Hi There Furiends, We decided to release the videos of our #RememberMeThursday contest winners during Thanksgiving week because we felines believe the best thing to be thankful for is a furever home!
We picked two of our furiends as contest winners. Their rescue stories are purrfect and remind us all that every kitty deserves a home. We hope you enjoy their stories, we sure did!
And Ava and Link, please tell your humans that the packages with our books (and a little something for each of you too) are on their way.
Please say hello to Link, from messimimi’s meanderings. He may be a big guy but he still feels like a kitten. Link’s human told us about a friend who stayed with them when Link was a kitten. When the friend woke up Link was perched on the headboard of the bed, waiting for her to wake up so he could pounce. And even today, Link likes to hang out at the bottom of the bed, waiting for a foot to move so he can grab the toes.
Our other winner is Ava, a beautiful and sleek house panther. from Meowmans – Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. She began life as an adopted kitten but sadly, the humans who adopted her took her back to the shelter because they got a dog. (That just made me want to hiss!!) Black kitties don’t have the best of luck in shelters and shy Ava needed some divine intervention. And that’s what happened when a wise and beautiful angel kitty named Zoe visited Ava. Zoe had crossed the Rainbow Bridge recently and she wanted her sister Gracie (18 yeas old) to have a furiend. Zoe took care of the details and, well, we’ll let Ava tell you her story.
We hope you enjoyed these rescue stories as much as we did and we wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving (and lots of turkey!) Purrs & Head Bonks, Alberto, Lily & Oliver
Meowza! Wednesday came so quick this week! We’re working the pads off our peets, putting the finishing touches on our special “#RememberMeThursday winning adoption stories in time to do a Thanksgiving theme (I mean, what is there better to be thankful for than a furever home?)
We also have a product review to finish that we think your humans will like. Having said all that, the report from our neck of the woods will feature Lily as she finally realized that we have an interloper and she decided to do something about it. Sheesh, Oliver and I have been telling her about the squirrel for ages and she only took notice this week!
Lily has not been allowed to “extend the paw of friendship” to the squirrel and it’s adaily source of frustration for her. Oh well, on to the news.
A recent study posted on ScienceAlert.com illustrates the bond we felines have with you humans. When you humans walk away from us, we track you down mentally map your position in space. We even use the sound of the your voice for the tracking process.
This behavior of ours is part of our social- spatial cognition.
Researchers from the Kyoto University ran tested many cats. They put them in rooms that the felines were familiar with. They placed a speaker in the room and another outside the room. A recording of the owner’s voice was played on each speaker. Hearing the human’s voice in different locations seemed to confuse the cats. A researcher noted in the research paper on ScienceAlert.com: Results showed that cats were surprised when their owner appeared to be ‘teleported’ to a new, unexpected location. They also added that the results suggest that cats hold a mental representation of the unseen owner and map their owner’s location from the owner’s voice, showing evidence of socio-spatial cognition.
Faith in humanity restored! Robert, a feline that has been the spokespurrson for a campaign to save Walsall Road allotments in 2019 needed his own campaign when the vet found two ulcers in his eyes.
He had an operation – a corneal graft – and is now recovering in Kate Millington’s spare room – one of the plot holders at the allotments where he usually lives. His close human friend Betty Farruggia who takes most of the pictures for his Twitter feed said the support Robert has received has been ‘incredible’.
“He has had messages from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan and the EU. I really hate to ask for money but people started to send it by Paypal before I even set up the appeal.
“I never imagined a cat, even a special cat like Robert, would have this effect on people who have never met him.”
Robert touched many hearts and will stay at Kate’s until he has finished all his medication and is fully recovered.
The target of £10,000 for his treatment has now been met but supporters continue to send him get well wishes and financial help. Any extra money will go to the vet fund for the other felines who live at the allotments.
One donor from Baltimore, USA said, “Very much enjoy following the activities of all of you at the allotments. I hope you are back home and feeling yourself again soon. Best wishes from my two here in Baltimore, MD…we’ve taken a bit from the treat jar to help.”
The Human is a great fan of Basepaws and she’s all of our DNA done. She was thrilled to hear that Basepaws has just updated the product with over 80 new genetic health and trait markers. In total, the Basepaws test will now screen for over 120 markers!
Our reports have so much information and now, with the new markers DNA reports will include:
Over 70 known feline genetic health markers, including new markers for feline ophthalmological conditions and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most common form of heart disease in cats;
Genetic markers for blood type. Knowledge of a cat’s blood type can be helpful to the cat breeding process as well as support life-saving medical decisions, such as when a cat needs an emergency blood transfusion;
Over 50 fun and exciting genetic trait markers. With this update, pet parents will learn about some of the genes and mutations that are responsible for their cat’s unique physical appearance;
An analysis of a cat’s DNA sample against the 21 different pedigreed breeds in the Basepaws reference panel, which is part of the world’s largest cat DNA database, to help cat parents better understand their cat’s breed composition;
Results from the first ever Basepaws Cat Dental Health Test that identify a cat’s risk for periodontal disease, tooth resorption, and bad breath. Results include specific at-home dental health care recommendations for pet parents and tips for improving their cat’s nutrition and overall health.
If your humans have already paid for your DNA test kit like ours did, you don’t have to start over again, Existing customers can purchase an upgraded report version for a small fee (the upgrade is free for existing Basepaws Whole Genome Test customers). In time, the company will also release upgrades for additional markers that are discovered through its internal research program.
Now that’s something to meow about!.
Cat Teaches His Little Brothers To Be Obsessed With The Window Washers | The Dodo Cat Crazy
Anyone who says we felines are selfish never met this cat who loves to share the fun.
When it became clear that Hank was definitely stuck in a very tall tree, Smaantha Miller,a spokesperson for the Humane Rescue Alliance in D.C. said, “Having found no other option, we had to get creative.”
The HRA decided after a few days that they would be unable to get Hank down safely. And so Hank remained 50 feet above ground for five days and four nights. Meowza!
Hank was stuck up there in the sun with no water and no food. Poor guy! “
The major cause of the problem with the rescue was the stability of the tree and it’s location. As a last desperate attempt to get Hank out of the tree, the rescuers offered him what they called, “Hank’s Party Pack” which was a collection of treats and clothing with his human’s scent. The items were taken up in a basket and, when Hank climbed in the basket, they brought him down.
HRA field services staff; neighbors who offered ladders and changed dog-walking patterns; and staff members from Casey Trees, a nonprofit environmental group that’s focused on caring for trees in the D.C. area, all assisted in getting the cat down. HRA acknowledged that Hank’s successful rescue was made possible by all who helped.
Now let’s hope Hank stays away from the trees in his neighborhood!
I hope your week has been purrfectly wonderful! Not much happening in our neck of the woods except The Human has been constantly meowing about how busy she is. Really? All she has to do is keep our water bowls (and kibble bowls) filled, give us evening treats and morning wet foo breakfast, clean our litter boxes and give us skritches and play with us. Whatever she does outside of the house is of no consequence to us.
To illustrate how bad the service has been, take a look at this photo. This Chewy box had been sitting on the counter since the delivery human brought it in the morning. I had to wait until The Human arrived home in the evening to obtain access to all the goodies inside, including the catnip. This is unacceptable!
Oliver spent some quality time discovering grapes. In the end, he decided he’d rather have Temptations treats!
Lily couldn’t be bothered to put in any camera time this week but she does send you all purrs & head bonks,
Ollie, Lily and I (and The Human) all wanted to thank and remember our veterans.
All it took to get Estelle Nicol out of her funk was to introduce her to some kittens. The business manager of the home Estelle lived in arrived at work one morning with a box full of foster kittens (take note humans, you may want to try this at your work).
She set up a feline playpen in her office and soon the residents heard about the kitten nursery and they stopped by to see the little guys.
The business manager checked to make sure none of the residents had cat allergies and when everyone was “good to go” she opened her door to kitten visitors.
Those furry, purry little creatures brought so much happiness to people. Residents who had been depressed began to be happier when they picked up a kitten. (We cats are just magical that way).Soon the home started kitten therapy days and now, three years later, the little kittens are continuing their work, helping people by brightening their day and offering large doses of purr therapy.
The kittens benefit too. By bringing the foster kittens in and having the residents hold them and play with them, the little guys are getting socialized and ready for their furever homes.
This is definitely what you would call a “win- win” situation!
Did you know that kitty blood donors are often needed at many veterinary hospitals to help cats that may have blood loss during surgery, suffer trauma from being hit by a and suffer other serious injuries. And where does this blood come from? Well, volunteer feline blood donors, of course. Before they donate, they are screened for disease and, with a clean bill of health they can give blood as often as every six weeks.
Now I’m not a huge friend of the stabby place but our purrrticular one is a fearless practice so I’m pretty chill when I go there. Blood donors are lightly sedated before they give approximately 40 milliliters of the lifesaving fluid. If you are a feline that would like to find out more about this, have your human talk to your vet. There may even be feline blood banks in your area. We cats have three blood types, Type A is most common, Type B is less common and Type AB is rare.
There is a website that is a National Blood Transfusion Service that helps veterinarians connect with potential cat blood donors. The service is free to vets and cat parents.
I’m not sure whether I’d be brave enough to do this but it sure sounds like a wonderful idea. What do you think?
These parents threw an awesome quinceañera for their cat’s 15th birthday and this feline is always in favor of a cat pawty!
The video of the quineañera (a Latin American celebration for a girl’s 15th birthday) her parents threw for their 15-year-old cat, Plomita, and it looked like one epic bash!
The clip begins with a shot of Meli’s father, holding Plomita, sitting at the dining room table decked out with cat-themed party favors and a centerpiece made out of yarn balls and cat food tins. A “Happy Birthday!” banner hangs in the background, with cats in the shape of each letter.
Plomita, decked out in a miniature denim jacket and pink tutu, sits comfortably in her father’s lap, devouring a cat treat. The clip then cuts to a shot of Plomita seated on the table wearing a new outfit featuring a floral-printed blue dress with a pink flower around her collar while her human parent showers her with affection.
Humans, if you haven’t built your cat a ramp to get to his favorite window in the house, or built your feline a custom Scandinavian bed or provided your cat with a “boat” so he can join you in the hot tub, you may be a slacker!
Allow me to say my faith in humanity has been restored with this one.
A human named Aman has received widespread support after evicting his girlfriend who kicked his indoor cat outside.
The human adopted Raven, his kitty three years ago and had been dating the heartless girlfriend two years. One day he came home and Raven was gone and Raven never went outside. Thankfully a friend recognized Raven and brought him back home hours later.
When he asked his girlfriend about the cat being outside (a cat that had never shown any interest in going outside) she admitted she kicked him out. What a despicable human, I hiss in her direction!
The girlfriend was told she had a month to find a new place who cried and said she had nowhere to go and would end up living on the streets (oh, like the poor feline you kicked out?)
One commenter pointed out the horrendous timing of the decision as she ” threw out an indoor BLACK cat during Halloween season- Shelters don’t even let people adopt black cats this time of year…”
It’s definitely fire weather (as in a nice cozy indoor fire, not the horrible forest fires) in our neck of the woods. We are luxuriating in the warmth and thankful we have a warm and cozy furever home!
It’s always nice to get cozy and sometimes this really makes The Human happy. For instance, she came home from work on evening and when she saw this she got leaky eyes. She knows how long Lily has wanted a cuddle buddy since Angel Tucker crossed The Rainbow Bridge and to see her cuddling again made The Human very happy!
Now, we don’t always cuddle but we each like to get cozy when we find the purrfect spot.
I hope all my feline furiends are enjoying your purrfect spot, whather it’s cuddling with your brofurs and sisters, your human or by yourself.
Okay, enough about comfort, let’s get on with the news.
There are many stories of kitties who have been loved and who have loved and saved soldiers. Often, these soldiers find a feline furiend where they are stationed and sometimes that creates problems when the soldier wants to bring the cat home with them.
This is the situation with Spc. Kaiden and his furiend, a striped tabby named Tiger. Kaiden went to great lengths to befriend the frightend feline and soon, Tiger trusted him enough to sit on his shoulders.
Under his care, Tiger got pregnant and had 3 kittens and all the kittens were placed in furever homes.
But SPC Kaiden’s bond with Tiger was very strong and he couldn’t rehome her and now he’s working to bring her back safely to America. Dereck Cartright, a disabled veteran and logistics coordinator at Paws of War, is helping to make this happen. He said, “We want to do everything we can to help make this happen, but we need the assistance of the public to successfully pull off the mission.”
Bringing Tiger to America isn’t easy because you Humans have all kinds of government rules and regulations about international pet adoption. That’s why Paws of War is looking to help keep Kaiden and Tiger together. If you want to help you can donate to Paws of War. to bring Tiger here.
Spec. Kaiden is grateful for the help and said, “Tiger and I have become inseparable, and I can’t imagine leaving her behind when I live thousands of miles away.“I’m grateful that there is an organization like Paws of War that cares enough to help us with this type of situation. I’m also thankful there are people in the community who support what they do, so that they can carry out their mission.”
We give Paws of War a Paws Up Award and hope Tiger will soon be in her furever home with Spec. Kaiden here in America!
We felines don’t always contemplate such things but I know you humans do. Although I have to get a bit “sciency” to answer this question, I’ll try to make it as simple as possible.
We felines are quadrupeds, which is a fancy way of saying that we walk on all four legs.
The sciency folks say that we have two different types of joints. Our front legs are equipped with hinge-like joints and our back legs have, well, a different type of joint equipped with a patella or knee cap.
So if your human says your cat has elbows and their friend says his cat has knees, you’re both correct! We have elbows in our front legs and knees in our back legs.
Natasha Bui, PT, DPT, CCRT, owner of Amicus Rehab says it’s not that simple though. Yes, cat’s knees are similar to human knees but there is one main difference and that’s the angle between the our knee and our hips. This angle varies not only between cats and humans, but between different breeds of cats. For instance, the angle between knee and hip is more steep in breeds like a Maine coon, which contributes to their increased risk of orthopedic issues.
Now that you know we have knees you might be wondering how to make sure those knees are taken care of. Sometimes we have knew troubles when we age or gain too much weight. Even kittens can have knee issues though.
There are some things humans can do though the most important being keeping us active and manage our weight.
Now I’m not a purrlitical feline and am more of a Catstitutionalist than anything (I guess that’s because I always hear The Human meowing about government spending) but I have to say, if government is going to spend, I’m all for this line item.
Israel’s state budget will now see an increase in money allocated for helping out the country’s exceptionally large population of cats that will go from six million to twelve million to spay and neuter the many homeless cats in the country.
Now before any of you humans meow about spending, the program is being monitored and the goal is to reduce the expenditure as the feral population is reduced through the spay and neuter program.
The decision does have its critics but there is no argument that spaying and neutering do help to reduce the stray cat population and no one wants to see so many homeless kitties. This feline says “Bravo Israel!”
Seems like this is my day to report purrlitical news. Now I have no opinion on the New York City mayoral race except to say that Curtis Sliwa, an excellent cat daddy, tried to bring one of his felines to his polling place on Tuesday. He arrived with one of the more than a dozen rescue cats he lives with but was told the cat had to stay outside. Someone was found to look after the kitty so Silwa could vote and he was reunited with his furry buddy after he cast his vote. This feline says there should be more cat daddies in politics!
Now I am a feline that purfurrs the comforts of home. Travel does not interest me at all although my brother Oliver has a more wandering spirit. And I know there are other felines that don’t mind traveling either and with this in mind, I think it’s important that I help your human find the best feline friendly places to stay.
There are a plethora of dog friendly hotel lists but dog friendly isn’t the same as cat friendly by a long shot. Our needs are quite different. And don’t let your human head down the dusty trail with you before they they pack your treats, food and water dishes, the litter you like and a litter box. Bringing your favorite toy and blanket is a good idea too (hmm, maybe you’ll need your own suitcase!)
Okay, now you’re packed and ready to go so here are the 11 feline friendly hotels.
Four Seasons, Las Vegas, Nev.
The Four Seasons Hotel knows how to welcome cats. You can find cat-friendly Four Seasons Hotels across the U.S. and they always make sure your feline will enjoy a luxurious stay.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Meowza! This place offers feline in-room dining crafted by Loews’ Executive Chef. With all the feline pampering this hotel brand may have you wondering who the guest really is-you or your cat! .They even provide the cat litter and the litter box so you can pack lighter.
The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Ore.
The cat-friendly Bend hotel will treat your feline like royalty. The $59 per pet, per stay fee, (2 cats allowed) is worth the cost as they offer cat bowls, toys, a bed, and treats. Now that’s luxury!
The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, N.Y.
When you book the boutique Williamsburg Hotel, ask for a pet-friendly room with a balcony (and make sure your human packs your halter and leash). The hotel charges a $100 pet fee per stay.
The Colony Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Fla.
If you are a feline who purfurrs a beach getaway this is the place for your. The hotel charges a flat pet fee of $150, and make sure your human books a room with a view of one of the world’s biggest litter box!
Rivertide Suites, Seaside, Ore.
You can also sniff the fresh sea breeze at this seaside hotel. For $30 per pet, per night, you and your feiline can enjoy a full kittchen, gas fireplace, patio, and one or two bedrooms (so you don’t have to sleep with your human if you don’t want to).
The Maxwell House, Seattle, Wash.
As part of the StayPineapple Hotels chain, this cat-friendly Seattle hotel has all the comforts a feline requires for a purrfect stay, including food bowls and a pet bed. Bring the whole clowder because the Maxwell Hotel allows up to four cats per room for a $25 nightly fee.
Kimpton La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood, Calif.
This hotel is serious about four-legged guests because they have a Director of Pet Relations. Now before you start hissing when you realize this position is held by a dog named Marvin, rest assured he will go the extra mile, even for feline guests. Every feline will feel like a very important purrson at Kimpton’s La Peer Hotel located just outside Beverly Hills. The hotel chain is cat friendly at all it’s properties and doesn’t charge for feline guests.
Virgin Hotel Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
The Virgin Hotel Chicago and their locations across the country are all cat-friendly. Every feline guest receives some great swag like bowls, a bed, and even a stylish bandana.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville, Nashville, Tenn.
This property is part of a number of midwestern hotels that are all cat friendly. There are locations from Louisville and Cincinnati all the way to Bentonville, and Oklahoma City. Your human can book a stay for you at $175 per stay no matter the number of pets.
The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Penn.
Located just footsteps from the historic Rittenhouse Square, this sleek hotel is the purrfect place for feline guests. The concierge can help you find cat-friendly events but, if you’re a feline that prefers to relax in your room, the concierge can arrange for you to have a pet sitter so you don’t have to be alone if your humans venture out.