Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Cats

Meowy Christmas!!!
It's Sarah as a cat!

We're back! The holidays are in full swing now, so we thought we would celebrate with you by sharing some meowy christmas pictures and videos.

Do you think any kitties were there in the manger when baby Jesus was born?

Vintage postcards, how cute! mrow!
Personified Caroling Christmas Cats!

And for those of you who may not celebrate Christmas:
It's funny because it's a Siamese cat.

Happy “Mew” Year!

We wish everyone the happiest of holidays! Here's one more video, just for laughs!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cat Pin!

Here's an awesome pin that Sam found at her Grandma's house!
See, even grandmothers know how important cats and coffee are!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Inspirational Quotes

Feeling uninspired? Read some of these quotes for some quick inspiration! You may be surprised by what these historical figures have to say!

"I always fly first-class. Gotta love that extra leg room!" - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"This attic literally sucks." - Anne Frank (exerpt from The Diary or Anne Frank)

"Who says women have a terrible sense of direction?!" - Amelia Earhart

"What percentage of people actually know who I am?" - George Gallup

Wilbur Wright:
I believe I can fly.
Orville Wright: 
I believe I can touch the sky.

"Orange you glad I planted all these apples?" - Johnny Appleseed

"This raccoon makes a great hat!" - Davey Crocket

"The British are coming! The British are coming!" - Paul Revere

"Choosy moms, and dads, choose JIF." - George Washington Carver

"Has anyone seen my other glove?" -Michael Jackson

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." -Adolf Hitler

**Disclaimer: For privacy purposes, some names have been changed. Some names are in no way related to the assigned quotation. Recognition of the names is purely coincidental.**

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cartoon Cats

Cats are great at lifting up our moods. Whenever you are feeling down in the dumps, there is nothing like a little furry companion on your lap to make you feel better. For the unfortunate individuals who are allergic to kitties, perhaps you have been cheered up by a cartoon cat! Here are some cat drawings that you may be familiar with. Perchance one has a special meaning to you :)

Felix the Cat
He began as a simple cartoon figure, drawn by Otto Messmer in New Jersey. His fame quickly took off, and he became the first cartoon movie star. He has starred in several movies, as well as in a TV series. They soon had products of Felix, ranging from dolls to jewelry. The very first TV broadcast, in 1921, was of Felix the Cat. Since he was black and white and a doll that did not melt in the presence of much heat (due to the lights used at the time), he was easier to broadcast. According to TV Guide, Felix the cat is the 25th most recognizable cartoon character in the world.
Hey! Garfield likes coffee, too!
Originally the star of a comic strip started by Jim Davis in the 1970s, Garfield has also been in movies, TV series, and video games. Jim Davis named Garfield after his grandfather. Garfield's interested ranged from eating (his favorite meal was lasagna), sleeping, and terrorizing the dog, Odie. Garfield is the world's most syndicated strip; it appears in over 2,500 newspapers. Garfield's co-stars include his owner, Jon, the dog, Odie, and the veterinarian, Dr. Liz Wilson.
The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Suess was the creator of this cat, beginning with the well-loved children's book, The Cat in the Hat. Probably the most recognizable feature of this tall cat, is his red and white striped top hat. This mischievous feline causes trouble where ever he goes. He is also featured in the books, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and I Can Read with my Eyes Shut!. There is also a full feature film released in 2003, starring Mike Myers as the cat. He has also starred in his own TV series, one recently released on PBS in 2010, called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!, as well as another series released in the 70s.
The Cheshire Cat
Surprising as it may seem, Lewis Carrol did not come up with the idea of the Cheshire Cat, though he popularized it in his novel Alice in Wonderland. The first recording of the use of the phrase "Cheshire Cat" was in A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, published in 1788, describing it as any person who smiles and shows both his teeth and gums. In  the novel, Alice in Wonderland, this cat speaks in cryptic riddles and philosophies that confuse Alice. In the movie, the cat is illustrated as a sort of villain, since he often gets Alice into trouble.
Hello Kitty
ニャオと鳴いてください! 私は猫です!
This completely adorable cat was designed by Yuko Shimizu, and was produced by the Japanese company, Sanrio. She first appeared on a purse, but later had an entire line of products devoted to her. Her full name is Kitty White, and she was "born" on November 1st. She is described as "a bright and kind-hearted girl, good at baking cookies and loves Mama's apple pie." She is featured on many products, including an airbus, a stratocaster electric guitar, wine, debit cards, and many more everyday products like pencils and erasers.
Co-starring with his owner, Calvin, in a comic strip by Bill Watterson, Hobbes is a friendly member of the feline family. He is actually a stuffed tiger, but he comes to life in Calvin's imagination. These two troublemakers go on adventures as well as terrorize many people they meet, especially their neighbor, Suzie. These two characters are named after the famous philosophers, Thomas Hobbes and John Calvin, and they often delve into philosophical topics themselves. Hobbes regularly pounces on Calvin, a six-year-old, to greet him when he gets home from school.
The Pink Panther
His first appearance was in the introductory and closing credits of the live-action movies, The Pink Panther, released in the 60s. The cartoon character was so popular that a studio made a cartoon series starring him. In the cartoon, the Pink Panther often harasses a man by painting his blue house, pink. In 1964, the animated short film, The Pink Phink, won the Academy Award for the best animated short film. The character typically remains silent, ever only speaking in two animated shorts.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Famous Cat-Lovers

Some of the greatest artists, scientists, and world leaders of all time were deeply inspired by their feline companions. Here is a list of a few notable cat people and their cats!

Earnest Hemingway
Hemingway shared his Key West home with over 30 cats. That's a lot of cats! Ernest Hemingway was given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain, and some of the cats that live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat, and many of them have six toes. What made cats so special to him? He claimed that "a cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not."
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac, famous for his laws of motion and gravity, was a cat lover who was deeply concerned about the welfare of his feline friends. Perhaps one of his lesser known accomplishments was inventing the cat door, so that his experiments would not have to be interrupted by his cats wanting to go in and out of the house.
Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh's cat, Patsy, sometimes accompanied him on flights (though not on his famous flight), how adorable is that? A Spanish stamp commemorating his record-breaking flight from New York to Paris shows Patsy watching as his plane took off (see below).
Freddie Mercury
This famous lead singer of the band, Queen, had a favorite tortoiseshell cat named Delilah. He loved his cat so much, he even dedicated Delilah, a song released on the album "Innuendo." When on tour, he would call London to talk to his cats.  Freddie dedicated his first solo album, "Mr. Bad Guy," to his beloved cats; Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Delilah, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, Lily. He is shown below holding Oscar and Tiffany.
Edgar Allen Poe
Poe used cats as symbols of the sinister in several of his stories, although he himself actually loved cats. His tortoiseshell cat, Catarina, was the inspiration for his story The Black Cat. In the winter of 1846, Catarina curled up on the bed with Poe's wife, who was dying of tuberculosis, and provided her with warmth and comfort.
Pierre Auguste Renoir 
This French artist loved cats and depicted them in several paintings, mostly accompanying a young woman.
Alexander Dumas (Dumeow!)
Dumas owned a cat called Mysouff. This cat was known for his extrasensory perception of time. Mysouff could predict what time his master would finish work, even if his master was working late. Mysouff once ate all of Dumas's exotic birds, but he still loved the cat just the same. He had another cat named Le Docteur.
Sir Winston Churchill
Churchill has had many cats in his lifetime. One of his favorites was named Nelson, after the famous British admiral. Churchill claimed that “Nelson is the bravest cat I ever knew. I once saw him chase a huge dog out of the Admiralty. I decided to adopt him and name him after our great Admiral.” Churchill's marmalade cat, Jock, slept with his master and shared his dining table. He was a present for Churchill's 88th birthday. Jock was a trouble-maker, known for shredding furniture and carpeting from sharpening his claws. If Jock was late for meals, Churchill would send servants to find him, waiting to eat until the cat was present. Jock was with Churchill on his deathbed. His other cats included Margate, Mr. Cat AKA Tango, Bob, and Nelson.

Charles Dickens
He had a cat named William, until he (actually a she) had a litter of kittens in his study! He then re-named her Williamina. Dickens was determined not to keep the kittens, but he fell in love with one female kitten who he named "Master's Cat". She kept him company in his study as he wrote, and whenever she wanted his attention she would snuff out his reading candle.
Claude Monet (Clawed Meownet?)
This famous artist of the impressionist era began his career drawing pastels of cats. Below is his portrait of his own sleeping cat. Adorable, isn't it?
Albert Einstein
Since he was fond of all animals, especially cats, Einstein adopted a male cat, Tiger, who would get depressed whenever it rained. Einstein would talk to his cat during rainy days, claiming he "[knew] what [was] wrong, dear fellow, but [he didn't] know how to turn it off."  Einstein also said, "A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days."
Theophile Steinlen
Steinlen's home in Paris was called "Cats Corner". In addition to paintings and drawings, he also made a few sculptures, most notably figures of cats that he loved greatly. Many of his paintings also include images of cats. Recognize this painting?
Mark Twain
Twain shared his farm in Connecticut with eleven cats. Twain wrote, "I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course." Another cat quote by Mark Twain states,"If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."

Are Dictators Cat Haters?
The cat lovers that we are, it is difficult for us to imagine that some people dislike cats. Of these "cat haters" many of them are infamous dictators. Perhaps it is because these men who can control entire countries and hope to conquer the whole world cannot stand the fact that they cannot control independent and strong-willed cats. These dictators included Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Benito Mussolini, and Adolph Hitler.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet Our Cats!

Meet Coco, Sare-bear's cat
He is a tabby/Siamese mix, named after baseball player Coco Crisp. He loves people, killing birds, playing with string, and hanging around in sinks. He is what we call a "purr-er", and loves any form of attention from humans (sometimes dogs, too). 

Meet Fiona, Sare-bear's cat
An interesting combination of Siamese and tabby as well, but is much more stunning. Peggy Coss thinks that she is ugly. Her and Coco come from the same litter, but look very different. Fiona is a girl cat, and is therefore a little brat. She hates it when you pick her up and hold her. She will swat her paw at innocent dogs as she walks past them, for no reason. She loves to torture small rodents; often playing them for hours before killing them. However, she has chosen Sare-bear and her brother, lets call him Drewski, as favorites, and will frequently snuggle with them. Fiona also loves to take cat naps in small spaces (ie. drawers or on small pieces of paper).

Meet Chili Pepper, Sammylamb's cat.
Yes, she looks so sweet and innocent laying next to the Christmas tree, but it's all a facade. She is the meanest, stupidest cat you can imagine. When we have visitors, she always pretends to be nice, purring and rubbing against their legs, but then her true colors come out if they visit too often. She often runs up to you, pretending to want love by purring and meowing, but once you reach down to pet her, she bites you, hisses, and runs away (often straight into walls, hence the stupidity). The only person in our household she liked was my sister, but in the end, she was even mean to her. She also pees on everything. She's dead now, and honestly, no one even cared. Good riddance.

Meet Vader, Sammylamb's favorite cat ever.
Vader is the most amazing cat you could ever imagine. He is sweet, lovable, and adorable. He loves everyone he meets, always looking forward to a good ear scratching. In high school, he would wait by the window to greet Sammylamb when she got home. Even though he is so sweet, he is not perfect. Since he needs so much attention, he sometimes trips you when you are trying to cook in the kitchen. Also, lately he's started to smell kind of bad because he has kitty gingivitis. Otherwise, he is the best cat a girl could ask for.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Interspecies Friendships

Are there some people in your life that you never knew would impact you so much? Have you ever made an unexpected friend in a surprising circumstance? In the animal world, these otherwise strange friendships/relationships are just adorable. Here are some of our favorite pictures of interspecies friends.

"Charm is a product of the unexpected"
For this kitty, Easter is everyday! Meow!
I love you, my deer!
Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet. -Chinese proverb

Commensalism in action! 

We encourage you be befriend someone of a difference species than your own. You might be surprised by how much you can learn from them! 

-Sarebear & Sammylamb. Meow!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cuddling with Secret Kittens

What are the secret kittens? Well, thanks to a generous employee, who we will call Robert for privacy purposes, at the Woods Humane Society, we were allowed to go into the "Secret Kitten Room" in the back of the building, where there were four very cuddly and fuzzy kittens, all vying for our love.

My name is Chico, meow!
But first things first. The first cat room we found was filled with the older cats that were not yet adopted. Our personal favorite was a Siamese-Tabby mix, Chico, who was sweet and lovable. We wished we could adopt him right then and there. The other favorite was a black cat. Sammylamb especially loves black cats. By the way, there is a $25 rebate on black cats, if anyone is interested!

Next was the room filled with evil reject kitties. Not only were they scary, they were also scared (seriously, there were signs posted by their cages describing some of the kitties as frightful). Sare-bear's favorite was the  one whose cage was covered by a blanket, and who hissed profusely whenever we lifted up the blanket. She wanted to keep it for entertainment purposes. Surprisingly enough, we didn't spend too much time in this room.

The last, and best room by far, was the secret kitten room. We technically weren't allowed to hold the cats, or even in the room, but our new friend Robert allowed us to play with them. He even took our picture! They were just adorable. Their meows were tiny squeaks that made our hearts flutter. They were soft as cashmere, innocent as a rose. They nuzzled our necks and we kissed their furry heads. They loved to climb up onto Sammylamb's back for some unknown reason. We both came out slightly scratched up from their tiny claws, but it was worth it. So worth it.

We also saw dogs there. We were honestly scared of them, as most of them were of the pit-bull breed. They made us sad as well. Dogs need so much attention and love that it is depressing to see them locked up in a cage all alone. Cats are okay because they are more independent. Yay cats!

Kreuzberg sandwich
After our adventure to the Humane Society we headed downtown for more fun! We went to our favorite store, Urban Outfitters, and got super cute matching shirts! We then went to our favorite coffee shop, Kreuzberg, where we ordered matching lunches and drinks. It was a good day. We're going to the Cal Poly baseball game tonight, even though we prefer the Giants to the Mustangs. Go Giants! Sare-bear is kind of in love with Buster Posey.. just sayin'. It should be the pinnacle of an amazing day, filled with kittens, chai lattes, and excitement.

-Sare-bear & Sammylamb. Meow!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Why We Love Coffee

Two words: chemical dependence. Sare-bear has a lil' problem with caffeine addiction. It has been six months since it has become almost destructive, but we're working on getting her through this difficult time. Sammylamb is becoming concerned. On Thursday Sare-bear was late to class because she was running late and couldn't skip her morning coffee; 7:00am classes make it even harder.

More reasons why it is so hard to give up coffee are....
  • It tastes good!
  • It keeps us awake in class.
  • You can order it hot or cold.
  • Coffee shops are the best (i.e. Kreuzberg, we are here now!)
  • It is comforting.
  • Coffee contains antioxidants.
  • Drinking it decreases the likelihood of Parkinson's, type 2 diabetes, dementia, heart rhythm problems, and strokes.
  • It warms your hands when it's cold outside.
  • It makes the perfect drink at dinner parties after dessert.
  • Coffee dates are a great way to get to know someone.
  • There are so many choices of drinks! Our favorites are:
    1. Vanilla Latté
    2. Cappuccino
    3. Chai Latté (it's basically coffee)
    4. Mocha (every once in a while)
  • Coffee brought Sare-bear and Sammylamb even closer :)
  • Coffee wards off evil spirits.

Props to Staci DeSantis for giving up coffee for Lent. You go girl!
-Sare-bear & Sammylamb. Meow!

ps. Stay posted for updates from our cat adventure! Soon to come!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why We Love Cats

It seems like most people prefer dogs over cats, so we felt obligated to explain our fondness for felines. For those that dislike cats (or are "dog people"), we simply wish to present our view point so that they may not be completely close-minded towards the next cat that they meet. We encourage everyone to give cats a chance!

Reasons why we love cats: 

  • They are soft.
  • They love to cuddle.
  • They clean themselves and it's cute.
  • They can fend for themselves in the wild.
  • They are the perfect size to fit on your lap.
  • They have unique personalities.
  • They meow.
  • They are independent.
  • They comfort you when you're sad.
  • They are cute.
  • They're fun to play with.
  • When you flip their ears inside out it is really entertaining.
  • They have weird tongues.
  • They have nine lives.
  • They make us LOL.
  • They don't poop all over the lawn.
  • They catch gross bugs and rodents that are around the house.
  • They don't smell bad.
  • There are many varieties. 
  • They go on adventures.
  • They're mysterious.
  • They are cozy to sleep with.
  • They purr.
  • They're fun to mess with, i.e. pulling tails.
  • They bring you presents.
  • They defend against evil spirits.

We hope that this helps you understand the perspective of cat lovers around the world!

-Sare-bear & Sammylamb. Meow!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cats and Coffee Commencement!

Hello! We are Sare-Bear and Sammylamb: two friends brought together due to our common curriculum in environmental engineering, not to mention our affinity for cats and coffee. It really all began when our coursework become more complex and our early Noise Controls class at seven in the morning (with professor emeritus Cota) had us commonly craving caffeine.

We hope you enjoy keeping up with us as we explore the world of cats, coffee, and much, much more.