Cat Project Archives for December 31 thru January
31, 2018: "Every cat is special in its own way." -
Sara Jane Clark
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "HAPPY MEOW YEAR!"
Cat Mewvie: "Wait.... I have
Feline Art: "Psychedelic
Feline" by Anandahbee.
to End Federally Funded Kitten Murder Runs Into Opposition
From Cat-Killing Bureaucrats
by Christian Britschgi
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D–Ore.) has decided to close out the
year by introducing the most unobjectionable piece of legislation ever
Called the Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act, or KITTEN Act,
Merkley's bill—introduced last week—aims to stop the Department
of Agriculture's (USDA) current practice of killing off cats they breed
for research, requiring instead that these kitties be put up for adoption.
"The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly
euthanized in government testing, and make sure that they can be adopted by loving
families instead," Merkley said in a statement.
The bill is a response to revelations from the White Coat Waste Project,
an anti-animal testing group, about the USDA's practice of essentially
using kittens as parasite incubators at its Animal Parasitic Diseases
Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.
Carlin Becker described the grizzly practice for Reason in September:
"Documents obtained by the [White Coat Waste Project] show the department
has been breeding around 100 kittens a year for almost 50 years just to infect
them with a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis, a disease that can lead to
miscarriages and birth defects in humans and is a leading cause of death from
foodborne illness. The department collects the kittens' feces for two to three
weeks and then simply euthanizes them with a shot of ketamine to the heart."
This is a pretty shocking practice, considering the undeniable cuteness
of the average kitten. It's made worse by the fact that euthanizing the
cats is almost certainly unnecessary.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the toxoplasma found in
the research kitties' poop only poses a risk to humans for up to three
weeks after the animal is first infected. The parasite is easily treated
in both humans and cats, and most people who become infected with toxoplasma
do not even require treatment.
Nevertheless, the USDA has continued to defend the practice, arguing
that it's just following orders best practices in animal research, and
that the risks to adoptive families are just too great to let these cats
"Our goal is to reduce the spread of toxoplasmosis. Adopting laboratory
cats could, unfortunately, undermine that goal, potentially causing severe infections,
especially with unborn children or those with immunodeficiencies," a USDA
spokesperson said to CNN back in May.
All things considered, this is a remarkable testament to a bureaucracy's
habit of just continuing to do the same thing it's always done regardless
of how cruel or unnecessary it might be. Indeed, it's hard to think of
anyone that could be opposed to ending needless, government euthanasia
of potential fur babies.
No action has been taken on Merkley's bill, as the text of his legilsation
has not been released. A companion House bill—which would prohibit
any "painful or stressful" USDA experimentation on cats—was
introduced back in May, but has languished in committee for months.
Even in these divided times, one would hope that Americans could at least
rally around the cause of saving a few cute kittens from needless, taxpayer-funded
1, 2018: "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." -
Robert K. Massie
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey! Save some for me!"
Cat Mewvie: My new kitten pal.
Feline Art: "Psychedelic
by Theo Banoth.
2, 2018: "No one shall deny me my own conclusions,
nor my cat her reflective purr." - Irving Townsend
Gratuitous Kittiness: Three bowls, three cats, no problem.
Cat Mewvie: The wonder of catnip.
Art: "Balloon Cat" by Naoto Hattori.
3, 2018: "A cat's name may tell you more about its
owners than it does about the cat."
- Linda W. Lewis
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I is a snowman!"
Cat Mewvie: Mama says he's okay.
Feline Art: "Watercolor
4, 2018: "Any household with at least one feline member
has no need for an alarm clock." - Louise A. Belcher
Gratuitous Kittiness: The fully featured feline futon.
Cat Mewvie: Matt chats with cats.
Feline Art: Porcelain
cat, artist unknown.
an adult cat eat kitten food, and vice versa?
by Joan Morris
Question: I am moving and when the move is complete I will get a kitten.
I already have a cat.
If I put kitten food down and regular food for the older cat, is there
a good possibility they will eat each other’s food? And if so,
is there any harm to that?
Answer: If you serve up both kitten and adult food, chances are the adult
will eat most of the kitten food along with the adult food, which could
result in a cat with a weight problem and a kitten not getting all the
advantages it needs.
Kitten food tends to be higher in calories, but it also contains some
vital nutrients that a growing kitten needs. It won’t harm the
adult cat to eat kitten food, other than consuming the extra calories,
but the kitten definitely shouldn’t be eating food formulated for
It would be best to feed them in separate rooms and pick up the food
after they’ve eaten. That might be difficult because cats, unlike
dogs that quickly wolf down their food and lick their bowls clean, tend
to be nibblers, eating a little now and a little later.
There are cat foods that are good for all ages, so talk to your vet about
which one might be best for your cats. The good news is that kittens
only need the special diet for about a year, unless it’s a larger
breed cat, such as a Maine coon, which takes about 18 months to reach
Depending on the age of your adult cat, you might need to start considering
age in choosing an adult food. Older cats tend to develop teeth and gum
issues as they age and might require a softer kibble or canned food.
Vets used to recommend lowering the amount of protein senior cats receive,
but studies now suggest it’s the phosphorus in their diets, not
the protein, that can lead to kidney disease. Older cats probably don’t
digest protein and fats as well as younger cats do, so they might need
those nutrients in a different form.