Cat Project Archives for April 10-14,
10, 2017 - "The majority of people who still have
back doors don't let their cats go through them." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Me? I'm a sphinx cat, of course."
Mewvie: "Iz fud? Den me wantz!"
Feline Art: "Cat"
by Ernst Kirchner.
Cat" comes out of the shadows, and off the
by Donna Littlejohn
It’s been almost four years since a flurry of mysterious black-and-white
stenciled cats began appearing overnight all over San Pedro — on
perimeter walls, in parking lots and alleys, on under and over overpasses.
Residents and business owners were quick to weigh in on the phenomenon
during that summer of 2013. And the reviews ran the gamut — from
those who called them adorable and whimsical to others who branded them
vandalism. But everyone considered them mysterious.
The artist, whose only known public identity is his artwork’s hashtag
#ifoundyourcat used on Twitter and Instagram, has steadfastly insisted
on remaining anonymous.
Until now. Sort of.
From 6-10 p.m. Thursday, his iconic cat images will be the subject of
First Thursday art exhibit at the Machine Studio, 446 W. Sixth St., San
Pedro. And while the artist will be there, he intends to be just another
face in the crowd.
So how did the “Pedro Cat” phenomenon begin?
With an art degree, a burst of creativity and a 6-month-old black-and-white
cat the artist adopted from the Harbor Animal Shelter
“He head-butted me, I took him home and got him a red collar. And that’s
the story,” the artist said.
Like his owner, the real cat’s name remains hidden from the public
“I just needed a muse, a subject matter,” the artist said of his
inspiration. “I was always told to paint what I loved. And I loved my cat.”
Using spray paint and stencils, the artist began subtly tagging spots
with images of his cat.
“They were nonthreatening, whimsical,” he said of the stenciled images
that could go up in as little as 15 seconds and usually during busy morning commutes
when he more easily blended into the crowds and traffic.
Most of all, he said, it was designed to make people happy.
That didn’t deter a few conspiracy theories from making the rounds,
though, including one idea that the cats were a secret sign designating
homeless gathering spots.
“It caught on,” said the artist who holds down two day jobs to support
his calling. “It resonates with the community and people related to it.”
It started with one-color stencils and grew into two- and then five-color
stencils, foam cutouts and even a few elaborate three-dimensional statues.
He’s created hundreds of the cat images and also has branched out
to placed some in Long Beach, Lomita and other cities, though San Pedro,
where he was born and raised, remains the cat’s home base.
“They’re everywhere, from here to Lake Elsinore,” he said.
At one time, he said, 43 of the cat images were scattered along Western
Avenue from Palos Verdes Drive North to Royal Palms Beach.
His website — www.ifoundyourcat.bigcartel.com/ — offers T-shirts,
stickers and other “Pedro Cat” merchandise. And, of course,
his artwork on display at the gallery this week also is for sale.
He’s heard the criticism about painting on private or government
property and largely has chosen out-of-the-way spaces: retaining walls,
alleys and overpasses. He acknowledges it is against the law, but said
he stands in the tradition of the street art popularized by Banksy.
“It’s art for the people,” he said.
Chatter began going around town about the cats four years ago, with many
wondering about the mysterious trend that seemed to be popping up everywhere
Was there a message? Who was doing it and why?
After an article was published in the Daily Breeze on Sept. 13, 2013,
local television news stations picked up the story.
San Pedro fans of the feline mascot mystery launched a tribute Facebook
group and page, El Pedro Gato.
“This is a group of cat lovers that is in favor of the paintings (and a
few statues) of the black-and-white tuxedo cat seen many places in San Pedro,” the
introductory description of the group reads.
“We consider this cat another Pedro Icon, like our three-eyed fish and
our octopus painted on Gaffey by the Korean Bell. We DO NOT consider this cat
to be graffiti.”
A guided Saturday morning walking tour of the cat stencils was organized
to raise funds for the Harbor Animal Shelter.
Children, adults — and even a few dogs with the assistance of their
owners — posed for selfie photos with the cats painted around town.
The cats made it into the popular Pokeman Go search game.
Linda Marinkovich, who started the Facebook group and page, never knew
who the artist was but was protective from the start.
“ Every time we’d post something (listing where a new cat stencil
had appeared), somebody — the Grinch — would be out there covering
them up,” she said. “So I said let’s just share them amongst
As for the future, the artist hopes the “Pedro Cat” will
grow in popularity — and in size.
“ I’d love to have the side of a building.”
11, 2017 - "There is no snooze button on a cat who
wants breakfast." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: Adopt a new friend today.
Mewvie: 24 hours with 1000 cats.
Feline Art: "Reclining Cats" by
12, 2017 - "One small cat changes coming home to an
empty house to coming home."
- Pam Brownn
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Como esta usted?"
Mewvie: "Cat to the rescue!"
Art: "Cat Devouring Bird" by Pablo Picasso
missing for two years discovered on Faceook shelter
by Caitlin anders
Jimmy the cat has always been mischievous. One of his favorite things
to do was go outside and wander around nearby his house — until
one day, he didn't come back.
Jimmy's parents never worried about him playing outside because he was
a seasoned pro, and he never went very far. He liked to hang out in the
driveway, visit the neighbors for treats and go on walks with his family
and the dog. He occasionally liked to sneak into parked cars through
open windows to hang out for a while — before heading back to his
house and meowing to come back inside.
" He used to go in and out every day but always came back, except that one
night," Sue Zelitsky, Jimmy's mom, told The Dodo.
On September 13th, 2014, when Jimmy was 13 years old, Zelitsky's husband
let Jimmy outside to play for a while. When it was time for him to come
back inside, they called and called Jimmy's name and searched everywhere
they could — but Jimmy never came back.
Jimmy's family was absolutely devastated, and put up missing cat flyers
all around their neighborhood. Zelitsky would call out for Jimmy every
time she took the family dog for a walk, just in case he might be somewhere
nearby. They didn't want to lose hope, but after a while, the family
assumed that Jimmy was probably never coming home.
Two and a half years later, Zelitsky was browsing Facebook when she came
across a post from the West Milford Animal Shelter about a stray cat
who'd been pulled off the streets — and he looked remarkably like
Zelitsky immediately commented on the post, trying to figure out if the
lost cat was indeed her beloved Jimmy. After messaging back and forth
with the shelter, the evidence kept piling up that Jimmy had finally
" He was found approximately 10 miles from our home after the big March
blizzard and brought in to the West Milford Animal Shelter," Zelitsky said. "After
some sharing of pictures and other physical attributes I went to see him."
Zelitsky nervously gathered up a few things she thought Jimmy might recognize,
and then headed to the shelter with her neighbor, who Jimmy also loved.
The shelter staff welcomed them in and brought them back to see the missing
cat — and as soon as Zelitsky saw him, she knew immediately that
it was Jimmy.
" As soon as we opened the cage I asked him, 'Jim, is that you bud?' And
he walked over and head-butted me and I just starting crying," Zelitsky
Zelitsky later brought her husband in to see Jimmy too, and Jimmy recognized
and greeted him just as lovingly. There was no doubt in anyone's mind
that this was Jimmy, and that somehow, he had finally found his way home.
Jimmy is 15 years old now, and so happy to be back home with his family.
The family dog recognized him right away and welcomed him home, and the
two new kittens the family adopted while Jimmy was away welcomed him
just as much. Everyone is shocked that Jimmy was found, and the family
couldn't be happier that they finally have him back in their lives.
" We are over the moon," Zelitsky said. "It's the greatest story
ever and almost too good to be true … but it is!"
13, 2017 - "There is no more intrepid explorer than
a kitten." - Jules Champfleury
Gratuitous Kittiness: Close up and purrrr-sonal.
Mewvie: "It moved! I SWEAR it moved!!"
Feline Art: "Cats in Love" by Lyudmila.
14, 2017 - "Dogs have owners, cats have staff." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Two cute, to be, four gotten.
Mewvie: Simon's cat and the bunny.
Feline Art: "Fluffy Cat" by Popinnova Yuliya.
cats the ancient enemies of progress and civilisation?
by Laurence Dodds
In ancient Egypt they mummified cats, and in Britain we give them jobs.
Tewkesbury town council has put itself ahead of the curve on inter-species
cooperation by employing a cat, Missy, as a “morale officer” to
cheer up its staff. Now Missy may have to work from home because the
mayor, Karen Brennan, fears they are wasting too much time playing with
the cat instead of working.
We all know cats are freeloaders. As one of the few domestic species
to allegedly have domesticated themselves, there is a reasonable case
to be made that we are their pets – or perhaps their equivalent
of a basic income scheme. They have organised their affairs so that we
provide food and shelter in return for little tangible value. No wonder
the sci-fi author Charlie Stross refers to cats as parasites and humans
as their "hosts".
But the true situation is much graver. To mock Mrs Brennan as a joyless
prig would be to underestimate the danger cats pose to our economy. Innocuous
as they may seem, they are one of the oldest and greatest enemies of
Maybe you’ve been there: sitting at home on your PC, just about
to really get down to some work – when, with exquisite timing,
your cat sits on the keyboard. It’s unclear why they do this: one
theory is that cats enjoy warm things and glittering lights, and so naturally
nestle against the warm-running body of a laptop. But they do the same
thing with newspapers, so perhaps it is actually about attention.
Cats perceive that we are raptly engrossed by these weird devices, and
make it their task to disrupt our relationship with any potential competitor.
Natural divas, they calculate that even being shooed off the keyboard
is a win. They have successfully set the agenda. Call it the live cat
Yet this is just the start of their sabotage. In the classic film Bringing
Up Baby, a smitten Katherine Hepburn entangles Cary Grant’s uptight
paleontologist in her screwball life by obliging him to look after a
leopard. And for the next 80 minutes “Baby” creeps through
the film, a sinuous presence in the stiff world of the East Coast upper
The leopard embodies the spontaneity, freedom, chaos and lunacy to which
she eventually forces Grant to surrender. Our old superstitions about
black cats, and their association with witches, testify to the same truth:
that cats are against order, against reason, against the presumption
that we can ever completely know or control this world.
Just consider the contrast with dogs. Dogs are useful. They serve a purpose;
they work. Their domestication was crucial to the rise of civilisation
and they can be fully integrated into its apparatus: as border guards,
drug sniffers, agricultural machines, guardians of property rights and
therapists reintegrating traumatised people into the workforce. They
are part of a regime which aspires for everything to serve a productive
But cats are not useful. Sure, they can be monetised (as in the “cat
cafes” of Japan, or on Youtube), but you’d never trust them
to pull a sled. They are what cannot be assimilated into the project
of civilisation. Dogs are Apollonian and cats are Dionysan. Dogs serve
the sun and cats serve the moon.
It’s clear as daylight why an Apollonian jobsworth would want to
banish them from the workplace. As a fan of progress (on balance), I
But I must now unmask myself as an agent of the cats. I don’t want
to live in dog world, not completely, not forever. So I back the cats
in order to maintain a balance. I want them to waste more of our time,
and I hope this article has contributed in a small way to that cause.
All hail cats, chaos, daydreams, and the night.