I hope all of you in the good old U.S.A. had a fantastic Independence Day. Our Female Human had a great time, helping to build floats and hanging out with her relatives at the lake. The closest we felines got to water was the shower in the Human’s bathroom!
So we were left behind and the Human scampered off to the lake to spend time with her human relatives and (gasp) our canine cousin. And where were we? Left alone at home. Oh the cruelty!
While she galavanted around the lake with our canine cousin, the only water we had to play in was the shower but there was no one to turn the water on for us!
Well, enough griping, let’s get on with the best of the feline news for this week.
I’ve reported on the new “Grumpy Cat” and now I’ve found out there is a “saddest cat in the world”.
This feline from China has markings that make him look very sad. A student first spotted the cat, videoed him and posted the video on TikTok. The cat became a world-wide sensation and some folks call him “a real life emoji” The student believes the cat is a stray and returns to the street regularly to make sure he has food and water and is okay. I sure hope someone gives this melancholy guy a furever home soon.
Bob Carter, the coordinator of Honiton Cat’s Protection was so excited about the shelter’s reopening that he and four members of Axe Valley Runners in England ran a 5K route shaped like a cat. The women in the race wore cat ears.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those Brits are cat loving folks!
I reported on the antics of the cat at Canterbury Cathedral when he disappeared under the Dean’s robes during an online church service. Well, that camera loving feline made another appearance on an online church video when he hopped on a chair next to the Dean to help himself to some milk.
Do felines dream? According to Dr. Katy Nelson, senior vet at Chewy the answer is yes. Dr. Nelson says, “There are two types of sleep: REM and non-REM,” During REM, the sleeper’s eyes move rapidly and the brain’s activity is similar to an awake state. This is when dreaming occurs. Young animals spend more time in REM than older animals possibly due to the large amount of new information that they encounter each day and the need to process it all.
You humans dream about your lives and, according to Dr. Nelson so do cats. She says, “Well, since we’re unable to ask them what they dream about, we have to deduce that, similar to us, they dream about their day,. If they went outside and saw a bird and another kitty friend, those images are likely what is playing through their mind during sleep. Perhaps they’re even dreaming about you, their delicious dinner, and the pens and chapstick that they pushed off of your table just so they could watch them fall!”
Can cats have nightmares? The doctor says, “Just like us, animals dreams may not always be happy or based on their reality. Nightmares are suspected to be the way that our minds determine the best course of action in case that dream experience occurs during waking hours,” says Dr. Nelson. “Our cats aren’t likely to dream of monsters or missing a final exam like we do, but who knows…maybe they dream of oversized mice or seeing the bottom of their food bowl!”
And that answers the mystery of “do cats dream”! And right now, I’m dreaming of some nice tuna for dinner.
I’ve reported on cats taking “surprise” vacations in the past but this is a new one. This feline hitched a ride on a military flight that landed in Bangor Maine Tuesday night and flew out Wednesday.
The airport marketing director, Aimiee Thibodeau said, “We’re calling it the feline recovery mission.” No one is sure when the friendly gray and white male boarded the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane.
The origin of the flight was Travis Air Force Base in California and it made a stop in Colorado Springs before arriving in Bangor.
The plane’s flight crew discovered the cat in the cargo hold hiding behind some crates. It wasn’t clear if the cat was discovered in-flight or after landing in Bangor. Crew members brought the cat to the airport maintenance office, where the feline stowaway tried to make a break for it but was quickly captured. Once the cat was in the captor’s arms he snuggled down and began purring.
The cat was taken to the Bangor Humane Society where he is now resting after his possible 3,200 mile trip which could have been even longer as the plane was headed overseas.
The mission now is to get the cat back home. Both Air Force bases have been contacted but no one knew about a lost cat but the shelter workers are sure that this cat did have a home.
A photo of the cat has been posted on the airports Facebook page and the Human Society will be posting a photo on their social media.
The Shelter says the cat doesn’t have a microchip but they are convinced by their observations of the behavior of the cat that he has a home……somewhere.