Oliver Opines on All Things Christmas – Friendly Fill Ins Week #135

Hello Furiends,
We’ve missed the Friendly Fill Ins for the past few weeks. That nasty bug that our Purrsonal Assistant got hung on for quite a while and she wasn’t moving as fast as usual. She did manage to get our second book finished so I guess we can’t meow about her work purrformance too much!

This is a blog hop so you can hop on over to our furiends at 15andmeowing or 
Four-Legged Furballs who are the hosts of the hop and join in the fun. If you prefer, you can opine about your fill in answers in the comment section of this blog.

Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

Here are this week’s fill in questions:

1. I really need to ___________________.
2. My favorite Christmas ( or Hanukkah) decoration is __________________________.

3. It’s beginning to look a lot like _________.
4. This time of year, I eat my fair share of _________.

Here are my answers:

1. I really need to think about slimming down this year.

I’ll start my diet..right after the holidays. -Oliver


2. My favorite Christmas decoration is anything that is shiny, hangs down at paw length and that I can swat. Sadly, The Female Human has foiled our efforts however and doesn’t put up a tree. She decorates spaces far too high for us to reach. What a kill joy!

How’s a cat supposed to swat at those shiny things when they’re up so high?”
-Oliver

3. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, of course!

Where’s the snow? Shouldn’t there be snow by now?
-Oliver


4. This time of year, I eat my fair share of any of the delicious holiday treats I can get my paws on (ham is  my favorite and a little cream is always appreciated). Sigh, and this answer is in direct contradiction to my response to question #1.

Oh hello there, do I smell turkey in the oven?
-Oliver

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/12

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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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Siamese cat with blue eyes

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. 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/5

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A Convention Dedicated To Cats in Denver

Two paws up for the good folks in Denver who created the “Snowcats Cat Convention. Humans will love all the vendors there and there will be meet and greets with famous cats like Lil Bub and Baloo The Cat. (Now I ask you, when will the Tribe of Five get on that list of famous cats?!). The most innovative event at this conference is not the holiday cat sweater contest (which isn’t too shabby), no, it’s the “catchelor auction”where cat loving men are auctioned off for dates (Note to single cat ladies,get yourself to Denver!)

You’ll hear great performances from one of our favorite human celebrities like  MoShow, The Cat Rapper.

And of course, there will be an adoption eventas well. Lest you scoff at Denver for hosting this feline extravaganza, they’ve already sold 1800 tickets and the event isn’t until next weekend. They expect a turnout of 3,000 people and yes, you can buy a ticket for your cat to accompany you too!

Great Cat Quotes

There are humans who don’t always understand the way other humans love felines. This collection of 25 cat quotes (plus the beautiful kitchen pictures) will help you explain this to your uneducated furiends. How sad that there are humans who are so unenlightened as to not see the beautify and benefit of living with cats!

What Do Princess Auto and Cold Kitties Have in Common?

The animal shelter on Prince Edward Island in Canada was out of power for a very long time and it was cold! The shelter had a generator but it would only power two rooms, leaving Kitty Corner and adjacent rooms in the cold. The enterprising humans at the shelter posted their problem on Facebook, looking for another generator to borrow. Community members responded quickly and one of the first was Princess Auto. They brought a generator and hooked it up and wouldn’t you know it, the power came back on.

But the shelter had another problem as the basement had flooded and their sump pump didn’t work. The good humans at Princess Auto came through again and brought them a pump and the basement was cleared of water.

Two paws up to the helpful humans on Prince Edward Island who came through for a shelter of cold kitties!

A 39-year-old became a millionaire with an invention that potty-trains cats 

This just might be the “scoop” of the century (MOL). Seriously though, what a win win. The Human gets a million and never scoops another litter box again. I love it when Human and feline plans come together so well! Watch the video to see how it works.

Five Cool Inventions for Cats

While we’re on the subject of inventions for cats, you should check these out.  The Kitty City looks like a fun play area but for some of us lean more toward the zaftig side (I’m not going to name names….Oliver), I’m not too sure how it would hold up.

The Mod Kat litter box is very interesting but I still haven’tfigured out how to get inside it.

The Catit 2.0 Wellness center speaks to me, I mean what feline could resist something that offers relaxation and grooming?

The Pets Best Hidden litter box is nice however The Female Human purchased one of these for us and Oliver and I spent copious amounts of time chewing away and getting read of the faux palm frond on top (just a word to the wise pet owner)

My favorite in this list is the Frolic Cat toy. We have one of these and we love it, although we refer to it as the “red dot machine”.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/28

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello My Furiends,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your humans and other furry and feathered friends. Our Humans went away for a few days but we were very well cared for by our cat sitter, Cathy. I was a bit miffed however when The Male and Female Human came home smelling of puppy! It took me a few days to get over this betrayal but all is forgiven now and the provision of extra petting and treats helped.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Cat’s in Literature? It’s a Long Tail


“Mrs. Tabitha’s Cats Academy” (London, Ernest Nister, 1892 (c) The British Library Board)

The fact that cats are associated with litter-ary tomes is no news to this feline.A new exhibition at the British Library explores the rich literary history of us wonderful felines through a purr-fect display of books, manuscripts and artwork. The exhibition is titled, Cats on the Page,and features exhibits from the 16th century to the modern era. Much of the exhibition is from children’s literature like  Cat in the Hat, Mog (the feline hero of a series by Judith Kerr) and a pictureof Beatrix Potter’s Kitty-in-Boots by Quentin Blake.  Leave it to our feline loving friends across the pond to honor cats with an exhibition at the British Library. Our American museums need to step it up!

Argos Selling “Parasol” Christmas Trees for Cat Owners

Two paws up forthese enterprising British humans! The company says that it will “keep yourcat’s claws far away from low-hanging baubles and also offerloads of extra room for presents and/or activities.” 

This tree sells for £33.33(about $42.77 US). Now some of you humans may be meowing that this is rather pricey but I ask you, isn’t your cat’s happiness worth it? How many more year swill you deprive your felines from a festive Christmas fir?  And if you are feeling fancy you cam pay a little more for a sow covered effect. Felines unite! Insist that your humans provide you with a Christmas tree this year. And by the way, these tree makers have evidently not encountered a feline like myself who is a master of climbing up things and knocking down things. If you have a feline in residence like me, you may want to put that tree in cement. Oh, and unless your a lucky moggie across the pond, your  humans will not be able to purchase this tree as Argos does not do international delivery (hiss).

Christmas Cat Cost Causes Controversy 

Now far be it from me to meow about the cost of anything feline related but methinks purrhaps the City of Reykjavík went a bit over the top here. The city council spent a total of 4.4 million ISK on a large LED Christmas Cat on Lækjartorg Square.   (I had our Purrsonal Assistant find out how much this is in USD and it’s about $35 million). When I asked why they would have a huge cat statue at Christmas, I was expecting a warm and fuzzy story. What I got was the legend of the Yule Cat which is pretty horrifying, The legend says this is a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmas time and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve. Seriously???? A people eating cat?? I say, “Get your money back Reykjavík and stop perpetrating this horrible fable! Hiss.

High Speed Video of Cat Tongues Reveal Another Reason Whey They’re Superior

Okay, you humans have been meowing about the raspy tongues of your felines for years. Well this should put all that kvetching to rest once and for all. First and foremost,stop giving us baths because scientists have proved that we felines are way better at cleaning ourselves than you are. Your assistance is superfluous.

A very smart scientistnamed David Hu used videos taken with high speed cameras to study the feline’sgrooming techniques. He learned that we felines have a four-phase grooming regime that is aided by tiny spikes on our tongues (so far this is not new information to me or my humans who have often suffered the “kiss” across the face from a raspy tongue). Evidently what is new information is the specifics of the construction of these little spikes and that they fill up with saliva.

The four-step process we cats use to groom ourselves the little spikes is quite efficient. The tongue first extends outwards from the mouth, then the little spikey thingies stiffen and finally, when we complete the sweeping lick across our luxurious fur, it deposits water that’s stored in the hollow cavities in the spikey thingies.  One final note, the tongues of our barkie furiends is flat and cannot transport water. Score another one for the felines!


Cats drinking from taps are the best new entertainment online

It is a fact that we felines own the internet and there’s always something new to enjoy about us. The latest phenomenon is cats drinking from faucets. Now frankly, I find this fascination puzzling. All of The Tribe of Five have been or are faucet drinkers. Felines poised over faucets are nothing new.  Still, Dusty, an Alaskan feline more adept at lapping at air than drinking water, has had over 38,000 people talking about his antics on social media. As a result, many folks are posting other feline’s water drinking attempts. At the risk of sounding bitter I cannot help but get my whiskers in a bit of a twist. I am a feline who opines on his own blog, who has (IMHO) some rather pithy comments in my blog and who has yet to get over 38,000 folks starting conversations about me. Seriously, what does a cat have to do?

Tucker Reviews The Book, Prancie’s Prayer

Hello There Furiends,
The Feline received a book called Prancie’s Prayer in the mail and since it was about a feline, The Tribe of Five was very interested to find out what the book was all about. Besides, we wrote a devotional book for cat lovers so the word “prayer” got our attention!

Lacking opposable thumbs, Alberto and I couldn’t flip through the book and read it for ourselves, although we tried, actually Alberto tried, I am wise enough to know it would be an effort in futility. 

How do I get inside this thing?
I give up. Will you please read this book to us?

The Female Human did read us the book and we loved it! There are lots of great things in this story but I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it. I will say this, if you love homeless kitties, your heart will be warmed by this story and, never jump to wrong conclusions about a feline’s behavior!

The holiday season is coming and I think this book would make a great gift for mini humans who love cats or just love a story with a great ending,

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Your Furiend Tucker

This is a Feline Opines, Tribe of Five recommended book!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/14

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello there furiends,
I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again. I’ve had our Purrsonal Assistant gathering the best of the feline web for you. I hope you enjoy this week’s Wednesday wanderings.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Determined Art Loving Cats Sneak into Museum

Cats cannot live by tuna alone. This is illustrated  in the Japanese city of Onomichi, where a  pair of felines art lovers have been trying to gain entry to a local museum. The security guards are having none of it and are thwarting these art loving cats.  The felines are regular visitors at the Onomichi City Museum of Art and are always barred from entering by the guards. 

This battle between the art loving felines and the museum guards had been documented in photos. You can follow their exploits on Twitter at 
 @bijutsu1, an account devoted to chronicling the Ken-chan and Go-chan’s exploits. 

This Very Important Cat Painting Sold For $800K

And, speaking or art, this 227-pound, six-foot-by-eight-foot painting (deemed “the world’s greatest painting of cats” in 1949 by Cat Magazine!) was commissioned back in 1891 by San Francisco millionaire couple Kate Birdsall Johnson and Robert C. Johnson. Kahler had never painted a cat before, but Kate asked him to create a portrait featuring 42 of the 350 (!) cats she owned.  (Now that lady was a cat lover!) She left half a million dollars to those cats in her will, and claimed each and every one of them answered to their names. So humans, how much would you pay for a painting of your felines?

Dozens of cat mummies found in 6,000-year-old tombs in Egypt

Now the subject of cat mummies creeps me out a bit but it does prove one very important point, people have revered felines for centuries. Among the dozens of cat mummies found were 100 wooden, gilded statutes of cats and one dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet. Clearly, cats were kings in Egypt!

Everyone Who Wants To Adopt A Cat Should Read This Woman’s Comic First

BOY do I love humans who are creative about helping shelter cats, especially shelter cats that aren’t the first to get adopted! This Human 
named Brittaney was inspired to make these comics when she heard a story about a little girl taken to a shelter to adopt a cat. The little girl fell in love with a 3-legged cat and her father said “absolutely not”, all because the kitty was missing a leg. This human says, “Each comic strip addresses the stigmas that surround ‘imperfect animals,’ and people’s hesitations to take them home. “I get it,” Brittaney says, “But less-adoptable does NOT mean less lovable. All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.” This cat-lover is so passionate about her feline cause that she even has an online store that uses 50% of its sales to donate to cat rescues. Brittaney is our hero!

This $150 cat toy can teach us a lot about what makes a robot useful

Robots are designed to give humans more time to do the things they want. And what any sane human wants is to spend more time with their felines right? The challenge was to create an automated activity for someone with unlimited amount of time on their paws. The robot, called Mousr is a mouse-shaped robot with a series of bouncing tails and can be programmed to move erratically or spin in circles. Or the human can control it at will. Now I ask you, is $150.00 too much to keep your feline entertained when you humans insist on leaving us alone and go to the place you call “work”? If you are curious as to whether Mousr is a hit with felines, (you know how finicky we can be) click on the link and read some feline reviews. 

Oliver Opines on Halloween, Vacuum Monsters and other stuff on Friendly Fill Ins #130

Hi There Furiends,
It’s Friday and that means fill ins! You can join this blog hop by heading over to 15andmeowing or their co-hosts Four-Legged Furballs. If you’d rather just opine about your answers in our comment box, that’s great too!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

Here are this week’s fill-ins:

1. I just _________________-.
2. My next ________________ will be ____________________.
3. The sound of _________ makes me cringe.

4. Right now, I am craving _________.

Here are my answers:

1. I just survived the “holiday” The Humans refer to as “Halloween”.   Oh the embarassment. Oh the humiliation. The Female Human has no dignity. 

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“Oh this is humiliating. If I don’t look at her I can pretend she’s not there.”

2. My next project  will be to read the instructions before I try to play with the new toy.

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“Well I don’t see how this toy is such a big deal.”

3. The sound of the vacuum  monster makes me cringe and want to hide.

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“Tell me when the vacuum monster is gone.”

4. Right now, I am craving a snack but The Humans are walking by me and taking no notice of my presence in front of the pantry doors where the snacks are kept.

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“Hello! Look at how cute I am. Don’t I deserve a treat? Hey, someone open those doors and get me a treat!”