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Purrple Cat Cafe is… Purple at night!

While the nights are currently too light for me to be in Glasgow when it’s dark at the moment, the nights are “Fair drawin’ in” now, and evening are catching up with me.

Coming back through Glasgow last night, I took a small detour along Trongate to pass the Purrple Cat Cafe after it was ‘closed’ for the day.

While not dark enough to show it well (you can see the lights are on), the cafe windows are equipped with, you guessed it, built-in purple lighting.

There must have been something on, the place was still pretty full of happy cat lovers.

It’s more vivid in real life than the slightly wishy-washy rendering of the compact camera I have to carry these days – I really have to do some reorganising so the dSLR can fit in better. The larger sensor does a much better job of colour capture once the light starts fading.

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening


Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

I got lucky this time, with one of the residents looking from their side, into the human zoo on the other side of the window.

Purrple Resident

Purrple Resident

And then there were two.

Purrple Residents

Purrple Residents


August 10, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

I finally found Glasgow’s Purrple Cat Cafe at 2 Trongate – by chance

It was a bit of surprised to find Glasgow’s cat café where it had originally been supposed to be when I first went to look for it – but found only a derelict bank at 2 Trongate.

I’d been collecting pics of an old shop elsewhere, when I decided to wander along to Glasgow Cross.

I thought I was imagining things when I saw the formerly missing cat café!

Thank goodness I had my original pics which prove it really wasn’t there when I first went to find it back in October 2017.

It’s definitely there now, and it seems I was just a few weeks too early, as it arrived not long after.

Be aware that this is not really a ‘Walk-in’ facility, and unless you’re lucky, it seems you really should book a session if you want to be sure of getting in.

And, the cats are resident there, the café is their home, so there are rules in place to make sure they’re not upset by visitors.

If you’re interested, it’s worth studying the info on their web site properly…

Purple Cat Cafe

The Cats Remember, they live there, and are not seeking adoption.


The House Rules

So, I’ve only got some pics from outside.

Maybe they’d have let me take a wide pic from the door (or chased as some weirdo).

My first surprise sighting.

I had to look twice!

Yup… It’s definitely the Purrple Cat Café. I’m not imagining it.

You can go in, but note the sign says ‘Booking Times’ rather than ‘Opening Times’.

Another sign, and a pointer to their ‘Walk Thru Window’. You can’t actually ‘Walk Thru’, it’s really a takeaway where you can buy goodies without going into the café, and disturbing the residents. It’s the window with the canopy, seen in the pic above.

Decoration beside the ‘Walk Thru Window’.


They have a sense of fun too.

I was almost out of luck. Although there are places for the residents to sit/lie/play on the window ledges inside, only one was could be seen, and even that view is restricted by bars on the window (which play havoc with autofocus). This one isn’t featured in the cafés list, but looks like a mature cat that never grew much bigger than a large kitten. That’s a child’s hand its holding onto in one of the pics, not an adult, which might give a clue as to size.

Video from the café…

August 6, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Shocked driving cat is… shocked!

When you’re minding your own business and out for a nice little drive in the country and see…

Cats Eyes Removed

You’re just…

Shocked Cat

Shocked Cat

July 8, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Tripod cat (not)

Rummaging through some archived pics I spotted one that looked different from my recollection.

I’d toured the former athlete’s village (built for the dopey 2014 Commonwealth Games) collecting pics of the various types of housing built there, and came across a couple of cats. By then, the athletes had enjoyed being worshipped, and deserted the place, and some of the places had people living in them.

I had to look twice, as the pic appeared to show a tripod (three-legged) cat, and I was sure I’d never seen one.

Feline overlords that looked as if they owned the place, yes, but not a tripod.

Turns out that it was just an optical illusion, and the ‘missing’ leg was just perfectly hidden behind the visible one.

Still, three would be better than none – look at poor catloaf (no legs and not even a tail) on the right!

Tripod Cat And Friend

Tripod Cat And Friend

July 7, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

Cat shot twice. Turn these dangerous cowards in!

Seriously, if you ever come across these types, just turn them in – there are now enough easy ways to pass on the info anonymously, and they are mentally unfit to be free, so there should be none of the ‘grassing’ nonsense thought of.

The Scottish SPCA is now appealing for information as it investigates the attack.

Inspector Robyn Gray said: “Owning an air rifle without a licence has been illegal since December 2016.

“The society was a huge supporter of restrictions around air rifle ownership because of incidents like this.

“This incident has been deliberate, calculated, and entirely cruel.

“Poor Oreo, the cat, was targeted on two separate occasions.

“In the first instance the wound looked like a scratch and the pellet wasn’t visible, it was only when Oreo received the injury to his eye that it became clear this was a deliberate attack.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

The only flaw with this story is the Scottish SPCA inspector’s attempt to blame this incident on airgun ownership – a dangerous error as the problem lies not with the airguns, but the people behind them, and licencing has, and will, make little or no difference to these incidents.

Firearms and hand guns have always been subject to licencing, but a look at the news (especially regarding Glasgow at the moment) will show that these are still being used freely by those who have no interest in the law, or having a licence for the guns they are using.

Pointing at the weapon used is a dangerous mistake (but easy choice of soft-target), as it diverts attention from the real problem – the people carrying out these attacks.

Via Cat loses eye after being deliberately shot by air rifle

Wounded Cat Oreo Pic Via Scottish SPCA

Wounded Cat Oreo Pic Via Scottish SPCA

June 15, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

Soft protest at the Glasgow School of Art

Although the original Glasgow School of Art building (which I really really MUST learn to call the Mackintosh Building) is closed for restoration following the fire, the Glasgow School of Art lives on just across Renfrew Street, in the £30 million Reid Building.

Like most places, it’s closed most times I get near it, but I still get to press my nose up against the glass (and there’s plenty of it in the new building) and stare inside.

There’s also a little shop in one of the side windows, and this trio was smiling back at me last time I looked in.

Cats Protesting Soft Toy Rights

Cats Protesting Rights For Soft Toys

June 4, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Today is Hug Your Cat Day

04 June is Hug Your Cat Day.

This one’s nice and simple, and surely doesn’t need any instructions or justification.

The obvious downside to this day as that people without cats might be left out.

Try adapting it to “Hug Someone Else’s Cat Day”.

The cats aren’t likely to objects – so go and find one.

Sad to say, this won’t be happening anywhere near me, because… catbutt!

I was going to go with something naughty because of that, but relented, so…

Hug Your Cat Day

Hug Your Cat Day

On the other hand…

Seems a shame to waste this.

Grumpy Hug Hole

Grumpy Hug Hole

June 4, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Not all Australians are rabid cat-hating vote-hungry politicians

I always feel a little guilty when a story has any reference to race nowadays.

Not because I think there is anything inherently wrong with that, and we will be making such reference for as long there are different countries with borders and races within them.

My problem arises only from those who like to jump up and down and play ‘The Racist Card’ now that many lawmakers have unfortunately seen fit to provide them with an option to escalate crimes, and their punishments, if a racist motive can be construed. This, to me, is wrong, as I see many crimes that could be adequately handled by existing laws get picked up by some activist group, hungry for publicity, and demanding that a crime be classed as ‘racist’ so that more extreme penalties can be applied (and they, of course, get their free publicity for championing the cause of the poor neglected and forgotten victim).

So, I was obliged to mention ‘Australia’ last week, and its ‘Cat-proof Fence’, and the politicians who claim cats are apparently driving every other animal species to extinction – while they also want a cat cull, apparently the only way they see to solve their problem.

I thought it only fair to share this story that appeared this week, showing that not ALL Australians want to wipe out cats.

In fact, some are rather nice as regards their feelings about cats.

Originally posted on LoveMeow

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

Blind Kitten Found Alone on Streets Can’t Stop Giving Love and Cuddles for Saving Her Life

A black and white kitten was spotted all by herself near a shop. A kind lady found the little wanderer and quickly noticed that she was blind.

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

The lady reached out to CatRescue 901, a local rescue group in New South Wales, Australia, which is known for saving blind kittens and cats. Despite being sightless, the kitty never slowed down and was eager to give everyone snuggles and kisses.

They named her Elsa, and found her a foster home with Crystal Mackey who had cared for blind kittens for the rescue before. “From the very first photo, I fell in love with Elsa. She was so small and vulnerable,” Crystal told Love Meow.

Elsa was born with a pair of underdeveloped eyeballs. She is completely blind and was in need of surgery to make her feel comfortable and prevent future infections.

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

When Crystal first met Elsa, she was surprised by her petite stature. The tuxedo girl was just the size of her hand. Elsa was very vocal and constantly seeking attention.

“She slept most of the drive home, but at one point she woke up crying. My brother took her out of the carer and cuddled her. I talked to her while I was driving and she was very responsive, meowing back and purring,” Crystal added.

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

“It was then obvious that she had a neurological condition as well – her little head was bobbling non-stop. The bobbling made her so endearing, it was love at first sight.”

Elsa was very brave from day one. She mastered the litter box without the need for sight. Her amazing sense of smell helped her navigate and map the location she was in. “The hardest challenge was that she couldn’t seem to locate sounds. Slowly, she learnt how to play with toys and walk in a (mostly) straight line.”

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

The beautiful blind girl doesn’t think that she’s any different. She maps her area and runs around just like other cats.

“Neither condition affects her ability to be a normal, playful kitten who uses her litter trays perfectly. Most of all, she is the best cuddler and kisser I’ve ever met. She really won’t leave you alone when you’re sitting with her,” Crystal added.

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

Elsa is an indoor cat but she gets excited every time she goes on walks in the backyard with Crystal.

Once she learned that she could run freely on the grass without bumping into furniture or walls, she ran at full speed and hopped around on the lawn in pure bliss.

Video: Elsa enjoys getting some of her pent up energy out!

“I nicknamed Elsa, velcro cat, as she was often attached to Crystal’s neck,” Jenny Storaker, Co-director of CatRescue 901, told Love Meow.

It’s her favorite perching spot.

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

When Elsa was ready for adoption, Crystal thought that it was time to find her her forever home.

“It wasn’t until Crystal was faced with someone meeting Elsa that she realized that she couldn’t let her go,” Jenny said. “It was obvious that they were meant for each other.”

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

LoveMeow/Crystal Mackey

It’s been almost two years since Elsa was found. She has been Crystal’s most loyal companion. When they had a new baby in the family, she showered him with snuggles and all the love she could give.

“Elsa is a little miracle kitty – she grew into such a precious girl who is grateful for every day. She never stops cuddling, kissing and playing,” Crystal told Love Meow.

June 3, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Australia has built a cat-proof fence

Good luck with that Australia 🙂

Australia really does seem to have ‘Lost the plot’ when it comes to cats, and claims that it can’t deal with them by means that don’t involve killing them all, and justifies its approach by claiming that they’re killing everything.

Funny that other countries can manage a bit of co-existence and control.

I wonder if they took advice from SCROTUS – and made the cats pay for it!

There seems to be a problem with the claim though.

Cats kill 1 million Australian birds a day, study shows

Rather than being a single, properly peer-reviewed and independent study, it seems to cleverly combine a number of other studies to arrive at a final ESTIMATE for its numbers.

Reminds me of the claim that thousands of birds are being killed by wind turbines – while it turns out that there’s probably only one or two, but they’ve been watched thousands of times on YouTube.

May 30, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Cat Rules

I wonder if passing cats would come in if I had this printed and mounted at the bottom of my outside doors?

Cat Rules

Cat Rules

May 20, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Cats – STILL on top after thousands of years

Another gem spotted online.

Cat Worship

Cat Worship

May 4, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

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