Cat Project Archives for June 20-24,
20, 2016 - "No one shall deny me my own conclusions,
nor my cat her reflective purr."
- Irving Townsend
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Now THAT'S a cat house."
Mewvie: Getting to know you.
Street Art: Marlon Brando and his kitty.
Cats Aren't Republican
Living with a cat for the first time, you quickly pick up on its behavioral
quirks, many of which are common among other cats. What you soon find
out is that cats aren't Republican. Here are 12 reasons why not:
1. Cats are curious about what you do in your bedroom, but they don't
try to legislate away your freedom to do it.
2. Cats may take away your cushion, but they'll give it back to you with
a gentle push.
3. Cats give you attention and sympathy when you're sick.
4. Females are treated with importance in the cat world.
5. Cats make use of solar power, often all day long.
6. Cats lick their own problems and take care of other cats too.
7. Cats don't blame black and brown cats for their troubles.
8. Cats know how to ration their resources.
9. Fat cats are not at the top of the cat hierarchy, are not cat role
models, and have more trouble surviving and thriving, not less.
10. While Republicans blindly follow authority, it is said that getting
Democrats to act in unison is like herding cats.
11. Cats don't foul their own nest.
12. Cats are popular and well-liked on the Internet and elsewhere.
21, 2016 - "Cats look beyond appearances--beyond species
entirely, it seems--to peer into the heart." - Barbara
Gratuitous Kittiness: The littlest leopard.
Mewvie: When concepts fail.
Feline Art: Henri Matisse
22, 2016 - "If the claws didn't retract, cats would
be like Velcro." - Dr. Bruce Fogle
Gratuitous Kittiness: Bananas. Filled with furry goodness.
Mewvie: Always check the rearview mirror.
Art: "Star Wars Cat" by Cruz & Norm.
for cats? Well, yeah, sorta.
by Samantha Kilgore
It’s Friday evening, and as you curl up on your sofa in order to
enjoy a glass of wine, Fluffy slinks out of hiding and looks at you with
longing and you think, naturally, “I wish I could share this glass
of wine with my cat,” but you don’t, because alcohol is poisonous
to your feline friend.
If this is you, then it’s time to break out another bottle of wine
to celebrate. Boasting labels such as Pinot Meow and MosCATo, a Denver-based
company named Apollo Peak is now selling wine for cats, the Huffington
Of course, it’s not actually wine, since alcohol really is poisonous
for your cat, but the drink certainly looks like wine. In Pinot Meow
and MosCATo, the cat wine is made with organic catnip and water that
has been colored with organic beet juice. The “white wine” varieties
are colored with organic beet juice from golden beets, in order to impart
that particular golden hue.
The non-alcoholic cat wine is made like a tea, says Apollo Peak founder
Brandon Zavala, who named his company after one of his cats.
“But since we got it to look so much like a wine, we want it to be perceived
as a wine by the consumer — that way they can feel as though they are having
a glass of wine with their pet,” he explained.
That seems reasonable.
Apollo Peak started to make the cat wine commercially in November, but
the whole idea started as a joke, Zavala says.
“It’s kind of a weird story. It started out as a joke, slapping a
label on a regular wine bottle,” he explained, but then he realized that
there might actually be some people who really would like to share a glass of
wine with their feline companions.
Zavala began his research and found, surprisingly, that such a product
already existed. The non-alcoholic cat wine is called Nyan Nyan Nouveau,
and actually became a viral news sensation but, Zavala explained, there
were a few complications with that cat wine. First of all, it is available
only in Japan and secondly, that cat wine is made from actual grapes,
which may taste more wine-like but can actually be toxic to cats.
However, the ASPCA lists beets as being non-toxic for cats, and Zavala
says his cat wine is approved by local veterinarians.
“They’re totally cool with it,” he said. “They love it.”
However, before allowing your own cat to imbibe, you may want to check
with your own veterinarian, just to be safe, especially if your cat has
any preexisting health problems.
“Beet juice is not toxic to kitties (or dogs for that matter), but as always
check with your vet before giving something like this,” veterinarian Katy
Nelson of The Pet Show says. “Beet juice has been known to change the color
of urine, so especially for diabetic cats or kitties with urinary problems that
you monitor their urine, it could cause false positives on their tests.”
And even with all this precaution, your cat still may not want to cozy
up to share a glass of wine with you, even with a name like Pinot Meow
or MosCATo. Some cats simply don’t react to catnip, which is the “active” ingredient
that makes this cat wine so appealing for some cats. If your cat is one
of those who don’t respond to catnip, chances are, sipping on beet
juice may not be his or her cup of tea — or glass of wine.
Apollo Peak cat wine is already available at some stores locally in Colorado — and
online. Zavala added they’d be at CatConLA later this month.
23, 2016 - "One small cat changes coming home to an
empty house to coming home."
- Pam Browne
Gratuitous Kittiness: A portrait of the everyday cat.
Mewvie: "Feel the baby! Feel the baby!"
Feline Art: The essential paper cat.
24, 2016 - "To understand a cat, you must realize
that he has has own gifts, his own viewpoint, even his
own morality." - Lilian Jackson Braun
Gratuitous Kittiness: Straight up chillin'.
Mewvie: How does the cheetah go?
Art: Yes, Vincent van Gogh as a cat.
cat food recalled in U.S., Canada for Listeria,
Three flavors of Rad Cat Raw Diet pet foods are being recalled from 48
U.S. states and Western Canada because they might be contaminated with
Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes, posing a health hazard to humans
recalled Rad Cat raw diet pet foodLab tests confirmed Salmonella and/or
Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the cat food from Radagast Pet Food
Inc. of Portland, OR, according to the company’s recall notice
on the Food and Drug Administration website.
“ The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of (Rad Cat Raw Diet)
Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, one lot of Free-range
Chicken tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and one lot of Free-range
Turkey tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes,” according
to the notice posted Thursday night.
The infection-causing bacteria can affect animals eating the products
and pose a risk to people who handle the products, especially if they
don’t thoroughly wash their hands and any surfaces or utensils
that come into contact with the pet food.
A variety of sizes and package styles of the Rad Cat Raw Diet pet foods
are covered by the recall, including free 1-ounce sample cups as well
as 8-, 16- and 24-ounce tubs.
The recall covers four lot codes: 62384, 62361, 62416 and 62372. Specific
best-by dates in 2017 for the recalled lots and various product sizes
are available in the recall notice. Consumers can find the date codes
on the lids of the cat food tubs and on the bottom of the sample cups.
Radagast Pet Food Inc. distributed the implicated cat food in Western
Canada and all U.S. states except Hawaii and Mississippi.
Radagast company officials are urging consumers to dispose of the recalled
cat food “in a secure garbage receptacle” and thoroughly
wash any pet bowls, utensils or surfaces that may have come into contact
with the recalled cat food.
“ For refund claims, fill out all sections of our Consumer Claims Form
which can be found on our website www.RadFood.com and return this form only to
the retailer where you purchased the product for a refund. Consumers may call
Radagast Pet Food Inc. for assistance in filling out the Claim Form,” according
to the recall notice.
Anyone who has handled the recalled pet food and develops symptoms of
Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections should seek medical attention.
Salmonella symptoms usually develop within two to eight days, but Listeria
monocytogenes can take up to 70 days before causing symptoms.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,
frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although
healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high
fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea,
Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant
Salmonella symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more
serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis,
muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
Pets with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic
and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may
have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other
animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the recalled products
and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.