The Tribe Opines on Books, Getting Stuck and Other Stuff

Happy Fur-iday! And when it’s Fur-iday you know one of the Tribe of Five will be opining on Friendly Fill Ins. We couldn’t decide who would get to answer the fill ins so Olilver, Lily and I are all opining this week.  This is a blog hop hosted by our furiends from 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs. You can hop on over to their sites and join the fun or, if you prefer, you can opine in our comment form.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Here are this week’s fill ins:

1. I have _______________ for ____________.

2. _________________ make me _____________________.
3. I’m surprised that _________.

4. To make a long story short, ________

Here are our answers:

1. Lily:  I have no patience for felines who are not well-read. The Caticons book is fantastic and we’re reading a new book we’ll be reviewing soon called Prancie’s Prayer.

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2.Alberto: Being interrupted in the middle of my favorite TV show makes me cranky!

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3. Oliver: I’m surprised that giving The Female Human my saddest face has no affect on her when she sits at the counter having breakfast.

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4. Oliver: To make a long story short, I underestimated my girth when I squeezed under the kitchen stool. 

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 9/12

 

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Hey there furiends,
It’s been a busy week and fall is definitely coming in our neck of the woods. I hope you are all well and that you enjoy this week’s web wanderings.
Purrs & head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Cat got your wallet? CryptoKitties virtual feline fetches $170K in crypto cash – Digital Trends

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It makes sense to me that felines would take over the crypto currency craze. There is a new “Game” on the Ethereum blockchain that lets you purchase and collect virtual cats, and then breed them with each other to try to create valuable new creatures with rare attributes, or “catributes,”. It’s called   and recently  the most expensive in-app purchase to date happened with the sale of a CryptoKitty named Dragon for approximately $170,000, or the equivalent of 600 ETH in cryptocurrency. Now I don’t understand crypto currency but I do understand $170,000.00! Meowza, that’s a lot of catnip!

Shelter Features Unique Cat Foster Program – The Augusta Chronicle

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You all know how much I love innovative ideas to help shelter or feral cats and this one helps the cats and the people too. The Animal Advocates, a non-profit organization that helps homeless animals in Barnwell, started the MeowMates program at the Allendale Correctional Institute in 2013. Hundreds of cats have been fostered by inmates – also known as “pet dads” – where they are socialized and cared for before being adopted.

This program is working so well and is so innovative that MeowMates will be featured on an episode of the popular television show “My Cat from Hell” this Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet.

“I feel the special partnership is making a huge impact on both our animals and our pet dads and it is my hope that maybe other rescues across the U.S. will see the segment and begin their own collaboration with a prison in their area,” said Vikki Scott, president of the Animal Advocates.

The Tribe of Five gives this this program our “Paws Up” Award because it’s good for the felines and the humans!

17 Cats to follow on Instagram – Romper

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Now before I tell you about other cats on Instagram, please allow me to remind you that The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines is also on Instagram and we hope you’re following us!

Okay, now that that’s settled I can continue. These 17 cats are quite interesting and I bet you’ve seen many of them and there are probably some you’ve never seen.  Had on over and check out some of these cool cats (and don’t forget the Feline Opines page!)

Senior kitties relax through their golden years at Cat’s Cradle in Lutz – Fox 13

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Any time humans go above and beyond for felines I want to tell the world about it. This is what the Cat’s Cradle Sanctuary is doing.  They  only take senior cats that have no chance of being adopted. “What we’re trying to do here is to give these senior cats a wonderful environment for their final years,” Bruce Jenkins explained.

Everything is designed and set up[ for the comfort and enjoyment of these senior felines and that comes at quite a cost. Expenses can run over $1,000 a month. God bless this couple who are making the senior years of these cats their best years!

Hurricane Preparation Tips for Cat Caregivers, Pet Owners in Path of Florence – Alley Cat Allies

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Alley Cat Allies is a wonderful organization whose sole purpose is to help felines. And as we pray for our furiends in the path of hurricane Florence, we wanted to share some of their emergency preparedness tips.  Please stay safe and be prepared!

  1. Make sure to have descriptions of the community cats (sometimes called feral cats) you care for and your pets, along with photos. If you need to look for displaced cats in shelters or other rescue areas after the storm, this will help accurately identify them. Make sure all pet tags and animal microchips have up-to-date information.
  2. Enlist a back-up caregiver who is responsible for the community cats in your absence, and network with other community cat caregivers in your area to set up a “buddy system.” This will create a safety net of care for the cats. You may be able to find other cat caregivers in your area through our Feral Friends Network™.
  3. Create an emergency contact card for your community cat colonies and pets in case you are not immediately available. Include all contact information for your substitute caregiver. Carry this card in your wallet and your car, give copies to your backup caregiver, and post it somewhere visible in your home like on the refrigerator.
  4. Make a list of local shelters and their contact information. You will need this information in case you need their help or resources.
  5. Keep an emergency supply kit on hand and know where to find it quickly. Disaster kit basics for pets include a pet first-aid kit, a supply of prescription medications for pets, veterinary and microchip ID records, three to seven days of pet food and dishes, a seven-day supply of bottled water per person and per pet, a litter box and litter, a leash and collar, crate or carrier, blankets, and photos of pets and cats in colonies.
  6. Protect outdoor cat shelters by turning the openings away from the storm surge, or, if possible, by moving them to slightly higher ground nearby.
  7. Fill multiple food and water bowls in case you may be away for an extended time.
  8. Do not try to bring unsocialized community cats with you if you evacuate. Remember, community cats are resourceful. The outdoors is their home, so they know how to deal with weather.

Since it’s not possible to bring community cats with you when evacuating from disasters, they need their own special disaster plan. Read our Disaster Proofing a Community Cat Colony resource for guidance.

Finally, you can always reach out to Feral Friends Network™ members in your area for help in preparing community cats for a disaster or finding them after the danger has passed.

 

The Tribe of Five Opine on the Cat Amazing Toy

Hello There Furiends,
Alberto here. We got to try out this new toy called Cat Amazing and we made a little video to show you how it went.

The Humans tell us that we must let you know that we were provided with this toy from the Cat Amazing company in exchange for our fair and honest opinion. The reviews expressed in this video are strictly those of The Tribe of Five and their Female Human and Purrsonal assistant.

Note, Lily couldn’t be bothered to come off the Princess Pillow she likes to recline on in the guest room to join us and as soon as Tucker figured out that although there was food involved he would have to work for it, he sauntered right on by. But Oliver, Jasmine and I had a ball with this fun toy!

Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Tucker Opines on the Art of the Nap in Friday Fill Ins 112

Hello Furiends,
Tucker here. It’s Friday and you know what that means…. Friendly Fill-Ins. If you want to join in, please leave your link at the host’s sites, 15andmeowing  or  Four-Legged Furballs. If  you prefer to opine in our comment section, we’d love to read them. You may detect a theme in this weeks answers.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Tucker_SigInChair

This Week’s Fill Ins

1. When it is hot, I _____________________.

 2. I am looking forward to _______________________ this month.
3. The theme song of my life would be _________.
4. There is no such thing as _________.

My Answers:

1. When it is hot, I high tail it to the guest bedroom and place myself directly under the ceiling fan. (Lily often joins me there).

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 2. I am looking forward to  hanging out on the front porch with the Female Human this month.
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3. The theme song of my life would be “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens
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4. There is no such thing as too many naps!
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