Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/24

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hey There Furiends,
It’s been boring on the feline side of our neck of the woods this week. Our Purrsonal Assistant has been attending to things other than us, which left us far too much time on our paws. Since we had very little to do, we decided to have some photo fun.

The weather can’t make up it’s mind as to what it wants to be and, there are no sunning opportunities on the upstairs porch in our near future, so we all decided we’d do a photo of where we would like to be right meow.

“I want to be somewhere exciting where I can have a new purrspective.”
Oliver
“I’m sick and tired of sitting on heat vents to stay warm. Take me to a sunny beach!”
Lily
“Dude, you do you and I’ll do me. Rock on pussycats!”
Alberto

So there’s your glimpse into what the Tribe would like to be doing. How about you? We also would love to be doing more Cat Chats but we’re still waiting for our furiends to send us a photo and an email about what you want to meow about. We felines have so much to say, come on guys, email us (FelineOpines@gmail.com) so we can feature you on Cat Chat. And if you are a feline who’s not a fan of writing, no worries. Just tell us what you want to meow about it and our Purrsonal Assistant will write it up for you. Attach a photo of your furry face and we’ll do the rest!

And now, it’s time for this week’s web wanderings.

The case of the mysterious missing feline GPS device

One would think that buying a GPS device for your feline would be a good way to keep your cat safe. Well, not necessarily.

Andel Kindell paid $180.00 for a GPS tracker and attached it to his cat Alex’s collar after a harrowing experience where the cat got out and was gone for two days. Then, one day the cat came home without the device and an injury on his paw.

Kindell logged into the tracker app on his phone and was amazed to see the tracker quickly moving around town. How could that be, the feline was at home!

First he thought someone had taken it and used it for their cat so he followed the signal. He was confused as he could see the device crossing the road but there was nothing in front of him.

It took him a while to solve the mystery. When he took Alex in to have his paw tended to, the vet said the injury looked like it was caused by a bite and the two humans surmised that a rat had bitten the GPS off and perhaps had eaten it with the collar which would explain the weak signal.

Once they’d figured out the “how”, Kindell realized that the GPS path followed local drainage routes.  All things considered, he thought it would be easier to buy a replacement GPS than think he’d get the original one back from the rat.

Meow Mates: Program brings rescue cats to Wyoming jail

I love to hear about programs that help felines find furever homes and that help humans too!  Black Dog Animal Rescue and the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department have partnered to begin “Meow Mates,” a program that will get foster cats out of a potentially stressful shelter environment and allow them to be socialized with jail inmates who have been cleared to care for them. The goal is, after the kitties are socialized and worked with, they will be ready to be adopted.

Sully, a 3-year old Ginger male is the first cat in the purrogram. Sully and the other felines that join him will live in the jail’s housing unit with the inmates, who will be responsible for their care.

Getting these kitties out of stress filled high volume shelters and with “foster inmates” will be a win-win for humans and felines alike.

Many studies have proven that the presence of animals in correctional facilities increases the welfare of the inmates and the attention and socialization the felines receive will increase their welfare too.  The inmates are excited to have their feline furiends arrive. The program will not cost the jail anything. The will be provided with everything needed for fostering (included veterinary care) just as individual foster homes are.

A fancy feline has her own tiny living room and fur-niture

Clearly, some of our humans need to up their game! This feline has her own living room with furniture made by her human. The feline digs have a kitty-sized sofa, plants, white rug and wall art.

Needless to say, this kitty is living her best life. I had the Purrsonal Assistant do a bit of research and evidently there are more enlightened humans out there who understand kitties need their own special pace. Furiends, what are your humans doing to accommodate your living space needs?

‘The cat picks you’: Fayetteville cat rescue aims to save felines and humans

This story is for all the humans who have a “It’s only a cat” attitude.

The death of Heather Hall’s 16-month old daughter in an accident in 1995 left her depressed and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. But then she began to foster kittens through her local rescue group and her world changed for the better.

She believes it was the cats that brought her out, literally and figuratively. And it all started with fostering kittens.

Eventually, Hall and a friend Patti Johnson began their own rescue called Operation Healing Whiskers whose mission is to sponsor cats for individuals in need of an emotional support animal.

 “We started it because we saw a need in the area ,” Hall said. “There weren’t any (rescues) that specifically want to put their animals in the hands of people that need it — the ones that are hurting, that have suffered some kind of trauma.”

Johnston related an encounter with another rescue that illustrated what Operation Healing Whiskers is all about.

A young boy wanted to hold a fussy cat that the rescue had been having trouble adopting out. As soon as the cat was in the boy’s arms, it calmed immediately. The connection between cat and boy was unmistakable. Hall says that story illustrates what rescue should be about, connections between people and animals.

There are so many who’ve been helped by cats from Healing Whiskers, one boy with a developmental disorder  is calmed by his cat while his mother cuts his hair.

The cats are not trained or certified service animals but they are emotional support felines.

Paws Up award by FelineOpines.net for humans who do amazing things for cats

The shelter is very careful about which cats go to which homes but often it’s the cat that picks the humans and not the other way around.

The humans at Healing Whiskers believe that they are providing people with love they didn’t know was there by providing them with their kitties, and the kitties are getting love and a home,”  You can visit their website or their Facebook page and if you live near them, how about offering to foster or supporting them in some other way? We give Operation Healing Whiskers our Paws Up award!

Prime Minister Winston Churchill greets Blackie on the HMS ship Prince of Wales in 1941

Seafaring felines: Cats have long had adventures aboard ships

I reported in a previous Walk through the Web Wednesday about the amazing sailors who rescued some hapless felines on a sinking ship. Did you wonder why there were three cats on that boat? Well felines have a long nautical history in the last several centuries.

Sailors brought cats on board to catch mice and rats, which would eat the crew’s food. Ancient Egyptians carried them on boats to control infestations of mice and rats. Irish and British sailors used to believe that inviting a black cat onboard ensured good luck on a journey and many felines have become famous for their seafaring ways.

Trim was a black and white cat, born in 1799 who traveled on the HMS Investigator while Captain Matthew Flinders mapped Australia’s coastline. During meals, Trim would steal food off sailors’ forks. When Flinders stopped at the island of Mauritius to get the Investigator repaired, French officials accused him of spying and put him under house arrest for six years. Trim stayed by his side until one day in 1804, when he mysteriously disappeared and never returned.

Blackie, a black cat with white paws served during WW II on the HMS Prince of Wales. When British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was about to step off the ship to greet U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Blackie walked up to greet him.

Mr. Chippy was a tabby who lived on the ship Endurance, the ship that explorer Ernest Shackleton sailed to Antarctica on. The cat belonged to the ship’s carpenter; “chippy” is a British slang term for “carpenter.” Chippy liked to climb the rigging in all sorts of weather and once fell overboard. An officer turned the boat around, and the ship’s biologist scooped the cat out of the ocean with a net.

In 1949, Simon was traveling aboard HMS Amethyst when the British ship came under attack on China’s Yangtze River. Seventeen crew members died. Simon and 10 sailors were wounded. The ship was stuck in mud for almost 10 weeks while the two governments negotiated. Simon protected the crews’ shrinking food supply by fighting off aggressive rats. After the ship’s crew made a daring escape late one night, the crew and Simon became heroes. The British animal welfare group People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals presented him with the Dickin Medal, the highest honor awarded for an animal showing bravery in battle. He’s the only cat ever to win the Dickin. Upon his death, Simon was buried with full naval honors.

When the German warship Bismarck sank in World War II, British sailors on the HMS Cossack discovered a black-and-white cat floating on a board in the ocean. They rescued him and named him Oscar. Then their ship was torpedoed. Oscar survived, and British naval officers renamed him “Unsinkable Sam.” They stationed him on the HMS Ark Royal. When it, too, was torpedoed, sailors rescued him off another floating board. The governor of Gibraltar adopted Sam, and then moved him to a British home for sailors.

Oh my whiskers, I think I would rather stay at home than have the adventures these felines had!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/5

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hi There Furiends,
Fall has arrived here in the Inland Northwest. Our summer was waaaaay too short, we had so much smoke we were stuck inside for most of the time.  Ah well, if the weather says nice I still may get some kayak training with The Female Human!

Here are my finds for the week, enjoy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

A Cats Only Grooming Salon – Pilot Online

cat being washed at cat salon

Prepare to have all your cat grooming stereotypes blown away! There is a feline only grooming salon in Yorktown, VA.  The owners of Purricious Styles  say that cats are not as adverse to water as you humans may think (and of course, I wholeheartedly agree). What I do take exception to is that they also state they have special equipment like muzzle cones for “snippy cats”. Muzzles, snippy cats?? Hmmm. If your feline in residence is looking for a new do and you live in the area, you might want to call Purricious Styles 
and see about getting kitty a lion or teddy bear clip. As for me, I’ll just leave my handsome fur the way it is.

Headed to the Vet? Calm Your Cat With a New Feline Radio Station- Mental Floss

Siamese cat listens to music

We felines are not so fond of being shoved in a box, dumped in the metal moving machine and being taken to the place with white coats. I don’t know about the rest of you but all the members of The Tribe of Five loudly sing the song of their people all the way. If we’re singing anyway yu might as well turn on the radio to Calm Pet Radio. It not only provides music but it calms us down as well.

Cat Calm Radio plays music by David Teie, a composer who writes music targeted at cats’ preferences. His songs feature sounds that will be familiar and soothing to cats, like beats similar to the sound of suckling milk, played at the frequencies cats use to communicate with each other. Researchers have found that cats respond better to his cat-specific tunes than to human music. We didn’t need researchers to tell us this. The Female Human purchased the first album from Davied Teje called Music for Cats and we like it very much.

The online cat music station was launched in honor of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22. “We’re one of the only radio stations to play species-specific music, designed to have a calming effect on your cat in the car, especially on trips to the vet,” the website explains. You can listen online here.  We opined about this music on our website FelineOpines.com and you can even see videos of our first experiences with our favorite mewsic.

The Best Cosplaying Cats of All Time – Gamebyte

cosplay black and white cat

If any of you are wondering, “What the heck is cosplay and what does it have to do with cats?” , allow me to explain. Cosplay is a strange hobby that many humans don’t want to admit they are involved in.  The short definition (according to Wickipedia) is, ” a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear self-made costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.” Okay, I’m fine with humans putting on silly costumes but when you take your feline and stuff him or her into a ridiculous costume and then take photos for all the world to see, well that’s another matter completely! 

I must admit that most of the cosplay cats in this article look pretty proud of themselves, but in case my Humans get any great ideas, thanks but no thanks, The Tribe of Five have taken a vote and it was a unanimous NO to cosplay and costumes of any sort.

This Collection Turns Your Existing Furniture Into a Cat Tree – Apartment Therapy

black cat on cat furniture

The Female Human is always griping about how scroungy our existing cat furniture looks, how expensive new cat trees are, blah, blah,blah. Well now some smart humans have come up with a way to turn existing furniture in cat furniture!

Often cat furniture is bulky, ugly and can’t fit into smaller spaces. Even though we felines love to sleep on your stuff (your bed, your computer keyboard, your face….) we still need a place of our own.  The folks at Catssup have come up with some purrfect feline furniture designs. Now you don’t have to buy a new piece of furniture, you transform your existing furniture into cat friendly furniture!  The people at Catssup say it’s space saving, easy to install and integrates easily into any human home.  This is what the designers of Catssup say about their furniture, “”Instinctively, cats are more comfortable with heights because it provides them with a secure vantage point to survey the world below. Unfortunately, many modern households are unable to provide vertical spaces due to limited interior space and the bulkiness of conventional cat trees.”. Well, I say tell your humans to get out their credit card and head over to Catssup right away!

These Cat Face Towels Will Make Washing Off Your Makeup WAY More Fun – Bustle

cat face towel with ginger cat face

If your female human spends every night washing off the stuff she put on her face in the morning, you may want to point her in the direction of these towels. Once again, our friends across the pond, who are always ahead of the game when it comes to felines, have created these fun face towels (or wash clothes as we call them in the good old U.S. of A.) These  Cat Face Towels from Firebox  are the cat’s meow for your bathroom.

kitty-coin-bank_29845Firebox is an online retailer based in London that offers all kinds of  unusual gifts, home decor, techie gadgets, food, and drink. There are quite a few fun things for cat lovers, Pusheen slippers, cat mugs and even a wonderful kitty coin bank where you can drop your savings to use to buy something special for your feline.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/25/2017

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Friends,
It’s that time of the week when I share some of my favorite web stories about or for felines.
Your Friend,
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Newlyweds, their Amazing Cat & Their Cross Country Adventures – I Heart Cats

honeymoon couple treavel to national parks with their black and white cat

Photo courtesy of I Heart Cats and ourvieadvemtures

As we move toward Valentine’s Day, I thought a story about true human and feline love would be a great idea, and what’s more romantic than Cees and Madison Hofman and their kitten Vladimir spending their first year of wedded bliss on the road, exploring all 59 U.S. National Parks?

The couple said their goal was to make their furry family member the “cutest, coolest, smartest, best adventure kitty out there.” Hats off to Vladimir who is not only leash trained but clicker trained as well. You go Vlad! You can follow Vladimir and his humans on Instagram

 

Roomba Cats and Superbowl Ads – Ad Week

tabby cat riding a roombaThe female human does consulting and a lot of business with the company GoDaddy.com. I can wholeheartedly recommend this company as they are doing roomba-cat Superbowl ads this year. The female human and I think the male human should buy her a roomba and I have volunteered to pilot it. Take a sneak peek at one of the ads.

 

Hong Kong Shop Cats Help Business – The Daily Mail

hongikongshopcats

Photograph courtesy of Marcel Heijnen

You know I just can’t let a Wednesday go by without posting something about working cats. This week, I found a story about a photographer who spent a year taking pictures of Hong Kong’s shop cats.  And the folks in Hong Kong know a thing or two about felines, they consider their shop cats fortunate and they acknowledge that their furry coworkers help bring in customers to their stores.

Here’s to all the shop kitties in Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

 

 

 

 

Bubble Bowl Chair for Cats – Metro UK

black and white cat in clear feline bubble chairFurniture for cats is nothing new. I can tell you our humans spend a lot of cash on feline furnishings for our home. What is new about this item is that this chair is comfortable for cats and fun for humans as well. You know we like to slink into odd-shaped items and contort our lithe bodies into amazing forms. This chair allows us to do this and, since it’s a clear blubble, the humans get the full, entertaining effect of our antics.  The female human was ready to order one for the Tribe of Five, but it’s on something called “Kickstarter” and the donation amounts are in Hong Kong dollars. As soon as she figures out how to do this, I’ll let you know.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Cats & Cat Moms from Etsy-Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows

Valentine’s Day, the day to show love between humans and felines is coming soon. I found some wonderful gift ideas, gifts the humans can buy for their fur kids and gifts the fur kids can give their humans (as long as one of the humans helps them with ordering and paying!)  I love the catnip kickers because soft, long catnip filled toys that I can grab and kick with my back legs are my faves.  The female human liked all the ideas but, since she never met a piece of jewelry she didn’t like, she especially liked the cat pendant (and the fact that it looks a bit like my brother Oliver). Don’t forget to show your humans some extra love on Valentines Day!