Cat Project Archives for November 2-6, 2015.
2, 2015 - "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection,
patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many
of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: King of the feline mountain.
Mewvie: A sticky situation.
Art: John Weguelin's "Egyptian Cat" (1886).
goes the extra mile to save lost cat.
by Steve Maugeri
Mount Vernon, IL (WFIE) -
An Illinois woman will make a trip to Florida in a few weeks to return
a stray cat to its owners.
Scrapper was with his family in Pittsburgh in May when he suddenly ran
off and got separated from his family.
The cat clawed his way through four states until he was put in a shelter
in Mount Vernon, where he was in desperate need of someone to bail him
out. Mona Warrick volunteered.
"I got on Facebook, and I saw a post, and a woman has a shelter in Mount
Vernon Illinois, and it had this cat, with the tag, and had the name of his owners
in Florida, and he was in a kill shelter,” said Mona Warrick.
After enough digging, she got in contact with the owner's neighbors,
who relayed the message over to them.
"He called me on Monday and said ‘do you have my cat?’ And I
said ‘no but I know where he is.’ And he said ‘can you go get
him for me?’ And I said ‘I'd be glad to,’” said Warrick.
She was just in time.
“The day he was scheduled to be euthanized, that's when I picked him up,” said
She spent $100 of her own money just to set him free.
In return, Scrappers family paid for a flight to Florida so Mona could
take him back home. She will fly out to Florida with Scrapper by her
side on November 17.
Though her time was short with Scrapper, she says she views him as family,
and says she will definitely make another trip to pay him a visit.
3, 2015 - "Cats can work out mathematically the exact
place to sit that will cause most inconvenience."-
Gratuitous Kittiness: DEcorative cats.
Mewvie: Big cat football.
Feline Art: Akiyama
4, 2015 - "It is in the nature of cats to do a certain
amount of unescorted roaming." - Adlai Stevenson
Gratuitous Kittiness: The oppostie of a pain-in-the-neck.
Mewvie: This is why plastic bags should never be banned.
Art: Fish in the belly.
largest cat painting sells at auction.
by Emily Saul
A mystery buyer shelled out $826,000 today for a piece of art touted
as the largest and most expensive cat painting ever.
The 227-pound 6-by-8.5 foot meowsterpiece — commissioned by likely
the world’s first cat lady — exceeded Sotheby’s expectations
by over half a million dollars.
“My Wife’s Lovers,” by Austrian Artist Carl Kahler, is so large
it ripped the nails out of the wall when Sotheby’s tried to hang it, and
the auction house had to erect a special wall just to display it at today’s
19th Century European Art sale on the Upper East Side.
Forty-two of Kate Birdsall Johnson’s 350 cats are featured in the
piece — which she kept at her 3,000-acre summer residence in Buena
Each cat had a name, and the animals were cared for by a troop of servants,
according to Sotheby’s spokesperson Melanie Brister.
At the center of the work sits Sultan, a $3000 feline Jonson bought during
a trip to Paris.
Kahler had never painted a cat before, and spent three years sketching
the puss posse, learning their personalities and habits.
The title of the painting came courtesy of the millionaire’s long-suffering
husband, said Brister.
Johnson died in 1893, just two years after the painting was completed.
Her will set aside $500,000 for the cats continued care.
5, 2015 - "Cats seem to go on the principle that it
never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Foolish human. I see through your silly
Mewvie: Cats in slow-mo.
The Feline Arts: Need some mew shoes?
6, 2015 - "Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow
the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other.
- Stephen Baker
Gratuitous Kittiness: "On the road again..."
Mewvie: Caracal kittens go exploring.
Art: Leonardo da Vinci cat studies.
a study did NOT find that your cat wants to kill
by Hilary Hanson
A lot of headlines out there this week suggest that a recent study found
your cat wants to kill you.
Luckily for anyone whose feline companion has access to weapons, those
headlines are blatantly untrue.
The study, led by University of Edinburgh researchers, compares the personalities
of domestic cats with those of Scottish wildcats, clouded leopards, snow
leopards and African lions, based on assessments made by cat caretakers
and zookeepers. It was published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology
last year. Not even lead researcher Marieke Gartner knows why it exploded
in the media this week.
What she does know is that a lot of news outlets have gotten her study
For one thing, she did not find anything indicating that domestic cats
want to kill humans.
" My research did not suggest this -- in fact, it's completely unrelated," she
told The Huffington Post in an email. "I don't know why people would say
But that's not all journalists got wrong. Article after article claims
that across the board, both domestic cats and lions have prominent personality
traits of "neuroticism," "impulsivity" and "dominance." But
this is a misunderstanding of the study, Gartner said.
The misconception occurred because Gartner referred to those three traits
as the “personality factors” present in cats and lions. But
what that means is that one way to assess the feline’s personality
is to place the cat on a spectrum of not very neurotic to very neurotic,
or not very impulsive to very impulsive.
" In humans, personality is described by five personality factors: Openness
to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism," Gartner
wrote. "There is a difference between factors and traits -- so no, the most
prominent personality traits [in cats and lions] are not dominance, impulsivity,
and neuroticism. These are the three personality factors that describe each species
-- but each individual will range along the spectrum of traits that make up each
of the personality factors."
Mikel Delgado, certified cat behavior consultant and Ph.D. candidate
in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley has some ideas
about why people love to attribute murderous motives to cats.
" They don't have as many facial muscles [as dogs]," she told HuffPost. "Their
face is harder to interpret. People do seem to wonder, 'What's my cat thinking?'"
Cats just aren't as big or as potentially dangerous as many dogs, so
imagining them wanting to off us isn't really threatening.
" We almost find it humorous that cats want to kill us, or hate us or we're
their slaves," Delgado said. Plus, she noted, people have coexisted with
cats for millennia.
" If they really wanted to kill us," she asked, "don’t you
think it would have happened?"