Cat Project Archives for July 31 - August 4,
31, 2017 - "Everything I know I learned from my cat:
When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam.
When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner." - Gary
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Don't I know it, dude."
Mewvie: We must obey the will of the Hypno-Couch
Feline Art: "Cat People",
by Waldemar van Kozak.
careful with cat collars.
by Anna slater
The RSPCA say some can be "dangerous" and want all cat owners
to be aware.
The warning comes after they took in Nugget, a three-year-old tortoiseshell,
who suffered a horrendous wound in her armpit after she got her leg stuck
in the collar – possibly for weeks.
Chunks of fur and skin were pulled off when the collar was finally cut
RSPCA’s animal collection officer Lucy Green was called last month
by a member of the public in
Ms Green said: “I went out that day and I smelt the poor cat before
I saw her. It was pretty putrid and infected.
“There were a lot of flies on her but luckily there were no fly eggs or
maggots in the wound or it could have been a much worse prognosis for her.”
Nugget was treated by vets before she was transferred from the RSPCA
Bridlington Branch to the Hull and East Riding Animal Centre.
Ms Green said: “It was pretty nasty. Nugget was in a lot of pain.
“She was lashing out and hissing when I first found her but it must have
been because she was in so much pain - as soon as I cut the collar off she was
“Staff at the centre said that this is the worst embedded collar injury
they have ever seen.
“As an animal collection officer I would say that it is definitely up there
as one of the worst."
Nugget is one of 100 cats injured by their own collars to have been reported
to the RSPCA since the start of the year, Lincolnshire Live reports.
In the past three months there were more than 50 reports, 26 of which
were reported to the RSPCA in May alone.
Now the RSPCA is urging owners not to use elasticated collars, or collars
with buckles which do not release without human help – including
Instead, the charity recommends they use a quick release collar, designed
to snap open when tugged, meaning the risk of a cat getting stuck is
Alice Potter, RSPCA cat welfare expert, said: “We would strongly
advise against purchasing a collar with buckles that don’t snap
open, or collars made from elastic.
“The majority of flea collars are also not advisable as they do not have
safety buckles, so we would encourage pet owners to prioritise safety first and
give your cat flea treatment another way.”
1, 2017 - "Of all God's creatures, there is only one
that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the
cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve
the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Nyahhh!"
Mewvie: Cats and room-alarms. Not even once.
Feline Art: The world
is made of cats.
2, 2017 - "The domestic cat seems to have greater
confidence in itself than in anyone else." - Lawrence
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey! I can see my mouse from here!"
Mewvie: Sphinx kitten joy.
Art: "Everyone Loves Kittens" by Waldemar von Kozak.
3, 2017 - "When I play with my cat, who knows if I
am not a pastime to her more than she to me?" - Montaigne
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Damn! Trapped in a box with no way
Mewvie: Walter the cat.
Feline Art: Art by Emma
4, 2017 - "Cats look beyond appearances--beyond species
entirely, it seems--to peer into the heart." - Barbara
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Who doesn't love a black cat?
Mewvie: Do you vacuum?
Feline Art: Painting
by Christy Freeman.
to keep your cat calm when it's moving day.
Moving house can be a stressful affair for our four-legged friends. For
cats, a sudden change of environment can be downright disorientating.
For cat-owners looking to keep their pet calm during a move, a German
animal magazine, Ein Herz fuer Tiere, recommends creating a sanctuary
for your feline friend, ideally in a room with a closeable door.
The cat can retreat to this space while furniture is put in place and
boxes are unpacked.
Another tip from the magazine’s July edition is to set up the cat’s
toys, scratching post, food and water bowls and litter box before letting
it out of its transportation cage.
The aim is to surround the cat with familiar objects and smells. This
should help your pet to gradually adjust to its new surroundings, according
to the magazine.
To help your pet cat get used to a new flat or house, you should set
up its toys, scratching post and food and water bowls before letting
it out of its cage.
Once everything is in place in the new house or flat, the cat should
be left to freely explore its new environment. Be sure to give your cat
plenty of time.
A good sign to watch for is when the cat begins to rub its chin and the
sides of its body against the furniture – this is marking behaviour.