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We’re Back!

OCC has reopened!

Hello fur friends!

 

The food dishes have been filled, comfy beds are out and the Cat Play Area is packed with the pitter patter of paws of again!  It’s been a looooong four months, but we are back open!  While it might look and feel a little different, our mission is the same, to facilitate Purff-fect Matches for our kitties and their prospective families.

 

And boy and boy what a first week we had!  Hectic to say the least – new policies and procedures in place to keep everyone (human and kitty) safe and sound – but I am beyond thrilled to report that 12 of our furry friends found their forever homes in the first few days of being re-open!  How great is that?  In addition to all of those adoptions, I am happy to report that 13 of our kitty friends were adopted by their foster families during their “Spring Break Vacation”.

 

This has been a most stressful time for everyone but if we can provide a little comfort, perhaps with a cuddly kitten and delicious cup of coffee then we are happy to welcome you back!

 

Stay safe everyone!

 

~Jean Luc

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The Road to Re-Opening

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Where did everyone go? I just woke up from a very long nap and there is no one here. No guests. No kitties. No nice people taking care of us. Everyone is gone!

 

As many of you know, and as I just recently found out, we have a very serious situation here in Florida, and all through the world, with Coronavirus.

 

Orlando Cat Café temporarily closed our Kitty Play Area on March 20th per (purr) Governor DeSantis’s order and while technically we could have opened back up with limited capacity, we have not yet done so. Over the last many, many weeks, we, like most businesses have been working on a new set of policies of procedures to keep both our Team Members and our Guests safe. We had planned to reduce the occupancy of the Cat Play Area from 20 to 10 guests to adhere to social distancing, and were of course, requiring face coverings for everyone, Team Members and Guests alike. We even had new procedures for kitty toys to avoid any potential cross contamination.

 

We were all set to reopen on Monday, July 6th and even had a member of the United States Congress coming out to pay us a visit that day, however, in light of the horrific numbers coming out of the State of Florida over the last 7 days or so, we have decided it would be irresponsible to re-open at this time and so we will remain closed for at least another couple of weeks.

 

We are, of course, disappointed, but we also feel a sense a responsibility not only to our Team Members and Guests but also to the general public at large and must also do what we feel is right. While we have been working hard to institute new policies and procedures to keep everyone safe, we now find ourselves grappling with re-opening at a time when Coronavirus infections are skyrocketing and sending out a message to the public to “come out and play with cats” when that might not be the safest thing to do right now.

 

We are the first Cat Café to open in the State of Florida, and also one of the most successful in the country in terms of both our adoption rate and number of guests that have visited. At the time we had to temporarily close we had adopted 820 cats and kittens to their forever homes. The Orlando Cat Café is a valuable partner to SPCA Florida both in terms of revenue (100% of adoption fees go directly to SPCA Florida) and also in terms of reducing the cat and kitten population that are currently housed in the shelter.

 

And so, like many other business, we are in the process of “pivoting”. We will be re-opening soon, however, when we do and for the foreseeable future we will be asking our guests to come visit us ONLY if you are seriously interested in adopting. We will be enforcing an “appointment only” policy so as to reduce the number of guests in and out during the day. Normally we love to have our guests come in and play and cuddle us with us, but now that find ourselves in middle of surging infections, we will be making some changes for the protection of everyone – Team Members, Guests and yes…even the kitties.

 

We are confident that eventually things will return to “normal” but for now, we are choosing to remain closed to do our part, however small, to help everyone stay safe and healthy.

 

On behalf of everyone at the Orlando Cat Café. We thank you for your incredible loyalty and support and we can’t wait to see you again soon.

 

Stay safe,

Jean Luc

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JL Blog: An Interview with Volunteer, Sara!

Cat Cafe Volunteer Sara

This month, Jean Luc sat down with SPCA Florida Volunteer Sara C. to talk about what it’s like volunteering at Orlando Cat Café through SPCA Florida.

JL:  Hi Sara and thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Do you mind if I keep my back to you for some of the time, so that it appears that I am ignoring you?

SC:  Hi Jean Luc and yes, it would be an honor to have you pretend to ignore me.

JL:  How long have you been a volunteer with the Orlando Cat Café?

SC: I’ve been volunteering at the Orlando Cat Cafe since July 2018. It has been a pawsitively wonderful experience!

JL:  I can totally understand that! What do you enjoy the most about your job?

SC:  Getting to see our cats and kittens find furever homes! I also enjoy meeting cat lovers from all over the world. I’ve met lots of folks from the U.K. (they certainly love their cats), as well as Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico and many others.  #CatsWithoutBorders

JL:  I love to ignore people from all over the world, too!  What do you enjoy the least about your job?

SC:  It’s sometimes difficult to manage young children who can’t wait to run and grab every cat or kitten they see (some are wonderful with the cats, but others not so much…).

JL:  Yup…I’ve experienced that myself!  And thanks for not saying “litter pans” because everyone says litter pans, but you know what, a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do.  Do you know what I mean?

SC:  Absolutely!

JL:  Do you have any advice for people who want to work in the animal welfare arena?

SC:  Always be willing to help wherever needed. There are a lot of tasks that need to be done to make the Orlando Cat Cafe successful.  Also, remember the importance of great customer service. Being pleasant – even when reviewing the ‘rules’ with guests – is critical to making our visitors have a meowvelous experience. A smile and conversation go a long way.

JL:  When you say there are a lot of tasks that need to be done, you’re talking about litter pans, aren’t you?

SC:  I am afraid I am.

JL:  What do you like to do outside of work?

SC: I enjoy art (especially cat art) of any kind. I also enjoy sewing and doing crafts, reading and going on walks.

JL:  I enjoy walking ON sewing and also walking on arts and craft so we should definitely hang out sometime!

SC:  I would love that!

JL:  Last question before I let you go — Do you have any pets of your own?

SC:  Yes! I have two sweet kitties – Maya and Lily. They are both girls and both 8 years old. They were born in California, but ‘retired’ with my husband and me four years ago when we moved to Florida. They are definitely sun-loving cats with unique purrsonalities – love them!

JL:  Thank you so much Sara and thank you for doing all that you do for all the kitties at The Orlando Cat Café!

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Love is in the Air (and in the gravy!)

Human Love Versus Cat Love

It’s February and by the looks of the displays in almost every store, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  With an entire day devoted to love, I felt I should devote my monthly column to the same topic – specifically how Cat Love is different from Human Love.

We begin with a story. A good friend of mine (we’ll call him Connor because that’s actually his name), told me a story about how his human mom was about to feed him, but tripped and went flying across the room and ended up in a bloody heap (don’t worry – the human is totally fine now). After she cleaned herself up she lamented to Connor about how he didn’t really seem to care or “love” her, and didn’t seem too concerned about her injuries, but was more worried about the food situation (remember she stumbled while in the sacred time of feeding him).  Connor and I had a pretty good laugh about this because apparently the fall was EPIC (like, YouTube worthy) and because the human thought Connor didn’t love her as much as he did the food. The story is funny because it’s true. Of course, he cared more about the food!

You see – human love and cat love are very different in both how we experience it and how we show it.  There are three things I love in this world – 1) turkey gravy (see my November column for more information) and 2) French Fries (my mother loved them so much she gave me a French name!) and 3) pretty much every other food. You’ve heard of people who cook because “food is love”? I eat because I love food!

Humans play pretty fast and loose with the “love” word.  I hear this all the time:
“I love the music from Aladdin.”
“I love my children.”
“I love the new red sweater I just bought.”

Cats love food.  We might “like” things including the music from Aladdin (I do like to sing show tunes), and your children (provided they offer me treats), and your new red sweater (it is super comfy to lay on), but we don’t necessarily love any of those things, including you.
You may think that when we snuggle up next to you to sleep or meow to be picked up or sit on your lap that we are expressing our love, but those are simply signs of affection, which is not the equivalent of love.

I have demonstrated this using a Venn Diagram above. Notice how the circles do not overlap. This is because human love has nothing in common with cat love, except when it comes to food.  When you look at it is really simple and extremely relatable!

And so Connor’s mom, and everyone else out there – there you have it – Jean Luc has answered the question that has plagued humankind for years. Do we “love” you?  The answer is “no”. We are extremely fond of you. We like you a lot. We are affectionate towards you. But we love food, and only food.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Jean Luc Rings in 2020!

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2020! A new year! A fresh start! I have been hearing a lot lately about New Year’s Resolutions, which is apparently a “thing” that people do at the beginning of the New Year. Something about taking stock and starting the new year fresh – replacing bad habits with good habits. Most of the comments I hear have to do with people’s weight, but sometimes it’s hard to hear since they have a muffin in their mouths. Personally, I like a big lap to sit on and a big soft tummy to make biscuits on is even more pleasant.

Anyway, since I am a cat, and therefore, perfect in every way, I didn’t think I could partake in this New Year’s activity, but upon further reflection, I have come up with a few things that maybe I could improve upon. Maybe.

 

Resolution #1 – Scratching Post
I know that the dining room rug is not a horizontal scratching post. I really do know this, but it is SO tempting to use it. First of all, it’s so big and roomy and I can use a different piece of it every day. Also, the material is so pleasing to my paws. Yet…I know that my scratching posts are mostly vertical and that the stretch is good for me. And you’ve put them all over the house – even next to the dining room rug. I’m going to try…really try…and not to use the rug anymore. At least while you are looking. Maybe just at night while you are sleeping…

 

Resolution #2 – Coming When Called
Did you know that cats have superior hearing? It’s true – a cats’ sense of hearing is remarkably superior to that of humans. This means that we can hear sounds you can’t hear on both ends of the spectrum, particularly the higher end. Like a mouse. Or a can opener. Or that “pop” that the can makes when you open it. Cats’ ears are uniquely designed to draw sound into the ear canal, which enables us to hear sounds well. So…what I’m trying to say is that I CAN hear you when you call me. I just choose not to come. I don’t really know why. Sometimes I’m napping. Sometimes I’m just comfortable where I am. But mostly, I just don’t feel like it. Kind of like you when you answer, “What?” when someone calls you and you don’t feel like getting off the couch. We’ve all been there, but I’m “there” pretty much every day of the year. This year, I’m really going to work on coming when called. Even if there is no cookie reward. And if not sleeping. Or really comfortable where I am. Or just don’t feel like it.

 

Resolution #3 – Litterbox Habits
This is a delicate subject and I will tell you that I have never had a litterbox “accident” which is something that I’m proud of. That being said, there are some litterbox habits which perhaps I can improve on. Sometimes I get really excited about the digging part and I dig and I dig and I dig and I dig, like I’m getting ready to poop in China! All the way to the bottom of the box, until there is not a speck of litter there…because by the time I’m done it’s all outside the box. I guess I can be a little overzealous sometimes and this behavior could be toned down a bit. It does a make big mess and I probably don’t have to step in the giant Mount Litterbox that is now outside the box and then track that all around the house. This is something that I can definitely work on and will beginning with my first poop of the New Year (too much information?).

 

Resolution #4 – Sharing
Admittedly, sharing is not my strong suit. Not when it comes to food. Or toys. Or food. Or your favorite sweater that I like to lay on (you have others). Or food. Or your lap. Or food. Or the box I am sitting in. Or food. I’ve always followed my own version of the Golden Rule, which I have re-interpreted from, “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them to Unto You”, to be more like, “What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Mine. Mine. All Mine.” So sharing is something that I can work on this year – except when it comes to your sweater. And food.

 

Speaking of fresh starts (as I did at the beginning of this column), if you haven’t been in to see me lately, come on in. The Kitty Playroom has undergone a major renovation with new paint, a new kitten cabana (replacing the kitten tent) and all sorts of new swag from t-shirts to hoodies to tank tops and of course, me in plush form (no home should be without one).

 

On behalf of everyone at Orlando Cat Café, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Jean Luc Gives Thanks at Thanksgiving

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It’s November! For me, November used to mean one thing and one thing only – GRAVY! I LOVE turkey but I really LOVE turkey gravy. Those of you that have been reading this column for some time know about my love of all things gravy and November is usually the time that I devote my entire column to it.

But this year has been a momentous one for the Orlando Cat Café and so, I thought I would devote this column to giving thanks and expressing gratitude, which is apparently another tradition of Thanksgiving (who knew?).

I have many, many things to be grateful for this year. Here is just a sampling:

• In 2019 we celebrated the 400th, 500th and yes, even 600th adoption at Orlando Cat Café (and we are getting very close to celebrating the 700th). I am very thankful for all the adopters out there that have opened their hearts and homes to our kitties.
• I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the many media outlets that covered us this year from Visit Orlando (Buzzworthy Coffee Shops), Pulptown (Best Places to Self Love), Orlando Weekly (Lose yourself in a day trip to the quaint Clermont), Orlando Date Night Guide (Orlando City Guide, Best Things to do in Clermont), ClickOrlando.com (Unique Orlando Bars and Restaurants), WFTV ABC News Orlando (Locals Only: Painting and Palettes Class), Telemundo (Clear the Shelters), YOGA Magazine (Cover Story – Yoga with Cats), Allison Walker Torres (On the Town: 5 Things to Know About the Orlando Cat Cafe), Lola the Rescue Kitty Blog, and Unique Eats and Eateries of Orlando for including us.
• I am thankful that we welcomed our 60,000th visitor as well as our 10,000th Facebook Check In.
• Gratitude abounds to Sweet Tomatoes on Hwy 192 in Kissimmee who partnered with us for the entire month of June to promote Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
• I am grateful to Caroline Kellam from Pawsitive Strides Pet Sitters for teaching important lifesaving skills for cats (and yes, dogs too) in our 2-day Pet First Aid and CPR Class.
• I am humbled and grateful to have my own Plush Doll (click here to purchase online!).
• I am grateful that we set new records this year for kitty adoptions – 14 adoptions in one day during our Mega Adoption Event and 15 cats in one week in July.
• I am also humbled that Lake County Florida awarded us our own “Official Day” on September 8th marking our 3rd anniversary. Thank you South Lake Tablet for covering our proclamation!
• I am thankful to all of our guests who visit, tell their friends about us, post on social media and send us donations of food, toys, beds and litter. I am grateful for friends like Lilli K. who matched the adoption fees for my friends Poochie, Nunu and Reeces and for Eric D. who made a $400 donation to the SPCA Florida’s Guardian Angel Fund during their Black Cat Special Event.
• I am thankful and grateful to SPCA Florida and Axum Coffee for being such purr-fect partners and to Regina and Stefanie who manage all of our social media accounts.
• I am also thankful and grateful to Kim who cares for us every day (and empties our litter pans!) and Paola who makes sure we are in tip top medical condition and to ALL the volunteers from SPCA Florida who do everything to make the Orlando Cat Café everything that it.
• And lastly, to Jessica, who makes sure that everything runs smoothly every day.

On behalf of people and cats at The Orlando Cat Café, THANK YOU and have a wonderful Thanksgiving season (and don’t forget the gravy)!

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Interview with Volunteer Chris

Interview with Volunteer Chris

This month Jean Luc sat down with long time SPCA Volunteer Chris S. to talk about cats, volunteering, and the joys of scooping litter.JL:  Hi Chris – it’s so nice to see you again!

CS:  Hi Jean Luc, you are looking well and it’s a pleasure to be doing this interview with you.

JL:  Do you mind if I sit on this chair and you can sit on the floor?

CS:  Sure…that would be ok.

JL:  So you were involved with the Orlando Cat Café since before we were officially open! I remember seeing you when I was just an intrepid reporter!

CS:  That’s right!  I was involved with the initial set up and opening of the Café and have been here since opening day in September 2016.

JL:  You really don’t look a day older than you did back in 2015 when we first met! I think that working with cats keep people young! What are your duties as a volunteer?

CS:  As a volunteer I welcome visitors to the Café’s Cat Play Area and I also assist with cat care and socialization of the cats.

JL:  It sounds like a lot of fun! What’s your favorite part of being a volunteer?

CS: I enjoy being around the cats and meeting guests from all over Florida and really all over the country as well as guests from so many foreign countries that visit the Café. I also like to see so many adoptions and cats finding their fur-ever homes. I really love it when someone comes in and isn’t necessarily planning to adopt and then falls in love with a wonderful feline and they become part of their family. Cats pick their people!

JL:  That is really the truth. One of the greatest cat fallacies is that people are in charge of their cats, when it’s really the other way around. Do you have any advice for people who maybe want to be a volunteer or get involved in animal advocacy?

CS:  Be realistic. Not every cat is going to be a success story. There are chronic illnesses and sometimes a “failure to thrive” with young kittens. It’s sad, but I try to stay focused on the positive and the adoptions. Plus, the fact that our cats have a wonderful, interactive and stimulating environment at the Cafe as they wait for their fur-every homes. Jean Luc…Jean Luc?

JL:  Oh sorry – I was just looking at some new toys that just came in and I got distracted. Where were we?

CS:  Stimulating environment.

JL:  Exactly!  What do you like to do outside of your volunteer work at Orlando Cat Café?

CS:  Outside of my volunteer work at the Café, I enjoy yoga, including Yoga with Cats at Orlando Cat Café, reading, photography, walks in nature, and traveling with my husband and best friend. I am retired now and am really enjoying this chapter of my life.

JL:  Nice! It sounds like all roads lead back to kitties! Do you have a kitty of your own?

CS:  I do! Jake is my tabby cat and is 5 years old. We found him as a result of a “free kitten” sign and he is the best cat ever! I’ve been a cat owner since my early teens and living at home. They bring so much joy and companionship to your life. I can’t imagine not having a cat in my home.

JL:  I think it’s cute that you think you found Jake when in reality it is Jake that you found you! Have Jake’s people call my people and maybe we can do lunch sometime!

CS:  I think he would like that.

JL:  Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me and also, thank you for allowing me to sit in this comfortable chair during this interview.

If you are interested in becoming part of the dedicated volunteer at Orlando Cat Café, you can get more information here. Who knows, you may get the chance to be interviewed by Jean Luc himself!

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Jean Luc Interviews Paola

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This month Jean Luc had the purr-leasure of sitting down with Paola C., who will be celebrating two years with Orlando Cat Café next month!  Here is our interview:

JL:  Hello Paola and thank you for taking the time to sit down with me. Do you mind if I sit on your lap while we talk?

PC:  Hi Jean Luc, it would be honor to have you sit on my lap!

JL:  We’ve known each other a long time now, but can you tell our readers what it is you do here at the Orlando Cat Café?

PC:  Well…my official title is Veterinary Technician/Adoption Counselor but I also consider myself a Gatekeeper and Cat Slave. Really I do it all!

JL:  Cat Slave? Well, to be fair I would think that anyone that works with cats knows that they actually work FOR cats right?

PC:  Right!

JL:  And aside from the pleasure you must get seeing to every cat’s needs and wants, what do you enjoy the most about your job?

PC:  I enjoy being able to use my Vet Tech skills by making any sick kitty better and then seeing them go home.

JL:  That’s beautiful. I currently have a growly feeling in my tummy which I think could be helped by some cookies, would you be able to make that go away?

PC:  Perhaps after this interview is over.

JL:  OK – I think I can wait. What do you enjoy the least about your job?

PC:  We have had a couple of kitties that have come back to us after their adoption because they were not a good fit. All three of the Adoption Counselors at the Orlando Cat Café work very hard to make sure that when a kitty gets adopted, it’s a good fit and they will not be returned. Even though only a few have come back to us, I don’t like when that happens because I feel bad for the cat who had a home and then lost it. Most of the time it’s because the new family did not give the cat adequate time to adjust.

JL:  That is sad because I know that you all work hard to ensure that that doesn’t happen and when it does, I am sure you are disappointed. This is making the empty space in my tummy feel emptier. Do you think a cookie would help?

PC:  In a little while. Do you have another question?

JL:  Let me consult my notes…Yes! What advice do you have for people who want to work in the animal welfare arena?

PC:  I’ve been working with animals for 18 years now and it is not an easy job. You have to be mentally & physically willing to put an animal’s life before yours. Many times I’ve had to stay at work late, go to work earlier, or skip lunch. There will be times you will feel like it’s a thankless job but when you start noticing that an animal went from not eating, not playing and not feeling good to full recovery that’s the moment you realize it is all worth it and the feeling is extremely rewarding.

JL:  Skipping lunch must be awful. I’ve never skipped a meal, and up until now, have never skipped a snack…

PC:  I will get you a snack in a moment.

JL:  Because it will be extremely rewarding?

PC:  Yes.

JL:  What do you like to do outside of work?

PC:  I love spending time with my husband by going to concerts, theme parks, the beach and the movies.

JL:  Very nice. I like to nap. And eat.

PC:  I know.

JL:  Final question – do you have any pets of your own?

PC:  After losing my six cats due to old age (one passing away every year for six years straight) I am on an ownership hiatus for now.

JL:  You know I have the pull to set you up with a couple dozen kittens right?

PC:  I am really ok with just taking care of you and your friends at the café for now.

JL:  Speaking of which, weren’t we discussing cookies at some point?

PC:  If you get off my lap I can get you a cookie.

JL:  Deal!  Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me about your job here.  And thank you for everything you do for the kitties at The Orlando Cat Café.  And thank you for the cookie!

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Jean Luc Celebrates Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

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It’s June and it’s my most favorite month! SO many things going on in June:

It’s Adopt a Cat Month AND Adopt a Shelter Cat Month AND June 2nd-8th is Pet Appreciation Week which includes National Hug Your Cat Day (June 4th) AND it’s also the month that celebrates National Take Your Cat to Work Day (June 17th) AND celebrates one of the most iconic cat figures of all time (no, not me) with National Garfield the Cat Day (June 19th) AND rounds up with National Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 21st (which let’s face it, is like a day off for the rest of us!). It’s a feline fantastic month!

So many GREAT events in June but for the sake of this column, I shall focus on Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Of course, the best way to get involved and to really own this month is to adopt a cat or kitten from The Orlando Cat Café, but if you can’t adopt, here are some ways that you can still help:

1. Harness the power of Social Media! If you are on Facebook (and really who isn’t?), simply paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Save a life: Adopt a cat! https://www.orlandocatcafe.com. If Twitter is more your thing, tweet and retweet “June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Save a life: Adopt a cat! https://www.orlandocatcafe.com.” Added bonus – it’s nice to get away from politics for a few minutes!

2. Share an adoptable cat, cat-care, or adoption article or “Purr-fect Match” photo from the Orlando Cat Café through your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter accounts each day of the month. Of course, this will mean one less post about the great waffles that you are eating, but trust us, we will survive (and it’s for a really good cause!)

3. Sign up to be a volunteer at the Orlando Cat Café and then tell your friends how great it is! Click here to find out how to become a volunteer!

4. Donate to the SPCA or directly to Orlando Cat Cafe in honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. You can find a list of items that we need here.

5. Fundraise – What better way to celebrate your love of cats than to host a fundraiser in their honor? Get your entire company on board with an Adopt a Shelter Cat Month fundraiser celebration! Orlando Cat Café will award a special gift and Certificate of Appreciation to the 3 highest fundraisers and we will present the checks to the SPCA in a special celebration (with cake!).

6. Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comers about animal shelters and why Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and pet adoption in general, is important.

As always, thank you to everyone who helps support the kitties at SPCA and at The Orlando Cat Café where EVERY month is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (not to mention Take Your Cat To Work Day!)

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How to Argue with a Cat Contest

It’s time for the Feline First Friday Contest! This month, you can enter to win the book “How to Argue with a Cat” by Jay Heinrichs! The author shares his negotiating skills for any situation – including with your cat!

 

CONTEST: To enter for your chance to win, post a pic in the Facebook or Instagram comments of your cat and tell us why your kitty would NOT want you to read this book! Contest ends November 5, 2018. The winner will be picked randomly and announced on or about November 6, 2018. Thank you for the gifted book, Crown Publishing!

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST
The Facebook and/or Instagram contests are limited to the continental United States.

 

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
On Facebook and/or Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe page and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site between November 2 – 5, 2018.

 

PRIZE DETAILS
One (1) Winner will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Facebook Prize and the one (1) Instagram Prize is each one (1) physical copy of the “How to Argue with a Cat” book by author Jay Heinrichs valued at US$10.

 

CONTEST STARTS
November 2, 2018

 

CONTEST ENDS
November 5, 2018. Winner will be announced on the applicable social site contest post on or about November 6, 2018.

 

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants in the continental US.

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

 

1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, Florida, USA 34714, (352) 989-4820, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

 

2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest limited to the continental US. Employees and Volunteers of the Orlando Cat Cafe and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

 

3. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (EST) on November 2, 2018 and continues until the End of Day (EST) on November 5, 2018. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (EST) on November 5, 2018 to be eligible.

 

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook and Instagram, Entrant must “Like” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook nor Instagram, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

 

5. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$10 (Facebook and Instagram, one each). Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Unfolded will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

 

6. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about November 6, 2018. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

 

7. NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

 

8. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

 

9. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Florida, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

 

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook and Instagram.

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Feeling a little catty! Enter to Win a DIY Catio Plan

It’s the Feline First Friday contest and you can win your fave DIY Catio Plan from Catio Spaces! Choose any plan from a Window Box to an Oasis to easily build your BFF the catio of their dreams – plus, you don’t need to be an experienced carpenter to do it! Enter below!

 

CONTEST: To enter for your chance to win, share a pic with us of your cat and let us know the first thing they would say when seeing their own catio that you built for them. Contest ends September 10, 2018. The winner will be picked randomly and announced on or about September 11, 2018.  More on Catio Spaces: https://catiospaces.com/

 

FULL CONTEST RULES:

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST

The Facebook and/or Instagram contests are limited to the continental United States.

 

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS

On Facebook and/or Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe page and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site between September 7 – 10, 2018.

 

PRIZE DETAILS

One (1) Winner will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Facebook Prize and the one (1) Instagram Prize is each one (1) DIY Catio Plan from Catio Spaces valued between US$39.95 – $69.95.

 

CONTEST STARTS: September 7, 2018

 

CONTEST ENDS: September 10, 2018. Winner will be announced on the applicable social site contest post on or about September 11, 2018.

 

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY

Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants in the continental US.

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES 

 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

 

  1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, Florida, USA 34714, (352) 989-4820, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

 

  1. ELIGIBILITY: Contest limited to the continental US. Employees and Volunteers of the Orlando Cat Cafe and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

 

  1. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (CST) on September 7, 2018 and continues until the End of Day (CST) on September 10, 2018. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (CST) on September 10, 2018 to be eligible.

 

  1. HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook and Instagram, Entrant must “Like” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook nor Instagram, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

 

  1. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$39.95 – $69.95 (Facebook and Instagram, one each). Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Unfolded will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

 

  1. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about September 11, 2018. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

 

  1. NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

 

  1. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

 

  1. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Florida, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

 

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook and Instagram.

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Feline First Friday Contest: Water You Doing

THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED. THANK YOU!

CONTEST: To enter for your chance to win, share a pic with us of your cat doing a water related things, such as drinking, bathing, drinking from the faucet, sitting by the pool, sitting by their water dish, reading a catalogue with bathing suits, planning a beach getaway, and more! Contest ends August 6, 2018. The winner will be picked randomly and announced on or about August 7, 2018. See below for full contest rules.

ABOUT THE CONTEST
The Facebook and/or Instagram contests are limited to the continental United States.

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
On Facebook and/or Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe page and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site between August 3 – 6, 2018.

PRIZE DETAILS
One (1) Winner will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Facebook Prize is one (1) Cat H20 Water Fountain valued at US$30.

CONTEST STARTS
August 3, 2018

CONTEST ENDS
August 6, 2018. Winner will be announced on the applicable social site contest post on or about August 7, 2018.

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants in the continental US.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, Florida, USA 34714, (352) 989-4820, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest limited to the continental US. Employees and Volunteers of the Orlando Cat Cafe and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

3. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (CST) on August 3, 2018 and continues until the End of Day (CST) on August 6, 2018. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (CST) on August 6, 2018 to be eligible.

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook and Instagram, Entrant must “Like” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and/or Instagram account and enter a valid comment on the applicable post. Entrant can submit one entry per social site. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook nor Instagram, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

5. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$30 (Facebook). Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Unfolded will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

6. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about August 7, 2018. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

7. NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

8. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

9. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Florida, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook and Instagram.

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Good Things Come in 3’s!

Update:  Jean Luc is purring with contentment to report that all three of these special kitties have found their forever homes!

Jean Luc here – roving reporter for Orlando Cat Café with an urgent plea for help.  As fans of all things feline, I think we can all agree that: ALL cats are special and ALL cats deserve a good home.

But some cats have a story that makes them even more special. Today I would like to introduce you to 3 of my new feline friends at The Orlando Cat Café who are in desperate need of a loving home. Maybe it’s you? Maybe someone you know?

Velvet

Velvet – Female – 17 Years Old

At 17 years old, Velvet is our most senior resident at The Orlando Cat Café. As you can see from her picture, she is a beautiful girl, but her life story is anything but.  Prior to her arrival at Orlando Cat Café, Velvet was rescued by Hillsborough County Animal Services from a hoarding house where there were (literally) 100’s of other cats. From Hillsborough County, she went to Orange County Animal Services and then transferred to Purr Another Day who got in touch with our partner, SPCA Florida, and they felt that the Orlando Cat Café would be the perfect place for her to wait for her forever home. Although she is very happy at Orlando Cat Café, this senior gal is most deserving of a stable, loving family who will allow her to live out the remainder of her life.

I love Velvet – she’s like my grandma!  Here are 10 reasons why Senior Cats Rule (as told me by Velvet herself):

  1. When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it. While I enjoy being at the Orlando Cat Café, I know that I will be super thankful to find my forever home where I can be with my forever family!
  2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  3. Unlike dogs, you can teach an old cat new tricks! Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to give a high paw – maybe you can teach me?
  4. A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night). That’s so kittenish!
  5. In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. I have excellent litterbox skills!
  6. A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting. I’m purr-fect just the way I am!
  7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored. Ah, kittens!
  8. Speaking of relaxing, senior cats make great napping buddies!
  9. Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting. I learned that a long time ago!
  10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for – so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life.

Do you know someone who could adopt Velvet?  Are you that special someone?  SPCA Florida has generously lowered the regular adoption fee to help find Velvet her forever home.  We ALL want Velvet to finally have a loving family to call her own.

Hope and Pepper

Hope and Peppers are both 6 years old and come to us through our partners at SPCA Florida.  Because they are black, they had to wait a long time to find their first home. Their owner recently suffered a stroke and sadly is unable to care for them. They loved their home, which was completely designed for them with fun kitty pathways and miss their old life but desperately want a new home to call their own. They love each other dearly and would like to stay together since they have lost so much already. They already had to say goodbye to their rabbit friend who lived with them. So much loss for these kitties to deal with in such a short time.

Hope loves belly rubs and snuggling under the covers. Pepper likes to lick his brother but will not allow Hope to lick him back. They are sweet, cuddly boys who love to sleep in bed with their owner.

Their owner loves his babies and is hoping they will find a wonderful home together so that their rescue story can continue to be a happy one. Do you know of someone that would like to adopt Hope and Pepper?  Is that someone you?

Please help spread the word about these three special cats all at the Orlando Cat Café and let’s all work together to get them to their forever homes THIS WEEK!

*Velvet is currently at the Orlando Cat Café and Hope and Pepper will arrive this Friday afternoon (7/13).

 

 

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Changes are coming!

I love to sing! Mostly musicals (who can forget my wonderful rendition of Something’s Coming from West Side Story just before The Orlando Cat Café opened!) but also classic rock too, and today I am channeling my inner David Bowie with “Changes.”
 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer cat
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There’s gonna have to be a different cat
Time may change me

 
But I can’t trace time Lots of cats (and people too) dislike change. Actually, cats love change, but only if it is the others who are changing to make life more comfortable for THEM! Like a warm blanket direct from the dryer instead of the room temperature one.
 
We have very exciting (and happy!) changes to talk about this month at The Orlando Cat Café as we welcome the SPCA Florida as our new cat adoption partner! Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. They are dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, just like we are at The Orlando Cat Café! SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering their doors each year. That’s a whole lot of cat and puppy chow!
 
They also operate the McClurg Animal Medical Center, which is open to the public and is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually! Imagine all the tongue depressors they must stock! Thousands more pets and people are served through their community outreach and education programs. I had a chance to visit them recently and was very impressed not only with their facility, but also with the wonderful and caring people that I met.
 
So what does this mean for The Orlando Cat Café? More kitties! You can expect a full house of fun loving felines all of which who are looking to be pet and coddled and cuddled while they await their purr-fect forever families.
 
Our dedicated team at The Orlando Cat Café will remain as is it. Samantha, Paola and Stefanie will continue to take care of us (yay!) and will continue to act as our Adoption Counselors for a whole new crew of fun felines who will be joining us. And you will still see a lot of our friendly volunteers like Chris, June, Kathie, Kim, Roz, Bob, Teri and Muriel and many others!
 
If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful organization, and maybe want to volunteer to help take care of the kitties and help our Adoption Counselors at the Orlando Cat Café, you can click here to visit the SPCA Florida website to get started. And of course if you want to see what kitties we have up for adoption at our cafe, visit our website and scroll on down our home page for the latest pics.

 

What else will change? CAKE!!!  Yes – we will soon schedule a GRAND RE-OPENING so we can celebrate joining forces with SPCA Florida. Stay tuned to this newsletter for more details – Jean Luc LOVES a good party!!!

 

All of us at The Orlando Cat Café are thrilled to welcome the SPCA as our new partners! Stop by and say hello! 

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Once in a Blue Moon with Jean Luc

Some days I run through the house like a wild animal that has escaped his zoo pen. Other days I am just a quiet observer taking in my surroundings. Or perhaps I am in stealth ninja mode, watching you from under the bed or pretending to sleep atop my comfy couch all while sleeping with one eye open ready to pounce at any given moment. It all just depends on my mood, which can change by the minute with, or without warning.

Earlier this week, there was a Blue Moon. What is a blue moon? Well, it really means it is the second full moon in a month; but sometimes the moon can appear to have a bluish tint to it, hence the reference (I bet you didn’t know that in my spare time, I study astronomy…But, I’m a cat. And I have a lot of free time on my paws and access to Google).

But this Blue Moon really seemed to be making me act a little…strange. Cat behavior is something many humans have tried to study over many, many nine lives. Did you know there are “experts” on cat behavior? Pfft, what do they really know?

Something I know (because I’m a cat and I am purrfect), is that cats can improve a person’s behavior. True story! There have even been studies on it! For example, do you know just 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with a cat can calm your nerves and boost your mood? There’s even chemical evidence. Yes, CAT NIP LEVEL, chemical evidence!

When you spend time with a cat, your production of serotonin, a chemical that boosts feelings of well-being, goes up, and your cortisol levels go down. Cortisol, along with high blood pressure, is a result of stress, and can lead to high cholesterol and hypertension. This means that spending time with a cat can keep you healthier in the long run. Luckily, boosting your mood and lowering your stress levels can be as simple as interacting with a cat. And for many cats (not all), we like to interact with humans, too!

Mind blown, right?!

So, the point of my story is a trip to the Orlando Cat Café could very well save your life. Ok, ok, that may be a little drastic, but I haven’t ever seen anyone leave in a bad mood! My furry friends and I are a blast and we are spreaders of joy and happiness! And since it is the month of love and hairballs (oh, no to the hairballs? Sorry…), we hope you will stop by, lower your stress, relax, and have some fun with our kitties.

More often than once in a blue moon…

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Dear Jean Luc…

 

Jean Luc loves email! This month, I answer some questions that I have received from both our Human Friends as well as Kitty Friends. Since I speak feline fluently, it’s not hard to do!

Q. Dear JL, The Kitties at the Orlando Cat Café have such exotic names. Do you name them all? -Alicia S.

A. Dear Alicia, All our cats are named by our the Animal League and they do so by theme. All the cats that come in on the same intake have themed names (Christmas, Famous Authors, Sports, etc.). When they get a litter, they all get names that start with the same letter. Like the new “Y” kitties who will be joining us soon at the Orlando Cat Café.

Q.  Dear JL, My human keeps trying to dress me in an alligator costume for Halloween. I really don’t want to dress up as an alligator, or anything else for that matter. Other than vomiting on the costume, what’s the best way to tell her that I don’t want to participate? – Precious G.

A. Dear Precious, I’m with you. At this time of year, it is important to remind our humans all over the world that we will not tolerate any costume. It isn’t cute or funny, but it is irritating. If you want to give us some extra treats for Halloween, fine, but please – no costumes! Dogs, on the other hand, look hilarious in Halloween costumes. Feel free to wrap them, dress them, put them in doggy make-up, whatever you got to do!

Q. Dear JL, My family is giving serious consideration to getting a kitten. I’ve always been the only cat in the house and I am concerned that I will now have to share my toys, litterbox and most importantly, I will have to fight for my family’s attention. Any advice? – Snowy from Seattle

A. Dear Snowy, I absolutely understand your concern. Kittens are cute, but mostly when they are in other people’s houses. Instead of concentrating on the negatives, think about the positives. You can take all of your experience and teach the new kitten how to best train your family. Remember how long it took you to teach your family how to cater to your every whim? Now it is almost your duty to help the next generation do the same thing. You will now be the elder statescat in your house, and you can use the kitten to do your bidding. As an added bonus, now you have someone to groom your ears, because we all like having our ears groomed. Keep an open mind – you might actually like the little guy!

Q. Dear JL, I am thinking about opening up a Cat Café in Bora Bora and was wondering if you might be able to help me. Do you do consulting work? Regina P.

A. Dear Regina – I am very flattered however my work with The Orlando Cat Café and as Editor of this Newsletter keeps me very busy. Plus, I am bound by contract. And I don’t really like to travel. I do, however, wish you success in your new venture.

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The Dog Days of Summer

The phrase “Dog Days of Summer” describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year. But where did the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs?

Many people believe the phrase stems from the fact that dogs tend to be sluggish during the hottest days of summer (aren’t we all?), while others say the days are so hot it causes dogs to go mad (how could you tell?). But the name is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star.

In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time “dog days.” Thus, the term “Dog Days of Summer” came to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun — July 3 to Aug. 11.

All of this science can make me want to take a nap, but it also got me thinking about how cats are shortchanged – they can put a man on the moon but no one can invent some sort of sciency name having to do with a Cat? Not to worry – I am taking it upon myself to declare the purr-iod between February 15th and March 11th the “Cat Days of Winter”. The sciency name will be “Feles Brumalis” which if my Latin is correct (according to Google anyway) means “Cat of the Winter”. I feel smarter already!

This new holiday period, which I just invented, doesn’t have anything to do with science and more to do with stuff that we like and, with those parameters, I suggest “celebrating” this period by doing the 5 things that I enjoy the most:

• Sleeping – Increase your Sleeping Time from 16 hours to 18 hours or more!
• Playing with Random Objects – Shoelaces, Paper Bags, Boxes!
• Pestering People at the Worst Time – Bathroom! Laptop Computer!
• Hiding and NOT Coming When Called – An added benefit is the exercise that your human will get by walking around calling and calling you
• Eating – Extra cookies every day from February 15th to March 11th!

Feles Brumalis is coming soon – we just have to get through these hot days first…

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Mulberry’s BACK!

Mulberry’s BACK and filling in as Guest Blogger for Jean Luc 

I’m back!  After a little bit of an absence, for a teeny tiny tummy issue which has since resolved, I’m now back at the Orlando Cat Cafe, and ready to be adopted by my new forever family.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who asked about me during my absence — your cards, phone calls, texts and emails were much appreciated as well as the several balloon-o-grams I received (ok, just one of those!).

While I was away, I was thinking about something that was told to me when I was a kitten.  In the ’80’s, around the time that my Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother was alive, Pantene (the shampoo company) had a commercial with the tag line “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.” As I grew up, my mom told me about that commercial, as her mom told her about it and so on and so on and so on….

The ladies in my family are all beautiful and that goes back for multiple generations.  That commercial described us well.  But our beauty goes beyond just being skin (in my case fur) deep.

Today I want to talk about looking beyond my good looks, which admittedly will be hard to do, but try.  Because, beyond my gorgeous green eyes, luscious white fur, and adorable black splotch on my nose, lies the heart and soul of a feline who wants to do some good in the world — using both my external and internal beauty.

The Animal League has made this easy for me to do!  They’ve made me a Sunshine Fund Pet Ambassador, which is like a UNICEF ambassador, but for animals!  Broken bones, puppies with parvo, skin diseases, and even tummy troubles, are all part of everyday shelter life. With rising veterinary costs and so many pets in need, a “beautiful” pet, such as myself, can help defray some of these costs, through the Sunshine Fund. My beautiful looks, can help save animals that require extensive and costly veterinary care.  External beauty meets internal beauty!

When you adopt me, you help 1) me and 2) a less fortunate pet find our forever homes.  As an bonus, anytime someone comes to visit you, or you take me to the vet for my annual checkup, you’ll hear “what a beautiful cat”, which, frankly will be good for both of us!  Just because I have inner beauty doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about my outer beauty too!   Because, come on…just look at me!

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful — instead adopt me and let my both my inner and outer beauty help change the world — one kitty at a time!  Come visit me at The Orlando Cat Cafe — where all the cool (and beautiful!) cats hang out!

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Jean Luc Honors National Pet Sitters Week

Jean Luc Honors Professional Pet Sitters Week March 5-11 with an interview with the owner of PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services.

Thank you for joining me today to celebrate National Pet Sitters Week. How long have you owned PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services?

My mom, Paula, and I started the business in April of 2008, so we have been in business for almost 9 years! We love taking care of people’s pets, cats, birds, bunnies, fish, reptiles, and… is it OK for me to say this here?… dogs.

Um… not my favorite word in the world, but OK. Let’s move on. How did you get started in the pet sitting business?

We both have a great love for pets and we thought, what better thing to do than to work doing something you love? Thus, PAWSitive Strides was born.

What is pet sitting anyhow?

Pet sitting is a great alternative that people use when they have to go out of town and leave their fur children behind. As you know, Jean Luc, cats (and most other pets) enjoy the comfort and security they feel being home. With that in mind, we take care of pets in their homes. Not only is it easier for the pets, but it is easier for the owners as well. They don’t have to pack up all of their pet’s belongings and transport them to a boarding facility or a friend’s home. And, when they come back from vacation, they don’t have the added stop to go and pick up their pets. Did you know that we also do dog walking for people with busy schedules? A tired dog is much less likely to annoy a cat! 🙂

I am not sure I know of any dog who’s not annoying, but I’ll take your word for it. Next question, what is the best thing about your job?

The absolute best thing about our job is getting to know and love so many different and wonderful pets. It is extremely fulfilling to be greeted each visit by purring kitties and wagging tails! The pets we care for LOVE our visits and look forward to seeing us. They get lots of love, playtime, and TLC during the visits so we always get very happy greetings!

It also brings us great satisfaction knowing that, by our being there, our clients get to travel with peace of mind. And what better way to spend the day than by bringing joy and happiness to many furry (and even feathered or scaly) critters!

Feathered critters? Really??? Sounds delish! Ahem, back to the interview. What is the hardest part about your job?

The hardest part of our job is when a beloved pet passes away. We get very attached to the pets in our care. We get to know them and love them for many years. So, when they go, it is very hard for us. It breaks our hearts every single time.

That is sad. Let’s move on to something more “pawsitive”. What is your take on the age-old question, “do cats rule and dogs drool?

Oh, that’s a tough one for me, Jean Luc! You know I have dogs, right?

I know. Nobody’s perfect. I am glad you felt safe admitting it during our interview. I wouldn’t make a practice of mentioning that, though, if I were you.

Well, having been a proud mom of dogs, cats, birds, and fish, I must say that all pets are special to me. I even save lizards or wasps that get into the house and put them back outside. Every critter is unique and wonderful in his own way.

Um… I guess… still not convinced about dogs, though. And lizards, well, they’re just a cat’s chew toy! Well, thank you for your time and taking a few moments from your busy day to chat with the Coolest Cat in town…ME! 

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