The Infinite Cats cat comics cat tales cat games cat health menu Infinite Cat Project RSS feed Infinite Contact

Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 21-24, 2015.

Mewsings: December 21, 2015 - "People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick

cat in creche

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Always room for one more, right?"

Cat Mewvie: Shake it, don't break it.

cat and elf on shelf

Today's Kitty Komic

cat pot-holders

Feline Art: We've all been there.

paralyzed kitten tiny tim

Paralyzed Kitten Gets a 3D Printed Wheelchair
by Clare Scott

Lately, we’ve come across a lot of stories about kindhearted animal lovers who have been using 3D printing technology to help disabled animals. 3D printed wheelchairs have returned mobility to animals with missing or damaged limbs, like Lilly the goat and Tumbles the puppy. Designing a custom wheelchair for an animal is always a challenge, but the smaller the animal, the harder it is. For the members of maker/hacker collective SubProto, however, designing a wheelchair for a tiny kitten was a challenge they were excited to take on.

Tiny Tim was only about a week old when he and his siblings were rescued from the euthanasia list at the Horry County Animal Care Center in South Carolina. An organization called Friends of Horry County Animal Care Center was started in 2012 as a backup to the animal shelter, taking pets bound for euthanasia and finding permanent or foster homes for them. Not long after Tiny Tim and his litter were rescued, it was discovered that the kitten’s back legs were paralyzed. Tiny Tim doesn’t seem too bothered; using his front legs, he’s able to shoot around the floor so fast that his human friends can hardly keep up with him. Dragging his back legs behind him, however, will inevitably cause problems.

“Now that he is growing, his legs are tending to stay a little bit irritated too,” said Cathy Salmons, a volunteer with Friends of HCACC. “It’d be like dragging your own feet along, you know…So they knew from the beginning that he would need a little wheelchair.”

In stepped SubProto. The Myrtle Beach organization describes itself as “a social club for makers, hackers, and anyone with a passion for building and hacking software and hardware.” When they heard about Tiny Tim, they wanted to help him. According to Joe Stewart, SubProto’s founder, there are plenty of wheelchairs for pets that can be purchased online, but nothing small enough to fit a tiny kitten. So the group offered to make one for Tiny Tim.

“We’re from the internet – we’re all about the cats, right?” said Stewart. “We said yes we’re going to do it, bring him in, and we’ll start taking the measurements and we’ll start doing the design.”

The group created a design for the kitten using CAD software, and the first prototype was 3D printed. A couple of days ago, Tiny Tim had his first fitting. While the final wheelchair is still a couple weeks away from being completed, the prototype fitted the kitten snugly, and he appeared to be comfortable in his colorful new harness, which will be attached to a chair made from laser-cut plastic. Obviously, since he still has a lot of growing to do, Tiny Tim will need progressively larger chairs until he’s full-grown. That won’t be a problem, though, according to Stewart.

“All we have to do is go back to the CAD program, scale it up to match his new size, and then we can print out a new prototype or we can just go straight to the laser cutter and print out a new template, take that plastic out, heat bend it, and we’ve got a new, finished product basically within an hour,” he said.

SubProto is more than happy to continue to help Tiny Tim for as long as he needs it. A look at the group’s Facebook page shows that the kitten already has a lot of fans cheering him on–including in his very own Facebook group.

Mewsings: December 22, 2015 - "If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself." - Unknown

cat at top of christmas tree

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Get down? But... I'm the angel!"

Cat Mewvie: A Simon's Cat tale.

cat whacks tree ornament

Today's Kitty Komic

santa lap cat

Feline Art: Artist unknown.

Mewsings: December 23, 2015 - "Pure herring oil is the port wine of English cats."
- Honore de Balzac

cat on wrapped present

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Here, let me hold this for you."

Cat Mewvie: Welcome to Kitty City, by Cyriak.

cat shredding Christmas tree

Today's Kitty Komic

cat and xmas bulbs art

Feline Art: "Flying High" by Josh Hunter.

Wesley the pirate kitten

Wesley the pirate kitten at last gets his forever home.
by Sophie Jane Evans

With only one eye, Wesley the kitten spent months in an animal shelter, unwanted.

But now, he has a loving new home in Iowa - and has even gained Internet stardom.

The one-year-old kitten, dubbed 'pirate cat' because of his pirate-like facial expressions, boasts thousands of fans after his owner, Rheanne Charise Taylor, set up an Instagram account for him.

Ms Taylor, the associate editor of iPhone Life Magazine, shares adorable snaps of the feline on a daily basis, showing off his 'unique' look and amusing expressions to more than 5,000 followers.

'I decided to make an Instagram account for Wesley because I love his unique look, and thought that others might feel the same,' said the owner, who lives with Wesley in Fairfield. 'I was shocked at the amount of followers Wesley's account gained within just 15 weeks - he has far more than I do.

'I love the way that he is touching people's hearts.'

Ms Taylor first saw Wesley at Noah's Ark Animal Foundation, a local animal shelter, last fall.

However, she could not take him home due to personal circumstances.

'Wesley was just five weeks old when I first saw him,' said Ms Taylor.

"The fact that he had one eye and a funny little face just made me love him even more.

'Unfortunately, I wasn't in a position to take him home with me.

'But I was sure that he would find a forever home in no time.'

In March, six months after meeting Wesley, Ms Taylor returned to the shelter.

'I returned to the shelter to make sure that he'd gone to a loving home,' she said.

"I ran through the door and asked straight away about the "pirate kitty" and the staff immediately knew who I was talking about. To my utter shock, Wesley was still looking for a home.'

Two days later, Ms Taylor took Wesley home.

She named the dark-haired kitten, who is now 19 months' old, after the 'Dread Pirate Westley', a character in William Goldman's 1973 novel The Princess Bride and the 1987 film of the same name.

'I get mixed reactions from people when they first meet Wesley, because of his looks,' said Ms Taylor. 'But it's never long before they fall in love with him too.

'He is such a character and so full of happiness."

The devoted owner, who was told by staff members at the animal shelter that Wesley was most likely born with his condition, hopes the kitten can encourage people to embrace their flaws.

'If Wesley has taught me anything, it's that our flaws are truly what make us so beautiful,' she said.

'People love Wesley exactly because he's different.

'They're always telling me how wonderful and perfect he is in every way.

'Which is interesting, since we tend to view our own differences in such a critical light.'.

Mewsings: December 24, 2015 - "Cats are jealous of two things: your significant other and the tree at Christmas." -   Anonymous

cat eating christmas tree light

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Merry Christmas... now when do we eat?"

Cat Mewvie: How to properly use The Cone.

feeding the wild kitties

Today's Kitty Komic

santa snoozing with kittens

Feline Xmas Art


The Infinite Cat Project
Presented by Mike Stanfill, Private Hand
Illustration, Flash Animation, Web Design

©Mike Stanfill