Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/11

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,
How is everything in your neck of the woods? Nothing much new to report but we did have a sprinkling of snow here in the valley. The ski area is getting enough to open all the trails and that’s a good thing. The Female Human purrfers a “light sprinkling” but I keep telling her snow shoveling is a good workout (and it’s quite amewsing to sit on the window sill and watch her). We kinda’ liked the white stuff we saw out of the window this morning, puts us in a festive mood.

The Female Human purchased a new kitchen rug without our consent. What hubris! I immediately went into the kitchen to see if I would be willing to give it a paws up. I must say I like it much better than the old one.

Ah the softness!
Room to stretch out is always good!

Even though I am the official snooperviser in the house, Oliver had to get into the act too. He is the living, breathing example of a copycat.

I do have one question for you. I have had this “cardboard sofa” since I was a kitten. It’s my favorite thing to hang out in when I’m chillin’ and keeping an eye on the goings on in the house. The Female Human thinks I should have a bigger one and frankly, it is getting a bit difficult to squeeze my large (but lean and athletic) frame into this one. If any of you know of a larger version of this cardboard sofa, please meow at us and let us know.

It is getting a bit tight in my little cardboard sofa.

That’s enough about The Tribe of Five. Let’s get on with the latest feline news. Be sure and read to the end as I’ve added a new feature, “Alberto’s Weekly Feline Web Star” and who knows, some of you might end up in my Wednesday blog feature one of these days.

The age old battle, cats vs Christmas trees

My readers are well aware of the fact that this feline despises cat stereotypes but I must say, this is one stereotype that is not only true but hilarious. In our defense, if you humans insist on setting up something in the house that looks like a festive feline fun house you shouldn’t be surprised if it is the object of our shenanigans.

Two-day fair hosts thousands of cats in Moscow

Mewoza this was quite an event. Two days and 2,000 cats from 12 countries! I was purrticularily interested when I read in another article that one of the events was cat dancing. This caused me to set my purrsonal assistant on a quest to find out about this. Sadly, she failed to find any info about the cat dancing at the event but she reminded me I did do a report about the Moscow Cat Theater in a previous Wednesday feature. Evidently those Russian cats are quite accomplished. She found information about Russian dancing cats and about the Savitsky Cats, The Savitsky Cats are a family from the Ukraine that consists of mother Svitlana, daughter Marina, son Misha, and their 10 felines. Here’s a little clip when the Savitsky Cats were on America’s Got Talent (which is confusing to me if they are Russian cats-oh well).

Cats with jobs: Collierville Feline hires herself as a greeter

Cinnamon greets staff and visitors at the Collierville shelter

Cinnamon, a “semi-feral” cat resides in the outdoor area behind the shelter. In addition to her job description of “mouse removal” she decided that she needed to expand her business repertoire and has a new job as shelter greeter. It appears Cinnamon wasn’t getting enough human interaction and greeting filled that need.

Now lest you worry about the TNR feral cats who reside at the shelter, have no fear. They are well taken care of. They have small, warm houses to live in and special fan cooled areas for the summer.

The shelter will always try to help these kitties adapt to indoor life but for some, the “wild and free” lifestyle is more to their liking. The shelter staff says that Cinnamon has been there long enough to be accustomed to their routines. She’ll greet anyone who will let her, but never tries to get inside the building. I think Cinnamon has a pretty nice gig, a nice outside area to roam in and a job with room and board and benefits. Paws up to the good folks at the Collierville shelter for thinking outside the box!

New homes in Japan are designed with felines in mind

Oh my whiskers, I’m telling The Female Human we must move to Japan posthaste. She’s not so keen on the idea so we’re trying to see if there are any innovative architechts furmiliar with these plans here in the good old US of A.

Felissimo is  famous cat related brand in Japan that produces fantastical feline products has just won a gold medal with this concept. They collaborated with Wada Kosan, a company that develops rental condominiums in Kobe, Japan.  The new cat homes took two years to develop with the input from professional architechts and cat owning Felissimo Cat club members.

These designs are purrfection and even the outside is a hat tip to felines as the building exteriors are designed to look like calico cat fur.  Tenants in these luxury rentals will receive a 5,000 yen ($46.05) coupon every month for Felissimo products. Someone send me to Japan!

Stowaway cat was found at a British port after surviving a 12-day journey on a cargo ship from Israel.

Izzy, the stowaway cat from Israel is looking for a home in her new country.

The tortoiseshell cat, thought to be about a year old, was discovered in a container which arrived at Southampton in April. Following a four-month quarantine stay, she has been named Izzy and is being cared for at the Cats Protection Newbury Adoption Centre, in Thatcham, Berkshire, which is hoping to find her a new home.

The shelter says, “Izzy is quite a shy cat, and we think she must have been a street cat in Israel – used to being around people, but not being handled.”  They said they’ll never know her full story, but it’s most likely she snuck into the container looking for food or somewhere cosy to sleep, and ended up getting locked in.

It’s quite remarkable that she survived for so long without food or water in what must have been very uncomfortable conditions. Izzy is described as “An independent girl, and she’d suit a home where she can have plenty of outdoor space. It may be that she’ll prefer to spend most of her time outdoors at first, but once she gets settled, she may well begin to come inside the home.”

As Izzy has been through a lot, the shelter would love to see her go to a home with a patient human who can give her the stable home she needs after such a turbulent few months.

Paws crossed that Izzy finds the purrfect home!

Alberto’s Weekly Feline web star

Hey furiends, I’m excited about this new feature I’m adding. I will be showcasing felines that I know (some of my feline blogging furiends) and felines furiends I meet in the many cat groups I belong to. This week I’m introducing you to my furiend Bear Cat. He and his pawtner in crime, Ellie Mae are fellow feline bloggers and they’re always good for some shenanigans. I think this photo of Bear Cat says it all. Go visit them at Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/20

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
How are things in your neck of the woods? To be honest, it’s been a bit boring here. The Female Human is always meowing about keeping things tidy but when dinner time comes things don’t look so tidy. Tucker is afraid he’ll miss an eating opportunity, Lily doesn’t want to fight for her food with Oliver (who normally sits on the rug howling like a banshee) and I need to be up there to snoopervise.

I mentioned that Oliver likes to sit on the floor and wait for his meals, which is why this sight that welcomed our Human the other morning had her quite purr-plexed. It took her a while to figure out what Ollie was doing up there. I’m going to post the photos and see if you can figure out why he’s there and the first one to respond with the right answer in the comments will win one each of our Felines Opine books. (Hint, you might get a clue from the dinner photo). Happy guessing!

The first to guess correctly why Oliver is in this position in this unusual place wins both of 9ur books!
This was what The Female Human saw in the morning. Needles to say she wasn’t thrilled with the sight.
Instead of responding to “Oliver, what are you doing up there?!” Oliver just cuddled up closer to the side of the counter. What in the world is Oliver doing??

While you folks are trying to work out what in the world my crazy brother is up to, I’ll share my newsworthy finds in this week’s web wanderings.

Man plays piano for his rescue cats

You can watch the video here.

This musician has 19 rescue cats, and they all love their piano-playing human more than anything. But there’s also a wonderful story behind the music. .

About 10 years ago, Sarper Duman, a 28-year-old pianist and music teacher ,suffering from deep depression attempted suicide. After spending an extended time in recovery he was in a park one day and a cat crawled up to him.  He wanted to help this cat because he had needed so much help himself. That first rescue cat turned into 19 cats.

Duman began posting videos of his music loving felines and his Instagram followers went from 300 to 55,000 overnight. Today over a  million people enjoy his videos. But, as you can imagine, 19 cats require a lot of food, litter and vet visits. Duman decided to set up a Patreon page for his followers to help earn some support from his videos.  Duman expands his love of animals to strays around his home and his office and sometimes, people who know of his work, abandon sick and wounded cats at his house or work.

 “Thanks to you and your endless support,” he says, “I have been able to help these poor animals to get the necessary medical treatment.”

If you want to watch Sarper’s videos, check out his Instagram page – and if you want to help him look after his cats, you can become a patron here.

Bonnie & Clyde rule the roost at Atlanta store

Okay humans this one is going o be a bit confusing. Bonnie and Clyde are cats, not humans. The Atlanta they’re talking about is not in Georgia, ,it’s in Texas-who knew?

Now that I’ve gotten all that straightened out I can tell you about these cats with jobs (and you know how much I love stories about cats with jobs)’

Customers at Atlanta Athletics are always greeted by the two felines employed there. Their job consists of stretching out on the floor awaiting belly rubs and customer service.

Clyde, the white cat, runs to greet customers as soon as he hears the front door opening. Bonnie, the black cat is slightly pickier as she likes some customers, others, not so much. Both cats agree that they love the Fed Ex, box delivering guy. I was unable to find out what salary these felines earn but based on their appearance, whatever it is it’s plenty to keep them healthy and happy. Working cats rock!

A cat’s journey from Portland to Santa Fe

Our Female Human runs a social media lost pet group for our area. She works hard to keep people who are looking for their lost felines optimistic and says that when humans see a cat they think stray before they ever think lost. This is why she ( and I ) love stories like this.

After five years of being gone from home, a beautiful black cat named Sasha, appeared in Santa Fe. This is exciting enough but when you realize that Sasha’s former home is in Portland, Oregon!  After roaming the city streets of Santa Fe Sasha was picked up and taken to the animal shelter.

Shasha’s microchip revealed that his owner was Viktor Usov, who reported the cat missing years ago. (Note to you humans, microchipping is important!)

The shelter’s public relations officer, Murad Kirdar was astonished the cat made an almost 1400 mile journey. “Cats are notorious for jumping U-Hauls, trains and cars. Somehow it hitched a ride and ended up here,” Kirdar says. “How he managed to survive to get here is the million dollar question. I can tell you  he hasn’t missed a meal.”

Thanks to the generosity of American Airlines, Kirdar and Sasha flew to return Sasha to his home and human in Portland.  Kirdar says he has bonded with Sasha, and plans to keep in touch.

Minneapolis Airport therapy cat Stitches is the new favorite feline of the internet

Here’s another pawsome feline occupation. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is one of only two in the nation to employ a therapy cat. The other airport is Denver and I reported on that feline in one of my Walk Through The Web Wednesday features.

Stitches, has proven to be a calming influence in the hectic atmosphere of this large airport. It isn’t only the travelers who enjoy the 11-year old Stitches, it’s the airport employees as well.

Stitches knows quite a bit about stress as she was rescued after hurricane Hugo. “She’s wonderful. I’ve never seen such a calm collected cat,” pilot Andrew Dean said.

MSP Airport has had a therapy program for four years, with 96 dogs. Stitches is the very first cat.

“We knew going into it that people would really love Stitches, what we didn’t know is we would get media attention from around the world and that she would become this sensation,” MSP Foundation director of travelers’ assistance Laura Sartain said.

Way to go Stitches! Let’s get more felines in airports.

Man converts coolers to winter housing for feral cats

A wonderful man in Ogden, Utah turns old coolers into warm, insulated spaces for feral cats to take refuge in the winter.  This DIY project only takes about five minutes and you can see how easy it is by watching the video.

He uses  a 6 inch drill bit to drill through the cooler, then add some pipe insulation to pad it.  You put straw on the inside and the project is finished.

These cat coolers are brilliant and in climates like the Inland Northwest where we live, they are a blessing for feral kitties.

We give our paws up award to this kind-hearted human, Philip Rogich. If you want to see how easy these cat coolers are to make, watch the video.

Paws Up award by FelineOpines.net for humans who do amazing things for cats

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/13

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
It’s been an eventful week in our neck of the woods. It appears that my reporting on Quilty, the escapist cat (and purrhaps the reporting from various major news organizations) has created quite a stir. I recently learned that instead of being rewarded for his clever behavior, Quilty has been thrown in solitary confinement at the shelter where he lives.

Cats are protesting in the streets and the situation is getting tense.

Cats all over the country are uniting in their quest to see Quilty freed.

I contacted some esteemed feline friends to ask them their opinion about this miscarriage of justice (note, any resemblance to members of Feline Opines staff is purely coincidental).

Yo Dude, this solitary confinement stuff is bogus. Someone needs to get that guy out of the shelter!
I say there old chap, back in WWII that feline would have received a medal for his fabulous escape talents. Cheerio my little feline Houdini. .
So uh, like you know, I don’t really get into all that negativity stuff but I would say poor Quilty got a bad rap. ya’ know?
So I was hangin’ with some of my homies and they said, “Duuuuude, did you hear about that cat that got solitary for letting other cats into the lobby of the shelter?” And I was like, Woah, that’s messed up!”
What cat? What shelter? Were there treats involved? Why won’t anyone tell me what’s going on? Hello! Hello! Where is everybody?

Okay, perhaps some of these public figures made a little more sense than others. The point is, all my furiends and followers in Texas, PLEASE help get this little guy out of the shelter and into a furever home (one with locks on the doors preferably!)

Enough about Quilty, lets move on to this weeks feline finds in my web wanderings.

Hero cat saves baby

Gatubela, a hero cat and purrhaps a European relative of Lily,

All hail the hero cat Gatubela who saved a toddler from falling down the stairs. It was all caught on a security camera as the feline distracts a baby and keeps him from falling down a fight of a dozen steps. Gatubela sat on the sofa watching the baby until the little boy headed toward the stairs. The kitty ran to the rescue and latched onto the toddler. We say, “Way to go Gatubela!” and give this feline a paws up award. Oh, and by the way, we’re wondering if Gatubela is related to our very own Lily.

https://nypost.com/2019/11/07/hero-cat-leaps-into-action-to-save-baby-from-falling-down-stairs/

Japanese loungewear truly is the cat’s pajamas

Felissimo, Japan’s leading cat-themed lifestyle brand has created the purrrfect loungewear for humans to show their feline side. The outfit in the picture is the Siamese version but they also have a black cat  version (although why anyone would prefer the black cat over the Siamese is a mystery to me, especially as the cost is  4,500 yen (US$42). That makes it’ 200 yen more expensive than the Siamese version. I’ve been told that’s because the black cat outfit is mid-calf and the Siamese outfit is knee length If you’re worried that your feet might get chilly in this ensemble, have no fear, there are kitty themed socks to match.

Potato, this cat’s unique eyes have made him an internet celebrity

You humans do a lot of meowing about how being different is a good thing but some of you don’t really believe that when it comes to felines. Potato the cat, with his big green and black eyes bears quite a resemblance to Puss in Boots from the movie Shrek.  As soon as his human adopted him she began posting his photos on Instagram and the rest, as they say, is history.

Potato today, at five years old, is a bona fide internet celebrity. We love Potato’s looks, what do you say?

Join Purina’s Feastivity celebration this Christmas

2019 Ornament. This year’s ornament celebrates all the extra little ways we give—and give back. brighten your tree and gift one to a someone you care about. We hope it helps you fill the holidays with love.

Feastivities is how the good folks at Fancy Feast celebrate the holidays. Each year they offer a unique, crafted ornament to brighten your tree. They partner with Adopt-A-Pet.com so all the proceeds go to helping pets find their forever homes. Over the years, the Feastivity program has raised over $230,000.00 Meowza, that’s a merry furever home for lots of felines!

Forget those humans pretending to be cats, THIS is the movie you want to see!

 “The Cat Rescuers,” movie, introduces a handful of remarkable Brooklynites who have dedicated time, money, and an enormous amount of emotional fortitude to trapping, neutering, and returning — or adopting out — feral city cats. They devote their days and nights to rescuing abandoned or homeless kittens and cats.

The movie tells the story of each rescuer, you see how they trap and care for stray cats. They bring cats and kittens into their homes if they need to recouperate from medical issues.  

This rescue group (and the movie) were born out of the passion a man and his wife had for cat rescue. There are an an estimated 500,000 street cats in New York City and that fact laubnched the idea of this movie to educate people about TNR. ,

Watch “The Cat Rescuers” trailer and be sure to learn more about Second Chance Animal Rescue ..  The Tribe of Five would love to see this movie shown all over the  country.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/30

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Oh my whiskers, it’s Wednesday again! It’s also a day away from that holiday that you humans love so much, I like to call it “Howl-oween”. This holiday has been a bit of a problem for me as The Female Human felt it would be funny to dress me up. There was the dinosaur costume debacle and then the sushi costume…don’t even make me go there.

Human, i suggest you close our bedroom door tonight when you go to bed! -Alberto

Oliver and I decided that we would take this Howl-oween thing into our own paws and last year we debuted our fur-raising movie, “You Never Walk Alone”. Since we didn’t get around to making a new film, we’ll share this one with you again. Get out the popcorn and please, this is just too scary for kittens! Enjoy the film and I hope you enjoy this week’s web wanderings.

S

Denver’s newest hotel restaurant is the cat lady-themed pizzeria we didn’t know we needed

Gattara, the new restaurant at the Warwick hotel in Denver, is named for the Italian word for “cat lady.” Here, a mural in the restaurant by Miguel Cruz. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

Gattara translates roughly from Italian to “cat lady,” as in the crazy variety. And Gattara’s menu, under longtime Colorado chef Thomas Newsted, focuses on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other Italian fare. Just be sure when you go, you get a “kitty bag” because we felines love to lick the top of pizzas.

The 16 most ridiculous cat Halloween costumes

Okay, I’ve already given you my opinion on this Howl-oween stuff for felines.The fact that any self respecting cat would allow themselves to be stuffed into one of these ridiculous outfits boggles my mind. Humans, STOP THE MADNESS!

Miss Manners: They’re staying in the cats’ room but they’re rude to the cats

As we covered many topics about felines and etiquette and we did have a chapter on guests, in our book “Felines Opine on Etiquette, What Humans Need to Know About Guests, Cat Sitting and Furniture, we thought this letter to Miss Manners was very timely. We hope you find it helpful as it is the desire of The Tribe of Five to help you humans avoid awkward situations.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We have a small house, and family and friends are always welcome. We also have six cats, and their care and comfort are important.

We have to keep our cats separate so they don’t fight (everyone is spayed/neutered; they just don’t get along), so two cats live in what used to be our guest room.

We explain this to our overnight guests, several of whom are allergic to cats and/or don’t like cats, and they still insist everything will be fine. They then refuse to let the cats in the room during the day, while the distressed cats howl and claw the door. Frankly, I don’t care if the cats take their jewelry, but I do care if the cats choke on it.

There are also simple things that must be done when living with cats, like making sure indoor cats don’t run out the door, keeping toilet lids down, and keeping breakable things out of their reach. It seems our guests simply don’t care, and don’t comply.

I don’t see why this is all so hard to understand. The cats need care and consideration; they are not disposable furry houseplants.

To be fair, we stay with these pet-less folks when visiting them, so we can’t ask them not to stay with us. I’ve even tried putting Post-it notes around the house, reminding guests to keep doors and toilet lids closed, etc., which was considered rude. How do we handle this situation politely so there are no hurt feelings?

GENTLE READER: Well, it is too late for the cats, who have already been rudely locked out of their rooms and probably have something to say about it.

Miss Manners does have a certain sympathy for guests who do not wish to be woken up by persistent fur balls looking for fun — or having their belongings gone through in their absence.

However, you must be more forceful in setting the rules when you issue invitations.

“You are so kind to say that you don’t mind cohabitating with the cats, but I am worried that keeping them safe is proving bothersome to you. I understand if you need to find another place to stay and of course, I am happy to do likewise when we visit you.”

Rescue cat returns the favor, alerts sleeping owner to apartment fire

Five years ago in Ithaca. NY Danielle Schafer rescued a kitten off the side of the road. Last week the cat, named Kitty returned the favor. Kitty used all her 12-pound weight to jump on her human’s chest to wake her up, alerting her to the flames in the apartment.  Schafer rushed to the kitchen and saw the fire. She ran back to her bedroom to get Kitty and take the feline and herself to safety.

The smoke was so thick and Kitty was nowhere to be seen. Finally, Schafer was forced to get to safety. Once outside, she helped the family who lived in the apartment above her escape the worsening flames. The parents dropped their two small children, clad only in diapers, into the outstretched arms of Schafer and a neighbor.

By the time the flames were extinguished, 12 people had escaped to safety. Schafer’s only thought was to get back into the building and save the cat who had saved her. She screamed and cried as she searched and one of the firefighters assured her that they had gone through her apartment and there was no cat in her bedroom.

She crawled through bushes, looked under cars calling, “Kitty, Kitty!”

In the midst of her frenzied search, she heard a firefighter yelling for her. She asked, “Is my cat dead?” “No,” the firefighter said. “Look.” In his arms, was a small gray cat. “It was like a movie,” Schafer said of the moment she was reunited with Kitty.


And where was Kitty all that time? The story was amazing. Kitty had hunkered down and made a cocoon in the pillows of the bed to protect herself against the raging fire’s thick black smoke. The small cat, stayed there for over seven hours until the persistent firefighter found her.

Kitty was treated for smoke inhalation and corneal abrasions at Cornell’s Companion Animal Hospital, where she stayed for several days.

Kitty and her human are doing well. Ah, I love a happy ending.

Poppy, Bella top list as most popular cat names.

“Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part. What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.”
William Shakespeare

A pet insurance firm marked National Cat Day by releasing its annual list of the most popular cat names of the year.

John Lewis Pet Insurance, which offers insurance policies for cats, dogs and other pets, said the most popular cat name among surveyed customers in 2019 was Poppy. Rounding out the top 10 were Bella, Molly, Tilly, Daisy, Lola, Millie, Rosie, Luna and Lily. The first traditionally masculine name on the list, Charlie, came in at No. 11. The name Smudge made its first appearance on the annual list this year, coming in at 21st in popularity.

Our Lily is quite pleased to have made this list. The Tribe of Five have never met a feline named Poppy. We’d love to hear from the Poppies out there.

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 10/23

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
I hope your week is going well. Things are good in our neck of the woods. Now that it’s fall and the temperatures are cooler (and The Female Human is stingy with the heat when she’s not home) The Tribe is getting back into “cuddle” mode. This is fine unless Oliver, the space hog shows up. No matter where I am he has to intrude and hog most of the space.

“Seriously Oliver? I was here first. Can you move forward a bit?!” -Alberto

When he’s done bugging me, Oliver will wander over to bug Tucker. Tucker does not put up with any guff so Oliver’s “snuggle time” is considerably shorter with Tucker.

“Don’t press your luck Oliver.”
-Tucker

Lily is Tucker’s official cuddle buddy and she’s the only one he’ll let get this closes to him.

“I love you Tucker.” -Lily

And after he’s done bugging everyone Oliver heads over for some love from our human, Oliver is a dork.

Human: “Who’s a good kitty?” Oliver: “I am. I am!”

It’s always a little wacky at our house,. I think this sign says it all about our Human.

I hope things are all good in your neck of the woods (even if they’re wacky or you have a space hog like Olliver) and that you enjoy this week’s web wanderings.

Hero cats save italian couple

Perhaps calling the cats heroes is a bit of a stretch but their grateful humans believe they are. Claudio Piana and his wife Sabrina Pellegrini were sleeping in their home in Campo Ligure as torrential rains pummeled the area.  Claudio said, “My wife got up because Simba and Mose, our cats, were making a noise and woke us up.  She realized they were playing with a piece of plaster which had just fallen off the ceiling. Then we saw cracks opening in the walls.”

There had already been tragedies from this torrential downpour, a taxi driver was killed and dozens of people were evacuated from their homes. Rivers have overflowed, bridges have been washed away and this all created landslides.  The couple were unaware that their home was damaged until the cats woke them up and tipped them off. They managed to get to their car but were trapped in a river of flowing mud. Their house collapsed and they lost everything in the landslide – except their felines who are safe with their humans.  Note to humans, if we wake you up in the middle of the night you may want to see what we’re up to, it could save your life!

dear humans, please check your luggage!

Nick and Voirrey Coole were perplexed when they were pulled aside by airport security  and asked if they knew what was seen when one of their carry-on bags was scanned. The couple was on their way to New York for a birthday celebration and were stumped by the question They had no idea what the security person was talking about.

The scanner found a cat, the couple’s black cat Candy, who had burrowed her way into the bag which was fairly empty so that the couple could put their New York purchases in it.

Everyone had a good laugh and Candy’s human grandpa came and picked her up so her humans could continue their trip.  Again I say, humans PLEASE check your suitcases before you head to the airport!

MAN AFRAID OF HEIGHTS AND NOT FOND OF CATS IS A FELINE HERO

Last weekend was the fourth day of gusty winds, rain and sleet in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. It was a terrible time for a tabby named Milo to be stuck 80 feet up in a pine tree. Milo’s humans could not coax, scare or demand that he come down and they were at their wits end. Milo’s cries could be heard through the closed doors and instead of coming down, he climbed higher and higher in the tree as he hung on for dear life in the wind tossed branches.

Milo’s humans called the fire department, animal control and every tree service in the area with no luck. They finally resorted to Facebook to ask for help and the post describing Milo’s 4-day plight tugged at the soft heart of Matthew Leddy and he decided he would do something he never thought he’d ever do. Matthew Leddy doesn’t like heights and he’s not that fond of cats.

He consulted with a friend who had done cat rescues . His friend told him to bring a backpack that he could zip the cat in for protection for himself and the cat.  He contacted Milo’s family and the rescue was arranged.

It took a few tries to get Milo in the bag but he finally managed to get him zipped in (all except his tail). After a tense descent, Milo was reunited with his happy family and Matthew was thrilled to see how happy they (and the cat) were.

Milo is back at home, dry, safe, happy and we hope thankful! You can watch a video of MIlo’s rescue here.

THE ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL CAT BEAUTY CONTEST

There is an International Cat Beauty Contest and I didn’t know about it? I have my whiskers in quite a twist about this. There are 200 cats taking part in the pageant being held Oct. 21-Nov. 3 and none of them are me. Despite the Female Human’s reluctance to go to the time and expense to fly me to the Istanbul Fair Center in Turkey, I found out that since I don’t have a pedigree or breed, I don’t qualify, so I won’t be attending.. Hmph!

I do grudgingly acknowledge the beauty and majesty of the Van breeds that will be competing. Van cats are fairly large, they have white coats and often have a ruddy color on their heads or hind quarters. Their eyes are either blue or amber or, they have one of each – Meowza!

Van cats are believed to be one of the oldest cat breed in the world and are often referred to as Turkish Vans.

Beautiful though they may be, I still think  I could give those fancy felines a run for their money. All I have to do is enter in the “Cattus Fabulosa” category (that’s Latin for fabulous feline!”)

CAT MAKE UP ARTIST IS AN ACTUAL JOB

Before and after Church. Photo: Paramount

Church (or to be more accurate, the cats who play Church) the handsome Maine Coon in the 2019 movie Pet Sematary has his own makeup artist. I was surprised as I thought humans made the changes they needed with technology but that’s not so.  

Groomer Tanya Graham and trainers Melissa Millett and Kirk Jarrett talked to The Cut about the cat makeover process. Here are some interesting tidbits. There are multiple cats in the movie. It took them almost two months of training to get them comfortable with the makeup process. The makeup used was digestible and safe for felines. The ingredients are approved by American Humane but the content of those ingredients is a trade secret.

The cat makeup artist did disclose some information however. For instance, egg whites and Cherry Knoll chalk block was used to make the fur look matted and then leaves, dry grass and light dirt was stuck on the top of that mixture. Fake blood was syrup with organic food coloring. The trainer and makeup artist said at no time did the cats look stressed and they enjoyed snacks and playing with toys while their makeup was done.

Makeup took about 10 minutes per cat. The cats were very pam-purred. They had their own trailers and bathing areas.

There were two “lead” cats out of the five feline cast members, Leo and Tonic. Tonic was 10 months old when he started training for his role. Leo is the older guy, much calmer and quiet and loves to interact with humans. He does a high five, catches treats like a dog and is very confident. He enjoys meet and greets and is usually the one who does the premiers.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if I should get The Female Human busy on checking out the possibilities of a Hollywood career for me.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/9

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Hello There Furiends,
final-1How are things in your neck of the woods? Our woods are getting a bit windy and frosty these days. Now mind you, we felines understand that we live in a four seasons kind of place but good grief, there needs to be some rules about when these seasons start. We already had snow last week (before The Female Human had time to get rid of the leaves in the yard!). Thankfully the snow didn’t stay but brrrrrr is it chilly and windy out there. Oliver was watching the enthusiastic waving of the flag on our front porch the other day.

Last weekend it got so chilly that The Female Human turned on the fireplace (yes, she’s lazy, we have a gas fireplace so all she has to do is flick a switch and not drag in a bunch of wood.) Oliver loves the fireplace so much that he even made a movie about it. Sometimes I wonder about my brofur.

The Tribe is back to snuggling together again too. I do sometimes wonder if Oliver has any concept of personal space though.
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I checked in with Jasmine and she said she is feeling great now that The Female Human has been giving her Scruffy Paws Kidney Vitalize Chews. And wonder of wonder, Miss Picky really likes them! She’s put on a bit more weight although our furry diva has always been very tiny.

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Alberto, what are you doing in my room? I’d really rather be alone!” -Jasmine

All in all, things are quite fine at our house and, as you can see, I’m just chillin’ and waiting for The Female Human to open a drawer or cabinet so I can get into it and look for rubber bands, plastic, or any other enticing thing to play with.
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A different kind of love 

Love doesn’t always look the way you think it should. Take Mo and Cricket for instance. Mo, a feline, is in love with his next door canine neighbor, Cricket.  Mo loves Cricket so much that he heads over to Cricket’s house every day.

George the cat becomes a star thanks to his solo adventures on buses and trains

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George, a 7-year old rescue Tabby is a special breed of adventure cat because he likes to choose his own adventures and go sans humans. He’s tried to hitch a ride to Scotland, regularly sneaks onto public busses ending up miles from home and even likes to take the occasional train trip. His travels have now been chronicled on Facebook and his page also helps those who have encountered George, far from his home, contact his humans. There are many “George sightings” on his page.

George’s usual trips take him away from home for about three hours and, if he is gone longer his humans know that it’s time to put out the alarm. When George is home he is a great comfort and feline nursemaid to his human, Dennis who suffers from dementia. And George loves to be held and petted by any humans he comes across outside of the house.

One of George’s recent adventures took him in the direction of a  safari park with a bunch of school kids. George didn’t make the full journey however, his human said, “Fortunately the bus stopped and chucked him out before arriving there.”

The epitome of Feline Fashion – a behind the scenes look

Those of you who follow my Wednesday web wanderings know I love to report on this event. The Algonquin Cat’s Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show has been happening for 10 years in early August. It’s a benefit for The Mayors Alliance for NYC’s Animals. This year the theme was “It’s a small world” and cats were dressed up to represent nine different countries. Be sure and watch the behind the scenes video.

Revenge is sweet – and wet!

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You humans say that you can be petty to each other, well evidently that goes for cats too. These two got into a hilariously petty (and one-sided) cat fight.

The story was first posted on Twitter, the feline’s human said, “My cat came inside soaking wet, so I did some investigating and found this. She posted a video. Then she noted in another Tweet, “We did a further investigation, it was plotted revenge.” Both videos document the altercation and are hilarious (unless you’re the cat that got shoved in the pool).

How to hold a cat

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Snark warning – I can’t believe a human actually wrote an article about how to hold a cat. Cats are all different and you need to get to know us so you can understand HOW we want to be held and IF we want to be held. Take Lily for instance. She does NOT want to be held and for the foolish human who refuses to believe this, The Female Human always has a supply of bandages available.

For every rule about holding a cat, there are cats who break those rules so, humans, read this article if you must be remember, not all cats are alike.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/25

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Hello There Furiends,

How has your week been going? The Tribe of Five is celebrating #RememberMeThursday all week and we’re reminiscing about when we were adopted because we want to shine a light on adoption. All five of us were adopted. Tucker and Jasmine from a kind lady that rescued cats and Lily, myself and Oliver came from Panhandle Animal Shelter.  Our shelter has a fantastic program called “Home to Home” which helps pets get adopted from their homes so they don’t have to ever be in a shelter. The Female Human wrote an article about how well this program works and how it helps the animals and the humans. And guess what, this program is being implemented by shelters all over the country so, if your local shelter wants to get involved, have them click on this link to learn more.

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The Female Human is part of a  large group of pet bloggers and writers who purrticipate in the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s #RememberMeThursday program. You can visit the website and find all kinds of cool stuff, even a song to download by Stevie Woodward called, This Candle Burns Bright. It’s 99 cents well spent!

Here is our #RememberMeThursday slide show, enjoy! And now for some feline news.

 

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Even shy cats are bonded to their human caregivers. 

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Lily is the shyest cat in The Tribe and she loves our Human. Don’t pick her up unless you don’t mind being slashed but when The Female Human sits quietly at her desk, Lily is in her lap.

I hate to even have to feature this article but there are still humans out there who think we felines are not as loving as canines. I guess we just have to let science prove how wrong they are!

There’s a lot of science in this article so I’ll give you the feline, Alberto version.  The scientists who did this study replicated a test that was created in the 1970’s that measured parent-infant bonds. That test placed a mother and baby in an unfamiliar room, where they would stay together for a few minutes, and then the mother would leave. Researchers watched to see how the baby reacted, and what his or her response was upon the mother’s return. Scientists have used this test with dogs but never us felines.

They brought in 79 kittens and had them each spend two minutes in a new space with their owner. Then the owner would leave for two minutes, followed by a two minute reunion period.

Many kittens did show signs of distress—like unhappy vocalizations—when their humans left. In fact, 70 of them fit the distinct attachment style.  They found that about 64.3% were “securely attached” to their owner.

What did they learn? The test outcomes followed the pattern seen with children and dogs.  So humans, we are as loving as kids and dogs, we just show our affection differently and in our own way.

10 Noises your cat makes and what they all mean

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Oliver always has a lot to say, here he’s telling me off ,but our feline communications is not so simple as you humans may think. Every one of The Tribe has a different way of meowing and our human has learned what they all mean.  The pet expert in this article says a short, high-pitched meow means that we are saying hello. This may be true but it also means, when Oliver speaks this way, “I can see the bottom of my kibble bowl, please fix this problem post haste.”

A drawn out meow means we are trying to get your attention. This is true. Alberto sits outside The Female Human’s bedroom door and sings the song of his people this way as an attempt to gain access.

As for the other 8 sounds, I leave it to my feline furiends to discuss this with your humans and see if you think they are right.

Why house cats change their sleeping spots so often

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I seem to be all “sciency” this week but this is a question The Female Human often asks. The Tribe is constantly choosing different sleeping spots. As the article notes, sometimes it has to do with the temperature., You don’t see Tucker and Lily cuddling like they are in this photo on hot summer days but as soon as things cool off, cuddling begins.

What I think is very cool is that we domesticated felines are exhibiting habits from our wilder days. Our ancient ancestors changed their sleeping locations as protection from predators. There are some other interesting tidbits in the article about how fascinating we felines are.

Moscow cat theater turns felines into thespians

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The Moscow Cat Theatre has been using feline actors for 30 years. The talented felines in this troupe ride bikes, walk on wires and perform acrobatic and aerial acts.  How do they get these feline thespians to learn their roles? Dmitry Kuklachev, The theatre’s Art Director, said “A cat will never do anything under constraint.  But it is possible to make an arrangement with cats, using their natural abilities and needs. And, if there is love and mutual understanding. In general, love and respect give more than banal training. It is impossible to punish a cat backstage, and then, make her perform tricks onstage. With cats it doesn’t work.” Dmitry is a wise man!

The circus began when a circus clown’s son found a kitten who was “very communicative and cheerful”. During a curtain call, he came out with the kitten on his shoulder. And he saw that the spectators warmly reacted to this. So he started developing the tricks with cats and after 20 years in the circus established his own theatre.

This is no small theater troupe; there are about 200 feline performers, most of them acting in 12 performances. There are about 30 who are “pensioners” now and have retired from performing.

It takes about a year to prepare a new performer, from its first appearance in the theatre to the entrance upon the stage. The cats have to go through two castings, first, talent and then, tests, confirming that they are healthy.

Some of this troupe have gone on to more fame and fortune like Boris, a tomcat who works in cat food commercials.

Hmm, maybe I have what it takes to be an actor cat, I’m certainly handsome enough!

Cat survives 15-mile Las Vegas commute in car’s bumper

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A Las Vegas Review-Journal employee was approached with a strange question. “Do you own the green or blue car parked outside the newsroom? Because there’s definitely a cat stuck inside of your bumper,”

People immediately ran to the car to check on the cat. He was breathing and seemed to be okay but getting him out of the bumper was another story. Animal control came to the rescue and dislodged the cat’s tail, then his rear legs and after wrapping the cat in a towel pulled him out of the bumper to safety.

The poor cat was dehydrated and panting but very much alive. He was cared for at the Animal Foundation by veterinarians and after he received a clean bill of health he was neutered and ear tipped as part of the “Community Cats” program. He was released back to his neighborhood and “Bumper” as they named him, took off in a hurry.

It’s still a mystery as to how Bumper got stuck in the bumper of the car but this is a cautionary tale for all you humans. Check your cars before you drive off because you could have a feline hitchhiker.