Cat Project Archives for January 15-19, 2018.
15, 2018: "The cat is above all things, a dramatist." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Smirking? I'm not smirking. I'd never
smirk at you. (smirk)"
Mewvie: Doctor Who theme music, kitty-style.
Feline Art: "Many Cats"
by Bill Bell.
you need a cat or two.
by Tedi Graham
Cats can be aloof and independent. They require care and feeding, but
having one or more can be rewarding and enjoyable. They can also improve
First of all, cats purr. Their purring sooths you when you are upset,
calms you when you are angry and makes you even happier when you are
already in a good mood. A 2012 study showed that stroking a cat can lower
your blood pressure. Just a few minutes of petting releases “feel
good” endorphins in the brain. People who have owned a cat have
a 40% less risk of dying than those who have never owned a cat.
Cats don’t judge. They don’t care what you are wearing, if
you are tall or short, fat or thin, old or young or what kind of work
you do. They love you just as you are.
Cats are good companions. You can talk to them when you have no one else
to talk to. They will sit and listen. Sometimes they comment on what
you have just said or give you their opinion on the state of the world.
They don’t want to control the tv. They don’t care if you
want to watch another zombie movie or a whole day of football. Whatever
you are watching they will happily watch with you, especially if snacks
are involved. They are always interested in what you are doing no matter
how boring it seems to you.
The longer cats live with you, the better you get to know each other.
You know what their favorite foods are, when they like to eat, where
they prefer to sleep and what games they enjoy most. They know when it’s
time for you to go to bed and what time you get home from work or meetings.
They know what to do to get your attention and when you want to play.
Cats are intuitive. They seem to know when you are having a bad day and
need someone warm to sit next to you. They also seem to know when you
need to be left alone and will oblige. Your cats’ calm and peaceful
natures can help you get through some dark times.
Cats love learning and are good at it. They can be taught to sit, stay,
fetch and figure out a puzzle toy filled with treats and many other things.
They have very impressive problem solving abilities.
Cats are good for children. Studies have shown that children with cats
have better social skills. Cats teach children how to be gentle and patient.
Since proper veterinary care is an important part of owning a cat, it
can show children that going to the doctor regularly is a necessary and
routine part of life,
Cats are entertaining. They love to play. My cats give me at least one
good laugh every day. Nothing beats watching cats’ antics and acrobatic
Cats will love you unconditionally. Not only are you the one who feeds
them, but you are the one who gives them a safe, healthy place to live.
Sometimes they will thank you with a dead mouse or bug. Sometimes it
is with a loving look or nuzzle. Sometimes it is cuddling on your lap.
They are warm and fuzzy and fit perfectly.
16, 2018: "Of all God's creatures, there is only one
that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the
cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve
the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark
Gratuitous Kittiness: "No, Mr. Bon. I expect you to DIE."
Mewvie: The most patient (and apparently tastiest) cat
in the world.
Feline Art: "Faraway"
by Tracy Butler.
17, 2018: "If a cat does something, we call it instinct;
if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it
intelligence." - Will Cuppy
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man, what was IN that brownie?"
Mewvie: Yes, cats have asthma, too.
Art: "Tabby On A Box" by Krystle Cole.
18, 2018: "Some cats is blind, And stone-deaf some,
But ain't no cat Wuz ever dumb."
- Anthony Euwer
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Me? cold? Well, maybe just a little."
Mewvie: Cat-bath rap.
Feline Art: "Yawn" by
19, 2018: "I think I'll come back as a cat." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Sigh. Holidays are over. Time to hit
Mewvie: You're sucking the wrong thumb, chum.
Feline Art: "Big
Fluffy Tail" by
cat with an uncertain future.
by Helen Briggs
It's the smallest cat in the Americas, occupying the smallest area of
Listed as vulnerable to extinction, the güiña wildcat of
Chile has lost much of its natural home as forests are chopped down or
converted to farmland.
And, like many carnivores, it's at risk from human persecution over fears
it might kill livestock.
However, new research shows the animal is able to survive near human
settlements on agricultural land.
Its biggest threat is being squeezed out when land is broken up into
smaller areas, say conservationists.
The guiña is known variously as the little tiger cat, little spotted
cat or Chilean cat. About half the size of the domestic cat, it is one
of the most threatened cat species in South America.
The wildcat lives only in central and southern Chile and in a narrow
strip of Argentina. According to the IUCN, there are only about 10,000
individuals left in the wild.
Its natural habitat is rainforest, but it has also been seen in pine
or eucalyptus plantations or close to agricultural areas.
Research led by the University of Kent, UK, found that habitat fragmentation,
and the subdivision of large farms into smaller ones, are the biggest
threats facing the animal.
"This is because there is a higher risk of human interaction and persecution
in areas where there are more farms; a greater pressure on natural resources
through increased timber extraction and livestock grazing; and even competition
for food from domestic animals kept as pets," said Dr Nicolás Gálvez,
who is now a lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
More than two-thirds of Chile's temperate rainforests have been lost
over 25 years. However, through a series of questionnaires, camera-trap
data and remote-sensed images the researchers found that the güiña
is remarkably adaptable to forest loss.
They say large, intensive agricultural areas are actually suitable for
the güiña and should not be dismissed as poor quality habitat.
This is because there are often unfarmed areas that provide refuge, food
resources and suitable conditions for rearing young, they say.
Another threat is illegal killing by humans. The cat is viewed negatively
in rural areas over fears it will kill chickens.
Questionnaires showed that 10% of rural inhabitants had killed a güiña
over the last decade.
"This suggests that persecution is much less of a threat to their survival
than the subdivision of farms," said Prof Zoe Davies, from the Durrell Institute
of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent.
The research published in the Journal of Applied Ecology provides a clearer
picture of how habitat loss, land fragmentation and human interactions
together affect the survival of a species such as the wildcat.
The approach could be used to help with conservation efforts for small
to medium-sized carnivores in other parts of the world.