About Feline Opines

Writer, entrepreneur and lover of felines (and all furry creatures). You can learn more about me and my connection with felines in my story, All My Children Wear Fur Coats, In the 2016) issuer of Chicken Soup For the Cat Lover's Soul, My Very Good, Very Bad Cat. Feline Opines was awarded a Muse Medallion in 2018 from The Cat Writer's Association. The Felines have a book called "Felines Opine on God" available at Amazon & Barnes and Noble and a cozy mystery will be released soon.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/15

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Things are going well in our neck of the woods. When we sit on the back of the sofa and look at the downstairs garden, we can tell fall is coming and that makes us happy. What makes us unhappy is the little frog that sits in our pond and croaks loudly. I never knew such a small creature can make such a big noise!

Oliver has a cautionary tale to share with you this week. We live in a world of cat lovers and cat people and often forget that there are non-cat people out there. The Female Human took a photo of Oliver snoopervising dinner prep. She thought the photo was funny and so she shared it in a cooking group she belongs to. She got schooled by the admin saying the photo would NOT be accepted because there are people who have particular feelings about cats on counters! Hmmmmmph! The Human decided she and Oliver need to stay in their lane and so she submitted the photo to the This cat is CHONKY group.

“Sheesh, who wouldn’t think this is funny?” – Oliver

The CHONKY cat people were PAWSOME and Oliver almost broke the internet. He got over 14,000 reactions and 1,300 comments. And BOY were some of those comments hilarious. One fantastic purrson even did a photoshop and we can’t stop laughing!

The moral to the story is to stay in your lane and be with the people who understand you. Oliver was very thankful and showed his apurreciation to the fantastic CHONKY cat folks.

That’s the news this week from our neck of the woods. I hope you enjoy the news features.

Feline generous: Japan cat lovers give $2 million to kidney research

Our Angel Jasmine had kidney disease

Once again the cat-loving Japanese people come through. When  the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy last year, scientists at the University of Tokyo lost their corporate funding for a study on preventing kidney disease in cats. But, when Japanese citizens heard about this they organized online and raised $2 million dollars for the study.

Some of the comments from those who donated were;

“I lost my beloved cat to kidney disease last December… I hope this research will progress and help many cats to live without this disease,” one woman wrote in a message alongside her $20 donation.

Another donor, who gave $90, said: “I recently got a kitten. I make a donation in the hope that it will be in time for this cat.”

Domesticated cats and their bigger cousins in the wild are highly prone to kidney problems because of a genetic inability to activate a key protein discovered by the Tokyo researchers.

The protein called AIM helps clean up dead cells and other waste in the body, preventing the kidneys from becoming clogged. Immunology professor Toru Miyazaki and his team are working on ways to produce the protein in a stable quantity and quality.

They are  hoping that this protocol they are looking to develop will lengthen the life of cats with one or two injections per year.

His team’s research on how AIM — short for apoptosis inhibitor of macrophage — functions in the body was published in 2016 in the journal Nature Medicine. They are also developing pet food containing a substance that could help activate the non-functional AIM in feline blood.

Paws crossed that these researchers come up with a solution to this terrible feline disease!

Do Cats Speak? Of Course. Do They Have Language? Not Exactly

You humans understand what cats want so it’s a given that communication has been established. Now if you’re talking about understanding what we felines have to say, that’s something else. Well, guess what, research into human-cat communication has won Swedish researchers the prestigious iG-Nobel prize for biology in 2021! (the sound of paws clapping)

Prof. Susanne Schotz and Joost van de Weijer of Lund University with Robert Eklund of Linköping University were awarded the Ig for biology on Thursday for analyzing variations in cats’ “purring, chirping, chattering, trilling, tweedling, murmuring, meowing, moaning, squeaking, hissing, yowling, howling, growling, and other modes of cat–human communication.”

And if this isn’t ground breaking enough, there is melody in feline-human interaction.  Schotz, a professor of phonetics, has studied meowsic and written a paper about it: “Melody in Human–Cat Communication (Meowsic): Origins, Past, Present and Future.”

Schotz even demonstrated some of the sounds she had studied at the awards ceremony.

In 2018 she recorded cats during feeding time delivering melodies with a tonal rise at the end. Cats recorded in the vet’s waiting room meowed with a fall towards the end of the melody. Crucially, humans who listened to the recordings could often tell whether the meows were emitted in a feeding situation or a vet situation.

How did Schotz wind up studying feline vocalizations? As a researcher of phonetics, she studies human speech. “One of my occupational hazards is that I tend to listen less to what people are saying than how they are saying it,” she explained. She noticed vast variation in the sounds her five cats emitted and the different intonations and decided to do some research.

She recorded the cats’ sounds, analyzed them using the same methods used for human speech and concluded that cats have a vast range of vocal cues – and they’re not just saying “feed me.”

Schotz says that felines and their humans develop a kid of “pidgin language”. She also discovered that in a home with multiple cats, the felines may develop a “group dialect”.

So is there a feline language? Not like human language but her research has already made it clear that every cat has its own personal voice, just as we do. We felines even sing! And our melody seems to carry an important part of the message.

“For instance, the more variation in the melody, the more excited or urgent the message seems to be,” she explains.

Not every vocalization is an intentional act of communication, of course. Getting rid of a fur ball has it’s own sound but it’s not really a form of communication.

So there you go, purrhaps you humans should listen a little more closely to what we felines have to say!

Portland’s Only Cat Cafe Reopens and Immediately Adopts Out All Its Cats

 I love happy endings and this is a very happy one. Despite it’s forced closure in March 2020, Purringtons cat cafe reopened and ten out of their 11 cats were adopted. This lovely little shop where you pay an entry fee to read a book in a room full of felines has legendary adoption rates.

When Purrington opened in October 2019 and until their forced closure in March 2020, they found furever homes for 123 cats.

Purrington works with a local shelter in Sherwood—Cat Adoption Team. The owner of Purringtons began as a volunteer with the shelter, then helped transfer cats from the shelter to the cat café.

Purrington’s offers a seasonal menu and a selection of beer and wine although they will keep the menu light for a while. COVID precautions have trickled into the reservation system. For now, visits last for a set 45 minutes with firm start and end times. Visitors share the lounge with a set number of others for the duration, instead of the revolving flow the lounge used to employ. The structured times leave 15 minutes between visits for sanitation of the room. The lounge is also rentable for private group visits of 10 or less.

We love the idea of social places where kitties can meet their furever humans!

For Masahisa Fukase, Cats Were Much More Than Cute

When I read this comment from the Japanese photographer, Masahisa Fukase, I decided he was my kind of human! “People often ask me why I take photographs of cats. What an idiotic question! I’m a professional photographer — and I am mad about cats … It makes total sense. No one else comes close to the wealth of my experience with cats; no one understands their feelings better; and no one has spent more hours playing around with them in a mountain lodge.” 

His relationship with cats began in 1977 when he adopted a kitten called Sasuke. Sadly, Sasuke ran away adopted another kitten and maned it Susuke. Later, a kitten named Momo joined the family.  And the cats became the subjects of hundreds of photos and three books.

Here’s what a critic has to say about Fukase’s photos, “They capture cats in experimental, unexpected ways. In some, the photographer snaps the animal at arm’s length, holding it over a rice field in the countryside or in front of an elephant enclosure at the zoo. In others, the picture is framed just behind the cat’s ears, as if we ourselves are the cat. These odd angles and curious compositions blur the boundaries between the “me who does the looking” and the “me who is being looked at,” as Fukase said in 1991.

“For Fukase, photographing [cats] was also a way of caressing them,” says Tomo Kosuga, the director of the Masahisa Fukase Archives, in a recent interview with the book’s publisher.

 Fukase once said, “I don’t trust humans, but I trust cats.” His cat series emerged after the artist’s second divorce, as he struggled with a number of personal issues. “The one presence that did not leave him, and stayed with him through thick and thin, gazing back at him unflinchingly, were his cats,”

This human had such a love of felines. Photographing cats was a way of embodying the love he felt so profoundly that it shifted his sense of self. “I spent so much time lying on my belly in an effort to get on the same level as a cat,” Fukase wrote in 1978, “that I became a cat … I saw myself reflected in the cats’ eyes. I wanted to photograph the love that I saw there. You might say it’s a collection of self-portraits more than shots of Sasuke and Momo.”

I say paws up for this extraordinary feline loving man!

Curtis Sliwa’s rescue cat steals the show in mayoral candidate’s first ad

I rarely get purrlitical but this was a great story. Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa’s first campaign ad starts on Monday — but it’s his rescue cat named Tuna that steals the show.

The 12-year-old feline — lounging on Sliwa’s lap in the 30-second spot — is one of 17 rescue cats he and wife Nancy care for in their 300-foot Upper West Side apartment.

I have no idea if this human is a good candidate but I’d say he’s pretty smart for bringing Tuna in on his campaign video!

Walk Through the Web Wednesday

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello there furiends!
Happy autumn and I hope you are all enjoying nice weather! For those near fires, those who have had floods and those who were in the path of Ida, we have been purraying for you all!

We are finally done with the unusually stifling heat and are having a beautiful fall. Now that it’s getting cooler, snuggling is happening again! My brother Oliver and I like to snuggle but sometimes he decides I need to to cleaned a little too vigorously!

LIly prefers to snuggle with The Human and likes to get into her purrsonal space at bedtime.

And we’re all returning to our favorite hang outs now that the heat is gone! It’s a source of amazement that Oliver can squeeze himself into this scratcher bed.

That’s it for now, wishing you all a great, happy week!

What really goes on at cat yoga?

Okay, admit it. If you haven’t purrticipated in cat yoga, haven’t you wondered what does on? Well, finally there’s a report that unveils the mystery with this article from Kitty Queen Cat Rescue.

The felines  weave between the legs of a person in a tree pose, sniff the hair of someone in the downward-facing dog position and try to get under the yoga mats of the participants.  In other words, everyone is having fun.  You can find a feline/human yoga session documented in the photos from the article.

This rescue, doesn’t just offer yoga classes but does craft nights and meet and greets for the adoptable felines in their care in the cat lounge, the kitten room or the zen room for the more nervous felines.  We say paws up to Kitty Queen Cat Rescue for all they are doing!

‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Is the Cat’s Whiskers

I talked about Louis Wain in last week’s feature. He was the man who painted cats…hundreds and some say even thousands of cats. His art was so loved because he featured us in bars, holding golf clubs, swinging ping pong paddles, driving and smoking cigars. In other words, doing all the things you humans do.

A film about his life. “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and I sure wish The Human would take us to see it! That Wain guy seems pretty cool!

The film is full of cats of all kinds (well, DUH!) and tells the story of Wain’s life. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Wain, a man born a gentleman in London but through a lifetime of less than good decisions found himself broke and drawing cats.

His first job was as a newspaper illustrator and he eloped with the governess of his sister’s children. Sadly, the marriage didn’t last.  The human movie critics at Variety liked the movie but felt it would have been better had the film featured a narrower portion of Wain’s life. I think they should have featured more cats!

I suggest you watch it with your humans and come to your own conclusions.

Cat missing from Waverly flood miraculously found alive five days later

You know how much I love happy endings and this is one of the happiest. Britany Moss, from Tennessee, was visiting family when she found out her home had flooded. The water was so high her neighbors were stuck in their attic.

She returned home to find her neighborhood destroyed by the water and her cat Jade missing. She left out cat food, searched the neighborhood and borrowed a trap with the hope she would find Jade.

And just like in the happiest of fairy tales, she found Jade. The poor cat was terrified, covered in mud with matted hair and a horrible smell.

Jade has not stopped cuddling with her human since she was found and Moss says she is doing much better. Unfortunately, Moss’ home was completely destroyed but she did have flood insurance.

The Adorable Native Cat Breeds of Greece and Cyprus

The Human has been to Greece and she often talks about the felines all over the Greek Isles. Who knew that there were two species of Greek cats though? There are two distinct cat breeds, the Aegean cat and the Cyprus Cat, that are native to Greece and Cyprus. You can spot them lounging near the fishing boats, hoping for a nice seafood dinner.

Aegean cats are known to be playful, vocal, friendly, and very loving. They’re particularly comfortable around water and love to go fishing. They are almost always bicolor, once in a blue moon tricolor and they will almost always have white as one of their colors. The most common color combinations are white and black (Hmm, I wonder if Oliver is an Aegean cat), white and ginger and white and tabby. Their most famous feature is their large, beautiful, almond shaped eyes.

These cats are thought to be descended from ancient cats, have always bred naturally without the “help” of humans and are said to have been around for thousands of years. Some believe they are one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world. Aegean cats live with humans and can also be feral.  

Their paws have adapted well to grasping at fish swimming along in the sea, and their fur can be short yet full in the summer and a bit longer and thicker in the winter.

Despite the fact that they are a well-documented breed with a long history, the Aegean cat is not yet recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association so if you want an Aegean cat, you’ll just have to go to Greece and adopt one!

Cyprus cats, also known as St. Helen’s cats, are a breed of domesticated felines found on the island nation of Cyprus.

According to historic sources, St. Helen, the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, brought the forefathers of the breed to the island herself.

It is believed that St. Helen filled her ship up with cats from Egypt — although some sources say Palestine — and brought them with her to Cyprus to help curb the snake problem there in the fourth century.

The cats were brought to the Monastery of St. Nicholas, where the venomous snake population was extremely large and threatening. According to legend, the cats were called to hunt snakes on the monastery grounds by a bell that was rung each day. Now wait just a minute – that means this St. Catherine brought the hapless feline to fight dangerous, venomous snakes! It’s a miracle any of them survived!

There is still a large cat population at the monastery (now a convent). The Greek poet, Georgos Seferis wrote a poem about these cats called “The Cats of St. Nicholas.”

Archeological evidence of cats living alongside humans in Cyprus has been found on the island when excavations were done at a Neolithic site called Shillourokampos in Cyprus. They found the ancient people cared for their feline companions, and even dug out a grave with care for their pet cat.

The Cypriot breed is linked to other feline groups in Egypt and Palestine, so the story of St. Helen likely has some truth to it.

The Cyprus cat has many similarities with the Aegean cat breed of Greece.

Much like the Aegean cat, Cyprus cats have been left to breed naturally, so they have less inclination to genetic diseases.

Cyprus cats, unlike most Aegean cats, tend to be extremely energetic and athletic. They have a thick coat, which can be short or semi-long.

They are extremely playful and social, and love to be around humans. They’re also great hunters. Cyprus cats are commonly tabby with a mix of white, but can come in all colors, ranging from ginger to black. They are rarely found outside Cyprus.

Cat breeder and fancier organizations are beginning to develop qualifications for the breed in order for it to be recognized internationally. It is recognized already by the World Cat Federation under the name “Aphrodite’s Giant.”

A heartwarming community effort in Singapore to save a trapped cat in a car bumper

This kitty had a very good day thanks to some heroic humans. A couple found the resident community cat stuck in a bumper and, when they tried to get her out, realized that her leg was stuck inside the bumper.  

AAA was called as well as the SPCA. While they waited for help to arrive they continued to try and free the cat but made no progress.

One man who drive by, parked his car and went to attempt to help, bringing his car jack. The poor cat’s leg was tangled in the wires so that didn’t work. The SPCA arrived and they couldn’t free the cat either.

The man with the car jack  then called his mechanic and found out what the wire was attached to. The mechanic said the quickest way to free the cat was to cut the wire. The man advised the car owner that if they cut the wire, he would have his mechanic fix the car at no cost.

The car owner agreed and they extricated the cat with only a few scratches and a sprain. The cat ran away but did return to her caregiver who took care of her.

Paws up to these humans for caring for this poor, trapped kitty!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/01

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Well hello there furiends,
It’s the fist day of September and it’s a lovely fall day in our neck of the woods. It’s been a strange couple of months. We went from telling The Human, “Move the fan closer to me” to “Put another blanket on the bed!” But it is beautiful now and we are thankful that the awful heat is gone. Many of the fires around us are mostly contained although our beautiful forests are still burning. We also remember our furiends in Canada and Califirnia who are besieged by fires too.

Things were fairly uneventful this week except for…..THE INCIDENT! Oliver, Lily and I were sitting in the window sill awaiting The Human’s arrival from that place called “work” and much to our dismay we spied an interloper in the front garden. To add insult to injury, The Human, upon arriving home and spying said interloper, walked over and had a bit of a conversation with the trespassing Tabby. The cat meowed with her for a while, then turned and used the driftwood as a scratching post and headed home. Such hubris!

Each of us had our own reaction to this betrayal.

I think you humans should consider the effect your random encounters with other animals has on us.

Finally, I wanted to share this exciting piece of news with you. I know times have been hard for our humans with the business shutdowns and many of our humans out of work. I am happy to report that there is finally an opportunity for felines to help contribute to the family income. You’re welcome.

10 of the best days out for cats and cat-lovers in the UK

Postcard art by Louis Wain

This one’s for all my moggie furiends in the UK or for those of you who will be there visiting.Here are ten pawsome places to visit.

Maison de Moggy, Edinburgh
This is Scotland’s first cat café and is home to 12 cats and is one of the only cat café’s in the world to have a Sphynx cat. Everything is designed for the comfort  and entertainment of the felines. Visitors can can have tea and homemade cakes (good vegan and GF options) while visiting with the feline residents. A cat nanny is on duty at all times. Reservations are required.

Strattons, Norfolk
This is a family-run boutique hotel  that offers not only lodging but  a restaurant, deli and lifestyle shop, and is home to Bert and Mr B, two felines who can usually be found snoozing in the lounge, or sunning themselves in the gardens outside. All 14 bedrooms have their own eclectic style.

Louis Wain collection, Kent
The collelction of Louis Wain’s famous cat art is located in Beckenham in the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. .  There are 55 works on display. Louis Wain will become even more famous as  Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing him in a biography still to be released.

The Wildcat Trail, Cairngorms 
If you purrfur to walk on the wild side, then this is the place for yuu.  There are just a few thousand wildcats still prowling the Scottish countryside and you might just spot one here. If you’re not willing to take your chances with our wild feline relatives, then the Wildcat Experience in the village of Newtonmore is a bit more tame.  There are 132 painted models of wildcats dotted around gardens, on roofs and in trees – with certificates given to children who spot more than 25.

Summer Lodge Hotel, Dorset
This is the place to go if you and your feline like to travel.   There is  a dedicated pet concierge to look ensure every cat’s stay is purrfect.. This beautiful  country house hotel  has lovely gardens (a nice place to stroll with a harness and leash) and the rooms have a pet food and water stations as well as cat beds and treats. This is a great place for people and pets to be pampered.

Hello Kitty Secret Garden, East Sussex 
Every young cat lover should visit here. The gardens are in, Drusillas Park  which features Europe’s first Hello Kitty attraction, with three gentle rides and a Hello Kitty house. The zoo is also home to servals and meerkats (don’t be fooled these are NOT certified felines but are in the mongoose family but they’re cute and the meerkat experience is fun.

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London 
This isThe UK’s oldest cat café. The friendly feine residents roam freely and love to greet guests. There are climbning trees, shelves and other feline furniture but also comfy seating for humans.  Visits are pre-booked in 90-minute slots, with classic tea and cake available as well as sandwiches and alcoholic drinks. Children must be over 12.

Hazlitts, London  
If you book space in this boutique hotel you can curl up with a book…and a cat in the hotel lounge. Sir Godfrey is the resident cat – a friendly ginger fellow who’s called the place home for nine years, he is very much in charge (as it should be). This cozy spot will warm your heart and what could be a better evening entertainment than  gin and tonics with Sir Godfrey in the library?  

The Cat Gallery, York 
Three cheers for the  city of York with a cat-themed shop and walking trail that takes you by the city’s stone and sculpture cats. The Cat Gallery (thecatgallery.co.uk) sells everything from hoodies, bags and homewares to toys and bowls, feeding mats, collars and calming sprays.

Tiggers Cottage, Berkshire   
Here’s a another delightful cat-friendly place to stay. Tiggers cottage is a beautiful  tudor building. You can explore this part of the Thames on the pathway or rent a boat. (Note, un less you’re traveling with a water loving adventure feline, maybe let the cat stay at the hotel). Across the river is Cookham, where the artist Stanley Spencer once lived.   

Meet the evacu-cats: Readers share pictures of feline flights from Hurricane Ida

Hurricane snacks, full tank of gas, important documents, angrily meowing cat— all the important essentials you need when you’re fleeing a hurricane.  

Thank goodness the humans make sure their kitties are with them when they leave for safety but the kitties are less than enthused about the road trip. You can see some of the heartwarming (and hilarious) photos in this article and you can also find travel tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tips for evacuation

-Make sure your feline is microchipped and wearing a collar with an ID tag (that has your cell number on it)

-Have your cat in a harness with a leash whenever he/she is in the car

-Don’t let your cat roam in the vehicle. Cats are safest in a crate anchored by a seat belt.

-Always put us in the back seat, even when we’re in our carriers. We can be injured in the front seat if the air bag is deployed. -Never let a pet ride in the back of an open pickup truck.

-Keep our heads inside the car

-Make frequent stops and present the litter box to your kitty.  

We hope none of you ever have to evacuate from your home and we are purraying that all our furiends in the path of Ida are safe.

Cat shows began in the UK in 1871, with proud cat owners grabbing the chance to show off their perfect pets.

The first cat show took place in Crystal Palace, south-east London, in 1871 and the LondonCats Worldwide (LCWW) 150th anniversary celebration show took place. With two days and 200 competitors .

There were five competition classes: kittens, cats, alters (cats that have been neutered or spayed), household pets and household pet kittens (so there you go, you don’t have to be a fancy breed of feline to be entered in shows).

This show is because a man named Harrison Weir, put on that first show in 1871. Weir, an artist, cat lover and illustrator, conceived the idea of a fancy – a Victorian term for an animal competition, which is still in use today – at which cats of different breeds could be judged according to a set of standards. Fancy and non-fancy (non-pedigree) cats were categorised by length of fur, colour and shape. Many of the rules that Weir – known posthumously as “the father of the cat fancy” – set out are still largely upheld today.

That first 2-day event attracted 20,000 spectators and had 170 feline competitors.  This was the first time a Siamese appeared in a British show.  The second show, in 1871 introduced a category for “the working man’s cat”. Now I’m not sure what they considered a “working man’s cat”but I’m guessing it’s a feline without a fancy bloodline and pedigree.  Eventually the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), was created. This is the organization which hosts cats shows and registers breeds to this day.

There was a brief hiatus during the two world wars but otherwise, these shows have been going strong.

Weir founded cat fancies “so that the different breeds, colours, markings etc might be more carefully attended to and the domestic cat sitting in front of the fire would then possess a beauty and an attractiveness to its owner unobserved and unknown because [it was] uncultivated before”. But he came to regret his creation. In 1892, Weir was unhappy with the way the National Cat Club changed, stating: “I found the principal idea of many of its members consisted not so much in promoting the welfare of the cat as of winning prizes.”

If you’ve ever been to a cat show full of primped, pampered, cosseted cats and their human attendants you might think that in ancient times, people  worshiped cats and it seems like things haven’t really changed!

‘Mission mainland’: 200 adoptable cats, kittens to fly from Hawaii to Seattle

Nearly 200 cats and kittens from the island of Kauai were ready to say “aloha” to new lives in Washington and beyond.

With the help of the nonprofit Wings of Rescue and jet charter Evojets, the Kauai Humane Society (KHS) piloted its first “Mission Mainland” flight from the island to Seattle with 200 adoptable cats and kittens onboard.

The shelter, which has accepted over 700 neonatal kittens this year alone is currently above capacity,and is  hoping to alleviate overcrowding and rehome some of the 400 cats currently in its care on the mainland.

“With the limited resident population in Kauai we must look beyond our island for positive outcomes for our animals,” KHS Executive Director Nicole Crane said in a new release Monday. “Shelters are stressful places for animals that are waiting to find comfort in their new and loving homes.”

A full list of the adoptable felines was posted and they are working hard to find furever homes .

This isn’t the first time four-legged friends have come across the Pacific in search of their forever homes: over 600 pets arrived at Boeing Field from Hawaii last October as a result of overcrowded shelters amid the pandemic. The operation was one of the largest animal rescue flights in history, and the pets were rehomed throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

I love it when you humans get creative in finding furever homes for us!

Arnold, the purr-fect police officer

Meet Arnold, the newest New Zealand police pawficer. The Facebook announcement of Arnold’s hiring said, “Arnold’s trainer (whose identity we have to keep top-secret) has trained him to do all kinds of special tricks – he can even jump through hoops!,” police said.

We hope his training video helps spread a bit of cheer and leaves you and your family feline a little better this lockdown (and yes, this was filmed before Alert Level 4).”

The video shows him doing tricks and even going on a bit of a bush search mission – well, for a lost sunglasses case, anyway.

The police are hoping to post more videos of Arnold in the coming weeks with Super Secret Agent Arnold.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/25

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
The weather is cooling and we’ve had a few days of rain and some of the fires around us are almost contained! We are so thankful for this and purray that everyone with fires around them would be safe and fires would be out.

I wanted to take a moment to “chat” with you all and say thanks as well as introduce you to someone.

Please take a moment to listen, it’s not often I get the chance to chat!

And heeeeeer’s my new furry cousin!

Well, it’s time for the feline news I’ve gathered from around the web.

10 International Idioms About Cats

You humans are probably furmiliar with our English idioms that include cats. “the cat’s out of the bag”, (see photo above), it’s the cat’s meow”, etc. Well English isn’t the only language that has feline idioms and I thought you’d enjoy these.

1. You’re like a cat walking around hot porridge. – Scandinavia

This describes evasive behavior by using the example of a cat who will avoid eating porridge that is too hot. Now I don’t know about the rest of my feline readers but this feline is here to tell you that The Tribe has never been interested in eating porridge, hot or otherwise. And that includes Oliver who is very fond of food.

2. Let’s call a cat a cat. – France
I guess the folks in France feel there’s nothing more straightforward than calling a cat a cat. Meow, what else would you call a cat anyway? And this idiom is not only found in France, the Dutch and Belgians also have the same saying.

3. You’re just being shy-shy cat. – Indonesia

If you’re in Indonesia and being coy or shy, you will be described as a shy cat. I know we felines can be shy but we are also very friendly and loving too. Rather than shy, I would purrfer to use the term “discerning”.

4. What would the cat’s son do but kill a mouse? – Ireland

I guess this one is like our “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” meaning we are all a product of our parents to some extent.

5. A cat ran between them. – Russia

This is how the Russians describe having a falling out with someone. The next time Lily and I have “words” and she gives me a whacky paw, The Human can describe the time after while we ignore each other as “a cat ran between them”.

6. My house/apartment/garden is like a cat’s forehead. – Japan

This is how the Japanese describe small spaces. If any of you humans live in tiny houses, the next time someone asks about it, describe it like a cat’s forehead and see what people say.

7. There’s a locked-up cat here. – Spain

If you get the feeling something is suspicious and not on the up and up, you can use this Spanish phrase. Just picture how we cats react when we’re locked up or shoved in our carriers!

8. One who has no dog hunts with a cat. – Portugal

I’m a bit insulted by this one. The phrase means that when we don’t have exactly what we need, we make do with what we have. I guess that has merit but evidently, the folks in Portugal forgot what great hunters we felines are!

9. Who would raise a cat’s tail, if not the cat himself? – Finland

If you’re tired of “tooting your own horn” or “singing your own praises” try this one for a change.

10. When the cat goes away, the mice reign. – Niger Congo

The Swahili speaking folks don’t say that when the cat’s away the mouse will play the say the mouse reigns. Hmm, maybe that mouse will reign for a while but trust me, as soon as the cat returns, that mouse will be dethroned!

Indian Man Opens “Cat Garden”, Raises Over 200 Cats

You humans often amaze me and this man in Gujarat’s Kutch is pawsomly amazing!! ! He has established a home for cats named ‘Cat Garden’, covering 500 square yards and equipped with modern facilities.

His name is  Upendra Goswami, a custom house agent established the ‘Cat Garden’ in 2017. The Cat Garden now has over 200.  Goswami dedicated the cat house to his late sister who was a cat lover.

He said, “We celebrate the birthday of my late sister every year. Once a cat entered our house and ate her birthday cake (this was after she had passed away). Since then, it has been staying with us. We believe that it is our sister who is staying with us in the form of the cat”.

The cats at the Cat Garden enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning and a theater.  There are four rooms with AC and 16 cottages. There are showers and the cats watch animal shows in the mini theater in the evening.  

Well, the cats raised in the cat house enjoy modern amenities and are provided with all facilities including ACs and theatre. Meals are served three times daily and only the best brands of food are used.

Upendra said that he considers the cats part of his family and regular veterinary checkups are part of that care. A charitable trust helps pay for the cats care. Visitors are welcome to visit the Cat Garden for a minimal entry fee.

Royal Canin to launch new Sensory feline wet range

I’m always interested in hearing about a new food because, as The Human will attest, once we’ve had a wet food for a while, we don’t want it anymore. Royal Canin may have fund a way to deal with feline finicky behavior with their new wet food – Sensory – with three new sensorial stimulations of Smell, Taste and Feel are developed to excite our senses.

The Sensory range used the latest research from cat experts. We cats have an instinct for new experiences and diverse aromas, textures and tastes in our diet so Sensory is not only nutritious, but also sensorially rich, filled with novelty and discovery. Frankly, I’m not sure what the novel and discovery is all about but I guess we’ll just have to make The Human buy it for us so we can find out.

Here’s how Royal Canin describes the sensory elements in the new food.

Smell
Of all the senses, our sense of smell is by far our most developed thanks to the 200 million odor-sensitive cells we have, up to 20 times better than a human. ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Smell formulas are crafted with an aromatic profile that is irresistible to cats’ highly sensitive sense of smell.

Taste
Did you know that we felines only have 470 taste buds? If you think that’s a lot, compare that with the 9,000 you human have!  This is why we are so “selective” in what we choose to eat.   ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Taste formulas are characterized by toasted, meaty and savory sensations that stimulate the’ unique sense of taste. I prefer to call it a refined sense of taste.

Feel
You probably know that our paws, fur, and whiskers are touch sensitive. But did you know that the most receptive touch receptors are in our mouths?  This plays a big role in deciding our food preference. ROYAL CANIN® explains that the Sensory Feel formulas are crafted with unique thick gravy or strong jelly textures for a firm feel that lasts longer in our mouths.

This feline says this sounds very interesting and I will tell our Purrsonal Assistant to include some of these smelly, feely, tasty foods in our next Chewy order.

DNA may hold secret for feline HCM therapies

Our Angel Jasmine left us due to heart disease.

Did you know that the heart disease HCM affects one in seven cats? And did you know that a cat’s DNA alters how we respond to the clopidogrel, the medication used to treat this disease. That means the effectiveness of the medication may vary depending on our genes.

HCM causes a cat’s heart muscle to thicken, and, as the condition worsens, blood clots can form in the heart. Dislodged clots can lead to pain, distress, and even sudden death.  Clopidogrel is among the most commonly prescribed medications to prevent blood clots in cats with HCM; however, recent data revealed nearly 20 per cent of cats receiving clopidogrel therapy showed resistance.

“We were consistently seeing cats that, despite being on clopidogrel, were still forming blood clots,” says the study’s corresponding author, Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary cardiology and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“This study was about figuring out why some cats weren’t responding as expected to clopidogrel therapy and leading us towards a more effective prescription.”

What the study found was that a simple genetic test can help our veterinarians make an educated decision about which drug therapy would be the best and most effective for each feline.

The next step is to have these simple genetic tests easily available for all veterinarians. We love this idea and are all for using genetic testing to keep us healthier. As my regular readers know, all three of us have had our DNA testing done by Base Paws. Lily even blogged about it. The great thing about Base Paws is that our reports are constantly being updated as the database receives more and more feline purrticipants.

Who’s getting rehomed now?

First of all, let me say that any human who allows their feline to be abused, verbally or not should take this action. So paws up to this lady!

She caught the man, as she described it, “whispering foul abuse at her cat, who he wanted to rehome. “ She shared her story on Reddit. This man hated her cat Millie so much that he said if they were going to move in together, she would have to get rid of Millie.

Bravo to the human for saying she would NEVER get rid of Millie he relented and said he’d “get over it” and move his stuff into her place. Then she caught him swearing at Millie.

She said that when she was dating her boyfriend, he would ignore Millie, say how stuck up cats were and that he is a dog person.

Well buddy, I guess you can get yourself a dog for your new place! Moral of the story, haters never win!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/18

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Before I get into happenings in our neck of the woods I wanted to thank all of for voting and sharing the information about my attempt to get my mug on a beer can and also raise money for the Charleston Animal Society. Oliver wanted to be a part of this so I let him do my “thank you” image (note how excited he looks).

Thank you all and thanks for contributing to the fund raiser for this shelter!

As for the rest of the goings on in our neck of the woods, we have all been looking for ways to beat the heat. Oliver has figured out that water helps but evidently he requires help to get the water.

I however, purrfer to just dive in and get a drink and a cooling off at the same time.

Lily, showing her usual restraint and logical thinking, waited for the day we had cooler temperatures and enjoyed the breeze blowing in to the kitchen window.

It’s been a blessing to have a little rain but there are still fires raging around us. We are purraying for all the humans and animals affected all around the west (and our furiends in Canada!)

Cat’s meowing helps rescuers find owner, 83, who fell down a ravine

Oh my whiskers, this is for all you folks who don’t give us felines any credit. After police were called to search for a missing 83-year old woman one of her neighbors noticed the lady’s cat, Piran, meowing and attempting to draw attention to a corner of a cornfield near the lady’s house.

A neighbor, Tamar Longmuir, located the missing woman as soon as she went over to the cat. She said, “The cat is very attached to her, and he was going back and forth in the gateway and meowing, so I decided to go and search the field.”

That hero feline was responsible for his human being rescued after falling about 70 feet down a steep embankment. The poor lady had been there for hours.

Both the lady and her cat are fine and safe at home. Meowza, what a hero kitty!

How high can a cat really jump?

Have you ever wondered how high your feline can jump?  Well an adult cat can jump five or six times its height on average, (4-5 feet) Now there are exceptions depending on breed and the cat’s physique.  

One study recorded a cat jumping to touch a suspended cotton ball that was 7-8 times it’s height. And according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest horizontal jump by a cat was 7 feet, held by Waffle, the Warrior Cat.

Cats were built to jump but, if we’re jumping on places you don’t like you can get us a cat tree or install wall shelves for us to attain the height we love. People, jumping is in our DNA so please provide safe places for us to jump to our heart’s content. And make sure you watch where we jump up so that we’re not in danger of falling as this happened to our Angel Tucker and I don’t know who was more scared, The Human or the cat! And of course there was the time when Oliver was a kitten when he jumped up on the half wall in the living room and “flew” down the stairs.

Nerf Made a Blaster for Cats That Shoots Catnip Discs Instead of Foam Darts

Now here’s a CAT TOY! Why should the barkies have all the fun?

The folks at Blaster Hub, recently tried out the Nerf Catnip Disc Blaster (which is available exclusively at Petco) and found it was about what you’d expect from a $15 toy blaster. It works with a  manually primed spring-loaded mechanism that launches catnip discs about 10 feet. The testers said it’s probably best for kittens. If your human wants something with a bit more oomph, they could buy a more powerful blaster (some shoot up to 50 feet). They could spray the disc with catnip spray and voila! I think that 10 feet would work just fine for Ollie, he’s not big on running.

20  Things you may not know about cats and why you should adopt one

This is me at the shelter the day I met The Female Human. – Lily

Now I realize I’m preaching to the choir here but I’m sure that many of you have furiends who till don’t know or understand the delights of having a feline in residence. I wont list all 20 reasons here but you can find them all in the article. Here are a few of my favorites.

Cats have been in residence for 9500 years according to some French archaeoligists who discovered a 9500 year old cat grave in Cyprus and that gives that kitty the distinction of being the oldest pet cat, predating the Egyptian art depicting cats by more than 4,000 years.

Cats walk like camels and giraffes…really! Our walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so we move half of tour body forward at once. Camels and giraffes are the only other animals to walk this way.

It’s believed that Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door. HowStuffWorks writes that while Newton was working on his experiments at the University of Cambridge, he was constantly interrupted by his cats scratching at the door. So he asked the Cambridge carpenter to saw two holes in the door, one for the mother cat and one for her kittens. Apparently these holes can still be seen at the university today. Now that’s ingenuity and it was inspired by his felines!

And this just might be my favorite….a cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

Did you know there were 17 black cat breeds?

Even though Black Cat Appreciation Day was yesterday I still wanted to celebrate as I have so many fantastic black furred furiends. Our Angel Buster was a handsome black cat. Cats come in many colors and patterns including black. The closest thing to a black cat breed is the Bombay. Bombays always have sleek, black coats and copper-colored eyes. Besides the Bombay, you can find a black coat on just about any breed (and mixed breed) of cat.

Black fur in domestic cats and wild panthers is genetic,and that black fur gene is dominant, but both parents must carry it to have black kittens. The interesting thing about this black gene is that it’s found in the same protein family responsible for fighting diseases. This is why some scientists believe that black cats have better immune systems than other cats.

The author of this article, the editor at Pure Wow has other interesting black cat facts and some great info on black cat breeds. Check it out and Purrs & Head Bonks to all my ebony furred furiends!

It’s Time to Vote…for Alberto!

Hellof Furiends,


Today is the day voting begins for the Rescue Brew Contest. I announced my entry into the contest at the end of my July 21 Walk Through The Web Wednesday segment. I entered this contest to raise money for the Charleston Animal Society because my human nephew plays soccer for the Charleston Battery (hence my festive bandana).

I understand that no everyone will want to support the shelter financially but there are other ways you can help such as:

If you want to support the shelter vote early and vote often. If you want to see all the contestants visit the Rescue Brew page for the Charleston Animal Society (I’d sure like to see myself on that leader board!)

You can also help by using the social media share buttons on the contest entry pages to ask your furiends to vote (hopefully for your me) .  Tell them why you are helping to save the lives of vulnerable animals who are not lucky enough to have a home.

You can also copy the link to my entry page and send the link in email to your family and friends who might not be on social media. 

Folks, there are 673 dogs and cats entered in the contest – MEOWZA!! The competition to select three finalist dogs and three finalist cats will be fierce. 

Voting begins today, August 16, 2021, and continues until 9:00PM ET on September 17 2021.  From the finalists, one Grand Prize Winning Dog and one Grand Prize Winning Cat will be selected by celebrity judges and the winners will appear on the labels of the Rescue Brew Beer and will be announced on October 16, 2021. 

Any help you can give to the animals in Charleston is greatly apurreciated and of course, getting my mug on a can of beer would be pretty cool too! Thanks to all of youl

Purrs, Head Bonks and Cheers!
Alberto

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/11

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
‘Hope all is fine in your neck of the woods. Some of our nearby fires are contained and some are up to 50% contained and that is great news! We are thankful for all those brave folks who go into danger to save our forests and homes!

It’s been a bit cooler lately and this has allowed Oliver and I to enjoy our new fuzzy beds.

And just in case The Human didn’t get the memo that The Tribe is done with the hot weather, I dug a little something out of the toy box.

And, we decided we’d take the opportunity of Book Lovers Day to do some shameless self-promotion!

Lily wasn’t feeling photogenic this week so it’s time to get on with the newest feline news.

Klepto Kitty ‘Collects’ Nearly A Thousand Items From Her Neighborhood

There is a feline in Southern California who has stolen close to 1,000 items in the last two years. Meowza!

Juno, the Klepto Cat has been purrusing her neighborhood in Carpinteria taking everything from gloves (almost 180)  to socks to t-shirts.

Juno’s human, Connie Geston said, “In 2019, I started noticing things in my backyard. A ball, a glove. I was thinking the kids next door were throwing things over the fence.” So, I was throwing them back over. But I would find those things back in the backyard. I kept thinking it was the kids… the kids, and I never thought it was the cat.” That is until the day she caught Juno dragging a pair of infant leggings into the house.

Since her thievery is so prolific, Juno now has a place where her ill-gotten gains are stored. It’s a little tent with wire racks that display all the booty she’s collected.

Juno has now reached celebrity status. She has her own Instagram account and she even ran for mayor of Carpinteria. One of Juno’s latest projects with her owner is to take some of the recycled items and use them for an entry in an upcoming Carpinteria Art Center Art Show.

Music, an affinity for cats honor a wife’s love of felines and strikes the purrfect cord

080721…R SR FELINES 1…Vienna…08-07-21…Atilio Core of Mineral Ridge tries to get the attention of one of the senior felines during the dedication of the Brenda S. Groth Senior Feline Living Community at the Animal Welfare League Saturday…The cat was behind glass living with other felines in the new facility…by R. Michael Semple

Thomas and Brenda Groth had two passions, music and cats. Thomas’ late wife Brenda took in a lot of abandoned cats over the years.  They even added a cat room to their home that contains a spiral staircase and “condos” for the felines.

Now, this Ohio couple’s love of cats has turned into the Brenda S. Groth Senior Feline Living Community at the Animal Welfare League of Trunbull County.

The brick feline living community at the AWL has two 216-square-foot rooms that can hold up to 12 cats each. There are perches that provide window access, ramped walkways, feeding areas and square boxes with bedding. Also included are toys, scratching posts and cat trees, noted Lori Shandor, the Animal Welfare League’s chief executive officer.

Groth said a driving force behind creating this two-room space was to ensure older cats had a place to live a quality life, as well as to have a fitting tribute to his wife’s memory.

“Brenda was relentless about giving cats a good life,” he said.

Providing the musical entertainment was the Bravura Woodwind Quintet, which played the famous Louis Armstrong hit “What a Wonderful World,” one of Brenda Groth’s favorite songs.

Cats Love Agility Training?

When Beth Deal told her husband, Pete, she wanted to bring their two 6-month-old Ocicat kittens to an agility competition, he had no clue what he was getting into. Now, six years, multiple trips across the country and many national awards later Beth and Pete and their Ocicats are top contenders in cat agility competitions.

Feline agility is not just for cats with pedigrees, it’s for every feline and many shelters are now putting cats through their agility paces.

Feline agility is much like canine agility. Cats are timed while running counterclockwise through a 20-by-20-foot course, enclosed with vision-obscuring netting. There are 10 different obstacles on the course, starting with a small platform with three steps up and three down, followed by nine other hurdles that gradually become more challenging.

After the feline competitor successfully makes it through a six-inch jump, there’s a 10-inch jump, as well as tunnels, hoops and weave poles set out in a straight line that cats must bend and weave around.

The cats have 4 minutes, 30 seconds to complete the course — dogs usually get about 60 seconds — which starts the second a paw hits the stairs and stops when it reaches the floor after the final hoop jump. Most cats can do it in 30 seconds or less, with faster felines ringing in at under 20. Rascal has completed his course as fast as 12 seconds and Boo, another of the Deals’ ocicats, once made a 7.62-second run.

The furry contestants are allowed to correct mistakes. “They may stop to chase a bug between the first and second obstacles,” says Jill Archibald, 71, feline agility chair for the Cat Fanciers’ Association. “They can go back to where they went off course and continue the obstacle.”

Trainers and handlers at these competitions work off cats’ natural prey-hunting instincts by using a lure (that is, a high-value toy) to entice the cat through the obstacle course.

Now if your humans want to get you on the agility bandwagon, make sure they start slowly and take small steps. Dragging a favorite toy across a stack of books or a chair is a great beginning.

Agility training is also good for felines that take to it and can negate all kinds of bad behavior.  So my furiends, let your humans to get out the clickers and let the training begin!

Nova Scotia Woman Creates Clothes for Sphynx Cats

Oh my whiskers, do we really have to talk about feline fashion again this week?!  I guess I can make an exception for Kristen Janssen who noticed a gap in the market when it came to stylish cat clothes for Sphynx cats. These hairless kitties often wear clothing to keep themselves warm.

Janssen, a Sphynx breeder started making clothes for the kittens she would adopt out. People would ask for more clothing and that’s  how her business was born.

She now has a store on Etsy and also has some items in local stores.

The line has four designs, t-shirts, long sleeves, four-legged pajamas, and hoodies. Soon  bathrobes and dresses will be added to the collection.

Twenty best quotes about cats in honor of International Cat Day

Needless to say this is a holiday every feline can get behind (although, if truth be told, EVERY day is cat day!). I thought that giving you some fantastic cat quotes would be a great way to celebrate. Which one is your favorite? The Human likes the one from Robertson Davies.

 “There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” -James Herriot

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” -Charles Dickens

“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.” -Garrison Keillor

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” -Mark Twain

 “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” -Ernest Hemingway

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman

“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” -Neil Gaiman

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” – Mark Twain

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” -Eckhart Tolle

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” – Colette

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” -Jean Cocteau

“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” -Robertson Davies

“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.” -Elizabeth Peters

“There are no ordinary cats.” -Colette

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”-Hippolyte A. Taine

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” -Jules Verne

“I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.” – L.M. Montgomery

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.” – Pam Brown

“What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?” – Henry David Thoreau

Aaaaaaand a follow up from last week.

Some of you commented last week about my feature about the cat tour in Minneapolis that you would have liked to have seen more cats and less humans so I sent my Purrsonal Assistant out on the web to find a video of the tour itself. Here you go!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/4

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,

How are things in your neck of the woods. While I always like to keep this weekly news segment pawsitive, this has not been my favorite summer! Unseasonable heat and many forest fires have sorta’ taken the fun out of things. This is what it looks like in an area called Trestle Creek, about 20 minutes from us across the lake. You can imagine how bad the smoke is too. The Human won’t let us out on the upstairs deck because the smoke is so thick. Meowza, we’re not having much fun!

As for Lily, she is lounging and just waiting for winter.

And The Human, silly as she is, decided that this would be the weekend she’d turn the very heavy memory foam mattress (she does this regularly). That thing is H-E-A-V-Y and it’s amusing to watch her struggle with it. This time I decided to add my substantial 20 pounds to the endeavor. It was like some sort of fun carnival ride! Boy did she gripe about my purrticipation though.

That was fun! Let’s give it one more turn!

After my little adventure, I needed a bit of a rest and a cooling off.

Well, enough of my update, purraying that you all have a clean air, fire free, temperature purrfect week, and try not to be too hard on your humans!

Minneapolis neighborhood hosts a wacky tour of window cats that draws hundreds

Every summer, John Edwards takes cat lovers through his neighborhood, stopping to meet the resident felines who display themselves in windowsills, or who come out to meet the tour in purrson.

This is no small neighborhood event. There are buttons, news coverage, tote bags and t-shirts. Edwards leads the tour holding up a “Caution! Cat Tour Approaching” sign. Last year was a virtual tour but in 2019 the tour had 300 purrticipants who met over 50 cats.

This whole thing started with Edwards spotting neighborhood window cats on his walks. He documented the felines he met on social media and soon #CatsoftheWedge on Wedge Live took off.

Edwards says that if you walk in his neighborhood you’ll spot cats all the time.

There are sometimes surprises on the tour. One year a human exited his house wearing a black and white cat head that matched his cat.

The weird thing about this human, Edwards is that he doesn’t have any cats in his home…go figure. He explains it this way, “It would sap my motivation to do a cat tour if I actually had a cat. It keeps it special when I see a cat — I can get a little bit excited about every new cat I meet.”

The Unappreciated Importance of Cats (to Medical Science)

Leslie Lyons, veterinarian, specialist in cat genetics and cat owner,  says there are many reasons why studying the diseases that cats suffer can benefit humans. Among the advances in veterinary medicine an important drug in combatting Covid , was first used successfully a cat disease caused by the virus.

Lyons is a director of the 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Initiative and, as part of this project, she and her colleagues recently produced the most detailed genome of the cat to date which now surpasses the dog genome!

The good doctor’s mission has been to get humans to recognize that pets have the same diseases we do and the information and research on these diseases can help people understand their diseases and the treatment of those diseases better as well as treating the diseases that are common in cats.

For instance, dogs get cancer more frequently than cats. There is a signal or clue in the genome of the cat that allows science to zoom in better to understand why cats get the kind of cancer they do and to understand the difference in cancer in cats, dogs and humans.

I was concerned about my feline furiends being involved in research but all that happens to the cats that are studied is a blood sample.

This feline says studies like this are great. We lost our Angel Tucker to cancer. Had we known about these studies we would have asked our vet to find out if there was a way to donate some of the regular bloodwork he had to a good cause such as this.

The Stray Cat Game is revealed

French developer BlueTwelve Studio has created a game called, Stray.

When you play Stray you become a stray cat who, through some mysterious circumstance, has arrived in a bleak, futuristic city inhabited by humanoid robots. (That sounds scary and creepy to this feline!) During the adventure as a feline you’ll explore and solve puzzles as only a cat can, navigating an inhospitable world with the feline’s natural acrobatics and wit.

“It was important for us to show a glimpse of all the playful interactions that [the cat] can have with his environment,” producer Swann Martin-Raget explained via PlayStation Blog. “Some of them are useful and will help solve puzzles as you progress, and some are just here because cats will be cats—and as most cat owners know painfully well, no sofa can be left unscratched.”

Stray’s fuzzy hero eventually comes into possession of a small drone (I wouldn’t mind having my own drone!) that allows him to communicate with the city’s robotic inhabitants and interact with the environment. All in all, this might be fun for you humans and give you a little idea of the hard life strays have (minus the humanoid robots)

For 4-Her Kristopher Carver, cats are the purrrfect Fair project

I’m sure when most of you humans think about 4-H animals you think of sheep, cattle, horses and pigs. Well there’s more to 4H animals than that, like cats for instance.

Kristopher Carver shows his cat, Kyo in the county fair and he and Kyo have been working hard on kitty poses in prep-purration to wow the judges.

Kristopher’s mom suggested joining 4-H. and doing the cat project. He meets several times a month with the other cat project kids to practice showmanship and to learn how to groom their felines to get them ready for their big moment. There was also training at home with the cat to teach him to comply on demand, teach him the proper poses and show off Kyo’s teeth and gums.

 “We show off all the cat’s features,” said Kristopher. “I work with him at home and at meetings so he is used to it. The hardest part has been getting the cat used to the harness and leash. He doesn’t like it; we’ve been working on that!”

Cleaning the cat’s teeth and gums, clipping its nails and a proper feeding schedule are just a few of the things that go into raising a show cat. Kristopher shared that brushing his cat’s teeth is easier, and cheaper, by simply using his finger and salt water. Cleaning his ears requires the same as human ears, a Q-tip or cotton ball and cleaning his eyes simply requires a damp, soft rag. Keeping them healthy and at a good weight is also very important.

“You have to keep them healthy and at a good weight,” said Kristopher. “I have Kyo on a feeding schedule so he doesn’t get overweight.  Oh well, I guess Oliver and I won’t qualify for any 4-H cat shows!

If you have little humans around your house you should have them check into the 4-H cat program. We have one in our neck of the woods.

The best clothing for cats

The BEST clothing for cats?! How about NO clothing for cats? My human reminds me though there are some felines who like to get dressed up and some felines who have no fur who often need to wear clothing as well. And sometimes, cats have to wear clothes for medical reasons (to keep them from licking wounds, etc.). I suppose a tasteful ensemble would be better than the cone of shame!

If you are dressing your cat to help wounds heal after a medical procedure, make sure the wound is clean and of course, check out the clothes idea with your vet first.  You  will want loose fitting clothes that are lightweight and breathable, like cotton. Choose something very simple like a t-shirt or sweater. Stay away from costume or tight fitting ensembles.

If you just can’t face the holidays without dressing up your cats, make sure your feline is just as enthusiastic about it as you are. If kitty gives you the okay, then go ahead and have a ball. If your cat is a bit on the CHONKY size (like Oliver) you may have to shop in the “not so small” dog section – MOL!

Still, you can find feline finery such as the hairless cat shirt made for Sphynx cats by DENTRUN, a professional recovery suit for cats, and, if you have a fancy feline you can even find party/wedding dresses. I have warned The Human that I have no interest in fashion and I think the incident of attempting to shove me in a sushi costume is still fresh in her mind.

We interrupt this blog……

Hello Furiends,
We have some shameless self promotion to take care of. Today, The Human was notified that we received six Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writer’s Association. These awards are now in the running for Muse Medallions and we will find out what happens at the virtual CWA conference in October.

We are very honored and excited and can’t believe that the one time we allowed The Human to opine on our blog, she won a Certificate of Excellence!

In one last exercise of self-indulgance, we are listing the work that received Certificates of Excellence.

WRITTEN ARTICLE: BEHAVIOR/TRAININGEven Kitties Get The Blues

WRITTEN ARTICLE: FELINE-HUMAN BONDIt’s Important to Say Goodbye – The Human Opines

 WRITTEN ARTICLE: ENTERTAINMENT – Oliver Opines About Legal Stuff

WRITTEN ARTICLE: PRODUCT REVIEWThe Felines Opine About The Pawscoo Cat Tree

SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE: ENTERTAINMENT – (our blog)     Feline Opines

And last but certainly not least, we are so excited to receive a Certificate of Excellence for our book, Are There Head Bonks in Heaven?

We are so excited and honored to receive these awards.