The annual Tufts University cat calendar turns local cats into celebrities each year. It is created by students at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. It’s a fund-raiser for the student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, also known as the “cat club.’’ The club uses the money (last year it raised $300) to pay for cat-related activities such as field trips to cat shows, cat nutrition talks, labs on cat handling, and more. This year, 189 photos were submitted and 70 cats were chosen for the calendar. We show you some of the stars.
The following text by Genevieve Rajewski at Tufts Now.
Cardiology technician Kristen Antoon adopted Bam after the stray was brought to Tufts’ Foster Hospital for Small Animals.
“He didn’t walk right,’’ she said, but it turns out the animal was uninjured.
She named it for its unusual walking style: “Because he isn’t quiet when he walks, when he enters the room…BAM!’’ she said.
February: Zoe “Fuzz’’ and Mouse
Acquired separately five years ago, Fuzz, a Russian Blue, and Mouse, a Havana Brown, act like “quintessential siblings,’’ according to owner Katherine Wheeler.
“They are best buddies at the end of the day, but they definitely quibble over the sunny spot on the couch, the cardboard box on the fridge and our attention.’’
Cummings school fans Chris Powell and Ericka Ford adopted Russell, which was born to a feral barn cat, after they realized it wasn’t quick enough to survive outside. While their pet generally doesn’t care to wear costumes, Powers said that, for whatever reason, “he does not seem to mind his green jacket.’’
This cute boy was one of six spring 2013 babies fostered by Cummings School staff member Nancy Meyer for Cat Rescue of Marlborough and Hudson. The volunteer organization offers services including an adoption program and a feral-cat trap-neuter-release program. This kitten and its littermates all found their forever families in May.
May: Milo and Salem
Calli Coffee photographed her parents’ new kittens, Milo and Salem, when the family brought them outside on a beautiful summer afternoon.
“My mother’s friend was fostering them and gave them to my mom to watch for a day — she was immediately hooked and adopted them the next day,’’ said Coffee.
Boscoe has lived with Lauren Gottlieb in southern California, New Jersey, and (now) Worcester. Capturing the cat in the middle of something “silly’’ never poses a problem, said Gottlieb.
“He is a total ham for the camera,’’ she said.
Like her namesake from “The Hunger Games’’ trilogy, Katniss is “very independent and capable of putting up quite a fight when needed,’’ said Sarah Kramer.
The Kramer family also thought the name would be a fun play on words.
The always-charming Stihl, 2, also has a Boston Bruins bowtie for watching games and a necktie.
“He must know he looks handsome, because he struts around the house when he has one on,’’ said his owner, Allison Prockop. “He never tries to take it off.’’
Jackson showed up on Perry Bain’s doorstep “and demanded to come inside’’ 13 years ago in Georgia.
Bain, a Tufts University assistant professor, said the photo wasn’t staged, “as actually difficult to keep him off computer keyboards.’’
Jessica Zorge, staff assistant at Tufts’ Wildlife Clinic, met Ewok five years ago while interning at a vertinary clinic. The cat was “failing to thrive,’’ said Zorge, who took it home to bottle-feed. Ewok is wearing Zorge’s daughter’s winter hat.
“He doesn’t mind being dressed up,’’ said Zorge — which happens quite often.
November: Polly and Finn
Meghan Fitzpatrick got Polly when she was a little girl.
“On my infrequent visits home, she acts like a kitten again, even though she is pushing 15 years young,’’ said Fitzpatrick.
Kitten Finn replaced Polly’s lifelong cat friend, which passed away.
“Ironically, he acts like the stodgy senior citizen of the couple,’’ said Fitzpatrick about Finn.
Peeves, which sadly passed away this fall at the age of 14, was named after the poltergeist in the Harry Potter books. While the “charismatic’’ cat reluctantly cooperated to wear the antlers for the photo, Anya Price said “you can tell he was plotting how he would deliver his (likely hairball-filled revenge).’’