Oliver : Caption this!

So we obviously tried to capture more than his nose… but it was such a funny picture that we are going to ask you all to caption it!

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Cat Travel: Neko no Jikan Amemura – Osaka Cat Cafe Part 5

Hi everyone,

This is the fifth part in our Neko no Jikan Amemura series. For those that missed the others click on the respective post number for them: part 1part 2, part 3, part 4.

Today we are focussing on a very interesting cat that we spotted in the cafe first of all hiding away on one of the top shelves!

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Have to admit I had to think of the Gremlins movie when I first spotted him. 😉

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Just like the other cats he too LOVED this box, not surprisingly as we all know how much they love boxes. 😀

But do you see the black cat mother with her kitten logo? This is the logo for one of the main delivery services in Japan. 🙂

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And he sure was adorable!We think that he was a Cornish Rex mix of some kind.

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If you look closely at his fur you can see that he has got very short almost curly fur.

Whatever breed he may be… We really just wanted to stick him in our bag and take him home. Not sure how their Royal Meowjesties would have thought about that though!

Below you can see a map for directions to get to this Cafe. 🙂

More details can be found on their website here. (In Japanese)

We hope you enjoyed the second part of the Osaka cat Cafe – Neko no Jikan and are looking forward to more photos of the resident kitties. 😀

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Thanks,

Marc

The Cat House

The featured image and the one below shows our latest rescue from Bulgaria. She is the 9th cat we have adopted from Eastern Europe and we haven’t regretted a single one. They are all intelligent, incredibly loving and they get on together like a house on fire. We just bring them home, open the cat basket and have no problems at all.

I spotted Marta on Facebook – a short video from a friend of a friend. It was obvious she only had three legs and one remaining eye and clearly wouldn’t survive on the street. A pack of dogs took her leg some time ago. She had a home once, but after her “Dad” died, the daughter got workmen in to empty the house and everything was thrown by the side of a busy road, with Marta the cat on top. She must have gone to a neighbour for food and he hit her with a large stick (the Bulgarian translation was a pole). It damaged her eye beyond repair.

I turned to the only person who could help, my friend Bistra Datzova, who runs a rescue called the Cat House. She collected Marta for me early the next morning and took her straight to the vet. She stayed there for three weeks being treated, before moving in to the Cat House. Bistra rents space where all her rescues can live with a certain amount of freedom, surrounded by beds and cat toys. The sad truth is that most rescuers in Eastern Europe are only able to house their cats in cages at the vet. I’m used to it now and while they wait for their new homes it keeps them off the streets, where they would otherwise be killed by dogs, shot or poisoned. The Cat House is a vast improvement on that though.

It houses up to 55 cats at any one time, but can only keep running on donations from supporters, who are always thin on the ground. There is the monthly rent, cat food, litter, worming and flea treatments, not to mention the massive vet bills. Bistra takes on cats that others can’t afford to fund. There are losses, but also small miracles. Just take a look at this video of Leon who was passed to the Cat House from another rescuer earlier this year. It’s a tough watch at the beginning, but the transformation at the end is heart-warming. He wouldn’t be alive now had it not been for my dear friend.

The Cat House is run by just three girls and one who helps out at weekends when she can. If you would like to offer support (and even the smallest amount would help), then why not follow the Cat House on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/Cat-house-521267061344013/ Please don’t be put off by the language barrier. Facebook translates (badly sometimes) from the original Bulgarian, but Bistra speaks perfect English and German as well I believe. There are always wonderful cats and kittens needing new homes. There will be a home check and a contract to complete. The rescuers will do all the paperwork on your behalf and also arrange transport. The cats will have FIV/FeLV tests, be vaccinated, wormed, chipped and have their passports. To Germany the adoption fee is 150 Euros in total. For the UK, there is no adoption fee, but you pay £170 for the transport. It’s easy and not much to pay to give a cat another chance at a new life – like little Francie in the photograph below. She was going to be put to sleep because her owners didn’t want her any more. She is patiently waiting for another home.

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For those who feel they aren’t up to donating or adopting, I have created a Red Bubble shop where 100% of the profit will go straight to the Cat House. Orders can be taken anywhere in the world except, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea, Syria and the Crimea. If even this is too much, then please help by sharing. Thank you. https://www.redbubble.com/people/Zooey1/shop?asc=u

Guest Star: Sebastian The Broken Tailed Cat and his Forever Home story

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Sebastian!

Sebastian came into our lives one brutally cold, and snowy winter. The year was 2013; and I was sitting on Facebook wasting time, when I noticed a picture of this adorable little kitten. A friend of mine had shared a post of this little black kitten, which had been posted on a local buy and sell group.

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At this time, I had no idea that buy and sells existed on Facebook. So I had to rely on her to relay my information to the people who had advertised the kitten. Arrangements were made, but a blizzard hit the night before. Which left us scrambling to find a way to get the kitten.

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Luckily the couple offered to bring the kitten to us. So my fiancé met them at the gas station in town to pick the little guy up. Once my fiancé got home he set the carrier down, opened the door, and out popped this little black broken tailed fluff ball. That started squeaking up a storm after, basically rolling out of the cat carrier. I dubbed him Sebastian Michaelis Hatter; after one of my favourite anime characters at the time.

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When we had made the arrangements to adopt him there had been no mention of any physical issues or deformities. So it was kind of a shock when we first saw his tail, which was dislocated at the base of the spine, the tip of the tail had previously been broken and healed had that way.  My main concern at the time, was for his wellbeing and comfort. He quickly proved that I was worrying too much and making mountains out of mole hills.

As soon as I picked him up he became my light in the darkness and I became his chosen one. Since then he has filled our lives with joy, laughter, happiness, and love. It was for some of those reasons that I decided to create a Youtube channel for all of our cats, and to create social media accounts for Sebastian. I hope that everyone continues to find Sebastian just as spell binding as I do.

We hope you enjoyed her story and don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter!

Thanks,

Marc

Nubia: It’s Raining Purple Worms!

Hi everyone,

It’s Nubia here once again. Lazy brother is probably sleeping somewhere…

Anyhow! so I was relaxing in my nest of purple worms the other day…

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Nubia: All cosy it was and I was about to go to sleep.

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Nubia: But when there was that noise!

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Nubia: I looked left and saw nothing.

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Nubia: I looked forward and nothing again.

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Nubia: But when I looked upwards and there they were!

Nubia: Evil rogue purple worms! :O

Nubia: Well maybe more fun than evil. 😀

If you want to make your kitties happy these came in one of our My Purrfect Gift Boxes! 😀

Oh before I go… Don’t forget to sign-up to our Newsletter. 🙂

Signed by,

Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace

Cat Travel: Maison de Moggy – Feed us now!

Hi everyone,

As with any cat cafe the resident cats often start to figure out where their food comes from. Which can lead to cute scenes such as the ones we are sharing with you all today. 😀

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Right! I certainly wouldn’t want to get in the way of them and their food…

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… they mean serious business as they are trying to stare holes in the door! 😉

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Let’s hope this one didn’t just eat an unsuspecting tourist or we might be in trouble… :O

I hope you enjoyed todays post and are looking forward to finding out more about the other cats that live at Maison de Moggy. 😀

Missed our initial post? This can be found here.

To find out more about Maison de Moggy visit their website or Facebook page. Already made up your mind? You can book a slot here!

And please don’t forget to sign up to our Newsletter.

Thanks,

Marc

Guest Star: The many faces of Benji

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Susanne and Benji at Catsandtrailsandgardentales.com:

The many faces of Benji

“Hey Benji,” I said.  “I’d like to take some pictures of you to submit to American Rescue Cats magazine.  They’re looking for their next CoverCat.  You’d be perfect. Just pretend I don’t have a camera.”

“Sure!  Love to!”   he replied.  “How’s this?”

“Hmmmm,”  I said.  “Very nice.  Only I’m looking for something more relaxed.  Maybe you could tone it down just a bit.”

“Okay, okay.”  he said excitedly.  “I know exactly what you mean.  Something more like this?””

“Great Benji,”  I said. “Really good….  only …  well the eyes,  Benji.  Maybe we should forget the props and just go for a headshot.”

“Sure!”  he said.  “I can do it!  How about this?”

“Now Benji, don’t get me wrong.  It looks great but, well, I was thinking of something a bit more pensive…”

“Got it,” he said, jumping up to the desk.  “How’s this?” .

“Good Benji. Good.  Say Benji, why don’t we try again tomorrow when we’re fresh?”

“Okay ” he said.  “I give up.”

“That’s it Benji!  I got it!”

~ just for fun,

Susanne and Benji from Catsandtrailsandgardentales.com

We hope you enjoyed her story and don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter!

Thanks,

Marc