Created for The Studio Cat - a Beautiful Calico - and My Wonderful Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

The Studio Cat
THE STUDIO CAT on DECEMBER 17, 2014

 

 

1997-2014

 

Studio Cat ID

 

THE STUDIO CAT DIED on DECEMBER 18, 2014

We had a wonderful journey together

for 15 years. Farewell, dear friend.

 

 

cat crossing

 

 


 

 

 


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DEDICATED

to

MY GRANDCHILDREN



SOPHIE, SAMMY, LILLIAN

 

 

I began this website about 15 years ago
hoping I'd hear from my grandchildren.

 

 

 

Grandchildren have a legal right to know their grandparents,
their family genealogy and medical records relating to them.
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Mary "Mae" Emily Moore Scattergood
1903-1940
(1903-1940)

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Throughout my life I have been a lover of cats - both wild and domestic.   Here you will learn about some of my favorite feline friends and a thing-or-two about myself - your grandfather. There is helpful advise about cat care, as well as interesting information about cats. There are links to webpages I created on cat lovers, cats in art and history, cats in books and poems, cats in films and TV, and cat sounds and related music . . .

. . . ENJOY

 



I'm a person who has often taken
"THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED."

Robert Frost

 

 

Like many domestic cats I prefer living a somewhat solitary life - but occasionally crave some human attention, interaction and affection. I am supported by a small circle of friends who I trust and enjoy spending time with. I can be loyal and loving in my relationships[ however, I have not, unfortunately, had much success in domestic relationships. I have survived most of my life without the support of parents. Being an only child, I did not have a sibling.

 

All cats - except the lion and some feral domestic cat colonies - are solitary animals that hunt and fend for themselves. They only come into contact with members of the opposite sex during mating periods. . . Cats are very territorial and mark out the perimeter of their "homeland" with their urine. In urban areas our domesticated cats still exhibit these behavioral traits, creating serious problems for male tom cats who inevitably fight with each other as they cross each others territories in search of on-heat females. Neutering can help to reduce the nuisance caused by calling and fighting cats, as well as reducing the number of unwanted litters.

 

 

 

With my aunt  Jo and cousin Joan, Long Island, NY , 1941
Jo, Joan, & Gene Scattergood

Long Island, New York, 1941

 

 

Around the age of three - my cousin Joan and I had a small dog (a Terrier) at our home on Long Island, NY. I have no memory of a cat and sadly no memory of my life on Long Island with my mother's sister, Jo Moore Orton, and her family - my cousin Joan and Uncle Eddie.

 

 

 

SOME CATS I HAVE KNOWN:

 

One of the earliest images I remember is of a powerful black panther pacing back and forth in a steel cage - not unlike the panther in William Kentridge's film loop below, which illustrates Rainer Maria Rilke's poem, The Panther. I remember that my panther was trapped behind the bars of his cage and that the cage was surrounded by blurry red, orange and yellow flames - we were traveling extremely fast and finally we were out-of-control, like a train carriage, speeding toward a bleak and unknown destination.

 



The Panther
poem by Rainer Maria Rilke   •   film loop by William Kentridge


NORTON LECTURES
William Kentridge: Six Drawing Lessons
5th Norton Lecture

 


"THE PANTHER
"
by
Rainer Maria Rilke

 

 

I don't remember ever paying for any cats I've lived with - they were either gifts of the breeder or adult felines that needed a home. Many had been abused or abandoned by their former guardians. As a survivor, myself, of childhood trauma and parental abduction, maybe that is why I have identified with these animals.

 

 


Massachusetts Animal Coalition

 

All of my feline friends were "fixed" - meaning if they were females they were spayed or if they were males they were neutered.

 

 


The Baker homestead, Main Street, Bass River, Cape Cod

 

 

I was six when my father sent me to live with his elderly stepsister on Cape Cod. I call her "Aunt May" - she and her daughter. Josephine, had an old dog, an Irish Setter, called Patty, who enjoyed sleeping in the middle of the road in front of your house - forcing cars to drive around her. After Paddy died - yes, a car sadly hit and killed her - I was given a very large black male cat named "Blackie" who was not afraid of dogs. On evening I witnessed Blackie 'riding' on the back of a ferocious Boxer.




That nasty and annoying dog never came near our house or neighborhood again after suffering such a painful and humiliating experience. A few years later, when my aunt May was forced to sell and move out of the "Baker" family home (originally build in the 1600s), my father and I moved to a newly built and smaller house in a mid-Cape housing development, Blackie kept returning to our original homestead on Main Street, Bass River.

 

 

During my teenage years, my aunt Betty, from Philadelphia, came to live with my father and myself in our small house on Geneva Road, South Yarmouth. This was an emotional time of intense turmoil between my father and his sister and my father and myself - sadly, a few years later these interactions would end tragically with the death of my aunt.

In high school, I had a Border Collie, and named her 'Jackie' - she helped make my difficult home life a little less stressful - as a breed, Border Collies are extremely intelligent and Jackie was that! - she would follow many verbal commands and especially enjoyed herding young neighborhood cats to our doorstep.

In the fall of 1959, my high school art teacher (Polly Hopkins) drove me to an art school in New Bedford.

 

 

That's me sitting on the left in the last row of car,

 

 


Drawing class, Swain School of Design, 1962

That's me standing on far right at my drawing table.

 

In the early 1960s, while attending the Swain School of Design, an art school in New Bedford, I had a number of stray cats; including a feral cat which nearly destroyed my one-room garret - I had this cat taken to South Dartmouth where it lived in the woods of Little River Farm. During the following summer I worked on that farm as a gardner and caretaker and slept in an abandoned chicken coop in the woods behind the farm. I did not see the feral cat - but I did wake up one morning with a skunk sleeping in my arm-pit! The skunk did not "spray" me but realizing I was awake, jumped from my cot and waddled away in a rush. . . we did not meet again. . .

My friend and mentor, the figurative artist Sigmund Abeles and his wife, Gina, lived in a furnished barn at Little River Farm with a flying pet squirrel. I worked as a gardener for Mrs. Gauntlet (the owner of the farmer) and for Sig creating petunias (with my urine) for his freshly cast bronzes. Gina combed their handsome long-haired collie every day - using the long soft hair to produce yarn, which she later knitted into beautiful scarves. I proudly wore the brown and black scarf she made for me for many years. . .

Sigmund suffered from a persistent irrational fear of cats - called "ailuroophobia" - although later in life when he lived with his horse - he overcame this fear. They were especially helpful in controlling mice in the barn. and created this self portrait with cat as an etching to illustrate his fear.

 

self portrait with cats
Sigmund Abeles, Self Portrait with Cats, 1965, etching, 12" X 17.5" Edition of 30

 

 

AILUROPHOBIA

Ailurophobia s a type of specific phobia: the persistent, irrational fear of cats. The name comes from the Greek (aílouros), "cat" and (phobos), "fear". Other names include felinophobia, elurophobia, and cat phobia.

 


A Cat-Hater's Handbook
by William Cole, Illustrated by Tomi Underer

 

NOT EVERYONE LOVES CATS: The Empress of China, Wu-Chao (625-705), feared cats because her lady-in-waiting told the Empress she would become a rat in the afterlife and the lady-in-waiting would become a cat and hunt and kill the empress.

Under the rule of Pope Gregory IX (1143-1241) Christians began persecuting cats - millions of cats were tortured and burned because they were believed to be representatives of Satan. This practice continued through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603). The French monarch, Henri III (1551-1589), was responsible for the death of at least 30,000 cats during his reign because he once fainted when a cat came near him. The English play writer and poet, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), referred to cats negatively about 40 times in his plays - sometimes calling them "vile" - during Shakespeare's time, people linked cats to witches.


Warlock (male witch) Riding Backwards on Cat

The first of the Chelmsford Witch trials in 1566 was against Elizabeth Frances who confessed to using a cat named Sathan, as a familiar to harm various people. The cat was given to Agnes Waterhouse, and her daughter Joan. Elizabeth Frances was sentenced to one year in prison, Agnes Waterhouse was hung, and her daughter Joan was found not guilty.

The powerful and mighty - military generals, kings, emperors, and dictators - are not especial fond of cats. The Mongolian emperor, Genghis Khan (c.1162-1227), was a famous cat-hater and so were Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) the Roman general and dictator, and the Roman Emperor Nero.

As a child, the Russian czar Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584), throw cats out of windows of his palace to amuse himself and the 19 year old French monarch, King Louis XIV (1638-1715), ordered hundreds of cats burned alive for his pleasure.

 

 

The French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), suffered from ailurophobia. This irrational fear of cats also affected the personalities of at least three dictators during the 20th century: Italian Fascist, Benito "Duce" Mussolini Il ; Herr Adolf Hitler the Austrian-born German "Füher " (leader of the Nazi Party) and the "Master (dictator) of the Third Reich; and Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union (Russia).

Is it possible that these men - with grandiose dreams of dominating the world - couldn't get used to the idea that independent creatures like cats would not submit to their imperial ambitions?

Sadly, some people express their hatred of cats in cruel and unethical ways: Johannes Brahms the composer enjoyed shooting neighborhood cats with a bow and arrow; Isadora Duncan the dancer & choreographer had cats that came onto her property captured and hanged; Rockwell Sayre a Chicago banker hated cats and said they were "filthy and useless." He wanted to see every cat in the world destroyed and in the 1920s offered rewards to cat killers - fortunately he was not successful; and, Dwight D. Eisenhower the 34th US President had his staff shoot any cats seen on the grounds of his home


"Cats may be our pets, but no person really owns one. Cats have been calling their own shots for a long time; they were a symbol of liberty in ancient Rome. Cat lovers and cat haters have been around for a long time too. Ancient Egypt worshiped famous cats, and Middle Age Europe persecuted them as evil. Cats are still with us today. They are the most popular pet in the United States." - famous-cats.com

 

 

SELECTED CAT HATER LINKS:

 

 

 

 

 



Mykonos    WiffleGif
Robert Crump's Stoned Again

jump

 

I had a few feline pets while attending Boston University's School of Fine Arts during the 1960s. The cat I remember most is "Mykonos," who lived with me on Hemingway Street in Boston, near the Fenway, the Christian Science mapparium and the Museum of Fine Arts. I also had a cat in my cold-water flat on North Street, in the North End of Boston, whose name I do not remember. It was not the best of times for either my cats or myself.

 


North Street, Boston, 1964
photographic silkscreen '77

 

After graduating from Boston University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) undergraduate degree in the visual arts, your grandmother and I were married in a church!!, in Rowayton, CT.

In the fall we left Bell Island, and the liberal protesting east coast and drove west to Ohio in our used black Volkswagen Beetle Coupe to attended graduate school at University of Cincinnati.

 

grad art students

 

While studying at the University of Cincinnati my partner and I were given two male Siamese kittens from our landlady on Mt Adams - she had been an artist's model in the 1930s and later an art instructor at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. We named the kittens "Grunts" and "Little" - they were from the last litter of their 18+ year old mother - whose vet had been the famous doctor, animal rights advocate, and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

 

 

Siamese Cats from Disney animated movie Lady and The Tramp
Siamese Cats from Disney's Lady and the Tramp

 

 


Albert Schweitzer and "Sizi"

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to
all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer

 

 

 

siam

Grunts had little coordination and once jumped - for no apparent reason - out of our three-story apartment window, landing - unhurt but shocked and bloated with adrenaline - on the cement walk below. Highly intelligent and lots of fun, these Siamese cats from Mt. Adams, Cincinnati were a special part of my life for many years.

 

 

Anna Moore Scattergood,  Emily D Scattergood and Scattergood-Moore, photo booth, Wellesley
Photo-booth, Woolworth
Wellesley 1974

 

In the 1970's, during the childhood of my daughters - while teaching art at a private girl's school - we had a number of pets, including another Siamese and a skinny Irish Setter named "Molly" . . .

. . . Molly spent many summers with us at our cabin on White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Unfortunately she was stolen one evening during her daily run along Fuller Brook. I can only hope she was loved and cared for as much by her abductors as she was by us.

 


Frank's cabin on White Point, Cape Breton, N.S.
cabin from water  |  white point video  |  selected photos

 

Just off of the Cabot trail near Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia, White Point is a wonderful short hike to a graveyard for the shipwrecked on a lonely point of rocks. Just off of the point is White Point Island which is a rookery for many local seabirds, not all of whom will appreciate your presence. Frank Fitzgerald's cabin, which we purchased and lived in is the very last image on this video. . .

YouTube: Dblitz70

 

 

 

 

WE HAD MANY OTHER PETS:

 


African (dwarf) Swimming Frogs



Siamese "Betta" Fighting Fish



Guinea pigs, Hamsters, and/or Gerbils



Myna Bird

The 'myna' or 'mynah' - the word is derived from the Hindi language - is a bird of the Starling Family (Sturnidae) and native to Asia - especially India - and is often regarded as an invasive species. Some mynas are considered talking birds, for their ability to reproduce sounds, including human speech, when in captivity.

We were given a 'common myna' (Acridotheres tristis), who could only speak Portuguese slang and make extremely loud cat-calls. He had been raised on a Portuguese cargo ship during the short period when most of the myna bird's vocabulary is developed. Our myna resided in a large cage in our upstair bathroom across from the kitchen/dinning area and overlooking Grove Street. He enjoyed gave catcalls as loudly as he could early each morning to Miss Post, an English teacher and colleague as she briskly past our apartment on her morning walks . . One morning after breakfast, our oldest daughter, discovered the myna bird lying on the bottom of it's cage - from that day on, the catcalls ended and our daughter was sure she discovered how birds sleep.

 

WE EVEN HAD A . . .


GIANT CHECKERED RABBIT


. . . from the Franklin Park Zoo - with a black 'racing strip' on it's back. The rabbit would kick our Siamese cat with his rear legs if she got too close; he nibbled on the art books and the bookcase in my studio; he even used a cat box to perform his business. Sadly, within the year, our rabbit died of pneumonia - the breed doesn't do well in high or low temperatures - the Siamese didn't mourn the giant checkered rabbit's passing.

 

 

WHO KNOWS  -  MAYBE WE HAD SOME OTHER PETS. . .

. . . I'VE FORGOTTEN.

 

 


Fritz the Cat
by
Robert Crumb

 

 

According to an entry in my diary - someone had a white cat at our newly purchased home in Wellesley Hills - most likely one of my daughters . . . or maybe Karen.

 

Although I deeply loved my daughters - and continue to do so - the stress of a dysfunctional marriage coming apart, contributed to my low self-esteem and dangerously high level of stress. Feelings of hopelessness, despair and abandonment effected my relationship with my daughters, during a time in their development when they needed my support the most. My teaching responsibilities were extremely difficult to perform. I was experiencing severe panic attacks, clinical depression and had extreme difficulty driving or traveling. The lack of emotional and social support and the confrontation of my homophobia, made these years especially unpleasant.

 

The diary I kept during these dark and difficult days
became a valuable record of the evens and feelings
I experienced . . . helping me to hold onto my sanity.

 

 



Self Portrait with Tears

oil on museumboard
Private collection, New Hampshire

Copyright © 2005 - Scattergood-Moore

This small self portrait was painted, in oils, on a piece of scrap museum-board taken of the floor of my studio, during a night of despair at 144 Moody Street in Waltham, MA. I was out of my Xanax prescription and was extremely depressed but it was too late to find a pharmacy open.. While crying, with tears in my eyes, I painted this self portrait - helping me to make it through another terrific night. . .



 


animated animals

 

 


Waltham Mill Building #4, 144 Moody Street, Waltham MA
My studio (in circle) at Artists West Association, 2nd floor.

 

 

In the early 1980s I rented an art studio at Artists West Association located on the second floor of the Ira Gordon Waltham Mills building #4, 144 Moody Street, Waltham. After divorce, I lived (illegally) and worked in this studio with its tall windows and good northern light for a number of years.

 


Mimi's Roast Beef dinner was a daily food source for Don and myself.

 

I met many artists AWA that have remained among some of my closest friends today: Roberta Paul, Don Stinson, Wendy Seller, and Suzanne Hodes, etc.. I became a founding member of the Waltham Mills Artists Association illegally for a number of years. While living and working there, I participated annually in their Open Studios; joined the anti-nuclear organization, Artists for Survival and created a number of "Save Life on Earth" protest posters for them.

 


SCATTERGOOD-MOORE
Save Life On Earth
gas mask on poster with additional paint and collage
Private collection, Brandis University, Waltham, MA

 

 

 


The Maine Moon Cat - cautious but we're beginning to trust each other.

 

While at AWA, I accepted responsibility for a huge male Maine Coon Cat who had been abused by his former owners during their divorce. It took this handsome guy over a year to learn to trust me; but after that, he became one of my most friendly feline friends. The Maine Coon Cat and I lived together in my art studio at 144 Moodt Street for a number of years - most likely helping each other to heal from recent traumatic events in our lives.

 

 


Me and My Maine Coon Cat c. 1985
Artist: Scattergood-Moore
Medium: Ebony pencil on paper
Size: 14" high x 12" wide
Collection of Dr. Emily D. Scattergood

 

 

Evergood Poster

 

 

 

 

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Claflin School Studio, Newtonville, MA

When I moved into an artists' condo at Claflin School Studios in Newtonville - after the Maine Coon had died - I acquired a long-haired domestic tiger cat named 'Chester' from a friend of a friend who was dying of AIDs. Because of his HIV immune disease, the doctor would not allow him to keep Chester - which seemed very unfair to me.

 

Health-care providers should advise HIV-infected persons of the potential risk posed by pet ownership. However, they should be sensitive to the psychological benefits of pet ownership and should not routinely advise HIV-infected persons to part with their pets. Specifically, providers should advise HIV-infected patients that they should avoid direct contact with stool from pets or stray animals. . . and they should avoid contact with animals that have diarrheal illness and seek veterinary advice and assistance.

HIV-infected patients who elect to obtain a cat should adopt or purchase a cat aged 1 year, or older, and in good health to reduce the risk for cryptosporidiosis, Bartonella infection, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, and E. coli infection. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily, preferably by an HIV-negative, non-pregnant person; if HIV-infected patients perform this task, they should wear gloves and wash their hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the risk for toxoplasmosis. See more advise at the link below.

HIV and Pets

 

Chester was a handsome but shy cat who died in my arms from stomach cancer after a couple of years living with me. I thought Chester would be the last of my feline friends, but my extraordinary vet, Jake Tadaldi, D.V.M. of Vetcall had other intentions. . .

 


JAKE TADALDI, D.V.M

Euthanasia as a Humane Alternative

 

 

Dr. Tadaldi suggested I should visit . . .

. . . a cat hoarder and her CALICO CAT in Boston!

 

 

        CAT HOARDERING:


1871: The Crazy Cat Lady
and
The Ramshackle Cat House

At one time in the 1800s, there was a square block of old Dutch wooden houses and crumbling brick tenements in New York's Lower East Side - here hundreds of immigrants and alley cats made their home.

Rosalie Goodman lived in one of these dilapidated tenement houses with her four children and mother. Rosalie, nick-named "Catty Goodman" by neighborhood children, was a cat hoarder. For almost a decade, she offered food and shelter for all the abused, abandoned, and injured felines that lived in the neighborhood bordered by Orchard, Hester, and Clinton Streets and East Broadway.

In 1875, a reporter from the New York Sun paid Rosalie a visit in her old Dutch house to see if rumors of this crazy cat woman were true. Upon his arrival, he saw dozens of cats hanging out in the nearby alleys, and on the eaves and window sills of her ramshackle home. . . after his story was published in 1871, other reporters by to get their own stories. In 1877, a reporter from The Daily Tribune paid a visit and found her surrounded by about 50 cats, while stirring a compound in a pot on the stove. By 1879 Rosalie became fed up the the nosy reporters.

n 1881, Rosalie and her family moved into a new apartment on 19th Street. The old Dutch house was torn down around 1884, to make way for a five-story double brick tenement building. An ad in the New York Daily Tribune in 1885 listed the new tenement for sale. There was no mention of 80 cats being part of the deal.

According to an article in the New York Evening Post on June 16, 1920, about the neighborhood's prolific stray cat population, residents were invited to drop off stray cats at the cat "dumping station" at Seward Park. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would then take the cats away to euthanize them by means of poison gas in the "death house." The article stated that 50 to 100 cats were rounded up each day from the "park depositories."

 

This cartoon by cartoonist and illustrator, Nick Galifianakis was originally published on May 12, 2013 for the Carolyn Hax advice column in The Washington Post and other syndicated newspapers. In this cartoon a single woman's love for cats has blown up into an obsession, turning her house into Planet of the Cats.

© 2015, Nick Galifianakis, "Cat House"

 


"Bettye The Cat Lady"
. . . and here's the deed to the Brooklyn
Bridge that nice Mr Slaughter sold me. . .
cartoon by Scott Stantis, for Chicago Tribune

 

Humane Society logo
animal protection

 

 


The Cat Hoarder

cat hoarding video         

 

 

 

 

SCATTERED DREAMS  (10'17")

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scattered dreams
Field Trip to Claflin School Studio #13

 

 

 

 

THE STUDIO CAT



 

 

A beautiful shy calico cat came to live with me from the cat hoarder in Boston that Dr. Tadaldi asked me to visit. The woman had 30-40 cats - more cats than I could count and more than she could cope with in her one room apartment. My vet had observed that this one particular cat would not socialize with the other cats in the living space and that she spent most of her time alone on the window sill in the tiny bathroom. Although the hoarder was reluctant to part with her cat, she reluctantly let me take the frightened and unhappy cat. I put her in my traveling pet carrier and drove home with her. . . .

 

. . . It took us only a few days to get comfortable with each other. We became good friends - sharing the living and studio space. We remained together for 15 years.


I called the calico - The Studio Cat - because she spent most of her time in the art studio. . .

 

 

 

The Studio Cat in the art studio
CAN YOU FIND THE STUDIO CAT IN THE ART STUDIO?

The Studio Cat is in the lower left corner by the etching press

 

 

 

GENETICS OF CALICO CATS

Calico cats are not a breed; they are a very specific color characteristic. True calicos are tricolored cats, with colors in distinct patches, not mixed as in a tortoiseshell.

 

NEARLY ALL CALICO CATS ARE FEMALE...

"To better understand this mystery, lets have a brief, very basic, review of genetics. Each mother cat's offspring will carry a pair of sex chromosomes, XX or XY, the result of which will make the kitten either a girl or a boy. The mother passes an X chromosome down to it's creation and the father passes either an X or a Y. If the offspring receives the Y, it's genetic composition will be XY and it will be a male.

However, color and other physical calico kitten characteristics are tied specifically to the X or Y gene depending on the specific circumstance. For a kitten to be born a calico it takes two X genes, one carrying an orange characteristic and one carrying the non-orange characteristic (usually black). And, if a cat has the XX combination of genes it needs to be calico, then it would be a female, hence, why there is the perception that a calico cat has to be a female."

 


      THERE ARE MALE CALICOS but RARELY

 

"...a genetic anomaly can occur where an offspring ends up with an extra sex chromosome producing the combination XXY. The XX of the XXY meets the requirement of the two X chromosomes needed to produce the calico cat characteristic's color and the Y of the XXY produces the male sex. However, male calico cats are usually sterile and do not reproduce."

Interesting Pets, etc.

 

LINKS:

Calico Cat: Wikipedia




 

animated calico cat

 

 

 

 

The Studio Cat seemed content to be living a more solitary life in suburbia. She spent most days in the art studio and nights at the corners of my bed. As she got older, she began sleeping along my ribcage or backbone while I was sleeping and sometimes she even slept on half of my pillow. During cold weather, she would often disappeared under my goose-feather quilt or lay next to the warm heater grate. . . .

 


The Studio Cat sleeping inside my down sleeping bag.

 

 

SIMON'S CAT

CAT MAN CAN DO @ YOU TUBE

 

. . . . Sometimes The Studio Cat - like Simon's Cat in the animation above - would wake me up early in the morning by walking back and forth across my back or stomach - she expected to be fed at 6:30a.m. sharp and wouldn't leave me alone until I was up and had feed her.

 

 

Studio Cat in kitchen - still from video
The Studio Cat in kitchen while I cook
Judge Judy mouthing off in background

 

 

studio cat sleeping on my feather quilt
The Studio Cat with her eye on me while lying curled-up on the bed.

 

During summers The Studio Cat and I spent time outside together; she would look for prey (birds, moles, chipmunks) while I weeded and planted in the perennial and shade gardens. We had become close and trusting friends.

 

studio cat under rhubarb leaf in perennial garden
The Studio Cat sitting under rhubarb leaf in the perennial garden.

 

The Studio Cat enjoyed hanging out with me indoors; she'd sit on my desk while I payed bills or worked on the computer . . .

 

studio cat at my desk looking at computer
The Studio Cat leaning on my desk with computer, 11-20-13

 

 


The Studio Cat, July 2014

 

The Studio Cat was jealous of some people in my life - but overall, she was cautiously sociable with most visitors . . .

 

. . . ESPECIALLY ARTISTS!

 

 

 

 



Remembering Lee Garrison

 

 

Emily O. "Lee" Garrison II - born on December 22, 1928 in Westport, CT - died peacefully where she was most happy - in her Cambridge apartment on Friday, April 25, 2014, among her plants, books, paintings and friends.

 

 

Lee Garrison was a very close friend of mine. We loved art, cinema, and people and shared some wonderful events, conversations and mutual friendships together. We both enjoyed fish soups, dining at Hennetta's Table, in Harvard Square, and leisurely walks through Mount Auburn Cemetery; in Lee's memory, I spread seeds for Butterfly Weed on the Washington Tower hillside.

Lee was at home in the worlds of classics, art, literature and ideas, A seeker of beauty, Lee loved to travel and painted, among many other locations, the grasses in the mountains of Chiusaforte, Italy and on the shores of Lake Champlain. Most of all, Lee was a cultivator of friends and genuinely interested in other people; she loved connecting and corresponding with them. I miss her weekly envelope in my postal box containing topics of interest Lee had cut from newspaper and magazine clippings . . .

 

 

 

Lee was a good friend of The Studio Cat; she painted her in my art studio at least three times. Here are two of those oil paintings:

 


"The Studio Cat" 2013, oil painting by Lee Garrison
Private collection, Vermont

 

 

 

Maybe because Lee never had children of her own and was estranged from a sister she loved, Lee was determined to produce a short film about me because she wanted my grandchildren and their mothers to know a bit about who I am - I'm certainly not the man my daughters remember - nor are they the young women I once knew and loved so deeply. The film was based on a letter to my daughters. The final short documentary film (29'34" minute) was directed by our mutual friend, the talented film director and editor - Aleksandar Sasha Lekic - and was first screened for the public as an official entry in the 2014 Boston International Film Festival - unfortunately, a few weeks after this screening, Lee Garrison lost her brave battle with two cancers and shingles - shortly before her death she wrote a few words to Anna and Emily . . .

 

 

"Life is the ultimate gift each of us is given and we should cherish every moment of it."   Scattergood-Moore

 

"Life is an adventure of our own design intersected by fate and a series of lucky and unlucky accidents."   Patti Smith

 

 


"LETTER TO MY GRANDCHILDREN"
on VIMEO
directed by Aleksandar Sasha Lekic
produced by Lee Garrison

 

studio cat on my lab
still from Letter to my grandchildren (2014)

The Studio Cat enjoyed lying on my lap - as I viewed television, read a book or the Sunday New York Times - rocked gently back and forth in an antique rocking chair.

 

 

 

bewick invert

 

 

 


Studio Cat on stairs outside studio, 2014

 

 

Studio Cat ID
1997-2014   

 

 

   
The Studio Cat in the kitchen on December 17th, 2014

 

 

The Studio Cat died on December 18, 2014. Her vet, Jake Tadaldi, came to the studio to examine her. He informed me that she was blind - which I did not know - and had a tumor in her colon which made it impossible for her to pass her waste. Considering her age, 17 years, and declining health, we decided a voluntary euthanasia would be best and most humane course of action.The Studio Cat lay comfortably curled-up on my lap while I stroked her head - the euthanasia was performed by the vet giving her two shots; the first to relax her and the second to stop her heart. When her heart stopped beating and her tail became fluffy, we knew she was dead. Jake Tadaldi, took the cat's body with him so he could have her cremated . . .

The next day I found this note left on the coffee table:

 

Thank you for providing Studio Cat with a nurturing home for so many years! I'm glad that the two of you had each other for so many years.

Jake

 

The Studio Cat and I enjoyed a wonderful friendship and journey together for 15 years. She will be missed.

 

 


The Studio Cat's water and food bowls, December 18th, 2015

 

 

The Studio Cat walking from studio into living area

 

 

 

As you can see, I have had many wonderful feline friends and other pets over the years. I have learned that if you are loyal and respectful of them, they will be the same with you. You need to make the most of your time together, as their life spans are short and your time with them is limited and passes swiftly; if you want a pet that will last a lifetime. . .

. . . consider owning a parrot!

 

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The Parrot Society, UK

 


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Now that you have met me and some of my pets,
I'd like to hear from you about your pets . . .

especially your CAT

 

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SAFARI - TANZANIA - EAST AFRICA

 

 


Leopard on acacia tree, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
photograph by Scattergood-Moore

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After more than 45 years of teaching art - 38 of these years at a private school west of Boston teaching studio arts in drawing, painting, design, printmaking, and ten years as department head, I resigned from teaching in 2007.

 

An art colleague and good friend, Michael Frassinelli, created a 5 min. 3 sec. video - titled "One Step Beyond" - as a tribute to my career of teaching art; it was presented it at the Faculty End-of-Year Luncheon on June 6, 2006. To my surprise, at the final all-school meeting four members of the senior class - The Gang of Four - surprised me with the prevention of a red T-shirt with my image on it - the other members of the senior class were also wearing the t-shirt.

 

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SCATT MOVIE: One Step Beyond



THE GANG OF FOUR
L to R: Allison, Nadine, Annie and Rhys

 

 

My colleagues - against the wishes of the head of school - with a two week safari for two in Tanzania, East Africa. . .

I am extremely grateful to my courageous colleagues for this experience of a life-time.

self portrait in Tanzania 2007
THANK YOU

 

 

During the safari I observed THE BIG CATS:

 

LIONS
Lioness   lion
Simba in Swahili

LEOPARDS

Chui in Swahili

CHEETAHS

Duma in Swahili

 

I didn't see the small serval cat:

Leptailurus serval
Serval Cat
mondo + paka in Swahili

serval cat

 

. . . or any Dung Beetles - especially the handsome male Onthophagus rangier - which I especially wanted to observe in his natural Tanzanian environment.


Onthophagus rangier
Onthophagus Rangier

 

And thankfully, I didn't encounter the aggressive and highly venomous Black Mamba snake of Tanzania - among one of the world's most deadliest - that live in the savannas and rocky hills of eastern Africa; they are Africa's longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet in length and among the fastest snakes in the world, slithering at speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour.


Black Mamba of Tanzania
Mamba in Swahili

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHS of THE BIG CATS
north/western Tanzanian, May 2007
Copyright © Scattergood-Moore, 2007

 

 

THE SERVAL CATS OF EAST AFRICA


REGULAR SERVAL CAT MEEDTS MELANISTIC SERVAL in KENYA

Two serval cats, identical in shape and form but for a rare
genetic mutation leaving one with a black coat. YouTube

photographs by Jeremy Goss

Melanism is an abnormal amount of melanin in the upper layers of the skin and hair. This occurs as a genetic mutation, for the most part, but in some cases can be the "norm" for the species or sub-species. In felids, this is often mistaken to result in a completely black individual. The truth of the matter is that not even the darkest colorations in felines are ever truly black. Instead, under close examination, one will find that the coat is actually a very dark brown.

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The Panther   by Rainer Maria Rilke

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Border marker seperating Tanzania and Kenya.
Beware of venomous Black Mamba Snake!

 

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Endless sea of grass with elephants stripping
bark off of acacia trees in the background.


To the Maasai the Serengeti is - the place where the land runs on forever - but beyond the protected core of this iconic wild-scape, the land is running out. . .

The Maasai (Masai) are part of the Nilotic family of African tribal groups; they originated in the Nile valley and migrated into Sudan; they moved to the area of The Great Eastern Rift Valley in central and south-western Kenya and northern Tanzania after 1500 AD; they became the guardians of the Serengeti.

Today the Tanzanian government is systematically removing the Maasai from their ever-shrinking traditional and ancestral grazing lands. According to Brian MacCormaic, there is an undercurrent of bitterness and resentment felt by the Maasai community at how their traditional customs and lifestyles are being swept aside in the interests of: personal and governmental profiteering and corruption, foreign and domestic big business investments, the tourism industry, safari and hunting companies, and even in the sometimes dubious name of conservation and NGOs.

 

Maasai warriors in Maasailand, Oldonya Lengai, Tanzania

 


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PrivateLifeCat
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT   (1947)
Filmed/edited by Alexander Hammid
Produced by A. Hammid & Maya Deren
Silent, B&W, Run time: 22:01 mins.

 

 


William "Bill" Burroughs and His Cat

"We are the cats inside. We are the cats who cannot walk alone, and for us there is only one place."

All you cat lovers, remember all the millions of cats mewling through the world's rooms lay all their hopes and trust in you."

William S. Burroughs
The Cat Inside
Viking Press, 1992

 

 

 

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ABOUT CATS, POLITICS AND ANARCHY

 

 

 

Le Troisieme larron

 

 


THE GREAT REMEDY
a cartoon on The Emancipation Proclamation

 

President Lincoln hoped the Emancipation Proclamation would cripple the Confederacy, since the Confederate states were using slaves to help with the war effort. . . .This cartoon shows a "Confederate" cat (with the name "Jeff" on his collar to represent Confederate President Jefferson Davis) attempting to upset (trying to tip over) the "Union" cat. A third cat - with the word "Contraband" on its collar to represent the slaves freed by the Proclamation - stands next to a bottle of "The Great Remedy" which symbolizes the Emancipation Proclamation as the remedy that will help the Union win the war.

words on bottle: LINCOLN BLACKSTRAP, directions, One dose immediately another JANUARY 1st 1863. Continue if necessary and follow up with HOT HERBS. Prepared by the Union Company. H. Greeley, Agent

 

 

 

The cat is the best anarchist,


Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

A SCAB

After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which He made a SCAB. A SCAB is a two legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water bogged brain and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts he carries a tumor of rotten principles. A strikebreaker is a traitor to his God, his country his family and his class!

 

 

IWW

 

THE BLACK CAT
(Sabo-Tabby)


The 'black cat', also called the "wild cat" or "sabot-cat", usually with an arched back and with claws and teeth bared, is closely associated with anarchism, especially with anarcho-syndicalism.

 

The Black Cat - traditionally drawn as angry with claws bared, arched back, and a brushy tail . . . has long been one of the symbols of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). It was probably conceived by IWW member Ralph Chaplin - most famous for penning the IWW / labor anthem "Solidarity Forever" , , , .

Although today the cat has a general association with the IWW . . . it's original purpose was as a code or symbol for direct action at the point of production, specifically sabotage. Indeed, the cat may have even been chosen due to the convenient word play, "sabo-tabby" . . . . though, as described . . . sabotage did not mean destruction of machinery or equipment.

• Labor folklorist Archie Green has said that "the black cat is an old symbol for malignant and sinister purposes. . .

• Wobblies extended the black-cat figure visually to striking on the job, direct action, and sabotage

• Ralph Chaplin, added that "My 'Sabo Cat' was supposed to symbolize the 'slow down' as a means of 'striking on the job'," although others in the IWW used the symbol much more broadly.

 

 

ANTICONFORMITY

Evil Cute Cat t-shirt  |  Black SABOT Cat t-shirt

 

 

New York Times

CATS ARE ANARCHISTS AMONG ANIMALS

      "Cats are anarchists among animals. They make no concessions or only such such as pleased their temper of the moment. To me they are little less than divinities.. Little more than animals. . . I do not support the theory that animals are superior to man, but by instinct they make fewer mistakes than nam in his researches and in his efforts. Generally speaking, we might train them as collaborators, learning better to utilize their associations and ideas, making ourselves understood through educative means. What has been done with men could be done with them, rushing them from rank tinned slaves to intelligent auxiliaries."


 
The New York Times, 1924

 

 

Truth about jobless benefits
TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY



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MONEYGAMI - TANGAMS - ANIMATIONS

 


Running Cat Disc

Place disc in front of a lighted
area and watch it come to life.

 

 

 

 



band of cats: moneygami

 

TANGRAM

The Broken Heart Tangram
Tangram | puzzles | links
Tangram Construction
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Tangram Puzzles
The Tangram

. . . a Chinese dissection puzzle consisting of seven pieces, called tans, which fit together to form a shape of some sort. The objective is to form a specific shape with seven pieces. The shape has to contain all the pieces, which may not overlap.

 


money origami

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Brusspup's Awesome Optical Illusions


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Fritz the Cat (Ralph Bakshi - 1972)

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Angry Cat and Dog Sketelons

 

 

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"ANATOMY OF THE CAT"
Jacob Reighard & H. S. Jennings
H. Holt and Company, 1901
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THE BOOK OF THE CAT
by
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CATS and ALL ABOUT THEM
Frances Simpson
New York, F. A. Stokes, 1902

THE COMPLETE KITTEN and CAT BOOK
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New York, Harper & Row, 1979

 

 

 

 

CatSpecialist Group
CAT SPECIALIST GROUP


Cat species are grouped according to the five geopolitical regions in which they occur.

The are no cats - other than domestic cats - in Australasia and Oceania.


Sub-Saharan Africa

North Africa and Southwest Asia

Tropical Asia

Eurasia

The Americas


SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Black-footed Cat

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   • Lions under pressure. . .

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NORTH AFRICA & SOUTHWEST ASIA
Asiatic Lion

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Sand Cat

Caracal

Jungle Cat

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Tiger

Bornean Bay Cat

Clouded Leopard

Asiatic Golden Cat

Flat-Headed Cat

Rusty-Spotted Cat

Fishing Cat

Marbled Cat

Leopard

Jungle Cat

Leopard Cat

Iriomote Cat

EURASIA
Snow Leopard

Chinese Mountain Cat

Manul

Asiatic Wildcat

Eurasian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

European Wildcat

THE AMERICAS
Kodkod

Andean Mountain Cat

Jaguar

Oncilla

Margay

Canada Lynx

Geoffroy's Cat

Puma aka Cougar
  
aka Mountain Lion

Ocelot

Bobcat

Pampas Cat

Jaguarundi

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SELECTED CAT BREEDS

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CAT BREEDS
Oleg Alexeev and the Abys

 

 

ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON

CHARLES RIVER ALLEYCATS

Homeless Cat Photos by Lisa Tang Liu

 

 


PETFINDER.COM

MetroWest Humane Society, Inc.

 

 


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The Studio Cat
THE STUDIO CAT was KITTY COVER March '09

of

KENT BUTLER


Kent Butler passed away in December 2012 - ending his 15-year battle with emphysema. He wanted no funeral, memorial service or obituary and donated his body to science. Kent saw his body as a vessel that he inhabited while living on Earth. He said, when he died, do with it as you please.

Since 2004, Kent published and hosted Catnip Chronicles - a monthly "felizine" (feline e-zine) - working very hard on to get it on line, on time, each month. He also created The NItpicker's Guide to Punctuation. Kent's Catnip Chronicles continues online as a Facebook 'group'.

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PUNK KITTENS

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PUSHEEN THE CAT

 

 

HOW TO HANDLE

A SHEDDING CAT

 

 


DINNER!


THE MESSY BEAST
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SARA HARTWELL


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Rownea C Fay
ENLARGE

Stuff of Dreams c.1940
Rowen C. Fry (1895-1989)

 

 

OODLES of CATS


"Cat Tree" by Terry Runyan

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTED CAT LOVERS

 

 

 

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

"Pacing Panther"   etching   (2002)

 

 

RON B. KITAJ
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RON B. KITAJ HOLDING HIS CAT


R. B. KITAJ: "MY CAT and HER HUSBAND"

 

 

KIKKER   (Frog) and FRIED
by
Jan Kuba, 1986

Frederike van Bijnen, the Netherlands

Fried and I share an interest
in
DEAD BIRDS and RED DIAPERS

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FRIDAY

Annie Katzman, New York City

"My dear Friday, when he was about 3-4 years old. . . sitting next to a little bunch of sweet peas. This was out on the old patio, looking into the woods. Kitty Paradise for my Baby Cat. I miss him so much. He was so smart and so elegant."

". . . my beautiful Friday, a stray that walked out of the woods in 1993. He was a burmese, or at least MOSTLY burmese. He had every characteristic of one plus all his physical attributes matched that of a burmese. We brought him home (the 1st time) on August, friday the 13th, '93 (hence his name), to my mother's place. She thought she was going to have a barn cat. HA"

Annie Katzman

 

 

 

SCATTERGOOD-MOORE

Ryo Suzuki's Cat: Portrait of "Emo"

charcoal drawing, 30" wide x 22" high
private collection, Boston, MA

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ENDRE PENOVAC

"Still," 2015, 30 x 48 cm, ink drawing
Private Collection, © 2005 Endre Penovac

 

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Serbian artist Endre Penovac (born in 1956 in Tornjos) renders fluffy felines with stark black watercolors and ink. Penovac heavily dilutes the pigments with water creating small rivers and splotches that perfectly mimic the texture of fur. His art works are represented in numerous international private collections. He's a member of The Association of Hungarian Fine Artists and The Association of Fine Artists of Serbia; has a Masters of Fine Arts from Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia; and works as an independent artist. He lives in Backa Topola.

New Ethereal Watercolor and Black Ink Cats
That Fade into the Canvas by Serbian Artist.
Ghostly Watercolor and Ink

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ANNE E. G. NYDAM

Curled up With a Good Book

linocut by Anne E.G. Nydam

 

 

MARCEL BROODTHAERS


MARCEL BROODTHAERS
Interview with a Cat (4'54")
Recorded at the Musée d'Art Moderne,
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