Cat Project Archives for January 11-15, 2016.
11, 2015 - "When a cat chooses to be friendly, it's
a big deal, because a cat is picky." - Mike Deupreet
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Now who did THAT?"
Mewvie: "Who's my kitty?"
Street Art: Library with cat quilt, creator unknown.
some cats look like Hitler.
The Internet is full of pictures of Kitlers – cats unfortunate
enough to have a black and white pattern on their furs vaguely resembling
the facial hair of the leader of Nazi Germany.
A new study suggests that the feline führers’ coat is determined
by a faulty gene determining their pattern still in the womb of mother
Called piebald, the pattern – typically a distribution of two colors
on an animal’s coat of fur – occurs when pigment cells fail
to follow genetic “instructions” at a very early stage of
According to a report on the study in the UK paper Independent, scientists
hope that the study on how piebald animals develop can shed light on
some congenital medical conditions affecting humans, like holes in the
heart, also caused by problems relating to cell movements in the womb.
Piebald is any distribution of two fur colors; a cat which is in some
places red tabby and in some places white still contains only two colors,
since the tabby pattern (itself contain two shades of ginger fur) is
considered one “color.”
It is when a cat is born piebald in black and white, and by genetic happenstance
gets a small black mark right between the mouth and news, that a “Kitler” is
Experimenting on mice, researchers said results showed that piebald patterns
are caused by a mutation of a gene called kit, which reduces the rates
at which pigment cells multiply. When there are not enough cells to cover
the animals coat in entirety, the result is white patches.
Essentially, then, a piebald cat is not really black and white, but rather
a black cat, only not “painted” all the way through; the
white patches in the fur are akin to partial albinism.
The study was conducted at the universities of Bath and Edinburgh.
12, 2015 - "Always turn and look when your cat gazes
behind you with that intent look in her eyes. Some day
there might actually be something there." - Anonymous
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cat buffet. Mmmm. They all look so gooood.
Mewvie: Where your cat goes.
Feline Art: Taiwanese
13, 2015 - "God made the cat in order to give man
the pleasure of caressing the tiger." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: Watch where you sit.
Mewvie: The Cat and the Dinosaur.
Art: 3D museum, the Phillipines.
cat gets adopted.... after five years.
The average cat at Sherwood's Cat Adoption Team animal shelter is adopted
by a family in two to four weeks.
Few take as long as 90 days.
Lacey, a sweet, 6-year-old-domestic short-hair, waited five years.
Lacey was adopted on Sunday by a Beaverton, Oregon, woman after news
of the cat’s long journey to adoption went viral online.
Cat Adoption Team, the all-kitty animal shelter, has cared for Lacey
for the past two years. Last week, the shelter posted a story chronicling
Lacey’s attempts at adoption to its website, hoping that it would
help land her a loving family.
Lacey holds the record for longest stay at Cat Adoption Team, said spokeswoman
Heather Svoboda, which takes in thousands of cats and kittens each year
from animal shelters across the state.
No one knows if Lacey has ever had a family. Found in a landfill in May
2010, she was taken to the Florence Area Humane Society. Lacey was about
a year old, veterinarians guessed, and pregnant. Her ears were full of
mites and she was covered in fleas.
Lacey gave birth and her kittens were soon adopted, but Lacey wasn’t.
She lived at the shelter for three years, until the humane society sent
her to Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood.
“They asked if we were willing to give her a try,” Svoboda said.
It didn't take long for staff and volunteers at CAT to take a shine to
Lacey, Svoboda said. They tried everything to get her adopted.
“We tried her in the kennel, we tried her in the play room, we tried her
with other cats, but she’s never seemed very comfortable in the shelter,” Svoboda
They tried to incentivize adopters by making her a part of shelter promotions,
and even tried to give her away, offering to waive her adoption fees
completely for adopting families, Svoboda sad.
There were no takers.
“She continued to be overlooked,” Svoboda said.
The reason for adopters' lack of interest is something of a mystery,
Svoboda said, but the stress of living in a shelter for so long has left
its mark. She gets overstimulated quickly, and had stress-related health
and behavioral issues.
“She’s very people oriented and wants attention, but then she’d
get nippy or swatty and that makes it difficult for her to endear herself to
an adopter,” Svoboda said.
Lacey, a 6-year-old domestic short-hair spent nearly her entire life
in animal shelters before she was adopted on Sunday by a Beaverton woman,
according to Cat Adoption Team.
Two months ago, the shelter found a foster home for Lacey. Getting out
of the shelter changed her, Svoboda said. Her health and personality
“She’s a super dedicated cat — once she’s decided you’re ‘her’ person,
she’s very chatty, affectionate, and becomes attached,” said Dan
Oberst, who fostered Lacey.
But a permanent home still eluded her, until this week, after a blog
post on the organization's website changed everything.
“She was going on five years at the shelter, and we wanted to give her
a chance to go home,” said Svoboda. “That news story went out on
Monday, and she was adopted over the weekend.”
The post was shared online on social media and was eventually seen by
Brittany Chandler, of Beaverton, who saw the post on her Facebook page
and knew that she had to give Lacey the home she’s been looking
“A friend of a friend was tagged and it came up on my feed,” she
told The Times on Tuesday. “I thought, ‘There's no way she's still
available,' but she was.”
Chandler is no stranger to taking in the lost or abused.
“I’m a sucker for sad animal stories,” Chandler said. “I’m
the girl who takes in homeless pets. My family thinks that I’m crazy.”
Chandler brought the cat home on Sunday and said that after only a few
days, Lacey is already a changed cat.
“She’s doing very well,” Chandler said. “How the heck
has nobody adopted this cat before now? She’s so sweet. She head-butts
me and nestles up to me. She’s super cute.”
Svoboda said everyone at Cat Adoption Team has been waiting for this
“It’s wonderful for Lacey,” Svoboda said. “We consider
a cat a ‘long-termer’ if they are with us for 90 days. Lacey was
way beyond that. She lived almost her whole life in a shelter. No cat should
14, 2015 - "In the middle of a world that had always
been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Are you sure this is on?"
Mewvie: Time for dinner.
German postcard. Cat cafe rules.
15, 2015 - "A cat can maintain a position of curled
up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright.
To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the
better of you and you will settle down again."- Pam
Gratuitous Kittiness: "OKay, I'll hold him down. You call the cops."
Mewvie: Trampoline action.
Art: "Bunny and Cat" by Rudi Hurlzmeier.
LA's newest mountain lions.
It’s not easy being a mountain lion in L.A. You’ve got freeways,
rat poison, inbreeding, and interspecies competition working against
your chances at survival, not to mention reproduction. So it’s
impressive when kittens are born.
Serious admiration—and high-pitched squeals—are in order
for a new brother-sister duo of mountain lion babies. P-46 and P-47,
as they’re now known, respectively, were discovered by National
Park Service biologists in the western Santa Monica Mountains in December,
after GPS evidence suggested that their mother, P-19, had given birth.
This is P-19’s third litter of kittens.
“We continue to see successful reproduction, which indicates that the quality
of the natural habitat is high for such a relatively urbanized area,” Jeff
Sikich, a biologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said
in a statement.
But these little cats have a tough road ahead. Their mother will likely
abandon them after 12-18 months, or what’s known as “dispersal
age." From there, they’ll have to fend for themselves, and
again, that’s not easy—especially on their island of habitat
in the Santa Monica Mountains, cut off from other ranges by the 101 Freeway.
A proposed wildlife crossing spanning the freeway could greatly boost
mountain lions’ chance of survival.
For now, like their mom and other local mountain lions, P-46 and P-47
have their own GPS tracking devices. The NPS keeps tabs on the carnivores
to better understand how they survive in their small and fragmented habitat—and
to help protect them.