Cat Project Archives for December 11-15, 2017.
11, 2017: "Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep
by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Will Santa ever get here?"
Mewvie: Did someone say "treats"?
Feline Art: Cat pyramid,
by Kelli Bender
Smush gets her name from the unusually adorable arrangement of her furry
face; however, her unique look is the result of several genetic abnormalities
and a cleft lip.
Smush is taking her differences in stride and is using them to build
a social media empire. The Instagram newcomer already has more than 13,600
followers and is gaining more by the minute.
Photographer Shannon Jackson calls herself ‘mom’ to this
rescue kitty. The pair first met while Jackson was volunteering at Helping
Hands Pet Rescue, where she takes photos of the shelter pets to attract
potential adopters. The animal lover first spotted Smush on Facebook
(the perfect spot for a burgeoning social media star) through photo updates
posted by friend and Helping Hands cat coordinator, Lindsey Hidenrite.
“When it came time for her to be up for adoption, I reached out to Lindsey
to see if she had a home yet — and she didn’t!” Jackson, one
of Smush’s first avid followers, told PEOPLE.
Before taking the plunge into pet parenthood, Jackson checked with her
wife Sarah about adopting Smush and found that “Sarah was also
following Smush’s updates via Lindsey and we just decided right
then and there that we’d try it out.”
After a one-week foster trial, Sarah and Shannon were thoroughly in love
with Smush and made the adoption official.
It was a long road to adoption for the kitten, who was plagued with health
issues when she first arrived at Helping Hands.
“When she was a tiny kitten she wasn’t eating on her own so she had
to be syringe fed every four hours or she would have been euthanized,”Jackson
explained. “She had a terrible case of ringworm and was on a bunch of medications
and had a lot of lyme baths. She also had an upper respiratory infection. All
of this was cleared up when she was in her foster homes.”
Now she is perfectly healthy!
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The survivor kitty has joined a full house. Along with Shannon and Sarah,
Smush shares her abode with three-legged dog Bean, two other canines,
three cats and one hedgehog.
A true enchantress, Smush instantly got along with all of her animal
siblings, though she’s dealing with a tiny bit of envy from Homer
“I never expected the reaction to Smush that has occurred but it’s
awesome! Homer the Hedgehog has had an Instagram for over a year now and he only
just hit 1,000 followers, He is jealous,” Jackson said.
Humans love Smush, too! Jackson said she has received numerous messages
from the feline’s fans explaining how looking at Smush’s
special face has helped them get through a bad day.
“ I hope that people can see the value of pet rescue and go and adopt their
own friend from the shelter instead of the store,” Smush’s proud
owner said. “I also hope to put a little love and light into the world
with her daily antics.”
12, 2017: "The trouble with sharing one's bed with
cats is that they'd rather sleep on you than beside you."-
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Just put my stocking right here."
Mewvie: "No means, NO, Agnes!"
Feline Art: "Cat Under
the Tree" by
13, 2017: "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin
Gratuitous Kittiness: "That tree ain't adding presents to itself,
Mewvie: I really miss Futurama.
Art: Needlepoint by unknown artist.
14, 2017: "The key to a successful new relationship
between a cat and human is patience." - Susan Easterly
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Bullseye!"
Mewvie: Kitty love.
Feline Art: Skating
Xmas cats. Artist unknown.
15, 2017: "A cat is nobody's fool." - Heywood
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: You should see what the dog's wearing.
Mewvie: Simon's Cat - "Fireworks!"
Feline Art: Cat wreath,
by Kathy Morawski.
rescues over 28,000 cats.
by Christina Cordova
“Cat Lady” is a term that became popular with the rise of YouTube
and cat memes, but the Internet hasn’t seen a true cat lady until now.
Sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio has lived with 28,000 cats over the course
of the past 25 years. What started as a way to help her father find a cat turned
into an obsession–but an obsession of the best possible kind.
Lynea Lattanzio brought home 15 cats on that first trip to the animal
shelter. In that same year, she successfully rescued and rehomed 96 cats.
Today, she runs a cat shelter out of her home, where she and a team of
volunteers currently take care of 800 adult cats and 300 kittens.
Lynea’s generosity towards these cats knows no bounds. When she
started the shelter – Cat House on the Kings, California’s
largest no-kill, no-cage sanctuary – she funded it out of her own
pocket for 7 years. She sold her car and her wedding ring and even ate
up all of her retirement. To keep medical costs down, she became a veterinary
Her goodwill does not stop there though. The shelter became so big that
she eventually had to move out of her own house.
At one point, Lynea had 67 cats sleeping with her in her bedroom, along
with her dogs. That’s when she decided that something had to give
and that something was her.
“I went from a 4,200 square foot, 5-bedroom home with a pool, wet bar,
and view of the river, to a 1,600-1,800 square foot mobile home with a view of
a rusty metal shed. I’ve come up in the world,” she jokes. The upside
though? Her new home is a “cat-free” zone – meaning that only
select few (dozen) cats are allowed in at one time.
Lynea truly is a cat lady, but the best possible kind there can be. With
a staff that comes in at 4 am, she and her team save thousands of cats
each year – cats that would have otherwise been put down or lived
their entire lives without a place to call home.
Cat House on the Kings’ current expenses are somewhere around $1.6
million each year. Fortunately for the cats, a generous donor left Lynea
her estate in 2004, allowing her to buy the neighboring 12-acres to use
to expand her sanctuary. Now the cats can roam freely while they wait
for that one human to find them and take them home.
Though Lynea loves her cats, her ultimate goal is to rehome them. She
helps speed up this process by training feral and abandoned cats to become
the loveable creatures they were born to be.
As of right now, the sanctuary currently has 500 cats that are ready
for adoption. If you’re looking for your perfect pet and feel like
doing some good at the same time, stop into their website to see if there
is a cat listed that is right for you. Or just share this video with
your friends and family to help Lynea and her team help their cats!