Cat Project Archives for August 7-11,
7, 2017 - "Each one of our cats is a distinct, four-footed
little person with an individual personality." - Ira
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Am I there yet?"
Mewvie: More "Simon's Cat".
Feline Art: "Eichkatze"by
halted as vacant building was full of cats.
by Cara Giaimo
Seven-seventy-eight Onderdonk Avenue, an eight-unit apartment building
in Ridgewood Queens, was all set for demolition. The tenants had been
bought out. The bulldozers were rolling in.
There was just one problem: the building wasn’t totally abandoned.
A few dozen cats were still living at 778 Onderdonk, slinking up and
down the stairs, climbing through the rafters, and hiding in various
nooks and crannies.
Construction workers discovered the fluffy squatters the hard way in
late July, when they began gutting a third-floor apartment and “discovered
it was filled with cats,” the New York Times reports.
“When they opened the walls, they jumped out—cats, baby cats big
ones, you can’t imagine,” the building’s owner, Isaac Silberstein,
told the Times.
Animal rescue groups and watchful neighbors say they’ve seen the
cats—which likely belonged to a former tenant—coming in and
out of the building since early July. They told the Times that many of
the cats are injured, and that on occasion, they’ve found feline
On other platforms, people have made more dire accusations. Some rescuers
accused the construction company of beginning the demolishment even though
they knew cats were in there. Another told DNAInfo that they saw a cat “leap
out of a dumpster where workers were unloading debris.”
“A building owner has been paying crackheads 100$ per cat they gas to death,” another
rescuer wrote on Instagram, captioning a picture of an empty Clorox bottle. (Silberstein
told the Times that he had hired “a private company” to remove the
cats, and that they had sprayed bleach in hopes that the smell would drive the
This cadre of concerned citizens initially mobilized to get the cats
out of the building and into safer situations. Various animal shelters’ Facebook
pages are full of updates about them (some have taken to calling them
the “Onderdonk Orphans”). Recently, the city’s animal
control agency, Animal Care Centers of NYC, took over the rescue effort. “The
manager… has promised us that no more work will be done until all
the cats are out,” an ACC spokesperson told the Times.
No one is quite sure how many cats remain in the building. But so far,
they don’t seem to be budging, preferring the strange, private
world they’ve created within the building to the one waiting for
8, 2017 - "It's very hard to be polite if you're a
cat." - Anonymous
Gratuitous Kittiness: "See? They take their fur off and then....
Mewvie: Hiro's journey.
Feline Art: Cat jewelry
by Ellen Rococo.
9, 2017 - "The way to get on with a cat is to treat
it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows
itself to be." - Elizabeth Peters
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm on top of the Ma, world!"
Mewvie: Tupperware kittens.
Art: "Geometric Cat" by Anastasia Surnacheva.
10, 2017 - "Some cats is blind, And stone-deaf some,
But ain't no cat Wuz ever dumb."
- Anthony Euwer"
11, 2017 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of
is innocence." - Edward Paley
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Banana for scale.
Mewvie: The Carpet Jump Boogie.
Feline Art: "Tubby Cat"
by Svetlana Novikova
the cat pees on your stuff.
by Alina Bradford
I'm pretty sure there's no smell as potent -- or as long-lasting -- as
cat pee. I've tried all of the home remedies to get rid of the stench
and found some winners that will save whatever your cat decided was the
litter box that day.
Did your cat get ticked off at you and decide your pile of clean laundry
was a great place to get revenge? Yeah, I've been there.
Wash the laundry as you normally would, but leave it in the washer. Then,
add 2 cups of baking soda to the load and set the washer to soak mode
with warm water. If your washer doesn't have a soak mode, turn on your
washer, let it fill up with warm water, then pause the load.
Let the load soak overnight and then wash it as you normally would. Everything
should come out smelling fresh.
On your mattress
For a while, when my daughter's cat was stressed, she would go on our
mattress. Mattresses are expensive, so I couldn't toss it, but I just
couldn't get the smell out no matter how much I cleaned it. Finally,
I learned the baking soda trick.
After cleaning the mattress and letting it dry, sprinkle baking soda
over the spot that smells. Not just a dusting, either. I mean really
layer that baking soda on. Then, put your sheet back on the mattress.
Let the baking soda sit on the spot for a few days.
Don't worry, you can still sleep on your bed. The sheet will prevent
the baking soda from getting all over your bedroom.
After the baking soda has had time to do the dirty work, just vacuum
the mattress. Is that spot radiant with freshness? You bet it is.
Pro tip: If your cat has an issue with using your bed as a giant litter
box, invest in a fabric waterproof mattress cover (the plastic ones are
super uncomfortable and hot). It will save your mattress and it's much
easier to clean. Just use the same cleaning technique as with clothing.
Boy cats tend to mark their territory and often the area where they sprayed
is hard to find. If you can't identify the spot, shampoo the carpets,
mop or whatever you need to do to clean the suspected area, then make
a bottle of cat pee-be-gone.
In a spray bottle, mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10
drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract.
Spray all of the areas that you think your cat may have urinated or marked.
Within a few hours the scent will be gone.
Before you try the pee-be-gone formula on carpets, rugs, furniture or
other areas, be sure to test it on a small area to make sure it won't
discolor the material.
Typically, when cats tinkle where they aren't supposed to that means
they're trying to tell you something. Some things they may be trying
to say are:
They don't like where their cat box is placed
They need more than one box
The box isn't clean enough
They don't like their litter
They may have a medical condition
To prevent future stinky situations, have a talk with your vet to eliminate
any medical issues and try to figure out if the litter box is the problem.