Cat Project Archives for February 25-March 1, 2019.
25, 2019: "Cats do care. For example, they know instinctively
what time we have to be at work in the morning; and they
wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Welcome to Crazy-Time!"
Cat Mewvie: "That's mah tongue.
Don't wear it out."
Feline Art: "In Trouble",
by Shirin Rafie.
Wisdom From A Cat?
by Leslie Criss
In years gone by, my brother the veterinarian would promise a book, “Everything
I Needed to Know, I Learned From My Dog.” When I asked him why
a dog instead of cat, he said, “You really don’t want to
learn from your cat!” (Ironically, his first published book is
called “How Mayfield Found his Meow.”
And so, Gattino Calzini Campione Stockstill, a Tennessee rescue, came
to be with us last year by way of my brother. Roughly translated, his
name means “The Cat Stockstill also known as Sox and Champion.” Champ
fills our days with wonder and wisdom.
With proper credit to Champ, then, here are a few things you should be
learning from your cat:
• “Just because something is very small does not mean it’s
not very important.”
• The smaller you are, the easier it is to feel at home in any space.
• Cute will get you very far in this world, until you start randomly biting
• Snuggles almost always help.
• When you take some rest, do it like you really mean it.
• “Put down that stupid phone and spend some time with me.”
• If you open your eyes, there is no telling what you might see.
• “Keep climbing. The one on the top of the mountain didn’t
But, you may wonder, is it right to apply animal wisdom to the vagaries,
intensities and pains of human life? Can a cat or dog understand?
Well, here’s food for thought. Dogs sniff out cancer or depression
and respond immediately with comfort. Pets work magic with the lonely
that no preacher or intercessor ever could. And light years separate
the limitations of human thought from the sum total of reality.
Besides, Champ just seems to know when one of us needs a hug.
26, 2019: "Cats like doors left open--in case they
change their minds."
- Rosemary Nisbet
Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's a great day to be a cat."
Cat Mewvie: "About time you
got home! I missed you!"
Feline Art: "Tayaki
by Becky Dreistadt.
27, 2019: "Most of us rather like our cats to have
a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in
the company of any cat that walked about the house with
a saintly expression."
- Beverly Nichols
Gratuitous Kittiness: Made for each other.
Cat Mewvie: "Me and my bunny
Art: "Campfire Cat" by Jemaica Murphy.
28, 2019: "An ordinary kitten will ask more questions
than any five-year-old boy."
- Carl Van Vechten
Gratuitous Kittiness: Round-head vs. fluffy-head.
Cat Mewvie: The Blind Cat Encounter.
Feline Art: "Yawn" by
1, 2019: "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But its
place is not in the middle of my back
at 4 a.m." - Maynard Good Stoddard
Gratuitous Kittiness: "What do I think of Trump? Guess."
Cat Mewvie: Veternarianing like
Feline Art: "The
by Reddit user Milksperfect.
Tale of Edna the Fire Cat
by Carrie Hodousek
SAN FRANCISCO — Friends and fans of Edna the Fire Cat aren't giving
up hope that she may be returned to the San Francisco fire station that
had been her home for years before recently being banished by authorities.
Supporters on Wednesday demanded that the San Francisco Fire Commission
let the newly famous orange and black tortoiseshell kitty again become
a part of Fire Station 49 despite a complaint that she was a health and
Edna became a social media cause célèbre after officials
ordered her removed from the station house because of the anonymous complaint
about her presence. An Instagram account dedicated to the feline has
gained more than 43,000 followers.
Photos posted there show her celebrating various holidays, posing adorably
in and on ambulances, and sleeping peacefully in sun-puddles. Edna had
been a fixture at Station 49 since first showing up in 2014 as a feral
stray and warming her way into the hearts of the firefighters.
Michelle Estrada is a former EMT who was at Station 49 when Edna arrived
five years ago.
"She was in the yard hanging out, super friendly, sitting on the top of
the ambulances," she said.
At the station, the crews quickly realized their relationship with Edna
"We started leaving her treats," said Estrada, "and the next thing
you know, the traps that we had out for the mice were starting to be empty. She
started taking care of the station. Then she started making friends with the
crews coming in. I know she's missed right now."
Edna provided a bit of cheer to people whose jobs are often very difficult.
"These crew members have long shifts," Estrada said. "They're
seeing the worst of the worst that you can imagine in the city. So to come to
the station, to see a cat to greet you - how cool is that?"
Supporters spoke out at the meeting, saying they believe that a pet like
Edna helps soothe the stress experienced by emergency responders.
"I can only imagine the stress they have to deal with, and having a little
cat that they can pet ... and have in their laps and take care of, I think, makes
a huge difference," said one woman.
"She has a home there," said another supporter. "People love her
Edna is staying with a member of the San Francisco Fire Department for
now. It's not clear whether the Fire Commission is open to allowing her
back to Station 49.