Cat Project Archives for August 22-26,
22, 2016 - "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." -
Robert A. Stern
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: One (1) Fluffy kitten. Just delete water.
Mewvie: Bobcat for dinner.
Street Art: The acme of commercial advertising illustration.
deceased cat reappears on Google Street View.
By Andrew Kane
This cat owner experienced a bittersweet reunion when his departed cat
made an unexpected reappearence on the popular navigation service, Google
As a work of photography, the image itself doesn’t seem particularly
impressive. The blurry screenshot shows a white cat with brown splotches
on its tail and head slinking through a residential area. Nothing out
of the ordinary it would seem, especially considering some of the more
remarkable scenes that have surfaced on Google Street View over the years.
Still, the tweet containing it has become a trending topic online, with
the original post garnering thousands of likes as it circulates across
So why’s everyone freaking out? Cue the X-Files theme, and refer
below to the original tweet for the details of this phantom feline’s
In the tweet, Japanese twitter user @hijikara excitedly proclaims that
he’s “found our cat that died on Google Maps!” It seems
the user came across this photograph unexpectedly when looking at images
of their hometown, as the cat passed away some time ago.
Many users were quick to note the timely nature of this discovery. That’s
because in Japan, August is a time for homecoming, when people return
to their place of birth to celebrate a Buddhist holiday called “Obon.”
According to traditional beliefs in Japan, Obon marks the time of year
when spirits of the departed return home to Earth. Big cities, usually
crowded with shoppers and office workers become quiet, and the crowds
in public spaces grow sparse as millions travel back to smaller cities
to spend time with family and honor the memories of departed loved-ones.
Now it seems that it’s not only human souls that make this journey
While similar cases of deceased relatives and friends appearing on Street
View have occurred over the years, this discovery was all the more remarkable
because this particular cat spent most of its life indoors. The owner
says that the cat happened to have slipped outside the day the Google
truck came around to survey the neighborhood. The mischievous feline
presumably crossed paths with it as it was taking pictures of the area.
As a fellow animal lover and cat owner, I can’t help but feel a
little emotional about this one. I can’t even muster any of my
signature sarcastic quips!
The owner still probably misses their pet, but the story offers a nice,
though poignant, reminder of an old friend.
23, 2016 - "A home without a cat, and a well-fed,
well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect
home, perhaps; but how can it prove its title?" -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Kitty love, circa 1927."
Mewvie: Simon's Cat in "Feed Me!"
Feline Art: Kitties,
Max Factor style.
24, 2016 - "No matter how much cats fight, there always
seems to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln
Gratuitous Kittiness: A very pretty kitty indeed.
Mewvie: Scooter don't care.
Art: "Cat2" by Florian Nicolle.
Has a Show About a Cat Banana Because, Well, It’s
By Blake Rodgers
With the amount of things we can find on the internet these days, saying
that something from Japan is weird or out of the ordinary is a pretty
easy observation and sometimes feels a like it’s the definition
of “low-hanging fruit.” Yet sometimes things like this come
along that are both weird and literal hanging fruit.
A recent post from Techly brought the wonderful word of a cat banana
named Bananya to our attention and we’re a bit mystified by it.
After watching a few episodes, that you can see for free on Crunchyroll,
I’m still a bit confused about the world in which these banana/cat
From what I can gather–and refuse to be corrected about because
I sincerely can’t take another episode –Bananya and friends
live in a world where humans are unaware of their existence. The show
seems to document the adventures of Bananya from an unseen narrator who
has done some extensive research on the species and has a level of access
to Bananya’s surroundings that’s troublesome, to say the
least. In one episode, where Banaya goes to the grocery store, the owner
of the house is referred to as “Mama” by the narrator and
is apparently gleefully unaware that sentient feline fruit found its
way into her purse or that the narrator has been following her around
and is super interested in her produce.
There’s a definite Toy Story (or maybe even a little Fraggle Rock)
vibe to it all as the bananacats remain in hiding from the humans but
appear to be content living as bananas while they’re around. What’s
disturbing is that it seems all bananas are actually bananacats and we
simply don’t know it. The banana hanger on the table means the
humans placed that fruit there with the intention of eating it, and all
the bananacats seem cool with it. The others, despite being ambulatory
enough to hide, do nothing for their yellow brethren. We’ve all
been eating bananacats, you guys.
As weird as the show may seem, and as much as we kid, Bananya is still
25, 2016 - "A cat determined not to be found can fold
itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to." -
Louis J. Camuti, D.V.M.
Gratuitous Kittiness: Floof is my co-pilot.
Mewvie: Cats falling downstairs.
Feline Art: "Diana, my Abyssinian cat" by Gaudi Buendi.
26, 2016 - "I cannot deny that a cat lover and his
cat have a master/slave relationship. The cat is the master." -
Arthur R. Kassin
Gratuitous Kittiness: The cat's cat.
Mewvie: Misha has a lot on her mind.
Art: "Catable" by Ruan Hao.
that are a danger to your cats.
By Rhonda Ross
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Like any pet, it is fun to reward your cats for
good behavior for doing a trick or for simply being cute.
Many pet owners love sharing food with their furry family member, but
it's important to know what's potentially dangerous to feed your cat.
A cat's digestive system can be easily affected if it is not a food specifically
designed for cats. Just like us, they have intolerances and allergies,
but more importantly there are foods that are harmful to their system.
• Tuna sold for human consumption (tuna made into cat food is perfectly
• Xylitol - This product is a sweetener that is often food in gum and other
sugar-free foods such
as mints and candy. It is also found in many dental products
as it prevents tooth decay.
• Caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, energy drinks)
• Dairy products
• Raw food (meat, fish, eggs)
• Grapes and raisins
• Onions and garlic
What to Do If Your Cat Ingests One of These Foods:
If your cat ingests one of these foods, you should seek out immediate
It is important to call your vet or local emergency hospital in a timely
manner. If possible, you should try to figure out how much your cat ate
so that you can relay that on to your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline.
If you have a wrapper or box from the harmful food it is helpful to have
it readily available.
The best way to prevent your cat from eating a food that is dangerous
to them is by not feeding your cat outside of their normal food.
If you want to give your furry friend a treat, that is okay, but they
should only be given on occasion. Not only does limiting treats help
avoid gastrointestinal issues but it also helps maintain a healthy diet.
It is best to give them treats that are specifically formulated for cats
as sometimes human food has hidden ingredients that may be harmful, such