The Tuxedo

black and white cat
Hello Folks,
Oliver here. I’ve been feeling a bit reflective ever since our purrsonal assistant received an email from another human named Daniel Richardson who lives, as we felines say, across the Pond.

Those of you who follow our blog understand that The Tribe of Five is quite enamored with the British humans, who, we believe, are some of the most pawsome and enlightened humans when it comes to cats.

Now this human, Daniel, was interested in sharing a graphic he’d done regarding the many reasons to adopt cats. The Tribe of Five are great fans of adoption. We even shared stories about our adoptions (and featured some baby pics) on our “Remember Me Thursday” post entitled, “Let’s Talk About Adoption” .

We had our purrsonal assistant purrruse Daniel Richardson’s webpage, Tuxedo Cat and yowza did we learn a lot!

designDid you know that in the UK  75% of all cats are Black and White? And, because they are so common they’re often overlooked by many people when choosing a cat? Well this black and white cat says that’s terrible! I was horrified to learn that Tuxedo patterned cats generally spend more than ten days longer in cat shelters than other cats.  This really made me think. If our humans hadn’t adopted us after fostering us, Alberto (my brother, the Siamese looking fellow) probably would have been adopted much sooner than me, even here in the U.S.

black and white tuxedo cat named whiskey
According to the information on Tuxedo Cat, a “Tuxedo” is black and white, they typically have black coloring around their eyes often with a white chin or nose, sort of like a mask.  To be officially classified as a Tuxedo Cat, the feline should have a predominantly black coat with a white chest and paws. The photo to the left is a fine example of a Tuxedo and is Whiskey, the spokespurrrson for the Tuxedo Cat website.

Meowza is there a lot to learn about the esteemed black and white cat on this website. I took a good long look in the mirror and my coloring is not “classic” Tuxedo but I do think I’m close enough to stand in solidarity with the Tuxedos.  Black and white cats are cool, they’re great swimmers, good-natured, very smart, and, well the list goes on and on but the female human warned me not to go too far with my “black and white cats are the best” lest the rest of the Tribe take exception to my comments.

So, what started out as an opportunity to share an excellent graphic on adoption has become quite an information session about Tuxedo Cats. And there’s more, the Tribe of Five will be interviewing Whiskey and sharing with you his adoption story.

So, as my feline friends across the Pond say, Cheerio until next time and if you don’t go over to TuxedoCats you’re just barmy! (and don’t forget to check out the pawsome graphic about adoption from Whiskey’s human below!)
Purrs & Head Bonks,

black and white cat Oliver

cat adoption graphic

 

Linky Party June 17

Five cats in hats celebrating Linky Party

 

Hi All,
Oliver here. Since I’m the first member of #TheTribeOfFive to opine out loud, I”m  hosting the Linky Party. I hope you enjoy my picks from the last party.

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BasilBasil the Bionic Cats Summer Pawty

I must say, those British moggies know how to pawty! Cat shaped treats, steak on the grlll ,kung fu kitties, birds and more. Basil, you`re the man!

 

 

ColleAll Things Collie – They bring Me Joy

I loved the way the collies human shares her heart about her love for her fur kids. Our humans always tell us how much The Tribe Five means to them. I wish every animal had humans that loved them that much!

ashmaTales of Asthma and Allergies With Gracie – Brian’s Home

There are lots of kitties with allergies and asthma. Our very own Miss P. (who crossed the Rainbow Bridge four years ago after living a rich and happy 18 years) had asthma all her life.

 

 

 

 

Miss P.

The humans knew how to keep her healthy and her asthma attacks to a minmum so if you’re an asmathic kitty, dont worry, you can live a long, healthy, happy life.

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Oliver Opines – Out Loud

Hello All,
Oliver here. The #TribeOfFive will be opining out loud,  periodically. Here is my first “talkie”.  It resulted from the male human’s incredulity when he heard about our plan. Signing off for now and looking forward to opining out loud once in a while.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Oliver

 

 

Funny Farmer Felines Interview

unnamedHello Friends Furry and Otherwise,
Tucker here. The Tribe of Five is honored to be interviewed by the Funny Farmer Felines.  We had a great time. Hop on over and learn a little more about each of us.

Thank you Funny Farmer Felines:
Your Friend,
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The Three Feline Rules Regarding Furniture

Hello Friends,
Alberto here. The recent purchase of a sofa at our house brought up some misunderstandings between the felines and the humans in our home. It occurred to me that many of my feline readers may be experiencing some of these misunderstandings in their own homes so I decided to opine about this.

The female human announced the sofa was for her and our male human to “sit comfortably” and watch the big black moving picture thingy in the living room. What she failed to recognize is that there are feline rules regarding furniture and other areas of the home that must be obeyed.

Rule # 1 –What’s Yours is Ours

a living room with two sofas
The new sofa arrived and the female human snapped a photo after it was situated. Note that the fur protection, i.e., blankets and throws are not in appearance yet…and they always magically disappear when other humans come to visit).

We were quite happy to have this extra space to relax on and wasted no time checking it out.

 

 


Rule # 2 – Your Comfort is Of No Concern To Us

Siamese and Black and White cat sleeping togewtherWe immediately took possession of the new sofa (as well as the old one). We so enjoy the blankets the female human puts on them for our comfort. I am purrrticularly pleased with the long part of the new sofa as I like to stretch myself out as far as I can and this area accommodates me quite well. We are thrilled with the extra room we now have, each sofa accommodates two cats, much more comfy than our former,  cramped situation!

The female human is always griping about not File Apr 17, 3 50 37 PMhaving a comfy place to sit but since she’s always that last one home there is no spot for her. The male human, if he’s lucky, squeezes himself in on one side of the new couch and the female human is left with the chair. Now if any humans are reading this and wondering, “Why don’t they just move the cats?” you are obviously not owned by felines and attempting to explain this phenomena to you would be fruitless.

 

 

Rule # 3 –Any Place We want to Lounge Is Our Space (if It fits we sit)

a siamese cat and black and white cat sitting in a sinkThe female human often points to areas of the house saying things like, “Keep off the counter”, “You are not allowed on the dining room table”, blah, blah, blah.  We find this quite amusing and wonder when she’s ever going to give up this sham that we have boundaries.  I’ve included a few photos of us expressing to the humans that there is absolutely no place that is “off limits” to us. Siamese Cat in a baskekt

 

 

In conclusion, new furniture, old furniture or for that matter, any place in the house, belongs to the felines in residence and not the humans.  Sometimes the humans  will cruelly close doors in an attempt to keep us out of places. There is Siamese cat staring through a glass dooralways a work around for this. The female human tries to keep me out of her downstairs office but thankfully she has glass doors so a pitiful expression and much howling always does the trick (if the door is not glass, no worries, just implement the howling).

 

Siamese cat sitting on dining room table

I sincerely hope you, my feline friends, have found these rules helpful and that my human readers will finally come to the inevitable  conclusion that cats will lounge where cats want to lounge, it’s how we roll.

 

Lounge On My Fearless Feline Friends,
Alberto
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Oliver and Alberto Get Fearless

Alberto Opines on the Preparation

AlHeadOliver and I (Alberto) will be co-authoring this post as we each have a lot to say about the topic. Neither of us had been to the “place of white coats” for a number of months but the female human believes in this thing she calls a “wellness exam”. This means she takes us to the place of the white coats for no reason whatsoever. It boggles this kitty’s mind, if we’re well, why do we need an exam, especially since we’ve learned in our short lives that this visit to the place of white coats is not such a pleasant experience.

The day arrived and we were bundled up in our carrier and shoved into the back of the noisy moving machine. While we howled in the back seat, the female human spoke in a soothing voice, telling us this would be a “fearless” visit (there’s that word again). What  in the heck did she mean?

Oliver Opines on the Arrival

OllieHead
I was in the middle of a chorus of one the favorite song of my people, when the female human turned off the moving machine. The next thing we knew she was pulling the carrier out and walking toward a building. She opened the big door and we we found ourselves inside a place we’d never been before.PendoreilleVet

The first thing I noticed (when she moved the carrier so we could see) was that there were two signs, one said “Dogs” and the other said “Cats”. Hmm, very interesting.  As we are a feline only family, I wondered who these “dogs” were and when they would show up. Thankfully, we were never subjected to these dog creatures.cat area at Pend Oreille Veterinary Service

 

There were no smells to help me sniff out any information. The place was quiet and “smell-less”. Okay, so far so good. The female human roamed around to visit the “dog” area and then wandered over to the”cat” area where she inspected all the feline goodies for sale and made herself a cup of coffee. Nice she could entertain herself while we remained captives of our carrier.

She did finally offer us some cat treats but neither of us were in the mood to snack, nor did we want to indicate any approval of this situation we were in.

AlHeadAlberto Opines on the Exam

Soon we heard footsteps and the next thing we knew we were whisked into a room. AlDocAndVetTEchOh horror, what was going to happen to us now? Much to my surprise, the female human unzipped the carrier and invited us to come out and inspect the room. Well, well, that was interesting. I sniffed around a bit and then jumped up on the silver table to check that area out. The place was nice, no bad smells at all. As a matter of fact, there was a pleasant smell, kind of relaxing and music that this feline found especially calming. I’m a climbing feline so I hopped up on the counter and checked out the cabinets. To my delight, I discovered a jar with a bunch of feathers. Boy this place was all decked out for felines. Curiosity satisfied, I decided I’d lounge on the silver table. and wait to see what was next. The door opened and a very nice lady named Marsy came in. She talked to me asking permission before she stroked my fur (I do appreciate polite and respectful humans).   I took quite a fancy to her and found no need to run to my female human and hide myself under her coat. Soon, another lady arrived  (the human Alberto from FelineOpines looks lovingly at vet tech at Pend Oreille Veterinary Servicecalled her Dr. Ponsness) and this lady (although wearing the dreaded white coat) was respectful and very nice as well. Although both Marsy and the Doctor poked me a little and put a silver thing on me and listened to my chest (who knew, I had no idea there was anything to listen to in there), they talked to me and petted me the entire time.  I was feeling quite loved and calm. At one point, I even forgot my human was there as I cuddled up to Marsy.   When they were done, they let me continue to hang out on the counter and watch what they were doing with Oliver. All in all, an extremely pleasant experience.

OllieHeadOliver Opines on the Exam

 

Oliver from the Tribe of Five with Dr. Ponsness at Pend Oreille Veterinary ServiceI had no interest in hanging out on the silver table but I did wander around and inspect the place, sniffing table legs, trash cans, etc. Nothing but calming smells so when Dr. Ponsness picked me up, talked to me and petted me, I was a happy camper. She and Marsy  made me feel right at home, even if they did poke and Oliver napping in the exam room at Pend Oreille Veterinary Serviceprod a bit (there was the insertion of something called a thermometer that I found objectionable but it only lasted a few seconds and, in their defense, they did apologize beforehand).   When they were done, I was allowed to wander around the room again and explore. I was so relaxed and happy, I actually took a quick cat nap while my human chatted with the doctor.

 

After my brief respite, I did some more exploring. Marsy grabbed one of the big feathers from the jar, waved it above me Oliver plays with a feather at Pend Oreille Veterinary Serviceand we began playing. I attacked that feather with a vengeance.  I was quite fierce and I’m sure I made her a bit afraid with my aggressive moves. I hope she knows I’m a good cat and would never hurt anyone.

I must say all in all this visit was good (except for the part where they told my human I needed to lose weight) and if the female human insists on taking us again I won’t even howl on the way over (at least, not much).

The Human Opines

Alberto and Oliver allowed me some space to tell you about my experience at  Pend Oreille Veterinary Service. They have employed fear free practices for a number of years (before the term “fear free” was coined.) When they designed and built their new facility, they devoted themselves to a complete fearless experience, from the beautiful and comfortable lobby to the exam rooms, surgery suite and every other part of the hospital.

fearless vet visits for cats

 

Dr. Ponsness took me on a tour of the building and I was impressed. The surgery and kennels are strategically arranged so that they are not  next to the examining rooms.  Examining areas are dedicated for canine and feline patients and the imaging/consulting room is set up like a human doctor’s office so the people as well as the pets are comfortable.

The facility was designed by a veterinary architect and when I asked Dr. Ponsness what surprises they encountered during the planning and construction of the new building, she responded that she was taken aback when the architect suggested the specialized HVAC system.  It turns out, that HVAC system is pivotal in the fearless and state of the art medical aspects of the practice. It provides climate controlled areas such as the surgery suite which has negative pressure. Negative pressure is critical in controlling germs and assisting with healing. The HVAC provides climate controlled areas to fit the needs and purposes of each area of the practice and controls smells that often cause concerns in animals when they are visiting the vet.

Pheromones and soothing music are offered in exam rooms, and, as Oliver and Alberto noted, treats and toys are available to keep the felines amused while they wait. Every space has been planned with comfort, calmness and efficiency for the animal and human clients.

I saw some of the feline and canine patients relaxing in their comfy “hospital crates” and the tour of the surgery suite was very impressive,. The  lack of “medicine” smells thanks to the HVAC system serves to keep pets calm and also helps the household stay calm when pets arrive home from their visit. In the past, our felines were welcomed home from the vet with hisses, swats and angry “fuzzy tails”. This time, because there was no “veterinary smells” the other three Tribe members were calm and curious and not a hiss was heard.

I’ve been bringing my felines to Pend Oreille Veterinary Service for years to see Dr. Ponsness and Dr. Smart. My fur kids receive the best of care and I would have argued with anyone who said better care could be provided there , until we made our first fearless visit to the new facility, that is.

I cannot stress enough the importance of taking your fur kids to a practice that uses fearless methodology. Even if your vet does not have a facility designed by a veterinary architecht, there are many methods they can employ to provide you and your felines with fearless visits.

Tucker, the Tribe of Five Alpha recently had two overnight stays at the new facility and I was amazed at how balanced and calm our 14-yer old guy was when we brought him home. Normally, it takes a few days for him to bounce back from an overnight at the vets, but not this time. He was his old sassy self as soon as we unzipped the door of the carrier and sashayed into the living room to reclaim his favorite chair.

The Tribe of Five all had wellness exams recently and all responded in a relaxed, unstressed manner. Five felines with diverse personalities all responding positively to their vet visit speaks volumes.

fearless vet visit oliver from feline opinesAnd one last note, the fearless vet visit is a blessing to the worried pet parents as well. I no longer have to face taking them to the vet with fear and trepidation (and feeling like the meanest person on the planet).

Are your fur kids fearless? If not, I urge you to find a fearless practice in your area.