Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/9

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Hello There Furiends,
final-1How are things in your neck of the woods? Our woods are getting a bit windy and frosty these days. Now mind you, we felines understand that we live in a four seasons kind of place but good grief, there needs to be some rules about when these seasons start. We already had snow last week (before The Female Human had time to get rid of the leaves in the yard!). Thankfully the snow didn’t stay but brrrrrr is it chilly and windy out there. Oliver was watching the enthusiastic waving of the flag on our front porch the other day.

Last weekend it got so chilly that The Female Human turned on the fireplace (yes, she’s lazy, we have a gas fireplace so all she has to do is flick a switch and not drag in a bunch of wood.) Oliver loves the fireplace so much that he even made a movie about it. Sometimes I wonder about my brofur.

The Tribe is back to snuggling together again too. I do sometimes wonder if Oliver has any concept of personal space though.
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I checked in with Jasmine and she said she is feeling great now that The Female Human has been giving her Scruffy Paws Kidney Vitalize Chews. And wonder of wonder, Miss Picky really likes them! She’s put on a bit more weight although our furry diva has always been very tiny.

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Alberto, what are you doing in my room? I’d really rather be alone!” -Jasmine

All in all, things are quite fine at our house and, as you can see, I’m just chillin’ and waiting for The Female Human to open a drawer or cabinet so I can get into it and look for rubber bands, plastic, or any other enticing thing to play with.
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A different kind of love 

Love doesn’t always look the way you think it should. Take Mo and Cricket for instance. Mo, a feline, is in love with his next door canine neighbor, Cricket.  Mo loves Cricket so much that he heads over to Cricket’s house every day.

George the cat becomes a star thanks to his solo adventures on buses and trains

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George, a 7-year old rescue Tabby is a special breed of adventure cat because he likes to choose his own adventures and go sans humans. He’s tried to hitch a ride to Scotland, regularly sneaks onto public busses ending up miles from home and even likes to take the occasional train trip. His travels have now been chronicled on Facebook and his page also helps those who have encountered George, far from his home, contact his humans. There are many “George sightings” on his page.

George’s usual trips take him away from home for about three hours and, if he is gone longer his humans know that it’s time to put out the alarm. When George is home he is a great comfort and feline nursemaid to his human, Dennis who suffers from dementia. And George loves to be held and petted by any humans he comes across outside of the house.

One of George’s recent adventures took him in the direction of a  safari park with a bunch of school kids. George didn’t make the full journey however, his human said, “Fortunately the bus stopped and chucked him out before arriving there.”

The epitome of Feline Fashion – a behind the scenes look

Those of you who follow my Wednesday web wanderings know I love to report on this event. The Algonquin Cat’s Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show has been happening for 10 years in early August. It’s a benefit for The Mayors Alliance for NYC’s Animals. This year the theme was “It’s a small world” and cats were dressed up to represent nine different countries. Be sure and watch the behind the scenes video.

Revenge is sweet – and wet!

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You humans say that you can be petty to each other, well evidently that goes for cats too. These two got into a hilariously petty (and one-sided) cat fight.

The story was first posted on Twitter, the feline’s human said, “My cat came inside soaking wet, so I did some investigating and found this. She posted a video. Then she noted in another Tweet, “We did a further investigation, it was plotted revenge.” Both videos document the altercation and are hilarious (unless you’re the cat that got shoved in the pool).

How to hold a cat

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Snark warning – I can’t believe a human actually wrote an article about how to hold a cat. Cats are all different and you need to get to know us so you can understand HOW we want to be held and IF we want to be held. Take Lily for instance. She does NOT want to be held and for the foolish human who refuses to believe this, The Female Human always has a supply of bandages available.

For every rule about holding a cat, there are cats who break those rules so, humans, read this article if you must be remember, not all cats are alike.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/2

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Hello There Furiends,
Another week another Wednesday. I have nothing exciting to report from our neck of the woods but I do have a bit of a rant to share with you. It appears to me that The Female Human does not apurreciate all that I do around the house, nor am I properly respected by my fellow felines.

Case in point. I am always “Johnny on the spot” when it comes to helping around the house. Here you can see that I have taken time away from my important profession of feline blogging and writing to lend a paw in the kitchen and still, The Female Human does not show the proper apurreciation.

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“Yeah, looks like the dishwasher missed a few spots with the cutlery. You might want to run these through again.”

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“Well EXCUSE ME for trying to help around the house. Sheesh, what’s a cat got to do to get some apurreciation around here.”

And it hasn’t been any better with my feline family either. Just the other night I sauntered into the kitchen to enjoy my dinner and this is what I found.

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“Whoops, sorry dude, I didn’t think you were coming for dinner.” Oliver

After the week I’d had, I figured when The Female Human came home and parked her purse on the counter I would be welcome to snoop through it and what a discovery I  made!

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“Yum, what’s that delicious smell in there?”

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“Oh happy day look what I foiund!”

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“Nom. nom,nom…”

I hope you all had a better week than I did and I hope you enjoy this week’s Wednesday web wanderings.
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Special feline parlays her unusual looks into creating a non-profit

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Do you know what kind of humans I admire most? Those who adopt older shelter cats or cats with special needs. The ones who take their kindness a step farther and help others are the cat’s meow!

Maya the cat is a special and wonderful feline and although her eyes are asymmetrical and her legs are short she is loved and she’s making a difference in the world. Maya was born with an extra chromosome, which means she doesn’t have peripheral vision and which gives her a unique look.

Maya was almost euthanized in a Virginia shelter after she was found beside a dumpster behind a Chinese restaurant. By the time she was taken to the shelter she was very sick. After three months at the shelter, Maya was scheduled to be euthanized but Odd Cat Sanctuary MA rescued her. They then posted her on their website. Her human, Lauren Beader and her fiancé, Harrison Makofsky saw her and ran over to adopt her. They didn’t just give her a loving forever home but they also made her an Instagram star.

Now they’ve leveraged Maya’s fame into great charitable works and a non-profit.

Maya’s humans wrote a children’s book last year and donated all the proceeds to Odd Cat Sanctuary MA and the Special Olympics, Massachusetts and that turned into the humans (and Maya, of course) creating the non profit organization, AllWorthy.

Maya is the face of the new organization that educates about and promotes disability inclusion and acceptance.  She lives with her humans and her fur sister, Dragon, whose back legs are paralyzed. I think the partnership between Maya and her humans is absolutely purrfect!

Bohdi, the all season adventure cat from the Rockies

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Oh how I admire adventure cats! Granted, Oliver and I do stroll around our garden and neighborhood but this cat, Bodhi, is a hardcore, fearless adventure feline! Bodhi hikes the Canadian Rockies with his human and he has an Instagram account that chronicles his adventures so more timid kitties can live vicariously through his photos.

Bodhi’s human says his training took a lot of patience but now Bodhi is an all season adventure cat. In the summer he sometimes exchanges his harness for a life vest for paddle boarding and swimming. Lest you think Bodhi’s human is not aware that there are big animals out there in the wilderness, she says that Bodhi will sense the presence of another creature and let her know he wants to go to his safe spot on her shoulders.

Mother and daughter sew pillows for shelter cats

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You humans who come up with creative ideas to help shelter kitties are heroes! In Tunkhannock, PA an 88 year-old woman and her daughter have been making pillows for the Meshoppen Cat Rescue.    The kitties love the pillows that keep them cozy, warm and comforted and they help the humans too. Bertha Singer, the 88-year old mother has early-onset dementia and keeping her hands busy helps keep her mind active.  These ladies deserve a Paws Up Award!Paws Up award by FelineOpines.net for humans who do amazing things for cats

 

Trader Joe’s Advent calendars are on the way

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Our Female Human is German and one of her favorite things about Christmas is Advent calenders. She likes to make them and buy them for the adults and kids she knows. So I got to thinking, “Hey, what about us felines?!” I decided to do some research on this and found out that Trader Joe’s is coming out with a feline Advent calendar this year (let’s not discuss the fact that they’ve had a canine Advent calendar for a while). Then I thought, “What if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near your house?” (our closest is two hours away) and so I checked on Amazon and sure enough there were all kinds. So I say, humans (especially those of you of German or Austrian origin) no more excuses, get your felines their own Advent calendar!

Slay dragons, help cats

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This is for all you feline loving gamers. Now you can sit in front of the monitor or TV, slay virtual dragons and earn money for cats. From October 3 to December 9, ZeniMax will donate $1.00 for every five dragons killed in the Elder Scrolls Online game. The money will be given to the Best Friends Animal Society and Four Paws Charities. Zenimax is committed to donating up to $200,000.00 in the Slay the Dragons, Save the Cats campaign.  Humans, fire up your online game and start killing dragons for a good cause!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/11

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Hello There Furiends,
Since my weekly feline news report falls on 9/11 I wanted to take a moment to ask you all to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Let us never forget.

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An update on things in our neck of the woods. Fall is definitely coming and one of the finalindicators of this is when The Tribe members begin to snuggle with each other again. Tucker and Lily haven’t gotten near each other while the temperatures were warm but as The Female Human likes to keep temperatures a bit cool in our house, snuggling has now become a need, not an option.

 

 

 

 

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“Excuse me human. I just checked the weather app and the temperature is far too cool to leave both bedroom windows open. Can we get some heat in here, Please! – Jasmine

 

Jasmine is annoyed because The Female Human was raised by a hearty German mother who believed a bedroom temperature was not healthy unless you could see your breath. This does not take into consideration that we felines are heat seeking creatures. This does not make Jasmine happy.

 

 

 

 

 

The first hint that fall is coming is that all the colors outside begin to change. I can sit at the windows and check out the changes in the woods below. It is quite pretty out there but those pretty colors mean that the white stuff isn’t too far away. The up side to that is there will be plenty of lounging in front of the fireplace!

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Hello there fall, I see you hiding out there. -Alberto

But enough about us. Let’s take a look at the latest feline news I’ve discovered in my web wanderings.

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Are Yawns Contagious For Cats Too?

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You know how you humans yell at each other when one of you yawns because you don’t want  to “catch” the yawn? Well, Japanese cat owner and Twitter user @nanao_ssan recently released photos to prove that we felines catch yawns too.  Go to the link and see the sequence, Now the burning question is, can humans catch yawns from cats?

Here’s Your Chance To Fund an Open World PC Game About Mystery Solving Cats

You humans spend a lot of time on PC games. Most of them, IMHO are violent and do nothing to further love and understanding as you are focusing on killing each other.

Now you can change all that. A new PC game is in development where you play as nine different cats. It’s called Peace Island, and it’s being independently created. The original creators are backed by a team of about six people thanks to the nearly $13,000 per month they’re pulling in via cat-loving fans. The game is currently being developed for PC, Mac, and Oculus VR.

The story begins when the cats of the world wake up to discover that all their humans are gone. They start off slow with regular cat antics and mini-games that include staring at walls, but soon find themselves asking big questions, such as, “Are the humans worth bringing back?”

If you humans donate $25 to their Patreon  you’ll receive a “postcard set, access to the Beta [version of the game], and the full game upon release.” It’s a pretty good offer for what looks to be a very cool open-world PC game.  In a world where the idea of humans controlling their felines is laughable, this fantasy game is a winner. My only question is, when will they come out with the tablet version for felines to play?

New scale interprets pain from feline facial expressions

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One thing vets and humans always agree on is that we felines don’t always show when we are in pain. That’s why it’s time to sound the trumpets and purr!. Dr. Paulo Steagall, an associate professor of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Montreal, presented the Feline Grimace Scale for the first time in the United States during a session in August at AVMA Convention 2019 in Washington, D.C. Details about the FGS will be published in Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Research, soon.

Researchers categorized and tested five facial action units indicative of pain in cats: ear position, orbital tightening, muzzle tension, whisker position, and head position. A score of 0 means absence of pain, 1 indicates moderate pain or uncertainty, and 2 is obvious appearance. A total score of 4 or more means the cat is in pain and medical care. The maximum total score is 10.

Here’s how they score it.The scoring of 0, 1, or 2, respectively, for each facial action unit is as follows:

Ear position—Ears facing forward, ears slightly pulled apart, or ears flattened and rotated outward.
Orbital tightening—Eyes opened, eyes partially opened, or eyes squinted.
Muzzle tension—Muzzle relaxed (round), muzzle mildly tense, or muzzle tense (elliptical).
Whisker position—Whiskers loose and curved, whiskers slightly curved or straight, or whiskers straight and moving forward.
Head position—Head above the shoulder line, head aligned with the shoulder line, or head below the shoulder line or tilted.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very happy my human will be able to tell easier if I’m in pain (although she knows us so well, she usually figures it out).

“It’s raining cats and dogs”?

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Now that fall is here this is a phrase you humans often use. The Female Human is a bit of a word nerd and she loves to find out the origin of phrases. One explanation for this term is that it comes from mythology that says cats and dogs were believed to be associated with the weather. It was commonly thought they were even able to cause or influence it. English sailors attributed gales and violent rainstorms to cats. And in many areas of northern Europe, the dog was a symbol of the wind. The wind is often pictured in old German drawings as originating with the breath of a dog. So the myth of the cats and dogs brings both concepts together to create the term “raining cats and dogs”. Full disclosure here, I have never known a feline to cause rainstorms. That is very silly as anyone who knows cats knows we are not fond of getting wet!

How To Keep Your Cat Out of Your Christmas Tree

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Now lest you think I’m featuring an article about spoiling feline fun during the Yuletide season, this is about cat safety, not spoiling cat’s fun. There are many things on the Christmas tree that are not good for us; those little cords of lights for instance, a big no-no to chew on. Anything tinselly or papery will end up in a stomach x-ray in no time. You get the idea. I am a bit of a plastic and paper obsessed feline and there is so much on a Christmas tree that I enjoy chewing. It’s one thing to have to pick up the ornaments we bat across the living room; it’s quite another thing to spend a good part of your Christmas holiday at the vet’s office with your feline!

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday

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Hello There Furiends,
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It’s time to wander through the web and see what feline news I can sniff out. Things in our neck of the woods have been pretty good. Tucker has been a lot perkier lately. I’m not sure if that’s because of the meds the old guy takes or if it’s the lower temperatures but either way, we’re happy the old guy is happy. By the way, this is a photo of Tucker looking perky, he’s never been one to overexert himself.

 

 

 

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My brother and Oliver and I are now doing the occasional snuggle but we won’t be spooning for real until the temperatures drop a lot more. Oliver likes to groom my head which I find a bit annoying but hey, he’s my brother so I humor him.

But I digress, let’s get started and see what newsworthy feline items I discovered this week.

 

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LavvieBot S Is Evidently The Cat’s Meow

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Okay, first of all what the heck? Who makes a litter box that looks like a washing machine? Every time any of the Tribe tries to climb into the washing machine we get yelled at.

Evidently this self cleaning litter box quietly cleans the box and the humans can even program it as to when to clean. The waste is put into a bag lined drawer that only has to be cleaned every two weeks. (Right, not with THIS Tribe!)

Other features include the humans being able to track litter box usage by cat (they track this by weight).  This is actually a “thing” at our house because our older Alpha has some, err, constipation issues. One would think he’d won a Nobel Prize the way The Female Human dances around and celebrates when his litter box visit has been successful.

Another feature LavviBotS offers is that the humans can receive a text when the cat uses the box. I discussed this with The Female Human and she said, “With five cats I’d be getting texts all day, no  thank you!”. Ah well, there’s just no pleasing some people. The LavvieBotS also can add fresh litter automatically from a storage bin.

While this all sounds intriguing the cost made our human meow….$899.00 to be exact. And if you follow the rule that there should be one box per cat, The Female Human would either have to get a second full time job or find a rich husband (and finding guys out there who are interested in taking on five felines with regular litter boxes is hard enough!)  Still, this new product sounds intriguing for the well-heeled feline.

Land of the Rising Cat appeals to those who can’t get enough of Japan’s obsession with cats

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The author of the book, Land of the Rising Cat, Manami Okazaki says that there is no population on earth more fascinated with cats than the Japanese. (I think our moggie loving friends across the pond might argue with this).  In her book she covers religion, destinations, artisans, pop culture, art and design, all dating back thousands of years, Okazaki investigates weird and wonderful stories of shrines, temples and festivals, and interviews toymakers, fashion designers and even an architect to uncover the country’s love affair with cats. The book will be released in September.

 

Royal Canin Encourages Veterinary Visits for Cats

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This is me at the place of white coats, not my favorite place!

The good folks at Royal Canin are promoting Take Your Cat to the Vet Day and The Tribe of Five is completely behind this holiday. Our own Jasmine blogged about how important this is (that’s her in the photo).

According to a survey from Royal Canin, more than one in five (21%) cat owners said they take their cat to the vet only after it’s already showing signs of illness. Thank goodness The Female Human takes us for wellness visits.

More than 36 million households own a cat in the United States, and only half of all cats regularly receive veterinary care. Compared to dogs, where nearly 80% receive annual care, there is a major gap.

Most vet offices aren’t set up to provide a good experience for cats or their owners, which makes taking cats to the vet a very stressful experience. We are very lucky as our vet, Pend Oreille Veterinary Service built a new facility completely focused on fearless vet visits. My brother Oliver and I did a tour and blogged about this amazing place.  This was an excellent move on their part for many reasons, especially when you understand that almost half (47%) of people who own only cats said they would be more willing to take their cat to the vet’s office were it a less stressful process. Our human says a big, YES! to that. I hope all my feline furiends out there have a place to go that is as relaxing and positive as ours.

REDDIT PUBLIC ACCESS NETWORK SOFT LAUNCHES, LET’S USERS STREAM THEIR CATS AND LAMPS

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Reddit has started a closed test for their new streaming service, the Reddit Public Access Network. A select number of users are currently able to livestream themselves and showcase the footage on the app or reddit website. The test ends on August 23 at 8 p.m. EST. and it’s unclear when the system will be returning.

Reddit users can access a myriad of channels with active chat rooms. There is a whole bunch of techno gobbledygook about what this service is, but frankly, I have no idea what they’re talking about. Those testing this new feature have been streaming quite a variety of things.There are cats playing on beds, guitars being strummed and a whole lot of people watching television. Now I admit, I am a technically challenged feline but my response to this  Reddit thing is….why? Cats already own the internet.

If You Haven’t Seen This Video Yet of a Cat “Dancing” to “Mr. Sandman,” You’re in For a Treat

I’m closing this week’s report with a little happiness. This video is guaranteed to make even the grumpiest cat smile. You’re welcome. .

Jasmine’s Journey

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This was me about 10 years ago.

Hello Furiends, Jasmine here. I am the shyest and least vocal member of the Tribe of Five (at least on this blog, not so much at home) but since it’s National Take Your Cat to The Vet Day, I wanted to share my story.

Last summer I was losing weight and not feeling well. It was time for my yearly wellness exam so The Female Human bundled me into the carrier and  took me to the place of white coats. After  they stabbed me and poked me and gave me a very thorough once over, they announced that I had kidney disease.

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This is me at the place of white coats, not my favorite place!

The Female Human was beside herself, especially when she was told that to keep me in good health I would need Sub Q fluids every other day and a strict kidney diet.

You may think, “How could that cute kitten have kidney disease?” but don’t let my youthful appearance fool you. I am actually 16 years old  (as is my brother Tucker) and we older kitties often have kidney problems.

The day The Female Human went to learn how to give me fluids she was a mess and couldn’t see what they were trying to show her because she was crying so hard. The folks in the white coats were so nice and told her story after story about how many of their feline patients lived for many years on this regime.  She finally pulled herself together enough to listen and learn and I crossed my paws and prayed she knew what she was doing.

I was also put on a strict renal support diet. My favorite is the Royal Canin Renal Support morsels in gravy-yum! You don’t have to take my word for it, ask the rest of the Tribe why they always try to steal my food when it’s breakfast and dinner time!

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This is me, last week. Looking pretty good for an old lady if I do say so myself!

It took us a while to figure out how to manage this kidney issue thing and I did have one setback early on but The Female Human and I have it down now. I am feeling great, am almost at my young, fighting weight and love to play with my toys and the red dot machine. I wanted to share a few points with my readers who are dealing with this or will be dealing with this.

Jasmine’s Take Your Cat to the Vet Day Tips

1-Always take your felines for wellness exams, no matter how much we howl and hiss, it’s worth it and catches many issues before they become too serious (and we do apurreciate it, even if we don’t act like it).

Fluids2-No matter how you feel about giving your fur kids fluids, I’d ask you to consider it. Although I hate being grabbed for this little exercise every other day it beats the heck out of being shoved in the carrier and put into the noisy metal machine. Then I’d have to wait at the place of white coats and finally be put on that metal table to have a stranger stick a needle in me.   I would much rather have The Female Human stick the needle in me (but don’t tell her I said that)

3-Don’t be afraid of giving us the fluids. You only put the needle under the skin and no matter how much we protest, it doesn’t really hurt. And, if your human needs a refresher there are some great videos online or a trip to the white coat place (without the feline, of course) can always help the human brush up on her technique.

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Me on a fluid day, feeling rather feisty after my Scruffy Paws treat and giving The Female Human stink eye.

4-Make sure you keep us on a renal diet. If you find something new for renal issues, you might want to discuss it with your vet. I am now receiving Scruffy Paws Kidney Revitalize Chews twice a day. The Female Human had her doubts as I am very finicky but boy do they taste good. They seem to be helping because  I feel more energetic and my fur is looking so nice!

 

 

 

 

So my furiends, why not celebrate Take Your Cat to The Vet Day by taking your feline fur kids for a wellness exam?

Purrs & Head Bonks,

JasmineSig

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/14

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Hello There Furiends,
I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Things in our neck of the woods are going well. Just when we got used to the D-O-G, she left for her home in Arizona. Things are not near as exciting now and the Tribe is going to take a video of the squirrel to send to KD to enjoy.

The squirrel action pales in comparison to the raccoon family antics at the upstairs bird feeder. Momma and her little hooligans are making regular visits to raid the squirrel and bird food. They are so brazen that even when The Female Human stands on the porch and takes their pictures they are not phazed. All I have to say is, they better stay away from our food!

 

 

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That’s the latest here and now on to my weekly web wanderings. Enjoy!

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Turkey has so, so many cats

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Meowza, did you know that cats are the most beloved animal in Istanbul? They’re also one of the city’s biggest attractions. Stray cats usually take the best seats at cafes and restaurants in Istanbul without anyone even bothering moving them. They maneuver around tables and customers, inside and out of the buildings in search of the most comfortable spot.

No one knows the exact number of cats in the city although someone said there could be a million. Even though they are popular, these stray kitties still struggle to survive. Thankfully, there are people like Rana Babaç Çelebi, the founder of the Cats of Istanbul, who care for them along with a few other groups as well. Cats of Istanbul has about 300 active volunteers who get together whenever action is needed, like fixing some cages in shelters, setting up cat houses in the neighborhood, feeding the cats when the weather is bad or simply just giving them affection.

Some districts have created cat houses in parks, while other individuals spend money and time to install beautiful cat houses around their neighborhoods. There are three big shelters in the city, which Sable and Çelebi said don’t have the best reputation for care. And as the value of the Turkish lira drops, the cost of medicine and food has increased, which makes their cat-relief work even harder.

The first felines arrived in Istanbul on merchant ships from Egypt during the Ottoman Empire. The people of the day gladly kept the newly arrived cats because the city’s wooden houses attracted a lot of rats and the felines helped keep the rat population under control. Now the humans of Istanbul are returning the favor by helping the stray cats.

Scientists may have figured out why cats eat grass

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Lily loves her grass

A presentation last week at the International Society for Applied Ethology annual meeting in Bergen, Norway offered evidence on why cats eat grass and say it’s what we do when we want to fix an upset stomach.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis conducted a survey of 1021 cat owners who spent at least three hours a day observing their pet’s activities and found that of the 71 percent of cats caught chomping on grass, about a quarter wound up vomiting afterward—but roughly 91 percent of respondents reported that their cats did not appear to be ill before dining out on roughage.

So if they weren’t self-medicating a sick stomach, what happened? Well the scientists don’t have an answer for that. They did say that  it’s evolutionary behavior and, that grass consumption increases muscle activity in the digestive tract, which could force out unwanted contents. Cats have traditionally had to deal with parasites like hookworms or roundworms as a byproduct of devouring rodents, though it’s likely that most cats who aren’t on a diet of rat meat don’t have any parasites to treat. Still, the instinct to chew grass remains.

The Tribe of Five says this just might be a bunch of hooey! Some of us love snacking on grass, some of us could care less and even 16-year old Jasmine has her morning grass munch every day and she’s been following that ritual ever since she was a kitten. So much for science.

Giving cats a special food may one day help people with cat allergies

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The good folks at Purina may one day help humans who sniffle and sneeze around cats by changing the food the cat eats! The food would contain an antibody to the major allergy-causing protein in cats. This protein is called Fel d1. New research indicates that feeding this antibody to cats changes the protein so that the human immune system can’t recognize it, and that reduces the allergic response.

Nestlé Purina researchers conducted a small pilot study with 11 people allergic to cats. These people were exposed in a test chamber to hair from cats fed the antibody diet. They were also exposed to hair from cats fed a normal, control diet. The people had reduced nasal symptoms and less itchy, scratchy eyes with the hair from cats fed the special diet. These preliminary findings were released in June. The researchers presented them in Lisbon, Portugal.

Meowza, this would be a great thing if you can stop human sniffling by just changing our food!

NYC’s bodega cats have a feline fest on International Cat Day

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From “Bodega Cats of Instagram”

By day, their job is to greet people and pose in funny, whimsical ways for pictures that wind up on @bodegacats Instagram page.. By night, things get a little more intense, with bodega cats expected to walk the perimeters of their stores and keep invading vermin at bay. The iconic city cats got their big break in 2012, when Brooklynite Rob Hitt walked into his Williamsburg bodega for an egg-and-cheese sandwich and saw a photographic feline. It was “everything you would imagine in a bodega cat, so I took a picture of it,” he said. Now @bodegacats has 205K Instagram followers and its own Twitter channel at 262k followers. Hitt tries to leverage the attention for the greater good. Meow on bodega cats, I salute you!

‘Show us your cats’: Cat lovers unite for walking cat tour in Minneapolis neighborhood

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Sometimes you humans come up with really great ideas. The good folks in Minneapolis came up with a doozy. They conduct walking cat tours in their neighborhoods.  People gather at a meeting spot and then move door to door for feline viewing.  They get to meet some pretty fabulous felines and humans too.

One human said,  “A cat tour is just a way to meet your neighbors and go out in the community and meet people with animals and pets.”

Well, we have walking art tours, history tours, winery tours, etc. in our neck of the woods. Why not a cat tour? Watch the video and see what you think.

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/7

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
First, my weekly update on the Tribe and our Human. Things are going better for The Female Human and we think she’s finally getting back to her old self. One little relapse on that thing she calls an ulcer (she should try our food, we never have such issues with our tummies). Anyway, it’s good to see her getting back on track and life resuming the way we like it.

It’s been really hot here (hot for our neck of the woods anyway). The Female Human’s momma raccoon has shown up with her new babies to mooch food from the soft-hearted Female Human. I must say, they are fun to watch from the safety of the house and when they’re done eating and traipsing through our little pond they head back to their home in the woods. Here are some photos of the masked gang of freeloaders.

Aside from the heat and the moochers, things are pretty quiet. We are getting used to the visiting dog but she will be leaving next week.

I hope you enjoy this week’s web wanderings and take care my furiends,
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Cat of The Year Awards: Inspiring tails of the UK’s finest felines

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Once agains, our furiends across the pond showcase the amazing and wonderful things that felines do. This story may bring a tear to your eye but it’s worth the read because these true stories beautifully illustrate the incredible bond we felines have with your humans and just how amazing (and in some cases life saving) sharing your life with a feline can be.

Catlantis, the pawsome new cat cafe is opening soon in London

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Oh my whiskers, those British folk know how to honor the feline (or moggies as they call them). This place looks amazing.

Catlantis will cater to Londoners whose lifestyle doesn’t allow them to have a pet, offering them somewhere to have a cup of tea or coffee while getting to know the resident moggies.

Catlantis plans to have 15 rescued cats in the cafe, all fostered from a local shelter. Part of the revenue created from the cafe will be donated to feline welfare charity Cats Protection, which provides cats and kittens in shelters with food, veterinary treatment and care.

While animal themed cafes have been controversial in the past (see: foxes, owls, micropigs…), London is already home to the successful Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, which opened in 2014 and is still going strong.

A truly heroic cat napper

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Now this woman is a cat napper I can support. Seems that a Long Island nanny cat-napped her employer’s cat because they wanted to euthanize the cat because he’s elderly.  This sweet human is fighting for custody of the feline. Thank goodness the judge has a good head on his shoulders and has stated that  “Either this is worked out and we decide who is going to get custody of this cat … or medical records show this cat is in pain and suffering,.”

The nanny, , who cared for the couple’s two young children for years, said she took Tigger after she arrived for work on July 2 and learned they wanted to end his life. She left behind a note that read, “I can’t let this happen.” Well Tucker and Jasmine (the 16-year old Tribe siblings) say, paws up to this wonderful human!Paws Up award by FelineOpines.net for humans who do amazing things for cats

Cancer gel for cats and dogs is being developed in Tri-Cities. It could soon help people too

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Not only is this amazing news but it’s happening in the  Northwest, not so far from where we live.  This promising new cancer treatment developed in the Tri-Cities has been used on its first commercial patient — a long-haired cat named Drake.

Vivos Inc. of Richland has spent three years developing and testing a cancer-killing gel after licensing the technology from Battelle, which developed it at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

So far, it is being used at the company’s first pilot clinic for treating dogs and cats.

But the startup company’s goal is to eventually offer the treatment for human patients, injecting a high dose of radiation directly into a tumor without damage to healthy tissue.

“The technique we developed is exactly what we will use in humans — identical,” said Michael Korenko, Vivos chief executive officer. The treatment for Drake the feline decreased his tumor by 80%!

Pet owners interested in treatment now may fill out an application online at radiogel.com under IsoPet.

Zut a-claws! Stowaway cat’s 1,500-mile French road trip

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There seem to be a lot of felines who end up on sightseeing excursions.

Eight-year old squish cat took a 1,500-mile road trip to the south of France after stowing away in her owners’ caravan. Her humans thought they’d left her at home but the day after they had crossed the Channel by ferry last month they were stunned to see her crawl out of a storage area as they ate their lunch.

The couple had to pay £500 to get her a rabies jab and a pet passport to ensure she could return to Britain legally. And Mr Brown had to stay on for an extra two weeks while the arrangements were being put in place.

After Squish’s humans jumped through all the necessary hoops to get her back home the trio had racked up about 1,500 miles by the time they arrived home.