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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 23-27, 2016.

Mewsings: May 23, 2015 - "Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort." - Paul Corey

cat with big blue eyes

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Good morning."

Cat Mewvie: The famous Russian "Inception Cat".

where sleeping cats lie comic

Today's Kitty Komic

hidden litter box in potted plant

Feline Street Art: The old litter-box-hidden-in-the-potted-plant trick.

declaw cats

New York to become first state to ban declawing cats.
By Chuck Barney

New York is planning to ban the practice of declawing cats, sparking a debate about whether the procedure is inhumane or should be kept as a last resort for troublesome felines.

If the legislation is passed, it would make New York the first US state to outlaw surgery that essentially amounts to amputating a cat's toes back to the first knuckle.

" None of us love the procedure," said Richard Goldstein, a veterinarian at New York City's Animal Medical Centre. "But when the alternative is condemning the cat to a shelter or to death? That's why we do it."

The state and national veterinary organisations that say they oppose a ban on declawing do so because it's often the only way for cats with behavioural problems to keep from being abandoned or put down, they say. Such medical decisions should be left to the professionals and cat owners, not politicians, they add.

Unlike human nails, a cat's claws are attached to bone, so declawing a feline requires a veterinarian to slice through tendon and nerves to remove the last segment of bone in a cat's toes.
Jenner Conrad, a California vet who traveled to the state capital Albany this past week to lobby for the proposed ban, said: "It's amputation. It is the equivalent of taking a cigar cutter and cutting the end joint off".

Lisa Fernandez, a Brooklyn primary school head teacher, said she declawed her own cat before she knew what it entailed. Students at her school are now participating in a lobbying campaign to urge lawmakers to support the ban.

"When I found out what it was, I was horrified," she said.

The debate comes as Americans' feelings about their four-legged friends continue to evolve. Another bill in New York's Legislature would remove sales taxes on pet food, and politicians voted last year to allow dogs to join their human companions on the patios of restaurants.

Several states have now banned surgeries which remove a dog's vocal cords. And all 50 states now have statutes making severe animal cruelty a felony.

"There's a rising tide of social concern about animal welfare," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States. "We've proven that the American public is deeply concerned about the welfare of animals, the ones that live with them and the ones used for food production."

Australia, Britain and several European countries already ban cat declawing. It's also illegal in Los Angeles and some other California cities. Estimates are that about a quarter of all household cats will be declawed in their lifetimes - though vets that spoke to the AP say it's becoming less and less common.

At the Animal Haven shelter in lower Manhattan, associate director Kendra Mara said about 10 per cent of the cats up for adoption are declawed. Some of the felines who have the procedure resort to biting instead, and some avoid using the litter box because the litter can aggravate their wounds.

"It's never an easy adoption," she said. "There's always the need to work on the behavior issue."

Mewsings: May 24, 2015 - "Which is more beautiful--feline movement or feline stillness?" - Elizabeth Hamilton

cat in food container

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You'd think we never fed him."

Cat Mewvie: Crazy kitty attack practice.

artist cat

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by kirsten bailey

Feline Art: Cat topiary starter kit.

Mewsings: May 25, 2015 - "Many cats simply pounce to their own drummers." - Karen Duprey

two cute white kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: Two cute.

Cat Mewvie: Cute baby, good kitty.

the cat's will comic

Today's Kitty Komic

commercial cat urn

Feline Art: Commercial cat urn.

lykoi cat

Rare "werewolf" kitten found in South Africa.
By Chuck Barney

A Lykoi kitten — sometimes referred to as a "werewolf cat" — was found by an animal rescue group in Cape Town, South Africa. This extremely rare cat breed comes from a naturally occurring gene in feral cats, according to the International Cat Association. The breed gets its name from the Greek word for wolf.

Although the cat was discovered in March, it wasn't until recently that the group realized how rare he was.

According to Tears Animal Rescue, "The cat, found under a bush, is the only natural-born Lykoi on record in [South Africa] and one of just 35 in the world, making this one of the most exciting discoveries in the [South African] animal world in recent years."

They named the kitten Eyona, a South African name that means "The One."

Eyona was one of a litter of six rescued when their mother, a domestic short-haired tabby, disappeared. But this kitten stood out from his siblings. He has patchy, dark hair with flecks of gray and he acts more like a dog than a cat, according to rescue workers. The group describes his unique look as, "like a human, half-transformed into a mythical creature."

Tears veterinarians were so enthralled by Eyona's unusual appearance that they took a skin scraping to test for different diseases.

"He's got the look of a wolf, but the physique of a cat," Tears operations manager Mandy Store told The Dodo. "We thought he might be a sphinx crossbreed, but he's got a lot of little physical differences from cats. He's quite incredible."

Tests came back negative for diseases, so staffers did more research to figure out what he could be.

A Lykoi specialist, U.S. veterinarian Dr. Johnny Gobble, helped identify the kitten as a rare "werewolf cat."

“The little Lykoi at TEARS is the first natural mutation in South Africa reported to me," he said in a statement on the rescue group's website. "The Lykoi breeder in [South Africa] started with Lykoi cats from another breeder that we began with our lines, so those cats were bred and did not occur naturally.”

Gobble said the kitten is the 35th known natural occurrence of the Lykoi genetic mutation. Although other cats have been bred to produce the mutation, Eyona is unusual because his mutation is apparently not inherited.

Although there's a lot of interest in the rare, unusual kitten, rescuers have found a home for him "with one of the greatest feline experts and animal lovers," according to the group.

"Eyona is quite different to other cats, is still feral and will need special care."

Mewsings: May 26, 2015 - "A cat determined not to be found can fold itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to." - Louis J. Camuti, D.V.M.

dinosaur kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey! Would you mind keeping it down?"

Cat Mewvie: "Dude! Who still uses CDs?"

experimental psychologist cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

plaster cats

Feline Art: Knitted cat, artist unknown.

Mewsings: May 27, 2015 - "If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air." - Doris Lessing

cat with yarn in mouth

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yarn? I didn't see any yarn.

Cat Mewvie: "Wakey-wakey!"

cat wants to be a millionaire

Today's Kitty Komic

ceramic cat by Carla of EK

Feline Art: Ceramic Cat by Carla of EK.


Veteran reunited with Iraqi kitten.
By CBS News

LOS ANGELES -- CBS affiliate Los Angeles had cameras rolling when a local veteran was reunited with the little kitty he had to leave behind in Iraq.

As baggage handlers carried him to his old friend, the tabby meow-ed up a storm, and that's fitting. His name is Mr. Meowgi.

"Every morning, when we could pull up, he would run up from his little shelter and he would just meow his head off," said Brad VanCleave.

Mr. Meowgi arrived at the Delta LAX cargo area to be reunited with the man who helped rescue him in Baghdad.

"In July of 2015 I saw a baby kitten and he stuck his head out from one of the shipping containers. And we started feeding it and his mom."

VanCleave, a Navy reservist from Murrieta, was working as a government contractor at the Baghdad International Airport when the two became fast friends.

"It's kind of a neat little feeling to know that you're arriving at your work site and you're greeting by this meowing little baby, and he's chasing after you."

Mr Meowgi's mom abandoned the kitten but VanCleave couldn't do the same. When it was time for him to return home to his family, the kitten stayed on his mind.

I knew if I left him there and didn't bring him back" says VanCleave, "the chances of him being alive when I got back were pretty slim."

The SPCA International and Operation Baghdad: Pups made this reunion possible. It was by no means a fast journey. Mr. Meowgi left Baghdad back on March 27, he headed to Erbil, Iraq, then it was on to Frankfurt, Germany. Then New York before arriving in Los Angeles to meet his new extended family.

"I'm pretty excited," said one of VanCleave's sons.

Mr. Meowgi will now head home where there is more fur company -- another cat and a dog.
VanCleave expects peace among the critter VanCleaves.

"No, wasn't worried at all," he says.

He's already captured the human hearts.

Mr. Meowgi may have come from a war zone but he was and always will be surrounded by love.

"People who care for cats, whether they're on deployment, when they're that attached to an animal, I wouldn't do anything less than bring him back. "


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