Cat Project Archives for October 3-7, 2016.
3, 2016 - "I'm aloof, I like to run around outside,
but I also like to curl up in warm spots. I eat fish." -
Megan Coughlin on why she'd make a good cat.
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Winter is coming."
Mewvie: "Kids, come meet your new uncle."
Art: Army of luck cats.
does it mean when your cat vomits.
Today’s presentation is titled “The Tail of the Vomiting
Cat” and it comes to us courtesy of Marie from Palm Springs.
Marie takes care of Callie, an 8-year-old calico cat that she has known
for all of the cat’s life. For the past six months or so, Callie
has been vomiting on a somewhat regular basis, about two to three times
per week. Sometimes she finds hairballs in the vomit but other times
there is food and/or liquid.
Callie seems happy and healthy otherwise and Marie is wondering if she
should be concerned. She has been told in the past that it is normal
for cats to vomit on occasion. She has changed nothing in Callie’s
diet or her surroundings.
Right at the start, I want to clear up something I hear too often: It
is not normal for cats to vomit. Vomiting causes loss of important fluids
from the stomach that contains electrolytes, which are necessary for
normal body function. Loss of these fluids can be detrimental.
Having said this, I do realize that vomiting is common in cats and I
think this commonality, if you will, leads to the notion that occasional
vomiting is normal.
Vomiting is not, by itself, a disease. It is a symptom. It is the result
of irritation to the stomach and/or small intestine or less commonly
a problem in the area of the brain dealing with balance. So the first
assumption that needs to be made when Callie vomits is that there could
be an underlying cause.
Let’s address the hairball scenario first. It is entirely normal
for a healthy feline to have hair in the digestive tract. It is there
because grooming using their tongue carries hair into their mouths, which
is then swallowed. Normally this hair is passed down the digestive tract
and out in the stool.
When a cat vomits, there are often wads of hair in the vomit but it is
not a cause-and-effect situation. The hair did not cause the vomiting.
There are cases of excess grooming when too much hair gets into the stomach
and can cause partial obstruction, which leads to vomiting. But even
in these situations, it is not the hair that is the ultimate cause of
the vomiting, it is the overgrooming. These cats usually have a flea
In Callie’s case, vomiting is likely a symptom of an underlying
disease. The list of diseases that can cause vomiting in cats is long.
Anything that might upset the digestive tract can lead to vomiting. The
fact that Callie began her regular vomiting six months ago tells us something
I would recommend radiographs of Callie’s abdomen to help visualize
what Callie’s stomach and small intestine look like. I would suggest
blood testing to determine how things might be working inside. There
are parasite problems that can cause vomiting in cats, so it would be
pertinent to check a stool sample.
These initial diagnostic steps can be very revealing and at times provide
a definitive diagnosis. However, there are cases in which these tests
can be normal, requiring further steps. This might include biopsy of
the stomach wall or small intestine, as cats are known to commonly be
affected by inflammatory bowel disease, which often causes vomiting and
is definitively diagnosed by biopsy.
Whatever the case, this vomiting problem of Callie’s is indeed
a symptom of an underlying disease process that needs to be diagnosed
to allow a treatment that cures the disease and in turn stops the vomiting.
4, 2016 - "If God created man in his own image, you've
got to wonder; in whose image did he create the nobler
cat?" - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Iron Eyes" Fluffy.
Mewvie: The hungry kitty of Cat Island.
Feline Art: "Radioactive
by Sandy Skogland.
5, 2016 - "Cats always know whether people like or
dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything
about it." - Winifred Carriere
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeah, this is jusssssssst right."
Mewvie: Spoiler; Kitty likes baby.
Art: "Lying Cat" by Beno Boleradszky.
cat, Tombili, gets memorial.
Tombili, the pudgy cat whose relaxing demeanor captured the hearts of
fans worldwide, has been honored with a bronze statue in her home city
of Istanbul, Turkey.
The cuddly feline — whose name is a Turkish word often used for
chubby pets — was a beloved figure in the neighborhood of Ziverbey,
the Daily Sabah reports.
“Tombili was a freely living cat, like most cats in Turkey,” Batu
Aksoy, one of the founders of the Anatolian Cat Project, told The Huffington
Post in a Facebook message. “The community took care of her.” While
some media reports refer to Tombili as a “he,” Aksoy said she was
Local people used to feed Tombili a lot because they loved her so much.
Tombili shot to online fame after someone snapped a photo of her reclining
outside. It’s unclear when she became known outside of her local
neighborhood, but the photo appears at the top of a 9Gag post from February
When she died in August after an illness, someone put up a poster in
the neighborhood as a tribute. But a cat as awesome as Tombili deserved
more than just a poster.
The Anatolian Cat Project — an educational community for cat lovers — launched
a petition asking that the neighborhood have a statue erected to commemorate
the popular feline. Artist Seval S¸ahin stepped up to the challenge,
and the bronze sculpture was unveiled on Tuesday — World Animal
Tombili was a “very friendly cat,” Aksoy said, which unfortunately
may have led to some of her health problems.
“[The] neighborhood loved her so much and used to feed her a lot,” he
And she seems to have gotten along better with humans than with other
“Tombili was [a] very proud cat and did not like [to] spend her time with
other cats,” Aksoy said. “Because of obesity, she could not move
much, so preferred calmly to lie on [the] sidewalk.”
Free-roaming cats like Tombili are a common sight in Istanbul, where
the city’s residents offer food, shelter and care to the resident
rodent-killers. The region’s love for cats has roots in Islam — the
Prophet Mohammad is said to have adored cats, legendarily opting to cut
a sleeve off of his robe, rather than disturb his feline companion sleeping
on top of it.
6, 2016 - "My husband said it was him or the cat...I
miss him sometimes."
Gratuitous Kittiness: Starvation is imminent.
Mewvie: The Great Kitty Escape.
Feline Art: "Angora Cat" by Morris Hirshfield.
7, 2016 - "It isn't always easy being a father to
a cat." - B. L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Still full of spirit.
Mewvie: The Cat Man of Aleppo (See story below)
Art: "Cats among the agave" by Carol wilson.
cat to get their own park.
Pallas's cat is the fluffiest species of cat in the world. The same size
as a house cat, but much fluffier, they are also very rare.
Because of their endangered status, researchers at an international conference
on the species agreed to create at 14-square-mile park for the cats to
preserve and study them.
According to the Siberian Times, the site will be at Sailyugemsky Nature
Park in Altai Mountain.
The solitary felines are native southern Siberia, as well as Central
Asia and China, and rarely seen.
The conference in Novosibirsk had representivies from Russia, the US,
the UK, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Mongolia and Ukraine, who all
agreed the cat species needs further monitoring and preservation.
Although the cat is protected in Russia, in Mongolia it is hunted with
dogs for its beautiful fur.
This has lead researchers to worry the animal could go completely extinct
in border areas.
In Russia, illegal poachers also pose a huge threat to the safety of
the Pallas's cat.
Denis Malikov, deputy director of Sailyugemsky Park told the Siberian
Times: "The Pallas' cat is unfairly forgotten in the world although
the animal is on the edge of extinction. There are only a handful of
researchers studying it in Russia."
Because of this, the scientists hope to make the park a global point
of study about the cats.
Researcher Alexey Kuzhlekov told the paper: "We need to estimate
the number of Pallas's cats, and study the habitat area.
The latest data on this species is outdated. It hasn't been updated over
the last 3 or 4 decades. We created a database that is also available
online. Information about every encounter with the rare cat is uploaded
Scientists are not certain exactly how many cats live in the new reserve.
First comes a count, then they can continue to study and look after the