Cat Project Archives for March 20-24,
20, 2017 - "I have studied many philosophers and many
cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "When you're a Jet you're a Jet all the
Mewvie: Simon's Cat and the date that will go down in
Feline Art: "Puffball"
by Kam Wei.
perfume offers frangrance of a kitten's neck.
by Carla Herreria
If you enjoy the gentle nuzzle from a soft, tiny kitten, we’ve
got good news. Demeter Fragrance Library, a New York-based company that
develops fragrances based on everyday scents, has developed a new perfume
that will bring memories of a dozen kitten cuddles.
Get ready to spritz yourself with Demeter’s “Kitten Fur.”
“Now after 15 years of effort, Demeter has captured the olfactory essence
of the warmth and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind kitten’s neck,” the
company wrote on its website.
The scent of “Kitten Fur” is being sold in several Demeter
products, including cologne, roll-on perfume oil, body lotion, shower
gel and a diffuser oil, in case you wanted an entire room to smell like
one giant kitten.
Prices range from $6 for a half-ounce of cologne to $39.95 for four ounces
Demeter develops and sells of wide range of scents, including more traditional
fragrances such as “Jasmine” and “Sweet Orange,” or
peculiar ones like “Popcorn,” “Earthworm” and “Fuzzy
Balls.” (The last one, in case you were curious, smells like “the
woosh of a freshly opened can of tennis balls.”)
But it isn’t the first company to attempt to emulate the scent
Felissimo, a Japanese mail-order company, in 2015 developed a fabric
spray that smells like a cat’s head, which is supposedly similar
to baked bread. The company recently developed a lip gloss that is said
to feel like a cat’s wet nose.
So what does a kitten’s neck smell like?
Demeter’s Facebook fans said their cats smell like a number of
different things, including honey, baby powder and cinnamon spice bread,
and a combination of a “newborn baby, a freshly baked loaf of bread
and the scent of home.” At least one person suggested “litter
dust and cat spit.”
Whatever the fragrance ends up smelling like, let’s just hope it
smells more sweet than foul, and it doesn’t trigger cat allergies.
21, 2017 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of
is innocence." - Edward Paley
Gratuitous Kittiness: Getting away from it all.
Mewvie: Surprise kitten rescue.
Feline Art: Cat art by
22, 2017 - "A cat is an example of sophistication
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm purrrrr-ing in the rain!"
Mewvie: How do dey do dat?
Art: "16 Black Cats" by Emma Lazauski.
does it mean if your cat purrs inappropriately?
by Duncan Lindsay
It’s a sound that we love and associate with our cats and kittens
being happy, healthy and content. But there are many reasons why our
feline friends could be purring and they can be communicating a variety
of things through their own personal language – and not all of
the messages conveyed are positive.
Turns out that there is such a thing as ‘inappropriate purring’,
where a cat may actually be using its form of communication to relax
itself in times of distress.
A purr from our furry friend can mean many things from happiness to see
their owner to their fear of a thunderstorm or an alert that they are
in pain. However, rather than just a cry for help necessarily, the purring
is often used by the cat as a form of self soothing.
According to Pets4Home, inappropriate purring can confuse pet owners
who are wondering why our cats are ‘singing’ during an examination
by a vet or when they have a protective cone over their head. A female
cat may purr while giving birth to a litter of kittens but this isn’t
to identify that she is relaxed or content, it’s to keep herself
and her kittens calm and is a unique self protective mechanism.
The purring helps the cat to block out outside sounds so all they hear
is their own sound as a vibration through their bodies as well as aurally.
This is why cats may purr when there are outside stimulus such as loud
Cats will also soothe themselves when they are ill or of very old age
by purring. However, it is important to remember than inappropriate purring
is pretty uncommon and there will more than likely be other signs and
symptoms that something is amiss too as well as just the sound that the
cat is making.
He or she may display odd behaviours, be more subdued, may start to have
accidents around the home or may become aggressive or more vocal. So
hearing your cat purr should remain something to enjoy, unless there
are other factors at play that could suggest a trip to the vet may be
necessary. And while it shouldn’t be a cause for panic, cats CAN
use this form of purring to warn you of something like an injury or discomfort
to a major change in the house that you weren’t aware was distressing
If in doubt, the vet is the best bet. But in the meantime, continue to
remember that cats will purr to show you affection far more often than
they will purr to say something is wrong so while the extra knowledge
and vigilance is necessary, don’t let it take away any of the comfort
your pet’s purr brings to you both.
If anything, it adds another beautiful aspect to the sound we love to
hear from our cats. Not only does it bring them joy in some scenarios;
in others it brings them safety and helps them to relax.
23, 2017 - "The majority of people who still have
back doors don't let their cats go through them." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Allllllways watching."
Mewvie: Friendly Istanbul cat.
Feline Art: "Cat Pile" by Aleksandra Chabros.
24, 2017 - "Cats, like butterflies, need no excuse." -
Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is it time to sleep again yet?"
Mewvie: The Ikea cat.
Feline Art: "Inktober Cats" by Rheann
to convince your landlord to let you have a cat
by Alex Casey
Here is a concise list of things I have managed to do inside my home
as a human adult woman:
1) Tripped down the stairs holding a giant blueberry smoothie and coated
the cream carpets, cream curtains and white walls in deep purple blood
splatter like some kind of fitspo Dexter.
2) Did a backwards roll off a couch when I was drunk and put my big toe
through the wall
3) Slightly scorched a kitchen wall with actual fire whilst trying to
stew a humble pot of apples
Here is a list of things my cats have managed to do:
1) Meow softly
2) Look cute
With that in mind, I know I’m not alone in the frustration of scrolling
through endless properties that bark NO PETS, and dealing with property
managers who look at you at you like you just threw up a jellyfish when
you casually drop the fact that you might have some small furry flatmates
waiting in the wings. Why people are rocked to their very core by this
revelation, when 64% of New Zealanders are pet owners, is beyond me.
We are world leaders in pet ownership, which is a fact that I find extremely
What’s less cute is the fact that only 14% of landlords allow pets
in their rental properties, ignoring the fact that millions of people
in New Zealand will be in cahoots with rentals for longer than a few
months, or even a few years. In fact, most of us have been led down the
aisle at gunpoint to join with renting in holy matrimony for the rest
of our lives, without the possibility of a divorce in sight. What a shame
we aren’t even allowed to put up a painting or plant a lemon tree
in our new marital home.
And GOD HELP YOU if you decide to bring pets into the equation.
My partner and I have only had our cats for a year and a half, and have
been looking and applying for our own place to rent throughout. Whilst
I’ve been endlessly parading around open homes in posh blazers
I never wear and staring into empty cupboards thoughtfully, I’ve
also been noting down the various pieces of advice that landlords, property
managers and pet owners alike have been passing on. Here are all the
tips I’ve collated on how to convince a cruel and harsh world to
allow your cat to set its tiny cat foot inside the precious mouldy, drafty,
damp, uninsulated rental of your dreams.
Get a pet referee
I shit you not, this is a very real thing and a very effective thing.
Just like you need to provide employer references, character references,
an etching of your face in a slice of toast and a small vial of your
urine, it’s a good idea to get someone to vouch for the character
of your furry mates. Landlords want to know that your cats aren’t
going to spray everywhere, tear up the carpet and presumably take over
the world like that evil Russian one in Cats and Dogs.
You can also go one step further and make them a CV if you are that way
inclined… But who would ever bother doing that….
Give them the ol’ Puss in Boots eyes
Some people in my online cat support group (all of the Internet) advised
getting the landlord to meet your pet first, but does that mean you have
to bring them to the viewing in a cage? Seems OTT. Good idea in theory – who
doesn’t love a soft kitten??? – but if you have erratic rescue
cats like me then you never know which way it’s going to go.
Take note from the old lady who swallowed a fly
One of my friends once did a Trojan Horse move inspired by the nursery
rhyme. They moved into a flat with the (secret) cat, then casually mentioned
there was a mouse problem. Offering to sort the problem out themselves,
they wheeled out the cat to eradicate the invisible mice. Then bring
in a dog to sort the cat problem, a capybara to sort the dog problem
and a horse to sort the cabybara problem.
Offer the landlords everything you have
Okay, it’s important to note that a landlord charging you a pet
bond is actually illegal, but many many people in my criminal underbelly
circles advised that offering extra cold hard cash is the only way forward.
Landlords seem to be constantly terrified that your cat will tag the
walls, rip the curtains up and leave to join The Parnell Pussies with
Obviously, not everyone is in the position to pay extra when forking
out bricks of gold to cover the regular bond as it is. We definitely
weren’t, because cats are fucking expensive as it is, man. Zelda
once refused to do a crap for five days at the vet and cost us about
a million dollars. It might be the most expensive cat poop that’s
ever been dropped. At least our landlord didn’t have to lose sleep
about her pooping on the carpet for a few nights (she’s never done
that + is an angel).
You know the drill, just get a big ol’ trench coat and chuck your
kits in it like a bunch of circus folk. Or you could wrap them in up
in a stroller but be careful because heaps of landlords hate little kids
Once I was shockingly instructed by an actual property manager that lying
about my cats to the landlord and hiding them away when inspection rolls
around would be totally fine. I refused. Lying is notoriously bad and
history has shown it makes your nose grow heaps, plus how do you stay
cool about the giant cat palace you’ve got in the corner of your
Shave them and blame a naked mole rat infestation
Only have one cat
Another thing I’ve been told more than once is that landlords might
stretch to accommodate one cat, but certainly not two. “You should
think about only having one,” a woman on the phone cooed down the
phone to me, as I wept gently at another tenancy offer rejected.
YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT ONLY HAVING ONE???
And if your cat is actually a dog…
Peace be with you but it’s time to pack up and move to Mars. Matt
Damon managed to survive, you should be fine.