Day 3. Is it too early to open this?
Day 3. Is it too early to open this?
I’m so thankful that I am feeling great and being the little Diva I am known to be. My kidney numbers were lower than when I was first diagnosed almost two years ago, The Female Human got me this pawsome cat tree and I’ve been running around like a crazy kitty and making it to the very top. It’s also a great place to watch squirrel fights or deer trying to figure out how to get in the garden.
I hope your Thursday is purrfectly wonderful and that you have a lot to be thankful for.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Hello There Furiends,
Things have been pretty crazy in our neck of the woods and I’m sure your lives are a bit topsy turvy too. This virus thingy is a nightmare but fortunately, we’ve had our Purrsonal Assistant searching the web and I am happy to tell you that dogs and cats are not in danger of getting this nasty virus, but some of our humans are so take good care of them!
In addition to the virus panic we had quite a weekend. Toward the end of the week we had high wind warnings and snow warnings. Between the high winds and the blowing snow we felt like we lived in the frozen tundra.
This photo was taken after the wind storm, and what a storm it was! Trees blown over all around the county (many smashed into houses) and some smashed into other things like the pick up truck of our human aunt and uncle.
And then there is the virus panic thingy. Humans are raiding the shelves of our grocery stores but thank goodness The Female Human sent in a big order to Chewy! Heaven forbid the treat supply runs low!
I did notice some reckless behavior by our woodland neighbors. As the self-proclaimed neighborhood snoopervisor I have been keeping track of the goings on. Imagine my dismay when I saw these neighbors gathering in a large group!
Thank goodness I take my job seriously because there are some in the Tribe who are shirking their responsibility!
I hope all my furiends are safe and healthy! Panic less, laugh more and for heaven’s sake use your felines as the purry little stress reducers we are!
And now, my weekly wanderings with the latest feline news!
How could you call any cat café naughty when they’ve adopted out 298 cats in 266 days of business?? The St. Elmo’s Naughty Cat Café in Chattanooga,TN is celebrating it’s first year of business. How do they have such success at getting the felines there adopted? The owner, Whitney Sickels says it’s the generosity and support of the community.
Not everyone who comes to the café adopts a cat but just come to enjoy some feline time. The café owner says that seeing cats in more of a home-like environment makes it easier for people to imagine the cats in their own homes.
Adoption fees are $50.00, all cats have been tested for FeLV/FIV, are spayed or neutered, current on all vaccinations including rabies, microchipped, current on flea/tick prevention and have been dewormed. 100% of the adoption fee goes back to the shelter where the cat is from. Now that’s a great deal!
Paws up for this great business who is doing such a great job of helping felines find their furever homes.
I’m always thrilled to see animal shelters and feline rescue organizations doing creative things and this is really creative. The humans do macramé and the felines benefit because the humans come home with a fantastic bed for us! All the humans had to do was bring an 18” square pillow and the other materials were included in the price. The cost was $60.00 to take the bed home and $45.00 for those who donate the bed to the shelter. Great work Chesapeake Feline Association!
For all my fashionista feline friends it’s time to rejoice because Mochi Couture creates couture for felines only. No longer are you forced to shop in the doggie department, you can find an ensemble purrfectly suited for the feline physique.
Those of you who know me know how I feel about dressing up but I do have some very glamour puss friends who not only enjoy dressing up but they know how to rock fashion. And sometimes, putting clothes on us felines is good for us if we have skin issues, have had recent surgery or don’t have enough fur to keep ourselves warm. And since these items are designed to fit the feline body they are comfortable too. I have to say, after purrusing their clothing line I just might be purrsuaded to try a new look. The leather jacket and shades are pretty cool!
I’m all for anything that helps lost kitties get home. Too many people see a cat and they think “stray” rather than “lost”. We are great proponents of microchipping and this sounds like an excellent new tool to help cats get home. Researchers in South Korea have now developed a technology that uses genetic markers to find lost felines.
The Rural Development Administration (RDA) recently announced that these markers can distinguish cat species and verify familial relations through a process of scanning that is not invasive for the cat. Now a lot of this stuff is a bit to sciency for this feline but I’m a fan of anything that can help get kitties back home.
I refuse to give in to or contribute to hysteria about the nasty virus thingy. I do acknowledge however that many of you humans are stuck in your homes for a while. Not only is this a new experience for you and your felines, many of you are learning some very interesting things about working from home with cats. I hope you enjoy this article and that you all stay healthy and that we will be done with this stuff soon!
Hello There Furiends,
There’s nothing newsworthy to report from our house. We did do a review on a new cat tree and it was exciting snoopervising The Human while she put the thing together. The weather here is getting old. These felines are ready for some warm weather and sunning time on the upstairs deck. By the looks of things (a yard still full of snow) this will be a while so The Tribe decided to do some daydreaming about what we’d like to be doing today.
What are you dreaming about? Meow about it in the comments. And now, let’s get to this week’s noteworthy feline news.
Feline lovers in Poland now have their own museum to enjoy all things cat. The Cat Museum in Krakow, Poland was created by a cat-loving Ukrainian couple, Nataliya Koshivaya and her husband, in June 2019. The couple has an ever-growing collection of kitty-inspired knick-knacks and tchotchkes, according to First News.
At the museum you’ll find things like cat-shaped soap dispensers, sponge rests, and teapots as well as dozens of decorative items like snow globes, paintings, pillows, and figurines from around the world,
At last count the museum had about 1,000 items crammed into its 15 square meter (161 square feet) space.
This cat collection started 15 years ago a tiny cat figurine and the rest, as they say, is history. I have a feeling this is the story with many of you humans. I’m thinking The Female Human could open her own cat museum!
While there are plenty of kitty-inspired items to peruse, unfortunately, the museum is not a place to see, play with, or adopt live cats. Koshivaya told CBS Miami that perhaps someday the museum will be able to house cats as well.
The museum currently has a 4.5-star rating on Trip Advisor and is becoming one of the “must-see” places to visit while in Krakow. You can virtually visit the Cat Museum by checking out their Facebook page.
My Shelf Books and Gifts in Wellsboro, PA has two bookstore cats, Huck and Finn. The human bookstore owner refers to Huck and Finn as “the hardest working cats in the book business” and they have recently been named as honorary members of the Feline Historical Society (who knew there was a Feline Historical Society?).
These feline brothers, with 14 other cats from 12 bookstores across the U.S. were invited to join the society by Thunderstone books as a celebration of the book, “The Only True Biography of Benjamin Franklin, Told by His Cat, Missy Hooper (with Hardly Any Help from Dan Greenburg).” The book is written by Dan Greenburg and is a novel for eight to twelve-year old readers.
The email announcing the news was sent to Huck via email from the publisher. Huck was a bit offended as there was no mention of his brother but that situation was quickly rectified.
Huck and Finn have been featured in the book “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats” and he also made an appearance in The Totally Ninja Raccoon series and Brandon Schultz’s “Bookstore Cats.”
I know nothing about this feng shui stuff but the human who wrote this article sure does. Cynthia Chomos is a feng shui consultant and founder-designer at Seattle’s Catio Spaces, and a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
She says that cats prefer outdoor experiences inside and like fresh air, the sights, the sounds and the stimulation of the natural world and says feng shui practices provide a balanced, stimulationg environment.
How do you offer feng shui to your feline? She suggests first finding a welcoming “power spot” . Power spots, whether for humans or cats are located outside the direct path entering a room. She says find a wall and place the feline furniture (cat trees, low shelters, boxes, etc.) along the wall.
She also suggests catios (cat patios) for the outside. Our feeding areas need to be serene, we need a zen place to relax and she says it’s good to stimulate yang energy. You can do this by playing with us daily and provide a high spot or shelf for bird watching.
There are many more tips in the article and Cynthia Chomos reminds you humans that your energy affects us felines so if you keep your lives in balance, it helps us keep our lives in balance too.
Meowza, this news item is fascinating. You have to watch the video of this feline waving his paws while some strange noises come out of a box. When the cat changes position, the sound changes too. The cat looks a little confused and so was I when I watched the video. This kitty doesn’t understand that he’s playing a theremin.
And what is a theremin? It’s an invisible instrument invented by Lev Termen, a Russian physicist in 1919. He created it by accident when he was working on a machine that measured the density of gasses. He found out that when he moved his hands over it the sounds changed and voila –the theremin was born.
It works with two antennas, one controls pitch and the other controls volume. I’ve reported on feline mewsic but never reported on a feline MAKING mewsic! Make sure you watch the video of this little guy composing a “song”.
Before we begin our review, there are some things our attorney’s insist we say.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a free product in return for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are our own and are not influenced by the Pawscoo Cat Tree company, it’s affiliates and/or agents in any way.
We are pleased to announce that this product review was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion by the Cat Writer’s Association for the category, “Written Article, Product Review”
The Female Human got a HUGE box delivered to our house and of course, I had to snoopervise when she took all the items out. Once she had everything out of the box she took the pieces into the office where I continued my job as Chief Inspector and Snoopervisor. She sat on the floor and read out of a booklet she got with the box, mumbling to herself and putting all the pieces in an order that seemed to make sense to her.
Now let me tell you that our Female Human is not the greatest “put stuff together from instructions” kind of human. Still, I was impressed when she got what we now figured out to be a device just for kitties together in record time. She assembled it next to our existing cat tree. You will notice that she had two little problems. The first was figuring out how to get the round thingy attached (it’s on the left on the last shelf of our current cat tree). She made numerous attempts and she finally gave up. She also couldn’t figure out what the white piece of fabric was for. Still, considering her terrible record for putting stuff together, I’d say she did pretty well. I very much enjoyed the round furry toy hanging down (more on that later)
The Female Human left this new cat tree in the office for a while to see how all of us felines would react to it. Oliver and Lily weren’t that interested. This isn’t unusual for Ollie as he prefers not to haul his rotund little body up any vertical spaces. Lily did inspect it and hung out on the soft ledges.
As you can see, I made a beeline for that furry hanging ball. The Female Human left the office for a moment and when she returned, I’d already chewed through the cord that held the furry ball. Full disclosure here, I am a chewer and there are many things off limits to me. I just couldn’t control myself and, I am sorry to say, none of the other felines had a chance to play with the furry ball.
When the good folks at Pawscoo told The Human to pick out the product she wanted, she chose what seemed to be the sturdies one. This is because my brother and I are rather …uh,, large. I’m pushing 17 pounds (but, in my defense I am also very long). My brother is 20 pounds and he is just round (yes, our Human is working on his weight and she worries about it so please, no fat shaming). Despite the fact that we did get the 62″ large cat tree tower condo, it still shakes a bit when I run up and down it but it is sturdy and safe.
The Female Human left the new cat tree in the office for a while and then she decided she’d move it to the place where Jasmine lives now. (Jasmine was bullied and is now too fearful to come out into the rest of the house no matter how hard The Human tries to get her to re-integrate.) She felt that Jasmine might enjoy some environment enrichment and, since I come and visit I still could enjoy the new cat tree.
Of course, being the exceptionally helpful feline that I am, I had to show Jasmine how the cat tree works.
Speaking about my size as it relates to the cat tree. If I want to hang out on the lower shelf I often reach my paw out to the steamer trunk at the foot of the bed to steady myself.
Hello furineds, You can imagine that I was a bit bamboozled when The Female Human hauled this big thing with shelves into my hideaway. I sat for a while and watched Alberto frolicking on it but I preferred to explore it on my own. After The Human and Alberto left me alone I checked this intriguing thing out. I first tried out the place where I could hide from The Human and, since I’m so tiny I can make myself invisible in there!
It only took one day for me to figure out what a wonderful thing this cat tree is. I’m getting a bit of exercise and love getting on the top. I can sit on the soft furry ledges and watch the deer, racoons, squirrels and neighbor cats from my vantage point. Meowza I love this thing!
The felines have allowed me some space in this review to share my thoughts. I was very impressed with the style of this cat condo and with the ease with which it can be put together. Even though I couldn’t figure out how to attach the round piece it is still fantastic without it. The hanging ball toy was an early casualty of Alberto but he’s a chewer and this is not the fault of the manufacturer. Al will obsessively chew through anything that is stretchy or plastic. I have to watch him like a hawk.
Finally, I fully acknowledge that I have a couple of cats that are far heavier and larger than the norm. Alberto is so long he can stretch himself up to my waist and Olliver, well he’s just a tubby fellow. If Alberto with his length and weight can enjoy the codo so much and, if it holds up to his crazy runs and jumps it says a lot about this product.
The most delightful thing that happened as a result of doing this review was Jasmine’s reaction to it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this condo would do so much for my 17-year old sweetie (who has kidney disease but is doing well with treatment).. It is keeping her more active and she loves investigating the different levels and giving her the opportunity to have some window watching adventures.. The design of the condo allows it to fit nicely in the space, I believe Jasmine feels as though she is now the queen of the neighborhood. It makes my heart smile to see her enjoying the cat tree and condo and is a reminder that our “super senior” kitties need some fun and distraction too. This product is thoughtfully made and all the different “stations” provide fun for curious felines. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to review it, as are Alberto and Jasmine.
Our Purrsonal Assistant received an email message from WildernessCat letting us know that they had featured us in their post, “The 33 Best Cat Blogs You Need To Check Out in 2020”. We were thrilled and wanted to purruse this blog that honored us. Meowza they are fantastic!
There are so many great articles about felines and feline care. Some of our favorites were the article on dealing with your cat’s anxiety (we’re dealing with Lily’s anxiety after the loss of Tucker), Boarding a Diabetic Cat (none of the Tribe is diabetic but with Jasmine’s health issues boarding or getting a pet-sitter is quite a conundrum), and their very informative article about CBD and cats.
Head on over to WildernessCat and check out their great cat articles.
Happy Wednesday My Furiends!
The Tribe is slowly getting back to normal. The Female Human always makes sure she gives us cuddle time (Oliver is a bit more demanding than the rest of us).
Lily is eating better and Oliver and I are trying to keep from chasing her all over the house (the little water squirt bottle that’s sprayed in our faces when The Human catches us treating her like prey has helped as well)
I spend supervised time with Jasmine in her “apartment” in the back of the house. She’ll tolerate Oliver and sadly, still connects Lily with the cat that came with her and bullied Jasmine so Lily is not a visitor. I like to hang out on Jasmine’s cat condo.
Well, it’s time to bring you my feline stories of the week. Enjoy!
If you follow my Wednesday web wanderings, you already know I feature many news items from Japan. Things like feline ID cards, condos designed for cats and their people, hotels where windows look into a feline playground and lots more. And now, those wonderful folks in Japan have created diapers for cats.
There are many reasons why a kitty might need a diaper, temporarily or permanently; diseases, post-surgery, spraying outside the litterbox, inconvenience due to age, etc. This “absorption wear”, as described by Unicharm, the product creators, were created after lengthy study of the feline body shape.
The high waist is said to help the snug fit along the cat’s body and will not hinder the cat from jumping and move with ease. Feline grooming and licking will not peel off the wide tape and the area for the tail will accommodate the floofiest of cats.
Each diaper is said to absorb moisture for up to 12 hours, and the absorbent, breathable sheet inside is made with ultra-fine silk-like fibers that are soft for kitty’s fur. There is no price noted at this time for the Manner Wear diapers. They will be released on the Japanese market on March 9th.
And here is more fantastic feline news from Japan. If you will be sharing your new home or apartment with a feline in Japan, call Necorepa Real Estate, Japan’s very first real estate agency that exclusively works with properties that allow cats.
Necorepa Real Estate is a collaborative venture between Neco Republic, an animal welfare organization that also runs a chain of cat cafes/adoption centers for rescue cats (plus a cat hotel) and Tokyo-based realtor Innov. The company doesn’t just list apartments that merely allow cats, either, but ones with features that make them extra attractive to the cats themselves, like the climbing/play ledges and places specifically designed for litter boxes.
If a property is very cat friendly, it earns the Nekorepa Seal of Approval . They must satisfy three criteria: abundant natural sunlight (to enhance cat naps), floors and walls with scratch-resistant surfaces, and a design that ensures your furry friend can’t slip out of the apartment and get lost while you’re away from home.
A portion of initial lease fees, as well as 222 yen (US$2) of each tenant’s monthly rent in properties managed directly by the company, is donated to Neco Republic’s cat cafes, to help keep the felines healthy and happy during their wait to find permanent homes. Most of Necorepa Real Estate’s apartments are in Tokyo, but it also has properties in Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, and Aichi Prefectures, with its full listings available online through its website here.
A London couple has let the cat out of the bag, at least regarding how they amuse their “super clingy” cat while focusing on their work-from-home jobs.
I do object to the word “clingy”. In our house we prefer the word “cuddly”. Lily is a great cuddler and has been called a “love bug” so she’s often referred to as Lily Bug.
A London couple’s cat Ziggy is a cuddle bug too. Both humans now work from home and Ziggy decided that their laps should be available 24/7. This put a crimp in the human’s work day so they came up with the idea of creating a “lap” out of sweat pants and sneakers, stuffed so that the lap would be inviting and soft. This faux lap was placed on the sofa with a heated map. Ziggy is in heaven. Hmmmm, maybe Lily needs one of these!
While we don’t get purrlitical on Feline Opines, Oliver did throw his hat into the ring in 2016 to run for Purresident. Sadly, his inexperience (he was a kitten) was his downfall. You can read about his campaign here. Since we haven’t had any feline Purresidents in the White House, we wanted to find out if any felines ever resided in the White House.
The first known cat in the White House was named Tabby, who lived with Abraham Lincoln and his family. There was another feline there too named Dixie. Lincoln treated his cats as family members (as it should be!). During one formal White House banquet he fed Tabby from the table with a gold fork. Mrs. Lincoln was appalled and told her husband this was “shameful in front of the guests.” (I hiss in her general direction!).
President Lincoln once remarked, “Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore, she doesn’t talk back!”
During the siege of Petersburg in March 1865, (a few weeks prior to his assisination) Lincoln was distracted the sounds of kittens meowing. He found the kittens, brought them inside and cuddled them in his lap. Lincoln whispered to the cats, “Kitties, thank God you are cats, and can’t understand this terrible strife that is going on,” later remarking to a colonel that he hoped “these poor little motherless waifs are given plenty of milk and treated kindly.”
The first purebred cat in the White House was “Siam,” who was also the first Siamese cat to arrive in the U.S. in 1878. She was a gift to First Lady Lucy Hayes from the American Consul in Bangkok, Thailand. Nearly a century later, Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan brought another Siamese, “Shan,” to live at Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Teddy Roosevelt White House had Slippers and Tom Quartz, Woodrow Wilson had Puffins, and Calvin Coolidge had Tiger, who accompanied him around the White House. “Socks,” Chelsea Clinton’s cat, was a handsome tuxedo cat who came from a shelter. At this time there is no feline residing in the White House.
I love it when shelters dream up creative fund raising ideas and this one is a doozy. For a donation of $20.00 or more, the Concho Valley Paws shelter in Texas painted the name of your ex on the bottom of a litterbox and, as they said in their promotion, they will let their team of “well-fed felines super poopers cover your former #1 with plenty of #2.