Cat Project Archives for June 6-10,
6, 2016 - "Cats do not have to be shown how to have
a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Let's give the little kitten a hand.
Mewvie: Tip-toe past the cat cage.
Street Art: Good old Dewey.
Topiary Cat' Memorializes Artist's Beloved Pet
By Anna Norris
A giant topiary sculpture of a cat looms larger than life amid the gardens
at Hall Barn in England. Many have gaped in awe at the realistic creation,
and some have even been fooled: The image is a product of surrealist
Richard Saunders' affinity for gardens and love for his cat, but it's
not a real topiary.
It began as the artist's pet project, but it has become a touching memorialization
of his muse, a Russian Blue named Tolly.
"Tolly was a strong character, quite fearless but with a loving heart," Saunders
"I think The Topiary Cat shares these qualities."
But, Saunders said there are some differences as well. "He's also
immortal and a shape-shifter, things Tolly never quite managed," he
said. Tolly passed away in February of this year at the age of 12, but
his spirit lives on in Saunders' carefully crafted pictures.
The first image Saunders created was inspired by a cloud-like topiary
he saw at Hall Barn in Beaconsfield, England.
"It reminded me of an animal sleeping, and I thought to myself 'you could
change that into a cat quite easily,'" Saunders told the BBC.
He used Photoshop to add in an edited photo of Tolly, and the Topiary
Cat was born.
Cropped versions of that photo and other Topiary Cat creations have gone
viral on Facebook and elsewhere.
The photo of the Topiary Cat drinking water from a lake in Surrey was
seen by 3.5 million Facebook users, the BBC reported, many of whom misunderstood
that it wasn't a real topiary. But Saunders has taken it upon himself
to let people know that the topiaries aren't real, saying he'd"rather
be known for my art than my deception."
"I have been somewhat bemused by the success of the images," the 69-year-old
painter told Reuters. "I did it for fun, not for commercial gain, and was
fascinated to see its metamorphosis."
Saunders says his favorite image he's created is the one where the Topiary
Cat is overlooking Saunders' own garden.
"Of course Tolly loved our garden, sunning himself by that gazebo or under
the shade of the rhubarb leaves," Saunders told weather.com.
As for a real-life Topiary Cat, Saunders said he doesn't have any plans
for creating one himself, but has offered his direction to anyone else
who would like to do so. In the meantime, Saunders' surreal Topiary Cat
has more adventures ahead of him.
You can see more Topiary Cat creations on the official Facebook page.
Saunders is also a surrealist painter, and you can see his other works
of art on his website.
7, 2016 - "You may own a cat, but cannot govern one." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is the bear gone yet?"
Mewvie: Rescue story in Munchkind Land.
Feline Art: Cats in the
8, 2016 - "In reality, cats are probably better off
remaining indoors and sending out their humans to deal
with the outside world." - Dr. Phyllis Sherman Raschke
Gratuitous Kittiness: My kinda bookshelf.
Mewvie: Voice-training the kitty.
Art: Artist unknown.
following is not a true story.
My dad was a skydiver back in the sixties. There was a guy in his club
that was a nut. He had the idea that he could test the axiom that “cats
always land on their feet” from free fall altitude, where he would
fall with them and observe their self-righting behavior. He had no interest
in aiding their descent, just wanted to see how they behaved in free
fall. In his plan, landing was the cats’ problem, not his. Scientific
impartiality, or some such thing.
He took four stray cats up in a pillowcase for the jump. After exiting
the plane, he turned the pillowcase inside out, releasing the cats. To
his great surprise, all four cats attached themselves to his body immediately.
With their claws. Given that cats have 18 claws each, he was punctured
at least 72 times. More, probably, because he struggled vainly to remove
the cats as he fell, but they were having none of it, and would reattach
with even more conviction with every effort he made to pull them off.
Presently, he was out of altitude, and had to turn his attention to opening
the chute. Let’s pause to do some math. A chute opening can generate
as much as 3 Gs of force. The average cat weighs 8 lbs at 1 G. At three
Gs, this becomes 24 lbs per cat. So when the chute opened, for a moment
this guy had 72 razor sharp claws in his skin, each one being pulled
down with a force of about one and a third pounds. That’s 96 pounds
of cat. He was sliced to ribbons, basically.
All four cats hung on through the chute opening, although the skydiver’s
shredded flesh allowed each one to slip several inches. Bleeding and
in misery, the skydiver managed to make a safe, if rather rough, landing
in a farm field.
As soon as he hit the earth, all four cats ran off across the field,
leaving him to lie there bleeding from his hundred or so wounds. He was
the only member of the skydiving club that was displeased with the results
of his experiment.
9, 2016 - "The cat is the only animal which accepts
the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity." -
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Gratuitous Kittiness: Rolling his own.
Mewvie: Music-loving kittens.
Feline Art: "Feline Machinery " by Squeekaboo.
10, 2016 - "The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Little kitten, big world.
Mewvie: It's German. It's a commercial. Deal with it.
Art: Feline found art.
things to know before bringing home the new cat.
If you've been considering sharing your home with a cat or kitten, there
has never been a better time. This month is Adopt-a-Cat Month, a popular
annual campaign organized by American Humane Association (AHA). This
year's adoption month is extra special, though, as it has been incorporated
into the association's centenary celebrations.
AHA CEO and President Dr. Robin Ganzert said: "American Humane Association
has rescued thousands of cats in need over the past 100 years. But there
are still millions more healthy, adoptable pets in shelters around the
country, just waiting for someone to be their hero by rescuing them and
bringing them home. American Humane Association's Adopt-a-Cat Month not
only encourages people to give loving homes to animals in need, but offers
an opportunity to provide a wider focus on the ongoing need these beautiful
animals face all year round.
Remember, every day – this month and all year long – is Caturday!"
In the meantime, AHA has this advice for anyone thinking of adopting
a kitten or cat:
Top 10 checklist for adopting a cat
1. If you're considering adopting a cat, think about getting a pair to
keep each other company.
2. Choose a cat that matches your personality and will suit your lifestyle.
3. Look up a veterinarian before the adoption and make an appointment
within the first week after you bring your pet home.
4. Prepare everyone in your household for the arrival of a new cat.
5. Consider the long- and short-term expenses in your budget.
6. Make sure you have all the supplies you need before bringing your
7. Cat-proof your home.
8. Introduce your cat slowly to other family and friends. Give her time
and space to get familiar with them on her own terms.
9. Adapt your household's emergency plan to incorporate your cat.
10. If the cat is meant to be a gift for someone, the recipient should
actively participate in every step of the adoption process..