WNC Cat Museum

WNC Cat Museum We invite you to experience a multi media collection of feline antiquities from around the globe sure to delight, entertain, and educate the cat enthusiast of every age.

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Photos from Catio Guy's post
09/14/2021

Photos from Catio Guy's post

“Room 8” ( 1947–1968 )  Room 8 was a neighborhood cat who wandered into a classroom in 1952 at Elysian Heights Elementar...
09/14/2021

“Room 8” ( 1947–1968 )
Room 8 was a neighborhood cat who wandered into a classroom in 1952 at Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park, California. He lived in the school during the school year and then disappeared for the summer, returning when classes started again. This pattern continued without interruption until the mid-1960s.

News cameras would arrive at the school at the beginning of the year waiting for the cat's return; he became famous and would receive up to 100 letters a day addressed to him at the school. Eventually, he was featured in a documentary called Big Cat, Little Cat and a children's book, A Cat Called Room 8. Look magazine ran a three-page Room 8 feature by photographer Richard Hewett in November 1962, titled "Room 8: The School Cat". Leo Kottke wrote an instrumental called "Room 8" that was included in his 1971 album, Mudlark.

As he got older, Room 8 was injured in a cat fight and suffered from feline pneumonia, so a family near the school volunteered to take him in. The school's janitor would find him at the end of the school day and carry him across the street.

His obituary in the Los Angeles Times rivaled that of major political figures, running three columns with a photograph. The cat was so famous that his obituary ran in papers as far away as Hartford, Connecticut. The students raised the funds for his gravestone. He is buried at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas, California.

Read More:
http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/ehc_legacy/room8.html

“Room 8” ( 1947–1968 )
Room 8 was a neighborhood cat who wandered into a classroom in 1952 at Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park, California. He lived in the school during the school year and then disappeared for the summer, returning when classes started again. This pattern continued without interruption until the mid-1960s.

News cameras would arrive at the school at the beginning of the year waiting for the cat's return; he became famous and would receive up to 100 letters a day addressed to him at the school. Eventually, he was featured in a documentary called Big Cat, Little Cat and a children's book, A Cat Called Room 8. Look magazine ran a three-page Room 8 feature by photographer Richard Hewett in November 1962, titled "Room 8: The School Cat". Leo Kottke wrote an instrumental called "Room 8" that was included in his 1971 album, Mudlark.

As he got older, Room 8 was injured in a cat fight and suffered from feline pneumonia, so a family near the school volunteered to take him in. The school's janitor would find him at the end of the school day and carry him across the street.

His obituary in the Los Angeles Times rivaled that of major political figures, running three columns with a photograph. The cat was so famous that his obituary ran in papers as far away as Hartford, Connecticut. The students raised the funds for his gravestone. He is buried at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas, California.

Read More:
http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/ehc_legacy/room8.html

Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642)—cardinal, statesman, power behind the throne, and scene-stealing villain...
09/14/2021

Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642)—cardinal, statesman, power behind the throne, and scene-stealing villain of The Three Musketeers—was such a devotee of the cat that he contributed significantly to their adoption as companion animals in fashionable French society. Richelieu had a cattery built at his residence the Palais-Cardinal (later the Palais-Royal) to house his many cats, mostly Persians and Angoras, and was said to always have a cat on his lap as he worked.

He was also a world-class adept at naming his cats. Among the 14 cats Richelieu had at the time of his death in 1642 were Ludovic le Cruel, named for his savage dedication to killing rats; Ludoviska, who according to some sources was Ludovic's girlfriend and was Polish; Perruque (French for wig), so named because as a kitten she'd fallen out of the wig of poet Honorat de Bueil at Richelieu's feet; Rubis sur l'Ongle, the French idiom for "cash on the nail"; Gazette, because she was "indiscreet"; the cardinal's favorite Soumise (submissive); plus Pyrame and Thisbe, named after the lovers in Ovid's Metamorphoses because they slept together holding paws.

🎨 credit: The Cardinal's Leisure by Charles Edouard Delort, 19th century

Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642)—cardinal, statesman, power behind the throne, and scene-stealing villain of The Three Musketeers—was such a devotee of the cat that he contributed significantly to their adoption as companion animals in fashionable French society. Richelieu had a cattery built at his residence the Palais-Cardinal (later the Palais-Royal) to house his many cats, mostly Persians and Angoras, and was said to always have a cat on his lap as he worked.

He was also a world-class adept at naming his cats. Among the 14 cats Richelieu had at the time of his death in 1642 were Ludovic le Cruel, named for his savage dedication to killing rats; Ludoviska, who according to some sources was Ludovic's girlfriend and was Polish; Perruque (French for wig), so named because as a kitten she'd fallen out of the wig of poet Honorat de Bueil at Richelieu's feet; Rubis sur l'Ongle, the French idiom for "cash on the nail"; Gazette, because she was "indiscreet"; the cardinal's favorite Soumise (submissive); plus Pyrame and Thisbe, named after the lovers in Ovid's Metamorphoses because they slept together holding paws.

🎨 credit: The Cardinal's Leisure by Charles Edouard Delort, 19th century

09/13/2021

One of my friends found this pitiful little boy in the middle of a windy road and almost got hit herself trying to save him. We got him cleaned up and he’s set up to see the vet tomorrow and we sent her home with some foster supplies since the inn is full here. Thank you to the Corbin family for understanding and for helping this little Roadrunner.

[In other news, we are F U L L and every time the phone rings I kinda want the earth to swallow me up 🙃🥲. Please don’t be ugly to me when I say that I *cannot* take in any more cats at this time.]

Photos from Purr Pods's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Purr Pods's post

09/13/2021

Cat nap blues! Acrylic on paper

09/13/2021

I love this so much!! 🤣🤣🤣

09/13/2021

Cartoon from 2015 for #NationalPetMemorialDay.

09/13/2021

“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.”
Elizabeth Peters - The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog.

Aleksandrov - The Letter.

So #Kaleb went next door to visit our curator…Can you help the #MuseumCats caption this photo…
09/12/2021

So #Kaleb went next door to visit our curator…
Can you help the #MuseumCats caption this photo…

I went to visit with Harold and he goes “hold on, I got something that’ll blow your mind”. And he pulls out this cat brassiere 😂😂 😭😹😹

This man done slaint me 😂😂😂😂💀⚰️

09/10/2021
09/10/2021

Art by Vicky Mount, Scotland. Copyrighted at Vicky Mount Art on Facebook.

If you live outside our area or in other parts of North Carolina or South Carolina and are looking for an affordable low...
09/10/2021

If you live outside our area or in other parts of North Carolina or South Carolina and are looking for an affordable low cost veterinary clinic that will spay or neuter your kittythe Cat Smart Coalition has comprised this list to be of service to all those experiencing hardship at this time.

#spayandneuteryourpets #spayandneuter

LIST OF LOW COST VET CLINICS TO SHARE

TNR (trap-neuter-return) now before its too late. Do not wait to get traps and make vet appointments.

A female cat can have her first kittens at 6 months old and can have up to 4 litters per year. Cats can have kittens year round so don't wait.

Low Cost Resources in the area:

Stand For Animals
Charlotte/Pineville/
Huntersville
https://www.standforanimals.org/
704.970.2711

Humane Society of Charlotte
http://humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/health-wellness/spay-neuter/
704.377.0534

Cabarrus Spay Neuter Clinic
Concord
http://cabarrusspayneuterclinic.org/
704.784.6304

Gaston Spay Neuter Clinic
Gastonia
http://gastonspayneuter.com/
704.868.4673

SnipWell Spay Neuter and Wellness
Fort Mill, SC
http://www.snipwell.org/
803.228.4208

Humane Society of Union County
Monroe, NC
http://www.hs-uc.org/spay-neuter-clinic
704.292.7729

Spay Neuter Clinic of the Carolinas
Charlotte, NC
http://spayneutercarolinas.com
704.542.9997

Monroe Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
Monroe, NC
http://hsuc.org
704.292.7729

Humane Society of Rowan County
Salisbury, NC
http://humanesocietyofrowancountync.org
704.636.5700

Fido Fixers Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Columbia/Lancaster SC
803-783-1267

Healthy Pets Clinic
Rock Hill, SC (803) 327-7387
www.healthypetsspayneuter.com

Most clinics are very busy and it is best to get information and make appointments using their websites.

Financial Assistance may be available if needed.

Shoutout to all the #WorkingCats…Have you seen the cute l #tabbycat in this Chevrolet Tailgate Ad?
09/10/2021
2021 Chevy Silverado – Cat | Chevrolet

Shoutout to all the #WorkingCats…Have you seen the cute l #tabbycat in this Chevrolet Tailgate Ad?

Meet a truck guy whose best friend isn’t a dog — it’s a cat. Onlookers are amazed by this cat who acts just like a dog, but this Silverado owner thinks that ...

09/10/2021

Excuse me Madam. I’m waiting for Pub O’clock.

Ahem, it IS Pub O’clock! Please move on, nothing to see here. Wonderfloof pic by Kirsty Halford

Cats are generally clean pets, and when you adopt the right routine, it’s 100% possible to live with a cat (and even mul...
09/10/2021
Tips To Mask The Cat Smell In Your Home

Cats are generally clean pets, and when you adopt the right routine, it’s 100% possible to live with a cat (and even multiple cats) and never smell them.

The dreaded cat smell! Learn how to keep your house smelling fresh no matter how many cats you have with these useful tips.

09/10/2021

Herman Maril, Interior with Cat, 1972,

09/10/2021

Myrtle joined the bottle baby gang. Her little voice is so hoarse from hollering for her mama for a whole day. Mama never came, but a good person came to her aid. Now she’s flea free and snuggling with the boys, waiting on her next meal from yours truly. I reckon I’m getting my good karma points now so I can become a groundhog this winter and just sleeeeeeep 😅

Ever the professor, seven years ago our Curator, Dr. Sims, created this short video that speaks to a sensitive topic man...
09/10/2021
Kevin and the Bullies

Ever the professor, seven years ago our Curator, Dr. Sims, created this short video that speaks to a sensitive topic many either have dealt with, are dealing with, or are dedicated to ending. Which topic is that, you ask?

Bullying. #Kevin was the mascot of Catman2 for many years; and, as a beloved #ShelterKitty, he and the doc wrote a trilogy of books about the life of #ShelterKitties. Kevin Tames the Bullies is a sweet, educational story, adaptable for any age that shows how forgiveness and love can heal wounds caused through words. In addition to to the book there is a teaching CD available for the classroom and a bonus printable teaching guide.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/R85MVA7xsD4

Get to know our #RealCats better by sharing and giving us a thumbs up. Subscribe here: https://youtube.com/user/CatMan2Shelter

#cats #sheltercats #bullying #endbullying #educationalvideos #kevintamesthebullies #catswithoutcages #humaneeducation #adoptdonatevolunteer #animalshelters #adoptdontshop #catman2shelter #catman2theshelterthatcares
#museumcatssupportshelterkitties

A new twist to prevent pre school through k2 from becoming bullies. For more information and to order copies and a teacher guide go to [email protected]. Pl...

Which sleeping space would suit your kitty?• the cardboard box studio• the laundry basket suite• the climate controlled ...
09/09/2021

Which sleeping space would suit your kitty?
• the cardboard box studio
• the laundry basket suite
• the climate controlled refrigerator top penthouse

Cartoon Credit: Dan Piraro Bizarro Comics

Photos from Catman2 Shelter's post
09/09/2021

Photos from Catman2 Shelter's post

09/09/2021
09/09/2021

I’m sorry. I had to.

Timeline Photos
09/09/2021

Timeline Photos

09/09/2021
09/08/2021
09/08/2021

Big Ears. An original etching by artist Avril Sleeman S.O.F.A.
This young cat (one of many acquired locally in lockdown) wandered into our garden and I was struck by the size of his ears which added to the quizzical look.

09/08/2021

Sigh...

09/07/2021
09/07/2021

Worship me

09/07/2021

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Hello! Are you open to the public? Thank you!
Hi Dr. Sims! My husband and I from PA came across your museum while vacationing in NC. Although we were disappointed that it's currently closed, it was a true delight to explore the outside! We have 6 cats as well as a black cat-themed bathroom, featuring a library that includes a book called "The Black Cat Made Me Buy It." The book is a compilation of ads with black cats, just like some of the ones posted outside of your museum. And I am a veterinarian working at 4 spay/neuter clinics, including Forgotten Cats in Willow Grove, PA. We hope to return to your museum someday. Stay safe and well!