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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 20-24, 2015.

Mewsings: July 20, 2015 - "Some people own cats and go on to lead normal lives." - Unknown

cat poses for camera

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Okay, okay... Cheeeeeeeeese! Ya happy now?"

Cat Mewvie: "Whoopee.", the cat said to himself, ironically.

cat hug cartoon

Today's Kitty Komic

cat carrier

Protect your cat while traveling.

Defective carriers are creating a wave of lost cats. From cat guardians on the way to the veterinarian to travelers bringing their cat through the airport, families who have been grappling with the aftermath of a feline escape are eager to warn others.

“Please help us find Rudy,” Tamsin Dayment of Florida said in June when her hairless cat went missing in Atlanta, Georgia. “Our kitten was placed in the trusting hands of Delta Airline employees to get him home safely. Somehow his ‘cage broke open’ and the kitten ran out in the cargo loading area. According to Delta representatives, this was around 7 am yesterday. It has been 24 hours and he has still not been found. The longer he goes without food and water, the more dangerous the situation…. Where’s Rudy?”

Five days later, after posting a $2,000 cash reward and bringing in a search dog, Rudy was found. But sadly, he’s not the first to go through this ordeal. There are numerous cases of cats flying into the United States through international adoption programs, only to be lost due to carrier malfunctions that suddenly caused the carriers to break apart or open up. Yet often, it’s the ordinary trips that pose the most danger.

“I had just arrived outside my vet’s office when my hard sided plastic carrier completely came apart, dumping my little cat out onto the sidewalk in a shopping area,” Lynne Usack Larson of Florida said. “I was frantic – but she was too confused to run and I was able to quickly grab her. I borrowed a carrier from the vet for the ride home – will NEVER buy that kind of carrier again!”

“I was transporting a rescue cat in a top zipper soft bag (which I don’t ususally use) and kitty was able to force the zipper open with her feet and head while I was driving and she got out into the car and was frantic,” rescue volunteer Lynn Richardson of Petaluma, California said. “I will never use a soft carrier again.”

Four Easy Ways To Protect Your Cat:
Because many of the carriers on the market are neither durable or escape-proof, it’s wise to take some additional measures to shore up the safety of your cat.

Zip Ties
Very inexpensive and easy-to-find, zip ties offer a reasonable way to stabilize your carrier. Simply feed the zip tie in through the clasps that hold the top and bottom of the carrier together. Sometimes, there won’t be a good way to do this without drilling your own holes, but a very small drill bit will provide ample room for the ties to be put into place, sealing the carrier as one solid unit.

Bungee Cords
In a pinch, bungee cords also offer a cost-effective and tool-free way to stabilize your carrier. Simply use a pair of two cords wrapped tightly around the front and rear of the carrier. It’s a good idea to then use a second set of cords wrapped lengthwise around the carrier to prevent the door from accidentally unlatching.

Duct Tape

It may not be pretty, but a simple roll of duct tape can do amazing things. Some people will even use it to secure a fender back on their car or to mold a one-of-a-kind prom dress. Duct tape comes in a variety of decorative designs and is an effortless way to hold the carrier housing in place.

Support the Bottom of the Carrier & Double Check Your Door Latch
Always support the bottom of your carrier and double check the door to make sure the holding pins are correctly in place. Often escapes happen when pet guardians think they’ve shut the door of the carrier, but it’s not locked in place.

Mewsings: July 21, 2015 - "As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human mind." - Cleveland Amory

lazy summer cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: The lazy, crazy days of summer.

Cat Mewvie: "I missed you. I really, really missed you!"

viewer discretion kitty

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: July 22, 2015 - "People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into anecdote."- Charlotte Gray

cats need a bigger sink

Gratuitous Kittiness: "We're gonna need a bigger sink."

Cat Mewvie: The new adventures of Iron Cat!

if cats had thumbs

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internet cats

New York museum opens exhibition devoted to internet cats.

If you’re looking for the intersection of high and low culture, look no further than the Museum of the Moving Image. Next month, the Queens, New York, museum will be opening an exhibit dedicated to the history of cats on the Internet because what higher form of art could possibly exist than YouTube videos of kittens boppin’ along to a sick beat?

Starting August 7, the Museum of the Moving Image will move you to laughter and perhaps to tears with what can only be described as the highly anticipated How Cats Took Over the Internet. It’s an interesting question to be sure, as I am sure that there was once a time when Facebook news feeds were not inundated by cat GIFs and Twitter was not filled by memes of Grumpy Cat. Though to be honest, I am glad that I never knew those days.

As per the museum website, the exhibit, which will run until January 31, 2016, “tells the history of cats online, examining phenomena like Caturday, lolcats, cat videos, celebrity cats, and more to unearth why images and videos of the feline kind have transfixed a generation of Web users. Touching on concepts like anthropomorphism, the aesthetics of cuteness, the Bored at Work Network, and the rise of user-generated content, this exhibit takes a critical look at a deceptively frivolous phenomenon.”

In a press release, Associate Curator of Digital Media Jason Eppink noted, “The Internet’s collective with cats offers a window into the way we understand ourselves. This exhibition examines the many reasons for this deceptively frivolous phenomenon and highlights the new ways we’re creating, consuming and sharing culture.” And if that’s all just too much theory for you, also bear in mind that you’ll have the opportunity to create your own cat meme during your visit.

Complete with a number of special screenings (including The Cat-vant Garde Film Show on October 10), this six-month exhibit is sure to be a crowd pleaser no matter what your interests are (even if they only marginally include cats). So mark your calendars and prepare to make the trek out to Queens. The cats are here.

Note: The Infinite Cat Project will also be part of the exhibit, showcasing a select grouping of Infinite kitties.

Mewsings: July 23, 2015 - "Four little Persians, but only one looked in my direction. I extended a tentative finger and two soft paws clung to it. There was a contented sound of purring, I suspect on both our parts." - George Freedley

cats trapped in box

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Take us to your ladder."

Cat Mewvie: Didn't spill a drop, either.

if cats could talk comic

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Mewsings: July 24, 2015 - "With dogs and people, it's love in big splashy colors. When you're involved with a cat, you're dealing in pastels." - Louis A. Camuti, D.V.M.

cats in crib

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Baby? Uhhh.... what baby?"

Cat Mewvie: That's how you open a door.

cat remote control

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internet cats

Meowing trash can displays hit Cincinnati.

Meowing trash cans labeled "Kitten Disposal" were placed in downtown Cincinnati on Friday.

No, no animals were hurt in the process, but the people behind the displays said animals' lives are in danger.

Even though Mayor John Cranley proclaimed Friday "Spay and Neuter Day" in the city, Cincinnati's spay and neuter advocacy group was not resting on its laurels.

The Joanie Bernard Foundation decorated streets in an attention-grabbing fashion Friday in their continued "Ten Movement" that encourages spaying and neutering of cats.

The Ten Movement claims that a cat is put to death every 20 minutes in a kill-shelter due to over-breeding and over-population.

Trash cans covered with images of discarded kittens and playing meowing sounds were placed in Washington Park, the Cincinnati Public Library, Findlay Market and outside the Hamilton County Courthouse.

The foundation said the trash cans are meant to serve as striking reminder of the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

"In attempting to engage the public around all the media noise on every other topic, you have to be shocking," said Deborah Cribbs, an adviser from Fifth Third Bank who oversees the foundation. "Honestly, we think this issue is shocking."

Many people walking by continued about their day around the cans, but some said they were caught off guard.

" I died -- that was some funny stuff," said Keith Hoersting, of Goshen. "I was going to take a picture of it because I had never seen anything like it and then I heard a cat in it. Then I thought I was going to have to save the cat. Jeez, I got fooled. I get what they're doing."

The Ten Movement was established as an aggressive campaign to eradicate the need for killing cats in shelters and has garnered national attention. In 2014, the Cincinnati-based foundation launched its Scooter the neutered cat campaign in a $2 million "media blitz" that showcased that mascot on billboards, radio ads, movie theaters and the Internet.


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