Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 6/29

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!

Wooohoo, summer is here. We had a chat with The Human and were discussing how The Tribe would celebrate summer if we had opposable thumbs and our own money. Since we recently celebrated National Sunglasses Day (yes it’s a real holiday) we thought we’d take the concept a little further with our “how I’d like to spend the summer” photos.

Three cool cats!
“My purrfect summer days includes a pool, a nice cool drink and many, many snacks!”
Oliver
“This feline fancies a nice, pampering spa day.”
Lily
“I’m taking my boat and giving white fizh wavez to my furiends the Tabbies O Trout Towne
Alberto

We hope you’re enjoying your summer. Meow at us and let us know how you like spending your day!

The Power of “Purr-suasion” – Firefighters save cat stuck on roof

I’ve written many news items about my fellow felines being stuck in trees and being reswcued by firefighters. In Madison, Wisconsin firefighters took this to a new level as they rescued a poor cat laying in a rain gutter  

The cat was in great distress and “using her powers of purrsuasion” the firefighter was able to calm the cat, pick it down the ladder to the cat’s worried humans.

The article never said how the feline managed to be in a rain gutter on the roof but I think it’s safe to say that the cat will stay away from roofs from now on!

‘Unable’ to catch rats, Karnataka police ‘deploy’ cats

The Gauribidanur rural police station in Karnataka, India has ‘deployed’ two cats to rein in the rats at the station.

Sources at the police station said rats had started to nibble away important files and things got so bad, and the humans were unable to stop the rodent destruction so they hired some felines to do the job.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Vijay Kumar, Gauribidanur the police station sub-inspector, said: “We have a lake nearby and it seems the rats found our station to be a better place to reside. When a cat was deployed, the rat menace reduced and we have brought in another cat recently. Till now, they have killed three rats.”

The police care for the cats giving them milk and food and they have become part of the police family at the station.  My favorite take on the story was an Indian newspaper that referred to the cats as “claw enforcement” MOL!

Cats with judgmental looks are taking over Reddit

The internet is exploding with photos of “judgmental cats” on Reddit. The article refers to humans getting “hissterical” about the judgy feline photos. Some of the comments in the thread were pretty funny: like this one; “[I] started singing out loud and glanced over to see my cat, Snuggles, staring at me with lots of judgement [sic]. Cats,” Redditor lscraig posted.

And Reddit isn’t the onl;y place where you’ll find my fellow felines scowling. The hashtag #judgmentalcat has more than 388,100 posts on TikTok.

The truth is that cat’s aren’t really judgmental and there are a number of reasons why our expressions might look that way to you humans. I asked The Human, who is a cat behaviorist and  she said it oculd be one of many things. It might be that the cat feels cornered, maybe another cat is near ( a cat we’re not fond of), we might be in pain, scared or just unhappy about something that just happened. Whatever the reason for the funny expression, it’s just how we look.

And there are some cats (as there are humans) who have what many refer to as RBF (that means due to no fault of our own, we are just born with a cranky face).

The Seattle man who’s watched over 100,000 cat videos and isn’t planning on stopping

This is the trailer for the CatVideo Fest

Will Braden from Seattle, WA has watched, by his count, 100,000 cat videos in the past 10 years. Meowza, that’s a lot of videos!

He’s the cinematographer who used to shoot everything from commercials to weddings and now has a full-time job as the guy who puts together CatVideoFest, “the world’s #1 cat video festival.” It took place in Seattle June 24-26 at the Cinema Egyptian and at various times in 100 other cities, mostly in the U.S.

He never gets tired of the videos and says that “Everyone deserves a fun cat video to distract them from all the tough stuff in life,”.

Take a video such as “Bert the Cat vs Cat Balloon,” which has had about 8 million YouTube views since August 2011. Braden has seen that video dozens of times. The video features an orange cat named Bert facing off against an orange cat balloon. A few whacky paws at the balloon and Bert is in for a nasty surprise as it pops. Just good old slapstick comedy.

Braden receives about 400 submissions every year for the CatVideoFest and he also searches the web for excellent feline films.

When asked if there are any videos he won’t use he mentions the4 funny one of cats hacking up hair balls edited to techno music. He said it was funny but “too much”.

Braden is the Seattle guy who had transitory fame in 2012 with his Henri the Existential Cat videos (these are some of our favorite videos) That year the first Henri video won the first Internet Cat Video Festival, held as a bit of lark by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. And that was no easy win, the first contest drew 10,136 entries.

The story of Henri (who was really Henry) is that he was the Braden family cat. He was a Seattle shelter kitty and because of his elegant “tuxedo” black-and-white coloring, he became Henri le Chat Noir, translated to black cat.

Faking a French accent, Braden talked for Henri and his fictional angst. Henri amassed a huge fan base quickly and soon had his own You Tube channel. The Human has been an Henri fan for years.

Henry died in December 2020 at age 17. As Henri, he had starred in 11 videos that totaled 20 million YouTube views; had 168,000 Facebook followers; and with Braden had his angst-filled musings in two books.

Braden’s new cat, Nin has not starred in her own videos. “She does not have the imperious stare that Henry had,” says Braden. She does, however, keep him company at his home office as he works on the cat festival.

When asked why he thinks cat videos have taken over the internet , as opposed to dog videos, he said, “We don’t really like to see dogs screw up,”. “Dogs are loyal and man’s best friend. We like to see dogs show off their skills.” But cats, well. “We think of cats as being aloof. We like to see them taken down a peg, without being hurt,”

The CatVideoFest is part of the Seattle International Film Festival and a portion of the ticket sales support PAWS.

The 10 best names for boy and girl cats in 2022

The Human often sees social media posts of cute kittens with the request, “I need names for my new kitten.” In our house, the kitten is observed and played with before a name is given. Sometimes a family member puts their two cents in like in my case, I was named after a Spanish Tour de France competitor, I looked exotic and I was sleek and fast as a kitten (still fast but not so sleek anymore) so my full name is Alberto Contador. There is a story behind each of our names. Oliver was the runt of the litter and when we came to The Human for her to foster and bottle feed us, he never could get enough to eat. He reminded The Human of Oliver Twist asking for more porridge. Lily was named after the little girl next door (Lily) who loved her (and all cats) but couldn’t have a cat because her dad was allergic to felines.

Still, not everyone goes to these lengths to name their felines so if you’re stuck for a name, try one of the ones below. And, if you have a cool story about how you got your name, meow about it in the comments and let us know where your name came from. The names below came from The Scotsman. We don’t know if the top ten names are different in the U.S.

Male Kittens

1. Loki
Loki is a unisex name that originates from Norway – loosely translating as ‘The God of Mischief’. hmmmm

2. Leo
Leo is a Hebrew name which translates as brave and/or lion. Or maybe people just really like the actor!

3. Charlie
A gender neutral name, though it does translate from German as “free man.” It is derived from the Germanic word karal, which translates to “free man” or kerle, meaning “warrior.”

4. Milo
The name Milo have increased in popularity with cat owners. Milo is likely derived from multiple sources. In Slavic languages, the root mil- means “dear” or “beloved.”

5. Simba
It is no surprise to see the name Simba at the top of this list, especially if you’re a Disney fan.

6. Ziggy
The name Ziggy is a great name for a cat – especially if you’re a household of David Bowie fans.

7. Jasper
Another popular male cat name is Jasper, which is a masculine given name commonly believed to be of Persian origin, translates as “treasurer”.

8. Max
Short and sweet, Max is derived from the name Maximilian, which means “greatest.”

9. Merlin
Thought to originate in Wales, Merlin is another popular boy cat name often related to the famous wizard.

10. Oscar
An Irish name which is derived from two elements in Irish: the first, “os”, means “deer”; the second element, “car”, means “loving” or “friend”, thus “deer-loving one” or “friend of deer”.

Female Kittens

1. Luna
The most popular name for a girl cat in 2022 is Luna, which translates as ‘moon’ in Italian.

2. Loki
Loki is a unisex name that origin came from Norway – loosely translating as ‘The God of Mischief’. Uh oh.

3. Nala
The name Nala has Arabic and African origin. However, the African translation is perhaps best used for kitty’s, meaning queen, lion or successful woman.

4. Coco
Coco is a popular name that has developed in America.

5. Bella
Bella is a name that has been used for decades across the globe, thanks to its meaning of ‘beautiful’ in numerous different languages. And all cats are beautiful!

6. Lily
Named after the popular snowy, white flower, Lily is often thought to mean purity and innocence due to its loose connections to the Bible character of Mary.

7. Lola
Another name with Bible links is Lola. It is a short form of the Spanish name Dolores, meaning “sorrows”, taken from one of the titles of the Virgin Mary: Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows.

8. Willow
Following the popularity of the Buffy The Vampie Slayer character, the name Willow has grown immeasurably over the last few decades.

9. Daisy
Another name taken from a popular flower is, of course, Daisy. However, did you know the name comes from the Old English word dægeseage, meaning “day’s eye”.

10. Molly
The name Molly has Irish origin, meaning ‘star of the sea’. But did you know the name has been in use since the late Middle Ages?

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – June 8

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

The biggest news in our neck of the woos is the robin’s nest in the tree by the front porch railing. We have had hours of joy sitting in the kitchen window or watching out of the window by the door waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Robin to sit on the railing with worms to feed their kids. The nest is so deep The Human couldn’t see to the bottom of it to look at the baby birds. She didn’t want to get too close and disturb them so we never got a good look at them and now they have graduated and left the nest.

Now that spring is finally here Oliver likes to find a sun puddle and check out the living room windows where he and The Human often have conversations.

“Lovely morning but The Human needs to clean those windows!”
“Oh hello there Human, I didn’t hear you. If you’d quickly grab your coffee and tend to breakfast I’d appreciate it.”
“Okay, you’ve had a couple sips of coffee now how about some breakfast? Oh and those litterboxes could use a little freshening up.”

And there is usually some dialogue between Oliver and The Human when she gets home from work. This happened the other night when she stretched out on the bed to rest after a loong day at the office and Oliver decided to plop his 22 pounds on top of her and have a little conversation.

“Sorry you had a bad day but wait until you hear about all the drama I had to deal with today. I tell you it’s exhausting to be the snoopervisor here.”
No wonder The Human was trapped! Between his 22 pounds and those huge peets, there was no chance of her getting up!

That’s a glimpse from our neck of the woods this week, now let’s get to the news.

Kitten fascinated by her human’s baby bump and the new baby

This little kitten was right by the side of her human during her pregnancy and she transitioned into a loving and protective feline nanny when the baby came home.

Cat and gown: Feline ‘graduates’ from UT-Austin after attending owner’s online classes

While so many of our humans went to school, had meetings and did work at home many felines purrticipated. Needless to say, I was very pleased to see a feline recognized for all her hard work and attention to their human’s schedule.

Suki, an 18-month old feline helped her human, Francesca Bourdier graduate from the University of Texas by attending all her lectures and watching every zoom class closely.

 “I was pretty much at my apartment for most of the time and I had my cat next to me,” Bourdier told KTBC. “Whenever I would have my Zoom lecture on, it’s like she almost wanted to listen in on it, and she would always just sit by my laptop.”

Naturally Bourdier wanted to include Suki in her graduation celebration. She found a cap and gown online for Suki that matched her own graduation ensemble.

I was happy to read that Suki, although thoroughly involved in her human’s education would not be responsible for any student loan debt as the University defers those debts for cats.

Richmond women designing their own cat toothbrush and toothpaste

My readers know I am a purrponent of entrepreneurial endeavors with a feline focus and this new company has a great idea. Samantha McConnell and Melanie Eng from Richmond, VA have three cats of their own; Henry, Jasper and Rylie and they want to fill a need in the cat focused pet market by designing a feline toothbrush and toothpaste.

When one of their felines needed expensive surgery for a rotten tooth they began paying closer attention to dental issues for all their cats. Our own Tribe has dealt with serious and expensive tooth problems too which is why The Human was excited when I told her about this new company. As a matter of fact, Oliver and Lily have teeth cleaning appointments coming up in August.

Pet dental products have been more canine than feline focused and McConnell, a registered nurse in dental anesthesia (for humans) wants to see that changed. She says that,  “The really small toothbrushes are still too big for cats and likely cause pain and discomfort…it’s a bit like trying to brush your teeth with TV remote.”

They are now running a crowd funding campaign for the company, RYERCAT: The Dual Sided Cat Toothbrush.

The toothpaste is the tricky and costly part of this project as there are more hoops to jump through so it’s still a work in progress.  Most cat toothpaste on the market has a sweet flavor and cats can’t taste sweet. Add to that most have a lot of sugar in them and it’s clear a feline tooth paste with a flavor that attracts felines is needed on the market. This feline says they should make the flavor taste like those Inaba Churu lickable treats, meowza are those tasty!

MYO (Make your own cat tree)

And speaking of feline focused entrepreneurial endeavors, we were contacted by the good folks at MYO cat trees to introduce their product. They make a cat tree that allows humans to set them up the way they want to. All the parts are made of hardwood and metal (no glue, cardboard or dusty carpet covers are used). If you and your humans move to a new abode, no problem, the cat tree is easily taken apart and reassembled in the new home. Putting together cat trees is not such an easy task, especially The Human as noted in the cat tree review we did. The Human never did get all the parts installed.

Of course the first question The Human had was how the tree accommodated CHONKY felines and they assured her that they were sturdy and even had a human sit on it to prove the point.

You get to pick the shapes and colors, make it short or tall, any style that suits your cat.

The texture of the wood is lovely which makes it a stylish part of the room and not an eyesore. They are working on adding new shelf designs and colors and even incorporating some soft items as well.

We like the idea of this product and are looking forward to watching the company grow.

Cat Alley revival: Muralists wanted to refresh one of the city’s most beloved landmarks

Dear Human, please pack our bags and move us to Manchester, NH because these folks love, LOVE cats! They prove this with their Cat Alley and now, after 10 years, they’re calling on artists to refresh the murals and art there.

The refurb is being done via a community event and a grant. The grant will allow local artists to be paid to help repair some of the fading feline art and breathe new life into the beloved and whimsical landmark. The goal is to make the art along Cat Alley a little bigger and taller.

They are hoping to have Cat Alley ready for the upcoming Manchester Citywide Arts Festival, set for Sept. 12-18. The application deadline for artists is July 17.

Cat Alley received its name due to the street cats living there. In 2011 the Anagnost Companies wanted to have some fun with this story and started a city-wide initiative to have a group of artists transform the alley into the colorful façade of feline-themed murals it is today.

The facelift for Cat Alley has also included other cat-themed installments in the area of Elm Street. There are now cat bike racks in vibrant colors near the Bookery. Orbit Group has been having a little fun creating other cat-themed installments for the surrounding area on Elm Street.  Putting cats everywhere downtown may seem a little kooky but honestly, that’s why it’s so much fun.

In an effort increase foot traffic towards the Cat-Alley a cat designed crosswalk was created (in conjunction with the Department of Public Works to make sure it met safety requirements).

There will be an LED light screen underneath the arch at some point to replace the existing non-working one there now. Once a screen is installed that can handle the harsh New England winters, the plan is to have it display fun cat-themed animations. This cat-themed animation has already been created for the new screen which you can see below.

Paws up to the humans who created and are expanding Cat Alley. The rest of the cities in the country should consider doing something like this!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 4/6

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,

We’ve enjoyed three seasons in the last week. We had a couple of days of sunshine and almost 50 degrees, a few snolw days, and some spring rain. The robins around here are really confused!

We decided just to hang out by the fireplace and now even Lily is getting into the act. I’m not sharing too many photos in this section because I have a bunch of photos in the first news item.

I hope your neck of the woods has a little more stable weather and that we’ll all be outside soon sniffing the flowers!

National Siamese Day

Oh my whiskers, did you know today is National Siamese Cat Day?  Well this kitty is celebrating even though, as you will see when you read about my DNA information I’m not a Siamese breed but I think I look like one in these photos and I intend to reap the benefits all this day has to offer.

Snoopervisor Police Cat Helps Keep the Station Running Smoothly

We felines are employed in a variety of careers, Brewery Snoopervisors, Chief Office Rodent Patrol, Bodega Customer Service and many more. This feline has a great job-he works for the police force. Watch the video and see how hard he works.

The 13 best cats for people with anxiety

American Curl Breed

When The Human was studying Feline Behavior and Anxiety, she read many studies from HABRI (The Human/Animal Bond Research Institute). We felines help you humans with so much. HABRI’s research has demonstrated the role of pet ownership and human-animal interaction (HAI) for improvements in mental health, including reduced anxiety, depression, and alleviating symptoms for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Why even petting a feline for only a few minutes has been proven by the Cornell Feline Health Center improves mood.

We felines make excellent emotional support animals and there are even some feline breeds that are more helpful with human anxiety due to their more mellow natures.

Now, I’m no purebred feline but thanks to Basepaws DNA report, I know what dominant breed traits I possess.  I suggest you use these breeds as guidelines and that you don’t forget there’s nothing like a thankful shelter kitty or rescue to reduce your anxiety and make your day brighter. I would say that my DNA results run very close to the description of the cat breeds below. My DNA is over 59% of a combination of Western Breeds (Ragdoll, Maine Coon and Siberian); Eastern Breeds (Oriental Shorthair, Burmese and Birman) and Exotic Breeds of which I have a sprinkle of Savannah. The Human says that I fit pretty will into these breed descriptions, especially the Oriental Short hair which pretty much describes me!

1. AMERICAN BOBTAIL
The Cat Fanciers Association says American Bobtail cats “can both entertain through their antics at one moment and provide their owners a warm, soft shoulder to cry on in times of distress.” These affectionate sweethearts are also one of the only cats on this list who may take well to harness training. So, anxious folks who feel better after a nice walk outdoors may want to consider an American Bobtail.

2. AMERICAN CURL
This breed has been described as “people oriented”; they love their humans and also adapt well to change.

3. AMERICAN WIREHAIR
These cats are known for their quiet, steady personalities. They’ve been described as gently playful and undemanding.

4. BIRMAN
These `guys hold the honor as being known as one of the laziest cat breeds.  They are also felines who tend to have one favorite person.

5. CHARTREUX
These fabulous felines are said to have been the companions to French monks centuries ago. They are very loyal and their fluffy blue-gray for makes them cuddly too.

6.EXOTIC SHORTHAIR
Their builds are similar to Himalayans and Persians (2 other cats on this list) but their fur is short and more coarse. They have a tendency to be very curious.

7. HIMALAYAN
Himalayan cats thrive in calm, easy-going households.

8. NORWEGIAN FOREST
Some folks with anxiety enjoy the company of an animal but don’t need to be smothered constantly. If this is you, go with a Norwegian Forest cat as they like their alone time.

9. ORIENTAL SHORTHAIR
These felines have made the list of “naughty” breeds but that’s only because they want to be part of every aspect of your life. These kitties thrive on companionship and interaction.

10. PERSIAN
Everyone knows the charming faces of our Persian furiends. They are truly kind creatures and love lap lounging. They aren’t adventure seekers and thrive on routine.  

11. RAGDOLL
These gentle giants not only enjoy being near you, but they may also even scurry to say hello when you get home or keep you company while you’re cooking. Ragdolls also take several years to fully mature, which means a refreshing, youthful spirit well into adulthood.

12. SCOTTISH FOLD
Scottish Fold cats prefer the company of others. Anyone surrounding themselves with more than one pet may want to consider a Scottish Fold as they gel well with other people and animals.

13. SELKIRK REX
These, curly-haired cats are very friendly. While not annoying in their demands, they definitely won’t be content sitting alone—especially if they know you’re in the next room.

Cat’s GPS reveals his deepest secrets

Bernie the cat was keeping a secret from his humans and they were shocked when they found out what he was really up to. You can follow him on Instagram and TikTok.

50 cats acting weird

Okay, I admit it. There are times when you find us in some strange positions and doing strange things. But isn’t that part of our charm? The 3am zoomies, the penchant for climbing up to the highest point in the house to snoopervise you and balancing ourselves in places where we appear to defy gravity all create some strange moments.

Actually there’s a whole Twitter account, @weirdlilguys, dedicated to sharing the cases of our beloved felines “being weird little guys” (and gals!).  After you enjoy these photos head on over to Twitter and check out some more feline funnies.

Not Walkin’

Hello Furiends,

Oliver here. I really have my whiskers in a twist as our Purrsonal Assistant has completely failed in her duties.

Instead of working with Alberto to get our regular Wednesday feature out she allowed herself to become overwhelmed and has failed us. She also has not responded to your wonderful comments on our previous two blogs. To say we’re having a hissy fit would be an understatement. (Alberto is so upset he couldn’t even send you this update!)

the PA has promised to complete her Wednesday assignment tomorrow and I will remain on my scratching post sofa and judge her until she meets her obligations.

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 3/16

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends!
It’s been a rather uneventful week in our neck of the woods. It is getting warmer and it only snowed once so The Human’s level of crankiness is very low (thank goodess) As a matter of fact, she’s been quite happy and when she got home the other day she got quite teary eyed when she saw the scene depicted in the photographs below. As my regular readers know, Lily has mourned the loss of her CHONKY protector Tucker. Oliver and I have always been close and felt no need to bring another feline into our circle.

Well, Lily has slowly weaseled herself into our circle and there are now less whacky paws and more snuggles and purrs. As long as The Human doesn’t make a big deal out of it, Oliver and I will allow it to happen. I mean, we are her big brothers after all.

Human comes home and sees this. I’m asking her,” Why is that water coming out of your eyes?”
“Well, it’s warmer when you have another cat tucked in next to you.”
“Oh hi there. Ollies broad backside sure makes a great pillow”
“I told you Oliver, you’ve got to let me know when The Human gets home so we don’t get caught snuggling with Lily. It ruins our tough cat image.”

So that’s the latest from our neck of the woods. What’s new in yours? Meow about it in the comments.

Stray Cats Saved a Restaurant During the Pandemic

There has been so much bad news for business during the pandemic (The Human was forced to close her business and we really feared that the days of our special wet food and cat treats were over!) But the news wasn’t all bad and in this story, kitties save the day!

Naoki Teraoka’s is miniature-railway-themed restaurant that was doing well until the pandemic struck. Things got so bad the restauranteur was actually thinking of closing his doors—until an unlikely hero in the form of a stray kitten turned things around.

Despite the dire financial circumstances at Teraoka, the owner didn’t have the heart to turn away the sickly kitten he’d noticed hanging around the restaurant. He and his family decided to adopt the baby cat they named Simba.

Soon after they’d taken Simba in, another cat appeared at their window that turned out to be Simba’s mom. With a lack of customers and surplus food that would go bad if not eaten, Teraoka started feeding the kitten and mom. Then, during a particularly rainy spell, Momma Cat showed up with three kittens in tow. Teraoka decided to adopt them in as well.

The family thought they were saving the cats, little did they know the felines would save them.

The cats loved to hang out in the restaurant’s perfectly scaled model train dioramas. The sight of those cats looking huge in comparison to the trains resembled those famous classic Japanese horror films, monsters roaming the countryside, destroying everything they come across.

Teraoka began taking photos of the cats playing in their tiny locomotive world and posting the results to Instagram. The photos were a hit and that inspired Teraoka with an idea to turn the restaurant into a cat sanctuary where people could interact with the cats while they dines. Business boomed and soon a second floor cat shelter and kitty hotel were added.  

Teraoka tries to populate his establishment with felines that are most at risk. To date, he’s traveled as far as 200 miles to make a rescue, has been responsible for finding homes for more than 60 strays, and has taken dozens more off the streets. Now that is a delightful “tail” of humans taking lemons and making lemonade with the help of felines. You can see more photos on their Instagram page.

Cats become the art critics at new Seattle exhibit

Now your cat can enjoy art with you as you both explore the 12 creative cat towers in the exhibit at this museum. You’ll see  Andrea Chen’s Bodega-inspired structure, featuring plush soda cans and foam shelves; the ultra-modern Casual Surveying Co.’s walnut bookcase-cum-cat hammock; and the extravagant homage to indie rock queen Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, with disco ball and pink yarn .For cats with an appreciation of art history, there’s the surrealist (a colorful, nine-level Dante’s Disco Inferno assemblage by Design Nerds and the conceptual (a 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired MEOWolith column made from stacked, laser-cut cardboard by local architecture-design studio SHED).

All this work is part of a new exhibit at the Museum of Museums, titled ‘CAT TOWER!’ Visitors are allowed to bring their own cats to play on the interactive exhibits.

Believe it or not, one of the artists that built a cat tower for the exhibition confessed they “don’t even like cats,” Pardon me but that should be an immediate disqualification!

There are so many creative cat trees like “The Most Important Zoom Call of Your Life,” a clever art piece by local artist and filmmaker Clyde Petersen, consisting of a laptop on a tall table next to a glass of water and a half-finished puzzle.

Now, you too can share art with your feline. Just strap your cat into their kitty stroller and wheel them to the Museum of Museums in Seattle.

Roger Williams Park Zoo asks for cardboard boxes for big cats

The “if it fits I sits”  idea works on cats of all sizes and heritage and this is proven as Roger Williams Park Zoo has requested cardboard boxes for their big cats.  This again proves that we felines have as much in common with our wild cousins as we do with our house kitty cousins.  

Kids and kittens: Middle school students learn veterinary science by caring for cats

This is brilliant! Students in teacher Lu Boren’s veterinary science class at Escalante Middle School have been tasked with a great responsibility: Keeping four kittens safe and healthy as they grow enough to become eligible for adoption.

People who are willing to foster are hard to find and this program takes care of that problem and helps the little humans learn about animal welfare and care.  “

There’s much more than feeding, the students help their science teacher give the kittens vaccinations and dewormers that will help protect them from potentially life-threatening diseases. The class also learns about feline behavior.

When the kittens are ready, they are adopted out and some of them end up as family members in the student’s homes.

Paws up to the humans who came up with this fantastic idea!

CAT HAS VERY OWN CUSTOM FISH TANK WITH INSIDE VIEWING BOX

Jasper is one lucky feline. His human, Melissa ordered a special fish tank just for him from Aquatics & Exotics in Cincinnati, Ohio. The unique fish tank has an open space below the tank. It’s big enough to hold a cat bed so Jasper can snooze among the fishes. When he wants to watch fish, no problem because the aquarium has a 360-degree viewing square. It lets Jasper stick his head up “inside” the tank so he can admire the fish without endangering him or the fish.

The whole thing is even cooler than it sounds. And you can see why thanks to Jasper’s very own TikTok and Instagram pages which feature videos of him admiring the many fish he shares a home with.And if you’re worried about Jasper stressing  out the fish, no problem. They hardly notice him. Meowza, The Human needs to step up her game and get us one of those fish tanks!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday – 2/09

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Furiends,
I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods. The temperatures are finally getting warmer here, so warm in fact that Weather Kitty expressed the exuberance we feel about this warmth! Why The Human even had to wear sunglasses to drive!

As to what The Tribe has been up to……not much. I have been enjoying sleeping on the new leopard blanket as I think it suits my coloring quite well. What do you think?

As for Lily, she’s a bit annoyed that The Human seems to have noticed, after all this time, what a long tail she has. The Human even woke Lily from a snooze to tell her she had a long tail. Lily says humans are very weird.

And then there’s Oliver who has some strange thoughts. This week he wants to educate you folks that spotted cats are spotted all over- even inside!

Well that’s it for the week in our neck of the woods. Meow at us and let us know how things are going in yours.

‘New Grumpy Cat’ has permanently sad face due to rare medical condition

I would say this cat’s face is more sad than grumpy. But lest you think Sushi really is sad, he’s not. He’s living his best life after being rescued as a kitten, wandering the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sushi has stretchy skin because he has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which is a rate medical condition. His human, Larissa Yamaguchi, found out last year  about Sushi’s condition when she saw a photo of a cat with a similar look.

It was a long road to Shushi’s diagnosis and treatment. Larissa said, “It took four years for us to know Sushi had EDS. I spent $1,082 and he used a lot of different medications but nothing helped.”

Once they found a feline dermatologist Sushi got the help he needs. His condition causes him to have extremely dry and itchy skin and he needs regular moisturizing, a different diet, clothes and soft collars.

EDS affects each animal in a unique way. Sushi’s face skin is very flexible, especially his cheeks, and his arms. There are no internal problems and the major issue he has is his compulsive scratching.

I don’t know if I’d call Sushi the new grumpy cat but he sure does have a sweet, sad face.

The cat’s out of the bag: Green Bay’s Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary says stolen cat returned

This one should be titled, “What is wrong with you humans??” According to Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, a shelter that hosts a cat café located in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, someone took a black and white cat named Bleu. Safe Haven says Bleu was stolen Wednesday afternoon by a customer who snuck out the side door.

According to Facebook posts on Safe Haven’s page, the animal shelter identified the cat napper. Evidently Bleu was held hostage in the persons apartment overnight and when the police arrived, refused to open the door.

The next day Save Haven posted a video on their Facebook page stating that Bleu had been returned. Safe Haven was contacted and told that a person was walking in the downtown area with a duffle bag. Someone associated with Safe Haven confronted the person requesting the cat be returned to them and the cat napper handed the cat (in the duffel bag) over.

What the heck was this person thinking? How about doing the right thing and adopting Bleu instead of stealing him? But, on second thought, this feline says anyone who stuffs a cat into a duffel bag and strolls around town doesn’t deserve to care for a cat!

Alley Cat Rescue 2021 Global Feral Fix Challenge Leads to Spay/Neuter of Over 45,000 Community Cats

As my regular readers know, we at Feline Opines are BIG TNR fans and salute the hard work of those who volunteer their time to do it. The 2021 Global Feral Fix Challenge had participation from veterinarians and clinics across 24 U.S. states as well as Greece, South Africa, the U.K., and the United Arab Emirates, who together sterilized over 45,000 community cats.

This was the 11th challenge and it finished on December 31, 2021. The event elicits veterinarian participation in trap-neuter-return programs by offering low cost or free spay/neuter clinics. The goal of the Challenge is to save feral cats from shelter euthanasia, starvation, and disease by humane population management.

Alley Cat Rescue founder and president, Louise Holton, explains the significance of this campaign: “The participation of veterinarians around the globe is very important to achieving our ultimate goal, which is the sterilization of all community cats. This process is the only way to reduce the population of outdoor cats; killing them, bedsides being inhumane, simply does not work as studies show new cats will enter vacated areas and breed until the number of cats there is back to the same level as before or even higher.”

The 2022 round of the Feral Fix Challenge is already underway. Veterinarians everywhere are encouraged to join by pledging to provide free or low-cost spay/neuter services to as many free-roaming cats as is feasible for their individual practices via this link. Will your veterinarian be participating? You can send an email to Debbie@saveacat.org to request an invitation be sent to your vet or you can get an invitation to give to your vet purrsonally.

Paws up to all the veterinarians who help in this worthy cause!

Adopt Charleston launches ‘smear’ campaign to have your ex’s name pooped on by cats

As I am a refined feline, I apologize for the verbiage here but, if your human is not looking forward to Valentine’s Day because they have a less than wonderful ex, tell them to take heart.

Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association (Adopt Charleston on Instagram and Facebook), have announced a February “smear campaign” which allows you to make a donation to have your ex’s name on a cat litter box so that cats can actually poop on them. The campaign is called, “Your Ex is Crappy”

So, if your human’s flame fizzled, if they were catfished or dumped the adoptable kitties at The Charleston Humane Association have your human’s back and will “litteraly” drag your ex’s name through the filth.

If your human is interested they can purrticipate by clicking here. They will receive a photo of the “fun” once your ex’s litterbox has been set up. They do request first names only, as they don’t want people to be too catty. MOL!

Woman transforms a cardboard box into a ‘Pussy Kat Club’ nightclub for her CATS – complete with flashing lights, a ‘temptation station’ with food, and ‘catnip-infused vodka shots’

Allow me to make clear that I do not endorse wild nights, or kitties out of control and partying the night away. Still, this “Pussy Kat Club” created by Brooke Holloway is pretty cool.

The club was constructed by several Amazon boxes and has a stuffed Snoopy outside the entry door who acts as a bouncer.  Felines lucky enough to get an invite to the club will find a “Temptation Station” with martini shaped shot glasses filled with cat food and a bed in the corner (the Kitty Kat Lounge). The club features a full bar that is advertising catnip-infused vodka shots (not real vodka).

The video of the Pussy Kat Club on TikTok (posted by Brooke’s sister,@kaitlynhollo featuring felines partying the night away has become very popular and has received comments like, ‘My kitty asked for reservations to the VIP section,’ one person joked, while another added: ‘My cats ask for a pass.’ And  ‘When your cats are cooler than you,’

If you are worried about the flashing LED lights coming out of the club’s speakers, don’t be as they are generally safe for felines.  

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 1/26

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends,
It’s been a snowy and icy week in our neck of the woods. The Human got a call and it looks like her garage door may be fixed this afternoon. I sure hope so because she’s been cranky! Sliding into the ice berm the city city left at the end of her driveway this morning and having to get herself out in time for a speaking engagement did nothing to improve her mood!

We did have a chance to snoopervise when she received a new sofa cover. Frankly, I don’t know how she would get along without us!

“Hey, I’ll just sit here while you figure out the cushion covers.”
“Okay, looks like you’re getting the hang of it. Good job!”
Thanks to our close snoopervision, we have a refreshed sofa!”

Lily shirked the snoopervisor duties but immediately took the opportunity to sit on the back of the newly revitalized sofa to survey the woods from the living room window.

The Human also tends to have “guests” when she has breakfast in the morning.

“Instead of local honey and cinnamon, how about trying some tuna for breakfast?”

“Is this the coffee you always insist on drinking before you give us our wet food
or express any coherent thoughts?

Sigh, and now you all know what I have to put up with!

Puzzums, the cat who clawed his way to silver screen fame

Even feline movie stars can be discovered in strange places. This was the case with Puzzum who was found by actors Nadine and Katherine Dennis. They trained Puzzums to cross his eyes, suck from a bottle, and — no, I’m not kidding — laugh on command.

It is said that there was a comic strip in those days that featured a cat named Puzzums which would be quite a coup for a feline that started life as a little shivering kitten found in an alley.

After appearing in the 1927 Los Angeles Cat Club show, Puzzums caught the industry’s eye when the Los Angeles Times published photos of his antics. While the cat show featured many pure-breds, Puzzums stole the show with his tricks. (Take that pure bred feline snobs)

Silent-comedy producing mogul Mack Sennett made Puzzums the first — and only — feline to sign a studio contract. (Literally. He signed with his paw print dipped in ink.) The three-year contract was for $50 per week, which was more than the Dennis sisters were making as extras. MOL!

His movie rolls were quite exciting, starting a prison fire in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Godless Girl or firing a gun in Charlie Chan’s Chance. Puzzums overshadowed famous actors like Carole Lombard, Jeannette MacDonald, and Maurice Chevalier. Unlike movie dogs Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin, Puzzums was not the focus of a franchise of any kind. Rather, he appeared as a standout moment in films, unique to each setting, and often offering comic relief.

Many movie acting felines had doubles (Bell, Book and Candle used 13 different Siamese cats to portray Kim Novak’s Pyewacket) but Puzzums handled all of his own scenes.  Sadly, much of Puzzums film work has been lost and is not available for us to enjoy today.

When he died of a tooth infection in 1934, Puzzums had a lavish funeral. The newspapers covered his death like the passing of any other great star.

Police blotter- stolen cat returned home

Sometimes it pays to purruse the police blotter like this one from Sonoma County, CA. A purloined kitty was returned to its owner after an alert veterinarian scanned the cat’s microchip. A deputy determined that a couple had rented an Airbnb in the 17900 block of Railroad Avenue and apparently took a cat belonging to one of the neighbors. The cat’s owner didn’t realize the cat had been stolen until the vet contacted them. The deputy wrote a report and sent it to the District Attorney for review. Note to my readers, if you own or are near an Air B & B, watch your felines!!

Japanese Artist creates unbelievably life like cats out of felt

Meowza, this artist’s work is amazing!

“Look at my cat”: who’s behind the cute cat posters popping up in Toronto?

I love this story and the way this “movement” is catching on-GO FELINES! Posters have been popping up all over Toronto, Canada. At first glance, people think they are lost cat posters but no, each one has a large heading that says, “LOOK AT MY CAT’ and below the heading is a cat photo and a funny caption.

One caption read,  “Cuddles would like to wish you a Meowy Catsmas!” Another said, “Just look at this little guy,”

These posters are all over the city and are also featured on an Instagram account, @lookatmycat_to

The originator of this project purrfers to remain anonymous. But someone who did comment saying,  “We really loved the ‘Look at my Cat’ memes on Instagram and TikTok, so why not take that idea and create posters of our cats to plaster around the city — who doesn’t love seeing an adorable cat?  We knew that if it made us smile, it was guaranteed to make strangers smile, and everyone needs that these days,”

While the project started with just the group of three, they say their friends quickly started requesting posters be made of their own cats. Of course, you humans love showing off your felines, so naturally, the trend quickly caught on beyond their circle. And now other Canadian cities are looking to start their own “Look at my cat” movement.

If you live in Toronto and want to get in on the fun, you’re in luck! Since their project has gained so much pawpularity, the group is planning on doing a cat scavenger hunt in the near future. People can submit photos of their feline friends to the @lookatmycat_TO Instagram account, which will then be plastered in a random neighbourhood in Toronto. Then you’ll have to go on the hunt for your cat’s poster.

Purrhaps it’s time for someone to start a “Look at My Cat” movement here in the U.S.A.. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, CATS RULE!!

Washington man creating a video game where  you get to play as a cat

Matt Wood, video game developer and founder of Double Dagger Studio, in Bellevue, WA is fascinated by cats.

“In some ways, they’re kind of mysterious,” Wood says. “They’re unpredictable, right? But at the same time, they’re always loving.”

Matt and his family reside with two felines, Mario and Roxy. His felines in residence helped him come up with Double Dagger’s first video game inspired by his cats and kids. While brainstorming ideas with his kids one of them said, “I would love to play as a cat.” Right then and there the idea of Little Kitty, Big City was born.

Little Kitty, Big City is a game where you play as a mischievous cat, who is lost and has to find their way home,” Wood says. “But on the way home, they find out there’s a lot of other really fun things to see and do in the city. (That sounds pretty cat-like to me).

When Wood put a sample of the game on the internet, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Take a look at the video and decide if this is a game you’d like to play.

#RememberMeThursday Rescue Story Winners

Hi There Furiends,
We decided to release the videos of our #RememberMeThursday contest winners during Thanksgiving week because we felines believe the best thing to be thankful for is a furever home!

We picked two of our furiends as contest winners. Their rescue stories are purrfect and remind us all that every kitty deserves a home. We hope you enjoy their stories, we sure did!

And Ava and Link, please tell your humans that the packages with our books (and a little something for each of you too) are on their way.

Please say hello to Link, from messimimi’s meanderings. He may be a big guy but he still feels like a kitten. Link’s human told us about a friend who stayed with them when Link was a kitten. When the friend woke up Link was perched on the headboard of the bed, waiting for her to wake up so he could pounce.  And even today, Link likes to hang out at the bottom of the bed, waiting for a foot to move so he can grab the toes.

Ava

Our other winner is Ava, a beautiful and sleek house panther. from Meowmans – Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. She began life as an adopted kitten but sadly, the humans who adopted her took her back to the shelter because they got a dog. (That just made me want to hiss!!) Black kitties don’t have the best of luck in shelters and shy Ava needed some divine intervention. And that’s what happened when a wise and beautiful angel kitty named Zoe visited Ava. Zoe had crossed the Rainbow Bridge recently and she wanted her sister Gracie (18 yeas old) to have a furiend. Zoe took care of the details and, well, we’ll let Ava tell you her story.

We hope you enjoyed these rescue stories as much as we did and we wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving (and lots of turkey!)
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto, Lily & Oliver

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 6/23

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
I don’t know how things are in your neck of he woods but things are heating up in ours – literally,. It rarely gets really hot here so when it does heat up for that one to two week time period we really suffer.

Lily chose to ignore the uncomfortable temperatures and put on her fairy (or as she says faerie) garb to celebrate yesterday’s holiday.

Oliver, on the other hand is still yammering about the D-I-E-T so we decided he should celebrate today’s holiday, “Let It Go Day”.

As for me, I wouldn’t mind a few new Cat TV channels. I am beginning to feel a great ennui as I am forced to watch the same old birds on my iPad. Oh the trials and travails of a first world cat . Life is rough. .

Well that’s it from our neck of he woods this week. We hope you and your humans are staying cool and comfortable!

Cat turns liquid to squeeze under door

Holly the feline has become an overnight TikTok sensation as she appears to turn into liquid to get under a door that looks far too narrow for her to squeeze through.

The video has so far been viewed more than 29.7 million times and surpassed 5.7 million likes. Meowza!

I don’t understand why you humans are making such a big deal about this. We felines are expert at getting into, over and under things that look impossible to you!

Take a look at Holly’s video and let me know what  you think. And by the way, you humans have been wondering about the feline ability to fit through small spaces for years.  Cats Maru and Hana were subjects in an experiment that their human conducted on this subject.

Is my cat happy or hurting? This app will help

“So human, tell me what kind of a mood I’m in.”
Oliver

We felines recognize that our health and happiness is of the utmost importance to you humans and this is why you will be thrilled with this new piece of news. There is a new app in development called  Tably that was released by Silverster.AI a joint venture between two Canadian companies. .Now you may be asking, “Alberto, how did this come about?” Well the developers discovered the Feline Grimace Scale (FGS) that was developed to assess acute pain in cats based on facial expressions. This made the Tably folks wonder, could we figure out a cat’s mood with the right app?

Now any of you humans that share a home with felines know that we give you lots of clues when we don’t feel good but the cues are subtle.  “

“Depending on the cats’ muzzle, eyes, ears, whiskers, or head position, you can determine whether or not a cat is in pain,” says Paulo Steagall, lead author of the FGS publication and associate professor of veterinary anaesthesia and pain management at the University of Montreal. The FGS was created by Steagall and his team to be used by veterinarians, other veterinary technicians, and cat owners.

Alta ML coupled the FGS  with machine learning to make it more accessible to the general public. The app picks up relevant points on our faces, maps them out based on the FGS, and shoots out a reading – happy or not – along with a percentage. The percentage isn’t correlated to the level of happiness, but rather the level of confidence the machine has.

The developers say that Tably, with a high quality and full face front image of the cat, will be 97% accurate.

The app company reports that most humans are using the app to check on their kitties after they’ve had surgery or to figure out if a cat exhibiting hiding or other behaviors is experiencing pain. The company says the app will help humans know when it’s time to take us to the stabby place but I don’t know, our Human always seems to know when we need to go there.

The company will soon be releasing an ios and android version for the app and their plans are to make it part of a veterinarian’s post-appointment follow-up process.    

Elderly cat spends birthday in animal shelter, celebrates by getting adopted

Oh my whiskers! If you can read this story without getting leaky eyes then this feline would have to question your humanity!  A cat arrived at a shelter in Cincinnati after his owner had to  go to assisted living and couldn’t take Sammy along.

When the staff at Kitty City learned it was Sammy’s 19th birthday, they threw him a birthday celebration — complete with party hats and bright decorations. Well, if Sammy’s birthday wish was for a new furever home, his wish was granted. This sweet guy will live his golden years with a new family full of love for him.

And by the way, there are a few other senior cats at the shelter if any of you Ohio folks are looking to make them happy too.

When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren’t people too

We are here for all your feline legal needs.

This may make you howl but according to human law, pets are considered property in a divorce. Still, there are ways of working out custody with special mediation and “petnups” that will keep your humans from getting into a cat fight in court.

Some of the more enlightened states in this area are Alaska, California and Illinois. There is a bill in New York state to give judges more leeway to consider the best interests of the pets as these other states have done.

The subject of fur kids comes up a lot when you humans divorce. Adam Citron, a New York lawyer who has handled dozens of divorces, said pets are “constantly an issue.” He’s among lawyer who’ve sometimes see the worst in people in divorce court and advocates for prenups covering pets. A “petnup” is especially helpful for animals acquired during the marriage.

One tip for states that haven’t taken the new approach to consider the best interests of the fur kids would be agreeing at the time a pet is acquired during a marriage whose name will appear alone on registration or adoption papers. That person should pay any costs out of a separate bank account. Such measures are especially helpful if one party is trying to weaponize a pet in exchange for other coveted property. (Boy you humans can really get vindictive!)

It’s best, if you humans insist on divorce to put fur kid custody at the top of divorce negotiations. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, says more laws empowering judges to consider the emotional needs of pets are needed.

A spolespurrson for the Animal :Legal Defense Fund said, “What we would like to see is to have animals considered in the most holistic way possible,” she said. “Who is the animal bonded to? Who can provide for the animal’s overall health and well-being going forward?” Now that lady has the right idea.

Here’s hoping all your humans will stay together and that you will never need the services of some legal beagle (or feline purrsonal attorney) to sort out the best interests of your cats when a split happens.

Family ‘absolutely shocked’ when cat they thought they cremated returns home

When Frankie the cat went missing on May 19, his family in Warrington, England was devastated.  Frankie was a beloved rescue who had been adopted by his family 14 years ago. His human, Rachel Fitzsimons, said he was  a “real hunter” who went out and brought “gifts” back to the family — but was never gone for long as he always came home to sleep with their 7-year-old son every night.

But on Wednesday evening of May 19th Frankie left at about 7pm and didn’t come home.  The family wasn’t too worried the first night because the weather had turned bad and they figured Frankie had taken shelter somewhere. The next day the family did become worried when Frankie didn’t return and they went all over the neighbourhood looking for Frankie. Their 7-year old son Remy cried every night.that Frankie did not return.

Then on Saturday, Fitzsimons said she spotted the body of a cat on the side of the motorway near their home — fearing the worst she got as close as she could to look at the cat..  Still they continued to search but they returned to the cat on the roadside. The cat had been badly injured so identification was difficult  but the fur and tail were strikingly similar to Frankie’s.  The family was convinced it was him.

The family was in mourning for Frankie. They collected Frankie’s remains from Highways England who had picked him up and they took Frankie’s body to their vet to have it cremated.  They lovingly placed his ashes in a box with his name on it and their son kept it in his bedroom.  They also kept Frankie’s bed and his toys.

Then just over three weeks from the day he went missing, the family heard a cat outside. Mr. Fiitzsimmons ran into the garden and then started shouting, “‘Come out! Come out quick! Come out!’ Mom and son ran outside and there was dad…holding Frankie!

Sure enough, Frankie had returned home — albeit a frailer, thin version of himself. The family, who was “absolutely shocked,” gave him food and had him checked at the vet who noted Frankie had an abscess in his mouth and might have suffered some head trauma but Frankie is recovering and eating more.

The family is so thankful to have him back and to have had him all those years before and now are even more thankful to have Frankie in their lives again, living his best life.