Cat Project Archives for September 24-28,
24, 2018: "Maybe cats are assholes because they remember
all of their past lives. And they’ve all been worshiped
in glorious places and done wonderful things. Now they’re
stuck in apartments and houses, pooping in boxes and having
cameras pointed at them incessantly for the amusements
of a far lesser being." - HappyMcHappyPants
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I'm spying on you."
Cat Mewvie: Simba, the Savannah
Feline Art: "Amazed
by Kelly-Leigh Cooper
Photographs of a Wisconsin retiree cat-napping with his feline friends
have gone viral - melting hearts online and leaving a shelter inundated
with well-wishes and $40,000 (£30,000) in donations.
Terry Laurmen, 75, has become a regular volunteer at the Safe Haven Pet
Sanctuary in Green Bay over the last year.
Set up like a cat cafe - with sprawling arm chairs and the bird channel
on loop on television - the shelter was set up by 27-year-old Elizabeth
Feldhausen in 2016.
It specialises in looking after, rehabilitating and rehoming cats with
disabilities and special care needs who would be at risk of being put
Terry, a retired Spanish teacher, began turning up almost every day with
his own special brush to groom the cats.
As a cat-lover who travels for large chunks of the year, he is unable
to get one of his own, but has always loved volunteering with them.
"They all know him, when he walks through the door they run over to him
because they know he has the special brush and the special treats. They all pile
on top of him and rub all over him and just love him," sanctuary owner Elizabeth
told the BBC.
A spot of grooming with Terry on one of the sofas is a prize spot for
the sanctuary cats
But grooming 20-30 cats can get exhausting, and the other volunteers
began snapping shots of Terry taking his daily siestas with his furry
Those images, of Terry and the cats curled up on the sofas together,
were posted on Facebook a few days ago and have now been shared across
the world more than 22,000 times.
The shelter has taken to dubbing the loyal volunteer "Cat Grandpa" -
a name he approves of - but neither can quite get over his new-found
"I knew people in our community would like it but I didn't know how far
it would go," Elizabeth says.
"When I told him how many people had seen his post he was really, really
The shelter takes in cats like Willy Wonka, who has diabetes, who struggle
to be cared for elsewhere
Since their post went viral, the shelter has been inundated with locals
popping in to visit the cats and possibly grab a glimpse of Terry too.
Thousands of well-wishers have shared comments on their social media
accounts and pledged thousands of dollars to the shelter in donations.
Elizabeth says the money will be used to upgrade their old and draughty
building, making it more insulated for the cats and adding more quarantine
rooms so they can take even more vulnerable cats in.
Terry does not own a computer or a mobile phone so apparently can't quite
get his head around his online popularity and describes it as the "craziest
thing in the world".
"I fall asleep a lot but I never thought this was going to happen!" he
joked on their Facebook page.
The sanctuary has been a life-long passion for Elizabeth, who has helped
rehome about 300 cats
The viral star has taken the weekend off from his cat-napping to go home
to visit his family.
So what next for the internet celebrity?
"People have been requesting we make a calendar with Terry and the cats
on it!" Elizabeth says.
"I asked him if he would be comfortable with something like that - and he
said he'd do anything to raise money for them."
25, 2018: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a
very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and
his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this?
And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals
here, they receive them there. The only difference is that
there is no cat. "
- Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio
Gratuitous Kittiness: "One little forever home. That's all I ask.
Cat Mewvie: Mama's tail.
Feline Art: "Schrodinger's
Cat" by Gerard Mas.
26, 2018: "You can visualize a hundred cats. Beyond
that, you can't. Two hundred, five hundred, it all looks
the same." - Jack Wright (of Kingston, Ontario, the
Guinness Book record holder for the owner of the most cats
at one time )
Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats really make an impression.
Cat Mewvie: The bestest bed.
Komic: Catfish cannibalism
Art: "Traffic Jam" by Fransditaa.
27, 2018: "When I play with my cat, how do I know
that she is not passing time with me rather than I with
her?" - Montaigne
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'M ADOPTED?"
Cat Mewvie: "Wake up, Dad!"
Feline Art: "Rain"
by Danial Ryan.
28, 2018: "We need a word for all the kitty-prints
that are all over my windshield because the cats like to
lie on my hood when the car is still warm." - Megan
Gratuitous Kittiness: A fuzzy success story.
Cat Mewvie: Tired little kitten.
Feline Art: "Selfie
Case of the Kidnapped Kitty
A north London cat with its own Instagram page has been reunited with
its owner after police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing the pet.
The Siberian Forest cat, called Mr Muk, went missing from Petherton Road
in Islington two months ago.
Police issued an appeal to find a suspect allegedly seen picking up Mr
Muk before boarding a train at Canonbury station.
A 22-year-old man was arrested at 23:50 BST on Tuesday, police said.
He is in custody at a north London police station.
Izabela Mnich, 34, who runs Mr Muk's dedicated Instagram account, said
she was "relieved" to be reunited with her nine-year-old cat.
She said she felt like her life had been stolen from her when Mr Muk
went missing, and that although it was not as serious as a child being
kidnapped, she felt "similar" emotions.
"He was so happy to see his favourite food," she added. "He's
eaten a lot today."
At the time of the appeal, the Metropolitan Police's PC Jade Woodley
said: "Theft is theft and taking someone's pet because you like
the look of them or consider them high value is a criminal offence."