catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation...
The Infinite Cat Project
is about one cat watching another. A long line of
1789 cats so far. The very first Infinaut
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 the kitty below and email it
to me. It's just that easy.
Infinaut, Cat #1789: Mollie
Dish O' Kute
(Especially red cups)
October 22, 2014: "I rarely meddled
in the cat's personal affairs and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither
of us was foolish enough to attribute human emotions to our pets." -
Yes. Kitten mittens.
Cats can be cruel. And I'm not talking about the morbid games they
play with caught mice - I'm talking about how they can mess with
the human heart and cause dramas and dilemmas that would test anyone's
wisdom. Here's an example.
How movable is a cat's love? A blog reader
named April told me the story of her cat Yoshi. Well, Yoshi was her
cat to start with, before complications set in.
Yoshi went missing. After April placed "missing" posters
in her area, a neighbour made contact to tell her that the new couple
over the fence had Yoshi.
Sure enough, when I go to their house, they have cat bowls, food,
treats, litter box, cat house, everything you can think of," says
These neighbours had been feeding Yoshi, who has continued to spend
all her time with them.
When I have asked them to stop feeding her, they clearly haven't,
or she would be home now," says April. "I have tried keeping
her inside for a few weeks but she hated it, and the neighbours kept
standing in their window that looks into mine and waving at her.
It was both heartbreaking and creepy as hell."
The neighbouring couple speak little English, says April, and the
woman is at home a lot while her husband travels.
You and I don't know what's on the neighbour's mind. Perhaps she
thought at first that Yoshi was a hungry stray, and later responded
to the cat's growing affections. (She wouldn't be the first person
to feed a "stray" that was actually someone else's well-fed
pet.) Perhaps the neighbour is isolated and lonely.
People are telling April to just give Yoshi to the woman, and April
wonders if she is, after all, being selfish to want the cat for herself,
given that Yoshi is happy over the fence. Perhaps you agree.
But who can blame April for being reluctant to part with the cat
she has loved since adopting her? That commitment has included trying
to keep Yoshi on low-fat food to slim her down from an overweight
6kg. Now, she says, Yoshi is getting bigger and bigger.
I fed her, patted her and loved her," says April "But I
guess someone home all day and food that isn't low fat wins over
a fickle feline heart."
So what does April do?
First there's the option of diplomacy. April has already asked the
neighbour not to feed her, but if Yoshi is growing, then it's probably
not happening. April could make another attempt at this, only more
strongly than before or emphasising Yoshi's health needs. From the
outside, it's impossible to know how this would end up; it's April
who has to live over the fence from these neighbours. She could offer
to buy the neighbours' supply of cat food. She could put a "Do
not feed me" tagged collar on Yoshi. But I don't see how she
can enforce her request, without a court order. And even then, cats
are not known for cooperating in legal action.
Which brings us to containment - controlling Yoshi's movements. A
cat accustomed to having the freedom to wander isn't going to instantly
take to being a house-only cat. April would need to retrain Yoshi
(there is some advice online) and supervise all the cat's outdoor
time - though it might be that Yoshi can never be let out again,
considering that she'll know a mere jump over the fence will take
her to someone who'll give her what she wants and not restrict her.
Retraining Yoshi as an indoor cat is a big commitment that neither
April nor Yoshi is likely to enjoy. But it is the one way to ensure
that Yoshi stays and that April can look after her fully.
Should April forget about diplomacy or containment and instead let
things continue as they are? Yoshi would choose where to be, with
the likelihood that she'll choose to be with the lady who's at home
all day and will serve her tasty but high-fat food. But who's the
cat's owner? Who takes her to the vet when she's sick or hurt or
for her yearly booster?
So what about just giving Yoshi to the neighbour? It's an obvious
option. But what will happen to Yoshi as her weight and health risks
rise? Someone has to be the owner.
It's a dilemma for April and she and I would like to know what you
think. Perhaps you've been through just this kind of plight.
I'm leaning toward diplomacy. Tell the neighbour, "Look, my
cat wanders over because she loves food and company, but I'm responsible
for her wellbeing, and I need your help in this. Yoshi needs a special
food, which I give her. If she eats anything else, it's bad for her.
She likes you and you should feel free to give her a cuddle anytime
you see her. But I need you to never feed Yoshi, or take her inside." The
problem is giving that message to someone who speaks little English.
I don't know April's neighbour, what her mindset or culture is, how
to talk to her or how much to trust her. But as a cat lover I can
see this from April's point of view. April loves and wants her cat
and did nothing wrong; the neighbour should never have fed Yoshi.
This situation has an unfairness to it.
But cats don't know what fairness is. They just like food, luxury
and cuddles. We like to think they're attached to us, but we know
that they'd bond to someone else in order to meet their needs, if
it became necessary.
Any cat has us in the palm of its paw.
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
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Just visit the site and press the big purple button. That's all there
is to it.
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"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.
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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,
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W. Lee, M.
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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,
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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.
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Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich,
J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K.
Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.
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