Cat Project Archives for June 11-15,
11, 2018: "Two things are aesthetically perfect in
the world - the clock and the cat"
. - Emile Auguste Chartiery
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: It was said that Fluffy had eyes in the back
of his head.
Cat Mewvie: Baby leopards have
the cutest roars.
Feline Art: "Falling
fights to end experimentation using kittens.
By Melissa Nan Burke
Kittens and cupcakes appear to be the purr-fect combination to bring
animal welfare advocates and Capitol Hill staffers out in droves.
Dozens turned out for the cuteness overload at a Thursday event promoting
a bill to end painful cat testing at a Department of Agriculture laboratory
The kitten fanatics gobbled up 150 cupcakes from Whole Foods and shot
photos of the 8-week-old fuzzballs — Anya, Rizzo and Leeni.
The trio appeared oblivious to the fuss while playing and pouncing on
one another on the Rayburn House Office Building foyer.
We have them here to represent the kittens at the USDA labs," said
Hannah Shaw, who calls herself the Kitten Lady and runs a kitten rescue
"They test on them when they reach about eight weeks and kill them when
they reach three months. Hopefully, these people connect how small and vulnerable
and adoptable these kittens are."
The event followed revelations last month about taxpayer-funded experiments
for a research project that has led to the deaths of 221 healthy cats
in the last five years. The annual cost of the federal project is $624,000.
The Agricultural Research Service has defended the tests as important
to both human health and food safety, crediting the research with helping
to cut the prevalence of the common parasite that causes the disease
Critics, including Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester, question
why the research service destroys the animals after two weeks — given
that the kittens are treatable — rather than put them up for adoption.
Bishop introduced the KITTEN Act last month with Rep. Jimmy Panetta,
D-California, to prohibit the Agriculture Department's breeding, use
and disposal of cats in "painful or stressful" testing procedures.
It's gained 20 co-sponsors in two weeks.
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved an spending bill
with similar language expressing concern about the "painful" cat
Bishop said Thursday he hopes the legislation will be taken up by the
House Appropriations Committee as well.
"We've started the de-funding process," he said. "We control the
purse strings. And if there's an expenditure out there that's objectionable,
it's our responsibility to step up and do something about it."
Government records indicate that kittens bred at the government lab in
Beltsville, Maryland, are fed parasite-infected raw meat for two to three
weeks to collect parasites from their feces, then euthanized and discarded
Bishop is concerned that other animals might be subjected to similar
treatment and is asking the Agriculture Department for more information.
"We need to drill down and ask more specific questions," he said. "I
find it all very disturbing and want to make sure we know all that's going on."
12, 2018: "Even the stupidest cat seems to know more
than any dog." - Eleanor Clark
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Just file me under 'C', for 'cute'."
Cat Mewvie: Virtual cat explorer.
Feline Art: "Wandering
Cat", by Agnieszka Szuba.
13, 2018: "Kittens are born with their eyes shut.
They open them in about six days, take a look around, then
close them again for the better part of their lives." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Who needs a 401K?"
Cat Mewvie: If Wilford Brimley
Art: "Sniper Gun Cat" by Nina Levy.
14, 2018: "A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human
beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings,
but a cat does not." - Ernest Hemingway
Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized sleeping.
Cat Mewvie: Bathing the bobcat.
Feline Art: "The
Well-Fed Cat" by
15, 2018: "If animals could speak the dog would be
a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have
the rare grace of never saying a word too much." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Welcome to Australia!"
Cat Mewvie: Munchkin kitten ball.
Feline Art: "Princess
Monster Truck" by
cats used in Denver outdoor art exhibit.
By Allison Sylte
If you find yourself walking through an alley off Larimer Square in the
coming days, you might feel like you’re being watched.
But no … it’s nothing nefarious. Unless 300 decorative cats
in various poses hidden around Denver architecture makes you uncomfortable.
Then you might just want to click on a different story on 9NEWS.com (obviously)
and save yourself some potential decorative cat-induced trauma.
For what it’s worth, Kelly Monico, the artist responsible, said
she’s cool with any reaction.
“I hope people see this and are curious, and for the cat lovers, I think
this is right in their alley,” Monico said. “For the non-cat lovers … I
think any type of emotion is a good thing.”
The cat installation is part of the “Between Us: The Downtown Denver
Alleys Project” from the Downtown Denver Partnership and Downtown
Denver Business Improvement District.
The goal is to bring art to alleys; areas that aren’t typically
One thing sort of synonymous with alleys? Cats. And that’s why
Monico, who is also a professor at Metro State University, is placing
the cats all over an alley from 14th to 15th Streets between Larimer
and Market Streets.
“There’s about 300 cats that are interacting with one another and
interacting with the environment, and the idea is that it’s sort of an
Easter egg,” Monico said. “If somebody sees one, you start to look
and it leads your eye to another and there’s more and more cats.”
Seriously though … there are a lot of cats, and Monico put them
in places that complement the buildings in the alley. For what it’s
worth, she said she got them from different manufacturers, including
ones in China.
“I think that successful art not only is appealing visually and conceptually
but also if you can make people a little uncomfortable, that’s a great
piece of artwork,” Monico said.
So, how good are you at spotting cats in an alley? Give it a try below – look
for cats, and slide over to see if you found them all!"