Cat Project Archives for April 9-13,
9, 2018: "If a dog jumps into your lap it is because
he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it
is because your lap is warmer." - A. N. Whitehead
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "FREEBIRD! No, seriously, let this
Cat Mewvie: Craig's cat joke.
Feline Art: "The Look" by
Dreama Tolle Perry.
does my cat sit on my laptop?
by Joely Carey
If you’ve had enough of receiving sacrificial gifts, or don’t
want your playful kitten turning into a cold catdult who only wants you
for your food, our expert guide reveals how to iron out classic cat quirks
while they’re still young, impressionable and adorable
They’re not just contrary, cats like laptops because they’re
warm. Photograph: Luke + Mallory Leasure/Stocksy
Cats are by nature fiercely independent, stubborn and, from time to time,
a bit rude. But then, that’s why we love them. What we don’t
love so much is their tendency to shred the furniture, deliver us “gifts” of
garden prey and throw a wobbly if we try to get them into their carrier.
We asked Claire Bessant, chief executive of International Cat Care, to
answer your burning questions and explain how to make sure your kitten
grows up to be a cool (affectionate, even) cat.
How can I prevent my kitten turning into a furniture-destroying machine?
When they scratch up your new carpets or designer wallpaper, cats aren’t
telling you they hate you – they’re simply sharpening their
claws and marking their territory, and unfortunately they don’t
really care what they use to do it. The answer is to provide your kitten
with a scratch post and get them used to it as soon as possible.
“Choose something your kitten is going to like – a sturdy post with
both horizontal and vertical scratching pads, that’s tall enough for her
to stretch as she scratches,” Bessant says. Kittens may not start scratching
until five or six months, but when they do they’re more likely to use a
post they’re familiar with. “You can also gently press her paws on
to it to leave her scent behind,” Bessant suggests.
Hopefully, by the time her inner predator kicks in, she’ll choose
to use her post rather than your sofa as a feline emery board.How to
give your kitten the purrfect start in life
My kitten keeps nipping my hands. It’s cute, but also … ouch.
When they’re little, it’s very tempting to let your kitten
dangle off your fingers like a tiny monkey, or nibble your toes for fun.
But little teeth soon grow into big ones, so it’s best to nip bad
habits in the bud.
“Use toys instead of your hands or feet, so you’re not the focus
of play,” Bessant advises. “A wand with a string and a toy on the
end will do – it also means children can play safely with your kitten.
If they get excitable and start nipping, try to distract them, or set them down
and walk away so they learn it’s not a way of getting attention.”
When the cat carrier comes out, my kitten goes crazy. How do I get them
to the vet?
You’d probably be a bit nervous if one of your family came at you
with a cage and a fake smile too. The key to getting your kitten into
the carrier without all the drama is to familiarise them with it well
“If it only comes out of the loft for a trip to the cattery or the vet,
of course your kitten will be nervous around their carrier,” Bessant says. “Don’t
hide it away – keep it somewhere they can get used to it, and where they
can transfer their scent on to it. You can even feed them and play with them
in it so they are totally used to getting inside.”
I’m not looking forward to the day they bring me my first dead
mouse. How do I dissuade them?
Although each cat’s hunting habits will vary – some simply
can’t be bothered – if they like to chase birds and mice,
there’s not much you can do to dissuade them.
“Cats are hunters by nature, so it can be quite difficult to get them to
stop,” Bessant says. “You can try taking the prey from them and moving
it outside, and you might also satisfy their urge to work for their food by using
a puzzle feeder. But basically, if you want a cat that doesn’t hunt, get
My kitten is so sweet. How do I stop them maturing into what is basically
a moody teenager, but forever?
Cats love a bit of me-time. They’re solitary rather than pack animals,
and are designed to be self-sufficient from six months old – which
is why they can seem so completely uninterested in being showered with
love and hugs.
“Cats can be sociable, but unlike dogs, they don’t have to be,” Bessant
explains. “Lots of cats don’t like kisses and cuddles because you’re
removing their way of escape. All you can do is give them affection they can
walk away from, and provide them with things they like – such as a warm
spot when it’s cold outside. Then be grateful when they choose to join
So why does my cat sit on my laptop – and how can I curb their
“It’s warm, and if they sit there they’ve got your full attention,” Bessant
says. “Provide them with a different warm spot and some treats, and you
might persuade them to sit somewhere else instead.” Although, probably
10, 2018: Cats seem to go on the principle that it never
does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph
Gratuitous Kittiness: Quinceanera kitty.
Cat Mewvie: Simon Cat's Slide
Feline Art: "Girl
with White Cat",
11, 2018: "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and
little by little, they become its visible soul." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats are love.
Cat Mewvie: Exit, stage left.
Art: "The Striped Cat" by Alex Carter.
12, 2018: "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection,
patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many
of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Oh, well. I didn't need that leg anyway.
Cat Mewvie: Tidying up after a
Feline Art: "Ultron
and Happy Cat'"
napkin art by Nina Levi.
13, 2018: "When I play with my cat, who knows if I
am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?" -
Feline Art: "Emma
Nelson by the Fire",
by Edward Bawden.
about being a cat person.
by Zoe Sessums
One of the stories my parents always share about my childhood is when
we had our first pets, two brown tabbies named Tarzan and Jane. I didn't
quite understand the mechanics of a cat at 2 years old, but I knew I
loved them and wanted them around all the time. I used the techniques
I had to carry my baby dolls and all the strength of my tiny body to
carry those cats, wrapping my arms under theirs, in a loving strangle.
I'd get better. This is where I began to learn patience and nurturing.
I fell into a dark place early this Winter. I left my home in the Sunshine
State, lost a job I really wanted, lost a love I felt consumed by, and
found myself, all my belongings, and my cat crammed into my parents'
apartment. It was nice to have their support, but it's hard to be nearly
30 and moping around, struggling to get out of bed every day. My cat
though, he clung to my side, bounding into my room, plopping on my face,
burrowing under the covers with me, making me feel like whatever I was
going through wasn't the worst. He didn't need explanations, he didn't
judge me, he just needed to rest on my chest and stick his cold, wet
nose on my cheek. He helped me feel my way through the sadness.
I remember the first time my new, tiny kitten sought out shelter in the
crook of my arm, digging his head into my sleeve. That little snout,
the big purr, it was almost too much to handle. Adopting my cat made
me realize I could have selfless moments, forgoing decent sleep so he
could get familiar and comfortable in my space or feeding him each meal
before I prepared my own. I miss him when I'm on vacations and during
nights away. My cat helped me realize I could feel even more than I had
This is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because
the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.
The life of a cat is something to be admired. You make your own choices,
you let particular people stroke your beautiful fur, and that is just
how you are. I've always been so self-conscious and worried, but the
more I embrace the attitude of my cat, the more I become a badass. I
eat what I want, when I want it. I wear what I want, when I want it (covered
in cat hair, it doesn't matter). I go to sleep early on Friday nights
and it feels great. Cats make considered moves, but they stay true to
their basic desires.
You don't need to have 20 or more cats to be a solid cat person. You
don't need feline figurines lining your shelves to be a worthy cat person.
In my head and my heart, I am a proud cat person. It's such a lovely
person to be.