Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/11

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Hello There Furiends,
Since my weekly feline news report falls on 9/11 I wanted to take a moment to ask you all to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Let us never forget.

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An update on things in our neck of the woods. Fall is definitely coming and one of the finalindicators of this is when The Tribe members begin to snuggle with each other again. Tucker and Lily haven’t gotten near each other while the temperatures were warm but as The Female Human likes to keep temperatures a bit cool in our house, snuggling has now become a need, not an option.

 

 

 

 

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“Excuse me human. I just checked the weather app and the temperature is far too cool to leave both bedroom windows open. Can we get some heat in here, Please! – Jasmine

 

Jasmine is annoyed because The Female Human was raised by a hearty German mother who believed a bedroom temperature was not healthy unless you could see your breath. This does not take into consideration that we felines are heat seeking creatures. This does not make Jasmine happy.

 

 

 

 

 

The first hint that fall is coming is that all the colors outside begin to change. I can sit at the windows and check out the changes in the woods below. It is quite pretty out there but those pretty colors mean that the white stuff isn’t too far away. The up side to that is there will be plenty of lounging in front of the fireplace!

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Hello there fall, I see you hiding out there. -Alberto

But enough about us. Let’s take a look at the latest feline news I’ve discovered in my web wanderings.

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Are Yawns Contagious For Cats Too?

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You know how you humans yell at each other when one of you yawns because you don’t want  to “catch” the yawn? Well, Japanese cat owner and Twitter user @nanao_ssan recently released photos to prove that we felines catch yawns too.  Go to the link and see the sequence, Now the burning question is, can humans catch yawns from cats?

Here’s Your Chance To Fund an Open World PC Game About Mystery Solving Cats

You humans spend a lot of time on PC games. Most of them, IMHO are violent and do nothing to further love and understanding as you are focusing on killing each other.

Now you can change all that. A new PC game is in development where you play as nine different cats. It’s called Peace Island, and it’s being independently created. The original creators are backed by a team of about six people thanks to the nearly $13,000 per month they’re pulling in via cat-loving fans. The game is currently being developed for PC, Mac, and Oculus VR.

The story begins when the cats of the world wake up to discover that all their humans are gone. They start off slow with regular cat antics and mini-games that include staring at walls, but soon find themselves asking big questions, such as, “Are the humans worth bringing back?”

If you humans donate $25 to their Patreon  you’ll receive a “postcard set, access to the Beta [version of the game], and the full game upon release.” It’s a pretty good offer for what looks to be a very cool open-world PC game.  In a world where the idea of humans controlling their felines is laughable, this fantasy game is a winner. My only question is, when will they come out with the tablet version for felines to play?

New scale interprets pain from feline facial expressions

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One thing vets and humans always agree on is that we felines don’t always show when we are in pain. That’s why it’s time to sound the trumpets and purr!. Dr. Paulo Steagall, an associate professor of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Montreal, presented the Feline Grimace Scale for the first time in the United States during a session in August at AVMA Convention 2019 in Washington, D.C. Details about the FGS will be published in Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Research, soon.

Researchers categorized and tested five facial action units indicative of pain in cats: ear position, orbital tightening, muzzle tension, whisker position, and head position. A score of 0 means absence of pain, 1 indicates moderate pain or uncertainty, and 2 is obvious appearance. A total score of 4 or more means the cat is in pain and medical care. The maximum total score is 10.

Here’s how they score it.The scoring of 0, 1, or 2, respectively, for each facial action unit is as follows:

Ear position—Ears facing forward, ears slightly pulled apart, or ears flattened and rotated outward.
Orbital tightening—Eyes opened, eyes partially opened, or eyes squinted.
Muzzle tension—Muzzle relaxed (round), muzzle mildly tense, or muzzle tense (elliptical).
Whisker position—Whiskers loose and curved, whiskers slightly curved or straight, or whiskers straight and moving forward.
Head position—Head above the shoulder line, head aligned with the shoulder line, or head below the shoulder line or tilted.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very happy my human will be able to tell easier if I’m in pain (although she knows us so well, she usually figures it out).

“It’s raining cats and dogs”?

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Now that fall is here this is a phrase you humans often use. The Female Human is a bit of a word nerd and she loves to find out the origin of phrases. One explanation for this term is that it comes from mythology that says cats and dogs were believed to be associated with the weather. It was commonly thought they were even able to cause or influence it. English sailors attributed gales and violent rainstorms to cats. And in many areas of northern Europe, the dog was a symbol of the wind. The wind is often pictured in old German drawings as originating with the breath of a dog. So the myth of the cats and dogs brings both concepts together to create the term “raining cats and dogs”. Full disclosure here, I have never known a feline to cause rainstorms. That is very silly as anyone who knows cats knows we are not fond of getting wet!

How To Keep Your Cat Out of Your Christmas Tree

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Now lest you think I’m featuring an article about spoiling feline fun during the Yuletide season, this is about cat safety, not spoiling cat’s fun. There are many things on the Christmas tree that are not good for us; those little cords of lights for instance, a big no-no to chew on. Anything tinselly or papery will end up in a stomach x-ray in no time. You get the idea. I am a bit of a plastic and paper obsessed feline and there is so much on a Christmas tree that I enjoy chewing. It’s one thing to have to pick up the ornaments we bat across the living room; it’s quite another thing to spend a good part of your Christmas holiday at the vet’s office with your feline!

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday..on Thursday…err…Friday, 9/6

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,

As I noted on Wednesday, The Tribe of Five decided to enjoy the holiday and we even gave our Purrsonal Assistant an extra day off. And this is why my weekly feature is late.

Hopefully these holiday fun pics will compensate for our late posting. We enjoyed our holiday. Oliver and I spent some “bro” bonding time together.

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Oliver and I took a stroll in the garden. Ollie is making sure that all the neighborhood cats have the opportunity to admire his handsome self in the harness. I have no need of accolades from other felines and the logo of my weekly feature already showcases me doing a garden stroll (although I have grown out of the old harness).

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Hello neighborhood felines, Oliver here.

Lily got her whiskers in a twist because The Female Human went out on the front porch without her. The problem with Lily is, she’s a darter and can’t be let on the front porch because she’ll take off. Sadly, the harness is not an option for her. The last time The Female Human tried to get her in it, The Female Human needed a number of items from the first aid kit.


Oliver and Tucker enjoyed the sun inside as well, as did Jasmine.

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Oliver & Tucker, sun lovers

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Happy Jasmine in the sunshine

As you can see, we felines are enjoying the last days of summer and, as the Farmer’s Almanac is telling us that winter is going to be seriously hard, we’ll take every bit of sunshine we can get!

Here are this week’s finds, I hope you enjoy them and the last of your summer days.
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Cat mistaken for burglar, gets ‘detained’ by police

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While responding to reports of a possible “burglary in progress” at a residence in Collier County, Florida, police officers made a furry discovery. Apparently, a small cat had gotten loose and wandered into a house while making “suspicious noises.”  Fortunately, the cat burglar was micro-chipped and was identified as “Bones” and his owners were contacted.

Cats Living Very Close to Hiss-tory

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We felines can make ourselves comfortable anywhere and there is a cat Sanctuary in Rome, Colonia Felina di Torre Argentina that is located in a very hiss-toric place, the place  where  conspirators stabbed Julius Caesar 22 times outside the Theatre of Pompey, on March 15 44 BCE. Centuries later, in 1929, Mussolini excavated the area to reveal four temples that are 20 feet below the street level. Today, it’s the oldest open-air spot in Rome-and filled with felines.

Humans can view the temple complex known as Largo di Torre Argentina from the fenced-off street, after a  restoration, the sanctuary will open to tourists in the second half of 2021. Now, only  felines can get up close and purrsonal with this party of history. This cat sanctuary is the oldest one in Italy and features all sorts of felines, those with special needs and those who are elderly and they are taken care of by cat ladies – gattare who also work to find as many furever homes for these cats as they can. The sanctuary also has a spay/neuter program.

So if you humans are planning to visit the Eternal City, you can have your history and felines too!

 

Feline Love Brings These Two Lovers Together

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Maria Sartzis and Oscar Pellicier were married Aug. 17 at Instant Elopements in Forest Hills, Queens. Their friends Tarsha Perrineau and Cory Pelletier attended the ceremony. The newlyweds met six months ago while shopping for cat food.CreditCreditAndrew White for The New York Times

Once upon a time two humans started a conversation in the cat aisle of the pet care section in Target. Now they are married! The female human (Ms. Sartzis) saw Mr. Pellicier scanning cat food labels and looking confused and she went over to see if she could help him (she has six cats and knows quite a bit about felines).  They had a 3-hour conversation and Mr. Pellicier told her about his three cats. The rest, as you humans say, is history. They married and now share their four-bedroom house with nine felines (gee I wonder where the humans sleep?)

Auditions for Cute Cat for Asda stores

 

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Will this kitty be the one to get the starring role? (Picture: Penpip)

Attention all you moggies across the pond. One lucky cat is about to have the best Christmas ever as Asda is auditioning for a feline friend to be the star of this year’s anticipated TV Christmas ad. The role will, if past Christmas seasons are any indication, see the lucky cat became a national treasure with cuddly toys and merchandise covered in their furry little face on sale

Auditions began in Harrogate, Yorkshire on Thursday, with cat owners from across the country queuing up to show off their cute kitties. Cats on leads and cats in crates were pictured with their owners, and others showed off their game faces as they prepared for their big moments in front of producers.

BilbCast – A Feline takes to the Airwaves to Podcast

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Bilbo The Cat has moved forward from his popular social media status on Twitter into the world of podcasts.  Now, you may be wondering what a cat podcast would sound like. Does Bilbo respond to listener questions? He may have future plans to do so but at the moment, his podcast consists of him purring into a microphone.  In the first episode, after some theme music, Bilbo starts into his purr routine.  Now, anyone who doesn’t have the good fortune of living with a feline can enjoy the soothing sound of purring.  If you’re dying to hear the podcast, just click on the link and go to the audio section.

 

 

 

 

Walk’in on Thursday

Hey there furiends,

The Tribe took full advantage of our extra day off and spent our holiday chillaxin. Now we’re paying for it and are a day behind on our Walk Through the Web Wednesday feature, which will be posted tomorrow.