Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/3

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Hey There Furiends,
It’s my web wandering Wednesday. I hope you enjoy the news I scratched out for you this week.

Before I present my stories, I thought I’d do a quick catch up. Things have been a little crazy in our house and our Purrsonal Assistant has been a bit distracted so her work product is not up to par (translation, she has not transcribed all our responses to our blog yet and we are mortified that this is taking her so long).  She also has some friends at our house. Very nice people but there is a bit of an issue with The Tribe regarding ONE of the visitors.

Here is how the conversation went:
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Alberto, “Excuse me I thought you said they were bringing a dog.”
Female Human, “Thant’s right but she’s a sweet dog and you’ll love her.
Alberto , “You’ve got to be kitten me!”

I will report on more of this next week.

Another update. I featured a fantastic cat group in one of my recent Walk Through The Web Wednesdays called THIS CAT IS C H O N K Y  The Tribe of Five has been quite active in this group and we’ve learned some things about the fantastic people there. Absolutely NO shaming about anything is allowed. They are true cat lovers and many of them are dedicated to adopting older cats from shelters. Oh,  and these humans have a wicked sense of humor and are very creative. I can’t tell you how many times The Female Human has spit her coffee across the computer screen because she was laughing so hard at a post there.

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She posted this photo of Oliver with the statement that he’d recently been put on a diet and feared starvation was imminent.  The comments were delightful and outright hysterical but these photoshopped pics were the best.

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Okay, I’ve digressed enough, on to the news items. I hope you enjoy them.

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UI online survey aims to determine how face shape affects cats’ health

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University of Illinois researchers are asking cat owners to participate in on online survey to determine whether cats’ face shapes are associated with certain health and wellness characteristics. They are purrticularily interested in finding out if brachycephalic cats — the breeds with flat, squishy faces  experience breathing issues similar to those of squishy-faced dogs.  So if you are a squishy faced feline, have your human wander on over to take the survey and help these folks out.

 

FELINE FANS DESCEND ON SOCAL’S ANNUAL CATCON TO CELEBRATE OUR FURRY FRIENDS!

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One of the biggest feline events in the country, CatCon LA made a big splash again last weekend. One of the top feline photographers, Erica Danger, was there to capture every beautiful feline at the purrfect moment. A Kat Von D beauty bar was set up to teach everyone how to get the perfect cat eye. – Apryl Triana, a Phoenix, AZ-based tattoo artist was there providing cat tats and there were many, many more cool feline related booths. There were lots of cat-loving celebrities and best of all, Best Friends Animal Society had an adoption village for felines to find furever homes.  I must insist that The Female Human attends next year!

Square Paws – Architect Designed, Artisan Crafted Cat Products

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If run of the mill, blah cat condos. beds, etc. are too pedestrian for your feline, then you need to check out the stuff at Square Paws. Now it will cost you but, really, aren’t we worth it? Check out this video and see the amazing stuff you could buy for your feline.

 

 

AI Keeps Cats And Their Kill Out of The House

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Who says automation and AI is useless when it comes to cats? Not Ben Hamm,  an engineer at Amazon who , noticed his cat often brought dead animals back to the house as a ‘gift.’ It wasn’t that he wasn’t thankful for the presents but it just was unpleasant  to wake up to a dead rat. So he decided to explore AI  and built a model that would lock the cat door when his pet tried to bringing a dead animal with it. Now the article has a lot of geek speak to explain how it works and if  you like that kind of stuff  you can read more and watch the video.  Hamm says the prototype is working well, only locking the cat out once when it shouldn’t. He gets texts with photos of his cat. Pretty cool, who’d have thought I’d be reporting on AI and cats in the same article?

19 Cat Myths That Need to Go

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“You humans believe some of the dumbest things about felines. We need to talk.” Lily

You humans believe some of the silliest things about us and some of the things you believe can be downright harmful to us felines. Like the belief that cats can be vegans, no, no and NO! Now The Tribe enjoys a gnosh on some wheat grass now and then but we are obligate carnivores. We NEED meat.

And then there’s the misconception that you should get a cat because we are so low-maintenance. You can leave us alone over the weekend.  Uh NOPE, we like companionship and even though we are all different purrsonalities, we miss you when you’re gone.

And then there’s the “cats always land on their feet” myth. Unless we don’t. Yes we can twist in midair to position ourselves to land feet first, there are times when we, just like the best Olympic gymnast, don’t stick our landing.

You can read the other 16 myths in the article just to be sure you’re not believing some old wives tale about your felines.

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 6/26

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Hello There Furiends,
Alberto here with my weekly web wanderings. Not too much to report from The Tribe this week. I can report that Lily and Tucker have been living on the edge lately.

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Feline Chair is Purrfect

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Once again our friends across the pond show their great love of felines. This chair is cat-specific and even comes with a cover that can be changed and washed in case it gets a bit furry. Now the people that wrote this article said that the chair would be a substitute for a human’s lap…clearly that writer does not know felines. At a price of 12.99GBP (about $16.48 US) the chair is a steal. I expect to see Moggies all over the British Isles lounging in one of these soon.

Good Grief! Step Away From The Washing Machine!

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This is a cautionary tale for all my feline friends and their humans. Recently, a human who is in the habit of checking the laundry in her washing machine to make sure none of her three cats have crawled inside, thought she’d done her due diligence and hit the “wash” button.

Thirty five minutes later when the cycle was done she checked the washing and saw a white paw.

One year old Felix had found his way into the washer. She rushed him to her veterinary hospital. Poor guy had lost his vision and had pneumonia from the amount of water in his lungs, he did survive and is doing better now — he can see and has started eating. He’s still on oxygen. The vet has assured Felix’s human that Felix will make a full recovery but the human can’t forgive herself. People, check your laundry carefully! And thank goodness Felix will be okay.

Car Shows Are For Cats Too

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Car shows are not just for humans, evidently they’re for cats too. Boost, the cat, has been attending car shows since she was a kitten and she’s now stealing the show wherever she goes. How do her humans know she enjoys these shows? Her human sayus, “I can dangle the keys and she’ll come running”.

And Boost is not the only feline at these car shows. You can often see Cal, a one year old Sphynx there too. Cal often wears costumes to the shows.

Lil BUB’s Birthday Party Has Us Feelin’ Feline

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Lil Bub celebrates her birthday by doing good for homeless cats.

OK, full disclosure, when it comes to Lil Bub, I’m a fanboy. And my favorite feline starlet did not disappoint on her eighth birthday last weekend. She held a fund raiser at the Corey Helford Gallery in downtown Los Angeles for The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats.   

Lil BUB had a meet & greet, with celebrities like Jackson Galaxy and Hannah Shaw. They had party games, a bounce house, a magic show, and, of course a birthday cake. Thank you Lil Bub for using your birthday to do good things for kitties who need furever homes.

The 25 Most Cat-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

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Dear humans, if you’re planning a move to a new city, please purruse this list of cat-friendly cities before you make your plans.

The top 25 were selected by research into cities offered the most cat-centered services and which cities had the most cat-friendly homes available for purchase. Trupanion (a pet insurance company) and Redfin (a real estate brokerage) teamed up to research this list

Trupanion analyzed the cat-centered services — perks like cat clinics, shelters and hospitals — and took note of which cities were natural homes to plants that are toxic to felines. Redfin contributed to the analysis by looking at the number of cat-friendly homes — abodes with high ceilings, litter box space and patios — available in each of the cities.

The city that topped the list, based on these factors, was Corvallis, Oregon. I’ve included the full list below.

I am proud to say that the Spokane, WA, a city about two hours away from where The Tribe of Five lives is #2. I need to get The Female Human out and about in Spokane to see what’s going on!

1.   Corvallis, Oregon

2.   Spokane, Washington

3.   Orlando, Florida

4.   Bellingham, Washington

5.   Tulsa, Oklahoma

6.   Raleigh, North Carolina

7.   New York, New York

8.   Dayton, Ohio

9.   Clarksville, Tennessee

10.                San Antonio, Texas

11.                Albuquerque, New Mexico

12.                Eugene, Oregon

13.                Boston, Massachusetts

14.                Allentown, Pennslyvania

15.                Dover, Delaware

16.                Columbus, Ohio

17.                Boise, Idaho

18.                Louisville, Kentucky

19.                Tacoma, Washington

20.                Lincoln, Nebraska

21.                Portland, Oregon

22.                Minneapolis, Minnesota

23.                Knoxville, Tennessee

24.                Santa Rosa, California

25.                Oakland, California

Alberto Opines on Friday Fill Ins #159

Hello There Furiends,
Alberto here. I’m doing the Friday Fill Ins this week (Oliver has had far too much blog exposure lately!  This is a blog hop which means you can hop on over to the hosts, 15andmeowing or Four-Legged Furballs and enter your blog post or, just opine about them in our comments section.

Enjoy!
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Here are this week’s questions:

1. I would love to be a personal assistant to ___________________________.

2. If I had a boat, I would name it ________________________.

3. I want to improve my _________.
4. Surprises are _________.

Here are my answers:

1. I would love to be a personal assistant to the manager of a box factory. I can’t think of any other product I could be more excited about.

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Good morning sir. May I shred some papers for you? Knock over your coffee? Alberto

2. If I had a boat, I would name it the SS Alberto. If The Female Human ever gets the lead out and takes me in the kayak, I will tell her she needs to rename it.
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Me, still waiting for the female human to take me kayaking, Who could resist how handsome I look in my live vest? Alberto

3. I want to improve my guest greeting skills. This is the little settee in the foyer and I love to hang out here and greet guests. The problem is, some that haven’t met me before have been a bit startled.
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Why hello there, Welcome to the house of Felines. Alberto

4. Surprises are great as long as you are the one doing the surprising.
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Why hello there, don’t I make a lovely dining room table decoration? Alberto

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/30

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Happy Wednesday My Furiends!

I hope you are staying warm and safe wherever you are. All the cats and kittens in the mid east US are freezing their whiskers off today! Oliver and I keep ourselves warm and cozy on snowy days by chatting by the fire

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“Hey Oliver, will you meow at The Female Human and ask her to bring us a snack?”

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto

New Table Designed to be a Coworking Space for Humans & Felines

The Female Human is always meowing about how I get in the way or prance across her computer keyboard when she’s working. Well, all working humans now have a reason to rejoice. Meet the CATable where humans and felines can work in purrfect harmony. The table, carved from one piece of wood, is entirely flat on top aside from one cat-sized hole that leads to small network of tunnels, hideouts and caves carved into the side of the table. With these additions you and your feline can work together.

The creative folks at LYCS recently created a 2.0 version of the CATable, as well. This version consists of stackable blocks which can be built up to be aesthetically pleasing shelving for you, and an “ant farm” of sorts for your cat.

Find out about these feline/human work tables at the  LYCS’ website.

Woman figures out the perfect way to ask for the name of a cat in another building

Where there’s will, there’s a way. This woman saw a very handsome feline across the street from her workplace every day. And how do you communicate with a feline across the street from you? Good old fashioned pen and paper of course. She posted a sign in her window asking for the cat’s name and six weeks later the cat’s human posted a sign with the cat’s name..Marshall. The woman tweeted about this and Marshall and his story went viral. This is a delightful story and shows the resourcefulness and determination of those who love cats. Be sure to read the tweets and find out how other cats and their humans got in on the story.

Minor league baseball team using jersey promo to find homes for cats

Oh I do love creative adoption ideas and this one is a doozy. The Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are taking advantage of America’s love affair with cats.

The Squirrels announced on Monday that they will plaster the face of a local shelter cat on their jerseys for a game this spring and are asking people to vote on their favorite feline candidate. The idea is that the program will promote the adoption of cats in need of a home.

There are three candidates Dove, Duke Silver and Big Guy, all from the Richmond SPCA. And the program is working…Dove was adopted before the end of the contest! And the humans who adopt the three cats will also be eligible to throw out a first pitch for the Squirrels. The team’s jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with all proceeds going to the Richmond SPCA, so humans…..PLAY BALL!

World’s first AI-powered stray cat shelter

Wan Xi, a computer engineer based in Beijing, created the most  innovative feral cat shelter I’ve ever heard of.  

The refuge provides felines with food and water, plus a temperature-controlled environment which keeps the mercury at 27°C. It’s  also able to identify 174 types of cat while flagging-up possible diseases via the use of a smart camera.

Mr Xi just wanted to provide a warm place for feral cats but then his vision got bigger after he worked with a team of animal welfare experts.

They provided him with detailed evidence which showed how many of China’s 40,000 strays die within two years because the felines don’t get medical attention during the early stages of illnesses. This amazing shelter is self-powered and manned by volunteers who are alerted to any concerns by regular updated data sent to their office.

Two paws up Mr. Xi, now let’s get cracking and get these out to every city in the world!

A Cats vs. Dogs Version of Monopoly Is Coming to Help Pet Lovers Finally Settle the Classic Rivalry

You humans have been arguing about which species is better, cats or dogs, for years. We felines never argue about this as we know we are superior. For you humans still arguing this issue, I suggest the new monopoly game that can settle the argument. The game is played in teams so you’ll have a “Team Dog” and a “Team Cat”. Instead of buying properties, teams travel the Monopoly board and pick up funny titles and traits — like Trick Master and Best Pout. The team with the most titles at the end of the game takes home the win for their species of choice.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/12

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Hello Furiends,
I don’t know what it looks like at your house but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. None of The Tribe of Five want to get out on the upstairs deck when The Female Human goes out to fill the bird feeder…brrr it’s cold out there. We’re staying warm and cozy by the fireplace until it warms up.

I hope you enjoy this week’s web wanderings.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Gift Guide for Cats and Cat Lovers – Tuft + Paw (and a Giveaway!)

The Tribe of Five gets to see and often try some fabulous stuff and it takes quite a bit for us to be blown away. When we saw the great gifts from Tuft + Paw (for felines and the humans who love them) we said, “Meowza!” We think you’ll enjoy purrusing their online catalog.

And guess what? The good folks at Tuft + Paw are giving away two “fish” cat toys to some lucky winner. To enter, just send an email to FelineOpines@gmail.com and type “I want my cat toy” in the subject. Two winners will be drawn at random at the end of the month and we’ll notify the winners and get their address information. 


This Mischievous Cat Got Himself Trapped In A Car Engine But Now He’s Like Yeah, Whatever

Dominic Pimenta, a doctor who lives in London, drove his wife to her night shift — about half an hour from their home — and on his way back, he stopped in at the supermarket for milk. When he got out of the car he heard meowing. He checked around everywhere and couldn’t find the source but still he kept hearing the meowing.  Then he realized it was coming from his car. After enlisting the help of a passerby who was a nurse, they discovered Max inside the car engine.  The fire brigade was called and after a complicated extrication Max was freed. And today he’s prancing around like nothing ever happened.  Good grief my furiends, stay away from human’s cars!

It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Vote in For Coolest Cat

Head on Over to The Cool Cat Gallery   and cast your vote for the coolest cat in Livingston Parrish. I’m rather fond of Flapjack. 

Seven Ways to Tell If Your Cat is Mad at You.

First, allow me to say that some cats just look like they are angry. Take our Alpha Tucker for instance. He is a sweet guy but sometimes he does look a bit grumpy. Having said that,it does happen that we felines get miffed about things. I would suggest if you have a feline in residence that you read this article in order that you are able to take care of the expected apology post-haste. 

It’s Best To Talk To Your Cats

Might I suggest that you take a break from all the great cat photos and videos online and take some time to have a conversation with your felines? We know our names and we often respond to you when you talk to us.  Jasmine addresses this issue in our new book Felines Opine on Etiquette (What Humans Need to Know About Guests, Cat Sitters and Furniture) and says that her Siamese heritage accounts for her being a very “yakky” feline. And she also says that she appreciates it when humans engage her in conversation and she never judges any human on their cat language skills. We felines just appreciate the effort humans make when they talk to us. 

Lily Opines on Fonts,Fall and Furry Critters on Friendly Fill Ins #125

Hello There Furiends,
Lily here. the weather is turning cooler and the colors are beautiful. I like to sit on the window sill in the warmth of the house and enjoy everything that’s happening out there. I hope you are enjoying fall (whatever fall looks like in your neck of the woods).

I am purrticipating in the Friendly Fill Ins blog hop. You can hop too, just go over to our friends 15andMeowing or Four-Legged Furballs. and join in the fun. If you purrfer, you can always opine about your answers in the comment section of this post.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Here are this week’s fill in questions:

1. My favorite font is___________________.
2. October is perfect for _________________.
3. Where I live, _________.

4. I feel very _________ this time of year.

Here are my answers:

1. My favorite font is ..well at first I had to ask our Purrsonal Assistant what a “font” is. After she explained to me that it’s different of styles for words. I had her search the web for feline fonts and found this one which I think is purrfect and yes, it is my favorite font!
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2. October is perfect for cuddling up to your favorite nap buddy, Tucker.
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3. Where I live, I am considered a diva and a bit of royalty.  This is me on my favorite throne, errr…chair
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4. I feel very sad that my summer upstairs deck outings are coming to an end this time of year.
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Tucker Opines On Grumpiness& Fears in This Week’s Friendly Fill Ins # 119

Hello Furiends,
Tucker here. I hope you’re enjoying your Friday. The Tribe of Five is getting ready for a relaxing Caturday but before that, I am sharing my fill in answers this week. This blog hop is hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs and you’re invited to join in. If you’d rather opine about your answers here, just note them in the comments. Have a great weekend and thanks to all of you who sent prayers and good wishes to my sister Jasmine. She is doing better and we’re grateful!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Here are this week’s Fill In Questions:

1. ______________________ brings out the best in me.
2. _______________________makes me grumpier than Grumpy Cat.
3. If money grew on trees, I would _________.

4. I have a fear of _________.

Here are my answers:

1.A fresh, new box brings out the best in me.
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2. Getting my breakfast or dinner late makes me grumpier than Grumpy Cat.

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3. If money grew on trees, I would have The Humans buy a furry throw for the sofa to enjoy my morning, mid-morning, afternoon, mid-afternoon and evening naps.
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4. I have a fear of the evil vacuum monster.

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Oh no, she’s taking out the vacuum monster!