Cat Project Archives for February 6-10,
6, 2017 - "Cats at firesides live luxuriously and
are the picture of comfort."
- Leigh Hunt
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: We call these "Murder eyes".
Mewvie: We've all had this conversation.
Feline Art: "Cat"
by Dorvile Dovidonyte.
can I tell if my cat likes me?
by Shelley Mesch
A: Many people who own cats ask this question. UW-Madison clinical instructor
Sandi Sawchuk says the signs of a cat’s feelings are all in the
cat’s body language.
“Sometimes the signs are subtle,” Sawchuk said, “which is why
getting (bitten) and scratched can be problematic with some cats.”
Sawchuk said a cat will purr when it’s relaxed and facially mark
things and people by rubbing the side of its mouth along something. Some
cats will also “knead” with their paws, which is known as
One sign of a relaxed and loving cat is a behavior many cat owners would
rather leave behind. Sawchuk said cats will point their tail into the
air, known as anal presentation.
When a cat is upset or on edge, it has a different set of behaviors.
A cat will let you know it’s upset by flicking its tail, Sawchuk
said. Its ears may also be back and flattened on their head or pulled
forward and tense.
“They may be laying in a crouched position and back up rather than approach,” Sawchuk
“ Unless they are (feeling) confident and going to attack you.”
Sawchuk said a lot of how a cat is feeling can also be seen in its eyes.
A fearful cat will have wide pupils and constricted pupils if it is upset
but feeling confident. But if a cat is relaxed, its pupils will be in
the mid-range, and it may look at a person with a long and exaggerated
To gain favor with felines, Sawchuk said she is a “big believer
in letting the cat come to you.” She said this involves avoiding
direct eye contact with the cat because it may perceive that as a threat.
7, 2017 - "Actually, cats do this to protect you from
gnomes who come and steal your breath while you sleep."
- John Dobbinr
Gratuitous Kittiness: The Eddie Munster kitty.
Mewvie: "C'mere, you!"
Feline Art: Cat quilt,
8, 2017 - "Cats know how to obtain food without labor,
shelter without confinement and love without penalties." -
W. L. George
Gratuitous Kittiness: "TAXI!"
Mewvie: A senior cat story.
Art: "Cat and Cow" by Lowell Herrero.
the right thing
by Georgea Kovanis
This is the story of a cat, a crisis, a cop and — in the end — something
that took me by surprise.
It all started the other night when I pulled into the driveway and saw
a plump orange and white cat. It looked into the headlights, then dashed
across the yard and onto a neighbor’s front porch, where it stood
expectantly, waiting, it seemed, to be let in.
Poor cold kitty, I thought, as I knocked on Elyse’s door to tell
her that her cat — so friendly, as it wove itself around my ankles,
and brushed against my legs — had somehow gotten outside.
Except it wasn’t her cat.
Which was a problem.
Let me stop right here to say that I hadn’t been feeling so hot
that day — I was tired and cold and I had a headache from not sleeping
well the night before. I was also upset and frightened and dispirited
by executive orders and political nastiness and words, all those words,
I never thought I’d hear coming from the mouth of our nation’s
I was overwhelmed by a sense of doom.
That night I just wanted to go indoors, put on my pajamas, pour a glass
of wine, sit in the dark and decompress.
And yet, the cat.
I couldn’t leave it outside to fend for itself on a cold winter
night — or any night, for that matter. It wasn’t wearing
a collar, but it was so social, I knew it had to be someone’s pet.
I knew that someone somewhere cared for it.
Then, a thought: I decided kitty might belong to the lady across the
street. I knew she had cats and I was pretty sure one was orange, though
I’d never seen it. So while Elyse kept an eye on kitty, I banged
on the lady’s front door. No luck; she wasn’t home.
Next, we went to Tara’s house. She’s the organizer of the
block, the person who knows everyone and, we thought, would surely know
how to reach the woman I’d decided must be the kitty’s owner.
Tara texted our absent neighbor and left a voice mail, too, though she
was pretty certain the cat didn’t belong to her.
It started snowing harder.
That’s when when we decided to catch the cat — which was
now hiding in a tangle of brush in yet another neighbor’s yard — and
put it in a crate. We crawled under the brush, raised the curiosity of
people walking to their cars from a nearby restaurant, and used Meow
Mix as a lure.
Success! We managed to coax kitty into the carrier.
But, then, another problem: What to do with kitty? The three of us all
have pets who don’t take well to strangers. Tara called a neighbor
couple to see if they could house the cat overnight, but they couldn’t
because of allergies.
So we did what any people with a stray cat in a cage would do: We called
I have to say, I didn’t really expect anyone to show up, but sure
enough, within a couple of minutes, a police car arrived. The officer
said he knew someone on one of the next streets over that had lost a
cat. He said he was going to swing by that house to find out if kitty
A few minutes later, as my neighbors and I chatted on the sidewalk, the
officer pulled up in front of us again — and told us he’d
found the cat’s home.
I was amazed.
And not just because the cat got driven home by a cop, the way I imagined
a kid who broke curfew might be put in the back of a police car and driven
home to his or her parents.
I was amazed because on a really awful day when the news was full of
divisiveness and distrust and when I’d been teary over all of it,
everything somehow worked out. We’d caught the cat. The cop had
driven it home. We’d done the right thing. We’d made something
And that, I was surprised to realize, somehow made me feel less doomed.
In fact, it made me feel oddly hopeful.
9, 2017 - "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil,
and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities
as well." - Missy Dizick
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yes, it's all about me"
Mewvie: A touching story of a cat who would not leave
Feline Art: Photo-montage by Adina Somesan.
10, 2017 - "The man who carries a cat by the tail
learns something that can be learned in no other way." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hi! I'm the new IT guy."
Mewvie: One year it snowed in San diego.
Feline Art: Inkwash cats by Endre Penovac.
by King Malleta
In China, pets are not allowed to board trains, but one persistent university
student came up with a plan so she could sneak in her pet cat.
A woman from China pretended to be an expectant mother so she could sneak
in her cat at the train station.
According to South China Morning Post, the unnamed woman tried to conceal
her cat by hiding it under her jacket and pretending that she is expecting
a child. However, the plan did not go as smoothly as she had hoped for
after she got busted at the security checkpoint.
The student was close to sneaking in her pet cat at the Lishui train
station in eastern Zhejiang province but she was found out after her
cat started “meowing” under her clothes.
The article said that the woman refused a pat-down and resisted going
through the metal detector despite security officers assuring her that
it will not harm her “baby.” That was the moment the cat
started making noises and she had no choice but to reveal her pet.
Because of her “offense,” the officers gave the student a
verbal warning but her cat had to be left at the station until her family
could come and fetch it.
The young student was on her way back to Hangzhou after spending Spring
Festival with her family and because she was driven to Lishui, she was
able to take her cat with her. However, going back home turned out to
be a hassle – most especially for the innocent cat.