Walk Through The Web Wednesday 8/25

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Happy Wednesday Furiends!
The weather is cooling and we’ve had a few days of rain and some of the fires around us are almost contained! We are so thankful for this and purray that everyone with fires around them would be safe and fires would be out.

I wanted to take a moment to “chat” with you all and say thanks as well as introduce you to someone.

Please take a moment to listen, it’s not often I get the chance to chat!

And heeeeeer’s my new furry cousin!

Well, it’s time for the feline news I’ve gathered from around the web.

10 International Idioms About Cats

You humans are probably furmiliar with our English idioms that include cats. “the cat’s out of the bag”, (see photo above), it’s the cat’s meow”, etc. Well English isn’t the only language that has feline idioms and I thought you’d enjoy these.

1. You’re like a cat walking around hot porridge. – Scandinavia

This describes evasive behavior by using the example of a cat who will avoid eating porridge that is too hot. Now I don’t know about the rest of my feline readers but this feline is here to tell you that The Tribe has never been interested in eating porridge, hot or otherwise. And that includes Oliver who is very fond of food.

2. Let’s call a cat a cat. – France
I guess the folks in France feel there’s nothing more straightforward than calling a cat a cat. Meow, what else would you call a cat anyway? And this idiom is not only found in France, the Dutch and Belgians also have the same saying.

3. You’re just being shy-shy cat. – Indonesia

If you’re in Indonesia and being coy or shy, you will be described as a shy cat. I know we felines can be shy but we are also very friendly and loving too. Rather than shy, I would purrfer to use the term “discerning”.

4. What would the cat’s son do but kill a mouse? – Ireland

I guess this one is like our “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” meaning we are all a product of our parents to some extent.

5. A cat ran between them. – Russia

This is how the Russians describe having a falling out with someone. The next time Lily and I have “words” and she gives me a whacky paw, The Human can describe the time after while we ignore each other as “a cat ran between them”.

6. My house/apartment/garden is like a cat’s forehead. – Japan

This is how the Japanese describe small spaces. If any of you humans live in tiny houses, the next time someone asks about it, describe it like a cat’s forehead and see what people say.

7. There’s a locked-up cat here. – Spain

If you get the feeling something is suspicious and not on the up and up, you can use this Spanish phrase. Just picture how we cats react when we’re locked up or shoved in our carriers!

8. One who has no dog hunts with a cat. – Portugal

I’m a bit insulted by this one. The phrase means that when we don’t have exactly what we need, we make do with what we have. I guess that has merit but evidently, the folks in Portugal forgot what great hunters we felines are!

9. Who would raise a cat’s tail, if not the cat himself? – Finland

If you’re tired of “tooting your own horn” or “singing your own praises” try this one for a change.

10. When the cat goes away, the mice reign. – Niger Congo

The Swahili speaking folks don’t say that when the cat’s away the mouse will play the say the mouse reigns. Hmm, maybe that mouse will reign for a while but trust me, as soon as the cat returns, that mouse will be dethroned!

Indian Man Opens “Cat Garden”, Raises Over 200 Cats

You humans often amaze me and this man in Gujarat’s Kutch is pawsomly amazing!! ! He has established a home for cats named ‘Cat Garden’, covering 500 square yards and equipped with modern facilities.

His name is  Upendra Goswami, a custom house agent established the ‘Cat Garden’ in 2017. The Cat Garden now has over 200.  Goswami dedicated the cat house to his late sister who was a cat lover.

He said, “We celebrate the birthday of my late sister every year. Once a cat entered our house and ate her birthday cake (this was after she had passed away). Since then, it has been staying with us. We believe that it is our sister who is staying with us in the form of the cat”.

The cats at the Cat Garden enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning and a theater.  There are four rooms with AC and 16 cottages. There are showers and the cats watch animal shows in the mini theater in the evening.  

Well, the cats raised in the cat house enjoy modern amenities and are provided with all facilities including ACs and theatre. Meals are served three times daily and only the best brands of food are used.

Upendra said that he considers the cats part of his family and regular veterinary checkups are part of that care. A charitable trust helps pay for the cats care. Visitors are welcome to visit the Cat Garden for a minimal entry fee.

Royal Canin to launch new Sensory feline wet range

I’m always interested in hearing about a new food because, as The Human will attest, once we’ve had a wet food for a while, we don’t want it anymore. Royal Canin may have fund a way to deal with feline finicky behavior with their new wet food – Sensory – with three new sensorial stimulations of Smell, Taste and Feel are developed to excite our senses.

The Sensory range used the latest research from cat experts. We cats have an instinct for new experiences and diverse aromas, textures and tastes in our diet so Sensory is not only nutritious, but also sensorially rich, filled with novelty and discovery. Frankly, I’m not sure what the novel and discovery is all about but I guess we’ll just have to make The Human buy it for us so we can find out.

Here’s how Royal Canin describes the sensory elements in the new food.

Of all the senses, our sense of smell is by far our most developed thanks to the 200 million odor-sensitive cells we have, up to 20 times better than a human. ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Smell formulas are crafted with an aromatic profile that is irresistible to cats’ highly sensitive sense of smell.

Did you know that we felines only have 470 taste buds? If you think that’s a lot, compare that with the 9,000 you human have!  This is why we are so “selective” in what we choose to eat.   ROYAL CANIN® Sensory Taste formulas are characterized by toasted, meaty and savory sensations that stimulate the’ unique sense of taste. I prefer to call it a refined sense of taste.

You probably know that our paws, fur, and whiskers are touch sensitive. But did you know that the most receptive touch receptors are in our mouths?  This plays a big role in deciding our food preference. ROYAL CANIN® explains that the Sensory Feel formulas are crafted with unique thick gravy or strong jelly textures for a firm feel that lasts longer in our mouths.

This feline says this sounds very interesting and I will tell our Purrsonal Assistant to include some of these smelly, feely, tasty foods in our next Chewy order.

DNA may hold secret for feline HCM therapies

Our Angel Jasmine left us due to heart disease.

Did you know that the heart disease HCM affects one in seven cats? And did you know that a cat’s DNA alters how we respond to the clopidogrel, the medication used to treat this disease. That means the effectiveness of the medication may vary depending on our genes.

HCM causes a cat’s heart muscle to thicken, and, as the condition worsens, blood clots can form in the heart. Dislodged clots can lead to pain, distress, and even sudden death.  Clopidogrel is among the most commonly prescribed medications to prevent blood clots in cats with HCM; however, recent data revealed nearly 20 per cent of cats receiving clopidogrel therapy showed resistance.

“We were consistently seeing cats that, despite being on clopidogrel, were still forming blood clots,” says the study’s corresponding author, Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary cardiology and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“This study was about figuring out why some cats weren’t responding as expected to clopidogrel therapy and leading us towards a more effective prescription.”

What the study found was that a simple genetic test can help our veterinarians make an educated decision about which drug therapy would be the best and most effective for each feline.

The next step is to have these simple genetic tests easily available for all veterinarians. We love this idea and are all for using genetic testing to keep us healthier. As my regular readers know, all three of us have had our DNA testing done by Base Paws. Lily even blogged about it. The great thing about Base Paws is that our reports are constantly being updated as the database receives more and more feline purrticipants.

Who’s getting rehomed now?

First of all, let me say that any human who allows their feline to be abused, verbally or not should take this action. So paws up to this lady!

She caught the man, as she described it, “whispering foul abuse at her cat, who he wanted to rehome. “ She shared her story on Reddit. This man hated her cat Millie so much that he said if they were going to move in together, she would have to get rid of Millie.

Bravo to the human for saying she would NEVER get rid of Millie he relented and said he’d “get over it” and move his stuff into her place. Then she caught him swearing at Millie.

She said that when she was dating her boyfriend, he would ignore Millie, say how stuck up cats were and that he is a dog person.

Well buddy, I guess you can get yourself a dog for your new place! Moral of the story, haters never win!

Walk Through The Web Wednesday 10/28

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello There Furiends,
I hope all is fine in your neck of the woods. It’s been quite chilly here and it’s always a bit of a transition for these heat loving felines to get used to the chillier weather. Oliver prefers to hang out in front of the fire, Lily likes to sit under a map to warm up and me, well I just head back to bed and under the covers.

I hope you enjoy this week’s web wanderings and stay warm!

The Home Detection Test Aims to Detect Early Signs of Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

Did you know that about 50% of felines who have one episode of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) will have a recurrence? That’s the bad news. The good news is that Royal Canin USA and Blücare have teamed up to create an in-home system that works as an early detection of blood in cat urine. It’s a non-invasive test that cat owners can use at home.

Dr. Brent Mayabb, Global Chief Medical Officer for Royal Canin noted, “Cats are very good at masking, meaning that many cats show little to no clinical signs in the early stages of common diseases, It is our objective to create a convenient experience that is less stressful for both cats and cat owners. Hematuria Detection, technology by Blücare, allows vets and their clients to work together to manage the health of the pet and provide peace-of-mind for the owner.”

This detection, technology by Blücare, is an easy-to-use product with white granules designed to be evenly distributed over clean cat litter. Features and benefits of this product include:

•           NON-DISRUPTIVE: The non-invasive, at-home test reduces stress for cats as the test is administered in the comfort of the cat’s environment.

•           RELIABLE: Allows detection of microhematuria, which is blood invisible to the naked eye.

•           SIMPLE AND QUICK 2: The granules are easy to spread into existing, clean litter while achieving clear results within a few seconds. Results remain visible for 48 hours.

It’s easy, just three steps; 

1.         SPREAD: Evenly spread the granules over clean litter and wait for the cat to urinate.

2.         INSPECT: After the cat urinates, inspect the litter box. If the granules are white or yellow, the test is negative. If the granules are blue, the test is positive as it shows the presence of blood in the cat’s urine.

3.         CONSULT: Contact a veterinarian if the granules are blue to confirm the results and determine next steps

The Royal Canin Hematuria Detection, technology by Blücare is available now through veterinarians nationwide. To learn more about this product, click here.

Video of cat running the wrong way down an escalator has over a million views

An eyewitness filmed a cat attempting to descend an escalator that was going up. This 25-second video has already had more than –6 million clicks.

His antics also attracted quite a crowd at the bottom of the escalator. The presumably exhausted feline finally came to a stop and let the moving stairs carry him to the top.

There were a number of opinions on the felines purpose. Some called him stubborn, some stated the cat was using the escalator as his private treadmill and someone referred to him as a sports lover.

Whatever the cat’s reason, we will never know but it sure provided 25 seconds of entertainment! You can watch the video on the website.

Campaign to elect a feline mayor of Oakland heats up


Now I normally have a strict NO POLITICAL STORIES rule in my Wednesday feature as  you humans can’t talk about this subject without hissing and howling at eachj other. I do, however, make an exception when a feline throws  his hat into the ring. Many of you may remember, our very own Oliver ran for Purresident and we were quite busy campaigning for him and his running mate, Olive from Three Chatty Cats.

Sadly, none of the Tribe was interested in a purrlitical career but this doesn’t apply to Wally, a handsome ginger man-cat. Wally doesn’t have an official owner, he just showed up at the block where Heather La Mastro lives over five years ago. The neighborhood fed him and looked after him so he stayed. He is well loved and has been dubbed “Mayor of 55th St.” With so many of the good folks on 55th street in lockdown and bored, they began to float the idea of approaching Wally to run. He does have three opponents, Betty, a gray tabby and two dogs, Mimi and Macy. The Tribe has decided Wally has their vote and are urging you all to support him with his Twitter hashtag #Wally4Mayor. Oliver is busy contacting his former supporters to ask them to back Wally.

These rescue organizations are good luck for black cats

Susanna Finn, the Assistant Director of Black Cat Rescue adopted Olivia and has also fostered 37 cats. (Susanna Finn)

Since National Black Cat Day was yesterday, I wanted to give a shout out to all you house panthers. This time of year is not such a good time for black cats but fortunately, black-cat rescue organizations across the United States are working hard to change the misconceptions about black cats and find them furever homes.Tracey Lenac runs Black Cat Holistic Rescue in Los Angeles, California and rescued her first black kitten 23 years ago. Across the country, Susanna Finn is assistant director of Black Cat Rescue in Boston, Massachusetts. Her organization finds homes for black cats, including a pudgy three-legged cat named Shelly and a skinny, mostly-bald cat named Snoopy. Finn and her co-workers promote black cats as funny, friendly and loving.

It is challenging to capture the beauty of black felines in photos. Our Human always had difficulty catching our Angel Buster in the proper lighting. Natural lighting is always best or a brightly colored background.

Jaggers Journey in Oregon finds homes for blackcats. The director,  Leah Lyman says, “Black cats have amazing personalities,” she says. “People need to open their hearts to them.”

And while we’re celebrating the beauty of black cats,  here are some interesting facts’;

• The Egyptian goddess of protection, Bastet, is often depicted as a black cat.

• Sailors used to believe black cats on a ship brought good luck. Fishermen’s wives kept black cats, hoping to ensure a husband’s safe return from sea.

• Some theaters have historically kept black cats to bring luck to a performance.

Biotech Company announces two pilot clinical studies in treating feline diabetes

The concern about feline diabetes is why our Human is working hard to help Oliver slim down a bit.

 Scout Bio is working on two potential  therapeutic applications for cats with diabetes. The goal is to first, replace daily insulin injections with a single injection of SB-009 to treat feline diabetes and second to significantly increase the percentage of cats entering remission when SB-009 is given with insulin.

Mark Heffernan, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Scout Bio remarked, “This one-time injectable therapy for feline diabetes has the potential to provide a convenient single treatment that is an alternative to the burden of twice daily insulin injections. We believe SB-009 has the potential to be a blockbuster product for animal health.”

This product is being developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Gene Therapy Program.  We are purraying that this product will work!

Jasmine’s Journey


This was me about 10 years ago.

Hello Furiends, Jasmine here. I am the shyest and least vocal member of the Tribe of Five (at least on this blog, not so much at home) but since it’s National Take Your Cat to The Vet Day, I wanted to share my story.

Last summer I was losing weight and not feeling well. It was time for my yearly wellness exam so The Female Human bundled me into the carrier and  took me to the place of white coats. After  they stabbed me and poked me and gave me a very thorough once over, they announced that I had kidney disease.


This is me at the place of white coats, not my favorite place!

The Female Human was beside herself, especially when she was told that to keep me in good health I would need Sub Q fluids every other day and a strict kidney diet.

You may think, “How could that cute kitten have kidney disease?” but don’t let my youthful appearance fool you. I am actually 16 years old  (as is my brother Tucker) and we older kitties often have kidney problems.

The day The Female Human went to learn how to give me fluids she was a mess and couldn’t see what they were trying to show her because she was crying so hard. The folks in the white coats were so nice and told her story after story about how many of their feline patients lived for many years on this regime.  She finally pulled herself together enough to listen and learn and I crossed my paws and prayed she knew what she was doing.

I was also put on a strict renal support diet. My favorite is the Royal Canin Renal Support morsels in gravy-yum! You don’t have to take my word for it, ask the rest of the Tribe why they always try to steal my food when it’s breakfast and dinner time!


This is me, last week. Looking pretty good for an old lady if I do say so myself!

It took us a while to figure out how to manage this kidney issue thing and I did have one setback early on but The Female Human and I have it down now. I am feeling great, am almost at my young, fighting weight and love to play with my toys and the red dot machine. I wanted to share a few points with my readers who are dealing with this or will be dealing with this.





Jasmine’s Take Your Cat to the Vet Day Tips

1-Always take your felines for wellness exams, no matter how much we howl and hiss, it’s worth it and catches many issues before they become too serious (and we do apurreciate it, even if we don’t act like it).

Fluids2-No matter how you feel about giving your fur kids fluids, I’d ask you to consider it. Although I hate being grabbed for this little exercise every other day it beats the heck out of being shoved in the carrier and put into the noisy metal machine. Then I’d have to wait at the place of white coats and finally be put on that metal table to have a stranger stick a needle in me.   I would much rather have The Female Human stick the needle in me (but don’t tell her I said that)

3-Don’t be afraid of giving us the fluids. You only put the needle under the skin and no matter how much we protest, it doesn’t really hurt. And, if your human needs a refresher there are some great videos online or a trip to the white coat place (without the feline, of course) can always help the human brush up on her technique.


Me on a fluid day, feeling rather feisty after my Scruffy Paws treat and giving The Female Human stink eye.

4-Make sure you keep us on a renal diet. If you find something new for renal issues, you might want to discuss it with your vet. I am now receiving Scruffy Paws Kidney Revitalize Chews twice a day. The Female Human had her doubts as I am very finicky but boy do they taste good. They seem to be helping because  I feel more energetic and my fur is looking so nice!




So my furiends, why not celebrate Take Your Cat to The Vet Day by taking your feline fur kids for a wellness exam?

Purrs & Head Bonks,