Cat Project Archives for May 15-19,
15, 2017 - "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings.
She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you
anxious not to hear the whole of it." - Jerome K.
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Happy Mother's Day to mothers of all stripes
Mewvie: The deepest meow.
Feline Art: Poster by
cat man starts from scratch
by Nadim Salem and Ammar Cheikh Omar
With the bombs came the cats.
Ambulance driver and paramedic Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, says he began
caring for the desperate animals in what was rebel-held eastern Aleppo
" As people were fleeing and leaving their neighborhoods, the cats started
to come to my area because I was already feeding some," Aljaleel told NBC
News in a recent interview.
When the Syrian civil war became more intense so did his responsibilities.
Aljaleel's pride grew from six or seven hungry felines to more than 170,
By 2015, the 42-year-old had built a sanctuary, "Ernesto's House," named
after his first cat.
As Syrian and then Russian aircraft targeted the area and much of the
population refused to capitulate to the forces of President Bashar al-Assad,
Aljaleel became known as the "Cat Man of Aleppo" — a
symbol of resilience and kindness amid war and devastation.
From the beginning, Aljaleel said his aim was to protect, feed and keep
his felines healthy, as well as create a playground for children with
swings and other games.
"It was a really wonderful job," he said. "All the schools and
the children used to come and visit the sanctuary. They would see the huge amount
of cats that were left behind by their owners."
And when more fleeing families learned about him, they would drop their
cats off before leaving the city in search of safety.
As well as caring for cats, Aljaleel would also take care of stray dogs
when he could, feeding them and giving them simple veterinary care — although
he stopped short of bringing them to live with the cats.
Then, as with so many others in the Syrian war, Aljaleel eventually became
a victim himself.
In November, bombs struck "Ernesto's House," reducing it to
rubble, he said. Most of the cats were killed and he was forced to flee
the city with just a handful of the survivors. Aljaleel's perilous journey
to reach the countryside outside Aleppo took 15 days.
"Ernesto's House" now has a new home in the countryside west of Aleppo.
Aljaleel's story has attracted followers from around the world thanks to media
reports and his own Facebook page.
Some people have donated money, others even organized fundraising events
in the U.S. and Spain, all of which helped him rebuild.
He said that his friends "saw that I suffered a lot from this loss.
They wanted to help me in any way."
Aljaleel said caring for the animals put a lot of pressure on his personal
life and he ended up separating from his wife; she and his two children
now live in Turkey. He said he tries to visit them as frequently as possible.
"I hope my children one day will understand what their father was doing," Aljaleel
said. "And that the world will repay them with the same kindness and mercy
I've given to these animals and humans in need."
His new home outside Aleppo now has about 25 cats. But for Aljaleel and
the people who visit it, it is more than just a cat sanctuary.
"It seeks to erase the war from children's minds," he said. "Caring
for the cats is a gateway to bringing good will to the country and build it around
being more merciful."
16, 2017 - "If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because
he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it
is because your lap is warmer." - Alfred North Whitehead
Gratuitous Kittiness: Who SAYS there's nothing good on TV.... trays?
Mewvie: "Yes, Adolph. I know, Adolph. OKAY, ADOLPH!"
Feline Art: "Fire Cat"
by Rachel Schlueter.
17, 2017 - "It's really the cat's house--we just pay
the mortgage." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mmmmm. My little pony."
Mewvie: A little kitty silliness.
Komic: 9 Chickweed Lane
Art: Name those kitties.
run held for beloved cat.
by Danielle Zicki
If you believe only dogs are man’s best friend, think again.
Catsby, a gray-and-white cat known in the Duluth, Minnesota, neighborhood
of Lakeside, was everyone’s cat. Although Sue Hagge was technically
his owner, Catsby was free to roam around the community where residents
called him their own. Six months ago the neighborhood cat was hit by
a car and killed. But his legacy lives on.
Initially reported by the Duluth News Tribune, The Great Catsby 5K Fun
Run on May 20 will raise money for a life-size bronze statue of the feline
near the Duluth Lakewalk and East High School—two places he frequented.
The statue will include his specific markings and a QR code that will
allow people to share stories of him on a blog.
“People have continued sharing their experiences with me,” Hagge
told Runner’s World by phone. “Everything from, ‘Catsby jumped
in our car and we took him on a ride to McDonald’s,’ or ‘We
found Catsby in our house again.’”
Hagge describes Catsby as the friendliest and most intelligent cat she’s
ever had (and there have been many)—she could always see the wheels
turning in his mind. When she got him, Catsby was already an outdoor
cat, so she didn’t plan on cooping him up.
“He'd lay out on the Lakewalk, and there would be a group of people just
standing around petting him,” she said.
So did Catsby like runners in particular? According to Hagge, he liked
everyone.The idea for a fun run actually came from someone in the neighborhood
to help raise money for the statue that will cost $3,000.
“A run captures the interest of a broad range of people,” Hagge said. “Anyone—young
or old—can be involved. It’s a very inclusive event.”
As of now, about 90 people have signed up for the 5K that will go through
Catsby’s favorite areas. Hagge hopes even more will attend in his
18, 2017 - "Cats come and go without ever leaving." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Time for my milk bath."
Mewvie: This cat, Dexter, was 20 years old when he was
adopted from a shelter.
Feline Art: "Hell Cat" by alex Garnett"
19, 2017 - "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." -
Robert A. Stern
Gratuitous Kittiness: A little kitten therapy.
Mewvie: Waking up a cat with an airhorn.
Feline Art: Bronze cat head, 30 BC.
will love this bastard of a cat?
by Camila Domonoske
Looking for a rescued cat to take home? There's "Sunny Puss, friendly
ginger cat." "Tom Tom, loving tuxedo kitten."
Then there's "Mr. Biggles, utter bastard of a cat."
The Cat People of Melbourne wrote an adoption listing for Mr. Biggles
(aka Lord Bigglesworth) that reads less like an ad and more like a cautionary
Mr. Biggles "is an utter utter bastard," Gina Brett wrote in
the listing, which went viral. He is "a despot and a dictator."
He's a gorgeous cat, but beware, she writes:
"If he doesn't like what you're doing he will give you a nip! Sometimes
he likes to swipe at your feet too. It just depends on what he can reach at the
"Mr Biggles does not like to be thwarted. He throws a catty tantrum if he
can't go outside when he wants to be let out (and he wasn't allowed outside for
the first couple of weeks at his carers house so there was a few tantrums!).
Not being fed on time ... is also a tantrum inducing exercise. ...
"He will let you know [when] he is not happy, which is often because things
are often just not up to his high standards. ... Mr Biggles likes his cuddles
on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it's time. If the stroking
is not up to his standards, he will nip you."
In a video posted with the listing, Mr. Biggles declined to offer a statement
on why he was such a bastard, and whether he did it intentionally.
Mr. Biggles "does have a secret soft side," writes Brett. For
instance, he likes stalking chickens.
It's not all irascibility and violence. Mr. Biggles "permits kisses
on his shiny black head if he's feeling mellow," the listing notes.
He has a cute little snore. And he is capable of playing with a dog without
drawing blood. He also "loves to be involved with what you're doing," which
is a rather ambiguous form of praise for a cat.
And he's healthy. "Stupidly healthy," the listing says.
" Mr Biggles is not a cat for the inexperienced or faint hearted. He is
a full blooded tomcat with very firm boundaries," the listing concludes. "Are
you that one special person for Mr Biggles?"
As of Friday afternoon, Lord Bigglesworth was still available for adoption — but.