Cat Project Archives for June 22-26, 2015.
22, 2015 - "A cat has absolute emotional honesty:
human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their
feelings, but a cat does not." - Ernest Hemingway
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Whoa! Who farted?"
Mewvie: The kitten lending library.
wins shelter's Hero Dog award for saving kid
For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.
In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner
as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family's Bakersfield home.
Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a chow-mix that lived next door, when the dog got
out of his yard, ran for Jeremy Triantafilo, grabbed his leg and started shaking
from side-to-side. Tara chased the dog toward its home. It was later euthanized.
Jeremy, who is autistic and had to have eight stitches, calls Scrappy a "bad
dog," said his dad, Roger Triantafilo. About Tara, Jeremy said, "She
is my hero."
" We were so impressed by Tara's bravery and fast action that the selection
committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog," said
Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Los Angeles. The shelter's 33rd annual award was presented to the family
in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.
You will usually find Tara close to Jeremy, his father said.
"The neighbor kids come over and play with her. Dogs walk by all the time.
She gets along fine with our dog, Maya. But if Jeremy falls off his bike, she
comes running. If he starts crying, she comes running," Triantafilo said.
He believes Tara would help Jeremy's twin brothers, Carson and Conner, if they
needed it. She's grown up with all of them. But there is no question she is partial
to Jeremy, he said. Jeremy and Tara spend a lot of time walking around and talking
with one another.
Footage of Tara's heroics, from home security videos, made her an international
celebrity when Triantafilo put it on YouTube. It's gotten over 650,000 hits so
There was one alteration in the trophy: the word "Dog" was scratched
out and the word "Cat" etched in.
23, 2015 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of
is innocence." - Edward Paley
Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized snoozing.
Mewvie: "Nope! I don't like these printer thingies."
24, 2015 - "There is no snooze button on a cat who
wants breakfast." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: Nap time.
Mewvie: Fifteen minutes of 6-second cat videos.
Cat Who Loves Hiking Turned This Man Into A Cat
Just because a cat can’t see, doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate
the great outdoors.
Patrick Corr, a 28-year-old filmmaker from Cork City, Ireland, proved that in
a beautiful video filmed earlier this month, in which he goes on a hike with
his blind calico cat, Stevie, at his side.
To ensure Stevie’s safety, Corr has had to train her to walk on a leash
when she goes outside.
“ It took a lot of patience to accomplish this feat,” Corr told The
Huffington Post in an email. He said walking on the leash is now “the norm” for
her -- “she makes it look so easy.”
The film shows Corr and Stevie walking in an area called The Cross that overlooks
the town of Clonmel in County Tipperary.
“ I think Stevie is a truly remarkable cat and I wanted to capture how
I truly felt about her and share that with the world in a meaningful way,” Corr
Corr got Stevie from Cork's Animal Care Society about three years ago, after
seeing an ad on social media saying that Stevie needed a home with a patient
owner who could give her the special care she needs. In an earlier video about
Stevie, Corr notes that he has to make sure he keeps everything in his house
in the exact same place at all times so as to not confuse the blind feline, whom
he describes as "curious and affectionate."
Corr explained that he was “never really a cat person,” but Stevie’s
changed his tune.
“ That’s not to say I didn’t like cats, far from it,” he
said. “It’s just that up until I met Stevie, cats didn’t really
take up any of my time; I had other priorities. But now, it’s safe to say,
I’ve been converted.”
He added that Stevie is "just one of many animals out there who have been
rescued" from shelters or life on the streets. "She wouldn't be here
today if it wasn't for the incredible hard work of the Animal Care Society in
Cork," he said.
25, 2015 - "A cat doesn't know what it wants and wants
more of it." - Richard Hexem
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man, the crap they put on TV."
Mewvie: Yes, the cat was fine.
26, 2015 - "No matter how much cats fight, there always
seems to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Uh-oh. That wasn't decaffeinated."
Mewvie: Even ninja's like the kitties.
Japanese stationmaster cat punches her last ticket.
A calico cat in southeastern Japan has left some big paw prints to fill. Tama,
who served as "stationmaster" of the Kishi train station near Wakayama
City, died Monday from acute heart failure, according to CNN. She was 16 (about
80 in cat years), the network reports.
Tama is credited with saving the train station from financial ruin. Tourists
would come to the station to see her hanging out in her office — a converted
ticket booth — wearing a railway hat and collar. (A stationmaster is, generally,
the human in charge of running the facility.)
The railway system's president, Mitsonubu Kojima, said he visited Tama the day
before she died and that she "stood up and let out a strong meow."
Tama's station is on the outskirts of Wakayama City, according to a CNN report
in 2013. Aside from local residents, not many people traveled through the station.
The current railway operator selected Tama, who was owned by a local family,
as stationmaster in 2007 to try to bring in more travelers.
She had a noticeable impact, according to Kyodo News:
" The number of passengers on the line jumped to 2.27 million in fiscal
2014 from 1.92 million in fiscal 2005. Photos of Tama and other merchandise also
sold well, leading to her appointment to acting president of Wakayama Electric
Railway in January 2013."
Here's more from CNN's 2013 story:
"Kishi station currently houses a Tama-themed cafe, as well as a souvenir
shop with items ranging from the usual array of pens, staplers and other supplies,
to Kishi Station uniforms.
"Tama's cuteness is exploited wherever possible — from the chairs
to the cakes in the cafe to the cat-shaped station building itself.
"There's also a cat stationmaster apprentice, Nitama, who shoulders some
responsibilities for Tama. Sleeping and doing nothing is hard work, you know?"