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Infinite Cat Project Archives for February 22-26, 2016.

Mewsings: February 22, 2015 - "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

upside down cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Did someone say 'Dinnertime'?"

Cat Mewvie: House cat finds zoo friend..

cat funeral comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat weathervane

Feline Street Art: Cats know which way the wind blows.

cat donuts

Beautiful, delicious, cat donuts!

February 22 is Cat Day in Japan, so Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts is making delicious, adorable cat doughnuts. And we got some!

Yes, February 22 is Ninja Day, but it’s also Cat Day in Japan (though International Cat Day is actually August 8)! At first, we weren’t sure if we should be happy or sad that two of our favorite things are celebrated on one day — but now that we know doughnuts are involved, it’s smiles all around!

You may be wondering what doughnuts have to do with cats. If we’re being totally honest, we suppose that, in general, there isn’t much of a connection between them, aside from both being categories of things we love. At least, that’s what we would have said until we met Ikumi Mama and her animal doughnuts shop!

Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts (“Ikumimam no Dobutsu Donatsu,” as the shop is known in Japanese) has been around for a while and has gained quite a bit of popularity in Japan thanks to the adorable animal doughnuts they produce. One look should be all you need to fall in love with these cute pastry creations, but in case you need more, we have plenty of photos to get your stomach rumbling!

Ikumi Mama is the eponymous owner and creator of the doughnuts shop, and she has plenty of experience crafting treats that will make you squeal with delight both before and after eating. And this week, her shop is running a limited-time event in celebration of Cat Day in Japan!

The event is only two days long — and the first day was Sunday! Fortunately, if you’re in Tokyo or Kanagawa this Monday (February 22), there’s time for you to head to Jiyugaoka in Meguro or Motosumiyoshi in Kawasaki! For “Super Nyanko Day,” all the doughnuts in the shops will be cat doughnuts and there are 13 different types for you to stuff in your mouth!

We sent one of our Japanese writers on a grueling mission to Jiyugaoka to get try some doughnuts and report back what she found. As you can imagine, it took a lot of convincing, but Sachi was a real trooper and pulled through!

The store was, as we mentioned before, full of nothing but cat doughnuts instead of the range of animal doughnuts, from cows to frogs, they usually feature. Unable to decide from the range of the kitty creations, which had names like Maruchan and Mike, Sachi just ordered one of each of the thirteen versions, which cost her 3840 yen (about US$34.11). She also got to choose the facial expression that each cat had, making for a truly personalized experience.

Doughnuts in hand, Sachi headed home and got to work tasting all those doughnuts. Though it broke her heart to nibble on their adorable faces, she found them absolutely delicious! The writer told us the doughnuts weren’t too rich or too sweet, so you could easily eat a whole box. She also pointed out that the pastries were made without additives and used domestically produced ingredients.

In addition to getting some cute, tasty pastries, your purchase at Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts also goes towards making the world a better place for cats — for each doughnut sold, they apparently donate 1 yen to an NPO that rescues orphaned dogs and cats. And now you have a great excuse to buy as many doughnuts as you can afford!

Of course, Ikumi Mama Animal Doughnuts is pretty popular, so we’re going to go out on a limb and suggest that you might face long lines if you’re trying to stop by for the Cat Day event. But considering we’re talking about cat doughnuts, we’d also have to say it’s probably worth the wait!

More pictures here.

Mewsings: February 23, 2015 - "One of the quickest ways to a cat's brain is through its stomach." - Ian Dunbar, Ph.D.

cat with gourds

Gratuitous Kittiness: "See? I'm not out of my gourds."

Cat Mewvie: Little orange cat-fishy.

cats walk on face

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with banana hat

Feline Art: Carmen Meowranda.

Mewsings: February 24, 2015 - "The majority of people who still have back doors don't let their cats go through them." - Charlene Beane

cat sleeping hard

Gratuitous Kittiness: Do not disturb.

Cat Mewvie: Kitten therapy.

cat security comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painted rock

Feline Art: Salt and pepper. Pen and paper. Cats and donuts.

unhappy cat

Things your cat hates.
By Nick Barnet

Cats have a reputation for liking things to be "just so". Their approach to life is anything but rough and ready (that knockabout stuff is for dogs). They're creatures of fastidious habit.
So when you live with a cat, you quickly learn what it likes and what it dislikes. And that second list - the things it dislikes - is much longer than the first.

Let's take a look, shall we, at some of the things a cat hates? We'll start with the basics - if you feel this is strictly Cats 101, then do chime in with some more advanced additions to the list.
Bad Food: You're trying to satisfy your cat with the cheapest and most convenient food available? Oh you poor fool. Double your cat-food budget, at least, and don't waste puss's time with the cheap stuff.

And the food must be super-fresh. Many years ago, as a naive first-time cat companion, I couldn't work out why Pierre kept leaving bowlfuls of perfectly good (expensive) grub untouched. Until I picked up a bowl and saw what a fly had done with it. Ugh. Lesson learnt: don't leave cat food out for more than 20 minutes or so.

Medicine: No cat is a willing patient. Whether it's a pill or an ointment, your cat wants no part of it. You must choose an appropriate delivery system such as one of those back-of-the-mouth pill clasps, and perfect your technique. Hint: watch how a vet does it.

A Dirty Litter Tray: The litter tray is a mixed blessing in that the idea of it is unpleasant and the task of cleaning it gross, but option B - your entire house is a potential impromptu toilet - is much worse. And it's a chore that you can't skimp on, because when you do, option B immediately takes effect.

Strange and Loud Noises:
Vacuum cleaners are the classic nemesis of the domestic cat, because of the racket they make. But other noises can upset a cat and send it scuttling into a corner. My old cat Merrick hated the sound of rain on our living room's skylight - it rattled him so much, he'd cower under the coffee table or run to another room.

Water: In any form - rain, bath suds, hose spray - water is anathema to most cats (the Bengal breed is an exception). Which means that a spray bottle of water is favoured by some as a tool of deterrence against a cat. But it's not for me; I tried it once on Pierre, and his shock and hurt was so obvious, I couldn't bring myself to do it again.

Rides in the Car: Some cats don't mind a ride in the car - I even knew one that liked to sit quietly on the passenger seat while being driven around - but most hate it. I wonder if it's because cats realise that almost every car ride has something disagreeable at the destination - usually the attentions of a vet.

Absence of a Safe Space: Cats need to feel confident and safe in their surroundings. Part of this is that they have some places to take shelter in when something makes them feel tense (such as one of the things on this list). If a cat runs under the couch when a visitor arrives or a firework goes off outside, it's not a bad thing that has to be stopped or cured. Worse would be if the cat didn't have some place that felt safe.

Too Much Attention: This is an umbrella heading to cover a few things. Brushing and nail trimming are two; these are loathed practices among cats and as with pill delivery, if technique is poor, there will be blood - human blood. Being chased or grabbed or held too tightly is a trial for any cat, and children are the biggest culprits. But over-petting is a curse among adults too; if TV's My Cat From Hell is any indicator, there are an awful lot of men around who handle the family cat too roughly.

Too Little Attention: Sometimes, puss has something to tell you. It might be "Feed me", or "Cuddle me", or "Hey isn't this live mouse that I have in my mouth the coolest thing?" In all cases, it's a good idea not to ignore the cat. Reason 1: An ignored cat can easily become a bored and frustrated cat, and take it out on something close to paw - such as the wallpaper, or your armchair, or the curtain. Reason 2: It's your pet, dammit! You have a pet in order for you to be close to it, have fun with it, be kind to it, teach it and learn from it. You're at the centre of its life. Don't ignore it.

Mewsings: February 25, 2015 - "The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat." - Jules Reynard

fibonacci cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: The purrfect fibonacci cat.

Cat Mewvie: Boomer in the ball pit.

cat kisses

Today's Kitty Komic

cat shipwreck

Feline Art: "Pineapple ahoy!"

Mewsings: February 26, 2015 - "When Mother Nature saw fit to remove the tail of the Manx, she left, in place of the tail, more cat." - Mary E. Stewart

cat with asthma

Gratuitous Kittiness: Yes, cats have asthma, too.

Cat Mewvie: Who buys a cat a hammock?

cola cap cat

Today's Kitty Komic

cat toilet seat cover

Feline Art: Cats are naturally high in vitamin C.

cat with buttons for eyes

Cat with "buttons" for eyes needs your help.
By Daniel Dahm

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Animal welfare volunteers in Volusia County are seeking donations for a cat that needs surgery and currently has buttons for eyes.

Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare of Volusia County said the cat, named Ferrari, was incorrectly labeled as feral and contracted a virus while fending for itself. The virus attacked the cat's body and eyes, one of which was ruptured, the group said.

Ferrari underwent emergency surgery and had buttons placed over his eyes, which will later be removed, the group said.

" The buttons hold the cat's third eyelid in place so blood vessels can bring blood to the cornea to help heal it quicker," said Jennifer Mizner of Freiberg's Healing Paws.

Mizner said the vet still uses the procedure, which was very popular in the 1950s and 60s, because it "still works."

Volunteers said the procedure will help save Ferrari's eyes, but the cat will likely lose its eyesight.

"It is better for him that he keeps the actual eyes, though, as it will be more comfortable for him and less risky, with quicker healing time," the group said in an online post.

The total cost of the surgery, vet visits and medicine will be about $500, the group said.

Donations can be called to Freiberg's Healing Paws at 386-615-7297 or online at Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare's website.


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