Cat Project Archives for October 31 to November 4,
31, 2016 - "The furry little buggers [cats] are just
deep, deep wells you throw your emotions into." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Portrait of a doofus.
Mewvie: A Simon's Cat Halloween
Art: Cat painting by Leonid Afremov.
rescued from fire by alert photographer.
By Nina Golgowski
Talk about being saved by a whisker.
A pair of kittens is on the mend after they became trapped inside a pile
of burning brush in North Dakota, only to be saved by a passing photographer
who heard them crying.
“My first thought was, I am going to have to watch this cat pass away,” Carlos
Pacheco, who was photographing the controlled fire earlier this month, told Valley
Pacheco said he had been snapping photos for about five minutes at the
blaze near Grandin, about 30 miles north of Fargo, before he heard their
Pacheco told the outlet he saw one cat trapped beneath the flames and
the other resting nearby, breathing in heavy smoke.
“It was too hot for me to even get close to it, which is why I was surprised
that the cat was even in it. I had to shield myself with my jacket to even attempt
to grab her,” he said.
Once he pulled away the cats and placed them in a cardboard box, he brought
them to Fargo’s Cat’s Cradle Shelter. Both kittens arrived “in
shock,” according to the shelter.
“All four of her paws are burned and blistered and her fur and whiskers
are singed,” the shelter wrote of one of the cats in an Oct. 15 Facebook
post. “Her brother has no outward signs of injury, however he is in worse
shape due to smoke inhalation.”
“We thought we were going to lose him,” the shelter’s executive
director, Gail Adams-Ventzle, told The Huffington Post Sunday, speaking of the
little boy kitten since named Manni.
Though Manni suffered the least visible injuries, he had extreme smoke
inhalation. Later tests also revealed that he had a heart murmur, Adams-Ventzle
said. “We don’t know if it had anything to do with the fire
As for the little female, since named Pyro, Adams-Ventzle said she suffered
what appeared to be third-degree burns to her feet.
Fortunately, the two cats have begun to heal nicely.
Pyro, one of two kittens that were rescued from a fire in North Dakota,
is on the mend.
“They are doing GREAT!!!” the rescue group wrote on Facebook Thursday
with photos showing Pyro’s little paws wrapped up in bandages.
Once the kittens are fully healed they’ll be up for adoption, though
it likely won’t take long for them to find a forever home. Adams-Ventzle
said that Pacheco told the shelter he may once again offer the kittens
his protection and care — this time permanently.
“Either way, we’re not splitting them up,” she added. “They’ve
been through so much together.”
1, 2016 - "I think one reason we admire cats, those
of us who do, is their proficience in one-upmanship. They
always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are
doing--or pretend to do. Rarely do you see a cat discomfited.
They have no conscience, and they never regret. Maybe we
secretly envy them."- Barbara Webster
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I regret nothing."
Mewvie: They regret nothing.
Feline Art: Illustration
by Yuko Higuchi.
2, 2016 - "I have studied many philosophers and many
cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Crazy days, man."
Mewvie: This is Dexter. Read his story below.
Art: Organic cat tree.
gives gift of love to an older cat, and gets love
By Amy Jamieson
It’s never too late to adopt — that’s the legacy of
Dexter, a cat one Utah family adopted at age 20.
They only had two years with their furry friend, but it’s
clear from a video Jill Williams shared on YouTube that his
impact has been immeasurable.
“The best cat in the entire world has left us,” says the caption
for the video, which now has over 80,000 views. “We will never forget the
love and happiness he gave in his very short time with our family. Rest in peace,
At the ripe old age of 20, Dexter was rescued from a hoarding situation
and the family welcomed him to their home in 2014, after one of their
sons requested a kitty (“I mean, REALLY wanted a cat. I think it’s
safe to say they both win,” a video caption says).
“You might think a toothless old cat this old in failing health would just
want to be left alone,” says a video caption. “But Dexter craves
attention. Especially from his two new human brothers: Harry (age 7) and JJ (age
While cats can be set in their ways, Dexter adapted well to change. “He
was living in a home with around 100 other cats, most in horrible shape
and suffering from poor health and malnutrition,” Williams writes. “I
think he believes he has hit the jackpot :)”
In all of the footage of Dexter, he seems seems blissfully happy in his
loving home, whether it’s cuddling with a smiling JJ or with a
grinning canine friend in his final farewell video.
Once you dry the tears from your eyes, the message here will be purr-fectly
It’s never too late to save a life,” Williams
writes. “There are so many great animals waiting
to find their forever home in shelters across the
3, 2016 - "Don't think that I'm silly for liking it,
I just happen to like the simple little things, and I love
cats!" - Michelle Gardner
Gratuitous Kittiness: Yes, it's heating-pad time.
Mewvie: High-stepping kitty.
Feline Art: "Psychedelic Cat" by Louis Wain.
4, 2016 - "A dog will flatter you but you have to
flatter the cat."- George Mikes
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "INCOMINNNNG!"
Mewvie: The Scary Apples
Art: "Puppy and Kitten" by Yuko Higuchi
demands New York Legalize bodega cats.
By Clint Rainey
A clueless Yelper earned the internet’s wrath this week after giving
an East Village deli a one-star review purely on the basis of its bodega
cat. Thankfully, “Diana D.” quickly learned the error of
her ways (the post has vanished), but as happens anytime something threatens
this age-old New York institution, people aren’t just up in arms
about how anybody could hate a creature “as sacred as an Egyptian
temple cat”; they’re also confused about why, on a pure health-code
level, bodega cats have to be illegal in the first place.
A Change.org petition challenging the Department of Health’s feline
discrimination wants to take the matter straight to Bill de Blasio. Called
simply “Having cats in bodegas,” it wonders why it’s
cool for big, hairy dogs to go hang out on restaurant patios, where the
food’s spread out all vulnerably on plates, but puny little cats
can’t nap on a bunch of airtight potato-chip bags in a deli?
The petition hasn’t even been up for 24 hours yet, already has
almost 500 supporters, and reads in its entirety:
As a long time New Yorker i grew up seeing cats inside of bodegas. I
would like to see it made legal to have cats in a bodega in New York
city. Cats keep rodents out of food products and keep other pests at
bay. You don’t want to see fecel matter from rodents in a bodega
right? I don’t either. How can people find it acceptable to bring
a dog into a restaurant where there is food that isn’t wrapped
being brought out and about.. Like.. Who wants dog dander and hair flying
around their steak when they go to eat it? The fact that cats are not
legal in bodegas but dogs are legal in restaurants is a complete joke.
Allow cats in bodega and keep dogs out of restaurants.
It might not get the hoped-for response from the mayor, but good news
is that, either way, “Star,” the cat from the Yelp review,
isn’t going anywhere. Byung Seo, owner of S.K. Deli Market, the
bodega at the center of the controversy, tells the Daily News she’s
a bona fide member of his family, and he’ll gladly continue paying
the few-hundred-dollar DOH fine to keep her in and all of the assorted