Cat Project Archives for January 29 - February 2,
29, 2018: "The cat has always been associated with
the moon. Like the moon it comes to life at night, escaping
from humanity and wandering over housetops with its eyes
beaming out through the darkness." - Patricia Dale-Green
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: To sleep, perchance to dance.
Mewvie: Elvis is in the building
Feline Art: "Marmaduke"
by Geoffrey Tristam.
fat cats need this diet.
by Brandon Spector
HANGZHOU - Zhou Shuaibo loves sniffing his orange tabby cat and spends
hours playing with it every day.
Burying his face in the fluffy body of his cat and inhaling deeply while
stroking its tummy, Zhou is one of China's many "cat sniffers," a
term coined for those who obsessively smell and cuddle their cats, often
multiple times a day, Xinhua reported.
"As a veteran cat sniffer, if I don't get my fix I feel absolutely terrible.
I have a serious cat addiction," says another cat-lover on Zhihu, China's
version of Quora.
From clothes to mobile phone covers designed with cat pictures, Zhou's
life is all about cats.
" My wife and I are not ready to have a child, so we give all our love to
our cat," says Zhou, 30, who works for a film company in east China's Zhejiang
province. He added that he will buy anything related to cats.
"My cat has supreme status at home," Zhou says.
In addition to raising a real cat at home, Zhou also pores over photographs
and videos of cats shared by other cat owners online.
According to Xinhua, the online phenomenon is known as "cloud cats",
where avid cat fans constantly check their social media throughout the
Sometimes their passion is so strong that they even come to see other
people's cats as their own.
On Zhihu, there are about 180,000 followers of posts on cats, double
the number of people who follow posts about dogs, Xinhua said.
Raising cats reflects a bigger trend in China, where it is a lifestyle
that is heavily focused on China's "empty nest youth", the
term used to describe single or unmarried people who live alone in major
Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao sold nearly 10 billion yuan (S$2.06
billion) of cat-related products in 2017, Xinhua said, citing a report
released by Alibaba.
About 17,000 cat-related products are found on the website and some of
those include cat food, clothes and accessories. For example, more than
250,000 cat hair removal gloves were sold on Taobao last year.
Du Fang, who works in a financial firm in Shanghai, spends almost 10,000
yuan - about one-fifth of his monthly salary - on his American shorthair
cat every month.
"My cat eats salmon and vitamins every day," Du says. "A bag of
cat food imported from Canada is 760 yuan, and the cat litter is made of tofu."
"I do not care how much I spend. I want my cat to be happy," Du added.
According to Xinhua, Alibaba's report said China's youth were more willing
to spend on novel products for their cats, such as automatic cat toilets
and intelligent water dispensers.
The popularity of cats has even spilled over into cat-themed cafes.
"The coffee may taste bad in these shops where many cats are raised, but
they are popular among Chinese youth and have become good places to make friends," says
Zhang Xuechen, who recently spent 15,000 yuan buying a cat.
China's "empty nest youth" form a large part of the growing
population obsessed with cats, many of whom, while working in China's
big cities far away from their families, find companionship in both virtual
and real pets, Xinhua said.
For the time being at least, many youth have gone cat crazy.
30, 2018: "Cats are intended to teach us that not
everything in nature has a purpose."
- Garrison Keillor
Gratuitous Kittiness: The Floof Event Horizon.
Mewvie: A Fantasy For Cats
Feline Art: "Tea
by Natalya Marisova.
31, 2018: "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." -
Robert A. Stern
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Me-ohhhh-SHIT it's cold!"
Mewvie: The plastic bag game.
Art: "The Cat Family" by Mimi van Olsen.
1, 2018: "Just as the would-be debutante will fret
and fuss over every detail till all is perfect, so will
the fastidious feline patiently toil until every whiskertip
is in place." - Lynn Holly
Gratuitous Kittiness: "How's that new paper-shredder working
out for ya?"
Mewvie: Lock! Your freakin'! Door!
Feline Art: "Tabby" by
2, 2018: "Cats always know whether people like or
dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything
about it." - Winifred Carriere
Gratuitous Kittiness: Solo Synchronized Kitties.
Mewvie: Tough love.
Feline Art: "Carpet
just any old barn cat
by Susan Manzke
When Bob and I started dating he said he didn’t like cats. They
were allowed on the Manzke farm because they kept down the mouse population.
Other than that he thought they were useless.
Over the years my husband has changed his mind. Oh, he hasn’t gone
out searching for more cats on our farm—they just find us, but
he sure takes care of the ones that are here. Every morning, Bob takes
food out to the barn cats—in the winter, we add canned food to
the dry mix. They are getting quite chubby on this diet.
Last week we had to head to town to replenish our critter supplies. We
end up coming home with bags of dry and cases of canned cat food. Our
haul also included dog food for Sunny and Friskies tidbits that our three
house cats demand. Our chickens weren’t forgotten either. A large
bag of layer crumbles were for them. A bag of wild bird food topped off
our collection—feeding animals is an addiction. Sometimes I think
we watch all our animal friends’ diets more than our own.
When I feed the barn cats in the evening, they come onto our front porch.
Bob watches out the kitchen window to see how many come for supper. He
also notes any missing cats. We both keep a look out for late comers
and dole out extra for the last to come.
A couple days ago, as Bob watched out the window, two tomcats started
growling at each other. Soon fur was flying. I walked out to break up
the brawl. “Stop that!” They ran, but only a few feet off
the porch and continued their cat argument. Eventually one chased the
other back toward the barn.
It took a long time for the rest of the cats to return for their supper.
I wondered if we’d ever see either of those tomcats again, their
fight seemed so vicious. Funny thing was that the next evening both returned
no worse for wear. It seemed that all was well again. They were calmly
eating next to each other.
Only a few barn cats have names. There’s the female who came first.
She’s Short-tail for obvious reasons. The black tom that was involved
in the fight is called Crabby Cat, the perfect name for his demeanor.
The others are just our barn cats—most are neutered or we’d
be overrun. I thought neutering would eliminate fights with the males,
but not always. When Crabby Cat gets really crabby he’ll take on
all comers—I wonder what one cat said to the other that set off
One of the black cats with white paws always waits outside our back door
in the mornings. He’s there to greet Bob as my husband brings out
water and food for the felines who reside here. That cat always races
away if I come out instead, but with Bob he follows like a puppy—he’s
not really friendly. He’d take off if anyone tried to pet him,
Then it happened. One of our barn cats was run over on the road, something
that hasn’t occurred in a year or so. I watched as Bob went out
with a shovel to retrieve the body. It turned out to be the tomcat that
met him every morning. Poor thing.
It was sad to have lost that cat, or any barn cat. They aren’t
pets. Really they are moochers, preying on our kind hearts. But we enjoy
their company and their antics. We’ll continue with our care for
our furry friends. They’ll continue to do what cats do: eat, sleep,
catch mice, and (sadly) roam. I just hope that no other ventures onto