Cat Project Archives for October 17-21, 2016.
17, 2016 - "There are two means of refuge from the
miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I'm the baby! gotta love me!"
Mewvie: Boom Boom can sing sing.
Art: "Crystal Socks Purse" by Judith Leiber.
Stern has fostered over 300 cats.
By Jennifer Gould
“King of All Media” Howard Stern is worth $600 million but when he
comes home to his beautiful wife, Beth, he’s on his hands and knees — cleaning
up cat litter and fur from their dozens of rescue animals.
The couple have so far fostered more than 300 cats and kittens in the
past three years alone in their Upper West Side apartment and Hamptons
“He’s the one who wants us to foster more cats even after I say no.
Howard helps me socialize the kittens and he has been known to clean litter boxes.
The kittens love his hair!” Beth Stern says.
“Sometimes,” she adds, “I get jealous when he’s not listening
to me but loving the cats!”
It may come as a surprise to those who know Stern just from his raunchy
Sirius XM radio show that “Howard was always a huge animal lover — but
marrying me has taken it to a whole other level,” Beth says.
“Our blind resident cat Sophia is madly in love with Howard, and as soon
as she hears his voice when he comes in the door, she runs to him. They have
a special game they play every day with a toy mouse on a string. He always drops
what he’s doing to play with her. It’s so sweet.”
Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern pose with a kitten.
Gorgeous Beth, 44, was always concerned about saving animals, even while
working as a child model at age 9 in her hometown of Fox Chapel, Pa.
She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in English
“I wanted to be an English teacher,” she said. But Elite New Faces
from New York came scouting for local talent, and invited her to New York.
Modeling took her to Paris, Greece and Germany. She was soon cast in
films like “Flirting With Disaster.” But, she says, “I
would never consider myself an actress. I am a horrible actress.”
When she was 26, single and living in New York, she met Howard, the man
of her dreams, at a dinner party at Mercer Kitchen. They married in 2008.
“I was always an animal lover,” she says. “I grew up with rescue
dogs, cats, guinea pigs and chickens.”
“He knew how important animals are to me and how strongly I feel about
rescuing animals and saving lives. Howard is my partner in this in every way.”
For more than a decade, Beth has been volunteering for North Shore Animal
League America. She is now their national spokesperson.
“We are saving lives — and there are so many more to save,” she
The Sterns are currently funding an expansion of NSAL, in the name of
Bianca, their 10-year-old English bulldog who died in 2012.
Howard once said that Bianca “completed” them as a couple.
Now they are creating Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption and
Wellness Center — 14,000 square feet of cage-free living. Rachael
Ray and Billy Joel each donated $1 million to the center.
Beth is also hosting her fourth annual Kitten Bowl for Hallmark Channel,
which airs before the Super Bowl. One hundred cats and kittens are up
for adoption that day, and “we find homes for all of them,” Beth
She also hosts the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards.
Last year, her co-host was James Denton. The show, on Hallmark Channel,
leaves her in tears.
“There’s not a dry eye in the audience,” she says.
As far as the rescue animals the Sterns take into their home, “Howard
names them,” Beth says — like Honey Nut and Cheerio for two
kittens that they wanted to keep together. And after seriously vetting
adoptive families, Beth delivers the cats and kittens to their new homes.
“I’m really good at matching cats and kittens to their ‘forever
families,’” she says. She just matched Jerry Seinfeld and his family
with a foster kitten. Now she’s looking for Rosie O’Donnell as well
as David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris.
Fostering, she says, has brought a depth to her own life that she is
18, 2016 - "Cats are creatures that express a multitude
of moods and attitudes."
- Karen Brademeyer
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ooooh. So maddeningly snugly"
Mewvie: "Where IS that dang bird?"
Feline Art: "Tuxedo
by Diane Invine Armitage.
19, 2016 - "Which is more beautiful--feline movement
or feline stillness?"
- Elizabeth Hamilton
Gratuitous Kittiness: Fluffy little baby.
Mewvie: Big cat sounds... TURN IT UP!
Art: "Fat Cat" by Rebecca Korpita.
First and Only Cat in Space.
By Chris Boex
Many people know that the first living creature to orbit the Earth was
a dog, launched into space by the Soviets all the way back in 1957. But
less well known is that French researchers also sent their own animals
into space -- including the first 'cat-stronaut.'
The early days of spaceflight were filled with uncertainty. Rockets frequently
blew up and no one knew how, or even if, people would be able to survive
in a weightless environment. So scientists began sending animals into
space to see how they'd survive, though it was a one-way trip for many
For Americans, the animals of choice were monkeys. 'Albert,' a rhesus
monkey, was the first animal in space when he was launched from the White
Sands Missile Range on a suborbital flight. It would be three more years
before a monkey would survive one of these flights, though.
Meanwhile, the Soviets used a variety of mice, rats, and rabbits for
their initial tests before settling on dogs. They launched a pair of
canines on a suborbital mission in 1951, and safely recovered both. Eventually,
the Moscow stray dog Laika rode into orbit aboard Sputnik 2, but she
died as expected when she ran out of air.
Once humans made it into space in 1961, animals were relegated to lower
profile biomedical missions. The U.S. and Soviet Union proceeded to race
to the moon, but other countries made strides into space, too.
France was among the nations also building their own rockets. They chose
cats as the animals for their spaceflight trials -- a team of around
14 felines was trained to fly aboard a Veronique AGI rocket for biological
The giant leap for cat-kind came on October 18, 1963. Just after 8 a.m.,
the rocket blasted off from Algeria carrying Félicette, a black
and white female cat who had been found on the streets of Paris.
Félicette's suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes and reached an
altitude of 97 miles. She was recovered safely after the capsule parachuted
back to Earth making her the first and only known cat in space.
20, 2016 - "There is no such thing as 'just a cat'." -
Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Perfect fit!"
Mewvie: Silly kitty.
Feline Art: Decorative line-art cat.
21, 2016 - "The reason cats climb is so that they
can look down on almost every other animal...it's also
the reason they hate birds." - K.C. Buffington
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: When you dream, dream big.
Mewvie: A Simon's Cat Halloween special.
Art: "Pumpkin'" by Kimberly Brooks.
fatal cat-virus outbreak in Boston area.
By Jen Krausz
Boston, MA - Boston area cats have been showing up recently in veterinary
clinics with panleukopenia, a potentially fatal virus to which only cats
The sick animals have been concentrated in the Walk Hill Street area
of Mattapan, The Boston Globe reported. The cat virus causes fever, vomiting,
diarrhea, and lack of appetite and affects mostly young cats and kittens.
Cats infected with the virus need to be quarantined to avoid spreading
it to healthy cats. Panleukopenia is highly contagious to other cats
who have not been infected previously, but cats are immune to future
infections from the virus if they get it and survive, according to PetMD.
One of the most common symptoms of panleukopenia is anemia due to the
way the virus affects the blood cells. Cats who are completely uninterested
in eating, are lethargic, and are having vomiting and diarrhea should
be checked by a veterinarian right away.
The virus is transmitted when cats have contact with blood, feces, urine,
or fleas from an infected cat. People who do not wash their hands appropriately
between handling cats may also pass on the virus, even though humans
cannot become infected.
Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, can be prevented through
vaccinations. The Animal Rescue League in combination with the Massachusetts
Animal Fund and Boston Animal Care and Control will have a free
feline distemper vaccine clinic in Mattapan on Saturday, October
22, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to WCVB. Clinic organizers
request that cats be brought to the clinic in carriers, which are available
for borrowing if owners don’t have one.