Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/5

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Well, The Tribe has been languishing in the heat that we are experiencing in our neck of the woods. We have no desire to do anything except hang out on the upstairs deck, sleep and eat (and Oliver and I occasionally like to bully Lily, which we get in trouble for). This will explain why our photos from this week are almost identical to our photos from last week, it’s all about the cool deck time.

At least this week’s news items aren’t the same as last week. I hope you enjoy them!

 Feline Fashionista takes Instagram by storm

I know, many of us feel a certain type of way about dressing cats. My regular readers will recall the disastrous dinosaur and sushi costume event that were my two (and only) kerfuffles with clothing.

Still, there many felines who love wearing clothes and Prunella is one of them.  Often sphynx cats wear clothes to keep warm and, if  you’re gonna’ wear clothes, why not make it fun?

That’s how Prunella’s human, Dee Kitsch, started clothing her. When Prunella arrived from the breeder, she was wearing a cute little sweater to keep her warm and the rest is history.

Five year old Prunella’s human is a photographer and it was a natural transition for putting Prunella on Instagram and have her pose in custom outfits.

The photos give people something to smile about and Dee Kitsch and Prunella love their photoshoot time together.

I know many cats who love to dress up and, if you have a feline who enjoys wearing clothing, let her fashionista flag fly. As for those of us who would rather go to the vet than wear clothing, please allow us to live happily au naturel.  

After years of reporting in a war zone, journalist wonders if the cats she cared for in Kabul would remember her

Please take the time to read this story. It will bring (happy) tears to your eyes and reaffirm the truth that we felines love our humans and remember them.

Detained ‘drug smuggler’ cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

Unfortunately the felonious feline escaped before an official mug shot could be taken so we had to use a stock photo. Any resemblance to other felines is completely coincidental.

Oh my whiskers! A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.

How the feline managed to make it into the high-security Welikada Prison is a mystery.

This felonious feline had nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip in a small plastic bag tied around his neck.

That cat escaped from a prison room where he was being held.

I can only hope that this feline has seen the error of his ways and plans to stay on the straight and narrow from now on.

Woman becomes pregnant and realizes it’s her cat’s fault

Playtonic1 is a Reddit user who happily announced the birth of his first child.  The couple wanted a second child but decided that during the pandemic hysteria, it would be better to wait.  They purchased the usual products to prevent unwanted pregnancy however they forgot about their cat’s habit of tearing up items found in drawers and cupboards.

When Mrs. Playtonic1’s pregnancy test came back positive they were shocked and couldn’t figure out what happened, until they found the shredded cause of the new pregnancy.

Being a feline who purrfers to be circumspect I won’t report on any more details but I am happy to tell you that the couple is delighted, despite the craziness in the world (and their latex chewing feline).


To find stray cat a home, her foster dad is giving grants to artists for her portrait

File this one under “human goes above and beyond to find a furever home for a cat.”

When Kyle Cassidy learned that a stray cat was frequenting his friend’s porch in West Philly, the longtime feline foster dad offered to take the girl in, certain he could find a home for her in three days or less. He posted her pictures on social media and asked his thousands of followers to help name her. The name Stabatha won.

When his “name that cat” contest didn’t get Stabatha a home, Cassidy, a West Philly writer and photographer started posting creative informative segments about Stabitha on Facebook such as, “ “She has an IQ of 122, speaks some French, and has put three stockbrokers in prison for insider trading.”

When this didn’t get Stabitha a furever home, artist Deanna Leist Aliano painted a portrait of Stabatha as an incentive for prospective adopters.

Inspired by that work, Cassidy created an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to pay out-of-work artists microgrants of $50 to paint Stabatha’s portrait, in the hope that the artworks might move someone to adopt her. “It was all part of a not really elaborate plot to keep her on people’s minds and have a street team trying to find her a home,” he said.

Since he began the campaign Monday, Cassidy has raised more than $600 ($100 more than his goal) and has given out seven grants. Artists from London to Italy have submitted portraits of Stabatha, portraying her as everything from a doctor fighting COVID-19 to an isolated kitty living in a surveillance state.

Still, affectionate, snuggly Stabatha, one of more than 4000,000 stray cats in Philadelphia,  is looking for a home.

“She’s extraordinarily chatty. When I come down to visit her in the morning, she tells me the story of the entire night, of all the birds and opossums that walked past the window,” he said. “But when you sit down, she’ll curl up on your foot.”

Cassidy said he’s had people from as far away as Georgia and Virginia offer to drive up and adopt Stabatha, but he wants her to remain a Philly cat. “I think stray cat problems are local and perennial,” he said. “If you drive up from Georgia to get this stray cat, you’re driving past thousands of other stray cats.”

Those interested in applying to adopt Stabatha can contact City Kitties, the Philadelphia foster-based rescue service that’s handling her adoption. She’s received three local adoption applications so far, but Cassidy is hoping for many more, so City Kitties can find her the best home.

“This is a win-win-win situation. It’s a perpetual motion machine of joy. Everybody gets something out of it,” he said. “Artists get groceries. The cat gets a home. And I get my front porch back.”




I give Kyle Cassidy our Paws Up Award for one of the most creative adoption ideas ever!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/29

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Well, the heat finally hit our neck of the woods. None of us are thrilled about it.

“Oh for heavens sake Human, it’s hot and we want to go outside!” – Oliver

Thankfully, The Female Human invited us out to the upstairs deck. It was wonderful but we did tell her the deck could do with a good sweeping!

Well, it was a nice time outside and if it stays this hot I think there will be more times out there..

Now, let’s get on with this week’s feline web finds!

Cat hitches a ride to the U.S.

You humans need to keep track of your felines! I can’t believe how many stories I’ve featured this year about hitchhiking cats! There was even one who stowed away on a plane.

This feline from Redvers, Saskatoon in Canada took an unexpected trip to the United States. Thankfully he made it back home thanks to the help of truck driver Jack Shao.

Chylisse Marchand said she let Spooky the cat outside along with her two other cats Wednesday night. “I just kind of assumed that in the morning … they would all three come running the way they normally do,” she said. “And my other two cats did but Spooky did not.”

Chylisse began to grow more nervous as the day went on. She went through her community searching for her kitty but no one had seen a black cat.

Imagine  how surprised she was when her veterinarian called her at 11:30pm and said, “I have a Jack Shao, a trucker on the other line, he’s in the U.S. right now, but he has your cat.”

The trucker was going to be back in Redvers the next day and was willing to bring the cat back but he was nerovous about bringing a cat across the border (Spooky wasn’t carrying his passport with him).

Marchand phoned the border and made arrangements for Spooky to cross and arranged to meet the truck driver to pick up Spooky.

It was a happy reunion and a good reminder to you humans that July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month. If Spooky wouldn’t have been microchipped, he might never had made it home.

Woman makes traditional Chinese clothing for cats

Qiu Qiao has been making clothes for her cat, Liu Liu.  Since she decided to quit her job and turn her cat clothes into a business, she’s been cashing in.  She designs, selects fabrics and matching accessories for her feline clothing line. Her Taobao shop in China sold out of all it’s items on opening day.

Now,  a year after the store opened she has 16,000 fans for her clothing line and her top model, Liu Liu.

I happen to know a number of felines who enjoy wearing clothing and think they would look pawsome in some of these outfits.

Financial analyst quits job to become a full time cat artist

No, this lady isn’t painting cats on canvas….the cats are the canvas!

After being stressed out by her corporate job, Patricia Lee decided she’d switch careers and use her artsy side to become a cat groomer.

Patricia has creatively groomed over thirty different cats, and does traditional cat grooming as well. Her star feline runway model, Princess Shadowina, with whom Patricia has won several awards, passed away at the age of 20 earlier this year. She is now training two of her current pet cats, two-and-a-half-year-old Special Agent Gibbs and five-and-a-half-year-old IV Baby to be her next catwalk models to showcase her crazy designs.

Patricia said: ‘Dogs can guide themselves down the runway to be judged in grooming competitions, but I have to steer the cats myself. ‘They take longer to groom than dogs because they don’t stand still. (Well if I had some wacky human heading toward me with clippers and dye, I wouldn’t stand still either!)

It’s not surprising that Patricia has faced some negative comments from people who accuse her of mistreating her feline friends, but she says she is certain that the cats love being groomed as much as she loves grooming them. She said: ‘It’s not cruel as you’re not doing the designs on every single animal. ‘It’s all about doing it on the right animals.‘If it’s a cat that doesn’t like being handled then it’s not the right candidate. ‘My other cat Squishy doesn’t get creatively groomed because she doesn’t like being petted. ‘It depends on the character of the cats.’

Hmm, what do you think furiends? I took a look at the photos and those kitties didn’t look too happy.

WeCare Smart Health monitor for cats

It this monitor can do all it says it can do we are on board! Having lost our beloved Tucker and Jasmine in the last 4 months, we know how fast feline health can change.. These folks are running a Kickstarter program to fund their WeCare health monitor that they say works by monitoring litterbox habits by marking subtle changes in weight and other litterbox issues.

Our first thought was, “how does this work in multi cat households” but it appears they’ve already thought about that. Evidently the device recognizes different cats and each cat’s health history can be tracked separately. Now all we need to find out is if our humans can afford multiple devices for all the litter boxes in the house. What do you think about this?

Shelter uses old debate to fund new facility

A creative animal shelter is using the age old debate, “Are cats or dogs better?” to raise money for a new facility.  Tri-County Humane Society in Minnesota is asking animal lovers to put their votes (and their money) where their hearts are.  Money donated will benefit all the animals that TCJHS cares for and help them move into their new facility. They need lots of votes as the new facility is still about $2 million short of opening.

Those who give at least $50 through the Cats Vs. Dogs campaign will be able to have their pet’s photo featured in a mosaic that will be hung in the new shelter. I would certainly hope that my readers would be voting for the felines!                                                           

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/22

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
It’s been rather boring in our neck of the woods. The Female Human’s ankle is healing nicely and our pampering schedule is back to normal.

It has been a bit warm. We’re not used to any temperature in the high 80’s so when it gets hot, we just hang out and do as little as possible. In case any of our furiends do not have the skill of “hanging out and doing as little as possible” Oliver has included visual instructions.

Well, enough about us and on to the latest feline news.

Cat furniture designed for felines AND their humans

I’ve heard of cat furniture and human furniture but this is the first time I’ve heard of cat AND human furniture. The CatYou in a circle is a new modular design for both.

The marketing material says that the set includes “a floor sofa and a coffee table that aims to create a relaxing space for cats and their owners”. The designer of this furniture distributed questionnaires and, after 233 responses, began the design. It was discovered that 1/3 of cat owners live in spaces that are under 50 square meters. That’s just a tad over 538 square feet. Methinks this survey was not done in the U.S.

What the designer learned from the surveys was that cats don’t have enough hiding space, traditional cat furniture takes up too much living space and people want more room to bond with their cats.

CatYou in a Circle didn’t want to separate the pets from their owners so it is designed to bring them together while also maintaining boundaries. The hollow armrests and backrest offer cats a playground and hiding territory while the coffee table provides a place to sleep. The woven bamboo texture makes it possible for owners to see their cats even when they are hiding and play with through its holes. There are fabric cushions at the bottom of the armrests and coffee table.

Our Human is still trying to figure out what she thinks about this furniture. Meow at us and let us know what you  think.

New Chartwell Cat takes up residence in Churchill’s home

Image copyright PA – Churchill requested that there should always be a cat with four white paws and a white bib at Chartwell

Now you human leaders take note. Sir Winston Churchill requested that a specific type of feline always take up residence at his home. A new rescue kitten is now living at Chartwell, in Kent, England.

The former prime minister was given a marmalade cat by one of his private secretaries, Sir John “Jock” Colville, for his 88th birthday in 1962 and Jock made it to many cabinet meeting.  There is a rumor that meals could not begin unless Jock was at the table. (I sure wish we had that rule at my house!)

The good folks at the National Trust, which was left the property by Churchill’s family in 1966, has always honored the request. This month, seven-month old Jock VI moved in.

Trust officials say he takes afternoon naps, eats tuna and lounges on Persian rugs at the house. Jock had a tough start to his life but he’s living the vida loca now!

The folks at the Natural Trust say, “He’s a very caring, loving cat and I think our visitors will get lots of enjoyment from seeing him around the property for many years to come.”

Cat’s ‘cancer’ was instead hairbands and string from toys

This is a good news/bad news story and our Female Human insisted I include it because I have a bad habit of chewing plastic and rubber. Vets originally thought five-year-old Waffles had cancer, however an operation revealed the large mass in his tummy was actually hair elastics, string from cat toys, and yarn from his scratching post. Now, it’s good news that Waffles didn’t have cancer but the bad news is that all surgery could have been avoided had he not eaten that stuff! Note to self, stay away from the rubber bands!

Couple turns their home into a cat memorabilia museum

This one is for all you humans with too many cat trinkets…and you know who you are.

 A couple in Menomonee Falls have rescued 21 cats from the streets or shelters — and thousands of cat items from secondhand shops. At last count they had more than 1,750 cat figurines, hundreds of collector plates, enough artwork to fill full walls of their home, as well as toys, cookie jars, jewelry, and more.

The clever husband came up with the idea to put all these treasures on display for others to see and to raise money for cat rescues. and this is how Redner’s Rescued Cat Figurine Mewseum was born.

“It (the museum) is very time-consuming because I want it to look good,” he said. “It takes time to get the right pieces in the right place.”

Redner estimated that they have spent “a couple thousand dollars, a few bucks at a time” on the collection and now you can see it too!  

A soft opening for the museum was scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. July 19.

Moving forward, Redner plans to have the museum, N88 W15114 Cleveland Ave., Menomonee Falls, open from noon to 6 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. For updates, visit the museum’s Facebook page.

Admission is $5, which will be donated to local rescues; kids age 12 and younger get in for free. As operations get underway, Redner hopes to host a different rescue group every time the museum is open to talk about what it does and provide cat adoption information.

In the future, Redner dreams of moving the museum into a separate building and adding a cat adoption center. 

Purrhaps it’s time for our Female Human to consider putting some of her cat collection on display!

Beware of the Meow Bot!

We felines have taken over the internet and although most of the cat stuff you see online is good, the Meow Bot is NOT!

It seems as though the Meow Bot was created to destroy databases that leave themselves open and exposed online without any security access controls.

Sadly, dozens of databases have already fallen victim to the unknown attacker.

Who is behind the Meow attacks?

Although the motive behind the Meow bot attacks is not yet known, nor has anyone figured out where the attacks come from, some computer experts say it could be the work of a vigilante “trying to give administrators a hard lesson in security.”

This is a heads up to all you feline aficionados who run databases, make sure they are secure! And for all of us with PC’s the Meow Bot is not designed for us but it’s always prudent to be very careful about what you open or click on!    And by the way, I hiss in  the direction of those malicious bot creators!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/15

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
It’s been rather quiet in our neck of the woods as our Human was a bit incapacitated this week. I wish I had an exciting story to tell you about how this happened but sadly, it was a rather dumb “accident”.

She exited her car a few days ago, clad in a pair of her favorite espadrilles like the ones in the photo. As she commenced her walk into the place she calls “her business” her left foot hit a very rough spot in the pavement, her ankle buckled and she “fell off” her shoe. She soldiered on and spent the rest of the day walking, climbing stairs, etc. until the pain became so bad and the swelling so big she had to come home.

Once home she attended to her rapidly expanding ankle.(It was not a pretty sight.)

She phoned her doctor and followed his instructions. She hobbled over to the sofa and propped her ankle up with a bag of frozen veggies to staunch the swelling. She took a Tylenol and had a glass of wine. She no sooner settled herself when the designated feline physician (Oliver) hopped up and began to administer purr therapy. I am pleased to announce that the ankle is almost healed, the pain is almost gone and our meal, petting and play times have commenced according to the regular schedule. The moral to this story is – never underestimate the power of purr therapy!

Dr. Oliver to the rescue

And now, let’s get to the best of feline news on the web.

Once again, cats upend what scientists thought they knew about our fabulous felines

Once again you humans have had to rethink the things you thought you knew about us felines. In a new study, scientists examined the relationship between humans and cats during the Neolithic Period to pinpoint when cats became pets. This study indicates that, in Europe, the road to becoming a housecat began when Near Eastern wildcats, the ancestor of domestic cats, followed early farmers to the continent. Folks, we’re talking about a study based on wildcat bones discovered that are dated to 4,200 to 2,300 BCE.

I’m not going to get into all the detailed sciency stuff but the bottom line is the scientist who made this discovery from cat remains found in caves in Poland found out that the cats followed the farmers to Europe. She says that the relationship between cats and farmers ignited cat domestication and the descendants of five wild cat breeds spread across the world.

The scientist said, “”In the light of data we published previously and in the current paper, cats accompanied people in Central Europe for thousands of years, staying somewhere between being wild and domesticated, and possibly also feral.For millennia, cats were only natural allies of humans in their constant fight against rodents, rather than domesticated pets.”

These Poland cave discoveries prove that they are the earliest evidence of the migration of the Near Eastern cat so far and that cats and farmers had similar relationships as cats and farmers do today, the cat enjoys shelter, friendship, and some food from the famer while the farmer enjoys the rodent extermination abilities of the cats. It’s a “win win” that’s been going on for centuries.

Tabby, the new dating app for feline fanciers

Now that I have debunked the myth that women are not interested in dating men who are cat lovers, I was pleased to see that sisters Leigh and Casey Isaacson have developed Tabby, a feline lovers dating app.

Cat lovers will be able to meet, plan cat friendly dates, get deals from cat companies and share videos, photos and stories. The release date for Tabby is set for August 8 which is International Cat Day. You can get on the waitlist for Tabby if you go to their website where they say, “Coming soon. Sign up to get on the waitlist, we’re not kitten around…”

John Nicolson’s cat’s tail interrupts meeting

MOL! I don’t know whether this should be classified as “cats in politics” or “cats in video meetings” This British member of Parliament, John Nicolson, had his virtual meeting interrupted when his cat Rojo’s tail made an appearance on the screen bringing a temporary halt to a Parliamentary committee discussion.

Cat has issues about human’s opera singing

I….can’t…stop…laughing! This is one of the funniest videos this feline has ever seen. The human decides to punish the cat for hissing by singing opera and the reaction of the feline in this 11-second video is definitely a MOL moment! The title of the video is “I’ll never hiss again”. Poor kitty!

Klepto-Cat has strange preference for items he steals

I’ve reported on thieving felines who took shoes, underwear, socks, etc. but this is a new one. Avery, a cat from Bristol, England has recently taken to bringing swimming goggles to his human. To date Sally Bell, Avery’s human has received eight pairs of these goggles.

The human has checked with the neighbors but no one seems to be missing goggles. In the past Avery has gifted his human with mice and frogs but it seems he has changed his gift giving habits. Avery doesn’t play with the goggles, just leaves them as gifts for his human.

Sally Bell put out a call on social media to attempt to try and reunite the goggles with their owners. No one has claimed the goggles but Avery has become a celebrity and the folks in England have gotten a good laugh out of Avery’s strange habits.

The Tribe Opines about how to celebrate Anti-Boredom month

The Tribe at FelineOpines wants to help you fight off boredom so they’ve put together some suggestions to keep you free of ennui.

Discover Your Inner Chef – Explore The Kitchen: Learn to Cook or Sharpen Your Cooking Skills

Discover Your Hidden Talents -Decorating, Writing, Media, etc.

If I move that flower a little more to the right I will have achieved Feng Shui

Take a stroll, sniff the air, find a sun puddle

I am king of my neck of the woods!

Tired of the toys you have? Get some new ones or create your own.

And don’t forget to dream!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/8

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
I hope all of you in the good old U.S.A. had a fantastic Independence Day. Our Female Human had a great time, helping to build floats and hanging out with her relatives at the lake. The closest we felines got to water was the shower in the Human’s bathroom!

I am not happy. The Female Human left us alone and spent time hanging out with a dog!

So we were left behind and the Human scampered off to the lake to spend time with her human relatives and (gasp) our canine cousin. And where were we? Left alone at home. Oh the cruelty!

While she galavanted around the lake with our canine cousin, the only water we had to play in was the shower but there was no one to turn the water on for us!

Well, enough griping, let’s get on with the best of the feline news for this week.

Saddest Cat In The World?

I’ve reported on the new “Grumpy Cat” and now I’ve found out there is a “saddest cat in the world”.

This feline from China has markings that make him look very sad. A student first spotted the cat, videoed him and posted the video on TikTok. The cat became a world-wide sensation and some folks call him “a real life emoji”  The student believes the cat is a stray and returns to the street regularly to make sure he has food and water and is okay.  I sure hope someone gives this melancholy guy a furever home soon.

Man Runs Cat Shaped Route To Celebrate

Bob Carter, the coordinator of Honiton Cat’s Protection was so excited about the shelter’s reopening that he and four members of Axe Valley Runners in England ran a 5K route shaped like a cat. The women in the race wore cat ears.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those Brits are cat loving folks!

Cat Steals Some Milk during Online Church Service

I reported on the antics of the cat at Canterbury Cathedral when he disappeared under the Dean’s robes during an online church service. Well, that camera loving feline made another appearance on an online church video when he hopped on a chair next to the Dean to help himself to some milk.

What Do Cats Dream About?

Do felines dream? According to Dr. Katy Nelson, senior vet at Chewy the answer is yes. Dr. Nelson says, “There are two types of sleep: REM and non-REM,” During REM, the sleeper’s eyes move rapidly and the brain’s activity is similar to an awake state. This is when dreaming occurs. Young animals spend more time in REM than older animals possibly due to the large amount of new information that they encounter each day and the need to process it all.

You humans dream about your lives and, according to Dr. Nelson so do cats. She says,  “Well, since we’re unable to ask them what they dream about, we have to deduce that, similar to us, they dream about their day,. If they went outside and saw a bird and another kitty friend, those images are likely what is playing through their mind during sleep. Perhaps they’re even dreaming about you, their delicious dinner, and the pens and chapstick that they pushed off of your table just so they could watch them fall!”

Can cats have nightmares? The doctor says, “Just like us, animals dreams may not always be happy or based on their reality. Nightmares are suspected to be the way that our minds determine the best course of action in case that dream experience occurs during waking hours,” says Dr. Nelson. “Our cats aren’t likely to dream of monsters or missing a final exam like we do, but who knows…maybe they dream of oversized mice or seeing the bottom of their food bowl!”

And that answers the mystery of “do cats dream”! And right now, I’m dreaming of some nice tuna for dinner.

Cat Stows Away On A Military Cargo Plane

Credit: Bangor Humane Society

I’ve reported on cats taking “surprise” vacations in the past but this is a new one.  This feline hitched a ride on a military flight that landed in Bangor Maine Tuesday night and flew out Wednesday.

The airport marketing director, Aimiee Thibodeau said, “We’re calling it the feline recovery mission.”  No one is sure when the friendly gray and white male boarded the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane.

The origin of the flight was  Travis Air Force Base in California and it made a stop in Colorado Springs before arriving in Bangor.

The plane’s flight crew discovered the cat in the cargo hold hiding behind some crates. It wasn’t clear if the cat was discovered in-flight or after landing in Bangor.  Crew members brought the cat to the airport maintenance office, where the feline stowaway tried to make a break for it but was quickly captured.  Once the cat was in the captor’s arms he snuggled down and began purring.

The cat was taken to the Bangor Humane Society where he is now resting after his possible 3,200 mile trip which could have been even longer as the plane was headed overseas.

The mission now is to get the cat back home. Both Air Force bases have been contacted but no one knew about a lost cat but the shelter workers are sure that this cat did have a home.

A photo of the cat has been posted on the airports Facebook page and  the Human Society will be posting a photo on their social media.

The Shelter says the cat doesn’t have a microchip but they are convinced by their observations of the behavior of the cat that he has a home……somewhere.  

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 7/1

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
It’s hard to believe it’s July, especially in our neck of the woods. We’ve had a few warm days (and by a few I mean 3 or 4). Oliver got another ride through the neighborhood in the cat stroller. I, on the other hand freaked out so bad I managed to wiggle through a tiny opening in the front screen so my neighborhood visit was short lived. On those few sunny days we managed to find sun puddles (Oliver is the master)

It’s been tough without our buddies Tucker and Jasmine and The Female Human still gets leaky eyes. Lily, Oliver and I are sleeping with her and we like to wake her up about 3 a.m. just to make sure she’s okay. I don’t understand why this makes her cranky. But we’re all a bit discombobulated these days as we adjust to being a Tribe of Three instead of Five.

Oliver and I like to cuddle but we also each purrfurr some alone time as well. I like to retreat to my catnip infused bag for a few moments of seclusion.



As I write this it is thundering and lightning, again! We felines are more than ready for summer and hope you are enjoying sunshine and warmer temps wherever you are.

Cat lovers invited to take part in feline-inspired baking competition

My regular readers know how much I love innovative ideas when it comes to raising money for shelters. This one really fits the bill. Well, once again those moggie loving folks in the UK have created a great idea to benefit felines. The Great British Bake Off celebrity Kim-Joy is judging Cat Protection’s contest – Pawson Afternoon Tea at Your place – which will consist of weekly cat-themed baking challenges being set for those taking part.

Entrants will then share a photo of their baked goods, ready for the professional to judge, before a weekly winner is announced, with the overall champion named at the end of July.

Each entry requires a small donation and the money will go to help the felines in the charity’s care.

Entries will be judged on appearance, creativity and effort. For those interested in entering  you can get more details here.

Show Your Love of Cats in DUNGEONS & DRAGONS with the PURRFECT PAIRING Bundle of Supplements

I had to do some research on this as we felines are not big game players (except for that fish game on the iPad). The Female Human was no help either so my knowledge of this “Dungeons & Dragons game is limited however, any game that adds a “Circle of Catnip” subclass supplement for Druids is okay with me.

So what I learned is that these Druids like nature but the druids joining the Circle of Catnip love certain areas of nature such as sunshine, the ability to transform and commune with great feline creatures and the cultivation of (what else) catnip. They bask in the sun, roam around with their claws drawn and can turn themselves into  other animals. This sounds like an ideal world to me. Where do I sign up to be a Circle of Catnip druid?

Feline has a fleet of Instagram fans thanks to his eyebrows

Cornelius Cornbread from Nashville is a Bombay cat with a distinct look that has garnered him many fans on Instagram.  He has white marks on his forehead that look like purrfectly shaped eyebrows ever since he was a kitten. What seem to be brows are really a lack of fur between  his eyes and ears. Cornelius’ human, Karen, started posting photos of this dapper gentleman on Instagram in 2018 and now he has more than six thousand followers. Note to our Instagram fans, purrhaps it’s time to up your game?

   Male cat owners sound off: We are sexy and dateable, too!

For several weeks now the news media has been meowing about how “undateable” male humans with cats are. Now I take exception to this and frankly, I could care less what a bunch of people from Colorado State University have to say.  Humph! Sounds like a bunch of cat haters there.

Well, cat loving men are fighting back and there are some pawsome cat daddy’s out there. Mishka Shubaly, a 43-year-old single writer (and the man featured in the photo) says, “We perceive that it’s OK for a man to have a dog because dogs are sort of sporty, adventurous, gregarious, outdoorsy — even macho. There are no cat dads in Norman Rockwell paintings, you know?” This former self-described “dog guy” now shares his home with  “helpless and adorable” Elsie, who has cerebellar hypoplasia, also known as “wobbly cat syndrome.” He says his cat passion has not affected his dating. Ladies, really?? Take a look at this guy!

40-year-old Alex Katz, has a 13-year-old American shorthair tabby named Mischa and says, “she always comes first.” Alex, you are my kind of guy.

And if you’re still not convinced that cat daddy’s are the bomb, check out Audrey Kuhner’s , and Carolyn Newman’s book, “Hot Guys and Kittens,” which features sizzling photographs of hunks with newborn cats.

Our Female Human always says, “Real men love cats” and we agree!

Who needs fur! Proud owners of Sphynx cats share snaps of their pets showing off their hairless bodies

The Sphynx cat is an interesting breed and distinctive, they have no fur. Now I don’t think they’d do too well in our neck of the woods because it gets cold here! There are a lot of these felines all around the world and Bored Panda has been collecting their photos. They have collected funny photos, adorable photos and other categories that celebrate Sphynx cats.

Not only is their “bareness” distinctive, they also have pointy ears and prominent cheekbones.  Although I’ve never met a Sphynx, I am told they are friendly and loyal and have often been compared to dogs. Really?? Cats can’t be friendly and loyal? Sometimes I wonder about the humans writing some of these news stories! Clearly many are not cat owners.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 6/24

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Thanks to the excellent work of our legal representative Oliver , my weekly feature is back on track.

It’s been a good week in our neck of the woods. I learned something new, ducks beg! Check out our little video. That was one bold mallard!

I can’t believe The Female Human was so enamoured of this bird!

the Female Human went to some event where she had to dress in clothes like humans wore in the 1920’s. She spent a lot of time working on her hat and I really don’t understand why she got so annoyed with me when I offered her some advice.

The whole endeavor stressed me out so I had to retire to the shower and ask the human to turn on the water. Sheesh, a cat’s life is complicated!

Ah well, it’s time to get to our web worthy feline news stories.

Cat in Thailand is Watermelon Snoopervisor

Don’t let this guy’s grumpy face fool you. This cat named Pearl is serious about his job. He’s been guarding a watermelon farm for almost 6 years and is much loved by his humans. His human says he is the sweetest feline in the village.

Pon The Scottish Fold Will Rest His Chin on Anything

Pon the cat has an interesting habit, he loves to rest his head on anything you put under his chin . His YouTube Channel, Pon’s Diary documents the daily life of this Scottish Fold from Japan. Why does he do this? It may have something to do with the scent glands under his chin. Cats use these glands to mark their territory and Pon may just be a bit obsessive of making sure he marks everything that he comes in contact with.

How Bastet, Warrior Goddess of Fertility, Evolved into a Cat

The Tribe likes to remind our Human periodically that we felines were once worshipped as gods. This little film is for all you feline history buffs.

File This Under “Where There’s A Will There’s a Way”

Oh MOL! I don’t k now what’s funnier, this cat’s predicament or the sub titles. You MUST watch this video, it will be the best laugh of the day.

Ghost or No Ghost?

A woman believes her security camera captured her dead cat’s ghost curled up on the sofa. A note before you watch the video, the cat at the start of the video is a real living cat. After that cat leaves the room the “ghost cat” fades into view in the middle of the sofa. Is it her dearly departed cat or is it a pillow? What do you think?

Oliver Opines About Legal Stuff

Hello Furiends,
Oliver here. Many of you may have noticed that Alberto’s “Walk Through The Web Wednesday” feature was not posted last week. There was no post, no explanation, and no mea culpa from our Purrsonal Assistant.

In light of these distressing circumstances, my legal services were called upon. Alberto (who is also my firms Purralegal ) brought his case to my office.

Alberto, Purralegal at Oliver & Associates, Feline Law

It appears that a gross violation of the contract between Feline Opines and it’s lackey…er…Purrsonal Assistant has occurred.

The Purrsonal Assistant has been tasked with ensuring our words and thoughts are presented on a regular basis on this blog as well as providing some other ancillary duties as dictated…err..requested by the feline members of this blog.

We live in Idaho which is a “work at will” state, the legal definition of “work at will” is ,””there is no set length for an employment relationship and either the employer or the employee may end it at any time, with or without notice; with or without cause.” At first blush the egregious lack of follow through by our Purrsonal Assistant would require immediate dismissal. However, being the cautious and thorough attorney I am, I did suggest to my clients (Alberto and Lily) that they carefully consider the repercussions of such an action.

Lily, being more reflective and cautious than Alberto, went for a stroll in the garden outside my office to ponder the advice I’d given. She came back with some thoughtful and important questions that Alberto had failed to ask.

She first asked about the definition of “ancillary”. I responded, “It is providing necessary support to the primary activities or operation of an organization, institution, industry, or system.”

When she asked what some of those services might be I noted, feeding, brushing, treats, petting, etc..

The next thing she said was, “What in the world was Alberto thinking?!” She marched back into the office and chastised Alberto for shoddy purralegal work, reminding him that if they proceeded in this legal action and fired the Purrsonal Assistant, they would be missing a lot more than blog posts.

The conversation turned into a hissing match and I decided to retire to my office until some conclusion (and semblance of peace) had been reached. Volatile meetings are a recurring problem when you handle feline legal matters.

When Alberto and Lily calmed down, I suggested we convene again.

The culmination of our meeting was that Alberto would take the threat of firing the Purrsonal Assistant off the table as long as she signed a pledge to be more conscientious in her blog duties and immediately place an order with Chewy for a case of their favorite treats.

All in all, I must say that I’m quite proud of my legal guidance and would like to announce that my office is open for any and all feline clients who wish to seek my advice.

P.S. As a result of the recent legal settlement, Alberto’s regular “Walk Through The Web Wednesday” feature will appear this week.

It’s Important to Say Goodbye – The Human Opines

I am writing this post from the depths of the rawness of recent grief. My beloved Jasmine followed her brother Tucker across the Rainbow Bridge three days ago.  Tucker and Jasmine were in my life for 17 years but no matter how many years we have with them, we still want more.

As I suffered through the loss of Tucker in February someone asked me how old he was. When I said 17 the person said, “Well, at 17 he had a good run.” I don’t believe this comment was made to hurt me but it did. This is not the first time someone has dismissed or belittled the grief I’ve suffered at the loss of a fur kid.

It was Tucker’s loss that prompted me to enroll in a certificate course for pet bereavement counseling. I had no idea I would be grieving his sister only four months later and that I would become my own bereavement counselor.  

I am learning that each loss is unique and grief takes many forms.  The circumstances of the loss of our cats vary, sometimes we have to make the decision to help them over the Rainbow Bridge, and other times that decision is taken out of our hands when our felines pass away suddenly or, we may never have closure as they just disappear.  

Grief isn’t logical

Loss is always traumatic but when the loss is sudden or unexpected it can affect us very deeply and for an extended period of time.

This was the case with my beloved coal black, green-eyed mellow tempered and loving Buster. Buster never insisted on anything. He always expressed pleasure at every petting he received, every treat he was offered and every stroll around the back yard. We shared twelve wonderful years together until the evening we were sitting together in the downstairs TV room. He woke from his nap with a scream, had a seizure and died. It was 11:00pm and there was nothing I could do until the next morning. I wrapped him lovingly in a blanket, placed him in a carrier and put him in my car in the garage. My logical mind said, “He’s gone.” My heart and emotions said, “What if you’re wrong?” I worried that it had all been a horrible mistake and that he’d be sitting up in the box wondering why he was in the car. I went out to the garage several times during the night to check on him.

Buster’s ashes were spread in the beautiful memorial rose garden behind my veterinary clinic. I couldn’t bring myself to visit that garden. I moved along in life, shedding tears when I found a favorite toy of his, looked at photographs and when the tape of the moment of his death ran in my head. I believed that time would heal my broken heart and I soldiered on.

It was about a year later I decided I wanted to bring a kitten into the family. I was excited (who doesn’t love a kitten?) and entered the kitten room at the shelter with anticipation. The room was full of sweet little guys – and all of them were black. I felt my chest constrict and my eyes filled with tears.  I ran out of the room and the shelter. There was no adoption that day and not for many months later.

Black cat in the garden

Traumatic Grief

My logical mind couldn’t understand my reaction and it was only when I was working through my  bereavement counseling course that I began to understand the particular grief I suffered at Buster’s death.

I watched Buster suffer at the end. I never had a chance to say good-bye. I couldn’t stroke him and tell him how much I loved him in his last moments of life.  His sudden and traumatic death left me with many unresolved feelings.

According to the Ralph Site, a pet loss support group, “Sudden and unexpected pet loss can cause pet parents to exhibit physical and emotional symptoms of shock. If your bereavement has just happened – or you’re reading this on behalf of someone it’s just happened to – you may find yourself shaking, experiencing palpitations, headaches, stomach aches, sleeplessness and more. Some people even show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is defined as ‘recurring memories and a heightened state of arousal that lingers for more than a month after a traumatic event’. You don’t even have to have witnessed your pet’s passing to feel traumatized. Sometimes not having been there can be just as painful.”

I realized that the loss of Buster had traumatized me in a way that my other losses had not.  Please make no mistake, every loss is traumatic but my reaction to this death was unhealthy and extended.  My mind constantly cycled through the same questions, “Did I do something wrong? Why didn’t I see this coming? Did I take care of him the best I could? Did he know how much I loved him?” The tape of his passing played repetitively in my head.  I felt tormented.

Healing and moving forward

There is no timeline on grief, every situation is different, every person is different and therefore there is no one size fits all formula to recover from the grief you feel.  In sharing my journey to healing my hope is that there will be something in these five points those suffering from the loss of their cat or other pet can take and use to find their own healing. They a re helping me deal with the loss of Jasmine.

1-Feel Your Pain: No one likes to hurt but not allowing the grief to work itself through is unhealthy, physically and mentally. As awful as it is, there is healing in feeling the pain.

2-Accept solace from those who understand: Find the people who will cry with you, comfort you and who understand the grief you are feeling. Stay away from those whose attitude is, “It was only a cat.”

3-Stop the Distressing Tape in Your Head: This is not an easy thing to do. I am a person of faith and when that tape starts running I stop it with prayer. If prayer isn’t part of your lifestyle acknowledge what is happening and refuse to let the tape play. Replace those images with thoughts of happy days, remember the joy and love you shared with your cat. Refuse to allow the tape to play and every time it starts, fix your mind on something else.

4-Dump the Guilt: Refuse to play the “what if” game. Remind yourself of the care and love you lavished on your cat, focus on the wonderful times you had together, not the last moments of your cat’s life. The fact that you are grieving so much is a testimonial to the love you had for your fur kid.

5-Don’t dwell on the death, honor their life:  Honoring your cat’s life needs to be done in the way that is best for you. Some people write a letter, some set up a memorial, some talk to others about their cat; some have a memorial service or another memorial type of activity.

My closure and healing will come soon not just for Buster but for my recently deceased and beloved Tucker and Jasmine. I will go, for the first time, to the rose garden where their ashes have been spread and I will remember them with some friends who also have recently lost their beloved fur kids. I will celebrate their lives and the love they brought into my life.

The answer is……..there is no answer

We all grieve differently and we move through our grief differently. The key is moving through it so that it isn’t detrimental to our physical and emotional health.  This is why it’s so important to say goodbye, in whatever way is best for us as it will help navigate this rocky path of grief. When we say a proper goodbye to our beloved felines we find that in time (and that time is different for everyone) we focus on our cat’s life and how much we loved them, and not the loss. Our memories of them will be full of the happy days, the joy and the love.

Wherever you are on your journey of grief, I hope that you will find some help from my story. If you do not have supportive, understanding people around you, I highly recommend The Ralph Site Facebook page and group to share your story. You are always welcome to have a discussion in this blog in the comments or contact me directly. Don’t suffer alone, there are many of us who understand what you are going through.