Walk Through The Web Wednesday, 7/12

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Friends, Furry and Otherwise,
Alberto here with my weekly purrrusal of all things feline on the web. I hope you enjoy this week’s finds.
Your Friend,

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12 Cats in Hong Kong You Need to Know – Postsize

striped cat in a box in a Hong Kong storeA Dutch photographer moved to Hong Kong and noticed something right away, seems everywhere he went there were cats.  I say two paws up to these feline loving folks in Hong Kong and I might suggest that the folks in my own beloved U. S. of A get on this bandwagon!

 

 

shibu ina dog and tabby cat in Japanese hatsFriendship Between Cat and Dog in Tokyo – Lonely Planet

This is a delightful story from another Far East neighbor, Japan. All that “fighting like cats and dogs” rhetoric is blown with this story. These two are fast friends and close furry family members. Do you live with a canine you love? Post some photos on our Feline Opines Facebook page and share the love with everyone!

 

 

 

firehouseFirehouse Kitty Brings Love to Fire House – Monsters and Critics

My humans love to watch the show, “My Cat From Hell” (not that any of the Tribe of Five would EVER need the advice of Jackson Galaxy for any bad behavior). They watch it for educational purposes only. Well this kitty was featured on the show not because he has issues but because he brings so much love and healing to the firefighters .  Host Jackson Galaxy says: “You know, one of the things that makes Flame, for me, a cat from Heaven, is to see a bunch of guys gathered around a cat and just having them melt — and a bunch of tough-guys at that.” We don’t have enough cat guys out there flying that flag and saying ‘come on, man, cat’s are for men too.”  This feline couldn’t agree more!

Browser the tabby cat works in a Texas libraryLibrary Cat Loses His Job…and Then…- Cuteness

I have featured many felines with jobs in my Wednesday wanderings. Browser, the library cat had been working in a library in a small Texas town for quite a while but then, on June 14th, some human named Elzie Clements proposed a motion to the city council that Browser should be evicted.  He was given 30 days notice.  Well, after local folks decried this motion in person at the council meeting, a petition was created and they received 700 signatures. But wait, there’s more…more than 12,000 Browser supporters signed the petition and then a pro-Browser Facebook page was launched and the rest, as the humans say, is history. People from all over the world sent their support for Browser to keep his job. After all this and the thousands of messages the mayor received, a special meeting was called on July 30th (which was broadcast) and the council voted unanimously to reinstate Browser.  My human is always saying that people should be engaged in their local politics, now I’m beginning to understand what she means, sometimes you just have to get purrrrlitical!

orange tabby Mr. Wu works in a New Orleans bar9 Cats With Cushy Jobs – Mental Floss

Browser isn’t the only feline with a good job.  I enjoyed reading about all these “purrrfressonal felines” but I think my favorite is Mr. Wu.  Mr. Wu works at Molly’s Market in New Orleans. He arrived during hurricane Katrina looking for shelter and never left. When Mr. Wu chooses to take a break from his work at the bar, he is served fresh cream in a go cup.

 

 

A Feline’s Guide to Treadmill Snoopervising Your Human

Hello All,

Alberto here. The female human ordered a huge heavy walking machine (she calls it a treadmill) recently and The Tribe of Five watched with interest as she and the male human put this monstrosity together.  Our snoopervising duties did not end when the thing was assembled, nope, that’s when our work really began. Having done these duties for a month now, Oliver and I thought we’d share this manual with our other feline friends who have humans who use these machines.

Siamese cat sits on rug pulled over for treadmillClear the Way

The human must move the rug in order to place a thing she calls a mat on the floor. Lacking opposable thumbs, I am limited in what I can help with but I do make sure she has moved the rug over correctly. To indicate my approval, I will sit on the folded over carpet.

 

 

 

Black and white cat rolling on m atThe Mat Is Placed

The human then takes a long rubber thing she calls a “mat” out of the closet and sets it down on the bare floor. Oliver’s job is to make sure the mat thingy is placed correctly and that it hasn’t lost any of its softness.  Once Oliver stops rolling on the mat, the human may then remove him for the next step.

Black and white cat inspects treadmillPlacing the Machine on the Mat

Once Oliver is removed from the mat; the human rolls the big walking machine over and prepares to lower the bottom half. Once the machine is placed, Oliver does a quick walk-around and indicates when he is satisfied that the placement is correct.

 

 

Siamese inspects treadmillAssess if the Walking Machine is ready for use

After Oliver has given a “paws up”, the human lowers the moving part of the machine. It is then my job to carefully observe all areas of said machine before we allow the human to get on it.

 

 

white sneaker on a treadmillTurn the Human Loose

After all feline inspection is completed indicate to your human that the machine may now be used. This indication may take many forms; we prefer stretching out across the length of the machine as our signal. you may find something more suitable for your household. The human (once she removes us) may then begin the walking procedure.

 

 

 

 

You’re Not Done Yet

Even though the human is now using the machine, there is still an obligation on behalf of the household felines to stay and make sure the human doesn’t do anything stupid (I Siamese under green chairmean dangerous) so you must remain until the walking is finished. We prefer two observation options, one is under the green chair and the other is as far away from the thing as we can get.cats on furniture watching

 

 

 

 

Siamese cat sitting on treadmikllCool Down Time

When the human finishes she observes something she refers to as “cool down time”. This is when she sits on a chair and breathes heavily. In order to ensure that she does not overdo, you must station yourself on the moving machine until proper cool down time has been observed.

 

 

 

 

three cats on a red sofaIt Isn’t Just About The Human

Snoopervising is hard work, when all is put away and the rug and the furniture are returned to the proper places., you should then head upstairs and take a 4 or 5 hour snooze to recover.

 

 

 

 

Oliver and I hope these instructions will prove helpful to all our feline friends and their humans with moving machines.

Purrs & Head Bonks,

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Walk Through The Web, July 5, 2017

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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 5/31

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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

 

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

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.

 

Funny Farmer Felines Interview

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Tucker here. The Tribe of Five is honored to be interviewed by the Funny Farmer Felines.  We had a great time. Hop on over and learn a little more about each of us.

Thank you Funny Farmer Felines:
Your Friend,
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The Three Feline Rules Regarding Furniture

Hello Friends,
Alberto here. The recent purchase of a sofa at our house brought up some misunderstandings between the felines and the humans in our home. It occurred to me that many of my feline readers may be experiencing some of these misunderstandings in their own homes.

The female human announced the sofa was for her and our male human to “sit comfortably” and watch the big black moving picture thingy in the living room. What she failed to recognize is that there are feline rules regarding furniture and other areas of the home that must be obeyed.

Rule # 1 –What’s Yours is Ours

a living room with two sofas
The new sofa arrived and the female human snapped a photo after it was situated. Note that the fur protection, i.e., blankets and throws are not in appearance yet…and they always magically disappear when other humans come to visit).

We were quite happy to have this extra space to relax on and wasted no time checking it out.

 

 

Rule # 2 – Your Comfort is Of No Concern To Us

Siamese and Black and White cat sleeping togewther
We immediately took possession of the new sofa (as well as the old one). We so enjoy the blankets the female human puts on them for our comfort. I am purrrticularly pleased with the long part of the new sofa as I like to stretch myself out as far as I can and this area accommodates me quite well. We are thrilled with the extra room we now have, each sofa accommodates two cats, much more comfy than our former,  cramped situation!

 

 

 

 

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Rule # 3 –Any Place We want to Lounge Is Our Space (if It fits we sit)

a siamese cat and black and white cat sitting in a sinkThe female human often points to areas of the house saying things like, “Keep off the counter”, “You are not allowed on the dining room table”, blah, blah, blah.  We find this quite amusing and wonder when she’s ever going to give up this sham that we have boundaries.  I’ve included photos of us in a few of the places she’s designated as “off limits”. Siamese Cat in a baskekt

 

 

 

In conclusion, new furniture, old furniture or for that matter, any place in the house, belongs to the felines in residence and not the humans.  Sometimes the humans  will cruelly close doors in an attempt to keep us out of places. There is Siamese cat staring through a glass dooralways a work around for this. The female human tries to keep me out of her downstairs office but thankfully she has glass doors so a pitiful expression and much howling always does the trick (if the door is not glass, no worries, just implement the howling).

Siamese cat sitting on dining room table

 

 

I hope my feline friends have found these rules helpful and that my human readers will finally come to the inevitable  conclusion that cats will lounge where cats want to lounge, it’s how we roll.

 

Your friend,
Alberto
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