Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The epitome of Feline Fashion – a behind the scenes look

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

Revenge is sweet – and wet!

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

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

How to hold a cat

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

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

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/18

Hello There Furiends,
The Female Human is getting back to her happy place and that makes The Tribe of Five happy as well.  Fall is definitely here. For some reason, I always feel more hungry when the weather is cooler. This is why I’ve developed a helpful skill. When The Female Human opens the refrigerator door I can hop inside in 3 seconds before she notices. This allows me to purruse the contents but I’ve got to tell you, there’s not much of interest in there.

 

As you know, food is of great importance to us and when The Female Human arrives with grocery bags, we are always excited, until we find out there is nothing in there for us. Note that this is not Tucker’s happy face.

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I don’t see any cat treats in here.

Even though we are balanced on the edge of starvation, we still like to keep ourselves in shape and entertained so we often have cat races, or as we prefer to call them, zoomie sessions. This is Tucker and I getting ready at the starting gate, er rug.

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On your mark, get set…zoom!

I hope you are all having some fun at home and that your humans don’t forget the treats when they’re shopping.

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Groom Loves His Cat So Much, He Made the Feline His Best Man

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You may recognize this dapper feline from the video channel Aaron’s Animals. His name is Prince Michael and I must admit I am a total fan boy. This human and feline have been besties since Prince Michael’s gotcha day and it’s only fitting that he’d be in the wedding. The human, Aaron Benitez says, ““We really are best friends, on and off the screen. I know I can always count on Prince Michael to put a smile on my face when I’m down or be my wingman when I’m up.” Now that’s what I call a purrfect furiendship. Now the only question is, will there be a wedding video on Aaron’s Animals?

“Mountain Lion” turns out to be a cat named Cookie

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This story comes under the heading, “You city folk need to get out in nature more”. There was quite a bruh-ha-ha about a “mountain lion” roaming around a Georgetown neighborhood.  Dr. Lee Morgan at Georgetown Veterinary Hospital studied the film and came to the conclusion that since mountain lions don’t have striped tails and  the paws on this cat were far too small to be a mountain lion, it wasn’t a mountain lion. The good doctor’s theories were proven correct when a woman called the veterinary clinic and said she thought the cat in the video was her feline, Cookie. The doctor took Cookie’s file out and realized this was indeed the cat in the movie. Cookie is unusual feline, a Bengal-Burmese-Brown Tabby mix (in other words, a very long cat, kind of like me).

Cookie’s human assured the neighborhood that he is very friendly and docile and while the community pondered as to the reason the cat was roaming the around at that late hour, The vet said, “It’s not my business what [he] was doing out at 4 a.m..”

Professor Doerack, the campus Casanova cat

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Campus cats have always been a “thing” but this scholarly feline takes being a campus cat to an entire new level. Professor Doerack.is a Maine Coon and Persian mix, and has been made an official student at the University of Groningen, Netherlands complete with ID card. He does have a permanent home with former students but he still loves to roam the campus, waltzing into his favorite classrooms. It’s said that the Furry Professor averages about 150 hugs a day. (My human needs to step up her game!)

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That time the CIA tried to train cats to be spies

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My regular readers know how much I love features about cats with jobs and this one is fantastic. The CIA decided that felines would make purrfect partners to obtain secret information. They quickly figured out that cats were not the best animals for their plan.

The CIA’s idea was that cats could be used to listen to private meetings and dubbed the experiment Acoustic Kitty. This happened in the 1960s when an attempt was made to listen to an unidentified head of state who was around some feral cats. The government planned to implant a small transmitter into the back of a cat’s neck with a microphone attached by a thin cord to the cat’s ear.

Needless to say they found out post haste that this was not a good idea. A Smithsonian.com article about Acoustic Kitty noted, “Cats are infamously disobedient, but the CIA believed that with the right training, they could become spies.” Well EXCUSE ME, this feline objects to the moniker, “disobedient”. I prefer to describe us as creatures who are not slavishly devoted to serving anyone.”.

All kidding aside though, what the scientists did to these hapless kittys was not funny and I, for one am thankful this project was a failure.

10 pictures that prove the world’s most powerful weapons are less scary when there’s a giant cat sitting on them

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The fact that we felines sit, sleep and drape ourselves over anything and everything inspired this human to create Military Giant Cats (@ GiantCat9 on Twitter) which features giant cats in varying positions with military weapons and weapons systems.

The creator of these photos who identifies himself as Thomas, told Insider magazine, “I started this weird account because I love the absurdity of [the] internet, I love the cats, I worked several years in the defense industry.”

He says that he photoshops  photos of felines that people send him onto airplanes, submarines, battlefields, tanks, etc.

So my furiends, get your humans to send this guy a pic of you and you too may find yourself part of the Military Giant Cats group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday..on Thursday…err…Friday, 9/6

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Hello There Furiends,

As I noted on Wednesday, The Tribe of Five decided to enjoy the holiday and we even gave our Purrsonal Assistant an extra day off. And this is why my weekly feature is late.

Hopefully these holiday fun pics will compensate for our late posting. We enjoyed our holiday. Oliver and I spent some “bro” bonding time together.

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Oliver and I took a stroll in the garden. Ollie is making sure that all the neighborhood cats have the opportunity to admire his handsome self in the harness. I have no need of accolades from other felines and the logo of my weekly feature already showcases me doing a garden stroll (although I have grown out of the old harness).

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Hello neighborhood felines, Oliver here.

Lily got her whiskers in a twist because The Female Human went out on the front porch without her. The problem with Lily is, she’s a darter and can’t be let on the front porch because she’ll take off. Sadly, the harness is not an option for her. The last time The Female Human tried to get her in it, The Female Human needed a number of items from the first aid kit.


Oliver and Tucker enjoyed the sun inside as well, as did Jasmine.

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Oliver & Tucker, sun lovers

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Happy Jasmine in the sunshine

As you can see, we felines are enjoying the last days of summer and, as the Farmer’s Almanac is telling us that winter is going to be seriously hard, we’ll take every bit of sunshine we can get!

Here are this week’s finds, I hope you enjoy them and the last of your summer days.
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Cat mistaken for burglar, gets ‘detained’ by police

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While responding to reports of a possible “burglary in progress” at a residence in Collier County, Florida, police officers made a furry discovery. Apparently, a small cat had gotten loose and wandered into a house while making “suspicious noises.”  Fortunately, the cat burglar was micro-chipped and was identified as “Bones” and his owners were contacted.

Cats Living Very Close to Hiss-tory

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We felines can make ourselves comfortable anywhere and there is a cat Sanctuary in Rome, Colonia Felina di Torre Argentina that is located in a very hiss-toric place, the place  where  conspirators stabbed Julius Caesar 22 times outside the Theatre of Pompey, on March 15 44 BCE. Centuries later, in 1929, Mussolini excavated the area to reveal four temples that are 20 feet below the street level. Today, it’s the oldest open-air spot in Rome-and filled with felines.

Humans can view the temple complex known as Largo di Torre Argentina from the fenced-off street, after a  restoration, the sanctuary will open to tourists in the second half of 2021. Now, only  felines can get up close and purrsonal with this party of history. This cat sanctuary is the oldest one in Italy and features all sorts of felines, those with special needs and those who are elderly and they are taken care of by cat ladies – gattare who also work to find as many furever homes for these cats as they can. The sanctuary also has a spay/neuter program.

So if you humans are planning to visit the Eternal City, you can have your history and felines too!

 

Feline Love Brings These Two Lovers Together

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Maria Sartzis and Oscar Pellicier were married Aug. 17 at Instant Elopements in Forest Hills, Queens. Their friends Tarsha Perrineau and Cory Pelletier attended the ceremony. The newlyweds met six months ago while shopping for cat food.CreditCreditAndrew White for The New York Times

Once upon a time two humans started a conversation in the cat aisle of the pet care section in Target. Now they are married! The female human (Ms. Sartzis) saw Mr. Pellicier scanning cat food labels and looking confused and she went over to see if she could help him (she has six cats and knows quite a bit about felines).  They had a 3-hour conversation and Mr. Pellicier told her about his three cats. The rest, as you humans say, is history. They married and now share their four-bedroom house with nine felines (gee I wonder where the humans sleep?)

Auditions for Cute Cat for Asda stores

 

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Will this kitty be the one to get the starring role? (Picture: Penpip)

Attention all you moggies across the pond. One lucky cat is about to have the best Christmas ever as Asda is auditioning for a feline friend to be the star of this year’s anticipated TV Christmas ad. The role will, if past Christmas seasons are any indication, see the lucky cat became a national treasure with cuddly toys and merchandise covered in their furry little face on sale

Auditions began in Harrogate, Yorkshire on Thursday, with cat owners from across the country queuing up to show off their cute kitties. Cats on leads and cats in crates were pictured with their owners, and others showed off their game faces as they prepared for their big moments in front of producers.

BilbCast – A Feline takes to the Airwaves to Podcast

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Bilbo The Cat has moved forward from his popular social media status on Twitter into the world of podcasts.  Now, you may be wondering what a cat podcast would sound like. Does Bilbo respond to listener questions? He may have future plans to do so but at the moment, his podcast consists of him purring into a microphone.  In the first episode, after some theme music, Bilbo starts into his purr routine.  Now, anyone who doesn’t have the good fortune of living with a feline can enjoy the soothing sound of purring.  If you’re dying to hear the podcast, just click on the link and go to the audio section.

 

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/28

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Hello Furiends,
The Female Human tells me that summer is coming to and end. This is very upsetting to me because she has not taken me out in the kayak yet. I know she’s had a tough few months and is extra busy trying to get things settled at our house and in her life but sheesh, this shouldn’t affect the felines!

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All this upheaval has made us all a bit needy. Me in particular.  I regularly demand access to Jasmine’s domain in the bedroom. Here I am looking cute and attempting to tell The Female Human I should be able to stay. Still, despite my cuteness, I am  being punished simply because I stretched out my unusually long legs and  kicked Jasmine off the end of the bed and across the room when she was in a deep sleep. Hey, mistakes happen and look at me, how could you banish me from the bedroom when I look so cute?!

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If The Female Human tries to ignore me, I just get on top of her and stare into her face and I will often put my paws on her shoulder to make sure she notices me. I am one big guy (lean but long and full of muscle) and when I am sitting on your chest and purring, it is extremely hard to ignore me -or to breathe.

 

I am not the only Tribe member who is a bit unsettled these days. Oliver and Tucker are always looking for extra love and assurance too.

 

Despite the changes we are experiencing I am happy to report that we are still the spoiled, loved pampered Tribe we have always been.

Well, enough about us, it’s time to see what fantastic feline facts I’ve uncovered this week.

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Walter Chandoha’s Cat Photography: A 70-Year Love Story

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Oh my whiskers, you humans need to get out and buy this new book, Walter Chandoha Cats: 1948-2018, “a career-spanning retrospective of the greatest cat photographer.”  by Susan Mitchell. Not only are there amazing photos of felines but some great ones of the photographer showing how he got those amazing photos (humans take note)!

Everything you need to know about ‘sheep cats,’ the curly-haired cats going viral on Instagram

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The Tribe is made up of rescue cats who are basically mutts, no pedigrees here. But there are some pawsome felines who do have a pedigree and these “sheep cats” are one of those breeds.

They do have a breed name, which is Selkirk Rex and they are curly, even their whiskers are curly! They’re a newer breed and came into being in 1987 when a Montana cat breeder named  Jeri Newman found a curly-haired cat at an animal shelter. He bred said cat with a Persian, and gained official recognition for the new breed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1992 and all Selkirk Rexes are descended from Newman’s original cat named, Miss DePesto.

These curly beauties can be long or short-haired and usually have a chunky build.   Their coats are dense with three layers but they require very little grooming.

Police Mascot Sgt. Butters loses his job but finds a new home 

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Sgt. Butters at his swearing in ceremony at the Mocksville Police Department.

After reading this report below, I too have some concerns about Sgt. Butters. Why won’t anyone say where he is? What’s the big cover up? Clearly, cats and politics don’t mix!

More than 50 people gathered Aug. 20 inside the chambers of the Mocksville Town Board of Commissioners, and several more stood in the Town Hall’s lobby.

It was the largest crowd ever to attend the monthly meeting of the town board, Mayor William Marklin said.

The reason for the turnout? Concerns about the fate of Sgt. Butters, the feline mascot of the Mocksville Police Department, who was taken out of the department and whose Facebook page was taken down last week. A town commissioner was reportedly concerned about the cat’s presence around a pregnant employee who has said that she cannot be around cats.

On Aug. 20, the mayor attempted to reassure the crowd that Sgt. Butters is living comfortably at the home of a friend of the police department.

Sgt. Butters didn’t attend the meeting.

Officers rescued the cat in 2018 after spotting him around the department’s building on Main Street. They nursed him back to health and he had been allowed him to stay in the police department’s offices.

Marklin said that the year-old cat’s social media page will return soon with its usual posts and pictures.

“While decisions regarding social media and Sarge Butters are made by town management and have not been addressed by the (town) board, the commitment of this agency to protect and serve the citizens of Mocksville remains our first priority, and as always, we will protect the well-being of Sarge Butters.”

Marklin spoke about the cat before a public-comment period in which four people told the town board about their concerns regarding Sgt. Butters. Afterward, the town’s board took no action regarding Sgt. Butters, and none of the five town commissioners spoke about the cat.

Alan Bagshaw of Mount Airy, a native of Mocksville, said he was troubled that town officials haven’t spoken much publicly about the cat’s fate.

“Silence is the message that the town of Mocksville has sent, to the nation and not just Mocksville,” Bagshaw said.

“True, Sgt. Butters is just a cat. We all want what is best for him.”

Bagshaw described Marklin’s statement about Sgt. Butters as ambiguous. Rumors are circulating about the cat because town officials have declined to publicly discuss Sgt. Butters, Bagshaw said.

“If Sgt. Butters is able to be cared for, and the police department is not the suitable place for him, I understand,” Bagshaw said. “But let’s talk about it. What the town of Mocksville did is set a precedent that they will treat a living creature as just a piece of property and throw it away when it’s no longer needed.”

Susan Whitener of Advance, a representative of the Save Sarge Butters Facebook Page, said that town officials should have considered the public’s concerns about the cat.

“Then one day, last week … Sarge was evicted from the probably only home that he’s ever known,” Whitener said. “Ripped from all of his fans and supporters, Sgt. Butters was gone. You should all be ashamed. I beg you to rethink your decision.”

Barry Williams of Advance acknowledged that Sgt. Butters is a good public-relations image for the police department, but he said that the public’s concern for him might be misplaced.

After the town board’s meeting, Marklin declined to say whether Sgt. Butters was living in a home in Mocksville or somewhere else in Davie County. Town Manager Matt Settlemyer declined to comment on the matter.

In addition, Police Chief Patrick Reagan declined to discuss Sgt. Butters.

‘Crazy cat lady’ stereotype has no evidence to support it, study finds

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My feline furiends, gather your female humans around the computer for this one.  A recent report found that dog owners are just as sensitive to their pets’ needs as the proverbial “crazy cat ladies” we’re always hearing so much about.

In fact, a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science appears to debunk the idea of the “crazy cat lady” altogether, not only because dog-owners are similarly empathetic to the sounds of their distressed pets, but also because cat owners show no signs of being more anxious, emotional or depressed than their doggie-doting counterparts.

Researchers at UCLA initially hypothesized that cat owners would be more emotional, or suffer from more anxiety and depression, than other groups they observed, including dog owners and folks with no pets at all. Upon examining the results from the study’s 511 participants (264 owned pets, 297 did not), their hypothesis didn’t hold up.

“We found no differences between cat owners and the other participants on any of the self-reported measures of anxiety, depression or experiences in relationships,” the study explains. Hah! Shows what you know UCLA!

The pet owners, overall, did appear to empathize more with their dogs and cats upon hearing the animals’ meows and whimpers, as they rated the sounds “sadder” than the group who didn’t already own pets.

Interestingly enough, the sounds of a whimpering dog were rated “significantly sadder” than the meows of cats.

“We found no evidence to support the ‘cat lady’ stereotype,” wrote the study’s authors, who traced the trope as far back as 1872, when The New York Times published an editorial called “Cats and Craziness.”

So there you go, the truth is finally out!

Girls and their cats – a new book

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Now that we’ve debunked the fiction of the “crazy cat ladies” I bring you another new book from fashion and beauty photographer  BriAnne Wills, Girls and Their Cats, which started as an Instagram photo series of the “cutest cat ladies and their feline companions”.  The  book full of portraits and profiles of 50 women – artists, entrepreneurs, writers and activists – and their furry sidekicks.

She says, “Our relationship is symbiotic. Cats give us what we need and vice versa, and we don’t take anything more. We respect each other and sometimes even learn from each other.” She has two cats, Tuck and Liza. Tuck is a black and white tuxedo who loves attention and wags his tail like a dog when he’s excited. Liza is a brown tabby, a mama’s girl with a thing for vegan cheese.

I say paws up to a book that celebrates beautiful cat ladies and the felines they love.

Alberto Opines onFriendly Fill Ins -Week 169

Hello There Furiends,
It’s good to be back to the Friday blog hop. It looks like our Purrsonal Assistant is finally pulling herself together and attending to the large workload she has neglected. If she wasn’t also our chef, cleaning lady and general lackey we might have had to consider replacing her but it appears this will not be necessary.

This is a blog hop, which means that you can hop on over to our friends at 15andmeowing or Four Legged Fur Balls and enter your Fill Ins post. If you to prefer to meow your answers here, we’re always happy to read them in the comment section.
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Here are this week’s fill in questions:

1. When I can’t _________________, I get _________________.
2.  Bring back _______________.
3. I’m embarrassed to say _________.
4. I feel like _________ gives my life meaning.

Here are my fill in answers:

1. When I can’t get into the shower, I get frustrated and scream and yell until the shower door is opened for me.
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2.  Bring back the old treats we used to get. The new “healthy” ones are NOT tasty. Look at me, barely able to hold my head up from hunger.
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3. I’m embarrassed to say that I am having a bit of difficulty fitting into my felted wool bed.
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4. I feel like working as a purrfessional feline blogger  gives my life meaning.
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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/3

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It’s getting far too warm for this cozy felted bed.” -Alberto

Hello There Furiends,

Spring is finally happening in our neck of the woods. In fact, I’m a bit sad that it’s getting too warm for me to sit in my snuggly DharmaDog-Karma Kat felted wool bed.  But the good news is that soon The Tribe and I will be enjoying the great outdoors safely in our catio.

 

 

 

 

 

Purrs & Head Bonks,

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Backpacker adopts a kitten on his world travels and customizes his bike to take the kitten with him.             

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This is a story that makes this feline smile. Dean Nicholson, began his journey in Dunbar, Scotland, last September and met his furry feline traveling companion in Bosnia.  He named the kitten Nala and they’ve traveled to Albania and Greece together. She even has her own Pet Passport.

He recalls their first meeting, : ‘I was going up a steep hill with my music blaring out of my speaker when I heard a desperate meow from behind me.”

He got off his bike and picked up the kitten and that was it, love at first site. He wasn’t going to take her with him at first, but he quickly realized he couldn’t bear to part with her.

They’ve been traveling companions for the last four months. She travels on the front of his bike in a basket, and creates quite a stir everywhere she goes.

How does Nala feel about traveling? Well if you take a look at the photos in the news article you’ll see how much she loves her new life. The only time she shows her displeasure is when the bike rattles over cobblestones. She jumps on her human’s shoulder until the shaky part of the journey is over. To read more about this traveling team visit  @1bike1world.

Cleveland Orchestra introduces ‘Cat Concerts’ on April Fools’ Day

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MOL, you humans are a riot. This is by far the best April Fool’s trick. All those well heeled orchestra patrons were ready to bring a lint roller and listen to the feline concert. The announcement from the orchestra said that they would be offering concerts with cats from the Cleveland Animal Protection League.  Their ad read, “Both classical music and interactions with animals bring people together, make a memorable impact on our lives, and have been proven to provide psychological benefits. Introducing this new initiative aligns with our mission to enrich lives by creating extraordinary musical experiences. These cat concerts will be just that: extraordinary.”

I say it sounds like a great idea, we felines can strum some mean tunes.

RCMP’s April Fools Announcement – A Police Cat Division

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B.C. Mounties have come up with the purrfect way to get their claws into crime. They’ve announced a Police Cat Services Division. The announcement read: “Front line officers throughout the province who have been volunteered for the pilot project will be assigned their police cats over the next few months. Each Police Cat handler will also be given a Cat carrying backpack, and each cat has been chosen based on a particular set of skills acquired over a very long training process,”

This April Fools announcement started a Twitter storm, someone stated that a police cat can work for almost 15 minutes a day before getting bored and they aren’t expected to be enthusiastic. Also, “A police cat entering the RCMP training program must be moody, aloof and pensive (no reason for it, they just are),”  Frankly, I find the idea of a feline police force absolutely purrfect!

Pet Sematary director says cats who played Church were a ‘pack of divas’ on set
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Evidently humans are bringing the Stephen King 1983 novel, Pet Sematary to the big screen. The character, Church, the undead feline who plays a major role in the film, was an import part to cast and a hunt was launched for the purrfect feline thespian.

The human directors decided that they would cast a Maine Coon with a multi-color coat.  They didn’t realize that it would be difficult to find 8 cats exactly alike. Each feline actor had an acting specialty; one was a hisser, another could hold a steady stare, one was a jumper, etc. Each cat would have to become acclimated to the set when they arrived so all the actors would have to sit quietly and let the cat sniff everything for about ten minutes. Evidently being forced to sit and watch the cats didn’t sit well with the humans and they began calling the feline actors “a pack of divas”. Clearly, those humans have not come to the realization that this is a feline world and they are only allowed to live in it.

Click here to watch the movie trailer.

Cypriot Hotels Install Cat Hotels for Strays
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Now THIS is how hotels should handle the feral cat population! Two resorts in Cyprus have built cat hotels for lucky feral felines. Volunteers of  Animal Rescue Cyprus have been instrumental in this process and have been working on this solution for hotels for over ten years. The idea is that by providing on-site shelter and food stations, , cats have a safe place to eat and sleep, and will be less inclined to pester guests. One of the two resorts participating is the Columbia Beach Resort in Pissouri.

The resort has established the Columbia Cat Care Project, which traps, spays, neuters the cats and feeds and monitors them. The cats have become an attraction at the resort and often and many bond with certain felines and even sponsor their favorite cat for a cost of 25 Euros a year (that’s about $28.00 US).

Aphrodite Hills Hotel in Paphos is the second resort with a program to care for its cats. , They have installed feeding stations and are looking to build an entire cat hotel that is fenced and protected.

Paws up to these innovative humans!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/14

Hello there furiends,
Yes, I know it’s not Wednesday but I was preempted by Lily’s DNA post. Evidently our purrsonal assistant could not handle more than one blog post a day. I am showing my magnanimous purrsonality and not meowing to Lily about the late post for my feature.
Sometimes it’s important to just be the bigger feline.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Cat That Went Missing Five Years Ago Finally Returns Home

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Larry the prodigal feline

This comes under the heading, “never give up when your feline goes missing”. Larry, the feline, was allowed outside for a stroll but never came back. Larry’s human resigned herself to the fact  that he was gone forever, that is until he was taken to a nearby animal shelter and they called saying they had Larry.  Larry was found in pretty good health but he was missing part of his paw.

Aaaaand Another Prodigal Cat Comes Home-To Find Himself In  A Nasty Custody Dispute

Poppy

Lily Downie was nine when her mother got her a kitten to help console her after the death of her father in 2010.  Unfortunately, when the family moved Poppy decided to take up residence with another family in the neighborhood.

Poppy’s family tried to do everything right. They took Poppy to the vet after he was found as a stray and had the vet scan the cat for a microchip. The details were out of date and the owner could not be located so Poppy stayed in her new home. Her new family spent hundreds of dollars on vet bills, spent another $1,000.00 for teeth cleaning and had her microchipped with her new information to make sure she would be returned home if she was lost.

Then the former owner was notified that someone thought her cat was with another family. And then they caught Poppy and took her away from her family and gave her to her previous owner.

The previous owner used the story to promote herself into 15 minutes of fame and Poppy’s second family saw the article and are now fighting to get Poppy back.

This feline always says “think lost not stray” but there is some responsibility on the previous owner’s part to find their lost kitty. How hard did they look? Why didn’t they change the microchip when they moved? Methinks this story is not as cut and dried as one may believe. Note to Poppy’s original human, take less selfies and take better care of your cat. (Sorry, I know I’m a bit hissy but this story put me over the edge) Also, the article referred to the cat as “him” and “her”, humans, can’t you figure this out??

Game of Thrones Cat Bed

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When I asked The Female Human what this “Game of Thrones” thing was she gave me a blank stare. She also admitted she had never watched this TV series. Well evidently there are humans that are far more enlightened than mine and they are rushing to spend £216.53 ($286.98) for this piece of feline furniture.

You can find the iron cat bed on Etsy  The designer says the bed is suitable for cats and small dogs but really, are dogs cool enough for this bed? What do you think?

The 12 Best Movie Cats of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Allow me a moment to meow about this. I was excited to see who these twelve wonderful feline actors were, only to discover that 7 of the twelve are cartoon of fake cats. Seriously IndieWire humans? I could easily come up with five real felines for this title. I found many at the Cinema Cats site like the Kitten in Trainspotting, Floyd the cat in Ghost, The movie Day for Night and the kitten actor, Orangey in the movie Rhubarb, the fabulous dinner table feline in She’s Having a Baby, Fred, the one-eyed feline in Gifted, and this list wouldn’t be complete without Bob from A Street Cat Named Bob.  There are lots more great, REAL actor cats. Check them out at Cinema Cats.

Working  Cats at Las Vegas Church Just Like Family

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Oh my whiskers do I love stories about working cats and this story about Koukla and Pontiki, who started their new job at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church about two months ago, is a winner!

It’s a nice gig, 24/7, with food and housing are included. Also some nice perks like a human coming in and saying “Who’s a good girl?” while scratching them behind the ears.

Koukla and Pontiki came to the church through the working cat program. I’ve reported on this program in numerous communities. While breweries seem to be the first to begin “hiring” felines, more humans are thinking outside the box and hiring felines for their workplaces and now churches are being enlightened as well.

St. John the Baptist is the first church to adopt a cat through the program. John Koutsulis, a parish council member, says the church learned about the program after the Rev. Seraphim Ramos noted that cats often are kept in Greek monasteries to control rodents.

“We own just shy of 10 acres of land and we thought, ‘Why not have some cats out there?’ ” Koutsulis says.

Enter Koukla, a gray tabby (the name is a term of endearment equivalent to “doll”or “cutie”) and a Siamese named Pontiki (“mouse,” used in the sense of, say, “little scamp”).

They spent their first weeks at the church living in an outdoor — but fairly fancy — enclosure while adjusting to the reality that they now had a home. The felines adapted quickly and now have the run of the property.

I’ve heard of church mice but never church cats! Be sure and watch the video.