Walk Through The Web Wednesday 12/1

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Happy First Day of December Furiends!
We took last week off while The Human prepared for Thanksgiving but we’re back now! We hope you a good holiday and that you enjoyed the extra time your humans had to spend with you! The Human in our house had a good Thanksgiving but then she crashed the next day with a sinus infection. I am happy to say that her health did not affect the level of service we received and it was nice having her “down for the count” and unable to do much more than snuggle with us. I’m quite proud of The Human as she chose to have a positive purrspective on being ill during her time off. Any feline will tell you that a pawsitive purrspective always makes you feel much better!

I did try to offer some grooming advice because by day four, The Human was looking a bit rough around the edges.

“I put your makeup out and I would suggest that you shower and then try to make yourself a bit more presentable.”

Oliver took no interest in helping our poor Human and chose to sleep through most of the holiday.

“Yeah, good luck with all that Human.”
“Sigh, someone has to be the responsible feline.”

Well, at least Oliver took a moment to prepare a Hanukkah message for our furiends.,

Experts Explain What Your Cat’s Sleeping Position Means

I’ve heard  you humans meowing about the silly ways we felines sleep but did you know that there are meanings to the way we sleep?

For instance if you catch your cat sleeping with his belly up it means he’s purrfectly content and trusting of his surroundings because the belly is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body.

If your kitty is curled up he’s wanting to enjoy his nap uninterruypted. The curling up position is a position that protects us and conserves our heat.

Have you caught your cat sleeping with her eyes half shut? That means she’s on guard and doesn’t feel completely safe. This might indicated that she needs more time alone or a more quite, safe place to sleep.

The traditional “loaf” position is an indicator that we are happy and content and it also keeps our toes warm.

Now all three of us like to sleep on top of our Human. It’s believed that we see her as a form of protection or, it’s just another way to stay warm and cozy.

A full stretch out sleeping position means we don’t have to be on guard and we feel very safe.

There are more answers to sleeping positions in the video for this article.

What’s behind those nocturnal feline antics

Do you like to drive your humans crazy at night when you’ve got the zoomies?

The first thing to figure out is “why” do you have the late-night zoomies?

First, as we are crepuscular beasts (means we’re most active at dusk and dawn) and that can include nighttime activity. Kittens and younger felines are more prone to this.  But as when you’re trying to figure anything out about your feline, please eliminate any physical issues first.

Sometimes our nighttime activity can be a form of play and a way to get attention. If  you’re feline isn’t getting enough play time during the day this might explain the nighttime activity.

Sometimes “only cats” who are alone most of the day will be very active at night.

This might particularly be the case for cats who are the only cat in a household and are alone most of the day.

Sometimes adjusting the feeding schedule can help you tame the crazy late night antics. Maybe smaller more frequent meals or feeding the evening meal a little earlier will help.

Appeal to our hunting instincts by hiding food around the house so that we spend our time looking for the rest of our dinner rather than running across  your chest when  you’re trying to sleep. Or, get a timed feeder that schedules late night meal sessions.

There are more tips and information on the RSPCA Knowledgebase.

Cat Interrupts News Show to Clean Himself

MOL! I love it when a feline has the opportunity to mess with a human’s TV show. This happened during a political news show in the country of Georgia. The host and guest were pleasantly surprised with the visitor and tried to carry on with their conversation, but then the cat started to clean itself and they couldn’t help but get distracted. No word on whether the cat’s interruption was purrlitically motivated.

Liquid Cats

These three feline siblings prove that yes indeed, we felines are liquid. There are some funny videos on Instagram proving this in living color.

Microchip told this cat’s tale: a 222-mile journey

This is a “never give up” and “think lost not stray” story. Dex, a cat from central Pennsylvania recently found his way New York’s Fort Plain — 222 miles northeast of its home.

The animal shelter scanned the cat’s  microchip and fond its owners’ information. Thanks to the microchip information the family was contacted and they made the journey to bring their feline home. Dex’s family has no idea how he got to New York.

So humans, this is a cautionary tale. Make sure your felines are chipped and make sure yhou keep the information up to date! Many shelters offer free microchipping events (ours does).

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 5/22

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Hello Furiends.
I have completed my feline journalistic duties for the Cat Writer’s Association’s 25th conference. It was very cool, lots of famous social media felines were there and
The Female Human brought home a nice swag bag we’ll be reporting on soon.

But it’s time for me to get to the best of feline news on the web. I hope you enjoy this week’s web wanderings.
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Delta volunteer flies cat from Atlanta shelter to Seattle cat cafe to find new home

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Oh how I love it when humans step up and do something outstanding, and this is definitely outstanding. First of all, did you know that Delta has an Animal Rescue Transport?

And Delta has volunteers that help make animal transport happen. One of these volunteers took a sweet little feline named Molly from Atlanta to a cat café in Seattle where she could be adopted. Molly tested positive for the feline leukemia virus which created a challenge to her adoption at the shelter. Cats with FIV are adoptable and their disease can be managed. So, the folks in Atlanta sent an application for Molly to be accepted to the Neko Cat Café in Seattle as they specialize in getting cats with FIV adopted. And the Neko Cat Café is one fantastic place where you can sip your favorite beverage, have a light nibble and a snuggle with felines. Could there be any better place?

But I digress, little Molly was accepted and a Delta volunteer flew with her to Seattle and delivered her to the cafe. Now Molly is famous and she has her own page on the Neko Cat Café’s website. So get the word out to your Seattle furiends and tell them to get Molly adopted!

Study using activity monitors to track cats’ activity levels

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An interesting opportunity for all my indoor feline friends in England. Researchers from the University of Bristol Vet School want to hear from indoor cat owners for a new study looking at cats’ mobility levels using cat activity monitors.

They’re studying the effect of joint disease in cats activity levels by measuring movements of felines with and without mobility problems. There are criteria for the feline study purrticipants, they must be happy to be met and petted by strangers and wear a breakaway collar. The scientists are hoping to identify the earliest signs of joint disease which would make life so much better for felines with joint problems.

Cats taking part in the study should be:

  • over six years of age;
  • be kept indoors or have outdoors access within a closed run and/or on a lead;
  • shouldn’t be on any pain medication, and
  • live within one to two hours’ drive from Bristol, England.

So if you live across the pond, get  your moggies in this study!

Dogs and cats take flight toward promising future

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In this story nearly 200 shelter pets from Louisiana and Mississippi are settling into their new digs on the East Coast after being flown from Lafayette.

Wings of Rescue made this flight possible in conjunction with GreaterGood.org and the ASPCA.

These flights allow dogs and cats to go from overcrowded shelters where they are less likely to be adopted to shelters with room and better opportunities for them to find furever homes.

This program helps shelter pets all around the country and our local shelter does this as well. What a good idea humans, send us where we have a better chance of being adopted!

Denver cat ends up in Kansas

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Ah, another “happy ending cat traveler story”. (Good grief some of these felines like to roam the country). A “stray” cat was taken to a shelter in Topeka, KS and when they scanned her for a  microchip, Loki’s family was located…..in Denver!

How did this happen you ask? No one knows but Loki is hitching a ride with a family friend of one of the shelter employees. So humans, PLEASE make sure your feline’s microchip info is up to date so that if, heaven forbid, your feline goes missing, you can be reunited too!

According to Research, Being a Cat Lady is Actually Good For You

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This is our very own crazy cat lady (aka The Female Human). – Alberto FelineOpines.net

Oh puleeeze…these researchers aren’t telling us felines anything new! But I guess you humans have to hear  from Psychological Medicine, what we’ve always known, and that is that felines are beneficial to your health.  As a matter of fact, there’s even more research proving that cats are actually beneficial to specific parts of human health.

A study posted in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Nuerology states that: “a decreased risk for death due to MI and all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke) was observed among persons with cats. Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals.”

So there you have it, from the experts, that owning  cats can benefit your health.  Felines are great stress reducers and our purrs have  healing powers.  So the next time someone tries to name call your female human as a crazy cat lady, just smile, meow and remember, it’s not crazy to be healthier.