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.

Owners Can Greatly Influence Cat’s Behavior

Owners have the power to greatly influence cat’s behavior from lifestyle to habits and cats, in turn, can greatly influence their owner’s behavior as well.

A Study conducted by the University of Messina’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that owners greatly influence their cats, the reverse is true as well.

Cats can influence that habits and lifestyle of their owners. Jane Brunt, DVM, and the executive director of the CATalyst Council, said that humans often adjust our schedules to fit theirs, such as getting up earlier and responding to their needs.

Giuseppe Piccione and part of the team at the University of Messina, pointed out that cats’ food intake is associated with that of their owners which may explain why human and cat obesity rates seem to mirror one another.  Also,cats may even match their elimination patterns with those of their owners.  If you have the litterbox in the bathroom, did you ever have the cat use the litterbox at the same time while you were “indisposed?”

As a part of the study, researchers observed two groups of cats. Each group received excellent care, in terms of food, medical attention and grooming. The owners of all the cats worked during the day and returned home in the evenings.

The first group of cats lived in smaller homes and stayed closer to their owners. The second group lived more of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle on larger property and were also kept outside at night.  As owners serve as roles models, it is important to make sure that they find time for proper play/prey techniques.

Over time, the cats in the first group mirrored the lives of their owners. Their eating, activity and sleeping patterns were very similar. The cats left out at night became more nocturnal, matching the behaviors of semi-dependent farm cats with more feral ways.

Home Cat Care: Part Three

In Parts One and Two guest author, Sandra Preston, provided an introduction on caring for a sick cat at home and went more in-depth in Part Two, on record keeping, temperature, relaxation and stress and weight changes. In this installment we discuss appetite. 

APPETITE ISSUES                                                                                                                                                                When lack of appetite is an issue, you may want to try to entice your kitty with fresh poached chicken bits, chicken baby food, or canned tuna.  To supplement fluids, try tuna juice or clam juice (available at the market in bottle form).  When your friend will not eat despite all of your efforts, be sure to keep your veterinarian apprised of the situation. Avoiding dehydration is critical! If kitty won’t drink or eat on his/her own, you can help by supplementing with a syringe feeding.  Your vet can supply you with a 5 cc syringe (no needle), which you can fill with slightly diluted chicken baby food, tuna or clam juice. Also available through your veterinary office are Hills AD, a high calorie soft  food , and Clinicare a liquid formula  designed to add nutrition for ailing cats.

When  syringe  feeding be sure to measure the amount that you are feeding and keep a daily record. Frequent small feedings are best.  To feed, have your syringes filled and warmed to room temperature. Place kitty on your kitchen counter, and hold securely in your arms. Place the tip of the syringe into the side of the mouth and begin to feed slowly and give him a chance to swallow comfortably. Praise your kitty  as you continue your feeding. This should be a comfortable bonding time for both of you.

AVOIDING DEHYDRATION                                                                                                                                                          If your cat requires subcutaneous fluids (under the skin) to avoid dehydration, one trip to the doctor and a lesson on “how to” should prepare you for this task.   Your pet doctor will also provide instruction on the need for fluids, and the amount and frequency that you should administer.  First, be sure to wash your hands before you do your equipment set-up.  An easy way to administer fluids at home is to have your equipment set up and ready to go before you pick up your little one.  Hang your fluid bag on an upper kitchen cabinet knob securely (the bag needs to be at a higher elevation than your cat to have the fluid drip properly).  Be sure that your fresh needle is securely in place and practice turning the fluid on and off as the veterinarian instructed you.  Step two, is to place kitty on the kitchen countertop and cuddle him close to you.  Let him know that you are not stressed, talk to him or her gently and reassuringly.  If he feels that you are relaxed, this can and will be a simple procedure for both of you.  Again, it is important that your kitty feels that you are relaxed and confident with any care you are providing.

DIARRHEA/CONSTIPATION                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes diarrhea or constipation become  a problem, often a resulting side effect of medications.  Always  report  any elimination problem  to your veterinarian.  A home remedy that can aid with both diarrhea and constipation is to place a teaspoon of pure canned plain pumpkin into your cats’ food .

CONCLUSION                                                                                                                                                              The most important factor in caring for your cat is to monitor for any unusual factors, report to your vet, ask questions (be an advocate for your cats’ needs), and follow all veterinary advice.  Lastly, be prepared to provide comfortable home care as the situation warrants.  Having the necessary items for home care such as a scale and a thermometer at home and readily available is a good start toward meeting your cats’ needs in the comfort of his or her home.

Sandra Preston, R.N., Ph.D.

 

Vote for the CAT in Monopoly Token Contest

Join CFA in the Vote for the Cat!  Hasbro, the maker of the board game, Monopoly, is holding a Facebook contest to eliminate one of the eight current tokens which identify the players and to introduce a new token.  And, one of the proposed tokens is a CAT!

With approximately 86.4 million owned cats in the United States, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats encourages you to cast your vote so that the most popular animal in the U.S. can be included in the game of Monopoly!  Facebook fans have until February 5 to vote on which piece to eliminate and which one to add.   Cast your Vote Today!

 

Catmoji: Social Media Site for Cat Lovers

A new social networking site, Catmoji for cat lovers has been launched from Malaysia!

Photo:rt.com

How great is that? You can now see pictures and videos on a platform that is much like the social networking site, Pinterest.  Only this site is devoted strictly to cats.

When you sign up you will receive an invite which may take a few days.

Check Catmoji  today.