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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 8-12, 2016.

Mewsings: August 8, 2016 - "What's virtue in a man can't be virtue in a cat."
- Gail Hamilton 1833-1896

cat with sword patter in fur

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "By the sword of gray-fur, I have the POWER!"

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat goes fishing.

comic vat helps you learn efficiently

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with red mask art

Feline Street Art: "Red Mask Face", artist unknown.

Samson, New York's biggest cat

Meet New York's biggest kitty.
by Jenn Hoffman

This is no itty bitty kitty.

A Brooklyn feline named Samson weighs in at a hulking 28 pounds, making him NYC’s biggest puss.

“He’s the [largest] cat in the city, and I welcome any challengers to step up,” says Samson’s owner, Jonathan Zurbel, 42, of the 4-year-old purebred Maine coon, who is an impressive 4 feet in length.

“He is by far the biggest cat I’ve heard of, especially in New York City,” confirms Dr. Lisa Lippman, a Manhattan veterinarian who says that most cats she sees weigh around 10 pounds.

Maine coons are the largest breed of felines, but even they typically average only 15 to 25 pounds for males, according to Maine Coon Fancy, a Web site dedicated to the breed.
Not surprising given his hefty dimensions, Samson doesn’t act like your average kitty.

“He plays an excellent game of fetch, and he follows me from room to room and lays nearby, much like a dog,” says Zurbel, a music producer.

But Samson draws the line at walking on a leash, which he doesn’t enjoy. Instead, Zurbel wheels him around Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a green pet stroller.

“He gets a lot of attention from strangers,” says the proud papa, who adopted the cat from his older brother. He’d purchased the kitty from a breeder in southern New Jersey but had to give him up because of his work schedule.

“He draws crowds of photographers,” Zurbel continues. “People’s reactions are often, ‘Holy s - - t! Is that a cat? That’s a lion! Is it a bobcat?’ ”

Caring for such a colossal kitty isn’t easy. He goes through up to six cans of wet food a day and several bags of dry food every week. He also goes through nearly 4 pounds of litter a week, and requires a $120 grooming every few months to look his fluffy best.

Zurbel says the colossal kitty is worth the trouble.

“He’s a very good cat,” he says. “He’s affectionate and sweet.”

He’s also a burgeoning star on Instagram, where his @catstradamus account has over 11,000 followers.

“If there’s one thing that rules the Internet, it’s cats,” says Zurbel. “It didn’t take long to build an organic following.”

But even though he tips the scales at 28 pounds, don’t call Samson a fat cat.

“He is genuinely long, broad, heavy and strong. He’s big and well-proportioned. He’s a real big Maine coon,” says his groomer, Carolyn Ayala. “I have groomed many obese cats but [he’s] not the same . . . He is the Fabio of cats. He’s a gentle giant.”.

Mewsings: August 9, 2016 - "You may own a cat, but cannot govern one." - Kate Sanborn

before and after picture of cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Before and After.

Cat Mewvie: The bird goes to the cats.

manx cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

korean tapestry with cat and butterfly

Feline Art: Korean tapestry.

Mewsings: August 10, 2016 - "Four little persians, but only one looked in my direction. I extednded a tentative finger and two soft paws clung to it. There was a contented sound of purring, I suspect on both our parts." - George Fredley

twin cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: Totally twinsies.

Cat Mewvie: Taming a feral kitten.

cat licking ass in restauran

Today's Kitty Komic

millions of cats book cover

Feline Art: Book cover from 1928.

20 cat facts

20 Cat Facts.

International Cat Day is August 8th – an annual celebration of one of the world's favourite animal companions. We don't need any more reason to love cats but, just in case, here are 20 reasons why our feline friends are incredible creatures.

Cats sleep for two-thirds – almost 70% – of their lives, usually spending between 13 and 16 hours of the day asleep.

There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world.
Cats are unable to taste sweet things.

Cats are good for your mental health. A study, by the charity Cats Protection, of more than 600 cat and non cat-owners (with half attesting to mental health problems) found that 87% of feline lovers saw looking after a cat as having a positive impact on well-being.

Adult cats 'miaow' to communicate with humans rather than each other.
Cats use their whiskers as sensors to find out how wide a space is – and whether they can fit through it.

A cat's heart beats two to three times faster than a human's.

A cat's tongue has rows of hooked scales that act like a comb to groom its fur.

Cats only sweat through their paws.

Cats enjoy playing and it is important for improving their motor skills, encouraging social behaviour and providing brain training.

A group of cats is called a clowder.

A cat has the ability to jump up to six times its length.

Cats can detect higher frequencies of sound than dogs or humans.

Cats have powerful, tightly controlled muscles and fast reflexes that allow them to move quickly – they skilled at stalking, running, jumping and climbing.

Morris the cat's 2013 bid to become mayor of Xalapa, Mexico fuelled a social media frenzy, with The Facebook page for the Candigato (gato is cat in Spanish) garnering 130,000 'likes'.
Cats communication

Cats can see at one-sixth the light level required for human vision.

Cats communicate using visual indications, such as scratch marks.

Cats are believed to have been domesticated in ancient Egypt.

The Maine Coon is the largest breed of domesticated cat.

Cats have good night vision and can see at one-sixth the light level required for human vision.

Domestic cats purr at a frequency of 20 to 30 vibrations per second.

Mewsings: August 11, 2016 - "A cat can climb down from a tree without the assistance of the fire department or any other agency. The proof is that no one has ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree."
- Unknown

kitty on faucets knobs

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I hate these nosebleed seats.

Cat Mewvie: Yeah, it's hot.

f people behaved like cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

surreal painting with cat by michael bridges

Feline Art: Painting by Micheal Bridges.

Mewsings: August 12, 2016 - "Chances are that a man who can nuzzle a kitten is also open and caring in other facets of his life." - Barbara L. Diamond

drunk cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is it Friday yet?"

Cat Mewvie: Unchained, finally.

why cats love sitting on paper

Today's Kitty Komic

egyptian sculpture cat with kittens

Feline Art: Egyptian sculpture, "Cat With Kittens" circa 650BCE.

sand cat rediscovered

Elusive Arabian sand cat spotted after 10 years’ disappearance.
By Natasha Khaleeq

Species: Arabian sand cat (Felis margarita harrisoni)
Habitat: Deserts of Arabia, northern Africa and central Asia

Blink and you’ll miss it. The sand cat is a shy and secretive animal only seen in the desert at night.

It’s a nocturnal hunter perfectly adapted to its desert home. It doesn’t need to drink water as it can get all it needs from the small birds, reptiles and mammals that are its prey. Special hairs in its ears and on its paws keep the sand out.

Despite its wide distribution across the deserts of North Africa, Arabia and Central Asia, little is known about this elusive species.

“There’s an absence of scientists working on sand cats and very few assessments are being made to assess the behaviour, population and status of the species,” says John Newby of the Sahara Conservation Fund.

Lack of records and difficulty in spotting it means we don’t even know how well it is faring. Sand cats are listed as “near threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and as endangered in the United Arab Emirates, where the Al Ain Zoo is a hotspot for captive breeding programmes to try to conserve the species.

“Sand cats are naturally rare,” says Newby. On top of that, populations are thought to be declining due to habitat loss and falling numbers of prey species.

In western UAE, the cat has only been documented in the wild anecdotally – and even such records date to 10 years or more ago.

In 2015, Shakeel Ahmed, an assistant scientist at The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) led a team studying the animals and plants of the Baynouna – a protected area in Abu Dhabi. They baited camera traps with cat food over several months and eventually managed to get 46 photos, which the team later identified as being of three individuals. Sightings were usually late on moonlit nights and at cooler times, suggesting the cats prefer medium to low temperatures of between 11 and 28 °C. Their habitat was in sparsely vegetated sand dunes.

The team also set traps for small animals, and caught Cheeseman’s gerbils and the lesser jerboa. Other sightings on the camera included the urchin beetle, and reptiles such as Arabian sand skink and gecko. All these mean there is plenty of food available in the region for the sand cat.

The team hopes this information will help inform future conservation strategies. For example, it could be useful for work comparing the relatedness of this population to those in neighbouring Oman and Saudi Arabia.

“It is clear that field research will all be extremely valuable in putting together conservations plans for the sand cats and their habitat, as well as pin-pointing those areas and their extent that may be turned into protected areas to conserve the cats,” says Newby. “Scientists need to be doing more research on how the sand cats live in order to create a suitable protected area.”


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