A new wave of kitties has been launched by Ethereum blockchain and it’s taking the internet by storm.
People are investing thousands of dollars in owning virtual cats called CryptoKitties.
CryptoKitties are collectable and breed-able digital cats. It is created by AxiomZen on October 2017 and originated at Vancouver BC.
Each cat has its own unique appearance and “cattributes” which can never be found twice in all the other cats. Hence, there is no peril in the glory of owning a certain cat, because there is only one of its kind in the game.
The beauty of buying two cats is that it can be bred to a new and unique cat that can be determined by the parents’ 256-bit genome. There are four-billion possible genetic combinations that give the breeding process the element of chance – the chance to get a kitty that has high market value.
How much does one cat cost?
CryptoKitties are bought via Ether. Ether is a mode of payment by clients that is necessary to operate in the distributed application platform of Ethereum. Today, 1 ether (~ETH) is equivalent to 453USD which can change within 24-hours.
On the 5th of December 2017, the Genesis cat (one of the rarest) just got sold at the highest price of ~256.9255 ETH (around 113,000 USD). Falling in 2nd as the most expensive cat sold in the market is the Gen 0 Lucky cat at ~190 ETH (around 90,000 USD). And, coming in 3rd is the BugCat that was sold for ~175 ETH (around 83,000 USD).
As of the same month, around 4 million USD has been spent in the market for buying CryptoKitties.
If you’re one to buy yourself one for the fuss of it, the cheapest cat is around ~.03 ETH (around 12 USD).
What the fuss about
CryptoKitties is the first ever decentralised game launched by Ethereum. And, as of December 2017, CryptoKitties have taken 15% of traffic in the Ethereum blockchain.
The blockchain is the world’s leading software platform when it comes to digital assets. If you’ve heard of Bitcoin, it’s of the same concept as either, and both are run in the blockchain.
Analysts comment that this pioneering game may open new windows or doors in utilising the assets that move around a decentralised community. And while others speculate that’s it’s just another “Beanie Babies” project, the internet savvy people see this as an investment towards the future.
Before CryptoKitties, assets were merely trade in numbers. Now, you have intangible collectable kitties that you can buy your intangible assets. What’s next?
What does this mean to all the real kitties out there?
Nothing, really. CryptoKitties is likely to be another business trend for people who want to invest in virtual assets in the hope of a cashless society.
Nothing can replace our kitties at home. A virtual cat may be considered an asset of today or tomorrow, but the love, affection and experience our real kitties provide are one of the most valuable things in life that no virtual asset can buy.
Meow for now… Kristian
They say that the dog is a man’s best friend. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Matthew Flinders.
Matthew Flinders is a cartographer and navigator who literally put Australia on the map with the help of his buddy Trim the cat.
As a small kitten, Trim fell overboard but managed to scramble back up on the ropes. This display of bravery wooed Flinders and the crew and is the reason why he quickly became the ship’s favourite. From then on, he became Captain Flinders’ companion and best friend. And, together they made other discoveries across the high seas.
Traveling around the world is undeniably exciting, so much more when it is done with a friend or even your beloved pet. Like Matthew Flinders, you can now make that dream come true with these breeds of kitties.
- The Japanese Bobtail
If you’re a lone traveller who wants cuddly company, you’d definitely like a breed like the Japanese Bobtails. They emit confidence and intelligence like no other which makes them easy to train. They’re also known for their chattiness through their chirps and soft meows. Think Dr Seuss’ curious and talkative Cat in a Hat, but with meows.
A busy bee like yourself would probably want a breed like the Chantilly to travel with. They’re calm and easy-natured which makes them good travel buddies. If you love going to the great outdoors, you’ll be happy to know that these cats are resilient and low maintenance.
- Scottish Fold
The Scottish Folds are fondly called “owls in a catsuit” because of their folded ears. They are laid back, sweet-tempered and affectionate by nature. They also enjoy napping on your lap or flopping on their backs as they sleep. You can travel to a lot of continents with this breed of kitty as they easily adapt to new environments.
If you’ve got a huge family with a lot of children, consider Pixie-Bobs. They may look like wildcats but they are very family-oriented. They tend to develop an unusually strong bond with the family they live in, especially with the kids. They’re known to be most patient of all cats when it comes to dealing with the children. Pixie-Bobs love to travel and are very easy to train.
- The Chartreux
If you love travelling just as much as you love huge pets, the Chartreux are “gentle giants” you want to keep. The Chartreux has woolly fur with a blue fur similar to the Russian blue. This breed of kitty happens to be super sweet to their owners and enjoys a lot of travelling. They’re at ease around children and other pets which makes them a good travelling companion.
Today, statues of Captain Flinders with his buddy Trim stand in Port Lincoln as a tribute to their gallantry and the discoveries they made over the years.
Could you be the next globetrotter about to make an exciting discovery with your cat buddy?
Meow for now… Kristian
Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Cat
Cats can enjoy Christmas, too. And, as cats are considered to be part of the family, it makes sense to make them part of the festivities. Giving your cat a Christmas gift (and letting them tear open the wrapping paper themselves) is a wonderful idea. Below are four Christmas gift ideas for your cat that will ensure that they enjoy a happy holiday.
A catnip toy.
Cats go wild for catnip, so purchasing them anything with catnip in is sure to make them feel happy. There are plenty of catnip toys available in pet stores, but another alternative is to make one yourself. You can purchase little packages of catnip at the pet store, and then knit or sew them a toy, incorporating the catnip into the stuffing.
A new scratching post.
Give them something to exercise those claws on in the new year! A nice new scratching post is sure to look pretty alluring to your cat, and it will also be a great stress reliever for them if you have got lots of relatives coming over to visit during the Christmas season. If your cat needs a little encouragement to use their scratching post, simply rub a little catnip over it and they should get going with it right away.
A cat tower.
A cat tower is a kind of cat gym, but it also a place just to hang out and chill. It is especially great for indoor cats who need to get their exercise from playing around inside your house or apartment. With a cat tower, they can climb, balance, hide and scratch to their heart’s content. There are plenty of different cat towers on the market, so you are sure to have no trouble finding one that your kitty will love. There are also cat towers that are designed to be used by multiple cats at once which of course is perfect if you share your home with several feline companions.
A laser pen.
Obviously not to write with – unless your cat is really clever! A cat safe laser pen will provide you and your cat with hours of fun. Cats love tearing around and chasing that little dot of light from the laser and you can really give them a great workout session as you sit there controlling it from the comfort of your couch. The crucial thing here, though, is to get a pen that is cat safe – if in doubt, ask your vet or ask at the pet store. You want to get a laser that will not damage the cat’s eyes but instead will provide you both with hours of harmless fun.
Which gifts will you choose for your cat?
So there you have it, four festive ideas to get your kitty in to the holiday spirit. Which item will you choose? A cat tower or a catnip toy? A laser pen or a new scratching post? There are plenty of other things to purchase the feline who has it all, however, including new bowls, cat treats and a soft new bed.
Meow for now… Kristian
We know you pet owners can’t wait to get your paws—er, hands—on them from reading the title alone and are struggling to contain yourselves. If you’re looking for reasons to justify not buying at least one or two pieces, this isn’t that kind of article. Though we’re not lobbying for you to go out and buy them right away, but we really should, you’ll find this collection more tantalizing than you imagined. That’s without us even trying to convince you. Did we mention there are accessories too? Insert knowing nod here.
Made to Integrate with Your Current Living
The good news is you don’t have to throw out any IKEA furniture you have. The bad news is, if you’re fighting off the urge to splurge on your pet, we can feel your resolve slowly slipping. This collection of special pet items called “Lurvig,” which is Swedish for hairy, are designed, not just to stand on their own, but are suited to go together with the rest of your home, particularly IKEA furniture.
Tired of seeing frays of wood on your table legs from your cat’s scratching? Now, you can compromise. The scratching mat was made to wrap around them perfectly. Also, the cat house can easily fit in your furniture to look almost like another compartment on a shelf. You can also have it raised with its own set of legs to give it some height, just the way your cat loves it. Then use it as another table or stand and place a decor on top like a potted plant, a lamp or books. It can also fit perfectly into its namesake shelf, Kallax. The play tunnel is compact and can easily fit under your dining table so it doesn’t get in the way…
You won’t need to compete with space on your couch anymore. Your pets can have their own. Yep, you read that right. It’s stylish and minimalist, too. If you feel it’s spoiling them a bit too much, just go straight to the pet bed. It’s comfy and attractive enough to look great in any part of your home whether next to your couch or by your bed. One pet owner even bought it for their bunny and posted it on Instagram. Think about it, if their bunny looked adorable on it, imagine how your cat would look lounging there.
IKEA pretty much got everything covered. They have leashes, beds, sofa covers, blankets, travel bags and a cat toy. Before you take that trip down to your IKEA store, you need to muster every ounce of self-control or put yourself in danger of going on a big shopping trip for your pet. Then there are the usual tempting furniture you can buy for yourself, too.
For pet parents living outside of Japan, US, Canada, Portugal, and France, you won’t have the same struggle as the collection is only available in the aforementioned countries. For now. In the meantime, here’s to a more pet-loving, pet-welcoming business community, the ingenuity of a few who started what looks to soon be a revolution and to the day when this collection is global.
Meow for now… Kristian
Meet the Melbourne feline in the running to be crowned the world’s longest cat
First it was fame on Instagram, now Guinness World Records is calling – but to placid Melbourne house cat Omar, it’s all just another day in the office. Three-year-old maine coon Omar is reportedly in the running to become the longest cat in the world – a record currently held by a maine coon from the UK named Ludo who was measured at 118.33cm in 2015.
Owner Stephy Hirst, from Croydon in Melbourne, told the Maroondah Leader she started an Instagram account for her giant cat a couple of weeks ago and before long he had been featured on Cats of Instagram. And once you’ve been on Cats of Instagram which has more than 8 million followers, it appears the sky is the limit. Ms Hirst said she was contacted by Guinness World Records who said Omar could be the longest cat in the world. She has sent his measurements in for verification. At 120cm long and weighing 14kg, he’s already about three times the size of the average cat.
“(Omar) was tiny when we got him but then he just started growing and was 10kg at one year old,” Ms Hirst said. “We thought he might be (the longest cat in the world) but we hadn’t done anything about it because he might not be fully grown yet.” Omar eats a diet of kibble and raw kangaroo meat and enjoys naps on the couch or trampoline. He also lives with two Shetland Sheepdogs Penny and Rafi who he has long outgrown. The maine coon is one of the largest and oldest natural breeds of domestic cat in the world.
How big is your pet?
Meow for now… Kristian
Cat Food Recall: Best Feline Friends (BFF) Cat Food
IMPORTANT INFO ON CAT FOOD RECALL: If you feed this brand to your pet, stop immediately. If you are worried about your pet’s health, please contact your vet ASAP.
The Best Feline Friend (BFF) range made for the Australian market has been recalled for testing by its American manufacturer, Weruva, after online pet forums were flooded with complaints from owners who said their cats became ill after eating it.
Weruva have since recalled the gourmet pet food and issued a statement which you can access through this link.
On their Facebook page, Petbarn said they would refund all purchases of BFF products.
Cat owners with concerns can contact Weruva on 1800 108 382 between 9am and 7pm (Australian eastern standard time) or email [email protected]