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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 25-29, 2016.

Mewsings: April 25, 2015 - "A cat cares for you only as a source of food, security, and a place in the sun. Her high self-sufficiency is her charm." - Charles Horton Cooley

refrigerator jackpot

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The Cat Event Horizon.

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat explores cat behavior.

sphinx stretching like a cat

Today's Kitty Komic

krambpus casey weldon

Feline Street Art: "Krampus" by Casey Weldon.

eco friendly cat litter

New eco-friendly cat litter.
by David Jenkins

SIKESTON, Mo. -- For the better part of the last century, clay cat litter has been the standard for people with indoor cats. However, a local company is giving people a different, more environmentally friendly option.

Midwest Organics of Sikeston has a new product called CatSpot Litter it hopes changes the way people think of cat litter. The litter eliminates the odor from the litter box while helping the environment.

"What we have done is designed a proprietary process that we are taking a bi-product of coconut," said Jeff Limbaugh, president of Midwest Organics. "We are running it through our process, and it makes a wonderful kitty litter that actually absorbs the cat urine and keeps your litter box from stinking.

"This is a brand-new, all-organic, sustainable, biodegradable product. It is chemical-free, dust-free. It has all the advantages," he said.

With clay litter, many take the used litter and put it in a trash can which eventually is taken to a landfill. Limbaugh said there are over 8 billion pounds of used cat litter taken to landfills every year.

"(CatSpot) is all-natural, all-organic," Limbaugh said. "After your cats get done using it, you can take it out and put it in your backyard; you can use it in your garden or flower bed as a soil amendment."

Limbaugh said they have been working with local humane societies in Sikeston and Cape Girardeau, and the reviews have been great.

"We went from using 300 pounds of clay litter a day to 12 pounds of CatSpot Litter a week," said Ashley Boyd, assistant director of the Sikeston Area Humane Society. "It's odorless and very lightweight. My 3-year-old actually helps me carry it to the cat room."

Another advantage of the product is it can be delivered to your door instead of going to the store to buy a 20- or 40-pound container of litter.

"Our program is that we supply enough litter for one cat, for one litter box, for one month," Limbaugh said. "It cost $15, and that is shipping included. When you sign up, then we automatically ship it to you the next month. You can cancel at any time."

Limbaugh said there also is a money-back guarantee.

"If you get online and you try it and don't like it, we'll send you your money back," he said.
Sikeston resident Mike Baker uses CatSpot and has been pleased with the result.
"The cat likes it; there's no odor, and it's easy to clean up," Baker said. "We will definitely continue using it."

The company, which has a production facility just north of Sikeston, employs 17. Limbaugh said the company wants to employ 30 to 40 people in the future.

"We are a local company, and we are going to hire local people," Limbaugh said.

"We know we are going against the grain, but we are just wanting people to try the product and let it prove to them it works," Limbaugh said.

To find out more about CatSpot or to place an order, visit their website at

Mewsings: April 26, 2015 - "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." - Missy Dizick

cat in nazi uniform on tank

Gratuitous Kittiness: Offered without comment.

Cat Mewvie: Foster cat Rosie.

superhero cat

Today's Kitty Komic

taku cats

Feline Art: More cats by Taku.

Mewsings: April 27, 2015 - "If the claws didn't retract, cats would be like Velcro." - Dr. Bruce Fogle

kittenw with blue eyes

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I got it with the kitten option."

Cat Mewvie: Why do cats do that?

cats wear footy pjs

Today's Kitty Komic

sick kitten postcard

Feline Art: German postcard.

amelia cat

Kitten sails around the world.
by Randee Dawn

Captain Liz Clark is something of a loner — after all, she's spent the decade of her life sailing around the world on her boat The Swell. But she hasn't always been alone, thanks to a lovely cat named Amelia who climbed onboard in 2013 and never left (well, hardly ever).

Clark has an enviable life on the water, covering over 18,000 nautical miles since she set sail from Santa Barbara, California in 2005 to see the world. Over the years, she has journeyed along Mexico's west coast and along Central America, and even sailed into the South Pacific.

An expert sailor (as she explains on her web page) since age 10, Clark clearly feels the voyage is enhanced by having Amelia, aka "The Tropicat," along. (The cat was named after another great female explorer, Amelia Earhart.)

"She always had a wily, determined look in her eye — as if the world was out to get her, but she was going to get it first. She was the star of her own mystery film — a sexy, heartless secret agent always on a mission," Clark wrote on her blog in February.

That was right after a small tragedy befell Amelia and Clark. While visiting an island, Amelia went walkabout and didn't show back up, despite Clark's desperate searching. So, reluctantly, the Captain returned to her ship.

"I knew there was a cute little bed & breakfast on the island, I figured she would be happy chasing rats and lizards for the night, and could go see the people there if she was lonely or hungry," wrote Clark.

But after 42 days, Clark learned that her "Tropicat" was seen wandering around by the B&B manager, and she appeared healthy. Clark returned to the island to see if Amelia would rather stay on land or return to the boat.

"[W]hen I went to leave, she followed me all the way out the little dock," Clark wrote in another post. "I got in the boat then looked at her and asked her if she was sure she wanted to come home. She looked at me for a moment, then casually stepped into the boat …"

Since then, Clark writes that they spend a little more time on land so she can work on her book and Amelia can "climb trees and chase chickens. The more freedom I give her, the more she seems to trust me."

Clearly, things will be smooth sailing from here on out. .

Mewsings: April 28, 2015 - "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

forest the cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats hate water... right?

Cat Mewvie: Cat must "hunt" for its dinner. Ingenious!

dog person comic

Today's Kitty Komic

japanese fruit cat candies

Feline Art: Japanese dainties.

Mewsings: April 29, 2015 - "The purr from cat to man says, 'You bring me happiness; I am at peace with you.'" - Barbara L. Diamond

speckled kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: Just your basic, everyday kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Follow the sun.

good fireman comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat museum

Feline Art: Entrance to cat museum in Kuching, Malaysia.

Shady's pacemaker

Shady the cat gets a pacemaker.
by Steph Cockroft

A cat who faced total heart failure has been given his own life-saving pacemaker in an incredibly rare operation.

Shady, an eight-year-old tabby, was taken to Walker Green Vets in Timperley, Greater Manchester, for a routine examination when vets discovered he had a slow heart rate.

The pet then underwent further cardiology tests which revealed he had what vets described as a complete heart block.

The condition put him at high risk of heart failure, but vets said a pacemaker could save his life.
A team of specialist then carried out the intricate operation.

Although pacemakers are common in humans, they are rare in others animals such as dogs and are even more rare in cats.

The clinic's head nurse Emma Greene, who assisted with the procedure, said the team felt a mixture of excitement and nerves.

He said: 'The procedure had not been performed at Walker Green before, so we wanted to ensure that the day ran as smoothly as possible.'

The operation - which was covered by Ms Hutchinson's insurance - involved accessing Shady's heart through his belly and attaching a special lead to the outside of the muscle while it is still beating.

The lead, which connects to a pacemaker, can detect when Shady's heart fails to beat and sends an electrical impulse.

The team of specialists involved were veterinary cardiologist Emily Dutton, from Cheshire Cardiology, surgeon Catherine Sturgeon, from Visiting Vet Specialists, and Carl Bradbrook, a veterinary anaesthetist.

Ms Greene added: 'As the operation progressed and it was time to suture the lead to Shady's heart, Catherine asked me to use my fingers to lift Shady's sternum up so that she could get a good view, I could feel his heart beating against my finger.'

The procedure is rare in cats because of their size. Whereas dogs have larger veins and they can put a pacemaker in through the shoulder, a cat's has to be inserted through the abdomen.

A similar operation carried out in Singapore cost $5,000, which is about £3,500.

Shady was sent home to recover. He returned to see the team of specialists last week for his post-op check-up and is fighting fit.

His owner Laura Hutchinson, who said she was 'shocked and worried' when she found out Shady needed a pacemaker fitted, said: 'He has recovered really well. He's quite a placid cat so he has just been taking it easy but he's becoming more playful.

'The team have been excellent. Emily has been in contact to check up on Shady and Ben and his staff looked after us well.'

'We are all over the moon that Shady has made such a good recovery,' added Emma. 'It makes us feel proud that we have been able to do this for Shady and his owner.'

RSPCA London veterinary director Caroline Allen said: 'Fitting a pacemaker is a very specialist procedure which would be done by a cardiologist.

'It is quite common for pacemakers to be fitted in dogs but I've not heard of them being used to treat cats before because they don't tend to get the type of heart condition that would require one.

'However, it's interesting to hear that this procedure has been done and I hope it means this cat will now be able to live a long, happy and healthy life.'


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