Cat Project Archives for February 22-26, 2016.
22, 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 Kute Kittiness: "Did someone say 'Dinnertime'?"
Mewvie: House cat finds zoo friend..
Street Art: Cats know which way the wind blows.
delicious, cat donuts!
February 22 is Cat Day in Japan, so Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts is making
delicious, adorable cat doughnuts. And we got some!
Yes, February 22 is Ninja Day, but it’s also Cat Day in Japan (though
International Cat Day is actually August 8)! At first, we weren’t
sure if we should be happy or sad that two of our favorite things are
celebrated on one day — but now that we know doughnuts are involved,
it’s smiles all around!
You may be wondering what doughnuts have to do with cats. If we’re
being totally honest, we suppose that, in general, there isn’t
much of a connection between them, aside from both being categories of
things we love. At least, that’s what we would have said until
we met Ikumi Mama and her animal doughnuts shop!
Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts (“Ikumimam no Dobutsu Donatsu,” as
the shop is known in Japanese) has been around for a while and has gained
quite a bit of popularity in Japan thanks to the adorable animal doughnuts
they produce. One look should be all you need to fall in love with these
cute pastry creations, but in case you need more, we have plenty of photos
to get your stomach rumbling!
Ikumi Mama is the eponymous owner and creator of the doughnuts shop,
and she has plenty of experience crafting treats that will make you squeal
with delight both before and after eating. And this week, her shop is
running a limited-time event in celebration of Cat Day in Japan!
The event is only two days long — and the first day was Sunday!
Fortunately, if you’re in Tokyo or Kanagawa this Monday (February
22), there’s time for you to head to Jiyugaoka in Meguro or Motosumiyoshi
in Kawasaki! For “Super Nyanko Day,” all the doughnuts in
the shops will be cat doughnuts and there are 13 different types for
you to stuff in your mouth!
We sent one of our Japanese writers on a grueling mission to Jiyugaoka
to get try some doughnuts and report back what she found. As you can
imagine, it took a lot of convincing, but Sachi was a real trooper and
The store was, as we mentioned before, full of nothing but cat doughnuts
instead of the range of animal doughnuts, from cows to frogs, they usually
feature. Unable to decide from the range of the kitty creations, which
had names like Maruchan and Mike, Sachi just ordered one of each of the
thirteen versions, which cost her 3840 yen (about US$34.11). She also
got to choose the facial expression that each cat had, making for a truly
Doughnuts in hand, Sachi headed home and got to work tasting all those
doughnuts. Though it broke her heart to nibble on their adorable faces,
she found them absolutely delicious! The writer told us the doughnuts
weren’t too rich or too sweet, so you could easily eat a whole
box. She also pointed out that the pastries were made without additives
and used domestically produced ingredients.
In addition to getting some cute, tasty pastries, your purchase at Ikumi
Mama Animal Doughnuts also goes towards making the world a better place
for cats — for each doughnut sold, they apparently donate 1 yen
to an NPO that rescues orphaned dogs and cats. And now you have a great
excuse to buy as many doughnuts as you can afford!
Of course, Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts is pretty popular, so we’re
going to go out on a limb and suggest that you might face long lines
if you’re trying to stop by for the Cat Day event. But considering
we’re talking about cat doughnuts, we’d also have to say
it’s probably worth the wait!
23, 2015 - "One of the quickest ways to a cat's brain
is through its stomach." - Ian Dunbar, Ph.D.
Gratuitous Kittiness: "See? I'm not out of my gourds."
Mewvie: Little orange cat-fishy.
Feline Art: Carmen Meowranda.
24, 2015 - "The majority of people who still have
back doors don't let their cats go through them." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Do not disturb.
Mewvie: Kitten therapy.
Art: Salt and pepper. Pen and paper. Cats and donuts.
your cat hates.
By Nick Barnet
have a reputation for liking things to be "just
so". Their approach to life is anything but
rough and ready (that knockabout stuff is for dogs).
They're creatures of fastidious habit.
So when you live with a cat, you quickly learn what it likes and what
it dislikes. And that second list - the things it dislikes - is much
longer than the first.
Let's take a look, shall we, at some of the things a cat hates? We'll
start with the basics - if you feel this is strictly Cats 101, then do
chime in with some more advanced additions to the list.
Bad Food: You're trying to satisfy your cat with the cheapest and most
convenient food available? Oh you poor fool. Double your cat-food budget,
at least, and don't waste puss's time with the cheap stuff.
And the food must be super-fresh. Many years ago, as a naive first-time
cat companion, I couldn't work out why Pierre kept leaving bowlfuls of
perfectly good (expensive) grub untouched. Until I picked up a bowl and
saw what a fly had done with it. Ugh. Lesson learnt: don't leave cat
food out for more than 20 minutes or so.
Medicine: No cat is a willing patient. Whether it's
a pill or an ointment, your cat wants no part of it. You must choose
an appropriate delivery system such as one of those back-of-the-mouth
pill clasps, and perfect your technique. Hint: watch how a vet does
A Dirty Litter Tray: The litter tray is a mixed blessing
in that the idea of it is unpleasant and the task of cleaning it gross,
but option B - your entire house is a potential impromptu toilet -
is much worse. And it's a chore that you can't skimp on, because when
you do, option B immediately takes effect.
Strange and Loud Noises: Vacuum cleaners are the classic nemesis
of the domestic cat, because of the racket they make. But other noises
can upset a cat and send it scuttling into a corner. My old cat Merrick
hated the sound of rain on our living room's skylight - it rattled him
so much, he'd cower under the coffee table or run to another room.
Water: In any form - rain, bath suds, hose spray -
water is anathema to most cats (the Bengal breed is an exception).
Which means that a spray bottle of water is favoured by some as a tool
of deterrence against a cat. But it's not for me; I tried it once on
Pierre, and his shock and hurt was so obvious, I couldn't bring myself
to do it again.
Rides in the Car: Some cats don't mind a ride in the
car - I even knew one that liked to sit quietly on the passenger seat
while being driven around - but most hate it. I wonder if it's because
cats realise that almost every car ride has something disagreeable
at the destination - usually the attentions of a vet.
Absence of a Safe Space: Cats need to feel confident
and safe in their surroundings. Part of this is that they have some
places to take shelter in when something makes them feel tense (such
as one of the things on this list). If a cat runs under the couch when
a visitor arrives or a firework goes off outside, it's not a bad thing
that has to be stopped or cured. Worse would be if the cat didn't have
some place that felt safe.
Too Much Attention: This is an umbrella heading to
cover a few things. Brushing and nail trimming are two; these are loathed
practices among cats and as with pill delivery, if technique is poor,
there will be blood - human blood. Being chased or grabbed or held
too tightly is a trial for any cat, and children are the biggest culprits.
But over-petting is a curse among adults too; if TV's My Cat From Hell
is any indicator, there are an awful lot of men around who handle the
family cat too roughly.
Too Little Attention: Sometimes, puss has something
to tell you. It might be "Feed me", or "Cuddle me",
or "Hey isn't this live mouse that I have in my mouth the coolest
thing?" In all cases, it's a good idea not to ignore the cat.
Reason 1: An ignored cat can easily become a bored and frustrated cat,
and take it out on something close to paw - such as the wallpaper,
or your armchair, or the curtain. Reason 2: It's your pet, dammit!
You have a pet in order for you to be close to it, have fun with it,
be kind to it, teach it and learn from it. You're at the centre of
its life. Don't ignore it.
25, 2015 - "The ideal of calm exists in a sitting
cat." - Jules Reynard
Gratuitous Kittiness: The purrfect fibonacci cat.
Mewvie: Boomer in the ball pit.
Feline Art: "Pineapple ahoy!"
26, 2015 - "When Mother Nature saw fit to remove the
tail of the Manx, she left, in place of the tail, more
cat." - Mary E. Stewart
Gratuitous Kittiness: Yes, cats have asthma, too.
Mewvie: Who buys a cat a hammock?
Art: Cats are naturally high in vitamin C.
with "buttons" for eyes needs your help.
By Daniel Dahm
ORANGE, Fla. - Animal welfare volunteers in Volusia
County are seeking donations for a cat that needs
surgery and currently has buttons for eyes.
Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare of Volusia County said the cat,
named Ferrari, was incorrectly labeled as feral and contracted a virus
while fending for itself. The virus attacked the cat's body and eyes,
one of which was ruptured, the group said.
Ferrari underwent emergency surgery and had buttons placed over his eyes,
which will later be removed, the group said.
" The buttons hold the cat's third eyelid in place so blood vessels can
bring blood to the cornea to help heal it quicker," said Jennifer Mizner
of Freiberg's Healing Paws.
Mizner said the vet still uses the procedure, which was very popular
in the 1950s and 60s, because it "still works."
Volunteers said the procedure will help save Ferrari's eyes, but the
cat will likely lose its eyesight.
"It is better for him that he keeps the actual eyes, though, as it will
be more comfortable for him and less risky, with quicker healing time," the
group said in an online post.
The total cost of the surgery, vet visits and medicine will be about
$500, the group said.
Donations can be called to Freiberg's Healing Paws at 386-615-7297 or
online at Concerned Citizens
for Animal Welfare's website.