How to make “sushi” for your cats!【Video】

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Celebrity YouTube chef Jun shows off his culinary skills with some clever twists on traditional sushi that cats are sure to love.

Jun, the Japanese-born half of international married couple and YouTube vloggers Rachel and Jun, is a handy guy in the kitchen, and not just when it comes to cleaning up the tools he needs to make delicious meals. As part of his Jun’s Kitchen channel, Jun also periodically posts videos about how to make dishes that are both eye-pleasing and mouthwatering, and his most recent project is one that’s especially intriguing: sushi for cats!

This isn’t Jun’s first time to cook for his cats, but it is his first video documenting how to make Japanese cuisine’s representative dish for them. As the video shows, he’s even made a few tweaks to the traditional sushi recipe to better appeal to the feline palate.

▼ Turning on the video’s English subtitles will walk you through the preparation steps.

For starters, Jun’s recipe uses no rice or vinegar, which are actually the two defining ingredients that make something sushi. The finished product, though, looks just like a piece of nigiri.

Subbing for the rice is a mixture of minced sea bream, and chicken breast. After they’re finely diced, Jun steams them and rolls them into a paste that ends up with a white, rice-like color. He also steams, slices, and makes a paste from beans and mustard spinach to use as a mild wasabi stand-in.

The paste is seasoned with home-made bonito broth (made in a coffee syphon) and corn starch, then shaped to form the bottom half of the nigiri piece. This is topped with a rectangular block of raw minced sashimi-grade tuna.

Of course, you can’t really get a cat to do something it doesn’t want to do. So rather than try to force his kitties to dine on his culinary creation, Jun presents them with a choice, serving the sushi for cats simultaneously with a dish of canned cat food next to it. It’s really no contest, though, as the feline diner goes right for the nigiri.

After all, home-made meals always taste the best, especially when they’re made by someone who obviously loves you very much.

Source: YouTube/JunsKitchen via IT Media
Images: YouTube/JunsKitchen

Waffles the Poet Cat #WafflesWednesday

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WAFFLES:  Gloman is trying to come out to Colorado and visit us again. I really miss his lap and the Boss really misses the rest of him. Glogirly said I should make him a poem. So here goes.

WAFFLES:  Roses are red.  Violets are…

WAFFLES:  Uh, Boss? What are violets again?

KATIE:  Blue, Waffles. Violets are blue.

WAFFLES:  But what’s a violet? I mean, is it like chicken? Or turkey?

KATIE:  Would you seriously eat a blue chicken???

WAFFLES:  Depends. Extra crispy?

KATIE:  This is a pretty lame poem, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  Ok, sorry Boss. I’ll start over.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Chicken is GOLDEN.
Like my love for you. 

I love you like chicken, Gloman!

About Today’s Photos
Today’s pics are a flashback from 2015. Waffles was modeling his Valentines Day tie and we were still living in our Minneapolis townhouse. He was only three years old and still looked a little kitten-ish. He may be all grown up now, but he’s still a kitten at heart. 

Gorgeous cat-themed Japanese gift envelopes: A perfect way to say congratulations to feline fans

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Traditional Japanese art form gets an added kitty quotient.

When attending a wedding ceremony in Japan, the guests don’t give the newlyweds presents such as toasters or dinner plates. Instead, they give cash, with 30,000 yen (about US$270) being the norm.

As with many things in Japanese culture, there’s a bit of ceremony involved. Crisp, new bills should be used, and the money is placed in a special envelope called a shugibukuro (like the one pictured above) which is used on auspicious occasions. The outer layer isn’t sealed with glue or other adhesives, but instead is held closed by a mizuhiki, an intricately braided cord made of tightly twisted paper.

While shugibukuro always impart a celebratory feeling, Japanese Twitter @Tukusi37user felt a special joy upon receiving a shugibukuro where the cord was braided not in an abstract pattern, but to form an adorable cat!

The feline shugibukuro is made by Nagano-based mizuhiki workshop Ohashi Tanji, and is unique for more than just its artistic feline appeal. Usually, shuginukuro are made of paper, but Ohashi Tanji’s kitty version is actually a tightly folded towel called a tenugui, which can also be used as a wrapping cloth or for decorative purposes.

▼ The cloth’s pattern, of course, features even more cats.

Because of the material used, recipients of the cat shugibukuro have a reason to hang onto it for years to come. Oh, and don’t worry, the cords on these envelopes are designed to slide off, so the recipient can remove the monetary gift inside without having to say good-bye to the mizuhiki kitty.

Ohashi Tanji offers the cat shugibukuro here through its online store, priced at 864 yen (US$7.85), making it an affordable but extremely memorable way to say congratulations to a friend with a soft spot for cats or a love of Japanese culture, or even as a gift to yourself.

Source: IT Media
Top image: Pakutaso
Insert images: Pakutaso, Ohashi Tanji

What Kind of Car is Your Cat?

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WAFFLES:  *daydreaming*
KATIE:  What…are you going to lay around, parked in that chair all day, Waffles?
WAFFLES:  NO. It’s not like I’m lazy or anything. 
KATIE:   No? Because I’ve walked by that red chair five times already and you’ve barely moved. 
WAFFLES:  Fine. Is this better?
If Cats were Cars
Waffles is two-speed cat. He’s either racing around at 100 cat miles per hour while yodeling at the top of his lungs, or he’s practically comatose. There’s just not much in-between. He’s a little like a muscle car that needs a new muffler.
Katie, on the other hand, purrs like a well-tuned engine on a six-speed Porsche and is graceful at any speed and every turn. 
Both are a fun ride! 

Cats, Watermelons & the Not-So-Famous Harlem Globetrotter

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When Glogirly came home from the grocery store with a watermelon today, she couldn’t resist sharing one of her all-time favorite posts from 2016, featuring the lesser known Harlem Globetrotter–
WAFFLES:  *uuuummmph* Man, this thing is heavy. How do those Harlem Globetrotter guys do it?
KATIE:  Waffles, what on earth are you doing???
WAFFLES:  This isn’t regulation size, Boss. It’s too big. I don’t think I can shoot hoops with it.

KATIE: Shoot hoops??? Seriously? Waffles, that’s a watermelon. Not a basketball. Oh and… you’re a CAT.

WAFFLES:  Wait! I’ve almost got it. Just have to dribble–
KATIE:  Waffles, the only thing you’re capable of dribbling is food onto your chin.

WAFFLES:  He shoots! He scores!

WAFFLES:  And the crowd goes WILD! *AAAAAAAHHHH!*

WAFFLES:  Hey! Where’d the crowd go?
About Today’s Photos
Today’s pics are from Waffles’ first watermelon encounter back when we lived at the Townhouse. Glogirly had just returned home from the market and her arms were so overloaded with grocery bags, she had to set the watermelon down on the floor before she could make it to the kitchen.

We’d heard that some cats like watermelon…but not quite like this.

Can Cats Eat Watermelon?
According to PetMD, cats can eat watermelon. But, and this is a big but… the seeds must be removed. They contain compounds that can be very harmful to cats. The rinds aren’t really recommended either. It’s important to remember that cats are obligate carnivores and therefore incapable of digesting some types of food, in particular, plant matter.

So a meal of watermelon is not a good idea. But a little bite should be just fine.

Cats & Ladders #WafflesWednesday

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WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?

KATIE:  I don’t know, Waffles. One crazy enough to climb a ladder and one to call for help when you can’t get down?

WAFFLES:  HA-HA, Boss. Very funny.
WAFFLES:  I don’t need no stinkin’ help getting down.

WAFFLES:  Uh, Boss?  BOSS?

About Today’s Post
Today’s #WafflesWednesday post is one of our favorites from 2015. Two years later and Waffles is still obsessed with ladders. But our ceilings are a LOT higher in Colorado. 
WAFFLES:  Boss? 
KATIE:  You’re on your own, Waffles.
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If you’re good at rhythm games, you might also be an expert at petting cats【Video】

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Japanese gamer’s feline pet would be blissfully happy as a controller substitute.

Musical rhythm video games can largely be divided into two categories. In one, the player uses some sort of controller modeled after an actual instrument, while the other simply uses standard video game controller buttons or a touchscreen for inputs.

While they’re both games first and foremost, some would argue that the first type is the better choice out of the two. It feels more like actually playing music, and if the simulated instrument is close to its real-life counterpart, like a set of drum pads, it could actually be stepping stone to learning to play the instrument itself.

But it turns out playing rhythm games that use a touchscreen can also teach you valuable skills. As shown in this video from Japanese YouTube user fubuki765, if you’re good at hitting notes on a touchscreen, you’re probably also really good at petting a cat.

In the video, fubuki765’s pet cat stretches out across half of his tablet. On the part of the screen that’s still visible, we can see bars of light representing the notes in a song from Sega rhythm game Chunithm sliding downwards, and fubuki765 skillfully taps and slides his fingertips across the animal’s body while keeping time with the music. Even as the driving beat intensifies, the kitty remains perfectly relaxed, stretching and happily swishing its tail.

But while pet and owner alike are thoroughly enjoying themselves, fubuki765, unfortunately, hasn’t exactly found a way to combine petting a kitty and playing video games. Chunithm is an arcade exclusive, with no home version, so what’s being shown on his tablet isn’t the game running in real time, but a pre-recorded video, with fubuki765 merely pretending to play the game.

Still, his timing is spot-on, which means that touchscreen video game skills still translate into kitty-pleasing finger action, and until someone develops an actual cat-based game controller, this is about as good as it gets for feline-loving gamers.

Source: IT Media
Images: YouTube/fubuki765

Japanese cat with a cat on its face defeats countless rivals for Internet attention【Video】

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In a world where cute cats have become a dime a dozen, the best way to stand out is by being two cute cats at the same time.

The rise of Internet culture has been a wonderful thing for cat lovers, but what about cats themselves? Back in society’s offline era, all you had to do to be dubbed “the cutest little kitty imaginable” was show up, purr a little, and maybe frolic around a bit to charm everyone in the immediate vicinity.

Now, though, the might of the Internet, history’s most powerful information-sharing system, pumps out a neverending supply of adorable cat photos and videos, meaning that local cats are competing for admiration with other felines from around the world. To stand out in that crowded field, you’ve got to do something special, but this cat, spotted by Japanese Twitter user @TOKAITRICK_bot has an inherent advantage, because he’s two kitties in one!

While this would be a master-level plan to earn attention, the cat seen in the video can’t actually take credit for it. He just happens to have been born with a unique coloring right under the tip of his nose that’s shaped like a kitty crouched down on all fours. The patch of black fur even includes ears and a rounded rump.

Amidst the deluge of comments squealing “So cute!” a few online observers pointed out that in the video the cat, which is a stray, seems to have some dried blood behind its right ear, a telltale sign of flea infestation. Between that and its absurdly cute face, a few commenters suggested that @TOKAITRICK_bot should take the animal to a veterinarian for treatment, then make it his pet.

However, @TOKAITRICK_bot says that he encountered the double kitty as part of a litter of kittens which he came across, along with its mother, while out and about. He’s pretty sure that Mama Cat wouldn’t be at all happy about one of her offspring being taken away so rather than risk her wrath, he settled for just taking a picture instead.

Source: IT Media
Featured image: Twitter/@TOKAITRICK_bot