Walk Through The Web Wednesday 5/6

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,
I hope you are all well and looking forward to life becoming more normal again. We would have had an excellent photo for you but The Female Human couldn’t get herself together enough to get the shot so I’m reduced to only sharing the story with you. Still, I think you’ll find our weekly local report very a-moosing.

Last night, The Female Human walked out of our next door neighbor’s house and noticed that the neighbors across the street were on their porch yelling at her and waving their arms. These are fairly new neighbors so she doesn’t know them and didn’t want to appear as if she was judging them so she smiled and continued to stroll down the driveway. The words finally became a bit clearer and she heard “MOOSE! MOOSE! MOOSE!” Thinking that they surely would not be so rude as to be referring to her appearance, she saw them gesturing to her right and turned her head to take a look. There less than the social distancing six feet recommended was a very large young moose, standing next to the cars in the driveway.

The Female Human has lived in Northern Idaho long enough to know that you never mess with a moose. They are extremely large, fairly bad tempered and have no problem charging anything. As she looked at the moose she could tell he was getting annoyed with the neighbors yelling and arm waving. He snorted a few times and, before he could head in her direction she hightailed it over to our house and ran inside. Yes, this would have been a fantastic photo op but she didn’t take the time to get her phone out of her pocket and shoot the picture. Sigh. Due to her failure to capture the moment, I am reduced to using a video and a link to an article in Sandpoint Magazine called, Urban Moose-The Good Life In The City, to show how these beasts have no boundaries and believe they own the forests and the city streets here!

.So now you know why these kitties enjoy sitting in the window and watching our local wildlife walk by!

“Hey Human, the moose is back, get your camera!” – Alberto & Lily

Well that’s enough moose talk, now on to the feline news from around the web.

U.K. Wildlife Park Welcomes Two Tiny Members of the World’s Smallest Cat Breed

I’ve always thought of my wild cousins as great, big fear inducing felines. Imagine my surprise when I heard about these little guys!

These two live in the Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary in Cornwall, England and are Rusty Spotted Cats, the worlds smallest cat breed.  

These two tiny felines are rusty-spotted cats, the world’s smallest cat breed. The rusty-spotted cat grows to be just 35 cm (not quite 14 inches)- 48 cm (not quite 19 inches) in length. It is believed that these cats are only 2 of around 40 in captivity in the world.

In the wild, these tiny kitties are found in Asia. You can learn more about our little friends here.

Elmo, the Gardening Glove Loving Cat

Photo- BBC.COM

This klepto kitty made the BBC news with his penchant for stealing one purrticular type of item.

His human, Vikki Maddocks reports that to date Elmo has lifted 14 gloves from the neighbors in the past year. Also interesting to note is that he normally brings one glove home and then goes later to retrieve it’s match.

Elmo drops his treasure at Maddock’s feet and meows proudly.

Why gardening gloves? Trudi Atkinson, a cat behaviorist says it’s possible that Elmo’s mother taught him to hunt using replacement items if real prey was not available. If Elmo’s human reinforced this behavior by petting him or reacting in a positive manner to his “gifts” he would be motivated to continue his thievery.

Evidently this gardening glove stealing is a thing in England. Last year a female cat named Bella received media attention for her glove napping.

Message in a Bottle. Neighbors in Isolation Stay Connected with Carrier Cat

Who says you need skype, text or phone calls during isolation?  Sam Cramer has found a much better way to communicate with her neighbors, Cat Mail.

It all started one day when Cramer’s cat Bella wandered into the house with a new collar. Cramer was confused because Bella had never worn a collar.  Her first thought was that this wasn’t Bella but she said, “I check out the cat and, yes, it has the same scraggly ears and, yes, it has a bad attitude so it’s definitely my cat.” 

Then she noticed a glass bottle with a cork stopper attached to the collar with a hand written note inside. The note was a message from her next door neighbors telling her that Bella had been visiting them for a few weeks

Cramer wrote a note apologizing for Bella if she’d been cranky and apologized for Bella’s intrusion.

The neighbor’s responding “cat mail”  assured her that Bella was “no bother.” 

The 15-year old daughter of the neighbor wanted to make sure Bella was not a stray and figured the cat mail might be a good way to find out if she had a home.

“I just thought it would be a good way to know if she had a home and a name and now it’s turned into a daily thing,” she said. “We’re always really excited to see her at the door.” 

As the lonely days of the pandemic drag on, all parties cherish the tiny notes Bella brings. 

These neighbors have decided that cat mail will continue long after their quarantine is over.

This international star has never left her Portland home

Portland’s ‘Owl Kitty’ has appeared in some of the greatest movies ever made. Her human, Tibo Charroppin says her work has been watched more than 50 million times on her Instagram page. The most amazing thing is that Owl Kitty has accomplished all this without ever leaving Portland.

Owl Kitty is her stage name. Her real name is Lizzy who was adopted from a local shelter. Charroppin said she’s been acting like a diva ever since she was a kitten and she was a natural to become a star. She’s appeared in scenes from many major motion pictures such as Star Wars and The Matrix.

How has this feline diva managed to become a star? Her human is a full time video editor so he has all the skills needed to insert Owl Kitty in the middle of famous scenes. The Human’s partner, Olivia Boone is the social media manager for a major non-profit organization so she had the skills to get Owl Kitty properly launched on the web.

Charroppin also does “behind the scenes” videos to document the process of filming Owl Kitty and those are as popular as the furry diva’s movie shorts. And if you have an aspiring feline actor in your house, Charroppin also offers tutorials to teach you the process.

If you would like to view more of Owl Kitty’s films, visit her Instagram account.

Cat vs. chants: Friendly feline tests Buddhist monk’s patience

This Thai temple cat’s refusal to be ignored during the five-hour-long New Year’s prayers was a true test of the patience of this monk. The video of this monk gently trying to move the cat away took Thailand by storm and now is reaching around the world.

After he tried numerous times to move the cat off his lap because the cat was kneading his shoulder and blocking his view of his prayer book, the monk finally realized that resistance would be futile and petted the feline.

Thailand has many cats that roam freely around the temples and they are called, you guessed it, temple cats. It is reported that all the temple cats are fat due to the love and good care they receive.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/15

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello All You Cats and Kittens (and humans too),
Alberto here with my weekly purrrusal of the web. I’ve got some working cats, a sporting cat, luxury for cats and a “must see” documentary for feline fans. Enjoy!
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Police build mini condo for unofficial mascot ‘SWAT Cat’ – The Boston GlobePolice

Calico mascot of the Boston SWAT team gets a new houseMembers of the mobile SWAT team in Roxbury have constructed some fancy digs for their calico “unofficial” mascot SWAT.

This lucky feline received a one-story apartment with a spacious interior, a nice deck for outdoor dining (and perhaps entertaining) custom-made outdoor living facility .  Now that’s a job with some good benefits, food and fancy lodging!

 

George the Cat goes to work at the local Wilco Store – Daily Mail

British tabby cat hangs out in Wilco storeGeorge, the tabby has decided that the retail life is for him.  He’s created quite a sensation in the Wilko store (a budget store) in Bristol, England.

George has created quite a sensation and has garnered a fan club as well. Some fans created a Facebook page for him. When asked about his job description, the response was that he takes strolls in the aisles (probably greeting customers), catnapping on mats and relaxing on cushion displays. Sounds like a good job to me!

A concentrated effort was made to find out if George has a human, and he does. His human remarked that “he has a loving home with two other cats but I can’t keep him in and he keeps returning to the shops to say hello.”

Well, I guess if you’re a career minded kitty, you’ve just got to do what you need to do.

Kedi-The ‘Citizen Kane’ of Cat Documentaries – IndieWire

black and white cat from the Turkish movie Kedi,IndieWire refers to this feline film as “technically  a sophisticated, artful documentary from Turkish film maker Ceyda Tourun.”. That’s a  bunch of human language to say that this movie tells the story of Turkish felines and the humans who love them.  Although stray cats are sort of a cultural thing in Turkey, their cats are loved and cared for by the people of Instanbul. The film opened in New York on Feb. 0 and will be in Los Angeles on Friday. You can watch a ” target=”_blank”>preview  here.

Now I don’t understand all this “film speak” but I do know that any movie about felines is a good movie! Oh, and guess what “kedi” means in Turkish…cat, of course!

The Amazing Skiing, Swimming & Hiking Norwegian Cat – Adventurecats

orange cat skiing with his humanWe felines, by nature, are athletic and supple. Why even Tucker, our 16-pound Alpha can leap onto a high stool and onto the kitchen counter in an elegant and acrobatic movement. But Jesper, the Norwegian athlete takes athleticism to an entirely new level. He even has his own Facebook page. And if you don’t  believe that Jesper is the ultimate feline athlete, check out the video of him swimming.

His human says that Jesper likes hiking in the mountains and forests but he really loves fishing trips. She said some of her best memories are “When we are on fishing trips in the evening. It’s dark and we make food on the campfire, and he is sitting with us. He’s our best buddy in fur. It’s a special time for us.”

Well, Jesper, I commend you but I think I will contain my outdoor adventures to my regular strolls through our garden wearing my stylish harness and leash.

 

 Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotels

tabby cat in wrought iron kitty bedLast week I told you about a fancy feline hotel in Indonesia and this week I’ve discovered an entire chain of feline luxury hotels in England.

So here’s what you proper British Moggies can expect when you check in:

  • a sumptuous suite with decorations befitting a 5 star hotel
  • wrought iron beds with soft pillows
  • A La Cat menus served on bone china
  • there is a themed garden area for each cat suite
  • 24 hour human concierge service
  • cheerful music guaranteed to get a feline purring

After reading this and looking at the a-cat-modations on the website, I have only one question, “Human, when are you sending me to a Longcroft hotel?”<style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style>

 

 

 

Oliver, the “Hairy Houdini” of Cats

Hello Friends,

black and white cat with a sneer on his face

Me, sporting my new black and white collar. Note the look of happiness on my face.

Oliver here. I’d like to share my “battle of the collar” with you. The humans have a rule; every member of The Tribe of Five must wear a collar with our names and the human’s phone number. Even though we are inside kitties, there has been the odd occasion over the years when one of us has slipped through someone’s legs and shot out the door to explore the garden or the neighborhood, hence the reason for the identification on the collars. Oh, and each collar has a bell because when there are five felines in the household who aren’t well-behaved all of the time, the humans are able to identify who is walking around, racing up the stairs, or jumping off the counter by the sound of our bells.

My brother Alberto and I came to live with the humans about a year and a half ago. The female human promptly ordered us collars. The collars arrived and were placed around our necks. Alberto (and the rest of the Tribe of Five) sport their collars proudly. I, on the other hand, have issues with these things. I’ve spent much time learning how to remove the offending collar (the “safety” feature is wonderful for ridding myself of the offensive item when I get my teeth into it and pull in just the right manner.)

black and white cat chewing on his collar

Whoops, busted!

I lost my first green collar quickly. The humans searched the house but I’d hidden it so well they gave up. A second collar was ordered. I pulled on that one so much, I managed to break the plastic buckle rendering the thing useless.

The female human thought she’d try a new tactic. She went shopping and bought yet another new collar. She declared it perfect for me and told me over and over how “dapper” I looked in the black and white restraint, and how well it matched my luxurious coat. Then she had a small tag made with my name on the front and the human’s cell numbers on the back. This was attached to the collar with the bell.

So, it’s not bad enough that I’m forced to wear this restraint now; I’m forced to suffer further distress with a tag that clinks against the attached bell. Every step I make, I hear, “tinkle, tinkle, clink, clink”. It is maddening. Alberto heard the “song of my collar” immediately, ran over to me and promptly slapped my tag and bell back and forth, enjoying the new “toy”. I was not amused.

black and white cat with black and white checked collar

I refused to turn around so the female human was forced to photograph the newest constraint this way.

I admit it did take a little more time to figure out how to extricate myself from this contraption but I managed- five times. The first four times, the humans successfully located my hiding place for the restraint and attach it to me. The fifth time I hid it so far away they’re still looking for it.

Sadly, the female human found my very first collar and had the temerity to make me wear it this morning before she left for work. I have an entire day to get the thing off of me and bury it in a place she’ll never look.

I don’t know about the rest of my feline friends, but I hate these collar things and I refuse to accept them in the docile manner Tucker and Jasmine have (they’ve been wearing the same collars for 13 years!)

I call all my collar-despising feline friends to unite! Tell me your terrible collar tales and let’s figure out how to put an end to this barbaric practice!

 

Your Soon to Be Collarless Friend,

Oliver
Oliver the black and white cat holding sign