Catoonize Your Cat

This is the cutest website where you can build your own cartoon pet with the site Cartoonize my pet, including a cat and put the image on merchandise such as apparel and gift items.

This site is fun and easy to use! So build your own cat with the Catoonizer!

Have Fun and Create Your Own Custom Kitty just like our webmistress did with this adorable Lynx Point Himalayan!

Cat Cafe or Cat Klatch spreading to London now

The first cat cafe is scheduled to open in the West!

If you’re among the nation’s more than 36 million feline-owning households, a “cat cafe” may be just the thing you need!.  Asia has a number of these cafes where customers can sip tea and coffee while hanging out with the cats!

Photo: MSN

Entrepreneur Lauren Pears plans to open Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London by late Spring, early Summer, once she raises the money and works out the logistics of housing animals in an eatery.  To date, Lauren has raised over $150,000 through project web site Indiegogo.

Cats are “cute, fluffy and personable,” Pears says and therefore great teatime companions for Brits, with their penchant for “warm pubs, cozy sofas, roaring fires.”

I wonder where the first U.S. Cat Cafe will be?

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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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.

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.