Scratching Pole Dancing

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WAFFLES:  Is Gloman really going back to Minneapolis today, Boss?

KATIE:  Not if I have anything to do about it.
WAFFLES:  Whaddaya mean, Boss?
*cue pole dancing music*
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WAFFLES:  Wow, Boss. I didn’t know you had it in you–

About Today’s Photos

Usually when Gloman packs his suitcase, Katie and Waffles are right there ready to help. But today, when he started gathering up his camera gear and t shirts, Katie all of a sudden got a little frisky. So frisky in fact, she launched into one of her most spirited pole dances ever. 
Perhaps it was her way of trying to charm Gloman into staying. And it was a valiant effort. But sadly, he’s catching an early morning flight and will be back in MN in time for breakfast. 
Not to worry though…he’s coming back in just a couple of weeks to celebrate their wedding anniversary. And the anniversary of when Katie was adopted. 
Travel safe, Gloman! We love you!

More and More of Waffles to Love

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WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, check out me and Gloman. He said he’s super happy to see me. And that I get more and more handsome every day. 
KATIE:  More and more handsome every day? That’s not what I heard, Waffles. Try, “there’s more and MORE of YOU every day
WAFFLES:  That’s what I said. There’s more and more of my handsomeness every day. 
KATIE:  And your daily sampling of my breakfast has absolutely nothing to do with this “more and more” of you?
WAFFLES:  NO.  Sometimes I sample your dinner too.

 About Today’s Photos

Gloman arrived in Colorado on Friday and it took only a few seconds for Katie and Waffles to welcome him home with open paws and soft meows. Waffles and Gloman have been busy catching up on fetch tournaments and laptime. Katie spends her time stretching out in sunpuddles with him, chatting up a storm as they talk about life, love and managing Waffles.
Earlier Today, Glogirly and Gloman enjoyed a spin through Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a gorgeous drive and although they’re usually taking photos of the scenery and animals, today they attempted to get a selfie of the two of them. And Glogirly’s thumb. 

Japanese cat gets the ultimate playhouse: a giant cardboard robot hand-made by its owners【Pics】

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We wish there was space for us inside too.

As we’ve seen before, there are few things cats love more than a nice cardboard box to claim as their domain. And though any box will do, if you really love your pet you might be tempted to spruce up its cardboard abode with one that’s shaped like a fancy bathtub or Shinto shrine.

But what if your aesthetics run less toward the luxurious or cultural, and more towards the just-plain-awesome? Then we’d recommend following the example of Japanese Twitter user @kyoryu_kuramo and building a giant robot (giant compared to a cat, anyway) for your kitty to play and relax in.

After amassing a number of empty boxes (that previously held cat food), @kyoryu_kuramo, who’s also a toy designer, sketched a design for the robot. From there, his wife, a trained welder, took over and made her husband’s vision a reality.

▼ The rear hatch/ramp allows for easy access to the cockpit.

Upon completion, kitty mecha jock Sei Shonagon happily climbed in with no coaxing necessary, taking the sort of bold initiative anime protagonists often lack when ordered to get into robots built by their fathers. To sweeten the deal, the human couple added a literal creature comfort by putting a soft pad to sit on inside the cockpit.

However, while @kyoryu_kuramo’s home has only one cardboard robot, it has multiple cats.

In response to this lack of mecha infrastructure, @kyoryu_kuramo has already started work designing a second cardboard robot, although it’s unclear whether this is because he’s a loving pet owner or simply drunk on his own power as a mad scientist.

Oh, and if you love the idea of cats in cardboard robots so much that you’d like to wear it proudly on your chest…

…there’s already a T-shirt commemorating the first unit, available online here for 2,800 yen (US$25).

Just don’t let your pets see you wearing it if you’re not planning to build them a robot yourself, unless you want to drive them mad with jealousy.

Source: IT Media
Featured image: Twitter/@kyoryu_kuramo

Waiting for our CatDaddy

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WAFFLES:  Today’s the day, right Boss? 

KATIE:  Right, Waffles. Gloman arrives early this morning. Did you get him a present?
WAFFLES:  You mean like a rainbow crinkle ball? He likes to play fetch, you know. What’d you get him? Another hairball?
KATIE:  NO. I’m going to shower him with my love. That’s my present.
WAFFLES: But Boss, you don’t like the shower. 
With Gloman, Everything is Pawsible
Ok, maybe not cats-in-showers-pawsible…but when Gloman comes to visit, it’s like the sun is shining, the birds are singing and everything is right in our little corner of the world.

Office Cats

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WAFFLES:  This office assistant stuff is making me sleepy.

KATIE:  Well then perhaps you should go get me a snack.
KATIE:  Waffles? Waffles!
WAFFLES:  I’m kind of busy, Boss. I’m supposed to be office assisting, you know.
KATIE:   Whatever, Waffles.
WAFFLES:  Thanks, Boss. I’ll take a snack too. You know, will you’re up.
KATIE:  You’re not going to steal my spot, are you, Waffles?



About Today’s Photos
It’s been unseasonably cool here in the mountains. Fifties and sixties cool. Since the office is the warmest room in the house, that’s where everyone was hanging out today.

Waffles’ spot is the blue chair by the window. It’s got a nice view of the hummingbirds, not that he can see anything with his eyes glued shut.

Katie’s spot is on the sofa, curled up in her gushy blanket.

But the moment she gets up, even for a second, it always becomes Waffles’ spot.

Japan’s first cat cafe train announced, receives overwhelming response from feline and rail fans

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Could this be the future of rail travel?

When cat cafes started showing up in Japan, no one was really sure how long they’d last. Sure, the idea of sipping on drinks and munching on light fare while surrounded by felines had a definite appeal, but some wondered if it might be nothing more than a passing fad.

Fast-forward to the present day and cat cafes are so popular that some specialize to an even greater degree within the category, leading to cat cafes that boast luxurious interior design, alcoholic beverages, or nothing but black cats. One of the best subgenres of cat cafes are those that seek to match rescue cats with new homes, and now Gifu-based rescue cat cafe Sanctuary is going one step further in unique ideas by creating Japan’s first cat cafe train.

The project is a joint venture with Yoro Railway, which operates in Gifu and Mie Prefectures. The Cat Cafe train will run between Gifu’s Ogaki and Ikeno Stations, and passengers will share the carriage with a number of rescue cats which were originally scheduled to be culled but are now under the protection of Sanctuary.

The Cat Cafe Train is a one-day affair, with its initial run starting at 10:30 a.m. on September 10 at Yoro Station, from where it will travel to Ikeno, arriving at 1 p.m.. For cat lovers travelling in the opposite direction, the second Cat Cafe Train will leave Ikeno at 11:20 in the morning and arrive at Ogaki at 2;50 in the afternoon.

Passengers will be given a bento boxed lunch, sweets, and a ticket good for unlimited travel on Yoro Railway for the day. In addition, a portion of the per-person participation fee of 3,000 yen (US$27) will be used to fund Sanctuary’s rescue cat operations.

Human capacity is limited to 40 passengers for each Cat Cafe Train. Yoro Railway began taking reservations on August 7, announcing that seats could be booked until either September 4 or until all available reservations were filled, whichever came first.

Given Japan’s love of both cute animals and rail travel, it’s no surprise that it took less than a day for 80 people to book their seats, and Yoro Railway sent out a second announcement on August 7 that reservations were now closed. Given the tremendously quick response, however, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company is already planning another Cat Cafe Train for some future date.

Source: Yoro Railway (1, 2), Livedoor News via Jin
Top image: Yoro Railway
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The Paw Touch that Rocked the World

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Two years ago this week, the paw touch that sent our world and our blog spinning hit the interwebs. It’s as shocking today as it was then.

WAFFLES:  So Boss. We’ve been together now for about elebenty seven years.

KATIE:  Actually, it 2 years, 8 months, 21 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.

WAFFLES:  That’s what I said. Elebenty seven years.

KATIE:  Fine. Elebenty whatever. So just how long are you planning on keeping your paw there? Because for the record, mine was here first. And yours is encroaching.

WAFFLES:  Uh, but when a boy cat and a girl cat go out for elebenty seven years –
KATIE:  Go OUT???
WAFFLES:  Yeah, Boss. You know. Like going study and stuff.
KATIE:  You mean going ‘steady’? We are NOT going steady, Waffles. 
WAFFLES:  Does that mean we’re not going to the first base thing?
KATIE:  What, you mean like baseball?
About Today’s SHOCKING Photos

You should have heard Glogirly squealing after she shot these photos this past weekend.

Katie and Waffles HOLDING HANDS??? 

Call CNN!
Call Entertainment Tonight!
Call Jackson Galaxy!

Waffles is fascinated with Katie. He SO wants to engage. After breakfast, Katie trotted over to one of her favorite hang out spots – her big soft pillow by the sliding glass doors. It’s one of the few spots Waffles usually lets her be. Until today.

He walked up to her, sat down just at the edge of her pillow and started meowing. Long, extended meows. Slowly he reached out with his right paw towards her. He carefully set it down right on top of her paw and then laid it on the pillow next to hers.

Then came the stare down.

This was one of those moments Glogirly would pay just about any amount of money to be able to read their minds.

And in case you’re wondering…

These are actual, untouched photographs. NO photoshop trickery was used. For real.

Two Japanese cats duke it out at snail’s pace with adorably slow paw punches 【Video】

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Have you ever seen the world’s slowest cat fight?

It wasn’t too long ago when we covered Donguri the cat, a Scottish Fold who loves to sleep on his back. He’s furry, adorable, and possesses an incredibly bushy tail that just begs to be pet.

In a recent video tweet on his very own Twitter account, Donguri found himself backed into a corner by a feisty Ragdoll. His opponent was spoiling for a fight, and there was no way to escape the impending flurry of paws.

▼ Donguri the cat on the left versus his “attacker” on the right.

Cat fights are usually punctuated by shrill cries and lightning-fast exchanges of claws, but Donguri and his Ragdoll playmate here managed to do the exact opposite.

Perhaps Ragdoll was trying to provoke a response from Donguri, but it’s obvious the Scottish Fold was torn between laying the smack down and lazing around like a bum. At least he threw in a couple of slow paw punches just to appease his friend.

The adorable exchange captured the attention of Japanese Twitter users:

“That’s an incredibly cute cat fight.”
“Bahaha! Thanks for making me laugh!”
“They are both incredibly gentle.”
“I just can’t stop smiling.”
“It’s as if they’re rehearsing for a fight.”

▼ One Twitter user even sped up the video four times. And it was still slow.

Rest assured that Donguri and his partner aren’t alone in the slow cat fight trend though, as this other cat pair clearly shows they’re not to be one-upped in a battle of slowness and softness.

Source: Twitter/@akihimatandon11
Top image: Pakutaso

Meow! Japanese Internet comes together to appreciate “artfully” posed nude cat photos

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At long last, photogenic kitty pics that are SFW.

In a modern age of easy Internet access, the hyper-sexualisation of society continues apace, and no where is this more readily seen that in the number of cat nudes flooding the net. Naked cats can be seen in all sorts of situations, whether snuggled up against comparatively over-dressed humans, using the Internet to look at their own kind, or being two-faced.

But thanks to this photo from Twitter user @oekn_ne , we now know that with a little bit of covering up to preserve a kitty’s modesty, cat pictures can be art, rather than just smut.

▼ This cat would be wearing nothing but a smile if it weren’t for those tastefully placed exotic flowers.

Despite being a tweet, @oken_ne labelled it “Instagrammer” referring to the photo’s similarity to that very modern phenomenon of the Instagram model/attention seeker with its stylish yet sexy star playing to the camera. For others, it brought to mind the scantily clad or unclothed beauties from whose body sushi or sashimi is eaten. Probably not the best idea to try to recreate that particular phenomenon with cats, though.

Comments were largely confined to the ubiquitous cries of “Kawaii!” (“How cute!”), but it also seems that @oken_ne isn’t the only one artfully posing their cats to photograph, as Twitter user @u_sanmokedarui also posted this image in response:

These bewitching little minxes don’t leave a lot to the imagination, except perhaps for questions regarding the owners’ tenuous grip on sanity. Of course there will be some saying that the flowers don’t go far enough. Perhaps the next trend will be for more modest feline wear, perhaps even photos of cats in fur-khas.

Source: Twitter/@oken_ne via Togech

Waiting for Gloman

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KATIE:  I’ve got to hand it to you, Waffles. That poem of yours, as lame as it was, really worked. 
WAFFLES:  What poem?
KATIE:  The one to Gloman? You know, roses are red…

WAFFLES:  It DID??? So he’s really bringing me a bucket of chicken all the way from Minnesota? I hope they let him bring gravy on the plane. Do you think he’ll get extra crispy or–
KATIE:  Enough already with the chicken and gravy, Waffles. The good news is Gloman’s coming home to Colorado next week.

WAFFLES:  What do you mean, enough already with the chicken and gravy? There’s never enough chicken and gravy.
KATIE:  Chicken is Waffles’ shiny object. He just can’t look away. 
Homecoming
When we posted Waffles’ love poem to Gloman on our blog Wednesday, we honestly didn’t think he’d be able to come and visit this month. He’s already got plans to be here early in September, and with things being super busy, August wasn’t looking good. 
But before Glogirly had her morning tea, we got an email with the good news. Gloman’s coming home for a long weekend next week! YAY! 
Waffles may be fixated on food now, but once Gloman is here we’re certain it’s going to be a lap-love-fest. 
But the most touching part of Gloman’s homecoming is Katie. Once the door opens and she hears his voice, her ears will perk up and she’ll come trotting over to him with the happiest spring in her step. She’s a CatDaddy’s girl.