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,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

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

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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 The details were out of date and the owner could not be located so Poppy stayed in her new home.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.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/27

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Hello Furiends,
final-1It’s Wednesday again. It’s still cold here and the wind is blowing like crazy. The squirrels are almost getting blown off the feeder when they try to eat. I guess this guy thinks hanging upside down and hanging on for dear life is the best way to mooch his free meal. The Tribe is ready for some warmer weather. If you have any you could send us it would be greatly apurriciated!

I hope you enjoy this week’s wanderings.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Do Copy Cats Really Exist? 

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“Human, I am not anything like you!” – Oliver

There are some Humans from the University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University who think cat owner’s purrsonalities are influencing the behavior of us felines. They investigated the relationship between the different purrsonalities between humans and their cats.

Their findings said you humans can affect us felines like parents personalities can affect their children (but we ARE your children, furry children). They studied more than 3,000 predominately UK based humans with cats and had them fill out a questionnaire about their purrsonalities and the purrsonalitis of their felines.

They found out that the more nervous and stressed out you humans are, the more neurotic your felines in residence are. You nervous humans are causing us to be in poorer physical health, gain too much weight, have behavioral problems and more, according to the study.

But it’s not all bad news. If you humans are happy and conscientious, we felines will be less anxious, less aggressive and will be much better behaved-and happy.

The researchers said in conclusion, “The majority of owners want to provide the best care for their cats, and these results highlight how influential our own personality can be on the well being of our pets.”

The moral of this story is, you humans should be less nervous, less stressed and consider how your issues affect us felines.  For you studious humans who want to know more, you can read the study titled, “Owner personality and the wellbeing of their cats share parallels with the parent-child relationship,” in the scientific journal PLOS ONE

Man Honors His Cat In An Unusual Way

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“Cats in space? Who knew?” -Alberto

I don’t usually like to report on any feline news that’s sad but this a nice story of how a human shows his love for his cat who crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Pikachu,a  7-year-old orange tabby died last month after a battle with diabetes and pancreatitis. He was a bit of a Twitter star and his human, Steve Munt, created a Twitter account for his family of seven cats a few years ago, and it just hit 12,000 followers. (Hmm, our Human needs to step up her game!)

Munt is a big fan of science. His home had been owned by a nuclear physicist prior, and Munt gives his cats a scientific narrative in his thousands of Twitter posts on their account called @GrowingUpZee, named after you guessed it, one of his cats.

When Pikachu died, Munt knew he needed to do something very special to remember his sweet, loving nature , so he paid $5,000.00 and secured a spot on this year’s memorial cremation rocket by a company called Celestis.  Now, Munt and Pikachu’s followers can track Pikachu in space on the Celestis website.

Meowza, I would say this guy loved his feline. What do you think about Pikachu in space?

Urban Outfitters Is Selling Caps For Your Cat And It’s Cuteness Overload

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I am no fan of dressing up cats but this story did intrigue me. Now, the human company, Urban Outfiters, is selling cat hats for the felines of their human customers..

The hats come in three different designs, and are priced at £10 each. However, get to choose the style of cap they will send you either the yellow duck, white bear or brown bear.

The hats are adjustable so if your feline will sit still long enough, you can get a good fit,

The product only has one review so far,  “I bought this hat for my two cats and even though they find it slightly uncomfortable they look so cute in it!” The human reviewer gave it five stars. I wonder how many stars that human’s felines would give the hats.

If you are cavalier about the dignity of your felines, then go ahead, order one of these cat chapeaus. As for me and The Tribe of Five, we’ve already put The Female Human on notice, no cat hats in this house!

Maybe a Leapord Can’t Change It’s Spots But This Cat Can Change Her Color

A lady in Germany found two kittens, Elli and her feline sister Rosie at a farm. Poor Ellie was not well and riddled with mites and infections.

Nicole nursed the little Tuxedo cat back to health and one day noticed a small, white spot on Eli’s black back.

Over the next few months, Eli became more and more speckled. Nicole took Eli to the vet and discovered that the feline had vitiligo, a rare condition that causes fur and skin to gradually lose their pigment.

Elli is a ‘very playful, cute, interested and lovely’ cat and very faithful to her human. Now, two years after the first vet visit, Elli is hardly recognizable. Most of her coat is white with beautiful black stripes and splotches.

Elli is also clearly very faithful to her savior Nicole, only ever leaving her side to sunbathe on the sofa.

Two years on from that trip to the vet and Elli is hardly recognizable. Her coat is now mainly white, with the remnant black fur forming striking stripes and splodges on her beautifully mottled coat. The condition does not threaten Elli’s health but it sure makes her an interesting feline!

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette Is An Heiress

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The German fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld died last week and now, his beloved feline Choupette stands to inherit a portion of his $300 million dollar fourtune.

Choupette, whose name is French for “sweetheart,” has historically lived a lavish lifestyle, with the fashion designer hiring maids to ensure her comfort. The inheritance will ensure the silky Burmese cat continues living her best life, which means daily meals of caviar and chicken pâté and travel on private jets.

She is a celebrity in her own right, amassing  over 260,000 followers on Instagram and has earned a healthy $3 million through sponsorships and ad appearances. She has previously served as an ambassador to German automobile manufacturer Opel, launched her own lines with brands like makeup company Shu Uemura and luxury cat-product producer Cheshire & Wain, and been the subject of two books. Lagerfeld addressed his cat’s fortune — both cat-made and bequeathed — in the past, noting, “She has her own little fortune, she is an heiress. If something happens to me, the person who will take care of it will not be in misery… She’s a rich girl!”

Now this handsome blue-eyed feline only has one question….Choupette, are you dating? Call me!

Lily Opines About The Mystery of Her Ancestry

Hello Furiends,

I'm eyeing the butter but I've decided to be a good cat.

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Lily here. Every since I was adopted from our local shelter, The Female Human has been mystified about my heritage. As you can see, I have some interesting markings and my purrsonality is very different from the rest of  The Tribe of Five.

This is why I am so excited! The good folks at Basepaws are sending a kit to The Tribe of Five and I was the lucky feline selected to have my DNA tested!

Basepaws is the first cat care company built around genetics. All The Female Human has to do is to get DNA from my cheeks and hair Now mind you I am a bit of a wild child. The Female Human can’t even get me to hold still enough to clip my claws so the cheek part will be interesting.

Once she has my DNA she sends it to Basepaws in Los Angeles and the Basepaws folks work their magic. My  DNA contains more than 20,000 genes, which are spelled out in a unique genetic code that is around 2,700,000,000 letters (nucleotide bases) long. Basepaws takes this DNA and uses sequencing machines to read and record these letters. Now I have no idea what that means but I do know that they can see if I have genes that make me prone to any diseases and also give The Female Human insight into my history.

And Basepaws isn’t a one- time wonder! We’ll get  constant updates as they learn more. I’ll become part of the Basepaws family and get a lifetime of updates, newsletters and articles (since I  can’t read The Female Human will have to read them to me.)

I hope you will follow my Basepaws journey with me. And if you want to learn more, click here to read their blog.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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President’s Day Greetings

Oliver and The Tribe of Five reminisce about Oliver’s run for Purresident when he was just a kitten.
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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/13

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Hello Furiends,
It’s been snowing, and snowing and snowing at our house. The Tribe and I are spending quality time in front of the fireplace this week. The only place this feline is walkin’ is through the web!

I hope wherever you are, you are warm and cozy.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Koala and Cat Are Unlikely Furiends

Now I have been known to make friends with the woodland creatures around our house so this news piece wasn’t shocking to me. But we live in the good old US of A and there are none of these “koalas” around.

Evidently this Australian feline named Richo had his own woodland visitor. The cat’s human heard a “tap,tap” on the window and saw the two looking at each other. The koala kept going away and then coming back for another look. I bet he was thinking, “What sort of koala is this?!”

Cornwall’s Five Star Hotel for Cats has Room Service and A Chauffeur

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, our furiends across the pond sure know how to treat felines! This family owned hotel in England has 18 rooms which include double rooms (for two cats) and family rooms (for up to fourcats-I guess one of the Tribe would have to stay alone if we were in Cornwall). Felines in Cornwall have it made!

A New Twist on the term “Cat Fight”

This story falls under the category “humans behaving badly”. Evidently two brothers from Lincoln, Nebraska got into a fight about cat ownership that ended up in second-degree assault and resisting arrest for one brother. When the fight deteriorated into destruction of items in the apartment, the police were called. Now really humans, we felines apurreciate your love and devotion to us but please, don’t harm anyone or get yourself arrested to prove it!

Working Cat in Baltimore Mistaken For Stray & Taken

Willow from the Monument City Brewing Company in Baltimore

You know how I love stories about working cats and this one is a doozy. Evidently Willow (Will to his furiends) who works at Monument City Brewing Company in Baltimore was cat-napped by three misguided do-gooders.

Brewery staffers took to social media immediately after realizing that their feline employee was missing. They were nice about it, posting on Facebook, “We’re sure this was done with the best intentions, however, we’re pretty attached to Will and hope that you bring him back to his home.”  The post was shared more than 3,200 times on Facebook. And lo and behold, Will was returned and the staffers posted, “Will is excited to get back to work.”

The Brewery is taking Will post-haste to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter to be microchipped. and threw a party to celebrate Will’s homecoming.

People, when it comes to felines think LOST not STRAY!

Rosie the Riveting Library Cat

And here’s another heart-warming working cat story. A stray kitten named Rosie is now working at the Gutekunst Public Library. She appeared on the library doorstep in December and the Library Director says, “We didn’t find her. I think she found us,” The librarian says she went to lunch and they didn’t have a cat and when she returned from lunch, they did.  The librarian did the right thing, searching for the kitten’s humans, making phone calls and posting on social media but no one responded.

When library guests began to ask if the kitten could stay at the library the question was posed to the Board of Directors who agreed to give Rosie’s employment a try. A contest was held to find a name for the kitten and Rosie was chosen (her full name is Rosie Agatha Christie Finch).

Today Rosie can be found darting from one room to another or in a window sill enjoying sunshine. She is loved by all the librarians and library patrons and she loves to greet everyone when they arrive.  I think every library should have it’s own feline!

Walk Through the Web Wednesday-on Thursday! 2/7

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Hello There Furiends,
Well, we’ve had some staff issues again and my regular Wednesday column is appearing on Thursday this week! I would insist that there be some repercussions regardly this slacker behavior but I am not an unreasonable feline and therefore will let this little “faux-paws” slide, this one time!
I hope you enjoy my web wanderings for this week.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Frozen and Unresponsive Cat Makes Miraculous Recovery

Fluffy, the cat was found buried under a mountain of snow on Thursday, Jan. 31. She was found by her humans in a snowbank in Kalispell, Montana where she lives. The day she was found the area experienced temperatures of 8F and below zero temperatures the day before.

When Fluffy was found she was rushed to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell. Her temperature was so low that it didn’t even register on a thermometer!

They used warm water and blankets to bring her temperature up but after two hours her temperature was still too low. She was transferred to the emergency room and after a few more hours she finally began to show signs of recovery.

Fluffy is now fully recovered and at home with her humans…safely indoors!
Two paws up for this amazing success story and furiends, if you live in colder climes, STAY INSIDE!!

Cat Keeps Things Moving at Train Station

A furry feline is keeping a watchful eye on passengers as they go through the gates of a train station in Israel.

The cat sits on top of the ticket-reading machine, observing the back and forth of humans through the gates.  

Some folks stop and give the kitty a head scratch. Others ignore him.  

The popularity of the subway cat reached the government offices of Petah-Tikva. The mayor, Rami Greenberg, visited the famous feline, thanking him for bringing more attention to Petah-Tikva and offering the cat treats.  

I love stories about working cats and this feline seems to have a very interesting job! There are videos on the site that capture him during his daily work schedule.

Cat Interrupts Premier League Soccer Game, Dominates Field for Close to 4 Minutes

A black cat showed up on the field at Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England, during a Premier League match between Everton F.C. and Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

The feline spent close to four minutes giving the players a tutorial by weaving showing them how it’s done by weaving through obstacles, making it from one end of the pitch to the other end with no interruption..

The game commentator took full advantage of the feline’s time on the field and gave play-by-play commentary , “It looks like a fully grown … cat. He drops a shoulder, jinks one way, goes another.”

The crowd cheered the agile feline as he evaded security and the players who tried to catch him. He was finally escorted off the field.

This Cat’s a Ham and it’s Made Him Famous

Eddie Kergan is a model citizen and ambassador for Wasaga Beach, Ontario. He’s an honorary scout, a promoter of local businesses, a voice for a local charity campaign, a supporter of Wasaga’s events, featured on the cover of a charity calendar, and he ran for mayor in the last election.

Wasaga Beach is famous around the world because of the work the well-dressed Eddie Kergan is doing with daily posts on different aspects of the community. So what if his grammar and spelling aren’t purrfect? I mean what can you expect,  Eddie Kergan is, a 20-pound Tabby with 250 bow ties and fans across the world that call themselves “Eddiots”.

Eddie came to live with his humans from the local shelter and has bonded most closely with Dave, a wood carver who sufferes from PTSD after a horrible accident.  Dave says, “He’s been a real lifesaver,” It’s almost like he looks beyond it. He stays right beside me the minute anxiety or depression hits.”.

Two paws up for Eddie for making his town famous, being an internet sensation and, most importantly, being a helpful best buddy to his human Dave.

New York Fashion Week Isn’t Just for Human Models

Pet models from across the country will be strutting their stuff at New York Fashion Week’s Pet Fashion show and other animal centered fashion events.  Some of these felines have wardrobes that would make a human model jealous! Sadly, being a pet model doesn’t pay all the bills, the top models earn about $200.00 to $500.00 per day of modeling.

Mrs. Parberry, a 10-year old feline from the Upper West Side is a rescue who is now the  “spokespurrrson” for New York City’s Animal Care Centers. She owns more than 100 specially created costumes by artists who work on shows for Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as by pet designers like Ada Nieves, who made the feline a flapper frock for last year’s Cat Fashion Show at the Algonquin Hotel.

Parberry’s human, Valerie Volinski, said the couture kitty has up to three fittings per outfit, and even has a custom-made mannequin head form for her hats. And, She is also on a diet after  gaining a pound.  A model must keep her girlish figure!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/23

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Hello There Furiends,


It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood. We had quite a bit of snow last night and this morning and The Tribe and I are enjoying the beautiful view from the bedroom (and watching all the furry and feathered freeloaders coming to the upstairs deck). Wherever you are my furiends, stay warm and safe and enjoy the day.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Jerusalem Mayor Provides Annual Budget For Cat Food

I’m not a fan of controversial purrlitical news items (unless it’s my brother running for Purresident) but sometimes I have to raise a paw in acknowledgment of those in purrlitical office who take the time and energy to look after felines. Moshe Lion, the mayor of Jerusalem, has approved 100 thousand nis per year to build feeding stations for Jerusalem’s street cats. Now that’s about $ 27,222.00 dollars in in the good ole’ US of A. It came about because the city changed its garbage disposal system to containers that are underground. This worried the good folks of Jerusalem because they were afraid the city’s stray cats, not being able to forage in the garbage, might starve. So this fine purrlitician is having feeding stations built where the new earth-buried garbage cans are located. City hall estimates that they will use about 210 food bags per month and 2500 bags per year.  Mr. Mayor, the Tribe of Five sends you a hearty mazel tov!

British couple celebrate cat’s return after rescuing imposter by mistake

Oh my whiskers, my column is late today because I couldn’t stop laughing. But this is a serious tale as well.

Teddy, a Russian blue, failed to come home in early January, so his humans reported him missing to Animal Search UK, an online database for lost pets.

They were soon contacted by a couple 11 milesway who said they’d taken in a Russina blue with the same markings. Teddy’s humans went to retrieve him and all was right with the word. Sort of that is,because a few days later the humans discovered they had two identical Russian Blues in their house!

There was no Russian Blue in the Animal Search data base so these resourceful humans took feline #2 to the vet to be scanned for a microchip and lo and behold, they found an address and the cat’s name,Nigel. Nigel’s family had recently moved to the area and Nigel escaped his new abode and went exploring.

The moral to this story is this, make sure your felines have identification, even house cats. The Tribe of Five is in the process of writing an article about an amazing company that has, what we believe, is an innovative solution to help humans reunite with their felines. Stay safe my furiends, and make sure you have a way to get back to your humans if you get lost!

If You Think Cats Are “Aloof” & “Antisocial” It Isn’t The Cat..It’s You!


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“This is me being very social with my Female Human.”

How do I love this headline…let me count the ways! We felines get a bad rap about our purrsonalities and our inability to commit or show love.

Researchers from Oregon State University conducted tests with 23 shelter cats and 23 pet cats. They put the felines in rooms with some humans who completely ignored them and others who talked to them and petted them. Even though the humans were strangers, the cats spent much more time with the humans who paid them attention.  The researchers found that when you call us felines by our names, we pay more attention. (Duh, they needed science to figure this out?!) And, for all you nay saying folks who call us unloving, the study showed that cats will choose interaction with humans over food and toys. So there you go, another urban legend debunked. You can read about the study in Science Alert.

The Cat With Nine Lives…Or Two At Least

Sidney and one of his humans

The Female Human and her sister run a local Lost pet group and their favorite saying to humans looking for their lost pets is, “Never give up!” This story is a purrfect illustration of that. A feline made a what seemed to be a return from the dead when he appeared three years after his owners were told he had been run over and killed.

The human and her daughter were devastated when they were told their beloved Sidney had been run over and taken to the landfillby local workers. . When they received a call almost three years later from a woman who said she’d found Sidney they were incredulous.

The lady insisted it was Sidney (now six) who was alive and well and living 12 miles from them. The family had mourned Sidney and finally had dealt with the loss of their beloved feline. They didn’t believe it could be true that Sidney was alive but still they couldn’t ignore the call and went to visit the woman who said she had Sidney. She insisted it wasn’t some sort of a sick joke and that she’d had Sidney scanned and his microchip provided his name and address. The lady said Sidney had been living rough and was a little wild….until he saw his humans. He rolled over on his back and started meowing for a belly rub. Now that’s what I call a happy ending!

We Pay Homage to Walter Chandoha, Cat Photographer


Mr. Chandoha with his son Enrico and a subject in his home studio in 1961. CreditWalter Chandoha Archive

If there ever was a king of cat photography, it was Walter Chandoha. It all started one winter evening evening in 1949, Walter Chandoha was walking to his three-room apartment in Astoria, Queens, when he spotted an abandoned gray kitten shivering in the snow. He put the kitten in a pocket of his Army coat and brought it home to his wife, Maria.

The kittens antics were frenzied and the couple to named him Loco. Locos frenzied moves inspired. Mr. Chandoha (pronounced shan-DOE-uh) to photograph him.  Loco’s photos quickly sold to newspapers and magazines around the world and a career was born.

Taking pictures of cats soon began to look like a more fulfilling career path than the one in advertising that Mr. Chandoha had planned while attending New York University, after serving in World War II. So, after graduating, he turned to freelance photography for a living — and, by the mid-1950s, he was the dominant commercial cat photographer of his era.

By the time of his death on January 11th of this year, Mr. Chandoha had taken about 90,000 cat photos.  I think this man must have been greeted by so many felines who crossed the Rainbow Bridge ahead of him and I bet our Miss P. and Buster said hello too (and those two are very photogenic.) I wonder if they take pictures in heaven?