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Infinite Cat Project Archives for January 25-29, 2016.

Mewsings: January 25, 2015 - "Cats are notoriously sore losers. Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility." - Stephen Baker

cat in selfie t-shirt

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Yeah, just what I always wanted."

Cat Mewvie: Cats do things.... differently.

cat tetris

Today's Kitty Komic

gian cats on parade

Feline Street Art: (I have no idea.)

Chinese cat roof tile

Feline Historical Museum is cat's meow
By Mary Ann Breckenridge

Depending on where you stand, the Feline Historical Museum, in Alliance Ohio, is either nirvana or a nightmare.

It's cats and more cats. And even more cats.

Cats in frames. Cats on film. Glass cats. Porcelain cats. Cats, cats, cats.

Curiously, there are no real cats, unless you happen to show up on a day when a breeder friend of museum manager Karen Lawrence brings some Maine Coons to show.

"Well, you know, I travel too much," said Lawrence, who traverses the globe as a cat show judge.

Who says cat ladies are crazy?

The museum is operated by the Cat Fanciers' Association Foundation, a nonprofit created to preserve the history of cats and the people they control. The foundation opened the museum in 2011 in an imposing granite-clad building that once housed Midland-Buckeye Federal Savings and Loan.

The S&L went belly-up. The cats persevere. This should surprise no one.

Everywhere you look in the place, there are depictions of cats. Cat artwork and calendars cover the walls. Cat figurines fill display cases. Tributes to pets who have gone on to the big cat condo in the sky populate a memorial book.

"Miss you, Mean Kitty," one is inscribed by what must have been a forbearing owner. Another honors a cat named Epidermis, which was, appropriately, hairless.

Among the museum's prized possessions is a red cat house designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's proteges for the Tonkens family, for whom Wright designed a human house in Cincinnati. "Residents for Felis catus," the accompanying architectural drawing is labeled. Spelling, apparently, was not a priority in Wright's firm.

An entire room in the museum is devoted to maneki-neko cats, the perpetually waving Japanese talismans. Dozens of examples are on display, each with a paw raised in everlasting greeting: a cat that inexplicably resembles a poodle, a cat with a clock in its belly, a set of cat nesting dolls, a cat in the shape of a teapot, its beckoning arm outstretched to form the spout. A ceramic pea pod is filled with pea-size cats, a set of chopsticks poised creepily within reach.

Another room honors the Siamese cat, a breed introduced to America by President Rutherford B. Hayes. He wasn't the only famous Siamese fan: A computer screen shows members of the regal breed being stroked by celebrities ranging in renown from Laurence Olivier and Jimmy Stewart to Willie Aames of Charles in Charge.

Even the bathroom is decorated with cat memorabilia - Chinese prints of cats on the wall, a cat figure peeking into a mirror on the window ledge, another peering into a small fishbowl.

Virtually everything in the museum was donated. Lawrence has 19 boxes of books for the library, waiting to be unpacked. She's used to hearing visitors say, "Now I know what to do with my cat collection."

The museum displays the sublime in the form of cat figurines by such celebrated manufacturers as Waterford, Royal Doulton and Lalique; a bronze sculpture that is the only cat created by famed artist J. Clayton Bright, better known for his horses and dogs; and an ancient, exquisite ceramic likeness of a warrior on a cat's back that once decorated a roof in China.

And then there's what some might consider the ridiculous, a collection of cat dolls that occupies what was once Midland-Buckeye's bank vault. There are cats dressed like kings and queens, cat brides and grooms, a feline Cinderella in a wedding-cake gown and a few cats that resemble a young Laura Ingalls Wilder, clad in calico and bonnets.

They may constitute the oddest acquisitions of a museum that capitalizes on the quirky.

"Some of those cat dolls are pretty weird," Lawrence allowed. "They're creepy."
But they're cats.

And hence, they're superior.

Mewsings: January 26, 2015 - "Cat said, 'I am not a friend, and I am not a Servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and I wish to come into your Cave.'" - Rudyard Kipling

cat in the branches

Gratuitous Kittiness: Loafing in the canopy.

Cat Mewvie: Tiggers, I mean, tigers love bubble baths.

cats like little pieces of string

Today's Kitty Komic

russian post card with cats

Feline Art: Russian post card.

Mewsings: January 27, 2015 - "No one shall deny me my own conclusions, nor my cat her reflective purr." - Irving Townsend

cat in hospital cone

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mmmmm.... strawberry!"

Cat Mewvie: 24 hours in a kitten nursery.

cats require a medical certificate

Today's Kitty Komic

cat statues in front of the Carreras Building

Feline Art: Guardcats in front of the Carreras Building in Camden, England.

Beatrix Potter cat book

New Bearrix Potter story discovered... about a cat.
By Sarah Laskow

In 1914, Beatrix Potter was working on a new story featuring her cast of mischievous animals. It was called the "The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots," and it featured "a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life," Potter wrote to her publisher.

The cat would go out on hunting, in the guise of Puss in Boots, but ends up in a trap. Peter Rabbit (older now, and tubbier) was there, too, along with other characters who made Potter famous.
But the kitty's tale (Kitty called herself "Miss Catherine St Quintin," according to Potter's story) was never published. There was World War I, and work on the sheep farm Potter had purchased. Potter had drafted the story, and started sketching illustrations for the book, but she never quite finished it.

A few years back, though, a publisher happened to read a reference to the story in an old biography of Potter. She went to the Victoria and Albert museum archive, where Potter's papers are kept, and searched through them. There she found notebooks filled with the story, and one color illustration. It still needed some editing–Potter had admitted as much–but the story was all there.
The story, reportedly "full of incident and mischief and character," will be published in September, and after many decades, the world will finally learn about the adventures of Miss Catherine St Quintin.

Mewsings: January 28, 2015 - "The smart cat doesn't let on that he is." - H.G. Frommer

kittens wrestling

Gratuitous Kittiness: Those devilish eyes.

Cat Mewvie: This happy little guy was originally found frozen in the snow.

where sleeping cats lie

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with accordion by Rudi Jurlzmeier

German postcard. "Cat with Accordion" by Rudi Hurlzmeier.

Mewsings: January 29, 2015 - "If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats." - Aldous Huxley

cat sleeping in dollhouse

Gratuitous Kittiness: "C'mon, Barbie, let's go, uhhhhhh, party."

Cat Mewvie: Animation by the amazing Cyriak.

cat looking at plaque on mouse statue

Today's Kitty Komic

cute cat  illustration

Feline Art: (Artist unknown)

clockwork lion

Clockwork lion unveiled in London to highlight big cat plight

LONDON - The four bronze lions of London's central Trafalgar Square got a temporary addition on Thursday, with a clockwork sculpture of the animal unveiled to highlight the plight of big cats.

The statue, made of clockwork mechanics, will stand in the square for just a day before being auctioned off to raise money for National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, which says it aims to halt the decline of big cats in the wild.

According to the initiative’s website, there are likely some 30,000 lions in the wild. Among their threats are poaching and loss of both prey and habitat.

" I think most people don't believe actually lions are in danger," said Jeff Ford of television channel Nat Geo Wild, which during Feb. 1-7 hosts its "Big Cat Week".

" I think they think there's a lot of them about. But just last month they were put on the endangered species list."

Sculptor Iain Prendergast, whose works have appeared on television show "Game of Thrones" as well as in artist Banksy's "Dismaland" theme park, said the statue's body was made to look like "the inner workings of a clock".

Clock hands make up the lion's mane while the eyes were made with small clocks.


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