Bad Hair Day

Lion Cut|Orlando Cat Cafe

I have a friend who is a Maine Coon cat. Many cats think that they might be Maine Coons, but in reality they are just tabbies with a bit of a weight issue.  My friend is a bona fide Maine Coon. Gorgeous cat — big green eyes, cute tufts on his ears, giant paws and a big fluffy, squirrel like tail. He’s a real looker! Here’s the problem — the person who works for him — you know, cleans the litterbox, feeds him, buys him toys — I think people call them “owners” — decided that he could be “improved” and so she took him to a groomer to have a “lion cut”. If you are not familiar with the lion cut, I have included some pictures in this post, but I warn you, some images may not be suitable for….well…..anyone.


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Orange Tabby Lion Cut 1White Cat with Lion Cut 1


You know who I think looks good in a lion cut? A LION! Really works for them being “King of the Jungle” and all.


You know for whom a lion cut does not work for? Everyone else! I mean seriously, the lion cut for housecats is what the bad home perm was for people in the 80’s (when my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandparents were alive).

Bad Perm


See the resemblance?


How about now?


JeanLuc thinks this may be a form of  what sociologists called anthropomorphism which is a fancy word for giving human characteristics to animals.  In this case, it seems to be the human condition known as “the bad hair day”.  Cats don’t have bad hair days.  The worst it gets for us is if we get a mat, which can be easily rectified by combing it out.  Or, there might be a situation where we get a bit of peanut butter stuck in our fur, although I do NOT know about this from personal experience…really.  I heard about it once.


We love our fur and don’t need any help with styling.  Combing yes.  Dye no.  Crazy Lion Cut definitely NO!  If you are thinking that your cat may look cute with a lion cut, think again.  If you are thinking your cat would look even cuter dyed green to look like a dinosaur, think again.  Seriously — think again.

Dinosaur Cat|Orlando Cat Cat Cafe


You will not see any cats with lion cuts at the Orlando Cat Café.  I am forbidding it – and I am the official spokescat so what I say, basically goes.  See you soon!


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How to Take the Purfect (Cat) Nap

Time Magazine recently ran a story entitled “How to Take the Perfect Nap”.  I am assuming that this story was meant for humans because Jean Luc and his feline friends have been doing this for correctly, without instructions from a magazine, for years.  The story lists 4 actual steps to obtaining the “Perfect Nap”


Step 1 – Pick a Regular Time

According to the article, (which you can read in its entirety here) a daily schedule helps train your body to know when it’s time for a nap and suggests late morning or early afternoon to avoid interfering with your nightly sleep.

In my experience, beginning as a kitten, I have set the following schedule for myself, which I find does not interfere with my nightly sleep.  Early morning nap, followed by middle morning nap, followed by late morning nap.  After a short break, for food and possibly litter boxing, I repeat the process again in the afternoon — early afternoon nap, middle afternoon nap, and then late afternoon nap.  Evening time finds me snacking, litterboxing again, especially if I was dreaming about food, and then gearing up for my early evening nap and middle evening nap.  I rarely take a evening nap, for fear that that would interfere with my nighttime sleep.

Sleeping Cat | Orlando Cat Cafe | Cat Naps

Step 2 – Set Your Alarm for 20-25 Minutes

Apparently this is supposed to work for humans.  25 minutes is supposed to be enough time to help you wake up refreshed without falling into deeper states of sleep.  I can tell you from experience that this does NOT work for cats.  I like to sleep anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, even up to 1 1/2 hours.  I really don’t feel refreshed until my whiskers have twitched and my mouth has moved as if I am chewing gum and my paws are jerking around like I am running a marathon.  For this I need a minimum of 45 minutes.

Step 3 – Avoid Stimuli

The article suggests humans turn off their phone and find the darkest, quietest place they can since a bright and boisterous environment can keep them from falling asleep or waking up midnap.  This is actually excellent advice for both humans and felines.  It is difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep when those crazy phones play the theme song from Jaws everytime a text comes in.  I think a box makes a place for a nap.  If that box is in a closet, that makes it better!  Humans make surprisingly good pillows as well.

Orlando Cat Cafe | Sleeping Cat | Cat nap

Step 4 – Sniff Lavender

I don’t know anything about lavender, but I can tell you that you should NOT sniff catnip prior to napping!  That stuff is crazy!  Makes me want to jump around the house, box imaginary prey, hunt dust bunnies – really anything but sleep!  Friends don’t let friends sniff catnip.

This post has, surprisingly, made me kinda sleepy…..

I’ll see you soon at the Orlando Cat Café, where the cool cats hang out (opening soon!)

JeanLuc’s Blog – Patience vs. Patients

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Patience vs Patients — this is something that JeanLuc has been thinking a lot about this week — in between bath time and sleeping and eating, so basically I’ve devoted about 5 entire minutes pondering this subject. I and all my kitty friends are patiently awaiting word from government officials in the Lake County Building Department on our final approval of our architectural plans so that construction can begin! Being patient is hard, but not as hard as being A patient, like at the vet’s office! I particular don’t like being poked and prodded. And don’t get me started on that cold metal table! So — being patient is easier than being A patient I guess, although I usually get a treat when I get home from the vet. We’ll have a bunch of treats when The Orlando Cat Café opens, so we have that to look forward to! In the interim, we await approval so that construction can begin…soon I hope. Like maybe during my next nap.

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JeanLuc’s 1st Blog Post!

JeanLuc here!  Official Mascot of the Orlando Cat Café!  I’ll be your intrepid cat reporter for all things relating to Orlando Cat Café from construction updates to information on our Grand Opening!  For my first post, I am pleased to announce that the architectural plans have been submitted to Lake County and they are in the process of being reviewed as we meow — err speak.  We expect to be able to start construction within the next few weeks and the contractor tells us to expect between 60-90 days until we ready to open.

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Eat, drink and become a new cat owner?

From The Daily Commercial:

Most food establishments offer to-go boxes, but soon one place in Clermont will offer to-go kitties.

It’s called the Orlando Cat Café, and its mission, in partnership with the South Lake Animal League, is to save the lives of homeless cats in Central Florida while customers drink coffee, enjoy a bite to eat and mingle with the felines.

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Orlando Cat Cafe Featured on 90.7 WMFE

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cat-South-Lake-Animal-LeagueWe’re getting a lot of attention on our way to opening day.  Check out the story on 90.7 WMFE at http://www.wmfe.org/cat-cafe-coming-to-clermont/53083



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