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Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 26-30, 2016.

Mewsings: December 27, 2016 - "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings. She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it." - Jerome K. Jerome

four kittens on a dog

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We're snug as bugs in a dug... I mean dog."

Cat Mewvie: Training the Jedi kitties.

comic cat likes to be fed faster

Today's Kitty Komic

cat tattoo by kazuaki horitomo

Feline Art: Cat tattoo by Kazuaki Horitomo.

Mewsings: December 28, 2016 - "The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be." - Elizabeth Peters

cat chewing blanket

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hmmmm... tastes like chciken."

Cat Mewvie: Big kitty.

comic cats watching humans shovel snow

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by joy campbell

Feline Art: Mixed media cat, by Judy Paul.

one-eyed cat

One-eyed cat cheats death and finds a home.
by Nicole Moore

It’s often a hard road for senior animals who need to be adopted. So many potential adopters are looking for younger animals, so when a senior has his age and a medical issue going against him, it’s especially difficult.

This was the case for one cat stuck in a high kill shelter in Michigan, reports The Dodo. Apollo had been at the shelter for two months and had yet to be adopted. The workers had taken pity on him, so he had yet to be put down, but it wouldn’t have been too much longer.

That’s when Nancy Hutchinson saw him. She runs a foundation called Michigan Cat Rescue. She pulled him out of the shelter and took him in for fostering with the intention of finding him the perfect family.

He had had a perfect family once upon a time. His human was an elderly woman who loved and took good care of him, but she unfortunately had to go into a nursing home.

When Hutchinson finally got Apollo home, his health started to rapidly deteriorate. He developed an upper-respiratory infection, pneumonia, and an eye infection.

She rushed him to the vet, but none of the treatment was working. Eventually, his eye burst.

The senior cat became a senior cat with one eye, making his prospect for adoption that much more challenging. Hutchinson told The Dodo:

I recall one time in particular a lady came up to him at an adoption event. He was sitting in a cage and she told him to his face that he was ugly. I truly believe that he understood her because he put his head down. I could tell that he felt bad and it made me cry.

The rescue founder decided to take desperate measures to find the sweet boy a home. She decided to pay for a boosted Facebook adoption post.

The post ultimately reached almost 130,000 people, and the applications started pouring in. Despite her desire to get Apollo adopted, she used extreme vetting to make sure he would go to the best possible home.

We’re very selective about who we give our cats to. We want to make sure they stay indoors and go to a nice family who’s going to take care of them. Otherwise, we do all this for nothing.

When she saw the application from a woman named Denise, it made her stop in her tracks.

I don’t know what it was, but I just started crying and thought, ‘This is the one.’

She was in her fifties, financially secure, living alone, and was absolutely in love with Apollo.

After two years the lucky cat has found his forever home, and he couldn’t be happier. He sleeps next to her at night and waits for her at the door when she comes home from work.

So many cats are like Apollo who need someone to come along. They’re not perfect cosmetically, but they have beautiful hearts, beautiful souls and truly deserve a second chance."

Mewsings: December 29, 2016 - "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But its place is not in the middle of my back at 4 a.m." - Maynard Good Stoddard

cat sleeping on dog

Gratuitous Kittiness: Bed buddies.

Cat Mewvie: Sneaky Christmas kitty.

cat new years plans

Today's Kitty Komic

cat pillow by sandy mastroni

Feline Art: Cat pillow by Sandy Mastroni.

Mewsings: December 30, 2016 - "Time spent with cats is never wasted." - May Sarton

cat with nose dots

Gratuitous Kittiness: Love dose nose dots.

Cat Mewvie: Salt lights; The kitty's friend.

cat friend comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat photo and cat sculpture

Feline Art: Subject and result

one-eyed cat and one-eyed girl

One-eyed girl and one-eyed cat are made for each other.
by Devin Heilman

SPIRIT LAKE — Mikayla McSheehy was born with a defective eye.

At the wise age of 13, she knows people can be cruel when a physical limitation — in her case, a glass eye — is prominent.

So when she and her grandpa, Bear, found Ernie the one-eyed cat on Panhandle Animal Shelter's interactive Home-to-Home Animal Adoption website, she felt an immediate sense of kinship with the feline. She knew he needed an understanding human who would accept and cherish him.

"I think it's cool because I feel like I know what he went through," Mikayla said Wednesday. "He and I have probably been through the same thing. I feel like we really bond because of that."

Mikayla and her grandpa just happened to be checking out Facebook together last week when a post about Ernie needing a home popped up on the screen. It originated on and was shared by Timberlake Litter Control, an animal hospital in Spirit Lake near where the family lives.

"It showed this beautiful picture of this cat who was bored and needs a home or to be loved," Grandpa Bear said. "Mikayla saw it and was like, 'I love that cat. He's just like me. Papa, I want that cat.'"

Ernie came to Timberlake Litter Control with a bad eye infection. His left eye was surgically removed and he spent several weeks recovering at the clinic, where staff fell in love with him. He had nowhere to go, so he became the clinic mascot.

After three years as the mascot and honorary clinic manager, Ernie began to get bored — and into mischief. It was time for him to move on.

"We have loved and cared for Ernie for about three years but being a clinic cat does not provide the most enrichment for his life. It was time to find him a forever home and what a perfect fit he found in Mikayla," said Timberlake Litter Control veterinarian Dr. Mary McKinney. "This doesn't often happen — just often enough to make you believe that miracles really do happen."

Grandpa Bear said Ernie's adoption was "meant to be." He explained Mikayla is his adopted granddaughter and Ernie was a happy addition to a home with four adopted dogs and another cat, North Lane, who adopted the family five years ago when he showed up and never left.

Ernie officially joined the family Dec. 22.

"The cat instantly jumped on me,” Bear said. “I think we just have good animal vibes. They gave us his little blanket and we brought him home and he was instantly comfortable.

"We're just a bunch of misfit adopted people and animals."

Mandy Evans, executive director of PAS, said she’s overjoyed at the success of the website, which has led to a 33 percent reduction in owner surrenders since its inception this fall. The Home-to-Home program allows people to rehome their pets without dropping them off at a shelter.

"Many wonderful new beginnings have been made with, but there is definitely something special about Ernie and Mikayla’s story," Evans said. "It's kind of a magical thing that happened."

The bond between teen and feline was also instant.

"He likes playing with yarn and he loves being pet," Mikayla said. "He sleeps with me every night. I love him."


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