National Kitten Day, July 10, 2017

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It’s time to celebrate National Kitten Day!  We came from our local shelter, Panhandle Animal Shelter as did our sister Lily. Tucker and Jasmine were rescue kittens from a private rescue in California.  Get out and celebrate National Kitten Day and see if your shelter is running a special this month on cat adoptions…ours is!

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Oh, and here’s a shot of us today.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto & Oliver

Walk Through The Web, July 5, 2017

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Hello Friends, Furry or Otherwise,
I told my purrrsonal assistant that there would be no slacking and just because she had what the humans refer to as a “holiday” day off yesterday, I still expected her to ensure my blog post was taken care of. I mean, how can you have a “walk through the web Wednesday” on a Thursday? I am happy to say that she managed to get my notes translated so here’s my weekly view of my favorite things feline on the web.
Your Friend,
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a sign for kitty delphia a cat event in philadelphiaKittydelphia Pop Up Feline Event in Philadelphia – PhillyMag.com

I am always pleased to see humans coming up with new and innovative feline-related events. This one in Philly is something I hope will sweep the nation.  It’s a 3-day feline festival that will feature cats looking for a furever home, vendors selling all sorts of kitty stuff and stuff for those who love kitties and they’ll even have some feline celebrities.

 

 

 

gray cat and human get matching purple nail polishFelines and Humans Now Can Have Matching Manicures – Bustle

Since I’m a manly cat, I wasn’t too sure what to think about this. I polled the two felines in The Tribe of Five, Jasmine and Lily.  Lily is so adverse to having her nails touched she freaks out so the humans have to have the vet do it. Needless to say, Lily had nothing nice to say about this idea. Jasmine is much more mellow and she’s a bit of a fashionista so she was okay with the idea as long as the procedure didn’t require her to be shoved in a kennel and taken in the metal machine with wheels. Maybe city kitties will like this better than rural kitties.

Cats With Jobs – We’re More Than Pretty Faces

Those of you who follow my Wednesday wanderings know I love to feature working felines, so here are my two faves for this week.

black cat named Stacks sleeps on library cartMeet Four Professional Library Cats – Care2

Three of these litter-ary felines are in the United States and one works at a library in Russia. All of their job descriptions are similar, with each bringing their own unique purrrsonality to their workplace. I’m featuring a photo of the feline with the best library name, meet Stacks.

 

black and white tuxedo cat finds lost catsHenry the Search and Rescue Professional Pet Detective – Cattime.com

While all working cats have important jobs, I must say, Henry has a SUPER important one. The article talks about one of Henry’s many successes, where he sniffed a parking lot and around a deck to find a frightened kitten. He picked up the kitten’s scent and waved his tail, his signal to the humans that means “I found him!”.  The kitten was hiding in a pile of trash, Henry’s human had the kitten’s human call the frightened little guy over a speaker, when the kitten came out, Henry’s human grabbed him and returned him to his humans.  Way to go Henry!

My final section for this week is entitled, “we don’t need opposable thumbs”.  You will marvel at what these two felines accomplished.

Cat Learns to Knead Dough With YouTube Video – Food and Wine

black and white cat learns how to knead dough on youtubeMy humans watch food programs on the big black screen. They also like to watch this thing called YouTube when they need to learn something (they recently used the YouTube to put together a treadmill for the female human). It stands to reason that felines can learn knew tricks with the YouTube thing as well. Case in point, watch this kitty master the art of dough kneading via video.

black and white tuxedo cat learns how to flush toiletKitty With Mad Bathroom Skills – UPI

So this clever cat figured out how to help around the house, namely he knows how to flush the toilet. Now one would thing his humans would be thankful and acknowledge this feline for his helpful ways but nooooo-the humans complain about the costly water bill! Sometimes I wonder what it takes to make our humans happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 6/27

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Hello All,
Alberto here bringing you my favorite feline finds on the web this week.

Feline Legal Purrdiciment – The Best Cat Page

black and white cat in Italian legal battleIf you are a less than faithful feline, you may find that you land your humans in a bit of a legal pickle. This cat in Italy had just such an experience and now the humans are prepared to duke it out in court.  So you fickle felines, decide who your humans are and stay there!

 

Quantify Your Cat’s Coming’s and Goings – Techcrunch

orange tabby cat coming in a cat doorIf you are a feline that  is a bit of a wanderer, this might just be the product your humans are looking for It’s a pet door that will report on feline comings and goings. The app sends the humans  push notifications whenever their furry feline friend enters and leaves the house.

There are other features as well but you may not want the humans to know about all of them. There is the ability to remotely lock or unlock the pet door, set curfews and track our habits and nocturnal routines (I mean a cat’s gotta’ have a little privacy). I’ll let  you decide how much you want to tell your humans.

Stray Kitten Wanders Onto TV Set and Introduces Herself – Little Things

gray and white kitten walks onto TV setI am an admirer of felines who seize an opportunity when it presents itself. Now if the humans are not so fast on the draw as far as finding furrever homes for homeless felines, I think this kitten has a brilliant idea. Just march your cute self into the studio in the middle of the broadcast. I hope the newscaster gave the kitten a furever home!

 

Special Pouches Help Feral Kittens Get Used To Humans – The Dodo

tiny kittens carried around in a kitten bjornBeing a rescue cat myself (as are all the Tribe of Five), I’m all for anything that helps cats become socialized in shelters because that helps them find furever homes. This pouch is a pretty nifty idea.  I know my brother Oliver and I who had to be bottle-fed when our mom was killed right after we were born, would have loved to snuggle in this pouch against a human.  The humans have something for their little humans called a Babybjorn. Well this is the kitten version and it works the same way. Some humans are pretty smart!

Soggy Moggy Tests New Hydrotherapy Treatments – Barcroft Media

orange tabby in pet life jacket swimming in poolI must explain for my feline friends that “moggy” is a term for cats that they use across the pond. Hydrotherapy has, until now, only been available for dogs and what it does is help muscles to exercise while nerve regeneration is taking place from injuries. It’s also a great fitness routine. And I say, why should the dogs have all the good stuff and evidently so does this human who is looking to help cats have hydrotherapy as well.  It’s not true that all cats hate water. There are lots of cats who like to be in water or around water. just sashay on over to Adventure Cats and see the cats there that like to swim or boat.

And, while we’re on the subject of cats and water, I must tell you about my summer project. The female human is working with me so that I can be her kayaking buddy. It’s going slowly but well.  I’ll keep you posted.

That’s it for this Wednesday, your pal Al,

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 5/31

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Hello Folks,
Alberto here. You may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with my Wednesday postings. I had quite a bit of work to do as the official #FelineOpines #BlopPaws cat on the ground reporter. I will be posting a wrap up soon, I must say, I’m very glad the human decided to attend, it was wonderful!

But enough about me, here are my feline faves of my weekly wanderings on the information highway.

Your Friend,

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Cat-Filled Tokyo Office Creates the Purrfect Working Environment – RocketNews.24.com

black and white cat perched on top of a computer monitorThe male human in our house is a tech professional and we often hear abut innovative stuff techies do.  This is the first time I’ve heard of tech office news that is feline related. Ferray Corporation in Tokyo has 9 resident working felines at their office. Now lest my canine friends cry “foul”, no worries, Ferray Corp hosts bring your pet to work days and other species are invited.  And even better, the company pays out a monthly  bonus of 5,000 Yen ($42.00) to anyone who adopts a cat in need of a home.

Ferray is not the only company promoting pet ownership.  A pet supply company in Tokyo encourages employees to bring their pets to work. Other companies offer benefits such as treating the death of employee’s pets as the death of a family member and provides them with time off, condolence pay and covers the cost of the funeral service.

 

It Takes A Village (Or A Neighborhood) To Help A Woman Keep Her Cat – Little Things

Black and white cat Romeo roams in the neighbors housesLisa Marie McKenzie received Romeo the cat as a Mother’s Day gift and she was thrilled, until she learned that pets weren’t allowed in her apartment. Rather than allowing her to give up the cat she loved, her neighbors stepped in with an unusual solution.

They created an open door policy for Romeo, allowing him to come and go as he pleased so Lisa Marie could keep the feline she loved so much.

The neighbors filmed Romeo in some of the crazy places he likes to hang out and some even keep lists of the places he hides so Lisa Marie can locate him.

What wonderful humans these folks are. I wonder if our neighbors would be willing to have an open door policy for The Tribe of Five?

Cat Wanders Into A Gym And Gets Himself a Customer Service Job – LoveMeow.com

gray tabby works at gymThose of you who follow my weekly Wednesday web wanderings know I’m a sucker for stores about cats with jobs and when the felines in question take matters into their own paws and get the jobs themselves, well, I must tell their stories.

Meet LB, the feline who wandered into a gym and found a job and a forever home. Gym members say he enhances the atmosphere, helps them stay on track with their workouts and make the gym a place they want to come to.

LB varies his work routine, sometimes requiring pets and cuddles from members and sometimes, sitting to the side snoopervising their workouts.

 

 

The Museum of The American House Cat – Citizen Times 

the house cat mjuseum in south carolinaWhile some people may be saying, “Are you kidding?” I say, IT’S ABOUT TIME!!  The museum was created by Harold Sims, a retired college professor and cat shelter owner. Now I was surprised to learn that this is not the only cat museum in the world, there is one in Ohio that displays only Japanese toy cats, so this one is, strictly speaking the only one that honors house cats.

 

And this is not some fly-by-night attraction. The museum is created so that folks can learn the history of house cats, it’s a real educational experience.  Sims, also known as the “Cat Man” filled the museum with hundreds of relics, knick-knacks and pieces of art related to felines,  There are photographs of famous figures with their house cats, antique cat toys and even a mummified cat discovered in a 16th century house in the chimney.  (Not sure I want to see this one)

The museum is open 6 days weekly and costs $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. You can take a virtual tour through the museum.

 

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 5/10

 

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Alberto here. I’ve missed a couple of my Wednesday postings because my purrrsonal assistant (the female human) has been traveling and evidently my blogging needs were put on the back burner for a family wedding…priorities people!  But she is back and typing for me so here are my favorite finds from purrrrusing the world-wide web.
Your Friend,
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Feline Focused Happy Hour in Portland – The Portland Mercury

tabby cat in a cocktail glass feline happy hourWhere we live here in the Inland Northwest, many wineries, breweries, restaurants, etc.  host “Yappy Hours” for the dogs and dog people in our community to benefit our local shelter. I have always wondered why there were no cat loving drinkers out there who would take on a bit of imbibing on behalf of felines and feline lovers. Well. leave it to Portland to be the first. This happy hour is called “I love Cats. And Drinking” and is advertised as a place where people can talk about cats without feeling judged. They will feature cat themed games, trivia, entertainment such as “Meowoke”, cat themed comedy and lots more.  Evidently there has been a long running battle between Seattle and Portland as to which city is the most cat friendly. Well Portland, you’ve got my vote. Two Paws Up for a happy hour for feline lovers. (If we lived closer I would insist that my humans attend!)

Shy Cat gets job as receptionist after more than 400 days at shelter –Evening Standard

white shelter cat working at the shelter front deskAs you may know, every member of The Tribe of Five is a rescue and we have a soft spot in our hearts for happy shelter kitty stories. This one is wonderful. Champas, a white cat spent 400 days at the Animal Welfare League in NSW, Australia.  He was so shy and fearful, he would run and hide whenever anyone came to visit him. Thank goodness the staff there are proactive and they appointed Champas as their first reception cat in an attempt to show potential adopters how good-natured and loveable he is.  They posted photos of Champas on Facebook, while he was hard at work, complete with descriptive signs that further explained his purrrrsonality.  The job not only got him out of his shell but the Facebook posts snagged him a forever home!

Shelter Cats Visit Seniors Who Can’t Have Pets – I Heart Cats

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Here’s another great story about shelter cats. There are many older people who have to move to places where pets are not allowed. Everyone who is an animal lover knows that without the company of furry four-legged friends, life just isn’t the same.  The Bangor Humane Society, in Maine regularly packs up some of their felines and takes them to local nursing homes to visit people who can no longer care for pets. It’s a win-win. The folks in the home get some feline love in their lives (purrs and head bonks) and the kitties get much-needed socialization. Well done Bangor Humane Society!

 

 

Every Office Needs A Kitty Kondo: Check Out A Cat At The Cat Library – Cattime.com

kitten from a cat library sits on phoneHere’s another wonderful shelter story. I love it when shelters are creative in working to adopt out the kitties in their care.  I have reported on cat cafes, cat hotels, cat yoga but now there are cat libraries!  The Animal Care Center of Mesilla Valley in New Mexico has come up with a purrrrrfect idea to promote feline adoptions.  They have created a cat library located inside a government building where over 800 employees have the opportunity to “check out ” a cat or kitten and take them to their desk for up to an hour a day.  The cats are socialized and the “borrow before you adopt” idea seems to be working as other businesses are thinking about establishing cat libraries in their facilities.

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 4/19

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Hello Friends,
Alberto here. I’m back to my regular Wednesday purrrrusal of the web. Last week was “crash on the couch” Wednesday. The humans kindly provided us with a new sofa and I was enjoying my day off.

But it’s back to work now and I have some great feline finds for you.
Enjoy,
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Japanese Chef Cat Has an Outfit for Every Meal – Bored Panda

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Meet  Maro, one handsome dinner companion! Every since he was 7 months old, Maro has been sporting varied dinner ensembles. His human noticed what a relaxed guy he is and they’ve been having fun every night at dinner.  Be sure to scroll through the photos and see how Maro dresses to compliment the meal that is being served.

 

 

 

Scatty the Maine Coon Cat Helps His Human Navigate the Seas – Love Meow

oprange and white maine coon cat helps his deaf owner on sdailboarThis little guy has quite the moniker, Skatty or Strauss von Skattebol of RebelPawz. He came to live with his human, Paul  J. Thompson as a little kitten. His human has set out to sail across the the southern Atlantic Ocean (starting from New Zealand) and Skatty will be an important part of the journey. Skatty’s human is deaf, so Skatty will be his ears on board and he gives visual cues that help Paul navigate the sea.

If you’re surprised about the concept of service cats, you shouldn’t be. Our friends Dezi and Raena are service cats and they write about how they help care for their human. They’re cool cats!

Cat Sneaks into a Marlins Baseball and Finds a Forever Home – Sports Illustrated 

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A crafty cat climbed over the outfield wall at the opening season game and hung out for a while (maybe when he heard “Marlins” he thought there would be fish). He not only made the news but found himself a forever home with one of the stadium employees. Sounds like a home run to me!

 

Cat Has No Concern About Interrupting Mayor – Laughing Squid

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This is a cautionary tale for humans who have felines around their work area. You know that we like to be in the middle of things and this cat, from Riga, Latvia is no different. The mayor was making a televised comment about pot holes and the cat either had something to say about the subject or just wanted the mayor to pet him. Either way, it makes for pretty funny TV and I say any mayor with a feline in his office gets my vote!

 

 

 

 

Walk Through the Web with Alberto 4/5

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Hello Friends, Furry and Otherwise,
It’s that time of the week for me to meander through the web and bring you some of my favorite feline news.  This week we have reformed cat burglars, Operation Git-Meow, a feline themed wedding, a subway riding cat and tiny house built for feral cats.
Your Friend,
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Operation Git-Meow Hopes to Help Guantanamo’s Feral Cat Problem -Miami Herald

soldier holding kittens operation git mrowThe female human tells me that the Guantanamo Navy Base in Cuba is very controversial but this is one thing happening there that everyone can agree on.  The base, best known as a wartime prison, has lots and lots and lots of felines. It is estimated that there about 500 feral kitties there. Troops, civilians and visitors are now working together with the SPCA International and, with the Navy’s permission are spaying and neutering the cats there and working to find forever homes for them. It’s called Operation Git-Meow and in this feline’s humble estimation, a very worthy cause!

Building Tiny Houses in Riga, Latvia for Feral Cats – Boredpanda.com

I2 cats in feral tiny house in Riga, Latvia reported about the fantastic feral feline film done in Riga and now I’m happy to report that this city is looking out for their feral film stars in an ingenious way. Weather gets cold in that part of the world and the good people of Riga went to work to help their kitties keep warm in the cold. The female human watches some TV program that talks about tiny houses for humans and this is the same thing, feline style. All houses are built by local carpenters from donations made via the local non-profit Cat Care Community. What a wonderful idea and what wonderful humans for doing this. I think these digs look pretty snazzy, don’t you?

Reformed Criminal Cat Now Has A Great Career – CatTime.com

cat sneaks into store and eats 1000.00 worth of seafoodA Russian store employee captured the criminal behavior of this cat when she broke into Russia’s Vladivostok International Airport after hours and made a beeline for a  popular seafood store, gobbling up $1000.00 worth of seafood. The video went viral and concerned cat folks from around the world responded, wanting to pay for her thievery, for a vet check up (after eating all that salty seafood) and there were offers of adoption as well. Even one of Russia’s most famous cat trainers offered to adopt her and make her a star in his show. After purrrusing her options, the feline decided to join the The Admirals, the professional Ice Hockey team in Vladivostok as their mascot.

Cat Travels on German Subway – LoveMeow.com

ginger tabby sleeps on free ride on German sibwayWhen a German passenger noticed an orange Tabby sleeping peacefully on a seat in the subway car in Baden Wurtenberg, Germany he and other passengers were surprised to see the relaxed feline, snoozing away. . No one knew where he came from and they politely allowed him to sleep all the way to the subway’s destination in Kirchheim.  The passenger took a photo of the sleeping commuter and posted on social media noting that this little guy’s owners might be looking for him. The cat was taken to an animal shelter and was reunited with his humans there. The new version of the feline hobo!

Purrrrfect Love – I Heart Cats

bride and groom holding tuxedo kittensWhat’s better than a wedding? The wedding of two veterinarians  who invite two kittens to the event. This couple invited two cute little tuxedo kittens to the wedding and the reception and as you can see on the website, included them in all the important wedding photos. They even included a number of feline touches in the wedding decor. The couple both volunteer at their local shelter, The Divine Feline and brought the little kittens to the wedding to promote awareness for shelter adoptions. Oh, and before you get your whiskers in a twist, the bride is wearing faux fur!