Tucker Opines on Tail it Cat Tracker and Getting Lost

Hello Furiends.
Tucker here. I would like to opine about cats getting lost. Now, many of you may be thinking, “My felines are indoor cats, they’d never get lost.”  If this is you, I want to tell you a cautionary tale about this indoor cat and some close calls I’ve experienced.

Siamese on front porch
“Even indoor felines enjoy a little porch time.”
-Tucker

It’s Dangerous Out There

First, I must state that The Tribe is never allowed out without supervision. Still, sometimes, even the watchful eye of our humans is not watchful enough to keep us from getting away and becoming lost. There was that lovely summer day when The Female Human allowed me on the front porch with her. We enjoyed a nice afternoon and then, when it was time to go back inside, I decided I wanted a little alone time, wriggled out of her grasp and ran down the street like my tail was on fire. I led her on a merry chase through the neighborhood and then managed to hide myself away. Several hours later I decided it must be close to meal time and decided to head home. The only problem with that idea was that what I thought was home was actually the house next door. I howled and scratched on that front porch and no one would let me in. Thank goodness The Female Human heard my meowing and ran outside. She saw me on the porch next door but when she came toward me I freaked out and ran away from her again. You see, I am a very cross-eyed feline and my depth perception and vision is a little off.  I get freaked out easily. The story does have a happy ending as I finally gave up running, hunkered down and let the Female Human pick me up and take me home.

Then there were the two plunges from the upstairs deck to the ravine below our house.  We’re built into a hill in the woods and the distance from the upstairs deck to the bottom of the ravine is over 35 feet. We felines like to sit outside with The Female Human, soak up the sun and watch the birds. There is a nice wide railing around the deck and that’s my preferred place to sit, or used to be anyway.  

“I am master of all I survey.”
-Tucker

My wacky vision and lack of perception caused me to use up two of my nine lives on that ledge. The cedar tree growing up from the bottom of the ravine is so tall its branches are way past the balcony. Birds like to sit on the tree branches and often fly by, sometimes just over my head. What’s a cat supposed to do when that happens? I jump up and reach my paw out to “extend the paw of friendship” to those birds. And, I tumble off the railing and down into the ravine. I don’t know who came closer to a heart attack, The Female Human or me! She ran downstairs and crawled sown the steep hill looking for me. Thankfully she found me both times, hunkered under the downstairs deck. I was so scared I didn’t run from her and so she saved me both times. If I would have run into the woods she never would have found me! And that ravine is full of lots of big, scary animals -no place for a sight impaired, pampered indoor kitty.

Now before you send accusatory comments to my Human, please note that none of The Tribe goes outside any more unless we are in our portable catio. My ledge lounging, neighborhood roaming days are over.

There is Good News!

I hope my experiences show you that spoiled indoor felines can get out and get lost and you humans need a plan for that.   Everyone in The Tribe has a collar with our names and phone numbers embroidered on them but that doesn’t help our Humans find us. We’re all microchipped, but that doesn’t help our Human find us either. There is, thank goodness, a new product that does help humans find their missing felines. It’s called Tail It Cat Tracker

 

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Tail It Cat Tracker

 

The Tail it Cat Tracker is small enough for a kitten

If I had been wearing a Tail It Cat Tracker device during any of the fur raising episodes I had, life would have been much easier (and less stressful) for me and The Female Human). And because the Tail it Cat Tracker will only update when you press “update location” in the app, the battery lasts a long time because it’s not used if humans aren’t asking for a location.  And if all these wonderful aspects of the device aren’t enough, it also has a sound and light feature humans can activate to help them find us in the dark.

An app that tracks your cat and also has lights and sound!

And with the “live tracking” feature of the Tail it Cat Tracker, The Female Human would have been able to see my location immediately, live on the app.

Lost Cat Facts

There is a better way to find your lost feline.

There is a wonderful organization called the Missing Animal Response Network. You can find a helpful section on the site with lost cat behavior. Kat Albrecht, the Director, of the Missing Animal Response Network, collaborated with the University of Queensland and other experts to produce a Missing Cat Study in 2018 that those with felines in their homes will find interesting. Here are a few highlights:

  • Thirty percent of American households have a pet cat, and 15% of cat owners lose their pet at least once in a 5-year period
  •  Many of these animals are not reunited with their owner, despite the owner desiring them back. A common outcome for a proportion of missing cats is to be taken into a shelter or municipal animal control facility. Many are ultimately euthanized if not reclaimed after a standard holding period that varies among shelters but is usually between 3 to 5 business days
  • Of stray animals entering shelters in USA and Australia, reported reclaim percentages for cats are typically 2–4% compared to reclaim percentages for dogs which usually range from 26–40%, but can be as high as 90%.
  • Cats are 13 times more likely to return to owners by means other than a visit to a shelter For example, reunification may occur directly via the general public if the cat has identification such as an ID tag, or as a result of signage (e.g., lost and found posters). Alternatively, local neighborhood searches and owner-initiated trapping may be successful

Get Me My Tail it Cat Tracker

Meowza! We felines don’t stand much of a chance of getting back home using traditional search methods according to this study. This makes me think all the more that our humans should make sure every one of their felines has a lightweight Tail It Cat Tracker device on their collar.

We indoor kitties aren’t too street savvy (as illustrated by my experiences) and even felines who are comfortable roaming around outside of their home can get lost. Why risk losing us forever when you can put a Tail It Cat Tracker on us and find us quickly on the Tail It app? 

The Tribe of Five gives the Tail It cat tracker two paws up and the only question I have is, “Humans, what took you so long to develop something like this?”

Oliver Opines on Friday Fill Ins

Hello Furiends,
We’ve missed some of these Friday blog hops. The staff has been a bit preoccupied with other stuff although it is the contention of Tribe of Five that nothing is more important than our blog posts! I hope you enjoy my answers this week.

This is a blog hop meaning that you can hop on over to our furiends 15andmeowing  and Four-Legged Furballs and enter your blog post. If you purrfer you can opine about your answers in our comment section.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

Here are this week’s fill ins:

1. Superbowl Sunday ________________________. 

2. __________________bores me.

3. If you have _________, you have everything.

4. My skill set could get me a job at _________.

Here are my answers:

1. Superbowl Sunday bores me. 

“This is me not caring a bit about the Superbowl (unless Superbowl means an extra large bowl of kibble for me!”
-Oliver

2. Standard, typical cat poses bore me.

“If you can’t be creative about your feline poses, why bother? This is one of my more favorite moves.”
-Oliver

3. If you have a human who loves you and who wears fuzzy blankie PJs for you to 
stretch out on, you have everything.

“I know the Female Human bought these PJs just for me. She’s thoughtful like that.”
-Oliver

4. My skill set could get me a job at a detective agency. I am the epitome of stealth.

“I’ve been on this stakeout for hours and not one bird or squirrel has spotted me yet!”
-Agent Oliver

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/30

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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

Siamese cat and black and white cat in front of the fire
“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 1/16

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,
It’s time for me to share my web wanderings with you. I hope you enjoy this week’s finds!
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

What Is Your Cat Type?

The Tribe received an email from a very nice human named Franz Ombler from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Now this isn’t about the New Zealand police cat (I may have to report on him later) but it’s about the good folks at the university who need to gather some data and test some technology. If you have a moment head on over to the survey and see what kinds of felines suit you best.

Two Cats, an Apartment and Apple TV

So what do you do when the felines and canines can’t get along? You ent the felines an apartment, that’s what you do! A human dad in Silicone Valley, in an attempt to keep the peace between his daughter’s cats and his fiancees dog opted for an innovative solution. He rented the cats a $1500.00 a month studio apartment for the felines, complete with Apple TV. The solution is only temporary until his daughter finishes school and gets her own place. I wonder if they asked the cats if they preferred Roku or Apple TV.

Japanese Kotatsu with Oranges-for Felines

Okay, I admit I had to have The Female Human read this to me three times before I understood what this is all about.  Evidently, in Japan, there’s a floor heater called a “kotatsu”. One gentleman (a local poultry dealer…I know, I didn’t get the chicken connection either) devised a new take on this heater just for cats. He offers a large box of the very popular mikan oranges with his cat sized kotatsu.  And evidently this new product is a huge hit. The product debuted in December and over 1,000 sets have been sold.   This just goes to show that if you combine the right marketing plan (a love of felines, delicious oranges and heat) you have a winner.  The cardboard kotatsu kit and 5 kilograms of the mandarin oranges costs 3,922 yen ($36.31) (tax is extra). One important point, this cardboard kitty kotatsu does not have a heater but a warm quilt over it will keep your felines cozy. I had the staff purruse Amazon.com and they did find a kotatsu for cats, but not one with oranges. Oh well, I suppose you could always send your staff to the store for the oranges.

Bohemian Catsody

Cats make everything better! This “Bohemian Catsody” is also fitting because if you know anything about Freddie Mercury, you know he was a feline aficionado . At one time he was living with 10 cats in his mansion so we know Freddie would approve!

Stray cats of Turkey’s Bursa live under one welcoming roof

I did a feature a while back about the wonderful care the strays of Istanbul receive. The town of Bursa is just as cat loving as Istanbul. In the winter they live in villas that are reserved just for them. The municipality built the “Cat Villas” that house about 200 stray felines. In the winter they have warmth and plenty of space to roam. There is also a Stray Animal Natural Life and Treatment Center there that hosts injured and sick cats. When the weather is nice, the cats can stroll in the villa gardens. Once the cats are rehabilitated and ready, they are adopted out to furever homes. I think The Tribe needs to talk to The Female Human about our own “cat villa”.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday….on Friday??

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
I have my whiskers in a twist today. Staff has been slacking off this week. The Purrsonal Assistant says it’s because she’s been busy entering our blog, some photos, etc. in the #CWA (Cat Writer’s Association) contest. IMHO she had plenty of time to do that, get our social media done, feed us, clean our litter boxes, freshen our cat grass, go to the place she calls work……hmm, okay, maybe I’d better lighten up on The Purrsonal Assistant.

While I go give The Female Human (Purrsonal Assistant aka staff) an apologetic head bonk, I hope you will purruse these new listings and enjoy them.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Meet Hamlet VIII, The Newest Algonquin Hotel Cat

I don’t know what to be excited about more….the information about the new Algonquin Hotel cat or the fact that I discovered a website called Hotels With Cats! The website is travel information for cat lovers, meowza, I love discovering new things.

But back to Hamlet. I’ve reported in the past about a previous Algonquin feline and I must say, that is one of the cushiest feline jobs ever. The Algonquin Cat custom has a long tradition. It is New York’s oldest working hotel and has had a feline mascot since a stray cat wandered in during the 1920’s. The name “Hamlet” was suggested by the actor John Barrymore and this is the name all the male cats have had. Female cats are called Matilda. The hotel has an executive assistant who also serves as Chief Cat Officer (a bit like our Female Human who also serves as our Purrsonal Assistant).  Hamlet VIII has his own business card and also receives fan mail and presents from around the world is one lucky former feral rescue!

Basepaws-the 23andMe for Felines

“So Oliver, what do you think Basepaws would say about our heritage and history…could two brothers ever look (or act) less alike?”

This feline DNA thing is pretty cool. You humans can find out about our ancestral roots, get a health report and see if our genetics influence our risk for certain health issues or if we’re carrying a genetic disorder (like Oliver who seems to be carrying the “fat” gene).   And if that information isn’t fantastic enough you humans can also find out neat things about us like predictions about our purrsonality, whether we might be likely to form a catnip addiction and other fun facts. This Basepaws stuff is the cat’s meow!

$1800.00 Feline Treadmill for Your Fat Cat

A feline treadmill for $1800.00? I’m not so sure. We opined about snoopervising The Female Human when she set up her treadmill and our positions in the mat and machine pretty much say it all. This is as much effort as we care to exert (come to think of it, The Female Human hasn’t exerted much effort on that machine lately either).

Still, when I look at my roly poly brother I have to admit that the idea of some exercise for the little fellow might be a good idea. Meet The Little Cat, an exercise machine from South Korea’s Pet Ding. Now if you felines can get over the fact that this thing looks like a hamster wheel, it has some cool features.  It’s pricey because it has all kinds of goodies like LED lights inside the wheel designed to attract the feline to the wheel and to keep the feline interested while he’s moving on it. And of course, there’s an app that goes with it as well. Humans get a live feed of the kitty work outs and they can also record their voice to encourage their kitty to move faster. The Little Cat is expected to be available for purchase in March. I think for now, I’ll just chase Oliver up and down the stairs for his daily exercise.

https://youtu.be/3US_jzrvSxY

Meows for Military Program a Success in Tucson

 Oh how I love shelters that come up with innovative programs that help felines and humans too. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary in Tucson teamed up with the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS) for the ‘Meows for Military’ program which is in its third year.

The Meows for Military program provides weekly cat visits to SAVAHCS. The felines are all chosen for this purrrticular mission of being Feline Ambassadors. The veterans and humans receive love and some of the felines even receive a furever home through the program. Animal assisted therapy is proven to be a success and helps humans lower blood pressure, decrease rates of depression and anxiety and promote healing. Meowza, I love this idea.

Crazy Places Cat’s Hide At The Vets

“I am NOT hiding in this photo because The Female Human takes us to a cat friendly practice where we have no fear and no need to hide.” – Alberto, FelineOpines.net

There are some funny photos here showing how many of my feline furiends attempt to keep away from the vet but I have to say, going to the place of white coats with the stabby people can be nerve wracking. The Tribe of Five used to hide until the people with the white coats where we go built a brand new, fearless practice. Oliver and I opined about this place and it is amazing. I would suggest that all my feline furiends talk to your humans and have them find a cat friendly place with white coats too.

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 12/5

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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”.