I hope your week is going well. We had a good day with the book launch which leads me to a shameless bit of self promotion. For today’s launch, Baker Books is offering a limited amount of gifts with purchase so you can buy a Christmas present and get a present for yourself!
It’s getting cool enough in our neck of the woods for some fireplace time. The important thing about this photo is that LIly is finally joining us. Photo #1 shows how tentative she is. Photo #2 shows she’s finally relaxing.
The other day I was snoopervising The Human in the kitchen and she YELLED at me. Sheesh, what an ingrate!
And finally, I bring you the sad tale of Oliver and the invisible falling leaves. Oliver still hasn’t grasped the idea that those leaves have to be very yellow before they blow off the trees.
And lest you think Oliver’s leaf chasing obsession is dumb or no fun, take a look at how much he has enjoyed it in the past.
Well, that’s it for our news in this neck of the woods. Hope you enjoy this week’s news and enjoy fall in your neck of the woods.
Caring Cat Steps In To Raise An Orphaned Baby Bobcat
Workers from the Millstone Wildlife Center in New Hampshire were alerted to a baby bobcat who’d been abandoned by her mother. When they found the 6-week old kitten she was in good physical health but cried constantly for her mother.
The kitten’s rescuers got in touch with Spicy Cats, a rescue and rehabilator for feral felines. One of their feline residents, Honeybun was an expert in fostering as she had raised several litters of kittens that were not her own.
Raising a wild kitten was a new endeavor for Honeybun but as Caroline, the president of Spicy Cats told the Dodo, “ She’s very, very maternal and patient so we knew she’d be perfect for the bobkitten,”
The kitten’s crying soon stopped as she accepted Honeybun’s mothering and Honeybun was patient with the rambunctious kitten.
Despite providing love and care for the bobkitten, Honeybun won’t be able to teach her the skills she’ll need to survive in the wild so she will only have a “baby nanny” role. When the kitten is ready, she’ll be placed with another bobcat at the Millstone Wildlife Center and a spring release is planned.
The kitten’s future success is due to the wonderful humans at the Millstone Wildlife Center, Spicy Cats and especially to foster mom Honeybun.
Runaways and dramatic entrances: here are some of the city’s favorite cats
This is a delightful tale of the cat loving folks in Norwich England. There are some famous felines that the community embraces as their own like Budge, who resides in the Cathedral grounds. Budge has been caught napping in the nativity scene during the Christmas season. Since he first visited the Cathedral in 2018 at the Good Friday service, he has been in the habit of making his visits a daily thing.
Another famous Norwich kitty is Wendy, the deaf cat who went on a 15-mile adventure after sneaking into the back of a delivery van. She had all her fans worried until she turned up in Tasburgh five days after she went missing.
The good folks of Norwich also are known to rally around humans who have felines with needs like Peppa who was adopted by eight-year old Savannah Baum. Peppa was in desperate need of dental surgery at the cost of UKL 1,140. (The Human shuddered when she read this part having just paid for dental surgery for Lily and Oliver). The wonderful people of Norwich donated to the operation so Peppa could stay healthy and she and Savannah could have many more years together.
Note to all my feline furiends in the UK, if you’re in need of a place to live, might I suggest Norwich?
Larry the cat takes on fox outside No 10
And speaking about England, our furiend Larry the Cat is in the news again. As I have previously reported, Larry’s title is chief mouser to the Cabinet Office, and now he’s been sighted taking on much larger prey when he takes on a fox.
The fox, looking worse for the wear retreats from Larry’s aggressive moves.
If you’re wondering what Larry the former Battersea Dogs and Cats Home feline who was hired based on recommendation for his mousing skills, does besides chasing vermin and foxes, his other duties include greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defenses and testing antique furniture for napping quality.
A poet, a doctor, a muse: Meet the bookstore cats of Philadelphia
If you can’t travel to Norwich, England to visit their felines, you can stay on this side of the ocean and visit the famous bookstore cats of Philadelphia. If Philadelphia doesn’t work for you don’t despair, there are bookstore cats in other cities. For instance, over 55,000 people follow the New York City-based Instagram account @bookstorecats, which is dedicated to showing off felines residing at independent bookstores all over, from Missouri to Texas to Hawaii.
But I’m talking about the Philly bookstore cats so here goes.
Molly’s Bookstore and Records on South 9th Street has a customer service feline in their employ. The cat, Mrs. Stevenson, sits in the window, raising her paw to greet patrons and invite people in to the store. Her humam employer refers to her as a people magnet, drawing people into the store. Mrs. Stevenson was named after a character in a Canadian comedy show.
Millie, the feline worker at The Last Word Bookshop at 220 S. 40th St. spends much of her time in the lap of the shop owner. When she’s not there, you can often find her in her kitty hammock near the local history section, hiding under the children’s book table or chilling at the checkout counter. Millie’s predecessor Lester, crossed The Rainbow Bridge in the spring of 2021 after he’d been a loyal employee for 15 years. Millie’s owner was being moved to an assisted living community so the bookstore hired her and never looked back. Millie settled in to her new home and has many fans who come into the shop just to see her.
Found lounging around the Friends of the Free Library’s bookstore at 311 N. 20th St., Geoffrey Chaucer — or just Chaucer, for short. He took up residence in the store when he was two and now he’s a handsome 10-year old feline. His human employers and coworkers love him. He has a few designated food and napping stations around the store and sometimes, when he’s had enough of people, will hide away on a bed beneath the bookshelves.
There are a few clues at The Book Trader at 7 N 2nd St that will alert you to the fact that you will find a feline employee inside. The tree outside has a sign that reads, CATS ONLY, PLEASE” and as you approach the door you’ll see a little speech bubble affixed to the glass that reads, “CAUTION: Please don’t let frisky cat outside! Thank you.” The “frisky” cat, Dr. Abraham Pickles is rather lazy and spends more time gazing out the windows or sleeping rather than tryig to escape. The 6-year old Dr. Pickles, has lived in the store for half his life. Dr. Pickles is pretty friendly to customers, but he doesn’t hesitate to give someone the whacky paw if they pet him too much. The store sells Dr. Pickles post cards and if you can’t get to Philadelphia to meet him you can follow his adventures on Instagram.
Not every cat is cut out to be a bookstore employee and that was made clear to to Spiral Bookcase (4257 Main St. in Manayunk)owner Victoria Mier when she took store cat Calliope home with her during the pandemic.
When the previous feline employee, Amelia, crossed over The Rainbow Bridge several years ago, Calliope arrived one day when the bookstore was doing an adoption event.
Calliope — who’s now a 7- or 8-year-old Torby — was pretty shy and hid behind stacks of books for her few months but adjusted and loved to do figure-eights (accompanied by loud meows) around people’s feet to get their attention.
During the shut down, the bookstore owner took Calliope home with her. The feline loved it there and was more comfortable than she had been in the store. Although Calliope is retired now or, as some suggest, she’s not retired, just working from home.
Cosplay isn’t just for Humans
The Human has furiends that enjoy cosplay but she never knew felines enjoyed it too. I would rather eat tasteless kibble for a week than be forced to wear any kind of a costume but I know there are cats out there who don’t mind the occasional outfit. We choses a few of our favorites but don’t forget to click on the link in the heading to find you favorites. Or go directly to the Cat Cosplay Twitter account to find out what’s new.