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Mews and Nips: All Aboard Japan’s Cat Caf Train

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Cat cafs first originated in Japan, and perhaps this will be the beginning of another trend: a cat caf on a train! For one day only, on September 10, the Yoro Railway will transform one of its train cars into a mobile cat caf. The train will make a run between Ogaki and Ikeno stations in Gifu Prefecture on Honshu, Japan’s main island, carrying about 40 humans and a lot of cats. The cats were all rescued from kill shelters, and the hope is that they will all find homes during the two hour ride and this unique adoption event. Visit Food and Wine for more about this story. Hey, Amtrak, are you paying attention?

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we celebrated Labor Day, on Tuesday, we told you everything you ever wanted to know about cat whiskers,on Wednesday, we shared fascinating facts about tabby cats, on Thursday, we celebrated Ruby’s 7th birthday, and on Friday, we reviewed Bookstore Cats.

Is there anything more adorable than a kitten making biscuits? Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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Ruby’s Reflections: It’s my 7th Birthday!

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Hi everyone, it’s Ruby! Guess what! I’m seven years old today! Apparently that means I’m officially a senior kitty now, but Mom says I sure don’t act like one. She says I will always be her kitten. I still look like one, too, because I’m so tiny. I may be tiny, but I’m mighty!

Allegra:rolls eyes.

Ruby: Allegra, you have to do what I say all day today, because I’m the birthday princess!

Allegra: Dream on, little one.

Ruby: I dream of tuna for everyone!

With my Mom, the day she brought me home!

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First 4 Steps You Need To Take If You Want To Start A Small Baking Business

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Ask yourself if you are truly ready to become a small business owner

These days; being an entrepreneur seems to be a normal alternative to seeking employment; it even seems to be a trending option, especially among the youth. I don’t think that it is a negative point; actually, I’m glad that people have found that there is an alternative to looking for a job and getting employed. It is also an option for anyone who is employed and may not be happy with their current situation – building your own business is an option you can choose, as opposed to staying employed. The one aspect that you should keep in mind though, is that it’s not the easiest thing to do, starting your own small baking business. Be realistic on what it entails to start a baking business that will grow and become successful. You will have a change of lifestyle; you have to work long hours, sometimes with minimal sleep. It can also be quite stressful and frustrating as well. It’s quite a long journey that will be filled with ups and downs; however, when executed properly – it can be a rewarding journey that is worthwhile.

Do the necessary research required and choose your niche as well

If you have asked yourself the necessary questions and you have found that you still want to start a small baking business; then the next step I would recommend is to research your baking business idea. Research all aspects of the business and requirements: What direction is the baking industry currently moving towards? What are the legal requirements? What niche options do you have? What baking skills are required and do you have them? What will be your focus? (type of products and target market) Where will you conduct business? Who are your competitors? Research and get as much information as you can on the baking industry in Kenya; this will help you have a realistic view of the industry and how you can get into the market and earn profit.

Write a business plan and come up with a financial budget

Whether you’re starting a home based baking business or a bakery shop; it’s very important to write a business plan for your small baking business. This will give you an overview of your business and it will also bring clarity to you on how you want your business to be set up, who you need and how much you will need to start and keep going. This will also give you a clear picture on the amount of money you need to start and work with in the business at least for 3 months. Please do not skip this part; as tedious as it may seem it’s better to write the plan and be prepared, than to get started without the information you require and have to close down your business six months later.

Write down your action plan on what you need to do

Once you already know your requirements and the amount of capital you require; then you need to make an action plan. This is simply a list of actions you need to take, duration of time, cost (if the action requires capital) and deadline to achieve or execute those actions. Be thorough with this list, even if one of the actions you need to improve or perfect your baking skills, write it down.

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Review: Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties

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You know that any book published by National Geographic is going to feature gorgeous photos, and Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties certainly delivers in that respect. This lovely collection of stories about awesome, caring, adventurous, hardworking and curious cats is sure to delight anyone who loves cats.

You may recognize some of the cats in this book. There’s Didga, the skateboarding cat, Tama the railroad station cat, and Corduroy, one of the oldest living cats in the world. There’s a deaf cat who has learned to communicate with her human via sign language. There’s Snorri, who steals flip flops. And there’s Millie, a rock climbing kitty.

In addition to the stories, the book features just for fun sections that dig a little deeper into some aspects of the tales, and ask an expert sections featuring veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman, who answers questions you may think of while you’re reading.

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The book is marketed as a children’s book aimed at ages kindergarten through 12, but I actually didn’t even realize that it wasn’t written for adults until I started writing this review. This beautifully designed book is a little treasure trove for cat lovers of all ages.

Cat Tales is available from Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

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