Tucker Opines on Halloween

img_2348Hello There Friends,
So this week the humans celebrated this thing called Halloween.  The Tribe of Five would like to go on record as saying that there is absolutely nothing for felines to celebrate on Halloween!  And why do I say this, well, allow me to explain.

First, the humans have been known to attempt to shove their felines into ridiculous devices of torture that they refer to as “costumes”. They know better than to try that with this Alpha but they did do it to Alberto last year. (You may recall his blog about The Great Halloween Indignity) I am happy to report that this was the human’s first and last attempt to dress any of the Tribe of Five for this event.


Still, not all cats have been able to avoid these indignities, I was horrified to see photos of felines strapped into these items of torture all over the internet (see samples above). Just take a look at their faces and tell me that they’re enjoying themselves!

img_2361Now, if you are a kitty who’s managed to escape the whole costume thing there are other things about this Halloween that I find disturbing. For instance, the male and female humans leave five days a week to a place they call “the business”. Now since they own this “business” I can only assume that they have total control over what happens there. And this is why I got my whiskers in a twist when I saw this photo. Evidently they allow other humans to bring their canines to this “business”. I am highly insulted that they have not invited the Tribe of Five to work there (not that we felines actually work, we are far better at snoopervising.)  Just let me say the humans have a lot of explaining to do!

img_0092And, as if the indignity of knowing your very own humans are secretly spending time with other humans’ canines isn’t enough to send us into a tail spin, then there is the torture we go through every night of this Halloween. Now everyone with half a brain knows that the doorbell is not the feline’s friend. (Note to guests, you can find more about doorbells and other rules you should know here.) And it’s not just one “ringy dingy” or even two “ringy dingys”, it’s the constant torture of this despicable doorbell thing causing us to run and hide every few minutes. Poor Oliver only got as far as the dinner take out bag before the hordes of costumed candy thieves arrived.

All night it’s the same hellish routine, get settled on your favorite spot on the sofa, then the demon doorbell rings,  run and hide only to start the routine all over again in a few moments.  I don’t know what you humans find so entrancing about wearing stupid clothes and putting stuff on your face so you can hijack candy from your neighbors (and I might add that teaching this horrible practice to little children is beyond the pale!)

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The Tribe of Five took a poll and we all decided we’re boycotting this Halloween thing next year and are considering drastic measures to keep the humans from opening the front door.  I mean just look at what Halloween did to Al this year!

So my fellow felines, unite against this anti-kitty holiday and join us in our boycott of this disgusting celebration next year. Felines Unite!!

 

 

 
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Tucker

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 11/01

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Hi There Folks,

Alberto here bringing you my Wednesday mewsings from around the web. I hope you enjoy this week’s picks.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Feral Cats From California Get Work, New Lives In Colorado-The Denver Post 

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The feral cat population in California is exploding (estimates are 3 million). The weather is warm and food is fairly plentiful but feral cats don’t have great lives and don’t live very long either. Many California feral cats are euthanized but these kitties, if spayed/neutered can thrive if they’re given jobs as rodent control. And there are some dedicated folks in Colorado and at the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a feral cat rescue are doing. So far they’ve made three trips from California to Colorado in the “Meowgic School Bus” giving felines a ride to their new work locations in barns, homes and businesses in Salida, Golden and Fort Collins Colorado.  What a wonderful way to give feral kitties a home and a purrrrrpose in life!

Cats at Weddings – Pinterest

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I have previously reported on weddings that included beloved felines or cat-themed weddings. Little did I know you could search “cats at weddings” and find such a treasure trove of photos. So humans, fear not. You can find all kinds of ideas to include your beloved kitty in your future wedding preparations.

The Real Felines of New York – I Can Haz Cheeseburger?

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I will never understand why you humans are so interested in “housewives” from so many cities. I guess Jim Tews felt the same way so he started a page that features kitties from around the city.  Not only are the photos great but you can really get a glimpse into the life of the kitties in the Big Apple, for instance, there’s Scout from Astoria who has suffered under the city’s regulations, “I went to culinary school. I tried to open my own pastry shop, but I quickly found out I was up against a bureaucracy that was beyond my comprehension, and pretty intolerant. I had everything in place, but the health inspector shut us down as soon as he realized my staff was all cats.”

 Rescued Feral Kitten Named D.O.G. Helps Train Support Dogs – Little Things

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This story combines two things I love, cat adoption and working cats. Support Dogs Inc, in St. Louis recently added a feline member to the team. He’s a former feral kitten named D.O. G (pronounced “dee-OH-gee”) who has become one of the best training tools they have.  He trains the dogs to sit still, not to get up or react to him (and not to bark). D.O.G. is purrfectly fit for the job because he’s fearless and he stands up to all the dogs no matter their size. Way to go D.O.G and thanks to Support Dogs Inc for giving this feline a home and a job!

 

True Heroes,  Men Who Save Cats From Trees – BBC News

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There are some mighty tall trees in Washington state, but Washington felines, take heart because you have Sean Sears and Tom Otto from Canopy Cat Rescue.  I say two paws up for these great humans! (You can see them in action by clicking on the link to the video below).

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/25

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Hi There Folks,
Alberto here with my favorite feline tidbits from the web.
Enjoy!

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Modern, Architect-Designed Outdoor Cat Dwellings for Charity – Design Milk

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Architects  pulled out all the creative stops when they designed, built and donated unique and functional outdoor dwellings for cats.  Even celebrities got into the act and they decorated and auctioned off food bowls to benefit local shelters.  Thirteen cat-tastic dwellings were created this year. Which one is your favorite?

 Miniature Furniture Designed Especially for Cats – Maxim

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Once you have that condo purchased and set up, you’re going to need to furnish it and there’s a Japanese furniture manufacturer, Okawa City who can handle the task.  Purrrsonally, I’m a fan of the kitty sized bed and the matching nightstand and lamp. Check them out and watch the video  of felines enjoying their new furnishings.

Paddles, The “First Cat” of New Zealand – HuffPost

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I attempt to stay away from purrrlitical things here but my love of working cats forces me to report on purrrlitical felines. Paddles will be New Zealand’s “First Cat” when his human, labor party leader Jacinda Ardern becomes Prime Minister.  And that’s not the only thing unusual about Paddles, she has opposable thumbs so I’m thinking she will be typing her own purrrlitical announcements on her Twitter account @FirstCatofNZ

The Camping With Cats Instagram Page is Purrrfect – Cheezeburger

gray tabby camping in winterIf you follow me Wednesday meanderings you know I love to feature adventure cats and this week I hit the jackpot! There is an Instagram page with camping cats (a few that I’ve featured in past Walk Through The Web Wednesday posts).  I am inspired and am looking forward to having my human providing me with a little adventure in the snow this winter!

 

 

German Man Planning to Open Sweden’s First Cat Cafe – The Local

yellow and white tabby at Stockholms first cat cafe

Dirk Lüders visited cat cafes all over the world and decided that Sweden needed one too. The Cat Corner will be open soon and will be more focused on the “cat” than the “café” part and he hopes to raise awareness about the problem of homeless animals in Sweden.

So he started work on The Cat Corner and hopes to open the country’s very first cat café in the coming months. According to figures from the cat charity Svekatt, there are 150,000 homeless cats in Sweden and 30,000 in the Stockholm area alone, and those numbers are growing. The café will allow people who can’t have cats to enjoy feline time and will work with local shelters to get cats adopted.

Methinks it’s time for my humans to plan an international cat café trip..but wait, that would mean they’d have to a cat sitter for The Tribe of Five so maybe they’ll have to go one at a time. In the meantime, the humans will just have to follow this cat cafe on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Linky Party, October 21, 2017

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Hello Folks,
Lily here. It’s my turn to be the Linky Party host and I couldn’t be happier. I had my purrrrsonal assistant purrrruse all the linky participants from last time and I picked my three faves. ‘Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Scratching Post Secrets Revealed Week #2 – ChirpyCats

black and white cat leaves sticky notes on cat scratcherI loved the scratching post sticky notes and who knew that this is a thing with felines? I recently saw that Bear Cat (Momma Kat and her Bear Cat) is quite fond of the stickies and now ChirpyCats are promoting them as well. Well sheesh, I’m always the last to get on img_2297-1the trend bandwagon. I was so inspired by this post that I put a sticky on the floor for Alberto. Maybe now he’ll quit spitting all over my furry little blue mouse!

Sunday Selfies Tocktober Edition Part 1 – 15andmeowing

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Well, I must say I’ve never heard of “Tocktober” but I was fascinated with the book the 15 and Meowing cats are reading. I have ordered my purrrsonal assistant to get me a copy posthaste! And this Tocktober thing does sound like fun!

Like Cats and Dogs – Travels With Barley

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I loved this story about how a dog and a cat are best buddies. Makes me think that maybe the Tribe of Five could get along with a canine if the humans decide to do such a thing. Of course there would have to be a meeting. A very lengthy meeting!

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Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase!

This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs!

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/18

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Hello Friends Furry, Feathered and Otherwise,

It’s time to purrruse my favorite findings on the web. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Handsome Cat and Climber Duo Camp Across the World in One Sleeping Bag – People

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You all know I have a penchant for adventure cats and aspire to be one myself one day soon so naturally I couldn’t pass up this story. Simon and his human JJ Yosh have been adventure pals from the day they met.

Yosh said he started training Simon the day he came to live with him at a few weeks of age. Yosh is always outdoors and he wanted to enjoy his adventures with Simon and now the 17-month old feline explores the beautiful Colorado scenery where he lives and he and his human also explore other areas of the world. Simon has his own Instagram account and he’s become a world-famous adventure kitty. Simon, you’re my hero!

Stop the mewsic: A cat festival is coming to London – Time Out London

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Once again our friends across the pond prove that England is one of the most feline friendly places. The newest event will take place in July 2018.

The event will be held at The Oval Space in east London. Attendees will see cat videos, enjoy tasty vegetarian street food and visit the Meow Parlor to visit with adoptable shelter kittens.

There will also be a “Cat Lit” section where readings will be done from “Homer’s Odyssey” now before you wonder what feline connection this book has it’s about an abandoned blind kitten.

Now if you plan to go, you are encouraged to wear feline themed clothing (you know like my favorite shirt that says “real men love cats”.  There will even be a “Glamour Puss” beauty bar and of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without cat art.

If you don’t think you can wait until July, you can always visit London’s Cat Cafe (Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium)  in the meantime.

Nathan the Beach Cat loves to swim in the ocean -Trending.com

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First, let me begin by telling you that Nathan is a “she”.  This little kitty was dumped on a highway in Australia in a box. Her humans, Rian and  Melissa came to her rescue and the rest, as they say, is history. The family started taking her on their beach adventures and it was clear early on that this kitty was a lover of the water. She has so many adventures on the high seas that she’s now started her own Instagram account.

I’m quite impressed with these adventure cats and wonder if having black fur makes you a bit more adventurous than other felines.

Distillery Cat Wanted: Must Be Affable, Brand-Boosting, Cold-Blooded Killer – The Salt

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A few months ago I featured an article about Ricky, the distillery cat who has done such a fantastic job, the distillery is planning on hiring more felines. Well, who knew that cats had a long history of working in distilleries?

This article features some of the more well-known distillery employed cats such as Towser the Mouser of Glenturret which is one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. Towser killed over 28,000 mice during her 24-year career earned her a place in the Guinness World Records.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of this popular job for cats, you’ll love this article.

Clapham Common: Every advert at Tube station replaced with pictures of cats – Evening Standard

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Once again, the British prove that they are feline fans!  People who travel through

 Clapham Common station now can enjoy photos of cats rather than advertisements.  Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) decided they wanted to give passengers a break from the deluge of advertising and raised 23,000UKL to give the station a complete kitty makeover.

A total of 68 advertisements in the station were replaced with photos featuring felines from two rescue organizations, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and  Cats Protection.  The clever folks of CAT also marketed the concept to cat owners, who donated 100UKL to make their felines famous. One gentlemen flew to England just to see his kitty’s photo displayed at the station.

James Turner, who spearheaded the campaign said, “We hope people will enjoy being in the station and maybe think a bit differently about the world around them. “Instead of asking you to buy something, we’re asking you to think about what’s really valuable in your life. It might not be cats, but it’s probably something you can’t find in the shops.”

Well I say two paws up for this idea and think we should think about something like this in the good old US of A!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Daily Mail, owners Rian and Melissa serve as Nathan’s lifeguards. The couple adopted the kitten earlier this year, after she was found abandoned in a box by a highway.

 

 

 

 

Black Cat Awareness Month, Part 1

Hi Folks,
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Oliver here. The feline human was telling us that the month of October is Black Cat Awareness Month. We didn’t realize that some people don’t like black cats and that there are many wrong ideas about these fabulous felines. The Tribe of Five decided we wanted to support our ebony feline friends and, since I am the closest Tribe member to being a black cat, I won the job of official spokespurrson.  I hope you enjoy my first post about these amazing cats and I hope you would consider adopting a black cat!

 

Our Beloved Buster

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I’m beginning this series with a tribute to a former member of The Tribe of Five. I never got to meet him but Tucker and Jasmine knew him (they moved all the way from sunny California to our home here in the Inland Northwest with him). They told me he was a great guy, sweet, loving and funny.  The humans still get misty eyed when they think about him. So here’s to Buster, a very handsome and well loved black cat.

An All Black Cat Cafe in Japan

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There are many cat cafes in Japan but this one only features black kitties. Each cat has a distinctive collar to identify them. What a cool idea. I wonder if anyone will be opening an all “black and white cat cafe” soon?

Black Cats and Sailors 

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Sailors enjoyed having cats on board as the cats would keep the mice away from their food supplies. They also felt they were good luck and British sailors chose black cats to sail with them as they believed the would guarantee them a safe return home.

Well, those are my first “Black Cat Facts”. Stay tuned for more information about these pawsome felines.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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