Cat Project Archives for February 19-23,
19, 2018: "My little grandson is a darling, but he
can never take the place of my cats."
- Anonymous Grandmother
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I see you, too"
Mewvie: "No? How about yes? Si?"
Feline Art: "Trent's
by Gary Brown.
do cats sleep so much?
by Jessica lindsay
Cats are the best at ignoring us – and us cat lovers are very much
okay with them having their alone time.
Most of the time they’re not begrudgingly letting us pet them or
out stalking prey (leaves and small sticks) they’re asleep. Give
a cat somewhere soft to sit and they’ll be out like a light.
In fact, in true cat fashion, they’ll even fall asleep on your
open laptop, newspaper, or your head.
On average, cats sleep around 15 hours a day. That’s a lot, even
to the laziest teenagers reading this.
The idea behind this is because they’re historically predatory
animals. Running around after prey took up a lot of energy, which meant
they had to conserve it the rest of the time. Regardless of whether your
moggy is a lazy little thing, it’s still hard-wired to act as though
it’s king or queen of the jungle.
Because their brains are supposed to become more active at night (as
they evolved from hunters who’d do so after dark) they’re
typically the most tired in the day. This is called being crepuscular.
Cat sleep patterns are different to ours. They experience cycles of up
to half an hour of light sleep, followed by about five minutes of deep
sleep, and back to light sleep again. This allows them to keep aware
of any predators by never falling in to too deep a slumber, and has stayed
despite cats evolving into domestic creatures.
Kittens and older cats will normally sleep longer than adults, but as
any kitten owner knows, kittens will be way more active when they are
Your cat is also likely to sleep more depending on its breed, temperament,
and health. Some cats just love curling in front of the fire all day,
while others are more than happy to be pestered for attention by us.
As well as this, cats can feel more sleepy if it’s cold outside – even
if they normally stay indoors.
They’ll even adjust their sleeping schedules so they can spend
time with you or to make sure they’re always ready for feeding
If your cat starts to sleep much more or much less, it could be a sign
that something is wrong. If it’s an ongoing problem, take your
cat to the vet to check for any pain they might be experiencing, or perhaps
test for hyperthyroidism.
20, 2018: "In Egypt, the cats...afford evidence that
animal nature is not altogether intractable, but that when
well-treated they are good at remembering kindness." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats love to sleep and sleep to love.
Mewvie: The daily shower distress alarm.
Feline Art: "Pantry"
by Trubina Natalya.
21, 2018: "Cats at firesides live luxuriously and
are the picture of comfort." - Leigh Hunt
Gratuitous Kittiness: "LET'S PLAY!"
Mewvie: Will kitty prefer raw or boiled meat?
Art: "Vladimir" by F. Leonard.
22, 2018: "Cats as a class, have never completely
got over the snootiness caused by that fact that in Ancient
Egypt they were worshipped as gods." - P G Wodehouse
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I always wanted a lot of tail with
a little cat attached."
Mewvie: Pretty kitty pancakes.
Feline Art: "Wilberforce"
by Geoffrey Tristam.
23, 2018: "Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like
Macavity, there never was a cat of such deceitfulness and
sauvity." - T S Eliot
Gratuitous Kittiness: Ten months later.
Mewvie: Cat meets snow.
Feline Art: "Tuxedo
Cat", artist unknown.
Narnia, the chimera cat.
by SAryn Chorney
She’s not even a year old yet, but this young, feline beauty queen
is making moves in the celebrity cat world.
Meet Narnia. Born on March 28, 2017, this kitty has a majestic, fantastical
name to match her otherworldly appearance.
The exotic British shorthair resides at the Cattery of Grace in France,
and she has gained much attention after famed animal photographer Jean-Michel
Labat shot a session with her recently.
Much like Venus and Quimera before her, Narnia is referred to as a chimera
cat. Breeder Stephanie Jimenez calls her “a real small miracle,
blue and black (with locket),” referring to the small white tuft
of fur on her chest.
While the definitive explanation for this pussycat’s striking looks
is unknown, a true chimera cat’s cells contain two types of DNA,
caused by two embryos fusing together, i.e. the fusing of two non-identical