Welcome to Carnival of the Cats #295!
The Carnival of the Cats is a weekly roundup of cat-related posts on weblogs, in America, and around the world, who choose to submit a post for inclusion.
For us Cat Bloggers the Carnival is a chance to discover blogs we might never have heard of, on subjects of all kinds, and you can learn more about the carnival, and how to participate, here.
Before we begin...Let me tell you about what I've been up to since the last time I hosted, in June.
Not much blogging, but there was one huge event of great importance for me in the 10 year history of my dabbling in the internet. ;-D
Are you as jealous as I am of my Northern California Feline Friends who had their Berkeley Area Backyard Swarmed by Twitter Flash Mob...?
Are you as moved as I was by Killing Cats...A Love Story?
And, finally, let me discuss my YouTube Debut!
In this story I report on this event from my own point of view, and share the link to the video itself. ;-D
I am Nikita, of Nikita's Place! Hear me Ro, um, Purr!!! (Pump up the volume, or place your ear to the screen.)
The story of the making of Nikita Cat's First Encounter With Camcorder Wielding Daddy.
Should I continue my Film Making Career? Let me know what you think! ;-D
Now, on with the Carnival!
1. Jaime Teele, of the blog A Cheeto Named Larry (Why would anyone name a sliver of Junk Food? Now, naming a Boogie Mat, THAT I can totally understand! Not that I'VE done that...), has an entertaining essay that will bring back fond memories of the Glory Days of Youth to the older Cats in the audience, I'm sure.
When we first saw you it was love at first sight. You were such a playful little cat– a happy guy. The sparkle in your eye, it seemed, was magical - full of delightful curiosity and spunk. Now that I know you a little better, it seems we mistook the glow of your evil, evil soul for something pleasant. But that’s how Satan works, isn’t it?
Read: Memo to Kitty... ;-D
2. The Viewspaper bills itself as the "Voice of the Youth of India", and one posting, submitted to the Carnival by Surbhi Bhatia of The Viewspaper, is written by a Cat owner named Kirandeep Virdi, over a year ago, and addresses the issue of healthcare for animals.
As any American Kitty knows, whose Human inexplicably spent all day, and half the night, last night, glued to the TV, and hogging the Computer, all the while only absent-mindedly paying us any attention (Only remembering to fill the food bowl when we pulled a piece of paper, or three, off the desk, hopped in their lap a dozen times, Hacked up a Hairball on the carpet, or threw a Hissy Fit.), there was some major Healthcare Legislation passed.
Anyway this person writes:
Good veterinarians are not easily available, especially in case of an emergency. Most of them are closed on weekends and even on weekdays have a short working time. There is no animal care directory, which can be accessed to with ease. Information regarding whatever measly services are available is extremely difficult to locate and immensely time consuming. And most of the times, the accessibility might be a problem. No animal help lines actually work. Ambulance services are non-existent. Government veterinary services are minimal. In short, there is no medical infrastructure whatsoever for animals in our country.
Read: Animals Need Healthcare Too.
3. Quick! Someone alert the Nobel Peace Prize Committee! Well, OK, maybe just The Audubon Society, hee, hee! ;-D
From Newspaer Columnist Sarah Clark, writer of The Mother Load Blog, comes a July 2008 tale of mighty heroism that only Tweety Bird & Granny could love. ;-D
Sylvesters son would no doubt put a paper bag over his head in shame. ;-D
I, Sarah Clark, mild mannered newspaper columnist, saved an innocent, defenseless bird from certain death in the jaws of a terrifyingly cruel monster the likes of which no weak-willed individual could ever contend.
My cat, Isis… She’s cute. She’s fluffy. She’s cuddly. She’s a heartless carnivore.
When I saw the poor bird in the clutches of this furry villain, I leaped into action. Isis had dispatched another bird in our basement a week before, and I had been left to plug my ears and sing, “The Circle of Life” at the top of my lungs while she finished the job. I had no desire to repeat the horror of that experience.
There's one major surprise about this story, but you will have to read it for yourself because i ain't gonna spoil it. ;-D
4. Emily Moser shares an important article with relevance to Cats, from Veterinary Technician Schools Online: 25 Common Foods That Can Be Toxic for Your Pet.
5. At long last the Cats of The House of Chaos, and their Human are Blogging again, after many months!
It's been far too long, and I am glad to be the Carnival to welcome them back! ;-D
Indoor Cats, Feral Cats, The House of Chaos, and the Personal No-Play Zone, a tale of adapting to different lifestyles, and surroundings, that is the focus of this fascinating story by Babeth of The House of Chaos.
There is an interesting distinction to be made between feral and house cats...
Ferals don’t have time for play. They don’t have leisure for mock-fights. For them everyday life is a constant and repeated struggle for survival. They eat, but don’t enjoy the food because they must work hard to get it and will not always get it at all. They love to be petted, but remain ever vigilant throughout...
Our house cats have the luxury of being able to remain big kittens: they can sleep safely, eat safely, play safely. The only need they know is when their feeding bowls are empty and they wonder what is going wrong with the simians. They know not want, because everything is in a paw’s reach...No enemies. No fear.
This story is about the interaction of the two within The House of Chaos.
As Babeth remarks: Ferals never have it easy...
Read: Personal no-play zone.
6. Sometimes a Kitty will lose something of absolutely VITAL importance to everyday living...
Don't you just HATE when that happens?
Sometimes your Human will notice you attempting to deal with this possible end to Civilization as You Know it, and grab a camera.
Embarrassing as all hell, I know, but hey, better you than me! ;-D
That was in June...Hope she found her key! ;-D
Hosting Carnival, and reading about the lives of other Felines, makes me all giddy, and smiley, with happiness, and good humor!
Let's see...who's up next?
8. CuriousGirl writes a blog she calls a BOOK OF RANDOMNESS: A Girl's Guide to a Little Bit of Everything, and one of the things she recently wrote about is her relationship with a Feral Cat she has known for 4 years now...
People can make you happy, sad, mad, etc. but pets really only know how to make you happy. Sometimes the cat seems like the only person on my side, and sometimes it is just nice to know I’m not completely alone.
12. Gypsy, and Tasha, sadly have not blogged since Christmas, but they HAVE managed to send out an e-mail that assures us that they have not not lost any of the 18 Lives they have between them!
The old post they wish to share is one they call a Three New Things Meme, in which they share adorable photos of themselves, and 3 things, of course! ;-D
13. and 13 1/2. There is a new CatBlogger joining the Cat Blogging Community, and I'm using the Hosts perogative to share not just the cute post submitted, which got the blog started, but the wonderfully amusing 2nd one, as well. ;-D
There's a reason this entry in the Carnival is in the position it is, and it appeals to my Peculiar Sense of Humor. ;-D
Please welcome Diary of a Bad Cat, and its Feline...Clarence (He brags that he has unusually large teeth, a superb intellect, prowess as a jazz musician, and extreme coolness.) ;-D
A. What's a Black Cat to do with the Pesky New Neighbor?
B. "I went down to the corner juke joint and blew some tunes on my sax last night. Me and the boys were smokin' hot.
Mmm, mmm. Love that catfish. What a night. Lost my hat."
I will not spoil the rest of the story, an amusing, picture-filled adventure. ;-D
Read: Another Saturday Night.
15. Go tell it on the Mountain takes on new meaning in this adorable, heartwrenching, 2 min. video, from Japan, about an encounter with a group of desperate kittens.
No translation neccessary.
What is being said is perfectly understandable in any language, and all one can do is hope that they are safe.
16. Hey Kitties, here's a puzzle for ya to figure out!
And with that we come to the end of this edition of the Carnival of the Cats!
After all that hard work I think I deserve a nap!
I hope you had as much fun reading the stories, and viewing the videos, as I did!
The next edition of the carnival will be on 11/15/09 at Artsy Catsy.
This close to the celebration I think it is important to also announce that Carnival of the Cats #300 will be on December 13th, 2009 at the home of Carnival of the Cats itself!
The Catblogosphere has a month to prepare, so plan accordingly! ;-D