Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 1/25

Happy Wednesday Furiends!

We’re excited here in our neck of the woods as The Human received her advance copies of the new Chicken Soup Book, “Lessons Learned from My Cat” Her story is on page 175 and is called “Miss P. and the Turkey”. Yes, another story about our Angel Miss P. I mean what about me, Oliver and Lily?! She just had a story about Miss P. published in October in The Cat and The Christmas Tree. Sheesh! But I do have to say, both books are great and they feature excellent authors (some are our Cat Writer’s Association furiends!)

The Human assures me that the mystery she is writing that features Oliver and I is almost done so I’ll stop meowing about our lack of representation until the book comes out. We shall see.

Our local moose (and I mean moose plural) are strolling around town again. The Human was on her way to church when she spotted this young fellow meandering down the street. She said to forgive the poor quality of the photo but she was driving and you don’t want to stop next to a big moose (they have bad tempers).

Lily was not in the mood for photos (I think she’s miffed that she’s not in The Human’s new mystery) so we have no photos to share of Lily this week. Oliver, on the other hand has been meowing about being ready for winter to be over and for a walk in the garden. In this photo The Human is telling him for the millionth time that these are silk flowers and they don’t smell.

Well, that’s it for our news, I hope all the news in your neck of the woods is wonderful!

Secret Door Reveals Cat’s Amazing Bedroom After Closet Transformation

The Human is quite fond of DIY projects and I must say, I’m a bit disappointed that she hasn’t tried this one.

One lucky feline’s humans went DIY above and beyond  and thousands of TikTok users and their felines are jealous.

Stella the cat’s video of her new, custom home has been viewed more than 3 million times. The magic of this project is that from the outside, her home looks like a bookcase but once you open the door, voila!

The gorgeous place includes cat themed wallpaper, scratching posts and a little screen in front of Stella’s bed so she has privacy.

If you’re looking to be inspired head on over and watch the viral video and I hope all you humans will be inspired to create a room every fabulous feline deserves!

Klepto cats steal almost anything, including a hamster!

You wouldn’t think a church minister could stir such ire but angry neighbors are demanding that she keep her thieving felines inside. The ill-gotten goods include a little girl’s ballet shoes, a dress and even a pet hamster.

Julie King,from Redmond, Oregon began to notice her cat’s thieving behaviors about two years ago. She collected all the purrloined goods, put it in a sack and put it on her neighbor’s doorstep.

It soon became clear however, that the cats weren’t just robbing the next door neighbor when two pink dance slippers showed up on her lawn on different days. The next door neighbor didn’t have a little girl. It appeared that these two cat burglars were expanding the boundaries of their crime spree.

After collecting the felines’ latest booty, Julie posted in a local Facebook group with photos and the stolen items and a promise to return the items to their owners.

Unfortunately, not everyone was amused by Catti and Cali’s escapades and some demanded that the cats be kept inside.

King said, “Most people are very good natured about it. My cats are definitely all indoor and outdoor. I have asked people that if they catch my cats in the house to please not hurt them. ‘These people must leave their windows or doors open for the cats to get in.. I don’t believe all this stuff was outside. In reference to the complaints she’d receive, she said, ‘I’m saying to people close your windows.’

This feline thinks it’s a bit of hubris to expect people to keep their windows closed to keep out thieving felines and I also worry a bit about the safety of these roaming cats. I would agree that they must be getting into people’s homes as I don’t think they encountered a wild hamster wandering around the neighborhood.

Shelter cat who went viral thanks to ‘sad and depressed’ photo is now helping other cats get adopted

I reported on a sad looking cat named Fishtopher in my November 30 Walk Through the Web Wednesday series. His original adoption photo is above.   As I noted, Fishtopher found a wonderful furever home and now he and his humans are giving back to other kitties.

A happy Fishtopher in his new home.

They parlayed his social media fame that garnered him 80,000 followers since Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center shared an image of him on petfinder.

Fishtopher was adopted and moved into his new home in Baltimore, Maryland on Thanksgiving day and since his adoption day,  he keeps in touch with all his Twitter fans (@mrfishtopher ) and posts photos and information about other cats that need a furever home. When any of these cats are adopted, the humans tag “Fishtopher the Cat” on his twitter page to announce that the feline has a furever home.

If you need some pawsitive news, I recommend you read some of these happy reports on Fishtopher’s Twitter feed.

It’s good news when a cat finds his furever home but it’s FANTASTIC news when that cat helps other cats find furever homes. Two paws up to Fishtopher and his humans!

YouTubes Top 10 Cat Videos of All Time

I don’t know that guy who put this video together and not sure what his criteria was to name these the top 10 videos but IMHO any cat video is a great video!

Cat and Cow are Besties

Major the cat and Daisy the cow have bonded and are best furiends. They regularly meet for cuddles in the morning.

A video of these two was first shared on social media social media by Brian, a student who lives with his mom in the countryside of Kenya.

The cat and cow have an adorable friendship and they regularly meet for cuddles in the morning

One morning, when he was milking, he shot the video, posted it to Reddit under the handle Weekly-Cycle-9405, and it’s earned over 20,000 upvotes which just goes to show you that people love a story of true furiendship.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 1/18

Happy Wednesday Furiends!

I hope that things in your neck of the woods are going well. We had a bit of a mishap here when The Human received our kibble order (weight management, salmon flavor, 10 pounds for $57.00) -yes we know it’s expensive but we’re worth it! Anyway, as we danced around the empty kibble bowls we quickly realized that the company had made some changes to our food…AND THEY DIDN’T ADVISE US IN ADVANCE! Oliver and I were horrified and showed our disdain for this different tasting food by scratching next to the bowl and walking away. Can you believe The Human did not replace this food and keeps pouring it in our bowls every morning? The nerve! This is my expression of disapproval.

Oliver figured he’d look for something else to eat and decided to bug The Human as she ate her “keto” ice cream. Little did Oliver know that she wasn’t eating some sugary, creamy rich dessert. Good grief Human, why bother??

Lily was feeling a bit dramatic and asked The Human to take some photos of her with a little drama. We all decided The Human needs to spring for a purrfessional as her photography skills are wanting.

I hope your eating and photography endeavors were more successful than ours! And now it’s time for the best of the feline news on the web!

Look inside the strange and wonderful “Mewseum” of cats within this fellow’s home

Shawn Redner from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin scours second-hand and antique shops for cat statues. Now he and his wife have thousands of  cat figurines. So many in fact, that they’re now on display at their Rescued Cat Figurine Mewseum where people can visit. They ask for donations and 100% of those donations are given to feline rescues. So far they’ve been able to donate $3,000.00.

Paws up to this couple who turned a hobby into a good deed and head bonks to them for having 10 adopted felines in their home.

Vietnam goes feline for the Year of the Cat

2023 is the Year of The Cat and, if you want to be somewhere where they really celebrate, we recommend Vietnam. There are cat statues going up all over the country and most of them are HUGE!

Meowza, make sure you click on the link and see all the amazing kitty statues!

Cats’ ability to land on their feet could help humans walk better after spinal cord injuries

We talented felines contribute so much to society and here’s just one more thing. The University of Sherbrooke has been conducting studies on our ability to turn in mid air and land on our feet to see if there are hints as to how to help humans steady themselves.

Professor Alain Frigon and his colleague conducted research to see if there was something they could learn to help seniors whose sense of balance is becoming more precarious.

Frigon said that although humans “have a much more sensitive, much more important control of balance” than quadrupeds, the circuitry as such” remains the same.

“It’s just that there are additional mechanisms” in humans, said Frigon, whose laboratory is interested in gait control and the basic principles of gait recovery after spinal cord injuries, among other things, by trying to unlock the secrets of the central nervous system.

In collaboration with researchers from the American universities Georgia Tech and Drexel, Frigon wanted to better understand how somatosensory feedback allows the cat to coordinate the movement of its four legs.

Such work could one day lead, to the development of electrical stimulation of the spinal cord to facilitate somatosensory feedback, and, thus, walking.

Meowza, how cool is it that by studying the agility of felines science could help humans walk better?

Man Lures Cats Into Photoshoots Using Catnip and the Results Are ‘Genius

A photographer has been hailed as a “genius” online by cat lovers who are impressed with his tactics for capturing images.

Nils Jacobi sprayed catnip all over his glass dining-room table before getting underneath with his camera to snap the cats in action. Fritz, 14, Kleine, 10, Frederic, and Lissy, both 4, can be seen rolling all over the glass and pulling funny facial expressions.

Jacobi, from Langenfeld, Germany, takes photos of cats for a living, He told Newsweek: “I love their independence and their curiosity. From a photographic point of view, I am fascinated by cat tongues in particular.”

Jacobi shared a video of the photoshoot to his TikTok account @furryfritz and it has more than 21 million views.

Too bad we don’t have a glass table so The Human could get some new, interesting photos of us.

Cat sneaks into Victoria police officer’s cruiser

A Victoria police officer returning to his cruiser after an impaired driver stop found an unlikely surprise waiting for him inside his vehicle. The unauthorized entry was caught on video. Way to go Officer Kitty!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 1/11

Hello Furiends,
Oliver, LIly and I are working on our mewsings on 2022 which we hope to have finished by the end of the week. It’s still winter in our neck of the woods although the temperatures are pretty warm for this area at this time of year (35 degrees F today). The good news is that the days are getting a little longer (translation, it doesn’t get dark at 3:30pm any more).

The Human got us a nice bed which Oliver immediately took over so she ordered another one. It’s the BEST kitty bed ever and now I get to enjoy it too. Lily isn’t sold yet.

This is Lily who is currently contemplating her life and what she will reflect on for 2022.

This is me, contemplating my life and and what I will reflect on for 2022.

And now, here’s the feline news I gathered for you this week.

AIM protein-enriched cat food aims to help cats live longer

Siamese cat on fur throw
Our beloved Angel Jasmine.

This news item was exciting for us as our Angel Jasmine suffered from kidney disease for a number of years and it is an issue that many felines deal with later in life.

An Osaka-based company, Marukan Co., Ltd., is the maker of a new range of nutritional cat food with AIM protein said to prevent kidney disease. The company says they want to help extend the lives of cats to 30 years.

This is the result of extensive research by AIM protein specialist Dr. Toru Miyazaki; the AIM30 brand of cat kibble contains the amino acid A-30 to help the AIM do the kidney cleanup.

AIM is a protein in the blood that supports kidney health by removing the waste that accumulates in the body. There is more “sciency” information in the article from article and you can click on the heading to go to the original news story.

Marukan did what you humans call a “soft launch” in March of 2022 with a mostly chicken flavor line of food. The food is now being delivered to stores all over Japan. There are six types of foods in the original AIM30 kidney healthcare series which include a food for indoor cats at least 11 years old and for indoor cats at least 15 years old, for indoor cats around 20 years old,

The company took into consideration feline lower urinary health with lower magnesium and calcium levels. Dietary fiber from soy pulp is included to reduce fur balls,  lactobacilli to support stomach and gut, agaricus (a genus of mushroom) and sesamin fiber compounds to boost immunity, and roasted linseeds with omega-3 fatty acids for skin and coat support are also included. This feline has no idea about these extra ingredients and I will have to send our Purrsonal Assistant to the Google to find out what she can about them.

AIM30, Marukan stressed, is not a therapeutic pet food but a comprehensive maintenance nutritional food for cats. People with cats on therapeutic food diets should consult a veterinarian before taking AIM30.

Having gone through the loss of one of our tribe members from kidney disease, I say “BRAVO” that humans are looking to deal with this disease and we’re purraying that it works.

Army Corps of Engineers created the must-have calendar for 2023 featuring giant cats

Pardon me for sounding a bit cynical but never in my wildest dreams did I expect a government agency to take something boring like engineering and make it fun with felines, but that’s exactly what the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers did when it created it’s 2023 calendar.

The photoshopped giant cats were photoshopped into photos of the Corps best achievements and the calendars are hot commodities.

And guess what, the downloadable 2023 calendar is now available!

The history of USACE Portland on social media gives a hint of the creavity from public affairs specialist Chris Gaylord.

Gaylord said that engineering isn’t that exciting and believes that a little bit of humor goes a long way to generate interest in their work. MOL, I say Chris Gaylord is right!

People Are Sharing Photos Of Their Best ‘My House, Not My Cat’ Encounters

We have seen numerous photos you humans post on social media that say, “this is my house but this isn’t my cat.” This feline finds it hard to believe that people have random felines showing up inside their living quarters but I have to admit the pictures are funny.

There is a Facebook group called “My house, not my cat.” You’ll find funny and heartwarming photos and stories there.

And, if you join the group you can share your own photos of random cat visits.

35 Pictures Capturing The Amazing Transformations That Cats Go Through Before And After Adoption

As former shelter cats, our tribe is adamant about the adopt don’t shop idea. Giving a cat a forever home not only changes it’s life but often changes it’s appearance. We love “before and after” adoption photos and if you do too, you’ll want to see this collection of pre and post adoption photos.

Petnow Unveils the World’s First ID App for Cats

The Petnow app: the first app to identify dogs and cats with simple scans on your mobile phone.

Petnow Inc, a company from Seoul, South Korea,  announced that it is presenting the world’s first cat biometric recognition service. The AI-driven app for canines automatically scans unique identifiers of dogs called “nose prints” and has been honored with the Best of Innovation prize at CES 2022, given the company global recognition and features on  BBC and CBS.

Dr. Jesse Joonho Lim, the founder of Petnow Inc. said, “The company is adding cat biometric recognition to the current app.” The Petnow app can solve the problems of the existing pet identification methods such as microchips, tags, and collars that are prone to damage or loss, and will enter the U.S. market at CES 2023.”

Dr. Ken Daehyun Pak, the co-founder of Petnow said, “We have been hearing from customers domestically and internationally to add a cat identification function, and we are proud to announce the cat biometric recognition with 99% accuracy. We have cooperated with the largest Korean mobile carrier, SK Telecom, to introduce the dog version of ‘Amber Alert’ in South Korea, and we hope that we will provide more use cases for users.”

The U.S. version of the Petnow app is free of charge. The Human checked in the Apple App store and found it there but she hasn’t had a chance to check it out.

The company says Petnow app is provided for free of charge, and pet households with house cats and/or dogs can try the pain-free microchip alternative right now. The Human has downloaded the app from the Apple app store but she hasn’t figured out yet how they can offer the app free (she’s a suspicious sort). She can’t move forward in the app until she scans one of our faces. If any of you folks download the app an d try it, meow about it in the comments and let us know what you think.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 1/4

Happy 2023 Furiends!
We decided to freshen up our logo, hope you like it. We’re not going to include much news about us as Oliver, Lily and I are working on our “2022” reflections which we’ll publish later in the week so, in the meantime, here is some of the best feline news I found on the web this week.

We are also working on our merch store and will have some fun news about that soon.

Frontier Airlines giving free flights in exchange for adopting cats

You know how much I love creative cat adoption ideas and this one is very creative.

Frontier Airlines will provide free flight vouchers to whoever adopts one of three kittens, who are recent arrivals at The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas.

An airline spokespurrson said  “We’d love to donate two flight vouchers each to the people who adopt @Delta and @Spirit; and four vouchers to the person who adopts Frontier,” .

The vouchers have been delivered to the shelter, but won’t be distributed until the kittens are ready for adoption in about a month as the kittens are too young to be adopted yet.

One of the kitties was supposed to be called Southwest, the Animal Foundation said on Twitter — until the airline’s cancellation crisis last week.

Cat Loves to Hop in Shower with Mom

I love to get in the shower AFTER The Human is done. I also jump on the bathroom sink and scream until The Human turns the faucet on but I have never had the desire to get in the shower like this cat on The Dodo does. You can follow Peanut  on TikTok: https://thedo.do/is038.

Genius cat learns how to alert motion detector doorbell camera so owner can let him in

I reported about a lost cat who was found when his family’s door camera captured him on the porch. This cat however was not lost but was smart enough to figure out how to let his humans know when he wanted to come inside.  He now scales the fence and activates the motion detector doorbell to make his needs known.

The first time it happened, his human, Amanda was surprised to receive a notification that someone was at her door and then discovered it was her cat Izzy , who is now adept at letting folks know when he wants in.

Izzy doesn’t just make the doorbell ring, he is quite talkative and likes to “speak” to his human’s through the voice activation feature on the doorbell. MOL!

Cats train themselves to use treadmill

If  you ask The Human she’ll tell  you that we could care less about her treadmill, especially when it’s on but these felines decided took it upon themselves to figure out they  could get a little exercise. Nagi and Poki are getting adept on the treadmill, but Haku is a chill boy who does not care for speed. You can follow more of these feline’s antics on their YouTube channel.

How To Track Your Cat’s Whereabouts

Do you ever wonder what your felines are up to at home when you’re away at work? If the answer is yes, you’re not  the only one and the antics of cats with devices like Apple‘s AirTag are becoming Tik Tok sensations.  

Watching your cats movement patterns in the house  isn’t only for fun. If they are ill, if they escape or become lost, the right device can prove to be very useful (unless your feline teaches themselves how to use  the ring doorbell).

If you are interest in cat tracking devices, here are a few to check out.

1. AirTag

Cat collars with Apple’s AirTag device, which works with the company’s Find My app, has been a popular favorite among TikTokers. One example is user @quingable, who said: “I don’t really love the AirTag but here’s why I keep both on my cat’s collar,” in a viral video post, which had 86,000 views and 12,400 likes at the time of writing. The user added: “And by the way, none of this [the device plug] is sponsored.” This woman’s account documents her van life with two cats.

The TikToker explained: “The one really great thing about having an AirTag is that it pings off other people’s iPhone. That way, you are able to find your pet.”

According to Apple, there are “hundreds of millions” of iPhone, iPad and Mac devices around the world within the Find My network that can help you track down your pet through the AirTag.

2. Tractive

Tractive is also popular with cat owners. . In addition to your cat’s location, the device can also monitor your cat’s sleep patterns and wellbeing,  and also  “set up virtual fences to alert you if your kitty is too far away.”

Tractive offers quite a bit of information about your feline friend and has an unlimited range ability, operating in over 175 different countries.

The company says that no matter how far your cat goes, Tractive will be able to locate them on your device if you’re connected to a mobile network. In addition, it’s offered at an affordable price.

3. Samsung Galaxy SmartTag

For Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag could be a good option to attach on to a cat collar.

If your pet wanders out of range, even when offline, the Galaxy Find Network can use scanned data to find your cat privately, according to Samsung.

Tile Sticker

Comparable to the AirTag and SmartTag, the Tile tracking device was also praised in the aforementioned viral post by TikToker @quingable for being “really, really lightweight” (always an issue when hanging something from a cat’s collar) and because “it actually works when you’re not in service.”

Compatible with iPhones and Androids, the water-resistant Tile Sticker “has a bigger range, louder ring and longer lasting battery,” the company said.

It comes with an adhesive back, making it easy to attach to the tag of your cat’s collar, a 3-year non-replaceable battery and Bluetooth works up to a 250-feet range.

When outside of your range, pet owners can use the Tile app to view your pet’s most recent location on a map.

5. Cube

The Cube tracker’s key features are a rechargeable battery (which can last from around 10 to 60 days, depending on the model) and the ability to set up “virtual geo-fence zones” using its accompanying app to get real-time alerts when your cat wanders beyond these zones.

Pet owners can also track the “trips, stops, and speed of travel” of the device using the app’s location history feature, according to Cube.

Now if you’re thinking, “My cat is an indoor cat so tracking him really isn’t an issue” don’t be too complacent.  Our very own Lily escaped through the front door and spent an extremely cold night outside. She’ll be sharing that story in her New Year’s reflection.