Cat Project Archives for June 8-12, 2015.
June 8, 2015 - "One reason we admire cats is for
their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem
to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or
pretend they do." - Barbara Webster
Gratuitous Kittiness: WAYYYY too cute.
Mewvie: The moment you realize you're a cat.
things we learned at the first-ever ComicCon
for feline lovers
by Stephen Krcmar
Thousands of cat lovers from all over the world came together on Saturday for
the first-ever CatCon event in downtown Los Angeles. For tickets that cost between
$25 and $150, attendees scoped the latest in cat gear, and met celebrity felines
like Lil’ Bub. We spent the day with the weird and wonderful patrons and
vendors of CatCon. Here’s what we learned.
‘ You gotta be Kitten Me’: punny cat T-shirts were everywhere
While the most die-hard cat fans attended the event sporting feline ears, the
most popular attire was a cat-themed T-shirt. With slogans like “I got
99 problems, but my cat ain’t one”, “Schrodinger’s cat
is alive!” and “Show us your kitties!”, the puns had us chucking… and
Cat furniture is a lot more than scratching posts
In the past, cat furniture has been typically limited to ugly, carpeted cat trees
for scratching. But with websites like Hauspanther, “the premier online
magazine for design conscious cat people” and a diversity of designers
who take their cues from Americana to the modern (meowhaus?), high-end design
has arrived. A handful of designers at CatConLA showed their wares. Catastrophic
Creations fabricates cool cat complexes as well as indoor bridges for felines
. And Florida-based Square Paws , creates custom cat furniture, including chairs
that look like lifeguard chairs, a Leaning Tower of Pisa, and cat trees that
look like flowers.
William Fred Schultz is the enfant terrible of the cat world
The illustrations of William Fred Schultz featuring a cat in a human womb provoked
a non-stop, WTF buzz all day long. A stylist by day, Schultz describes his art
as “a cat coming out of a vaginal canal”. Schultz told us he was
happy with the number of signed prints he sold, though declined to share how
Pusheen is the new Hello Kitty
Pusheen, the happy and chubby gray tabby and star of an animated web comic who
also boasts 8.7 million Facebook fans, was a huge draw at CatCon. Throughout
the day Pusheen’s booth was teaming with fans, who clamoured to buy plush
versions of the feline.
Catnip now unashamedly marketing itself as weed for cats
The strong scented Nepeta cataria (catnip) that sends most cat into a frenzy,
is going gourmet. Denver’s Purrvana had seven varieties of “nip”,
all grown organically in Colorado, which came in tins that were slightly larger
than a hockey puck as well as in joints. Owner Corinna Santini, said “it’s
five times the strength of what you get at Petco”. In the good-work-if-you-can-get-it
department, she has one cat, Lenny, who tests the product. “He’s
f%#ked up all the time,” she said.
Lil’ Bub might be adorable, but he’s hard work
For those who consider themselves the soccer moms of cat owners, the final seminar
of the day, “My Cat is a Celebrity…and How I Dealt with That” included
a panel hosted by Mike Bridavasky (Lil Bub’s owner), Kady Lone (Pudge’s
owner), and Will Braden (Henri’s owner) discussing what it’s like
when your feline becomes your meal ticket. Turns out the owning a rockstar cat
isn’t all glamour and after-parties.
Lone travels with two carriers and two litter boxes (full size for the hotel
and travel size for appearances.) And cats, like rockstars, make most of their
money from merchandise and are often found in the laps of others. The star felines
also steal some of glory: although Bub’s owner also owns a recording studio,
Bub ended up getting a producer credit on a Kelly Deal song, something Bub’s
owner has dreamed of.
While Henri was a no-show, famous cats, Lil Bub and Pudge were in the house.
Once named one of The 10 best cats on the internet by The Guardian, the nihilistic
french cat Henri Le Chat couldn’t be bothered to attend. His owner said, “He
couldn’t care less about any of this.” But, Lil Bub and Pudge drew
Some attendees added to their cat families.
There weren’t many actual cats in attendance at CatCon, which might explain
why the cats up for adoption at Best Friends LA’s booth attracted so much
attention. CatConLA attendees queued up and waited more than 25 minutes to see
available felines. By day’s end 34 of the 40 cats were adopted.
June 9, 2015 - "When
Mother Nature saw fit to remove the tail of the Manx,
she left, in place of the tail, more cat." - Mary
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Okay, who moved my catnip mouse?"
Mewvie: The Adventures of Mr. Cat!
10, 2015 - "There are many intelligent species in
the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: There's nothing like a four-paw pillow.
Mewvie: Stupid cat tricks.
varieties of Rachael Ray wet cat food recalled
From the Seattle Times
Five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food distributed nationwide have
been recalled because of possible elevated levels of vitamin D after 11 cases
of illness linked to the products were reported, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has announced.
Vitamin D is important in regulating calcium and phosphorus in a cat’s
body, the FDA says. But, when ingested at very high levels, it can lead to serious
The agency says symptoms of too much vitamin D usually develop within 12-36 hours
after eaten and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination,
and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be
taken to a veterinarian immediately.
The products, made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, Pa., include Ocean
Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken
Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver.
Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products (the Chicken Lovers
Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) will also be recalled.
After additional testing, Ainsworth said the high levels resulted from the natural
levels of vitamin D found in some of the fish ingredients used in these specific
“At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray Nutrish, the safety and quality
our products is our top priority,” CEO Jeff Watters said this past week. “For
the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties.
Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an
issue like this from occurring in the future. We sincerely apologize to our loyal
The affected products are:
1. Paw Lickin Chicken & Liver (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007032; Best
by dates through Aug 17, 2015
2. Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-Iatorie (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007049;
Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016
3. Ocean Fish A Licious (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007056; Best by dates through
Dec. 1, 2016
4. Tuna Purrfection (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007063; Best by dates through
Dec. 1, 2016
5. Lip Smackin Sardine & Mackerel (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007070; Best
by dates through Dec. 1, 2016
MULTI PACKS — 12 COUNT
1. Chicken Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups); Unit UPC code
071190007773; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016
2. Ocean Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups); Unit UPC code 071190007780;
Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016
The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By code can be found
on the side of the cup.
Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional
information. Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact
Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit www.nutrishforpets.com/news.
11, 2015 - "The whir of a can opener or the bark
of an unfamiliar dog...will send even the most deeply
dozing cat bounding into the kitchen or under the bed." -
Barbara L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yer outta the good beer, dude."
Mewvie: "You will scratch me."
June 12, 2015 - "If
animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken
fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never
saying a word too much." - Mark Twain
Gratuitous Kittiness: Here comes the sun.
Mewvie: Yeah, cats are jerks.
cat defies the feline stereotype
by Caroline Golon
It may be true that most cats don’t like water. But Yeoman, a 12-year-old
cat in Beaufort, North Carolina, loves nothing more than sailing with his owners,
Lisa Camp and Campbell Tellman.
Camp adopted Yeoman in 2003 after a colleague told her she’d found her
the perfect pet.
At first Camp resisted because of her busy work schedule and visits with her
then-fiancé, Tillman, whom she’d meet each weekend in Beaufort,
where he kept his 33- foot sailboat. “She told me Yeoman would be a good
fit for my lifestyle because he liked to ride in the car,” recalls Camp.
Camp couldn’t resist the sweet young cat and adopted him, and her friend
was right: Yeoman did turn out to be the perfect pet, but not for the reason
she had imagined.
yeoman the sailing cat sitting on the dockOne day, Tellman and Camp brought Yeoman
to the dock to Tellman’s boat. The curious cat jumped on board and the
couple decided to see how he liked being out on the water. Immediately it was
clear Yeoman loved feeling the wind on his face and watching the waves go by.
After that, Camp and Tellman never went sailing without their seafaring kitty.
Yeoman, with life vest securely fastened, likes to sit on the deck in the middle
of the action, often underfoot, Camp says. So, when they cast off for a trip
or come back to dock, Camp puts Yeoman in the stateroom to keep him safe. Once
they’re sailing, however, she lets him out to enjoy the trip.
Not surprisingly, the friendly, quirky cat quickly became a favorite at the dock. “Everyone
stops to see him,” says Camp. “He just sits there and greets the
people and touches noses with the dogs.”
And, says Camp, despite many hours logged on the boat, Yeoman has only ventured
into the water twice. When he encountered a rambunctious but well-meaning, puppy
on the dock, Yeoman jumped into the water to escape. “He dove right into
the marina to get away and swam over to the bulkhead and climbed out,” Camp
Yeoman the sailing cat at the helm of the sailboatThe second time was on a particularly
hot day when they were docked at a beach. While the humans enjoyed tidal pools,
Yeoman sat in the shade. Suddenly, Camp says, Yeoman walked over to the pool,
jumped in and swam around for a couple of minutes. Then, he got out and walked
back over to the shade where he’d been sitting before. “If I hadn’t
seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed it,” says Lisa.
After they married, the couple moved permanently to Beaufort. They took a few
years off the water to refurbish the boat, but now, they’re back to their
beloved past time. Even after a few years, however, Yeoman didn’t lose
his sea legs. “It was as if we’d never taken a break,” Camp
While they’re docked, Camp says Yeoman likes to explore, often bringing
gifts aboard the boat. "Once he brought us a live rat,” says Camp
with a laugh.
The couple is planning to soon spend a few months sailing north. Will Yeoman
be along for the adventure? “Of course!” says Camp. “We’d
never go without him.”