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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 1-5, 2016.

Mewsings: August 1, 2016 - "Most cats, when they are out want to be in, and visa versa, and often simultaneously." - Louis J. Camuti

cat enjoying the sun

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "My motto? 'Enjoy the sun while you can.'"

Cat Mewvie: How to animate your cat.

comic cat learns to drive

Today's Kitty Komic

cats playing cards

Feline Street Art: "Lick Me" by Dinese Laurent.

aging cat

Caring for your aging cat.
by Bob Bamberg

When I was a kid, you didn't often see a geriatric cat. Very few of them were kept as indoor cats, so they were often struck by cars. As an eight year old, my neighbor's cat was run over right in front of me creating an image that's vivid in my mind even today, over 60 years later.

They also very rarely saw a veterinarian. And even when they were sick, most people did the best they could to nurse the cat back to health. If it passed away, they got another cat. Goodness knows there were plenty of them around since very few females were spayed and "Free Kittens" signs on mailboxes were frequent. It was a different era.

Today, the phenomenon known as the humanization of pets puts cats right up there with the spouse and kids as far as status within the family is concerned. They're mostly kept indoors now, and they regularly see a vet, even for wellness visits.

They're also fed better diets nowadays, thanks to advances in our knowledge of feline nutrition. At the vet clinic, the doctors utilize equipment and protocols unavailable even a generation ago. They're spotting trouble before it gets out of hand.

All of these factors have extended the lives of our cats while we weren't even looking, so to speak. All of a sudden, we're faced with a geriatric cat, and all that that entails, and we're ill-equipped to deal with the situation. Not many of us have had the experience before.

How do you tell when your cat is considered a senior cat? After all, it's not uncommon for them to live into their early twenties now, and a lot of them don't show dramatic signs of aging. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) provides this guide:

Mature to middle-aged, 7 to 10 years;

Senior, 11 to 14 years;

Geriatric, 15-plus years.

When they reach the "mature to middle aged" level it's a good idea to schedule semi annual checkups. Because their life span is so much shorter than ours, they age much quicker than we do, and things happen much more quickly.

Our doctors often don't see a big change in our health status from one year to the next, but for a cat (or dog, for that matter) significant changes can occur from one visit to the next. Early detections often results in better outcomes.

It's important to keep a keen eye on your senior cat and report anything out of the ordinary to your vet, even if it seems trivial to you. Changes in behavior can often be an indication that something's going on inside that needs attention.

Aging brings some obvious signs, such as reduced activity and labored movement, but there are a number of conditions elder cats are susceptible to that won't be readily discernable, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, periodontal disease, kidney disease and retinal disease, to name a few.
Along with semi-annual check-ups, maintain your cat's regular care such as parasite control, vaccinations, healthy diet, and exercise. Your geriatric cat can still lead the good life and with proper care, age with the grace that we all hope for.

Mewsings: August 2, 2016 - "Cats may, indeed, be the thinking man's pet--because living with cats certainly keeps you on your toes!" - Barbara L. Diamond

cat signifying goal

Gratuitous Kittiness: "GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!"

Cat Mewvie: An android's ode to his beloved cat.

a cat's map of the bed

Today's Kitty Komic

four-eyed cat by Casey Weldon

Feline Art: "Four-Eyes" by Casey Weldon.

Mewsings: August 3, 2016 - "We quickly discovered that two kittens were much more fun than one."
- Allen Lucy

cat watching naked bather

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You sure look funny without your fur."

Cat Mewvie: Now that's a cat house.

cats give good presents comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat love by c. shinn

Feline Art: "Lucky Calico Stretch" by Tracey Greene.

seattle cats

Seattle cats need help.
by Casey McNerthney

Three hundred cats at Seattle Humane need your help.

The non-profit shelter is in the middle of kitten season, and staff is asking for help getting food for all the cats and kittens for whom they’re trying to find homes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, their pet food bank was completely out of cat food.

Ordering it is best,” Seattle Humane’s Marketing Communications Manager Jenna Pringle said. Using the Seattle Humane link through Amazon also gives the organization a portion of the overall sale, part of the Amazon Smile program, she said.

Use this link to order on Amazon. The shelter’s address for shipping is 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way in Bellevue, zip code 98005. People also can drop off food there.

Mewsings: August 4, 2016 - "To some blind souls all cats are much alike. To a cat lover every cat from the beginning of time has been utterly and amazingly unique."- Jenny de Vries

cat uses portal gun

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man! These portal guns ROCK!"

Cat Mewvie: Let's flip the cat.

cats love air conditioning too

Today's Kitty Komic

cat riding bucycle painting

Feline Art: "Bicycle Cat" by Ryan.

Mewsings: August 5, 2016 - "A cat will do what it wants when it wants, and there's not a thing you can do about it." - Frank Perkins

cat on ladder batting at ceiling fan

Gratuitous Kittiness: This MIGHT be a bad idea.

Cat Mewvie: Cats speak many languages.

comic about having too many cats

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on a clothesline by jeff koons

Feline Art: "Cat On a Clothesline" by Jeff Koons.

Trump cat nutt jewelry

Finally, cats can protest Trump with butt jewelry.
by David Moye

It can be hard for cats to engage in civic life. U.S. law prevents them from voting, and though some of them run for president every now and then, they never seem to get invited to debates.

Luckily, politically minded pussycats (and their owners) now have a new way to express their opinion on how they feel about Donald Trump - in the form of cat butt jewelry.

A new website called is selling bejeweled pendants featuring The Donald’s face.

The Trumped-up trinket comes in three different models, each showcasing one of Trump’s trademark facial expressions: The Rich Smirk, The F-Bomb and The Ragin’ A-Hole.

Looking behind the gaudy, cheap costume jewelry and you’ll see the product slogan: “Protecting The Country From Pussy A**holes.”

The idea of protesting with a pussycat posterior belongs to two advertising professionals Marta Ibarrando and Evelyn Neill.

“We were mad about Trump in a way that strikes a chord with us as human beings, women and, for me, as an immigrant from Spain,” Ibarrando told The Huffington Post. “We must do something to prove to America that Trump is an a**hole.”

Putting Trump’s visage near a feline’s fanny may seem like proof of animal cruelty, Neill has been surprised by her cat’s reaction to the butt jewelry.

“My own cat kind of liked it and that scared me,” she admitted to HuffPost.

That said, since the apparatus is made out of small parts and an elastic that could be harmful if swallowed, make sure to only let your cat wear it with supervision. And if your cat absolutely hates the thing, don’t force the issue. Trump has already made us all suffer enough.


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