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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 11-15, 2016.

Mewsings: July 11, 2016 - "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

cat in flower pot

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "How rrrrude! Cahn't you see I'm in the bahhhhth?"

Cat Mewvie: Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats.

cat thoughts comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cats by louis wain

Feline Street Art: By Louis Wain.

parade for cat

Couple boards cat, decides to make it a parade. (I love these guys.)
by Eric O'Brien

LOVES PARK, Ill (WIFR) -- With balloons in tow and signs on the float, or in this case wheel chair, Ken and Katie Rorheim’s 10-year-old Siamese cat, Wilbert was his own parade’s grand marshal, as well as its only participant.

"I invited everybody, they just couldn't make it," Ken joked.

Monday will be the first time Wilbert will have ever been away from the Rorheim’s. Ken is having back surgery in Milwaukee so the couple threw their cat his own two-block-parade to the boarding facility, Mostly Cats in Loves Park.

"We're going to go see him in the penthouse,” said Ken. “It was a $1 more so he can look out the window at the birds.”

"It was kind of a geriatric parade," added Katie.

The couple has been inseparable for 42 years and Katie assures 23 News that a hospital room isn't going to change that.

"He can't get rid of me,” she teased. “I've been in every room he's ever been in.”

“Yeah, we're kind of joined at the hip,” Ken agreed.

“Well, my hip is better than his but we're still joined there anyway," Katie fired back.

The Rorheim’s say the can’t wait until Wilbert can join them again, and although they know he hated his parade with every irritated ‘Meow’ the Rorheim’s hope Wilbert appreciated the gesture.

Mewsings: July 12, 2016 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of is innocence." - Edward Paley

cats yawning

Gratuitous Kittiness: Yawns are contagious.

Cat Mewvie: Someone needed a friend.

wall street kitty

Today's Kitty Komic

cat by louis wain

Feline Art: "Psychedelic Cat" By Louis Wain.

Mewsings: July 13, 2016 - "It is remarkable, in cats, that the outer life they reveal to their masters is one of perpetual boredom." - Robley Wilson, Jr.

chillin' kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: Chillin' kitten.

Cat Mewvie: Cat takes flying in stride.

cat fragility training

Today's Kitty Komic

marilyn monroe and cat

Feline Art: Marilyn Monroe and Mitsou.

indoor rufus

Rufus hates being an indor cat. Tough beans, Rufus.
by Daniel Leal-Olivas

To Norman, our two-year-old chocolate lab, I’m the greatest thing since kibble. But to Rufus the cat, I’m Oberstleutnant Klark, kommandant of Stalag West 10th.

Due to a tragedy 13 years ago involving a speeding car, an open gate and our delightful pug-schnauzer Sally, when Rufus and his sister joined us, our still traumatized kids vowed they would be “indoor” creatures — fat, bored and safe. The cats, I mean, not the kids.

Apparently, no one explained this to Rufus. If they did, he either didn’t understand or disagreed in the quiet, slightly sociopathic way of cats. He’s spent every waking moment since arriving in our home trying to escape. After food and tormenting the dog, it is his life’s mission.

So far, Rufus hasn’t come up with a plan as complicated as the Great Escape, the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III by 76 British and Commonwealth airmen in March 1944 involving tunnels. (Only three got away and 50, including six Canadians, were murdered by the Gestapo as a warning to others.) Nor are his plots as ingenious as the 1943 Wooden Horse escape, also from Stalag Luft III.

Rufus’s attempts mostly involve hiding in shadows until he knows I’m about to take Norman out the back door and then darting through my legs and down the stairs to freedom. After he escaped that way about 29 times, I got smart and began looking for him before opening the door and blocking him with my feet. It reduced his odds of escape by about half, which forced him to find other ways out.

He’s squeezed through the broken screen on the front door when we left it open to cool the house. I once caught him hanging from the frame of the window above the kitchen sink, pondering if the 10-foot plunge to the brambles below was worth it. Recently, he detected that our youngest son had left the window over his bed ajar. He leaped to the sill and slithered through venetian blinds, security bars and a small gap in the window to freedom.

The first few times he escaped, we panicked, especially since we live on a busy street and also on the dinner-theatre circuit of the UBC Endowment Land coyotes. Neighbourhood lamp standards and telephone poles are plastered with “have-you-seen Fluffy” posters — what my Uncle Gordon calls “cat obituaries.”

Over time, we relaxed.

Rufus is an escape artist on par with Houdini, but he doesn’t have a clue what to do once outside. The farthest he’s ventured was across the lane, where we found him cowering under a bush. Generally, when he escapes, he crouches down, chews on the nearest plant and waits for us to pick him up. While cats are generally considered pretty cunning, fortunately for us it hasn’t occurred to Rufus that if he ran, we couldn’t catch him.

Like a compassionate warden giving a prisoner some yard time, I frequently carry Rufus outside onto the back porch to smell the air and participate in his favourite hobby, ornithology. I once made the mistake of thinking he’d enjoy a trip in my arms to the back fence, but that was too much. Suddenly, it was like I was holding a Cuisinart without a lid that someone had switched on.

And since he’s never run away, I’ll admit that it’s crossed my mind to let him be an outdoor cat, mostly out of guilt that his life is boring. But I know it wouldn’t be right. Both the B.C. SPCA and the American Humane Association strongly recommend keeping cats indoors.

“Cats who live outdoors are vulnerable to injuries from fighting, poisoning, traffic accidents, contagious diseases and parasites, extreme weather, pet theft, animal cruelty and can fall prey to wild animals,” says the B.C. SPCA website. “Roaming cats also cause problems by digging in neighbours’ gardens, marking territory by spraying and indiscriminately preying upon songbirds and other wildlife.”

While I’d be fine with Rufus catching any of the many rats who’ve taken up residence in my shop, as someone who feeds birds, he’d be risking death if he proudly dropped a chickadee or junco at my feet.

A 2013 Environment Canada study found that domestic and feral cats were the top killer of birds in Canada, responsible for 196 million of 268 million deaths a year.

That settled it, Rufus. I don’t care if I have to be Oberstleutnant Klark. Get used to the couch.

Mewsings: July 14, 2016 - "A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution." - Hazel Nicholson

muscular cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeah, I been workin' out."

Cat Mewvie: "The Waltzing Cat" by Leroy Anderson.

cats respect no one

Today's Kitty Komic

joh lennon and cat

Feline Art: "Happy Cat" by Louis Wain.

Mewsings: July 15, 2016 - "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham

cat eating shade cords

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mmmm, nummy cords."

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat in "Laser Toy".

cat and the perfect evening

Today's Kitty Komic

andy warhol and cat

Feline Art: Andy Warhol and cat.

doctor fox

Cat food advice from Dr. Fox.

Dear Dr. Fox: I have adopted two 1-year-old rescue cats, and I am overwhelmed by all of the conflicting advice one reads regarding cat food.

I am realistically not going to be able to make the food myself. I buy premium-brand dry food; I feed them 1⁄4 cup in the morning before I go to work, and then I give them another 1⁄4 cup plus half a can of premium-brand wet food after work. I was buying grain-free only, but my vet said that cats get grains in the wild—for example, they'll eat birds that have grains in their stomachs, so the cats are also ingesting the grains—so going completely grain-free is not necessary.

I stand in the pet food aisle completely confused by all the choices. Should I switch them to wet food only? How much? Are there brands you recommend?—M.K., Washington, D.C.

Dear M.K.: Your veterinarian is only half right—the amount of cereal grains and cheap soy protein in far too many cat foods is very much more than wild cats would ever consume if and when they eat the gut contents of their prey. For more details, visit

Canned foods are generally low on cereals and better for cats than conventional kibble. Look out for and avoid grain-free dry foods that are high in other starches such as potato, pea flour and tapioca. Newman's Own canned cat food has some organic ingredients now, and Wellness canned cat foods are quite good. Dry Orijen cat food is acceptable, and I do like some of the new generation freeze-dried and frozen cat foods available in some pet stores.

I hope this helps, and yes, it is overwhelming when you go into a large pet supply store and see all the different varieties of cat and dog food to choose from, and it's confusing when veterinarians are still selling biologically inappropriate pet foods, high in cereals and soy protein, to their clients.


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