Cat and ultralight

Cat and ultralight are never said in the same sentence. But here’s a cool cat. A canopy mounted camera provides a video of a cat and ultralight, at a club in Guyanese, France. When this ultralight was parked, perhaps in the sun, maybe this cat saw a lovely spot to nap: warm, hammock-like spot. Then…
“Hey! Kinda noisy and windy – oh well, nice view.”

Wonder if this guy liked it enough to go for another ride?

Thanks Jenny

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Hello Kitty time capsule

Hello Kitty time capsule is the newest Hello Kitty appearance in New York City. Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda, created the 9 foot Hello Kitty sculpture.

Hello Kitty.sculpture artist Sebastian Masuda

Hello Kitty.sculpture artist Sebastian Masuda

The Hello Kitty time capsule was installed in New York City April 29, 2015.

Hello Kitty time capsule viewers photo by shari smith dunaif 2015




Visitors will be encouraged to add personal items to fill up the capsule. A similar sculpture has already been installed in Miami Beach, and another will be placed in Amsterdam. All of the time capsules will be gathered together in Tokyo in 2020 in anticipation of the Olympic games.

Hello Kitty time capsule, New York City

Hello Kitty, New York City photo by shari smith dunaif 2015

Want to visit The Hello Kitty time capsule? It’s currently
at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street, New York, NY10017 (2nd Avenue) thru September, 2015.
Please share with My Kitty Care comments (below) if and what you contributed to the Hello Kitty time capsule.

Sebastian Masuda, artist

Sebastian Masuda plaque, photo by shari smith dunaif 2015

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What is an Orvillecopter? Dutch artist Bart Jansen describes his creation as “half-cat, half-machine”.
It’s half creepy, and half funny.

Bart Jansen is a normal-looking, 30-something artist. He has kids, and fits solar-panels for a living. But in 2012, when his cat Orville got hit by a car, everything changed.
Jansen decided it would be a shame to simply bury his beloved cat, so he drew inspiration from his pet’s namesake — Orville Wright, one of the Wright Brothers, the inventors of heavier-than-air flight.

Orvillecopter drawing

Orvillecopter drawin

Mr. Jansen said after a period of mourning he had Orville stuffed, and decided to pay tribute to Orville with an art project. He created the Orvillecopter.

Orville, the Orvillecopter
The Orvillecopter is exactly what it looks like: A taxidermied cat with a plastic propeller attached to each paw (no animals were harmed for this project).

Orvillecopter, on display at museum

Orvillecopter, on display at museum

        Arjen Beltman, a drone pilot, got involved.

Orvillecopter with Bart Jensen and Arjen Beltman

Orvillecopter with Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman

In 2012, the Orvillecopter was at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital.

The response was huge. It was covered everywhere from Mail Online to Forbes to the Los Angeles Times. The unconventional drone caused “global outrage” after footage of it went viral. Not sure if this is just too freaky, or just let Orville fly. What do you think?

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about Bengal Cats

Ivana and Dexter, her Bengal cat, piqued my kitty care’s interest in finding out about Bengal Cats…
The Bengal breed originated from a cross between a domestic cat and the shy, wild Asian Leopard Cat.

Asian Leopard Cat - the wild cat  bred with domestic cats to create Bengal Cats

Asian Leopard Cat

This species of small wild cat, comparable to the Ocelot or Margay, weighs about 10-15 pounds.
Early History (from Wikipedia)
The earliest mention of an ALC/domestic cross was in 1889, when Harrison Weir wrote in Our Cats and All About Them. However in 1927, Mr Boden-Kloss wrote to the magazine Cat Gossip regarding hybrids between wild and domestic cats in Malaya:
“I have never heard of hybrids between bengalensis (the Leopard Cat) and domestic cats. One of the wild tribes of the Malay Peninsula has domesticated cats, and I have seen the woman suckling bengalensis kittens, but I do not know whether the latter survive and breed with the others!”
The earliest mention of a confirmed ALC/domestic cross was in 1934 in a Belgian scientific journal, and in 1941, a Japanese cat publication printed an article about one that was kept as a pet. Jean Mill (née Sugden), the person who was later a great influence of the development of the modern Bengal breed, submitted a term paper for her genetics class at UC Davis on the subject of crossbreeding cats in 1946.

article by Jean Mill, in CAT FANCY February 1991Jean Mill

A Little History
In 1963 I deliberately crossed leopard cats with domestic cats for several important reasons. At that time, wild cats were being exploited for the fur market.


♥       ♥     read more about Bengal cats     ♥     ♥

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Should I neuter my cat?

Should I neuter my cat? This simple diagram illustrates what vets and other cat professionals have been advocating for years. There is nothing worse than seeing stray cats, often abandoned, abused and emaciated. We can’t rescue all of these poor guys, but we certainly can do our part to not increase the cat population and have more cats need homes. There are already so many who do. Plus, it’s also another way for you to take care of your cat(s) and let them, and you, be healthier and happier.
Why to neuter your catFrom CatsProtection@CatsProtection on twitter.

photo by shari smith dunaif 2014

photo by shari smith dunaif 2014

These lucky kittens were rescued and brought back to health by ARF, a no-kill shelter in New York. However, most shelters destroy hundreds of cats every day. Destroy – that means KILL them, often after enduring much suffering.

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Flying with a Bengal cat

Ivana Franco says she and Dexter are off to Texas soon. It will be Dexter’s first flight, so Ivana said she read the post how to fly with a cat and got some helpful information.

Dexter, Ivana Franco's cat

Dexter, Ivana Franco’s cat







She wants to make sure Dexter is comfortable and won’t freak out!
So Ivana emailed my kitty care with questions about flying with a Bengal cat – here’s part of my kitty care’s response

It does seem better to use the soft “Sherpa” style cat carrier when your cat travels under your seat, as apposed to a hard cage, which you’d need for cargo (TO BE AVOIDED!) and like The Scratching Post recommends: bring a tape measure. As for wheeled carriers, that has not been investigated. We thought about placing the carrier on a portable two wheeled cart, but we believe walking around the airport, or sitting holding the carrier so that your cat can see and feel you helps keep them calm. Another tip is if you have room in the carrier, a small towel inside it so that your cat an bury themselves and feel safe may help. Thanks for asking about wheeled carriers, though, we will investigate and a post about that will be published at some point.

Good luck Dexter and Ivana, and safe travels. My kitty care looks forward to hearing how you both do with your flight.

Dexter,  Ivana Franco's cat

Smiling Dexter, Ivana Franco’s cat

Dexter! You must be smiling because you live with Ivana who loves you so much.

thanks Ivana

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Cat marker

This cat marker is where we buried our sweet cat Little Bear’s ashes today.

pet marker

photo by shari smith dunaif

Although it was February when we made the gut wrenching decision that after 14 months of illness, her time had come – we still cried, and I held onto the purple tin that held her ashes
thanks to Regency Forest Pet Memorial Park
Tel: (631)345-0600
Fax: (631)345-2859
They offer private cremation. Why does this matter? Jo Ann Davis, founder of Cherished Pets (she was featured in the video Love Your Cat Tica Cat Show: chapter 4) specializes in pet bereavement. Ms. Davis discussed the common practice of group cremation, as opposed to single cremation. The only way to guarantee that the ashes you receive are your beloved pet, is by using a respectable crematorium that promises individual cremation. As unpleasant as this topic is, it was important to us to know that the purple tin I was clutching before saying my final goodbye to Little Bear, was really her ashes I hugged.

Our pet marker for Little Bear was made by Rock it Creations. They make all kinds of engraved stones for a multitude of uses, including pet markers. They were great to deal with and helpful.

miss you Bear.

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Baby clouded leopard

Have you ever seen a clouded leopard? They are reclusive and endangered. So The Lowry Park Zoo was thrilled when a baby clouded leopard became their newest addition, this March, 2015.

Baby leopard in hand

photo Lowry Park Zoo

The zoo is in Tampa, Florida but the clouded leopard is native to the forests and rainforests of Southeast Asia, from the Himalayan foothills in Nepal and India to Myanmar, Bhutan, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Indochina, and in China south of the Yangtze River. Some are found in the mixed-evergreen forests of the northeastern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh.

feeding baby leopard

photo Lowry Park Zoo

clouded leopard

photo Feline Conservation Center, Rosamond, CA

The young are blind and helpless, much like the young of many other cats, and weigh from 4.9 – 9.9 oz (140 to 280 g). Young baby clouded leopards can see within about 10 days of birth, are active within five weeks, and are fully weaned at around three months of age. The kittens’ have spots that are “solid” (completely dark) rather than the dark rings adults develop. They attain the adult coat pattern at around six months, and probably become independent after around 10 months. Females are able to bear one litter each year. The mother is believed to hide her kittens in dense vegetation while she goes to hunt, though little concrete evidence supports this theory, since their lifestyle is so secretive.

Clouded leopard  eyes

photo The Feline Conservation Center, Rosamond, CA

baby leopard spots

photo The Lowry Park Zoo

Their irises are usually either greyish-green or brownish-yellow in color. Their legs are short and stout, with broad paws. They have rather short limbs compared to the other big cats, but their hind limbs are longer than their front limbs to allow for increased jumping and leaping capabilities.
In captivity, they have an average lifespan of 11 years. One individual has lived to be almost 17 years.

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Cats in Japanese art

Cats in Japanese art, for all cat (and art) lovers: visit The hiraki-ukiyo-e collection, currently at the Japan Society in New York City in an exhibition titled Life of Cats.
The Japan Society
“Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection illustrates the depth of this mutual attraction by mining the wealth of bravura depictions of cats to be found in ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1867). The exhibition is divided into five sections: Cats and People, Cats as People, Cats versus People, Cats Transformed and Cats and Play. 90 ukiyo-e prints in the exhibition are on loan from the esteemed Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation whose holdings are revered in Japan.”            –  From the Japan Society exhibit synopsis.



The exhibit runs thru June 7, 2015. For admission information, museum hours, etc. click on Japan Society information

My Kitty Care is exited about attending – watch for post!

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wearable cat head

Students of Japan School of Wool Art (nihonyoumoua-togakuen) learning the art of needle felting in Japan have created this wearable cat head that’s so realistic, these photos look like they’ve been Photoshopped. It’s incredibly impressive, but there’s just something about the realism combined with its huge size that makes it undeniably disconcerting.

felt cat head

Japan School of Wool Art (nihonyoumoua-togakuen)

The cat head was made from sheep’s wool felt by teacher Housetu Sato and his students of the Japan School of Wool Art (nihonyoumoua-togakuen). It’s the only school in the world to offer a special cat-making course where students learn the art of creating  “needle felted cats”.These cat heads are realistic and wearable – meow!

cat head at desk

Japan School of Wool Art (nihonyoumoua-togakuen)

Sato-sensei is an expert in this niche field and has even published a series of books on how to make realistic felt animals. He instructs students from complete beginners to advanced in this unique art.

crouching cat head

Japan School of Wool Art (nihonyoumoua-togakuen)

Sato-sensei’s felting art has already received attention for his reproductions of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka’s characters as cat dolls at the “Akatsuka Fujio Tribute Exhibition” held in Tokyo in November 2014. Now the head will be on display along with students’ other works at the Tokyo Museum of Art’s “Heisenkai Choice Exhibition” from Saturday April 18 where you’ll be able to try it on for yourself!

dancing cat head

Japan School of Wool Art (nihonyoumoua-togakuen)

Tokyo anyone?

Source: Twitter via Kai-You
Images: TwitterCat Doll Blog

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