Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/25

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
The weather is cooling and we’ve had a few days of rain and some of the fires around us are almost contained! We are so thankful for this and purray that everyone with fires around them would be safe and fires would be out.

I wanted to take a moment to “chat” with you all and say thanks as well as introduce you to someone.

Please take a moment to listen, it’s not often I get the chance to chat!

And heeeeeer’s my new furry cousin!

Well, it’s time for the feline news I’ve gathered from around the web.

10 International Idioms About Cats

You humans are probably furmiliar with our English idioms that include cats. “the cat’s out of the bag”, (see photo above), it’s the cat’s meow”, etc. Well English isn’t the only language that has feline idioms and I thought you’d enjoy these.

1. You’re like a cat walking around hot porridge. – Scandinavia

This describes evasive behavior by using the example of a cat who will avoid eating porridge that is too hot. Now I don’t know about the rest of my feline readers but this feline is here to tell you that The Tribe has never been interested in eating porridge, hot or otherwise. And that includes Oliver who is very fond of food.

2. Let’s call a cat a cat. – France
I guess the folks in France feel there’s nothing more straightforward than calling a cat a cat. Meow, what else would you call a cat anyway? And this idiom is not only found in France, the Dutch and Belgians also have the same saying.

3. You’re just being shy-shy cat. – Indonesia

If you’re in Indonesia and being coy or shy, you will be described as a shy cat. I know we felines can be shy but we are also very friendly and loving too. Rather than shy, I would purrfer to use the term “discerning”.

4. What would the cat’s son do but kill a mouse? – Ireland

I guess this one is like our “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” meaning we are all a product of our parents to some extent.

5. A cat ran between them. – Russia

This is how the Russians describe having a falling out with someone. The next time Lily and I have “words” and she gives me a whacky paw, The Human can describe the time after while we ignore each other as “a cat ran between them”.

6. My house/apartment/garden is like a cat’s forehead. – Japan

This is how the Japanese describe small spaces. If any of you humans live in tiny houses, the next time someone asks about it, describe it like a cat’s forehead and see what people say.

7. There’s a locked-up cat here. – Spain

If you get the feeling something is suspicious and not on the up and up, you can use this Spanish phrase. Just picture how we cats react when we’re locked up or shoved in our carriers!

8. One who has no dog hunts with a cat. – Portugal

I’m a bit insulted by this one. The phrase means that when we don’t have exactly what we need, we make do with what we have. I guess that has merit but evidently, the folks in Portugal forgot what great hunters we felines are!

9. Who would raise a cat’s tail, if not the cat himself? – Finland

If you’re tired of “tooting your own horn” or “singing your own praises” try this one for a change.

10. When the cat goes away, the mice reign. – Niger Congo

The Swahili speaking folks don’t say that when the cat’s away the mouse will play the say the mouse reigns. Hmm, maybe that mouse will reign for a while but trust me, as soon as the cat returns, that mouse will be dethroned!

Indian Man Opens “Cat Garden”, Raises Over 200 Cats

You humans often amaze me and this man in Gujarat’s Kutch is pawsomly amazing!! ! He has established a home for cats named ‘Cat Garden’, covering 500 square yards and equipped with modern facilities.

His name is  Upendra Goswami, a custom house agent established the ‘Cat Garden’ in 2017. The Cat Garden now has over 200.  Goswami dedicated the cat house to his late sister who was a cat lover.

He said, “We celebrate the birthday of my late sister every year. Once a cat entered our house and ate her birthday cake (this was after she had passed away). Since then, it has been staying with us. We believe that it is our sister who is staying with us in the form of the cat”.

The cats at the Cat Garden enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning and a theater.  There are four rooms with AC and 16 cottages. There are showers and the cats watch animal shows in the mini theater in the evening.  

Well, the cats raised in the cat house enjoy modern amenities and are provided with all facilities including ACs and theatre. Meals are served three times daily and only the best brands of food are used.

Upendra said that he considers the cats part of his family and regular veterinary checkups are part of that care. A charitable trust helps pay for the cats care. Visitors are welcome to visit the Cat Garden for a minimal entry fee.

Royal Canin to launch new Sensory feline wet range

I’m always interested in hearing about a new food because, as The Human will attest, once we’ve had a wet food for a while, we don’t want it anymore. Royal Canin may have fund a way to deal with feline finicky behavior with their new wet food – Sensory – with three new sensorial stimulations of Smell, Taste and Feel are developed to excite our senses.

The Sensory range used the latest research from cat experts. We cats have an instinct for new experiences and diverse aromas, textures and tastes in our diet so Sensory is not only nutritious, but also sensorially rich, filled with novelty and discovery. Frankly, I’m not sure what the novel and discovery is all about but I guess we’ll just have to make The Human buy it for us so we can find out.

Here’s how Royal Canin describes the sensory elements in the new food.

Smell
Of all the senses, our sense of smell is by far our most developed thanks to the 200 million odor-sensitive cells we have, up to 20 times better than a human. ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Smell formulas are crafted with an aromatic profile that is irresistible to cats’ highly sensitive sense of smell.

Taste
Did you know that we felines only have 470 taste buds? If you think that’s a lot, compare that with the 9,000 you human have!  This is why we are so “selective” in what we choose to eat.   ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Taste formulas are characterized by toasted, meaty and savory sensations that stimulate the’ unique sense of taste. I prefer to call it a refined sense of taste.

Feel
You probably know that our paws, fur, and whiskers are touch sensitive. But did you know that the most receptive touch receptors are in our mouths?  This plays a big role in deciding our food preference. ROYAL CANIN® explains that the Sensory Feel formulas are crafted with unique thick gravy or strong jelly textures for a firm feel that lasts longer in our mouths.

This feline says this sounds very interesting and I will tell our Purrsonal Assistant to include some of these smelly, feely, tasty foods in our next Chewy order.

DNA may hold secret for feline HCM therapies

Our Angel Jasmine left us due to heart disease.

Did you know that the heart disease HCM affects one in seven cats? And did you know that a cat’s DNA alters how we respond to the clopidogrel, the medication used to treat this disease. That means the effectiveness of the medication may vary depending on our genes.

HCM causes a cat’s heart muscle to thicken, and, as the condition worsens, blood clots can form in the heart. Dislodged clots can lead to pain, distress, and even sudden death.  Clopidogrel is among the most commonly prescribed medications to prevent blood clots in cats with HCM; however, recent data revealed nearly 20 per cent of cats receiving clopidogrel therapy showed resistance.

“We were consistently seeing cats that, despite being on clopidogrel, were still forming blood clots,” says the study’s corresponding author, Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary cardiology and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“This study was about figuring out why some cats weren’t responding as expected to clopidogrel therapy and leading us towards a more effective prescription.”

What the study found was that a simple genetic test can help our veterinarians make an educated decision about which drug therapy would be the best and most effective for each feline.

The next step is to have these simple genetic tests easily available for all veterinarians. We love this idea and are all for using genetic testing to keep us healthier. As my regular readers know, all three of us have had our DNA testing done by Base Paws. Lily even blogged about it. The great thing about Base Paws is that our reports are constantly being updated as the database receives more and more feline purrticipants.

Who’s getting rehomed now?

First of all, let me say that any human who allows their feline to be abused, verbally or not should take this action. So paws up to this lady!

She caught the man, as she described it, “whispering foul abuse at her cat, who he wanted to rehome. “ She shared her story on Reddit. This man hated her cat Millie so much that he said if they were going to move in together, she would have to get rid of Millie.

Bravo to the human for saying she would NEVER get rid of Millie he relented and said he’d “get over it” and move his stuff into her place. Then she caught him swearing at Millie.

She said that when she was dating her boyfriend, he would ignore Millie, say how stuck up cats were and that he is a dog person.

Well buddy, I guess you can get yourself a dog for your new place! Moral of the story, haters never win!

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 6/9

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello there Furiends,
How are things in your neck of the woods this week? Things around here have been pretty quiet but we did get some needed rain. The Human was doing the happy dance as it’s been really dry and we have lots of forests around us. Here’s a little taste of the rain out our front window.

WhileThe Human was dancing around with glee, I was busy snoopervising The Human’s bathroom.

“Hmmmm, I wonder what fur these brushes were made of.” -Alberto

Meanwhile, Oliver and I celebrated “Hug Your Cat Day” on June 4th. Although The Human gave us lots of hugs that day (and does so every day), Ollie and I wanted to get an early start.

The Human spent Sunday afternoon at her sister’s house and spotted this big bald eagle. I think I’m glad we don’t see those big guys in our back yard!

I hope you all had a good week and that you enjoy my web wanderings for this week.

Topiary Cat! Homeowner crafts six foot feline from his hedge

Well, after finding this news bit I have to say our Human is slacking off in the garden department!  However, not every feline’s humans are so inattentive to glorifying their felines with their greenery. A wonderful human from England is paying tribute to his cat with a HUGE topiary in his front yard. And when I say huge, I mean HUGE! The topiary is 2 meters (about 6 ½ feet) . The large cat doesn’t only delight human passers by, it captures the interest of many of the dogs in the neighborhood as well.  The owner of the house purrfers to remain anonymous but whoever you are…two paws up!

Basepaws wants kitties to live forever!

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My regular readers may remember that Lily, Oliver and I have all had our DNA tests done by Basepaws. Lily meowed about her report in a blog post

Our Human especially likes the feature that helps her follow our health and what health issues we may have to deal with when we get older. Basepaws says, “We want cats to live forever and you may be able to help!” They are recruiting cats aged 17+ to pawticipate in their newest study. Their goal….to increase cats’ healthspans by identifying genetic markers for developing therapeutics to treat age related diseases I cats. Our Angel Lily had kidney disease the last few years of her life and our Angel Tucker developed cancer at the end of his life. Both were 17 when they crossed The Rainbow Bridge. Lily, Oliver and I are too young to do the survey so if any of you felines are super senior kitties 17+, please consider taking this survey!

CatCafe Lounge in LA lets you cuddle adoptable cats in a giant outdoor catio

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Now this is a first, humans in a catio, outside mingling with the kitties! The CatCafe Lounge in LA is home to over 30 cats and offers an outside catio experience for humans.

Visitors can lounge below the large blue cat trees and watch the antics of felines above their heads or cuddle with the kitties hanging around the lower area. The cats enjoy their cat jungle gym that offers them all the space they need to pounce, play, climb and just lounge in a sunny spot.

The “cat highway” is a favorite feature with humans and felines alike. The cats can scale leafy climbing walls and ramps and feel the wind in their fur.

The café is a partner of the Stray Cat Alliance  whose work is focused on finding furever homes for cats who would have otherwise been euthanized. The café works on socializing cats with their resident feline behaviorist, making the cats chances of being adopted even better.   

Admission is considered a donation to Cat Cafe Lounge, with 100% of the funds given back to the cause.  A visit to the catio and the cafe’s indoor cat lounge costs $35.00 for a one hour visit and 100% of those monies are used for the café and cat adoptions.  You can learn more about this magical place at their official website.

‘Star Trek Cats’ goes where no feline has gone before

The book, Star Trek Cats takes the original Star Trek characters and transforms them into fabulous felines. Jenny Parks, who specializes in drawing cats as pop culture characters, illustrates Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the crew into some of the tv shows most famous scenes. And frankly, I think the feline space explorers are far superior to the human ones!  

The book is not filled with stories but with beautifully illustrated pages from the show.

Star Trek Cats is available in hardcover with a retail price of $14.95 but is available on Amazon for $8.40. The digital format costs $7.98.

Cat returned after ‘catnapper’ swipes feline from Aurora front porch

You humans talk a lot about porch pirates when it comes to people thieving things from your porches (things like your latest Amazon deliveries). Well, ,evidently there are porch pirates who steal cats too, at least in Aurora, Colorado.

Vickie Madrid says she realized something was wrong when her cat named Buttercup didn’t show up for dinner. (Trust me, if any of us didn’t show up for dinner it would be cause for alarm for our Human too!)

Buttercup had shown up at the Madrid house years ago and he became part of the family. Madrid decided to review her Ring doorbell videos to see if she could see him. The video revealed that a man walked onto her porch, bent down and grabbed the cat from underneath a bench, turning and running down the street with the cat. Buttercup’s human was sick to her stomach at what she saw. The same catnapper was also caught on neighborhood camera footage stealing milk from a cooler and packages from another porch. The robber drove a teal or green SUV, something like a Chevy Equinox.

Madrid said that Buttercup found her and her family once and she hoped he’d find them again.

Madrid says she has no idea why someone would want to flee with her feline, but now he’s gone. All she can do is hope and pray that her beloved Buttercup will somehow return.

“He found us once and I just pray he can find us again. That’s what I hope,” she said.

If you read the information on the image above,you know that that after Keegan Harsha, a reporter from local TV channel KDVR shared the story, Buttercup was mysteriously returned home. I love happy endings!

Lily Celebrates International Women’s Day

Hello Furiends,
Lily here meowing at you on International Women’s Day! This holiday made me think that we female felines are often incorrectly labeled with old and inaccurate stereotypes…”females are more aloof, females are more aggressive…meow, meow, meow…”

I’m here to tell you that we felines (male and female) can’t be categorized so easily. I consulted with our Human on this subject as she is not only our Purrsonal Assistant but she has diplomas in Feline Animal Behavior & Psychology and Understanding Feline Anxiety (as well as Pet Bereavement counseling but that’s a skill for another blog post).

When I asked our Human whether she would consider bringing a male or female feline into our clowder, she said that there were many factors to consider and all were important things to consider as well as gender.

She said there’s this thing called “nature vs nurture” which she explained to me is that a cat’s behavior is a combination of physical things like the personalities of our parents, our breed and yes, even our coat color versus how we are influenced by our environment (how our mothers train us, the humans treat us, etc.)

 Human scientists even studied this at Cambridge University and they learned that the “friendliness” of a kitten’s father had an effect on the kitten’s behavior, even if the kitten hadn’t been handled by humans at a young age. They found that kittens with “unfriendly” fathers, regardless of how much they were handled were not as friendly. In other words, genetics are an important part of the makeup of our personalities.

The issue isn’t whether males are friendlier than females because there are many things that contribute to our wonderful feline purrsonalities. Breed makes a difference and you don’t have to be a fancy cat from a breeder to figure this out. Even those of us that are from, errr, multi-breed families from the shelter can find out about our dominant breed and how it affects our behavior.

The Female Human did this for all of us by having our DNA tested by Basepaws. All you have to do is look at me and you can figure out I have quite a varied heritage. My DNA says that the majority of my heritage is from The Western Group (almost 60%), meaning a mix of Russian Blue and Ragdoll with a sprinkle of “broadly western” (little bits of American Shorthair, Turkish Van, Turkish Angora and the rest of the “western” breeds). I also have a little mix of Eastern Breeds (over 15%) such as Thai Siamese, Burman, Peterbald and the catch all “Broadly Eastern” category. Needless to say, figuring out my purrsonality from my heritage is a bit tricky but it still helps to know my dominant heritage. And there’s lots of other great things DNA testing tells us like if I’m genetically pre-disposed to certain medical conditions.

It’s not just our breed heritage that determines how we act and react. As I noted above, our feline mom’s and dad’s personalities make up who we are. The amount of socialization we had when we were little kittens also can influence how we act and interact. Our life experience also determines how we live with other cats, animals and humans.

And the very good news is that you humans can have an effect on us, by giving us time and love you can change a fearful feline into a snuggle buddy with time.

So there you have it. This International Women’s Day let’s have a nice meow shout out to all the female felines out there and let’s stop believing all those old stereotypes people still keep perpetuating!


Resources:
The ‘Feline Five’: An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus), Carla A. Litchfield ,Gillian Quinton,Hayley Tindle,Belinda Chiera,K. Heidy Kikillus,Philip Roetman -Published: August 23, 2017

 “The Impact of Paternity and Early Social Development on The Development of Cat’s Behavior to People and Novel Objects” –Cambridge University, 1998- Sandra McCune 

Lily Opines About Her Basepaws DNA Results

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Hello There Furiends,
Before I get into the good stuff, I have to provide a thing you humans call a “disclosure” about my interaction with the Basepaws company. We were provides with a complimentary Basepaws kit in exchange for my opinion of the process and the product. All of the included images, the written content and the opinions are original and from Feline Opines. Although I’ve linked to the company these are not affiliate links and Feline Opines receives no commission or monetary gain from purchases. I just like to tell my furiends about new, cool stuff. 

Test Information

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This is me at the shelter the day I met The Female Human. – Lily

And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…..my report!

Basepaws divides purebred felines in to three different breed groups:

  • Western (American Shorthair, Persian, Siberian, British Shorthair, Maine Coon, Russian Blue, Norwegian Forest Cat, Abyssinian, Exotic Shorthair, Turkish Angora and Ragdoll)
  • Eastern (Oriental Shorthair, Burmese, Birman & Siamese)
  • Hybrid (Cats that are the result of mating between a domestic cat and a wild cat. These breeds include the Bengal (Asian Leopard + domestic) and the Savannah breeds (Serval + domestic)

The fourth feline group is the Polycat group which describes mixed breed cats, 95% of all cats in the world are mixed breed felines. Before Basepaws DNA testing we knew nothing about them and now, as they add more purebred data and trait information they will be able to begin narrowing down the parts of the genome that are responsible for certain traits.

The Western, Eastern and Hybrid groups are based on the DNA of purebred cats in their database. As the company grows and adds more DNA they will be able to narrow down the specific genomic regions .  I was assigned to the  Western Breed Group. Now this does’t mean that I necessarily have “prebred” relatives. It means that the certain genomic regions are the ones that I am most similar to and they ranked me with three breeds by how similar I am to a specific breed and the rest of the database.

The “Sciency” Stuff

First of all neither the Female Human nor I are very scientific so I’m going to try and make this as simple as possible.  If you have an inquiring mind and enjoy science, you might want to check out this information (even though it’s from The National Human Genome Research Institute.

The Basepaws folks sequenced my DNA and it resulted in 8,626,137 DNA fragments that were sequenced and that represents 1,089,039,875 DNA bases that were sequenced (these numbers are a little big for this simple feline to understand). Using that data in addition to the latest cat genome (felis_catus_9.01 – felis catus is a fancy word for “domestic cat”). They analyzed genetic variants across 18 chromosomes to generate my report.

Phew, not that the “sciency” stuff is over let’s dig in to the really interesting stuff.

Let’s Talk About Me

I was assigned to the Western Breed Group and here are the three breeds I am most similar to:

Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat

Meowza! I’m like a breed that is believed to be 1-000-2,000 years old. My DNA ancestors originated in Norway (now I know why I like the winters here). Norwegian Forest Cats are generally healthy and strong but also more prone to Diabetes mellitus (a metabolic disorder where blood sugar levels remain high for long periods of time. This is something my veterinarian can watch out for on my yearly wellness visits. The purrsonality traits of this breed makes them friendly, social and independent. I’m friendly with people I know and just like this breed, I am friendly on my own terms. I’m not so social but I’m very independent! They have favorite humans (that is so true) and tend to be picky about whose lap they sit in (me again). The Norwegian Forest Cat in me is where I get my love of climbing and The Female Human has great climbing alternatives for me in high places to satisfy the Forest Cat DNA in me.

American Shorthair

American Shorthair breed

This part of my DNA is responsible for my stellar hunting skills. I don’t have the large head, powerful jaws and full cheeks like most American Shorthairs. American Shorthairs have a variety of coat colors. That’s definitely me! And their eyes are large and distinctive. Me again. The American Shorthair DNA in me may make me affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There is also sometimes a problem with dermoid cysts, and some facial issues like cleft palate but thankfully, I don’t have any of these problems.  As far as purrsonality is concerned, the fact that they aren’t known as lap cats is me to a T. They appreciate a spot near their humans on the sofa and that is really me. I’m called “Lily Bug” because I always snuggle against humans when they sit on the sofa (my version of being a love bug). Another purrsonality trait that is all me is that I am fine on my own and can entertain myself. I do love to find a good sun puddle and hang there all day, another indication that I have much in common with the American Shorthair.

Siberian

Siberian Forest Cat

Also called The Siberian Forest Cat. I don’t have the plush long coat of these guys. This is the national animal of Russia, cool. I think this must be where I got my crazy coat because the coats for these cats range from tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and color point. To get one of these breed kittens will cost  you a lot of moola and that’s why they’re rare outside of Europe. I hope The Female Human appreciates me for the rare treasure I am. There are no documented known health conditions that plague this breed so that makes me feel good. It is interesting that Siberian Forest Cats are considered to be a hypoallergenic breed because they produce less FelD1 that is the allergen thought to be the culprit in causing allergic reactions in humans. I think I fit the personality description to a T, brave, independent, easygoing and affectionate.

And I’m Wild

My favorite part of the report is that it said the wild cat I was most similar to is the leopard. Pretty cool huh?

And Now The Contest & Winner

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Thanks to all of you who purrticipated in my Basepaws DNA contest. The #1 breed guess was Siamese with American Shorthair coming in second. There were many others, Tortiseshell, Birman, Burmese, Main Coon, Persian, Turkish Van, Calico, Tonkinese, Snowshoe and Exotic.

Unfortunately, no one got all three but don’t feel bad, The Female Human didn’t pick even one of the breeds. We put all the names in a basket and I batted them around for a while before I had The Female Human pick one out (with her eyes closed, of course) and the winner is…….messymimimeanderings! Please let us know the address to send the books and they’ll be on their way to you. You can use the form below to send the info.

 

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my report. If you have your humans do your DNA, let us know about your results.
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It’s a Contest!

Now that we’ve received my DNA results, I’ve decided we should run a little contest before the big reveal. There is lots of interesting (and sometimes surprising ) info in this report. One of the things the report includes is which breeds I am most similar to. Three breeds were listed. Can you guess what they were?

I am running a contest this week (with The Female Human’s help). Just share this post and then note in the comments what 3 breeds you think the basepaws, cat DNA company discovered I am most similar to. The winner with the correct (or most correct) answer will receive our two Felines Opine books (personally pawtographed of course).

So guess away, let’s see who who knows the most about my DNA. The contest will close at midnight (PST), Sunday, May 5th.

Purrrs &. Head Bonks,

Lily’s Update on Her Basepaws DNA test

Hello Furiends,

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Sigh, I’m still waiting to find out what my DNA says about me. -Lily

Well, just when I was about to get my whiskers in a twist because I hadn’t heard anything about my DNA test, I received (or I should say my Human received) the following:
Basepaws

Now I do apurreciate the update but I am a bit miffed that they emailed my Human and not me. Oh well, gotta’ give them an “A” for effort.

I can’t wait to find out more about my interesting self,

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Lily Opines About The Mystery of Her Ancestry

Hello Furiends,

I'm eyeing the butter but I've decided to be a good cat.

Lily

Lily here. Every since I was adopted from our local shelter, The Female Human has been mystified about my heritage. As you can see, I have some interesting markings and my purrsonality is very different from the rest of  The Tribe of Five.

This is why I am so excited! The good folks at Basepaws are sending a kit to The Tribe of Five and I was the lucky feline selected to have my DNA tested!

Basepaws is the first cat care company built around genetics. All The Female Human has to do is to get DNA from my cheeks and hair Now mind you I am a bit of a wild child. The Female Human can’t even get me to hold still enough to clip my claws so the cheek part will be interesting.

Once she has my DNA she sends it to Basepaws in Los Angeles and the Basepaws folks work their magic. My  DNA contains more than 20,000 genes, which are spelled out in a unique genetic code that is around 2,700,000,000 letters (nucleotide bases) long. Basepaws takes this DNA and uses sequencing machines to read and record these letters. Now I have no idea what that means but I do know that they can see if I have genes that make me prone to any diseases and also give The Female Human insight into my history.

And Basepaws isn’t a one- time wonder! We’ll get  constant updates as they learn more. I’ll become part of the Basepaws family and get a lifetime of updates, newsletters and articles (since I  can’t read The Female Human will have to read them to me.)

I hope you will follow my Basepaws journey with me. And if you want to learn more, click here to read their blog.

Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Walk Through The Web Wednesday….on Friday??

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
I have my whiskers in a twist today. Staff has been slacking off this week. The Purrsonal Assistant says it’s because she’s been busy entering our blog, some photos, etc. in the #CWA (Cat Writer’s Association) contest. IMHO she had plenty of time to do that, get our social media done, feed us, clean our litter boxes, freshen our cat grass, go to the place she calls work……hmm, okay, maybe I’d better lighten up on The Purrsonal Assistant.

While I go give The Female Human (Purrsonal Assistant aka staff) an apologetic head bonk, I hope you will purruse these new listings and enjoy them.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Meet Hamlet VIII, The Newest Algonquin Hotel Cat

I don’t know what to be excited about more….the information about the new Algonquin Hotel cat or the fact that I discovered a website called Hotels With Cats! The website is travel information for cat lovers, meowza, I love discovering new things.

But back to Hamlet. I’ve reported in the past about a previous Algonquin feline and I must say, that is one of the cushiest feline jobs ever. The Algonquin Cat custom has a long tradition. It is New York’s oldest working hotel and has had a feline mascot since a stray cat wandered in during the 1920’s. The name “Hamlet” was suggested by the actor John Barrymore and this is the name all the male cats have had. Female cats are called Matilda. The hotel has an executive assistant who also serves as Chief Cat Officer (a bit like our Female Human who also serves as our Purrsonal Assistant).  Hamlet VIII has his own business card and also receives fan mail and presents from around the world is one lucky former feral rescue!

Basepaws-the 23andMe for Felines

“So Oliver, what do you think Basepaws would say about our heritage and history…could two brothers ever look (or act) less alike?”

This feline DNA thing is pretty cool. You humans can find out about our ancestral roots, get a health report and see if our genetics influence our risk for certain health issues or if we’re carrying a genetic disorder (like Oliver who seems to be carrying the “fat” gene).   And if that information isn’t fantastic enough you humans can also find out neat things about us like predictions about our purrsonality, whether we might be likely to form a catnip addiction and other fun facts. This Basepaws stuff is the cat’s meow!

$1800.00 Feline Treadmill for Your Fat Cat

A feline treadmill for $1800.00? I’m not so sure. We opined about snoopervising The Female Human when she set up her treadmill and our positions in the mat and machine pretty much say it all. This is as much effort as we care to exert (come to think of it, The Female Human hasn’t exerted much effort on that machine lately either).

Still, when I look at my roly poly brother I have to admit that the idea of some exercise for the little fellow might be a good idea. Meet The Little Cat, an exercise machine from South Korea’s Pet Ding. Now if you felines can get over the fact that this thing looks like a hamster wheel, it has some cool features.  It’s pricey because it has all kinds of goodies like LED lights inside the wheel designed to attract the feline to the wheel and to keep the feline interested while he’s moving on it. And of course, there’s an app that goes with it as well. Humans get a live feed of the kitty work outs and they can also record their voice to encourage their kitty to move faster. The Little Cat is expected to be available for purchase in March. I think for now, I’ll just chase Oliver up and down the stairs for his daily exercise.

https://youtu.be/3US_jzrvSxY

Meows for Military Program a Success in Tucson

 Oh how I love shelters that come up with innovative programs that help felines and humans too. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary in Tucson teamed up with the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS) for the ‘Meows for Military’ program which is in its third year.

The Meows for Military program provides weekly cat visits to SAVAHCS. The felines are all chosen for this purrrticular mission of being Feline Ambassadors. The veterans and humans receive love and some of the felines even receive a furever home through the program. Animal assisted therapy is proven to be a success and helps humans lower blood pressure, decrease rates of depression and anxiety and promote healing. Meowza, I love this idea.

Crazy Places Cat’s Hide At The Vets

“I am NOT hiding in this photo because The Female Human takes us to a cat friendly practice where we have no fear and no need to hide.” – Alberto, FelineOpines.net

There are some funny photos here showing how many of my feline furiends attempt to keep away from the vet but I have to say, going to the place of white coats with the stabby people can be nerve wracking. The Tribe of Five used to hide until the people with the white coats where we go built a brand new, fearless practice. Oliver and I opined about this place and it is amazing. I would suggest that all my feline furiends talk to your humans and have them find a cat friendly place with white coats too.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/4

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Friends,
Alberto here. Boy have we been busy with the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. My little feline noggin is getting tired looking for new ideas to write about every day. You know we felines are not overly excited about working under pressure but we committed to do the thing and The Tribe of Five believes in following through with our commitments. The Female Human is a bit cranky about all the typing though.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Man Has Genius Plan to Feed Cat When Keys are Misplaced – LAD Bible

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Let me just say that this is one of the nightmares The Tribe of Five has every time the Humans go away. Humans, PLEASE make sure that the cat feeder has keys before you leave town. Evidently, someone from work was going to drop the keys through the mail slot of the neighbor’s door so they could feed the cat. Except it was the wrong door and the neighbor had no key. What did the neighbor do? Their solution was quite innovative but let this be a lesson to all you humans!

Boy Bullied Because of His Unusual Eyes Finds Purrfect Friend – Love What Matters

boy with multicolor eyes adopts cat with same condition

We felines will never understand why you humans bully. Granted, we felines will mix it up a bit now and then but it’s only for play. The little boy’s parents were shown a photo from a rescue in Minnesota. Now mind you any cat photo is worth another look but this cat was extra special! The kitty had a cleft lip and heterochromia iridum (different colored eyes) just like the little boy Madden. The boy’s parents knew that cat was destined to be a part of their family. Some kind friends helped the family fund the road trip from Oklahoma to Minnesota. If there ever was a match made in heaven, this one is it. We give this story a 2-paws up and wish Madden and his feline friend many happy years!

What Your Cat’s DNA Can Tell You – LifeHacker

cat dna kit basepaws

We felines are curious things. I mean, look at me and my brother Oliver. One of us looks like a pure-bred Siamese and the other, hmmm, is a stocky black and white feline with a heart over his eye. Our Humans often say they’d love to know the story of every Tribe of Five member but because we were all rescues they have no history about us.  And then there’s our strange behaviors like why do we all run and hide when a human sneezes, why do some of us love beef and the others turn their noses up at it, and there are lots more questions the Humans would like to have answered.

Now not all of your questions about your fabulous felines can be answered but you can get more information about them from Basepaws, a company that says through a DNA kit, you can learn about your feline’s ancestry and their habits.

Our humans were intrigued by this article because the human who wrote it said that the kit covers several areas such as health, ancestry, predicting traits, physical traits and more.  Can you imagine what our Humans could learn about us? Now that I think about it, I’m not so sure I want them to know all our secrets!

Catios Are The Newest Way to Spoil Your Felines – Simplemost

black cat in outdoor catio

I’ve reported on catios before but they are becoming more of a “thing” and, as felines who enjoy the out of doors safely at our house, I thought this article was great, offering many options for you humans to choose from. Our Humans didn’t want a permanent structure built on the house (and during times when we have 6 months of winter I can understand) so they got us a “pop-up” catio that can be moved from the upstairs deck to downstairs by the waterfall or on the front porch. We blogged about it if you want to see what our catio is like. So my feline friends, tell your humans to get you a catio posthaste!

Crazy Cat Guy – PeopleMusic

song I happen to like cats

When The Female Human read this article she said, “Hah, I knew it! There are crazy cat guys too!” Now I am confused as to why The Female Human found this surprising, after all, she’s married to a crazy cat guy…but I digress.

The singer, Granger Smith recently wrote a parody of his song, “It Happens  Like That” titled, “I happen to like cats” and we think it’s quite a catchy tune. The best part about this song is that he and his crew took over a cat cafe to film the video and this wasn’t some publicity stunt, Granger Smith DOES like cats! Meow!