Walk Through The Web Wednesday – June 1

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
Now that the weather is getting warmer and there are sightings of lots more critters in our neck of the woods, I thought I’d share a few pics (you may have seen a few of these before) There is always something exciting to see from our windows and other areas of our town. I hope you all have some fun things to see in your neck of the woods.

The trash pandas are bold and will walk along the railing of the upstairs deck and stare into the dining room windows. The Human tells us to ignore them but I want assurances that they can’t get to our kibble!
And when the adults don’t manage to score a snack, they send up the little ones to try and charm The Human.

And when the crafty critters can’t score a treat upstairs they head downstairs and try to convince one of The Tribe to let them in. This is our Angel Tucker having a heart to heart with one of the resident trash pandas.
begging squirrel
The trash pandas aren’t the only ones with attitude and a demanding demeanor.
And when they’re not demand they’re lazy, really lazy! This photo was takenfrom a safe distance on the upstairs deck.
And if we get tired of the critter viewing at home, all we have to do is have The Human bundle us up and take us into town.

That’s a little glimpse into come of the wildlife that shows up at our house (we have been able to see moose strolling by our house too). What kind of critters do you get to view from your windows?

Pororo, Indonesian feline sensation lost – and then found

Feline fans in Indonesia of the nattily attired feline, Pororo were devastated when his human announced he had gone missing. Thankfully, he was found a day later in a factory, perched on an iron trellis.

Now if you haven’t heard of Pororo, he and his brofur Poby are famous meowdels for their human’s fashion business on her TikTok page, @cicichania96. 

Poro is a mellow British shorthair and Persian mix who seems to love to be dressed up and often snoozes during his human’s TikTok live streams.

Thank goodness all is well in the feline fashion world in Indonesia and Pororo is safe at home, adding new ensembles to his wardrobe. You can follow him on Instagram or visit his human’s shop.

Guy And Cat Have Been Inseparable For 23 Years

This is the feline version of a Hallmark movie and is guaranteed to bring out an “awwwwww” in you.  You can follow Lily’s love story with her human on Instagram ,TikTok and her You Tube Channel.

Man sues Sainsbury’s for banning his assistance cat Chloe

A human named Ian Fenn and his assistance cat Chloe were refused entry into a local supermarket and they are now ready to make legal history.  Fenn is autistic and has trained his cat to be support for him. His argument is that because Chloe prevents sensory overload for him and helps him function, she should be treated the same way a guide dog is treated or any other animal trained to help someone cope with day to day life.

Fenn was refused entry into a store in south  London and told by security and staff that he would have to leave the cat outside and that only assistance dogs were allowed in the company’s stores.

Fenn has an attorney who specializes in disability discrimination cases and who stated, “There are plenty of cases about guide dogs being refused access to places or services but there hasn’t really been any judicial exploration of what constitutes an assistance animal if it’s not a dog.”

Hospitals, shops and hotel chains have allowed Fenn, a product designer from south London, to bring Chloe along for assistance. The black cat is on a lead when he takes her to shops and wears a fluorescent yellow “service cat” jacket. She typically sits on Fenn’s shoulders as he walks around.

“Chloe accompanies me to hospital, GP, and blood donation appointments,” Fenn tweeted. He says that Chloe helps him manage daily life. “I get sensory overload in busy environments and tend to shut down. But with Chloe I can focus on her, he told the BBC.

This feline thinks it’s a shame that there are people who don’t recognize that cats can be valid emotional support and/or therapy felines. The Human wrote an article about this on her cat behavior blog called, “My Emotional Support is My Cat.” What do you think about the controversy of therapy/support cats?

Heroic Cats up for National Cat Award in UK

This year’s National Cat Awards, organized by the largest cat charity in the UK, Cat’s Protection celebrate the bond between cats and their humans.

Spuds, a former stray may have saved the lives of six people including a newborn baby, when he raised the alarm as deadly smoke engulfed the family home on Christmas Eve. He jumped repeatedly on his human Brendan’s chest to wake him up when dripping fat from a turkey in the oven created plumes of smoke.

Another contender for the title is Archie. His human, Maddy has needed life saving dialysis to remove deadly toxins from her body. Five times a week she connects to a machine for up to seven hours, all under the close watch of her medical snoopervisor Archie. Archie cuddles up with Maddy and keeps her company for the long hours of the dialysis.

The third finalist in the most caring cat category is Misty. Misty’s human Coral was a teenager when a painful condition left her bedridden and unable to walk. But she always had a loyal friend by her side – Misty. When Coral learned to walk again, Misty would appear whenever she heard Coral’s crutches – a friendly face to cheer her on. Six years later Misty is there to encourage Coral to walk and to keep her calm as she suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.

The award announcements will be made for all the categories,- Cat Colleagues, Furr-ever Friends, Most Caring Cat, and Outstanding Rescue Cat. in August. The winners will receive a trophy and a pet store voucher of 200 Pounds Sterling (about $250.00 USD) and a year’s subscription to Cats Protection, The Cat, magazine.

Party to celebrate bookstore cat’s retirement

Even working cats reach an age of retirement and this was the case for Loganberry Books bookstore’s feline employee Otis.  Otis has worked at the store as a professional greeter for 10 years. The store owner, Harriet found him as a stray kitten who she said, “very loudly demanded a job in book sales.”

Since then, Otis has amassed quite a fan base. The store even  has a special gift section during the holidays called “Otis’ Old Curiosity Box”.

A grand retirement celebration was held for Otis that featured a fundraiser for the local shelter. Otis will spend his golden years enjoying sun puddles and being loved and having his diabetes treated at home.

Dubai street cat is living the American dream on Instagram

Good grief, kitty meowdels seem to be a thing this week. Benson, the photogenic gray tabby has more than 251,000 Instagram followers under the handle a_street_cat_named_benson.” His human Zoe Mansuri says he  “does quite well for himself financially,” (Hmm, note to self, reach out to Benson and see how this feline blogger can make a few bucks!).

Benson hasn’t always lived the high life. He was a scrawny, tiny street cat that was rescued from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and brought to the States. He is now living his best life in Baltimore, Maryland, and has a wardrobe any fancy feline would envy. He has more than 250 outfits and his human purges his closet annually and donates the discarded items to charity.

No matter what ensemble he sports, he rocks the look. Benson, you are truly a rags to riches story!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/18

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
Things have been pretty crazy in our neck of the woods and I’m sure your lives are a bit topsy turvy too. This virus thingy is a nightmare but fortunately, we’ve had our Purrsonal Assistant searching the web and I am happy to tell you that dogs and cats are not in danger of getting this nasty virus, but some of our humans are so take good care of them!

In addition to the virus panic we had quite a weekend. Toward the end of the week we had high wind warnings and snow warnings. Between the high winds and the blowing snow we felt like we lived in the frozen tundra.

This photo was taken after the wind storm, and what a storm it was! Trees blown over all around the county (many smashed into houses) and some smashed into other things like the pick up truck of our human aunt and uncle.

This gives new meaning to “firewood delivery”. Meowza!

And then there is the virus panic thingy. Humans are raiding the shelves of our grocery stores but thank goodness The Female Human sent in a big order to Chewy! Heaven forbid the treat supply runs low!

I did notice some reckless behavior by our woodland neighbors. As the self-proclaimed neighborhood snoopervisor I have been keeping track of the goings on. Imagine my dismay when I saw these neighbors gathering in a large group!

Clearly the neighbors are not following virus protocol! I made sure I had video proof in case I need to file a formal complaint!

Thank goodness I take my job seriously because there are some in the Tribe who are shirking their responsibility!

Hey Al, wake me up when this virus thingy panic is over, or when we’re running low on kibble!

I hope all my furiends are safe and healthy! Panic less, laugh more and for heaven’s sake use your felines as the purry little stress reducers we are!

And now, my weekly wanderings with the latest feline news!

The Naughty Cat Cafe Isn’t Naughty At All

Take a virtual tour of the cafe.

How could you call any cat café naughty when they’ve adopted out 298 cats in 266 days of business?? The St. Elmo’s Naughty Cat Café in Chattanooga,TN is celebrating it’s first year of business. How do they have such success at getting the felines there adopted?  The owner, Whitney Sickels says it’s the generosity and support of the community.

Not everyone who comes to the café adopts a cat but just come to enjoy some feline time. The café owner says that seeing cats in more of a home-like environment makes it easier for people to imagine the cats in their own homes.

Adoption fees are $50.00, all cats have been tested for FeLV/FIV, are spayed or neutered, current on all vaccinations including rabies, microchipped, current on flea/tick prevention and have been dewormed. 100% of the adoption fee goes back to the shelter where the cat is from. Now that’s a great deal!

Paws up for this great business who is doing such a great job of helping felines find their furever homes.

Coffee! Crafts! Cats!

Oh my whiskers, you humans can be so creative!

I’m always thrilled to see animal shelters and feline rescue organizations doing creative things and this is really creative. The humans do macramé and the felines benefit because the humans come home with a fantastic bed for us! All the humans had to do was bring an 18” square pillow and the other materials were included in the price.  The cost was $60.00 to take the bed home and $45.00 for those who donate the bed to the shelter. Great work Chesapeake Feline Association!

Mochi Couture Helps Every Feline Find Their Inner Fashionista

For all my fashionista feline friends it’s time to rejoice because Mochi Couture creates couture for felines only. No longer are you forced to shop in the doggie department, you can find an ensemble purrfectly suited for the feline physique.

Those of you who know me know how I feel about dressing up but I do have some very glamour puss friends who not only enjoy dressing up but they know how to rock fashion. And sometimes, putting clothes on us felines is good for us if we have skin issues, have had recent surgery or don’t have enough fur to keep ourselves warm. And since these items are designed to fit the feline body they are comfortable too. I have to say, after purrusing their clothing line I just might be purrsuaded to try a new look. The leather jacket and shades are pretty cool!

Genetic Markers Used To Find Lost Cats

I’m all for anything that helps lost kitties get home. Too many people see a cat and they think “stray” rather than “lost”.  We are great proponents of microchipping and this sounds like an excellent new tool to help cats get home. Researchers in South Korea have now developed a technology that uses genetic markers to find lost felines.

The Rural Development Administration (RDA) recently announced that these markers can distinguish cat species and verify familial relations through a process of scanning that is not invasive for the cat.  Now a lot of this stuff is a bit to sciency for this feline but I’m a fan of anything that can help get kitties back home.

Working At Home With Cats

Being a Snoopervisor is a tough job but someone has to do it.

I refuse to give in to or contribute to hysteria about the nasty virus thingy. I do acknowledge however that many of you humans are stuck in your homes for a while. Not only is this a new experience for you and your felines, many of you are learning some very interesting things about working from home with cats. I hope you enjoy this article and that you all stay healthy and that we will be done with this stuff soon!