Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/26

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,
It’s been a snowy and icy week in our neck of the woods. The Human got a call and it looks like her garage door may be fixed this afternoon. I sure hope so because she’s been cranky! Sliding into the ice berm the city city left at the end of her driveway this morning and having to get herself out in time for a speaking engagement did nothing to improve her mood!

We did have a chance to snoopervise when she received a new sofa cover. Frankly, I don’t know how she would get along without us!

“Hey, I’ll just sit here while you figure out the cushion covers.”
“Okay, looks like you’re getting the hang of it. Good job!”
Thanks to our close snoopervision, we have a refreshed sofa!”

Lily shirked the snoopervisor duties but immediately took the opportunity to sit on the back of the newly revitalized sofa to survey the woods from the living room window.

The Human also tends to have “guests” when she has breakfast in the morning.

“Instead of local honey and cinnamon, how about trying some tuna for breakfast?”

“Is this the coffee you always insist on drinking before you give us our wet food
or express any coherent thoughts?

Sigh, and now you all know what I have to put up with!

Puzzums, the cat who clawed his way to silver screen fame

Even feline movie stars can be discovered in strange places. This was the case with Puzzum who was found by actors Nadine and Katherine Dennis. They trained Puzzums to cross his eyes, suck from a bottle, and — no, I’m not kidding — laugh on command.

It is said that there was a comic strip in those days that featured a cat named Puzzums which would be quite a coup for a feline that started life as a little shivering kitten found in an alley.

After appearing in the 1927 Los Angeles Cat Club show, Puzzums caught the industry’s eye when the Los Angeles Times published photos of his antics. While the cat show featured many pure-breds, Puzzums stole the show with his tricks. (Take that pure bred feline snobs)

Silent-comedy producing mogul Mack Sennett made Puzzums the first — and only — feline to sign a studio contract. (Literally. He signed with his paw print dipped in ink.) The three-year contract was for $50 per week, which was more than the Dennis sisters were making as extras. MOL!

His movie rolls were quite exciting, starting a prison fire in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Godless Girl or firing a gun in Charlie Chan’s Chance. Puzzums overshadowed famous actors like Carole Lombard, Jeannette MacDonald, and Maurice Chevalier. Unlike movie dogs Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin, Puzzums was not the focus of a franchise of any kind. Rather, he appeared as a standout moment in films, unique to each setting, and often offering comic relief.

Many movie acting felines had doubles (Bell, Book and Candle used 13 different Siamese cats to portray Kim Novak’s Pyewacket) but Puzzums handled all of his own scenes.  Sadly, much of Puzzums film work has been lost and is not available for us to enjoy today.

When he died of a tooth infection in 1934, Puzzums had a lavish funeral. The newspapers covered his death like the passing of any other great star.

Police blotter- stolen cat returned home

Sometimes it pays to purruse the police blotter like this one from Sonoma County, CA. A purloined kitty was returned to its owner after an alert veterinarian scanned the cat’s microchip. A deputy determined that a couple had rented an Airbnb in the 17900 block of Railroad Avenue and apparently took a cat belonging to one of the neighbors. The cat’s owner didn’t realize the cat had been stolen until the vet contacted them. The deputy wrote a report and sent it to the District Attorney for review. Note to my readers, if you own or are near an Air B & B, watch your felines!!

Japanese Artist creates unbelievably life like cats out of felt

Meowza, this artist’s work is amazing!

“Look at my cat”: who’s behind the cute cat posters popping up in Toronto?

I love this story and the way this “movement” is catching on-GO FELINES! Posters have been popping up all over Toronto, Canada. At first glance, people think they are lost cat posters but no, each one has a large heading that says, “LOOK AT MY CAT’ and below the heading is a cat photo and a funny caption.

One caption read,  “Cuddles would like to wish you a Meowy Catsmas!” Another said, “Just look at this little guy,”

These posters are all over the city and are also featured on an Instagram account, @lookatmycat_to

The originator of this project purrfers to remain anonymous. But someone who did comment saying,  “We really loved the ‘Look at my Cat’ memes on Instagram and TikTok, so why not take that idea and create posters of our cats to plaster around the city — who doesn’t love seeing an adorable cat?  We knew that if it made us smile, it was guaranteed to make strangers smile, and everyone needs that these days,”

While the project started with just the group of three, they say their friends quickly started requesting posters be made of their own cats. Of course, you humans love showing off your felines, so naturally, the trend quickly caught on beyond their circle. And now other Canadian cities are looking to start their own “Look at my cat” movement.

If you live in Toronto and want to get in on the fun, you’re in luck! Since their project has gained so much pawpularity, the group is planning on doing a cat scavenger hunt in the near future. People can submit photos of their feline friends to the @lookatmycat_TO Instagram account, which will then be plastered in a random neighbourhood in Toronto. Then you’ll have to go on the hunt for your cat’s poster.

Purrhaps it’s time for someone to start a “Look at My Cat” movement here in the U.S.A.. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, CATS RULE!!

Washington man creating a video game where  you get to play as a cat

Matt Wood, video game developer and founder of Double Dagger Studio, in Bellevue, WA is fascinated by cats.

“In some ways, they’re kind of mysterious,” Wood says. “They’re unpredictable, right? But at the same time, they’re always loving.”

Matt and his family reside with two felines, Mario and Roxy. His felines in residence helped him come up with Double Dagger’s first video game inspired by his cats and kids. While brainstorming ideas with his kids one of them said, “I would love to play as a cat.” Right then and there the idea of Little Kitty, Big City was born.

Little Kitty, Big City is a game where you play as a mischievous cat, who is lost and has to find their way home,” Wood says. “But on the way home, they find out there’s a lot of other really fun things to see and do in the city. (That sounds pretty cat-like to me).

When Wood put a sample of the game on the internet, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Take a look at the video and decide if this is a game you’d like to play.

Our New Book is Here!

Hello Furiends,


We are pleased to announce that our third book is out! It came out of the experience we had with the loss of Tucker and Jasmine this year and The Human’s certification and work in pet grief counseling. And the best news? If you have Kindle Unlimited you can get the ebook for free!

We wrote this book to offer comfort and advice for all our two and four-legged furiends whose kitties have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. If you read the book we would love it if you would leave a review on Amazon.

Purrs & Head Bonks,

Siamese cat with blue eyes
black and white cat Oliver

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/21

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,

Fall has come in all its glory to our neck of the woods. Oliver loves to sit on the living room window sill and watch the leaves fall and check out what beasts are in the forests, racoons, deer, moose, bear, skuk, even the visiting neighborhood felines hunting mice. A cat never knows what he’ll see down there!

Lily is far less interested in what goes on in the woods and is much more intereted in what’s going on inside the house.

Oliver is struggling during this time of “weight management”. The Human took a seminar on feline obesity and life hasn’t been the same for poor Ollie. He struggles between attempting to squeeze himself in tight places and begging for tuna casserole. Sigh, life is hard for a portly feline.

Gee, Al fits in here just fine.
I swear this bed shrunk in the washer!
Oh come on, just a little bite of tuna casserole won’t set my diet back that far!

Well, that’s the news from our neck of the woods now let’s check out the feline news from around the web.

Cat Cafe opening in Georgetown thanks to local home builder

Stories where you humans go above and beyond to help kitties find furever homes just make my whiskers quiver. And, thanks to Paul Haddix and Haddix Construction the Central Purrk Café will be opening in a few months.

The company is donating their services to help build the interior cat lounge where adoptable cats will recline in fancy modern digs.

Adoptable felines from the Lexington Humane Society and Scott County Humane Society will occupy the cat lounge area of the café.    

Visitors can reserve time in the cat lounge at $12.00 per hour, $6.00 per half hour. The lounge has a “free roam” area where visitors can get know the cats in an environment that is more like a home, allowing the humans to picture the kitties in their own homes.

Central Purrk will also host special events like Yoga with Cats, Trivia Nights, Beer & Wine Tastings, and offer birthday or other party packages. All cats are adoptable directly from the cat café and 100% of the adoption fees go to the respective humane society. Cats will be spayed or neutered, up to date on their vaccines and be microchipped.

Scaredy Cat first horror movie for cats

Temptations, the cat treat company premiered the first ever horror movie for cats last week.

The story is about a kitty who makes his way through a haunted house. While storm rages outside, a ball of yarn leads the cat from room to room with all kinds of scary things around each corner. The kitty finally ends up in the kitchen to face the scariest thing of all…a cucumber!

So have your human break out the Temptation movie treats and watch this together this Halloween.

Behind prison walls, cats and inmates rehabilitate each other through animal care program

We felines don’t care much about your past. We just want you to pet us and love us and feed us. This arrangement works out purrfectly at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Indianapolis.

Six hours every day, seven days a week the handful of men selected for the FORWARD program (Felines and Offenders Rehabilitation with Affection, Reformation and Dedication.) care for more than 20 cats. Those kitties repay the care and housing they receive while they’re prepared for adoption with love and affection for their inmate caretakers. The inmates gain skills such as empathy, responsibility and self-esteem.  Many inmates have said that caring for the cats gives them a reason to get up in the morning. I say this is a purrfect “win-win’ situation!

A tale of two kitties: Blind cat and feline friend win $1500 for local shelter

This is an encouraging tale for all my feline furiends who have challenges. Determined kitties can accomplish great things with the help of their humans. These best furiends, Penelope and Orville just helped their local shelter, Hancock County Humane Society, win $1,500.00, $1,000.99 in cash and $500.00 for food.

Shelter volunteer Kathleen Free wrote the story about Penelope, a kitty born with no eyes, and Orville, the kitten who befriended her and became her “seeing-eye cat. The story won the Clear the Shelters Adoption Story Challenge hosted by The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org.

 Clear the Shelters Adoption Story Challenge hosted by The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org. Winners were chosen by online voters.  

The story earned them 6th place and the cash and food for their shelter. Pawsome job pussycats!

Fancy Feast Feline Advent Calendar

Humans, it’s never too early to spoil your felines for the holidays and at this price ($23.00) you can’t afford not to buy it. And since humans like Christmas too, there’s a beautiful kitty ornament included. Don’t wait, go to Chewy and make your felines happy for the holidays.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/27

Hello There Furiends,

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“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain there would be no rainbow.” G.K. Chesterton

Finally, finally, it looks like spring is coming. Temperatures are warming up and The Female Human even opened the windows the other day for us to sit on the sill and sniff the great outdoors. The Tribe of Five is enjoying sun puddles and we captured Oliver the other day in a purrfect position to catch the colors from the Austrian crystal.

 

 

 

 

Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto

Siamese cat with blue eyes

Man Gets Suspended For Helping Helpless Feline

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Verizon employee Maurice German was recently suspended from his job after he rescued a cat named Princess Momma who had been stuck on a pole for over 12 hours.  After the cat’s human called the fire department, animal rescue and the phone company but no one returned her calls. In desperation, the human approached Mr. German and he helped.

And what did his heroics get him? He was suspended for three weeks without pay for violating Verizon’s safety rules. Fortunately, there are lots of good-hearted humans out there who put together two Go Fund Me pages to help the man and his family while he goes without pay. One raised $3,395.00 and the other raised over $7,000.00..

Dear Verizon, I hiss in your direction.

Clever Kitty Finds Solution To The Door To His Litter Box Being Shut

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When a cat’s gotta’ go, a cat’s gotta’ go! Tino, a British kitty needed to do his business when he discovered to his horror, that the door to his litter box was locked.

He weighed his options…..go on the floor, meow in dersperation for help? What’s a kitty to do?

Tino’s solution was to find the litter bag, knock it on it’s side and spill litter on the floor. He then attended to his business. Despite the fact that Tino’s human had a big mess to clean up, we give Tino a paws up award for ingenuity.

Tino is now an internet sensation and there are poems and odes to honor his feline problem solving skills.  Note to humans…..make sure the door to the litter box is NEVER locked!

Under-Cats Photo Series Gives A Whole New Purrspective on Felines 

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Photo from Andrius Burba’s new series “Under-Cats”

Andrius Burba is famous for his unorthodox approach to animal photography. This time he’s presented an entirely new view of felines, from the bottom up.  He’s added to his new portrait series Underlook with Under-Cats to show how we felines look from below.

He said,  “The Underlook project started four years ago when I saw a ridiculous looking picture on the Internet.  It was a cat sitting on a glass table that was photographed from underneath. I decided to level up the idea and photograph it professionaly to see those paws in hi-res and that is how the Underlook project was born.” If you humans think you know us felines, take a look at the pawsome photos on this site. Meow!

Tulsa Firefighters Rescue Snickers The Cat – Twice

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Tulsa Fire Department’s Station 23 rescued a cat named Snickers – not once but twice.

They didn’t have to crawl up a pole because the fleeing feline took a 130 mile ride from Mustang, OK to Tulsa in an engine compartment of someone’s car.

When Snickers was discovered missing and her humans tried to find her, the kept praying and their prayers were answered.

Tulsa firefighters were called to help get the feline out of the car. found Snickers when they got the unusual call to rescue the furry feline from the car. They kept her at the fire station the first night and then one of the firefighters took her home where she resided in the laundry room while they tied to figure out what to do with her.

Fortunately, a story about Snickers was aired on the sister TV station in her home town and someone recognized her and contacted her humans.

Just when  Snickers was so close to being returned home she found her way into a compartment under a fire truck at the station and the firefighters had to rescue her again.

The story has a happy ending, Snickers was extricated from the firetruck and back into the arms of her humans, right before the firefighters were called out to fight a fire. You can watch the video story here.

Paws up to these firefighters for going above and beyond and for saying, “I know that if it was my cat I’d want someone to do everything they could,” said Emerson.

Snickers, I suggest you stay inside and away from any type of moving vehicle!

Human’s Singing Pushes This Feline Named Harvey Over the Edge

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We felines put up with a lot from you humans and most often we put up with your shenanigans but even felines have a breaking point.

YouTuber Greg Molick uploaded a video of his unusual rendition of “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. His cat Harvey is not a fan of his singing voice.

After 30 seconds, Harvey decides to jump up on the bed and show Greg exactly how he feels about his musical abilities. You go Harvey and IMHO that screeching is tantamount to animal abuse! Watch the video and decide for yourself.

 

 

 

Oliver Opines on Friday Fill Ins

Hello Furiends,
We’ve missed some of these Friday blog hops. The staff has been a bit preoccupied with other stuff although it is the contention of Tribe of Five that nothing is more important than our blog posts! I hope you enjoy my answers this week.

This is a blog hop meaning that you can hop on over to our furiends 15andmeowing  and Four-Legged Furballs and enter your blog post. If you purrfer you can opine about your answers in our comment section.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

Here are this week’s fill ins:

1. Superbowl Sunday ________________________. 

2. __________________bores me.

3. If you have _________, you have everything.

4. My skill set could get me a job at _________.

Here are my answers:

1. Superbowl Sunday bores me. 

“This is me not caring a bit about the Superbowl (unless Superbowl means an extra large bowl of kibble for me!”
-Oliver

2. Standard, typical cat poses bore me.

“If you can’t be creative about your feline poses, why bother? This is one of my more favorite moves.”
-Oliver

3. If you have a human who loves you and who wears fuzzy blankie PJs for you to 
stretch out on, you have everything.

“I know the Female Human bought these PJs just for me. She’s thoughtful like that.”
-Oliver

4. My skill set could get me a job at a detective agency. I am the epitome of stealth.

“I’ve been on this stakeout for hours and not one bird or squirrel has spotted me yet!”
-Agent Oliver

Oliver Opines on Dangerous Places and other Feline Stuff on Friendly Fill ins #123

Hi There Furiends,
Oliver here. I’m answering this week’s fill ins. I hope you are all well and safe and enjoying a lovely fall, even if it’s from the window sill inside the house (one of my favorite spots). I invite you to join this blog hop hosted by 15andmeowing and  Four-Legged Furballs. If you would prefer to opine about your answers in our comment section, please feel free to do so.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

This week’s questions:

1. The last time I ____________was ____________________.
2. __________________isn’t ___________________.
3. _________ is a blessing in disguise.
4. My favorite word is _________.

My Answers:

1. The last time I faced danger (danger of falling down the stairswas just the other day.  I was once in this dangerous situation when I was just a little guy. You can read about it here.
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2. My felted wool bed isn’t fitting as well as it used to. Hmm, it must have shrunk!
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3. Having glass between me and the great outdoors is a blessing in disguise.

4. My favorite word is “Walk!”
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Oliver Opines on Friendly Fill Ins # 113

Hello Folks,
Oliver here. I’m doing the fill ins this week, I hope you enjoy them! You can join the blog hop by visiting our friends 15 And Meowing or Four-Legged Furballs. If you just want to opine on our blog, you can always leave your fill ins in the comments of this post.
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

 

This Week’s Fill Ins:

1. As a child, I feared ______________.
2. Friday the 13th _____________________.

3. I think _________ is my best quality.

4. You can’t go wrong with _________.

My Answers:

1. As a child, I feared starvation. I was the runt of the litter and felt like I never got enough to eat. (I realize that you’d never guess that to look at me now!)

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Me as a kitten

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Me today

2. Friday the 13th is a day to celebrate the beauty of black cats. This is Buster. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge before Alberto and I came to live with the Humans but I hear he was wonderful.
Black cat in the garden

3. I think my luxurious fur coat and the heart over my eye are my best quality.

black and white cat with a heart over his eye

4. You can’t go wrong with a great profile shot in your portfolio.
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Happy Independence Day!

In honor of Independence Day the Tribe decided to share a list of the 10 most independent cat breeds. Want to know why they are considered the most independent breeds? Read the article.

• British Shorthair.

• Ragdoll

• Persian.

• American Wirehair.

• Siamese.

• Manx.

• Norwegian Forest Cat.

• Somali

  • Scottish Fold
  • Russian Blue