Cat Project Archives for March 25-29, 2019.
25, 2019: "A cat pours his body on the floor like
water. It is restful just to see him."
- William Lyon Phelps
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness:Cat Tetris.
Cat Mewvie: She's a sucker for
Feline Art: "Caterpillar" by
by Jimmy McCloskey
Telecom giant Verizon suspended one of its employees for using his company
cherry picker to rescue a cat trapped on top of a telephone pole.
Maurice German used his work truck to rescue the striken feline, called
Momma, last Saturday after she spent 12 hours atop the wooden stake in
He swung into action after worried locals tried to rescue Momma themselves,
and called firefighters in an attempt to save her.
But Verizon punished German’s kindness by suspending him for 15
days for breaking a rule stating company vehicles and equipment must
only be used for planned maintenance work.
Verizon spokesman Rich Young was unrepentant about the harsh treatment
meted out to German, telling CBS Philadelphia: ‘We take no joy
in this job action. However, we’re committed and responsible for
keeping our employees and customers safe while working in a particular
area. Unfortunately, while this employee’s goal was admirable,
he potentially put his life and those around him in jeopardy.
‘While our actions may not be popular, it’s in the best interest
of our employees and the communities we serve.’ Two GoFundMe pages have
since been set up to raise the $4,650 wages German will not be paid during his
26, 2019: "It is in the nature of cats to do a certain
amount of unescorted roaming."
- Adlai Stevenson
Gratuitous Kittiness: Spring has sprung.
Cat Mewvie: The whipped-cream
Feline Art: "Cat
27, 2019: "When anyone mistreats it, the cat wants
nothing more to do with that person and will remember him
or her for a long time. It doesn't believe in the doctrine
of turning the other cheek and won't pretend that it does." -
Lawrence N. Johnson
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Nyahhh!"
Cat Mewvie: "I'm so pretty.
Oh, so, pretty."
Art: "Happy Kitten" by Alex Truesdale.
28, 2019: "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin
Gratuitous Kittiness: "We're laughing with you, not at you."
Cat Mewvie: How to catch a cat.
Feline Art: "Regal
Kitty", artist unknown.
29, 2019: "People that don't like cats haven't met
the right one yet."
- Deborah A. Edwards, D.V.M.
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ahhhhhh. Friday at last!"
Cat Mewvie: 4K not okay 4kitty.
Feline Art: "Catty-Cake" by
Cat Is A Real Butt
by Nick Greene
I love my two cats more than air. They are 10-year-old litter mates,
and I let them sleep with me when I don’t have company. Lately,
we’re having an issue in the middle of the night. One will begin
sleeping with his face resting on my arm. His sister will curl up in
the small of my back, purring up a storm. (She has quite a motor.) Sounds
wonderful, right? It is—until I wake up two hours later and find
that both of them have moved so that they have their backs to me, their
tails are raised, and their bare butts are resting directly on my bare
skin. I hate this. It jolts me fully awake, and I have a hard time going
back to sleep.
How can I help them break this habit without banishing them? I’ve
tried gently repositioning them, but the cycle just repeats later in
the night. One idea I had was an extended play session before bed, so
they would be wiped out and less inclined to move much. Is this a good
idea, and are there any others?
— Two Butts About It
Dear Two Butts About It,
When you adopt a pet, you adopt the entire animal. There is no à la
carte option, and you can’t ask the shelter to “hold the
anus.” You agreed to welcome every inch of the cats into your home,
so those buttholes are with you for the long run.
If it makes you feel any better, your bedmates’ butts are probably
pretty clean. Cats are fervent self-groomers, and they certainly don’t
miss any spots. Their routine is like if Canyon Ranch offered full cavity
searches. If their butts are not clean, I apologize for being glib. (Please
understand that I am just trying to normalize cat anuses.) A dirty butt
is more than just gross; it may also be the sign of a medical problem,
and a trip to the vet is in order if you notice something’s wrong. “Either
they aren’t grooming,” certified animal behaviorist Mikel
Delgado says, “or they might have diarrhea or soft stool.” Let’s
hope those butts are clean for everyone’s sake (but mostly the
With any luck, this might lull their butts into a deep, peaceful slumber.
But to the problem at hand: Changing this behavior may be difficult because,
unlike you, the cats don’t think much of it. “It would strike
me as very odd if both cats were deliberately doing this,” Delgado
tells me. “I don’t think they’re doing anything except
changing position in their sleep, as many of us do.”
Cats aren’t imbued with a puritanical sense of shame about their
bodies. If they were, they’d wear wool cloaks all day and feel
consumed with guilt whenever they groomed themselves. Your issue strikes
me as more of a human problem than a cat one. But if you’re unwilling
to sacrifice sleep to let their free spirits soar along with their tails,
there are a few things you can try.
The evening play session you mention is a good idea, and it’s a
go-to recommendation from feline behaviorists for getting cats to sleep
better at night, along with feeding them at bedtime. With any luck, this
might lull their butts into a deep, peaceful slumber. But even if late
play and meals don’t fix this issue, they’re worth trying,
since either may improve the cats’ sleep.
But your ability to sleep is the real issue here. If these measures don’t
work, the only other option is to encourage them to sleep somewhere else.
You say they’re not allowed to sleep with you when you have company,
so I assume they already have an alternative place to lay their derrières
at night. If not, try a heated cat pad or a plush, feline-friendly space.
But if you want them in bed for warm snuggles, then they have no choice
but to bring their butts along with them. The onus—and anus—is
on you to make the situation work.