Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 3/15

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
We hope things in your neck of the woods are going well, although we know some of you are really suffering through a crazy winter. Still, it’s all about your purrspective. We are getting spring fever with these high temperatures and The Human even ran out of the house without a coat this morning. Weather Kitty understands our purrspective here in the Inland Northwest as evidence by the photo today. You may call it chilly, we call it spring!

What a difference a week makes. This video was taken last Friday. It was, in the words of Winnie the Pooh, a rather blustery day.

And when the weather’s like that, this is how you’ll find us.

We found some great holidays to celebrate this week, we invite you to enjoy them too!

On March 17th we’re all Irish!
Oliver invites you to join him for one of his favorite holidays on March 17.
This may not be Lily’s favorite holiday on March 18th but she bets you can all relate?

Well, that’s it for our neck of the woods. We hope you enjoy your week and whatever holiday you wish to celebrate (except maybe Awkward Moments Day!)

Consenting Cats Are Happier Cats

“I’d rather go to the vet in my harness than a carrier.” – Oliver

The heading of this article made The Human but after we read it, it made a lot of sense.  The sense of self control in situations is strong in humans and dogs and MUCH stronger in cats because, to put it bluntly, we felines like to have control

We felines, this shouldn’t be viewed as a negative trait; control gives us a sense of safety.   With cats, the idea is to reward and reinforce good behavior and that constitutes allowing the cat to give consent or to participate.

In the example of carrier training, if the only time a cat sees or is shoved into a carrier is to go to the vet; the cat will be less than enthusiastic about the carrier.

The following cat carrier trips are from Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., and Steve Dale:

Leave the carrier out 24/7. If the cat was previously afraid of a carrier because of the negative association made with the veterinary visit, purchase a new carrier that looks different.

Randomly drop treats into the carrier so it becomes an automatic treat dispenser.

Once comfortable inside the carrier, begin to feed the cat in the carrier. Most cats may now hop inside, expecting a treat for doing so. Cats do train people—and now you comply.

Now, ask your cat to hop into the carrier on cue—and always offer high-value award for doing so.

Ask your cat to leap into the carrier, close it, and walk to another part of the house. Once there, open the carrier and feed. Good things happen after being inside the carrier.

Finally, teach the cat that car rides aren’t bad—before going to the vet, just drive around the block, and when returning home give them a meal. And when you do go to the veterinarian, go for a happy visit—no exam, only treats.

These steps are much better than force and working with your feline to make him see the carrier as something other than an item of fear will be beneficial.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., and Steve Dale address the issue of petting and over-stimulation as well, saying that “petting is okay as long as the cat consents.”

They say, “For cats who typically allow only a minute or two of petting, stop petting after around 30 seconds. Quit while you’re ahead, leaving the cat to decide, “I want more.” If so the cat asks to be petted more, offer only a few seconds, continuing to leave the cat wanting still more. At some point, the cat will likely say, “Okay, that’s enough.” You can increase the time you spend petting your cat while still allowing the cat to maintain control.

Likewise, if you want to play with your cat, be sure your cat tells you it’s okay. Cats, dogs, and other animals clearly express their intentions and have to consent for fair play to continue; it’s best to be sure they want to play with you.

The article notes that “giving cats control by granting them agency and asking for their consent supports their need for safety, security, and trust, makes them happier, and enhances the social bonds you form with each other.” This feline agrees wholeheartedly.

A cat lover tried to leave a fortune to her town’s strays. It almost didn’t work out

When Barbara Thorpe passed away in 2002 she put most of her money in a charitable trust. A trust is a legal arrangement where the money set aside must be spent according to the wishes of the person who sets up the trust.

Barbara wanted her fortune to benefit the cats of Dixfield, Maine but for many years her money sat in the trust, unused which was contrary to the law. Eventually, Brenda Jarvis along with four other cat ladies in town joined together to sue to liberate the money on behalf of the cats of Dixfield. The cat ladies lost their lawsuit but their efforts attracted the attention of Christina Moylan, who is an attorney working for the Attorney General of Maine. Christina’s job is to ensure trusts are handled properly.

In the matter of trusts, Christina says that the law must follow the instructions of the dead forever, even if the world changes, even if the instructions seem vague.

It took a few years but Christina did find a way to honor Barbara’s wishes and she found an animal shelter that was willing to manage the money and now, the shelter is taking in stray cats from Dixfield. 

We say two paws up for Christina Moylan and for following the law and finding a way to honor Barbara Thorpe’s wishes to care for the feral cats of Dixfield, Maine.

Toiletries? Yes. Cats? No. TSA agents find cat in passenger’s carry-on at X-ray checkpoint.

People, people, people…how many times will I have to report on a cat going through an airport scanner before this madness stops?!

A cat was discovered inside a passenger’s carry-on baggage when it went through the security checkpoint in a Virginia airport.

Good grief, if you remember to take your computer out of your bag before it goes through the scanner how can you forget your cat in his travel case?????

This feline can’t wrap his mind around this and all I can do is reiterate, TAKE YOUR CAT OUT OF THE CARRY-ON BEFORE IT GOES THROUGH THE SCANNER!!!

On its website, TSA provides travelers information about guidelines on traveling with pets stating they should never be put through an airport’s X-ray tunnel.

Dogs and cats, for example, can either be screened privately in a separate room or walk with a traveler through the metal detector on a leash and then the empty carrier can be sent through the X-ray machine.

50 Cats In Random Circumstances That Have Accepted That This Is Their Life Meow

He likes to be carried around in a paper bag in the house so I thought I’d try it outside. He didn’t try to jump out and just relaxed.

We love the folks at Bored Panda because they find some of the funniest cat photos. They found some of these on the Reddit community thread called “This Is My Life Meow” and when you’re done checking the Bored Panda photos you can always find new ones on the Reddit thread.

This one was the Tribe’s favorite. Let us know which one is your favorite.

My cats own me! Pet lover treats felines like her kids with their own room, full-sized bed and £100 of treats per month

The felines in residence at the home of two  Redditch, England humans are living La Vida Loca. They have  their own bedroom (that cost over 300 UKL ($361.00) to furnish) with a full sized double bed, crown shaped cat beds, lots of toys and a budget up to 100 UKL ($120.32 at today’s rate of exchange) a month for treats.

Hannah Whitmore, 24, a service adviser for a car dealership, loves cats, so when she moved in with her boyfriend, 25-year-old bricklayer Tommy Taylor, the couple adopted two felines – Simba, 10, and Nimbus, one. Kudos to them for adopting an older cat!

Tommy refers to himself as a “cat dad” and always speaks to the cats when he gets home.  Hannah changes the cats’ bedsheets in their room every week.

“I would say the cats own us rather than the other way around!” Hannah laughed.

She continued, “They are here for a short time, and they should be our priority. They very much come first in our house, but I think that’s the way it should be. I definitely spoil them in a materialistic way. But Tommy is very affectionate with them. When he gets home, he’ll talk to the cat before he talks to me!

Tommy, the self-proclaimed cat dad had to be convinced to adopt the cats but during COVID when he and Hanna stayed with is grandparents and their cat, the cat won him over.  When the couple moved into their three-story townhouse they went to Cats Protection in Birmingham and adopted Simba.

Nimbus joined the family about a year later.

The casts are inseparable, sleeping together, washing each other and loving each other.

And what if the couple has children and move into a bigger house? According to Hannah, the cat’s new bedroom will have to be twice as big.

These cats are living the high life and I’m thinking The Human needs to step up her game.

A note from Oliver

Hello furiends,

The Human is in the midst of making some big changes and her week got away from her so this Wednesday’s feature will be delayed.

She is going to be able to have more time for writing and blogging and expanding her job as our Purrsonal Assistant and this is good! We are assuming that when she starts working out of her office at home, there will be more snack opportunities as well.

I have been asked to share this good news as well as a relaxing moment with a glimpse into the my daily routine of keeping my Snow White fur shiny and looking it’s best

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 3/1

Hello Furiends,
Don’t let the photo above fool you, it’s still cold and snowy here. This is a photo The Human took from the kitchen window the other evening. It’s COLD out there.

When The Human works in her office at our house, there are some rules that must be observed. The other day was a dismal failure as these photos will portray.

“Excuse me, you have neglected to bring my chair over to the desk.”
“Okay, that’s better and the chair looks ready.”
“I don’t want to sit on my chair anymore. Your lap will be fine.”

And now that we’re in the merry month of March, we thought we’d celebrate some holidays.

We missed this one on Feb. 27 but Oliver insisted we include it.

National Polar Bear Day

National Umbrella Month

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 – World Compliment Day

And now, let’s take a look at this week’s feline news.

Can Cats Tell Time? Yes, But It’s Complicated

“Human, do you know what time it is?!”

The Human never has to worry about getting up in time – as long as she gets up in time to feed us!  She always wonders how we adjust to the silly “savings” time changes you humans use and has often wondered if we can tell time (or are hiding tiny little watches under the fur of our wrists).

In the article linked here, Kevin Healy, a zoology researcher at the University of Galway, discusses whether cats perceive time better or worse than humans. Smaller animals and predators tend to have faster time perception, but that’s not the case with cats. He said, “We can see time a little faster than cats who have a frame rate of 55 compared to our 65,”.

The second way to answer whether cats can tell time as well as humans has to do with whether cats have episodic memories, (memories of specific events in time). The ability to form episodic memories may be central to what cognition researchers call “mental time travel” — the ability to mentally project forward and backward into time. It’s long been thought humans are alone in our ability to mentally time travel, but that might not be the case after all.

Daniel Dombeck is an associate professor in Northwestern University’s department of neurobiology who has researched time perception in mice. He says it’s “unlikely” humans have a unique gift for mental time travel, though it’s probable humans can remember farther back in time and in greater detail than rodents.

To prove whether cats have episodic memories, you’d have to conduct tests that rule out other possible explanations — like a biological rhythm signaling it’s time to eat — for why a cat might appear to “remember” something, which is difficult to accomplish. Scientists believe that there are many animals with episodic memory.

A 2017 study found that cats indeed contain “episodic-like” memories, but the lead researcher on that study, Saho Takagi, isn’t sure whether cats really need episodic memories for time perception.

“It is difficult with current technology to prove whether or not they do mental time travel, but at least my research has shown that cats form episodic-like memories,” Takagi says.

To conclude: the jury is still out on this question, pending further animal cognition research — and hopefully, cat-specific studies.

Two words can explain your cat’s alarmingly precise ability to detect when it’s dinnertime: biological clock.

There are several ‘biological clocks’ that can assist with their ability to determine the passage of time. The most well-known is the circadian rhythm or the “24-hour” cycle, which often corresponds to light and dark times of the day. Another mechanism is the “zeitberger” which sets the biological clock and causes jetlag and other phenomena in its absence. Examples of zeitbergers include drugs, the pineal gland, the presence of light, and atmospheric pressure.

These internal mechanisms and external cues from the environment — like their owner stirring in bed — can signal to the feline in your home that it’s time to eat. Mikel Delgado, a cat expert at Feline Minds, lists some of the most common environmental signals that indicate breakfast time for cats:

Changes in light and temperature

The smell of coffee brewing

Their human walking toward the kitchen

If your cat wakes you up for food early and you give into or reinforce that behavior, you may be unintentionally turning your cat into an “alarm pet” who expects meals like clockwork.

“Woe to the owner that makes the mistake of giving in even once. These cats benefit from automated feeders so that the owner is removed from the cat’s motivation to be fed,” Stelow says.

Cats differ from diurnal humans, who sleep at night and are awake during the day. But contrary to popular belief, they’re not technically nocturnal but crepuscular instead. Crepuscular beings are most active during dawn and dusk — before sunrise and after sunset — which might explain why some of us get the zoomies at 3am.

Some experts say this particular difference in cat and human biology shouldn’t drastically affect their perception of time. The scientists interviewed for this article agreed that human activity is more likely to influence when cats are active versus their crepuscular biological clock.

Experts have a few tips to offer to help your furry friend keep track of time in case they have separation anxiety when you head out for work or can’t stop bugging you for meals at the wrong time.

Above all else: make sure to keep to a set routine like meals and play at designated times as well as cleaning the litter box. Disrupting a cat’s daily routine can stress your kitty out, leading to physical ailments like vomiting and diarrhea.  Providing an automatic feeder that dispenses multiple small meals at specific times throughout the day can help establish a routine.

Cats are in tune with their environment and their timing is based on routine activity. For instance, when The Human comes home at the end of the day, we know we get some dental treats. Lily comes running from wherever she was snoozing and sits on the shelf of the hallway credenza, waiting for her treats while Oliver and I patiently wait on the carpet.

In conclusion, we felines can’t really tell time but we do understand our daily routine and if food or snacks are associated with that routine, we’ll remind our humans if they forget!

Cat Camp led by ‘My Cat From Hell’ host

The first in person Cat Camp since 2019 happened last weekend in San Diego with cat whisperer and expert Jackson Galaxy. There were booths for shopping, presentations on kitten care and animal welfare efforts and even a seminar on how to shoot great photos of your feline.

Galaxy, whose show “My Cat From Hell” ran for 10 seasons on Animal Planet, held a morning session Saturday reserved for VIP attendees to ask him their most pressing questions. Litter box and cat aggression issues, he says, are the most common subjects he’s typically asked about, and Saturday was no exception.

Asked what he thinks about scented litter boxes, his answer was unequivocal. Don’t use them, he advised.

“Cats’ noses are so sensitive. They’re defined by scent, so (the scented litter boxes) are going to cover up everything,” he said.

And speaking of scent, Galaxy advised a woman worried about her imminent move from San Diego to Arizona to pack up everything in her home that “smells like your cats” and put it to “your new base camp” until her cats adjust to their new home. Oh, and don’t wash out the litter box no matter how tempting it is, he cautioned.

The dominant issue, though, on the minds of organizers and many of the attendees was the care and rescue of kittens and cats with no homes. Organizations like the San Diego Humane Society and the local Feral Cat Coalition staffed booths at Cat Camp, and speakers talked about how their own cat rescue efforts changed their lives.

People came from all over the country to connect and share resources regarding cat rescue in their areas.

We give two paws up to all you humans who use your time and resources to help feral, stray and lost kitties.

30 Old Photos Of Cats Posing Together With Famous And Interesting Personalities Of The Past

The “All Vintage Cats” project on Instagram, which shares impressive vintage photos of cats, has been gaining popularity with over 500 posts. The creator of the project, Brazilian journalist Paula Leite Moreira, came up with the idea during the pandemic when she saw an old photo of a cat and became interested in finding more vintage cat images. She sources images from historical collections, image banks, and social media platforms.

You can see many vintage photos on Bored Panda by clicking here, and here.

When asked about how she came up with the idea for the project, Paula explains that it was by chance. “I always wanted to create digital content, but I lacked an insight that was really original,” she shared. “At the beginning of the pandemic, I saw a photo of a kitten that was said to be from 1880. I fell in love and started researching more images from the time. So I came to the conclusion that all that research could be published, even if it didn’t have many readers.”

Paula constantly searches historical collections, image banks, and websites of international magazines for these photos. She also uses social networks like Pinterest, but always checks the information disclosed on other sites. Given the journalist’s passion for cats, we asked if she had any of her own. “I had a kitten for 18 years who passed away last year and I still haven’t adopted any new cats. But without a doubt, it’s a will that I have. I want to have at least a couple to keep each other company.”

Eight lives left: Ernie the cat rescued from gutted Long Island home 12 days after fire

Talk about happy endings! A family cat was found alive 12 days after a Long Island home went up in flames, and the discovery was made after a faint meow was heard inside the gutted, boarded-up home.

Ernie the cat seemed to have relief etched in his 10-year-old face. The soot in his fur and smoke in his lungs are becoming distant memories. 

His humans were thankful and astounded how Ernie had survived so long without food, water or comfort.

Debbie Robinson, Ernie’s owner said, “I don’t know how much longer he could have gone for. Almost two weeks. We’re just thankful were there that day.”

Ernie was discovered twelve days after the fire, when the family stopped by for mail and heard a faint cry. 

“I didn’t know if he was in a wall. I didn’t know where he was. And then the crying stopped,” Robinson said. 

“ I dropped everything I was doing,” said Frankie Florida, of Strong Island Animal Rescue League. “I made my way to the highest point in the house. That’s when I found him. I needed to get him to a hospital right away because 12 days, no food, no water is a serious situation.” 

“He’s been wonderful, healthy. We had all kinds of tests done on him. He was just a little dehydrated,” Robinson said. 

Sadly, Ernie was the only pet who survived the fire. Four pets died in the fire including the therapeutic pet for son Glen, on the autism spectrum. 

And another miracle happened when Ernie’s sister Remi was found unconscious that night by firefighters who performed CPR. 

You could say Remi and Ernie rose from the ashes.

Ernie’s veterinarians were stunned by his recovery and say he will be just fine.

Five Feline-Filled Japanese Destinations For Cat Lovers

If you follow my news features, you know that the good people in Japan love cats and now, I’v e found some must see destinations in Japan for cat lovers.  Cats are even considered good luck charms in the country.   So, if you find yourselves in Japan check out these must see destinations.

Yanaka, Tokyo

Roughly fifteen minutes north of Tokyo Station by subway, you’ll find the idyllic Tokyo neighborhood of Yanaka, famed for its traditional architecture, historic temples, and massive population of friendly cats. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the Yanaka Cemetery or pay a visit to Kyōō-ji, a historic temple that played a prominent role in the Battle of Ueno. While there’s no shortage of street cats to discover in the narrow alleys and side streets of Yanaka, Yadorigi Cafe offers the opportunity to make a few new feline friends while enjoying coffee and hearty Italian cuisine.


The central Honshu city of Aizuwakamatsu is best known as the home of Aizuwakamatsu Castle—a massive structure built in the style of a traditional Japanese fortress—but just south of the settlement, is Ashinomakionsen Station. Back in 2008, resident feline Bus (ばす) was deemed honorary stationmaster, a role that she carried out until 2015. Since then, multiple cats have taken on the job, with Sakura (さくら) being the most recent appointee. Visitors can find Sakura working tirelessly during a trip to the station, while her human coworkers run an Instagram page dedicated to highlighting her day-to-day activities.


Kyoto draws both domestic and international tourists thanks to its ornate temples and rich history, and it’s not just humans that thrive across this storied city. The streets of Kyoto are filled with wandering cats all throughout the day, but for guaranteed feline sightings, Nakagyo is home to a wealth of cat cafés ranging from Fluffy’s Cafe to PuchiMarry. If you’re searching for some cat-themed memorabilia, Nyan-nyan-ji can be found on the outskirts of the city, offering a massive collection of jewelry, statues, and paintings depicting cats throughout history. As an added bonus, guests may be able to catch a glimpse of the property’s resident feline head priest.

Gotokuji Temple

Established centuries ago, Tokyo’s Gotokuji Temple is a top destination for fans of the maneki-neko, or beckoning cat. This iconic figurine can be found in businesses all across the globe, serving as a good luck charm in East Asia and within the greater East Asian diaspora— and Gotokuji Temple is home to one of the largest collections of maneki-neko in all of Japan. While the huge crowd of figurines is certainly the main attraction (and they’re available for purchase, as an added bonus) the temple doubles as a particularly idyllic destination for an afternoon walk, loaded with towering trees and native birds.

The story of the temple is told that a lord, on his way back from a falconry was beckoned by a cat at the temple gate and decided to stop by.  While the lord was at the temple, rain began to fall and thunder clapped around him.  As the lord sat dry and safe in the temple, having a conversation with the temple master, the lord credited the cat with his good luck.  The Gotokuii temple built the the Shofuku-den to enshrine the cat that brought good fortune, naming it as “Manekineko”. Ever since, people visit Shofuku-den to pray for the well-being for the family, prosperous business, luck and happiness.
A statue in standing position of Shofuku Kannon-bosatsu is enshrined in Shofuku-den.


While it’s not the most easily-accessible destination in Japan, (you need to take an hour long ferry trip from Ishinomaki to visit, the island of Tashirojima. It is one of the most incredible stops for cat lovers in all the nation. In the 1600s, Tashirojima was home to a large silk industry, and cats were used to prevent mice from eating the resident silk producing insects. Today, the ancestors of those cats can be found all across the island and  several hundred felines now call the docks home. While there aren’t a whole lot of amenities to enjoy around Tashirojima, newcomers can pay a visit to the local cat shrine and—of course—snap some photos of the adorable residents.