Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/3

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It’s getting far too warm for this cozy felted bed.” -Alberto

Hello There Furiends,

Spring is finally happening in our neck of the woods. In fact, I’m a bit sad that it’s getting too warm for me to sit in my snuggly DharmaDog-Karma Kat felted wool bed.  But the good news is that soon The Tribe and I will be enjoying the great outdoors safely in our catio.

 

 

 

 

 

Purrs & Head Bonks,

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Backpacker adopts a kitten on his world travels and customizes his bike to take the kitten with him.             

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This is a story that makes this feline smile. Dean Nicholson, began his journey in Dunbar, Scotland, last September and met his furry feline traveling companion in Bosnia.  He named the kitten Nala and they’ve traveled to Albania and Greece together. She even has her own Pet Passport.

He recalls their first meeting, : ‘I was going up a steep hill with my music blaring out of my speaker when I heard a desperate meow from behind me.”

He got off his bike and picked up the kitten and that was it, love at first site. He wasn’t going to take her with him at first, but he quickly realized he couldn’t bear to part with her.

They’ve been traveling companions for the last four months. She travels on the front of his bike in a basket, and creates quite a stir everywhere she goes.

How does Nala feel about traveling? Well if you take a look at the photos in the news article you’ll see how much she loves her new life. The only time she shows her displeasure is when the bike rattles over cobblestones. She jumps on her human’s shoulder until the shaky part of the journey is over. To read more about this traveling team visit  @1bike1world.

Cleveland Orchestra introduces ‘Cat Concerts’ on April Fools’ Day

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MOL, you humans are a riot. This is by far the best April Fool’s trick. All those well heeled orchestra patrons were ready to bring a lint roller and listen to the feline concert. The announcement from the orchestra said that they would be offering concerts with cats from the Cleveland Animal Protection League.  Their ad read, “Both classical music and interactions with animals bring people together, make a memorable impact on our lives, and have been proven to provide psychological benefits. Introducing this new initiative aligns with our mission to enrich lives by creating extraordinary musical experiences. These cat concerts will be just that: extraordinary.”

I say it sounds like a great idea, we felines can strum some mean tunes.

RCMP’s April Fools Announcement – A Police Cat Division

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B.C. Mounties have come up with the purrfect way to get their claws into crime. They’ve announced a Police Cat Services Division. The announcement read: “Front line officers throughout the province who have been volunteered for the pilot project will be assigned their police cats over the next few months. Each Police Cat handler will also be given a Cat carrying backpack, and each cat has been chosen based on a particular set of skills acquired over a very long training process,”

This April Fools announcement started a Twitter storm, someone stated that a police cat can work for almost 15 minutes a day before getting bored and they aren’t expected to be enthusiastic. Also, “A police cat entering the RCMP training program must be moody, aloof and pensive (no reason for it, they just are),”  Frankly, I find the idea of a feline police force absolutely purrfect!

Pet Sematary director says cats who played Church were a ‘pack of divas’ on set
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Evidently humans are bringing the Stephen King 1983 novel, Pet Sematary to the big screen. The character, Church, the undead feline who plays a major role in the film, was an import part to cast and a hunt was launched for the purrfect feline thespian.

The human directors decided that they would cast a Maine Coon with a multi-color coat.  They didn’t realize that it would be difficult to find 8 cats exactly alike. Each feline actor had an acting specialty; one was a hisser, another could hold a steady stare, one was a jumper, etc. Each cat would have to become acclimated to the set when they arrived so all the actors would have to sit quietly and let the cat sniff everything for about ten minutes. Evidently being forced to sit and watch the cats didn’t sit well with the humans and they began calling the feline actors “a pack of divas”. Clearly, those humans have not come to the realization that this is a feline world and they are only allowed to live in it.

Click here to watch the movie trailer.

Cypriot Hotels Install Cat Hotels for Strays
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Now THIS is how hotels should handle the feral cat population! Two resorts in Cyprus have built cat hotels for lucky feral felines. Volunteers of  Animal Rescue Cyprus have been instrumental in this process and have been working on this solution for hotels for over ten years. The idea is that by providing on-site shelter and food stations, , cats have a safe place to eat and sleep, and will be less inclined to pester guests. One of the two resorts participating is the Columbia Beach Resort in Pissouri.

The resort has established the Columbia Cat Care Project, which traps, spays, neuters the cats and feeds and monitors them. The cats have become an attraction at the resort and often and many bond with certain felines and even sponsor their favorite cat for a cost of 25 Euros a year (that’s about $28.00 US).

Aphrodite Hills Hotel in Paphos is the second resort with a program to care for its cats. , They have installed feeding stations and are looking to build an entire cat hotel that is fenced and protected.

Paws up to these innovative humans!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/15

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello All You Cats and Kittens (and humans too),
Alberto here with my weekly purrrusal of the web. I’ve got some working cats, a sporting cat, luxury for cats and a “must see” documentary for feline fans. Enjoy!
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Police build mini condo for unofficial mascot ‘SWAT Cat’ – The Boston GlobePolice

Calico mascot of the Boston SWAT team gets a new houseMembers of the mobile SWAT team in Roxbury have constructed some fancy digs for their calico “unofficial” mascot SWAT.

This lucky feline received a one-story apartment with a spacious interior, a nice deck for outdoor dining (and perhaps entertaining) custom-made outdoor living facility .  Now that’s a job with some good benefits, food and fancy lodging!

 

George the Cat goes to work at the local Wilco Store – Daily Mail

British tabby cat hangs out in Wilco storeGeorge, the tabby has decided that the retail life is for him.  He’s created quite a sensation in the Wilko store (a budget store) in Bristol, England.

George has created quite a sensation and has garnered a fan club as well. Some fans created a Facebook page for him. When asked about his job description, the response was that he takes strolls in the aisles (probably greeting customers), catnapping on mats and relaxing on cushion displays. Sounds like a good job to me!

A concentrated effort was made to find out if George has a human, and he does. His human remarked that “he has a loving home with two other cats but I can’t keep him in and he keeps returning to the shops to say hello.”

Well, I guess if you’re a career minded kitty, you’ve just got to do what you need to do.

Kedi-The ‘Citizen Kane’ of Cat Documentaries – IndieWire

black and white cat from the Turkish movie Kedi,IndieWire refers to this feline film as “technically  a sophisticated, artful documentary from Turkish film maker Ceyda Tourun.”. That’s a  bunch of human language to say that this movie tells the story of Turkish felines and the humans who love them.  Although stray cats are sort of a cultural thing in Turkey, their cats are loved and cared for by the people of Instanbul. The film opened in New York on Feb. 0 and will be in Los Angeles on Friday. You can watch a ” target=”_blank”>preview  here.

Now I don’t understand all this “film speak” but I do know that any movie about felines is a good movie! Oh, and guess what “kedi” means in Turkish…cat, of course!

The Amazing Skiing, Swimming & Hiking Norwegian Cat – Adventurecats

orange cat skiing with his humanWe felines, by nature, are athletic and supple. Why even Tucker, our 16-pound Alpha can leap onto a high stool and onto the kitchen counter in an elegant and acrobatic movement. But Jesper, the Norwegian athlete takes athleticism to an entirely new level. He even has his own Facebook page. And if you don’t  believe that Jesper is the ultimate feline athlete, check out the video of him swimming.

His human says that Jesper likes hiking in the mountains and forests but he really loves fishing trips. She said some of her best memories are “When we are on fishing trips in the evening. It’s dark and we make food on the campfire, and he is sitting with us. He’s our best buddy in fur. It’s a special time for us.”

Well, Jesper, I commend you but I think I will contain my outdoor adventures to my regular strolls through our garden wearing my stylish harness and leash.

 

 Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotels

tabby cat in wrought iron kitty bedLast week I told you about a fancy feline hotel in Indonesia and this week I’ve discovered an entire chain of feline luxury hotels in England.

So here’s what you proper British Moggies can expect when you check in:

  • a sumptuous suite with decorations befitting a 5 star hotel
  • wrought iron beds with soft pillows
  • A La Cat menus served on bone china
  • there is a themed garden area for each cat suite
  • 24 hour human concierge service
  • cheerful music guaranteed to get a feline purring

After reading this and looking at the a-cat-modations on the website, I have only one question, “Human, when are you sending me to a Longcroft hotel?”<style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style>

 

 

 

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 2/8

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Hello World,
Alberto here. I must say I’m looking fondly at my logo photo as we have had so much snow in our neck of the woods some parts of where we live have been declared disaster areas. Also, the humans have been doing a lot of complaining about this thing they do outside called “shoveling”. Evidently there is some connection with this “shoveling” activity and painful backs. Oliver and I sit on the window sill and watch them and we appreciate them moving outside for our amusement and entertainment. In our book, this “shoveling” activity is a great spectator sport.

But I digress, here are the little feline related gems I’ve found during my regular purrrrusal of the information highway. Enjoy!
Your Friend,
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Cats Can Now Stay in A Fancy 5 Star Hotel – Metro UK    

five star hotel in Kuala Lumpur for catsI’m not a big fan of travel, as a matter of fact, I hate anything that has to do with a carrier and a car but I must say, if the humans ever decide to take me to Kuala Lumpur, I’m demanding that they get me a reservation at Catzonia. This is every traveling cat’s dream with 35 bedrooms, airport pick-up, spa treatments and a lounge area. Heck, with complimentary airport pick-up, the humans could send me on a little getaway all by myself. This place caters to the most finicky of felines and even offers a kitty dating service.  And, if the humans are worried about me traveling by myself, Catzonia has that covered as well, all rooms have 24 hour CCTV coverage that can be watched via iPhone so the humans need not worry about me. All that luxury is making me rethink my aversion to travel. Pack my bags humans, I’m off to Kuala Lumpur!

The Latest Fashion Trend for Cats, Knitted Scarves – Rocket News 24            

calico cat in hand knitted cat neck scarfI fancy myself as a fashionable sort of guy so when I discovered this new trend I found it quite interesting (especially in light of the cold climate where we live and the fact that the humans have something called a “nest” that makes the house cooler when they are at work. I have no idea why they call it a nest, there’s not a bird in sight but I do have to say that a cat shouldn’t have to snuggle on a faux fur throw in the sofa just to stay warm until the humans return home!)  During the colder times of the day, a scarf might just come in handy. Valentines Day is coming soon and I think every human should consider getting a Nekko muffler for their beloved felines (at $17.50 each it’s a deal!)

Scollar Mini, Smart Collar for Cats (and Small Dogs)-Gadgets & Wearables  

calico cat with scollar that tracks cat, health and much moreThis is a multi function collar that is really made more for the convenience of the humans than us felines. It has many functions and is run with a smart phone app and can track us, train us (well, the training thing must be for the dogs, certainly NOT the felines), monitor our activity (hmmm, does that mean the humans will know when I’m on the kitchen counter?), monitor our health, open the pet door, dispense food communicating (not sure how this works unless the collar thingy speaks fluent feline), has an anti-barking reminder (again, this is for the canines only), and perimeter barriers (again, this must be for the doggies, cat’s do not recognize barriers).  The collar has something called a display that tells other humans where you live and how to contact your people in case you just manage to slip through the legs of any company that comes to the front door. You can’t buy this thing yet but when it’s ready the cost will be about $99.00. Frankly, I’d rather have a new cat scratcher.

David Cameron, “I Miss Larry The Cat” – The Telegraph

former prime minister David Cameron and Larry the 10 downing street catYou know how much I love working cats so I had to feature this article about Larry, the Cat at 10 Downing Street. Although Larry is a public official, he does have an important job as Chief Mouser. There were rumors circulating that the former Prime Minister was no great fan of Larry’s but a recent interview has shown this not to be true. Cameron noted that he made a special effort to take a cat “selfie” before he left his position.  Larry and Palmerston, the Foreign Office Cat had some issues (which I reported on earlier) but all seems to be resolved at this time. The bigger question is the new PM, Theresa May and the less than enthusiastic reception she gave Larry, stating, that she’s more of a dog person. I have one thing to say to Theresa May, unless she softens her stance toward Larry, I will make it my mission to stand in front of the TV so that the male human is unable to watch Prime Minister’s questions. I may be a cat but I have certain purrrrlitical views when it comes to my fellow felines.