Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/13

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
It is getting chilly in our neck of the woods and we were pleased to see that The Human called in the humans who clean and service our fireplace. This is Oliver’s favorite spot in the chilly winter months. He even made a movie about it. (Note that this movie was filmed when Oliver was younger and slimmer)

Well, the fireplace human arrived and Oliver had to stick his head inside to snoopervise the human’s work. This got him locked in the bedroom until the service was completed.

I, on the other hand, preferred to sit at a distance and ensure that all work was completed correctly.

Lily selected a comfy chair near the fire and waited to test it.

All went well, the fireplace is working wonderfully and we felines are looking for ward to a cozy winter.

Shelter Cat and Guinea Pig Best Friend Get Adopted Together

There are odd couples and then there is this couple. Angel and Halo, a cat and a guinea pig have a bond that is quite unusual They are genuine best furiends and they had to lean on each other for support when their human had to surrender them to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control,.

The animal control officer who did the intake for these two said she’d many bonded pairs during her 17-year career, but she’s never met a cat who is best friends with a guinea pig. “I think honestly, my first reaction was this is definitely a first,”

Angel and Halo’s unique friendship helped them both during a difficult time.  They shared a large cage where they cuddled together in one corner. The BFF’s reportedly even shared their own special language.

The shelter ‘s mission was to ensure both were adopted together and soon, a mother and son contacted them, eager to welcome Angel and Halo into their family.

The lady’s reward to her son for making honor roll was the adoption of this odd couple. Mother and son promised to keep the shelter updated on the progress of their new furry friends and she said they would create social media accounts for Halo and Angel.

Oh how I love happy endings!

Cat Daddies’ Trailer Explores the Relationship Between Men and Their Feline Friends in New Documentary

Filmmaker Mye Hoang’s documentary tells the story of several male cat owners and their furry feline companions.

“CAT DADDIES” focuses on David Giovanni who was living on the streets of New York, determined to stay together with his beloved cat, Lucky. When he’s finally granted a spot in a transitional housing facility that accepts cats, the COVID-19 pandemic and a devastating medical diagnosis put his future together with Lucky in doubt.

David’s journey is interspersed with portraits of other “cat dads” from all over the country. Some struggle to navigate the unprecedented events of 2020 with their little furry friends.. They include a group of firefighters, a stuntman, a truck driver, a Bay Area tech worker, a schoolteacher whose cat becomes a viral sensation, and an actor/Instagram influencer. These men couldn’t be more different, but they share an unconditional love for their beloved felines and are true cat daddies!.

Meowza, this sounds like a great film and paws up to all cat daddies!

101-Year-Old Woman Adopts Oldest Cat at Shelter for “Match Made In Heaven”

This story just makes me purr! The Humane Society of Catawba County had a wonderful feline named Gus at their shelter who was 19 years old.

His original owner was heartbroken when they had to surrender him due to unforeseen circumstances. After Gus passed his health screening with flying colors (he was pronounced to be in excellent health) he was ready for adoption but, at 19 years of age the shelter was worried about finding him a furever home..

Shortly after Gus’s arrival, the shelter director received an unexpected call from a family looking for a pet who could be a companion for their aging mother. More specifically, they asked if there was a senior cat they could adopt. The family explained to shelter that their 101-year-old mother, Penny, recently lost her cat, and though they’d given her a stuffed cat to cuddle with instead, she simply wasn’t pleased with something that didn’t purr. Well, duh, what good is a cat if you can’t get purr therapy?

Judging by the pictures the shelter shared on Facebook, this was a match made in heaven and now, Gus is enjoying giving his new human purrs and watching the squirrels outside their door.

The latest report says that Gus has settled in purrfectly and is eating like a horse.

No Dogs Allowed: More than 70 Artists Present a Show of Cat Art in L.A.

More than 70 artists have purrticipated in  a feline-centric group exhibition.  Now in its fourth iteration, the Cat Art Show includes sculptures, paintings, collages, and a variety of other works by artists from 16 countries—Ravi Zupa (previously), Lola Dupré (previously), and Aniela Sobieski (previously) are among them—that capture the antics and sheer fabulousness of both domestic and wild cats.

.If you’re in Los Angeles, stop by The Golden Pagoda between October 14 and 24 to see these works in person, and check out the available pieces on Instagram. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to cat care, with this year’s funds going to Kitt Crusaders, Faces of Castelar, and Milo’s Sanctuary.

Can cats be depressed? Here are ways they may show how they feel and 8 ways to help

Kitties do get depressed. Lily meowed about this in her blog post, “Even Kittles Get The Blues”. There are a number of reasons for this such as loss of a family member, moving to a new house, a change in the family’s schedule or a change in physical health.

And how do you know if your feline is depressed? Some signs are, when your feline exhibits very obvious changes in behavior, when appetite decreases, when they have no interest in playing, when they stop interacting with the other felines in the house, when their vocalization increases, when their sleep time increases (although with felines that isn’t always easy to figure out), decreased interest in grooming, house soiling or not consistently using their litter box. Grief can also make your cat depressed. We talk about this in our book, Are There Head Bonks In Heaven?

First and most importantly you need to take your cat to the vet to rule out any physical problems. If there is no physical reason for the behavoirs, then your kitty is probably blue. There are some things you can do (our Lily has recovered from her grief at the loss of Angel Tucker and she is doing great now). The Human used some of these techniques to help her.

Try some new types of food. Some felines (like our Oliver) are very food motivated.

Play calming music. Lily talks about this in her article and she even has a video about Music for Cats.

Supplements. There are natural supplements that contain l-theanine and l-tryptophan that can increase serotonin in a cat’s brain to help combat depression. Serotonin is sometimes known as the “feel-good” neurotransmitter and higher levels are connected to feelings of calm and happiness.

Use pheromones and invigorating scents. Feliway and other pheremone products are favorites without The Human.

Consider adopting another cat. Make sure you know your cat’s personality and the dynamics if you live with multiple felines.

Get professional help. This is a big one with our Human as she has diplomas in Feline Behavior and also Feline Anxiety. Get an expert to help you assess the situation.

Change happens and we felilnes are not the biggest fans of change so if something happens in your home that seems to make your kitty sad, please investigate and seek help so that your feline will go from blue to blissful!

Friendly Fill – ins, Oliver Opines

Hello There Furiends,
It’s been a while since we purrticipated in Friday fill-ins and we’re looking forward to joining the blog hop this week.

Every Thursday Ellen of 15andmeowing and Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs, provide Friendly Fill-in questions. All you need to do is answer the questions and then join the “hop”. You are always welcome to meow your answers in the comments too,.

Here are the fill-in questions:
1. If you want ___________, you have to ____________.
2. During the month of August, I plan to ______________.
3. Others might think it’s strange that I _________.
4. _________ seems so far away.

And here are my answers:

1. If you want to see the squirrel in the tree, you have to have a lot of patience!

2. During the month of August, I plan to move as little as possible. It is far too HOT in our neck of the woods!

3. Others might think it’s strange that I am interested in developing my skills as a chef.

4. Winter (my favorite season) seems so far away.