From Sam: 20 years ago, I created this cat-themed compilation to inform people about the deadly disease FeLV, and let everyone know that the safest cat is an inside only cat! Over the years, I’ve donated $10,000+ to the album’s charity, The Tree House Humane Society in Chicago — www.treehouseanimals.org
-- first as royalties, and when CD sales dwindled I just kept donating.
We were talking about this album recently on Facebook; I thought it would be lovely to bring it back for all the cat lovers (and music lovers, too.) I got in touch with all the artists and received their OK to make this available digitally. The download is name-your-price; I have around 60 CDs remaining and they're $5 while supplies last. All money raised (after the fees charged by Bandcamp) will be donated to a local Portland cat charity (I'm looking at a couple, might split the donation between them).
Of course many of you bought this album back in the day on CD, and I'm not expecting you to donate again if you don't feel like it. No problem. But do download the album, so you can hear it again, now digitally. It’s been 10+ years since I’ve listened to this album. Such wonderful work by so many talented artists. Nice to get back into these tracks! - Sam (April 8 2019)
Includes a digital booklet with all the info from the original 12-page insert (Kitty pictures, artist credits and details about Feline Leukemia).
A benefit album of cat-loving bands honoring their pets and celebrating felines Royalties donated to the Tree House No-Kill Shelter of Chicago
After suffering the loss of his only cat to feline leukemia, Projekt (and black tape for a blue girl) founder Sam Rosenthal was moved to create a disc that would prevent others from suffering this same grief, while also supporting a local Chicago kitty cause. Enlisting the aid of ethereal, gothic, shoegazer and darkwave artists who share a common love for cats, Projekt presents this unique compilation. Each band contributed a song about their own cat and donated their full artist royalties to a Chicago-based charity, The Tree House, a “no-kill” cat shelter; the booklet contains information on avoiding the spread of feline leukemia and preventing your cat from this horrid fate.
“When my cat Vidna began behaving listlessly, I assumed he was feeling under the weather; I never suspected he was carrying a horrible disease that put his life (as well as the life of other cats he came into contact with) at risk. As I learned, Feline Leukemia is a terrible virus which attacks our little furry friends. Like AIDS in humans, FeLV ravishes the immune system, so a variety of common illnesses can lead to death. If only I had listened to the Vet closely when my other cat passed away from FeLV, I would have understood the risk Vidna faced by continuing to go outdoors, getting into fights, and tempting infection. With his passing, I wanted to do something positive in a negative situation. The result is this album of songs about cats, performed as a tribute to our feline friends. In the process, I discovered other artists who also lost their cat to this disease; it seemed all the more important to get this disc out and hopefully prevent needless deaths. If you are thinking of adopting a kitty, consider getting one at a local "no-kill" shelter, and if you decide to take in a stray, be sure to get it tested for FeLV, so you don't have to go through the pain we went through. I don't see this disc as sad, but rather as a tribute to our compassion for these little kitties who come into our lives and become our best and most trusted friends… ” - Sam Rosenthal (March 6th 1999)