Cat Project Archives for October 9-13, 2017.
9, 2017: "No tame animal has lost less of its native
dignity or maintained more if its ancient reserve. The
domestic cat might rebel tomorrow." - William Conrad
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The well-insulated outdoor cat house.
Mewvie: Simon's Cat presents "Spider Cat".
Feline Art: Cut-paper cats
by clare Willcocks.
About Cat Diets
by Jackie Brown
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59 percent of
cats living in the United States are obese. If you have a fat cat, helping
him shed a few pounds will do wonders for his health and might even add
years to his life — there’s no better motivation than that
to inspire healthy cat diets.
Putting a cat on a diet is not something to take lightly. Cats are sensitive
when it comes to weight loss, so crash diets are a big no-no. “If
weight loss is too fast or there is not adequate protein in the diet,
the risk of a disease called hepatic lipidosis — a very serious
metabolic liver disorder — is a very real danger,” explains
Ken Lambrecht, D.V.M., medical director of West Towne Veterinary Center
in Madison, Wisconsin.
Here’s how to configure cat diets safely and effectively:
When It Comes to Cat Diets, Work With Your Vet
“ It’s very important for cat owners to work directly with their
veterinarians regarding weight-management issues, especially for cats that are
significantly overweight,” Dr. Lambrecht shares. Your vet will help you
select the right food and feed the right amounts, as well as monitor your cat’s
weight loss to ensure the diet is working. At the first visit, your vet will
weigh your cat and also identify his ideal goal weight.
Aim for Slow Weight Loss
If cats lose weight too fast, they may become very sick. “Weight
loss has to be slow and steady, with frequent reassessments by the veterinary
team to make sure muscle loss does not occur,” Dr. Lambrecht explains.
The rate of weight loss should not be more than 1 to 2 percent per week.
Choose the Right Diet Cat Food
Cat diets should include foods that are high in proteins and moderate
to low in calories. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need
meat and a good amount of it. Some “diet cat food” contains
a lot of carbs, which is not great for weight loss. Most canned foods
will have more proteins and fewer carbs than dry foods, but it’s
possible to find high-protein, lower-carb dry foods. Again, your vet
will help guide you to choose the ideal food for your cat’s weight
Feed the Right Amount — And Don’t Be Fooled by Food Bags
Free feeding is not helpful for cat weight loss. Measured meals allow
you to keep track of how many calories your cat is consuming. But figuring
out exactly how much food to feed is tough.
Calorie needs vary according to lifestyle,
age and individual cat,” Dr. Lambrecht
Calories are not always clearly labeled.
The bag feeding guide often shows too many
calories for most cats.” Once again,
this is where your vet comes in. Decide on
a brand and have your vet calculate how much
of that particular food to feed your cat
in order to achieve a slow and steady weight
Cut Out — or At Least Cut Back on — Cat Treats
Awwww, no treats? So sad. Commercial cat treats are high in calories
and low in nutrition, so there’s no place for them when your cat
is trying to lose weight. If you must feed your cat treats, keep them
to a minimum and preferably stick to small amounts of high-protein human
foods, like tiny bits of cooked chicken or a little bit of scrambled
Bottom Line: Cat Diets Take Time to Work
It might take some time, but with diligence, the right cat diet will
help your cat drop those pounds and get healthier. “Weight loss
can be tricky, but the rewards are huge,” Dr. Lambrecht says. “A
cat that feels better, lives longer and acts like a kitten again is a
10, 2017: "A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a
cat is a person." - Mugsy Peabody
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Oops. My cat broke."
Feline Art: "Cat
11, 2017: "A cat is nobody's fool." - Heywood
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You may be wondering why I've asked
you all here."
Mewvie: Chillest cat ever.
Art: Cat embroidery. Artist unknown.
12, 2017: "A cat sees no good reason why it should
obey another animal, even if it does stand on two legs."-
Gratuitous Kittiness: "That's my paw."
Mewvie: Two-legged kitty.
Feline Art: "Shaman
Cat" by Ellen Rococo.
13, 2017: "Essentially, you do not so much teach your
cat as bribe him." - Lynn Hollyn
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Ahhh, my little town."
Mewvie: Fat cat fight.
Feline Art: Wooden cat
sculpture by Robert and Martha Barrow.
does my cat race aroud the house after visiting the
by Joan Morris
Q. My cat runs around the house like crazy almost every time she goes
No. 2 in her litter box. Is this normal? — Alice G.
A: Abnormal behavior in cats is normal, and in this case, your cat is
very normal. Probably most of the people who are owned by a cat has witnessed
this undignified celebration of litter box use, which I like to call
Most of the cats I’ve shared my life with exhibited this behavior,
and when one of them would burst into the room, pounce on me, race off
in the other direction, run up the scratching post and make a flying
leap for the couch, I always knew it was time for a little litter box
Recognizing it as normal, however, doesn’t really explain why they
do it, but there are some very interesting theories.
One such hypothesis is that the craziness relates to the days when cats
were wild and life was a bit more serious than it is now for the average
house cat. The wild cats chose to defecate far from their lairs so as
not to give away their position to potential predators or territorial
They would do their business quickly, cover it up and then run back to
their lair. But they wouldn’t run in a straight line, in case they
were being followed. Instead, they would take an erratic track.
Today’s domesticate kitties do the same thing, probably not understanding
why, but following that instinct from their ancestors. It might also
explain why outdoor cats prefer their neighbors’ yards over their
Another theory is that even the cat can’t stand the smell of its
own poop. The cat does its doodie and then runs away from the smell,
also hoping that the rush of air through its fur will remove any traces
While I agree that the poop smells like nothing ought ever to smell and
would make anyone want to run away, I don’t think that’s
the reason. The cat seems to enjoy tearing through the house too much
for it to just be an escape.
Which brings us to the last theory and that’s the belief that the
act of using the litter box is somewhat pleasurable and puts the cat
in a playful mood.
There is a physiological explanation. The vagus nerve in cats — and
humans — runs from the brain to the colon, and the act of going
poo can stimulate that nerve and cause some exhilaration.
If your cat has never done this before and suddenly starts, there might
be something less fun going on, especially if the cat stops using the
litter box for poop. Cats are all about cause-and-effect. If they use
the litter box and experience pain, they then blame the litter box. If
it hurts when I go here, they reason, then I’ll go over here.
In that case, your cat could be experiencing pain, which indicates a
trip the vet is required. But in the vast majority of cases, the cat
is fine and just enjoying the simple, yet smelly, aspects of life.