Oliver, LIly and I are working on our mewsings on 2022 which we hope to have finished by the end of the week. It’s still winter in our neck of the woods although the temperatures are pretty warm for this area at this time of year (35 degrees F today). The good news is that the days are getting a little longer (translation, it doesn’t get dark at 3:30pm any more).
The Human got us a nice bed which Oliver immediately took over so she ordered another one. It’s the BEST kitty bed ever and now I get to enjoy it too. Lily isn’t sold yet.
This is Lily who is currently contemplating her life and what she will reflect on for 2022.
This is me, contemplating my life and and what I will reflect on for 2022.
And now, here’s the feline news I gathered for you this week.
This news item was exciting for us as our Angel Jasmine suffered from kidney disease for a number of years and it is an issue that many felines deal with later in life.
An Osaka-based company, Marukan Co., Ltd., is the maker of a new range of nutritional cat food with AIM protein said to prevent kidney disease. The company says they want to help extend the lives of cats to 30 years.
This is the result of extensive research by AIM protein specialist Dr. Toru Miyazaki; the AIM30 brand of cat kibble contains the amino acid A-30 to help the AIM do the kidney cleanup.
AIM is a protein in the blood that supports kidney health by removing the waste that accumulates in the body. There is more “sciency” information in the article from article and you can click on the heading to go to the original news story.
Marukan did what you humans call a “soft launch” in March of 2022 with a mostly chicken flavor line of food. The food is now being delivered to stores all over Japan. There are six types of foods in the original AIM30 kidney healthcare series which include a food for indoor cats at least 11 years old and for indoor cats at least 15 years old, for indoor cats around 20 years old,
The company took into consideration feline lower urinary health with lower magnesium and calcium levels. Dietary fiber from soy pulp is included to reduce fur balls, lactobacilli to support stomach and gut, agaricus (a genus of mushroom) and sesamin fiber compounds to boost immunity, and roasted linseeds with omega-3 fatty acids for skin and coat support are also included. This feline has no idea about these extra ingredients and I will have to send our Purrsonal Assistant to the Google to find out what she can about them.
AIM30, Marukan stressed, is not a therapeutic pet food but a comprehensive maintenance nutritional food for cats. People with cats on therapeutic food diets should consult a veterinarian before taking AIM30.
Having gone through the loss of one of our tribe members from kidney disease, I say “BRAVO” that humans are looking to deal with this disease and we’re purraying that it works.
Pardon me for sounding a bit cynical but never in my wildest dreams did I expect a government agency to take something boring like engineering and make it fun with felines, but that’s exactly what the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers did when it created it’s 2023 calendar.
The photoshopped giant cats were photoshopped into photos of the Corps best achievements and the calendars are hot commodities.
And guess what, the downloadable 2023 calendar is now available!
The history of USACE Portland on social media gives a hint of the creavity from public affairs specialist Chris Gaylord.
Gaylord said that engineering isn’t that exciting and believes that a little bit of humor goes a long way to generate interest in their work. MOL, I say Chris Gaylord is right!
We have seen numerous photos you humans post on social media that say, “this is my house but this isn’t my cat.” This feline finds it hard to believe that people have random felines showing up inside their living quarters but I have to admit the pictures are funny.
There is a Facebook group called “My house, not my cat.” You’ll find funny and heartwarming photos and stories there.
And, if you join the group you can share your own photos of random cat visits.
As former shelter cats, our tribe is adamant about the adopt don’t shop idea. Giving a cat a forever home not only changes it’s life but often changes it’s appearance. We love “before and after” adoption photos and if you do too, you’ll want to see this collection of pre and post adoption photos.
Petnow Inc, a company from Seoul, South Korea, announced that it is presenting the world’s first cat biometric recognition service. The AI-driven app for canines automatically scans unique identifiers of dogs called “nose prints” and has been honored with the Best of Innovation prize at CES 2022, given the company global recognition and features on BBC and CBS.
Dr. Jesse Joonho Lim, the founder of Petnow Inc. said, “The company is adding cat biometric recognition to the current app.” The Petnow app can solve the problems of the existing pet identification methods such as microchips, tags, and collars that are prone to damage or loss, and will enter the U.S. market at CES 2023.”
Dr. Ken Daehyun Pak, the co-founder of Petnow said, “We have been hearing from customers domestically and internationally to add a cat identification function, and we are proud to announce the cat biometric recognition with 99% accuracy. We have cooperated with the largest Korean mobile carrier, SK Telecom, to introduce the dog version of ‘Amber Alert’ in South Korea, and we hope that we will provide more use cases for users.”
The U.S. version of the Petnow app is free of charge. The Human checked in the Apple App store and found it there but she hasn’t had a chance to check it out.
The company says Petnow app is provided for free of charge, and pet households with house cats and/or dogs can try the pain-free microchip alternative right now. The Human has downloaded the app from the Apple app store but she hasn’t figured out yet how they can offer the app free (she’s a suspicious sort). She can’t move forward in the app until she scans one of our faces. If any of you folks download the app an d try it, meow about it in the comments and let us know what you think.