Happy Wednesday Furiends,
I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Things are great here and we are happy to report that Lily keeps moving out of her grief and becoming more of a member of the tribe. Here is a little sequence that shows you how well she’s doing. We had a cold snap and there’s nothing better than hanging out in front of the fire on those days.
So as you can see, Oliver and I are working to be kinder, gentler brothers. After our fireside meeting, we each went back to our normal routine.
So that’s our week. I’m thrilled to tell you that after my plea to hear from more feline furiends to appear in our Cat Chat, we will be featuring Rosie from 15andmeowing in tomorrow’s Cat Chat. Who wants to chat next week? Just email us at FelineOpines@gmail.com and send a photo and we’ll take care of the rest!
The moral to this story my furiends is, always make sure you know where your cat is when your neighbors sell their home!
Michael Hubank decided he wanted to check out his neighbors home listing on Zoopla. Imagine his surprise when he spotted his cat lounging in one of the bedrooms!
The cat’s secret life attracted many comments such as, “A family member was having a reoccurring dream about a cat in her bed for months… she did not own a cat… then she woke up and her “dream cat” was snoring at the end of the bed… the “dream cat” lived a few doors down, but preferred to sleep in her bed.”
I am happy to report that Hubank’s feline is home…for now.
Now I’m a cat that purrfers a good cat sitter when The Human goes away but I may change my mind if she could find me digs like this. The Cat’s Other Mother hotel offers a spa-like experience for the pampered felines who are booked in there.
The hotel is located on a farm owned by Helen Owen and her husband Chris, who has dreamed of a fancy feline hotel for 20 years.
It took 12 months to turn old stables into the beautiful moggie suites.
Helen looks after the emotional needs of each feline guest and designed every suite to combine luxury and home comforts while also focusing on the cats’ natural behavior requirements.
Every suite is “supersized” with 60 square feet of living space and double glazed cat approved bay windows. Room packages include three meals daily from the pantry menu, lots of human interaction, cuddles and a mini pampering session of grooming, a fresh pot of cat grass and even turn down service with treats and electric flickering candles.
Upgrades are available with special menus like hand-shredded chicken or prawns on scallop shells.
For extra-special treatment, cats can even get a session with the hotel’s own ‘Purry Grandmother’ – Helen’s cat-loving mother who serves kitty’s afternoon tea and snacks (on bone china). There’s plenty of chatter, a beautifully dressed table, handmade toy and a photo session.
The Tribe gives this fine kitty getaway a paws up award!
This story gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase “cat burglar”! A man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a home, pointed a gun at the homeowner’s head and demanded that the man hand over his two felines.
The suspect crept into the home at about 4:00am. The police have since discovered there is a dispute over the ownership of the cats but it was discovered that the cats in this house are not the two in question. Still, the interloper managed to leave the house with one of the cats.
The cat burglar was apprehended and a cat was found in the area but at the time of the report it was “unclear if it was the stolen animal”. Really? How hard would it be to get the owner to identify the cat?? You humans really need to find better methods to deal with your disputes!
1 hurricane, 600 miles, 2 years: How a lost cat made it home to Panama City from Evansville, Indiana.
This story has as many twists and turns in any great mystery novel.
When 16-year old Wyatt Wetzel’s best friend, his beloved Siamese-mix Sinatra disappeared two years ago he was bereft.
Sinatra’s amazing story began in a hurricane and ended in Indiana.
Hurricane Michael totaled the Panama City rental home of Wyatt’s family. They were stuck in the home for four days until someone came and cut a tunnel through the fallen trees for them to get out. They loaded both cats and dogs and headed to Indiana to stay with family.
The family ended up staying in Madisonville, KY and the pets stayed with a daughter in Evansville. The owner of the Florida property contacted the family and insisted that they come back to Florida and get their belongings out of the house. And, as if this family didn’t have enough troubles, one of the family members had become ill and was hospitalized.
After the family member headed to Florida, Sinatra managed to get out of the house where he was staying. The family put up flyers, posted on social media, checked with the shelter but Sinatra was nowhere to be found.
They called Sinatra’s vet in Florida to get the cat’s microchip number only to be told he hadn’t been chipped because his neuter surgery was complicated and they had forgotten to do the microchipping as promised.
The family refused to give up hope and for two years chased after every lead where a Siamese cat had been found. Many folks contacted them but they could tell by the photos the cats weren’t Sinatra.
Lina Walker, a rescue volunteer for Another Chance for Animals took on Sinatra’s cause personally.
Last November, a cat showed up at the house where Sinatra had been staying and looked exactly like a skinny version of the missing feline. Walker got the cat but was so disappointed to see that it was a female; still she sent the family, who had returned to Florida, photos and told them about the feline. She compared them with photos the family had given her and was astounded that the markings were the same as was the face.
The family was in town over Christmas and they went to meet the cat and they felt in their hearts that the cat was Sinatra but a check at the vets confirmed the cat was a female. They went home but couldn’t let the idea go that this was their cat.
They went to their vet to check out Sinatra’s records and found the key to the mystery of the missing cat in the notes the vet had made in Sinatra’s record. “Make sure anyone who checks him out knows he was cryptorchid (had undescended testicles) as he will appear to be female.
The family drove to Indianapolis in March to get Sinatra. When he got back to Florida he greeted his furry siblings with joy. He knew to expect his food on top of the washing machine and still can’t get enough cuddles from his humans. This story is a great example of the need to never give up and to the importance of folks who come along side people who have lost their fur kids and offer help.
How do you come up with creative names for your felines? I’m named after a famous Spanish cyclist. Oliver, who was the runt of the litter and a tiny guy as a baby was named for Oliver Twist because he always was meowing for more food. Lily is named after the neighbor’s little girl who fell in love with her but couldn’t have a cat of her own because of allergies,
Still, there are some times you humans are stumped when it comes to naming a new kitty so these ideas might help.
I’m only going to list a few of my favorites from each category but you can find many more in the article.
Florence and the Meowchine
TV-inspired cat names
Boo Boo Kitty
Literary cat names
Food-inspired cat names
Cat names from the world of sports
Cat names from history
Ruth Bader Ginspurr
Cat names based on personality
Cat names from the musical “Cats”
Rum Tum Tugger