Love/Hate

Now for something completely different…I was recently tagged by Cat9984 Adventures in Cheeseland for a Love/Hate challenge.

The rules are:

  1. List 10 things you love
  2. List 10 things you hate
  3. Tag other people to take the challenge…if you like

Love

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1. Cats, Big Cats small cats everything about them

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 2. Summer, I love the heat, sun and the light

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3. The sound of the birds early in the morning before the traffic starts

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4. Africa, all the wildlife – especially the cats

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5. Traveling, that usually involves some connection to wildlife and nature

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6. Crystal clear blue water and white sandy beaches

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7. Donuts, good vegan donuts…or any baked good

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8. Having free time with a wide open schedule

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9. Books, I can’t imagine using an e-reader

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10. People who are kind to animals

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Hate…or dislike

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1. Cold, long freezing winters

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2. Animal abusers, people who hurt or exploit other species

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3. Working 9 to 5 and the wonderful fun that goes with it

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4. Time again, I don’t have enough of it in a day…it’s a theme for me right now

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5. Commuting, taking public transit being stuck in traffic…it’s very frustrating

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6. People who don’t respect or appreciate the Earth and all wonderful that comes with it

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7. This is love hate thing….how much time I now spend on a computer and how dependent I am on a laptop, iPhone…

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8. That I can’t save all the cats

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9. Slacking on my exercise because….

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10. Not getting to my blog as often as I would like because of 3 and 4

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Yoga For Cats

A no-kill pet facility in Illinois, Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, has teamed up with a studio Yoga at Connie’s for special classes featuring adoptable adult cats that are allowed to walk around freely during the sessions. I wish my yoga studio had cats, I think I would have gone to class more often!

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All Images from Homeward Bound Pet Shelter on Facebook

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A total of six cats roamed, stretched, snuggled and distracted during the class in which human participants raised over $500 for the shelter. The innovative adoption event also resulted in at least one of the cats finding a forever home.

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Shelter volunteers who put together the event tell The Dodo that giving people the chance to interact with the cats makes a huge difference and that they plan on having more yoga cat classes. They also hope that other cities will explore this unique way to place shelter cats into permanent homes.

If you want to give yoga a try at home with your own cat check out Feline Yogi, one of the vendors I saw at CatConLA. They sell kitty sized yoga mats so your cat can “practice” yoga right alongside you.

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There’s Some Big Movie Opening Today

One of my favorite movies, Marvel’s Avengers, comes out today and this is the perfect homage to the franchise. Happy Feline Friday!

If the YouTube Link to Iron CAT isn’t working below be sure to check it out HERE!

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It’s just the first of May and it’s already time for the big smash-bang-crash movies. HULK SMASH! (The summer movie season will soon start in, oh, FEBRUARY if the movie studios have their way.) While I like characters like Iron Man and Black Widow and Captain America- this movie would be better with……..KITTENS.


Wait- did I say “Iron Man?” I meant Iron CAT.

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Japans Cat Man

Japan is well-known for its love of cats and cat culture. They were the first to pioneer cat cafes, which have since popped up all over the world, and they even have their very own island where cats dominate and outnumber people 6 to 1.

Japan also has Masahiko Suga, a 53-year-old retired electronics company worker who has become the countries first official cat man.

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Masahiko can been seen walking his nine cats around Kitakyushu’s central shopping district area in south-west Japan. His daily walks have earned him the name of ‘Cat Man of Kyushu”, or Cat Uncle.

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Image – The Happy Lab

Masahiko rescued his first stray cat in 1999 and he said that they relieved his work stress but started taking them outside when they began to damage his furniture. Masahiko tells The Asahi Shimbun that he is happy if he “can give an opportunity for cat lovers unable to have one as a pet to feel comforted by playing with his cats.

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His little pride of well groomed cats includes Himalayan and Chinchilla Golden who are known for their laid back nature.

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Image – Rocket News 24

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Image – Rocket News 24

Normally taking cats outside without being safely supervised is not something I would suggest, however from all accounts and comments by people who have actually met him the cats seems to be cozy and content.

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So what exactly motivates Masahiko to walk his cats? Besides not being something you would see everyday, he says “I hope society will eventually give cats the status it gives to dogs” and, in a world where our feline friends often seem to get the short end of the stick, asking for cat equality sounds pretty good to me.

You can check out a short video of Masahiko on his walks or friend him on Facebook where he posts more pictures of his cats.

What do you think cat equality or cat-ploitation?

The Cat House Upgrade

Cats and boxes, no matter how you try it’s impossible to separate the two. You know the scenario, a new package comes in, your cat promptly walks over to the empty cardboard box and suddenly it’s like Catmas morning. Your cat is in heaven, you have another brown box that will not see the recycling bin any time soon.

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Special delivery. Spinner and his new brown box

If you are like most cat parents you eventually give in and end up with brown and unsightly boxes of varying sizes scattered throughout your house.

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 Monroe, my cat client, explores his tattered brown box

Or, like the parents of Maru the cat, who became famous for his obsessive albeit adorable love of boxes, you leave more out regardless of size or appearance just to please your cat.

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Maru the Cat – Fits in any box

Eventually you accept that you and your cat are stuck with same old plain and boring cardboard boxes. Don’t despair…

Meet Meowses – Awesome Cat  houses

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Meowses – Unique cardboard cat houses with fun graphics

What I like about Meowses is that they are giving our cats exactly what they want, a box to play or nap in… and to please the humans they added the fun and cheeky graphics. Think of these cat houses as an upgrade that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing to look at.

You can choose from the “Milk BarEveryone enjoys a fun night out at their favorite watering hole, but is it fair that our cats get left home alone? With the Milk Bar, your cat will now have a late night hangout of their very own — all cats deserve a place to party, too!

Or my personal favorite, the “Catnip DispensaryIntroducing the first ever Catnip Dispensary for your cat! Cats work hard day in and day out to put a smile on our faces. Reward them for all their hard work with the Medicate Catnip Dispensary — a place for them to unwind at the end of the day and put their mind at ease.

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Choose between the Catnip Dispensary or Milk Bar

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Good size cut outs so Kitty can look cute and you can take lots of photos

Stable, lightweight, easy to assemble and made from eco-friendly materials these cardboard cat houses are easy to pack and the perfect size to go anywhere in your home or apartment. I appreciate that the entrance and cut outs are non-restrictive, making the cat houses conducive to proper cat exploration aka designed to be roomy enough for your cat to stand, sit or sleep in.

The graphics also cover the back of the cat houses making it something that you will be happy to display in your home. Bye Bye ugly brown boxes!

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Behind the Catnip Dispensary

Meowses is currently being funded on Kickstarter until November 19 and a pledge of $25 gets you a choice of either the Early Bird Milk Bar or Early Bird Catnip Dispensary and knowing your cat is the first one on the block to have the coolest cat house around.

If you are quick enough to purchase the early bird specials Meowses also throws in a bag of organic catnip plus an autographed picture of Smokey the cat – the projects spokes cat. After they are gone prices start at $30 for a single cat house or $55 for both.

Book Review: Lost Cat

Lost Cat A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul is a  perfect vacation read. Fun, easy, entertaining, humorous and colorful (yes there are pictures and diagrams!)

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The story chronicles the real life experience of author Caroline Paul, who upon recovering from an accident must also search for one of her cats who goes missing, making an already unpleasant situation even worse. Not yet fully recovered, Caroline enlists the help of her friends to flyer her neighborhood in San Francisco imagining the worst, she even consults a pet psychic to aid in the search and help ease her mind that Tibby is alive and well…moonlighting as another families cat.

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After a fruitless search and five weeks later Tibby comes home, sending a determined Caroline on another mission – to find out where her cat had been. She comes up with the idea to attach a small GPS device to Tibby’s collar to track his movements when he is outside but becomes frustrated when the device returns images of maps that are full of crazy lines, making it impossible to see where he has been. Next comes the CatCam, which is able to take a series of photos of Tibby’s outside adventures, however it reveals no details about his other life.

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The author also experiences the loss of her other cat Fibby, which in a way becomes a catalyst for going back to Tibby’s GPS maps, her partner then devising a system to finally make sense of all the crazy lines narrowing the cats whereabouts down to a few suspect homes.

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The authors final attempts to find out who the suspect “catnappers” are pay off as she is forced to knock on doors and speak to neighbors.

Lost Cat A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology is a brilliant book full off great illustrations and pictures that are funny and witty, a perfect accompaniment to a story cat owners the world over can relate to. The book brought a smile to my face and it’s guaranteed to do the same for any cat lover.

I admit to reading Lost Cat A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology in one day, and it has very easily earned a place on my Favorite Cat Themed Books List, be sure to pick it up.

Caturday Cartoon

This pretty much sums it up for me….anyone else?

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