Cat Project Archives for April 24-28,
24, 2017 - "With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion,
affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of
us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "My friends see me cinnamon-rollin', they
Mewvie: You made it, you clean it.
Feline Art: "Teaching
the Cat to Read"
by Jan Steen.
cats love your computer's keyboard.
by Alexa Erickson
Cats can be mysterious creatures. You call their name to jump on your
lap and they respond by walking in the other direction. They meow for
food only to wander off as soon as you put it in their bowl. They curl
up next to you for a good pet, purring with every stroke, when suddenly
they decide it’s too much and run away. This may not describe all
cats, but we can probably agree that feline behavior isn’t always
easy to understand. Especially when it comes to computers.
If you work on a laptop, you likely know that the joy of your cat’s
company can easily turn into annoyance as he or she takes over your keyboard,
sending emails accidentally, getting in the way of your video call, and
even throwing off the balance of your device as it tumbles to the floor—cat
So, what’s the deal? Why is your cat so obsessed with a non-fuzzy,
hard-surfaced piece of equipment that doesn’t dispense free food,
offer love in return, or is even all that cozy to lay on?
“Many cats sit on spots such as keyboards and laptops because they are
near their favorite person and can be at the center of their attention,” explains
Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and author of Naughty No More!
Changing Unwanted Behaviors through Positive Reinforcement. “Usually people
reinforce the behavior by petting the cat and/or talking with him. Cats quickly
learn that when they sit on the keyboard they get what they want—attention.”
If it’s becoming a real problem for you, and you find yourself
locking your feline out of the room when you need to work—but dearly
wish you could enjoy their affection, there are steps you can take.
“You can break the habit by providing the cat a comfortable and a desirable
place to settle that is next to you while simultaneously reinforcing and rewarding
him with affection and attention when the cat is sitting or lying on it,” Krieger
says. “At the same time, discourage him from hanging out on the keyboard
by making it an uncomfortable place to sit and difficult to access.”
25, 2017 - "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." -
Robert K. Massie
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You'll ruin your eyes sitting that
Mewvie: Taking care of an older cat.... the right way.
Feline Art: "Cat" by
26, 2017 - "Everything I know I learned from my cat:
When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam.
When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner." - Gary
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I have no shame."
Mewvie: Round and round she goes.
Art: "Cat and Hooman". Artist unknown.
the earless cat.
by Kelli Bender
As you may have noticed, he is missing a common cat part: a set of pointy,
Unfortunately, Otitis had to have his ears removed after
developing Otitis externa, a condition that caused the feline to develop
large cysts on his ears and also gave Otitis his name.
His previous owners did not treat the issue and, unable to afford the
surgery to remove Otitis ears when it became untreatable, ultimately
surrendered the pet. Feline Rescue Association of Baltimore stepped in
to cover the sweet kitty’s surgery and work on finding him a forever
This is where Molly Lichtenwalner becomes part of the story. Over a year
ago, the Baltimore native endured a serious car accident, which left
her with severe anxiety. In March 2016, she went on Petfinder.com to
look for a comforting companion to help her through these hard times,
and in a few clicks found Otitis. She instantly new he was her destiny.
“I grew up on a farm and always had animals around me that gave me so much
happiness. I helped train my parents’ deaf Old English Sheepdog, and when
I came across Otitis, I just knew he was meant for me. I always wanted to adopt
an animal that was older and had some special needs; the ones the least likely
to find a home (unlike kittens),” Lichtenwalner told PEOPLE Pets.
The special needs cat, who has lost some of his hearing because of the
surgery, has exceeded her expectations.
“He has been nothing but amazing. He immediately adjusted to his new home
with me and he truly saved me from my own anxiety. He loves to play and snuggle,
and nothing is better than coming home to him and experiencing true unconditional
animal love. I didn’t rescue him, he rescued me,” Lichtenwalner added.
Hoping to inspire others to give homes to traditionally less adoptable
animals, Lichtenwalner started an Instagram for Otitis where he can show
off his sweetness and unique look.
The @adventuresofotitis account now has over 16,000 followers, who all
adore watching the feline snuggle, snooze and offer up the occasional
But Otitis and Lichtenwalner’s mission to raise awareness about
special needs animal adoptions doesn’t end here. The pair recently
celebrated a successful Kickstarter campaign. With the funds, Lichtenwalner
and her roommate, who are both speech therapists, are creating a children’s
book about Otitis, his journey and how his differences make him unique
and beloved. Through his story, Lichtenwalner hopes others will learn
to embrace their differences as some of the most beautiful parts of who
27, 2017 - "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats
look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
- Winston Churchill
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Look out! I'm on a roll!"
Mewvie: Round and round she goes.
Feline Art: "Monster Cat" by Asya Malevich.
21, 2017 - ""Some animals are secretive; some
are shy. A cat is private."
- Leonard Michaels
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I see yo! Now get out here and feed me!"
Mewvie: Dramatic kitten turtlin'.
Feline Art: "The Cat's Lunch" by Marguerite Girard.
cat needs entertainment.
Cats are curious creatures that love to run, climb, hunt, and play. Providing
entertainment and activities for your cat keeps them healthier and helps
reduce unwanted behavior.
Dr. Sarah Griffin, a lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the importance of providing
your pet with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
“Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives but can develop undesirable habits
if not given enough exercise and mental stimulation,” Griffin said. “Some
undesirable behaviors and medical conditions that can develop from lack of stimulation
include scratching inappropriate places, chewing, peeing outside the litter box,
aggression, and obesity.”
Several cat toys and supplies on the market make providing your furry
friend with entertainment easy. For example, a cat tower placed by the
window could provide opportunities for your pet to exercise, play, relax,
and enjoy the scenery outside.
Additionally, Griffin said cat toys—especially ones with bells,
feathers, fur, or pom poms— can provide hours of entertainment
and some exercise for your kitty.
Toys to encourage your cat’s natural instinct to hunt are also
available. These toys can be filled with a treat or cat food and can
be hidden in the house. When the cat finds the toy, they have to play
with it to get the food out. Griffin said hunting toys provide mental
stimulation and also a little exercise. You also can train your cat to
chase laser pointers; however, be sure to play safe to avoid any injury
to your cat.
Many of our feline friends live indoors, but they still may be curious
about the outdoors. Training your cat to walk on a harness or leash will
provide both exercise and entertainment for your cat.
“Leash walking and having an open window or a screened-in porch can fulfill
a cat’s desire to explore the outdoors,” Griffin said.
Whether your kitty spends most of its time sleeping or begging you to
play, providing entertainment for your cat is important for its mental
and physical health.