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Infinite Cat Project Archives for March 21-25, 2016.

Mewsings: March 21, 2015 - "The trouble with a kitten is THAT Eventually it becomes a CAT."
- Ogden Nash

catnip cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Old habits die hard.

Cat Mewvie: Homemade cat wheel. (Instructions here.)

cat selfie comic

Today's Kitty Komic

rachel schlueter

Feline Street Art: Rachel Schlueter, artist.

deep cats

Your cat is a lot deeper than you think

What's better than an online personality test? An online cat personality test.
Researchers in Australia are now administering them, and they've found something interesting: Cats are not too different from us.

Many psychologists subscribe to the theory that all people have five broad personality traits, known as the "Big Five": extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness and neuroticism. And cats, the team at the University of South Australia has found, have their own Big Five.

They drew this conclusion after administering personality tests to about 2,800 domestic cats in Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say, the tests were completed by the felines' owners, who ranked their pets on a scale of 1 to 7 for each of 52 behaviors and traits, including "clumsy," "reckless" and "vocal."

By aggregating the responses about those micro-traits, a computer analysis revealed five broad feline personality dimensions, and it gave the cats scores for each one.

Three of the "Feline Five" traits correspond to those in humans, said Philip Roetman, who leads "citizen science" projects for the university, including the cat research.

Here are the Feline Five:

1. Skittishness - This one's akin to neuroticism in people. Cats that earned high skittishness scores are more anxious and fearful; calm and trusting cats had low scores.

2. Outgoingness - This is the equivalent of extroversion in humans. Highly outgoing cats are curious and active; those with low scores are aimless and "quitting," according to the test.

3. Dominance - This one belongs just to felines. Cats that are bullying and aggressive to their peers got high scores; cats that are friendly and submissive to other felines scored low.

4. Spontaneity - Another one that's cat-specific. High scores indicate impulsive, erratic cats; low scores went to predictable, constrained cats.

5. Friendliness - This is akin to agreeableness in people. Highly friendly cats tend to be affectionate, while those with low scores are solitary and irritable.

Previous research using feline personality tests focused on wild and shelter cats, but the Australia study is the first to analyze personality test results from a large number of domestic cats. Most of the participants fell somewhere in the middle for each trait, Roetman said.

Older cats tended to be slightly more dominant and less outgoing than younger ones, Roetman said. But there were no significant variations between genders, or between cats in New Zealand and Australia.

And most important to Roetman, the results revealed no major personality differences between indoor and outdoor cats. He said that finding could be helpful in cat "management," which is a huge topic in Australia, where politicians have declared "war" on the predatory feral cats they accuse of driving out native species.

Some Australians worry that keeping their cats inside will negatively affect their personalities, Roetman said. But most cats rank as typical whether they're behind closed doors or roaming the streets, which is "really good news for people who keep their cats indoors," he said. "The research suggests that it's actually okay to cats."

Cat owners received charts showing where their cat fell on the spectrum for each trait and suggestions about how to interpret them. Highly skittish cats would benefit from hiding spots at home, it might note, and cats with low spontaneity scores "may enjoy routine."

" What I've found talking to cat owners about these results is that they intuitively make sense," Roetman said.

The study is only open to cats in South Australia at the moment. But there's good news for U.S. cat lovers who like online personality tests (and we assume there must be a decent overlap): Researchers in North Carolina are planning to expand the study to include American cats, Roetman said.

Mewsings: March 22, 2015 - "What greater gift than the love of a cat?" - Charles Dickens

cat photobombing

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Photobomb's awaayyyyyy!"

Cat Mewvie: How to put your cat in a trance.

cat staring comic

Today's Kitty Komic

taku cats

Feline Art: By Shepherd Fairy.

Mewsings: March 23, 2015 - "It's really the cat's house--we just pay the mortgage." - Unknown

unamused cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "We are not amused."

Cat Mewvie: Cat racing? No... just.... no.

mechanical bull

Today's Kitty Komic

cat's are like medicine

Feline Art: "The cucumber Incident" by Jason Davis.

underpants burglar

Feline burglar loves your underpants
by Ben Hooper

HAMILTON, New Zealand, March 22 (UPI) -- A New Zealand woman said her cat has a funny way of showing her affection: with gifts of men's underwear and socks stolen from an unknown source.

Sarah Nathan of Hamilton posted a photo to Facebook showing off some of the about 30 pairs of men's boxer briefs and more than 100 socks her Tonkinese cat, Brigit, has been bringing home as a tribute to her owner.

"She's showing her love by bringing me underpants," Nathan told the CBC's As it Happens.

"You can't not notice it when a pair of stripey men's underpants arrives in your hallway when you're living in an all-girl house," Nathan said.

Nathan said she has been putting flyers up around her neighborhood in the hope of identifying the owner of the pilfered undergarments. A photo of one of Nathan's flyers was posted to Reddit.

"I'm pretty sure the underwear is coming from the same source," she said.
Nathan said Brigit has a history of thieving and used to take children's toys and clothing from neighbors when they lived in Beerescourt.

"Keeping cats indoors isn't common in New Zealand," Nathan told the BBC. "Brigit doesn't hunt birds or wildlife so it seems unnecessary and our neighbors have been very good natured about it."

"But we are moving to the country soon so hopefully she will run out of opportunity!" she said.

Mewsings: March 24, 2015 - "It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say to them, they /always/ purr."- Lewis Carroll

you talkin' to me?

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You talkin' to me?"

Cat Mewvie: Such lazy kitties.

cats change spots comic

Today's Kitty Komic

chocolate cat

Feline Art: Artist unknown.

Mewsings: March 25, 2015 - "Cats do care. For example, they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning; and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off."
- Michael Nelson

cats sleeping

Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized sleeping.

Cat Mewvie: Boots builds an igloo.

ignorant dog comic

Today's Kitty Komic

taku cats and chicks

Feline Art: More cat art by Taku.

bucket list cat

21-year-old cat is on a bucket-list adventure.

(CANTON, Md.) — Tigger, a 21-year-old cat, is living out his final days by embarking on a bucket list adventure with his two loving owners.

We want to do fun things with him until he tells us, ‘Ok, this isn’t so fun for me anymore,” Adriene Buisch of Canton, Maryland, told ABC News. “He’s become a little local celebrity. I took him to the beach and he met people, played in the sand, got his head scratched. … He loved it.”

Buisch, 31, said she and her boyfriend, Michael, adopted Tigger last year after reading on Facebook that he was abandoned at a local veterinary hospital.

Tigger was abandoned by his owners who informed the vet that he is 21 years old, Buisch said.
The feline’s fur was matted down, he was diagnosed with kidney failure and later, multiple tumors were found on his body.

“Being his age and having kidney failure, he’s not a candidate for surgery,” said Buisch, who works for Charm City Veterinary Hospital in Baltimore. “He’s a love bug. We crack up because his body is 21, but we swear his mind is 2 [years old].”

In an effort to fill his final days with love and excitement, Buisch started a bucket list for Tigger and began documenting it on Tigger’s very own Facebook page.

Tigger recently crossed some items off his list, including a day at the beach, a road trip to Washington, D.C., a stroll in the neighborhood and an ugly Christmas sweater photo.

Buisch said his next adventures include a blind date with a female cat and, to satisfy his love of the outdoors, a trip to the waterfront and a boat ride complete with a personal flotation device.

“ He’ll strut his stuff down the sidewalk and there’s people everywhere, dogs, so we definitely think he’s had exposure to the outside,” Buisch said. “We’ve walked around for nearly two hours because he was loving it so much. He’s been rambunctious lately, but on the upside, he loves mommy.”

“ He’s the type of cat that if you look at him and pet him and stopped, he’ll grab you,” Buisch said. “It’s the little things we see, the little things in his personality. I can’t tell you how good it makes us feel. It’s just hard because we got attached very quickly.”

Tigger has over 1,900 followers on his Facebook page.

Buisch said people from around the world are suggesting items to add to her cat’s bucket list.


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