It looks like there are weather issues in everyone’s neck of the woods this week. We’re purraying for our friends who are waiting for the hurricane to pass and for those of us suffering unusual heat, hang in there.
The air cooler The Human ordered finally arrived. As you can tell from this photo, it’s a hit with me!
Lily enjoys the evenings when it cools down enough to open the windows.
Lily also enjoys snoopervising whatever is going on in the kitchen.
And Oliver? Well, Ollie is just hanging around being Ollie and any chance for a nap is good for him, even when it’s hot!
So furiends, stay safe, stay cool and nap whenever you can!
Netflix’s next documentary star is the world’s greatest ‘cat rapper’
Beginning today, Netflix will show a 6-part docuseries called Cat People. There are all kinds of breeds of feline lovers like rescue workers, veterinarians, cat café owners and one of this feline’s favorites, Moshow, the cat rapper!
Moshow isn’t only a cat rapper, he puts his love of cats to good use as he promotes adoption for the Oregon Humane Society and is a participant in the Million Cat Challenge.
The Tribe gives Moshow paws up and says, “Rap on our furiend”. Enjoy the video and visit the full article for more Moshow feline rapping.
Woman woos stray cat
MOL! This could happen to our Human as she’s blind as a bat without her glasses. Claudia Hankin was enjoying sitting on her porch and reading on evening. She was delighted when she noticed a shy, little gray cat hanging out on her porch.
She doesn’t wear her glasses when she reads so she didn’t have a good view of the cat but she did the “psst, psst, here kitty” thing to try and get the cat close enough to pet.
Imagine her surprise when the “cat” got close enough to her for her to realize it wasn’t a cat at all but a possum! Hankin grabbed her phone to get a photo but as soon as the flash went off, the timid creature headed back to the woods.
I’m wondering , now that the human has extended the hand of friendship, if the possum will attempt to continue their relationship.
How to cool cats down in hot weather
Oliver). Signs of heat exhaustion are rapid breathing, lethargy, staggering movements, vomiting, red tongue and mouth, and a high temperature.
Thank goodness we cats sweat through our paw pads and we will attempt to disperse our body heat by moving to a cooler spot and drinking lots of water.
Now if your feline is extra furry they will be looking for heat relief but even the less furry of us appreciate some help.
Here are some ideas to help your kitty be more comfortable when the weather is too warm.
1. Freeze cat treats
If you like those tasty Churu mousse like treats or Delectables, tell your human to put a few in the freezer and voila-cat popsicles!
2. Provide an outdoor cat house.
If you find your feline lounging on the hot pavement, try a cat house that is more elevated and that offers some shade.
3. Make your own frozen cat treat.
Drain some tuna juice (water from the canned tuna), add a bit more water and pour into an ice cube tray. Tasty!
4. Consider a cat cooling mat
They make these for dogs but they work for cats too. If you have multiple felines, get a large mat so everyone can lounge on it.
5. Get a pet water fountain
Having plenty of fresh water is important during warmer months. Water fountains provide a regular supply of flowing water.
.6. Put ice cubes in water
Our Tribe loves this and, after we’ve had a nice cool drink, we like to swat the ice cubes around.
7. Make your own DIY cat cooling towel
Save the money for cat treats and just paper towels for DIY cooling towels.
9. Consider a catio
Make sure there is plenty of shade and cool water available.
10. Make sure your windows are safe
If you leave your windows open use netting frames that fit over the windows or doors to keep your cat safe and your home cooler.
12. Daily grooming
Cats with thick coats will especially appreciate frequent grooming.
14. Freeze a bottle of water.
Freeze the bottle, wrap it in a towel and place it where your cat likes to hang out
And remember, no matter how much your do, you may still have some dramatic felines in your home like Oliver.
Keeping cats safe in your yard
There is a lot of talk about catios, heck, I’ve reported on some fantastic ones myself but if you humans are adverse to attaching something to your home (especially if you have snowy winters) you might like this idea.
Happy Paws Out is a cat-proof fencing system that allows your felines to enjoy your yard and not pull a Houdini maneuver to escape. This can be installed on all kinds of fences or, 2D panels can be installed to close open garden areas.
You can go the DIY route or take advantage of their installation services (if you live in Ireland, that is). Purrsonally, I like the idea of fencing everyone in, not just the felines!
Meet Smokey, One of the First Cats to Beat FIP!
Oh my whiskers, if there ever was a time and a cat to celebrate, this is it! Smokey has been through quite a bit in his life. He was rescued when he was found in a field, sick and without his mother. He was diagnosed with feline infectious peritonitis or FIP which is a disease that is almost always fatal in cats. But our furiend Smokey defied all the odds and is one of the first cats to ever be cured of this nasty disease!
Smokey’s human, Peter, started ZenByCat which is a non-profit organization raising funds for further FIP research. Smokey is the organizations poster cat. Peter says that Smokey’s purpose is to give hope to people. You can follow Smokey and his siblings on their Instagram account.
The healthy Smokey spends his days walking on his wheel and playing with his 24 feline siblings. Peter adopts as many cats as he can to give them a happy home and, as a talented general contractor, he’s been able to modify his home with cat walks to create the best cat jungle him ever.
We give this human our Paws Up award and say concatulations to Smokey for beating this disease!