Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/6

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,

I’m back after my holiday hiatus. The humans went away and we had a very nice cat sitter. I must say, at least on behalf of The Tribe of Five that staying at home and having a nice cat sitter come in twice a day is soooo much better than being hauled away to some place to stay in a cage. If you have a great cat sitter, tell us about them. Two paws up for all cat sitters!

Now, let’s get to the items I found on my weekly wanderings through the web.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
AlHead

Alberto

 

Twitter Account Pairs Cat Pics with Metal Lyrics and it’s Purrfect – I Can Haz

Cheeseburger?

Sphynx cat with raised paw

No matter how floofy and sweet we felines look, if you look a little deeper, you’ll find many of us have an affinity with rock and roll and metal. The humans behind the Twitter Account, Black Metal Cats understands this very well.  I admit I’m a little more rock and roll than I am metal. My theme song would be “Born to Be Wild” but every feline can enjoy a little darkness now and then.

 

The Cat Who Swims Like an Otter – I Heart Cats.com

Siamese cat swimming in pool

Adventure cats are the cat’s meow and I am purrrticularily interested in cats who swim. As you may know, the female human and i are planning on being kayak buddies. Unfortunately, it took us a while to find just the right life jacket (don’t I look handsome?) and then the skies were so filled with smoke from the forest fires that surrounded us that the air quality was not good for humans or animals. So, onward and upward and looking forward to next summer. Siamese cat in life jacket

But in the meantime, I want to learn from other fearless felines that like the water. Sasha is just such a feline. Sasha likes to take a swim in her pool and acts like it’s no big deal. if  you don’t believe me, check out this video of her swimming. As much as I admire Shasha’s pool adventures, it’s still good to be safe. We live near big lakes and rivers and those conditions can be dangerous so I always recommend a life jacket (like the fashionable one I’m sporting)

 

 

 

 

Man’s Adopted Cat is His Favorite Climbing Partner – Bored Panda

black cat climbs mountains with her human

Now if you’re just catching your breath over the swimming feline Sasha, this one might just put you over the edge. Meet Millie and her human Craig Armstrong. Craig found a feline that shares his love of exploring, camping and climbing and the two have had some wonderful adventures.  Craig says that “Ever since Millie climbed up onto my shoulder at the  adoption center in Utah, I knew we’d make a good team.”

The female human was very pleased to see the precautions Craig takes with Millie but thankfully, she has not suggested that we add mountain climbing to our summer adventures! You can follow Craig and Millie’s adventures on their Instagram account. 

 

Max the Banned Cat Meets with Macalester President – Star Tribune

Max the orange tabby

Dear Humans, this is a cautionary tale for you, never, EVER underestimate the power of felines and social media. Max, the Orange Tabby first came to fame when he began sneaking into the library at Macalester College. Now what can be so bad about a cat with litter-ary aspirations? Evidently quite a bit according to the librarian , who maxposterbanned him from the building and even went so far as to create a wanted poster for the door.

Max’s plight created a stir on campus. There were cartoons about Max, a student created a library card for Max and there were #FreeMax comments all over campus. When social media picked up the story more people joined the Max bandwagon and an international hue and cry was raised for Max the Library Cat.

Things reached the point where the college President arranged a meeting with Max. You can see the video on the page with the story.  The sit down was not a great success, with the college President complaining that a cat is more famous than he is. The rest of the meeting was interesting. You must watch the video. Suffice to say, Max had the upper paw! Sheesh, what’s a cat have to do to keep a job?

KitTea Cat Cafe Offers Caturday Cartoons and bottomless Cereal Bar -KitTea Cat Cafe

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If you follow me Wednesday wanderings you know I love to report on Cat Cafe’s, especially the ones opening up all over this nation. If you think a cat cafe is just a place to see or interact with cats you’ve got another think coming. Take the Kit Tea Cat Cafe for Front+Sign+How+We+Work+-+2017instance, they do lots of neat things there and, aside from their special events, they even make it easy for visitors to understand what the cat cafe experience is.  Check out their easy to understand graphic for visitors.

You can book any regular visit online and even book the special events like the yoga nights, Happy Meowr, Mewvie Nights, The Caturday Morning Cartoons and more. Follow the Kit Tea Cat Cafe on Instagram.

 

This Caturday Morning event really intrigues me.  Here is how they advertise it:

Have mew heard about our Caturday Morning Cartoons event? Come in your best jammies and curl up like a cat (with a cat) to watch an hour of nostalgic 90’s/80’s cartoons and commercial clips on our big screen – surrounded by 10+ sanctuary kitties. A cereal bar filled with sugary sweet cereals will also be available to make it the ultimate Caturday morning!

Includes:
Bottomless cereal bar (assortment of sugary childhood favorites)
A morning of streaming cartoons in our Cat Lounge

The female human said if we lived close to San Francisco she’d be there! Great job Kit Tea Cat Cafe! See you at the breakfast bowl.

 

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web 11/29

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Alberto here. Please forgive me for missing my Wednesday Walk last week. The humans were off somewhere celebrating this thing they call “Thanksgiving”. We had a great cat sitter so all was well at our house but truth be told, I’m a bit miffed that they didn’t bring us any of this “turkey” they keep talking about. Sometimes humans can be so selfish.

But I digress. Here are my feline findings on the web this week.

Enjoy!
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Catty Shack-A Sanctuary For Feral Felines – RiverBender.com

catty shack feral cat shelter

There are many kind humans who feed and care for feral cats. Sarah Shipton is one of those kind humans and when some of her feral friends were found dead or disappeared she decided that these felines needed a safe place. She took out a loan and built a sanctuary for the feral felines in her area.

She installed a cat proof fence, insulated shack full of kitty toys and a safe place for the felines to sleep and stay out of the cold, a lawn dragon and a porch where humans can enjoy the kitty cavorting and lots more. The Catty Shack is a 501c3″ no-kill animal shelter in Hamel, IL and the bulk of the contributions they receive are used for testing, spaying and neutering and food.

If there was an award for human rescuer of the year, I’d give it to Sarah Shipton. Two paws up for Catty Shack!

Awsome 4th Grader Collecting Blankets for Shelter Cats – CactusHugs.com

Kendalls Pawsitively Purrfet kitty supply deive

While we’re on the subject of humans doing great things for felines, here’s another example. This mini-human named Kendall Keyes (who is only 9 years old) was concerned when she learned that the Palm Springs Animal Shelter needed warm fleece baby blankets for their adoptable kittens and cats. She sprang into action and with the help of her mom and school counselor, Kendalls Pawsitively Purrfect Kitten Supply Drive was born.

So you see humans, you don’t have to big, old or famous to do something fantastic for the felines at your shelter!

How Police Solved a Mail Bomb Case With Cat Hair – Above The Law

yellow tabby cat sleuth

Our female human is a writer and happens to be writing a mystery that centers around animal forensics. I for one, thought she was a bit crazy until I stumbled upon this article. A woman accused of sending letter bombs to Texas Governor Abbott and former President Obama was recently arrested and indictes and some of the key pieces of evidence in the case…cat hairs!

Evidently the Feds found cat hairs stuck under the address label on the letter and voila, the rest is history.  So now I guess I owe our female human an apology, especially since I have it on good authority that there are two characters in the book that are exactly like Oliver and yours truly!

Dog and Cat Besties Hike the Colorado Wilderness Together – Matador Network

dog and cat in sleeping bag

Those of you who follow my Wednesday wanderings know how much I love stores about adventure cats (being an aspiring adventure cat myself). I’ve featured many but this story is about an adventure cat and his canine buddy.

Henry, the dog and Baloo, the cat were both adopted from shelters and now that they have each other, their humans take them camping. These two have some amazing adventures and you can follow them on their Instagram account. Hmm, maybe I should speak to the humans about adopting an adventure buddy for me.

Oscar Is A Cat Of The World But He Doesn’t Like Flying – Newstimes

gray tabby in cat carrier on plane

Even world-famous media cats and adventure cats have their limit. Oscar, as his human desciribes him, is a “cat of the world” but there is one area of modern life that Oscar does not like and that is flying. Note his less then enthusiastic expression in his carrier.

After you read all that the human had to go through before and during the trip and Oscar’s response, you’ll want to think twice about taking your feline on a flight, even if they are the most adventuresome of cats.

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/01

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Hi There Folks,

Alberto here bringing you my Wednesday mewsings from around the web. I hope you enjoy this week’s picks.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Feral Cats From California Get Work, New Lives In Colorado-The Denver Post 

black feral cat from California gets new home in Colorado

The feral cat population in California is exploding (estimates are 3 million). The weather is warm and food is fairly plentiful but feral cats don’t have great lives and don’t live very long either. Many California feral cats are euthanized but these kitties, if spayed/neutered can thrive if they’re given jobs as rodent control. And there are some dedicated folks in Colorado and at the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a feral cat rescue are doing. So far they’ve made three trips from California to Colorado in the “Meowgic School Bus” giving felines a ride to their new work locations in barns, homes and businesses in Salida, Golden and Fort Collins Colorado.  What a wonderful way to give feral kitties a home and a purrrrrpose in life!

Cats at Weddings – Pinterest

bride and groom with black and white cat with blue bow tie
I have previously reported on weddings that included beloved felines or cat-themed weddings. Little did I know you could search “cats at weddings” and find such a treasure trove of photos. So humans, fear not. You can find all kinds of ideas to include your beloved kitty in your future wedding preparations.

The Real Felines of New York – I Can Haz Cheeseburger?

black New York cat

I will never understand why you humans are so interested in “housewives” from so many cities. I guess Jim Tews felt the same way so he started a page that features kitties from around the city.  Not only are the photos great but you can really get a glimpse into the life of the kitties in the Big Apple, for instance, there’s Scout from Astoria who has suffered under the city’s regulations, “I went to culinary school. I tried to open my own pastry shop, but I quickly found out I was up against a bureaucracy that was beyond my comprehension, and pretty intolerant. I had everything in place, but the health inspector shut us down as soon as he realized my staff was all cats.”

 Rescued Feral Kitten Named D.O.G. Helps Train Support Dogs – Little Things

Black and white kitten trains therapy dogs

This story combines two things I love, cat adoption and working cats. Support Dogs Inc, in St. Louis recently added a feline member to the team. He’s a former feral kitten named D.O. G (pronounced “dee-OH-gee”) who has become one of the best training tools they have.  He trains the dogs to sit still, not to get up or react to him (and not to bark). D.O.G. is purrfectly fit for the job because he’s fearless and he stands up to all the dogs no matter their size. Way to go D.O.G and thanks to Support Dogs Inc for giving this feline a home and a job!

 

True Heroes,  Men Who Save Cats From Trees – BBC News

black and white cat stuck in tree

There are some mighty tall trees in Washington state, but Washington felines, take heart because you have Sean Sears and Tom Otto from Canopy Cat Rescue.  I say two paws up for these great humans! (You can see them in action by clicking on the link to the video below).

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/9

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Well Hello There Friends,
Since Wednesday didn’t fall on International Cat Day (which was yesterday) I thought I’d continue the celebration and share with you some of my favorite posts from International Cat Day. Enjoy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Bjorn and her feline dancing partnerThe Ten Greatest Kitty Videos of All Time – Yahoo News 

I thought I’d seen every kitty video out there but I was woefully wrong. Some of these are completely hilarious however I did get a bit hissy when I saw that the Devo video only got honorable mention…really??!!

These Adventure Cats Are Giving Us FOMO – Travel Channel

You know how much I love stories about adventuresome cats ans this compilation is in honor of International Cat Day. I’ve written about a few of these fearless felines and I aspire to be one some day too!  For those of you who follow our blog, yes, the training for kayaking is going well. The female human finally found a life vest that fits me.

yellow and white cat looking out of window of cat cafe train carJapan’s First Cat Cafe Train Combines Eating, Traveling & Feline Bonding – Sora News 24

All I can say is “Meow” it’s about time and two paws up to the folks in Japan! The train car cat cafe will begin in September and will be about a 2 1/2 hour ride in each direction.
A bento boxed lunch is provided for travelers (which include sweets) and a ticket that allows the unlimited travel on the Yoro Railway for that day.  The ticket price is 3,000 Yen (about $27.00 U.S.) and a portion of the cost will be used to fund cat rescue operations.

cats on a dutch houseboatStray Cats Find Home on Amsterdam Houseboat – SF Gate

Here’s another wonderful International Cat Day story. There are many houseboats in Amsterdam on the canals and this one is being put to purrrrfect use! If your humans like to travel and find themselves in Amsterdam, make sure they check this place out.

The cat shelter boat is named De Poezenboot and has been in operation since 1968, when a lady inherited an old Dutch sailing barge.  Now cat lovers from all over the world come to visit, drawing about 100 visitors a day.

gray and white cat at Caturday on Boston CommonHundreds of Cats gather in Boston for first Caturday – Boston Globe

This is a shout out to Bean Town! These enlightened folks recently held their first public Caturday event. What I didn’t know is this event is happening in towns all across the country (I wonder why my town hasn’t held one??)

Boston’s first Caturday celebration was quite a success. What a Caturday event is a a feline friendly meet up. They advertised it on Facebook as “a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends.” It was such a success that the organizer is planning to hold future Caturdays on the Boston Common on the first Caturday (Saturday for you humans) of each month.  Folks showed up with cats on leashes, cats in strollers and cats in their arms. The dog people did a double take but there were no hissy fits.

 

 

A Feline’s Guide to Treadmill Snoopervising Your Human

Hello All,

Alberto here. The female human ordered a huge heavy walking machine (she calls it a treadmill) recently and The Tribe of Five watched with interest as she and the male human put this monstrosity together.  Our snoopervising duties did not end when the thing was assembled, nope, that’s when our work really began. Having done these duties for a month now, Oliver and I thought we’d share this manual with our other feline friends who have humans who use these machines.

Siamese cat sits on rug pulled over for treadmillStep 1 – Clear the Way

The human must move the rug in order to place a thing she calls a mat on the floor. Lacking opposable thumbs, I am limited in what I can help with but I do make sure she has moved the rug over correctly. To indicate my approval, I will sit on the folded carpet.

 

 

 

Black and white cat rolling on m atStep 2 – Placing The Mat

The human then takes a long rubber thing she calls a “mat” out of the closet and sets it down on the bare floor. Oliver’s job is to make sure the mat thingy is placed correctly and that it hasn’t lost any of its softness.  Once Oliver stops rolling on the mat, the human may then remove him for the next step.

Black and white cat inspects treadmillStep 3 -Placing the Machine on the Mat

Once Oliver is removed from the mat, the human rolls the big walking machine over and prepares to lower the bottom half. Once the machine is placed purrfectly, Oliver does a quick walk-around and indicates when he is satisfied that the placement is correct.

 

 

Siamese inspects treadmillStep 4-Assess if the Walking Machine is ready for use

After Oliver has given a “paws up” to placement, the human lowers the moving part of the machine. It is then my job to carefully observe all areas of said machine before we allow the human to get on it.

 

 

white sneaker on a treadmillStep 5 -Turn the Human Loose

After all feline inspection is completed indicate to your human that the machine may now be used. This indication may take many forms; we prefer stretching out across the length of the machine as our signal. you may find something more suitable for your household. The human (once she removes us) may then begin the walking procedure.

 

 

 

 

Step 6 -Safety First

Even though the human is now using the machine, there is still an obligation on behalf of the household felines to stay and make sure the human doesn’t do anything stupid (I Siamese under green chairmean dangerous) so you must remain until the walking is finished. We prefer two observation options, one is under the green chair and the other is as far away from the thing as we can get.cats on furniture watching

 

 

 

 

Siamese cat sitting on treadmikllStep 7 – Cool Down Time

When the human finishes she observes something she refers to as “cool down time”. This is when she sits on a chair and breathes heavily. In order to ensure that she does not overdo, you must station yourself on the moving machine until proper cool down time has been observed.

 

 

 

 

three cats on a red sofaStep 8 -It Isn’t Just About The Human

Snoopervising is hard work!  When all equipment is put away and the rug and the furniture are returned to the proper places, and you’ve carefully snoopervised your human to ensure they did not injure themselves, you should then head upstairs and take a 4 or 5 hour snooze to recover.

 

 

 

 

Oliver and I hope these instructions will prove helpful to all our feline friends and their humans with moving machines. If you have any feline snoopervising tips you’d like to add, please give us a meow.

Purrs & Head Bonks,

close up of Siamese cat and black and white cat faces

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 5/31

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Folks,
Alberto here. You may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with my Wednesday postings. I had quite a bit of work to do as the official #FelineOpines #BlopPaws cat on the ground reporter. I will be posting a wrap up soon, I must say, I’m very glad the human decided to attend, it was wonderful!

But enough about me, here are my feline faves of my weekly wanderings on the information highway.

Your Friend,

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Cat-Filled Tokyo Office Creates the Purrfect Working Environment – RocketNews.24.com

black and white cat perched on top of a computer monitorThe male human in our house is a tech professional and we often hear abut innovative stuff techies do.  This is the first time I’ve heard of tech office news that is feline related. Ferray Corporation in Tokyo has 9 resident working felines at their office. Now lest my canine friends cry “foul”, no worries, Ferray Corp hosts bring your pet to work days and other species are invited.  And even better, the company pays out a monthly  bonus of 5,000 Yen ($42.00) to anyone who adopts a cat in need of a home.

Ferray is not the only company promoting pet ownership.  A pet supply company in Tokyo encourages employees to bring their pets to work. Other companies offer benefits such as treating the death of employee’s pets as the death of a family member and provides them with time off, condolence pay and covers the cost of the funeral service.

 

It Takes A Village (Or A Neighborhood) To Help A Woman Keep Her Cat – Little Things

Black and white cat Romeo roams in the neighbors housesLisa Marie McKenzie received Romeo the cat as a Mother’s Day gift and she was thrilled, until she learned that pets weren’t allowed in her apartment. Rather than allowing her to give up the cat she loved, her neighbors stepped in with an unusual solution.

They created an open door policy for Romeo, allowing him to come and go as he pleased so Lisa Marie could keep the feline she loved so much.

The neighbors filmed Romeo in some of the crazy places he likes to hang out and some even keep lists of the places he hides so Lisa Marie can locate him.

What wonderful humans these folks are. I wonder if our neighbors would be willing to have an open door policy for The Tribe of Five?

Cat Wanders Into A Gym And Gets Himself a Customer Service Job – LoveMeow.com

gray tabby works at gymThose of you who follow my weekly Wednesday web wanderings know I’m a sucker for stores about cats with jobs and when the felines in question take matters into their own paws and get the jobs themselves, well, I must tell their stories.

Meet LB, the feline who wandered into a gym and found a job and a forever home. Gym members say he enhances the atmosphere, helps them stay on track with their workouts and make the gym a place they want to come to.

LB varies his work routine, sometimes requiring pets and cuddles from members and sometimes, sitting to the side snoopervising their workouts.

 

 

The Museum of The American House Cat – Citizen Times 

the house cat mjuseum in south carolinaWhile some people may be saying, “Are you kidding?” I say, IT’S ABOUT TIME!!  The museum was created by Harold Sims, a retired college professor and cat shelter owner. Now I was surprised to learn that this is not the only cat museum in the world, there is one in Ohio that displays only Japanese toy cats, so this one is, strictly speaking the only one that honors house cats.

 

And this is not some fly-by-night attraction. The museum is created so that folks can learn the history of house cats, it’s a real educational experience.  Sims, also known as the “Cat Man” filled the museum with hundreds of relics, knick-knacks and pieces of art related to felines,  There are photographs of famous figures with their house cats, antique cat toys and even a mummified cat discovered in a 16th century house in the chimney.  (Not sure I want to see this one)

The museum is open 6 days weekly and costs $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. You can take a virtual tour through the museum.