Mews and Nips from around the internet May 19, 2012


We usually think of Japan when we hear about cat cafes, but now, Vienna, Austria, boasts its first cat cafe, Cafe Neko. Neko is the Japanese word for cat. The Vancouver Sun reports that Takako Ishimitsu, 47, from Japan, opened  the cafe after three years of negotiations with city officials over hygiene issues. Five cats freely roam the café, entertaining customers. All of the cats came from an animal shelter. I really hope the idea of cat cafes catches on in the United States!


As far as rescues go, this one is quite unusual. Life with Cats featured a story about a baby fox injured and temporarily blinded in a car accident who has become friends and playmates with three kittens who may have saved his life by keeping him warm as he recovered at Kent Wildlife Recovery Service in the UK. The fox required intensive care, and has regained his sight during his recovery. He will be moved to a fox rehab facility before being returned to the wild in five or six months. For now, he has a special friendship with a very different set of kits … kittens. Read the full story on Life with Cats.


Glee star Chris Colfer recently adopted a senior shelter cat, and he gave an update on his new friend on Life with Kelly earlier this week. At 22 pounds, Brian the cat desperately needs to lose some weight, and I’m hoping that Colfer’s response on the show when asked whether he put him on a diet, “I did, but he keeps breaking into the food,” was meant as a joke. We’ve seen the heartbreaking effects of obesity in cats with another high profile cat, Meow, who died from complications related to obesity last week. Being overweight is no joke. Visit Catsparella for a video of Colfer’s appearance on Life with Kelly.

Today’s video, titled Who Was your Cat Born to Be?, featuring an adorable kitten named Cash, is a beautifully produced reminder of the true nature of our housecats, and why catification of their environment is so important. Enjoy!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Vienna cat cafe from The Vancouver Sun, photo of fox with kittens from Life with Cats, screenshot of Chris Colfer from Catsparella

8 Comments on Mews and Nips from around the internet May 19, 2012

  1. Savannah NanaMo
    May 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm (9 years ago)

    the fox and those kittens, now that’s collaboration if ever I heard it! And thanks to this blog and a couple of others, my Mom and Dad are starting to research changing my diet to raw food…or at leat maybe getting me off my prescription dry food…I get bladder infections…

    • Ingrid
      May 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm (9 years ago)

      Let me know how the diet transition goes, Savannah!

  2. Connie
    May 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the idea of “Who was your cat born to be” but I have to roll my eyes every time I see it because I know that cats were born obligate carnivores but the company that is doing this makes foods that are high in plant based ingredients. I have to wonder why the comments were turned off on the youtube page..

    • Ingrid
      May 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm (9 years ago)

      LOL Connie. I’m with you on the irony, and I debated on whether to share this video, since I don’t recommend these diets, but I believe that anything that contributes to a better understanding of cats is a good thng, which made it “share-worthy” for me.

  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    May 19, 2012 at 9:16 am (9 years ago)

    I loved that video – Cash is quite the charmer and will fill someone’s home with a lot of love, personalitiy, and energy! As far as the cat cafes, I too hope the concept catches on here in the US!!

    • Ingrid
      May 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm (9 years ago)

      Maybe we need to open our own cat cafes, Deb!

  4. Max the Quilt Cat
    May 19, 2012 at 6:32 am (9 years ago)

    Great post…. I love the picture of that fox and to think that those kittens kept him warm. How beautiful.

    pawhugs, Max

    • Ingrid
      May 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm (9 years ago)

      Isn’t the fox adorable, Max?


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