The Felines Opine About Cat Sitters

tukcrownTucker here. So, the humans went away for a few days to something they called a “wedding”. I have no idea what that is but since I measure all the human activities in light of how it affects me, I was concerned about how the absence of our  servants….errr, beloved humans would affect me.  The humans have always looked out for us when they are not home but still, a cat needs to keep on top of what’s going on.

During the human’s 4-day departure, the rest of The Tribe of Five and I had time to reflect on the subject of cat sitters (why humans call them sitters I will never know, most of them come in, feed us and then leave right away. We rarely see them doing any sitting).  We felt we would do our humans and any future cat sitters a great service by compiling some of our thoughts on this cat sitting business.

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

1212010 003As far as I am concerned, wet food must be provided twice a day according to our daily routine. I have to admit that impatient cat sitters who do not wait for the others to eat their wet food are my favorite people.  I can wander over to all the bowls and finish each dinner before the other felines  have an opportunity to eat. When there is no one to say, “Tucker, NO!” I enjoy quite a repast.

Also something very important to note,  evening treats are NOT an “option”. These treats are part of our routine and something we all look forward to (especially me).

Tucker

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

img_0174Since I’m sequestered in another part of the house due to bullying issues (that cat has since been rehomed but I’m still afraid to roam the house), I live a very quiet existence. For the most part I’m self sufficient but I miss my human’s company at night so I greatly appreciate it if you spend little time with me after the evening feeding. I like to talk to my humans and tell them about all the things I saw outside the big windows in my space. The female human always talks back and even though it sounds like so much cat language gibberish, I like it. If you choose to converse with me, I will not judge you on your feline vocabulary, I’ll just enjoy the fact that you are attempting to communicate with me.  When the humans ask you to turn on the automatic red dot machine, please do this. It provides me with good exercise and brightens my day. (I’d turn it on myself but the lack of opposable thumbs makes this impossible). It also engages Alberto and Oliver who sit outside the door and swat at the dot when it sneaks under the door. Finally, I agree with Tucker, evening treats are definitely NOT optional!
Jasmine

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

cat in windowI am the most skittish one in the Tribe so I don’t bond easily with strange humans. If you spend a little time talking to me, I greatly appreciate it and may even rub your legs or give you a head bonk as a thank you. Also, please pit my wet food dish on a high, safe spot so I can eat in peace without Tucker attempting to move me away from my food. I don’t usually eat immediately  so standing guard for me for a few minutes is also greatly appreciated. . I have no firm stance on the subject of evening  treats but I sure do enjoy eating the cat grass in the kitchen window and appreciate it greatly when the cat sitter waters it. Finally, if you do not see me you may want to check under the coverlet in the guest bedroom or under any of the throws in the house. If you spy a lump, it’s probably me which also brings to mind a caution, please check for lumps before you sit down.
Lily

Dear Cat Sitter,
Siamese Cat Sitting on suitcaseBecause our mother was killed after we were born, my siblings and I were bottle fed and have bonded to humans.  As a matter of fact, we find humans interesting and fun. I never miss the opportunity to make a new human friend so if you would sit on the sofa for a bit I’d love to sit next to you and get some petting.  Since my brother Oliver and I are still young, we love to play. Be careful that you don’t trip on the cat toys I’ve taken out of our toy bin and, if you walk downstairs, I love to run down ahead of you and stop abruptly in front of you, be cautious and alert.  There is  a tantalizing jar of Meowijuana in the pantry that is always a hit with us.  The humans will tell you that Tucker is a “mean drunk” but don’t let deter you from offering us catnip.  As long as you sprinkle the stuff on all the scratching posts we can enjoy it without fighting. (Oh, and don’t forget Jasmine, she loves catnip too!)

Alberto

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

img_2222-1The other four members of The Tribe of Five have covered most of the major points but there is one important thing I’d like to mention. Just because there is kibble in my bowl does NOT mean you should not fill it to the top. Part of my favorite morning routine is doing my “food dance” into the laundry room as you get out the bag of cat food. I will then dance an enthusiastic cha cha down the hallway to the food bowls. I also appreciate a little petting time, because, as Alberto said, we are people lovers. If you stretch out your legs, I will be happy to plant myself on top of them (be sure you have everything you need close by if this happens such as TV remote, your phone, etc. ) as I do not take kindly to being rousted. Things will go much better for you if my departure from your legs or lap is my decision.

Oliver

Walk Through the Web Wednesday

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Folks,
It’s Wednesday and time for me to share some of my favorite finds on the web.
Enjoy!
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Pet Power List –Definitive Guide to the Purrrlitical Animals of Westminster-Timeout.com

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My coverage of working cats continues and as I’ve mentioned the British purrlitical cats, I thought my readers might enjoy this guide (warning, there is one dog and, of all things, a tarantula). This is a handy reference sheet for the “Who’s Who” of the Westminster animals.

 

A Nurse Cat Named Ron  – People Magazine

ron1The job market for felines is opening up. Today I found out about Ron, an orange Tabby who provides  nursing services to cats and dog patients at the  Northfield Veterinary Hospital in Denver. Ron assists the veterinary staff with felines and canines who are having non-sterile dental work and his nursing talents are becoming so well known that his services are being requested on a regular basis. Ron has recently retired and is now enjoying cuddling with the humans in his forever home.

 

 

 

 

‘Nekoatsume House’: The cat’s meow of Japanese comedy – Japan Times

p13-schilling-cat-a-20170330-870x580I’m so excited to be doing my first movie review. It’s about a new movie made in Japan that will leave you “feline” fine after you watch it. The story is about a novelist who moves to the country when a fortune teller advises him to do so. . While living in an old house, the writer meets the neighborhood cat who befriends him and brings joy into his life. This friendship causes him to go on a quest to find out what makes cats happy and this sets him on the path of becoming a “cat collector”

The author and his happy cat tribe is a delightful depiction of the joy of a multi cat household (and as a happy member of The Tribe of Five I can tell you that a multi cat family is the best cat family there is!). Hmm,maybe the female human needs to find me an agent!

It’s Meow Madness Kitten Bowl Tournament with Stephen Furry and Kevin Purr-ant -SF Gate

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I made the humans watch the Kitten Bowl during the Super Bowl and now I’m ready to tune in to some Meow Madness.  Make sure your humans tune in to the Hallmark Channel on April 3 ( which is the same day as the NCAA men’s basketball championship game).

 

 

 

 

Three Other Plants That Affect Felines Like Catnip – Daily Mail.com

img_0598The female human ordered some very fine catnip for us from Meowijuana (you can watch the video here). Imagine my surprise when I found out there are three other plants that we will enjoy as well, Silver Vine, Tatarian honeysuckle and Valerian Root. Boy oh boy, I can’t wait to try these. If they’re anything like the great catnip we just got, sign me up!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/8

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hey Friends,

Alberto here. Did you miss me last week? I wasn’t on strike, my purrrsonal assistant (the one with the opposable thumbs who types the blog posts for #TheTribeOfFive spent four days in bed with something she calls “the flu”. All I can say is I’m glad cats don’t get “the flu” because our human wasn’t looking too well at all .  But she’s better now and back at work so I’m walking through the web this week!

Here goes..enjoy!
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Gladstone the Chief Mouser at HM Treasuery- Express

black cheif mouser at the british treasuaryI’ve written about the cats in the British Foreign Office and the Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street and this week, I learned that there is a Chief Mouser at the HM Treasury too!  Now I’m a red, white and blue blooded American feline but I must say, I have been thinking of attempting to convince the humans that we must relocate to the British Isles posthaste! Those folks know the value of felines (or moggies, as they call them). This photo pictures the “Honorable Chief Feline” emerging from the budget briefcase and Gladstone even tweeted about #Budget2017.  I like the attitude of Gladstone’s fellow workers, one said,  “You can still get on with work – and if you’re in a bad mood you can play with him in your lunch hour and he will cheer you up!”

Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat – BBC

tuxedo cat wearing high vis vest at yorkshire train stationMy next working cat story is from….you guessed it, England! Felix came to the station in Yorkshire when she was a kitten in 2011 and she has recently received a purrrmotion  Senior Pest Controller and has received a high-vis vest as well. She works hard keeping mice away and chasing pigeons off of the platform. There’s nothing like a girl in a uniform to make me purr!

 

Weston The  Sledding Cat – amp1037

tabby cat peeking out of a knapsack in the snowEvery working cat needs some R&R and Weston the cat from Washington state enjoys sledding with his human. Weston and his female feline friend, Elinore, the Adventure Cats,  enjoy spending outdoor time with their humans. I watched the video but it freaked meow-out. Not so sure I’m ready for a sled ride but I do enjoy jamming down the stairs in our house and sliding into the wall.

While Weston rides the shoulder of his male human, Eleanor waits patiently for her turn while she relaxes in the backpack of the female human,.

 

 

New  Cat Film Festival Brings Feline Film to the Northwest – Portland Mercury

rapper with his hairless catsAs you may know the Tribe of Five and their humans reside in the Inland Northwest which is why I was purrrticularily thrilled to read that the first Oregon Film festival on March 11th.  Now we do things a bit differently than they do in Howly-wood so this festival isn’t going to compete with the Internet Cat video Festival at the Hollywood Theatre. This festival will not feature already famous (and in my humble opinion overly exposed) feline stars like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub or Maru. This festival will be featuring the future feline film stars.

The brilliant human who put this together, Nathan Marsh, is making this a celebration befitting the great Northwest with a human guest appearance by Moshow, the Cat Rapper, a local Portland phenome. There will be a DJ console with cat noises  for the kids to play DJ Kitty Boom Boom and lots of “furries”

If I didn’t have such an aversion to the metal “take me to the place of the white coats machine” I would insist the humans pack up my kitty tent and take me there to cover the event!

Lost Cat Breaks Into Pet Store and Goes on Catnip Bender – Daily Mail

tabby cat in store on a catnip benderThis story is a public service announcement. I know that many of my feline friends out there have (ahem) a bit of a “nip” problem. Properly managed this does not need to cause said felines down the path of crime and over indulgence. This feline, unfortunately, did not have a friend, furry or otherwise, who talked to him about catnip and this, sadly is the result. After all, if you humans and other felines don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?