Cat Project Archives for January 4-8, 2016.
4, 2015 - " Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while
I was a suspect." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Spitting images.
Mewvie: Cat in a monkey suit.... sure, why not?
Street Art: Somewhere in St. Petersburg, Russia
the zombie cat celebrates another year of life.
by Nina Golgowski
It's been nearly a year after he was run over, buried alive and then
left to claw his way out of the earth, but now Bart the cat -- the so-called "Zombie
Cat" -- is celebrating life, perhaps the best way cats know how:
In a photo posted by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Florida, on Thursday,
the black-and-white cat is seen wearing a festive top hat just hours
before ringing in the new year from his cozy bed.
"Happy New Year from our sweet boy, Bart! As you can see, he is fairly unimpressed
with the festivities #ZombieCat #MiracleCat," the group captioned the snap.
Bart indeed proved to be some kind of miracle after he was found wandering
around, seriously injured, five days after his owner said he was hit
by a car.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay Bart's injuries included the loss of an eye
and a broken jaw from the traumatic incident last January.
After believing Bart to be dead, Ellis Hutson said he had his neighbors
help bury him.
As seen in the New Year's Eve photo, which was taken during a positive
health assessment, Bart appears to be quite alive.
"He's healthy, he's happy," Sherry Silk, director of the Humane Society
of Tampa Bay, told The Huffington Post on Sunday. "You can tell that he's
gotten a little bit porky."
Bart lost an eye during his traumatic ordeal and suffered other injuries
including a broken jaw. Silk described him as fully recovered, though
his jaw is still a bit tender.
"It has healed but it's not as strong as before it got shattered," Silk
Though Bart is kicking off 2016 with a chaotic year behind him, a legal
battle over Bart's ownership remains underway. Silk said Hutson refuses
to give up ownership of his feline.
"It's just ridiculous," she said of the back and forth, which she described
as "excruciatingly slow."
" I just hope and pray that in the new year we will get ownership of him," she
Speaking to HuffPost about the incident in February, Hutson defended
his treatment of Bart, saying that he truly believed his cat was dead
when they buried him.
“ The cat is being held hostage,” he said. “This is our family
Until the dispute is resolved, Bart is being cared for by a foster parent,
one who Silk said "obviously has fallen in love" with the cat.
Should the Humane Society secure Bart's ownership, the foster parent
would have first dibs on formally adopting him, Silk said.
5, 2015 - "The clever cat eats cheese and breathes
down rat holes with baited breath." - W. C. Fields
Gratuitous Kittiness: New Xmas togs.
Mewvie: Cat survived Missouri flood by floating in
Feline Art: The Old Cat
Lady, artist unknown.
6, 2015 - "Because of our willingness to accept cats
as superhuman creatures, they are the ideal animals with
which to work creatively." - Roni Schotter
Gratuitous Kittiness: "My bowl is empty. For the love of GOD,
my food bowl is EMPTY!"
Mewvie: Oskar has flappy paws.
Art: Cat mosaic on wall of castle in Belfast, Ireland.
the one-eyed surfing cat.
by Jennifer Newton
Paddling in the water and riding through the waves, the is the adorable
one-eyed rescue kitten who has learned to surf and swim.
The cat called Kuli, lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with his owners Alexandra
Gomez and Krista Littleton, who first took him surfing a year ago.
Kuli, whose name means to look blind, was adopted weighing only one pound,
but has gone on to become an expert in riding the waves.
Ms Gomez, 25, and Ms Littleton, 30, believe that Kuli is so tolerant
of the sea thanks to being regularly bathed to treat his condition which
saw his eye removed at only four months old.
After starting him off once he was healthy enough to swim, the pair introduced
Kuli to a longboard before putting him on a boogie board.
Now, Kuli can regularly be seen leaving the house in his owners' beach
bag - even when surfing isn't on the cards and they're just popping to
the grocery store.
Ms Gomez said: 'Kuli started his surf training at four months old after
his operation and he was only about six months old that he began surfing.
It is believed he is so tolerant of the sea thanks to being regularly
bathed to treat his condition which saw his eye removed at only four
'His first time in the water, we just let him float on the board by himself
near the shoreline and I would paddle around with him. Before we knew
it we were looking for waves to surf.
'For a while I took Kuli out on my long boards, but it wasn't until I
was playing around with a boogie board one day that I realised he really
loved to get his claws into the foamy material.
'So we bought a board that Kuli would be able to get out on the surf
Kuli was just three months old when he was adopted and had to have his
eye removed due to an infection.
His owner added: 'Although he started off life very weak and malnourished,
he has grown very quickly into a very tolerant cat and loves the water
- probably thanks to the numerous baths he's had while recovering from
'Before he could swim confidently on his own, Kuli always wore a life
'He still wears it from time to time depending on the conditions - but
we are careful not to take him out if it is too windy or the water is
7, 2015 - "A common cat is four legal pence in value...
A Pound is the worth of a pet animal of the king." - Hywel Dda
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Oh, yeah! Let's party!"
Mewvie: Being cute is exHAUSting.
German postcard. Artist: Rudi Hurzlmeier.
8, 2015 - "Again I must remind you that a dog's a
dog--a cat's a cat." - T. S. Eliot
Gratuitous Kittiness: Pigs love cats, too.
Mewvie: Please cuddle the cat.
Art: Russian postcard. Artist unknown.
cafe temporarily closes for best reason possible.
by Meghan Demaria
Cat cafes are as great for the featured animals as they are for the people
visiting them. And for one such outpost in Vancouver, Canada, the business
was so good for the cats that it temporarily closed.
The cat cafe phenomenon seems to be popping up everywhere lately, and
they're popular for good reason — many cat cafes feature rescue
animals looking for permanent homes. That's the case for Vancouver's
Catfé, which serves as both a coffee shop for people and a foster
home for the cats.
On Tuesday, Catfé announced that it's temporarily closed this
week and will reopen on Friday, January 8. The reason, it explained on
its website, is "catlessness." And that's a good thing — all
of the cats found permanent homes thanks to the cafe's visitors.
"Due to the overwhelming success of adoptions in our first few weeks, we
have run out of cats," Catfé declared on its website.
When Catfé reopens, it will have a new group of kitties looking
for adoption and playtime. And while some cat enthusiasts have proposed
that the cafe take animals from other shelters — it currently features
cats from the British Columbia SPCA — Catfé has explained
that's not an option.
"Our aim is to have anywhere between eight and 12 cats at the cafe, which
will fluctuate as cats get adopted out and more cats arrive," Catfé wrote
in a Facebook post. The cafe explained that shelters don't usually mix their
cats with animals from other shelters, and the British Columbia SPCA sent over
fewer cats than normal during the holiday season.
Still, Catfé noted, there are plenty of cats looking for homes
in Canada (and elsewhere). If you're looking for a feline friend to adopt,
you can always contact your local animal shelter, which probably isn't
experiencing a bout of catlessness.'