Cat Project Archives for January 8-12, 2018.
8, 2018: "Always the cat remains a little beyond the
limits we try to set for him in our blind folly." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Let's ride... but first, a quick nap."
Mewvie: Cuddles and kisses.
Feline Art: "Sebastian"
by Tracy Butler.
'em eat the birds.
by Libby Watson
Writing man Jonathan Franzen gave an interview to The New Republic today
about how much he loves birds, which is weird but cool, I guess. However,
what is NOT cool is his vile anti-cat propaganda, wherein he claims that “cat
people” are preventing bird people from stopping outdoor cats from
murdering all the birds.
I would like to see any large national prominent bird organization take
on the problem of outdoor cats. Nobody wants to do that, because everyone’s
watching their cat videos, and everybody loves cats, and is sentimental
about their cats. But those cat people tend have a lot of time on their
hands, and they tend to make life very difficult for anyone to point
out what an ecological catastrophe cats are in North America.
Not indoor cats though, right?
No! Indoor cats are great. I like an indoor cat. They’re beautiful
animals. I just don’t like to see them killing birds, which is
what they will do if you let them outside.
This is a popular concern among conservationists: Cats, bloodthirsty
murderers all, are killing our precious birds. Up to 3.7 billion birds
a year, apparently. Bird advocates argue that “a runaway and invasive
population of cats” is threatening biological diversity, and that
they must be stopped somehow. (More on that later.)
Preserving the environment is obviously good. We shouldn’t allow
companies to ravage the earth, or sell bits of national parks to them
for this purpose. Preventing pollution is good. Fighting climate change
should absolutely be our number one priority because it poses an existential
threat to mankind. Environmentalism and conservation are extremely noble
and laudable pursuits.
But cats, including domestic pet cats who are allowed to roam outside,
are not a threat to the environment, nor a threat to mankind’s
survival. They are only a threat to birds.
Some caveats: As a lifelong cat owner, I believe it is generally not
a good idea to let your cat outside. If you live in an area populated
by dangerous animals like coyotes, you are insane if you let your precious
kitty out. Back home, my family cat Spencer is free to roam the Oxfordshire
countryside with little threat of being murdered by a bigger, meaner
animal, but this is not true in much of America, where you have bears
and Huckabee sons and so on. Wherever you live, there is much more that
can threaten a cat outside, like diseases and cars, than inside. Outdoor
cats may also leave little dead animals on your hallway carpet, and that
But what if you have a cat that has previously lived outdoors, who yearns
to breathe the sweet outdoor air once more? If you take the necessary
precautions, keep the cat up to date on vaccinations, and are sensible
about it, I think it’s perfectly fine to let your cat out if you
choose to. If you have a cat that goes outdoors and you care about birds,
you can put a humiliating bell on your cat and stop it from being able
to hunt effectively, too.
The bigger problem for birdheads is feral cats, rather than domestic
cats that are allowed outside. The American Bird Conservancy, for example,
criticizes the use of the Trap, Neuter, Release program, in which feral
cats are trapped, neutered or spayed to prevent them reproducing, and
then released back into the wild. This prevents them from being euthanized
while helping to control populations and reducing the strain on shelters,
which will never have space for all the feral cats out there, most of
which aren’t suitable for a domestic situation.
Without TNR (the cat one, not the magazine that interviews writer men),
though, what’s the solution? Kill the feral cats, because they’re
killing your bird friends? Yes. According to a New York interview with
Franzen in 2013, he is fine with killing feral cats:
“ The bird community’s position is, we need to get rid of the feral
cats, and that means cats must die,” Franzen says. “We feel bad about
that, but we can morally justify that position, with all of the birds that they
are indirectly killing.”
The fuck??? All Franzen is doing here is saying “I like birds more
than cats, so we should preserve them, even if it means killing cats.” That
has nothing to do with nature. You just picked the animal you like more.
My cat, Digby, was a TNR cat—you can tell by her clipped ear, which
is a painless procedure done to show that the cat has been neutered—and
she became the most loving and insanely good house pet ever. Why should
she have been killed just because Jonathan Franzen likes to look at some
damn birds, who don’t even know he’s a famous author, with
his stupid tiny binoculars?
The point isn’t even whether it’s “good” or “bad” to
let cats kill birds. It’s whether we should kill a lot of cats
to stop that happening, out of some misguided commitment to Nature. I’m
sorry, but if you love nature so much, recognize that cats are in fact
doing hella nature when they’re ripping a sweet little sparrow’s
Nature means survival of the fittest, and if cats are killing birds in
the billions and threatening bird species, maybe your shitty Crested
Flimcock isn’t meant to survive. If you want to do nature now that
you’re rich and don’t have to do a job, focus on climate
change, which could kill all the birds and all the humans too. Leave
my damn cat alone.
9, 2018: "A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand."
- Vakaoka Genrin
Gratuitous Kittiness: Photoshopped, but funny.
Mewvie: A bright and cheery cat parade.
Feline Art: "Magic Realism"
by Yana Movchan.
10, 2018: "The way to keep a cat is to try to chase
it away." - E. W. Howe
Gratuitous Kittiness: What? Your cat doesn't have its own yurt
and iPad, too?
Mewvie: Sweet dreams little kitty.
Art: "Ghostmaker" by Emi Lenox.
12, 2018: "I rarely meddled in the cat's personal
affairs and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither of us was
enough to attribute human emotions to our pets." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Someone needs a boop."
Mewvie: World's smallest cat, preview for BBC program.
Feline Art: "Space
oils and aroma diffusers are dangerous for your cats
by Ellen Scott
Sorry to ruin your very hygge home, but we have some worrying news about
that fantasy you’ve cooked up about Muji interiors with an elderly
cat walking around. In case you weren’t aware of this, using essential
oils in an aroma diffuser can be seriously dangerous for your cat.
After a Facebook post went viral in which a woman shared the story of
her cat, Ernie, being poisoned by a diffuser spreading eucalyptus oil
throughout the bedroom, we asked the RSPCA just how risky keeping an
aroma diffuser in a house you share with a cat really is.
Turns out it’s really not a good idea.
Essential oils are hazardous to cats and can cause a number of
adverse reactions,’ the RSPCA tells Metro.co.uk.
The animal charity notes that while some essential oils cause more of
an adverse reaction than others (tea tree oil, for example, can cause
a range of health issues from just a few drops applied topically), it’s
best to avoid them entirely when you have a cat – and that includes
in the form of diffusers, which work to spread oils through the air your
little kitty breathes.
The toxicity of tea tree oil can lead to depression, tremors, vomiting,
and hypersalivation, and in more severe cases cats can experience paralysis
of the their back legs, collapse, or even a coma. Occasionally cats will
die from exposure to tea tree oil thanks to organ failure.
Other oils, even when taken in in small amounts, can cause serious health
issues in cats.
Cats exposed to essential oils can show signs of poisoning, including
difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Signs your cat
may be poisoned:
• Lack of appetite
• Breathing difficulties and bad breath
Of course, different substances can affect pets in different ways, so
it may not always be clear when a substance is damaging to your cat.
Plus, some symptoms can take a while to appear, so owners may not immediately
be aware that something’s wrong.