Cat Project Archives for July 20-24, 2015.
20, 2015 - "Some people own cats and go on to lead
normal lives." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Okay, okay... Cheeeeeeeeese! Ya happy
Mewvie: "Whoopee.", the cat said to himself,
your cat while traveling. Defective
carriers are creating a wave of lost cats. From cat guardians
on the way to the veterinarian to travelers bringing their
cat through the airport, families who have been grappling
with the aftermath of a feline escape are eager to warn others.
“Please help us find Rudy,” Tamsin Dayment of Florida said in June
when her hairless cat went missing in Atlanta, Georgia. “Our kitten was
placed in the trusting hands of Delta Airline employees to get him home safely.
Somehow his ‘cage broke open’ and the kitten ran out in the cargo
loading area. According to Delta representatives, this was around 7 am yesterday.
It has been 24 hours and he has still not been found. The longer he goes without
food and water, the more dangerous the situation…. Where’s Rudy?”
Five days later, after posting a $2,000 cash reward and bringing in a
search dog, Rudy was found. But sadly, he’s not the first to go
through this ordeal. There are numerous cases of cats flying into the
United States through international adoption programs, only to be lost
due to carrier malfunctions that suddenly caused the carriers to break
apart or open up. Yet often, it’s the ordinary trips that pose
the most danger.
“I had just arrived outside my vet’s office when my hard sided plastic
carrier completely came apart, dumping my little cat out onto the sidewalk in
a shopping area,” Lynne Usack Larson of Florida said. “I was frantic – but
she was too confused to run and I was able to quickly grab her. I borrowed a
carrier from the vet for the ride home – will NEVER buy that kind of carrier
“I was transporting a rescue cat in a top zipper soft bag (which I don’t
ususally use) and kitty was able to force the zipper open with her feet and head
while I was driving and she got out into the car and was frantic,” rescue
volunteer Lynn Richardson of Petaluma, California said. “I will never use
a soft carrier again.”
Four Easy Ways To Protect Your Cat:
Because many of the carriers on the market are neither durable or escape-proof,
it’s wise to take some additional measures to shore up the safety
of your cat.
Very inexpensive and easy-to-find, zip ties offer a reasonable way to
stabilize your carrier. Simply feed the zip tie in through the clasps
that hold the top and bottom of the carrier together. Sometimes, there
won’t be a good way to do this without drilling your own holes,
but a very small drill bit will provide ample room for the ties to be
put into place, sealing the carrier as one solid unit.
In a pinch, bungee cords also offer a cost-effective and tool-free way
to stabilize your carrier. Simply use a pair of two cords wrapped tightly
around the front and rear of the carrier. It’s a good idea to then
use a second set of cords wrapped lengthwise around the carrier to prevent
the door from accidentally unlatching.
It may not be pretty, but a simple roll of duct tape can do amazing things.
Some people will even use it to secure a fender back on their car or
to mold a one-of-a-kind prom dress. Duct tape comes in a variety of decorative
designs and is an effortless way to hold the carrier housing in place.
Support the Bottom of the Carrier & Double Check
Your Door Latch
Always support the bottom of your carrier and double check the door to
make sure the holding pins are correctly in place. Often escapes happen
when pet guardians think they’ve shut the door of the carrier,
but it’s not locked in place.
21, 2015 - "As anyone who has ever been around a cat
for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience
with the limitations of the human mind." - Cleveland
Gratuitous Kittiness: The lazy, crazy days of summer.
Mewvie: "I missed you. I really, really missed
22, 2015 - "People meeting for the first time suddenly
relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into
anecdote."- Charlotte Gray
Gratuitous Kittiness: "We're gonna need a bigger sink."
Mewvie: The new adventures of Iron Cat!
York museum opens exhibition devoted to internet
If you’re looking for the intersection of high and low culture,
look no further than the Museum
of the Moving Image. Next month, the Queens, New York, museum
will be opening an exhibit dedicated to the history of cats on the Internet
because what higher form of art could possibly exist than YouTube videos
of kittens boppin’ along to a sick beat?
Starting August 7, the Museum of the Moving Image will move you to laughter
and perhaps to tears with what can only be described as the highly anticipated
How Cats Took Over the Internet. It’s an interesting question to
be sure, as I am sure that there was once a time when Facebook news feeds
were not inundated by cat GIFs and Twitter was not filled by memes of
Grumpy Cat. Though to be honest, I am glad that I never knew those days.
As per the museum website, the exhibit, which will run until January
31, 2016, “tells the history of cats online, examining phenomena
like Caturday, lolcats, cat videos, celebrity cats, and more to unearth
why images and videos of the feline kind have transfixed a generation
of Web users. Touching on concepts like anthropomorphism, the aesthetics
of cuteness, the Bored at Work Network, and the rise of user-generated
content, this exhibit takes a critical look at a deceptively frivolous
In a press release, Associate Curator of Digital Media Jason Eppink noted, “The
Internet’s collective with cats offers a window into the way we
understand ourselves. This exhibition examines the many reasons for this
deceptively frivolous phenomenon and highlights the new ways we’re
creating, consuming and sharing culture.” And if that’s all
just too much theory for you, also bear in mind that you’ll have
the opportunity to create your own cat meme during your visit.
Complete with a number of special screenings (including The Cat-vant
Garde Film Show on October 10), this six-month exhibit is sure to be
a crowd pleaser no matter what your interests are (even if they only
marginally include cats). So mark your calendars and prepare to make
the trek out to Queens. The cats are here.
Note: The Infinite Cat Project will also be part of the exhibit, showcasing
a select grouping of Infinite kitties.
23, 2015 - "Four little Persians, but only one looked
in my direction. I extended a tentative finger and two
soft paws clung to it. There was a contented sound of purring,
I suspect on both our parts." - George Freedley
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Take us to your ladder."
Mewvie: Didn't spill a drop, either.
24, 2015 - "With dogs and people, it's love in big
splashy colors. When you're involved with a cat, you're
dealing in pastels." - Louis A. Camuti, D.V.M.
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Baby? Uhhh.... what baby?"
Mewvie: That's how you open a door.
trash can displays hit Cincinnati.
Meowing trash cans labeled "Kitten Disposal" were placed in
downtown Cincinnati on Friday.
No, no animals were hurt in the process, but the people behind the displays
said animals' lives are in danger.
Even though Mayor John Cranley proclaimed Friday "Spay and Neuter
Day" in the city, Cincinnati's spay and neuter advocacy group was
not resting on its laurels.
The Joanie Bernard Foundation decorated streets in an attention-grabbing
fashion Friday in their continued "Ten Movement" that encourages
spaying and neutering of cats.
The Ten Movement claims that a cat is put to death every 20 minutes in
a kill-shelter due to over-breeding and over-population.
Trash cans covered with images of discarded kittens and playing meowing
sounds were placed in Washington Park, the Cincinnati Public Library,
Findlay Market and outside the Hamilton County Courthouse.
The foundation said the trash cans are meant to serve as striking reminder
of the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
"In attempting to engage the public around all the media noise on every
other topic, you have to be shocking," said Deborah Cribbs, an adviser from
Fifth Third Bank who oversees the foundation. "Honestly, we think this issue
Many people walking by continued about their day around the cans, but
some said they were caught off guard.
" I died -- that was some funny stuff," said Keith Hoersting, of Goshen. "I
was going to take a picture of it because I had never seen anything like it and
then I heard a cat in it. Then I thought I was going to have to save the cat.
Jeez, I got fooled. I get what they're doing."
The Ten Movement was established as an aggressive campaign to eradicate
the need for killing cats in shelters and has garnered national attention.
In 2014, the Cincinnati-based foundation launched its Scooter the neutered
cat campaign in a $2 million "media blitz" that showcased that
mascot on billboards, radio ads, movie theaters and the Internet.