Cat Project Archives for September 18-22, 2017.
18, 2017: "It isn't always easy being a father to
a cat." - B. L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Yes, that's the dog's food.
Mewvie: Louisiana cat rescue.
Feline Art: The voice of
see your cat cafe and raise you a cat cafe TRAIN.
by Cara Giaimo
Bill Adler moved to Tokyo from Washington, D.C., about three years ago.
Over the phone, he lists a few of his new home’s virtues: “Beautiful
country, great food, interesting people,” he says. “And cat
This past Sunday, September 10, Adler and a few dozen fellow travelers
rode on one of those cat café trains. They were joined by about
30 rescue kittens, which spent the trip climbing the legs of besotted
passengers, running back and forth on train benches, and napping on laps.
Adler traveled about 90 minutes outside of Tokyo to hop this train, which
left from the small city of O¯gaki. He is quite familiar with cats—he
has one himself—as well as with his adopted country’s love
for cat cafés, in which patrons drink tea and eat cookies while
surrounded by felines.
But he was too curious to pass this opportunity up. “We all wondered
what it was going to be like—this vision of a train and cats,” he
says. “How was it going to work out?”
Quite well, it turns out. Unlike the older, often lazier cats that lend
stationary cat cafés a lounge-like atmosphere, the train kittens
were in perpetual motion. “They were so light and little and curious
about everything,” says Adler. Three kittens circled one woman
for nearly the entire ride, clambering all over her. Another passenger
spent hours cradling a tiny black cat to his chest.
The two-and-a-half-hour trip flew by. “In Japanese, one very popular
word is kawaii, which means cute,” Adler says. “That word
was more appropriate on this train ride than any other place I’ve
ever been. It was awesomely cute. It was just wild!”
The cat train was a collaboration between a local NGO, called Kitten
Cafe Sanctuary, and the train’s owner, Yoro Railway Co Ltd. The
NGO hoped to promote stray cat adoption, while the transportation company
aimed to jumpstart tourism to O¯gaki and the destination city, Ikeno.
To this end, the ride offered other amenities—free food; views
of mountains and meadows; a bathroom break halfway through.
All were ignored. “Not a single person ended up having snacks during
the ride,” says Adler. “Nobody got off the train [at the
break]… no one bothered to look out the window, because the cats
were just so cute.”
The cat train was so successful, in fact, that its mission was somewhat
undercut. “I don’t think the cats even knew they were on
a train,” says Adler. “And frankly, neither did we.”
19, 2017: "In performing a variety of intellectually
demanding tasks, cats usually emerge as clear winners (over
dogs)." - Dr. David Greene
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man, you just gotta get a dog. They're great."
Mewvie: Scout's honor.
Feline Art: Cat mural.
20, 2017: "A meow massages the heart." - Stuart
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Come on in! The water's fine!"
Mewvie: Vet Ranch saves a paralyzed kitten.
Art: "Alien Cat" by Alex Ruiz.
21, 2017: "I have studied many philosophers and many
cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Abandon all hope ye who enter here.
Mewvie: Munay, the Machu Picchu kitten, comes to America.
Feline Art: "Charlie
Tuxedo Cat" by Heidi Shaulis.
22, 2017: "The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball
coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen
cat." - Michael McGarel
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We're gonna need a bigger box."
Mewvie: How to trap a cat.
Feline Art: 1909 poster
by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen.
to pet a cat.
by Noelle Green
Petting a cat may sound simple, but for children or people who haven't
spent much time around cats, it's important to know the do's and don'ts
of approaching and petting feline friends. Petting in the wrong spot
or using too much force or speed can agitate some cats, causing them
to bite or scratch. We recommend letting it happen on the cat's terms-
seek permission to touch her, and let the cat have control over the interaction.
1. Let the cat come to you.
Let the cat come up to you and sniff you before you pet it to ensure
that it is comfortable. Reach out a hand or finger and give the cat the
opportunity to sniff you out. If she shows no interest in your hand or
shows suspicion, come back another time.
2. Wait for kitty to give you the okay.
If she sniffs your hand and meows, rubs her head against your hand, or
brushes against your body, you've basically got the green light! The
tell-all sign of an "okay" from a cat would be a head bump
against your hand, meaning she wants attention. Give her some love by
petting her softly a couple times.
3. Pet the cat if she jumps into your lap or lies on her side.
If the cat jumps into your lap and lays down, full speed ahead! You just
got yourself a ticket to pet your feline friend. If she fidgets, that
may mean she just wants some warmth or to relax. Otherwise continue to
pet kitty along the spine. Cats also love to be petted when they are
lying on their side, especially if they are purring.
4. Bring on the purrs.
When a cat purrs while you're petting her, you might as well give yourself
a pat on the back, because you just got a gold metal in cat petting!
Purring is a tell-tale sign that the cat is comfortable and wants attention.
The loudness of the purr denotes the happiness level- the louder the
purr, the happier the cat.
5. Never get too confident!
Watch for signs that the cat is annoyed when petting her. If she becomes
overstimulated or is irritated by your poor petting technique, she might
nip you! Here are some warning signs of over-stimulation: ears flattening,
tail twitching, fidgeting, or growling.
There are a few places where it's hard to go wrong: areas where cats
have scent glands are perfect for petting. Knowing where to touch, and
when to stay away, can help ensure that both of you will enjoy each other's
company and most importantly, like each other!
1. Focus on areas with scent glands.
Starting with a chin scratch is a great way to begin your Cat Petting
101 trial. Use your fingertips to gently rub or scratch her chin, and
see how she reacts. Another great spot are between and behind the ears.
Make sure you are very gentle and watch out if her ears start to flatten.
Try kitty's cheeks, where her whiskers are. If she likes this, her whiskers
will perk up. Another great technique is running the back of your hand
along the side of the face. Lastly, stroke the cat from the forehead
to the tail. Apply gentle pressure and make it a nice, fluid, continuous
motion. Following these petting how-tos will ensure a better chance of
the cat liking you!
2. Areas to avoid.
Always pet a cat in the same, continuous direction, as some cats don't
like being pet from tail to head. Never pat an unknown cat, even though
sometimes they enjoy it. The risk isn't worth a bite! A golden no-no
rule is to always stay away from rubbing or petting the tummy. Unlike
dogs, just because a kitty rolls onto its back doesn't always mean it's
ready for a pet. Some cats don't even like being pet there at all! And
lastly, approach the toes and feet with caution. Unless you know the
cat pretty well, we couldn't recommend touching the feet.
And there you have it! You're a cat petting expert. Share with us your
cat petting experiences by commenting below.