Cat Project Archives for April 25-29,
25, 2015 - "A cat cares for you only as a source of
food, security, and a place in the sun. Her high self-sufficiency
is her charm." - Charles Horton Cooley
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The Cat Event Horizon.
Mewvie: Simon's Cat explores cat behavior.
Street Art: "Krampus" by Casey Weldon.
eco-friendly cat litter.
by David Jenkins
SIKESTON, Mo. -- For the better part of the last century, clay cat litter
has been the standard for people with indoor cats. However, a local company
is giving people a different, more environmentally friendly option.
Midwest Organics of Sikeston has a new product called CatSpot Litter
it hopes changes the way people think of cat litter. The litter eliminates
the odor from the litter box while helping the environment.
"What we have done is designed a proprietary process that we are taking
a bi-product of coconut," said Jeff Limbaugh, president of Midwest Organics. "We
are running it through our process, and it makes a wonderful kitty litter that
actually absorbs the cat urine and keeps your litter box from stinking.
"This is a brand-new, all-organic, sustainable, biodegradable product. It
is chemical-free, dust-free. It has all the advantages," he said.
With clay litter, many take the used litter and put it in a trash can
which eventually is taken to a landfill. Limbaugh said there are over
8 billion pounds of used cat litter taken to landfills every year.
"(CatSpot) is all-natural, all-organic," Limbaugh said. "After
your cats get done using it, you can take it out and put it in your backyard;
you can use it in your garden or flower bed as a soil amendment."
Limbaugh said they have been working with local humane societies in Sikeston
and Cape Girardeau, and the reviews have been great.
"We went from using 300 pounds of clay litter a day to 12 pounds of CatSpot
Litter a week," said Ashley Boyd, assistant director of the Sikeston Area
Humane Society. "It's odorless and very lightweight. My 3-year-old actually
helps me carry it to the cat room."
Another advantage of the product is it can be delivered to your door
instead of going to the store to buy a 20- or 40-pound container of litter.
"Our program is that we supply enough litter for one cat, for one litter
box, for one month," Limbaugh said. "It cost $15, and that is shipping
included. When you sign up, then we automatically ship it to you the next month.
You can cancel at any time."
Limbaugh said there also is a money-back guarantee.
"If you get online and you try it and don't like it, we'll send you your
money back," he said.
Sikeston resident Mike Baker uses CatSpot and has been pleased with the
"The cat likes it; there's no odor, and it's easy to clean up," Baker
said. "We will definitely continue using it."
The company, which has a production facility just north of Sikeston,
employs 17. Limbaugh said the company wants to employ 30 to 40 people
in the future.
"We are a local company, and we are going to hire local people," Limbaugh
"We know we are going against the grain, but we are just wanting people
to try the product and let it prove to them it works," Limbaugh said.
To find out more about CatSpot or to place an order, visit their website
26, 2015 - "Some people say that cats are sneaky,
evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities
as well." - Missy Dizick
Gratuitous Kittiness: Offered without comment.
Mewvie: Foster cat Rosie.
Feline Art: More cats
27, 2015 - "If the claws didn't retract, cats would
be like Velcro." - Dr. Bruce Fogle
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I got it with the kitten option."
Mewvie: Why do cats do that?
Art: German postcard.
sails around the world.
by Randee Dawn
Captain Liz Clark is something of a loner — after all, she's spent
the decade of her life sailing around the world on her boat The Swell.
But she hasn't always been alone, thanks to a lovely cat named Amelia
who climbed onboard in 2013 and never left (well, hardly ever).
Clark has an enviable life on the water, covering over 18,000 nautical
miles since she set sail from Santa Barbara, California in 2005 to see
the world. Over the years, she has journeyed along Mexico's west coast
and along Central America, and even sailed into the South Pacific.
An expert sailor (as she explains on her web page) since age 10, Clark
clearly feels the voyage is enhanced by having Amelia, aka "The
Tropicat," along. (The cat was named after another great female
explorer, Amelia Earhart.)
"She always had a wily, determined look in her eye — as if the world
was out to get her, but she was going to get it first. She was the star of her
own mystery film — a sexy, heartless secret agent always on a mission," Clark
wrote on her blog in February.
That was right after a small tragedy befell Amelia and Clark. While visiting
an island, Amelia went walkabout and didn't show back up, despite Clark's
desperate searching. So, reluctantly, the Captain returned to her ship.
"I knew there was a cute little bed & breakfast on the island, I figured
she would be happy chasing rats and lizards for the night, and could go see the
people there if she was lonely or hungry," wrote Clark.
But after 42 days, Clark learned that her "Tropicat" was seen
wandering around by the B&B manager, and she appeared healthy. Clark
returned to the island to see if Amelia would rather stay on land or
return to the boat.
"[W]hen I went to leave, she followed me all the way out the little dock," Clark
wrote in another post. "I got in the boat then looked at her and asked her
if she was sure she wanted to come home. She looked at me for a moment, then
casually stepped into the boat …"
Since then, Clark writes that they spend a little more time on land so
she can work on her book and Amelia can "climb trees and chase chickens.
The more freedom I give her, the more she seems to trust me."
Clearly, things will be smooth sailing from here on out. .
28, 2015 - "Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -
Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats hate water... right?
Mewvie: Cat must "hunt" for its dinner. Ingenious!
Feline Art: Japanese dainties.
29, 2015 - "The purr from cat to man says, 'You bring
me happiness; I am at peace with you.'" - Barbara
Gratuitous Kittiness: Just your basic, everyday kitty.
Mewvie: Follow the sun.
Art: Entrance to cat museum in Kuching, Malaysia.
the cat gets a pacemaker.
by Steph Cockroft
A cat who faced total heart failure has been given his own life-saving
pacemaker in an incredibly rare operation.
Shady, an eight-year-old tabby, was taken to Walker Green Vets in Timperley,
Greater Manchester, for a routine examination when vets discovered he
had a slow heart rate.
The pet then underwent further cardiology tests which revealed he had
what vets described as a complete heart block.
The condition put him at high risk of heart failure, but vets said a
pacemaker could save his life.
A team of specialist then carried out the intricate operation.
Although pacemakers are common in humans, they are rare in others animals
such as dogs and are even more rare in cats.
The clinic's head nurse Emma Greene, who assisted with the procedure,
said the team felt a mixture of excitement and nerves.
He said: 'The procedure had not been performed at Walker Green before,
so we wanted to ensure that the day ran as smoothly as possible.'
The operation - which was covered by Ms Hutchinson's insurance - involved
accessing Shady's heart through his belly and attaching a special lead
to the outside of the muscle while it is still beating.
The lead, which connects to a pacemaker, can detect when Shady's heart
fails to beat and sends an electrical impulse.
The team of specialists involved were veterinary cardiologist Emily Dutton,
from Cheshire Cardiology, surgeon Catherine Sturgeon, from Visiting Vet
Specialists, and Carl Bradbrook, a veterinary anaesthetist.
Ms Greene added: 'As the operation progressed and it was time to suture
the lead to Shady's heart, Catherine asked me to use my fingers to lift
Shady's sternum up so that she could get a good view, I could feel his
heart beating against my finger.'
The procedure is rare in cats because of their size. Whereas dogs have
larger veins and they can put a pacemaker in through the shoulder, a
cat's has to be inserted through the abdomen.
A similar operation carried out in Singapore cost $5,000, which is about £3,500.
Shady was sent home to recover. He returned to see the team of specialists
last week for his post-op check-up and is fighting fit.
His owner Laura Hutchinson, who said she was 'shocked and worried' when
she found out Shady needed a pacemaker fitted, said: 'He has recovered
really well. He's quite a placid cat so he has just been taking it easy
but he's becoming more playful.
'The team have been excellent. Emily has been in contact to check up
on Shady and Ben and his staff looked after us well.'
'We are all over the moon that Shady has made such a good recovery,'
added Emma. 'It makes us feel proud that we have been able to do this
for Shady and his owner.'
RSPCA London veterinary director Caroline Allen said: 'Fitting a pacemaker
is a very specialist procedure which would be done by a cardiologist.
'It is quite common for pacemakers to be fitted in dogs but I've not
heard of them being used to treat cats before because they don't tend
to get the type of heart condition that would require one.
'However, it's interesting to hear that this procedure has been done
and I hope it means this cat will now be able to live a long, happy and