I was surfing some internet dog and cat sites. One such site, Cat Connection sells an array of cat products, and human products for cat lovers. Their staff describes themselves, in their words: “We’re not just employees, we are lovingly owned by cats, and we’re motivated by what is best for our feline superiors. That’s why our online store proudly offers the best selection of premium & natural cat products, from organic catnip toys to food and treats”. So, with that in mind, this is what they said about the “indispensable” Pet Stains Black Light for $9.99. It features a 6-inch , SUPER BRITE ultra-violet bulb for large area inspection and cordless, better operation for go-anywhere convenience.
1. Turn on the Pet Stain Black Light and darken room. Room must be dark.
2. When ready to inspect area for contamination, switch on Pet Stain Black Light.
3. Hold light above the surface in question for inspection.
(Thank goodness they mentioned the part about switching on the light! Whew! Crises averted, I am sure of it.)
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!:
The Pet stain Black Light has other uses!!
It can also detect:
1. Ringworm: Pet stain black light will flouresce many types of ringworm and make it easier to see and diagnose. (It’s true. I have been using these for decades.)
2. Broken glass: Pet stain black light can help make small pieces of broken glass easier to see.
3. COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY DETECTOR: It flouresces the ultraviolet strip in bills.
Why haven’t you bought this already?!! Heck, even if you don’t have a cat, go out and get this in the event that you need to find broken glass, OR have a need to identify COUNTERFEIT MONEY!! Do you work in retail? Do you work somewhere with CASH being exchanged? If so, this is just the thing for you. It’s got so many uses, it shouldn’t just be on a cat website, frankly. It can solve most of the world’s problems, in fact. Namely, 1. annoying broken glass showing up randomly (airplanes, gyms, supermarkets, grocery stores, the list is endless…) and 2. People trying to pawn off counterfeit money. If you haven’t figured out that you can easily rid of “suspicious” cash in machines (hospital cafeterias, arcades, the lame aisle in a movie theater with all the video games…), then go ahead and get this, and identify all you like. You should feel empowered by just having this light. (One last thing: Why are counterfeiters putting in the uv strip anyhoo? Is there a point, other than to enable black lights to detect them? I would skip the strip. Just sayin…)
I have gone off on such a tangent that I had risked making the original point I intended. It was that there are various sites on the internet, with the goal to enlighten you, inform you, and entertain you, if you are a cat lover. Another piqued my interest. It describes the first “Cat Cafe” in Dallas, Texas. This just happens to be the city where you can find the aforementioned cat boutique, “Cat Connection”, purveyors of the “Black light”. The Cat Cafe Saturday night recurring events intrigued me. It turns out that these cafe’s are an exploding international trend. They started in Japan and have spread to London, New York, Copenhagen and now Dallas.
But here’s the rub. YOU DON’T BRING YOUR CAT. The cafes come equipped with their own. Patrons stop in for coffee or a snack, and to hang out with the resident felines. The allure is nearly “inexplicable”, even to many cat owners, and certainly to the rest of the world. You either get it, or you don’t. I have to say, I am in the camp of “you don’t”. Still, if you are of the “I get it group”, more power to you and go explore this option, if you are local to such a cafe. And please, by all means, contact me and I will post your reasoning. I get that cat lovers can commingle and commiserate on all things cat. I love cats. I do. But I don’t get the appeal of this. Am I to go to this type of cafe to , what, pet and discuss cats? “Seat Filler Cats” provided by the proprietors would not cut it for me. But, then again, that’s just me. Your feelings?
Their further reasoning: “Dogs have dog parks. Cat people have the internet. So it’s nice to be able to go and meet other people who share your passion.” Possibly a way for singles of the “must love cats” variety to meet. It turns out that they had a “celebrity” cat in attendance at one such grand opening. She was Sauerkraut Kitty, who is famous for having more than 55,000 Instagram followers. The 2 year old Siamese mix, who had traveled from Oklahoma City for the cafe’s opening, has big blue eyes, a scrunched up face that explains her name, and a neurological disorder that requires her to wear clothes….. (Pardon me? Clothing therapy, for real! Huh?)
Grumpy Cat, as she is also known, may reign as queen of the Internet, but there’s a whole community of felines made famous on social media. Sauerkraut was a finalist on Animal Planet’s America’s Next Cat Star-and she had just recently wrapped up a 12-day, multi city tour prior to her appearance in Dallas. She brought out scores of fans that stood in line to see her, some for more than half an hour!
There are more details about what she wore that day, the price of the mugs bearing, for lack of a better word, her mug, etc. I will not elaborate, except to mention that the reality star diva opted not to pose for selfies. But if you were wondering how the clothes prevented seizures (as was I ), her owner explains that they prevent her from seizuring, by preventing scratching. (I must have missed that lecture in vet school. Or Not!) Her wardrobe consists of 125 outfits, including pajamas, a clown suit, prom dresses and wedding gowns. She “never wants for likes” on social media.
Fascinating. Just goes to show you the lengths that some will go to show love for their pets, and for cats in general. If this interests you, by all means, look further into it. And enjoy.