Shunichi Yamamoto’s Fine Feline Art Exhibit the Cat’s Meow

Japanese Artist, Shunichi Yamamoto’Fine Feline Art exhibit, is showing in the Children’s Gallery in the basement of the Salt Lake City Main Library currently through April 5. If you live near the area, go and check it out!

  Yamamoto’s paintings includes familiar images with cats—demure, mysterious, glamorous, heroic—in the main roles.  Yamamoto describes himself as a “cat person” who thinks it is fun to portray the felines in a bit of a different light. While he is painting he also has to learn the history behind the original painting.  

Photo: City Weekly, Salt Lake City

Yamamoto’s art is big in Japan, published there as books, puzzles, postcards and a calendar, with an exhibition of his canvas paintings set for later this year. The artist and freelance illustrator who immigrated from Canada and Japan is also selling his 2008 self-published cat art book in the Library Store.

 

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National Non-Profit Group Assists Owners and Pets with Pet Food Stamp Program

There are over 50 million Americans who currently receive Food Stamps. Many of the recipients with dogs or cats cannot afford to feed their animals. As a result, their cherished companions are dropped off at animal shelters where they will most likely be put to sleep.

As more families struggle with difficult choices such as paying the rent or buying food; some have to make the difficult choice between keeping their pet and putting food on the table for themselves.

A recent New York Times article states that, “animal shelters have reported a steep rise in the number of cats and dogs being surrendered as owners face unemployment, home foreclosures, evictions and other financial hardships.”

The Pet Food Stamps program with the assistance of generous contributors and patrons are able to eliminate that heart-wrenching decision by making sure these pet owners are given free monthly home delivery of all necessary food supplies to maintain the health and vitality of their pets.

To find out more about the Pet Food Stamps program or make a donation to help those in need.

Pet Lovers Celebrate Love Through Iams Love Tails Contest

Pet lovers can celebrate their heartfelt love for their four-legged friends through the Iams Love Tails contest, which kicked off on Valentine’s Day. Iams will search for real stories from pet owners about the unique bond they share with their dogs and cats. And, the winning two and four-legged “family” will star in Iams next national advertisement! Consumers can log on to the Iams Facebook page through March 3 of this year, and follow the easy steps to enter the contest.

Building off the highly successful Keep Love Strong advertising campaign unveiled in November of last year, which features heart-warming ads inspired by real stories, this contest is designed to find the very best Love Tails featuring the special connections people share with their animals.

Iams Love Tails Contest Details

• Submit your story from Feb. 14 through March 3 by visiting the Iams Facebook page and following the easy steps. www.facebook.com/Iams

• Share a photo and tell us in 500 characters or less about the unique relationship you have with your dog or cat and how Iams helps you show your love.

• Once the submission phase is over, Iams will select 50 stories (25 dog and 25 cat) as semi-finalists.

• From the semi-finalist Love Tails, Iams will select 10 finalists (5 dog and 5 cat) and each will win a cash prize and free Iams food for a year.

• In April, Iams will ask its Facebook fans to choose their favorite Love Tail from the group of finalists and one grand prize winner will be selected.

Cat Walk is for Real!

Purina One sponsored a cat on the runway at New York’s Fashion Week this past Sunday as part of Purina One’s campaign to let cats “be who they were born to be”… by feeding them Purina ONE.

So Lily the cat made her debut with designer Tracy Reese on the CAT WALK!  Reese said she put the cat in the show because  ”cats have a lot of energy.”

Photo by: Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images

Wow! From Monopoly to the Cat Walk, what’s next?

Purina Cat Chow Creates Mardi Gras Parade Float to Fight Feline Obesity

More than 55% of cats are overweight. Purina Cat Chow include exercise time, portion control and meal tracking in an effort to help their cats achieve a healthy weight. What are they doing to promote this concept? They have a float for the Mardi Gras parade to raise awareness about cat obesity.

Broadway Production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Accepting Submissions for Cat

The world premiere of Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg’s new play, Breakfast at Tiffany’s will hold a casting call to find the perfect cat to take on the iconic role of “Cat.” Felines with dreams are encouraged to submit a photo and owner contact information to kittygolightly@oandmco.com. A casting session will be held during the week of February 11, 2013 to groom the candidates for stardom.

The play begins performances at the Cort Theatre on Monday, March 4, 2013 and will officially open on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

This stage adaption of Truman Capote’s classic novella is based on his most beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany’s which is set in New York City in 1943.  The 1961 film version included Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. The song Moon River was also written for Audrey.

‘Fred’, a young writer from Louisiana, meets ‘Holly Golightly’ (Clarke), a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred (Smith). But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.  According to imdb, about nine cats were used throughout the film as the role of Cat. Audrey also said that the scene where she throws Cat into the rainy street was the most distasteful thing she ever had to do on film.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Cort Theatre box office beginning Monday, February 11, 2013 (Monday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.), online at www.telecharge.com, or by calling Telecharge at 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200

Hello Kitty! Good-bye Iron as Monopoly Voters Make Their Choice

It’s the Year of the Cat! At least in Monopoly!  Thanks to all of the support from the fans of the CFA Facebook page!

Photo: Hasbro

Today, Hasbro, the makers of the family-favorite game Monopoly, revealed on Wednesday, February 6!

The boot, iron and wheelbarrow drew the least support from fans, while the Scottie dog received the most support. In the end, fans voted out the Iron.

The cat received the most votes in a close race. Edging out the diamond ring and the robot to take first place.

The new token is expected to make its debut in mid- to late 2013. Until then, fans can still buy games with the old tokens.

The Term “Cathouse” Has New Meaning!

Would you live here? A home designed for your cat! 

The home was built using information gleaned by Japanese firm, Fauna+DESIGN about the interactions between humans and cats, as well as cats’ movements and activities.

This cat lover’s apartment, features tunnels, cat entrances in every door, steps leading up to wooden “cat walks” which snake across the walls, elevated platforms for cat perching and even cat viewing areas!

A Perfect place to park your paws!

Speaking of Cat Film Festivals…

Somerville, MA Copy Cat Festival
Event Date:
Sunday, February 17 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Launch your cat’s cinematic career! Apply now; Deadline: Feb. 1st, 2013.

This feline extravaganza will feature not only cat videos—produced locally and globally—but also cat stories, cat limericks and a slideshow of local cats. Emcee will be Jef Czekaj, who will kick off the event by reading his book Cat Secrets for cat-crazy kids.

There will also be a cat costume table and most likely an appearance from a famous local cat. Stay tuned.

Until then, please get involved by submitting/creating cat videos, writing cat limericks or crafting cat stories, or snapping photos of your cat.   Download the pdf application here.

Cat Film Fest at Sundance FF is Big Hit!

Cat Videos have appeared at the Film Festival of them all: The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  Catdance

The five finalists appearing in Catdance films were chosen from submissions by cat lovers across the country and told amusing feline-centered tales.

Finalists include:a story of an aging Internet cat who can’t cope with the loss of fame and “A Cat’s Guide to Caring for a Human.”  There is also ”Catalogue,” where a couple orders a bedspread from a catalog and is surprised to see that the cat shown in the photo was shipped with the comforter. “Rocky” tells a personal, heartwarming story of a man’s 17-year relationship with his cat. In “A Change of Heart,” a photo of a cat on a cell phone saves a failing relationship.

Each of the five finalists was awarded a golden cat-litter scoop.

Fans can watch the feline films beginning Sunday and vote for their favorite until Feb. 28. The winning filmmaker will collect $10,000. Also available are limited-edition knit hats with cat ears, with all proceeds benefiting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.