Catapalusa the Second

Jones thinks the sequel is not a patch on the original

Jones thinks the sequel isn’t a patch on the original

Hi Frog Lovers. Back in May I had a one-blog-cats-on-the-internet-mega-festival and it was so successful* I thought I’d hold another one. So I started to write (I use that term very loosely) Catapalusa the Second – now with extra Prairie Dog.

Then Jane from The King’s Tribune published this blog post about how her little Italian Greyhound, Milton, almost died last night. I watched the drama unfold on Twitter and I’ve never wanted to own a 25kg dog so much in all my life (Milton needed a blood transfusion from a dog at least that big).

Milton pulled through, thanks to Jane’s dedication and another amazing example of the great good that can come from social media. However, Jane is now facing some hefty vet bills and more to come.

So, now I hope that all you animal lovers out there will donate to Jane’s fund to help pay for Milton’s vet bills.

If you can, please help.

Here is Catapalusa the Second to help you get in the mood.

No this isn’t Milton but it IS an Italian Greyhound smooching a cat. I’m sure Milton would if he had access to an obliging feline.

Cat perch. I want one. My neck muscles could do with a workout.

Cats are so demanding (part 2)

Damnit. Now I want a baby prairie dog.

So. Take pity on a sick frog and send me your tired, your weary, but most of all your favourite animal videos. And help Milton too. Please.

* It was not at all successful but I liked the videos so whatever.



Jones. On the internet.

Jones. On the internet.

Hi Frog-Lovers. Yes, again, this is a post-that-is-not-a-post. Things are crazy here at the Lily Pad, between work and studying my coaching qualification, writing has taken a back seat, from where it’s constantly asking “Are we there yet?”, kicking the back of my seat and throwing things at my head. Writing is a bit of a bastard, really.

In lieu of a real post, then, here are some cats. Lots and lots of cats. Oh and David Tennant. Enjoy!

I believe I cat fly…

A cat. Holding a human’s hand. Yes.

Why the hell would you NOT want to watch cat videos? Oh and David Tennant.

Send me the links to your favourite cat videos. Please!

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Social miracles


Meet Rocket. He’s a Bengal cat and he lives with his brother Rumble, Linus Sebastian and his young family, in British Columbia. Linus runs an internet service called Linus Tech Tips, which in his words “is all about fun, creative ways to experience the latest technology, whether that’s through unboxings, tutorials, reviews, or rich video merchandising”. I can tell you that he’s also a guy who loves his cats.

On September 12 this year, Rocket went missing. He was microchipped, and Linus notified his local animal shelter. He did all the traditional things to try to get his gorgeous cat back.

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to lose a pet, you know what a hideous, tragic experience it is. Pets are family, and losing part of your family is heartbreaking.

My heart hurt when I heard about Rocket going missing. I’d seen so many videos of the cats on YouTube, I felt like this had happened to a good friend and it weighed heavily on my mind. What had happened? Where was Rocket now? Would he ever come back? I didn’t hear the news of his disappearance on the news, or in the local paper. I’m a world away and I read it on Twitter. Then I saw it on Facebook and it was mentioned on Linus’s YouTube channel.

For over a month, Rocket was missing and Linus and his family had pretty much given up hope that he’d ever return.

Then, a couple of days ago, someone posted a photo of an emaciated stray Bengal cat on Facebook, asking if anybody knew who owned it.

Someone else saw the photo, and thought it might be Rocket.

That person opened a Twitter account specifically to get in touch with Linus, and sent Linus the photo.

Now Rocket is home – skinny and covered in scratches – but home. I cried when I read about it on Twitter.

The fact that Rocket is home is thanks to the fact that Linus spread the word about his disappearance on social media – without that, it’s likely that Rocket would never have made it back to his family.

Next time you’re complaining about how someone’s using Facebook, or how much time your friend spends on Twitter, or what rubbish is on YouTube, think about Rocket.

Next time you want to bemoan the loss of “connection” caused by social media, think about how it helped Rocket make it home, and how his story touched a complete stranger on the other side of the world deeply enough to make her cry and go to her keyboard to tell you about it.

Welcome home, Rocket.

Rocket - skinny but home. Image thanks to LinusTech.

Rocket – skinny but home.

You can follow Linus on Twitter , on Facebook , Instagram as LinusTech and he has two YouTube channels – Linus Tech Tips and Linus Cat Tips.

This post was in no way sponsored by anything other than my love of cats.

Images are from Linus Tech Tips.