Cat Project Archives for January
14, 2019: "Naming a cat 'Whiskers' is like naming
a person 'Nose'". - fruitfulrogue
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Doin' the om-nom-nom.
Cat Mewvie: Your arms are too
short to box with Fluffy.
Feline Art: "Cheshire
by Elya Yalonetski.
cats and their $1500 batchelor pad.
by Marisa Kendall
SAN JOSE — Looking to make some extra cash, David Callisch found
the perfect tenants for the $1,500-a-month studio apartment behind
his Willow Glen home — a pair of cats.
“Basically I’ve got two renters that don’t have opposable thumbs,” Callisch
said. “It’s actually great. They’re very quiet, obviously.
The only problem is they stink up the place.”
The rent is taken care of by 43-year-old Troy Good, who saw the studio
as a solution to a pressing problem: what to do with his daughter’s
beloved cats, which he couldn’t abandon but also couldn’t
house in his new apartment.
It’s a situation that perhaps could only come about in Silicon
Valley, where rents are astronomical and residents treat their pets like
children, feeding a booming demand for amenities like pet-friendly
offices, doggy day care and pet massage clinics.
The scenario is “peak Silicon Valley,” said Jennifer Loving,
CEO of Destination Home, an organization working to end homelessness
in Santa Clara County.
“While this story is funny,” she said, “it really does highlight
the tremendous inequity in the Silicon Valley. We have thousands of people on
our streets, and we’re paying to make sure that our cats have a place to
Callisch says it’s much easier to play landlord to a pair of cats
than to a human tenant. Still, with housing for people so scarce in the
Bay Area, a problem that’s driving prices through the roof
and forcing residents to live in cars, RVs and tents throughout the region, Callisch
says he does feel bad wasting valuable living space on animals. But the
situation came up, and to help his friend, he accepted the offer.
“It’s just a weird thing that happened, that’s all,” said
Callisch, who works in marketing for Palo Alto-based analytics software company
For $1,500, Good and his cats got a decent deal. An average studio apartment
in San Jose rents for $1,951 a month, according to RentCafe. But the
unit Good is renting has no kitchen, which could bring the price down.
Good adopted Tina and Louise as kittens for his now 18-year-old daughter,
Victoria Amith. The tiny, inseparable kittens grew into huge cats — Amith
thinks they are Maine Coon and Bombay mixes, and her father estimates
they weigh about 20 pounds each. The cats, who Amith named
after characters on the animated TV show “Bob’s Burgers,” still
sleep snuggled together in the same bed.
Amith is devoted to them, even creating an Instagram account to document
their antics (@Tina_and_Louise). But she couldn’t take them to
the dorms when she started college this fall at Azusa Pacific University,
outside Los Angeles. Around the same time, Good moved into a new apartment
in San Jose with his fiance and her dog. The animals didn’t get
along (Good worried about Tina and Louise picking on Jack, the terrier),
but Good couldn’t give the cats away without breaking his daughter’s
Meanwhile, Good’s friend Callisch was getting ready to rent his
granny unit on Airbnb. Good had an idea — why not rent it for the
cats instead? Callisch agreed, and the animals moved in over the summer.
“ They definitely have the nicest cat apartment in Silicon Valley,” said
Good, a custom furniture designer. He recently started his own business designing
and selling phone booths for offices with open floor plans, to give workers a
quiet, private space to take calls.
Callisch pops into his granny unit, which he calls the “casita,” every
day to feed and play with the cats, Good stops by regularly and Amith
visits on her breaks from school.
Good says he would have paid more than $1,500 to maintain the peace in
his home, keep his daughter happy and make sure Tina and Louise are safe.
He and Callisch send pictures of the cats to Amith, who plans to bring
them to Southern California when she moves out of the dorms.
“ I love my cats so much,” she said. “I’m so attached
to them. I’m like a cat lady.”
15, 2019: "There is no snooze button on a cat who
wants breakfast." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I saw this move on 'Dancing With the Stars'."
Cat Mewvie: Special commendations.
Feline Art: "The
by Danial Ryan.
16, 2019: "There are many intelligent species in the
universe. They are all owned by cats." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "So.... what's new?"
Cat Mewvie: "Hi, hooman!" (Turn
up your sound)
Art: "The Cat" by Reddit user TheFutureEye.
17, 2019: "The problem with cats is that they get
the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: This is what 200% cute looks like.
Cat Mewvie: The joy of cat ownership.
Feline Art: "My
Name is Death" by
Reddit user "Zoopleismyname".
18, 2019: "If I die before my cat, I want a little
of my ashes put in his food so I can live inside him." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: This s a new cat breed called the Australian
Cat Mewvie: A purrr-fect performance.
Feline Art: "Winterling"
by Tracy J. Butler.
A Tree With Kitty.
Maria Parry spent "three days of searching and no sleep" after
Harry the tabby disappeared from her home in Fareham, Hampshire.
When she found the bedraggled moggy in a back garden she climbed the
tree "by instinct" to comfort him before getting stuck herself.
Harry the tabby cat had been missing for three days
Mrs Parry mounted her ill-fated bid to free the feline just before midday
"It was instinct, I wasn't thinking - he was shaking, I just tried to calm
him and I before I know it I was climbing the tree," she said.
When the branches started swaying, Mrs Parry said, she lost her nerve.
"I was 'oh my God, It's really high, I cant get down - I'm really scared."
Deborah Baxter, a hypnotherapist who works in neighbouring house, gave
Mrs Parry a cat basket when she arrived at the garden.
"To my horror, 45 minutes later I saw the cat basket still on the ground
- where's the cat? Up the tree. Where's the lady? Up the tree."
"Her poor husband is running up the street going into gardens to try to
find his wife.
"Harry was not budging, the poor little mite. We can laugh about it now
because it had a happy ending.
"The fire brigade were absolutely brilliant - it was quite precarious," she