Cat Project Archives for November 9-13, 2015.
9, 2015 - "A dog will flatter you but you have to
flatter the cat."- George Mikes
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Just watchin' the babes go by."
Mewvie: "Hey! Whose tail IS this?"
Art: All cat-dresses should be sun-dresses.
Treats Recalled for Possibly Containing Propylene
Blue Buffalo Company Ltd. of Wilton, CT, is voluntarily recalling a limited
production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that may contain
low levels of propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is not permitted by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cat food.
FDA tested the product in response to a consumer complaint and found
propylene glycol in one bag of the cat treats in the impacted lot. To
date, the company stated that no other reports of incidents related to
the cat treats have been received.
Cats reacting to high doses of propylene glycol may exhibit signs of
depression and may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and
excessive urination and thirst. If your cat has consumed the recalled
product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
KYum_AdultCat_CKN_2ozTreat_MT00782.3The affected product was distributed
nationwide in the U.S. and Canada through pet specialty stores and on
The product is packaged in a 2-oz., plastic stand-up pouch. Only these
specific code dates of this product are involved:
Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC:
859610007820 – Best If Used By: April 24, 2016.
Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 – Best
If Used By: July 24, 2016.
No other Blue Buffalo pet foods or treats are involved in this recall.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled product may return it to the
place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact
Blue Buffalo at 888-667-1508 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday, or by email at BlueBuffalo5883@stericycle.com.
10, 2015 - "To some blind souls all cats are much
alike. To a cat lover every cat from the beginning of time
has been utterly and amazingly unique."- Jenny de
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Headshot!"
Mewvie: I'd be freaked-out, too.
Feline Art: More Kliban
11, 2015 - "When addressed, a gentleman cat does not
move a muscle. He looks as if he hasn't heard." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "My god! It's ful of stars!"
Mewvie: It's raining cats.
Art: The arboreal cat.
Astro Cat brings kids the Universe.
Studying topics like science and math can often be a tedious activity
for kids. A new app aims to change that, letting youngsters interact
with mobile devices in a fun and educational way.
James Wilson and Alex Spiro, the co-founders of digital production company
Minilab Studios, recently worked with a team of animators, developers,
academics and illustrators to launch their first app, "Professor
Astro Cat's Solar System."
Available on the App Store for $2.99, the educational game is based on
Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space, a children's book written by
quantum computer scientist Dominic Walliman and illustrated by award-winning
artist Ben Newman. The book, published in 2013, follows the galactic
journey of a well-educated cat exploring just about any astrophysics-related
topic under the sun -- from the the birth of the universe, to individual
planets, to extraterrestrial life.
Wilson and Spiro's game converts the book into an app for kids 7-10.
In an interview with HuffPost Live, they explained that educational apps
can make the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) attractive to young children.
"These days there's actually a massive gap in the STEM-related professions:
I think, in America, for every unemployed person there are 1.9 jobs that are
available in STEM-related professions," Spiro said. "So what we wanted
to do with Minilab is to sort of address that by introducing kids to science,
engineering and math at an early age."
In addition, the Minilab creators believe that apps like "Professor
Astro Cat's Solar System" could alleviate another pressing parenting
issue: quality screen time for children.
Most kids in the United States, regardless of socio-economic background,
have access to one or more popular electronic devices, including computers,
smart phones and tablets. The proliferation of apps has prompted parents
to question how much screen time is too much. Lately, though, the conversation
has shifted from screen time to screen use.
"Children are sort of being drawn naturally to [tablets and gaming], and
what we have to do is have a look and make sure that the content is still king
and the screen time still matters," Wilson said. "So we want to inject
fun and make fun and play and learning synonymous."
In the future, Minilabs plans to expand beyond science and astrophysics,
offering apps for kids 3-10 on different subjects.
12, 2015 - "If a cat did not put a firm paw down now
and then, how could his human remain possessed." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: The case of the violin kitty.
Mewvie: "This box is MINE!"
The Feline Arts: Coolest kindergarten EVAH!
13, 2015 - "You can keep a dog; but it is the cat
who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic
animals."- George Mikes
Gratuitous Kittiness: There's always one.
Mewvie: How the not-so-magic happens.
Art: Shag kitty.
can wear a cat as a hat in Metal Gear Online
D-Dog gets all the love and praise (and it's deserved – he's the
best video game dog of the year), but as any cat lover will tell you,
cats are better than dogs. Our feline friends don't make very practical
video game companions though, but Konami sees things differently: Metal
Gear Online now has a fashionable cat hat. While it appears to offer
no practical advantages, it's definitely a cat serving as a hat and for
that reason, it's the best hat in video games.