Cat Project Archives for August 1-5,
1, 2016 - "Most cats, when they are out want to be
in, and visa versa, and often simultaneously." - Louis
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "My motto? 'Enjoy the sun while you can.'"
Mewvie: How to animate your cat.
Street Art: "Lick Me" by Dinese Laurent.
for your aging cat.
by Bob Bamberg
When I was a kid, you didn't often see a geriatric cat. Very few of them
were kept as indoor cats, so they were often struck by cars. As an eight
year old, my neighbor's cat was run over right in front of me creating
an image that's vivid in my mind even today, over 60 years later.
They also very rarely saw a veterinarian. And even when they were sick,
most people did the best they could to nurse the cat back to health.
If it passed away, they got another cat. Goodness knows there were plenty
of them around since very few females were spayed and "Free Kittens" signs
on mailboxes were frequent. It was a different era.
Today, the phenomenon known as the humanization of pets puts cats right
up there with the spouse and kids as far as status within the family
is concerned. They're mostly kept indoors now, and they regularly see
a vet, even for wellness visits.
They're also fed better diets nowadays, thanks to advances in our knowledge
of feline nutrition. At the vet clinic, the doctors utilize equipment
and protocols unavailable even a generation ago. They're spotting trouble
before it gets out of hand.
All of these factors have extended the lives of our cats while we weren't
even looking, so to speak. All of a sudden, we're faced with a geriatric
cat, and all that that entails, and we're ill-equipped to deal with the
situation. Not many of us have had the experience before.
How do you tell when your cat is considered a senior cat? After all,
it's not uncommon for them to live into their early twenties now, and
a lot of them don't show dramatic signs of aging. The American Association
of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) provides this guide:
Mature to middle-aged, 7 to 10 years;
Senior, 11 to 14 years;
Geriatric, 15-plus years.
When they reach the "mature to middle aged" level it's a good
idea to schedule semi annual checkups. Because their life span is so
much shorter than ours, they age much quicker than we do, and things
happen much more quickly.
Our doctors often don't see a big change in our health status from one
year to the next, but for a cat (or dog, for that matter) significant
changes can occur from one visit to the next. Early detections often
results in better outcomes.
It's important to keep a keen eye on your senior cat and report anything
out of the ordinary to your vet, even if it seems trivial to you. Changes
in behavior can often be an indication that something's going on inside
that needs attention.
Aging brings some obvious signs, such as reduced activity and labored
movement, but there are a number of conditions elder cats are susceptible
to that won't be readily discernable, such as cancer, heart disease,
diabetes, periodontal disease, kidney disease and retinal disease, to
name a few.
Along with semi-annual check-ups, maintain your cat's regular care such
as parasite control, vaccinations, healthy diet, and exercise. Your geriatric
cat can still lead the good life and with proper care, age with the grace
that we all hope for.
2, 2016 - "Cats may, indeed, be the thinking man's
pet--because living with cats certainly keeps you on your
toes!" - Barbara L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kittiness: "GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!"
Mewvie: An android's ode to his beloved cat.
Feline Art: "Four-Eyes"
by Casey Weldon.
3, 2016 - "We quickly discovered that two kittens
were much more fun than one."
- Allen Lucy
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You sure look funny without your fur."
Mewvie: Now that's a cat house.
Art: "Lucky Calico Stretch" by Tracey Greene.
cats need help.
by Casey McNerthney
Three hundred cats at Seattle Humane need your help.
The non-profit shelter is in the middle of kitten season, and staff is
asking for help getting food for all the cats and kittens for whom they’re
trying to find homes.
As of Tuesday afternoon, their pet food bank was completely out of cat
Ordering it is best,” Seattle Humane’s Marketing Communications
Manager Jenna Pringle said. Using the Seattle Humane link through Amazon
also gives the organization a portion of the overall sale, part of the
Amazon Smile program, she said.
this link to order on Amazon. The shelter’s
address for shipping is 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way in
Bellevue, zip code 98005. People also can drop off
4, 2016 - "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 Vries
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man! These portal guns ROCK!"
Mewvie: Let's flip the cat.
Feline Art: "Bicycle Cat" by Ryan.
5, 2016 - "A cat will do what it wants when it wants,
and there's not a thing you can do about it." - Frank
Gratuitous Kittiness: This MIGHT be a bad idea.
Mewvie: Cats speak many languages.
Art: "Cat On a Clothesline" by Jeff Koons.
cats can protest Trump with butt jewelry.
by David Moye
It can be hard for cats to engage in civic life. U.S. law prevents them
from voting, and though some of them run for president every now and
then, they never seem to get invited to debates.
Luckily, politically minded pussycats (and their owners) now have a new
way to express their opinion on how they feel about Donald Trump - in
the form of cat butt jewelry.
A new website called TrumpHoleCovers.com is selling bejeweled pendants
featuring The Donald’s face.
The Trumped-up trinket comes in three different models, each showcasing
one of Trump’s trademark facial expressions: The Rich Smirk, The
F-Bomb and The Ragin’ A-Hole.
Looking behind the gaudy, cheap costume jewelry and you’ll see
the product slogan: “Protecting The Country From Pussy A**holes.”
The idea of protesting with a pussycat posterior belongs to two advertising
professionals Marta Ibarrando and Evelyn Neill.
“We were mad about Trump in a way that strikes a chord with us as human
beings, women and, for me, as an immigrant from Spain,” Ibarrando told
The Huffington Post. “We must do something to prove to America that Trump
is an a**hole.”
Putting Trump’s visage near a feline’s fanny may seem like
proof of animal cruelty, Neill has been surprised by her cat’s
reaction to the butt jewelry.
“My own cat kind of liked it and that scared me,” she admitted to
That said, since the apparatus is made out of small parts and an elastic
that could be harmful if swallowed, make sure to only let your cat wear
it with supervision. And if your cat absolutely hates the thing, don’t
force the issue. Trump has already made us all suffer enough.