Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/8

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello My Furiends,
How is the forced incarceration with your humans going? We find it a bit weird and sometimes stressful. The Female Human often wants to sit in our designated spots on our furniture and, we can’t figure out why our treat times have not been increased now that she has a little more time at home. There are some new things on the itinerary too. Now, instead of going to this place called “church” our Sunday naps are interrupted for this “church” thing.

“I have no idea why The Human interrupted my Sunday nap to force me to watch this thing called “church” and to top it off, there were NO snacks involved.” – Oliver

In the spirit of lending a helping paw, Oliver has appointed himself the “Director of the Door” and ensures that there are no unauthorized comings or goings.

No one gets by Deputy Oliver.

Lily is taking things in stride. As long as she can nibble on her grass and snoopervise the neighborhood from the kitchen window, she is quite content.

“All you humans need to chill!” – Lily

The best advice we can give to all our furiends is make sure you spend time with those you love and let them know you love them.

Before I bring you this week’s feline focused news I wanted to say that I always seek to provide upbeat and pawsitive news items in this weekly feature. If I could have included only articles that had nothing to do with COVID-19, self-distancing, isolation or quarantine I would have but sadly, these are the topics everywhere in our world. But rest assured, this feline looked long and hard for positive, funny and/or uplifting articles. I hope you enjoy them.

Inter-Species Happiness Means Having a Cat Ramp

There are many reasons to have your csabinet maker install a kitty ramp in your house. It allows the felines to bypass the kitchen, allows the cats a place to hang out when non-feline loving guests are in the house.  And most important of all, when the house barkie is a little too rambunctious, the cats who live here can easily escape.

The ramp is constructed of 1 X 6 inch wood beans with side rails.  We think every kitty should have a ramp in their house!

These Pokeman Loving Cats Will Make Your Day

Clearly you humans have waaaaay too much time on your hands but, if you spend your time coming up with stuff like this to delight feline lovers around the world, then we’re okay with it.

There is a new place to while away some time called kitties dressed up as Pokemon to make us smile.

You will see how fans of Pokeman have dressed up their cats as their favorite pocket monsters.

Two Companies Join Forces to Design Mix and Match Furniture for Cats

Benjamin Hubert‘s design agency Layer has collaborated with American startup Cat Person on a collection of modular furniture for cats that can change as the animal grows. The line includes a modular feeding station called the Mesa Bowl and an adaptable 3-in-1 canopy bed.

Those of you humans who are a bit OCD about décor (our Female  Human is) will apurreciate the fabric and color options.  The folks behind these products said, “The collection is based on extensive research into cat and cat owner behaviours to find new insights that have driven innovative features,”

The Mesa Bowl is a modular feeding station with a round bowl made from durable non-BPA plastic and a sculptural stand, which sit on a semi-rigid plastic placemat to make the area easy to clean. This bowl is designed to avoid whisker fatigue which is what happens when cat’s whiskers continually brush up against the sides of their food or drink bowls. Kittens can use the bowl directly on the mat and then, when they grow up the bowl can be placed on the stand .

The Canopy Bed has three different configurations to fit a feline’s changing moods.  If kitty is feeling more reclusive, the cone-shaped fabric can be added or folded down to half it’s height to remove the over the head cover. It can also be taken off completely if kitty is feeling sociable. And get this, the bed is made from memory foam! Now that’s living.

Humans Are Creating Games And Sports To Play With Their Cats During Lockdown

A cat and his human play air hockey.

Continuing with the themer, “You humans have waaay to much time on your hands” I bring you some of the creative sport and game ideas people are playing with their felines. Our friends of the British purrsuasion are playing cat cricket with their moggies. You can also find directions for playing cat air hockey, cat dominoes and my favorite, cat bowling.  Bravo humans!

Cats Protection Educates Future Feline Parents During Lockdown

Paws up for the education experts at Cats Protection, the U.K.’s largest feline charity. They’ve come to the rescue of lockdown families with feline-themed resource packs including quizzes, worksheets, creative writing exercises and recipes.

The learning tools in the Moggy Modules cover the five welfare needs we felines have: a place to live, behaviour, the right diet, good healthcare and space. They are designed to educate and entertain the cat owners of the future.

And when the little humans have completed the courses, they can download and print a color certificate of completion. Meowza, I love this idea!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/01

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Well, it’s been quite a week here in Northern Idaho! Sick kitties, torrential rain, sunshine, snow and then yesterday we felt the rock and roll of a 6.5 earthquake that happened a little over 400 miles from us. I learned that I do NOT like earthquakes and I’m still a bit freaked out. And then there’s this COVID-19 thingy. To say you humans are on edge would be the understatement of the century! And what’s with the hoarding??!! Sheesh you humans should be more like us felines, eat only what you need, share your toys, get enough rest, find a sun puddle when you can and just relax!


Well enough about us, let’s check in on the latest feline news on the internet.

Social Distancing But Still Making New Feline Friends

Sometimes the old fashioned methods of communication are the best. A lady in

A woman in England had admired her neighbor’s black and white cat for a while but she had never met or spoken to the cat’s humans. As she has been home much  more she saw the cat in the window more often as well.  It’s amazing what you humans will think up when you are forced to be creative. The lady [put a note in her window asking his name.

Much to her delight, the neighbor responded with a sign that said he was called Walter.

And then a “paper in the window” conversation ensued. The woman posted pictures about the cat and poster in the window conversation and then had to put a note in her window for Walter’s humans saying, “Walter is now Twitter famous… sorry.” Little did she know that Walter already had an Instagram account which his humans noted in their return window message.

Ah you humans, you make this feline smile.

Human, I’m Bored – Enrichment Activities for Your Cat

“Human, if you’re going to be home this much, you need to come up with some fun ideas for The Tribe.”
-Oliver

With so much time on your hands and considering the fact that you humans have been invading our space too much lately, it’s time for you to get creative and do some things to enrich our environment.

There are some great ideas in this article. One of the most obvious ways to keep us entertained is to get some good catnip and let us have at it. The Tribe loves it best when The Female Human puts down some newspaper and sprinkles some local grown catnip on it. We roll around, nibble at the catnip and have a great time. This is also an entertaining thing for you humans to watch too.

Sound motivates us and something as simple as a paper bag can bring us hours of enjoyment (well, if not  hours, as long as it takes us to demolish the bag).

We love to watch stuff and, if you don’t have a nice view of the woods and wildlife like we do, there are a number of cat-focused videos you can stream on your TV.

There are other great ideas in this article, so check them out, You can keep your cat in residence from becoming cranky with too much time on his paws and too many humans in the house for too many hours!

Mr. Sherman, Little Tokyo’s 23-year-old feline ‘mayor,’ keeps purring along

Mr. Sherman, an American tabby often called the feline “mayor” of Little Tokyo, spends his day guarding his owner’s boutique.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Liz Ito, a Los Angeles artist, met this Tabby when she was 11 years old and, as an adult she still sees him regularly. Mr Sherman (the cat)  was  adopted by Kiyoko Kimball, owner of Ashiya, a women’s boutique and he spends his days greeting customers.

 At his advanced age, Sherman suffers from hyperthyroidism and kidney disease but he is well taken care of.  He rises early, takes medication for his condition, which makes him more active around 11:30 a.m., and naps after lunch. He lets it be known that he does not care for leftovers.

“Everything has to be fresh,” says Kiyoko Kimball, the caregiver who adopted him more than 16 years ago and spends $1,000 monthly on his food, prescriptions and fluid therapy. “He’s retired. I give him Social Security money. And you know, he thinks he’s a person. We communicate every day.”

Artist Imagines What Creatures Would Look Like If They Had Cat Faces

This falls under the heading, “what happens when humans have too much time on their hands? The creator of the Koty Vezde (Cats are Everywhere) Instagram page sees cats, well, everywhere. 29-year-old Galina Bugaevskaya from Moscow photoshops cat faces on various animals and since we all need a little entertainment, I recommend you visit this account and enjoy theses photos. .

Real (sort of) Tree Cat Tree

I’ve often wondered why you humans call our cat scratcher thingys “trees” when they look nothing like a tree…until now. Shelley and Joe DelRocco  create custom cat tree houses handcrafted from real trees and embellished with silk leaves. These trees are purrfect for felines who feel the call of the wild. Make sure your humans check out these cool PetTreeHouses on Etsy

Social Distancing, Sick Kitties and Compassion Fatigue

Human, we’re going to need some supplies and PLEASE more protein and less of these veggie things!
-Alberto

Hello Furiends,
As my regular readers may have noticed I did not write my regular Wednesday feature last week. The world has gone insane and our Female Human has been working hard to keep up. It’s been a bit confusing because, just when we thought we were going to have full time staff at home, The Human found out that since she has clients whose businesses are deemed essential so she has to go to work. Frankly, as frazzled as she looks I think she should just stay at home.

And speaking of frazzled there was a bit of a scare at our house this weekend. Jasmine was not feeling well (she was having “plumbing problems” if you get my drift.) This is a serious issue with kitties and especially kitties like Jasmine with kidney disease. There we were, with our sister Jasmine howling in pain and our Human in a situation where she and the other humans are told to “social distance”.

The good news for us is that we have a veterinary practice (or as I like to refer to them “a stabby place”) that is open 7 days a week. Yes, you heard me right, EVERY day of the week. Why is this? They are attempting to make themselves available for sick kitties (and other pets) as much as possible while also caring for themselves as well and looking to avoid something called “compassion fatigue”.

What is Compassion Fatigue?

When The Female Human went to the Cat Writer’s Association conference last year she attended a very interesting presentation about Compassion Fatigue given by Beth Stultz-Hairston from Pet Sitters International. The presentation focused on compassion fatigue for pet writers but also included information on compassion fatigue in the veterinary industry as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no big fan of those stabby, stabby places but , whenever I have to go there I get kisses and ear skritches and, if I wasn’t feeling great, I always feel better after the visit (don’t tell The Human I said this).

Compassion Fatigue, according to Dr. Charles Figley and Professor Paul Henry Kurzweg is, “… a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.”.

Vets have two times the stress

Those people in the stabby places have to deal with 2 patients, we felines who, for the most part are less than thrilled to be there and our humans who are worried about us. If your humans are like my Human, sometimes there are even tears involved. As a feline who rarely worries about anything except being stuffed in my carrier, a loud sneeze or humans I don’t know coming into my house, I’m no expert on stress but I did have my Purrsonal Assistant find some information about compassion fatigue for me.

Reducing Stress For Patients

My stabby place built a whole new building to keep stress to a minimum and enhance wellness for all of their patients. Oliver and I did a review about this. Ever since we’ve been to the new place our visits have been much better and the rest of the Tribe never even knows where we’ve been when we get home so there is no hissing festival when we’re released from our carrier. It stands to reason, when the felines are less stressed, so are the humans and the stabby people but still, it doesn’t stop compassion fatigue for those folks who take care of us.

How Our Vets Manage

In addition to the fantastic new stabby place they built and offering after hour emergency services they also changed their business days to 7 days a week. This has been great for the human cat parents but it was taking its toll on the people working there. They decided that they would not do after hour emergency services but would still do the 7-day a week schedule. Those folks are doing all they can to mitigate compassion fatigue.

Good News For All

Even during these stressful days, and without after hours emergency service, Pend Oreille Veterinary Service managed to help our Jasmine this past Sunday. As I mentioned she was having some “plumbing issues” and was yowling in pain.

But, but, it’s Sunday. Where is The Female Human going with Jasmine?!

The Female Human called the stabby place, they said to come over and so Jasmine and The Human sat in the “outdoor waiting room” (translation, the car)

I’m not happy about this Human!”
-Jasmine

Before she knew it, The Female human’s cell phone rang and someone came out to get Jasmine. She stayed there most of the day and the good folks took great care of her. I’m thinking without the nervous Human hanging around it must have been much easier for them. By late Sunday afternoon, Jasmine was delivered to the car and sent home with medications.

“Human, I am not pleased with you right now!”
-Jasmine

Jasmine is doing much better and, thanks to the fantastic, compassionate folks at Pend Oreille Veterinary Service it looks like we’re on the road to beating this infection before it gets to her kidneys.

So folks, during these stressful times, The Tribe wants to remind you to be kind to all the people at your stabby places. Compassion Fatigue is a real thing. We felines know that all you humans are stressed right now but the humans who care for us kitties are pawsome, they deal with so much and we should give them a little love (from a safe distance and without touching, or course!

Jasmine Opines on Thankful Thursday

Hello Furiends,
I’m so thankful that I am feeling great and being the little Diva I am known to be. My kidney numbers were lower than when I was first diagnosed almost two years ago, The Female Human got me this pawsome cat tree and I’ve been running around like a crazy kitty and making it to the very top. It’s also a great place to watch squirrel fights or deer trying to figure out how to get in the garden.

I hope your Thursday is purrfectly wonderful and that you have a lot to be thankful for.

Purrs & Head Bonks,

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/18

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
Things have been pretty crazy in our neck of the woods and I’m sure your lives are a bit topsy turvy too. This virus thingy is a nightmare but fortunately, we’ve had our Purrsonal Assistant searching the web and I am happy to tell you that dogs and cats are not in danger of getting this nasty virus, but some of our humans are so take good care of them!

In addition to the virus panic we had quite a weekend. Toward the end of the week we had high wind warnings and snow warnings. Between the high winds and the blowing snow we felt like we lived in the frozen tundra.

This photo was taken after the wind storm, and what a storm it was! Trees blown over all around the county (many smashed into houses) and some smashed into other things like the pick up truck of our human aunt and uncle.

This gives new meaning to “firewood delivery”. Meowza!

And then there is the virus panic thingy. Humans are raiding the shelves of our grocery stores but thank goodness The Female Human sent in a big order to Chewy! Heaven forbid the treat supply runs low!

I did notice some reckless behavior by our woodland neighbors. As the self-proclaimed neighborhood snoopervisor I have been keeping track of the goings on. Imagine my dismay when I saw these neighbors gathering in a large group!

Clearly the neighbors are not following virus protocol! I made sure I had video proof in case I need to file a formal complaint!

Thank goodness I take my job seriously because there are some in the Tribe who are shirking their responsibility!

Hey Al, wake me up when this virus thingy panic is over, or when we’re running low on kibble!
Oliver

I hope all my furiends are safe and healthy! Panic less, laugh more and for heaven’s sake use your felines as the purry little stress reducers we are!

And now, my weekly wanderings with the latest feline news!

The Naughty Cat Cafe Isn’t Naughty At All

Take a virtual tour of the cafe.

How could you call any cat café naughty when they’ve adopted out 298 cats in 266 days of business?? The St. Elmo’s Naughty Cat Café in Chattanooga,TN is celebrating it’s first year of business. How do they have such success at getting the felines there adopted?  The owner, Whitney Sickels says it’s the generosity and support of the community.

Not everyone who comes to the café adopts a cat but just come to enjoy some feline time. The café owner says that seeing cats in more of a home-like environment makes it easier for people to imagine the cats in their own homes.

Adoption fees are $50.00, all cats have been tested for FeLV/FIV, are spayed or neutered, current on all vaccinations including rabies, microchipped, current on flea/tick prevention and have been dewormed. 100% of the adoption fee goes back to the shelter where the cat is from. Now that’s a great deal!

Paws up for this great business who is doing such a great job of helping felines find their furever homes.

Coffee! Crafts! Cats!

Oh my whiskers, you humans can be so creative!


I’m always thrilled to see animal shelters and feline rescue organizations doing creative things and this is really creative. The humans do macramé and the felines benefit because the humans come home with a fantastic bed for us! All the humans had to do was bring an 18” square pillow and the other materials were included in the price.  The cost was $60.00 to take the bed home and $45.00 for those who donate the bed to the shelter. Great work Chesapeake Feline Association!

Mochi Couture Helps Every Feline Find Their Inner Fashionista

For all my fashionista feline friends it’s time to rejoice because Mochi Couture creates couture for felines only. No longer are you forced to shop in the doggie department, you can find an ensemble purrfectly suited for the feline physique.

Those of you who know me know how I feel about dressing up but I do have some very glamour puss friends who not only enjoy dressing up but they know how to rock fashion. And sometimes, putting clothes on us felines is good for us if we have skin issues, have had recent surgery or don’t have enough fur to keep ourselves warm. And since these items are designed to fit the feline body they are comfortable too. I have to say, after purrusing their clothing line I just might be purrsuaded to try a new look. The leather jacket and shades are pretty cool!

Genetic Markers Used To Find Lost Cats

I’m all for anything that helps lost kitties get home. Too many people see a cat and they think “stray” rather than “lost”.  We are great proponents of microchipping and this sounds like an excellent new tool to help cats get home. Researchers in South Korea have now developed a technology that uses genetic markers to find lost felines.

The Rural Development Administration (RDA) recently announced that these markers can distinguish cat species and verify familial relations through a process of scanning that is not invasive for the cat.  Now a lot of this stuff is a bit to sciency for this feline but I’m a fan of anything that can help get kitties back home.

Working At Home With Cats

Being a Snoopervisor is a tough job but someone has to do it.
Alberto

I refuse to give in to or contribute to hysteria about the nasty virus thingy. I do acknowledge however that many of you humans are stuck in your homes for a while. Not only is this a new experience for you and your felines, many of you are learning some very interesting things about working from home with cats. I hope you enjoy this article and that you all stay healthy and that we will be done with this stuff soon!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/11

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
There’s nothing newsworthy to report from our house. We did do a review on a new cat tree and it was exciting snoopervising The Human while she put the thing together. The weather here is getting old. These felines are ready for some warm weather and sunning time on the upstairs deck. By the looks of things (a yard still full of snow) this will be a while so The Tribe decided to do some daydreaming about what we’d like to be doing today.

I love warm places. The Female Human could send me to a nice, warm, beachy area and I would be one contented kitty!
Alberto
As our readers already know, I am a quiet feline who purrfers solitude and the finer things in life. I wouldn’t mind brightening up my day with a little catnip tea party.
Jasmine
I too enjoy a sunny day, as long as it includes a well stocked picnic basket with some delicious goodies (you know, all the stuff I’m not allowed to eat!)
Oliver
It’s been a tough month so all this feline wants is a little zen and relaxation. Point me to the nearest kitty spa!
Lily

What are you dreaming about? Meow about it in the comments. And now, let’s get to this week’s noteworthy feline news.

This Museum in Poland Is Dedicated to Cats

Feline lovers in Poland now have their own museum to enjoy all things cat. The Cat Museum in Krakow, Poland was created by a cat-loving Ukrainian couple, Nataliya Koshivaya and her husband, in June 2019. The couple has an ever-growing collection of kitty-inspired knick-knacks and tchotchkes, according to First News.

At the museum you’ll find things like cat-shaped soap dispensers, sponge rests, and teapots as well as dozens of decorative items like snow globes, paintings, pillows, and figurines from around the world, 

At last count the museum had about 1,000 items crammed into its 15 square meter (161 square feet) space.

This cat collection started 15 years ago a tiny cat figurine and the rest, as they say, is history. I have a feeling this is the story with many of you humans. I’m thinking The Female Human could open her own cat museum!

While there are plenty of kitty-inspired items to peruse, unfortunately, the museum is not a place to see, play with, or adopt live cats. Koshivaya told CBS Miami that perhaps someday the museum will be able to house cats as well.

The museum currently has a 4.5-star rating on Trip Advisor and is becoming one of the “must-see” places to visit while in Krakow. You can virtually visit the  Cat Museum  by checking out their Facebook page.

 Bookstore Cats Inducted into Feline Historical Society

My Shelf Books and Gifts in Wellsboro, PA has two bookstore cats, Huck and Finn. The human bookstore owner refers to Huck and Finn as “the hardest working cats in the book business” and they have recently been named as honorary members of the Feline Historical Society (who knew there was a Feline Historical Society?).

These feline brothers, with 14 other cats from 12 bookstores across the U.S. were invited to join the society by Thunderstone books as a celebration of the book, “The Only True Biography of Benjamin Franklin, Told by His Cat, Missy Hooper (with Hardly Any Help from Dan Greenburg).” The book is written by Dan Greenburg and is a novel for eight to twelve-year old readers.

The email announcing the news was sent to Huck via email from the publisher. Huck was a bit offended as there was no mention of his brother but that situation was quickly rectified.

Huck and Finn have been featured in the book “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats” and he also made an appearance in The Totally Ninja Raccoon series and Brandon Schultz’s “Bookstore Cats.”

Feng shui for felines: Create positive energy for your cat — and yourself

I don’t know anything about this Feng shui business but I do know that it’s easy to relax in our house.
Oliver

I know nothing about this feng shui stuff but the human who wrote this article sure does. Cynthia Chomos is a feng shui consultant and founder-designer at Seattle’s Catio Spaces, and  a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.

She says that cats prefer outdoor experiences inside and like fresh air, the sights, the sounds and the stimulation of the natural world and says feng shui practices provide a balanced, stimulationg environment.

How do you offer feng shui to your feline? She suggests first finding a welcoming “power spot” . Power spots, whether for humans or cats are located outside the direct path entering a room.  She says find a wall and place the feline furniture (cat trees, low shelters, boxes, etc.) along the wall.

She also suggests catios (cat patios) for the outside.  Our feeding areas need to be serene, we need a zen place to relax and she says it’s good to stimulate yang energy. You can do this by playing with us daily and provide a high spot or shelf for bird watching.

There are many more tips in the article and Cynthia Chomos reminds you humans that your energy affects us felines so if you keep your lives in balance, it helps us keep our lives in balance too.

Tentative and Musically Gifted Cat Playing a Theremin Has Given Us the Song of the Season

Be sure and watch the video!

Meowza, this news item is fascinating. You have to watch the video of this feline waving his paws while some strange noises come out of a box.  When the cat changes position, the sound changes too.  The cat looks a little confused and so was I when I watched the video. This kitty doesn’t understand that he’s playing a theremin.

And what is a theremin? It’s an invisible instrument invented by Lev Termen, a Russian physicist in 1919. He created it by accident when he was working on a machine that measured the density of gasses. He found out that when he moved his hands over it the sounds changed and voila –the theremin was born.

It works with two antennas, one controls pitch and the other controls volume.  I’ve reported on feline mewsic but never reported on a feline MAKING mewsic! Make sure you watch the video of this little guy composing a “song”.