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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 20-24, 2016.

Mewsings: June 20, 2016 - "No one shall deny me my own conclusions, nor my cat her reflective purr."
- Irving Townsend

house of cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Now THAT'S a cat house."

Cat Mewvie: Getting to know you.

how to put a cat in a box comic

Today's Kitty Komic

marlon brando and cat

Feline Street Art: Marlon Brando and his kitty.

republican cats

Why Cats Aren't Republican
by MessagingMatters

Living with a cat for the first time, you quickly pick up on its behavioral quirks, many of which are common among other cats. What you soon find out is that cats aren't Republican. Here are 12 reasons why not:

1. Cats are curious about what you do in your bedroom, but they don't try to legislate away your freedom to do it.

2. Cats may take away your cushion, but they'll give it back to you with a gentle push.

3. Cats give you attention and sympathy when you're sick.

4. Females are treated with importance in the cat world.

5. Cats make use of solar power, often all day long.

6. Cats lick their own problems and take care of other cats too.

7. Cats don't blame black and brown cats for their troubles.

8. Cats know how to ration their resources.

9. Fat cats are not at the top of the cat hierarchy, are not cat role models, and have more trouble surviving and thriving, not less.

10. While Republicans blindly follow authority, it is said that getting Democrats to act in unison is like herding cats.

11. Cats don't foul their own nest.

12. Cats are popular and well-liked on the Internet and elsewhere.

Mewsings: June 21, 2016 - "Cats look beyond appearances--beyond species entirely, it seems--to peer into the heart." - Barbara L. Diamond

leopard spotted kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: The littlest leopard.

Cat Mewvie: When concepts fail.

cat fishing for fish

Today's Kitty Komic

henri matisse and kitty

Feline Art: Henri Matisse and kitty.

Mewsings: June 22, 2016 - "If the claws didn't retract, cats would be like Velcro." - Dr. Bruce Fogle

kitten in banana costume

Gratuitous Kittiness: Bananas. Filled with furry goodness.

Cat Mewvie: Always check the rearview mirror.

office cat cartoon

Today's Kitty Komic

star wars cat

Feline Art: "Star Wars Cat" by Cruz & Norm.

wine for cats

Wine for cats? Well, yeah, sorta.
by Samantha Kilgore

It’s Friday evening, and as you curl up on your sofa in order to enjoy a glass of wine, Fluffy slinks out of hiding and looks at you with longing and you think, naturally, “I wish I could share this glass of wine with my cat,” but you don’t, because alcohol is poisonous to your feline friend.

If this is you, then it’s time to break out another bottle of wine to celebrate. Boasting labels such as Pinot Meow and MosCATo, a Denver-based company named Apollo Peak is now selling wine for cats, the Huffington Post reports.

Of course, it’s not actually wine, since alcohol really is poisonous for your cat, but the drink certainly looks like wine. In Pinot Meow and MosCATo, the cat wine is made with organic catnip and water that has been colored with organic beet juice. The “white wine” varieties are colored with organic beet juice from golden beets, in order to impart that particular golden hue.

The non-alcoholic cat wine is made like a tea, says Apollo Peak founder Brandon Zavala, who named his company after one of his cats.

“But since we got it to look so much like a wine, we want it to be perceived as a wine by the consumer — that way they can feel as though they are having a glass of wine with their pet,” he explained.

That seems reasonable.

Apollo Peak started to make the cat wine commercially in November, but the whole idea started as a joke, Zavala says.

“It’s kind of a weird story. It started out as a joke, slapping a label on a regular wine bottle,” he explained, but then he realized that there might actually be some people who really would like to share a glass of wine with their feline companions.

Who wouldn’t?

Zavala began his research and found, surprisingly, that such a product already existed. The non-alcoholic cat wine is called Nyan Nyan Nouveau, and actually became a viral news sensation but, Zavala explained, there were a few complications with that cat wine. First of all, it is available only in Japan and secondly, that cat wine is made from actual grapes, which may taste more wine-like but can actually be toxic to cats.

However, the ASPCA lists beets as being non-toxic for cats, and Zavala says his cat wine is approved by local veterinarians.

“They’re totally cool with it,” he said. “They love it.”

However, before allowing your own cat to imbibe, you may want to check with your own veterinarian, just to be safe, especially if your cat has any preexisting health problems.

“Beet juice is not toxic to kitties (or dogs for that matter), but as always check with your vet before giving something like this,” veterinarian Katy Nelson of The Pet Show says. “Beet juice has been known to change the color of urine, so especially for diabetic cats or kitties with urinary problems that you monitor their urine, it could cause false positives on their tests.”

And even with all this precaution, your cat still may not want to cozy up to share a glass of wine with you, even with a name like Pinot Meow or MosCATo. Some cats simply don’t react to catnip, which is the “active” ingredient that makes this cat wine so appealing for some cats. If your cat is one of those who don’t respond to catnip, chances are, sipping on beet juice may not be his or her cup of tea — or glass of wine.

Apollo Peak cat wine is already available at some stores locally in Colorado — and online. Zavala added they’d be at CatConLA later this month.

Mewsings: June 23, 2016 - "One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home."
- Pam Browne

cat on chair

Gratuitous Kittiness: A portrait of the everyday cat.

Cat Mewvie: "Feel the baby! Feel the baby!"

cat at the bar, knocking shit off

Today's Kitty Komic

paper cat in a man's hand

Feline Art: The essential paper cat.

Mewsings: June 24, 2016 - "To understand a cat, you must realize that he has has own gifts, his own viewpoint, even his own morality." - Lilian Jackson Braun

kitten chillin'

Gratuitous Kittiness: Straight up chillin'.

Cat Mewvie: How does the cheetah go?

me and my cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

van gogh as a cat

Feline Art: Yes, Vincent van Gogh as a cat.

recalled cat food

Raw cat food recalled in U.S., Canada for Listeria, Salmonella

Three flavors of Rad Cat Raw Diet pet foods are being recalled from 48 U.S. states and Western Canada because they might be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes, posing a health hazard to humans and pets.

recalled Rad Cat raw diet pet foodLab tests confirmed Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the cat food from Radagast Pet Food Inc. of Portland, OR, according to the company’s recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.

“ The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of (Rad Cat Raw Diet) Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, one lot of Free-range Chicken tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and one lot of Free-range Turkey tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes,” according to the notice posted Thursday night.

The infection-causing bacteria can affect animals eating the products and pose a risk to people who handle the products, especially if they don’t thoroughly wash their hands and any surfaces or utensils that come into contact with the pet food.

A variety of sizes and package styles of the Rad Cat Raw Diet pet foods are covered by the recall, including free 1-ounce sample cups as well as 8-, 16- and 24-ounce tubs.

The recall covers four lot codes: 62384, 62361, 62416 and 62372. Specific best-by dates in 2017 for the recalled lots and various product sizes are available in the recall notice. Consumers can find the date codes on the lids of the cat food tubs and on the bottom of the sample cups.
Radagast Pet Food Inc. distributed the implicated cat food in Western Canada and all U.S. states except Hawaii and Mississippi.

Radagast company officials are urging consumers to dispose of the recalled cat food “in a secure garbage receptacle” and thoroughly wash any pet bowls, utensils or surfaces that may have come into contact with the recalled cat food.

“ For refund claims, fill out all sections of our Consumer Claims Form which can be found on our website and return this form only to the retailer where you purchased the product for a refund. Consumers may call Radagast Pet Food Inc. for assistance in filling out the Claim Form,” according to the recall notice.

Anyone who has handled the recalled pet food and develops symptoms of Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections should seek medical attention. Salmonella symptoms usually develop within two to eight days, but Listeria monocytogenes can take up to 70 days before causing symptoms.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Salmonella symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.


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