Friendly Fill Ins # 89

Hello Folks Alberto Here,
Friday is becoming one of our favorite days with The Tribe of Five and there is always some quibbling about who gets to opine. I’m the lucky winner this week. I hope you enjoy my responses and, as always, I encourage my fellow bloggers to join the blog hop with our friends, 15andmeowing or McGuffy’s Reader.

And of course, you’re always welcome to do the fill ins in the comments on our blog.

‘Hope you enjoy my mewsical mewsings this week.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Here are the fill ins:

1. I have never been able to _____________________.

2. I wish I could still ___________________.

3.  ____ is my ideal winter night.
4.                      and                      .

 

Here are my answers:

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1. I have never been able to understand why the male human insists on changing his guitar strings upstairs and not in his music room. What’s a cat to do when those tantalizing strings bounce back and forth in front of me? This is a form of feline torture.

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2. I wish I could still sneak into the the male human’s music room but he has figured out a way to lock the doors so I can’t get in. And alas, all my sad expressions do not convince him to let me in.

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3.  Strumming a few tunes with my human is my ideal winter night.
4.Oliver and I are quite the mewsicians!

 

 

 

 

Friendly Fill Ins, Week 88

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Jasmine Here,
Welcome friends. I’m excited that I get to do the Friday Fill Ins this week. It’s been snowy and cold at our house. Thank goodness the humans provide wheat grass for us to nibble on and to add a bit of color in this white world.

As always, if you are a blogger, we encourage you to go to McGuffy’s Reader and join the Fill Ins blog hop or, feel free to do the fill ins in the comments of this blog. Have a purrrfect Friday (I love the weekends as the humans don’t have to go to that place they call “work” and they spend lots of time with us.)

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Jasmine (The Tribe of Five Diva)

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1. I would like to ask the big fat squirrel who mooches off of us at the upstairs bird feeder why he has such an attitude if the bird seed is all gone? (Take a look at this photo, what an attitude!)

 

 

 

 

2 My favorite fast food restaurant is any place that serves pizza. All of the Tribe of Five love a nice lick of pizza sauce. 

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3. If I could go to any concert of someone still performing, it would be wherever David Teie is playing his Music for Cats  The female human bought us some of his music and we loved it. You can read about us opining about it on our website . When we go to the place with white coats, they have nice cat music too. Music is good for kitties. 

 

4. My Winter pastime is usually sitting at the window and checking out the creatures who come by looking for food because what happens outside our windows is like cable TV.  

Friendly Friday Fill Ins #86

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Hello Friends,
Lily here. I’m doing the Fill Ins this week. We’d love for you to participate. You can enter your blog info at MCguffy’s Readers and do the fill ins on your blog or, you can add your fill ins in the comment section of this blog post.

Here are this week’s fill ins:

1. On New Year’s Eve, I __________________.

2. One goal I have for 2018 is ________________________.
3. In 2017, I accomplished                    .

4. I                 in 2017.

Here are my answers:

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1. On New Years Eve, I will put on my festive headgear and then beg for treats from the humans. They rarely go out on New Year’s Eve but they always have a very tasty dinner and The Tribe of Five benefits from the female human’s cooking skills.

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2. One Goal I have for 2018 is to continuing doing as little as possible. Doing as little as possible is the official full time career for every feline and I do not expect to retire any time soon.

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3. In 2017 I accomplished absolutely nothing (please refer to # 2). Felines are not purrticularily motivated to do things (except eat and sleep!)

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4.  plan to continue opining (along with my other four tribe mates) on all things feline because I believe the world needs more feline purrrspective. I wil of course, stick close to my cuddle buddy (and Alpha of the Tribe of Five, Tucker) in 2017!

Happy New Year, see you in 2018!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/27

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Furry New Year to All!
Alberto here. It’s hard to believe that 2017 has almost ended. Thanks to all my friends who enjoy my #WalkThroughTheWebWednesday feline mewsings.

Here’s to a fantastic 2018!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto

Not Seal Team 6-Cat Team 7! – The Virginia Pilot, Military News

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As if it’s not enough for our military taking care of our country, now they’re taking care of feral cats too! A special team (Cat Team 7) has a mission to trap feral felines on their base at Naval Station Norfolk, spay and neuter them and then find them furever homes!

Unlike Seal Team 6, this team’s mission is no secret and their success record is amazing. They rescued about 70 felines in 2017. Cat Team 7 has a Facebook page and you can view felines available for adoption too.

We greatly appreciate our military and now we have even more reason to love them.  I give Cat Team 7 a two paw salute!

 

Backpack Cat Carrier for Fashionable Felines – HausPanther

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Now that Christmas has come and gone, purrhaps  you or your human are disappointed that you didn’t get the purrfect gift. Well I have good news. I found this little item when visiting my friend, Kate Benjamin’s HausPanther cat lifestyle site. (Actually, I’ve never met her but my human has at the BlogPaws blogger and writer’s conference). Kate always has the best and most wonderful feline things.

I have seen another feline backpack but IMHO the felines being toted around in that thing look like they’re all begging to get out. This Catysmile backpack carrier  not only satisfies the human’s desire for style but it has two windows and enough room for felines to stretch out. Now the information for this backpack says the model cat is 10 pounds. This is not good news for Tucker (16 pounds) or for me with my long, svelte 13 pound body. Bit if your kitty is not quite as hefty as we are, I think it’s a purrfect cat carrier.

Japanese Cat Tree for Design Conscious Humans, only 1 million yen-DesignBoom

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The Tribe of Five loves our cat condo. But when I saw this one, it made ours look shabby and out of date. Take a look at this beauty, designed for human the esthetic but also with CatTree2a feline’s need in mind. Needless to say, the tree is made of quality materials. It’s called the Neko Tree and I think the Tribe of Five should have one. I had the female human convert 1 milion yen to USD and it’s only $8,826,20 (which sounds waaay better than 1 million yen!)

So if your humans are as serious about your comfort and happiness as they say they are, ask them if they’re willing to spend 1 million yen. And if you get one, send us a photo!

Why Your Cat Simply Can’t Resist Catnip – Katzenworld

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There are some fantastic articles from our friends at Katzenworld and this one, in my opinion, is the definitive answer to all your catnip questions. For instance why do some of us go completely bonkers for it and why other felines take a sniff and walk away, Siamese cat on tea taBLEuninterested.  You’ll find out what catnip is, why we’re attracted to it, what it can be used for (did you know humans can benefit from catnip?) Jasmine once interviewed a very refined kitty named Navi who sips catnip tea from an elegant china cup).

I say two paws up for catnip and, if you want to see the effect of catnip on a 2-year old kitty (me) and a 14-year old kitty (Tucker) take a look at our video. 

 

 

 

Georgia family’s lost cat found in Southern California five months later – ABCNews

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I love happy stories and for these Georgia humans, Christmas was very happy indeed. Kitty Bitty is a small feline but he took a big trip after he disappeared from his family’s home in Georgia on July fourth.  He found himself 2,000 miles away from home in Riverside, California.

Fortunately Kitty Bitty still had his collar and tags on and the The ASPCA in Riverside, California, contacted his humans and before he knew it, he was on a plane making his way home for Christmas! The nice humans at the ASPCA helped pay his ticket home and wrote messages on his carrier. How did he get to California? It seems he hitched a ride on a Pepsi truck making a cross-country trip. My readers will be happy to know that Bitty Kitty is now an indoor cat!

 

 

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 12/20

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Hello Friends,
It’s time to highlight my favorite feline finds on the web. And to all our readers, the Tribe of Five wishes you a Meowry Catmas!
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No Kitten Around; Museum Exhibit Celebrates ‘Divine Felines’ – npr.org

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The Smithsonian Sackler Gallery of Asian Art has the purrfect exhibit for cat lovers called ‘Divine Felines’. The exhibit features cats, large and small from the land that honored felines the most – Egypt. The ancient Egyptians, enlightened as they were, watched the behavior of their felines, hunting, agility, protectiveness, etc. and they decided that these were all signs of divinity.  There’s much to learn at this exhibit – not all of it good though. I found out the Egyptians bred us felines to be offered to other Egyptian gods and goddesses, which begs the question, if we were considered to be gods, why where we sacrificed to other gods? Ah well, it’s all too much for my feline brain but if you are interested in the history of the fabulous feline, check out this exhibit.

This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs

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My regular readers know how much I love stories about working cats and this is a great one. This cat named D-O-G (pronounced dee-Oh-jee) is a VIE (very important employee) at Support Dogs, Inc. in St.  Louis.  The dogs at this organization are trained to help people with disabilities and one important factor in this training is to train the canines to remain calm when faced with distractions. D-O-G’s job is to be a distraction as the humans train the canines to ignore the tail swatting and leash playing (check out the training video on the website).

D-O-G came from humble roots as a barn kitten who met the director of canine services a the organization when his future human stayed at a bed and breakfast. The director fell in love with D-O-G and asked if she could adopt him. The rest, as they say is history.

Photographer Captures the Mystical Beauty of Cat Eyes – My Modern Met

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That article about the Smithsonian cat exhibit put me in an artsy kind of mood. In keeping with that mood, I found this very interesting article about a new visual purrspective on cat’s eyes.  A Norwegian photographer named Tina uses a Canon macro lens to photograph the eyes of her felines in residence, Zelda, Zonic and Zorro.  If you like the photos in this article and want more, check out more photos at Tina’s Instagram account and see another example of how utterly amazing we felines are.

An Unusual Trio – Lost At E Minor

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This is a story of a purrfect trio named Watson, Kiko and Henry.  Watson and Kiko are Golden Retrievers who love to pose for the camera and they also love cuddling with their best buddy Watson, who happens to be a feline. I have to say, the Tribe of Five doesn’t cuddle as much together as these three do! You can see more photos of these three amigos on their Instagram account.

Kitty Gingerbread House for Catmas – abcnews.com

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If you are a cat aficionado then you probably have heard of  the felines Cole and Marmalade. Their humans decided that since a Christmas tree is out of the question (and if you’re a reader who doesn’t understand this I suggest you google “cats and Christmas trees” and watch a few videos) so they created a very cool Christmas Gingerbread house for their felines. They even have instructions so other inspired humans can do this for their felines.

 

Whisky, The Tuxedo Cat Opines

Hello Friends,

Oliver here. Recently, we learned about Tuxedo Cats and, meowza is there a lot to know! I feel a special affinity to these stately felines as I too am a black and white, although officially not considered a Tuxedo Cat.

Whisky the Tuxedo CatIn the process of doing my blog post I met a very nice Tuxedo Cat named Whisky. The Tribe of Five was interested to hear Whisky opine about his human, his life in the UK and the life of a Tuxedo Cat in general, so I set up an interview with him.  I invite you to join our conversation and we always love to hear from fellow felines and if you’re at Tuxedo, definitely give us a “meow out”.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

 

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Hello Whisky, welcome to Feline Opines! My first question for you is, how did  you get your name?

 

design-1Why thank you Oliver. I got my name because my mum had never seen a cat with such long whiskers! Eventually my name (Whiskers) was shortened to Whisky and it stuck!

 

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Your human created a fantastic graphic about adoption in my previous blog post. We love adoption stories (we shared ours with kitten photos) during Remember Me Thursday). Please tell us about  yours.

 

design-1I don’t remember much of the first few months of my life but I do remember when I was a kitten of four months, finding myself in a cold suitcase outside a cat rescue home. Thankfully, they let me in! A month later my mum and dad came to see me in there. We got on great and through my fabulous powers of purrrsuasion, I convinced them to become my humans.

black and white cat OliverAre you kitten me? Left in a suitcase? ‘Makes me wonder about some humans out there. I must say though, the humans in the UK do seem enlightened about “moggies” and we often opine on cat-topics from across the Pond. Since your humans are such fans of tea, do they serve you catnip tea?

design-1Catnip tea? What’s that? I’ve never heard of it, please tell me where I can send my humans to get some. I do have a small amount of catnip but my human mostly hides it away.

black and white cat OliverWe learned about catnip tea from a very fancy cat called Navi. Jasmine interviewed her at her Tea Party. Navi said that catnip tea is good for humans too.  I had my purrrsonal assistant check for catnip tea in the UK and she found some online. We haven’t tried it so you may want your human to do a bit more checking in your neighborhood.  Our humans are a bit stingy with our catnip as well.

On another note Whisky, tell us what is your favorite thing about your human.

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He gives me treats almost every time I meow at him, and strokes on demand too!

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Meowza! Sounds like you have your human trained well! So tell us, are there any other felines (or other creatures, furry, feathered or otherwise) in your house?

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Just me! They couldn’t handle more than one pet!

 

black and white cat OliverWe felines spend a lot of time keeping watch over our neighborhoods by sitting in the window. What do you see when  you look our your windows and what’s your favorite thing to watch outside?

 

design-1I love watching birds, they get me so excited! Sometimes a big black cat comes and meows at me through the window and we have a chat together too.

 

black and white cat OliverYep, birds and squirrels are our fave as well. Other cats, not so much. Our big Alpha, Tucker does not like any cats on our front porch and, if they are brazen enough to come up to the door, Tucker might just leave a present for our humans when they get home (unwrapped, if you get my drift). That brings another question to mind, are you an indoor or an outdoor kitty?

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I am an indoor cat. In summer, when my humans are gardening, they let me outside for a little while so long as they can see me.

 

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That’s good that your humans watch over you when you’re outside with them. What do they do to keep you safe?

 

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They never let me out without supervision. They say it’s dangerous because there is a busy road not far away. I wish they’d chill out a bit!

 

black and white cat OliverWe feel the same here, the female human especially is nervous (granted, I did a header down the stairs when I was a kitten) and Tucker has fallen off the upstairs balcony twice. This has caused the female human to be over protective and now we’re not allowed outside anywhere unless we’re in our portable catio. Actually, it’s pretty cool but don’t tell our humans I said so.

We did notice that on your wonderful website about Tuxedos, there isn’t any information about you. Are  you considering lobbying your human for a little more exposure as you are clearly the spokespurrson for the Tuxedo Cat website.

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Good idea! My human really underappreciates the work I’ve put into the website, it’s about time I got some more recognition. I’ll have words!

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We noticed that your human is involved in awarding an Animal Welfare & Veterinary Scholarship. That’s pawsome! How did this come about?

 

design-1Ah, that was one of his stupid ideas that never worked.  He’s probably forgotten about it. I think he hoped to use it to get in touch with a few veterinary students who may be interested in coming on as writers, but he had no applications. Oh well!

black and white cat OliverHah, hah. Our human has also had some less than stellar ideas but what are you going to do. If we had opposable thumbs, we could just go to the site and erase all their “faux paws”.  That brings to mind another question, how did your human become so interested in Tuxedo Cats?

 

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Through me, of course! I’m the first cat (of any kind) he’s ever had and, I guess I made a great impression!

 

black and white cat OliverWell, he certainly has become informed about Tuxedo cats and a great advocate for them. Your inspiration has resulted in amazing work.  Have  you ever watched Henri, le Chat Noir’s videos? He’s a famous Tuxedo cat.

 

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I just watched one now, what a magnificent creature, very good looking, so wise and cultured…much like myself!

 

black and white cat OliverWell my friend, this interview has gone quite long and you’re looking a bit tired.  It’s been great fun. Thanks so much for purrticipating  and please thank your human for all his hard work on behalf of Tuxedo Cats! Oh wait, it appears that we’ve gone overtime and into Whisky’s nap time. We’ll just wish him and his humans well and quietly, oh so quietly end this interview.
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Friendly Fill Ins Week 83

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Hello Friends,
Lily here gettin’ in the mood for Catmas, hence the festive head gear. We’re having our human check out some blog hops so today I’m doing our first Friendly Fill Ins.  If you want to join, make sure you add your link at McGuffy’s Reader. You can also answer in the comment section.  The Tribe of Five would love to learn more about you so join the blog hop or answer in the comments.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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This week’s Questions:

1. The best part of last week was _______________________.

2. The worst part of last week was ____________________.
3.                               is a Winter project that I will be working on.

4. A holiday gift that I always buy for someone is                           .
My Answers:
1. The best part of last week was spending more time with our female human. It wasn’t such a great week for her because she missed a step and fell, smashing her knee. She was home for two days which  meant more petting and cuddle time for me (lest you think I’m cold-hearted we gave her lots of love, we felines are very good nurses).
2. The worst part of last week was that our female human hurt her knee (see #1) but she’s doing much better now.
3.Watching the deer pass by and try to get the apples off the trees will be a winter project that I will be working on. This photo is Oliver watching the passing deer.
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4.A holiday gift I always buy for someone is absolutely nothing. I’m a cat and although I am a hard working, blogging, journalistic cat, I receive no salary so the best gift I can give my humans and the rest of the Tribe of Five is the gift of my presence. This is a picture of me gracing my family with my presence.
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