Felines Opine On Design

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
Tucker here, the #TribeofFive Alpha. Our purrrsonal assistant received an intriguing email from the good folks at Tuft + Paw regarding a cat bed design contest.

Now if you humans are really paying attention to your felines as they relax and recline, this contest should be a no-brainer for you. Just watch how your kitties like to sleep, figure out what kind of sustainable materials you can use, submit your design and voila you may be a winner!

I enjoy availing myself of the human furniture with a little cat comfort added, a soft blanket or pillow is nice, which is why I think Tuft + Paws Island pillow would suit me very well. orange tabby on Island Cat Bed from Tuft + Paw

 

 

 

 

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Oliver is a heat seeking missile, he never seems to get close enough to the fireplace, so if the humans design a bed for him, it definitely would need to be created from sustainable fire-proof material.

 

 

 

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Al is a lean mean feline machine, and likes to stretch out as far as he can when he sleeps (pushing anything out of his way, including human arms and legs). A design for Al would need to be very loooong.

 

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Jasmine is more of a traditionalist, preferring to burrow under pillows or just perch on top of them like the princess she is.

 

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And then there’s Lily, well, let’s just say Lily is a non-conformist sleeper.

As you can see, there are lots of ideas for kitties who seem to have varied and assorted sleeping preferences.

 


Tuft + Paw is a great company
, inspired by their love of cats and their concern for their comfort and safety. They share their homes with felines, so they know what makes us happy and they also pay attention to style so that humans don’t mind displaying this fancy and decorative furniture in their homes.   And my favorite thing about this company? They  are great advocates of no kill shelters and have a heart for feral felines. In order to support shelter cats and cat adoptions, they offer a 50% discount for those who take part in their “Donate A Bed” program for their local shelters.
brown cat in fur Capello bed from Tuft + PawWe have a wonderful no-kill shelter in our community (Panhandle Animal Shelter) and methinks a few of those pawsome, furry, cozy Capello beds would be quite welcome there, especially in winter!

So humans, I encourage you to have a confab with your cats and come up with the winning design for this contest! But may I add a word of caution. As much as we felines appreciate all the cool toys and beds and scratching posts you spend your hard earned money on, sometimes, we just need a little quiet time in a cardboard box. img_0101

Purrs, Head Bonks and Comfy Slumber,
Your Friend Tucker,

Walk Through the Web Wednesday – on Thursday..8/24

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,

Alberto here. As you may have surmised by the heading that my purrrrsonal assistant has once again proven to be less than adept at meeting deadlines. Still, I have to say, she has had a lot going on so I will cut her some slack. I have asked however, that this not happen again (I am still waiting for her response).

Without further ado, I give you the feline themed gems I discovered during my wanderings through the web.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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gray tabby racing across the Cardinals baseball field Lawyers Have Taken Over the Rally Cat Saga – NBC Sports  

Some of you may remember my earlier report on the fearless feline who ran into the outfield on August 9th at the bottom of the 6th inning at Bush Stadium.  One of the ground crew captured the courageous cat and the feline has weaseled his way into the hearts of Cardinal Fans. Evidently, the plan was for Rally Cat to remain with the Cardinals group, in a cushy set up and they were even planning a Rally Cat promotion.

But human lawyers have stepped in and now there is a legal battle between the Cardinal’s organization and the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. Evidently these outreach folks feel it’s better to keep Rally Cat in a shelter than letting him have a good home. Take it from me, my brother Oliver came from a nice no-kill shelter but we’d much rather have the furever home we have now!

orange and white kitten next to a bottle of Demeter kitten scent perfumeDemeter’s Kitten Fur Perfume – Bustle

 

I’ve reported on some crazy cat-themed products, Apollo Peak Winery’s Feline Wines like Pinot Meow and  Catbernet. I’ve written about Meowijuana’s cigar shaped catnip treats and other great stuff but this product is really off the charts!

Demeter has created a kitten fur-scented perfume! They say that when you sniff this concoction it captures the “olfactory essence of the warmth and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind a kitten’s neck.  This isn’t the company’s first foray into unusual scents, the first three fragrances they produced were Dirt, Grass and Tomato and they’ve since created other popular scents such as Laundromat, Gin & Tonic and Paperback.

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CatCon 2017  – Pet Product News

 

What is this strange event you might ask? Well it’s one of the premiere Feline events in the country. This year’s event (the third annual) attracted 15,000 cat lovers for a weekend of all things feline.  It was held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles in August and featured new feline products, feline fashion and human feline themed fashion. Some of the world’s most famous felines were in attendance and the best news of the weekend….more than 150 cats and kittens were adopted during the event!

 

 

 

two long haired tabbys and a white cat learn sign languageDeaf Woman Teaches Sign Language to Her Three Cats -Elite Daily

We felines have the capacity to learn so much and this story just illustrates how amazing we are (and the humans who are patient enough to teach us!)

Two paws up for this lady who is a former teacher of the American School for the Deaf. She came up with this idea after she adopted a deaf cat named Bambi.  She said that since her daughters learned signs from their infancy, she thought she’s try and teach her cats.

 

Silva, who is deaf herself, then taught signs to her two other cats, whose behaviors would be mimicked by Bambi soon after she arrived. So far her fantastic felines understand the signs for “come”, “more”, “stay”, “circle”, “play” “shrimp and some others.  It has also helped make her shy kitty more outgoing and playful.  Watch these clever kitties on the video. 

Crazy-Cat-Themed-Wedding-on-the-Isle-of-Man-31-640x427 Crazy Cat Themed Wedding on the Isle of Man – Rock N Roll Bride

If my humans ever decide to renew their vows, this is the theme they should pick!  I find the choice of the Isle of Man for the venue very clever as I am sure all my readers are well versed in cat facts and know that the Isle of Man is the home of the Manx cat.

The beautiful bride and her bridesmaids wore cat shoes, earrings a cat fur scarf and a headband with little enamel cats peeking out.  There was a cat cake, cat decor, cat favors…well you get the picture! What a lovely wedding and a lovely couple. I wish them a long and prospurrrrous married life!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/9

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Well Hello There Friends,
Since Wednesday didn’t fall on International Cat Day (which was yesterday) I thought I’d continue the celebration and share with you some of my favorite posts from International Cat Day. Enjoy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Bjorn and her feline dancing partnerThe Ten Greatest Kitty Videos of All Time – Yahoo News 

I thought I’d seen every kitty video out there but I was woefully wrong. Some of these are completely hilarious however I did get a bit hissy when I saw that the Devo video only got honorable mention…really??!!

These Adventure Cats Are Giving Us FOMO – Travel Channel

You know how much I love stories about adventuresome cats ans this compilation is in honor of International Cat Day. I’ve written about a few of these fearless felines and I aspire to be one some day too!  For those of you who follow our blog, yes, the training for kayaking is going well. The female human finally found a life vest that fits me.

yellow and white cat looking out of window of cat cafe train carJapan’s First Cat Cafe Train Combines Eating, Traveling & Feline Bonding – Sora News 24

All I can say is “Meow” it’s about time and two paws up to the folks in Japan! The train car cat cafe will begin in September and will be about a 2 1/2 hour ride in each direction.
A bento boxed lunch is provided for travelers (which include sweets) and a ticket that allows the unlimited travel on the Yoro Railway for that day.  The ticket price is 3,000 Yen (about $27.00 U.S.) and a portion of the cost will be used to fund cat rescue operations.

cats on a dutch houseboatStray Cats Find Home on Amsterdam Houseboat – SF Gate

Here’s another wonderful International Cat Day story. There are many houseboats in Amsterdam on the canals and this one is being put to purrrrfect use! If your humans like to travel and find themselves in Amsterdam, make sure they check this place out.

The cat shelter boat is named De Poezenboot and has been in operation since 1968, when a lady inherited an old Dutch sailing barge.  Now cat lovers from all over the world come to visit, drawing about 100 visitors a day.

gray and white cat at Caturday on Boston CommonHundreds of Cats gather in Boston for first Caturday – Boston Globe

This is a shout out to Bean Town! These enlightened folks recently held their first public Caturday event. What I didn’t know is this event is happening in towns all across the country (I wonder why my town hasn’t held one??)

Boston’s first Caturday celebration was quite a success. What a Caturday event is a a feline friendly meet up. They advertised it on Facebook as “a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends.” It was such a success that the organizer is planning to hold future Caturdays on the Boston Common on the first Caturday (Saturday for you humans) of each month.  Folks showed up with cats on leashes, cats in strollers and cats in their arms. The dog people did a double take but there were no hissy fits.

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/2

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Hello Friends, Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,
It’s Alberto with my Wednesday feline news. I have my purrsonal assistant purrr-use the web to bring you what I feel are the most interesting stories of the week. Without further ado, here they are, enjoy!

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Black and White cat rings bell for service in this kitty restaurantA Restaurant Just for Cats – Animals4.com

I’m sure many of you have seen the viral video of the cats ringing a bell for food but this video takes it to the next level.  Watch this fastidious feline select and order his favorite menu items. I am waiting for such an establishment to open in my community!

veterinarian plays his guitar for post surgery gray cat  Vet has Unique Approach to Soothing Post Surgery Feline – Animals4.com

Now I am not a fan of the place of the white coats, although our place is set up to make us fearless and to actually enjoy the experience. (The Tribe of Five all visited and blogged about their experiences.) If any felines find themselves in this place, I hope they have a vet as kind and innovative as Dr. Ross Henderson!

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Matilda, the former Algonquin Cat

The Algonquin Hotel, NY Hires A Fabulous New Feline – New York Post

Those of you who wander with me on Wednesdays know how much I like to feature working cats. This story is purrrticularily interesting to me. Matilda, the Algonquin Cat has retired after seven  years with the hotel. Matilda first came to the notice of The Tribe of Five as she resembles our very own Alpha, Tucker.  Take a look and let what you think.  But.  I digress.

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Tucker, Alpha of The Tribe of Five

About a month ago, an orange tabby, about a year old, was sighted in a feral colony, scrounging for food. He was immediately selected as Matilda’s replacement and now plays with toy mice, receives love from his human “staff” and visitors and has been officially hired as the newest Algonquin cat.

He has been dubbed Hamlet and his is the epitome of the rags to riches tale. Hamlet is the 12th Algonquin cat and its first male mascot in  Orange and white tabby at the Algonquin hotelmore than 40 years.

Hamlet, the handsome marmalade tabby will make his official debut tomorrow (August 3) at the hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show which is a fund raiser for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. My only questions is, “Hey Algonquin, where is my invitation??!!”

Ricky, the Distillery Cat – 89.3 WFPL (Ashlie Stevens)

Orange and white tabby in blue striped tieI’ve reported on cats who work in breweries, hardware stores, for police and fire fighters and even Russian cats who work in a museum but this is my first report of a cat working in a distillery.  Ricky often greets visitors in a baby blue tie. Brett Connors, the distillery’s brand ambassador, adopted Ricky when he learned that the feline had FIV — feline immunodeficiency virus — which resulted in folks passing up adopting him as they were concerned about his medical costs.

Ricky’s initial job was to be security but he is so friendly and outgoing, he managed to write his own new, job description as head of hospitality.

Hiring cats for distillery work has a long tradition, as these businesses have a lot of grain on site and where there’s grain, there are mice.

Ricky is so successful in his hospitality role that the distillery is planning on hiring a few other felines, all with Ricky’s medical condition. Not only will they have more feline ambassadors but they’ll provide a home to cats that otherwise would not find a forever place to live. Bravo to Castle and Keys Distillery! I have requested the humans to try the product from this feline friendly company and they were quite happy to oblige!

Tabby cat in the Swiss ArmyCat Draws Pension Without Lifting a Paw – SwissInfo.ch by Susan Misicka

I have wondered about all the working cats I write about, what do they do when they retire? Is there a retirement for them? We know that Matilda the Algonquin cat has retired but nothing is said about what kind of retirement she received. In this story, we find out what retirement is like for a Swiss Army cat.

This feline began hanging around the military base in Lyss in 2004. She was a bored house cat and wanted to find excitement that only life in the military could provide.

The soldiers in the barracks provided her snacks between meals and dubbed her “Broccoli” after the tabby ate some of the green vegetable when a soldier offered it to her.

Despite the fact that Broccoli had a home, she preferred hanging out with the soldiers and was added to the official roster of army animals about three years ago. This roster includes search and rescue and guard dogs, 57 riding horses and 200 pack horses but until Broccoli, no felines.

The feline’s owner and the military came to an agreement that she could enlist. The soldiers contribute to a fund so that she can have healthy meals. She shares an office with Werner Holzer who says she’s a polite and curious office mate.  Since she is an official army animal she receives medical treatment from the army vet.

Now that Broccoli is 14, she is officially retired with the rank of Brigadier but lest you think sh’e is unique, she isn’t the only Swiss animal  getting a pension from public funds.
You can view a video of Broccoli on the original article or check out her own Facebook page  

The Litter-Ary Cat introducing Mollie Hunt

photos of Mollie Hunt crazy cat mystery booksWhen we sent the feline human to #BlogPaws in May she had a mission, to obtain signed copies of books from her fellow members of the Cat Writer Association to decorate her table and donate to the auction for our local shelter, The Panhandle Animal Shelter’s annual fund raiser, Hodge Podge at The Lodge. Well those cat writers are generous people and we felt it important to highlight each author who generously donated to our cause.

A note of explanation about the event. Humans sponsor and decorate a table at the event and then invite their human friends to come and bid on auction items and even the tables. Our human is doing a “Litter-Ary Cat table, complete with signed copies of cat books (thanks to the generosity of the human’s fellow Cat Writer’s Association members, cat wines, catnip cigars, cat bookends and other cat-themed library stuff.  The human will post pictures after the August 29th event.

I was purrrrticularily excited to learn about Mollie Hunt’s books as she writes a series of cat mysteries and we love mysteries, especially when cats are involved! Mollie generously donated a copy of each of her books in the Crazy Cat Lady series , Cat’s Eyes, Copy Cats and Cat Paw.  Mollie’s books feature a heroine, Lynley Cannon who is a cat shelter volunteer and a woman who manages to get tangled in dicey situations. And, the thread that runs through this book series is, of course cats!

Mollie has written other wonderful cat-related books and pieces and she received the prestigious Muse Award in the Health and General Care Blog Category for her blog post, “Life Stages” at this year’s Cat Writer’s Association conference. You can wander on over to her blog and see what Mollie is up to.

The female human enjoyed meeting Mollie and she and The Tribe of Five are very grateful for her contribution to our fund raiser so that we can help shelter kitties in our community find furever homes.

Until my next Litter-Ary feline book review from the other generous authors, grab your copy of Mollie’s books and enjoy.

Until next time, your friend,

AlHead

Alberto

Walk Through The Web Wednesday, 7/12

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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.

 

 

 

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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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