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Chester, the Scottish Fold kitten! Cat lost before Air Canada cargo flight.

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Look who we met and photographed… Chester, the baby grey Scottish Fold cat! He made the news earlier this year for disappearing before an Air Canada cargo flight, and turning up a month later.

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The Scottish Fold community has been helping Chester’s owner ever since he first went missing. Fortunately, he’s back safe and sound, and in great health.

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Chester was participating in the TICA cat show in White Rock, British Columbia. We came by to meet him, and take these big-eyed photos!

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This celebrity kitten is as sweet and soft as you’d expect. I wonder what happened to Chester during the month that he was missing.

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His owner, Amanda Stewart, was reluctant to have Chester’s breeder send him from Montreal to Vancouver via Air Canada cargo. Unfortunately, her fears were justified… He was dropped off at Montreal Airport on May 21, 2014 at 10am. At 12 noon his cage was empty.

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After a month of searching and frustration, Amanda finally heard the incredible news: the earless cat came back!

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Air Canada Live Cargo found the grey kitten alive but thin in the airfield of Montreal Airport, exactly 4 weeks to the day he was lost.

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The vet checked him out, and despite the lost weight, Chester was healthy and calm.

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Once he got a clean bill of health, an Air Canada employee flew him to Vancouver in first class, and Chester got to sit on her knee like a little prince. He arrived at his new and final home on June 27th 2014.

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I wish my fold, Basil, could ask Chester what happened! I’m dubious that Chester was able to survive on rainwater and moths for a month… Scottish Folds aren’t exactly the aggressive hunter types, especially kittens. They’re also so gentle and trusting, and wouldn’t hide from people (especially if there was food being put out).

grey baby scottish fold cat

My theory is that someone found and ‘borrowed’ him for a bit… but we’ll never know. The important thing is he’s back and happy.

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How cute is Chester, on the cat show judging table? He was the only Fold so he took part in the general cat breed category.

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The judge checked his big eyes, tiny ears and body! So sweet.

British Shorthair Brown Mackerel Tabby

Chester’s “sister” Abby also took part in the cat show. (on the left)

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Abby is a British Shorthair brown mackerel tabby.

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Her lovely coloring and temperament earned her high marks.

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She took home quite a few awards, including first place wins!

brown british shorthair cats

It was a lot of fun to see a cat show. So many different breeds – tailless, hairless, big and small — all treated like royalty by their doting owners.

young female british shorthairs

There were a few British Shorthairs there (many Scottish Folds are cross-bred with this breed, including Basil Farrow).

cat show judge, examination

They’re so kind and well-raised, these cats will never scratch!

winning british shorthair show cat

It was lovely to meet Abby, Chester and Amanda! Their story has a happy ending, but it illustrates the dangers and discomforts of flying pets in cargo… We all hope that pet owners will consider other, safer alternatives to transporting cats and dogs.

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You can see more adorable photos of this lost-and-found grey kitten, on Chester’s Facebook page

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And don’t forget to add my Scottish Fold cream cat, Basil Farrow, and check out his blog for photos.


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Japanese cat magazines rule! Scottish fold kittens on Japan magazine cover, 猫の雑誌.

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With their round and sweet faces, Scottish Fold cats are natural stars. No surprise that they’re on the cover of many cat magazines in Japan! (They make great center-FOLDS as well.)

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Since many of you were curious about Japanese “neko” magazines, here are some images from my collection. I got these zines at Book-Off (the used bookstore with many locations) for $1.50-3 each. New issues are sold at Kinokuniya and other major bookshops.


Crea Cat is my favorite of the bunch, since the pages emphasize cute photography, layouts and costumes. The Scottish Fold, with a bow-tie and speech bubble, is a perfect example.

crea cat magazine japan

Japanese “kawaii” is all about big, anime eyes… so this white fur foldy is the ideal model.

exotic shorthair cat in wig

I laughed so hard at this squish-faced Exotic Shorthair in a wig.

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The magazine has a number of fun features, such as an article about the origins of different cat breeds. Scottish folds are of course from Scotland!

zura neko cat wigs

How ridiculous is this? “We are zura cats” means cats who look like they are wearing wigs, or black hairpieces…

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This fold-eared fellow even has dark sideburns! Once again, the magazine puts him in a bow-tie, and takes photos from angles that emphasize his plumpness.

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Unlike Western cat magazines, the layout is more “kawaii”, and you’ll find a lot of Scottish Folds and kitty costumes in the mix.

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Here’s a feature about Japanese women and their cat companions. I spot an owl-face in there…

japanese cat crazy

… and here’s a black and white foldy called Aqua. Her home reminds me of a cat cafe, with so many “nekos” running around.

japanese stationmaster train cat

Japan’s cat magazines also do stories about famous felines, such as the stationmaster cat who wears a conductor’s cap.

scottish folds colors, ginger orange

Some pages are similar to Japanese fashion magazines. This one ranks the cats. A fold who looks a bit like Basil Farrow is #1!

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An angry face, in the question and answer column. Isn’t it nice to see such a variety of Scottish folds?

cat cafe menu portraits

Can you spot two round-heads in here? Hint, one is doing the distinctive dangle.

flying cats

Apparently cats can fly. Note the cat’s face on the big building poster, at the bottom.

cats around the world, countries

Here’s a nice article about cats spotted during travels around the world.

scottish fold cat health issues

Other magazines, like Cat’s Heart (neko no kokoro), tackle more serious feline subject matter — such as proper grooming and massage techniques, and dealing with insect pests.

cat health digestion diagram

Poor foldy seems to be suffering from diarrhea! A diagram illustrates how food travels through a cat’s digestive system. Of course, the poop has a happy face.

cat doctor visit

After a trip to the vet, this kitten seems to be feeling better. Before long, he’ll be lying upside down again.

baby scottish fold longhair kitten

Finally, here’s a cute ad starring a ginger-orange Scottish Fold kitten. It advertises Aeon City, a huge pet supply store in Odaiba, Tokyo. In addition to the usual food and toys, they carry pet costumes, have a cooking studio, produce custom craft goods for pets, and even have oxygen capsules for dogs!

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Basil Farrow and I hope you enjoyed this peek into the Jpop world of “neko magazines!”

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Could you see YOUR cat on the cover of one of these magazines? Which feature made you smile the most?


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Hong Kong cat cafe! Chinese pet cats at Ah Meow, Causeway Bay theme restaurant.

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Did you know Hong Kong has cat cafes too? I visited Ah Meow Cat Cafe (阿貓地攤) in Causeway Bay. (Level 3, 2-6 Foo Ming St Po Ming Building, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)

Watch my Huffington Post video to peek inside a bizarre Chinese cat cafe.

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The space is popular with youths. No wonder it’s located in the hip Causeway Bay district.

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Many Hong Kong residents are unable to have pets because they work long hours and live in small apartments. Cat cafes let them get a feline fix, while enjoying tea and snacks. This restaurant trend began in Japan, and is now popular in major Asian cities.

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This cafe is home to eleven cats, all of whom were adopted. They roam the space freely: Some duck into baskets, others climb onto the tables and whisk their tails in people’s faces. Not surprisingly, the squish-faced Scottish Folds and Exotic Shorthairs got the most attention.

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Chocolates are for humans, and meat-cakes are for cats!

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Even the rice has cat face on it. To learn more about decorating food to look kawaii, please see my book Cute Yummy Time.

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There aren’t any ground rules at Ah-Meow — simply walk in, and join the action. The tables are packed with young locals on dates. Many hold smart phones and take photos of (or with) the kitties.

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Near the entrance, there are racks of Hello Kitty stationery and other goods for sale. You can even put on a “vampire kitten” or fold-eared mask, as you can see in the video.

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Have you ever been to a cat cafe? What do you think of this bizarre Asian phenomenon?

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Nice view

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Scottish folds, with their round earless faces, are of course the most popular. I counted at least 3 of them there.

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Exotic shorthair kitties are also well-loved, thanks to that pushed in face.

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Bonus photo of a Kuromi cake, which I saw in a Hong Kong bakery.

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Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Here are photos inside a Japanese one.


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