8, 2017 - "Could the purr be anything but contemplative?" -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Heyyy! How come I always have to play North
Mewvie: Cats and baths, a compilation.
Feline Art: "Stay Away"
by Rachel K. Schlueter
by Bill Hand
I survived rabies clinic vaccination day.
It’s important to vaccinate your pet — for your benefit and
theirs. If your dog or cat nips someone and draws blood, and you can’t
produce proof of inoculation, you’re going to be saying goodbye
to him for good, because the county’s going to kill him to so he
can be tested for the disease.
We had two cats due.
One was Bleu, a large Russian Blue who is more laid back than a fake
bear rug. He is, today, a svelte 18-pounder but in his younger days he
topped out at 22.
Bleu is easy. You get him out of the cat carrier and he sorts of melts
across the examination table. The vets plunge needles into him and he
lays there, contentedly blinking, dreaming of fish.
The other cat is named Highrise. She’s our smallest cat, about
10 pounds, and a tad skittish. A sharp noise, a sudden move, even opening
a door can send her running for cover.
Even so, I have never had a problem getting her to the vet in the past.
Now, we do have two cats of whom I expect trouble. They are Jekyll and
Hyde, two genteel felines at home who turn into such raging demons at
inoculation time that I’m surprised the vet doesn’t offer
to put them down.
I took out two cat carriers. Bleu was reluctant to enter but when I turned
the cage on end and dropped him through the opening he just gave me a
look and fell asleep.
But Highrise was having none of it. She gave the carrier one look and
took off at a trot, keeping herself just out of my reach. Our house is
one of those ranches that has a living room and kitchen that are separated
by a long wall, but are connected at either end by a doorway.
You cannot catch a cat in a place like that. She refused to get cornered.
I followed her like a gosling after it’s mother for 15 minutes
before she finally got tired of it, made a dash and disappeared.
It’s a small house but I could not find that cat. As all cat owners
know, cats are not solids. They’re liquid forms in a fur bag. I
think if you tossed an angry cat into a big, empty room she would melt
into the floorboard cracks to evade you.
I had to give up and take Bleu to the vet and hoped Highrise wouldn’t
be suspicious when I got back. But when I came home she was still in
hiding. Finally I found her in the couch. In it, up under the springs,
staring down at me with her big owly eyes. Some effort got her out and
a lot of courting and baby talk got her to let me touch her.
I picked her up and carried her to the carrier.
Have you ever tried to put a hostile cat into one of those things?
Remember, we’re talking about fluid in a bag here. With bones for
a little rigidity. And claws. Twenty of them. Twenty of them. Pushing
one of these into a carrier has about the same result as reaching under
a running lawnmower for a Lego brick.
She screamed, hissed and swore until I turned red with embarrassment.
Her claws drew bright scarlet roadmaps on my wrist. I finally pinned
her belly-down on the floor, but that just put us in a stalemate. She
couldn’t get away but I couldn’t shift her around to try
for the cage again without losing appendages.
At that point one of the other cats, angered by her screams, came charging
in screaming and swearing himself. I admitted defeat, realized I wanted
to experience another birthday, and let her go.
By night she was lying beside me purring away. I scratched her ear and
promised I would set up another appointment. As soon as my tranquilizer
9, 2017 - "Cats conspire to keep us at arm's length." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Heeeeeeeeeeere's KITTY!"
Mewvie: "Hello, kitty."
Feline Art: Vintage cat
10, 2017 - "Cats come and go without ever leaving." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Your lack of kitty treats distrubs
Mewvie: "My human is drowning! Must save her!"
Komic: 9 Chickweed Lane
Art: "Lost Cat" poster
do cats knead?
by Marissa Laliberte
Making biscuits, kneading dough, marching—whatever you call it,
kneading is a weird cat quirk. They look like they’re in a trance
as they lift one paw, then the other, again and again on a soft surface.
Not all cats knead, and they don’t all knead in the same way. Most
cats only use their front paws, but some use all four; some kitties bring
their claws out, and others don’t. A cat kneading at your lap might
hurt, but your kitty doesn’t have any bad intentions.
Even when they’re too young for their eyes to open, kittens need
to knead, says Katy Nelson, DVM, Virginia-based veterinarian and Freshpet
ambassador. Nursing kitties push around when suckling to get their mother’s
glands to release more milk, she says. No one is totally sure why the
habit lasts through adulthood, but there are a few theories.
For one thing, because felines grow up associating kneading with the
comfort of Mama Cat and her milk, the habit might be soothing. They don’t
think about food when they do it anymore, but it’s just plain relaxing,
as evidenced by the mad purrs you might hear while they do it. (Find
out the surprising reason cats purr.) “Like a kid sucking a thumb,
it’s a calming thing,” says Dr. Nelson. “A lot of cats
have their eyes closed and look like they’re completely zenned
Another theory is that cats knead to mark their territory. Cats have
scent glands in two places: their faces and paws. When felines rub their
faces against the furniture or go to town on a scratching post, they’re
leaving their scent—and same goes for kneading. Paws are the only
places where cats sweat, which means rubbing them against something leaves
that smell, says Dr. Nelson.
Others think kneading might span back to housecats’ ancestors.
Wild cats didn’t have the soft blanket that your domestic kitty
might love, so they had to make the ground as comfy as possible, says
Dr. Nelson. Pushing at the grass might have helped soften it up to “get
their bed just right,” she says.
Innocent as the habit is, you might still get annoyed when your kneading
cat digs its claws into your lap or furniture. Kneading makes cats happy,
says Dr. Nelson, so instead of stopping your pet from doing its thing,
just keep its claws short. “Keep the nails trimmed so it’s
not painful, and not messing up your blanket or your couch,” she
11, 2017 - "Nothing's more playful than a young cat,
nor more grave than an old one."
- Thomas Fuller
Gratuitous Kittiness: Mmmmm, potted kitty.
Mewvie: Cat escape artist.
Feline Art: Can you name those kitties?
12, 2017 - "The reason cats climb is so that they
can look down on almost every other animal...it's also
reason they hate birds." - K.C. Buffington
Gratuitous Kittiness: Someone wants breakfast.
Mewvie: "Croissant! Croissant! Croissant!"
Feline Art: Poster by Jay Ryan
by Kelli Bender
In Rhyl, Wales, it didn’t rain cats and dogs, but it did rain one
This adorable downpour occurred when the innocent stray was attacked
by a group of seagulls. One of the birds picked up the 4-week-old cat
and flew off, later dropping the kitten on the ground.
Luckily, a Good Samaritan spotted the kitten and reported her to RSPCA
Cymru, who came to rescue the animal and, remarkably, found her frightened
but unharmed from the fall.
“This poor kitten must have been through a terrifying ordeal – seemingly
swooped upon by a gull, before being dropped to the ground,” RSPCA Cymru
said in a statement. “We’re grateful to a member of the public who
spotted her and notified us, and thankfully she was rescued unhurt.”
The kitten, who is now named Sky, was taken to one of the RSPCA’s
animal hospitals, where she is receiving around-the-clock-care. Vets
are hand-rearing the kitten, who is still too young to care for herself.
“Sky is very young, and will now be hand-reared at our Animal Centre, and
should be available for re-homing when she is old enough,” the RSPCA added.