Cat Project Archives for October 10-14, 2016.
10, 2016 - "People who love cats have some of the
biggest hearts around."
- Susan Easterly
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Loafing around.
Mewvie: Willie the window-cleaner must die!
Art: "Gray and White Cat" by Tommervik.
adopting senior cats.
By Kristen Seymour
Making the decision to adopt a cat is a big deal in and of itself, and
opting to bring home a cat who’s well past her kitten years is
something pretty much any cat lover would applaud.
While rescuing a senior cat can sometimes come with some challenges — after
all, there can be age-related health and care concerns to consider as
well as potential baggage an adult cat could bring along — there
are also plenty of perks to giving an older cat a second chance. Hey,
kittens are cute, but there’s a lot to love about a cat who’s
already lived through her crazy youth and may be ready for a nice, calm
If you’re considering adding a senior cat to your family, there
are a few things you should know, like the fact that she could have some
mobility issues that require slight modifications (like easy-to-enter
litterboxes and ramps), she might require a little extra help or encouragement
when it comes to eating, drinking and grooming, and she’ll do well
to see the vet at least twice a year. If you’re looking for tips
on caring for a senior cat, we’ve got loads!
But we had a feeling our readers would have some advice of their own
to share, so we took to Facebook to ask: What’s the one piece of
advice you’d offer someone bringing home a senior cat? They came
through as expected with thoughtful and practical words of wisdom.
Offer Love, Patience and Proper Care
Far and away, the most popular answer had to do with showing your senior
cat love — and lots of it. “Just love them with all your
heart — they will love you right back,” said Janice Goss.
Jacque Nielsen Barnart agreed, saying, “Be prepared to love them
to the end.” Merryanne Kagan said, “Love them. They love
sunshine and laps and curling up with you.” And Glenna DeBrota
smartly suggested, “Enjoy every minute you are lucky enough to
have this cat.”
Along with recommendations to love your senior cat came many comments
on the importance of patience. “Give them love. Let them get familiar
with their new space. Then more love,” Suzanne Fanning said. ”Be
gentle and kind, they may do things you don’t understand,” said
Diana Bailey. “Patience. Compromise. And unconditional love. Remember
they are the ones in a new place, not you,” added Mark Thompson.
Readers, like Michael Clavelli, also advised that you give your senior
cat space. “Give them space. And wherever the cat wants to sleep,
that’s where the cat sleeps.”
Regarding the special care and allowances senior cats can require, readers
had some solid tips as well. Kathy Briscoe Edwards said, “Give
them lots of love and proper veterinary care.” Marsha Schauer suggested, “Feed
them high quality cat food designed for seniors,” which is something
we’ve also touched on. And, if you live in a home with children, “Don’t
let little kids roughhouse with him,” said Sandra Garrett.
Readers also cautioned against assuming your senior cat will just be
like a big kitten. Vanessa Hadley said, ”Having a senior cat is
like taking care of an old lady or old man. My senior cat has trouble
jumping up onto things.” And Susan Chappelle offered this kind
reminder: “Be gentle with them. They are still the same cat they
always were on the inside, but they get aches and pains just like we
It’s important that you enjoy the awesome things about bringing
a senior cat home, and while every cat is different, generally speaking,
older cats tend to have a more established personality and calmer demeanor,
so you’ll likely have a better idea of what you’re bringing
home — that can be a real plus! Our readers agree, like Nora Coombs,
who said, “[Older cats] know and trust humans and will give you
unconditional love for giving them a second chance.” Doris Gainer
echoed this, suggesting, “[Older cats] don’t usually need
much training, are content with humans, readily affectionate and delightful
company.” Patty Turner agreed: “Oh, the love they’ll
give! Having a cat in your lap is one of the most peaceful feelings ever.
Older cats are calmer and smarter. You’ll feel their gratitude!”
When it comes right down to it, though, we had a few commenters offer
some very simple action steps. Kathee Kraft Burkhiser and Carla Hunter
both said, “Do it!” And Debbie Wesgate took it a step farther,
suggesting, “Adopt two.”
11, 2016 - "A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing
about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping
before it gets there." - Agnes Repplier
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I have made better decisions in my
Mewvie: Love them wiener dogs.
Feline Art: "Black
and White Cats"
by Mary Stubberfield.
12, 2016 - "Some people say that cats are sneaky,
evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities
as well." - Missy Dizick
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Outside? Pleeeeeeeeeease!"
Mewvie: Spoiler; Kitty likes baby.
Art: "Persians" by Beno Boleradszky.
cat crosses mountain ranges to find way home.
By Cathy Free
What started as a cozy nap inside a boat four months ago resulted in
an incredible journey for a Utah cat, which included a long trek across
the Wasatch Mountains in an attempt to be reunited with a family that
feared their beloved pet was dead.
Mittens, a black rescue cat with white paws, has been with the Flitton
family of Mountain Green, Utah, since he was adopted as a kitten in 2012.
Last May, Brandon Flitton, 42, dropped his boat off at a repair shop
in Salt Lake City, 35 miles away, not realizing that Mittens had sneaked
under the cover earlier to take a nap. When mechanics pulled off the
cover, the cat jumped out and ran away.
“When we heard what had happened, we put signs up everywhere and went looking
for him,” Cyndi Flitton, 43, tells PEOPLE. “We hoped that he’d
recognize our voices and come running because he’s such a sociable, friendly
Cyndi tried to comfort her daughter, Allison, 14, by telling her that
Mittens had probably found a good home with a family in the neighborhood
near the boat shop.
“But I figured he was gone forever,” says Allison, “and I worried
about him a lot. I didn’t think I’d ever see him again.”
Mittens, though, had other ideas.
An outdoor cat with a love for hunting mice and voles and leaving them
on the Flittons’ porch as “tokens of love,” Mittens
was discovered last month in Alice Puleo’s yard in Park City, Utah,
32 miles east of the boat shop.
“I was unloading groceries and this cat came down the pathway and announced
that he was hungry in no uncertain terms,” says Puleo, 60. “He was
very skinny and looked a little beat up. He needed some love and attention.”
After taking the cat in, “he ate constantly for four days and slept
on a deck chair outside,” Puleo tells PEOPLE. “I made calls
and put up signs, but nobody responded. So finally, I decided to take
him in to my vet.”
Carl Prior, a veterinarian with the Park City Animal Clinic, scanned
Mittens and discovered he had a microchip with the Flittons’ phone
“I was stunned — I couldn’t believe it,” says Cyndi when
she received a call from Dr. Prior. “How in the world did he end up in
Prior told her that he believed the cat had walked, crossing several
mountains in the process.
“He was thin for his large frame and the pads of his feet were inflamed
and had abrasions,” Prior tells PEOPLE, “and some of his nails were
damaged and needed care. I believe that Mittens navigated the streets of Salt
Lake City from the west side to the east side, where the mountains begin. From
there, he was probably more comfortable with the terrain and instinctively knew
which way to go.”
Eventually, he says, “I’ll bet that Mittens would have found
his way back home without our help. He’s a real miracle cat. I
only wish he had a GPS tracker so we could follow his great adventure.”
Cyndi decided to give Allison a surprise reunion with Mittens and drove
her to Park City on the ruse of doing some shopping. Making a stop at
the clinic, she told her daughter there was something incredible that
she wanted her to see.
Puleo, who was holding Mittens in an exam room, says the cat scrambled
to get out of her arms as soon as he heard Allison’s voice.
“The door opened and when he saw her, he hit the floor and leapt across
the room to be with her,” she says. “It was such an emotional moment— there
weren’t any dry eyes in the room.”
“To see him again was unbelievable — I felt like the happiest girl
on earth,” says Allison, who is once again receiving “love tokens” from
her curious pet. “I was so happy to see my good friend again.”
“Even though we all gave up,” she says, “Mittens sure didn’t.”
13, 2016 - "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." -
Robert A. Stern
Gratuitous Kittiness: Them there eyes.
Mewvie: The lovely cat paintings of Diane Irvine Armitage.
Feline Art: "Tuxedo Cat" by Diane Irvine Armitage.
14, 2016 - "A cat determined not to be found can fold
itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to." -
Louis J. Camuti, D.V.M.
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Just a cute little old kitten.
Mewvie: Wait for it.....
Art: "White Cat On Cushion"by Rebecca Korpita.
coping advice: "Watch cat GIFs."
By Michael Memoli
Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has driven her to watching cat GIFs.
During remarks at a fundraiser in San Francisco today, the Democratic
nominee reacted in an unexpected way to her opponent’s latest remarks
“It makes you want to unplug the internet or just look at cat GIFs,” Clinton
“Believe me, I get it,” she continued. “In the last few weeks,
I’ve watched a lot of cats do a lot of weird and interesting things. But
we have a job to do, and it’ll be good for people and for cats.”