5, 2017 - "A cat is never vulgar." - Carl Van
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Cats are so, uhhhh, majestic.
Mewvie: Cats are so, uhhh, peculiar.
Feline Art: Innovative
structures for cats, by Edgar Arceneaux
mysteriously aware of unsuspecting woman's pregnancy
by Mark Tauscheck
DES MOINES, Iowa — Last August, Julie Paccamonti, of Des Moines,
noticed her cat, Zeus, was becoming clingy.
“Like, in between the shower liners when I was taking a shower, like I
wasn't allowed to be in a room he wasn't in,” she said.
In fact, Zeus wouldn't let Julie more than 2 feet away, ever, and the
5-year-old cat was always touching her.
"He’d sit outside the bedroom door and just meow and meow and meow
and meow,” her husband said.
“So I took him in and doctor couldn't find anything wrong with him, and
the doctor kinda jokingly said, 'Do you think you're pregnant?' And I was like,
'No way,'" she said.
Actually, yes way.
A pregnancy test confirmed what Zeus already knew. The vet explained
the cat may have been reacting to Julie's hormonal changes, so the next
nine months were a challenge.
“It was hard because, you know, you're pregnant and you're warm anyways,
and you got this cat that is always trying to be on you every second of the day,
following you around. I had a hard time sleeping because he would be up in my
face all night,” she said.
It all ended when baby Ivy came into the world.
“We got home from the hospital and instantly (the cat was) back to normal,
didn't want anything to do with me, doesn't come to sit on my lap anymore, doesn't
sleep with me anymore,” she said.
Zeus also over-groomed himself during Julie's pregnancy; the vet said
it might have been anxiety. The bald patches are growing back from where
he licked his hair off, but a bad sore required antibiotics and the cone
Zeus should be back to himself soon - but does Julie miss the nine months
of constant cat canoodling? Even a little bit?
“No,” she laughed.
It's not an exact science because animals are so different, but animal
behavior specialists have determined some pets probably can sense the
significant hormonal changes during pregnancy due to their excellent
sense of smell.
6, 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: Love by the handfull.
Mewvie: The miracle cat.
Feline Art: Cardboard
is art, too.
7, 2017 - "Who needs television when you have cats?" -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Work? Yeah, right."
Mewvie: "Me! Out! NOW!"
Komic: 9 Chickweed Lane
Art: Cat house, creator unknown.
the adventure cat.
by Kelli Bender
Vladmir Kitten has many backyards.
The adventure cat has been on the road since 2016 with his owners Cees
and Madison Hofman. In 2016, the couple graduated and decided to visit
all 59 of the United States’ national parks in celebration of their
achievements and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service.
Vlad was along for the entire ride, gradually becoming leash-trained
and joining his humans outdoors on adventures. Now the black-and-white
feline is a natural explorer.
“From the beginning we wanted to train Vladimir to be an adventure cat.
We wanted to share our adventures with him. So really, it’s all he knew
since he was a kitten. He’s never really been outside on his own — always
with us on a leash. Honestly, he loves it. He totally understands how it works
to hike down a trail, and can even follow us off leash,” Madison Hofman
Along with knowing how to hike, Vlad is also a master biker, climber
and kayaker. Basically, he is fearless.
Now a pro on the majestic beauty our country has to offer, Vlad has formed
some strong opinions on his favorite parts of the USA. While he enjoyed
all his adventures, one trip stuck out in particular.
“We had some really fun adventures in Great Sand Dunes National Park. He
LOVED hiking in the sand. We joke that he thought it was his giant litter box,” Hofman
Overall the epic trip, which took several months, was a breeze for Vlad
but there was one dramatic moment that Hofman recalls.
“He snuck out of the RV when we were parked for lunch on the boundary of
the Arctic Circle in Alaska. We didn’t realize he had gotten out of the
rig for over an hour or so. We went out looking for him and didn’t find
him for a while! We thought he was lost for good in the Alaskan Wilderness. We
hung out for a while and we kept calling him. Finally he showed up with his tail
straight up and looking very pleased that he was able to take himself on an adventure,” she
After all this exploring with a kitty companion, Hofman has one piece
of advice for the those who are inspired to try something similar with
“Start them young and be patient,” Hofman advises. “Cats learn
at their own pace and usually need time to adjust to new things. Don’t
give up if your cat doesn’t immediately respond.”
Vlad has recently learned something new, how to be a big brother. Cees
and Madison welcomed their son Theo into the world this year, who seems
to have already won Vlad’s approval.
“He’s doing really well! He comes up and sniffs Theo’s head
every once and a while … and in the morning, he comes and snuggles with
all of us!”
8, 2017 - "Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and
their owner has twice as much fun."
- Lloyd Alexander
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I only have eyes for you."
Mewvie: Smart momma cat.
Feline Art: "Ninja Cat"
by Taylor Fischer.
9, 2017 - "Chances are that a man who can nuzzle a
kitten is also open and caring in other facets of his life." -
Barbara L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you ti DIE!"
Mewvie: Cats are TOO cute sometimes.
Feline Art: "Sphinx
Cat" by Nyle Levi
by Johanna Li
Celebrating a daughter’s quinceanera is a rite of passage for many
That’s why the Olavarria family of North Carolina decided to throw
the customary celebration for their beloved rescue cat, Luna, as she
turned 15 years old.
“We adore Luna, almost too much,” her owner, Brigitte Olavarria of
Charlotte said in a
statement provided to InsideEdition.com. “We wanted to celebrate
her long life properly. She is definitely a princess at heart, so we
knew your standard birthday celebration wouldn’t suffice.”
Brigitte said she was joking with her friends that they should throw
Luna a quinceanera when her mom decided to run with the idea.
“My mom loves throwing parties, and loves our pets even more,” she
From sending out invitations a week in advance, to ordering a tres leches
cake from the family’s favorite bakery, and even decorating, Brigitte
said her mom had all the bases covered.
They even bought a traditional quinceanera dress for Luna, and topped
off the outfit with a crown.
“I totally thought my mom was joking when she said she was going to order
a dress for her,” her brother, Angel Olavarria said. “[But] my mom
never jokes about our pets."
On the big day, they said 12 people, close friends and family, showed
up to celebrate with Luna.
“The party was hilarious to say the least,” Brigitte said. “Luna
was such a good sport during the whole thing. I think she was happy to be surrounded
by her family.”
And although Luna is getting up there in years, she explained Luna very
much still acts like a kitten.
“ She’s a very happy and spoiled cat,” Brigitte said. “She
bosses us all around and usually gets what she wants because she’s so stinkin’ cute.”