catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation.
The Infinite Cat Project
is about one cat watching another (see below).
A long line of
1800 cats so far. The very first
Infinaut is Frankie,
seen at left admiring a flower. He is the
owner of Paul Hamilton.
If you'd like to add
your own fuzzy friend to the Infinite
Queue you can find all the details here. Or
just take a picture of your kitty watching Chief, below, and email it
to me. It's just that easy.
February 5, 2015 - "A cat is a tiger that is fed
- Vakaoka Genrin
Kute Kittiness: "Oooh, I just WUVS your widdle squishy-cheeks!"
your convenience you can search our Infinite Cats in 50-kitty groups.
Mewvie: Five cat life hacks.
Art: Ben Heine, artist.
your cat need high-tech toys?
by Julie Kliegman
Many cat owners have long clung to the simple wisdom that their
pets will always have the most fun with the cheapest, least thrilling
items around the house: shoelaces, cardboard boxes, newspapers,
and so on. But it's hard to reconcile that notion with a survey
of the cat toys on the market today.
The old standbys are still kicking, of course. You'll never have
to search too far for a plush mouse in your favorite color. But
alongside the classics are a growing array of electronic cat toys.
They range from the decidedly cheap to the more extravagant and
soon to the artificially intelligent.
Can innovative electronic toys really offer your cats something
that traditional, non-battery-powered options can't? That depends
on the needs of you and your cat.
As Americans, we tend to value being busy. People are often looking
for ways to entertain their cats that they don't have to be involved
in," said Patricia McConnell, a University of Madison-Wisconsin
zoology professor and certified animal behaviorist. "I don't
see that as a particularly good thing."
But fancier toys don't always take pet owners out of playtime. Nor
is that necessarily what cat lovers want when they spring for innovative
Consider Mousr, which Petronics claims will be the first artificially
intelligent cat toy when it goes on the market this year. The Kickstarter-funded
robotic mouse is programmed to sense your cat's movements and react
accordingly in a predator-prey dynamic. It'll come equipped with
a fully automated mode — which means you don't have to be
there to play with your cat — but other options are meant
to give humans some control over where and how Mousr darts and hides.
This is meant to optimize a cheap game most cat owners are familiar
with. If you've ever subtly moved a piece of string and then hid
it from view until you cat pounced, you know the low-tech premise
behind Mousr well.
"A cat has the game in mind it wants to play," Friedman
game is, 'I caught sight of the mouse and I don't think he saw me
yet, so I'm going to hide and I'm going to watch.'"
For a lot of cats, the stealthy hunting approach works better than
either humans or machines frantically waving toys around, which
they may quickly adjust to and get bored with. They prefer the chase.
But what's most important is considering your cat's individual needs.
"Sometimes we tend to get toys that we think are fun," said
Pamela Perry, a resident at Cornell University's Hospital for Animals. "We've
got to remember that we've got to tailor them to the cats' individual
That's the trick for cat owners: figuring out what kinds of play
their pets most enjoy. Maybe it's running and jumping, or maybe
it's hiding and pouncing. Cats also have preferences for different
features, like scratching pads, feathers, and bells. From there,
it's about finding toys — in any price range, and at any level
of technological innovation — that satisfy those needs, rather
than trying to push cats toward activities that aren't as natural
"A cat can't lie to you," Friedman said. "I can put
a toy in front of a cat and he hates it and I can't be like, 'Well
really should like it, because we tried really hard to do this.'"
The challenges associated with getting cats engaged aren't unique
to high-tech toys, McConnell said, and there are some basic principles
to keep in mind that can get your cat moving.
as positive reinforcement, observing your cat's natural behavior,
and rotating which toys they have access to all promote increased
Safety concerns are pretty similar across the board, too: Read reviews
of toys and watch how your cat plays with them, Perry said. Identifying
causes for concern — like lasers, choking hazards, and crevices
where paws may get stuck — is a good practice.
Pet owners with cash to spare might find it fun to mess around with
fancier toys once they know what sorts of toys are best for their
cats, but there's nothing wrong with sticking to the basics. Introducing
high-tech toys might be a fun way for owners and cats to shake things
up, but it's not a necessity for enhancing playtime.
"I caution people to not shell out large sums of money for
something they don't know if their cat is going to be interested
said, suggesting that pets probably aren't keeping up on the latest
trends meant to entice them, anyway. "They don't read the chapters
on cat behavior. They don't read marketing. Your friends' cats may
adore some new $200 product, but your cat may not."
Kibble for Kitties
was alerted to a web site called freekibblekat.com by
Beloved Girlfriend. You go there, 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
PS, you can also totally
send some kitty vittles with just a click at theanimalrescuesite.com.
Just visit the site and press the big purple button. That's all there
is to it.
Need a custom web
site that's attractive, fast-loading, Google-friendly and,
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help support the
My Infinite Gratitude
The following is
a relatively short yet very heartening list of those
who have contributed in
support of the Infinite Cat
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
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.)
Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone,
S. Almaguer, G. Ancell,
M. Axtell, A. Bachman,
D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H.
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.
B. Harper, J. Hays, T.
D. Herbert, A. Hertz, M. Hester,
A. Hilbert, K. Hildebrandt, A.
Houser, V. Huston, , J.
Ikeda, B. Jones,
S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, R.
W. Lee, M.
Lufkin, C. Lewis, K.
MacKenzie, M. Mcgann,
J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher,
S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D.
A. Neduha, A. Nelson, L. Nevins,
C. O'Brien, A. Ocean,
www.oldamericancentury.org, 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.
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.