The Tuxedo

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Hello Folks,
Oliver here. I’ve been feeling a bit reflective ever since our purrsonal assistant received an email from another human named Daniel Richardson who lives, as we felines say, across the Pond.

Those of you who follow our blog understand that The Tribe of Five is quite enamored with the British humans, who, we believe, are some of the most pawsome and enlightened humans when it comes to cats.

Now this human, Daniel, was interested in sharing a graphic he’d done regarding the many reasons to adopt cats. The Tribe of Five are great fans of adoption. We even shared stories about our adoptions (and featured some baby pics) on our “Remember Me Thursday” post entitled, “Let’s Talk About Adoption” .

We had our purrsonal assistant purrruse Daniel Richardson’s webpage, Tuxedo Cat and yowza did we learn a lot!

designDid you know that in the UK  75% of all cats are Black and White? And, because they are so common they’re often overlooked by many people when choosing a cat? Well this black and white cat says that’s terrible! I was horrified to learn that Tuxedo patterned cats generally spend more than ten days longer in cat shelters than other cats.  This really made me think. If our humans hadn’t adopted us after fostering us, Alberto (my brother, the Siamese looking fellow) probably would have been adopted much sooner than me, even here in the U.S.

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According to the information on Tuxedo Cat, a “Tuxedo” is black and white, they typically have black coloring around their eyes often with a white chin or nose, sort of like a mask.  To be officially classified as a Tuxedo Cat, the feline should have a predominantly black coat with a white chest and paws. The photo to the left is a fine example of a Tuxedo and is Whiskey, the spokespurrrson for the Tuxedo Cat website.

Meowza is there a lot to learn about the esteemed black and white cat on this website. I took a good long look in the mirror and my coloring is not “classic” Tuxedo but I do think I’m close enough to stand in solidarity with the Tuxedos.  Black and white cats are cool, they’re great swimmers, good-natured, very smart, and, well the list goes on and on but the female human warned me not to go too far with my “black and white cats are the best” lest the rest of the Tribe take exception to my comments.

So, what started out as an opportunity to share an excellent graphic on adoption has become quite an information session about Tuxedo Cats. And there’s more, the Tribe of Five will be interviewing Whiskey and sharing with you his adoption story.

So, as my feline friends across the Pond say, Cheerio until next time and if you don’t go over to TuxedoCats you’re just barmy! (and don’t forget to check out the pawsome graphic about adoption from Whiskey’s human below!)
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

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Walk Through The Web 11/29

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Alberto here. Please forgive me for missing my Wednesday Walk last week. The humans were off somewhere celebrating this thing they call “Thanksgiving”. We had a great cat sitter so all was well at our house but truth be told, I’m a bit miffed that they didn’t bring us any of this “turkey” they keep talking about. Sometimes humans can be so selfish.

But I digress. Here are my feline findings on the web this week.

Enjoy!
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Catty Shack-A Sanctuary For Feral Felines – RiverBender.com

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There are many kind humans who feed and care for feral cats. Sarah Shipton is one of those kind humans and when some of her feral friends were found dead or disappeared she decided that these felines needed a safe place. She took out a loan and built a sanctuary for the feral felines in her area.

She installed a cat proof fence, insulated shack full of kitty toys and a safe place for the felines to sleep and stay out of the cold, a lawn dragon and a porch where humans can enjoy the kitty cavorting and lots more. The Catty Shack is a 501c3″ no-kill animal shelter in Hamel, IL and the bulk of the contributions they receive are used for testing, spaying and neutering and food.

If there was an award for human rescuer of the year, I’d give it to Sarah Shipton. Two paws up for Catty Shack!

Awsome 4th Grader Collecting Blankets for Shelter Cats – CactusHugs.com

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While we’re on the subject of humans doing great things for felines, here’s another example. This mini-human named Kendall Keyes (who is only 9 years old) was concerned when she learned that the Palm Springs Animal Shelter needed warm fleece baby blankets for their adoptable kittens and cats. She sprang into action and with the help of her mom and school counselor, Kendalls Pawsitively Purrfect Kitten Supply Drive was born.

So you see humans, you don’t have to big, old or famous to do something fantastic for the felines at your shelter!

How Police Solved a Mail Bomb Case With Cat Hair – Above The Law

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Our female human is a writer and happens to be writing a mystery that centers around animal forensics. I for one, thought she was a bit crazy until I stumbled upon this article. A woman accused of sending letter bombs to Texas Governor Abbott and former President Obama was recently arrested and indictes and some of the key pieces of evidence in the case…cat hairs!

Evidently the Feds found cat hairs stuck under the address label on the letter and voila, the rest is history.  So now I guess I owe our female human an apology, especially since I have it on good authority that there are two characters in the book that are exactly like Oliver and yours truly!

Dog and Cat Besties Hike the Colorado Wilderness Together – Matador Network

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Those of you who follow my Wednesday wanderings know how much I love stores about adventure cats (being an aspiring adventure cat myself). I’ve featured many but this story is about an adventure cat and his canine buddy.

Henry, the dog and Baloo, the cat were both adopted from shelters and now that they have each other, their humans take them camping. These two have some amazing adventures and you can follow them on their Instagram account. Hmm, maybe I should speak to the humans about adopting an adventure buddy for me.

Oscar Is A Cat Of The World But He Doesn’t Like Flying – Newstimes

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Even world-famous media cats and adventure cats have their limit. Oscar, as his human desciribes him, is a “cat of the world” but there is one area of modern life that Oscar does not like and that is flying. Note his less then enthusiastic expression in his carrier.

After you read all that the human had to go through before and during the trip and Oscar’s response, you’ll want to think twice about taking your feline on a flight, even if they are the most adventuresome of cats.

 

 

 

Tucker Opines on Halloween

img_2348Hello There Friends,
So this week the humans celebrated this thing called Halloween.  The Tribe of Five would like to go on record as saying that there is absolutely nothing for felines to celebrate on Halloween!  And why do I say this, well, allow me to explain.

First, the humans have been known to attempt to shove their felines into ridiculous devices of torture that they refer to as “costumes”. They know better than to try that with this Alpha but they did do it to Alberto last year. (You may recall his blog about The Great Halloween Indignity) I am happy to report that this was the human’s first and last attempt to dress any of the Tribe of Five for this event.


Still, not all cats have been able to avoid these indignities, I was horrified to see photos of felines strapped into these items of torture all over the internet (see samples above). Just take a look at their faces and tell me that they’re enjoying themselves!

img_2361Now, if you are a kitty who’s managed to escape the whole costume thing there are other things about this Halloween that I find disturbing. For instance, the male and female humans leave five days a week to a place they call “the business”. Now since they own this “business” I can only assume that they have total control over what happens there. And this is why I got my whiskers in a twist when I saw this photo. Evidently they allow other humans to bring their canines to this “business”. I am highly insulted that they have not invited the Tribe of Five to work there (not that we felines actually work, we are far better at snoopervising.)  Just let me say the humans have a lot of explaining to do!

img_0092And, as if the indignity of knowing your very own humans are secretly spending time with other humans’ canines isn’t enough to send us into a tail spin, then there is the torture we go through every night of this Halloween. Now everyone with half a brain knows that the doorbell is not the feline’s friend. (Note to guests, you can find more about doorbells and other rules you should know here.) And it’s not just one “ringy dingy” or even two “ringy dingys”, it’s the constant torture of this despicable doorbell thing causing us to run and hide every few minutes. Poor Oliver only got as far as the dinner take out bag before the hordes of costumed candy thieves arrived.

All night it’s the same hellish routine, get settled on your favorite spot on the sofa, then the demon doorbell rings,  run and hide only to start the routine all over again in a few moments.  I don’t know what you humans find so entrancing about wearing stupid clothes and putting stuff on your face so you can hijack candy from your neighbors (and I might add that teaching this horrible practice to little children is beyond the pale!)

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The Tribe of Five took a poll and we all decided we’re boycotting this Halloween thing next year and are considering drastic measures to keep the humans from opening the front door.  I mean just look at what Halloween did to Al this year!

So my fellow felines, unite against this anti-kitty holiday and join us in our boycott of this disgusting celebration next year. Felines Unite!!

 

 

 
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Tucker

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/01

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Hi There Folks,

Alberto here bringing you my Wednesday mewsings from around the web. I hope you enjoy this week’s picks.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Feral Cats From California Get Work, New Lives In Colorado-The Denver Post 

black feral cat from California gets new home in Colorado

The feral cat population in California is exploding (estimates are 3 million). The weather is warm and food is fairly plentiful but feral cats don’t have great lives and don’t live very long either. Many California feral cats are euthanized but these kitties, if spayed/neutered can thrive if they’re given jobs as rodent control. And there are some dedicated folks in Colorado and at the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a feral cat rescue are doing. So far they’ve made three trips from California to Colorado in the “Meowgic School Bus” giving felines a ride to their new work locations in barns, homes and businesses in Salida, Golden and Fort Collins Colorado.  What a wonderful way to give feral kitties a home and a purrrrrpose in life!

Cats at Weddings – Pinterest

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I have previously reported on weddings that included beloved felines or cat-themed weddings. Little did I know you could search “cats at weddings” and find such a treasure trove of photos. So humans, fear not. You can find all kinds of ideas to include your beloved kitty in your future wedding preparations.

The Real Felines of New York – I Can Haz Cheeseburger?

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I will never understand why you humans are so interested in “housewives” from so many cities. I guess Jim Tews felt the same way so he started a page that features kitties from around the city.  Not only are the photos great but you can really get a glimpse into the life of the kitties in the Big Apple, for instance, there’s Scout from Astoria who has suffered under the city’s regulations, “I went to culinary school. I tried to open my own pastry shop, but I quickly found out I was up against a bureaucracy that was beyond my comprehension, and pretty intolerant. I had everything in place, but the health inspector shut us down as soon as he realized my staff was all cats.”

 Rescued Feral Kitten Named D.O.G. Helps Train Support Dogs – Little Things

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This story combines two things I love, cat adoption and working cats. Support Dogs Inc, in St. Louis recently added a feline member to the team. He’s a former feral kitten named D.O. G (pronounced “dee-OH-gee”) who has become one of the best training tools they have.  He trains the dogs to sit still, not to get up or react to him (and not to bark). D.O.G. is purrfectly fit for the job because he’s fearless and he stands up to all the dogs no matter their size. Way to go D.O.G and thanks to Support Dogs Inc for giving this feline a home and a job!

 

True Heroes,  Men Who Save Cats From Trees – BBC News

black and white cat stuck in tree

There are some mighty tall trees in Washington state, but Washington felines, take heart because you have Sean Sears and Tom Otto from Canopy Cat Rescue.  I say two paws up for these great humans! (You can see them in action by clicking on the link to the video below).

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/25

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Hi There Folks,
Alberto here with my favorite feline tidbits from the web.
Enjoy!

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Modern, Architect-Designed Outdoor Cat Dwellings for Charity – Design Milk

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Architects  pulled out all the creative stops when they designed, built and donated unique and functional outdoor dwellings for cats.  Even celebrities got into the act and they decorated and auctioned off food bowls to benefit local shelters.  Thirteen cat-tastic dwellings were created this year. Which one is your favorite?

 Miniature Furniture Designed Especially for Cats – Maxim

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Once you have that condo purchased and set up, you’re going to need to furnish it and there’s a Japanese furniture manufacturer, Okawa City who can handle the task.  Purrrsonally, I’m a fan of the kitty sized bed and the matching nightstand and lamp. Check them out and watch the video  of felines enjoying their new furnishings.

Paddles, The “First Cat” of New Zealand – HuffPost

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I attempt to stay away from purrrlitical things here but my love of working cats forces me to report on purrrlitical felines. Paddles will be New Zealand’s “First Cat” when his human, labor party leader Jacinda Ardern becomes Prime Minister.  And that’s not the only thing unusual about Paddles, she has opposable thumbs so I’m thinking she will be typing her own purrrlitical announcements on her Twitter account @FirstCatofNZ

The Camping With Cats Instagram Page is Purrrfect – Cheezeburger

gray tabby camping in winterIf you follow me Wednesday meanderings you know I love to feature adventure cats and this week I hit the jackpot! There is an Instagram page with camping cats (a few that I’ve featured in past Walk Through The Web Wednesday posts).  I am inspired and am looking forward to having my human providing me with a little adventure in the snow this winter!

 

 

German Man Planning to Open Sweden’s First Cat Cafe – The Local

yellow and white tabby at Stockholms first cat cafe

Dirk Lüders visited cat cafes all over the world and decided that Sweden needed one too. The Cat Corner will be open soon and will be more focused on the “cat” than the “café” part and he hopes to raise awareness about the problem of homeless animals in Sweden.

So he started work on The Cat Corner and hopes to open the country’s very first cat café in the coming months. According to figures from the cat charity Svekatt, there are 150,000 homeless cats in Sweden and 30,000 in the Stockholm area alone, and those numbers are growing. The café will allow people who can’t have cats to enjoy feline time and will work with local shelters to get cats adopted.

Methinks it’s time for my humans to plan an international cat café trip..but wait, that would mean they’d have to a cat sitter for The Tribe of Five so maybe they’ll have to go one at a time. In the meantime, the humans will just have to follow this cat cafe on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Felines Opine On Design

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Tucker here, the #TribeofFive Alpha. Our purrrsonal assistant received an intriguing email from the good folks at Tuft + Paw regarding a cat bed design contest.

Now if you humans are really paying attention to your felines as they relax and recline, this contest should be a no-brainer for you. Just watch how your kitties like to sleep, figure out what kind of sustainable materials you can use, submit your design and voila you may be a winner!

I enjoy availing myself of the human furniture with a little cat comfort added, a soft blanket or pillow is nice, which is why I think Tuft + Paws Island pillow would suit me very well. orange tabby on Island Cat Bed from Tuft + Paw

 

 

 

 

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Oliver is a heat seeking missile, he never seems to get close enough to the fireplace, so if the humans design a bed for him, it definitely would need to be created from sustainable fire-proof material.

 

 

 

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Al is a lean mean feline machine, and likes to stretch out as far as he can when he sleeps (pushing anything out of his way, including human arms and legs). A design for Al would need to be very loooong.

 

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Jasmine is more of a traditionalist, preferring to burrow under pillows or just perch on top of them like the princess she is.

 

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And then there’s Lily, well, let’s just say Lily is a non-conformist sleeper.

As you can see, there are lots of ideas for kitties who seem to have varied and assorted sleeping preferences.

 


Tuft + Paw is a great company
, inspired by their love of cats and their concern for their comfort and safety. They share their homes with felines, so they know what makes us happy and they also pay attention to style so that humans don’t mind displaying this fancy and decorative furniture in their homes.   And my favorite thing about this company? They  are great advocates of no kill shelters and have a heart for feral felines. In order to support shelter cats and cat adoptions, they offer a 50% discount for those who take part in their “Donate A Bed” program for their local shelters.
brown cat in fur Capello bed from Tuft + PawWe have a wonderful no-kill shelter in our community (Panhandle Animal Shelter) and methinks a few of those pawsome, furry, cozy Capello beds would be quite welcome there, especially in winter!

So humans, I encourage you to have a confab with your cats and come up with the winning design for this contest! But may I add a word of caution. As much as we felines appreciate all the cool toys and beds and scratching posts you spend your hard earned money on, sometimes, we just need a little quiet time in a cardboard box. img_0101

Purrs, Head Bonks and Comfy Slumber,
Your Friend Tucker,

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/2

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
It’s Alberto with my Wednesday feline news. I have my purrsonal assistant purrr-use the web to bring you what I feel are the most interesting stories of the week. Without further ado, here they are, enjoy!

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Black and White cat rings bell for service in this kitty restaurantA Restaurant Just for Cats – Animals4.com

I’m sure many of you have seen the viral video of the cats ringing a bell for food but this video takes it to the next level.  Watch this fastidious feline select and order his favorite menu items. I am waiting for such an establishment to open in my community!

veterinarian plays his guitar for post surgery gray cat  Vet has Unique Approach to Soothing Post Surgery Feline – Animals4.com

Now I am not a fan of the place of the white coats, although our place is set up to make us fearless and to actually enjoy the experience. (The Tribe of Five all visited and blogged about their experiences.) If any felines find themselves in this place, I hope they have a vet as kind and innovative as Dr. Ross Henderson!

Matilda the retired Algonquin Cat

Matilda, the former Algonquin Cat

The Algonquin Hotel, NY Hires A Fabulous New Feline – New York Post

Those of you who wander with me on Wednesdays know how much I like to feature working cats. This story is purrrticularily interesting to me. Matilda, the Algonquin Cat has retired after seven  years with the hotel. Matilda first came to the notice of The Tribe of Five as she resembles our very own Alpha, Tucker.  Take a look and let what you think.  But.  I digress.

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Tucker, Alpha of The Tribe of Five

About a month ago, an orange tabby, about a year old, was sighted in a feral colony, scrounging for food. He was immediately selected as Matilda’s replacement and now plays with toy mice, receives love from his human “staff” and visitors and has been officially hired as the newest Algonquin cat.

He has been dubbed Hamlet and his is the epitome of the rags to riches tale. Hamlet is the 12th Algonquin cat and its first male mascot in  Orange and white tabby at the Algonquin hotelmore than 40 years.

Hamlet, the handsome marmalade tabby will make his official debut tomorrow (August 3) at the hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show which is a fund raiser for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. My only questions is, “Hey Algonquin, where is my invitation??!!”

Ricky, the Distillery Cat – 89.3 WFPL (Ashlie Stevens)

Orange and white tabby in blue striped tieI’ve reported on cats who work in breweries, hardware stores, for police and fire fighters and even Russian cats who work in a museum but this is my first report of a cat working in a distillery.  Ricky often greets visitors in a baby blue tie. Brett Connors, the distillery’s brand ambassador, adopted Ricky when he learned that the feline had FIV — feline immunodeficiency virus — which resulted in folks passing up adopting him as they were concerned about his medical costs.

Ricky’s initial job was to be security but he is so friendly and outgoing, he managed to write his own new, job description as head of hospitality.

Hiring cats for distillery work has a long tradition, as these businesses have a lot of grain on site and where there’s grain, there are mice.

Ricky is so successful in his hospitality role that the distillery is planning on hiring a few other felines, all with Ricky’s medical condition. Not only will they have more feline ambassadors but they’ll provide a home to cats that otherwise would not find a forever place to live. Bravo to Castle and Keys Distillery! I have requested the humans to try the product from this feline friendly company and they were quite happy to oblige!

Tabby cat in the Swiss ArmyCat Draws Pension Without Lifting a Paw – SwissInfo.ch by Susan Misicka

I have wondered about all the working cats I write about, what do they do when they retire? Is there a retirement for them? We know that Matilda the Algonquin cat has retired but nothing is said about what kind of retirement she received. In this story, we find out what retirement is like for a Swiss Army cat.

This feline began hanging around the military base in Lyss in 2004. She was a bored house cat and wanted to find excitement that only life in the military could provide.

The soldiers in the barracks provided her snacks between meals and dubbed her “Broccoli” after the tabby ate some of the green vegetable when a soldier offered it to her.

Despite the fact that Broccoli had a home, she preferred hanging out with the soldiers and was added to the official roster of army animals about three years ago. This roster includes search and rescue and guard dogs, 57 riding horses and 200 pack horses but until Broccoli, no felines.

The feline’s owner and the military came to an agreement that she could enlist. The soldiers contribute to a fund so that she can have healthy meals. She shares an office with Werner Holzer who says she’s a polite and curious office mate.  Since she is an official army animal she receives medical treatment from the army vet.

Now that Broccoli is 14, she is officially retired with the rank of Brigadier but lest you think sh’e is unique, she isn’t the only Swiss animal  getting a pension from public funds.
You can view a video of Broccoli on the original article or check out her own Facebook page