Cat Project Archives for April 16-20,
16, 2018: There is, incidently, no way of talking about
cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. - Dan
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I seem to have made a strategic error."
Cat Mewvie: A little information
about a big cat. The Maine Coon.
Feline Art: Book cover art,
by Mara Ceri.
for the slow blink
by Rae Paoletta
Whether they’re kneading our flesh like bread or following us into
the bathroom, cats are always trying to tell their humans something — most
of it involving food. But an animal behaviorist tells Inverse one familiar
behavior cats exhibit could be a true sign of affection.
It’s often been rumored that a cat’s “slow blink” is
its way of saying, “I love you.” It’s even been called
a “cat kiss”! The truth is, we’ll never truly know
what’s going on inside a kitty’s brain, but there’s
evidence to suggest a cat slowly wincing at its human means it trusts
“Cats will typically avoid eye contact when afraid or threatened; when
they are being offensively aggressive, they will stare (and staring at them is
perceived as a threat),” Mikel Delgado, a cat researcher the University
of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, tells Inverse. “The
slow blink is a demonstration of eye contact without staring, and we interpret
this behavior as a sign of relaxation and trust. Some might call that love.”
Think of it this way: If a cat closes its eyes around like it’s
falling asleep, it’s signaling that it doesn’t view you as
a threat. This is similar to the way some cats expose their bellies to
their humans, which signals trust and vulnerability. For kitties, the
absence of extreme hatred is love, and as cat owners know, there is no
“I have always heard that the “slow blink” is a sign of love,
and I try to do it right back,” Clea Simon, author of The Feline Mystique:
On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats.
While it’s tempting to stare into your cat’s bulbous eyes,
experts warn this could be interpreted as a sign of aggression. Instead,
try and give your cat a slow blink every once in a while and see if he
or she returns it. If your cat doesn’t blink back, this doesn’t
mean they despise you — maybe they just have a different way of
“I always recommend to a person that they look for a blink from the cat
and then slowly extend a finger out toward the cat and allow her to sniff,” veterinary
behaviorist Wailani Sung writes in VetStreet. “If the cat is receptive
to more interactions with that person, she will sniff the finger and may try
to rub her face on the finger or lower her head for attention. If the cat backs
away or bats at the finger, it is a clear sign the kitty does not want any physical
interactions with the person.”
Cats, capricious as they may be, never run out of ways to show humans
they actually care about us. Though their definition of love vaguely
translates to “I don’t wish to murder you at this particular
moment,” it’s love nonetheless..
17, 2018: "No amount of time can erase the memory
of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally
remove his fur from your couch." - Leo Dworken
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Meow, man."
Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat slides
Feline Art: Cat couture.
18, 2018: "Cats can be cooperative when something
feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed
to feel as much of the time as possible." - Roger
Gratuitous Kittiness: Top hat and tails.
Cat Mewvie: Baby wants his bath.
Art: "Monster Cat Machine" by rcmedy.
19, 2018: "Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when
motionless, seems to flow."
- George F. Will
Gratuitous Kittiness: Dat face.
Cat Mewvie: For-mew-la One racing.
Feline Art: "Sitting
by Sandra Rudzite.
20, 2018: "Cats are intended to teach us that not
everything in nature has a purpose."
- Garrison Keillor
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is Trump still president?"
Cat Mewvie: Kitty loves water.
Feline Art: "Untitled",
by SueEllen Ross.
by Saryn Chorney
When the band Chumbawamba sang, “I get knocked down, but I get
up again, You are never gonna keep me down” in the 1997 hit tune “Tumbthumping,” they
probably didn’t have Toby the cat in mind, but they may as well
You see, 7-year-old Toby has had a real hard-knock life: He had been
abandoned by his original owners and given to a new family, then walked
over 12 miles back home only to be rejected again and turned in to local
animal authorities to be euthanized, according to WRAL.com.
When we caught wind of the feline’s sad story, we reached out to
the SPCA of Wake County in North Carolina to learn more about this determined
kitty — but we weren’t the only ones concerned about him.
Communications manager Tara Lynn told us, “This has been crazy!
He’s gotten so much attention, but it’s certainly very, very
Lynn said Toby was turned in to a county shelter before he was brought
in to them. “It’s funny,” she says. “He’s
very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his [feline] roommate.
We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home,
but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them.
He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”
Luckily, according to Lynn, Toby “clicked with his new family,
as if he’s always been there.”
This is especially positive news for the FIV-positive cat. Lynn doesn’t
know if the original owners gave him up because of the medical condition;
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a slow-acting disease that affects
a cat’s immune system, severely weakening it, and making the animal
susceptible to other infections. According to WebMD Pets, “infected
cats who receive supportive medical care and are kept in a stress-free,
indoor environment can live relatively comfortable lives … for
Lynn concurs that most vets say as long as FIV-positive cats get an immune
boost of vitamins (other vets say the cat can be okay even without this
treatment), they can still live a long healthy life.
“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” says
Lynn, including his new family, who originally learned about Toby through a post
on Beth Stern‘s Instagram.Stern’s post was seen by the adoptive mom’s
sister in New Hampshire, who sent it to her relatives in North Carolina, and
the rest is a happy ending for all involved — especially Toby. The extended
family members have all welcomed him into their hearts with open arms (and open
paws). He even has his own Instagram account now, with over 14,000 followers!