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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 10-14, 2015.

Mewsings: August 10, 2015 - "For me, one of the pleasures of cats' company is their devotion to bodily comfort." - Sir Compton Mackenzie

curious kitty

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Oh, my god.... I'm a BUFFET!"

Cat Mewvie: Shock the kitten.

cat in tthe mice are evolvinghe laser lab

Today's Kitty Komic

cat haters

Why do cats like people who hate them?

One of the ironies of cat behavior is how cats are attracted to people who don't like them. By deconstructing the behavior of cat haters, we cat lovers can learn a thing or two.

When humans don't care for cats, they try to avoid looking at them and at the same time keep an eye on them. They want to make sure that the cat isn't coming … Oh damn, here it comes, rubbing on my leg, jumping in my lap, purring.

Let's look at this from the cat's point of view. All aggression in the feline world starts with staring. Polite cats are demure; they look briefly and then look away. So when you meet a cat you want to be friends with, note its location in the room and avert your eyes.

When humans don't like cats, they try not to pet them. If the cat comes over, the person might instinctively pet it once, then he withdraws his hand and hopes the cat will go away. Of course, playing hard-to-get with a cat is one of the best ways to make friends. So if you want to be friends with a new cat, let it approach, offer your knuckle, and let the cat get your smell and pet itself against you (she will push into your knuckle and run her cheek along it). Then ignore her for a couple minutes while she sniffs your legs.

Once the cat has decided you are worthy, you can move to the next step: the full-stop pet. To do this, stroke the cat from the top of its head all the way off the tail. As you reach the end, gently cup your hand around the tail and continue the stroke as if the tail was 3 or 4 inches longer than it is. Do this just once. The cat will expect you to start another stroke at its head—but you don't. This unmet anticipation gets into the cat, like a repeating song lyric, and it will all but demand you pet it again. After a few minutes, you can do so, maybe even two or three times. The goal is to interrupt the petting when the cat expects more. Dirty pool—but very effective.

Finally, when you see a cat the second time, nod your head subtly at it when you enter the room. The cat will probably move its head in a similar way. Go through the demure look, the presentation of the knuckle, and the full-stop pet. At this point you are acquaintances with promise. You are ready to take it to the next level: the long blink.

In this movement, wait until the cat is across the room from you. Look at the cat with soft eyes until it looks at you, and the second it does, begin a long, slow blink. You want to keep your eyes closed long enough that it's clear you are not normal blinking, but not so long that you seem to be falling asleep. If the cat believes you are a friend, it will long-blink back at you (cats do this properly so use her timing the next time you long-blink). You can do this back and forth a couple times.

From the cat's point of view you are saying, “I trust you enough to close my eyes in your presence.” For a prey animal that fancies itself a significant danger, this is the equivalent of saying, “I love you.”

Mewsings: August 11, 2015 - "Any cat who misses a mouse pretends it was aiming for the dead leaf."- Charlotte Gray

tree full of African lions

Gratuitous Kittiness: The ultimate cat tree.

Cat Mewvie: Popcorn kittens.

fat pudgy kitty comic

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: August 12, 2015 - "Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats." - Marge Percy

paper shredder cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I may not be doing this right, but who cares?"

Cat Mewvie: Cats eat bananas? Well, this one does.

the human brain vs. the cat

Today's Kitty Komic

susie the cat

Cat's Dying Owner Writes Thank-You Letter to Future Home

A seemingly ordinary orange cat named Susie – quiet, standoffish with the household dog, not much of an outdoor kitty -- has captured the hearts of animal lovers across the country.

And it’s all thanks to the efforts of the workers at the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center.

When Susie’s frail owner died in May, her son couldn’t take the nearly 5-year-old cat. So, he brought Susie to the shelter for placement with a new family.

But Susie came with a memoir of sorts, a handwritten note by the cat’s previous owner describing how they came to be roommates at first, then best of friends.

The ailing owner had told her son to give the letter to Susie’s next owner. The woman wrote about how the cat disappeared from her yard soon after she took her in, then a frightened Susie reappeared following a lightning storm, never to venture outside again.

“I enjoy her company. She is a good snuggler, but she likes to be the boss,” the older woman wrote. “She enjoys being petted. She spends much of her time on my bed, but always seems to know where I am.”

And the note ends: “I hope you enjoy Susie as much as I have.”

The letter thanks the faithful feline’s next owner for adopting her. The care of the woman toward her cat struck a chord with pet owners everywhere after stories appeared on The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping magazine, and ABC News, among others.

Susie, shy and not warming up to strangers at the animal shelter, needed the PR boost.

“Some cats are really great at selling themselves and Susie wasn’t selling herself,” Katherine Zenzano, community outreach coordinator of Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, told ABC News. “If this letter can in any way help Susie, or any other cats in the same situation, we are happy to get it out there because we think it can touch a lot of people.”

Susie’s saga comes with a happy ending: she was adopted on Aug. 7 by a College Park, MD, woman.


Mewsings: August 13, 2015 - " People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around."
- Susan Easterly

kiten scrum

Gratuitous Kittiness: "There's a mouse in her somewhere."

Cat Mewvie: Big cat playtime.

how the day begins with cats

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: August 14, 2015 - "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings. She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it." - Jerome K. Jerome

naughty kittens destroy plants

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Us? Blame? Be serious, human!"

Cat Mewvie: "Pfah phoo phoofin at?"

Cat demands attention

Today's Kitty Komic

cecil the lion tribute

13,000 people dressed as cats gather to honor Cecil the lion.
by Jaime Fuller

On Wednesday night, nearly 13,000 people — many with whiskers and pointy ears — stormed a baseball field in St. Paul, Minnesota, to watch cat videos. The mayor threw a ceremonial ball of yarn to begin the fourth annual Internet Cat Video Festival. Attendees did Meow Yoga and watched videos of cats chasing lasers, acting in Jurassic Park, drinking out of goldfish bowls, and the Golden Kitty Award–winning video titled “Cat Behavior Finally Explained."

Before the award was given, the scoreboard flashed a picture of the statuette with the words “This is a trophy." Then, the image changed to a picture of Cecil the Lion next to a caption that read “This is not.” The crowd cheered.

This year's festival was dedicated to the deceased lion, who was killed by a Minnesota dentist last month.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune talked to many fans in attendance, who stressed that they were only a little bit crazy. One woman said, "This brings the crazy people all together." Another man philosophized while playing with his cat-ear headband: "Hey, if all of us are crazy, none of us are crazy. Anyway, there are crazier ways to spend a Wednesday.”

Cats were banned from attending the event — or rather, they spent all year chasing lasers with the hope that they would be rewarded with one night alone without anyone filming them — and had the luxury of enjoying the best part of the festivities without ever leaving the living room: local news segments starring people dressed like felines, which are probably the only type of cat videos that cats find amusing.


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