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Frankie the cat
Infinaut #1

Welcome to the catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation.

The Infinite Cat Project is about one cat watching another (see below). A long line of 1813 cats so far. The very first Infinaut is Frankie, seen at left admiring a flower. He is (was) the owner of Paul Hamilton. The ICP also offers all KINDs of other cat-related diversions. Check 'em out!

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Mewsings: October 28, 2016 - "Actually, cats do this to protect you from gnomes who come and steal your breath while you sleep." - John Dobbin

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The new must-have accessory: The feral cat.
By Shibani Mahtani and Joe Barrett

CHICAGO—Nicolas Cuervo and his neighbors called, texted and pleaded. Finally, after over three months of waiting, their highly coveted order arrived: a crate of stray cats.

“It was almost like getting a newborn,” said Mr. Cuervo, a 44-year-old copywriter, who had three cats from a street pack delivered to him last month.

Now, Mr. Cuervo is waiting some more—to see if he can persuade the beasts to stick around.

He has changed his schedule to work from home. He coos to them through the wires of the crate. He feeds them gourmet cat treats. All in the hope that once he lets them out of the crate after several weeks, the cats will warm up to him and turn his backyard—now overrun with rats—into their long-term hunting ground.

“I’m a dog guy, I was never even drawn to cats,” he said. “But if this is what you have to do, you have to do it.”

Chicago is awash in rats. A mild winter last year allowed broods of baby rats to survive, leading to an explosion of the critters, terrorizing residents as they run around their yards and dumpsters. By September, there had been 27,000 rat complaints, a 40% increase from 2015.

This is turning the alley cat, once considered a rabid urban menace threatening small children and pets, into a prized possession. Or at least as much of a possession as a stray cat can be.

“I’ve been offered bribes,” said Paul Nickerson, who runs the Tree House Humane Society’s Cats at Work program, which places feral cats that have been trapped, microchipped and spayed or neutered with rat-plagued Chicagoans. But he won’t budge on the waiting list, which has stretched to six months amid the frenzy.

Once the cats arrive, the new owners face a daunting challenge making a connection with wild versions of animals that are famously standoffish in the best of circumstances. Feral cats are more akin to wild raccoons than cuddly house pets, hissing or scratching if you try to pick them up.

Andrea Swank, a 51-year-old freelance writer, had two of her three strays bolt the first time she opened the crate two winters ago. This only fed into the merriment of local wags who mocked her efforts to employ feral cats to go after the rat problem on her tony Lincoln Park block.

“You could hear the college girls screaming, ‘Rat!’ at 2 a.m.” as they walked beneath her bedroom window, she said.

She said her neighbors tried high-tech traps, rat-repelling frequencies and a “firecracker-looking thing that essentially smothered [rats] in their tunnels.” None of them worked.
The crate where Nicolas Cuervo’s stray cats are living for about a month to get used to him and life in his yard. He hopes that once the cats are released they will stick around to rid his yard of rats.

After Jeff, the stray that stayed, went to work, things changed. The gray and white feline with steely green eyes started killing off the baby rats and adults began to stay away as Jeff marked his territory with his scent. No one is laughing now.

“Two people came back and gave me formal apologies,” she said.

Jeff now walks her and her children to school, sits on her front porch on a heated seat and greets neighbors.

Victoria Thomas’s cats all bolted on the first day she let them out of the crate four years ago, despite her best efforts.

“I was feeding them tuna fish out of the can, rather than Whiskas cat food,” said Ms. Thomas, a 43-year-old artist and wine distributor. “I just really wanted to spoil them.”

When Patch, Fluffy and Skinny flew the coop, she was heartbroken.

But she dutifully kept putting out food for them at the regular time, and after a few days, they were back for good.

Bill Hurley, owner of Empirical Brewery, thought cats would be too much of a pain to maintain in a battle to keep rats out of the grain bags at the craft brewery. The process of brewing “rings the dinner bell for rodents,” he said.

But he soon put his team to work designing a multiple-level cat condo, which took a week to build. The tower comes with a separate unit for litter boxes, a front porch where the cats could sit and watch the world and multiple hiding spots.

Venkman, one of the feral cats that fights the rat problem at Empirical Brewery in Chicago.

When the cats were first released, Mr. Hurley and his crew never saw them, so they set up night cameras that sent alerts to their phones whenever movement was detected.

The cats apparently decided they had a “pretty sweet deal” and haven’t left, he said.

Now, the rats are gone, and people come on tours of the brewery just to see the cats, Mr. Hurley said. One of the cats, Venkman, is a social media star with his own Twitter page.

Ron Ohren, a partner at a law firm, built a feeding station and installed a double-decker heated cat house, and added a cat door to his bicycle room for the feral cats that arrived from Tree House.

All three stuck around in the beginning, but despite the plush setup, Bubbles and Buttercup fled, leaving only Blossom on his Powerpuff Girl-themed team.

Now, other strays have shown up, keeping rats from scurrying around his yard, like a Disney movie but “less cute,” he said.

Last winter, Mr. Ohren put on a parka and snow shoes and trudged out to cut safe passages for the cats in the snow.

“Emotionally, I am hugely attached to them,” he said. “I obsess about them and am slavishly devoted to them.”

Still, Mr. Ohren gets little love back. The cats have never let him pet or carry them. He is trying to reach out with treats to get the cats to eat out of his hand, but with limited success.

“I’m OK with the bargain we’ve struck,” he said. Keeping the rats away “is enough.”

Mr. Cuervo, meanwhile, nervously awaits the day he has to release his cats. He said the once-aloof and shy beasts are now making eye contact with him and don’t get skittish even when the family dog is around.

He will release them after Halloween, so they don’t get spooked by revelers.

“I really want the cats to come back,” but these are cats after all, he acknowledges. “Who knows what will happen?”

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Free Kibble for Kitties

All you have to do is go to, play a simple trivia game and the site donates kibble to needy animal shelters. It's free and you can play once a day, every day. They obviously make a few bucks for themsleves but it's clear that the majority of proceeds goes to the animals, so please stop in when you can.

PS, you can also totally send some kitty vittles with just a click at Just visit the site and press the big purple button. That's all there is to it. web designNeed a custom web site that's attractive, fast-loading, Google-friendly and, relatively-speaking, dirt cheap? Then see my friends at X-Site-D Web Creation. Tell 'em Mike sent ya!

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The following is a relatively short yet very heartening list of those who have contributed in support of the Infinite Cat Project over the years. In lieu of listing the names in any intelligent way I decided to post them alphabetically. It's not a perfect system, as those of you of Polish descent get the shaft again <grin> but at least it helps me keep the names straight.

In case you're wondering, names in white indicate donations of $5 or less, while green notates donations in excess of $10. The single listing in orange is for a very exceptional cat lover who recently earned the prestigious "Quadruple Kittyhead" for her generous and continuing support. (You know who you are and I want to have your children.)

M. Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone, S. Almaguer, G. Ancell, M. Axtell, A. Bachman, D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H. Bielefeldt, T. Blassingame, P. Blassingame, A. Bolt, R. Bruner, J. Bullas, A. Chiang, M. Cogen, D. Conlin, B. Coren, M. Cracauer, D.Davis, M. Dawson, J. Delton, T. Devrick, J. Diamond, T. Dixon, C. Dofer, E. Dorfman, B. Dutton, E. Fitzpatrick, B. Fonteboa, E. Foss, B. Friesner, G. Garcia, M. Gordon, A. Greeley, A. Gunn, J. Hamblen, B. Harper, J. Hays, T. Henry, D. Herbert, A. Hertz, M. Hester, A. Hilbert, K. Hildebrandt, A. Hoger, P. Houser, V. Huston, , J. Ikeda, B. Jones, S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, R. Kunz, D. Lawley, W. Lee, M. Lufkin, C. Lewis, K. MacKenzie, M. Mcgann, J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher, S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D. Morse-Kahn, A. Neduha, A. Nelson, L. Nevins, C. O'Brien, A. Ocean,, K. Orman, K. Otto, Pinky & Bunny, R. Owens, J. Pavlov, R. Perry, C. Phillips, H. Pirani, C. Plant, R. Poletto, K. Pride, D. Rakowski, R. Redman, R. Riitala, M. Ryan, W. Ryngwelski,  D. Sanders, M. Schluter, H. Sherwood-Taylor, J. Sokel, S. Somero, M. Stabile, F. Street, J.P. Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich, J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K. Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.

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