Cat Project Archives for June 27 - July 1,
27, 2016 - "Is it true cats wont stay in a house when
it's haunted?" - Jeff Valdez
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Starting out in life can be scary.
Mewvie: March of the kitty.
Street Art: Paws for reflection.
Tracks Down Elderly Owner
by Stephen Messenger
In a remarkable tale of loyalty — one which underscores the deep
bonds between pets and their owners — a fluffy grey-and-white cat
was able to track down her elderly owner weeks after she was sent to
live in a nursing home.
A few months back, when Nancy Cowen was placed under the care of staff
at the Bramley House nursing facility in Westcott, England, she was forced
to say goodbye to her loveable cat, named Cleo, whom she had adopted
as a stray eight years earlier. Cowen’s family had given the feline
to one of her neighbors to take care of, reports the Dorking Advertiser — but
Cleo clearly had other plans.
Staff at the home tells The Dodo that about two weeks after Cowen moved
in, they began receiving visits from a friendly feline who lingered and
slept out front, spending her days wandering the grounds peering through
windows of the home. Naturally, they had presumed the cat was just a
stray, but a sweet one at that.
“ She’d been sort of hanging around, and the care staff started feeding
her, obviously, because she’s so cute,” says caregiver Leslie Thomas.
A few weeks later, Nancy met the cat and remarked to staff that she had
a striking resemblance to the pet she’d been forced to leave behind.
“ One day Nancy said ‘Oh, she looks just like my cat, Cleo. But my
Cleo had lost most of her tail.’ So we checked, and the cat was missing
most of her tail,” says Thomas. “That’s when we realized that
it was Cleo.”
Bramley House care staff were stunned at the discovery.
“ I think it is just amazing that Cleo found Nancy. Obviously, Cleo knew
Nancy was here, but nobody knew that it was her cat. Very strange. I don’t
know how Cleo found her. It still baffles me. It’s really, really weird,” caregiver
Laura Costello tells The Dodo.
“ There’s no way she could have followed her, since it’s quite
a ways from where Nancy used to live before she came here.”
The jury is still out on just how Cleo, the incredibly faithful cat,
managed to find her owner — but care staff say they have no plans
on ending the happy reunion. Cleo has been invited to stay with Cowen
full time; in fact, she's hardly left her owner’s side since.
“ We were all absolutely delighted. We all thought it was wonderful,” says
Thomas. “There are a lot of bad stories in the world, but this is a nice
28, 2016 - "A cat doesn't 'roll' well with a change
of someone else's making."
- Carole Wilbourn
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I am a cat bed."
Mewvie: Aesop Rock - "Kirby".
Feline Art: "Sleeping
Cats" by Paul Klee.
29, 2016 - "Some animals are secretive; some are shy.
A cat is private." - Leonard Michaels
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Did I leave the oven on?"
Mewvie: Should you own a cat?
Art: Kitten.... and Kurt cobain..
jerks evict library cat
by Kristian Wilson
In a twist that will surprise no one familiar with small town politics,
a library cat was fired by the city council of White Settlement, Texas,
in what many believe to be a retaliatory act. According to the Star-Telegram,
Mayor Ron White "blamed pettiness at City Hall" for the library
cat's dismissal. Browser, a former shelter cat, now has until July 14
to find a new home.
After a White Settlement "city employee wasn't allowed to keep a
pet at work," Council Members Elzie Clements and Paul Moore voted
to remove Browser from the library facility. Clements went on the record,
saying "City Hall and city businesses are no place for animals." Browser
has served the library faithfully, and without incident, for six years.
Relocating a cat puts tremendous stress on the animal. Cats are often
lost, injured, or killed after a move, because they will attempt to flee
new dwellings in search of their old homes. Browser has been relocated
at least once, from the shelter to the library, and perhaps multiple
times before that. Moving him again will endanger his life, but the city
council members who voted to oust him don't seem to have taken this into
The realities are not lost on Browser's fans, however. More than 800
supporters have signed an online petition to help keep the library cat
at his post. Despite his belief that "[t]he council just went out
and did this on their own because they don’t like cats," Mayor
White has called for another meeting on July 12, in the hopes of saving
Browser's position with a new vote. If that fails, he and others are
prepared to take the fight for Browser to the election season in November,
when Clements will be up for re-election.
30, 2016 - "When a cat chooses to be friendly, it's
a big deal, because a cat is picky."
- Mike Deupree
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Everyone's FAB-ulous!"
Mewvie: A kitten's progress.
Feline Art: "Star Wars Cat" by Norm and Cruz.
1, 2016 - "A cat sleeps fat, yet walks thin." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "After you!".
Mewvie: Yes, it's Iron Cat!
Art: Cat sculpture, artist unknown.
Boston cat to be memorialized
by Steve Annear
Prince, in his prime, wasn’t shy about showing up during wedding
rehearsals and sermons at the Old North Church, or sleeping in the pulpit
and scaling the beams above visitors as they explored the historic building.
He was always appearing, quietly, somewhere.
So when the black cat who was familiar to many residents in the Salem
Street area died in March, he left a void in the tight-knit North End
To commemorate the feline fixture, whom many likened to a dog for his
outgoing personality and inimitable charm, staff from the Old North historic
site, which includes the church, plan to launch next month a digital
tour featuring Prince as the guide.
The interactive mobile game, called “Prince’s Prowl,” is
set to roll out in time for Harborfest, during the July 4 weekend, when
throngs of visitors descend on Boston.
“ The game is about engaging people for a longer period of time than having
them just come in, listen to a talk, and then leave,” said Erin Wederbrook
Yuskaitis, director of education for the Old North historic site. “We want
to encourage families to interact more, but also increase the amount of time
of their stay.”
Visitors at the church, which is famous for displaying the lanterns used
to warn colonists about the British invasion in 1775 — “one
if by land, two if by sea” — will be able to launch the online
guide while strolling through the historic site.
Once it’s opened, a virtual Prince will help people discover “hidden
treasures” often overlooked, like the British flags hanging from
the rafters, and decorations placed in the church in the late 1700s by
The interactive tour will also prompt people to answer quiz questions,
and use their “cat-like observation skills” to snap and submit
pictures of certain displays.
Wederbrook Yuskaitis said the game was developed with the help of Cambridge-based
Green Door Labs, and was in the works long before Prince passed away.
The decision to feature Prince in the game was a no-brainer: For years,
the black cat would saunter over to the church from his owner’s
business each morning, and spend much of the day roaming around, planting
himself on people’s desks and exploring the old building’s
cracks and crevices.
“ He was this little black cat who totally charmed everybody, and was very
intelligent,” said Priscilla Burns, the parish administrator for the Episcopal
congregation that worships at Old North Church. “Some cats just lie in
the sun. But Prince had such an amazing personality. He had full run of the church,
and people would take pictures of him on the lectern and the altar.”
Although Prince spent much of his time strolling up and down Salem Street,
greeting people on the Freedom Trail, and hunting prey nearby, he wasn’t
a neighborhood pet — Prince belonged to John Sullivan, owner of
Prince Postale, a shipping and packaging shop located on Prince Street.
Sullivan bought Prince when the cat was just three months old. Prince
was approaching his seventh birthday when he suddenly passed away from
a stroke, in March. His death had a ripple effect in the neighborhood,
devastating his owner and those who regularly interacted with the local
“ When he died, of course, it was very emotional for me,” Sullivan
said, recalling his morning talks at the shop with Prince, before the cat set
out each day on his adventures. “Prince touched a lot of lives, especially
at the [church’s] gift shop and the Old North Church. I met all of those
people there through Prince.”
Prince’s impact on the North End is evidenced by his digital footprint.
People in the area who came across Prince would often post pictures documenting
the cat’s whereabouts, using the hashtag #WheresPrince.
Shortly after Prince died, a memorial service was held for the cat at
his favorite haunt — the church. Close to 100 people attended the
ceremony, which was recorded on video and later uploaded to YouTube.
He was also memorialized in a tribute posted to Buzzfeed. And a lengthy
obituary about the intrepid cat was written by Sullivan and shared to
the neighborhood news site, NorthEndWaterfront.com.
Sullivan said the interactive guide being launched this week is fitting
for a unique cat.
“ It’s appropriate, and I think it’s a great name for an interactive
game and a great asset to the Old North Church and the tourist attractions they
offer,” he said. “It helps educate people, and it helps bring attention
to Prince. Without a doubt, everybody is going to be remembering him for a long
time to come."