When Tama, the famous Japanese stationmaster cat, passed away last week, she was given quite a send off. An estimated 3,000 mourners came to pay their respects, and Tama was enshrined as a Shinto goddess. Tama was appointed stationmaster at a Japanese train station in 2007, where she quickly became famous, attracting tourists, saving the station from being closed, and benefiting the local economy to the tune of an estimated one billion yen. For more about Tama, please read the Time Out Tokyo Blog.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat last week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we provided information on what to do if your cat pees outside the litter box, on Tuesday, we shared one soldier’s experience with finding a foster home for her cats while she had to deploy to Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Lucy Burdette told us how she named a fictional cat in her new mystery, on Thursday, we explained how to recognize deafness in cats, and on Friday, we reviewed Fatal Reservations,  the latest in Lucy Burdette’s Key West food critic series.

The kitty in today’s video had a rather unexpected encounter with a cucumber. Who knew cucumbers could be so scary!


Have a great weekend!

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