Cat Project Archives for April 2-6,
2, 2018: "One must love a cat on its own terms."-
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I keep telling you, sir, the cat food is
behind you. Sir? Sir?"
Cat Mewvie: Introducing the new
Feline Art: "Cat, Cherry
Blossoms and Bird" napkin art by Nina Levy.
do we say cats have nine lives?
QUESTION: How and when did someone come up with the notion that a cat
has nine lives?
ANSWER: Historians say the Egyptians revered the number nine because
they associated it with their sun god, Atum-Ra. According to one version,
Ra gave birth to eight other gods. Since Ra often took the form of a
cat, people began associating the nine lives (Ra plus eight) with feline
Whether you believe this theory is up to you, but other cultures have
credited cats with having multiple lives, too. In China, for example,
it’s also nine.
Others, however, are less generous. Italy, Germany, Greece, Brazil and
some Spanish-speaking regions apparently grant cats seven lives, while
according to Turkish and Arabic traditions, they get six.
In English lore, though, it has been nine for centuries.
But gods aside, there’s a more universal and down-to-earth logic
behind how the multiple-lives idea came to be. Cats have what is called
a “righting reflex” — the ability to twist around quickly
in mid-air if they fall or are dropped from a high place, so that they
land on their feet.
People undoubtedly noticed that they survived situations that would have
killed or severely injured other animals. Because of this uncanny ability
to walk away from disaster, the English came up with the proverb “A
cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for
the last three he stays.” In other words, a cat’s hardy nature
allows it to survive to a ripe old age lying in the sun after its early
years of chasing mice and roaming.
3, 2018: "Dogs come when they're called; cats take
a message and get back to you later."
- Mary Bly
Gratuitous Kittiness: The Eye of Floof.
Cat Mewvie: Teddy long legs.
Feline Art: "Purrfection",
by Dreama Tolle Perry.
4, 2018: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries
of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I have quite the tail for you."
Cat Mewvie: Ringing the dinner
Art: "Cat On a Chair" by Edward Bawden.
5, 2018: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look
down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
- Winston Churchill
Gratuitous Kittiness: Brothers from different mothers.
Cat Mewvie: Cat hiccups are cute
Feline Art: "Smoo'"
by Peggy Ruddock.
6, 2018: "I have noticed that what cats most appreciate
in a human being is not the ability to produce food which
they take for granted--but his or her entertainment value." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Dreaming of cream.
Cat Mewvie: "It's a cat thing,
Feline Art: "R2D2 and
Melon Cat", napkin art by Nina Levy.
by Patty Khuly
Q: Please help me with my cat’s hairballs! She wakes me up whenever
she throws one up and I feel terrible for her.
A: Consider yourself lucky that you’re a light sleeper. Some of
us get up in the middle of the night and squish on them as we pad over
to the bathroom in our bare feet. Yuck!
While they’re undeniably gross, hairballs are actually normal and,
as carnivores, cats are especially good at vomiting up thing that should
not be in their stomachs –– like all the hair that accumulates
there in the normal course of their daily toilette.
In any case, the timing of your question is apropos. This year and every
year the U.S. pet industry sets aside the last Friday in April so we
can collectively contemplate the deep mysteries of the hairball (technically
known as a trichobezoar)
Call it a marketing tactic designed to sell more hairball remedies, but
veterinarians everywhere are undeniably on board with Hairball Awareness
Day (on April 27). The simple take home message? Hairballs can be bad
in some cases.
For cats who throw one up more than once a week, hairballs can mean more
than just a household annoyance. Chronic vomiting, malnutrition and surgical
intervention are in no way unheard of. If frequent hairballs are the
case, your cat deserves a vet visit to make sure she’s OK. But
for the moderately afflicted, there are some simple remedies we recommend:
• Daily “brushing” sessions. I recommend that all cat people
get their kitties addicted to daily brushing from a very early age. The Fulminator
is an especially effective tool.
• Petroleum jelly-based products. For those who suffer more than others,
daily petroleum-based hairball remedies are often the best solution. An inch
of this tubed stuff every day can help.
• Hairball formula foods. If you happen to have cats who won’t accept
anything they didn’t think of first, hairball formula foods are a reasonable
idea. Infused with petroleum jelly-like ingredients, they can often do the trick
when more direct alternatives just aren’t doable.
• Address the underlying problem, if any. Allergies and other skin diseases
can lead to over-grooming, excess hair ingestion and hairballs.
• When all else fails, groom her! There’s always the possibility
of frequent bathings and even full-body clip-downs to keep all that hair from
balling up inside her.