Cat Project Archives for November 21-25,
21, 2016 - "If you yell at a cat, you're the one who
is making a fool of yourself."
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "The ONLY way to travel."
Mewvie: Hongry Kitty.
Art: "The Cat's Lunch", by Maguerite Gerard, 1835
thankful for your cat.
by Tedi Graham
Even though she sheds all over your black sweater, scratches the furniture
and terrorizes the dog, you love your cat. There is nothing better than
having one around the house.
Her purr makes your smile. No one really seems to know why cats purr,
but it is one way they communicate with us. Her purring calms you when
you are ruffled. Having a purring cat on your lap lowers your stress
level and blood pressure which lowers your risk of heart disease. Holding
your purring cat gives you a feeling of warmth and comfort.
Your cat doesn’t judge you. Whatever you are wearing is fine with
her. She doesn’t care if your hair is combed. She doesn’t
care what you do for a living. She loves you anyway. She is happy to
watch whatever you want to on television without a single complaint.
If you have a cat, you will always have someone to talk to. She is content
to sit and listen. Sometimes she will give you her opinion or some sympathy
if it is what you need. She always seems to know when you need a friendly
ear. Those who don’t live with a cat often believe that cats are
not affectionate. They have obviously not been the recipients of enthusiastic
greetings when they return home after a long day at work or have gotten
a loving head bump from their cat. Your cat is just the right size to
fit on your lap and she will cuddle with you when you need it. She will
follow you from room to room, read over your shoulder and help you balance
the checkbook. She also seems to know when you want to be alone. She
makes you feel needed, especially when she is hungry at 4 A.M. She may
be independent sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t
Your cat is easy to train. It doesn’t take long for her to understand
how to use a litter box and to know what things she shouldn’t scratch.
You can take her for walks if you want to and she agrees, but she doesn’t
have to be walked. You don’t have to get out of bed in the middle
of the night and take her outside. She asks very little of you except
food, water, a bed and some love. She will be happy with the simple things.
If you give her toys, a box to play or sleep in, a paper bag to crawl
into and a window sill to sit on and watch the world go by, she can entertain
herself while you are away. She doesn’t need, or necessarily want,
the newest or most expensive toys.
She provides you with endless entertainment. You can’t resist watching
a kitten discover her world or smiling at a cat playing with a toy mouse.
Cats don’t try to be funny, they just are. Every day I get at least
one good laugh from my cats.
Most cats are good hunters. Your cat will protect your house from mice
and bugs. Sometimes she will bring you what she has caught for your approval.
Be sure to praise her for her efforts.
Your cat can teach you to just be yourself and don’t worry about
what the neighbors will say. She may just sit and stare at you or she
may completely ignore you. She may choose to sleep in a tiny box or sprawl
across your bed. She chases imaginary mice around the room and the next
minute pays no attention to a live one walking by. At times she can act
incredibly silly. She doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks about
her. She is happy to be herself. You can learn from your cat. Be thankful
you have one.
22, 2016 - "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But
its place is not in the middle of my back at 4 a.m." -
Maynard Good Stoddard
Gratuitous Kittiness: Another brick out of the wall.
Mewvie: Kitty is possessed.
Feline Art: "The Cook
and the Cat" by Theodule Ribot, 1860.
23, 2016 - "I would gladly change places with any
of my cats." - George Ney
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hello? Yes. This is cat."
Mewvie: Ricky and Romy.
Art: "Girl with cat and fish" by Jacob Gerritsz, 1620.
etiquette tips for your cat.
by Mikkel Becker
Hosting Thanksgiving this year? As you plan your menu and prepare your
house, keep in mind that having a cat means you need to do a little extra
prep work in order to keep your feline and your friends and family happy
You’re probably used to cat hair on your clothes, but your guests
may not be. A thorough brushing can help remove hair that’s waiting
to be shed — which means less fur flying around when guests arrive.
And just in case, keep a lint brush or hair roller on hand in case guests
wind up with kitten fuzz on their fancy clothes. Leave it on the counter
in the bathroom so guests can easily locate it. If possible, hang coats
so that your cat doesn’t lounge on them. If you have to pile them
on a bed, keep the door to the room closed.
Create a cat-free party zone.
Carefully clean the areas of your house where your guests will be hanging
out. If possible, keep your cat out of the kitchen and dining room, or
any space where food is being prepared and served. Guests don’t
need to worry that your kitty is walking on the counters or tasting the
gravy. And even if kitty doesn’t have her elbows on the table while
you are eating, some guests may be bothered if you are feeding her directly
from the table. If you just can’t help but sneak her a cat-friendly
treat from the Thanksgiving meal, do so in her own cat-specific eating
Establish guidelines for your guests.
It will be easier for your cat to be on her best behavior if your guests
are also on theirs. If your best friend is bringing her toddler, talk
with her ahead of time and establish ground rules for interactions before
your cat and her child first meet. And be sure guests know about any
quirks your cat has, like not wanting to be petted or held. Always appropriately
supervise interactions between your friends’ kids and your cat,
and make sure your cat has access to getaway spaces where she can safely
retreat for a break.
Help your cat be social.
Cats inevitably have a knack for finding — and befriending — the
least cat-tolerant individual in the room. This may be because people
who don’t like cats tend to exhibit the least threatening body
language (not making direct eye contact, for example). Protect your cat-averse
guests by using treats and toys to redirect your cat. Or create a cozy
cat-safe space in another room and stock it with all your cat’s
favorite things: food, water, litter box, bed, climbers and toys.
Make guest rooms off-limits.
For overnight guests, consider keeping bedroom doors closed to prevent
your cat from lounging in your guest’s bed or rooting in her suitcase — and
potentially ingesting something off-limits and dangerous. And unless
your guest specifically mentions that she is OK with your kitty sleeping
with her, direct your cat to an alternative resting space at night.
Maintain your cat’s routine.
Cats are creatures of habit, and throwing off their routines can be disruptive
and stressful for you and your guests. Ideally, feed your cat when and
where she’s used to being fed. If your Thanksgiving Day plans mean
she will need to eat in a different space (in her cat-safe room instead
of in the kitchen, for example), make this change ahead of time and give
her a few days to adjust to it.
24, 2016 - "A cat can purr its way out of anything." -