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Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 14-18, 2015.

Mewsings: December 14, 2015 - "People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick

cat under xmas tree

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Rockin' under the Xmas tree.

Cat Mewvie: Baby loves kitty.

holiday cat advice comic

Today's Kitty Komic

clockwork cat

Feline Art: We've all been there.

cat perfume

Cat perfume... it's a thing!
By Sara Murphy

Calling all cat lovers: If have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because you're just too busy burying your nose in your kitty’s fluffy fur, you need no longer worry. There's a brand-new fragrance with your very particular name on it.

The genius scent-smiths at the online Japanese retailer Felissimo have developed a new product — a cat-scented perfume — with your olfactory satisfaction in mind. No, we're not kidding.

After four months of development, Felissimo has released “Moho Mohu Odeko no Kaori Fabric Water," which translates to "Fluffy Forehead Fragrance Fabric Water." This 3.4-ounce fabric spray is designed to "capture the scent of a cat’s forehead in a bottle," reports Rocket News. Felissimo has already catered to cat lovers in a host of unexpected ways — with items such as cat lingerie and cat futons. Have they bested themselves with this eau de chat? You betcha.

The head perfumer of Yamamoto Perfumery was tasked with creating the scent, which has been described as both sweet and aromatic — reportedly going so far as to spend time sniffing fur-ball foreheads at Japanese cat cafés to check the similarity between fragrances in development and the real thing. The final spray scent apparently takes its cues from a customer survey, responses to which described the smell of a cat forehead as “the smell of sunshine,” “a futon that’s been dried in the sun,” and “sweet bread." (Not to be confused with sweetbreads. That's an entirely different aroma altogether.)

The feline-inspired fabric spray retails for 1,293 yen, or $10.60, but unfortunately, Felissimo is not currently shipping orders overseas. Alas, true cat devotees will just have to plan a trip to Japan to pick one up. (If you're willing to slip your cat into lingerie, it's probably totally worth the 11-plus hour flight time.) And if cat paws are more your thing, fear not. There's scented hand cream for that, too. Meee-ow.

Mewsings: December 15, 2015 - "Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow."
- George F. Will

cat attacks xmas lights

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You got a bulb out. I'll get it."

Cat Mewvie: "Bad tiger! No! No!"

cat puffs up comic

Today's Kitty Komic

boss cat painting

Feline Street Art

Mewsings: December 16, 2015 - "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?"
- Fernand Mery

cat on wrapped present

Gratuitous Kittiness: I think he knows what his present is.

Cat Mewvie: "So! Much! Milk!"

cat allergy comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat and xmas bulbs art

Feline Art: Cat and Xmas Lights, by Don Bishop.

cat-proof xmas tree

How to cat-proof your Xmas tree!

I have a lot to be thankful for in life, but what brings me the most joy is being a mother (to my kitties!). Life is just more fun with my cuddly bundles of love.

Of course, being a single mom of two furry “kids” can be challenging at times. I’ve had to learn to adapt to all their quirky cat habits—such as that they own everything. It’s almost guaranteed that every time I bring home something new, my Daisy will decide it belongs to her and not me!

So decorating a tree during the holidays has been quite the experiment. The first year that I had the cats, they’d jump on the tree, knock it down, and steal decorations from around the house. Luckily, I’ve found a few tips and tricks that have helped to minimize the craziness and keep the cats safe—and hopefully, they’ll do the same for you.

Buying the Tree
Consider a fake one. Real trees are awesome, I know, but pine needles can be dangerous for cats who love to chew foreign objects. If ingested, they can pose a serious health risk. You can easily find a fake tree that still looks realistic, and you can use it year after year.

Go for smaller. A smaller tree is safer for your feline friends, especially if they try to make sneak attacks on it. If the tree falls over, it’s less likely to hurt your kitties—plus, it’ll be easier for you to decorate and clean up, too.

Setting Up the Tree
Wait a minute. You might be used to busting out the ornaments as soon as you get the tree home, but it helps to give your cat a chance to get bored with the tree first. Set up the tree a few days before decorating it so that your companions can investigate it (and hopefully, soon lose interest in it).

Make sure that the tree has a solid base. As mentioned above, cats love jumping on trees, so be sure to set the tree up so that it won’t easily topple over. Securing it to a wall with some wire near the top can help keep it upright.

If you do opt for a real tree, cover the water bowl with a tree skirt and place presents on top of the skirt so that your kitty isn’t tempted to drink the water, which could sicken your pal.

Keep the tree away from launching zones (e.g., furniture) that your cat uses, in order to reduce the temptation to pounce on your tree.

Steer your kitty away. Most cats hate foil and citrus scents, so wrap your tree trunk in foil, and place a few lemon or orange peels around the base. You can also place pine cones around the base.

Decorating the Tree
Focus on the top half of the tree. Place more of your ornaments where it’s harder for your kitty to reach them—at the top and toward the center of the tree (instead of on the ends of the branches).

Take care with lights. Place lights toward the center of the tree so that your cat is less tempted to chew on the wires and cover the end of the wire that plugs into the wall with a cord protector.
Always unplug the lights when you’re not able to supervise your cat. If your cat tries to chew the wires, it’s better to take the lights off the tree than risk your friend being burned or electrocuted.

Tie ornaments. Your cat can be injured by the little metal hooks typically used to hang ornaments, so instead, try tying the ornaments to the tree. Make sure the ornaments are secure enough that your cat can’t just run off with them.

Skip the tinsel. Tinsel may be cheap and flashy, but it’s a serious hazard to cats, who often can’t resist eating it and therefore risk choking on it or getting it stuck in their intestines if they swallow it. Go for other types of pretty decor instead, such as paper, wood, or vegan felt decorations, which are less tempting to kitties than the super-shiny stuff.

Avoid other holiday hazards. Don’t risk using decorations such as real candles, small ornaments that your kitty could choke on, or fake snow (which may contain harmful chemicals). And be sure to keep foods and plants that could be poisonous out of kitty’s reach—or better yet, out of your house. These include chocolate, mistletoe, lilies, cyclamen, poinsettias, and amaryllises, among others.

Don’t Stress Too Much
Much like knowing that your cat will inevitably scratch your sofa at some point, it’s good to accept that some cats might climb on trees no matter what you do. So do the best you can to set up a beautiful (and safe) tree, but don’t fret too much if kitty decides to “redecorate.” Life is unpredictable with feline companions—that’s half the fun of it!.

Mewsings: December 17, 2015 - "Everything a cat is and does physically is to me beautiful, lovely, stimulating, soothing, attractive and an enchantment."- Paul Gallico

cat dressed as santa

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ho-effing-ho."

Cat Mewvie: This cat knows his stuff.

cat and pug comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat in coffee

More Feline Street Art

Mewsings: December 18, 2015 - "For me, one of the pleasures of cats' company is their devotion to bodily comfort." - Sir Compton Mackenzie

cat in santa hat with tongue out

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Meow, humbug."

Cat Mewvie: Elliot likes to destroy boxes.

Santa's cats

Today's Kitty Komic

cat statue on ledge in St. Petersburg russia

Feline Art: It's a Catsmas Tree. What else?

ugly sweaters for cats

Cats get into the ugly sweater of things.
by Sue Manning

LOS ANGELES — Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party.

Zigzilla “Ziggy” and Chopper “Lambchop” got sweaters this year so they’ll be ready when they get an invite to their first ugly-sweater party, said the cats’ owner, Catie Savage of New York City.

“My noncat lady friends definitely think I am crazy,” Savage said.

She says she enjoys the sweaters more than the cats do, “which makes it even funnier to me.”

“Ugly sweaters for dogs and cats are among our top five best-selling holiday apparel items so far this season,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer-experience officer for a local pet store.

“We even have ugly sweaters for guinea pigs.”

Television ushered the ugly sweater in and out in the 1980s. Around the turn of the century it enjoyed a revival, starting with adults, who had parties just to celebrate the ugliness.

Kids got in on the act, and now pets have nosed their way in, giving owners laughs and plenty to photograph.

Ugly-sweater dog events across the country this month included a contest for dogs at a park in Anaheim, Calif.; a dog-friendly 5K run and walk in National Harbor, Md.; and separate parties for big and little dogs hosted by Chicago Party Animals, one of the nation’s largest canine clubs, with 2,000 members.

You can find ready-made ugly sweaters everywhere from 99-cent stores to high-end stores, but they’re an especially hot item at thrift stores — though presumably most shoppers are buying them for people, not pets.

“Our stores collect holiday sweaters year-round,” said Marla Eby, marketing and community-relations director for Goodwill Southern California. “Then we decorate them, adding ribbons, bows and embellishments, until they are at their gaudy best.”

“Customers snap up the sweaters as soon as we bring them out on the floor,” said Craig Stone, vice president of retail operations. “They are so popular we can’t keep them in stock.”

An ugly sweater has to celebrate Christmas. The bolder the colors, the brighter and the more stuff on it, the better — bring on the bows, snowmen, Santas, trees, buttons, stars, sequins, rickrack, felt, glitter and cotton. Sleeves can be mismatched, misshapen or missing.

But most pets — including Savage’s cats — probably would like to ditch the sweaters.

“Dog vision is different than human vision, and because patterns are not particularly useful to their vision, dogs probably could care less what their sweater looks like,” said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.


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