Cat Project Archives for August 21-25,
21, 2017 - "The key to a successful new relationship
between a cat and human is patience." - Susan Easterly
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Dressed for success.
Mewvie: Traffic Light Cat watches you drive.
Feline Art: Three cool cats.
feral society, slugging it out over cat.
Ten days ago in St. Louis, the baseball world was introduced to the Rally
Cat. A stray cat ran onto the field at Busch Stadium, and after being
corralled by the grounds crew, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina smacked
a game-winning grand slam. Just like that, the Rally Cat was part of
St. Louis baseball lexicon.
The Rally Cat managed to escape as the grounds crew member received treatment
for scratches and bites, and eventually, the cat was picked up by the
nonprofit organization St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. The cat has been
with STLFCO ever since, and the organization has received many adoption
One of those requests, of course, came from the Cardinals. On Wednesday
the team's vice of president of communications, Ron Watermon, told Denise
Hollinshed of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the Cardinals will receive
Rally Cat -- that's the cat's official name now -- from STLFCO after
it finishes receiving the proper medical attention.
"The St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach organization has assured us they will
be returning our cat to us after a mandatory 10-day quarantine period," said
Ron Watermon, the team's vice president of communications.
"Rally Cat will be cared for by our team, making the Cardinals Clubhouse
his home," Watermon said. "Mike and our players are looking forward
to loving and caring for him."
Watermon said team owner Bill DeWitt requested a formal "welcome
home" ceremony once Rally Cat is handed over to the Cardinals.
That's all well and good, but there's one problem: STLFCO didn't promise
to hand the cat over to the Cardinals. The organization released a statement
on Facebook on Thursday saying no agreement has been reached to return
Rally Cat to the team. Here's the statement:
"It was a disappointment to STLFCO and many of our friends and fans to read
the Cardinal's PR Head Ron Watermon's comments to the media concerning Rally.
It was a totally false statement that STLFCO has committed anything to the Cardinals.
We have made no decisions about Rally's long-term placement. It seems inconsistent
with "The Cardinals Way" to make such false statements.
We have neither the PR staff nor the skilled volunteers to engage in
a media dialog with Mr Watermon's old-school PR tactics, so this note
will be all we have to say on his position.
We had contacted Mr Watermon earlier this week and we just now got a
voicemail reply from him. Our Board Member team consists of non-paid
volunteers who have full time jobs outside of STLFCO. Due to our many
commitments and complex schedules, we told the Cardinals we'd be delighted
to meet later this month, the first time the entire group can meet with
them to discuss the situation. Perhaps we can find a way to reach out
to the Senior Leadership of the Cardinals (the Dewitts, Mike Whittle,
etc) and meet with them, as Mr. Watermon's perceived bullying tactics
We really want to meet with the Cardinals to discuss this opportunity
for a win-win-win-WIN for Rally, the Cardinals, STLFCO, and the city
of St Louis. STLFCO is a tireless advocate for all homeless cats in the
region – and a great friend to many local animal welfare organizations.
We truly want what is best for Rally and for every vulnerable cat in
St Louis. We hope to connect with other members of Cardinal's management
Hmmm. This doesn't sound good. My guess is the two sides will work out
an agreement and Rally Cat will be with the Cardinals at some point,
though it sure sounds like the team tried to bully STLCO into giving
them the cat first. That's not good.
This could've been a very easy and adorable Rally Cat transfer, but then
one side said one thing and the other side said another."
22, 2017 - "An ordinary kitten will ask more questions
than any five-year-old boy."
- Carl Van Vechten
Gratuitous Kittiness: Nightshirt nappers.
Mewvie: Two legs versus four.
Feline Art: "Buster and
Kitty" by B.E. Kazmarski.
23, 2017 - "I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream." -
William Shakespeare, Henry IV
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Whoa! That can't be right!"
Mewvie: A very fetching cat.
Art: Cat art by Horitomo.
24, 2017 - "Every life should have nine cats." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Can't see me."
Mewvie: Cat City.
Feline Art: "Trigger
the Cat" by Rusian Svobodin.
25, 2017 - "You can not look at a sleeping cat and
feel tense." - Jane Pauley
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "How am I SUPPOSED to sit?"
Mewvie: Rat babysitters at a cat cafe.
Feline Art: Custom cat
portrait by Satoshi Yoshioka.
cat stuffed with uranium?
Chu Chu had an overactive thyroid. Or maybe it was underactive. It was
either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism the vet knew the difference
between them and which one it was and told me. It made her INCREDIBLY
fussy (Chu Chu not the vet) we would feed her six different things in
a day, she would glare reproachfully and eat nothing she was getting
thinner and thinner as we watched. We took her to the vet who said (after
extensive EXPENSIVE blood tests, some phrenology and a thorough leeching),
your cat [Chu Chu is a cat] has an over/underactive thyroid because of
the hyper/hypothyroidism I am telling you this, but you will not remember
which but that is OK I am a vet and I have written it down. We were advised
that there were two choices for Chu Chu, either tablets twice a day for
the rest of her life or a radiation treatment which she would only need
once but which would be expensive.
Three choices: the third we do nothing and she would slowly waste away.
Not really an option even though she also had chronic cat flu which meant
she sneezed a lot often on the back of your head and I know people don’t
think about cat snot a lot but in our house it is a common occurrence
just thought I would share that. Cat snot is an evil substance not as
bad as cat poop but more on that later.
We calculated that if Chu Chu lived another five years, giving her enormous
tablets twice a day would end up costing the same as the expensive radiation
treatment and we would also have to give her enormous tablets twice a
day. She was never going to die, but we might from being savaged by Chu
Chu every time we tried to shove a pill down her gob while she covered
our soon to be corpses in kitty nose mucus.
We sent her to the cat-radiating facility where she was to stay for a
week. They said when she comes back from being radiated – that
is what they do they blast the cat with radiation or bung a stick of
plutonium up her Barnaby Joyce*
or something idk – it is COMPLETELY safe they said, but just in
case don’t let her sit on any pregnant people and avoid her poop
and also HER SNOT IS RADIOACTIVE. (They didn’t say the last bit
but we already knew that.)
The interesting thing about radioactive cat poop (I bet you didn’t
think you would read that sentence today) is that our rescue dog Beyonce
loves to eat cat poop more than anything else and doesn’t it sound
like a fun time at our house? As I mentioned Roy the rescue border collie
is on Prozac but that is for another time. Cat-poop eating is Beyonce’s
only character flaw she spent eight years in a cage at a puppy mill what
are you going to do but she follows the cat around like it is a food
truck or a Mr Whippy.
We said to the vet, can you please keep Chu Chu in the lead-lined cat
bunker for an extra week we will pay because we are very fond of Beyonce
and we don’t want her to get some sort of weird cat excreta-related
cancer. And they did. Chu Chu came home and she was fine except she is
still very fussy and still covers everything with cat snoutgloop or whatever
it is that comes out of the front of her face. Beyonce was very happy
to see her. Interestingly Chu Chu is on steroids now for her chronic
cat flu and we have to give her the tablets twice a day for the rest
of her life. The end.