Wednesday, 18 July 2018

CatCon Worldwide

Moshow The Cat Rapper and a few friends

I must confess I had never heard of Moshow The Cat Rapper before reading about CatCon Worldwide.  I was so fascinated by this idea - after all, you don't really think of rappers as cat lovers - that I have done a little research on Mr Moshow. But this post is all about CatCon Worldwide so I'm saving my Moshow story for my next post.

Back to CatCon Worldwide: this is a big two-day convention featuring celebrities - both feline and human - and cat influencers, as well as cat merchandise and "cat-tivities" like face-painting (for the humans, not the cats, I'm assuming!). Seminar topics include Everything You Wanted to Know About Foster Kittens...But Were Afraid to Ask and Cats Are People Too: Beyond the Memes and Media Hype.

Stars of the feline world will be there, like the charming Lil' Bub who was discovered as the runt of a healthy feral litter in a tool shed in rural Indiana, Morris, Merlin Ragdoll, Klaus (of Oscar and Klaus fame) and Coby the Cat.  Also on hand will be Sir Thomas Trueheart, who was badly injured in an acid attack, and Waverly McTinybeans, a partially paralyzed cat.

Waverley McTinybeans

Human celebs include that gorgeous actor Ian Somerhalder, writer Keith Bowers, actress Julia Butters, author Gwen Cooper, artist Rob Reger, veterinarian and author Gary Richter, podcast producer Steven Ray Morris and many, many more. Plus, of course, Moshow the Cat Rapper.

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Ian Somerhalder

The event is at the Pasadena Convention Center on August 4, 5. Details and tickets at CatCon Worldwide.

As a little taster for my next post, here's a video of a Moshow rap.






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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Lisio Makes The News

Lisio tries to get in on the act.

There you are giving an important interview to a television reporter when - what happens? -  your cat decides to get in on the act!

Dr Jerzy Targalski, a Polish historian and political scientist, was discussing the current situation in Poland, where the government has introduced controversial reforms to the country's supreme court.

He was talking to Rudy Bouma of Dutch TV station Nieuwsuur when ginger moggy Lisio jumped on to his shoulders. Dr Targalski did what any cat-lover would do - let him stay there while he carried on with the interview.

Mr Bouma shared the clip on Twitter and it has already had around 26,000 views. Here it is:


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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Black Cats Rule



About half the cats up for adoption in shelters are black or black and white. The solid black cats find it particularly difficult to attract new owners.

This is partly because of the superstitions surrounding black cats and lately, with everything shared on social media, people believe they are difficult to photograph. Black  cats are not "selfie-friendly" in this lnstagram age.

“It’s not uncommon for many monochrome moggies to wait many weeks or months to be adopted,” says Gemma Croker from Cats Protection (UK), which takes in 200,000 cats each year.

Cats Protection has since launched an annual Black Cats’ Day to raise awareness of their plight, with similar schemes operating across the US and Canada. There is even an Instagram campaign, using the hashtag #blackcatsrule.

As for those superstitions, in Scotland black cats are said to bring prosperity and in England and Japan they are believed to be lucky. However, in much of the world they are unfairly associated with bad luck and evil omens.

If you are clever enough to open your heart to a black cat and want to take some great photographs, have a look at this article on the Mother Nature Network. There's some great advice here about showing off your black cat (or dog) to its best advantage.  



In a nutshell, think about the background. It may be counter-intuitive but if you get the light and shade right, a black background can be very effective. Focus on the eyes. Look at the light and contrast.

As for "unlucky" black cats, let me leave you with this thought. In the early 17th century the treasured black cat belonging English monarch King Charles I died. Charles, who always believed black cats were lucky,  lamented that his luck had gone. The next day he was arrested and charged with high treason, put on trial and later beheaded.







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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cat Art Show

Divine Intervention by Rose Freymuth-Frazier, oil on linen,


ARE you looking for a purrfect picture to brighten up your kittychen?  Or do you want to splash out more for a meowsterpiece?

If you're in the vicinity of Los Angeles you have until Saturday to catch the biennial Cat Art Show 
On display are 140 works on a cat theme by more than 100 renowned artists.  Susan Michals, who organises the event, also founded CatCon. She is a former journalist and, obviously, a massive cat fan.

She said she created these feline events as a way for people to connect in the real world as opposed to the virtual one, and to share experiences with fellow cat lovers to look at a treasure trove of cat art.

Top is Superposition by Mark Ryden.
Above left is Mewcifer by Dr Paul Koudounaris and above right is Soft Kitty by Marion Peck
“Cats are beautiful creatures, both inside and out, and have been revered since the days of ancient Egypt. They can be found in museums the world over," said Susan.

“The enigmatic feline has been a source of artistic inspiration for thousands of years. One moment they can be a best friend, the next, an antagonist. They are the perfect subject matter, and works of art, all by themselves.”

Every year, Cat Art Show donates a portion of its proceeds to a cat-related organization. Works on view are for sale and a percentage of sales will benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, founded by actors and philanthropists Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. Kitten Rescue LA is the beneficiary of the Closing Night event titled The Kitty Cuddle Party, with adoptable kittens onsite, on Saturday, June 23.

Prices of the works start from $300 to $150,000. For more information on available works, please contact: team@catartshow.com

Admission is $5 with free admission for children under five years, with the exception of Wednesday June 20 when admission is free for all. 





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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ed Sheeran At The Cat Cafe



Realistic - but this is not the real Ed Sheeran!


A waxwork figure of megastar singer and cat lover Ed Sheeran has been unveiled at London's first cat cafe.

The figure, made by the famous London waxwork museum Madame Tussauds, is on display at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in east London before it moves to Madame Tussauds next week.

When Sheeran announced his engagement to Cherry Seaborn earlier this year, he said: “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx” Those two cats are called Dorito and Calippo.

Claire Treacy, of Madame Tussauds, said: “We’ve been getting requests for a long time, literally one a week, saying, ‘When are you going to add Ed?’. "

The figure will be on display at Madame Tussauds London from June 19.

Below is a video of Ed at a Tokyo cat cafe. It's a long video and the cats section begins at around 3.35 mins.







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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Film-maker's Feline Surprise

Paris Zarcilla's first Tweet about finding the cat and kittens


One morning several years ago, my partner and I awoke to the sight of a cat and three newborn kittens in our hall. To say we were shocked is an understatement.

She must have come in through our catflap and decided to give birth in our home. Our own cat, asleep on our bed as usual, was blissfully unaware of what had happened.

We found a big cardboard box and made a comfy bed for the four little interlopers. It didn't take us long to find out that the cat belonged to a family what lived about 200 yards down the road.  Later, , they came and took them home. It was a house with three young children so no doubt mother cat decided our home was nice and peaceful and suitable to use as a maternity ward.

I was reminded of this event today while scrolling through Twitter (follow me here).

Paris Zarcilla, a film-maker from London, found a cat and four kittens under his bed. And, as cats do, these five strangers soon wriggled their way into his heart.

As he tweeted over the following days it was possible to track the way his life was changing.



He told his followers he had fallen asleep downstairs, and only noticed the new family after going upstairs to get a jumper. He added that he was going to get the new mum scanned as soon as he could to see if she has a microchip.

As for that jumper, it's not quite in the same condition as it was. "RIP jumper. Her water broke all over it. Those kittens had a cashmere birth," he wrote. Even so, he said he might wear it anyway, to help the little ones adjust to their adopted dad.

The subject of cat hair (we cat owners know all about that!) was soon broached. One follower tweeted:  "As per Cat Protocol the hair will only become apparent once you’ve left the house without a sticky roller. @ParisZarcilla, buy a sticky roller." To which he replied: " Hair will likely stay on. Trying to assimilate as new Cat dad."

He was obviously smitten by being a new dad. "Paternal instincts kicking in. Overwhelmed with feels. Don't know how to deal," he said. And later, "Cancelling all my plans. Crawling under the bed to spend the rest of the day with my four new children."

His life started to change.  "Just cancelled my order for comics and single malt whiskey. Now buying cat food. This is fatherhood yo! I'm here for this," he Tweeted.

Although, as the cats likely belong to someone living nearby, Paris is already preparing himself for potential heartbreak.

"I've been meditating on this wonderful but bizarre situation and I've arrived at a place where I'm ready to accept whatever the outcome is. I can only love and care for them now in this moment. I will give them everything they need until they need me no more. All will be good."

On a serious note, Paris said he had some mental health issues and the new arrivals had really helped him.




“My life is changing in real time,” he adds. “This stony heart of mine is being chipped at with every mew. I think I love them. Like, actually love them with my heart. Ugh. I can’t help it. I’m going to give them everything they need until they need me no more.”

Let's hope either she is a stray and Paris adopts her, or her owners may want to donate  a kitten or two, three or four to Paris.









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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Those Naughty Cat Photobombers

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I came across this photobomb picture and thought it was just brilliant. It got me looking for other cat photobomb pictures - and it seems there are hundreds of them. Well, we all know cats always like to get in on the action. Here are just a few of them for your amusement!















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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Walkies!

DOGS are undoubtedly intelligent but we cat lovers know that our feline friends are just as clever! Here's a little video to prove my point:

 

However...cats are not usually quite so keen on all that "walkies" business.



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Saturday, 17 March 2018

St Gertrude, The Original Cat Lady

St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats.


WHAT do the Irish and crazy cat women have in common? Today is March 17, St Patrick's Day and also the feast day of St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats.

St Gertrude of Nivelles in Belgium lived from 621 to 659. Not only cats come under her patronage, she is also the patron saint of gardeners, travelers, widows, recently deceased people, the sick, the poor, the mentally ill, and travelers in search of lodging. People call upon Gertrude for protection from mice and rats, fever, insanity, and mental illness.

At the age of ten Gertrude's father attempted to marry her off to the son of a Duke. Gertrude was having none of it and loudly and angrily refused.  With the support of her mother, she fended off several marriage proposals in the following years. When her father died when she was 14, Gertrude and her mother, Itta, moved to Nivelles  to set up a monastery, where she became an abbess.

Here's a lovely charm necklace

Gertrude and her sister nuns are said to have kept lots of cats the monastery – both for companionship and to keep a very real mouse problem at bay. Gertrude was apparently renowned for being remarkably kind to them.

So while you're looking out those green clothes and knocking back the Guinness, spare a thought for the saintly Gertrude. And if you have a cat-related problem, perhaps it would be worth your while to send a sincere prayer to the original cat lady.


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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Carlton's in Trouble

Carlton got into a spot of bother today - not that he seems very worried by it!




Got told off by the Mrs for scratching a door.

Speak to the paw, lady, speak to the paw.




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