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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 6-10, 2016.

Mewsings: June 6, 2016 - "Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." - James Mason

kitten in palm of hand

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Let's give the little kitten a hand.

Cat Mewvie: Tip-toe past the cat cage.

comic cat is god

Today's Kitty Komic

pamela col's 3000 ceramic cat collection

Feline Street Art: Good old Dewey.

cat topiary

'The Topiary Cat' Memorializes Artist's Beloved Pet
By Anna Norris

A giant topiary sculpture of a cat looms larger than life amid the gardens at Hall Barn in England. Many have gaped in awe at the realistic creation, and some have even been fooled: The image is a product of surrealist Richard Saunders' affinity for gardens and love for his cat, but it's not a real topiary.

It began as the artist's pet project, but it has become a touching memorialization of his muse, a Russian Blue named Tolly.

"Tolly was a strong character, quite fearless but with a loving heart," Saunders told

"I think The Topiary Cat shares these qualities."

But, Saunders said there are some differences as well. "He's also immortal and a shape-shifter, things Tolly never quite managed," he said. Tolly passed away in February of this year at the age of 12, but his spirit lives on in Saunders' carefully crafted pictures.

The first image Saunders created was inspired by a cloud-like topiary he saw at Hall Barn in Beaconsfield, England.

"It reminded me of an animal sleeping, and I thought to myself 'you could change that into a cat quite easily,'" Saunders told the BBC.

He used Photoshop to add in an edited photo of Tolly, and the Topiary Cat was born.
Cropped versions of that photo and other Topiary Cat creations have gone viral on Facebook and elsewhere.

The photo of the Topiary Cat drinking water from a lake in Surrey was seen by 3.5 million Facebook users, the BBC reported, many of whom misunderstood that it wasn't a real topiary. But Saunders has taken it upon himself to let people know that the topiaries aren't real, saying he'd"rather be known for my art than my deception."

"I have been somewhat bemused by the success of the images," the 69-year-old painter told Reuters. "I did it for fun, not for commercial gain, and was fascinated to see its metamorphosis."
Saunders says his favorite image he's created is the one where the Topiary Cat is overlooking Saunders' own garden.

"Of course Tolly loved our garden, sunning himself by that gazebo or under the shade of the rhubarb leaves," Saunders told

As for a real-life Topiary Cat, Saunders said he doesn't have any plans for creating one himself, but has offered his direction to anyone else who would like to do so. In the meantime, Saunders' surreal Topiary Cat has more adventures ahead of him.

You can see more Topiary Cat creations on the official Facebook page. Saunders is also a surrealist painter, and you can see his other works of art on his website.

Mewsings: June 7, 2016 - "You may own a cat, but cannot govern one." - Kate Sanbornn

cat in plant pot

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is the bear gone yet?"

Cat Mewvie: Rescue story in Munchkind Land.

cat fun comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat blue jeans

Feline Art: Cats in the pants.

Mewsings: June 8, 2016 - "In reality, cats are probably better off remaining indoors and sending out their humans to deal with the outside world." - Dr. Phyllis Sherman Raschke

cat in the bookshelf

Gratuitous Kittiness: My kinda bookshelf.

Cat Mewvie: Voice-training the kitty.

the last Garfield comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat shaped bracelet

Feline Art: Artist unknown.

cat news

The following is not a true story.

My dad was a skydiver back in the sixties. There was a guy in his club that was a nut. He had the idea that he could test the axiom that “cats always land on their feet” from free fall altitude, where he would fall with them and observe their self-righting behavior. He had no interest in aiding their descent, just wanted to see how they behaved in free fall. In his plan, landing was the cats’ problem, not his. Scientific impartiality, or some such thing.

He took four stray cats up in a pillowcase for the jump. After exiting the plane, he turned the pillowcase inside out, releasing the cats. To his great surprise, all four cats attached themselves to his body immediately. With their claws. Given that cats have 18 claws each, he was punctured at least 72 times. More, probably, because he struggled vainly to remove the cats as he fell, but they were having none of it, and would reattach with even more conviction with every effort he made to pull them off.

Presently, he was out of altitude, and had to turn his attention to opening the chute. Let’s pause to do some math. A chute opening can generate as much as 3 Gs of force. The average cat weighs 8 lbs at 1 G. At three Gs, this becomes 24 lbs per cat. So when the chute opened, for a moment this guy had 72 razor sharp claws in his skin, each one being pulled down with a force of about one and a third pounds. That’s 96 pounds of cat. He was sliced to ribbons, basically.

All four cats hung on through the chute opening, although the skydiver’s shredded flesh allowed each one to slip several inches. Bleeding and in misery, the skydiver managed to make a safe, if rather rough, landing in a farm field.

As soon as he hit the earth, all four cats ran off across the field, leaving him to lie there bleeding from his hundred or so wounds. He was the only member of the skydiving club that was displeased with the results of his experiment.

Mewsings: June 9, 2016 - "The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity." - Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

kitten in carpet roll

Gratuitous Kittiness: Rolling his own.

Cat Mewvie: Music-loving kittens.

girly bag for the cat

Today's Kitty Komic

feline machinery squeekaboo

Feline Art: "Feline Machinery " by Squeekaboo.

Mewsings: June 10, 2016 - "The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron." - George Will

cat matches the carpet

Gratuitous Kittiness: Little kitten, big world.

Cat Mewvie: It's German. It's a commercial. Deal with it.

dog in cat littler box comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat grafitti on a transformer

Feline Art: Feline found art.

adopt a cat

Ten things to know before bringing home the new cat.

If you've been considering sharing your home with a cat or kitten, there has never been a better time. This month is Adopt-a-Cat Month, a popular annual campaign organized by American Humane Association (AHA). This year's adoption month is extra special, though, as it has been incorporated into the association's centenary celebrations.

AHA CEO and President Dr. Robin Ganzert said: "American Humane Association has rescued thousands of cats in need over the past 100 years. But there are still millions more healthy, adoptable pets in shelters around the country, just waiting for someone to be their hero by rescuing them and bringing them home. American Humane Association's Adopt-a-Cat Month not only encourages people to give loving homes to animals in need, but offers an opportunity to provide a wider focus on the ongoing need these beautiful animals face all year round.

Remember, every day – this month and all year long – is Caturday!"

In the meantime, AHA has this advice for anyone thinking of adopting a kitten or cat:

Top 10 checklist for adopting a cat

1. If you're considering adopting a cat, think about getting a pair to keep each other company.
2. Choose a cat that matches your personality and will suit your lifestyle.
3. Look up a veterinarian before the adoption and make an appointment within the first week after you bring your pet home.
4. Prepare everyone in your household for the arrival of a new cat.
5. Consider the long- and short-term expenses in your budget.
6. Make sure you have all the supplies you need before bringing your cat home.
7. Cat-proof your home.
8. Introduce your cat slowly to other family and friends. Give her time and space to get familiar with them on her own terms.
9. Adapt your household's emergency plan to incorporate your cat.
10. If the cat is meant to be a gift for someone, the recipient should actively participate in every step of the adoption process..


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