Tuesday, 12 September 2017

All Aboard The Cat Train


ALL aboard the most purrfect train in the world.

The special trip in Japan was organised by a group called  Kitten Cafe Sanctuary to raise the awareness of the culling of stray cats in the area and to encourage people to adopt.

Thirty kitties were given free rein of a train for one special journey. Passengers were allowed to interact with the cats as the train set out from Ogaki in central Japan. They cuddled and played with the cats before tucking into lunch.

"I think it's great more people are aware about stray kittens through events like this," said Mikiko Hayashi, a passenger from western Japan who previously adopted two stray cats.






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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Funny Cats!

I SHARE this for no other reason than it made me laugh!







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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Shut Up!


My cat Carlton wants to say something. Oh no....

 

SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Carlton Cat


Don't come home and start talking to me about your friend's "adorable" cat. This paragon is soft and cuddly and has such striking markings. He's soooo friendly and soooo well-behaved (I get a pointed look here). He wouldn't dream of scratching the furniture or throwing up in your shoes (another pointed look). He's young (ouch) and eats what you put in his bowl (pointed look number three). 

You are wittering on and on and on and, frankly, I've had enough. 

But do you stop the eulogy to young Mr Buttons?  No you do not. I give you all the signals that I am less than pleased....





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Monday, 4 September 2017

'Doctor' Duke Heals Patients


Duke at work.

ONE day you're living on the streets wondering where your next meal is coming from, the next you're an integral part of the medical team on an intensive care unit.

Meet Duke Ellington Morris, a therapy cat at UC San Francisco who is bringing joy and comfort to patients and staff alike.

"He's an absolutely lovely, lovely cat," said Elizabeth Fernandez, senior public information representative at UCSF. "He's so patient. I've watched him in action a number of times and he's given such consolation to our patients, and to our staff."

Taxi! Duke is wheeled around the unit on a cart.

Duke's story began in 2010 when he was a half starved feral cat brought into a shelter. He was adopted by Jennifer Morris for her five-year-old daughter Isa.

"We went into the cage area and Duke was very smitten by my daughter. So I figured the cat couldn't be all that bad," said Jennifer.

He quickly settled into the family and it soon became apparent that he was a real people person, hopping onto visitors' laps and purring happily. Jennifer thought his gift of love should be more widely shared and enrolled him in the San Francisco SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy Program.

"He went to two different sessions to see if he was a good fit and he passed with flying colors," Jennifer said "They did all sorts of tests. A whole bunch of employees from the SPCA sat in the room and Duke made the rounds going from person to person."

Hello there, buddy.

 So now Duke is one of 18 animals - the rest are dogs - who comfort patients at UCSF Medical Center. Duke settled into the team immediately and is loving his work.

"They [the therapy pets] need to be very, very calm and they need to work well with new people," said Elizabeth Fernandez. "And they need to like to be petted by strangers."

Duke takes all the cuddles he can get before moving on to his next patient - with a little help from the cart that has become his trademark ride.

Duke still lives with Jennifer and Isa, going home each evening to even more cuddles. 



Duke and Isa.




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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Cats As Babysitters

I KNOW you have to be careful with cats and babies but isn't this little video so cute?!




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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Feline Good In The Office

Let me help you with this report.
I WANT to work in this office! Nine rescue cats have free run of IT firm Ferray's offices in Tokyo and it is a move that has proved to be very effective. 
Whatcha doin'?
The company says the presence of the cats has increased workplace productivity and happiness with a big rise in inter-office communication. I don't doubt it for a second.
Have you tried turning it on and off again?
The workers love their new companions even when everything is not exactly plain sailing. There are the occasional chewed wires to deal with, or cats hogging the keyboard or cutting off phone calls. But it seems it's a small price to pay for the stress-busting qualities of these adorable kitties.
Listen up, guys. Our next campaign is to get free cardboard boxes for all employees.
Eri Ito, who works at Ferray, says she loves working with the kitties. 
"Cats are sleeping just beside us... It's healing," she said.
Why don't you go and take a coffee break for an hour or two?

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Cat Burglar Caught Red-Handed

I'm never gonna let you go!


BLACK cat Chibikuro, from Japan, pinched a big bit of fried fish from a plate and was caught red-handed by his owner.

As this video shows, Chibikuro wasn't going to relinquish  his prize without a fight.

"Who has dared to steal this fish?" his owner demanded.

Chibikuro's response was to wrap his paw even more tightly around his prize and to grumble vociferously about this miscarriage of justice!

"When I caught him with the fish, Chibikuro refused to release it no matter what," said Chibikuro's owner, Kuni-chan. His wife took the video which was shared to a private Japanese Facebook group called Black Cat Club, where it went viral.

"In the end, Chibikuro looked uncomfortable, so I gave up and let it go," he said.

Kuni-chan said Chibikuro was a year old, and loved mischief and food. The family has another cat called Kuro who is five.

"We usually have to lock Chibikuro out of the dining room when we are eating," Kuni-chan said. "But Kuro rarely steals human food. It's like it knows what's forbidden. It's interesting how cats can have such different personalities," he said. "But both cats are loved in our family."





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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Naughty Nancy the Cat Terrifies the Cleaner


Steve shared this photograph of Nancy on Instagram.

STEVE Gardner always believed his black and white cat Nancy was a sweet puss...until the day she trapped his cleaner in the bedroom!

The cleaner arrived at Steve's house to start work - and "sweet" Nancy suddenly became not so sweet.

Steve, from London in the UK, got a frantic text from the cleaner. It said: : "Hello Stephen. Your cat is hostile to me. He jumped over me with bared teeth. I’m in your bedroom and I cannot go out. I'm sorry but I cannot go on cleaning your house."

Then he received a second text message after the cleaner had decided to make a run for it.

She wrote: "I came out of your house. The cat chased me to the door. I’m sorry I could not clean up."

Steve tells us he was so surprised that he had to check the cleaner was at the right house. He couldn't believe Nancy would act in this way.

He said Nancy was extremely gentle and very shy. A surprised Steve said: "Whenever we have friends round she hides in the wardrobe until they leave."

The cleaner obviously doesn't want anything more to do with Nancy - she's not answering Steve's calls!

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How Cats Came In From The Wild



Your cat may now be snuggled up looking like a little angel, but his ancestors were lean, mean hunting machines.

Scientists have discovered through DNA investigations that all domesticated cats descended from  a rodent-hunting African subspecies. This species was first tamed by Near East farmers 9,000 years ago.

Using genetic material taken from mummified cats in Egypt, Viking graveyards and Stone Age sites researchers traced the journey of cats from wild hunters to pampered pusses. The DNA showed that all tamed cats today descend from the African wildcat or Felis silvestris lybica, a subspecies found in North Africa and the Near East.

African wildcat or Felis silvestris lybica

Scientists confirmed  that the path to domestication probably began when early farmers in the Near East began to stockpile grain about 9,000 years ago. DNA suggests that migrating farmers took cats with them as they moved into Europe. There was a second wave of domestication that had its roots in Egypt.

The DNA from one cat came from the ancient Red Sea port of Berenike where the Romans traded from 2,000 years ago. The Vikings carried cats on their boats too, to keep rodent stowaways under control at sea.







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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Is Your Cat Cleverer Than You? Solution




DID you solve yesterday's puzzle? I must admit I really struggled with it although when I saw the answer I realised how it was all worked out. So here's the solution:

A straight corridor has seven doors along one side. Behind one of the doors sits a cat. Your mission is to find the cat by opening the correct door. Each day you can open only one door. If the cat is there, you win. You are officially smarter than a cat. If the cat is not there, the door closes, and you must wait until the next day before you can open a door again.

If the cat was always to sit behind the same door, you would be able to find it in at most seven days, by opening each door in turn. But this mischievous moggy is restless. Every night it moves one door either to the left or to the right.

How many days do you now need to make sure you can catch the cat?

In the previous post I explained that the way to solve this puzzle was to start with only a few doors, work out a strategy, and gradually increase the number of doors until there are seven of them. I showed how to solve the puzzle when there are only three doors.

Like many puzzles of this sort, the key to solving the problem is to be able to visualise it clearly. Below is a grid that shows what happens when there are four doors. Each column represents a door. If a cat is in the column, that means that there is a chance the cat could be behind that door. A door with an X means that I open that door. I’m going you show you how to use this grid to catch the cat.



On Day 1 there is a chance that the cat could be behind any of the doors, so there are cats in every column. I open door 2. If the cat is there, I win. Game over.

On Day 2 the cat can only be behind doors 2,3 and 4. This is because we have eliminated the chance that the cat was behind door 2 on Day 1. And if the cat was behind either doors 1, 3 or 4 on Day 1, by jumping one door left or right from these doors, the possible cat positions are now 2, 3 and 4.

On Day 2 I open door 3. If the cat is there, I win. Game over. I can delete this cat in the grid.

On Day 3 there are now only two possible positions where cats could be, doors 1 and 3. I open door 3, which means that on Day 4 there is only one possible position for the cat, door 2. By opening the doors in this order - 2,3,3,2 - I have a strategy that catches the cat in at most four days.

Once you play around with door order, you should - hopefully - eventually come to the right combination needed.

With 5 doors, the grid looks like the one below. If you worked out how to do it with 4 doors, it shouldn’t be too hard to extend the solution to 5. You can now catch the cat in 6 days: open doors 2,3,4,4,3,2 in order.


I am indebted to The Guardian newspaper for this puzzle.


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