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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 22-26, 2016.


Mewsings: August 22, 2016 - "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." - Robert A. Stern


wet skinny kitten bath

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: One (1) Fluffy kitten. Just delete water.




Cat Mewvie: Bobcat for dinner.
 

god is a cat puking up life

Today's Kitty Komic


giant cat mask

Feline Street Art: The acme of commercial advertising illustration.


cat news

Man's deceased cat reappears on Google Street View.
By Andrew Kane

This cat owner experienced a bittersweet reunion when his departed cat made an unexpected reappearence on the popular navigation service, Google Street View.

As a work of photography, the image itself doesn’t seem particularly impressive. The blurry screenshot shows a white cat with brown splotches on its tail and head slinking through a residential area. Nothing out of the ordinary it would seem, especially considering some of the more remarkable scenes that have surfaced on Google Street View over the years. Still, the tweet containing it has become a trending topic online, with the original post garnering thousands of likes as it circulates across the internet.

So why’s everyone freaking out? Cue the X-Files theme, and refer below to the original tweet for the details of this phantom feline’s Lazarus moment.

In the tweet, Japanese twitter user @hijikara excitedly proclaims that he’s “found our cat that died on Google Maps!” It seems the user came across this photograph unexpectedly when looking at images of their hometown, as the cat passed away some time ago.

Many users were quick to note the timely nature of this discovery. That’s because in Japan, August is a time for homecoming, when people return to their place of birth to celebrate a Buddhist holiday called “Obon.”

According to traditional beliefs in Japan, Obon marks the time of year when spirits of the departed return home to Earth. Big cities, usually crowded with shoppers and office workers become quiet, and the crowds in public spaces grow sparse as millions travel back to smaller cities to spend time with family and honor the memories of departed loved-ones.

Now it seems that it’s not only human souls that make this journey home.

While similar cases of deceased relatives and friends appearing on Street View have occurred over the years, this discovery was all the more remarkable because this particular cat spent most of its life indoors. The owner says that the cat happened to have slipped outside the day the Google truck came around to survey the neighborhood. The mischievous feline presumably crossed paths with it as it was taking pictures of the area.

As a fellow animal lover and cat owner, I can’t help but feel a little emotional about this one. I can’t even muster any of my signature sarcastic quips!

The owner still probably misses their pet, but the story offers a nice, though poignant, reminder of an old friend.







Mewsings: August 23, 2016 - "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps; but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain


vintage photo of cat and kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: Kitty love, circa 1927."






Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat in "Feed Me!"
 

cat internist

Today's Kitty Komic


max factor perfume bottles shaped like cats

Feline Art: Kitties, Max Factor style.




Mewsings: August 24, 2016 - "No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln


a very pretty kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: A very pretty kitty indeed.





Cat Mewvie: Scooter don't care.
 

cats live in universe of doors comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat painting by Florin Nicolle

Feline Art: "Cat2" by Florian Nicolle.


bananya cat

Japan Has a Show About a Cat Banana Because, Well, It’s Japan.
By Blake Rodgers

With the amount of things we can find on the internet these days, saying that something from Japan is weird or out of the ordinary is a pretty easy observation and sometimes feels a like it’s the definition of “low-hanging fruit.” Yet sometimes things like this come along that are both weird and literal hanging fruit.

A recent post from Techly brought the wonderful word of a cat banana named Bananya to our attention and we’re a bit mystified by it. After watching a few episodes, that you can see for free on Crunchyroll, I’m still a bit confused about the world in which these banana/cat hybrids exist.

From what I can gather–and refuse to be corrected about because I sincerely can’t take another episode –Bananya and friends live in a world where humans are unaware of their existence. The show seems to document the adventures of Bananya from an unseen narrator who has done some extensive research on the species and has a level of access to Bananya’s surroundings that’s troublesome, to say the least. In one episode, where Banaya goes to the grocery store, the owner of the house is referred to as “Mama” by the narrator and is apparently gleefully unaware that sentient feline fruit found its way into her purse or that the narrator has been following her around and is super interested in her produce.

There’s a definite Toy Story (or maybe even a little Fraggle Rock) vibe to it all as the bananacats remain in hiding from the humans but appear to be content living as bananas while they’re around. What’s disturbing is that it seems all bananas are actually bananacats and we simply don’t know it. The banana hanger on the table means the humans placed that fruit there with the intention of eating it, and all the bananacats seem cool with it. The others, despite being ambulatory enough to hide, do nothing for their yellow brethren. We’ve all been eating bananacats, you guys.

As weird as the show may seem, and as much as we kid, Bananya is still incredibly adorable.





Mewsings: August 25, 2016 - "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.


cat on driver's shoulder

Gratuitous Kittiness: Floof is my co-pilot.





Cat Mewvie: Cats falling downstairs.
 

comic cat steals car

Today's Kitty Komic


cat painting by gaudi buendi

Feline Art: "Diana, my Abyssinian cat" by Gaudi Buendi.



Mewsings: August 26, 2016 - "I cannot deny that a cat lover and his cat have a master/slave relationship. The cat is the master." - Arthur R. Kassin


majestic cat


Gratuitous Kittiness: The cat's cat.





Cat Mewvie: Misha has a lot on her mind.
 

the olympian cat

Today's Kitty Komic


catable by Ruan Hao

Feline Art: "Catable" by Ruan Hao.


food cats shouldn't eat

Foods that are a danger to your cats.
By Rhonda Ross

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Like any pet, it is fun to reward your cats for good behavior for doing a trick or for simply being cute.

Many pet owners love sharing food with their furry family member, but it's important to know what's potentially dangerous to feed your cat.

A cat's digestive system can be easily affected if it is not a food specifically designed for cats. Just like us, they have intolerances and allergies, but more importantly there are foods that are harmful to their system.

Harmful Foods:

• Tuna sold for human consumption (tuna made into cat food is perfectly fine)
• Xylitol - This product is a sweetener that is often food in gum and other sugar-free foods 
such as mints and candy. It is also found in many dental products as it prevents tooth decay.
• Alcohol
• Chocolate
• Caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, energy drinks)
• Dairy products
• Raw food (meat, fish, eggs)
• Grapes and raisins
• Onions and garlic

What to Do If Your Cat Ingests One of These Foods:

If your cat ingests one of these foods, you should seek out immediate care.
It is important to call your vet or local emergency hospital in a timely manner. If possible, you should try to figure out how much your cat ate so that you can relay that on to your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline. If you have a wrapper or box from the harmful food it is helpful to have it readily available.

Prevention:

The best way to prevent your cat from eating a food that is dangerous to them is by not feeding your cat outside of their normal food.

If you want to give your furry friend a treat, that is okay, but they should only be given on occasion. Not only does limiting treats help avoid gastrointestinal issues but it also helps maintain a healthy diet. It is best to give them treats that are specifically formulated for cats as sometimes human food has hidden ingredients that may be harmful, such as xylitol.




 




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