Five Felines and One D-O-G (Jasmine Opines)

Hello Furiends,

There’s been a lot of change at our house and one of the most dramatic has been the arrival of two human friends and their canine. First, let me explain that the Tribe has never seen a canine, never heard a canine and never knew that anything like a canine existed. We see deer, raccoons and the occasional bear from our window perches but a canine, never seen such an animal.

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Needless to say, we were all a bit rattled by the arrival of this four-legged guest. Last year, the Tribe wrote a book for humans about proper etiquette regarding pet sitting. furniture and guests. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we needed to include a section about other animal guests!

The Female Human quite likes this dog although the rest of the Tribe is still deciding how we feel.

 

 

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KD the (gasp) dog at our house waiting for the squirrel to come to the upstairs deck.

First of all, the dog has taken over the bird/squirrel viewing area. This is of great concern to Oliver and Alberto.  I don’t see why sharing the space is such a big deal to Ollie and Al but I do understand that the excited barking noise the dog makes when she sees the squirrel can be rather disconcerting. Or perhaps, terrifying is a better word because when she barks, Lily, Al and Oliver jump and then slip and side across the floors (like cartoon characters), looking for a place to hide. (Note, KD has never done anything aggressive to these chickens so their dramatic reaction is a bit over the top).

 

 

 

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Lily is on canine watch. Tucker is watching the kitchen.

 

Since KD and her humans are staying downstairs, one feline is always tasked with guard duty at the top of the stairs. Tucker is exempt from this duty because he could care less. The dog has not interfered with Tucker’s breakfast, dinner or snack schedule so he refuses to purrticipate in this feline drama.

As soon as the dog’s paws touch the first step downstairs, the warning is issued and cats jump and scatter, heading off in various directions. This is a good thing for Oliver as a little exercise is needed where he’s concerned.

 

 

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Alberto has proven himself to be quite the wimp. When the dog is in the house, Al whines and meows until The Female Human allows him access into my domain. I thought that I would be completely unaffected by what goes on in the rest of the house but now I have to share my space with this whiny, wimpy feline. Sheesh Al, get a grip.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lily is quite content to hang out on top of the cat condo. Alberto will join her sometimes if he can’t weasel his way into the bedroom.

 

 

Lily takes a more pragmatic approach. She hangs out in the office, on top of the cat condo and demands that her wet food breakfast and dinner be served there. She seems to be quite content with this arrangement and, as that room is a dog free zone, she feels safe.

 

 

 

 

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“Human, why does that canine make such a loud noise?” – Oliver

 

 

Oliver is almost as chill as Tucker unless KD the canine barks. He then hides under the small table in the living room or comes into the home office to complain to The Female Human.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As I noted, this is Tucker, not bothered or interested in our canine guest.

 

 

 

 

 

final-56As for me, well, I am usually unaffected by what happens in the rest of the house but Alberto, the big baby is getting on my last nerve. Sigh. Still, we are all furry family members and I realize I must extend some grace toward him.

So, my feline furiends, if you ever have a canine visitor, I hope they are as polite and well-behaved as ours. KD is a nice doggie (but don’t tell her I said that.)

 

 

 

 

Purrs & Head Bonks,

JasmineSig

Jasmine Opines On Take Your Cat To The Vet Day

Hi There Furiends,
Jasmine here. I am talking to you about this important day because I’ve been seeing quite of bit of the folks in white coats the last few weeks. Even though The Female Human takes us all to that place every year for wellness exams, sometimes things still happen. In my case I became very sick and was diagnosed with kidney disease. The Humans are giving me sub-cutaneous fluid every other day and antibiotics and I am beginning to feel better and am putting on a little weight.

You say, when you go to the vet for regular wellness visits they have information that makes it easier to diagnose you and to help you. Even though I’m a lady kitty a bit advanced in years, my vet, and yours, can help you to be your most healthy self. Please make at least a yearly wellness visit to your vet!
Purrs & Head Bonks,

Jasmine

Jasmine Opines on Friendly Fill Ins Week 108

Hello Furineds,
Jasmine here. I’m taking this Friday’s fill ins. You can play along too by meandering on over to the hosts 15andmeowing and Four Legged Fur Balls and entering the blog hop or, you can opine about your answers in our comment section. Have fun!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
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Here are this week’s Fill Ins:

1. My favorite Disney character is ____________________.

2. If I could stay any age for life, I would choose to be age _________________.

3. _________ is my secret talent.

4. Life is like a _________.

My Answers:

1. My favorite Disney character is Marie from Aristocats. I don’t have a pink ribbon but I do have a pretty pink special collar.

2. If I could stay any age for life, I would choose to be the age I am now. I’m older and wiser and can offer advice to the younger felines in the tribe. This is me giving everyone my “wise look”.

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3. Talking is my secret talent. I am quite the conversationalist and every night, when the Humans come to bed I talk about my day (I have Siamese in me so of course I’m a talker!) I also like to chat with the Humans during the day as well.  In this photo the Female Human just said something I found quite surprising.

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4. Life is like an empty box. You never know what you’ll find inside but you have to jump in, take a chance and see the world from a different purrspective. Now mind you, I am far too much of a diva to jump into empty boxes myself so I’ve included a photo of my brother, Tucker in a box.

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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 5/23

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Hi There Furiends,
Alberto here. I’m walking again and took my actual first walk of the season with the Female Human. We had a discussion about my need for a slightly larger and comfortale halter, a guy grows in a year! But I digress.

Here are my Wednesday web wanderings, enjoy!
Purrs & Head Bonks,

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5 Destinations For The Obsessive Cat Lover In Your Life- awol.junkee.com

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I’ve covered cat cafe’s and cat islands so this may be a bit of a red-do but it is a nice list for travelling feline lovers.  Now I want to find out about that museum for internet cats, how do I and the rest of The Tribe of Five get in there?

5 Tips for Training Your Cat That Actually Work – Bustle

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What’s with the number 5 this week? But I digress. The Female Human has had cat training on the brain lately as she’s writing a mystery that includes a sniffer dog and two felines that help solve a crime. Purrsonally, the entire training thing bores me but I am a smart feline and know that if I learn certain things, I get great rewards so maybe I shouldn’t be too hasty!

The Million Cat Challenge Reaches Goal of Savings Cats One Year Early – USMagazine.com

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Did you humans know there was a million cat challenge? Did you know that more than 1,000 animal shelters in North America purrticipated?  Did you know the campaign began four years ago and as of December 31, 2017 all those shelters saved 1,148,129 cats?

There’s nothing better than saving feline lives and this group has accomplished that big time. Two paws up!

I Photograph Men With Their Cats And The Result Is Cuteness Overload! – Bored Panda

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The Female Human always says that, “Real men love cats”. We know this to be true in our house because The Male Human is a cat lover. This photographer immortalizes the love of male humans and their cats and the photos are pawsitively wonderful!

8 Tips For Bonding With Your Cat The First Week You Get One – Bustle

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Well, looks like we broke the “5 things” trend. I bet the million folks who adopted those felines from the previous article were wondering how to make their kitty feel at home in their new abode. These tips are very good and work well whether you’re bringing a kitten or an older kitty into your home and heart. We felines adapt well into new surroundings, all we ask is that you have a little patience and a little care as we get used to you and the new place.

 

 

 

 

Once Upon A KitNip Box…

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Hello Furiends,
Alberto here. I want to tell you a little “tail” about The Tribe of Five and the day we received a gift of a KitNip Box. I have been told that the humans in charge of regulating stuff on the internet require that we tell you that we received this box for our fair and honest review. The good folks at KitNip Box are not responsible for my snarky comments and The Tribe of Five only accept opportunities to review products we think might be of interest to our furiends.

The Female Human came home one day and said, “Guess what guys? The nice people at KitNip Box are sending us a complimentary box to check out. Notice my face, I’m thinking, Human, I have no idea what this KitNip thing is and it’s twenty minutes past my dinner time.  

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Well sure enough that “KitNip thingy” arrived at our house. As Chief Snoopervisor I made sure I inspected the box as soon as it was opened.

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The Female Human went on and on (“Oh look at how cute the toys are..look at that sweet thank you card..how nice they provide information on all the items inside…”) What a bunch of drivel, I was interested in those toys and the enticing aroma of nip coming from inside that magic box.

 

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Once I had ascertained the the box contents were safe for inspection, the rest of the Tribe sauntered over and did their own inspection. Unfortunately, there was a slight delay in unpacking the box when our Alpha Tucker decided he was going to have an “if it fits I sits” moment.

 

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As we continued our inspection the Female Human kept  blathering on…”Oh my goodness look at that little umbrella toy….a PINK mouse sooooo cute…I love the natural materials..” Blah,, blah, blah.

 

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The Tribe of five was only concerned with the play worthiness of these things and they were definitely play worthy.

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As Oliver and I tested some of the toys we had to admit they were a lot of fun. Tucker isn’t as playful as he used to be and Lily has learned to let Ollie and I play first or she may receive some whacky paw. But then, The Female Human took a bag out of the box……..

She opened the side of the bag just a bit and the heavenly aroma that emanated from that bag was a little kitty heaven on earth. That delightful fragrance even got Tucker off his favorite spot on the sofa. The Female Human opened the bag and offered The Tribe some of the delicious fishy inside. And wonder of wonder, every one of us, the entire Tribe loved it! The Female Human was amazed because Oliver and Jasmine normally refuse most treats but this magic bag was tasty to all of us!

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Although this “once upon a time” story was a great one for the Tribe of Five, there is a cautionary note for you humans. The Female Human, wanting to make sure we Felines did a stellar job of opining on our KitNip Box took her time introducing us to all the delights it contained. She made one great tactical error however, she left the box within my reach and I felt it my duty as Chief Snoopervisor to distribute its contents to the the rest of the Tribe. And then, there was the issue of that delicious snack bag in there.  The Female Human is still crawling around looking under the furniture trying to retrieve the feline friendly items in the KitNip Box. Tummy issues were avoided because the sneaky fishy people made that package impossible to open and believe me, I spent some quality time chewing on the bag!

 

 

And that my furiends is the “tail” of the magical KitNip Box and The Tribe of Five. The Tribe gives it a two paws up and The Female Human loved it too! If my furiends out there want to try KitNip Box for yourselves, just go to their site and enter the special coupon, FELINEOPINES for 15% off any new subscription (  for the first month)

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The Female Human Opines

Hi There Folks.,
Alberto here. As you know, the name of this blog is “FELINE Opines” but once in a while we allow the Human to opine on something we think is important. This post she did for KatzenWorld is a very important subject and highlights a new program called Home to Home  (created and implemented in our own local shelter, (Panhandle Animal Shelter) where Oliver and I and Lily came from.

We think this is an important message and we hope you do too.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

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