Cat Project Archives for June 15-19, 2015.
June 15, 2015 - "No
matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be
plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I mustache you a question."
Mewvie: "Toilets are sooooooo cool!"
the Alien Cat
from The Animal
Matilda, the alien-looking cat, is taking over the cosmos. Well, maybe just social
media, as she has over 30,000 Instagram followers already. She is an unusual-looking
feline with large, glassy eyes that give her the appearance of the stereotypical
alien, according to the Mirror. She has a fan following on Instagram, where some
followers even drew pictures of her, such as fittingly taking off in a spacecraft.
She was born in a small town in a hoarder’s home and a rescue group quickly
scooped her up two years ago. She was adopted out and, shortly after her first
birthday, she had an enlarged pupil in her right eye for a short time and sometimes
had squinty eyes.
The empress cat even has a website that says the rest of her family are her servants.
Her loving family tried to find out what was wrong with her eyes. After visiting
various veterinarians, Matilda was diagnosed with feline leukemia. Her owners
found out that the rescue group had lost their contact information after moving
offices and had been trying to reach them. As it turned out, other cats in the
same litter had developed a mysterious eye condition, according to the Daily
It turned out that she did not have feline leukemia. Instead, she had a condition
in which her right and left lenses have spontaneously detached. Because of a
deficiency in collagen, she also has difficulty recuperating from wounds and
surgeries. Unfortunately, the condition led to a progressive vision loss, and
Matilda is now blind. But she is not in pain and doesn’t have glaucoma.
Her “servants”– aka owners — have decided against invasive
surgery that had little likelihood of success. They said the following, according
to the Daily Mail.
“After much discussion and consideration, The Lady and The Bearded Man
[Matilda’s comical names for themselves] decided with the veterinary ophthamologist’s
support that we would let Matilda’s eyes do what they naturally would,
and would not intervene with a traumatic surgery that did not appear to be helpful
She requires ongoing medicine for her eyes, but they ultimately will probably
have to be removed. The owners have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for
her ongoing care. A link to her website, which tells her saga is here. Her GoFundMe
page can be found here.
But no matter what, her owners love their unique feline and have stated the following
according to the Mirror.
“No matter what happens, her servants think she’s perfect and beautiful
and will love and care for her the absolute best way that they can for however
long this little alien is here.”
16, 2015 - "You can't own a cat. The best you can
do is be partners."
- Sir Harry Swanson
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hi! Whatcha readin'?"
Mewvie: 36 Facts About Cats
17, 2015 - "Some animals are secretive; some are shy.
A cat is private." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mine!"
Mewvie: Video games with Daddy.
Owner Gets Stuck In Tree
We all go to great heights for our pets.
A woman in Presque Isle, Maine, had to be rescued by firefighters Monday afternoon
after climbing around 80 feet up into a tree in a failed attempt to rescue her
cat, the Bangor Daily News reports.
“ I just couldn’t believe she was that high up,” Deputy Fire
Chief Rich Wark told The Huffington Post. He said that privacy laws prevented
him from identifying the woman, but noted she was in her 60s.
Wark said the woman called 911 from near the top of the tree at around 2 p.m.
It was fortunate she brought her cell phone with her, he said, because she was
so high up that it was difficult to hear her voice from the ground.
At first, Wark and firefighter Jesse Bell were unable to even see the woman in
the tree, but they ultimately pinpointed her location when they saw some leaves
rustling. Wark said that when Bell went up on a ladder to bring her down, she
initially refused and told the rescuers she wouldn’t leave without her
cat, which was still in the tree.
The large black cat, however, “wasn’t having anything to do with
coming down,” Wark said. Bell told the woman that they would go back up
for the cat after they brought her down.
Wark said the woman collapsed from exhaustion after she got to the bottom of
the tree, but is OK now.
The rescuers' subsequent attempts to get the cat down were unsuccessful, but
the cat down on its own shortly after the incident.
“ They always come down eventually,” Wark told HuffPost. He advised
those who are trying to get a cat down from a tree to put food at the base and
The deputy fire chief said his department gets around two to three calls a year
asking for help getting cats down from trees, but in his 30 years in the fire
service, “this is the first time I’ve had to rescue a person after
a cat in a tree.”
Unfortunately, the last Wark heard, the woman was still trying to locate her
18, 2015 - "My
cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Dis mah hunty face."
Mewvie: (Hey. I don't make 'em. I just share 'em.)
19, 2015 - "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Who is that masked cat?"
Mewvie: How cats say they love you.
Australian mystery cat found in Northern Ireland
by Siobahn Fenton
An Australian cat has been mysteriously found in Northern Ireland, sparking speculation
as to how he made the 12,000 mile journey.
The ginger cat was picked up by Cat Protection helpers in County Armagh last
week. When animal welfare officers took him to the vet for a health check, it
was discovered that he had been micro-chipped in Australia.
The plot thickened as the chip revealed he has also been found as a stray across
the Irish Sea in London.
The centre has now given the cat the new name of Ozzie, to reflect his Australian
The data on the microchip suggests that the tabby was born in 1989, making him
25 years old.
The life expectancy of cats is between 12- 15 years.
Cat Protection co-ordinator Gillian McMullen explained to The Belfast Telegraph
how the curious case came about.
“I responded to a call from a member of the public last Monday evening
who was concerned about a poorly stray cat that had been hanging around her garden
for several days," she said.
" I took it to Willow Veterinary Clinic on the Mahon Road, Portadown, where
discovered it was microchipped and this is where the mystery begins.
" The cat had originally been microchipped in Australia. Then in 2004 he
turned up as a stray in a London vet clinic but no details whatever were logged
Ms McMullen has said that she will look after Ozzie whilst investigations are
still underway to ascertain who his true owners are.
“ We are desperate to unravel the rest of this cat's past and hopefully
him with his owners.
" We have been in touch with the Australian Animal Register and have our
and paws crossed on word from them on this cat.".