Cat Project Archives for May 14-18,
14, 2018: "Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when
motionless, seems to flow." - George F. Will
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Let's all play "Find the Kitty".
Cat Mewvie: How lions say "Hello".
Feline Art: Let's all play
"Find the Kitty".
is our cat peeing on the curtains?
by Ellen Whyte
Two weeks ago, Swooner peed on the living room curtains. Immediately
after, he tried to pee on the sofa. As we yelled at him, he shot out
of the house. We were barely settled after cleaning up, when he marched
back in, jumped on to my lap, and peed on me.
Yes, you read that right. I was the subject of a golden shower, kitty
When he peed on the curtains, I was really annoyed with him. When he
hit the sofa, I was bewildered, and by the time I got the treatment,
I was seriously worried.
There are several mundane reasons that lead cats to pee outside the litter
box, so my first move was to check his box; it was clean. Also, it’s
up in the little bathroom that he’s claimed exclusively. Target
and Guido don’t go there. So this was not sparked by a dirty litter
I considered it might be a urinary tract infection but, frankly, I didn’t
think that was the issue. When Swooner was peeing, he didn’t seem
to be in any physical discomfort.
It can be tricky to gauge cat emotions accurately, but I know my kitten
very well and I could have sworn there was a look of determination on
his face. But what was he trying to say?
Some cats pee on things they own, and this can include their humans.
We thought it might be that, but in the light of him trying the furniture
first, it didn’t seem very likely.
Our next thought was that Swooner was reacting to Tom, my husband, breaking
a leg and an arm. Cats have a rep for being cool and calm in the case
of even the most challenging of circumstances but, after the accident,
we had to make some changes.
The cats consider having Tom at home a plus, but on the negative side
we moved some of the furniture and we’re temporarily sleeping apart.
I suspected that Swooner, being a little cat, was picking up on all the
emotions, and expressing himself in the form of a dirty protest.
To be sure there was no medical problem, I called the vet and made an
appointment for the next morning.
Trouble comes in floods, right? The very next morning, at the crack of
dawn, Swooner stepped out and got into a fight with Charlie, the cat
who lives across the street. I’m pretty sure that Swooner started
it but Charlie certainly finished it. His dad texted me to say Swooner
streaked out of their compound after having had his ears boxed.
So we went to the vet, who found Swooner had a scratch under his eye
and a cut ear. My poor kitten was terrified, so he put his paws around
my neck and hung on for dear life as his doctor checked him out.
Swooner had a slight temperature but, for the rest, he seemed OK. The
not-quite-a-fever was possibly from the fight or it might have been a
sign of an infection.
This is the problem with animal health: the furries can’t talk,
so there’s a lot of logical deduction and interpretation. In my
kitten’s case, the vet wasn’t sure if the peeing was a result
of a mild urinary tract infection or emotional upset.
As Swooner had been in a serious scuffle, the vet recommended a course
of antibiotics. These would prevent the wounds from becoming infected
and cure any other infections that might be lurking. He recommended we
throw the “kitchen sink” at the problem, and also give Swooner
some emotional support.
I took my pet home, and to make sure it was extra easy to hit the litter
box, we installed a second one downstairs. Also, as cats are creatures
of habit, we began watching him closely. When Swooner lurks in a meaningful
way, we pick him up and cuddle him – or clap our hands and say, “No.”
Guido claims Tom, and – as the big cat and the kitten aren’t
huge friends – I began taking Swooner to bed with me, as well as
Target, at night, rather then let Swooner choose where to sleep. My senior
cat is a generous soul, and so the three of us are fine dossing down
For two weeks, it worked. Swooner ate his medicine – cunningly
hidden inside some sticky treats – like a champion, and we had
no incidents. But the day before yesterday, Swooner had a barney with
a marauding cat from down the road, after which he came into the house,
and headed for the curtains.
I caught him just in time by yelling, “No!” and he went racing
out the door.
He came back 10 minutes later, and almost peed in the house again. I
put him outside and shut the door behind him, figuring he’d pee
in the ferns. After half an hour, I let him back in.
Swooner looked guilty and defiant when he marched back into the house,
but when I took him up to bed with me, I got head butts and purrs. He
went back to using his box again, too.
Given the circumstances, I suspect Swooner doesn’t cope well with
upheaval. It might be because he had such a rough start in life, or he
may simply be a sensitive cat. With luck, our plan will help us manage
the problem in the long run but it’s going to take time and effort.
Let’s hope it’s an end to the dirty protest.
15, 2018: "Cats are intended to teach us that not
everything in nature has a purpose."
- Garrison Keillor
Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's not a wig. I swears!"
Cat Mewvie: Because that's how
the kitty-cat do.
Feline Art: "Hal9000
and Garfi" by
16, 2018: "By and large, people who enjoy teaching
animals to roll over will find themselves happier with
a dog." - Barbara Holland
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Heterochromia, eyebrows, Hitler 'stache...
I got it ALL!"
Cat Mewvie: "Knock-knock!"
Art: "Princess", by Chris Miles.
17, 2018: "A meow massages the heart. - Stuart McMillan"
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Wanna play?"
Cat Mewvie: Surviving the fire.
Feline Art: "Peculiar
18, 2018: "Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You
can tell this by all the time they spend on personal grooming.
Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming
is to roll in a dead fish."
- James Gorman
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Help...... meeeeeeeee."
Cat Mewvie: Never say "No" to
Feline Art: "Cables
the Cat". Artist unknown.
the cat saves his family.
by Kaitlyn Alanis
Boo was always a quiet cat who never, ever meowed — but that changed
when his family's house began to fill with a deadly gas.
The black-and-white house cat was adopted by his Ohio family about seven
years ago, WKRC reported, and he may have been saving those meows for
when his family needed him most.
" He never meows. He usually just squeaks or doesn't meow at all," Ariana
Kecskes told WKRC. "It's actually kind of a joke in our family."
But on Tuesday, when Boo's family was asleep in their beds, he began
to meow — a lot.
David Kecskes told FOX19 that as his family was sleeping, Boo began meowing
so loudly that it woke everyone up.
" I woke up slowly and my wife had woken up at the same time and Ariana
had woken up from her bedroom. . . and we just saw Boo fall and pass out right
here," he told KTVU. "And then Ariana came out of her room, it's her
cat kind of, and she passed out right here."
Ariana Kecskes told WKRC that Boo was stumbling down their hallway, but
he continued to meow.
" He passed out so many times trying to wake us all up and that's just amazing
because he's never really meowed before," she said. "It's like he's
been waiting his whole life to do this one heroic thing."
But Boo wasn't the only cat who helped save the Kecskes family.
While Boo was passed out, the family's other cat "walked in and
kind of revived him," WKRC reported. "Our other cat kind of
sniffed him like, 'Hey, get up, '" Ariana Kecskes said.
After everyone was awake, they rushed out of the house and David Kecskes
called 911 at about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
" My daughter fainted in the hallway, my son fainted on the back porch and
our cat fainted in the living room," he told 911, according to FOX19. "And
I'm dizzy and my mom's dizzy. And my wife's dizzy."
Fire crews who responded detected a potentially-lethal level of carbon
monoxide in the house, KTVU reported. The family was taken to the hospital.
" Had this situation gone on much longer the outcome could have been different," the
assistant Green Township fire chief told FOX19. "It's colorless, it's odorless,
it's tasteless, so it is a silent, it's a silent killer if you will."
Fire investigators said the carbon monoxide was leaking from a malfunctioning
More than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning
that is not linked to fires every year, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency
room with carbon monoxide poisoning each year, and more than 4,000 are
The CDC recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home
and checking the batteries twice a year.