Cat Project Archives for March 7-11,
7, 2015 - "An ordinary kitten will ask more
questions than any five-year-old boy." - Carl Van
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The Smoosh-cat.
Street Art: The chase is on.
20 years Barney the cemetary cat goes home.
by Tom Bevan
cat who wandered a cemetery to comfort mourners for
20 years has been laid to rest after he died of old
Barney the ginger tabby spent his days walking the grounds of a church
burial site, consoling those visiting their loved one's graves.
But on Friday, the 20-year-old moggy died of old age.
This has led to an outpouring of grief from the local community as people
paid tribute to the much-loved cat.
Grounds keeper Alan Curzon said he has now been laid to rest at the place
where he spent his entire life brightening up the lives of hundreds during
their darkest moments.
The popular moggy originally lived with his owners next door to the St
Sampson's Cemetery in Guernsey.
But after they moved away he kept returning to his previous territory
and was eventually re-homed there.
Alan, 63, the cemetery sexton who has helped look after Barney since
1996, said everyone was devastated.
He said: "When relatives and friends have suffered the awful loss
of someone close to them and go to visit a cemetery they are not in best
frame of mind but Barney was always there to cheer them up.
"For those who entered the cemetery with a heavy heart, he lightened up
the experience for them. When people walked through the gates, he often came
up to them and brushed against them.
"There was not a bad bone in his body.
"We are putting a plaque on the wall and a bench and have found a little
space for him in the cemetery where he is buried as well.
"The place won't be the same without him and his death has left a gap. I
have already seen a lot of people in tears and we are very upset, but he had
a good life and was well looked after."
Alan said Barney was well cared for and fed every day of the year - and
even had Christmas presents left for him.
He added: "He was owned by the people who lived next door but they
moved and he kept making his way back to what was his territory that
eventually we made him a home there and he stayed.
"We would look after him and he would provide a lot of comfort to a lot
"He had his own house but would spend his days wondering around. If he heard
a car coming he would make himself known and was so friendly.
"I have been here 20 years and he was just a kitten then - he was born in
"He did not have to worry about a think, but I must stress it was not just
me looking after him. There were a lot of people that took him to their hearts."
The Rector of St Sampson's Church Rev Timothy Dack said he carried out
a lot of funerals at the cemetery and said Barney always offered a comforting
He said: "I think the presence of Barney brought a lot of comfort
to so many people.
"Whenever I was taking a funeral up there families were so happy to see
Barney milling around. The mourners would see him and it would bring them a lot
"I just think he gave them great comfort. I know he was well cared for by
a number of people."
Many visitors to the cemetery have described Barney's support as invaluable
and tributes have been flooding in for him on social media.
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Writing on Facebook Debbie Ann Le Page said: "God bless you Barney,
remember that lovely sunny afternoon, I laid down on the grass in the
cemetery and we cuddled up together for two hours.
" I needed a friend that day and there you were my angel!! God bless you."
Sue Falla, whose daughter is buried at the cemetery, said: "I always
felt my young daughter was never alone when he was there. Really going
to miss you, Barney, RIP."
Autumn LeLievre described Barney as "wonderful."
She added: "He brought so much comfort to my children especially
on our regular visits to the cemetery. Thanks to a special cat, sleep
well and warm x."
SWNS Barney the cemetery cat who has consoled mourners for 20 years.
Kelly Ogier also wrote on Facebook: "All our family loved you so
very much and we will always be so grateful of the comfort you gave us
at what can be a difficult place.
" You brought sunshine to us all and we will love you forever xxxx."
Pauline Goddard wrote: "My children loved going to see him when
visiting their Gramps grave - a lovely cat that will be missed by many
and now keeping our lost loved ones company ."
Karen Wilson added: "Such sad news.
" He came up to us after we buried my sister and he brought a smile to everyone.
RIP Barney now you will be keeping our loved ones safe on the other side."
Members of the public also backed the decision to bury Barney at his
Andy Baker wrote: "He should have his very own little grave there
as this was his chosen place while alive. He should be laid to rest there.
Mandy Hardman added: "He belongs there."
8, 2015 - "If I die before my cat, I want a little
of my ashes put in his food so I can live inside him." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: A little drinky-poo.
Mewvie: An engineers guide to cats, the original.
Feline Art: The Purple
9, 2015 - "I must have a cat whom I find homeless,
wandering about the court, and to whom, therefore, I am
under no obligation. I have already selected a dirty little
drunken wretch of a kitten to be the successor to my poor
- Samuel Butler 1835-1902
Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's like you don't even KNOW me!"
Mewvie: A chicken in every pot, a cat in every box.
Art: Prescription for happiness.
Art Museum seeking cat photos to promote feline
by Michael D. Kane
WORCESTER – Does
you cat have a regal air about it? Maybe it's a weary
stare of disdain or the coy "I have no idea
where that canary went" look. Whatever impression
your feline fronts, it could make them a Worcester
The museum will pick eight winning photographs that will appear on electronic
billboards for one week each from May 1 through June 26.
"Meow: a cat-inspired exhibition," will be on exhibit between May 21
and Sept. 4, with an opening party scheduled for Friday, May 20.
The exhibit will include a variety of cat-themed events, including: An
exhibition featuring cats as iconic elements in artwork; a self-guided "cat
walk" through the Museum; an interactive installation featuring
live cats; a community art show; special art classes; and a "naughty
kitty take-over" of Helmutt's House, a dog exhibit that has its
roots in the former Higgins Armory.
To enter your cat photo in the contest, upload
the photo to the museum's Facebook page and fill out the required
10, 2015 - "Cats like doors left open--in case they
change their minds."- Rosemary Nisbet
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Nothing like a little tail in the morning."
Feline Art: "Mind" by by Geofroi Mind de Berne.
11, 2015 - "People meeting for the first time suddenly
relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into
anecdote."- Charlotte Gray
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Why knock myself out?"
Mewvie: Do cats like olives? Well, I guess so.
the shop-window cat
by Poppy Danby
may not be saggy, baggy or a bit loose at the seams,
but Smudge the cat definitely has a lot in common
with Bagpuss, after making himself at home in a shop
The black and white tomcat started plonking himself in the middle of
the window display at Kaye's Hardware in Holmforth, near Huddersfield,
Although staff at the shop don't feed him, the feline has not been put
off reporting for work with the rest of the employees at 8am.
He even uses the back entrance to gain access to the store, just like
the other members of staff.
As they were unable to keep Smudge away, Julia Grenier, who works at
Kaye's, decided to make his stay as comfortable as possible.
He now even has his very own bed with his name on it.
Ms Grenier, said: 'Smudge is not the best salesman but he does bring
a few people into the store
'We have a lot of people who come in just to ask about Smudge and why
he is in the window.
'It does sometimes lead to people looking around the store but we had
to put a sign up as quite a few people asked if Smudge was a real cat.
'Smudge is really quite comical as he is usually sitting in front of
the back door every morning, waiting for a member of staff to walk in.
'He sometimes recognizes staff when we are out of work and follows us
around, thinking we are going to work.
'Smudge still hasn't worked out that we are closed on Sundays as he is
often sitting outside the door.'
Smudge actually belongs to the owners of the nearby Daisy Lane Bookshop.
And alongside the hardware store, the cheeky kitten has also been known
to wander round other places in the town, including the aisles of a local
church while a funeral was taking place.
However, he typically remains centre stage of Kaye's window display until
closing time almost every single day.
Here he watches pedestrians and traffic go by from the window, while
unintentionally flagging down potential customers.
Julia said: 'Smudge is very good with all our customers, unless you are
'He is not scared of them. It is actually quite the opposite.
'I have seen him pounce on them before.
'Customers say my dog is good with cats but I then have to say it is
actually the cat who is not fine with dogs.
'He has been entering the store for over a year but it was around Christmas
time when Smudge began sitting in the window.
'One day he just sat right in the middle and began doing it all the time.
Now we have to arrange our window displays around smudge.'
Other than on Sunday's, the only other time Smudge has been away from
his self-appointed window duty was while Kaye's was closed for Christmas.
As a replacement, staff placed three boozing soft toys, two mice and
a monkey, and a sign by Smudge's bed saying 'while the cat's away'.