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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 11-15, 2016.

Mewsings: April 11, 2015 - "Cats often devise their own sets of rules that they think we should live by, and they may be quick to chastise us if we fail to adhere to these rules!"
- Margaret Reister, D.V.M.

cat with leaf

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Here. I killed this for you."

Cat Mewvie: The drum-off.

human drama cat

Today's Kitty Komic

japanese cat postcard

Feline Street Art: Japanese postcard.

cat love

Five signs that your cat loves you.

Compared to dogs, cats get a bad rap when it comes to friendliness and approachability. Many a dog lover will try to tell you cats just aren't as loveable.

But most cat owners know this isn't the case - you just have to work a little harder for the love of a cat. And what's so bad about that? Here are some signs that you've truly won over your feline friend:

1. Their tail is upright and curled
You can tell a lot about a cat from its tail. If their tail is upright and casually curved at the tip (like a question mark) this generally means they're in a happy mood and can be easily approached.

2. They give you little massages
Usually during sleep, or just before falling asleep, happy cats can be known to push their paws up and down on your body, like a little massage! If your cat does this to you, they really think you're the 'cat's pyjamas'.

3. They follow you everywhere
Cats are often said to be aloof, independent creatures. While this is sometimes the case, cat owners know that some loyal, happy cats will follow their owners everywhere like little puppy dogs; true companions.

4. They bring you 'presents'
Unfortunately for the squeamish, cats are natural hunters and if they really love you they'll show off by parading their talents - by bringing you 'gifts' such as dead birds and rats. But hey, look on the bright side: you'll never have mice in the house again!

5. They think you're purr-ty cool
A happy cat is a purring cat. If they're especially happy, you'll notice the sound of the purr is louder than usual.

Mewsings: April 12, 2015 - "Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously."- Dr. Louis J. Camuti

purrfect kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: Purr-fect kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Spinster - A Cat Lady Game.

human cat interaction

Today's Kitty Komic

my little cat friends

Feline Art: "Playtime" by Jean Arboleda.

Mewsings: April 13, 2015 - "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." - Robert K. Massie

not enough cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: What's wrong wth this picture? Not enough cats.

Cat Mewvie: A little cat massage.

cat dj

Today's Kitty Komic

cat age chart

Feline Art: How old is you cat?


The Miracle Rescue.

On the morning of March 10, a black cat lay motionless, facedown in a puddle, on the side of a road in British Columbia, Canada.

The weather was severe, with torrential rain that reflected hurricane-like conditions. The cat was in pain — he had been run over by a car and his face was badly maimed. To the outside world and other vehicles driving past, the cat was already considered dead.

But one man's gut instinct told him otherwise.

"You almost hit a dead cat," the passenger of Dennis McDonald, a 45-year-old truck driver, said to him. The two had just driven past the cat in McDonald's 5-ton rig.

"I look quickly at the passenger mirror and honestly, something hit me," McDonald, who already owned two cats, told The Dodo. "Tears started to well up [in my eyes] and I said, 'I don't believe that he's dead. I'm turning around.' I knew I couldn't carry on with my day if I hadn't gone back."

McDonald's intuition and sheer empathy for an animal — one he wasn't even certain was alive — were what led to the 3-year-old cat's chance at survival. By the time McDonald drove back around and stepped out of his truck to save the cat, another motorist had stopped to check on the animal too. McDonald saw that the cat was in rough shape, possibly with a broken neck or back — but regardless, he was still alive. The motorist offered McDonald a box to transport him.

"I took the length of my arm and put it under [the cat] to support him entirely and managed to get him in the box and back to the truck," McDonald said. He immediately drove to the Burnaby SPCA to drop the cat off to hopefully receive the help he needed to continue living.

"On the way out the door I told them, without hesitation, that if the owners don't step up, I'd like to have first opportunity to adopt him," McDonald said, adding if "by miracle" the cat managed to pull through his extensive injuries.

The cat, who McDonald named BB-8 after the "Star Wars" robot, had to have his jaw wired shut, in addition to suffering from a collapsed nose and fractures to his skull.

Thanks to generous donations, doctors were able to perform surgery on BB-8 pro bono. For three weeks after his extensive dental surgery, BB-8 had to wear an acrylic bite splint. But during the continued pain and discomfort the cat must have felt, McDonald always made certain to visit him, bringing much-needed comfort.

Then the opportunity rose for McDonald to rescue BB-8 again — in the form of providing a forever home.

BB-8 had an ear tattoo that led to contact information for his original owner. According to McDonald, she hadn't seen BB-8 in a year. "She was in a place where she couldn't do anything for him, so she surrendered him to the the vet and me. That broke my heart into a million little pieces."

As it turns out, BB-8's original owner gave him away to a neighbor, who then lost him, leading to the dire predicament McDonald found him in.

But today, BB-8 is doing more than fine. He's expected to make a full recovery without any long-term health issues.

He's currently still healing at the vet, but once he's ready to leave with McDonald, he'll gain a new rescue brother and sister named Lucy and Ricky. McDonald likes to think that Lucy and BB-8 were separated at birth, given their physical similarities and the fact that they're both the same age.

What's impressed McDonald the most throughout BB-8's ordeal has been his resilience.

"He is the most affectionate and grateful," McDonald said. "Truly humbled at this guy's ability to move forward and put the pain behind him and focus on the love.".

Mewsings: April 14, 2015 - "Many cats simply pounce to their own drummers." - Karen Duprey

two cats in sink

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Sink brothers."

Cat Mewvie: Always have a spare cat.

cat manicures

Today's Kitty Komic

warhol cat

Feline Art: Warhol cat.

Mewsings: April 15, 2015 - "Actually, cats do this to protect you from gnomes who come and steal your breath while you sleep." - John Dobbin

upside down kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm head over, uh, dew claws?"

Cat Mewvie: That turkey call is a little TOO good.

cat space station

Today's Kitty Komic

amanda by mark Ryden

Feline Art: "Scratch" by Base Man.

cure for FIP

A possible cure for FIP.

There may be hope yet in the fight against feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a viral disease in young cats that is almost always fatal.

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from Kansas State University (KSU) describe their success with an antiviral treatment for FIP that blocks the virus from replicating and halts the progression of the disease.

Cats that received the treatment dodged a near-certain death sentence and returned to normal post-treatment.

FIP occurs in young cats (typically 3 or fewer years old) and is caused by particular strains of an illness called feline coronavirus. While most types of feline coronavirus are relatively harmless, and indeed common, infections – causing mild intestinal inflammation, if any symptoms at all — a small percentage of them progress through mutation into FIP.

Once the virus becomes FIP, the most common result is a “wet” form of the disease, resulting in fluid buildup in the abdomen, fever, jaundice and weight loss. The condition is tricky to diagnose and often the symptoms seem to arise out of nowhere, because cats are excellent maskers of how bad they’re feeling.

There is no cure for FIP, and once these latter symptoms appear death follows in a matter of weeks to months.

Until now, the researchers say, it was not clear whether an antiviral by itself could reverse FIP’s deadly progress. But their new treatment, they say, has done just that.

“This is the first time we showed experimental evidence of successful treatment of laboratory cats at an advanced clinical stage of FIP,” said study lead Yunjeong Kim, an associate professor in KSU’s diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department.

“We found that antiviral treatment led to full recovery of cats when treatment was started at a stage of disease that would be otherwise fatal if left untreated,” the scientists wrote.
Cats in the study made full recoveries and were back to their old selves within 20 days of receiving the antiviral treatment.

The team’s results came from cats whose FIP had been experimentally induced in a laboratory setting, so Kim said the next step will be to test the efficacy of the antiviral in cats that had come by their FIP naturally.


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