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Infinite Cat Project Archives for January 11-15, 2016.

Mewsings: January 11, 2015 - "When a cat chooses to be friendly, it's a big deal, because a cat is picky." - Mike Deupreet

kitten shreds shower kitten

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Now who did THAT?"

Cat Mewvie: "Who's my kitty?"

the cat hates me

Today's Kitty Komic

quilt with library and cat pattern

Feline Street Art: Library with cat quilt, creator unknown.

hitler cat

Why some cats look like Hitler.

The Internet is full of pictures of Kitlers – cats unfortunate enough to have a black and white pattern on their furs vaguely resembling the facial hair of the leader of Nazi Germany.

A new study suggests that the feline führers’ coat is determined by a faulty gene determining their pattern still in the womb of mother cat.

Called piebald, the pattern – typically a distribution of two colors on an animal’s coat of fur – occurs when pigment cells fail to follow genetic “instructions” at a very early stage of development.

According to a report on the study in the UK paper Independent, scientists hope that the study on how piebald animals develop can shed light on some congenital medical conditions affecting humans, like holes in the heart, also caused by problems relating to cell movements in the womb.
Piebald is any distribution of two fur colors; a cat which is in some places red tabby and in some places white still contains only two colors, since the tabby pattern (itself contain two shades of ginger fur) is considered one “color.”

It is when a cat is born piebald in black and white, and by genetic happenstance gets a small black mark right between the mouth and news, that a “Kitler” is born.

Experimenting on mice, researchers said results showed that piebald patterns are caused by a mutation of a gene called kit, which reduces the rates at which pigment cells multiply. When there are not enough cells to cover the animals coat in entirety, the result is white patches.

Essentially, then, a piebald cat is not really black and white, but rather a black cat, only not “painted” all the way through; the white patches in the fur are akin to partial albinism.

The study was conducted at the universities of Bath and Edinburgh.

Mewsings: January 12, 2015 - "Always turn and look when your cat gazes behind you with that intent look in her eyes. Some day there might actually be something there." - Anonymous

cat buffet

Gratuitous Kittiness: Cat buffet. Mmmm. They all look so gooood.

Cat Mewvie: Where your cat goes.

cat will work for food

Today's Kitty Komic

taiwan cats

Feline Art: Taiwanese postcard.

Mewsings: January 13, 2015 - "God made the cat in order to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger." - Unknown

camouflaged cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Watch where you sit.

Cat Mewvie: The Cat and the Dinosaur.

zen litter box

Today's Kitty Komic

3d museum in the Phillipines

Feline Art: 3D museum, the Phillipines.

Lacey cat

Shelter cat gets adopted.... after five years.

The average cat at Sherwood's Cat Adoption Team animal shelter is adopted by a family in two to four weeks.

Few take as long as 90 days.

Lacey, a sweet, 6-year-old-domestic short-hair, waited five years.

Lacey was adopted on Sunday by a Beaverton, Oregon, woman after news of the cat’s long journey to adoption went viral online.

Cat Adoption Team, the all-kitty animal shelter, has cared for Lacey for the past two years. Last week, the shelter posted a story chronicling Lacey’s attempts at adoption to its website, hoping that it would help land her a loving family.

Lacey holds the record for longest stay at Cat Adoption Team, said spokeswoman Heather Svoboda, which takes in thousands of cats and kittens each year from animal shelters across the state.

No one knows if Lacey has ever had a family. Found in a landfill in May 2010, she was taken to the Florence Area Humane Society. Lacey was about a year old, veterinarians guessed, and pregnant. Her ears were full of mites and she was covered in fleas.

Lacey gave birth and her kittens were soon adopted, but Lacey wasn’t. She lived at the shelter for three years, until the humane society sent her to Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood.

“They asked if we were willing to give her a try,” Svoboda said.

It didn't take long for staff and volunteers at CAT to take a shine to Lacey, Svoboda said. They tried everything to get her adopted.

“We tried her in the kennel, we tried her in the play room, we tried her with other cats, but she’s never seemed very comfortable in the shelter,” Svoboda said.

They tried to incentivize adopters by making her a part of shelter promotions, and even tried to give her away, offering to waive her adoption fees completely for adopting families, Svoboda sad.
There were no takers.

“She continued to be overlooked,” Svoboda said.

The reason for adopters' lack of interest is something of a mystery, Svoboda said, but the stress of living in a shelter for so long has left its mark. She gets overstimulated quickly, and had stress-related health and behavioral issues.

“She’s very people oriented and wants attention, but then she’d get nippy or swatty and that makes it difficult for her to endear herself to an adopter,” Svoboda said.

Lacey, a 6-year-old domestic short-hair spent nearly her entire life in animal shelters before she was adopted on Sunday by a Beaverton woman, according to Cat Adoption Team.

Two months ago, the shelter found a foster home for Lacey. Getting out of the shelter changed her, Svoboda said. Her health and personality improved greatly.

“She’s a super dedicated cat — once she’s decided you’re ‘her’ person, she’s very chatty, affectionate, and becomes attached,” said Dan Oberst, who fostered Lacey.

But a permanent home still eluded her, until this week, after a blog post on the organization's website changed everything.

“She was going on five years at the shelter, and we wanted to give her a chance to go home,” said Svoboda. “That news story went out on Monday, and she was adopted over the weekend.”

The post was shared online on social media and was eventually seen by Brittany Chandler, of Beaverton, who saw the post on her Facebook page and knew that she had to give Lacey the home she’s been looking for.

“A friend of a friend was tagged and it came up on my feed,” she told The Times on Tuesday. “I thought, ‘There's no way she's still available,' but she was.”

Chandler is no stranger to taking in the lost or abused.

“I’m a sucker for sad animal stories,” Chandler said. “I’m the girl who takes in homeless pets. My family thinks that I’m crazy.”

Chandler brought the cat home on Sunday and said that after only a few days, Lacey is already a changed cat.

“She’s doing very well,” Chandler said. “How the heck has nobody adopted this cat before now? She’s so sweet. She head-butts me and nestles up to me. She’s super cute.”

Svoboda said everyone at Cat Adoption Team has been waiting for this day.

“It’s wonderful for Lacey,” Svoboda said. “We consider a cat a ‘long-termer’ if they are with us for 90 days. Lacey was way beyond that. She lived almost her whole life in a shelter. No cat should experience that..

Mewsings: January 14, 2015 - "In the middle of a world that had always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence." - Rosanne Amberson

cat by heater outlet

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Are you sure this is on?"

Cat Mewvie: Time for dinner.

Dr. Evil and his cat

Today's Kitty Komic

cat cafe rules

German postcard. Cat cafe rules.

Mewsings: January 15, 2015 - "A cat can maintain a position of curled up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright. To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the better of you and you will settle down again."- Pam Brown

pigs nuzzling cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "OKay, I'll hold him down. You call the cops."

Cat Mewvie: Trampoline action.

cat lady

Today's Kitty Komic

bunny and cat rudy hurlzmeier

Feline Art: "Bunny and Cat" by Rudi Hurlzmeier.

la mountain lion kittens

Meet LA's newest mountain lions.

It’s not easy being a mountain lion in L.A. You’ve got freeways, rat poison, inbreeding, and interspecies competition working against your chances at survival, not to mention reproduction. So it’s impressive when kittens are born.

Serious admiration—and high-pitched squeals—are in order for a new brother-sister duo of mountain lion babies. P-46 and P-47, as they’re now known, respectively, were discovered by National Park Service biologists in the western Santa Monica Mountains in December, after GPS evidence suggested that their mother, P-19, had given birth. This is P-19’s third litter of kittens.

“We continue to see successful reproduction, which indicates that the quality of the natural habitat is high for such a relatively urbanized area,” Jeff Sikich, a biologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said in a statement.

But these little cats have a tough road ahead. Their mother will likely abandon them after 12-18 months, or what’s known as “dispersal age." From there, they’ll have to fend for themselves, and again, that’s not easy—especially on their island of habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains, cut off from other ranges by the 101 Freeway. A proposed wildlife crossing spanning the freeway could greatly boost mountain lions’ chance of survival.

For now, like their mom and other local mountain lions, P-46 and P-47 have their own GPS tracking devices. The NPS keeps tabs on the carnivores to better understand how they survive in their small and fragmented habitat—and to help protect them.


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