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Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 19-23, 2016.

Mewsings: December 19, 2016 - "Who needs television when you have cats?" - Lori Spigelmyer

sigourney weaver and jones the cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Wait... I think I'm Jewish."

Cat Mewvie: A kitten for Christmas.

comic my cat is the worst dog

Today's Kitty Komic

Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

Feline Art: "Gingerbread Dreams", by Bonnie Mohr

cat news

Cat trapped in its own skin
by Amy Jamieson

One Pennsylvania cat’s holiday will be lighter and brighter — thanks to a much-needed haircut.

The feline, who was hauling around two pounds of overgrown fur that had formed into severe mats, was brought to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday, clearly in need of serious help after her owner went into a nursing home.

"She suffered from severe matting (dreadlocks, really), the likes of which had been neglected for years,” said a post on the shelter’s Facebook page on Friday.

“Our Medical team shaved off the pounds of intertwined fur from her body &, needless to say, this cat is feeling so much better now!”

The kitty, whose name is Hidey, will now be cared for by a distant relative of her previous owner, and according to the post will “finally have a chance at a happy and healthy life.”

The Facebook post reminded people how important it is to check on the elderly and their animals, to prevent things like this from happening to other pets.

Mewsings: December 20, 2016 - "Don't let anyone tell you loving a cat is silly. Love, in any form, is a precious commodity." - Barbara L. Diamond

naked xmas tree

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is Santa here yet?"

Cat Mewvie: Corey's Blue Christmas.

christmas lap cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by joy campbell

Feline Art: "Cat and Ornament" by Joy Campbell

Mewsings: December 21, 2016 - "Nothing's more playful than a young cat, nor more grave than an old one." - Thomas Fuller

five sleeping kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Fiiiiive SNUG-glyyyyyy kitties!"

Cat Mewvie: Does she get the fish?

training lap cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

coffee cup cat art

Feline Art: Hapy Christmas cat coffee.

midnight the cat

What I've learned from my cat.
by CArol Vaughn

2016 was the kind of year where, as someone close to me said recently, you think maybe you’ll wake up and find out it was all a bad dream.

“Ha-ha, just joking,” the universe will say, and all will be right again.

But this is not television or virtual reality we are doing here. As the kids say, it’s IRT – in real time – that we must live, and decide every day how we will do so.

I won’t list the events of the year — some national or international, some personal; each reader will have his or her own list.

In times like these, I look for examples of perseverance, even triumph, in the face of all odds.

You may laugh if you like, but that darn cat sleeping on the hearth is among those I admire for those very traits.

Try not to tune me out as just another crazy cat lady — I’m speaking of Midnight, the cat, as a metaphor here.

She suffered some terrible misfortune back in fall of 2011 — hit by a car, most likely.

All we know is, when we arrived home after a nine-day trip, the most bedraggled, starving, injured black-and-white feline you’ve ever seen was living, barely, in the crawl space by the back door of our house.

Midnight, I named her, in a moment of faith that she would survive her serious injuries.

I tell my husband she is my diamond necklace — a very expensive cat she is, after two major surgeries, including an amputated tail.

It was the tail’s loss that got to her the most, I think.

If you were a cat in such a fix, would you think it a most terrible year or not? Would you, in cat speech, use the word "disgusted" a lot? Answer honestly.

Midnight was depressed for months, and only with the help of a synthetic pheromone does she manage even now. It’s a miracle drug, really, for cats — but that’s another story.
So, it's five years later.

Midnight has only one fang, whiskers over only one eyebrow and just the nub of a tail.

Still, this crippled creature has become queen of the household, lording it over the other pets — even, nay, especially, the dog. She is alpha.

She is plump and sleek now and enjoys all the typical cat pleasures — hunting mice, fighting with her fellows, batting at toys and, most of all, sleeping belly up by a warm hearth in wintertime.
She brooks no nonsense from any of us, staring us down with her green dragon eyes.

If Midnight — or Uncle Stump, as Dave calls her (don’t ask) — can do it, so can we all, I think to myself.

This year, of course, I am grateful as always for my family and friends — the best anyone could ask for — and for all of you readers. But I resolve to channel my inner Midnight to not only survive, but thrive, enjoying all the good things and fighting back against the bad ones that come my way as 2017 rolls into view.

Merry Christmas to all — and keep on keeping on.

Mewsings: December 22, 2016 - "One of the ways in which cats show happiness is by sleeping."
- Cleveland Amory

two cats dressed as elves

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is that prancing and pawing?"

Cat Mewvie: Communist Christmas

why santa doesn't use cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

christmas cat painting by oxana zaika

Feline Art: "Christmas Cat" by Oxana Zaika.

Mewsings: December 23, 2016 - "Since each of us is blessed with only one life, why not live it with a cat?"
- Robert Stearns

gray cat shaking head

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We love 100 watt Jesus."

Cat Mewvie: An Infinite Cat Xmas favorite - The Cat Carol.

cat pug mistletoe comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by marie jonsson-harrison

Feline Art: "On the first day of Christmas" by Marie Jonsson-Harrison.


Cat saved from icy death by alert train man.
by Helena Horton

When a train worker in Canada heard a sad, pained cry coming from under the frozen engines of a vehicle he was inspecting, he knew he had to do something.

In the freezing conditions, it would be difficult to survive trapped in the small space, and at first he thought the train had hit someone.

When Brad Slater shone his torch and saw fur, he realised it was a cat. The poor thing was covered in ice, frozen and stuck.

"He was sitting right there underneath the engine, above the wheels, frozen in ice," he reported.

"I immediately called my engineer and he came down, thinking the worst — that I had found something else. There's no way I could leave him. We were bringing him on the train."

The cat had been frozen there for at least 20 minutes, and Mr Slater suspected the animal could have hitched a ride for hundreds of miles, unnoticed.

The kind train worker held the cat in his arms to warm him up.

The cat, named Q199 after the train, was taken onto the train and hungrily ate beef jerky and slurped water.

Mr Slater took the cat home, thinking he would take care of him until he found his owner.

"He's missing three-quarters of one of his ears," he said. "His other ear's frostbitten. He's got little black cuts all over the pads of his paws."

He bonded with the animal, and they cuddled together in his bedroom for a few days, until a family from Saskatchewan, which is a 12 hour train ride from where he was found, got in contact.

It turned out he was Tiger, their missing cat.

Sadly for Mr Slater, who had grown attached to the animal, which even rode in the passenger seat of his car when he went out and about, he had to be parted with Tiger.

He said: Today was really tough but I didnt say goodbye. I said cya later Q."


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