Cat Project Archives for September
28-October 2, 2015.
28, 2015 - "There are few things in life more heartwarming
than to be welcomed by a cat." - Tay Hohoff
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Warm towel, sir?"
Mewvie: "Quiet you!"
Art: Cats at your finger-tips.
29, 2015 - "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ahhhh. That's the stuff."
Mewvie: The story of the snail and the cats.
A tiny cat masterpiece.
30, 2015 - "Many cats simply pounce to their own drummers." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: My favorite channel.
Mewvie: Nice reflexes.
Art: Behold! The Cat AT-AT!
the rare Andean Cat
Endemic to the Andes Mountains of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru,
the Andean Cat is one elusive feline. It’s only been sighted a
couple times in the wild, let alone photographed. Some researchers were
very lucky after their camera traps photographed a gem: an adult and
The Andean Cat is the size of a house cat, but much sturdier and, well,
fluffier. The adorable fur is pale silvery gray in color and striped
irregularly with brown or orangy markings down the sides from the back,
with dark gray bars across the chest and forelegs. The tail is thick
and long and banded with dark rings, which it uses to keep balance as
the cat prowls steep, rocky slopes much like its cousin – the Himalayan
snow leopard, another elusive creature.
Leopardus jacobita is so rare that scientists weren’t even sure
if the cat is endangered or merely fantastically hard to spot. It turns
out it’s both. Judging from genetic analysis, paw marks and other
signs, the Andean Cat population shouldn’t number more than 2,500
The two cats, mother and cub, were photographed in Chile’s Los
Flamencos National Reserve. Andean Cats feed on rodents, reptiles, birds
and rabbits. In fact, they like to eat vizcacha (a rabbit-like rodent)
more than anything else. Other than that, not much is known about the
Andean Cats, though it’s thought these they reproduce once a year
and they have litters of 1 – 3 youngsters.
the purr-fect breakfast wth this new cat-shaped
The San Francisco-based website Egg Addiction has created a cat-shaped
egg molds to jazz up everyday eggs.
All you have to do is lightly oil your pan with cooking spray and place
the silicone mold on the pan. Separate two eggs (but be careful when
handling the yolks!) and pour them into the pan, using the yolks as the
cat’s eyes. Cook the eggs to your preference and voilà!
There are many different ways to serve your cat-shaped eggs — in
a traditional American breakfast with bacon, hash browns, and sausage;
over kimchi fried rice; and even over pasta. It’s also a fun way
to entice kids who are picky eaters.
There are two sizes — regular and mini. The cat egg molds are expected
to ship in February 2016 and should make the purr-fect gift for all cat
1, 2015 - "No one shall deny me my own conclusions,
nor my cat her reflective purr." - Irving Townsend
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Imagine whirled peas."
Mewvie: "Hey, guys! Treats on me!"
Making cat art.
2, 2015 - "I rarely meddled in the cat's personal
affairs and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither of us was
foolish enough to attribute human emotions to our pets." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Am I helping yet?"
Mewvie: Cats and flutes.
Art: Cats, the bets kind of puzzle.
Little Boy and His Cat
There's a curious side effect that unfailingly occurs when we open our
hearts to an animal in need — our hearts get bigger, too.
Examples of this abound, but a recent one has captivated folks across
the internet. This week, Reddit user sympson2612 shared a touching set
of photos showing one little boy's sweet nap time tradition inspired
by his love of the family's adopted cat, named Tommy.
"It's been almost a year since we took in the neighborhood stray and my
son still insists on tucking him in when he naps," writes sympson2612,"so
he knows that he lives at our house and will come back."
The former stray certainly seems to appreciate being in such a loving
home, though for the family, it's they who have truly won. Writes sympson2612:
"This past year has been so wonderful having him in our lives. He is the
sweetest, funniest, most patient cat I have ever met. We are sold on 'adopting'
stray cats from now on!"
Interestingly, there's more than meets the eye in these touching photos.
By having Tommy in his life, the boy is better positioned to grow into
an emotionally healthy, caring adult, according to psychologist Dr. Azadeh
Aalai in Psychology Today.
"[A]ny pet owner can attest to the myriad of benefits that come with [pet]
ownership—chief among them for young children [is] the facilitation in
cultivating empathy towards others and enhancing responsibility in taking care
of a living being other than oneself," Aalai wrote.
"In fact, less pre-occupation with oneself is higher among pet owners when
compared to non-owners, suggesting that the responsibility of taking care of
another may release us somewhat from our egocentric tendencies."