Flip Flop Cat

As summer comes to a close I am going to reluctantly say goodbye to one of my favorite things about it, wearing flip-flops and sandals. It seems I am not alone in my appreciation for these versatile shoes, but an adorable orange tabby cat in the Portland Oregon neighborhood of Montavilla may have a bigger collection than me.

Snorri the cat has earned the name ‘Klepto Kitty’ and is known as the neighborhood shoe-napper.

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Snorri was adopted as a stray kitten by Gabrielle Hendel, who says he started bringing home small items, like sidewalk chalk, at first.  Hendel tells the Huffington Post that she had no clue where the items were coming from. “It escalated to include kids toys, matchbooks, a leopard print towel, dog toys, rags, hats, socks, gloves and then finally shoes.”

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Snorri’s hobby got a little out of hand and it prompted Hendel to outfit him with a cat collar camera to find out exactly where the shoes and other odd objects, like a monkey costume for baby, were coming from. The camera was paid for using a GoFundMe page and cat lovers from all over were more than happy to chip in so they could catch a glimpse of the cat burglar in action. Hendel was also desperate to return the stolen items to their rightful owners and hoped the camera would help.

Snorri has become so popular that he has an Instagram account and a YouTube channel where you can follow his adventures in “Pillaging”.

“Snorri isn’t snobby about what he chooses to cat-nap, either. He’ll take everything from shoes, to hats, stuffed animals and even gardening gloves. His personal favorite, however, is definitely flip-flops.”

I have to admit, if I lived in the neighborhood I would probably be leaving my flip-flops out in hopes that Snorri would stop by for a visit.

Then and Now

Jack and Ginger have been my cat clients for a number of years and this weekend is the first time that I have seen them in about a year. I always look forward to seeing this pair and their pet mom tells me they look forward to seeing me as well. About a year ago I spent a little over two months visiting them everyday so we definitely developed a strong bond, which did not disappear. They both have great personalities and don’t mind the camera, however Ginger is much less camera-shy than Jack. I started to go through some of the early photos to see how they have changed over the years, and besides Ginger being slightly bigger (aka more cat to love) much of who they are has stayed the same.

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Ginger then….

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Ginger now

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Jack then…

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Jack now

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Ginger then…

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Ginger now

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Jack then…

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Jack now

For more pictures of my cat clients check out Instagram 

Whisker Wednesday

During my stay in LA I had the company of some furry friends with lots of personality and whiskers.

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Winston and his dog Carthage

Winston was adopted as a kitten and quickly became part of the family. Carthage the dog took his big brother duties seriously and quickly learned who was boss.

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During my stay Winston made sure to visit me on a daily basis

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I told Winston I was leaving and he looked at me like this….

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and Winston’s other half and best friend stayed fast asleep.

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For a clip of Carthage showing his worship  affection for Winston, head over to my Instagram feed.

 

 

 

Shades of Grey

Cat sitting over the holiday weekend I got to spend time with the lovely Dutches, a sweet grey tabby who doesn’t mind the camera and is an expert at taking it easy.

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Black Cats Orange Box

Cat sitting season has begun and this week I got to watch my favorite handsome black cat duo Bodie and JR. If you follow my Instagram feed you will often see pictures of my cat clients including these two. JR is quit memorable as he always has the look of shock on his face. Black cats orange box, one winner.

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Bodie chilling in the box

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JR photo bomb

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JR for the win, sorry Bodie

 

Just For Cats Film Festival

Last night I attended the Just for cats Film Festival, which for the second year was playing to sold out crowds. The film fest was presented by Temptations, and Co-presented with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) which works to raise the status of cats and improve cat welfare in Canada.

Before the screening the Toronto Humane Society hosted a red carpet cat adoption event and the special guest this year was deadmau5. For those who don’t know, the man behind the mouse Joel Zimmerman, is a Canadian native and also a long time cat lover with two rescue cats named Miss Nyancat and Professor Meowingtons.

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Deadmau5  the Cat Man with his cat Professor Meowingtons- Image Less Than3.com

This year boasted 65 minutes of new cat videos and even though I had already seen some, watching them together with other cat lovers on the big screen made it feel like the first time. One of my favorites from the musical category is the video Dreams Are Real. Time travel. Space Exploration. Violence. Drama. Love. Cats. Dreams.

CFHS has also launched Cats & Bros – Real Men Love Cats Campaign to help educate the public that for as little as a $1.00 they can save the life of a cat. Men are asked to enter their favorite photo celebrating their relationship with their cat for a chance win one of 13 coveted spots in the 2016 CFHS Cats & Bros Calendar.

Right now, cats are facing an overpopulation crisis in Canada. This crisis leads to an estimated 600,000 cats that are homeless or languishing in shelters each year. Many may never make it out of the shelter due to illness and are facing being euthanized.”

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Cast your vote for your favorite cat man!

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A little fun at the Temptations Photo booth before the show

Just for Cats film festival plays across Canada this summer, check here to find a date and location near you.

Counting Whiskers

I have been around a lot of cats and apparently accurately counting their whiskers from afar was a hidden talent of mine. This talent was just waiting to be discovered when the right opportunity presented itself via Cats at the Bar, and one debonair orange tabby named Tsuki.

Below I “rein-act” how I won the Tsuki Whisker Count Contest where I counted 36 whiskers, and really it was exactly like this except on a computer screen, one whisker at a time. Alright, maybe I wasn’t the only one who counted correctly, but the cat did pick my name from his food bowl and that does counts for something.

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Photo that came with the Cats at the Bar T-shirt I won. Tsuki in his cap, because it gets cold in Quebec photo by Cats at Bar

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“Cats at the Bar – Everyone has an opinion, especially cats”

This week I wore the new t-shirt to my volunteer shift at the animal shelter, which I felt was appropriate considering a portion of all proceeds from the sale of a Cats at the Bar t-shirt goes to support Quebec’s only dedicated rescue cat colony shelter called Habitat Feline St. Paul. This refuge takes in cats that would otherwise been euthanized and gives them a safe and loving environment where they can get a chance at finding forever homes.

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K.C the shelter cat from Toronto approves of Cats at the Bar and helping Quebec kitties.

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At home with my rescue cat Spinner.

For a t-shirt of your very own and a glimpse into the lives of the 18 plus adorable and funny cats that currently reside with the humans who run the site, be sure to check out Cats at the Bar.