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Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 7-11, 2015.

Mewsings: December 7, 2015 - "By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer." - Colette

cat in winter coat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Winter, do your worst."

Cat Mewvie: New legs for Vincent.

por starving kitty comic

Today's Kitty Komic

clockwork cat

Feline Street Art

cat on shelf

Home Enhancement for Cat Owners.
By Leanne Italie

Taking on a cat is one thing. Catifying your home to rise to true Cat Person status is another.

Choosing just the right gear and tweaking your home can keep felines safe, sane and stimulated, said Kate Benjamin, a "cat style expert" who has appeared on Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell."

She has teamed with the show's host, cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, on a new DIY-focused book, "Catify to Satisfy." It's a follow-up to their 2014 best-seller, "Catification," with both offering tips from cat owners on what they've accomplished with home enhancements.

Most human-cat relationships can be improved by clearing up one basic misunderstanding, Galaxy said in a recent interview from Los Angeles:

"Cats are not dogs. Cats care not at all about pleasing you. That's not why they're here. You have to get your ego out of the way when it comes to having a good relationship with a cat. You have to compromise to live successfully with them."

Benjamin writes a "Catification" column at on cat design and sells a line of her own cat products at her site,

She and her fiance live with 11 cats in a condo of about 1,100 square feet, plus a large enclosed "catio," in Phoenix. Two more cats live in her design studio.
Some terms and ideas for a cat-friendly home:


Caving is the thing cats do when looking to hide deeply away out of fear. Cocooning is when they go to a movable, semi-enclosed haven to help bring their stress level down.
Benjamin and Galaxy advocate creating a "base camp" for a new cat, meaning a defined room or space where territory can be established. Potential caving areas, such as under a bed or at the top of a closet, should be blocked off.

A cocoon can be anything from a paper bag to a cardboard box to a cat carrier. It should slowly be moved out of base camp as socialization progresses.

"Catification is a lot of DIY," Benjamin says. "You don't have to buy anything. You can look at what you already have and do a little rearranging."

The time it takes to move beyond base camp varies. You should be able to tell when a cat is ready by body language and behavior.


Before you make changes to your home, understand basic behaviors. Start by simply watching your cat.

"We really do anthropomorphize cats a lot more than we should," Benjamin says. "You really have to understand their true nature, their instincts and their needs."
Some basic personality archetypes: the Mojito Cat, who is social, outgoing and confident of her territory; the Wallflower Cat, who lacks such confidence and slinks around on the periphery to avoid confrontation; and the Napoleon Cat, who sprays, bullies and otherwise postures aggressively.
Many cats are a mix of the three.


Marking and claiming territory has everything to do with scent. Cats love to mix their scents with yours.

"People wonder, 'Why does my cat always come and sit on my sweaters?' Because it has your scent on it. They ask, 'Why do they want to be in the bedroom? ...' They want to be in your bedroom because that's where the scent is strongest," Benjamin says.

Provide plentiful "scent soakers." They can be soft toys, beds, blankets, carpeted surfaces and scratchers placed in a cat's territory to be marked by him. If you're looking to keep kitty off your sweaters or keyboard, set up a scent-soaked station nearby, such as a no-slip shelf or table top as a perch.

"You want to give them things that are acceptable to scratch and rub on rather than constantly yelling at them for doing those things on objects you don't want them on," Benjamin says. "I have a number of perches around my desk."


Cats like to scratch on different surfaces and at different slants. Try various materials -- cardboard, carpet, thick sisal, tighter sisal, wood and cork, for instance -- and see what they like. Benjamin discovered that yoga mats are great scratchers. Consider swatches.
Some cats are horizontal, vertical or incline scratchers.

"You have to get in there and really pay attention," Benjamin says.

One reason your cat likes to scratch your sofa, for example, is to mix your scent with hers. But the sofa might also be made of a deliciously scratchable material. And it's sturdy as the cat exercises its upper body. That tells you what type of material, incline and environment to provide as an alternative.

Location is everything when it comes to scratchers. If your cat constantly plays with the door jamb in your bedroom, you'd be a fool not to match that slant and place a scratcher nearby.


If you're now an extreme -- or extremely handy -- cat owner, you might build one of those mega-climbing routes along a wall. For extra stimulation, build more than one pathway and type of perch. Provide no-slip surfaces and materials that absorb scent. Incorporate boxy hidy-holes, baskets or beds.

In general, cat owners should do more with vertical space, Galaxy says.

"We forget that when cat walks into a room, cat is taking the entire square footage, meaning not just the floor, not just couch level, but the ceiling as well," he says. "When you add shelving around a room, or when you create a cat superhighway ... you've just increased that territorial mojo in a way that nothing else can."

Cat owners with outdoor space can connect an interior superhighway with a catio using tunnels or flaps. Catios can be enclosed with wire mesh and built into existing spaces, such as under an outdoor staircase.

No space? How about Cat TV, meaning the placement of a bird feeder just outside a window.

Mewsings: December 8, 2015 - "Her function is to sit and be admired." - Georgina Strickland Gates

cat in a hammock

Gratuitous Kittiness: Nothing sleeps like a cat.

Cat Mewvie: "You look warm. Hold still."

cat confessions

Today's Kitty Komic

garage painted to look like cat

Feline Street Art

Mewsings: December 9, 2015 - "Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and their owner has twice as much fun." - Lloyd Alexander

cat hugging woman's face

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Close to yooooooou."

Cat Mewvie: Saving Elsa.

cats see ghosts

Today's Kitty Komic

cat butts by gabby darienzo

Surprise Kitty Art: If you're going to sleep with cats, sleep with CATS.

Stripes the cat

Stripes Saves the Day
By Tyron Butson

Meet Stripes, the four-year-old house cat that saved Christmas at the O’Brien house by killing an interloping 1.2m tree snake wrapped around their plastic Christmas tree.

When Natalie O’Brien and her two children arrived at their Kallangur home, in Brisbane’s north, yesterday afternoon to discover the Christmas tree on the floor, presents torn open and blood splatters they feared the worst.

“I thought ‘we’ve been burgled’ and then my son Andrew spotted the snake,” she told

“I saw the blood on the floor and then the snake – at first I thought it was a rubber snake.

“But sitting there was our cat, Stripes, looking quite pleased with himself.”

A bit of crime scene analysis was quickly carried out by Mr O’Brien, her 11-year-old son Andrew and 14-year-old daughter Annabelle. They believe Stripes spotted the tree snake in the newly-purchased plastic tree and waded in to defend his turf.

Unfortunately, in true feline form, the Christmas tree also had to come down and the presents got a little shredded in the process.

The tree, purchased for $30 from a nearby discount store, was erected on December 1, leaving Ms O’Brien worried the snake may have been in the house for some time.

“It’s a little bit worrying that you could have had a snake in the house while we were there,” she said.

It’s not the first time the family has seen snakes in the bushland that surrounds their home, but Ms O’Brien said none had ever dared come inside.

Snake Catchers Brisbane’s Bryan Robinson said it wasn’t unusual for snakes to wander in from bushland and seek the height advantage on items such as Christmas trees, light stands and blinds.

“Even if it’s plastic, it’s not that unusual – the snake doesn’t see it as a plastic tree, it sees it as an elevated position,” he said.

But while Stripes may like to think he’s a hero, Mr Robinson said it’s just as probable the cat started the whole thing.

“It’s actually pretty likely the cat has dragged the snake inside,” he said.

Either way in the O’Brien household, Stripes is now known as the cat who saved Christmas.

“We’re thinking of getting him a rubber snake for Christmas,” Ms O’Brien said.

“We’ll hang it over the Christmas tree for him.”

Mewsings: December 10, 2015 - "A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him." - William Lyon Phelps

heating pad ecstasy

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Catnip! She bought CATNIP!"

Cat Mewvie: I think she likes it.

cat playing with laser

Today's Kitty Komic

cat parade street art

More Feline Street Art

Mewsings: December 11, 2015 - "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you." - Mary Bly

family photo with cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Family photo? Mmmm, maybe next year."

Cat Mewvie: New Simon's Cat!

cat's reputation comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat statue on ledge in St. Petersburg russia

Surprise Kat Art: A ledge, somewhere in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ted the cat's mail problem

Post Office denies gift to cat because he lacked the proper ID
By Nina Golgowski

A British tabby cat named Ted became tangled in red tape when he was playfully mailed a package and then instructed to cough up ID to claim it.

Ted’s amused owner, Brittany Maher-Kirk, shared her quagmire on Facebook Saturday after finding herself unable to retrieve what she said was a cat advent calendar sent from her mom.

"Unfortunately, we missed the delivery and the post office won't give it to me as the cat does not have ID,” the 27-year-old wrote while sharing a photo of Ted obliviously sitting beside a Royal Mail notice written out to his name.

Brittany Maher-Kirk The package was addressed specifically to Ted, barring his owner, Brittany, from collecting it for him.

Maher-Kirk said she called up her post office in London and told them her situation.

"They said they were under no obligation to give me the parcel, however, they suggested that [I] pop into the depo and explain," she wrote in an email to the Huffington Post Wednesday.

Fortunately for Ted and his time-sensitive surprise, when she did just that, she said the employees "were fantastic."

" They thought it was hilarious and just laughed at me," she said.

Brittany Maher-Kirk Happy tale: Ted ended up getting his cat advent calendar in the end, which was full of little treats.

The workers did express disappointment that she didn't bring Ted in with her, but she explained that the adorable feline suffers from feline immunodeficiency virus, which requires him to stay indoors.

"I did offer to show them pictures of Ted, but they said that they believe me, as no one could make it up," she stated.

As for Ted's gift, she described him as more than merrier.

"It's specifically for cats, so, full of cat treats," she said of the calendar. "They come in little blocks with fish and other festive pictures on! He loves it -- when he sees it he meows and begs for the treat!"


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