Cat Project Archives for October 1-5,
1, 2018: "The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball
coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen
cat." - Michael McGarel
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Cats. Behold their majesty.
Cat Mewvie: "Take that, you
Feline Art: "Sailing"
Kitty, Who's Got the Kitty?
A Washington state woman whose cat was stuck on top of a light pole Friday
said she was put through the ringer trying to get help for her animal.
Abi Harmon’s orange and white cat, named Bernard, somehow got stuck
on top of a 40-foot utility pole, according to the Seattle Times. Harmon
immediately began trying to get help for her cat -- but was stymied wherever
Harmon initially contacted the Seattle Police Department, but dispatchers
told her there was nothing they could do about it, the Seattle Times
reported. She then walked over to the fire department, but firefighters
told her the live wires were too dangerous for crews to attempt a rescue.
When Harmon contacted Seattle City Light, they told her they might send
someone to take a look at the issue. In the meantime, Harmon said she
contacted arborists and some animal rescue crews but no one would come
and help get her stuck cat.
Someone from Seattle City Light eventually showed up -- but they didn’t
have the equipment to get the cat down and couldn’t shut the power
down, according to the Seattle Times. Finally, Harmon was able to get
a fire crew and police officers to free the feline.
“ At this point, every neighbor was out,” Harmon told the Seattle
Times. “Forty feet in the air, cat crying [all day] — if you were
in the vicinity, you could tell what was happening.”
While waiting, the neighbors decided to take things into their own hands.
They rigged up a ladder with a sleeping bag hoping the cat would jump
onto the bag. However, responding rescue crews halted that operation.
“ There was a lot of back and forth — no one was agreeing to do anything,” she
said. “It was sort of like everybody was pointing fingers at everybody
Harmon added: “Everyone was sort of passing the buck."
Scott Thomsen, a spokesman for Seattle City Light, told the Seattle Times
that the power company was reluctant at first because rescuing the cat
wasn’t “their job.”
“ We’re not in the cat-retrieval business,” he said. “When
you start doing this, you start getting calls from every cat owner.”
As of Saturday, the cat was back home, safe and sound.
2, 2018: "Maybe amazon prime is run by business cat
to get more empty boxes in cat owners’ homes." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeahhhh. That's the stuff."
Cat Mewvie: The joy of cat ownership.
Feline Art: "The
Cat" by J. Alderton.
3, 2018: "Cats being idiots are just cats on their
first life." - magna-terra
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Well, stare!"
Cat Mewvie: Ghost, cat-style.
Komic: Catfish cannibalism
Art: "Close Shave" by Danial Ryan.
4, 2018: "Meeting alien life, you would be astonished.
Your cat would just look at it for
3 seconds befor smacking it with a paw to make it go away." - actually-crazy-irl
Gratuitous Kittiness: "The first ingredient in catsup is four
quarts of cat..."
Cat Mewvie: "How does this
Feline Art: "Echo
by Nina Levy.
5, 2018: "A K9 is a dog, but a K10 is a cat." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: A stairs stare-down.
Cat Mewvie: No one wants to eat
Feline Art: "Study
Q: Why does my cat insist on being in the bathroom with me while I’m
using it? Even with the door closed, she’s constantly scratching
at the door trying to get in. And when I let her in she immediately wants
out. So frustrating! -- From News 6 anchor/reporter Amanda Castro.
A: Cats are very curious and want to know what could be behind the door
that they can’t see. What could you be doing in there, and why
can’t it involve her? Once she’s in and the door is closed,
it may be activating her discomfort at being “trapped,” so
she wants out again. (She also could just be wanting your undivided attention,
and what better way than to have you do her bidding by opening and closing
doors at her direction?)
Q: I had a cat who had a problem with chewing wires. I had to protect
them to avoid the possibility of electrocution. Of all the cats I’ve
had and been around, only one had that habit, although they virtually
all had a chewing habit of some sort. Why would a cat be so attracted
to something like wires as to actively seek it out?
A: Chewing wires can be dangerous, so great job protecting your cat from
electrocution. Cats sometimes like the oral sensation they get from chewing
on wires (kittens teething comes to mind). More exciting is the “dangly
toy” that they see hanging from the outlet or coming down from
the desk. He can bat at it, pounce on it, and “kill” it by
chewing. If your cat does chew cords, a trip to the veterinarian may
be in order. Swallowing wires can be trouble for the digestive tract,
and chewing live electrical wires could cause mild to severe electrocution."
Q: I have one cat that likes to chew on my hair while I’m sleeping.
My other cat likes to claw at our plantation shutters at around 4 a.m.
every morning. Why is that?
A: Your cats love you!! Cats will groom each other when they are bonded,
and they are showing you their friendship by grooming you too! They want
your attention whenever they want it, and that’s usually very early
in the morning. It is important not to let your cat train you to have
interactions during your sleep time. While it is very hard to do so,
by having no reaction you can help extinguish this behavior. (Whether
its getting up to play with them or telling them to stop, it really doesn’t
matter to your kitty – it is still attention!) I know it is REALLY
hard to do, but after 2 or 3 weeks of not getting noticed for the behavior,
they will move on from that behavior."
Q: My cats love drinking out of water faucets and the reason for that,
is because cats (domestic & wild) love running water. Why?
A: One theory is that there is an evolutionary aspect where cats used
to have to find their own clean water sources. When it comes to water,
cats can have diverse wants and needs. Some cats prefer running water.
Some like very cold water, and like ice cubes placed in their water bowl.
Some will only drink filtered water. I know one cat that will only drink
water out of a coffee cup that is placed in the middle of her owner’s
bathtub. To each her own, I say! Place water in different areas of your
home and in different types of containers and see which your kitty likes
best. As for my cat that likes me to turn the faucet on for him every
morning for a drink? I think he just likes to know that I’m his
servant and will do anything he asks because he’s just got that
cute face I can’t say no to."
Q: Why does my cat constantly lick my dog’s face?
A: It’s so great that your dog and cat are such good friends! And
like any good friend, your cat wants your dog to look his best. Cats
naturally groom their preferred associates as a sign of affection."
Q: Why do my cats have a circus at night and have a sudden burst of energy
when everyone is trying to sleep?
A: Ah the cat circus…putting on nightly shows in homes everywhere
for decades! Cats are typically more nocturnal than we are. In the outdoors,
they will hunt at night and be more active in general at night, while
sleeping during the day. In our homes, we tend to go off to work or school
during the day and our cats spend much of this time resting. So when
we are ready to sleep, they are ready to expend all that energy they’ve
been building up. The best thing you can do for this is to give your
cat a lot of attention during the day, and have playtime (and dinner)
right before bedtime. Your cat will then want to groom himself after
eating and have a nice long sleep."
Q: My cat has this toy and puts it in her mouth and meows with it in
her mouth. Her meows get louder and closer until she drops the toy on
my bed. Why does she do that?
A: This seems to be a behavior that goes back to the hunting instincts
of cats. She is trying to get attention to show off her hunting prowess.
This behavior can start at a very early age. I’ve seen a 3-week-old
kitten toddling around the room with her new toy in her mouth making
cute little chirping noises, and she still does this two years later.
This can also be a sign of separation anxiety, and I know a cat that
will walk around with a fuzzy ball in his mouth only when he is feeling
alone and his owner has a busy schedule. If your cat seems distressed,
discuss options for anxiety with your veterinarian."
Q: My cat loves to scratch cloth furniture, not leather. I've tried other
scratchers. Why does she do that?
A: Scratching is a normal and important behavior for cats. It helps to
stretch their body, keep their claws sharp, leave scent markers (pheromones),
and keeps claw motion function intact – kinda like why we go to
the gym. Different cats like different textures (cloth, sisal rope, cardboard,
wood, etc.), and your cat may prefer the feel of that particular cloth.
In addition, some cats like horizontal scratchers and some like vertical
ones. It may take time to find something your kitty likes, and also time
to move her to the things you would like her to scratch and not the things
you don’t (like your cloth furniture.) Talk with your veterinarian
about products that are now available to help train your cat to an approved
scratching post, how to trim your cat’s claws, pheromones that
help reduce stress, environmental enrichment, and temporary caps that
can be placed on the nails while you are retraining."
Q: One of my cats goes to corners on the house and jumps up and down.
Almost like she is trying to climb the wall. Why does my cat do that?
A: That is a stumper! If there are no rodents hiding in the walls, or
tiny insects in the corners, it may just be something that she likes
to do. As we like to say, 'Cats are weird…but we are so happy they
are as they are fun to watch!'"
Q: My cat likes to eat the bubbles and drink the bubble bath water when
I'm in the bath. She also likes to lick lotion and other things off my
skin. Why does my cat do that?
A: The bath water has many things that can entice a cat. First, you are
in the tub, and you are her person. Second, the water is moving and some
cats like moving water. Third, the water is fresh. She’s hit the
trifecta! As far as licking your skin, cats like to lick all kinds of
things. They seem to be intrigued by new scents and flavors. It could
be the oils in the lotion, or she just likes to groom you to tell her
she cares. If your cat seems to not feel well after grooming you, touch
base with your veterinarian."