Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 4/26

Hello there furiends,
Happy Wednesday! Finally, things are getting organized in our neck of the woods and the home office is working for our Purrsonal Assistant so that we can actually get some decent work out of her. There are still a few things to organize and rearrange but we are making progress.

The Human likes old stuff and purrticularily likes to collect old tool boxes, especially the painted ones. She brought one home from her business and I’m trying to decide if this is something I need.

“Human, what is this, is it for me and how should I use it?”

And since The Human is spending most days working in the home office, we like to hang out with her too. In this photo, I tried a new sleeping spot and position. Methinks I won’t be using that one too much.

Good view but not so comfy.”

We’re just happy to be getting back to our work schedule so, without further ado, here’s this week’s newsworthy feline stories from around the web.

An Engineer’s Guide to Cat Technology of the Future

Professional engineers Paul and TJ have done some of the most hilarious cat videos from an engineer’s point of view. This is there latest video which is a summary of cat technology and they discuss what cat technology will look like in the future. This video took them ten years to make! If you haven’t watched their previous videos, I highly recommend them!

Tile’s selling a tracker for your cat

I don’t know about your humans but The Human at our house isn’t happy until she locates all three of us when she gets home. Even though she tells herself that we have a lot of hiding places and chances are, if one of us doesn’t come out when she shakes the treat can, it doesn’t mean we’re not in the house. If your humans act the same way then tell them to get you a Tile -tracking bundle that includes one of the company’s Sticker trackers and a new collar attachment to truly secure it to the feline.

This tracker is more comfortable for us to wear and can be detected from 250 feet away which is why it’s a better in-house tracker than an outside tracker. It also has a battery that lasts for three years.

You can get the tracker in either black or white and it’s affordable at $40.00. And some of us, if we do make an escape, hang out very close to home. When Lily did a Houdini on us this winter, she was hiding under the wicker furniture on the front porch (and meowing like crazy!)

Cats Get the Point of Pointing

Now here’s something new and different, some scientists have gotten together and studied how we cats respond to you humans when you point. This kind of study has been done with dogs but, as usual, we cats were left out of the scientific loop.

So Claudia Wascher at Anglia Ruskin University took up the question in a new study in the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

“This study came about because a student, Margaret Mäses, approached me and said she would like to test cats,” says Wascher. “I was absolutely up for it because cats are an interesting and understudied species.”

Wascher and Mäses set out to replicate and expand on a study from nearly 20 years ago showing that cats may be able to follow human pointing gestures.

To find subjects, Mäses meticulously evaluated the suitability of approximately 200 rescue cats housed together in a shelter in Lithuania. Out of these cats, she worked to identify those who were open to being isolated in the testing room with a stranger.

“I do have to credit Margaret, who was absolutely brilliant in being able to identify individuals who were not fearful or anxious and were interested in taking part in the study,” says Wascher.

Out of the 200 cats at the shelter, Wascher and Mäses ended up with a sample of nine cats who completed testing. Now you might be wondering, why so few? She explained, “One of the problems was that so many of the cats were not interested in the test or in being isolated in the room or in whatever this strange human wanted from them,” says Wascher. “In cognitive tests like these, it is important that the subject know what question is being asked of them and they are motivated to take part in the experiment.”

Mäses presented the cats with two cups, each containing a small amount of food. She tested the cats in two conditions: one in which she pointed directly at one of the cups and one in which she pointed across her body at one of the cups.

Overall, the results showed that cats are able to follow human pointing gestures. As a group, the cats’ success rate was about 75 percent, and they performed significantly above chance whether the pointing gesture was direct or across the body.

While this replicates and expands on the previous study, Wascher said further research is needed to understand this behavior’s underlying mechanisms.

Wascher said this study also adds to the growing body of literature suggesting that species not typically thought of as highly social may still be able to master social-cognitive tasks. Even though cats usually do not live in huge, socially sophisticated groups, socialization with humans may give them a chance to exhibit their social-cognitive abilities.

Finally, Wascher hopes research like this will help cat owners better understand the behavior and cognition of the animals in their care.

“For a long time in science, the cognitive abilities of other species were underestimated,” she says. “I think a better understanding of how other animals think and feel creates an environment where humans tend to be more careful with them.”

Your cat could be paid to be in a commercial; here’s how

“Now don’t forget your lines and please, meow as though you mean it.”

I think all cats should be famous and, if you’re a Boston feline, you may have a chance to be in a commercial, and get paid $1200.00 (that’s a lot of kibble and catnip my furiends!)

The cats, according to the casting call by Boston casting need to be comfortable being outside and in a harness. The cats and their owners also need to be available to film the commercial either the week of May 8 or May 15.

To be considered, email a photo of your cat, their comfort level with a harness, a photo of the cat’s owner, where you’re based and contact information to pets@bostoncasting.com. The subject line should be “CAT CASTING // [your name].”              

The Human is bummed that we don’t have an opportunity to contribute to our lavish lifestyle so she’s on the computer looking for cat casting companies in our area.

Cat Who Lost Tips Of Both Ears To Sun Damage Finds Forever Home

 Furiends, we kitties can suffer from terrible sun damage and the story of Dora the cat is a cautionary tale. Dora was an outdoor kitty who lived in an industrial area with her kittens.    When wharehouse workers saw the state she was in they took her to the local shelter and were shocked to find that the problem with her ears could be cancer.

After a thorough vet check, the decision was made to operate and remove the tips of her ears in the hopes that the damage wouldn’t spread.

It isn’t just the ears of pale colored cats that can be sun damaged but also our noses (if they are unpigmented and white or pink). Sun damage and skin cancer will often appear as a pink, thickened or scabbed area on the ears or nose and also may cause hair loss and itching. As it progresses it can become ulcerated and bleed or cause black crusts to form.

Dora made a full recovery and has been adopted into a loving home. Her new human said, “I spotted Dora on the website and she looked so sad and frightened that I instantly knew I wanted to give her a forever home,”  Dora was timid when she got to her new home but within a week she was moving through the house (which is how she got her name because she’s always exploring).

There are some great tips for caring for cats in summer at www.cats.org.uk/cats-and-warm-weather.

International Cat Lady Day 4/19

Hello there furiends,
As we sent our purrsonal assistant around the web to find some uplifting feline news items she came back to us saying it was a bad news week for felines. As we, the Board of Feline Opines, decided long ago, we will only present news that is educational, informative, amusing, heartwarming and downright silly we are going to forgo our Wednesday news feature and instead, celebrate all those pawsome Cat Ladies out there.

Most of us don’t live with your old school, stereotypical cat lady and some of us live with cat daddies to so on this #International Cat Lady Day, celebrate the human who lives in your house and give them some purr therapy or a few extra head bonks.

Here’s to our Cat Lady, we love her, even when she embarrasses us on Halloween!

“Seriously Human, you’re going to answer the door like that!”

And here’s to all the wonderful Cat Ladies and Cat Daddies out there. We’d love to hear about the humans you share your house so meow about it in the comments!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 4/12

Hello There Furiends,
Great news from our neck of the woods – The Human is now working from her home office, although she still takes off for things she calls “meetings” too frequently for our taste. Of course the most important part of this change is how The Tribe has adjusted. As you can see from the photos below, she has made sure there is accommodation for the three of us so that we can snoopervise in comfort.

I purrfur to move around the office so that I can snoopervise from various positions and, of course, there are my nap times that have to be accomodated.

Scheduled nap times are critical and we have instructed The Human to be especially respectful of that schedule.

Hey, when’s lunch?”

All in all, if you ask The Human, I’m sure she would say that it’s much easier to work from her home office, much more comfortable and there are fewer interruptions.

“Umm, yeah, things are going well, making my deadlines even though there are a few…adjustments.”

So that’s the news here, hope your humans are working as efficiently and comfortably as ours is!

Mom Cat Has Very Relatable Reaction As Kitten’s Dad Appears—’Child Support’

This Instagram video seems to show a mamma cat confronting her “baby daddy”. It’s entertained the web so much that it’s gotten 15.5 million views!

In the video shared by @milasbabies, a black and white tom arrives and paws at the window. It looks like he wants in. Purrhaps that’s because the cute little feline kitten, Mario is the mirror image of the male cat outside.  

“I’m pretty sure this is the talking tom that got my cat pregnant,” @milasbabies wrote in the video’s captions.

Mamma cat seems to want nothing to do with him as she greets him with a hiss. The mother’s hostility seems to have no effect on Daddy until Momma runs at the window and he runs away.

You humans talk about “baby daddy drama” and now it seems we felines are experiencing it too.

The story of 12 mythological cats

We felines have been written, sung and spoken about throughout history and I find mythical cats fascinating. The article names 12 cats noted in folklore and mythology.


Bakeneko is a monster cat from a Japanese legend that became a  yokai (a class of supernatural entities in Japan) and gained supernatural powers. It is said that when cats live to a ripe, old age they will begin developing supernatural powers too and will and fully transform into yokai.

Bakenekos start off resembling regular house cats but then evolve to walking on only their hind legs. As they age, they grow much larger and their powers intensify. They are described as reaching the size of full-grown adult humans. Another myth, Nekomata, is very similar to the Bakeneko but has two tails and is said to live in the mountains.

2. Bastet

Bastet is a feline deity and the Egyptian goddess of the home, women’s secrets, cats, fertility, and childbirth. She was thought to be a bringer of good health and protected the home from evil spirits and disease, especially those affecting women and children.

3. Cactus Cat

The Cactus Cat is a mythical creature from the American Southwest. Cactus cat is described as resembling a bobcat with thorn-like fur, a branched tail, and sharp bones protruding from its front legs. This mythological cat is said to have been sighted in the Southwestern desert areas of the United States including states like California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Some sightings have even been reported in Colorado.


Cat-siths are legendary felines from Celtic mythology that are said to be the size of dogs with black fur and a white spot on their chests. It is said these creatures walk on four legs and act like animals when in the presence of humans but then they shift to bipedal walking when humans aren’t around. Some are even described as wearing clothes.

In most of the myths surrounding cat-siths, they are indistinguishable from regular cats until they are caught standing upright.

5.Cath Palug

Cath Palug was a monstrous cat from both French and Welsh mythology. This cat was said to inhabit the Isle of Anglesey where it ate a number of humans who attempted to slay it. Cath Palug was said to have been slain by King Arthur after wreaking havoc across the land.

6.Cha Kla

Cha Kla is a legend from Thailand, described as a cat with blood-red eyes and completely black fur that runs from back to front. Cha Kla is described as nocturnal and so fearful of humans that it will immediately hide in its hole in the ground if it encounters a human. It is said that if a person were to see it or touch it, they would die. Sorcerers were said to use Cha Kla to defeat their enemies.


Dawon is from Hindu mythology and is also known as Gdon. Dawon is a fierce tigress given to the goddess Durga for combat. Durga would ride Dawon into battle yielding 10 weapons in each of her 10 arms. Dawon would also take part in battle using her teeth and claws. Those two would be formidable combatants!

8.Hombre Gato

The Hombre Gato, also referred to as Catman, is a legendary creature from Argentina that has the features of both cat and human.

Hombre Gato was thought to only come out at night to prey on humans and animals and became such a widespread legend that it has been captured in Hispanic literature through short stories.


Mafdet is a deity from the First Dynasty of Egypt. She was known as the Goddess of judgment, justice, and execution. She is said to be the protector of Ra, the Egyptian sun god.

Mafdet’s depiction in ancient paintings is much like a Savannah Cat or Cheetah. It was said she was able to protect against the bites of scorpions and snakes.

10. Matagot or mandagot

A matagot, also known as mandagot, is a legend from southern France. Matagots are said to be spirits that take an animal form, mostly presenting as a black cat. Matagots have also been described as taking on the appearance of rats, foxes, dogs, and even cows. Matagots are generally seen as evil spirits, but some are believed to bring wealth into a household if it remains well fed.


Sekhmet is the Egyptian Goddess of war and destruction. She is said to have been born from the fire of the Sun God Ra’s eyes. The ancient Egyptians built at least 700 monuments to worship Sekhmet. In some tales, she is considered an alternate form of Bastet, and in others, she is referred to as Bastet’s sister.

12.Wampus Cat/ Cherokee Death Cat

Death Cat. In some regions, the Wampus Cat is a frightening and evil feline, while in others it’s viewed as more comical. In Cherokee mythology, this monster cat is the embodiment of a female cursed by the tribe’s elders that were punished for hiding under the pelt of a wild cat and bearing witness to a sacred ceremony she had no business attending. Some southeastern Native American tribes believed the Wampus Cat to be a shapeshifter. It was said that Wampus Cat went on a livestock killing spree during the 1920s and 1930s, and reports of the creature stretched across the southeastern states into the 1960s.

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette scores an invite to the 2023 Met Gala

I have reported on Choupette, the late Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, and now  Choupette, has been formally invited to the Met Gala. Lah di dah!

Lucas Berullier, Choupette’s agent and owner of My Pet Agency, which specializes in pet influencers, announced the invite from Paris. (This cat has an agent?? Meowza, what am I doing wrong!!) 

“It’s an event in honor of the legacy of Karl, and Choupette is obviously a central part of the legacy,” Berullier addd.

The theme of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition is Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. It will celebrate the iconic German designer, who worked for Chanel, Fendi, Balmain and myriad other fashion houses before his death in 2019.

Born a Leo on August 15, 2011, the blue-cream tortie Birman was originally owned by French model Baptiste Giabiconi. He received the kitten on his birthday from friends and named her for the “common nickname in French for cute girls,” according to the New York Times.

That year, Giabiconi asked Lagerfeld to cat-sit around the holidays. The designer was initially reluctant but quickly fell in love.

“It became clear to me that Choupette brought Karl great joy,” Giabiconi told the Times. So he decided to let Lagerfeld keep the kitten.

The rest is fashion history.

The pretty kitty went viral in early 2012 after V Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Gan, tweeted out a photo of Choupette, introducing her as Lagerfeld’s “new kitty.”

In 2014, Choupette secured her own makeup line by Shu Uemura, and the fancy feline went on to rake in over $2 million doing a campaign for a German car.

News outlets called the cat “the most famous feline in the world.”  She was always by Lagerfeld’s side in a custom $3,000 Louis Vuitton handbag.

 “Choupette was a phenomenon. Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t really perceived as a warm and fuzzy person, so it made it incredibly ironic that he basically fell in love with Choupette and she did become his furry muse which kind of humanized him which was sort of lovely,” Kathlin Argiro, a fashion designer professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, told The Post. 

In 2018, Lagerfeld told French magazine Numero that he had named the cat as one of the heirs to his estate. Lagerfeld died in February 2019 at age 85, it was rumored that he left his fortune to Choupette. The exact details of Lagerfeld’s estate as it related to the cat are not known.

In the years since Lagerfeld’s death, Choupette has been ably looked after by his former housekeeper, Françoise Caçote. The cat continues to work on occasion, doing campaigns for the Karl Lagerfeld brand, luxury pet line LucyBalu and L’Oréal.

She also has a philanthropic side and gives back through her new charity organization the Choupette Fund, which aids stray cats.

It seems that although Choupette lost her loving human, she’s still living mener la grande vie.

Can you spot the cat? One sneaky feline found the perfect place to hide within the walls of this New York City apartment

Evidently there is a Twitter group called #findthecat and Journalist Kate Hinds, of New York City, made Twitter followers go crazy trying to find her elusive feline.

Her cat blends into the apartment scenery very well. After you’ve stared a while and still can’t find the elusive feline, here are some hints.

Hint #1: Someone has a green thumb! 

Still need another hint? 

Hint #2: Cats can always be found basking in sunlight. 

Cats are biologically programmed to always find the warms spots in their home and as winter breaks its cold curse, many felines are jumping at any chance to lay in the sunshine. 

Still haven’t found it? 

Hint #3: If your cat isn’t messing with your plants, do you even have a cat? 

Eating plants actually aids digestion in felines and help move fur balls through the tract. 

However not all plants are safe for cats to consume, some to avoid are tulips, daffodils, and lilies. 

Given up yet? We don’t blame you! Okay, here is the map to find the cat.

If you take a real close look toward the windowsill on the right, hidden among the dense collection of plants, you can see the gray fur on the cats back.  

The forgotten history of cats in the navy

Naval cats have had the names Tom the Terror, Wockle, Bounce, and Dirty Face. They traveled thousands of miles on warships with some of the saltiest sailors. They were valued members of the crew, and were often issued custom miniature uniforms and their own tiny hammocks. Many never set a paw on dry land during their entire lives. They were the cats that served in the world’s navies.

Cats have been on ships for almost as long as humans have been going to sea, and sailors have been largely responsible for spreading cats across the globe. Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings depict cats hunting from boats sailing down the Nile, while Phoenicians recognized the value of controlling the rodent population on their ships as they traded throughout the Mediterranean.

Rats and mice were a major problem on ships because they ruined the crew’s food, chewed through equipment, and spread disease. Cats were a cheap and effective solution to any vermin infestation. The U.S. government, in an effort to protect documents from nesting rats, began to purchase clowders of cats in the 19th century, eventually supplying them to the U.S. Navy. In the United Kingdom, one of the earliest and largest cat rescue programs occurred during the First World War, when thousands of strays were rounded up in cities and given to the military. The cats supplied to the Royal Navy even received a weekly “victualing allowance” of 1 shilling and 6 pence to pay for treats from the ship’s canteen.

Early sailors believed that cats could control the weather with their tails. When feline tails twitched in a certain manner they thought it meant the cats were angry and preparing to unleash a violent storm that would soon fall over the ship. Later sailors realized that cats twitched their tales when they were agitated by a sudden drop in air pressure, indicating that the ship was heading into unfavorable weather. Crews began to monitor all the mannerism of their ship’s cats and viewed any unusual behavior as a storm warning. The felines were, in a sense, little furry barometers.

Cats were also a source of superstitions: Seamen preparing to sail considered it good luck when a cat chose to board their vessel. However, they feared disaster if they had a longtime ratter that decided to jump ship just prior to setting sail. Even worse, sailors thought their fate was sealed if they saw two cats fighting on the pier: It meant that an angel and devil had already started to battle for the souls of the crew.

Though cats are known for their aversion to water, they acclimated quite well to life on the sea. Unlike the “limeys” of the Royal Navy, who famously had to drink citrus juice to prevent scurvy, cats make their own vitamin C and can survive on a diet consisting of fish and mammals without needing to eat fruits and vegetables. And when rodents were in short supply, cats had different methods for catching fish for themselves. The easiest prey were the ones that simply washed up on the deck. Some cats overcame their dislike of water to become skilled divers that could snatch fish from the ocean. The cats that never got comfortable with swimming still managed to hunt by deftly knocking down fish leaping over the ship’s bow. Because cats got most of the moisture they needed from eating the fish, they did not require a lot of potable water like human sailors. In addition, cats have an excellent internal filtration system that allows them to drink a bit of sea water if necessary.

Feline companions were also important for boosting morale among homesick sailors on long voyages, providing the crew with much-needed affection.  Since cats were considered mascots to be shared by all the sailors, they also helped to create bonds among the crew.

Some sailors claimed they learned to “speak cat” and were able to get their mascots to perform feats such as standing at attention, saluting, walking tight ropes, and ringing bells. This especially contributed to the U.S. Navy’s goodwill efforts in foreign ports when locals were invited for ship tours that included a brief show featuring performing cats.

Larger navy ships could have as many as two dozen cats that established their own territories. The one that was smart enough to claim a ship’s galley usually became the fattest (that would be our Oliver if he ever decides to go to sea).  Other mousers stayed in the bowels of the ship where they would not be as bothered by all the activity on the deck and the sounds of the guns. The friendliest felines were happy to stay in the berthing area where they received plenty of attention from sailors and could sleep in hammocks that reduced the swaying of the ship.

Following the end of the Second World War, the special position that cats held on navy ships began a rapid decline. Due to improvements in fumigation and pest control, cats became outmoded in their primary job to rid ships of vermin. Ship captains who were not cat lovers started to categorize felines as an unnecessary distraction. How rude!!

A bigger problem for cats in the U.S. Navy was that they became a political and legal liability in the immediate post-WWII era. The defense budget was slashed and the Navy was downsized dramatically, alarming admirals who believed that they were being cut to the bone and left without a fleet sufficient enough to protect the nation’s interests against the rising threat of communism. Members of Congress who were advocating deep defense cuts ridiculed the admirals by revealing that one ship had used resources for a three-man committee to plan a funeral for their mascot cat. It was cheap shot because the costs of keeping cats to maintain morale was nominal (and often paid by the crews themselves), but it embarrassed the admirals by giving the public the impression that the Navy was spending money frivolously.

More than anything, it was new and stricter international quarantine laws that ended the tradition of the ship’s cat. Prior to the 1950s, many nations gave ship’s cats special status that made them exempt from quarantine laws, allowing them to roam free in foreign ports where perhaps the worst consequence was a scrap with a local tom. The laws enacted by most countries after the war forbade cats from leaving a ship before going through a lengthy quarantine period. If local officials caught a cat sneaking off a ship, the captain could be heavily fined or even placed under arrest.

Current U.S. Navy policy does not explicitly ban cats on ships, but the special permission that sailors now need to bring a feline friend on board is almost never granted. Most navies of the world have adopted a similar policy—except for Russia.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 4/5

Happy Wednesday Furiends – we’re back!

The Human made it through the 9 days of moving nightmare. To be honest, the garage is still a bit discombobulated and the home office isn’t quite organized yet but things have progressed so the important work can commence again!

We do enjoy snoopervising while The Human is working as you can see below (Lily was buried under the covers in the bedroom so we couldn’t get a photo of her).

The most important piece of furniture in the office.
Oliver is not pleased that he was disturbed, the NERVE!
Yes, I know there are four fuzzy soft cat beds on the cat condo but I purrfer snoopervising here.
Oliver is pleased with the new set up as the Chewy box is opened sooner and he can inspect the contents.

Well, that’s our news for the week. We’re glad we’re back on schedule and hope that you enjoy this week’s news items.

Elderly cats live in retirement village: See their little cottages!

This moggies Retirement Village in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, is picture purrfect and is a place for  homeless, stray and abandoned cats. The Shropshire Cat Rescue currently houses 17 cats there. Don’t forget to watch the video of this wonderful place.

These Cats Don’t Just Do Their Own Stunts. They Film Them, Too.

I had to report on this story, after all our tag line at FelineOpines.net is “the world from a feline point of view” and these videos give you exactly that. Cats with cameras on their collars give insight into their day to day life.

In one video, the cat  pauses, assesses the height and leaps. He tries to free-climb up the side of a building, before jumping back to the ground. In another, he leaps across a roof, his shadow stretching out long in front of him.

The film and the antics are by  Gonzo of @gonzoisacat. He has more than 607,000 followers on TikTok and 178,000 on Instagram.

Gonzo is the star — and the director — of his own shorts. Rather than his humans filming his stunts, Gonzo films them himself with the help of a tiny camera that attaches to his collar.

Gonzo isn’t the only cat producer. In Norway, a GoPro-wearing cat roams across snowy meadows or climbs on a roof. One in China also recorded under-the-chin videos. Mr. Kitters has 1.5 million followers on TikTok and nearly one million on Instagram, where viewers can watch him meow at a bird or chase a squirrel.Gonzo’s humans,  Derek Boonstra, and  his wife, Maria, live in Los Angeles.

They wondered what Gonzo was doing when no one was watching — and wanted to make sure he was safe when he was exploring outside. After experimenting with a D.I.Y. camera, Mr. Boonstra bought one from the brand Insta360 and this is Gonzo’s filming equipment.

The first day they filmed included about “90 minutes of him sleeping in a bush but then Gonzo ran into some baby opossums. “That was immediately like, this is really fascinating,” Boonstra, a documentary filmaker said.

The rise of wearable camera technology, though more often used by surfers or snowboarders than pets, has led to a niche style of cat content. Like viewers of extreme sports videos, cat video fans regularly note the thrill they feel when their feline stars leap or scamper.

I’m not sure if this feline would like The Human spying on me all day and would purrfur to keep my daily routine a mystery.

Pet cats and dogs may help protect infants from food allergies, study suggests

Now here’s some good news. Children who live with cats or dogs during fetal development and early infancy may be less likely than other kids to develop food allergies, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal PLOS One, analyzed data from over 65,000 children from Japan. It found that children exposed to cats or indoor dogs had a 13% to 16% lower risk of all food allergies compared with babies in pet-free homes.

“Our findings suggest that exposure to dogs and cats might be beneficial against the development of certain food allergies, thereby alleviating concerns about pet keeping and reducing the burden of food allergies,” the authors wrote.

The study found that children exposed to cats were less likely to develop egg, wheat and soybean allergies, while those exposed to dogs were less likely to have egg, milk and nut allergies.

The exact mechanism remains unclear, but experts say pet exposure may strengthen an infant’s gut microbiome, either directly or indirectly though changes in the parent’s or home microbiome.

“We know from a lot of studies that the microbiome – which are the bacteria that live within us, thousands and millions of them inside everybody’s gut – affect our immune responses and our immune system, particularly whether we develop allergies or not,” said Dr. Amal Assa’ad, director of the Food Allergy Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, who was not involved with the new research.

Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, says dirt and other materials secreted by pets could be a good thing.

“It is critical to have these exposures early on as the immune system is developing, as the gut is developing, because it does seem to be an important route for sensitization,” said Bernstein, who was not involved with the study.

Previous research has had mixed results. Some have linked pet exposure to decreased risk of food allergy, but others have found no association.

“The data is all over the place,” Assa’ad said.

So in other words, after all that research the humans aren’t sure if this is correct. Sigh. You humans complicate everything.

How a one-eyed rescue cat from Idaho became 2023’s Cadbury Bunny

Well of course, as an Idaho cat, I had to include this story although this cat is from Boise which is a 497 mile drive south east of us (we’re in Sandpoint in the Panhandle). Still, Crash the cat is a true Idahoan and his success must be celebrated.

We live all the way at the top in Sandpoint

Crash is an 8-year-old, one-eyed feline who was rescued in Boise and has been named 2023’s Cadbury Bunny, just in time for Easter Sunday.

Besides appearing in a Cadbury commercial, Crash will be inducted to the Creme Egg maker’s hall of fame, and will take home $5,000 for himself — and another $5,000 for a charity of his choice.

Crash’s began quite by accident, literally — he was struck by a car where he lost not only his eye but broke one leg and his jaw.

“As he began to heal at a Simply Cats Shelter, his quirky, outgoing personality made everyone quickly fall head over heels for him, leading Crash to become their resident shelter cat,” according to a release from the company. “Crash charms and impresses people as they visit the shelter, performing tricks like high five.”

He was picked out of finalists including Ping the duck; Ande the chinchilla; and a sheep called Timmy. This is the fifth time Cadbury has celebrated the season with its Bunny Tryouts, where any animal can be a contender. This year, the company specifically sought out rescue pets.

Now, Crash’s owner, Maddie Corey is scratching with anticipation for her beloved pet.

“We are jumping with joy to hear Crash is the next Cadbury Bunny but not surprised as he is always the center of attention in any room. He’s been through so much over the past few years and we appreciate the love his friends, family and cat enthusiasts across the country have shown,” she said.

In a way of continuing to support animals, Cadbury has also donated $20,000 to the ASPCA this Spring to continue “raising awareness for pets in need and supporting the ASPCA’s mission of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals.”

And in the brand’s own words, Crash is living proof why such actions are worthwhile.

“He reminds our community that every cat is worth saving.” And to that this feline says AMEN!

National Siamese Cat Day – April 06

Before you think, “Alberto, you’re not a pure Siamese why look at your brofur Oliver!” I would ask you to take a look at my baby blue eyes, my coloring and, if you could hear me you’d know there is Siamese in my family. And it is for this reason that I am celebrating Siamese Cat Day tomorrow. So here’s some info on the wonderful Siamese cat and, if you are purebred Siamese or Siamese combined with something else, I hope you’ll be celebrating too!

The Origin of Siamese Cats

Siamese cats have a long and fascinating history that dates back to ancient Siam, which is now modern-day Thailand. These felines were considered sacred animals and were often kept in temples and palaces by royalty. Siamese cats were even given as gifts to dignitaries and important people as a symbol of honor.

The Unique Characteristics of Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are known for their striking blue eyes, pointed ears, and sleek, muscular bodies. They are also very vocal and affectionate and love to interact with their owners. Siamese cats come in different colors and patterns, including seal point, chocolate point, blue point, and lilac point.

The Personality of Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are intelligent, curious, and playful. (Well that describes me to a “T”). They are also very loyal to their owners and enjoy being the center of attention. Siamese cats are known for their vocalizations, which include meows, chirps, and even yowls. (Oh you should hear me singing the song of my people at midnight).

The Significance of National Siamese Cat Day

National Siamese Cat Day is a day to celebrate and honor the Siamese breed. It is a time to appreciate our unique characteristics and personality of these felines, as well as our contribution to the cat world. This day also provides an opportunity for Siamese cat owners and lovers to come together and share their experiences and love for these beautiful creatures.

One of the best ways to celebrate National Siamese Cat Day is to spend quality time with your furry friend. And don’t forget to give your furry friend to some special treats.

And don’t forget to have your humans take some photos of you and share them on social media and use the hashtag #NationalSiameseCatDay