Guest Star: Meet Cookie

Meet Cookie

A friend of mine found kittens abandoned in her driveway. Tiny little kittens, taken away from their mother and dumped in front of someone’s house. Who does that to living creatures? ASSHOLES! That’s who.

She was looking for a home for them and I volunteered to take them. Tiggy just can’t keep up with the rats in the barn. I have no idea how old he is (he isn’t young) or what kind of life he had before straying onto the farm, but I’m pretty sure he was never in a barn or even outside before in his life. He has adjusted amazingly well and seems to love his new life. But, he needs reinforcements.

So, Shauna brought me these 2 tiny kittens Friday night. She had been bottle feeding the smaller of the two, Echo. She said Echo was the weaker of the two and she didn’t eat much or seem to put on any weight. Sadly, Echo did not make it through the night her first night here. She was just too weak. She probably would have grown up fine if some asshole did not tear her away from her mother too soon. Milk replacer is no substitute for mother’s milk.

The second kitten seems to be doing very well. She is stronger than her sister. Shauna had tentatively named her Goldenrod, but after having her for a couple days I have renamed her Cookie.

She made it through her first night in a strange place just fine. She didn’t need a little kitten bottle do drink her milk replacer. She was able to lap it out of a bowl. That first morning my little nephew played with her for a couple hours and wore her right out. She was sound asleep by the time I finished with morning chores. She ate canned cat food and sampled some dry food as well. And drank some water. She used the litter box without me having to teach her.

This morning she was raring to go. I let her out of her kennel and let her run around. She went about exploring the barn, but always making sure she knew where I was. She was fearless, stalking the broom while I swept the floor. She  also kept trying to check out the hens, who tower over her. They freaked out every time she got too close. Too funny. I told her she was one tough little cookie.

I didn’t want to leave her unattended while I was in the haymow, so I took her upstairs with me. She didn’t like it when I pulled down the bales and the crashed on the floor. I looked around and couldn’t see her any where. I called to her and heard a meow coming from the stairs. She was half way down the steps. What a smart little cookie. Hmmm…

A tough cookie, a smart cookie. She is definitely a Cookie. Cookie loves attention. I’m not crazy about her trying to climb up my pant legs. But after I ignored her a few times she settled for sitting on my boot if I was standing still. She doesn’t like to let me get out of her view for more than a couple minutes. She will explore a little bit, then come back to see where I am. If I lose track of her I just call to her and she either comes to me or meows to me.

Tiggy has shown some mild curiosity toward her, but absolutely zero aggression so far. He will sniff her, but doesn’t like it when she tries to get too close. If she shows too much interest in him he runs away. I’m hoping they will become good friends once he gets used to her.

Oh, I really do hope she makes it. Kittens taken from their mothers too soon never have a very good chance. But I think Cookie is going to be one of the lucky ones.

This post first appeared on Farmer Keen.

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Friday Art Cat – Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

FRIDAY ART CAT

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

Did you know that Andy Warhol was a huge cat lover?

Best known of course for his Pop art, Warhol and his mother Julia Warhola both loved cats and had several of their own, all named Sam except for one called Hester.

Before Warhol became famous, he worked as a commercial illustrator and published a privately printed, 190 edition, book of cat drawings:  ’25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy’.

The “name” in the title instead of “named” was because of his mother who did the hand calligraphy of the title.  Warhol liked mistakes, so kept it!

This book is rare, but still available – Abebooks.co.uk have one for £110.

I was always fascinated by the colours Warhol used.  The Fauvists (eg Matisse) used non-representational colour and representational form to convey different sensations.  However, unlike the Fauve colours, Warhol’s Pop Art colours do not depict the artist’s inner sensation of the world. They refer to the popular culture, which also inspired Warhol to experiment with the technique of silkscreen printing, a popular technique used for mass production.

He developed different colour schemes for his artwork.  For example: a monochromatic colour scheme, meaning having tints and shades of just one colour; a complementary colour scheme, in which the colours used are opposite on the colour wheel; or an analogous colour scheme, wherein the colour scheme uses 3 to 5 colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel.

In doing so, Warhol moved away from the elitist avant-garde tradition. Initially, many spectators received this new marriage between art and commodity culture with little enthusiasm.  Because of Warhol’s ability to take risks and experiment with context and colour, he remains a hugely influential artist long after his death.

Inspired by Warhol:

I found it quite difficult to create a cat in a similar way, as it is so unlike how I normally make work.  But here’s a cat in my favourite colour Tiffany blue, called Sam.  (Incidentally, Warhol produced Christmas cards for the Tiffany store.)

References:

‘The Cat – 3500 years of the Cat in Art’ by Caroline Bugler

http://www.hauspanther.com

http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/marilyns.html

Sara Day

I am an artist who makes work of animals and people.

Three cats live with me – Maine coon Orlando, Bengal Pandora and black moggy Rio.

Commissions welcomed.

Instagram: Sardine.Art

www.day-san.co.uk

Nubia: Why can’t my brothers let me eat first.

Hi everyone,

It’s me Nubia here today and after a long ordeal of having to deal with my brothers I finally got to try out some of this new cat food from Celtic Connections.

Oh you are wondering why I am so annoyed at my brothers? Well… this is what happened!

Renegade: Oli! Nubia! LOOK there is a gigantic bag of cat food!

Renegade: But why is this bowl empty…

Renegade: Oliiiiiiiveeeer I need your help! How do I make the humans fill up this bowl?!?

Oliver: For starters it would probably help if you didn’t disturb them while opening the bag. 😮

Renegade: But LOOK the bag is open now… I wonder…

Renegade: If I stick my head in here maybe I can get us some out of the bag quickly. 😀

Oliver: I don’t think you are going to be able to get all the way down to the food in there… Also I am waiting over here for food!!!

Oliver: At last! We’ve got food in our bowl. 😀

Renegade: Me me me me me! Let me have some!

Oliver: Excuse me…. wait your turn young one!

Renegade: But I am staaaarving. :'(

Nubia: Right! My turn before Renegade…

Renegade: WHAT! But I was next in line!

Nubia: *hiss* You run off to play with a toy! That’s equal to forfeiting your place in the queue. 😮

Nubia: Right now that I’ve had enough you may have some… brothers *sigh*

Renegade: Is it really my turn now??? No one else is going to come and disturb me…?

Renegade: *Munch munch* to give some more details on this completely grain free cat food please see it’s benefits below:

  • Complete & Balanced dry cat food recipes
  • Grain/Gluten-free – No wheat, barley, spelt, rye or kamut
  • Hypoallergenic and Highly Digestible
  • No Maize, Soy, Dairy, Beef, GM or Fillers
  • BHT/BHA-free Recipes
  • No Artificial Colours, Flavours or Preservatives
  • Therapeutic levels of Nutritive Botanical Herbs
  • With added Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM
  • Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the FEDIAF and AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for ALL LIFE STAGES
Nubia: And surprisingly even picky Oliver ate this so it must be good. 😉
Renegade: Indeed! And we love the fact that they produce good quality, holistic food for us without any of the nasties that can be found in some of the main stream brands out there!

Signed by,

His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief
&
Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace
&
Prince Renegade the Maker of Chaos