Cat Project Archives for December
14, 2015 - "People who hate cats, will come back as
mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Rockin' under the Xmas tree.
Mewvie: Baby loves kitty.
Art: We've all been there.
perfume... it's a thing!
By Sara Murphy
Calling all cat lovers: If have trouble getting out of bed in the morning
because you're just too busy burying your nose in your kitty’s
fluffy fur, you need no longer worry. There's a brand-new fragrance with
your very particular name on it.
The genius scent-smiths at the online Japanese retailer Felissimo have
developed a new product — a cat-scented perfume — with your
olfactory satisfaction in mind. No, we're not kidding.
After four months of development, Felissimo has released “Moho
Mohu Odeko no Kaori Fabric Water," which translates to "Fluffy
Forehead Fragrance Fabric Water." This 3.4-ounce fabric spray is
designed to "capture the scent of a cat’s forehead in a bottle," reports
Rocket News. Felissimo has already catered to cat lovers in a host of
unexpected ways — with items such as cat lingerie and cat futons.
Have they bested themselves with this eau de chat? You betcha.
The head perfumer of Yamamoto Perfumery was tasked with creating the
scent, which has been described as both sweet and aromatic — reportedly
going so far as to spend time sniffing fur-ball foreheads at Japanese
cat cafés to check the similarity between fragrances in development
and the real thing. The final spray scent apparently takes its cues from
a customer survey, responses to which described the smell of a cat forehead
as “the smell of sunshine,” “a futon that’s been
dried in the sun,” and “sweet bread." (Not to be confused
with sweetbreads. That's an entirely different aroma altogether.)
The feline-inspired fabric spray retails for 1,293 yen, or $10.60, but
unfortunately, Felissimo is not currently shipping orders overseas. Alas,
true cat devotees will just have to plan a trip to Japan to pick one
up. (If you're willing to slip your cat into lingerie, it's probably
totally worth the 11-plus hour flight time.) And if cat paws are more
your thing, fear not. There's scented hand cream for that, too. Meee-ow.
15, 2015 - "Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when
motionless, seems to flow."
- George F. Will
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You got a bulb out. I'll get it."
Mewvie: "Bad tiger! No! No!"
Feline Street Art
16, 2015 - "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection,
patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many
of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?"
- Fernand Mery
Gratuitous Kittiness: I think he knows what his present is.
I have a lot to be thankful for in life, but what brings me the most
joy is being a mother (to my kitties!). Life is just more fun with my
cuddly bundles of love.
Of course, being a single mom of two furry “kids” can be
challenging at times. I’ve had to learn to adapt to all their quirky
cat habits—such as that they own everything. It’s almost
guaranteed that every time I bring home something new, my Daisy will
decide it belongs to her and not me!
So decorating a tree during the holidays has been quite the experiment.
The first year that I had the cats, they’d jump on the tree, knock
it down, and steal decorations from around the house. Luckily, I’ve
found a few tips and tricks that have helped to minimize the craziness
and keep the cats safe—and hopefully, they’ll do the same
Buying the Tree
Consider a fake one. Real trees are awesome, I know, but pine needles
can be dangerous for cats who love to chew foreign objects. If ingested,
they can pose a serious health risk. You can easily find a fake tree
that still looks realistic, and you can use it year after year.
Go for smaller. A smaller tree is safer for your feline friends, especially
if they try to make sneak attacks on it. If the tree falls over, it’s
less likely to hurt your kitties—plus, it’ll be easier for
you to decorate and clean up, too.
Setting Up the Tree
Wait a minute. You might be used to busting out the ornaments as soon
as you get the tree home, but it helps to give your cat a chance to get
bored with the tree first. Set up the tree a few days before decorating
it so that your companions can investigate it (and hopefully, soon lose
interest in it).
Make sure that the tree has a solid base. As mentioned above, cats love
jumping on trees, so be sure to set the tree up so that it won’t
easily topple over. Securing it to a wall with some wire near the top
can help keep it upright.
If you do opt for a real tree, cover the water bowl with a tree skirt
and place presents on top of the skirt so that your kitty isn’t
tempted to drink the water, which could sicken your pal.
Keep the tree away from launching zones (e.g., furniture) that your cat
uses, in order to reduce the temptation to pounce on your tree.
Steer your kitty away. Most cats hate foil and citrus scents, so wrap
your tree trunk in foil, and place a few lemon or orange peels around
the base. You can also place pine cones around the base.
Decorating the Tree
Focus on the top half of the tree. Place more of your ornaments where
it’s harder for your kitty to reach them—at the top and toward
the center of the tree (instead of on the ends of the branches).
Take care with lights. Place lights toward the center of the tree so
that your cat is less tempted to chew on the wires and cover the end
of the wire that plugs into the wall with a cord protector.
Always unplug the lights when you’re not able to supervise your
cat. If your cat tries to chew the wires, it’s better to take the
lights off the tree than risk your friend being burned or electrocuted.
Tie ornaments. Your cat can be injured by the little metal hooks typically
used to hang ornaments, so instead, try tying the ornaments to the tree.
Make sure the ornaments are secure enough that your cat can’t just
run off with them.
Skip the tinsel. Tinsel may be cheap and flashy, but it’s a serious
hazard to cats, who often can’t resist eating it and therefore
risk choking on it or getting it stuck in their intestines if they swallow
it. Go for other types of pretty decor instead, such as paper, wood,
or vegan felt decorations, which are less tempting to kitties than the
Avoid other holiday hazards. Don’t risk using decorations such
as real candles, small ornaments that your kitty could choke on, or fake
snow (which may contain harmful chemicals). And be sure to keep foods
and plants that could be poisonous out of kitty’s reach—or
better yet, out of your house. These include chocolate, mistletoe, lilies,
cyclamen, poinsettias, and amaryllises, among others.
Don’t Stress Too Much
Much like knowing that your cat will inevitably scratch your sofa at
some point, it’s good to accept that some cats might climb on trees
no matter what you do. So do the best you can to set up a beautiful (and
safe) tree, but don’t fret too much if kitty decides to “redecorate.” Life
is unpredictable with feline companions—that’s half the fun
17, 2015 - "Everything a cat is and does physically
is to me beautiful, lovely, stimulating, soothing, attractive
and an enchantment."- Paul Gallico
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ho-effing-ho."
Mewvie: This cat knows his stuff.
More Feline Street Art
18, 2015 - "For me, one of the pleasures of cats'
company is their devotion to bodily comfort." - Sir
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Meow, humbug."
Mewvie: Elliot likes to destroy boxes.
Art: It's a Catsmas Tree. What else?
get into the ugly sweater of things.
by Sue Manning
LOS ANGELES — Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition
for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party.
Zigzilla “Ziggy” and Chopper “Lambchop” got sweaters
this year so they’ll be ready when they get an invite to their
first ugly-sweater party, said the cats’ owner, Catie Savage of
New York City.
“My noncat lady friends definitely think I am crazy,” Savage said.
She says she enjoys the sweaters more than the cats do, “which
makes it even funnier to me.”
“Ugly sweaters for dogs and cats are among our top five best-selling holiday
apparel items so far this season,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer-experience
officer for a local pet store.
“We even have ugly sweaters for guinea pigs.”
Television ushered the ugly sweater in and out in the 1980s. Around the
turn of the century it enjoyed a revival, starting with adults, who had
parties just to celebrate the ugliness.
Kids got in on the act, and now pets have nosed their way in, giving
owners laughs and plenty to photograph.
Ugly-sweater dog events across the country this month included a contest
for dogs at a park in Anaheim, Calif.; a dog-friendly 5K run and walk
in National Harbor, Md.; and separate parties for big and little dogs
hosted by Chicago Party Animals, one of the nation’s largest canine
clubs, with 2,000 members.
You can find ready-made ugly sweaters everywhere from 99-cent stores
to high-end stores, but they’re an especially hot item at thrift
stores — though presumably most shoppers are buying them for people,
“Our stores collect holiday sweaters year-round,” said Marla Eby,
marketing and community-relations director for Goodwill Southern California. “Then
we decorate them, adding ribbons, bows and embellishments, until they are at
their gaudy best.”
“Customers snap up the sweaters as soon as we bring them out on the floor,” said
Craig Stone, vice president of retail operations. “They are so popular
we can’t keep them in stock.”
An ugly sweater has to celebrate Christmas. The bolder the colors, the
brighter and the more stuff on it, the better — bring on the bows,
snowmen, Santas, trees, buttons, stars, sequins, rickrack, felt, glitter
and cotton. Sleeves can be mismatched, misshapen or missing.
But most pets — including Savage’s cats — probably
would like to ditch the sweaters.
“Dog vision is different than human vision, and because patterns are not
particularly useful to their vision, dogs probably could care less what their
sweater looks like,” said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor at Texas A&M
University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.