Cat Project Archives for December 18-22, 2017.
18, 2017: "Purring is an automatic safety valve device
for dealing with happiness overflow." - Anonymous
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Sometimes you just can't wait for Xmas.
Mewvie: Kittens in fresh snow.
Feline Art: "Meowy Christmas"
by Jenny Newland.
From the BBC
A 13-year-old boy has won a national photography award for an image he
captured of his cat yawning.
The photograph of family pet, Milou, is the first picture Marlon Darragh
has ever entered into a competition.
The schoolboy, from Branscombe in Devon, said he was "proud to be
chosen" at the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2017.
He said he saw the "perfect photo opportunity" and the award
has inspired him take more photographs.
BBC presenter Chris Packham presented Marlon with the award
Marlon made the journey to London with his family to attend the awards
ceremony on Friday.
His mum Amanda Darragh said her son has "always had an eye for the
"He's never one to blow his own trumpet but he has always spotted details
in things adults never see," she added.
Marlon's photograph of Milou, which he took on his Dad's iPad, saw off
competition from across England and Wales to win the 12-15 Mobile Phone
and Devices category.
The Sidmouth College student, who received the award from BBC presenter
Chris Packham, said he took the photograph at just the right time.
"Our cat Milou was lounging in the sun on the patio. I took this one just
as she yawned and stretched," the youngster said.
"I particularly like the contrast between her white fur and the dark grey
slate, and the way her whiskers really stand out."
19, 2017: "I want to create a cat like the real cats
I see crossing the streets, not like those you see in houses.
They have nothing in common. The cat of the streets has
bristling fur. It runs like a fiend, and if it looks at
you, you think it is going to jump in your face." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "The Three Wise Cats have brought you
gold, frankinscence, and purr."
Mewvie: Backyard bobcats
Feline Art: "Black
Christmas Cat", artist unknown.
20, 2017: "A cat sleeps fat, yet walks thin." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Now THAT's an Xmas card.
Mewvie: Max, the singing Maine Coon.
Art: Cat puzzle art. Artist unknown.
21, 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: "Yes, I'm irresistable."
Mewvie: A "Simon's Cat" Xmas special.
Feline Art: "Christmas
Cat" by Ryan Connors.
22, 2017: "Don't let anyone tell you loving a cat
is silly. Love, in any form, is a precious commodity." -
Barbara L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Everyone needs an ornamental kitten.
Mewvie: An ICP tradition - "The Cat Carol".
Feline Art: "Xmas Cat"
by Becca Campbell.
cat no one wanted.... gets a home for Christmas.
by Kristen Hampton
On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Karrie Brotzman with Gaston County’s
Animal Care and Enforcement, decided to post a video of the only cat
remaining in their shelter.
“I just knew one of our regulars would see it and come adopt him, but it
went crazy on social media,” Brotzman said.
The video was an 18 second clip that panned around the adoptable cat
area and showed all the kennels empty, except for one.
Meko was the lonely cat. In the video, he pawed at the front of his kennel
when the camera came to him.
It was heart-wrenching, and it spread like wildfire on Facebook.
Hundreds of people shared the video which asked for someone to come adopt
Meko in time for Christmas.
One of those people was a woman in New Jersey, who sent the story to
her dad who lives in Gaston County.
“She told me that he was the last one there, and they wanted somebody to
come get him for Christmas,” John Kurowski said.
Kurowski has a huge heart for animals, especially cats. He was parked
in the Ingle’s grocery store parking lot in Dallas when his daughter
texted him. He drove straight to the shelter just a few miles away. He
didn’t even call his wife to ask her.
“I called her after I got him,” Kurowski said with a sly smile.
The power of social media can be used for both good and bad. In this
case, it was used to find a home for a kitty, just in time for Christmas.
“He’ll be loved that’s for sure,” Kurowski said.
When asked how she felt about her simple idea to put the video on social
media, Brotzman’s eyes filled up with tears, “We all work
really hard, day in and day out. And we’re proud of the job we
do. When other people see that and other people want to be a part of
it, this is why I do this.”