Cat Project Archives for August 20-24,
20, 2018: "Cats seldom make mistakes, and they never
make the same mistake twice."
- Carl Van Vechten
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Opera? At 7AM? There HAS to be a law."
Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat - On the
Feline Art: "Blue
by Kenzie Miller.
Cat looking for a home.
MORTON GROVE, Ill. - An Illinois no-kill animal shelter is looking for
a new home for a 7-year-old cat with extra toes and a quirky habit of
standing on his hind legs, Huffington Post reported.
Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove said Bruno didn't learn that behavior
from his foster family and they're not sure how he learned the habit.
"We don't believe it's due to any medical issues," a shelter representative
told Huff Post. "Just a fun trick!"
Bruno is also polydactyl, meaning he has a few extra toes. The shelter
talked about Bruno and his quirky behavior on its Facebook page.
Although the 25-pound cat is overweight, shelter staff said he is healthy.
But, they said the extra weight may have been part of why his previous
owner surrendered him.
" Sadly he did not mesh well with their kids," the rep said. "We
believe because of his weight; he likely wouldn't be able to scurry away quickly
from commotion like cats of a healthy weight are able to do."
The shelter told HuffPost Bruno is particular about his toys, preferring
only to play with feather wand toys. He won't have anything to do with
other toys or scratchers.
He also needs specific attention during mealtimes.
" It took my foster mom a little time to realize what I was meowing about
since she had just put food in my bowl," the shelter posted on Facebook. "Soon
she found out its because I want pets while I eat! I will still eat if you don't
pet me, but I will meow more and stare at you for a while."
But, don't try to pet Bruno on the stomach or you'll get your hand batted
away, and he'll pretend to bite you, the shelter said. He also won't
drink his water in the same room where his food is located, but the shelter
said that is fairly typical behavior for cats.
The Facebook post had over 18,000 shares and 18,000 reactions by the
end of the week..
21, 2018: "Living with a cat is like being married
to a career woman who can take domesticity or let it alone,
so you'd better be nice to her." - Margaret Cooper
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I see you have food."
Cat Mewvie: Top bunk, cat style.
Feline Art: "Get
Me Out of Here" by
22, 2018: "When a Cat adopts you there is nothing
to be done about it except to put up with it and wait until
the wind changes." - T. S. Eliot
23, 2018: "It is easy to understand why the rabble
dislike cats. A cat is beautiful; it suggests ideas of
luxury cleanliness, voluptuous pleasures." - Charles
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You awake yet?"
Cat Mewvie: Rufus' Towers.
Feline Art: "True Love"
by Ilya Esaulov.
24, 2018: "Cats are absolute individuals, with their
own ideas about everything, including the people they own." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: This cat is bananas.
Cat Mewvie: "Is that.... me?"
Feline Art: "Lace
Cat Mask" by
poop parasite may reduce fear in humans
by Josh Hafner
The bravery needed to start that business might be buried in a cat's
litter box. A parasite found in cat feces may alter human minds to make
us less fearful, a new study has found.
The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, infects an estimated 2 billion people
worldwide. It also appears to shift the behavior of rodents, making them
unafraid of cats. University of Colorado researchers theorized the bug
may affect humans similarly, making them more open to risk — in
business, for example.
While more research is needed, they did find correlations: People at
entrepreneurial events who carried the parasite were nearly twice as
likely as other attendees to have started their own businesses, while
college students who picked up the bug were 1.4 times more likely to
major in business.
The study, lead by associate professor Stefanie Johnson, was published
Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
T. gondii has been tied to increased risks of "car accidents, mental
illness, neuroticism, drug abuse and suicide," the researchers wrote,
according to NBC News. Past studies suggest it alters brain chemistry
and behavior, particularly around dopamine, the chemical linked to pleasure.
More than 60 million people in the United States may carry the parasite,
the Centers for Disease Control said, often after contact with raw meat
or cat feces. It's often unnoticeable, as human immune systems usually
ward off symptoms.
In rodents with the parasite, the lack of fear around cats makes them
more likely to be eaten. That works out well for the parasite, which
reproduces once inside the cat.
So what it might it do in humans? Researchers tested about 1,500 students
and about 200 attendees of entrepreneurial events to find whether they
had carried T. gondii. Twenty-two percent tested positive in all, NBC
Researchers also dove into databases from 42 different countries, per
Sky News. Comparing infection data with entrepreneurial activity, they
concluded that "infection prevalence was a consistent, positive
predictor of entrepreneurial activity" at the national level.