Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cat Art Show

Divine Intervention by Rose Freymuth-Frazier, oil on linen,


ARE you looking for a purrfect picture to brighten up your kittychen?  Or do you want to splash out more for a meowsterpiece?

If you're in the vicinity of Los Angeles you have until Saturday to catch the biennial Cat Art Show 
On display are 140 works on a cat theme by more than 100 renowned artists.  Susan Michals, who organises the event, also founded CatCon. She is a former journalist and, obviously, a massive cat fan.

She said she created these feline events as a way for people to connect in the real world as opposed to the virtual one, and to share experiences with fellow cat lovers to look at a treasure trove of cat art.

Top is Superposition by Mark Ryden.
Above left is Mewcifer by Dr Paul Koudounaris and above right is Soft Kitty by Marion Peck
“Cats are beautiful creatures, both inside and out, and have been revered since the days of ancient Egypt. They can be found in museums the world over," said Susan.

“The enigmatic feline has been a source of artistic inspiration for thousands of years. One moment they can be a best friend, the next, an antagonist. They are the perfect subject matter, and works of art, all by themselves.”

Every year, Cat Art Show donates a portion of its proceeds to a cat-related organization. Works on view are for sale and a percentage of sales will benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, founded by actors and philanthropists Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. Kitten Rescue LA is the beneficiary of the Closing Night event titled The Kitty Cuddle Party, with adoptable kittens onsite, on Saturday, June 23.

Prices of the works start from $300 to $150,000. For more information on available works, please contact: team@catartshow.com

Admission is $5 with free admission for children under five years, with the exception of Wednesday June 20 when admission is free for all. 





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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ed Sheeran At The Cat Cafe



Realistic - but this is not the real Ed Sheeran!


A waxwork figure of megastar singer and cat lover Ed Sheeran has been unveiled at London's first cat cafe.

The figure, made by the famous London waxwork museum Madame Tussauds, is on display at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in east London before it moves to Madame Tussauds next week.

When Sheeran announced his engagement to Cherry Seaborn earlier this year, he said: “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx” Those two cats are called Dorito and Calippo.

Claire Treacy, of Madame Tussauds, said: “We’ve been getting requests for a long time, literally one a week, saying, ‘When are you going to add Ed?’. "

The figure will be on display at Madame Tussauds London from June 19.

Below is a video of Ed at a Tokyo cat cafe. It's a long video and the cats section begins at around 3.35 mins.







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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Film-maker's Feline Surprise

Paris Zarcilla's first Tweet about finding the cat and kittens


One morning several years ago, my partner and I awoke to the sight of a cat and three newborn kittens in our hall. To say we were shocked is an understatement.

She must have come in through our catflap and decided to give birth in our home. Our own cat, asleep on our bed as usual, was blissfully unaware of what had happened.

We found a big cardboard box and made a comfy bed for the four little interlopers. It didn't take us long to find out that the cat belonged to a family what lived about 200 yards down the road.  Later, , they came and took them home. It was a house with three young children so no doubt mother cat decided our home was nice and peaceful and suitable to use as a maternity ward.

I was reminded of this event today while scrolling through Twitter (follow me here).

Paris Zarcilla, a film-maker from London, found a cat and four kittens under his bed. And, as cats do, these five strangers soon wriggled their way into his heart.

As he tweeted over the following days it was possible to track the way his life was changing.



He told his followers he had fallen asleep downstairs, and only noticed the new family after going upstairs to get a jumper. He added that he was going to get the new mum scanned as soon as he could to see if she has a microchip.

As for that jumper, it's not quite in the same condition as it was. "RIP jumper. Her water broke all over it. Those kittens had a cashmere birth," he wrote. Even so, he said he might wear it anyway, to help the little ones adjust to their adopted dad.

The subject of cat hair (we cat owners know all about that!) was soon broached. One follower tweeted:  "As per Cat Protocol the hair will only become apparent once you’ve left the house without a sticky roller. @ParisZarcilla, buy a sticky roller." To which he replied: " Hair will likely stay on. Trying to assimilate as new Cat dad."

He was obviously smitten by being a new dad. "Paternal instincts kicking in. Overwhelmed with feels. Don't know how to deal," he said. And later, "Cancelling all my plans. Crawling under the bed to spend the rest of the day with my four new children."

His life started to change.  "Just cancelled my order for comics and single malt whiskey. Now buying cat food. This is fatherhood yo! I'm here for this," he Tweeted.

Although, as the cats likely belong to someone living nearby, Paris is already preparing himself for potential heartbreak.

"I've been meditating on this wonderful but bizarre situation and I've arrived at a place where I'm ready to accept whatever the outcome is. I can only love and care for them now in this moment. I will give them everything they need until they need me no more. All will be good."

On a serious note, Paris said he had some mental health issues and the new arrivals had really helped him.




“My life is changing in real time,” he adds. “This stony heart of mine is being chipped at with every mew. I think I love them. Like, actually love them with my heart. Ugh. I can’t help it. I’m going to give them everything they need until they need me no more.”

Let's hope either she is a stray and Paris adopts her, or her owners may want to donate  a kitten or two, three or four to Paris.









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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Those Naughty Cat Photobombers

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I came across this photobomb picture and thought it was just brilliant. It got me looking for other cat photobomb pictures - and it seems there are hundreds of them. Well, we all know cats always like to get in on the action. Here are just a few of them for your amusement!















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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Walkies!

DOGS are undoubtedly intelligent but we cat lovers know that our feline friends are just as clever! Here's a little video to prove my point:

 

However...cats are not usually quite so keen on all that "walkies" business.



You're welcome!


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Saturday, 17 March 2018

St Gertrude, The Original Cat Lady

St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats.


WHAT do the Irish and crazy cat women have in common? Today is March 17, St Patrick's Day and also the feast day of St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats.

St Gertrude of Nivelles in Belgium lived from 621 to 659. Not only cats come under her patronage, she is also the patron saint of gardeners, travelers, widows, recently deceased people, the sick, the poor, the mentally ill, and travelers in search of lodging. People call upon Gertrude for protection from mice and rats, fever, insanity, and mental illness.

At the age of ten Gertrude's father attempted to marry her off to the son of a Duke. Gertrude was having none of it and loudly and angrily refused.  With the support of her mother, she fended off several marriage proposals in the following years. When her father died when she was 14, Gertrude and her mother, Itta, moved to Nivelles  to set up a monastery, where she became an abbess.

Here's a lovely charm necklace

Gertrude and her sister nuns are said to have kept lots of cats the monastery – both for companionship and to keep a very real mouse problem at bay. Gertrude was apparently renowned for being remarkably kind to them.

So while you're looking out those green clothes and knocking back the Guinness, spare a thought for the saintly Gertrude. And if you have a cat-related problem, perhaps it would be worth your while to send a sincere prayer to the original cat lady.


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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Carlton's in Trouble

Carlton got into a spot of bother today - not that he seems very worried by it!




Got told off by the Mrs for scratching a door.

Speak to the paw, lady, speak to the paw.




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Monday, 12 March 2018

Carlton: The Wise One



I am so wise.

What?

You wanna make something of it?









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Monday, 5 March 2018

Right and Left Handed Cats

Right-pawed or...

...left-pawed?

LOOK at me, I'm a south paw!

Yes, just like humans, cats can be right or left-handed. Female cats tend to be right-pawed while their male counterparts are more often left-pawed.

Take a look next time your little "angel" is knocking things off the table. Which paw are they using?

Researchers at the Animal Behaviour Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast analysed data collected by the owners of 44 cats of mixed breeds—20 females and 24 males. The owners were asked to track whether their feline friends used their right or left paw when taking the first step down the stairs and when stepping into a litter box. They were asked to note which side their cats tended to lie on and they placed treats inside a three-tiered container to see which paw the cats used to try and retrieve the snacks.

The data showed around 73 percent of the cats had a favourite paw when reaching for food, 70 percent displayed paw preference when taking the first step down the stairs, and 66 percent favoured one paw over the other when stepping into a litter box. When it came to lying about, only 25 percent exhibited a favourite side.

These results were not entirely surprising; previous research has shown that cats display lateral bias. But as the authors of the new study note, theirs is the first experiment to focus on “spontaneous expressions of animal behavior” as the furry pets went about their day at home.

Does it matter whether your cat is left or right handed? The left-pawed cats rely more heavily on the right hemisphere of their brains and they tend to display stronger fear responses and aggression than right-limbed animals, which are usually left-hemisphere dominant. Ambilateral animals, which do not have a preference for one side or the other, have also been shown to be susceptible to stress.

I'm off now to high-five my moggie and see which paw she uses!



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Friday, 16 February 2018

Which Cat Matches Your Personality?

I spotted this quiz on Buzzfeed


Everyone Has A Type Of Cat That Matches Their Personality Perfectly — Here's Yours

I've only ever been owned by moggies - no pedigree cats have adopted me. But should a posh cat decide to share my house, here's what it should be. Must admit he's pretty darn gorgeous.

Not sure if I'm much of  a "wild thang" these days, but I'll give it a go!




Deziz World
On a completely different subject, I read a fascinating article about Service, Therapy and Emotional Support animals over on Deziz World's blog.  Read it here. The word "animals" includes cats!



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