Caturday felid trifecta: Japanese spa offers cat back massages, bobcat running through snow, comfort cats at Calgary airport

The staff of Gus the cat includes a massage therapist, and Gus meows loudly at the door when a client is getting a massage. I’ve often suggested that they put a “cat massage” on the ticket, with an extra charge of $5 (part of the money must go for Gus Treats). Well, a Japanese spa not only does that, but apparently has trained the cat to give massages! I’ve never gotten a paid massage, but I’d gladly do it at this place!

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From the CBC, we have some nice shots of a pouncing bobcat (Lynx rufus) in New Brunswick:

At first, he thought it was just a fox or a groundhog, but closer inspection revealed something much more spectacular.

Paul LeBlanc shot these photographs of a bobcat near Sackville on Sunday while out taking pictures of wildlife.

“When I looked through the lens, it was like, ‘Wow,'” he said.

The photos show the animal pouncing on its prey. LeBlanc managed to get photos of the animal in mid-jump.

In his day job, LeBlanc works as a civil technologist in Moncton but considers himself an avid shooter.

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Also from the CBC. If you’re flying through Calgary, you might want to schedule a long stopover.  This report also comes from the CBC:

Cats have a bit of a reputation for being stand-offish, or at least picky about whom they’ll cuddle with and where.

But Taz, a short-haired tabby cat, is breaking that stereotype at the Calgary International Airport.

Dressed in a cherry red vest that reads “Pet Me” in all capital letters, he’s one of two cats that regularly visits the airport with the Pet Access League Society (PALS), offering free snuggles to anyone who wants one.

“He’s just super loving and super cuddly,” said owner and PALS volunteer Heather Rutherford.

Heather Rutherford and Taz volunteer once a week at the airport for roughly 1.5 hours. (Mike Symington/CBC)

The program aims to reduce anxiety and stress that can be associated with delayed flights or long lines, and also helps to cheer travellers who miss their pets back home.

Rutherford was a volunteer with the stress-reducing therapy dogs program at the airport, which began in April 2016.

When she adopted Taz in October 2016, she recognized he’d make a great addition to the four-legged airport team, given his gentle “personality that just loved everybody,” she said.

She got him screened and approved to volunteer at the airport, and says she’s had nothing but positive feedback since then.

Photo: Mike Symington/CBC

Beverly Newton, who was travelling through the airport Monday morning, said the time spent with Taz at the terminal was “heartwarming.”

“Nothing beats having a nice furry little pet to say hi to.”

Indeed!  Screw the pooches: go for the furry cats! (Dogs aren’t furry and, I suspect, will get you worked up with their sycophancy rather than relieving your stress.) Here’s a video of the program:

 

h/t: Julian, Susan, Tom

13 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Cats at airports, what a great idea! Personally, I think there should be official cats in as many places as possible.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted January 27, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      +1

    • BJ
      Posted January 27, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      You couldn’t do it in the US. The cat would be tased at the first sign of suspicious activity, and nearly everything a cat does can (and therefore will) be construed as suspicious.

  2. rickflick
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Hospitals also provide pets for patients. It’s great to see the magic when a weary soul encounters a hirsute tetrapod.

  3. nicky
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I dunno “comfort cats”, especially after a Japanese massage video, the term appears a bit, well how shall I say it, tone deaf? Have we forgotten what ‘Japanese’ ‘comfort women’ were? Or am I pecksniffing?

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      They could have picked a better term.

  4. Posted January 27, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    That is a lovely story. The affection of animals simply brings out the best in people.

  5. BJ
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I usually get a massage once every week and, while I’m usually in favor of involving cats in just about anything, I have to imagine they wouldn’t manage to do it as well as my human therapist.

  6. walkingmap
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Those shots of that bobcat are glorious

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Yes! What great captures. (Presumably on the part of the bobcat as well.)

  7. Miso Susanowa
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I volunteer at an all-cat, no-kill shelter that takes cats around to nursing homes and older people’s houses for comfort.

    The program/grant for them is to find, trap, neuter or spasy and release back to their area. If a cat/many cats seem people-friendly, they retain them and try to get them adopted.

    However, some cats are just too feral but will tolerate the presence of a human (for a little while at least) and those cats are sent out to factories & storehouses and the like to be pest control. The companies love them.

    • Posted January 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like a great well-thought out program!

  8. Posted January 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    That bit in the airport reminds me – I have to check out the local cat café sometime.


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