Happy Wednesday Furiends!
I hope you have all had a good week. Our week was okay although I heard The Human speaking to someone at the stabby place on the phone. This did not bode well.
Oliver was also less than enthused about these developments.
Lily took the more direct approach.
Unfortunately, the visit to the stabby place will happen next month, sigh.
Let’s hope my news items this week will be more enjoyable than our conversation with our Human.
Friskies® Brings More Feline Fun with the Reboot of Cat Fishing 2, a Game Designed Especially for Cats
When I was a little whippersnapper, I had a mini iPad with a fishy game and I quite enjoyed it but it lost it’s attraction for me. Now the Friskies people have updated the game, called Cat Fishing 2. It has special sounds and schools of fish. The more fish you catch, the more points you get . I am a rather competitive feline so I like this “points” thing.
Friskies tested the update with real felines and they all gave it a paws up. We felines need enrichment and mental stimulation and this game provides it. Go the Friskies game page and download your game!
An Ohio bomb squad was called to disarm an adorable bag of kittens
When a suspicious bag was found outside of a church, the bomb squad was called. When they opened the suspicious package they discovered a cat and her six kittens.
The officers said when they approached the bag, instead of ticking, they heard purring.
There was a note inside the bag saying that the cat, Sprinkles had given birth the day before. The sheriff’s office took the felines to the Animal Friends Humane Society where they are now warm and fed.
Sprinkles has had all her tests and blood work and is pronounced healthy as are her kittens. She and her babies will be placed in foster care. The shelter will provide regular updates on Sprinkles and her family on their Facebook page.
While I am thankful this momma and her babies are safe I really don’t understand some humans who would abandon this little family in a suitcase instead of taking them to the shelter where they know they would be safe!
Marion Girl Scout receives highest award for helping shelter cats
Paws up for this creative young human! JoLee Becker from Marion, Iowa received a Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, for her cat stools.
The stools improve the health of shelter felines and encourages them to exercise. She created her first stool for her adopted cat who weighed more than 20 pounds and was a bit aggressive. She worked with her cat, giving the feline a routine of play and exercise and the cat lost 9 pounds. The cat’s behavior changed as well as JoLee played with her each day.
JoLee decided she wanted to design more stools for the cats in her local shelter. Keeping the cats fit and happy will give them a better chance of finding forever homes. The ten stools she modified for the cats were given to PAWS & More Shelter in Washington, Iowa
“As soon as we put the cat stools into the cages, the cats went nuts,” said Becker. “The kittens were scratching and playing with the toys. The older cats were lying in the blanket baskets under the stool tops. The rest of the cats were playing with each other and running around the stools.”
Now, PAWS & More is collaborating with Cedar Valley Humane Society, Last Hope Animal Shelter, Iowa City Animal Shelter, SAINT Cat Rescue, and Coralville Cat Shelter to create more stools, in hope of getting more shelters to utilize them.
Paws up little human Girl Scout!
The smartest cat in the world? Kitty performs 26 tricks in one minute
Talk about an over-achiever! 8-year old Alexis and her human Anika Moritz from Austria just broke the record for the most tricks performed by a cat in one minute, 26 in total.
Alexis has lived with Anika since she was a kitten and her training began when she was 12 weeks old. Alexis is a fast learner and Anika said that she wanted to show the world how amazing cats are. She began planning in 2017 for Alexis to break the Guinness World Record of most tricks performed in a minute.
The article provides lots of advice for any of you felines who are hankering to go after Alexis’ record (or would just like to learn a trick or two)
Here’s a list of all the tricks Alexis did in 60 seconds. Meowza! I’m tired just reading the list! How many tricks on this list can you do my furiends?
- Herum (go around the legs)
- Durch (weave through legs)
- Voran (go onto red carpet)
- Turn (180 degree turn to the left)
- Sitzen (sit)
- Teppich ausrollen (roll out red carpet)
- High five right
- Winken (wave with right paw)
- Shake (shake head)
- High five left
- Andere (left paw)
- Winken links (wave left paw
- Muede (touch nose with left paw)
- Schau links (look left)
- Schau rechts (look right)
- Hands up
- Wave with hands up
- High ten
- Cross (cross left paw while sitting)
- Glocke (ring/touch bell with paw)
- Target touch (touch target with nose)
- Nimm (pull on string to open box)
- Zurueck (go back)
- Komm (come)
- Pfoten hoch (both paws up on arm)