Cat Project Archives for March 18-22, 2019.
18, 2019: "Cats being idiots are just cats on their
first life." - magna-terra
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Little cat, big world.
Cat Mewvie: "Catch ya on
the flip side!"
Feline Art: "Regal" by
letter to Ruby, my son's cat.
I felt the need to buy you a tin. I chose a vintage pattern, a cheap
Orla Kiely copy: cream, flowers with brown stems and green heads. Its
lid was mint green. There was a moment when I told myself it’s
what you would have picked, that you’d like the flowers. I quickly
quelled this lie. You didn’t have opinions on patterns or prints.
The alternative had rabbits on, and deer. A joyful nature scene. It seemed
unfair to bring other animals into this moment, even fake ones.
You are the first love that my boy has lost. I told him I was taking
you to the vet, that you were unlikely to return home alive. I gave him
the chance to say goodbye. He sat and held you close, fed you cheese.
All he asked was that we bury you in the garden. My chest ached. I’ll
never forget the look of nervous hope when I collected him from school
that day. Or how his heart sunk, his head sunk, his tears sunk, when
I told him you were gone.
We sat on the couch and he held you in the tin, felt the weight of you.
I let him peek inside, so he knew death was a solid thing. He asked if
you would rot in the ground. I did not deny this, but the word rot was
sour and sharp. There must be a kinder word, I thought, one less bound
up with death. You would return to the earth, I said. Everything returns
to the earth, eventually.
We had a little ceremony: there was music, we said kind words. We buried
you with cheese and crisps, in the tin – lidless, so you could
return to the earth. We ate cheese and crisps to rejoice in you.
That night my boy asked if there was a heaven. I wanted to give him a
yes that he could cling to, but I could not. I told him that many people
believed in heaven, but that I didn’t. I gave him the truth, which
is all I had to give. I told him you were tired and your body ached,
that your bones were slipping away from each other. I told him you were
better off without breath, without your amber eyes open. I told him of
your happy life, filled with love, and that death came when you were
This morning, my boy distilled this letter to one line. I’ll miss
Ruby, he said, she was so beautiful.
19, 2019: "There are two means of refuge from the
miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer
Gratuitous Kittiness: Flower-child.
Cat Mewvie: Helping Daddy pee.
Feline Art: "The
Hard Days" by Pascal Campion.
20, 2019: "You can't own a cat. The best you can do
is be partners."
- Sir Harry Swanson
Gratuitous Kittiness: So many pretty babies.
Cat Mewvie: "Peek-a-boo my
furry little butt!"
Art: "Cat in Fog", photographer unknown.
21, 2019: "There are no ordinary cats." - Colette
Feline Art: "Portrait
of MeowMeow". Artist unknown.
22, 2019: "There are many innocent cats lifted in
the air because of The Lion King."
- Reddit user yo_mama_420e
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Oh, my dear. I'm sure you're special at...
Cat Mewvie: Cats. Don't. Like.
Feline Art: "Lunar
Cats" by Danial Ryan.
named her cat "Brexit".
by Natalie O'Neill
(I've been alerted that the politician was simply making a joke about
Brexit.... which IS a joke.)
A prominent French politician named her fickle feline Brexit because
he can’t make up his mind whether to stay or bolt.
Nathalie Loiseau, the country’s minister for European affairs,
said her kitty meows loudly by the door each morning — then obnoxiously
refuses to leave when she opens it, according to Le Journal du Dominate.
“He wakes me up every morning meowing to death because he wants to go
out, and then when I open the door he stays put, undecided, and then glares at
me when I put him out,” she told the French paper, according to a translation
by the UK Independent.
Her cat comment comes as a vote last week put the UK’s long-delayed
decision to leave the European Union at a standstill.
This week, a vote could determine whether lawmakers will extend the Brexit
negotiating period. But British Prime Minister Theresa May might reject
the deal, made by the House of Commons, for the third time.
Loiseau, one of the top candidates for Emmanuel Macron’s party,
is facing off against a far-right insurgency in upcoming European Parliament