Happy Wednesday Furiends! The weather in our neck of the woods is icky, First we had weeks of snow dump on us. This was a good thing for some of the more resourceful neighbors. The Human took these photos from inside so the quality isn’t so great. The point is, the deer figured out how to get to the tasty tree branches by using the snow berms.
As for The Tribe, we are making sure we sit on the chair at the front door window and snoopervise The Human’s hilarious antics as she first shovels snow and then attacks the ice on the driveway. When we become exhausted from snoopervising we take time to cozy up and rest. So far this horrible weather hasn’t affected us too much, although our Chewy order was a little late and we almost ran out of kibble, Oh the horror! I am happy to announce that starvation was narrowly avoided when the box arrived that evening!
Well, thankfully disaster was avoided and food was delivered and The Human is uninjured. The ice is so bad in our neck of the woods that The Human is working at home. This is an excellent opportunity for me to make sure that she completes this blog post with the excellence I demand.
I hope you enjoyed our little slice of life from our next of the woods this week. Stay safe and if it is snowing or icy in your neck of the woods, make sure you keep your humans safe!
When a mother cat gave birth to five kittens on a ship, four were adopted out. The fifth kitten named Lollipop took up residence on the ship.
Wherever the ship docks, Lollipop and her human crew serve as kitty ambassadors. Crew members say they buy cat food and leave it with shopkeepers in the ports they visit because they want all kitties to be as well taken care of as Lollipop. Good work sailors!
Water Loving Hawaiian Cat
When you’re a feline in Hawaii, of course you’d want to surf! Mahalo kitty! This video about the water loving feline is pawsome!
Kitties rejoice! The cat room is the hot ticket for 2022. What is it? It’s a room dedicated entirely (or almost entirely) to your marvelous felines. . And why cat rooms? Because we cats have very specific needs.
Now having a cat room doesn ‘t mean you banish your feline to one room only. We need the run of the WHOLE house. A cat room is another way to enhance our lives.
There are many great ideas on Instagram if you are interested in enhancing your feline’s life by creating a cat room.
People, People! Don’t you know that moving is stressful for us and that we love to hid in strange places when we’re scared? Let this story be a lesson to you before you get rid of any furniture that you need to make sure all your felines are accounted for.
Denver Animal Protection got a call on New Year’s Eve from the city’s Arc Thrift Store, where employees had discovered a meowing sound coming from a chair someone had dropped off at the shop.
“Sure enough, there’s a recliner out front, and there’s a little orange tabby stuck inside,” animal protection Officer Jenna Humphreys told The Denver Channel. “Very friendly, couldn’t get out. They said that they had noticed the meowing shortly after somebody had dropped it off.”
Meanwhile, the cat’s owners had become distraught after realizing Montequila was nowhere to be found. They eventually realized she must have stowed away in the chair, and they reached out to the thrift store, where the staff put them in touch with animal protection, the agency wrote on Facebook.
Humphrey said the owners were “so relieved” and “absolutely thrilled to have their cat back.”
Water intake is important for every cat and if your feline has kidney issues it’s even more critical.
To aid in monitoring your cat’s health, PurrSong is releasing a water dispenser that tracks water consumption, a litter box that tracks your cat’s weight and bathroom habits and an activity tracker that can collect data on your cat’s movement and sleep patterns. The idea is that any and all of this data can help you see your cat’s everyday routine and, more importantly, notice early enough when they break that routine.
If PurrSong sounds familiar, it’s because at CES 2019 the company launched the $900 LavvieBot S, a self-cleaning litter box that refills litter automatically. Joining the LavvieBot S in PurrSong’s 2022 lineup is LavvieWater, a filtered water dispenser that tracks your cat’s water intake. Water is circulated without a motor and filtered to reduce water scale build-up.
PurrSong is also launching a new litter box called the LavvieBox. It’s an open air box that can be modified into three different physical setups depending on your cat’s preference. The LavvieBox can track your cat’s urinary and bowel movement data and weight patterns. It’s equipped with an air purifier to reduce odor and dust but, unlike the LavvieBot S, it’s not a self-cleaning box.
Rounding out the new trio is the LavvieTag, an activity tracker on a collar that gathers data on your cat’s activity. That data is analyzed to determine four main patterns: resting, grooming, walking and running. The LavvieTag is lightweight and lasts four weeks on a single charge. (Oliver is very concerned that The Human may buy this gadget!)
You can learn more about this company in the video above.
Happy Wednesday Furiends, I hope you all had a great week filled with all the kibble you want. The D-I-E-T thing is going better for some of us than for others.
In The Human’s defense, she is trying to offer us new forms of entertainment to attempt to take our minds off our growling tummies and she plays with us to make sure we get some exercise. Oliver is having none of it and has taken to whacking his pottery kibble bowl down the hallway at 3:00am.
Lily isn’t bothered, she has never eaten that much and quite likes the fact that the snow is now gone and she can look down into the forest to keep track of our resident deer.
As for me, I have really been enjoying my kitty TV experiences. Sadly, there was an unfortunate incident with the living room TV so my viewing has now been restricted to the small screen.
Of the three of us, Oliver is the most dramatic and fighting the new food regime. Lily and I (and The Human) do not pay attention to his histrionics and we are all hoping he will adjust soon.
It’s time to leave the diet drama behind and see what feline stories were on the web this week.
I reported on this new food from Purina several months ago and it’s a game changer for people who love cats but are allergic to them. Now, Purina Pro Plan has partnered with actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik to kick-off The LiveClear Challenge. This challenge encourages cat owners with cat allergen sensitivities to discover the life-changing power of Pro Plan LiveClear. LiveClear is the first and only cat food that reduces the major allergen in cat hair and dander.
When you sign up for the challenge, Pro Plan will donate $5 to the Petfinder Foundation, (up to $25,000) to fund a cat retention grant program that helps keep cats in happy homes – regardless of allergen sensitivities. These donations will be made throughout the rest of this year.
It’s been reported that 1 in 5 adults are sensitive to cat allergens. While many people think cat hair is the problem, it’s actually what’s on it—a protein called Fel d 1 that cats produce in their saliva. When cats groom, Fel d 1 gets on their hair and skin through the saliva, then into the environment when they shed.
When cats eat Pro Plan LiveClear, the key ingredient – a specific protein sourced from eggs – binds to Fel d 1 and safely neutralizes it in the cats’ mouth. By reducing the active allergen in saliva, it reduces the allergen transferred to the hair and dander when grooming, ultimately reducing the allergen in the environment.
“As a neuroscientist and all-around science ‘nerd’ myself, I appreciate the decade of research that went into developing Pro Plan LiveClear and what it means for cat-lovers like me,” said Bialik. “Several people close to me are sensitive to cat allergens, including my boyfriend, and while I take many steps already to manage allergens in my home, it’s often not enough. I’m taking The LiveClear Challenge with my three cats so that hopefully those I love can feel more comfortable being in my home and getting closer to my cats.”
While not intended to replace other methods for managing allergens, Pro Plan LiveClear can add another measure to help reduce the allergen burden in cat-owning households.
Find out more about Pro Plan LiveClear or sign up for the challenge (and save $8.00 on a bag of food), click here.
It has been understood over the ages that cats (and other animals) can predict the weather. One woman’s cat would always sit with it’s back to the fireplace when a storm was coming. For many centuries sailors, who were known to be superstitious and who were always looking for ways to predict the weather, believed that feline’s sensitivity to weather changes made them valuable crew members.
Cats were also considered to bring good luck to the ships they were on. They were valued members of the crew and treated as such. The crew would get to know their cat’s behavior very well, so that if they started acting out of character, they would take it very seriously indeed. If a cat tried to leap overboard, or repeatedly pawed at its face,-p they knew bad weather was approaching and could therefore take preparatory action. If they were in dock and a nursing cat began to carry her kittens ashore, that was a very bad omen, and some seamen would refuse to sail at all.
Many centuries ago, there was the belief that a cat had magic powers, and could cause a storm by twitching its tail, but later sailors realized that the tail twitching was not causing the bad weather but rather was a sign that it was on the way.
Today, we know is that cats are sensitive to changes in air pressure, so when warm and cool air collide, which is how a storm develops, the moist warm air is forced upwards, while the cooler less dense air is forced down towards the earth’s surface. As a cat senses these pressure changes, it will often try to look for somewhere to hide, a natural survival tactic. It can also be seen repeatedly cleaning its face and ears with its paws, which eases the discomfort it feels due to these changes, and its general apprehension is evident in a constantly twitching tail.
Cats were carried on ships until relatively recently, the tradition ending only in 1975 when they were banned by the Royal Navy for health and safety reasons. I wrote about one of the most famous nautical felines, Unsinkable Sam, in my March 24, Web Wednesday feature. According to the tale, he started out as mascot for the German battleship Bismarck, but after it was sunk in May 1941, he was rescued from the sea by the crew of the British destroyer HMS Cossack. The crew named the black and white cat Oscar from the letter O in the International Code of Signals, which means “man overboard”.
He sailed with HMS Cossack for the next few months until the boat, which was escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to Great Britain, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in October 1941. The cat was rescued alongside the surviving crew by HMS Ark Royal, and it was then that he was given the nickname Unsinkable Sam. But his time aboard the Ark Royal was short, as it too was torpedoed by a German U-boat the following month. Attempts were made to tow it to Gibraltar, but it was taking on to much water and eventually sank 30 miles from the shore.
Sam was found unharmed and clinging to a plank, and ultimately taken back to land. After surviving the destruction of three ships, the Navy decided to retire him from ocean-going service, and he served in the Governor of Gibraltar’s office for a time, before being taken back to the Belfast Home for Sailors where he saw out the remainder of his days.
What a meowvelous idea the Pennsylvania SPCA came up with in this program! When the good folks at the shelter read about how humans, stuck in their houses, were learning container gardening to pass the time in quarantine. an idea was born.
“Over the course of the last year, pandemic plants have become very popular with individuals wanting to care for living objects while creating tranquil indoor sanctuaries during these uncertain and stressful times,” shelter officials said in a press release. ”The PSPCA is hoping these very same people will open their hearts and homes to cats who are in search of tranquility, hope and a new beginning.”
The matchmaking effort comes in the form of a new initiative: the Houseplant Cat Club.
Specifically, the nonprofit seeks to showcase cats whose social skills leave something to be desired.
To encourage new cat families to “grow together,” the PSPCA is teaming up with Urban Jungle Philly. Under the program, adoption fees will be waived for these shy felines, and each adopter will receive a $25 gift certificate to pick up a houseplant from Urban Jungle. Adoptable cats will be featured on the garden center’s social mediaand on posters in store.
More than a dozen felines are currently designated as potential “houseplant cats,” but the shelter has no shortage of shy kitties, Maddie Bernstein, PSPCA’s manager of lifesaving, told WHYY News.
Shy and timid kitties don’t always get the attention they deserve when potential adopters visit shelters and hopefully this program will give them the attention they deserve and help them find furever homes. Paws up to the PSPCA and the Urban Jungle!
Last Friday night, a bold feline dared to go where few of its comrades have trod before — and made himself famous in the process as he shot across a Major League Baseball field mid-game and captured the hearts of feline lovers across the country.
This cat is one of many who are called “the cats of Coors Field” and who keep the mice at bay. These cats have quite a few fans and have their own paparazzi. This colony has lived here for decades before the filed was ever built. They are shy and don’t like to mingle with the humans who come to watch the games.
The employees at Coors Field are as reticent about their feline residents as the felines are shy. There is one cat who does make frequent appearances and he’s been dubbed the Coors Field Cat (he isn’t the feline who disrupted the Friday game). He is spotted often enough to earn himself his own Twitter account.
Now that the cats have become so famous, a local TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program is preparing to trap as many of the felines they can to neuter or spay them and then return them to their purrsonal baseball field.
As you all know by now, I am living feline proof that cats can enjoy movies. And there are some enlightened folks at the Mansfield Drive In who understand this too. For the first time since the mid-1990s, the three-screen drive-in complex is letting people bring their furry family members with them.
The drive-in owners said that well-behaved dogs and cats, with well-behaved owners, are welcome at movie screenings. Animals must be kept in cars or on leashes in their owner’s parking spots and owners must clean up after their pets. (Now that’s just too bad, I would love to run up and swat a gigantic bird on the big screen!)
Dogs were allowed at the drive-in in the ’90s but that was discontinued largely because people failed to clean up after their dogs. Hmph, it’s always the barkies that ruin a good thing.
Pet owners will be given a pet treat and a waste bag upon entering the drive-in. Extra waste bags can be found free at the snack bar or delivered to cars with a snack bar delivery order, which can be done through the app Noble Bar.
Now if they restricted their furry clientele to felines only, they wouldn’t have to spend all that money on waste bags since our staff can just bring our litter box along.
Animal admission is free with human admission. The owners are designating a local shelter every week to receive donations and they are hoping people will give a donation
This weekend’s movies are “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Joker” and “Sonic the Hedgehog” . I think I’d pick the hedgehog one and would also suggest Stuart Little, an American Tail and Ratatouille.