Cat Project Archives for August 10-14, 2015.
10, 2015 - "For me, one of the pleasures of cats'
company is their devotion to bodily comfort." - Sir
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Oh, my god.... I'm a BUFFET!"
Mewvie: Shock the kitten.
do cats like people who hate them?
One of the ironies of cat behavior is how cats are attracted to people
who don't like them. By deconstructing the behavior of cat haters, we
cat lovers can learn a thing or two.
When humans don't care for cats, they try to avoid looking at them and
at the same time keep an eye on them. They want to make sure that the
cat isn't coming … Oh damn, here it comes, rubbing on my leg, jumping
in my lap, purring.
Let's look at this from the cat's point of view. All aggression in the
feline world starts with staring. Polite cats are demure; they look briefly
and then look away. So when you meet a cat you want to be friends with,
note its location in the room and avert your eyes.
When humans don't like cats, they try not to pet them. If the cat comes
over, the person might instinctively pet it once, then he withdraws his
hand and hopes the cat will go away. Of course, playing hard-to-get with
a cat is one of the best ways to make friends. So if you want to be friends
with a new cat, let it approach, offer your knuckle, and let the cat
get your smell and pet itself against you (she will push into your knuckle
and run her cheek along it). Then ignore her for a couple minutes while
she sniffs your legs.
Once the cat has decided you are worthy, you can move to the next step:
the full-stop pet. To do this, stroke the cat from the top of its head
all the way off the tail. As you reach the end, gently cup your hand
around the tail and continue the stroke as if the tail was 3 or 4 inches
longer than it is. Do this just once. The cat will expect you to start
another stroke at its head—but you don't. This unmet anticipation
gets into the cat, like a repeating song lyric, and it will all but demand
you pet it again. After a few minutes, you can do so, maybe even two
or three times. The goal is to interrupt the petting when the cat expects
more. Dirty pool—but very effective.
Finally, when you see a cat the second time, nod your head subtly at
it when you enter the room. The cat will probably move its head in a
similar way. Go through the demure look, the presentation of the knuckle,
and the full-stop pet. At this point you are acquaintances with promise.
You are ready to take it to the next level: the long blink.
In this movement, wait until the cat is across the room from you. Look
at the cat with soft eyes until it looks at you, and the second it does,
begin a long, slow blink. You want to keep your eyes closed long enough
that it's clear you are not normal blinking, but not so long that you
seem to be falling asleep. If the cat believes you are a friend, it will
long-blink back at you (cats do this properly so use her timing the next
time you long-blink). You can do this back and forth a couple times.
From the cat's point of view you are saying, “I trust you enough
to close my eyes in your presence.” For a prey animal that fancies
itself a significant danger, this is the equivalent of saying, “I
11, 2015 - "Any cat who misses a mouse pretends it
was aiming for the dead leaf."- Charlotte Gray
Gratuitous Kittiness: The ultimate cat tree.
Mewvie: Popcorn kittens.
12, 2015 - "Sleeping together is a euphemism for people,
but tantamount to marriage with cats." - Marge Percy
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I may not be doing this right, but
Mewvie: Cats eat bananas? Well, this one does.
Dying Owner Writes Thank-You Letter to Future Home
A seemingly ordinary orange cat named Susie – quiet, standoffish
with the household dog, not much of an outdoor kitty -- has captured
the hearts of animal lovers across the country.
And it’s all thanks to the efforts of the workers at the Montgomery
County Animal Services & Adoption Center.
When Susie’s frail owner died in May, her son couldn’t take
the nearly 5-year-old cat. So, he brought Susie to the shelter for placement
with a new family.
But Susie came with a memoir of sorts, a handwritten note by the cat’s
previous owner describing how they came to be roommates at first, then
best of friends.
The ailing owner had told her son to give the letter to Susie’s
next owner. The woman wrote about how the cat disappeared from her yard
soon after she took her in, then a frightened Susie reappeared following
a lightning storm, never to venture outside again.
“I enjoy her company. She is a good snuggler, but she likes to be the boss,” the
older woman wrote. “She enjoys being petted. She spends much of her time
on my bed, but always seems to know where I am.”
And the note ends: “I hope you enjoy Susie as much as I have.”
The letter thanks the faithful feline’s next owner for adopting
her. The care of the woman toward her cat struck a chord with pet owners
everywhere after stories appeared on The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping
magazine, and ABC News, among others.
Susie, shy and not warming up to strangers at the animal shelter, needed
the PR boost.
“Some cats are really great at selling themselves and Susie wasn’t
selling herself,” Katherine Zenzano, community outreach coordinator of
Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, told ABC News. “If
this letter can in any way help Susie, or any other cats in the same situation,
we are happy to get it out there because we think it can touch a lot of people.”
Susie’s saga comes with a happy ending: she was adopted on Aug.
7 by a College Park, MD, woman.
13, 2015 - " People who love cats have some of the
biggest hearts around."
- Susan Easterly
Gratuitous Kittiness: "There's a mouse in her somewhere."
Mewvie: Big cat playtime.
14, 2015 - "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings.
She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you
anxious not to hear the whole of it." - Jerome K.
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Us? Blame? Be serious, human!"
Mewvie: "Pfah phoo phoofin at?"
people dressed as cats gather to honor Cecil the
by Jaime Fuller
On Wednesday night, nearly 13,000 people — many with whiskers and
pointy ears — stormed a baseball field in St. Paul, Minnesota,
to watch cat videos. The mayor threw a ceremonial ball of yarn to begin
the fourth annual Internet Cat Video Festival. Attendees did Meow Yoga
and watched videos of cats chasing lasers, acting in Jurassic Park, drinking
out of goldfish bowls, and the Golden Kitty Award–winning video
titled “Cat Behavior Finally Explained."
Before the award was given, the scoreboard flashed a picture of the statuette
with the words “This is a trophy." Then, the image changed
to a picture of Cecil the Lion next to a caption that read “This
is not.” The crowd cheered.
This year's festival was dedicated to the deceased lion, who was killed
by a Minnesota dentist last month.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune talked to many fans in attendance, who stressed
that they were only a little bit crazy. One woman said, "This brings
the crazy people all together." Another man philosophized while
playing with his cat-ear headband: "Hey, if all of us are crazy,
none of us are crazy. Anyway, there are crazier ways to spend a Wednesday.”
Cats were banned from attending the event — or rather, they spent
all year chasing lasers with the hope that they would be rewarded with
one night alone without anyone filming them — and had the luxury
of enjoying the best part of the festivities without ever leaving the
living room: local news segments starring people dressed like felines,
which are probably the only type of cat videos that cats find amusing.