Sunday, November 27, 2022

Cat Art History: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and theatre designer. 

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

He also liked cats!

Here are just a handful of many Picasso cat images for your enjoyment:
Watercolor Cat, 1955
Crazy Woman With Cats, 1901
Dora Maar au Chat, 1941
Cat Catching a Bird, 1939
Femme au chat assise dans un fauteuil, 1964
Pablo Picasso, 1954 
All images posted today were found on the interwebs, and used solely for the enjoyment of our readers.  The artwork titles and dates were also found online; some obviously already translated to English, but I did not find the original titles that could be French or Spanish.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Caturday Colors!

It's Caturday!

Couldn't decide on which one of these to post, so here are both of them!

Sweetie photos, run through my Prisma app.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Myth: Disproved!

Funny how I remember Celestial Chuck and Angel being solitary cats, but I've found evidence to the contrary!

They both enjoyed watching the outside world from the upstairs bathroom:
Taken from outside: heads
Taken from inside: tails
Chuck and Angel, in twin beddys but apparently content to be together.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

Near or far, may you and yours enjoy a pleasant day, filled with good cheer, good food, good company, and something on TV that distracts you from all of the above!
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Disclaimer: Cartoons and memes posted today were found on social media for the sole enjoyment of our readers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Click click click: Sweetie

It's Sweetnesday!

Succession of pics, taken while she lay upon my chest, on 11/20/22.
It's hard to take selfies in this position.

Getting her to look directly at my phone: impossible.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Click click click: Da Boyz

It's Twozday!

Images taken 11/1922, in a row.
Trust me, if this was in the days where we used actual film in our cameras, I'd still have thousands of photos of these two, and a huge bill at the local Fotomat!

They are just too cute.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Click click click: The PO'M

It's PO'Monday!

Rolly polly Celestial Paddy, images taken in succession on 11/21/20.!

What a glorious round mound o'love!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Where Does The Time Go?

 Farewell Chuck: 11/20/2017

Where does the time go?

Celestial Chuck may have left us, but our love for him continues.

Instead of feeling blue, I found a few photo fails of him that made me smile:

Whoa; four eyes!
Blurry, but atmospheric
Is that Chuck or the screen?
(Not a fail!)
So handsome
What a cat!

P.S. The Hubby and I will enjoy an incredibly large number wedding anniversary today.
Where does the time go?😹

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Van Gogh Sketch

For Caturday, I'm not using my own artwork, but a sketch of Vincent van Gogh's "Daubigny's Garden", that the artist included in a letter to his brother, Theo.

This relates to our Thursday post: Van Gogh in America
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Note the cat is there!
This is an image of the Van Gogh letter.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history. 

The son of a minister, van Gogh suffered his entire life with mental health issues.

He began work at age 16, when his uncle got him a job as a trainee with an art dealership in The Hague.  

Vincent also was employed at the firm’s London and Paris offices before he was fired in 1876. 

Afterward, he was briefly a schoolteacher in England, then worked at a bookstore back in the Netherlands. 

In 1878, he went to the Borinage, a mining district in Belgium, and worked among the poor as a lay preacher; he gave away his belongings and slept on floors, but after less than a year on the job the religious organization sponsoring van Gogh decided he wasn’t cut out to be a pastor and dismissed him. 

His next career choice, artist, would of course make him internationally famous, although not until after his death.
In a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life.

Born: March 30, 1853, Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Periods: Realism, Post-Impressionism, Modern art, Impressionism, Japonisme, Cloisonnism, Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism
This is the only other image of a cat in van Gogh's entire catalog of images. 

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Cat Stuff Everywhere!

If you think I only find hidden cats in Van Gogh paintings, think again!

I see cat stuff everywhere.
Weird three headed, third-eye cat sticker on car in Detroit.
Detroit cat hanging out; too 'round' to be a stray!
Cat rear-window wiper, snapped nearer to home.
First cat we've seen in Paddy's backyard in months.

Goes to show; keep your eyes open to cat stuff.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Van Gogh in America

Am beyond thankful for a chance to visit The Detroit Institute of Arts, to enjoy the Van Gogh in America exhibition!

For more information, click HERE.

And just so you know, Vincent Van Gogh did NOT include cats in his artwork...except I found one!!!!
"Daubigny's Garden", 1890
Look at the cat in the bottom left!
Close up!
Here's a few highlights:
Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux, 1888-89
Roses, 1890
Sharry Night over the Rhone, 1888
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Thanks to my sister and niece, who were able to wrestle me from the gift shop before I spent any money!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Sunshine on Cats

These recent snaps show our housepanthers in glorious Autumn sunshine:
Chili Bruce
Sweetie's Murder Mitts
And a silly meme that somehow seemed to belong here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

2015 Dentals for Paddy & Sweetie

A re-post from 14 November, 2015: The Skinny, The Not-So Skinny, and The Missing

Where does the time go?

Here's what happened:

Back in March, when I trapped Paddy (who had an abscess) and Sweetie (because I went for a two-for-one approach), the vet said that Sweetie's teeth were 'bad'.  The vet was unable to examine her further, because she fought like the feral cat she is!  That word 'bad' has been rattling 'round my head all of these months, plus the fact that Sammy had a such a infected mouth that we helped him over the Rainbow Bridge to end his suffering.

So, I put a plan in place.  We set up the drop trap over the feeding station, and fed Sweetie and Patty there until Wednesday night.  That's when I dropped the trap around them both, and we put them in humane traps.

Paddy and Sweetie getting used to the drop trap
Keeping warm in the tent!
Overnight, I put the two trapped cats inside a tent, then covered them with sheets and blankets, to conserve their body heat.

Thursday morning, I drove to All About Animals in Warren, Michigan, so they each could receive a dental cleaning, and Sweetie got a microchip too; Paddy was microchipped when he was neutered in 2011.

I waited by the phone all day Thursday, as I had asked the staff to call me if they found anything in either cat that they felt would deserve a trip to a full veterinarian's office.  About 2:30 pm, the phone rang.  The news: Paddy came through the procedure just fine, but she wanted me to know that they consider him TOO FAT!  Sweetie, however, was a different story, and my heart jumped in my chest.  Sweetie came through everything just fine with no tooth extractions, because she's missing 19 teeth.  Let me say that again...NINETEEN teeth are missing!  They pretty much did root canal work on her, in six areas where the teeth were gone but the root still there.  My poor Sweetie!

Cats have 30 teeth; I looked it up on the internet.  She is missing most of her teeth!

Cat teeth are fragile, the veterinarian said.  They cannot chew on thick or dense material, like dogs chew on a rawhide, because their teeth will crack. Sweetie was living pretty rough until she joined our family, I guess!  Patty is missing seven teeth, which isn't a good record either.  
Sweetie's dental notes
Paddy's dental notes

Thursday night was one of the loneliest of my life.  I had to restrain myself from looking out the windows, because although my brain knew Paddy and Sweetie were being held overnight at All About Animals, my habit of searching for them outside is deeply engrained!

Friday morning, I drove in the dark to pick up my feral friends.  While waiting for the staff to assist, I met Mush, the office cat:

Mush knew a cat-lover, and he was all over me to the delight of the other patient parents who waited with me.  Mush kept staring at a puppy, which made the dog paralyzed with fright!  After a very short time, Paddy and Sweetie were brought out for me to take away.

Now, you'd think I was a nervous wreck from all of this, and you'd be correct!  But not as nervous as I was when I let them out of their cages on the deck.  A fierce wind was blowing...a bit rainy...and the two of them had been trapped, manhandled, poked, prodded, and taken from familiar ground for days! Unsurprising though, Paddy stepped out of his trap and came over to head butt me.  My Paddy!  I almost cried with joy.  Sweetie was very skittish, and would not accept any pets.  I put the traps away in the barn, and put out a half-a-can of food for each.  Patty ate like nothing had happened, but Sweetie seemed a bit uncomfortable and she shied away after a few mouthfuls.  Understandable!

Later on, I put out some home-cooked turkey, made with love by The Hubby, and nutritional yeast sprinkled over the top, and voila!

The moral of the story:
Much less kibble for Paddy and Sweetie!  Only wet food from now on, at least until it gets too cold when wet food freezes.  Paddy needs to lose weight, and both of them should chew on soft foods.  In the back of my mind, I am thinking that Sweetie's coughing/sneezing fits could have been caused by her bad mouth, and the veterinarian agreed with me, although she really didn't know if the fits could be caused by other issues (lungworm, heartworm, etc.)  Will wait and see.  

It's amazing that I've now trapped each of them multiple times using my 'drop trap as feeding station' bit, and yet they still love me!  Guess they can feel my love for them...?

P.S. All About Animals is a fantastic resource for the TNR (trap-neuter-return) community in Metro Detroit, plus they offer low-cost health exams, tests and vaccines for pet dogs and cats.  Without their resources, I would not be able to help my outside cat friends.  Please consider a donation to aid their cause.  Go here for more information:  In gratitude, I've volunteered multiple times at TNR classes, feral cat building classes, donated items for auction, and even washed walls and floors when they moved to their current location!  I carry their cards in my purse and car, to hand out to anyone who has a pet.

P.S.S. My heart goes out to the people of France.  If we can learn to love our animal friends, we can surely learn to love our fellow humans.  Let us all work toward love and peace, for every single living thing on our planet.