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

Love hate challenge

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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Image – Rocket News 24

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?

Caturday! Don’t Cat Your Day Job

Monday I start my new job, which is great as paying the bills is always a positive thing, however this also means that my super fun Cat Chat scratch lottery ticket wasn’t a winner. That’s ok, I still believe cats are lucky, and I still dream of turning my passion for felines into full-time work one day. In the meantime all this thinking about jobs brought me back to the Dilbert comic strip and the character Catbert – The evil director of Human Resources.

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Cats In Art – Past Present Future

Artwork that involves animals is always on my radar, no surprise, and I appreciate any type of art that involves cats. There are lots out there but I have attempted to narrow it down to a few of my personal favorites past, present and future.

I have been fascinated by Egypt and its artwork ever since I can remember, and as a child I will never forget seeing the beautiful artifacts of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamen at the ROM exhibit here in Toronto. Most people are aware that ancient Egyptians worshiped and revered felines, depicting them in the forms of Deities with the most famous being Bast. Bast had different incarnations before being represented as a domestic cat, which I think is the image most are familiar with. I know it’s the first one I remember seeing and it has been ingrained in memory ever since.

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Bast or Bastet as being represented as a domestic cat

“You are the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; you are indeed the Great Cat.”

I am also a huge fan of the Impressionists and painter Renoir, who clearly had a love and appreciation for the feline form. He has a few wonderful paintings featuring cats but this is one of my personal favorites as it shows a particularly content looking kitty enjoying a cuddle, I imagine purring away. It’s also a scene that most cat owners can relate to,  however I do wonder how long the feline subject sat still during the prep work for this piece.

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Pierre Auguste Renoir, Julie Manet also known as Child with cat (1887)

The cats of the Hermitage deserve a special mention as they have been guarding The State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia from rats since 1745. These kitties are definitely one of my favorite cats in “art” even though their official role is in the history of the museum. They are quite famous, and while their roles as rat catchers has slightly changed over the years they have a following all their own. They are taken care of by volunteers and provided with food, attention, cat doors to and from the museum and vaccinations. Behind the scenes video of the Hermitage cats can be seen here.

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“Vaska the cat with antique statue” photographed in the museum yard – (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Present day, we have the first cat art show in Los Angeles that happened early this year where over 60 artists exhibited works – pop culture meets cat. Artists paid tribute to cats using humor and real life characters which made for fun, colorful, interesting and beautiful works.

Anybody look familiar?

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Marc Dennis Gold Framed Portrait of a wide-eyed cat

So what about the future? Cat-tification of art seems to be a growing trend that thankfully is here to stay, and whether you prefer the “classic” or “modern” themes, or ones that merge the two, the future of art looks very bright and furry.

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Famous paintings improved by cats

 

 

 

Caturday! What I Won’t Be Doing

Spinner does it right, this is how a Caturday should be spent. Sadly I have lots to do and will stick my tongue out at him as I walk by. Jealous? Most definitely. Cats, sleeping, sun, cute, silver tabbycat, sleeping, cute, silver tabby, caturdaycats, sleeping, caturday, silver tabby“Aren’t I cute lying here in the sun? Yes please feel free to scratch my bum. If not that, it would be so sweet, if you would stop and rub my feet.”