Cat Project Archives for April 11-15,
11, 2015 - "Cats often devise their own sets of rules
that they think we should live by, and they may be quick
to chastise us if we fail to adhere to these rules!"
- Margaret Reister, D.V.M.
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Here. I killed this for you."
Mewvie: The drum-off.
Street Art: Japanese postcard.
signs that your cat loves you.
Compared to dogs, cats get a bad rap when it comes to friendliness and
approachability. Many a dog lover will try to tell you cats just aren't
But most cat owners know this isn't the case - you just have to work
a little harder for the love of a cat. And what's so bad about that?
Here are some signs that you've truly won over your feline friend:
1. Their tail is upright and curled
You can tell a lot about a cat from its tail. If their tail is upright
and casually curved at the tip (like a question mark) this generally
means they're in a happy mood and can be easily approached.
2. They give you little massages
Usually during sleep, or just before falling asleep, happy cats can be
known to push their paws up and down on your body, like a little massage!
If your cat does this to you, they really think you're the 'cat's pyjamas'.
3. They follow you everywhere
Cats are often said to be aloof, independent creatures. While this is
sometimes the case, cat owners know that some loyal, happy cats will
follow their owners everywhere like little puppy dogs; true companions.
4. They bring you 'presents'
Unfortunately for the squeamish, cats are natural hunters and if they
really love you they'll show off by parading their talents - by bringing
you 'gifts' such as dead birds and rats. But hey, look on the bright
side: you'll never have mice in the house again!
5. They think you're purr-ty cool
A happy cat is a purring cat. If they're especially happy, you'll notice
the sound of the purr is louder than usual.
12, 2015 - "Most cats, when they are Out want to be
In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously."- Dr.
Louis J. Camuti
Gratuitous Kittiness: Purr-fect kitty.
Mewvie: Spinster - A Cat Lady Game.
Feline Art: "Playtime" by
13, 2015 - "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." -
Robert K. Massie
Gratuitous Kittiness: What's wrong wth this picture? Not enough
Mewvie: A little cat massage.
Art: How old is you cat?
On the morning of March 10, a black cat lay motionless, facedown in a
puddle, on the side of a road in British Columbia, Canada.
The weather was severe, with torrential rain that reflected hurricane-like
conditions. The cat was in pain — he had been run over by a car
and his face was badly maimed. To the outside world and other vehicles
driving past, the cat was already considered dead.
But one man's gut instinct told him otherwise.
"You almost hit a dead cat," the passenger of Dennis McDonald, a 45-year-old
truck driver, said to him. The two had just driven past the cat in McDonald's
"I look quickly at the passenger mirror and honestly, something hit me," McDonald,
who already owned two cats, told The Dodo. "Tears started to well up [in
my eyes] and I said, 'I don't believe that he's dead. I'm turning around.' I
knew I couldn't carry on with my day if I hadn't gone back."
McDonald's intuition and sheer empathy for an animal — one he wasn't
even certain was alive — were what led to the 3-year-old cat's
chance at survival. By the time McDonald drove back around and stepped
out of his truck to save the cat, another motorist had stopped to check
on the animal too. McDonald saw that the cat was in rough shape, possibly
with a broken neck or back — but regardless, he was still alive.
The motorist offered McDonald a box to transport him.
"I took the length of my arm and put it under [the cat] to support him entirely
and managed to get him in the box and back to the truck," McDonald said.
He immediately drove to the Burnaby SPCA to drop the cat off to hopefully receive
the help he needed to continue living.
"On the way out the door I told them, without hesitation, that if the owners
don't step up, I'd like to have first opportunity to adopt him," McDonald
said, adding if "by miracle" the cat managed to pull through his extensive
The cat, who McDonald named BB-8 after the "Star Wars" robot,
had to have his jaw wired shut, in addition to suffering from a collapsed
nose and fractures to his skull.
Thanks to generous donations, doctors were able to perform surgery on
BB-8 pro bono. For three weeks after his extensive dental surgery, BB-8
had to wear an acrylic bite splint. But during the continued pain and
discomfort the cat must have felt, McDonald always made certain to visit
him, bringing much-needed comfort.
Then the opportunity rose for McDonald to rescue BB-8 again — in
the form of providing a forever home.
BB-8 had an ear tattoo that led to contact information for his original
owner. According to McDonald, she hadn't seen BB-8 in a year. "She
was in a place where she couldn't do anything for him, so she surrendered
him to the the vet and me. That broke my heart into a million little
As it turns out, BB-8's original owner gave him away to a neighbor, who
then lost him, leading to the dire predicament McDonald found him in.
But today, BB-8 is doing more than fine. He's expected to make a full
recovery without any long-term health issues.
He's currently still healing at the vet, but once he's ready to leave
with McDonald, he'll gain a new rescue brother and sister named Lucy
and Ricky. McDonald likes to think that Lucy and BB-8 were separated
at birth, given their physical similarities and the fact that they're
both the same age.
What's impressed McDonald the most throughout BB-8's ordeal has been
"He is the most affectionate and grateful," McDonald said. "Truly
humbled at this guy's ability to move forward and put the pain behind him and
focus on the love.".
14, 2015 - "Many cats simply pounce to their own drummers." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Sink brothers."
Mewvie: Always have a spare cat.
Feline Art: Warhol cat.
15, 2015 - "Actually, cats do this to protect you
from gnomes who come and steal your breath while you sleep." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm head over, uh, dew claws?"
Mewvie: That turkey call is a little TOO good.
Art: "Scratch" by Base Man.
possible cure for FIP.
There may be hope yet in the fight against feline infectious peritonitis
(FIP), a viral disease in young cats that is almost always fatal.
In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from Kansas
State University (KSU) describe their success with an antiviral treatment
for FIP that blocks the virus from replicating and halts the progression
of the disease.
Cats that received the treatment dodged a near-certain death sentence
and returned to normal post-treatment.
FIP occurs in young cats (typically 3 or fewer years old) and is caused
by particular strains of an illness called feline coronavirus. While
most types of feline coronavirus are relatively harmless, and indeed
common, infections – causing mild intestinal inflammation, if any
symptoms at all — a small percentage of them progress through mutation
Once the virus becomes FIP, the most common result is a “wet” form
of the disease, resulting in fluid buildup in the abdomen, fever, jaundice
and weight loss. The condition is tricky to diagnose and often the symptoms
seem to arise out of nowhere, because cats are excellent maskers of how
bad they’re feeling.
There is no cure for FIP, and once these latter symptoms appear death
follows in a matter of weeks to months.
Until now, the researchers say, it was not clear whether an antiviral
by itself could reverse FIP’s deadly progress. But their new treatment,
they say, has done just that.
“This is the first time we showed experimental evidence of successful treatment
of laboratory cats at an advanced clinical stage of FIP,” said study lead
Yunjeong Kim, an associate professor in KSU’s diagnostic medicine and pathobiology
“We found that antiviral treatment led to full recovery of cats when treatment
was started at a stage of disease that would be otherwise fatal if left untreated,” the
Cats in the study made full recoveries and were back to their old selves
within 20 days of receiving the antiviral treatment.
The team’s results came from cats whose FIP had been experimentally
induced in a laboratory setting, so Kim said the next step will be to
test the efficacy of the antiviral in cats that had come by their FIP