Cat Project Archives for February 18-22, 2019.
18, 2019: "Always the cat remains a little beyond
the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Hey! That guy almost looks familiar."
Cat Mewvie: "Just fluffing
the old pillow."
Feline Art: "Take Me
by Hannah Jane Parkinson
I have a cat. He is called Miles. He is a rescue cat who languished in
his cage because he was extremely shy and therefore no visitors bonded
enough with him to give him a chance. Eventually I took him home, with
a “pet pack” I bought from the cattery. This included a “food
scoop”, which was, in fact, just a plastic shot glass. Miles arrived
in my flat and bolted under the desk and didn’t come out for days.
Then, in the dead of night, he bolted under the cooker, and didn’t
come out for… weeks.
Months later, Miles loves me. He does not love or trust anybody else,
and still responds to the front door unlocking the same way he would
to a firework. But I am allowed to pet him. He adores being petted. He
does not like being groomed, which is a problem, because he has a Shakespearean
ruff and furry britches. His fur knots like a cat’s cradle. He
likes petting, which has no practical purpose except his own comfort
That comfort and pleasure is as much mine as it is his. I like to rub
his ears between my thumb and forefinger, as though it is a swatch of
material I am considering for a reupholstery project. He likes it, too.
I like pressing the little jellybean pads on the underside of his paws,
cold to the touch after he trots in. He likes it, too. I like scratching
under his chin, his purr vibrating against my fingers. He likes it, too.The
sounds of sports are music to my ears
There’s a spot on his back that if scratched causes him to fall
to the floor and roll over sideways, the kind of move an eccentric drama
teacher would dream up. Sometimes I hold him like a baby, and his big,
gold eyes stare into mine, mildly pissed off. (Miles is a jet-black,
long-haired cat. He strongly resembles an owl, facially.)
Everyone knows the joy of pets; otherwise we would not share our homes
with these animals that brazenly claw at our favourite clothes, or tear
through furniture, or poo up walls or whatever mischief they get up to
from one day to the next. The ubiquity of emotional support animals has
now tipped into peacocks-on-planes absurdity, but owning pets, and stroking
and cuddling them, have health benefits.
One 2017 Swedish study even found that the risk of heart attack was 11%
lower in pet owners. Puppies have been introduced to relax finals students
at universities. Cats are said to gravitate towards dying patients in
care homes, to comfort them in their final hours. And without a doubt,
burying my face in Miles’s hot belly is just as effective as benzodiazepines.
It’s also possibly more addictive.
19, 2019: "People who love cats have some of the biggest
- Susan Easterlyn
Gratuitous Kittiness: I don't think that's bread.
Cat Mewvie: Auto-tuning the cat
Feline Art: "White
by Petrova Clementine.
20, 2019: "The cat does not offer services. The cat
offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You
don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats
are practical." - William S. Burroughs
Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's not what you think!"
Cat Mewvie: "Kitbull" by
Art: "Velvet Cat's Dreamworld" by RCSR.
21, 2019: "Is it yet another survival of jungle instinct,
this hiding away from prying eyes at important times? Or
merely a gesture of independence, a challenge to man and
his stupid ways?"
- Michael Joseph
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Everybody twist!"
Cat Mewvie: Touching the kitty.
Feline Art: "Cats
22, 2019: "Homeowner has the word 'meow' in it." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "OH, NO! MY CAT! AND MY BEST FRIEND!"
Cat Mewvie: One meow per kiss.
That's the rule.
Feline Art: "Siamese
by Julia Ockert.
cat treats? In Winter?
by Mary Jo Dilonardo
(Yes, it's winter, but kitties like variety.)
If your cat stares at you when you're eating ice cream, it can be tempting
to share your tasty snack. But milk-based products can have some pretty
unpleasant side effects for your feline friend. Cats don't have enough
lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose in dairy products, according
to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A little
ice cream might cause your cat to vomit or have diarrhea.
But there are much safer options that will keep your cat purring and
free from nasty issues. They have the added benefit of helping to keep
your pet hydrated. Because cats can be quirky about drinking water, they
often don't get enough liquid, which can lead to urinary tract problems
down the road.
Here are several frozen treats to keep your cat refreshed and hydrated
all year long.
Ice Cube Surprises
Zookeepers often use ice cubes as enrichment for big cats. They freeze
big blocks of ice with tasty surprises inside like chunks of meat or
even fruit. You can skip the slabs of raw meat and think smaller. For
your cat, use ice cube trays or cups and toss in tiny pieces of tuna
or kibble. To entice your cat to keep licking, you may want to drizzle
in a little tuna water or gravy, suggests Animal Planet.
Take your cat's wet food and mix in a few pieces of dry kibble. Shape
the mixture in small mounds on a cookie sheet and freeze. Your kitty
will love licking her way through the tasty meal and finding crunchy
surprise bits. You can feed your cat her normal portion this way or stagger
it out in smaller amounts throughout the day.
To get the benefit of more liquid, add the wet food to a blender with
a little additional water, then freeze in ice cube trays or cups.
Buy special cat milk at your favorite pet store. (This isn't kitten milk,
but a milk-like drink for adult cats. Brands include Cat-Sip and CatSure.)
Pour the milk into a plastic sandwich bag, then add half a can of wet
cat food. Seal that bag tightly and add a second bag. Then put it in
a gallon bag with lots of ice and some kosher or rock salt. Roll around
the bag for about 15 minutes. Hattie's Blog has step-by-step instructions
with the result being some delicious (for your cat) homemade kitty ice
Frozen Banana Bites
Some cats are a little persnickety and might not like fruit, but for
those who have daring palates, try these refreshing treats. Just puree
some bananas and pour them into ice cube trays. Add a little crunch,
if you'd like, by tossing in a few pieces of kibble.
Put any one of these special treats on a saucer and let your furry friend
enjoy something tasty. You can have your own ice cream in peace while
knowing your cat is getting a healthy, feline-friendly snack..