Cat Project Archives for September
14, 2015 - "After scolding one's cat one looks into
its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood
every word. And has filed it for reference."- Charlotte
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Mutual blissing-out.
Mewvie: Kitten Condos.
Art: "Here, kitty-kitty" by Pascal Campion
the new breeds: Sphinxiebob and Bambob
by Rachel Reilly
Two new breeds of cat have been unveiled by a cattery in the US.
Breeder April Arguin has presented what she has described as the Sphynxiebob
and and Bambob. April, 32, who runs Lil Nudists Cattery, has spent three
years researching the breeds and is now trying to get them recognized
by the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry.
She said: 'We had to do our research before we did the first pairing
because we wanted to make sure we were producing beautiful healthy cats.
The SphynxieBob looks identical to a regular Sphynx, has gorgeous round
ears, the hairless features and a muscular build. The only difference
is the short little bobtail.'
The BamBob breed is identical to the Bambino cat - which is a hairless
cat that carries the gene for short legs - but they also have a short
bobtail. The breeder created the cats for people who have allergies to
The SphynxieBob looks identical to a regular Sphynxbreed - it has round
ears, the hairless features and a muscular build. The only difference
is the short bobtail on its rear.
Bambob: The BamBob is identical to the Bambino cat - which is a hairless
cat that carries the gene for short legs. The difference is that they
also have a short bobtail on their rear.
The new breeds were created by mixing three existing breeds known as
the Sphynx cat and the Bambino cat and the Bobtail cat.
'I always wanted to do this because I had a love for Sphynx cats and
a slight obsession with bobtail cats. I wanted to be able to share that
love of the two with people who have severe allergies and can't tolerate
fur. They are the ultimate show cat and the ultimate lover cat - we call
them "velcro kittens" because they need to be with you and
on you everywhere you go. They are wonderful with children, love to play,
they're very outgoing and social and they don't run away when you come
April, from Jacksonville, Florida, is passionate about the breed she's
been working so closely with for the past nine years. She said: 'Sphynx
cats stole my heart the very first time I saw one.
Breeder April (pictured right with Bambob) says: 'They are the ultimate
show cats and the ultimate lover cats - we call them 'velcro kittens'
because they need to be with you and on you everywhere you go. 'They
are wonderful with children, love to play, they're very outgoing'
'I was at a cat show and one walked right up to me, cuddled in my arms
and gave me a kiss on the cheek - their personalities are so loving.
I know a lot of people who come to adopt from us who don't have children
and these are like their babies - they give the same kind of love back
It takes three generations of cats to get the unique look April is creating.
She said: 'We have to mix the hairless cat with an American Bobtail cat,
and it takes three generations to get the hairless gene back into the
The hairless gene is a recessive gene so the first generation of kittens
are produced with fur like a normal cat. Breeders then choose the best
kitten from that litter and breed them with a hairless cat
The ideal specimen is a BamBob (pictured) born with perfect hairlessness,
perfect little legs and bobtail and a SphynxieBob with perfect hairlessness,
long legs, muscular bodies and bobtails
'The hairless gene is a recessive gene so the first generation of kittens
are produced with fur like a normal cat then we choose the best kitten
from that litter and breed them with a hairless cat.
'The ideal specimen is a BamBob born with perfect hairlessness, perfect
little legs and bobtail and a SphynxieBob with perfect hairlessness,
long legs, muscular bodies and bobtails.
'The BamBobs will cost about $3,500 (£2,270) and the SphynxieBobs
will cost $2,800 (£1800) to adopt.'
April is now trying to get her breeds recognised to them an official
breed. She said: 'The registration process has been a bit difficult and
we're still working on it.
'They require a certain number of kittens to be born first, so we're
waiting on a few more litters before they will be fully certified.'I've
written the breed standards myself for the breeds and submitted them
for acceptance. I pretty much live 24/7 for these cats - it's definitely
a passion and something I do for the betterment of the breed and to share
these amazing creatures with the world.'
15, 2015 - "There are two means of refuge from the
miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer
Gratuitous Kittiness: Head-to-head matchup.
Mewvie: "Found the catnip!"
16, 2015 - "A cat is a puzzle for which there is no
solution." - Hazel Nicholson
Gratuitous Kittiness: The family that drinks together...
Mewvie: Ginny - the Dog Who Rescues Cats
Miscellany: Why you should adopt a black cat.
praise of very good dogs.
Many of you may be familiar with Ginny, the Schnauzer/Siberian husky
mix whose life-saving skills were legendary. (See video above) When she
was adopted from a shelter, she paid the good deed forward by seeking
out and saving sick and injured feral cats. She saved upwards of 900
lives before she died at age 17 in 2005.
Ginny was discovered by the landlord of an abandoned apartment. She and
her three puppies were locked in a closet with no food or water for about
a week. Shelter vets thought that she might be beyond saving, and contemplated
euthanasia. But they had a change of heart, and gave Ginny a chance.
Once they were healthy, she and her puppies went up for adoption.
When Philip Gonzales adopted Ginny from the shelter in 1990, he knew
she was special, but had no idea just how remarkable she was. Philip
was actually her first rescue. He was battling with depression after
suffering an accident at his job as a steamfitter in Manhattan that left
his right arm with little use.
Philip’s neighbor, Sheila Harris, persuaded him to adopt a dog
to lift his spirits and give him purpose. At the shelter, he set his
eyes on a Doberman, but was thoroughly disappointed when someone else
adopted it. A shelter worker suggested he take Ginny on a walk, and he
did so reluctantly. Outside, she seemed to sense his disappointment,
and refused to move until he looked her in the face.
From that moment on he was bewitched by the little dog. He soon found
out that Ginny had an incredible instinct for finding stray and feral
cats. But not just any cats – only the ill and injured ones. She
sniffed out alleys, abandoned buildings and construction sites. Perhaps
having been found under the same circumstances, she made it her mission
to make sure others didn’t suffer, scared and alone.
Any person who has ever tried to rescue a feral or timid animal knows
how difficult a task it is. For a dog, who may be regarded as a predator
or adversary to wild cats, to gain their trust is nothing short of phenomenal.
Her first feline rescue was for a litter of five helpless kittens trapped
in a pipe. While out for a walk, Ginny dashed off. When Philip caught
up, she was urgently scratching at a pipe. She continued to paw at the
pipe until it fell, and the kittens tumbled out.
She had a peaceful air about her, and put cats at ease. They showed no
fear or aggression toward her; it was as if they had known her their
entire lives. Overlooking the peril she often put herself in, Ginny scoured
dumpsters and glass-filled containers – and sometimes glove compartments – to
find cats that needed her.
A few weeks after her adoption, Ginny and Philip went to the shelter
to donate dog and cat treats. Ginny snuck away. Philip found her begging
in front of the kennel of a one-eyed cat. He adopted the cat for her.
The next week, Ginny came across another cat, which Philip knew had to
be made part of the family. A few days later, he found out the cat was
Animal behaviorists believe she had an overly-active maternal instinct,
but to those she saved, she had just the right amount. Ginny’s
drive to save lives was not limited to cats. On one occasion she came
to the rescue when a blind man nearly stepped off a curb into high traffic.
She leaped off the curb first and barked at him until he turned around.
In 1998, she was named Cat of the Year by the Westchester Feline Club
in homage to her lifelong heroism. Philip and Leonore Fleischer penned
two books about her: The Dog Who Rescues Cats: True Story of Ginny (1995)
and The Blessing of the Animals: and The Blessing of the Animals: True
Stories of Ginny, the Dog Who Rescues Cats (1996). She even has her own
website, featuring The
Ginny Fund, which allows Philip to continue helping the stray
and feral cat population of Long Island.
Philip made the difficult decision to put her to sleep at age 17. She
was incontinent and arthritic, but when she stopped eating he knew it
was time. Though Ginny’s being gone still saddens many, it’s
made bearable knowing that she lived a full life and saved the lives
of hundreds of others, thanks to the staff who decided she was worthy
Adopt a shelter dog today (and black cats) – they are truly miracles.
17, 2015 - "When I play with my cat, who knows if
I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?"-
Michel E. de Monaigne
Gratuitous Kittiness: Conan and the Asian leopard-cat kitten.
Mewvie: OldieButGoodie - Collective Soul Cat
How every cat sees itself.
18, 2015 - "People who love cats have some of the
biggest hearts around." - Susan Easterly
Walter Chandoha is definitely a cat person. After photographing cats
for over 70 years, he says, “Their potential for photography is
unlimited. I still come up with a cat picture that is unlike any cat
picture ever made — mine or any other photographer’s.”
This fall, Aperture will release “Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer,” a
collection of his cat career highlights. Chandoha’s photographs
have appeared in ads for everything from cat food to shoes, in Ladies’ Home
Journal and Life magazine. He opted against glamorous cat casting calls,
sourcing most of his models from his own family.
The first was Loco, a kitten I picked up in the snow one
night coming home from classes at NYU. He ultimately was
responsible for my becoming a freelance photographer specializing
in cats,” Chandoha says.
Loco was followed by Minguina, Kome, Friend, Spook and Jet, among others,
and when none of Chandoha’s cats met the casting specifications,
he would find his models among friends, neighbors or cat owners at cat
Chandoha might be considered the forefather of the Internet’s now-ubiquitous
cat photo; and while digital cameras and smartphones have certainly made
it easier for people to document their feline friends, as Chandoha sees
it, “All of this technology would be for naught if cats were not
the sweet, lovable companions they are, and who are held in higher esteem
today than those in ancient Egypt when they were worshipped as gods.”