Walk Through the Web Wednesday, on Thursday, May 19

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,

Thanks for your patience and waiting for our feline news post ….a day late! As I mentioned yesterday, The Human has been a bit overwhelmed lately and this has spilled over into her photography time. As you will see in the photos below, there are issues of the lighting so Oliver and Lily decided that we should title this week’s photos of the Tribe as, “Lighting, What NOT to do!”

We hope you enjoy!

“Ummm, Human, nobody will even be able to tell this is me!” – Lily
“Seriously Human?! I wanted you to capture me and my bravery and no one can even tell the photo is me!” – Oliver
“I am the darkness, fear me!” – Oliver
“I am so over this, catch me in this lighting, I always look more handsome in the firelight.”-Oliver

Let’s hope there are some better quality photos next week!@felineopines

On board with Bobby Flay: The 7 products he always carries when traveling with his cats

I’m not a feline that is usually star struck but I must say Bobby Flay, a man deeply attached to his two cats Nacho and Stella, has given Nacho top billing in his cat food company, Made by Nacho. Flay worked on the food formulas for three years before it launched and it’s getting paws up from all over. And get this, the team at Made by Nacho have felines in their homes and they get to taste test the new products. If the felines give the food a paws down in the test kitchen, the item doesn’t make it into production.

As Flay and his feline partners travel to promote their company, he has some favorite feline travel products.

As his felines are on the CHONKY side, he likes an extra-large pet carrier (fits cats up to 50 pounds) with retractable privacy flaps, seatbelt safety straps and a comfortable fleece pad inside.  And if your felines are finicky about color, there are a number to choose from.

Treats for travel are essential and it might not surprise you to know that Flay brings Made by Nacho treats.  They’re all single-ingredient, freeze dried treats.

Now no matter how fastidious your feline may be, it’s a good idea to travel with Tidy Cat pads just in case there’s an accident as well as Earthbath All Natural Grooming Wipes. The wipes are fragrance free wipes and are great at cleaning mouths, paws, etc. and are safe for cats older than six weeks and contain no soap, gluten, DEA, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes or phthalates.

Traveling can be boring so catnip toys are a must. Refillable catnip toys are great for this and keep the ennui away in the carrier.

When humans travel with cats it’s a good idea to take PetLovers Extra Sticky Rollers because you don’t want people to know a cat is your traveling companion by all the fuzz on your clothes!

Cat’s glucose levels successfully monitored using Bluetooth technology 

Shadow, a 10-year old cat is now in diabetic remission after her glucose are successfully tracked by a glucose monitor . Shadow developed diabetes due to her severe pancreatitis and is now on track to make a full recovery! Shadow’s treatment started after she ended up in the emergency room for severe pancreatitis and vasculitis which then developed into diabetes. After numerous veterinary consultations, Shadow was fitted with a permanent glucose-monitoring device at The Royal Dick School of Veterinary studies.

This device allowed Shadow’s owners to take her home and measure glucose levels on their phone via a Bluetooth reader. It also enables more accurate adaption of insulin dosages by the internal medical team.

Within three months of the device implant, Shadow’s pancreatitis has subsided and she’s in diabetes remission , no longer on a diabetic diet and has no more insulin requirements, And if that isn’t good news enough, she’s now had her glucose monitor removed. Meowza, that’s good news!

The detailed information these monitors give veterinarians has greatly increased the effectiveness of treatment. What great news!.

Adopted shelter cat loves his human so much he won’t leave his side


All three of our Tribe are shelter kitties and meowza are we grateful that The Human gave us a forever home. This little guy seems to be extra grateful and hates to leave his human’s side. This has prompted the human to print a tiny feline 3-D helmet so Cathode can travel safely on his human’s bicycle. You can follow them on Instagram @mon_copain_ray.

Turning balcony space into fun, safe haven for cats

As our readers know, when we talk about “our neck of the woods” we literally mean woods but we realize that many of our feline furiends live in the cityh. Still, whether city cat or country cat, we all like a little fresh air and outside time. City felines rejoice! You can all get some safe outside time too! Your humans need to assess porch dangers such as places on the balcony where a cat could fall, any plants out there that are poisonous and finally too much bright sun that might get them sunburned (I reported about cats and sunscreen in my May 5 WTTW feature).

Putting a net around the balcony will help keep cats safe (there are instructions in the article). If the balcony has bars, check the distance between the bars because we felines squeeze ourselves through the narrowest of spots. Also check the slats on the bottom of the balcony. Check every plant to make sure it’s safe. There is a list of plants that are poisonous to cats on Pet MD.

So my furiends, even if you you are a city kitty, you can still enjoy the great outdoors.

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/7

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
I hope you had a great week. This week was better for some of us than others. This week is our veterinary wellness visits. Lily sailed through with flying colors. I have my appointment tomorrow but poor Oliver did not fare so well. He’s gained over a pound in 9 months, and is tipping the scale at 20+ pounds. Needless to say, The Human was beside herself and concerned about health issues so, Oliver is now on a D-I-E-T. This is as painful for all of us as it is for him. No more free feeding (kibble bowls magically disappear in the morning and evening) and a new low-calorie kibble. Really? Why do Lily and I have to suffer?!

Oliver has decided he will keep a diary during these dark days and here is his first entry.

While Oliver suffered, I had some fun this week. After listening to my furiend Rosie’s Cat Chat I told The Human that I too would like to watch some cat videos at bedtime. Well, she set up her kindle thingy and I had a blast. I like the string video but my favorite ones are the ones with the birdies and the red string. Meowza, those were exciting! I give them two paws up. The best part of this is I get a movie and a snuggle!

Ah, the sounds of nature!
It’s really hard to catch that red string

So my furiends, make sure you tell your humans to get out their tablets so you can do some evening TV watching! And don’t forget, you can share your secrets on our Cat Chat feature, just email us with what you want to meow about (FelineOpines@gmail.com) and send us a photo.

Animal center’s Snip ‘n Tip taxi to give free rides to Fairview cats

I always love to feature shelters and their human supporters who think of creative ways to help felines and this one is a great idea! The Williamson County Animal Center’s (WCAC) created a  Snip ‘n Tip taxi that will offer free rides to free spay/neuter surgeries for outdoor cats from Fairview on April 8 and 15.  

Pick-up and delivery is offered and, if people don’t have cages or traps, the shelter can rent them to you.

These clinics stop overpopulation by sterilizing outdoor cats. There are an estimated 50,000 community cats in the county where the shelter is located. Once the cats are spayed or neutered, they are microchipped, receive an FVRCP vaccination, rabies shot and ear tipping as part of the shelter’s ongoing Community Cat program. 

Paws up for the Williamson County Animal Center!

Bobby Flay and His Cat Nacho Create a Cat Food Brand with Your Feline In Mind

When a famous chef creates food for cats, that’s great but when a famous chef’s cat creates food for cats, that’s fantastic!

Bobby Flay and his Maine Coon cat Nacho have collaborated to create their new food line, Made by Nacho.

Flay has been a cat lover all his life and toyed with the idea of a cat food before Nacho came into his life. Nacho has a Maine Coon sister at home named Stella and they both work hard to make sure Bobby has a stress free home.

Flay’s creative culinary talent and Nacho’s palate make great business partners. If we weren’t on a diet, we would love to try it!

Fancy Feast Releases Petites Feast Cookbook- A Recipe Guide for Humans Inspired by Their New Single Serve Entrees for Cats

Now here’s a twist, human food inspired by feline food! To celebrate their launch of Petites, Fancy Feast released a companion cookbook for humans. Now I never thought humans would want to eat what we eat but these recopies are inspired by the cat food and not exactly like the cat food.

The best part of this is you can download the cookbook hat has 12 human recipes. Fancy Feast’s in-=house chef, Amanda Hassner and James Beard award winner Jerrelle Guy collaborated to create the Petite Feast Cookbook.

“From Chicken and Ramen with Tomato Honey Butter Sauce to Whitefish and Asparagus with Beurre Blanc, the cookbook features recipes that are elevated but easy enough to whip up on a weeknight,” said Fancy Feast’s in-house chef, Amanda Hassner. “Each dish was inspired by the small-plate restaurant trend. The recipes are for humans but were created in honor of the dishes you will be serving your cat.”

“From Chicken and Ramen with Tomato Honey Butter Sauce to Whitefish and Asparagus with Beurre Blanc, the cookbook features recipes that are elevated but easy enough to whip up on a weeknight,” said Fancy Feast’s in-house chef, Amanda Hassner. “Each dish was inspired by the small-plate restaurant trend. The recipes are for humans but were created in honor of the dishes you will be serving your cat.”

Download the cookbook and let us know what you think of the recipes. Meowza, they sound delicious to me!

Spritzer the cat’s Easter egg treats for Fairfield Hospital

This is another heart warming feline tale from our friends in England. Spritzer is an 11-year old rescue cat who lives on the grounds of Fairfield Hospital and he helped collect over 1,000 easter eggs for the paitents and staff at the hospital.

Spritzer spends her days visiting patients on the mental health ward and is loved by all.

Spritzer has a home and when she went missing five years ago, her human, Heléna Abrahams fit her with a tracker and this is how she found out Spritzer was “working” at the hospital. Spritzer is one of the most popular employees at the hospital and she uses her social media presence to encourage purrticipation in the Easter candy donations.

Attention, Cat Lovers: Crescent City Cat Club in New Orleans Hits the Market for $550,000

Every feline should live in a house like this! Tell your humans it’s only $550,000.00 and they can find it on Realtor.com. There’s plenty of space for humans and felines with four bedrooms and three bathrooms and has been recently renovated. It’s unique because it’s a house and a rescue called The Crescent City Cat Club as the current owner created a non-profit, taking in cats for adoption. We’re keeping our paws crossed that the new owners will keep the rescue going.