Cat Project Archives for July 6-10, 2015.
6, 2015 - "Cats know how to obtain food without labor,
shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." -
W. L. George
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ah, crap! The cat melted."
Mewvie: Wait for it.
Atsume", an app for crazy cat persons
There's an addicting new app that's taking over screens in Asia and beyond.
The goal? To feed cute stray cats in your virtual backyard. Up to 45
of them, if you're lucky.
It's called "Neko Atsume" -- that's Japanese for "Cat
Collecting" -- and Internet users can't stop talking about it.
Playing the game is super simple: Leave food and toys out in your backyard,
and wait for the cats to come. The goal is to collect all 45 cats, each
with a unique look and personality.
There are the more realistic kitties -- with all white fur, stripes or
spots, and very special ones, like "Prince-san" who is wrapped
in a Persian carpet and comes out on an elegant cushion. One cat even
looks like Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Although "Neko Atsume" is only in Japanese, it's easy enough
that you can probably figure it out with some trial and error, even if
you can't read the language.
'I don't understand why it became so popular'
The game seems to be all the craze for players in Japan and beyond. Since
it first launched last October, "Neko Atsume" has been downloaded
about 5.5 million times, both on Apple and Android devices, according
to its developer.
Now it's building a following around the world. In the last week, English
tweets using the hashtag #nekoatsume exploded from a few dozen to a few
thousand per day.
As you progress through the game, you can buy fancier food and furniture
to attract different cats.
Users post screenshots to show off the different cats they've spotted,
and to discuss methods for attracting more cats.
" The game is designed in such a way that players do not have to take too
much time or energy (to play it), nor be a hardcore gamer," creator Yutaka
Takazaki told CNN.
He added "Neko Atsume" is easily the most popular game his
company Hit Point Co. Ltd., which is based in Kyoto, has produced since
it was founded in 2007.
It took some time for the game to gain popularity, Takazaki said. It
first started getting mentioned in blogs in January -- and the following
month downloads significantly increased in South Korea. That was followed
by downloads from China and North America.
Now Takazaki says up to 40 percent of downloads come from outside Japan.
" We created a game that even children can understand and play," he
said. "Honestly speaking, I don't understand why it became so popular."
Japan's feline love affair
Takazaki is a self-admitted cat-lover -- and developed the app with that
target audience in mind. A smart move -- but he's not the first.
Doraemon, though less popular in the West, is a Japanese-made cat cartoon
that started as a comic strip in 1969. The chubby blue character is famous
in many parts of Asia and has been featured in books, TV series, films,
video games and even a musical.
Then there are real life cats -- like Maru: A Scottish Fold male who
lives in Japan and has been a YouTube celebrity since 2009. His initial
debut video has had more than 21 million views.
And let's not forget about the island of Tashirojima in Miyagi prefecture
-- also known as "Cat Island," because feral cats there outnumber
residents about 6 to 1 -- that's 20 people and 120 cats!
" Neko Atsume" is also expanding. Its official book went on sale on
Though far behind its predecessors it comes to fame and fortune, so long
as #nekoatsume keeps trending -- Yutaka Takazaki stands a good chance
of having Japan's next feline franchise.
7, 2015 - "The cat has been described as the most
perfect animal, the acme of muscular perfection and the
supreme example in the animal kingdom of the coordination
of mind and muscle."- Roseanne Ambrose Brown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hello. Care to snuggle?"
Mewvie: "But I was so commmmmm-fyyyyyy."
8, 2015 - "There's no need for a piece of sculpture
in a home that has a cat."
- Wesley Bates
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I really should have married Denise."
Mewvie: "They'll never take me alive."
Luhu, the saddest cat on the internet.
There's a new cat dominating social media, but he doesn't seem too happy
Born in 2012, Luhu suffered from eye infections when he was 2 weeks old.. "He
got a pretty major operation on his eyes at that time [and] the sequelae
is affected by his vision," Maggie Liu, Luhu's owner, told ABC News. "So
Luhu always opens his eyes pretty hard when he needs look at something."
Luhu's uncommon appearance has proven to be very popular on the Internet,
with over 73,000 followers sharing loving messages for the gray tabby
on Liu's Instagram page.
put my cats pics on Instagram just for fun, actually," Liu
added. "I never [thought] about Luhu [getting] so popular
Liu, who currently lives in Beijing, China, is also the owner of two
other tabby cats, Barher and Bardie, who don't look nearly as sad as
their brother Luhu.
" They are all very friendly cats," she said. "[They] never fight
Luhu hasn't reached Angry Cat levels of viral stardom, and Liu says that
she only wishes to keep sharing images of the sad looking but lovable
cat on Instagram.
" I did not have any plans [for] my cats so far," she said. "I
wish my cats keep healthy and live with me until they are gone."
9, 2015 - "The cat is above all things, a dramatist." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hiya. Lookin' for a date?"
Mewvie: It takes cat owners an average of 45 minutes
to make the bed.
10, 2015 - "Cats are dangerous companions for writers
because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing
avoidance." - Dan Greenburg
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mmmm, dander-riffic!"
Mewvie: This Russian cat has a funny accent.
the Black Cat Got Its Spots. Bad
Bad luck can come from anywhere. We all have bouts of it from time to
time, and sometimes it feels like the universe is just out to get you.
Some of us may go as far as not opening an umbrella indoors, walking
underneath a ladder, breaking a mirror, or crossing paths with a black
As for the latter, there’s the reason the black cat got its spots.
Cats have always had a symbiotic relationship with humans. In fact, house
cats haven’t really been fully domesticated. They are natural predators,
and usually at the top of their food chains, so they have sort of found
a way to beat the system by living alongside humans. And they have been
very important to human civilizations in history–mostly because
they keep disease-carrying pests to a minimum. So, how did the black
cat get its spots?
Witchcraft and cats
Well, when the Church took a crusade against witchcraft in the Middle
Ages, the superstition of black cats was bad news for cats and their
The church went willy-nilly snatching black cats and burning them alive,
much like people accused of witchcraft.
But that was only the beginning of the black cat’s bad luck. When
the superstition of witchcraft died down, a new one popped up.
Black cats were great to cure disease, especially when you killed one
and burnt it. But only if it was completely black.
How the Black Cat Got Its Spots
In response to the persecution of black kitties, people who needed their
pet cats began to breed them.
Many black cats have a white spot, sometimes around their nose, a bow-tie
on their chest, or the white feet that win the name “Mittens.” Those
who owned black cats during the middle ages were also persecuted for
witchcraft, so for the best interest of cat owners who had black cats,
they began to breed them to have white. One white spot meant a saving
grace for cat owners, and the cats.
In fact, breeding black cats has become a real practice. It depends on
where you want the spot, but “low grade white spotting” to
high grade have been practiced for centuries. In fact, those cats with “mittens” are
just part of the colloquial breeding.
Turns out the black cats are a little magical, because colloquial breeding
lessens the variety of eye colors. A mostly black cat can have a wide
range of colors, a cat saved from persecution has been bred to have not
only a white spot (or two) but a smaller gene pool.
Next time you look at your black cat, even if they have a white underbelly
or feet, think of how they came
to be that way.