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Infinite Cat Project Archives for November 2-6, 2015.

Mewsings: November 2, 2015 - "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery

king of the cat mountain

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: King of the feline mountain.

Cat Mewvie: A sticky situation.

bird scissors comic

Today's Kitty Komic

pumpkin kittens

Feline Art: John Weguelin's "Egyptian Cat" (1886).

Scrapper the cat

Woman goes the extra mile to save lost cat.
by Steve Maugeri

Mount Vernon, IL (WFIE) -

An Illinois woman will make a trip to Florida in a few weeks to return a stray cat to its owners.
Scrapper was with his family in Pittsburgh in May when he suddenly ran off and got separated from his family.

The cat clawed his way through four states until he was put in a shelter in Mount Vernon, where he was in desperate need of someone to bail him out. Mona Warrick volunteered.

"I got on Facebook, and I saw a post, and a woman has a shelter in Mount Vernon Illinois, and it had this cat, with the tag, and had the name of his owners in Florida, and he was in a kill shelter,” said Mona Warrick.

After enough digging, she got in contact with the owner's neighbors, who relayed the message over to them.

"He called me on Monday and said ‘do you have my cat?’ And I said ‘no but I know where he is.’ And he said ‘can you go get him for me?’ And I said ‘I'd be glad to,’” said Warrick.
She was just in time.

“The day he was scheduled to be euthanized, that's when I picked him up,” said Warrick.
She spent $100 of her own money just to set him free.

In return, Scrappers family paid for a flight to Florida so Mona could take him back home. She will fly out to Florida with Scrapper by her side on November 17.

Though her time was short with Scrapper, she says she views him as family, and says she will definitely make another trip to pay him a visit.

Mewsings: November 3, 2015 - "Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience."- Pam Brown

cat with blanket in its mouth

Gratuitous Kittiness: DEcorative cats.

Cat Mewvie: Big cat football.

cat at the bar

Today's Kitty Komic

Rocky, by Tracy Butler

Feline Art: Akiyama Iwao.

Mewsings: November 4, 2015 - "It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming." -   Adlai Stevenson

fluffy cat on post

Gratuitous Kittiness: The oppostie of a pain-in-the-neck.

Cat Mewvie: This is why plastic bags should never be banned.

vending machine kitty

Today's Kitty Komic

cat tree costume

Surprise Kitty Art: Fish in the belly.

world's largest cat painting

World's largest cat painting sells at auction.
by Emily Saul

A mystery buyer shelled out $826,000 today for a piece of art touted as the largest and most expensive cat painting ever.

The 227-pound 6-by-8.5 foot meowsterpiece — commissioned by likely the world’s first cat lady — exceeded Sotheby’s expectations by over half a million dollars.

“My Wife’s Lovers,” by Austrian Artist Carl Kahler, is so large it ripped the nails out of the wall when Sotheby’s tried to hang it, and the auction house had to erect a special wall just to display it at today’s 19th Century European Art sale on the Upper East Side.

Forty-two of Kate Birdsall Johnson’s 350 cats are featured in the piece — which she kept at her 3,000-acre summer residence in Buena Vista, California.

Each cat had a name, and the animals were cared for by a troop of servants, according to Sotheby’s spokesperson Melanie Brister.

At the center of the work sits Sultan, a $3000 feline Jonson bought during a trip to Paris.

Kahler had never painted a cat before, and spent three years sketching the puss posse, learning their personalities and habits.

The title of the painting came courtesy of the millionaire’s long-suffering husband, said Brister.
Johnson died in 1893, just two years after the painting was completed.

Her will set aside $500,000 for the cats continued care.

Mewsings: November 5, 2015 - "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph Wood Krutch

cat at the vet

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Foolish human. I see through your silly ruse."

Cat Mewvie: Cats in slow-mo.

play wirth me

Today's Kitty Komic

cat shoes

The Feline Arts: Need some mew shoes?

Mewsings: November 6, 2015 - "Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. - Stephen Baker

driving with kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: "On the road again..."

Cat Mewvie: Caracal kittens go exploring.

cat murder psycho kittydreams

Today's Kitty Komic

happy halloween kitten

Surprise Kat Art: Leonardo da Vinci cat studies.

shocked kitty

No, a study did NOT find that your cat wants to kill you.
by Hilary Hanson

A lot of headlines out there this week suggest that a recent study found your cat wants to kill you.

Luckily for anyone whose feline companion has access to weapons, those headlines are blatantly untrue.

The study, led by University of Edinburgh researchers, compares the personalities of domestic cats with those of Scottish wildcats, clouded leopards, snow leopards and African lions, based on assessments made by cat caretakers and zookeepers. It was published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology last year. Not even lead researcher Marieke Gartner knows why it exploded in the media this week.

What she does know is that a lot of news outlets have gotten her study wrong.

For one thing, she did not find anything indicating that domestic cats want to kill humans.
" My research did not suggest this -- in fact, it's completely unrelated," she told The Huffington Post in an email. "I don't know why people would say that."

But that's not all journalists got wrong. Article after article claims that across the board, both domestic cats and lions have prominent personality traits of "neuroticism," "impulsivity" and "dominance." But this is a misunderstanding of the study, Gartner said.

The misconception occurred because Gartner referred to those three traits as the “personality factors” present in cats and lions. But what that means is that one way to assess the feline’s personality is to place the cat on a spectrum of not very neurotic to very neurotic, or not very impulsive to very impulsive.

" In humans, personality is described by five personality factors: Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism," Gartner wrote. "There is a difference between factors and traits -- so no, the most prominent personality traits [in cats and lions] are not dominance, impulsivity, and neuroticism. These are the three personality factors that describe each species -- but each individual will range along the spectrum of traits that make up each of the personality factors."

Mikel Delgado, certified cat behavior consultant and Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley has some ideas about why people love to attribute murderous motives to cats.

" They don't have as many facial muscles [as dogs]," she told HuffPost. "Their face is harder to interpret. People do seem to wonder, 'What's my cat thinking?'"

Cats just aren't as big or as potentially dangerous as many dogs, so imagining them wanting to off us isn't really threatening.

" We almost find it humorous that cats want to kill us, or hate us or we're their slaves," Delgado said. Plus, she noted, people have coexisted with cats for millennia.

" If they really wanted to kill us," she asked, "don’t you think it would have happened?"


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