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Infinite Cat Project Archives for September 28-October 2, 2015.

Mewsings: September 28, 2015 - "There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat." - Tay Hohoff

towel warmer cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Warm towel, sir?"

Cat Mewvie: "Quiet you!"

ice cream cats

Today's Kitty Komic

cat rings

Surprise Kat Art: Cats at your finger-tips.

shelter cat myths

Mewsings: September 29, 2015 - "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." - James Herriot

cat masseuse

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ahhhh. That's the stuff."

Cat Mewvie: The story of the snail and the cats.

hissing at the new kid

Today's Kitty Komic

tiny cat painting

Feline Art: A tiny cat masterpiece.

Mewsings: September 30, 2015 - "Many cats simply pounce to their own drummers." - Karen Duprey

cat tv

Gratuitous Kittiness: My favorite channel.

Cat Mewvie: Nice reflexes.

cat obedience comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat at-at

Surprise Kitty Art: Behold! The Cat AT-AT!

Andean cat

Meet the rare Andean Cat

Endemic to the Andes Mountains of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, the Andean Cat is one elusive feline. It’s only been sighted a couple times in the wild, let alone photographed. Some researchers were very lucky after their camera traps photographed a gem: an adult and her kitten.

The Andean Cat is the size of a house cat, but much sturdier and, well, fluffier. The adorable fur is pale silvery gray in color and striped irregularly with brown or orangy markings down the sides from the back, with dark gray bars across the chest and forelegs. The tail is thick and long and banded with dark rings, which it uses to keep balance as the cat prowls steep, rocky slopes much like its cousin – the Himalayan snow leopard, another elusive creature.

Leopardus jacobita is so rare that scientists weren’t even sure if the cat is endangered or merely fantastically hard to spot. It turns out it’s both. Judging from genetic analysis, paw marks and other signs, the Andean Cat population shouldn’t number more than 2,500 individuals.

The two cats, mother and cub, were photographed in Chile’s Los Flamencos National Reserve. Andean Cats feed on rodents, reptiles, birds and rabbits. In fact, they like to eat vizcacha (a rabbit-like rodent) more than anything else. Other than that, not much is known about the Andean Cats, though it’s thought these they reproduce once a year and they have litters of 1 – 3 youngsters.

Make the purr-fect breakfast wth this new cat-shaped egg mold.

The San Francisco-based website Egg Addiction has created a cat-shaped egg molds to jazz up everyday eggs.

All you have to do is lightly oil your pan with cooking spray and place the silicone mold on the pan. Separate two eggs (but be careful when handling the yolks!) and pour them into the pan, using the yolks as the cat’s eyes. Cook the eggs to your preference and voilà!

There are many different ways to serve your cat-shaped eggs — in a traditional American breakfast with bacon, hash browns, and sausage; over kimchi fried rice; and even over pasta. It’s also a fun way to entice kids who are picky eaters.

There are two sizes — regular and mini. The cat egg molds are expected to ship in February 2016 and should make the purr-fect gift for all cat lovers.

Mewsings: October 1, 2015 - "No one shall deny me my own conclusions, nor my cat her reflective purr." - Irving Townsend

imagine whirled peas

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Imagine whirled peas."

Cat Mewvie: "Hey, guys! Treats on me!"

cats in boxes

Today's Kitty Komic

making cat art

Feline Art: Making cat art.

Mewsings: October 2, 2015 - "I rarely meddled in the cat's personal affairs and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither of us was foolish enough to attribute human emotions to our pets." - Kinky Friedman

big cat yawn

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Am I helping yet?"

Cat Mewvie: Cats and flutes.

Muffin has kittens

Today's Kitty Komic

wooden nested cat puzzle

Surprise Kat Art: Cats, the bets kind of puzzle.

tommy the nap-time cat

A Little Boy and His Cat

There's a curious side effect that unfailingly occurs when we open our hearts to an animal in need — our hearts get bigger, too.

Examples of this abound, but a recent one has captivated folks across the internet. This week, Reddit user sympson2612 shared a touching set of photos showing one little boy's sweet nap time tradition inspired by his love of the family's adopted cat, named Tommy.

"It's been almost a year since we took in the neighborhood stray and my son still insists on tucking him in when he naps," writes sympson2612,"so he knows that he lives at our house and will come back."

The former stray certainly seems to appreciate being in such a loving home, though for the family, it's they who have truly won. Writes sympson2612:

"This past year has been so wonderful having him in our lives. He is the sweetest, funniest, most patient cat I have ever met. We are sold on 'adopting' stray cats from now on!"
Interestingly, there's more than meets the eye in these touching photos. By having Tommy in his life, the boy is better positioned to grow into an emotionally healthy, caring adult, according to psychologist Dr. Azadeh Aalai in Psychology Today.

"[A]ny pet owner can attest to the myriad of benefits that come with [pet] ownership—chief among them for young children [is] the facilitation in cultivating empathy towards others and enhancing responsibility in taking care of a living being other than oneself," Aalai wrote.

"In fact, less pre-occupation with oneself is higher among pet owners when compared to non-owners, suggesting that the responsibility of taking care of another may release us somewhat from our egocentric tendencies."

Thanks for the reminder, Tommy!


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