Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/19

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Oh my whiskers, it’s Wednesday already, boy did the last week fly by! Now that doesn’t mean that we were busy, well let me correct that, The Human was busy but we felines were a bit bored and that is how this conversation got started. Since we were bored, we had our purrsonal assistant make this a cartoon.

“Sigh, I’m so bored Ollie.”

“I hear ya’ Al but what can we do? Oh wait, I have a great idea.”

“Everyone knows I’m a cat with beautiful markings. Why, the heart
over my eye has already made me an internet sensation! Maybe
we should feature my other beautiful markings too.”
“Check out my back and note the black markings on my ears.”

“And then there’s the nice white paw and black paw. I think this would make
a purrfect feature for this post. What do you think? Al, Al, ALBERTO!”
“Fine! Ignore me but when this week’s post is a bomb just remember that I
could have saved you. Sheesh, what an ingrate!”
“Clearly some felines in this house need to get over themselves.”

Well furiends, I apologize for Oliver’s attempted coup to take over my Wednesday post. Here are this week’s feline related news items, I hope you enjoy them!

Cat Missing 8 Months Reunites with Family After Owner Recognizes Pet’s Meow During Phone Call

This one’s for any of you humans who don’t believe in the human/animal bond. On January 11 Rachel Lawrence was on the phone with her vet regarding an issue with her cat Toryi. While she was on the phone, she heard a meow in the background.

She thought that meow sounded familiar and asked the vet if that was Toryi. The vet said no, it’s a stray that someone brought into the practice.

After the call ended, Rachel couldn’t get that meow out of her mind. She  wondered if it could be her cat Barnaby who had been missing for eight months. After three hours when she was still thinking about it she called the vet back and asked if the stray was black with a white patch on his back foot. When the vet said “yes” she couldn’t believe it.

She went to the vet and confirmed that the cat was indeed Barnaby. They had a joyous reunion.

Barnaby is now back at home being showered with love, treats and affection. She knew Barnaby so well that she could recognize him by his meow, now that’s a human/feline connection! My favorite kind of happy ending!

Singing waiter-robot with cat’s face being tested in Polish restaurants

Okay, I’m scratching my head but this one was just too weird not to report on.

A multilingual, singing waiter-robot with the face of a cat is being tested out in restaurants in and around Poznań, Poland with success.  .

Named BellaBot, or Bella to its friends, the black and white robot waits for visitors at the entrance alongside a (live) waiter or waitress, greets the guests and escorts them to their table, then delivers their ordered dishes.

Inquiring minds like the mind of this feline may be asking, “why a cat face?” but sadly I found no answer to this in the article although it did say children love to scratch the cat’s ears.

And just when I think you humans can’t get wackier, you create the BellaBot.

This Cat Insists on Crashing His Dad’s Auditions

Well, we felines have made great strides in interrupting our humans’ video chats and zoom meetings but as exhibited by this loving kitty, we’ve only just begun.

Japanese design company combines human bed and cat tower, proves felines are who runs the home

Admit it humans, it’s our home and you only live in it and, with that in mind it’s time for a bed that accommodates felines!

So it stands to reason that any piece of furniture in your home should take your cat’s desires into consideration, with your human needs having, at most, secondary importance. That includes your bed, and here with a way to bring it more in line with proper priorities is Tokyo-based interior company Dinos.

Called the Bed with Cat Step, the design from Tolyo-based interior company Dinos resembles a canopy bed, with tall posts at each corner. The footboard, though, is outfitted with ledges that lead upward all the way to the top of the frame, with a coupe of round windows on the way, for felines to climb and play on.

The Bed with Cat Step is available in both single and semi-double sizes, measuring 99 and 124 centimeters (39 and 48.8 inches) respectively, and the top of the frame is 184.6 centimeters off the floor. If you’re wondering whether it’ll work with your cat’s size, each of the steps is 31 centimeters tall, and the round openings are 24 centimeters in diameter. The single-size frame is priced at 352,000 yen (US$3,060) and the semi-double at 418,000 yen (packages that include a mattress are 352,000 and 467,280 yen). The bed is available through the Dinos online shop.

Feline sneaky! Owners share photos of their cleverly camouflaged cats hiding in gardens, restaurants and bedrooms – so, how many can YOU spot?

If you enjoy spotting covert felines, the Twitter account ‘There is no cat in this image’, which uses the handle @Thereisnocat_, is the place for you.

Some cats are much easier to spot than others but it’s still a fun game. Click on the link to see some samples and try to find the felines. At the bottom of the page they do give you the answers.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/12

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
The weather in our neck of the woods is icky, First we had weeks of snow dump on us. This was a good thing for some of the more resourceful neighbors. The Human took these photos from inside so the quality isn’t so great. The point is, the deer figured out how to get to the tasty tree branches by using the snow berms.

When life gives you snow berms get a better angle on your tree snack

As for The Tribe, we are making sure we sit on the chair at the front door window and snoopervise The Human’s hilarious antics as she first shovels snow and then attacks the ice on the driveway. When we become exhausted from snoopervising we take time to cozy up and rest. So far this horrible weather hasn’t affected us too much, although our Chewy order was a little late and we almost ran out of kibble, Oh the horror! I am happy to announce that starvation was narrowly avoided when the box arrived that evening!

“Keep up the good work Human, we’ve got to make sure the Chewy delivery makes it.”
“Oh Human, hurry up, I’m hangry.”
“Can someone wake me up when The Human is done shoveling and dinner is ready?”
“I’m getting worried, if something happens to The Human out there, who will feed us?”

Well, thankfully disaster was avoided and food was delivered and The Human is uninjured. The ice is so bad in our neck of the woods that The Human is working at home. This is an excellent opportunity for me to make sure that she completes this blog post with the excellence I demand.

“Lets take a look at this. Nice how you managed to get some of our Muse Medallions in the photo.”
” I see a couple of typos that you need to fix.”
“Okay Human, you may now proceed.”

I hope you enjoyed our little slice of life from our next of the woods this week. Stay safe and if it is snowing or icy in your neck of the woods, make sure you keep your humans safe!

Crew of a Ship Adopts a Cat Named Lollipop After He Was Born Onboard

When a mother cat gave birth to five kittens on a ship, four were adopted out. The fifth kitten named Lollipop took up residence on the ship. 

Wherever the ship docks, Lollipop and her human crew serve as kitty ambassadors. Crew members say they buy cat food and leave it with shopkeepers in the ports they visit because they want all kitties to be as well taken care of as Lollipop. Good work sailors!

Water Loving Hawaiian Cat

When you’re a feline in Hawaii, of course you’d want to surf! Mahalo kitty! This video about the water loving feline is pawsome!

Cat Rooms Are 2022’s Biggest Pet Trend

Kitties rejoice!  The cat room is the hot ticket for 2022. What is it? It’s a room dedicated entirely (or almost entirely) to your marvelous felines. . And why cat rooms? Because we cats have very specific needs. 

Now having a cat room doesn ‘t mean you banish your feline to one room only. We need the run of the WHOLE house. A cat room is another way to enhance our lives. 

There are many great ideas on Instagram if you are interested in enhancing your feline’s life by creating a cat room.

Missing Cat Found Stuck Inside Recliner Donated To Thrift Store

People, People! Don’t you know that moving is stressful for us and that we love to hid in strange places when we’re scared? Let this story be a lesson to you before you get rid of any furniture that you need to make sure all your felines are accounted for.

Denver Animal Protection got a call on New Year’s Eve from the city’s Arc Thrift Store, where employees had discovered a meowing sound coming from a chair someone had dropped off at the shop.

“Sure enough, there’s a recliner out front, and there’s a little orange tabby stuck inside,” animal protection Officer Jenna Humphreys told The Denver Channel. “Very friendly, couldn’t get out. They said that they had noticed the meowing shortly after somebody had dropped it off.”

Meanwhile, the cat’s owners had become distraught after realizing Montequila was nowhere to be found. They eventually realized she must have stowed away in the chair, and they reached out to the thrift store, where the staff put them in touch with animal protection, the agency wrote on Facebook.

Humphrey said the owners were “so relieved” and “absolutely thrilled to have their cat back.”

The people had gotten rid of the chair while they were in the process of moving, which can be a stressful process for cats.

Humphrey said she and fellow officers are used to hearing about animals hiding in odd spots during events like a move, but “this was a new one.”

Though Montequila was unharmed, reclining chairs can be dangerous for cats. They can be seriously injured or even killed if they’re inside when someone operates the chair.

Cat people, there’s cool new tech for you

Water intake is important for every cat and if your feline has kidney issues it’s even more critical. 

To aid in monitoring your cat’s health, PurrSong is releasing a water dispenser that tracks water consumption, a litter box that tracks your cat’s weight and bathroom habits and an activity tracker that can collect data on your cat’s movement and sleep patterns. The idea is that any and all of this data can help you see your cat’s everyday routine and, more importantly, notice early enough when they break that routine.

If PurrSong sounds familiar, it’s because at CES 2019 the company launched the $900 LavvieBot S, a self-cleaning litter box that refills litter automatically. Joining the LavvieBot S in PurrSong’s 2022 lineup is LavvieWater, a filtered water dispenser that tracks your cat’s water intake. Water is circulated without a motor and filtered to reduce water scale build-up.

PurrSong is also launching a new litter box called the LavvieBox. It’s an open air box that can be modified into three different physical setups depending on your cat’s preference. The LavvieBox can track your cat’s urinary and bowel movement data and weight patterns. It’s equipped with an air purifier to reduce odor and dust but, unlike the LavvieBot S, it’s not a self-cleaning box.

Rounding out the new trio is the LavvieTag, an activity tracker on a collar that gathers data on your cat’s activity. That data is analyzed to determine four main patterns: resting, grooming, walking and running. The LavvieTag is lightweight and lasts four weeks on a single charge. (Oliver is very concerned that The Human may buy this gadget!)

You can learn more about this company in the video above. 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/05

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy 2022 Furiends,
It’s been a busy week for us, doing all the things that felines are required to do. As you can see, Oliver and I are almost exhausted from our work over the New Year holiday.

Lily was busy as well.

And then there was the moment The Human came home from work early and caught us in a snuggle!

There you have it, our long, hard week. ‘Hope yours was more relaxing!

Whats new, pussycat? How feline film stars are trained to perform

Felines have been in movies for decades. There was the Tabby in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the Himalayan in Meet the Parents whose special trick was flushing the toilet.   The latest feline star is the kitty in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

The film maker refused to use CGI for the shoot, so they called in animal trainer Charlotte Wilde who showed up with 40 felines. All the potential stars were treated like royalty and had their own green room.

Wilde’s agency is based in London and has supplied animals for films for 10 years. Felix, her 10-year-old black and white moggie (“a very cheeky chap!”), was cast as Peter, Wain’s furry best friend, who inspires his first sketches.

We can tell you Peter was one of our favorites in the film! Wilde shared some of her training tips for wanna be movie star cats. She uses positive reinforcement (translation= snacks). “We teach our cats to go to mark,” she says. “They’ll walk in and they’ll know where to stop. We train them so they run to the sound of a buzzer. We’ve got some that can roll over. A couple can retrieve. They’ll lie down, rub against people’s legs, and walk alongside someone. We show them what they’ve got to do. Then we try to make that happen on the take.”

She enhances her training with a clicker.

“You might have a moment in between a couple of lines where we can get a click in, just so the cat [knows]: ‘You’re doing really well. Wait. Food is coming.’ Obviously, that’s really distracting for actors. They’re probably sick of the sound of a clicker by the end of the film!”

Other famous cat movie trainers have different techniques. Mark Harden, an animal trainer based in Los Angeles, was in charge of the five snowy white Chinchilla Persians who played Snowbell in Stuart Little, and looked after 40 cats on the set of Catwoman including several rare Egyptian Maus. With cats, he says, it’s all about getting into their mindset. “They’re a predator but they can also be skittish. They’ve got a very strong flight reaction. The most important thing with a cat is desensitizing them to strange environments. A movie set is a very strange environment.”

Canadian animal trainer Melissa Millett has a novel way of desensitizing the cats she works with: she stages mock film shoots at home. For the Pet Sematary reboot, she recruited five Maine Coons from rescue shelters to play Church, who is transformed into an aggressive zombie cat. This meant gradually acclimatizing them to wearing makeup and being wet. The whole process took two months. “We started with a catnip party in the bathtub. A little bit of water on the cat while it’s eating. Then we worked up to a full bath. Separately, we would start with a bit of egg white and then work our way up. All the products had to be edible.”

There are some cat actors that have amazing talents. Millett has a talented Bengal named Sashimi, who can ride a scooter. Wilde taught one of her moggies, Leicester, to pretend to play the harmonica, while Harden trained Cairo, an Egyptian Mau, to pick up a mobile phone with his teeth and run off with it.

So, if any of our feline fans out there have acting ambitions…don’t give up!

Study reveals why cats are attracted to people who don’t like them

“Stop staring at me human!”

You humans are often meowing about how we felines have the ability to spot the only non –cat person in the room and make a beeline for them.

The questions is why and some researchers believe they may have an explanation. Cats, not all of them, but most of them, seem to be more interested in people who are not interested in them, or more precisely who are afraid of them.

This is because we felines observe and try to understand people who are shying away from us and who appear to be watching us. People who are afraid of cats or allergic to them behave in a way that is intriguing.  If the human looks at the cat out of the corner of their eye, avoids the cat’s gaze or even try to move away. The cat is then attracted because he considers it a game. So our hunting instinct takes over: it’s simple, we want to chase those who try to get away from us.

In feline language, a stare announces aggression. If two cats look at each other for a few moments with round eyes, a fight is about to break out. The feline etiquette rules state that discretion is a kind of politeness: when two cat friends meet, they look at each other briefly, and then look away while getting closer. The cat is attracted to its fellow cats, who seems not to pay the slightest attention to it!

You now may be asking, how do I smile at my cat, it’s easy,   you blink very slowly and don’t open your eyes completely.

So how do you get our attention? If you appear to needy (want to grab us and cuddle us) you may make us uncomfortable. The best way to get us to notice you is to act uninterested. We’ll be attracted also if you don’t stare at us. Offer the back of your hand, we’ll sniff it and make our own decisions. If we decide to accept you, we’ll stay close to you and that also means you have been granted permission to pet us.

Have You Ever Seen a Cat With Thumbs? Fascinating Facts About Polydactyl Felines

Our Human is fascinated with polydactyl felines. Normally cats have 18 toes, five toes on each forepaw, and four toes on each hind paw. As for polydactyl, cats may have as many as nine digits on their hind or front paws.

The Guinness World Records reported a Canadian polydactyl cat, Jake, and an American polydactyl cat as having the most toes on a cat – 28 in all. These cats are very flexible and they don’t act any different than other felines.

Cat-World report said polydactyl cats, also known as “Hemmingway cats, boxing cats, cardi or mitten cats,” have a congenital abnormality that leads to additional toes.

There is a substantial disparity from cat to cat in the formation and number of additional digits.

Cats typically have 18 toes in all, with five on each front paw and four on every rear. However, if a cat is polydactyl, it might have as many as eight goes on any given paw. The term is originally Greek. Specifically, “poly” means many, while “daktylos” mean digits.

Traditionally, polydactyly was an advantageous characteristic for Maine Coon cats.  For a breed that originates in snowy Maine, what’s described as doublewide paws that have extra digits worked as natural snowshoes. At one time, as much as 40 percent of all Maine Coon cats had additional toes.

In the past, polydactyl cats got their sea legs by keeping fishermen company on various journeys. Consequently, they obtained their keep, they were believed to be outstanding hunters of mice, and their extra toes resulted in better balance on ships that went rough waters.

Why Do Cats Know When It Rains?

Yes, cats know when it rains. We are not the only animals who know when it rains.  Our ability to predict rain was useful to sailors, centuries ago. Cats on board s hips would run and hide to a dark area when rain was approaching and the sailors could almost guarantee a heavy rain was coming.

How do we do this? We are more sensitive than humans to sounds, smells, and changes in the environment.

And so, we can pick up the slightest changes in atmospheric pressure with our senses, and our heightened senses allow us to “feel” signs that rain is coming long before our humans know it.

Over the years, felines discover that just before it rains, our inner ears detect a change in our environment. It’s all about the sudden drop in atmospheric pressure, and since we’ve experienced similar effects before, we quickly learn to associate it with rain or storm.

In addition, like humans, we also learn to distinguish sounds, we can pick up, thanks to our thin ears, the faint sound of thunder from afar, and we know that before long, a torrent of rain will be coming.

Finally, we can also smell the characteristic odor of ozone, which is generated by rays and has a strong metallic odor. This is another signal that a storm is coming.

Just another reason why we felines are so amazing!

Since we live in the wilds of Northern Idaho, internet service is always an issue. There are some folks in our and other necks of the woods who are quite happy with Starlink. One thing we didn’t know is that their satellite dishes are great at attracting cats.

One of the “trouble tickets” the Starlink folks didn’t expect is a call about felines stuffed into people’s dish (sometimes as many as five felines!)  Clients have said,  “Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days

The phenomenon has appeared in many locations and many critters are being attracted to the satellite dishes. When activated, the dishes tilt at such an angle to prevent animals, including birds and rodents, from nesting in them,

We cats might not be interested in a satellite nest but we sure do enjoy the warmth.

Thank You Furiends!

We are so thankful for all of you and are purraying that 2022 will be the most meowvelous year ever.

This is the first view of the new year out of our living room window.

Purrs, Head Bonks and lots of ❤️ from, Alberto, Oliver,Lily and The Human (Anita)