get a feline purring

After reading this and looking at the a-cat-modations on the website, I have only one question, “Human, when are you sending me to a Longcroft hotel?”<style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style>