Cat Project Archives for March 27-31,
27, 2017 - "Don't think that I'm silly for liking
it, I just happen to like the simple little things, and
I love cats!" - Michelle Gardner
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We're the Good Hands kitties."
Mewvie: "Look, Ma! No feet!"
Feline Art: Georgetown
kindergarten class paints Klee cats.
introduces free cat program for rodent control.
by Sara Gilgore
A new workforce is growing in Washington. And it’s a rodent’s
D.C.-based Humane Rescue Alliance has launched Blue Collar Cats, an initiative
that provides local businesses with resident felines to patrol their
properties and keep the unwelcome creatures away. In return, feral cats
that otherwise are not candidates for adoption get homes — and
they earn their keep.
Humane Rescue Alliance's Blue Collar Cats program provides local businesses
feral cats to… more
The program is designed to be “mutually beneficial to the cat and
the business,” said Lauren Lipsey, HRA’s vice president of
The cats are already spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and
have had the tip of an ear clipped, to signal the completion of these
procedures. The business owner pays nothing upfront, but is signing up
to care for the cat — provide it food, water, shelter, medical
expenses and care — for its lifetime, as is the case with any HRA
adoption. The cat will often live outside in a small house provided by
the organization, and won’t interfere with staff or patrons, “other
than acting as a kind of scarecrow in a field of corn,” Lipsey
A similar system in Chicago inspired HRA, the product of a merger last
year between the Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue
League, to develop this program. It was adapted to meet the codes and
requirements of the District, where, for instance, animals cannot enter
restaurants under city law. Still, a cat’s presence on the premises “is
going to be a deterrent to rodents in the area,” Lipsey said, “and
we’ve seen this to be true, not just anecdotally but also at some
of the locations that we’ve already partnered with.”
So far, two bars, an apartment complex, a real estate office, a brewery,
two homes, a hardware store and a church have expressed interest. Most
of these are located in Northwest, but HRA expects the program will expand
to more locations in Northeast where businesses tend to be surrounded
by more land, according to Lipsey. HRA has placed eight cats with businesses
28, 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." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I just love a penthouse view."
Mewvie: Cats hate cucumbers.... right?
Feline Art: "Uni Bel
Di" by Susan Herbert.
29, 2017 - "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." -
Leonardo da Vinci
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is this the droid you're looking for?"
Mewvie: "Goodnight, human."
Art: "Vanity" by Susan Herbert.
cat may love you more than you think.
by Oliver Moody
“The wildest of all the wild animals,” Rudyard Kipling wrote in the
Just So Stories, “was the cat. He walked by himself, and all places were
alike to him.”
Even today, nine millennia after its first members were dom-esticated
and more than 600 years after the invention of the cat flap, the species
manages to project an air of indifference to its surroundings.
For most cats, however, this is just an act. Researchers have found they
prefer the company of humans to food, catnip and the smell of their fellow
Three academics led by Kristyn Vitale Shreve, a PhD candidate in animal
behaviour studies at Oregon State University in the US, took issue with
many scientific papers that have described the animal as difficult to
They used a test that involved putting a cat in a room with a range of
objects and measuring how much time they spent contemplating each one.
The researchers took 23 pet cats and 22 from animal shelters. They worked
out each cat’s preferred kind of human interaction, food, scent
and toy. In the last section of the study, each cat was put in the -middle
of a cross surrounded by its favourite items from the four categories
and -allowed to roam around at will.
The results, published in the journal Behavioural Processes, show 19
of the 38 cats that got the hang of the experiment spent the most time
hanging around the human, while only 14 dwelt on the food. Four of the
remaining five went for the toys, while only one opted for a squirt of
“The idea cats have not been domesticated long enough to show preference
toward human interaction is not supported by these data,” the researchers
wrote, while conceding some cats are friendlier than others.
30, 2017 - "There are many intelligent species in
the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Anonymous
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cat logic #577.
Mewvie: "Need a hand?"
Feline Art: "Shadow-Box Cat" by Dolan Geiman.
31, 2017 - "I would gladly change places with any
of my cats." - George Ney
Gratuitous Kittiness: "This is my job. I'm very good at it."
Mewvie: Cat vs. the postman.
Feline Art: "Grannie" by Christine Nybak Hill
found 900 miles away and 25 feet down from home.
by Mark Belcher
DALLAS — One Denver family is making a surprise trip to Dallas,
Texas to pick up their cat which had been missing for nearly a year.
Nearly 800 miles away from home, someone found Harvey at the bottom of
a 25 ft. hole in Dallas, TX. No one has figured out how he ended up there,
and it’s possible it will remain a mystery. If anything, the cat
is proof you might as well live it up if you’ve got nine lives.
Dallas Animal Services employees then tracked the cats owner down through
Lakewood resident Jackie Ewer received a call about four weeks ago.
“I don’t know how it’s possible you have my cat because I live
in Colorado,” said Ewer. “I’m surprised, but at the same time
if any cat would have some crazy adventure, it would be Harvey. He’s very
She talked with Denver7 from Miami, where she and her family are vacationing.
She will head to Dallas to pick up her traveling cat over the weekend.
“I don’t know if he like, got on a truck somewhere and it took off
and he somehow had some adventure all the way down there. I have no idea. It
is so bizarre to me.”
Harvey had been missing for nearly eight months before someone found
him on a construction site in Highland Park in Dallas. It took crews
six hours to remove him from the deep hole. He was covered in mud, but
thankfully in good shape.
“After I didn’t see him for a while I was concerned that a wild animal
got him,” said Ewer. “He knew where his home was, so I was surprised
when he didn’t come home for a couple nights and I was worried about him.”
Harvey had always been an outdoor cat, at home in Colorado.
“He thrived there. He was kind of king of the block. Came home every night
Ewer got him from the Adopt a Barn Cat program when, she believed, he
was about 4-years-old. He had been part of her family for a year, before
A little mischievous with quite the personality, we may never know how
Harvey purrrfected his survival skills.
“I wish he could talk. That would be such a fun story to see what has he
been up to for the last eight months,” said Ewer.