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

elderly woman holding a black cat

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

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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

black and white cat dressed as sushi chef

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 

gray cat sneaks into Marlins opening season game

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

mayor of riga, latvia

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

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 3/22

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Happy Wednesday!
It’s time for me to take you to some of my favorite spots on the web. I found some great stories so please enjoy.
Your Friend,
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Cat Gets Herself Hired at Nursing Home – Petcha

OreoA cat walked into a nursing home……and the rest is history. This beautiful feline, now known as Oreo, wandered into St. Augustine Health Ministries in Cleveland, Ohio one day and she worked her way into an important job.

This little black and white bundle of joy began her career hanging around the outside of the facility where she lived as a stray. Staff began feeding her and taking care of her and her next “promotion” came when she was invited inside.  She now works there full time and brings happiness to staff and the residents. There’s no limit to what a career-minded cat can do!

D.C. Shelter Has the Answer to Businesses’ Rodent Problems – Washington Business Journal

160712125203-cats-waiting-list-super-169The D.C. based, Humane Rescue Alliance is putting felines to work in local businesses. They provide businesses with resident felines, “hired” to patrol the property and keep rodents away. In return, feral cats  get homes — and they earn their keep.

The shelter provides spayed/neutered, microchipped vaccinated felines to the business. One ear is clipped to indicate that the cats are “employed”. The business signs an agreement to feed, shelter and care for their new hire for it’s lifetime. It’s a win-win situation. So far, two bars, an apartment complex, a real estate office, a brewery, two homes, a hardware store and a church have expressed interest. More and more cities are getting cats jobs in business and I say an enthusiastic “meow” to that!

Larry the Downing Street Mouser Under Scrutiny -Independent 

larry-cat-paI’ve written about the feline employees in the British government before and Larry in purrticular. Larry is one of several Whitehall pets, which include dogs. Unfortunately, Larry has been caught in the act of non-mousing.  Rumor has it that rather than catching rodents, Larry is taking cat naps and has recently been caught in the act by a photographer, leading some in government to speculate that Larry may lack the killer instinct important for politics. A photographer recently reported that Larry came face to face with a tiny mouse, which he allowed to escape after he played with it a while. 

Note to Larry…when you have a cushy government job,  don’t let them catch you napping!

Fish & Chips, Vancouver Island Explorer Kitties – Adventure Cats

30I love stories about adventure cats as much as I do stories about cats with jobs. These two felines, Fish and Chips  were adopted at different times, and are now the best of adventure-seeking friends.  The female human wanted to adopt a kitten but the male human (thinking he was really a dog person) wasn’t so sure. Then he discovered one of my favorite websites, Adventure Cats and he was convinced. First Fish came home with them. After deciding that having felines in the family was a great idea, they then adopted Chips. The adventures of these two and their humans are captured in stunning photography you can view at the Adventure Cats website. Reading about the life of these brave kitties makes me think I need to wander a bit further than our front garden!

Cat Islands in Japan – Creative Boom

c7ebc447205a9ea0a5f8d9812ce1664845f3667c_860Speaking of adventure, one photographer , Andrew Marttila’s photography series captures the feline residents of Cat Island in a beautiful pictorial album at Creative Boom.

Marttila went to Japan to see Cat Island. What he found out is that there are several cat islands off the Japanese coast and although there are beautiful felines to see, there are also issues in these places. The cats are not spayed and overpopulation is a problem, Still, the photographs are beautiful and a must see and these felines look very healthy and happy.

 

 

How Your Office Would Look If It Was Run By Cats – Bored Panda

The female human is a great fan of the cartoons of Tom Fonder, the creator of The Adventures of Business Cat. She likes him so much that she uses a “Boss Cat” as a branding tool for her Coworking Facility Tom Fonder has pondered important questions such as “What would it look like if a cat was the CEO of a major corporation?” He provides the answer in his wonderful cartoons and describes his Business Cat as a hard-hitting executive, not afraid to milk the corporation cash cow for his own purrrrposes.  I hope you enjoy the cartoons as much as our female human does, although as a real-life Boss Cat (the female human is only a purrrrsonal assistant and typist) I do think Mr. Fonder is a bit harsh about feline management skills.
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Walk Through the Web Wednesday 3/15

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Hello Friends,

Alberto here with my Wednesday purrrrusal of all things feline on the world wide web. Without fur-ther ado, let’s get started.

Cleveland Heights Cat Shreds on Skateboard – Cattime

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We felines are an athletic lot and Daryl from Northeast Ohio proves my point! He’s quite adept at skateboarding and about as fearless a feline as you’d ever hope to meet.

 

 

Cats at Westminster Dog Show??!! – Today.com

WestminsterWell folks, it’s the end of an era and cats prove that they are taking over the world. The famous Westminster Dog show actually featured felines this year?  If you’re wondering why, allow me to enlighten you. Now before any of you canine fans get your tails in a twist, yes, for the first time in the events 140 year history felines were in attendance but they did not compete, they were part of a “meet the breeds” event. Still, not too shabby for us felines and who knows, today the Westminster Dog Show, tomorrow the Iditarod (snuggled safely inside the sleigh, of course.)

The NYPD’s Friskiest Officer – New York Post

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Those of you who follow my Wednesday posts know how much I love stories about working cats. This little guy. Martin, (officially Officer Martin D. Costanza) the handsome Tabby was found by some NYPD officers when he was a kitten. The officers convinced the powers that be that Officer Costanza would be a morale booster and that he is. Every morning, Officer Martin makes an appearance at roll call to “inspect everyone” and spread a little joy in the station house.

 

 

Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity – Oddity Central

office-cats3While we’re on the subject as felines as job morale boosters, check out this Japanese office that “employs” nine felines. In addition to the furry feline employees, this office celebrates every day as “bring your pet to work day”. And if you aren’t impressed enough with this feline friendly employer, get a load of this…if you don’t have your own feline, the company offers a 5,000 yen monthly bonus ($42.00), called a “cat bonus” for anyone who is willing to adopt a cat of their own! I think a few U.S. companies ought to adopt this excellent practice!

 

Cabinet Office Cats Evie and Ossie Join Whitehall Mousers – BBC 

WhiteHallCatsJust when you think you’ve read about all the pawlitical cats in the UK, there’s a new  job announcement. These two felines, hired as mousers, have the run of Whitehall and they seem to be enjoying their job.

Evie and Ossie are the first to come from the Celia Hammond Animal Trust – Larry, Gladstone and Palmerston (all purrlitical cat’s I’ve featured in the past) came from the better-known Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Evie is Ossie’s mother – a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said the cats would be looked after with donations from staff and were “settling in really well”. Concatulations to my moggie friends across the pond for their prestigious new careers.

 

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 11/16

siamese cat in black and white with blue eyes, Alberto, Feline Opines

Hello World,
Alberto here. I’ve been purrrusing the internet looking for new and unusual feline themed stories and have some great ones for you this week.  As next week is what the humans refer to as a “holiday” my purrsonal assistant may not be available to post my regular Wednesday feature. We will post an original photo and send Howl-iday wishes though.
In the meantime, enjoy this week’s features.
Your Friend,
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Feature Shoot – Pounce by Seth Casteel

kitten flying through the air for the book "Pounce"The human photographer Seth Casteel, is known for his books, Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies and has now turned his attention to shelter kittens.  He captures some special shelter kittens with names like , Chicken, FruityPebble, Fuzzbucket, Doodlebug, and Jennifer, in mid-flight pounce. This wonderful human is highlighting the fact that there are between 30 and 40 million stray cats in the US. An estimated 1.4 million are euthanized in shelters, unable to find safe and loving homes. This book illustrates the joy of kittens and the fact that there are many cats and kittens who need forever homes in shelters all across the country. Every one of us in #TheTribeOfFive were adopted and we are all for anything that helps other felines find forever homes too.

Evening Standard – 10 adorable photographs of London’s most famous pub cats

black English pub catAs my regular readers know, this working feline loves stories about other working cats. This is a pictorial tribute to felines that work in “Boozers” as the English refer to the establishments also known as pubs. I think working in a pub would be quite interesting and I wonder, do they get tips like the human bartenders do?

 

Mental Floss – 11 Brilliant Gifts for the Cat In Your Life

tabby kittens with Christmas hatsThe #TribeOfFive is pretty spoiled and we have lots of great toys and feline themed items. As a matter of fact, number 8 on the list is something we already have (and have reviewed), Music for Cats (we recommend it highly). There were many on this list that I found appealing but I finally decided the KitNipBox was my favorite. It works on so many levels, we felines get a gift a month and a portion of the monthly cost is donated to animal welfare organizations. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

What Do You Give The Cat Owner Who Has Everything?  Katzenworld

Orange tabby with meowlingual cat meow translator‘Lest you think I’m completely selfish, I am also interested in what gifts are best for feline-loving humans. Our friends at Katzenworld and their guest poster, Mike James (who describes himself as a tech-obsessed, cat-loving content writer working with Best VPN) provide some excellent choices for your favorite humans this Christmas. I purrrused the list and can’t decide what I like best, the remote cat toys or the Meowlingual, cat translator. While it would be pawsome to have red dots and other kitty delights moving around the house while the humans are at work, it would be very handy for my humans to have a Meowlingual translator too. Just think, I could sit on the computer keyboard and dictate my Walk Through the Web Wednesday posts to my purrsonal assistant!

7 Sounds That Cats Make And What They Mean

gray kitten talking into a microphoneWhile I’m on the subject of translating “cat-speak” if you don’t have a Meowlingual cat translator, you can still learn how to understand a bit of feline talk.  You will be able to discern the difference between the trill, the bip, the yowl, the chatter and other feline expressions after reading this post by Care2. At our house, every one of #TheTribeOfFinve has some Siamese heritage and that means some are quite “yakky”. Sometimes it’s almost like a feline symphony at our place!

 

Oliver’s Concession Speech

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While I always thought getting a kitten into the White House was a bit of a stretch, my running mate Olive, from Three Chatty Cats and I were always hopeful. We do hope that there will be a “First Feline” in Washington who will take our needs and concerns under advisement.

The Kitty Cat Party will rise again and in the meantime, untitledthanks for your support and today, be sure and thank a veteran for their service!

Your Friend,
Oliver

 

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