Cat Project Archives for November 30 to December
30, 2015 - "It's going to freeze," she would
say, "the cat's dancing." - Colette
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Never let me go... extinct."
Mewvie: Piggyback kitty.
Art: The clockwork cat.
an outdoor cat for winter.
by Tedi Graham
The best place for a cat is indoors during the winter, but some cats
have owners who don’t let them inside or the cats could be feral
cats who are afraid of people strays who have been lost or abandoned.
These cats need help surviving the cold. They need shelters, food and
Even though they have thick winter coats to keep them warm, they still
need warm, dry well-insulated shelters of the appropriate size. By asking
around, you can find free or inexpensive materials to build a shelter.
There are instructions on line. A friend or neighbor may have a used
dog house which can be made into a good winter shelter for a homeless
The size of the shelter is important. The shelter uses the cat’s
body heat to warm the inside. If the shelter is too large, it will be
difficult for the cat’s body heat to keep it warm. You can also
use a wooden box or a cardboard box. Whatever you use, insulate all the
sides with foam board, old blankets or plastic. Line the bottom with
an old sleeping bag, discarded coats, fleece blankets, shredded paper
or straw. Straw is best. The cat can burrow into and underneath it. Straw
repels moisture, but holds moisture. The worst choices are blankets,
towels and folded newspapers. They draw out the body heat when the cat
lies on top of them. You can also fill a pillow case loosely with Styrofoam
peanuts used for packing fragile items. It will conform to the cat’s
body and wraps her in the peanuts which capture heat. Check the bedding
daily. Replace it when it gets dirty or wet. Dirty, wet bedding absorbs
body heat and chills the cat.
If you can, put the shelter in the garage, on a covered porch or under
a carport. This can provide a bit more much needed warmth. Raise the
shelter off the ground to keep the cold from seeping up through the shelter’s
To protect outside cats from hunger and thirst keep their food and water
from freezing. Place the food and water near the shelters so the cats
won’t have to go far in the cold. Putting the food and water under
a canopy of some sort is one way to protect them. A thick plastic water
bowl that is deep and wide is better than a thin plastic or ceramic bowl.
You can buy a solar-heated water bowl that can keep or delay water from
freezing. If the shelter is well insulated you can put bowls of dry or
moist food in there. However, don’t put the water bowl in the shelter.
If it spills, the bedding will be wet and cold. Feed the cat on a regular
schedule so she will know when to come to eat. An adult cat eats about
5.5 ounces of canned cat food and 2 ounces of dry food a day. She will
need more food in colder weather.
There are other precautions you should take during cold weather. Before
starting your car give the hood a tap and check around the tires. Cats
will sometimes crawl into the engine or hide underneath thecar for warmth.
Keep antifreeze out of the reach of cats. Some cats find it irresistible
and it is very toxic to them. For the same reason avoid salt and chemical
melting products which are not only toxic but can also damage their paws.
Shovel out the cat shelter when you do you driveway and walk so the cat
doesn’t get snowed in.
No matter what we do, some cats prefer to stay outside in any weather.
You can still keep them warm and safe for the winter.
1, 2015 - "A cat sees no good reason why it should
obey another animal, even if it does stand on two legs."-
Gratuitous Kittiness: Oh, them eyes.
Mewvie: Blind kitty plays like, well, a kitty.
Feline Art: Artist
- Elise Entzenberger
2, 2015 - "You can't help that. We're all mad here." -
The Cheshire Cat
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Let it snow, baby."
Mewvie: The cutest purr in the world.
Art: Here's hoping.
the Safeway cat.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A cat who likes to hang out daily at a Southeast Portland
Safeway has become a social media sensation and his plight is now prompting
a call for action from fellow felines.
The cat's sudden exposure earned him prominent mention on a popular national
blog devoted to cat stories (yes, there is one), and sparked a Facebook
page that already has more than 830 fans.
Cecil is not a stray. His owner says he just likes to visit the store,
inside and out. And employees and customers take care of him. At least
they did until he was banned from the store.
Allison Traynor posted a photo on Instagram and called the number on
the cat's collar tag when she saw Cecil. She said no one answered, but
the voicemail said, "If you're calling about my cat, Cecil, it's
OK if he's at the Safeway parking lot. He likes to hang out there. I
live across the street and he will find his way home when he's ready."
“I took the picture about a week ago,” said Traynor, who lives in
Cecil the cat appeared to be getting used to the lavish life of a celebrity;
going wherever he wanted, lounging around and always looking pretty comfortable
“I saw Cecil cruising down the aisles,” said Traynor.
A Redditor said Cecil has been frequenting the store for at least seven
years. Others say they end up buying extra treats for their own cats
at the Safeway, just so they can throw a couple Cecil's way as they leave
“Cecil is one of the great cats of Portland for sure,” said Ivo Bourgeois
who recently took a picture of Cecil and posted it on social media.
Cecil's Facebook fan page has followers from around the world. People
have posted comments and cat photos from Ohio, Illinois, even France
“I think Cecil is a great cat and I’m not surprised in the least
to see the international following,” Bourgeois said. "I think it really
enhances the shopping experience.”
But with fame also comes consequences. Cecil was banned from the store
on Monday, according to Vincent Barbarino, the administrator of his Facebook
“I'm going to miss seeing him around. He was definitely a treat,” said
“I think that's abominable. I wish they would take that back. I think everybody
loves Cecil the cat,” Bourgeois said.
Safeway officials have contacted but they have not yet responded.
As for Cecil, he did not appear to be giving up easily. On Monday night,
Cecil was once again spotted at Safeway. This time, he posed for photos
on a stack of soda boxes at the store.
Barbarino posted two calls for action on the Facebook page. He asked
fans to sign a change.org petition urging Safeway to allow Cecil back
into the Safeway and also urged people to stage a protest by taking their
own cats into the store.
"Just go shopping with your cat and be sure to stay away from the prepared
foods area and open foods, as we do not want to cause trouble, we just want to
show the store that we all care for Cecil," the post said.
Some people threatened to stop shopping at the Safeway if Cecil doesn't
get another chance. Others said it just won't be the same without him.
“It's like seeing a unicorn in a place you wouldn't normally see it. I'll
miss Cecil, definitely,” Traynor said.
3, 2015 - "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look
down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." - Winston Churchill
Gratuitous Kittiness: The unmistakable lok of Heating Pad Ecstasy.
Mewvie: Hypnotic, isn't it?
The Feline Arts: Adopt a cat for the holidays.
4, 2015 - "No amount of time can erase the memory
of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally
remove his fur from your couch." - Leo Dworken
Gratuitous Kittiness: Party-poopers.
Mewvie: An old favorite... How to wrap a cat for Xmas.
Art: Words to remember.
By Katie Kindelan
The amazing recovery of a Florida cat who was found covered in ants and
severely malnourished has turned the cat into an Instagram star.
The cat, named Silas, was found two years ago by the oldest daughter
of South Florida resident Marci Pence. Pence’s daughter, Chelsea,
now 26, was walking her black Labrador when the dog kept pulling her
over to a grassy area, Pence said.
“They found Silas in a pile of ants,” Pence told ABC News.
Silas the cat was nursed back to health by a Florida family and has become
an Instagram star.
The family took Silas to an emergency veterinarian clinic where he was
diagnosed with a lung and eye infections and deemed near-death with severe
dehydration and malnourishment, Pence said.
Pence took the cat in and nursed him back to health, turning him into
a healthy, 15-pound literal ball of fur.
“He got better quickly and he just is the sweetest cat in the world,” Pence
said. “He’s a Ragdoll mix and when you hold him he kind of goes limp.”
“He acts like a dog, follows you everywhere, greets you at the door,” Pence
said of Silas.
Silas had so many followers among the Pences' family and friends that
the family joked they should get their cat his own Instagram account.
Silas the cat was nursed back to health by a Florida family and has become
an Instagram star.
Pence’s younger daughter, 16-year-old Catherine, took them up on
the idea. Silas now has nearly 10,000 followers on Instagram.
The cat’s before-and-after photo was the first picture.
“People went kind of crazy over that picture and he got a lot of followers
very quickly,” Pence said.
I started maintaining it just because it got bigger and bigger.”
Pence, who works full-time as a vice president and director of operations
for a local optometry practice, says she gets messages from people around
the world, and those messages increase if she goes a few days without
posting a new photo of Silas.
“He is a beautiful cat but it’s his personality,” Pence said
of the cat’s appeal. “It’s almost like he’s thankful
[to be alive].”.