Cat Project Archives for December
27, 2016 - "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings.
She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you
anxious not to hear the whole of it." - Jerome K.
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We're snug as bugs in a dug... I mean
Mewvie: Training the Jedi kitties.
Feline Art: Cat tattoo
by Kazuaki Horitomo.
28, 2016 - "The way to get on with a cat is to treat
it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows
itself to be." - Elizabeth Peters
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hmmmm... tastes like chciken."
Mewvie: Big kitty.
Feline Art: Mixed media
cat, by Judy Paul.
cat cheats death and finds a home.
by Nicole Moore
It’s often a hard road for senior animals who need to be
adopted. So many potential adopters are looking for younger animals,
so when a senior has his age and a medical issue going against
him, it’s especially difficult.
This was the case for one cat stuck in a high kill shelter in Michigan,
reports The Dodo. Apollo had been at the shelter for two months
and had yet to be adopted. The workers had taken pity on him, so
he had yet to be put down, but it wouldn’t have been too
That’s when Nancy Hutchinson saw him. She runs a foundation
called Michigan Cat Rescue. She pulled him out of the shelter and
took him in for fostering with the intention of finding him the
He had had a perfect family once upon a time. His human was an
elderly woman who loved and took good care of him, but she unfortunately
had to go into a nursing home.
When Hutchinson finally got Apollo home, his health started to
rapidly deteriorate. He developed an upper-respiratory infection,
pneumonia, and an eye infection.
She rushed him to the vet, but none of the treatment was working.
Eventually, his eye burst.
The senior cat became a senior cat with one eye, making his prospect
for adoption that much more challenging. Hutchinson told The Dodo:
I recall one time in particular a lady came up to him at an adoption
event. He was sitting in a cage and she told him to his face that
he was ugly. I truly believe that he understood her because he
put his head down. I could tell that he felt bad and it made me
The rescue founder decided to take desperate measures to find the
sweet boy a home. She decided to pay for a boosted Facebook adoption
The post ultimately reached almost 130,000 people, and the applications
started pouring in. Despite her desire to get Apollo adopted, she
used extreme vetting to make sure he would go to the best possible
We’re very selective about who we give our cats to. We want
to make sure they stay indoors and go to a nice family who’s
going to take care of them. Otherwise, we do all this for nothing.
When she saw the application from a woman named Denise, it made
her stop in her tracks.
I don’t know what it was, but I just started crying and thought, ‘This
is the one.’
She was in her fifties, financially secure, living alone, and was
absolutely in love with Apollo.
After two years the lucky cat has found his forever home, and he
couldn’t be happier. He sleeps next to her at night and waits
for her at the door when she comes home from work.
So many cats are like Apollo who need someone to come along. They’re
not perfect cosmetically, but they have beautiful hearts, beautiful
souls and truly deserve a second chance."
29, 2016 - "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But
its place is not in the middle of my back at 4 a.m." -
Maynard Good Stoddard
Gratuitous Kittiness: Bed buddies.
Mewvie: Sneaky Christmas kitty.
Art: Cat pillow by Sandy Mastroni.
30, 2016 - "Time spent with cats is never wasted." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Love dose nose dots.
Mewvie: Salt lights; The kitty's friend.
Feline Art: Subject and result
girl and one-eyed cat are made for each other.
by Devin Heilman
SPIRIT LAKE — Mikayla McSheehy was born with a defective eye.
At the wise age of 13, she knows people can be cruel when a physical
limitation — in her case, a glass eye — is prominent.
So when she and her grandpa, Bear, found Ernie the one-eyed cat on Panhandle
Animal Shelter's interactive Home-to-Home Animal Adoption website, she
felt an immediate sense of kinship with the feline. She knew he needed
an understanding human who would accept and cherish him.
"I think it's cool because I feel like I know what he went through," Mikayla
said Wednesday. "He and I have probably been through the same thing. I feel
like we really bond because of that."
Mikayla and her grandpa just happened to be checking out Facebook together
last week when a post about Ernie needing a home popped up on the screen.
It originated on www.home-home.org and was shared by Timberlake Litter
Control, an animal hospital in Spirit Lake near where the family lives.
"It showed this beautiful picture of this cat who was bored and needs a
home or to be loved," Grandpa Bear said. "Mikayla saw it and was like,
'I love that cat. He's just like me. Papa, I want that cat.'"
Ernie came to Timberlake Litter Control with a bad eye infection. His
left eye was surgically removed and he spent several weeks recovering
at the clinic, where staff fell in love with him. He had nowhere to go,
so he became the clinic mascot.
After three years as the mascot and honorary clinic manager, Ernie began
to get bored — and into mischief. It was time for him to move on.
"We have loved and cared for Ernie for about three years but being a clinic
cat does not provide the most enrichment for his life. It was time to find him
a forever home and what a perfect fit he found in Mikayla," said Timberlake
Litter Control veterinarian Dr. Mary McKinney. "This doesn't often happen — just
often enough to make you believe that miracles really do happen."
Grandpa Bear said Ernie's adoption was "meant to be." He explained
Mikayla is his adopted granddaughter and Ernie was a happy addition to
a home with four adopted dogs and another cat, North Lane, who adopted
the family five years ago when he showed up and never left.
Ernie officially joined the family Dec. 22.
"The cat instantly jumped on me,” Bear said. “I think we just
have good animal vibes. They gave us his little blanket and we brought him home
and he was instantly comfortable.
"We're just a bunch of misfit adopted people and animals."
Mandy Evans, executive director of PAS, said she’s overjoyed at
the success of the www.home-home.org website, which has led to a 33 percent
reduction in owner surrenders since its inception this fall. The Home-to-Home
program allows people to rehome their pets without dropping them off
at a shelter.
"Many wonderful new beginnings have been made with home-home.org, but there
is definitely something special about Ernie and Mikayla’s story," Evans
said. "It's kind of a magical thing that happened."
The bond between teen and feline was also instant.
"He likes playing with yarn and he loves being pet," Mikayla said. "He
sleeps with me every night. I love him."