Cat Project Archives for January 22-26, 2018.
22, 2018: "Cats too, with what silent stealthiness,
with what light steps do they creep up to a bird!" -
Pliny the Elder
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: She had nine kittens. NINE!
Mewvie: Cats make life.... interesting.
Feline Art: "Farm Cat"
by Debbie Cook.
your cat some grass. Cat grass.
by Tom Atwell
Many gardeners who love houseplants also have cats that they love.
The two don’t always mix. Cats have been known to eat anything
that is green – from expensive prized orchids to the seedlings
of hard-to-find heirloom tomatoes and peppers you are sprouting for spring
Use a heavy, shallow container for the cat grass so your pets don't topple
it over while they munch.
Why cats gobble greenery is not well understood. Not all cats do it,
so it is clearly not a species-wide need. Some experts say cats need
chlorophyll. Others say the greenery cures upset stomachs, allowing cats
to cough up hairballs.
But the reason doesn’t really matter to a gardener. If your cat
is eating prized plants in your house, provide an alternative: cat grass.
Need it immediately? Many garden centers sell growing cat grass at this
time of year. You can also grow your own – although the leftover
seed you have for fixing bare spots on your lawn may not be the best-suited
(even so, some cats probably would eat it). Instead, try a pet supply
store or a seed seller. They offer cat-grass mixes, including cereal
grains like wheat, oats, barley and rye. Since cats are often picky eaters,
they may have preferences, so you may have to experiment.
Get a heavy, shallow container – so cats won’t knock it over
when they snack. Fill it about three-quarters full with whatever potting
mixture you use for seedlings, moistening it before adding it to the
container. Spread the seeds thickly and evenly on top, and then cover
them with about a 1/4-inch more of soil.
Cover the pot loosely with clear plastic, move it away from direct light
and keep the soil moist but not soggy. The seeds should sprout in about
a week, at which point move the tray to a sunny spot.
Offer your kitty a snack when the grass is 3 to 4 inches tall, which
could take a few weeks. Repeat the process when the grass begins to look
23, 2018: "Dogs eat. Cats dine. - Ann Taylor
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey. How YOU doin'?"
Mewvie: The cats had a crow for lunch... in a nice way.
Feline Art: "Sleeper"
by Marcia Baldwin.
24, 2018: "A cat can maintain a position of curled
up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright.
To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the
better of you and you will settle down again."- Pam
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You missed a spot."
Mewvie: I guess you have to say that evil is afoot.
Art: "Quilt Kitty" by Nicola Bayley.
25, 2018: "Cats do care. For example, they know instinctively
what time we have to be at work in the morning; and they
wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "That's a weird place for a tattoo."
Mewvie: Riding, and crashing, your bicycle in your dreams.
Feline Art: "Nice
26, 2018: "If the claws didn't retract, cats would
be like Velcro." - Dr. Bruce Fogle
Gratuitous Kittiness: Tappin' some fat bass.
Mewvie: Playtime is hard work.
Feline Art: "Reflective
Elena Sue Wall.
fat cats need this diet.
by Brandon Spector
Fat cats may make the internet a merrier place, but it comes at the expense
of their own health.
Nearly 60 percent of American cats may be overweight or obese, according
to a 2016 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and this
excess weight can lead to a number of health problems (including diabetes,
skeletal stress and reduced life expectancy) that are reversible with
But if you've tried to get your house cat to shed a few pounds, you'll
know how challenging it can be. [10 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained By
Indeed, one common feline health challenge is that house cats don't get
much exercise, and a one-time reduction to kitty's daily diet might not
go far enough to improve its health, according to a new study published
in the February 2018 edition of the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
In the study, researchers from the University of Illinois tested a new
feline diet that reduced the body weight of eight overweight cats to
healthy levels over the course of 18 weeks by gradually reducing each
cat's food intake for eight consecutive weeks.
" The intent with this diet was a healthy weight loss: getting rid of fat
while maintaining lean mass," study author Kelly Swanson, a professor of
animal and nutritional sciencesat the University of Illinois, said in a statement. "The
risk with rapid weight loss, especially in a cat, is hepatic lipidosis. The body
releases too much fat, and the liver gets bogged down… We targeted a 1.5
percent body weight loss per week, which falls in line with the range (0.5-2
percent per week) suggested by the American Animal Hospital Association."
The eight participating cats — all neutered males — lived
together in a large room for the duration of the study, only returning
to their individual cages at feeding time. Researchers monitored each
cat's health closely. They looked specifically at body weight, physical
activity, gut bacteria, blood biochemistry and "body condition score" (BCS),
which was measured on a 9-point scale. An animal with a high BCS of 8
or 9 might look "like a little blimp," Swanson said, and animals
with a low BCS could be emaciated and malnourished. The cats began the
study with an average BCS of 7.5 (ranging from 6 to 9), which researchers
aimed to bring down to an "ideal" BCS of 5.
" Each unit increase in BCS above  represents approximately 10 percent
to 15 percent over ideal body weight," the study said. A cat that weighs
more than 20 percent over its ideal body weight is considered obese, the researchers
After four weeks of eating a high-fiber, moderate-protein baseline diet,
the cats' first calorie cut kicked in. In week one of the 18-week dieting
period, the cats had their food intake cut by 20 percent — the
maximum amount recommended for weight loss by the American Animal Hospital
Association, the study said. Each cat's food intake was reduced further
at the beginning of weeks two through eight, and then remained unchanged
for the remaining 10 weeks. This persistent food reduction, Swanson said,
was the key to meeting each week's weight loss goals.
" When we go on a diet ourselves, we might lose a lot of weight in the first
few weeks and then hit a road block," Swanson said. "Same with these
animals. We had to keep going down, but it can be hard to convince a pet owner
to do that. You might get owners to reduce intake from 60 to 50 grams per day,
but we're telling them they might have to go to 45 or 40 grams. We got really
low, but we were monitoring them so they were healthy."
By the end of the study, the cats had registered a significant decrease
in body weight, BCS score (down to a median score of 6), body fat percentage
(down from a mean of 41 percent to 31 percent) and concentration of triglycerides — a
type of fat that can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. There
was no significant change in the cats' activity levels, the study noted,
perhaps as a reminder that cats will be cats no matter what they eat.