Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Map showing Catless, Northumberland, UK Catless in Northumberland

There is a place in Northumberland, UK called Catless. This doesn't mean there are no cats there. The name actually means "the place where you find cats" as it derives from the name "Cat Leas". The cats referred to would be the native wildcat of Northern England, the Scottish Wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris syn. Felis silvestris grampia.

According to Wikipedia,
The Scottish wildcat differs from a domestic cat by its heavier, more robust skull and longer limb-bones. It is also larger in body size, but with a shorter gastrointestinal tract. Its fur is distinctly solid-striped with a tabby patterning. It has a bushy, ringed tail that is black at the tip, blunt, and without stripes. It does not have any white markings like a domestic cat, neither stripes on the cheeks and hind legs, nor spotted undersides or coloured backs of ears.
'Kendra', a young Scottish Wildcat,
at the British Wildlife Centre, 2011
By Peter Trimming from Croydon, England
Kendra, CC BY 2.0, Link
Kendra, with one of her kittens
Photographed at the British Wildlife Centre,
Newchapel, Surrey.
By Peter Trimming - Scottish wildcats
Uploaded by Mariomassone, CC BY 2.0, Link
See more of Peter Trimming's Scottish Wildcat photos on Flickr.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tools: Automagically Tweet New Bloggy Posts

Purrr You may have noticed that when I post to different blogs it automatically tweets the title and link. Here are some apps I use, in no particular order.

  • Feedburner grabs the rss feed from ANY site that offers rss or atom feeds. Best part is you don't have to log in as it's part of google. Feedburner provides options for readers to subscribe to your site, i.e. get email notifications, and it provides limited options for automatically sharing on social media. I use it for
    @OwentheTonk's Black Paw
    Adventures of Toby Baboon
    Call Me the Breeze
    MiniBreeze Visitz!
    Put Your Paws In Da Air!
  • Grabs the rss feed and shares it to a wider assortment of social networks than Feedburner. The free version is great for personal use. 1 user, post to 2 different social media sites from 3 blogs. I currently post to twitter and my facebook page from the following blogs.
    #ChiliPawty Blog
    Call Me the Breeze
    Put Your Paws In Da Air
  • IFTTT is a free platform that helps all your products and services work better together. There are hundreds of widgets that do everything from tweeting rss feed items to sending news to your android phone. (I am not presently using it for personal accounts.)
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