Cat Project Archives for December 4-8, 2017.
4, 2017: "The trouble with sharing one's bed with
cats is that they'd rather sleep on you than beside you."-
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Welcome suckers, uh, I mean, shoppers!"
Mewvie: Star Wars.... with cats.
Feline Art: "The Xmas Gift",
to kitty-proof your Xmas tree.
by Cassie Sheets
To cats, a Christmas tree is one giant toy, with branches to climb, and
shiny ornaments to bat around. However, cats can easily be injured on
broken ornaments, by a falling tree, or after coming into contact with
toxic additives. If you want to keep your Christmas tree and your cat
safe this holiday, try these cat-proofing methods.
1) Christmas Tree Defender
This simple barrier can be quickly installed and cut to fit around the
trunk of your Christmas tree. The grated texture keeps cats from climbing
your tree. The barrier is also made with a flame retardant additive that
makes it safe to use with Christmas lights. This tree defender can also
be used year-round to protect your potted plants from curious cats.
Christmas Tree Defender & Potted Plant Protector available from Amazon
2) Cat Repellent Spray
Keep your cat away from the Christmas tree with a motion-activated pet
repellent spray. This safe, but annoying spray releases a quick burst
when cats approach the tree, and covers up to three feet. Keep the can
under the tree for an odorless, harmless deterrent any time your cat
3) A Decorative Deterrent
Placing pine cones around the base of your Christmas tree is a decorative
way to keep cats at bay. Cats will avoid walking over pine cones, especially
if you add a naturally cat-repelling citrus scent, like orange.
5, 2017: "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: How to cat-proof your Xmas tree.
Mewvie: You go, Sparky!
Feline Art: "Cat" by
6, 2017: "Cats do not have to be shown how to have
a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Totoro cats.
Mewvie: Moggy vs. Sphero.
Art: "Cat on bike" by Ryan Connors.
7, 2017: "Cats like doors left open--in case they
change their minds."
- Rosemary Nisbet
Gratuitous Kittiness: Ventura fire cat rescue.
Mewvie: The Cat Concerto.
Feline Art: Cat art
by Oxana Zaika.
8, 2017: "There is, indeed, no single quality of the
cat that man could not emulate to his advantage." -
Carl Van Vechten
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I fits, so I sits."
Mewvie: "Kozals' Christmas", based on a true
Feline Art: Painting
by Karen Taylorl.
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!