Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/25

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
The weather is cooling and we’ve had a few days of rain and some of the fires around us are almost contained! We are so thankful for this and purray that everyone with fires around them would be safe and fires would be out.

I wanted to take a moment to “chat” with you all and say thanks as well as introduce you to someone.

Please take a moment to listen, it’s not often I get the chance to chat!

And heeeeeer’s my new furry cousin!

Well, it’s time for the feline news I’ve gathered from around the web.

10 International Idioms About Cats

You humans are probably furmiliar with our English idioms that include cats. “the cat’s out of the bag”, (see photo above), it’s the cat’s meow”, etc. Well English isn’t the only language that has feline idioms and I thought you’d enjoy these.

1. You’re like a cat walking around hot porridge. – Scandinavia

This describes evasive behavior by using the example of a cat who will avoid eating porridge that is too hot. Now I don’t know about the rest of my feline readers but this feline is here to tell you that The Tribe has never been interested in eating porridge, hot or otherwise. And that includes Oliver who is very fond of food.

2. Let’s call a cat a cat. – France
I guess the folks in France feel there’s nothing more straightforward than calling a cat a cat. Meow, what else would you call a cat anyway? And this idiom is not only found in France, the Dutch and Belgians also have the same saying.

3. You’re just being shy-shy cat. – Indonesia

If you’re in Indonesia and being coy or shy, you will be described as a shy cat. I know we felines can be shy but we are also very friendly and loving too. Rather than shy, I would purrfer to use the term “discerning”.

4. What would the cat’s son do but kill a mouse? – Ireland

I guess this one is like our “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” meaning we are all a product of our parents to some extent.

5. A cat ran between them. – Russia

This is how the Russians describe having a falling out with someone. The next time Lily and I have “words” and she gives me a whacky paw, The Human can describe the time after while we ignore each other as “a cat ran between them”.

6. My house/apartment/garden is like a cat’s forehead. – Japan

This is how the Japanese describe small spaces. If any of you humans live in tiny houses, the next time someone asks about it, describe it like a cat’s forehead and see what people say.

7. There’s a locked-up cat here. – Spain

If you get the feeling something is suspicious and not on the up and up, you can use this Spanish phrase. Just picture how we cats react when we’re locked up or shoved in our carriers!

8. One who has no dog hunts with a cat. – Portugal

I’m a bit insulted by this one. The phrase means that when we don’t have exactly what we need, we make do with what we have. I guess that has merit but evidently, the folks in Portugal forgot what great hunters we felines are!

9. Who would raise a cat’s tail, if not the cat himself? – Finland

If you’re tired of “tooting your own horn” or “singing your own praises” try this one for a change.

10. When the cat goes away, the mice reign. – Niger Congo

The Swahili speaking folks don’t say that when the cat’s away the mouse will play the say the mouse reigns. Hmm, maybe that mouse will reign for a while but trust me, as soon as the cat returns, that mouse will be dethroned!

Indian Man Opens “Cat Garden”, Raises Over 200 Cats

You humans often amaze me and this man in Gujarat’s Kutch is pawsomly amazing!! ! He has established a home for cats named ‘Cat Garden’, covering 500 square yards and equipped with modern facilities.

His name is  Upendra Goswami, a custom house agent established the ‘Cat Garden’ in 2017. The Cat Garden now has over 200.  Goswami dedicated the cat house to his late sister who was a cat lover.

He said, “We celebrate the birthday of my late sister every year. Once a cat entered our house and ate her birthday cake (this was after she had passed away). Since then, it has been staying with us. We believe that it is our sister who is staying with us in the form of the cat”.

The cats at the Cat Garden enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning and a theater.  There are four rooms with AC and 16 cottages. There are showers and the cats watch animal shows in the mini theater in the evening.  

Well, the cats raised in the cat house enjoy modern amenities and are provided with all facilities including ACs and theatre. Meals are served three times daily and only the best brands of food are used.

Upendra said that he considers the cats part of his family and regular veterinary checkups are part of that care. A charitable trust helps pay for the cats care. Visitors are welcome to visit the Cat Garden for a minimal entry fee.

Royal Canin to launch new Sensory feline wet range

I’m always interested in hearing about a new food because, as The Human will attest, once we’ve had a wet food for a while, we don’t want it anymore. Royal Canin may have fund a way to deal with feline finicky behavior with their new wet food – Sensory – with three new sensorial stimulations of Smell, Taste and Feel are developed to excite our senses.

The Sensory range used the latest research from cat experts. We cats have an instinct for new experiences and diverse aromas, textures and tastes in our diet so Sensory is not only nutritious, but also sensorially rich, filled with novelty and discovery. Frankly, I’m not sure what the novel and discovery is all about but I guess we’ll just have to make The Human buy it for us so we can find out.

Here’s how Royal Canin describes the sensory elements in the new food.

Of all the senses, our sense of smell is by far our most developed thanks to the 200 million odor-sensitive cells we have, up to 20 times better than a human. ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Smell formulas are crafted with an aromatic profile that is irresistible to cats’ highly sensitive sense of smell.

Did you know that we felines only have 470 taste buds? If you think that’s a lot, compare that with the 9,000 you human have!  This is why we are so “selective” in what we choose to eat.   ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Taste formulas are characterized by toasted, meaty and savory sensations that stimulate the’ unique sense of taste. I prefer to call it a refined sense of taste.

You probably know that our paws, fur, and whiskers are touch sensitive. But did you know that the most receptive touch receptors are in our mouths?  This plays a big role in deciding our food preference. ROYAL CANIN® explains that the Sensory Feel formulas are crafted with unique thick gravy or strong jelly textures for a firm feel that lasts longer in our mouths.

This feline says this sounds very interesting and I will tell our Purrsonal Assistant to include some of these smelly, feely, tasty foods in our next Chewy order.

DNA may hold secret for feline HCM therapies

Our Angel Jasmine left us due to heart disease.

Did you know that the heart disease HCM affects one in seven cats? And did you know that a cat’s DNA alters how we respond to the clopidogrel, the medication used to treat this disease. That means the effectiveness of the medication may vary depending on our genes.

HCM causes a cat’s heart muscle to thicken, and, as the condition worsens, blood clots can form in the heart. Dislodged clots can lead to pain, distress, and even sudden death.  Clopidogrel is among the most commonly prescribed medications to prevent blood clots in cats with HCM; however, recent data revealed nearly 20 per cent of cats receiving clopidogrel therapy showed resistance.

“We were consistently seeing cats that, despite being on clopidogrel, were still forming blood clots,” says the study’s corresponding author, Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary cardiology and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“This study was about figuring out why some cats weren’t responding as expected to clopidogrel therapy and leading us towards a more effective prescription.”

What the study found was that a simple genetic test can help our veterinarians make an educated decision about which drug therapy would be the best and most effective for each feline.

The next step is to have these simple genetic tests easily available for all veterinarians. We love this idea and are all for using genetic testing to keep us healthier. As my regular readers know, all three of us have had our DNA testing done by Base Paws. Lily even blogged about it. The great thing about Base Paws is that our reports are constantly being updated as the database receives more and more feline purrticipants.

Who’s getting rehomed now?

First of all, let me say that any human who allows their feline to be abused, verbally or not should take this action. So paws up to this lady!

She caught the man, as she described it, “whispering foul abuse at her cat, who he wanted to rehome. “ She shared her story on Reddit. This man hated her cat Millie so much that he said if they were going to move in together, she would have to get rid of Millie.

Bravo to the human for saying she would NEVER get rid of Millie he relented and said he’d “get over it” and move his stuff into her place. Then she caught him swearing at Millie.

She said that when she was dating her boyfriend, he would ignore Millie, say how stuck up cats were and that he is a dog person.

Well buddy, I guess you can get yourself a dog for your new place! Moral of the story, haters never win!

It’s Time to Vote…for Alberto!

Hellof Furiends,

Today is the day voting begins for the Rescue Brew Contest. I announced my entry into the contest at the end of my July 21 Walk Through The Web Wednesday segment. I entered this contest to raise money for the Charleston Animal Society because my human nephew plays soccer for the Charleston Battery (hence my festive bandana).

I understand that no everyone will want to support the shelter financially but there are other ways you can help such as:

If you want to support the shelter vote early and vote often. If you want to see all the contestants visit the Rescue Brew page for the Charleston Animal Society (I’d sure like to see myself on that leader board!)

You can also help by using the social media share buttons on the contest entry pages to ask your furiends to vote (hopefully for your me) .  Tell them why you are helping to save the lives of vulnerable animals who are not lucky enough to have a home.

You can also copy the link to my entry page and send the link in email to your family and friends who might not be on social media. 

Folks, there are 673 dogs and cats entered in the contest – MEOWZA!! The competition to select three finalist dogs and three finalist cats will be fierce. 

Voting begins today, August 16, 2021, and continues until 9:00PM ET on September 17 2021.  From the finalists, one Grand Prize Winning Dog and one Grand Prize Winning Cat will be selected by celebrity judges and the winners will appear on the labels of the Rescue Brew Beer and will be announced on October 16, 2021. 

Any help you can give to the animals in Charleston is greatly apurreciated and of course, getting my mug on a can of beer would be pretty cool too! Thanks to all of youl

Purrs, Head Bonks and Cheers!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/3

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends!
Meowza, what a week! The Human has had so much to do this week that the attention we demand (and deserve) has been lacking. In her defense, she’s been very busy and comes home and crashes. And when The Human has a tough week, we felines have a tough week too, although we try to sympathize with her purrdicament, each in our own way.

“Sitting with my Human with a glass of wine after a loooong day at work is the least I can do!”
“Human, you think you’ve had a bad day, let me tell you about mine! Those two hooligans chased me around the house all afternoon!”
“While The Human is at the place she calls work, I help out by doing my neighborhood watch duties.”

My regular readers will remember that our human nephew just signed with the professional soccer team, The Charleston Battery. Today I received my team bandana. I bet that team doesn’t have any fans as handsome as me!

Go Team – Meow!

Now it’s time to get to my latest web wanderings of the feline variety.

Purrfect rescue: Thai navy scrambles to save cats from sinking ship

Heroic Thai navy sailors braved choppy seas to rescue four felines that had been abandoned on a sinking ship that caught fire.

After the human crew was rescued and taken to safety the sailors returned to the capsized boat to check for an oil spill and much to their surprise found four furry crew members huddled toget6her on a bean of the boat.

One of the sailors donned a life vest and swam over to the terrified kitties. Each cat was placed on his shoulder while his crew pulled him and his feline rescues in to his boat.

All four felines are being cared for by their rescuers at their command post on the island of Koh Lipe.

I’ve heard of navy seals but this is the first time I’ve heard of navy felines. Paws up to these pawsome sailors!

Angry Cat Attacks Pilot Forcing Boeing 737 Diversion

A Tarco Aviation flight was forced to return to its origin after a furry stowaway made himself known in the cockpit.  The feline, thought to have accessed the cockpit during a cleaning woke up after takeoff, became frightened and attacked the captain, causing the plane to return to Khartoum.

The crew tried to capture the freaked out feline but couldn’t get close to him.

It’s believed the cat was a stray. Unfortunately, there was no mention of what happened to this poor kitty. I would like to think that he was adopted by a cat loving airline employee and that his traveling days are over.

Missing cat finds way home weeks after getting lost in New York

People, people, people how many times do you have to be told to secure your cat in its carrier?

John and Carol Forestieri will be more careful from now on, that’s for sure. They took 10-year old Buddy to the veterinarian for a minor surgery Feb. 8, when the cat escaped from the cage in the back of the car, “The door was slightly open and he just pushed through and — gone,” John Forestieri said.

Both humans ran after the cat but he went into the woods and disappeared. Then a few days ago John heard scratching at the back door. Buddy was home!

“At first I thought I was dreaming ‘cause I had been dreaming about him. I knew it was him without even seeing him, it was the same scratch and he did give a cry,” Forestieri said.

Buddy’s veterinarian said cats have an innate compass-like instinct that helps them determine their location. It is a miracle that Buddy made it home through snow storms and freezing weather.

Everyone celebrated Buddy’s return home, even the veterinarian. He was a bit thinner and has been receiving canned cat food the last few days.

“I still don’t quite believe it ‘cause I didn’t expect it, and I get choked up every time I see him,” John Forestieri said.

Ah, how I love a happy ending!

Local cat-sitting company braved winter storm to check on clients’ cats

Evelyn Shields and Vanessa Roy, co-owners of Austin Cat Sitters, both woke up Monday morning shocked like the rest of Texas when they saw inches of snow on the ground.  They also woke up to no power and it was cold and dark.

Shields received many messages from her managers at Austin Cat Sitters that things were going sideways. Visits weren’t happening as most of the cat sitting team couldn’t get out. Many of the cat’s humans were unable to get home so many cat sitting schedules were extended.

Shields and her partner took over all the visits and began circling the city in a four wheel drive Jeep. Her Prius would not start because of the cold. 

They visited more than 30 cats from Monday through Wednesday. They visited Pumpkin and Spice in an apartment complex with no power. Luckily, they brought a flashlight to find the felines in the dark. This allowed them to also send photos back to their owner to confirm the purring pair’s well-being.

Ace had more pressing needs. Shields noticed that there was blood in the urine in his litter box. She called Ace’s human and while she was on the phone it was clear Ace needed to see a doctor. The next issue was, were there any emergency vets open?  She and her partner got Ace to one of the two emergency vets that were open that night and then took him home with his medication. She kept Ace’s human updated on his condition and he has completely recovered.

One of her feline clients, Villy’s apartment was so cold his water bowl froze over.          

As the week progressed the other staff members were able to get out and check on their assigned felines.

Paws Up award by FelineOpines.net for humans who do amazing things for cats

The clients of Austin Cat Sitters were grateful and expressed their appreciation. Shields said, “It’s a lot of cat love for us. We are cat people and then just knowing that they’re getting what they need is what really makes us feel the best.”

Meowza, these ladies deserve a Paws Up award!

Hero Cat Adopted During the Pandemic Saves Family By Detecting Potentially Dangerous Gas Leak

This Oregon feline is a hero! Sandi Martin was in her living room spending time with her cat Lily. Lily kept walking over to the fireplace and began sniffing around the fireplace valve.

Martin was curious and joined Lily, sniffing at the same spot. She smelled gas. After her husband confirmed rhe gas smell, they called the gas company who arrived within 20 minutes. The gas company confirmed that they had a dangerous gas leak. He went outside, cut off the pipe to the gas, capped it off and shut it down.

Lily’s humans said she may have saved their lives. This wasn’t the only time Lily saved them. Martin said that she found herself in a dark place during the ongoing COVID-19 shut down because she wasn’t able to spend time with her family. She decided she would adopt a cat from Cat Adoption Team and that’s where she found Lily. Lily helped pull Martin out of her funk and helped her deal with the stress of the lockdown.

Way to go Lily!