Cat Project Archives for December
21, 2015 - "People who hate cats, will come back as
mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Always room for one more, right?"
Mewvie: Shake it, don't break it.
Art: We've all been there.
Kitten Gets a 3D Printed Wheelchair
Lately, we’ve come across a lot of stories about kindhearted animal
lovers who have been using 3D printing technology to help disabled animals.
3D printed wheelchairs have returned mobility to animals with missing
or damaged limbs, like Lilly the goat and Tumbles the puppy. Designing
a custom wheelchair for an animal is always a challenge, but the smaller
the animal, the harder it is. For the members of maker/hacker collective
SubProto, however, designing a wheelchair for a tiny kitten was a challenge
they were excited to take on.
Tiny Tim was only about a week old when he and his siblings were rescued
from the euthanasia list at the Horry County Animal Care Center in South
Carolina. An organization called Friends of Horry County Animal Care
Center was started in 2012 as a backup to the animal shelter, taking
pets bound for euthanasia and finding permanent or foster homes for them.
Not long after Tiny Tim and his litter were rescued, it was discovered
that the kitten’s back legs were paralyzed. Tiny Tim doesn’t
seem too bothered; using his front legs, he’s able to shoot around
the floor so fast that his human friends can hardly keep up with him.
Dragging his back legs behind him, however, will inevitably cause problems.
“Now that he is growing, his legs are tending to stay a little bit irritated
too,” said Cathy Salmons, a volunteer with Friends of HCACC. “It’d
be like dragging your own feet along, you know…So they knew from the beginning
that he would need a little wheelchair.”
In stepped SubProto. The Myrtle Beach organization describes itself as “a
social club for makers, hackers, and anyone with a passion for building
and hacking software and hardware.” When they heard about Tiny
Tim, they wanted to help him. According to Joe Stewart, SubProto’s
founder, there are plenty of wheelchairs for pets that can be purchased
online, but nothing small enough to fit a tiny kitten. So the group offered
to make one for Tiny Tim.
“We’re from the internet – we’re all about the cats,
right?” said Stewart. “We said yes we’re going to do it, bring
him in, and we’ll start taking the measurements and we’ll start doing
The group created a design for the kitten using CAD software, and the
first prototype was 3D printed. A couple of days ago, Tiny Tim had his
first fitting. While the final wheelchair is still a couple weeks away
from being completed, the prototype fitted the kitten snugly, and he
appeared to be comfortable in his colorful new harness, which will be
attached to a chair made from laser-cut plastic. Obviously, since he
still has a lot of growing to do, Tiny Tim will need progressively larger
chairs until he’s full-grown. That won’t be a problem, though,
according to Stewart.
“All we have to do is go back to the CAD program, scale it up to match
his new size, and then we can print out a new prototype or we can just go straight
to the laser cutter and print out a new template, take that plastic out, heat
bend it, and we’ve got a new, finished product basically within an hour,” he
SubProto is more than happy to continue to help Tiny Tim for as long
as he needs it. A look at the group’s Facebook page shows that
the kitten already has a lot of fans cheering him on–including
in his very own Facebook group.
22, 2015 - "If you yell at a cat, you're the one who
is making a fool of yourself." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Get down? But... I'm the angel!"
Mewvie: A Simon's Cat tale.
23, 2015 - "Pure herring oil is the port wine of English
- Honore de Balzac
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Here, let me hold this for you."
the pirate kitten at last gets his forever home.
by Sophie Jane Evans
With only one eye, Wesley the kitten spent months in an animal shelter,
But now, he has a loving new home in Iowa - and has even gained Internet
The one-year-old kitten, dubbed 'pirate cat' because of his pirate-like
facial expressions, boasts thousands of fans after his owner, Rheanne
Charise Taylor, set up an Instagram account for him.
Ms Taylor, the associate editor of iPhone Life Magazine, shares adorable
snaps of the feline on a daily basis, showing off his 'unique' look and
amusing expressions to more than 5,000 followers.
'I decided to make an Instagram account for Wesley because I love his
unique look, and thought that others might feel the same,' said the owner,
who lives with Wesley in Fairfield. 'I was shocked at the amount of followers
Wesley's account gained within just 15 weeks - he has far more than I
'I love the way that he is touching people's hearts.'
Ms Taylor first saw Wesley at Noah's Ark Animal Foundation, a local animal
shelter, last fall.
However, she could not take him home due to personal circumstances.
'Wesley was just five weeks old when I first saw him,' said Ms Taylor.
"The fact that he had one eye and a funny little face just made me love
him even more.
'Unfortunately, I wasn't in a position to take him home with me.
'But I was sure that he would find a forever home in no time.'
In March, six months after meeting Wesley, Ms Taylor returned to the
'I returned to the shelter to make sure that he'd gone to a loving home,'
"I ran through the door and asked straight away about the "pirate kitty" and
the staff immediately knew who I was talking about. To my utter shock, Wesley
was still looking for a home.'
Two days later, Ms Taylor took Wesley home.
She named the dark-haired kitten, who is now 19 months' old, after the
'Dread Pirate Westley', a character in William Goldman's 1973 novel The
Princess Bride and the 1987 film of the same name.
'I get mixed reactions from people when they first meet Wesley, because
of his looks,' said Ms Taylor. 'But it's never long before they fall
in love with him too.
'He is such a character and so full of happiness."
The devoted owner, who was told by staff members at the animal shelter
that Wesley was most likely born with his condition, hopes the kitten
can encourage people to embrace their flaws.
'If Wesley has taught me anything, it's that our flaws are truly what
make us so beautiful,' she said.
'People love Wesley exactly because he's different.
'They're always telling me how wonderful and perfect he is in every way.
'Which is interesting, since we tend to view our own differences in such
a critical light.'.
24, 2015 - "Cats are jealous of two things: your significant
other and the tree at Christmas." - Anonymous
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Merry Christmas... now when do we eat?"