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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 27-31, 2015.

Mewsings: July 27, 2015 - "If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave."- Theophile Gautier.

curious kitty

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Oh, ya don't say?"

Cat Mewvie: Life with cats.

cats waiting for the bus

Today's Kitty Komic

cat teeth brushing

Yes, cats need their teeth cleaned, too.
By Audrey Akcasu

Cats are the stars of millions of the pictures and videos that we humans enjoy day in, day out. Like human celebrities, our cats need to be pampered and get their health needs met so they look and feel their best.

The cats themselves may not always be on board, however, especially for teeth cleanings. While we’re finding out that brushing cats’ teeth is exceedingly important, we’re also realizing that no matter how pissed they are about it, they maintain their cute-factor.

Despite being an integral part of many families, even acting as surrogate children in some households, cats aren’t often put under the same dental hygiene regimens as the humans in the household. This is a problem! Animals are also susceptible to gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

To protect your darling kitty from the pains of gum disease, the best option is to start brushing their teeth (vets recommend doing it once a day, or at least once a week). While it may be a pain in the butt (or finger, if they bite you), the cute faces they make will probably make you feel better about it.

If you’re thinking, “My cat would never let me brush his teeth,” you’re not alone. But really, would you want someone rubbing your teeth with their finger or a toothbrush against your will? Yeah, me neither!

The key is to start young, when they are still kittens and are learning what’s normal. If you get them used to it as a baby, when they grow up, brushing their teeth will be nothing uncommon. The same goes for ear cleanings and nail clippings.

If you’re picking up with habit with an adult cat, gently work your way into their mouth with a gauze-covered finger and just rub their teeth a bit. Eventually, they may get accustomed to it enough to let you use a brush too.

If you do brush your kitty’s chompers, remember to be gentle and use small movements, their gums are sensitive and can be easily damaged. Also– this is very important– never forget to take pictures and videos to share on the Internet! Happy brushing!.

Mewsings: July 28, 2015 - "I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

nap attack

Gratuitous Kittiness: NAP ATTACK!

Cat Mewvie: Walkies!

hang in there, kitty

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: July 29, 2015 - "Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement and love without penalties." - W. L. George

cat sitting on small box

Gratuitous Kittiness: Box-sitting. Expert level.

Cat Mewvie: Who's going to the Ice Ball?

ark cats

Today's Kitty Komic

cat dna

Missouri university research maps cat DNA to help human patients.
By Bonyen Lee


A groundbreaking project is happening at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
The veterinary school is mapping the DNA of cats and it could lead to solutions for humans who inherit life-threatening diseases.

Leslie Bayer is fighting a serious heart condition she and many of her family members inherited. Prepping healthy meals is just one way she fights the condition.

“Our condition leads to sudden death. And it’s an electrical issue that leads to sudden death,” Bayer said.

Her doctors installed a defibrillator in her chest after her sister Vicki McCombs died suddenly from the same disease 10 years ago.

Two years after getting my defibrillator I had an event, cardiac arrest, and the defibrillator saved my life,” Bayer said.

The veterinarian lab at the University of Missouri could help patients like Bayer long before tragedy raises red flags. They’re doing so in their 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Initiative.

“Overall the main genes that make our body function are all the same. So the genes that make our heart function are the same in cats as in humans,” said Dr. Leslie Lyons, a professor with the school.

It makes it easy to find felines fighting genetic diseases common in humans.

“The most amazing part is how much cats can help humans and how much humans can help cats. If we know it’s the same gene, same disease, then all the information can flow back and forth freely,” Lyons said.

Cats live similar lives to humans – laying around the house, eating things they shouldn’t and breathing in the same allergens. Researchers say studying the environment is just as important.

“We are a product of both our environment and our genetics,” Lyons said.

Already scientists have found genetic mutations affecting eye sight and in one case cats are being tested for inherited blindness.

Scientists aren’t far from marking kidney failure and heart disease, which could lead to longer lives for humans and their feline companions.

“A genetic test would be incredibly awesome and life-saving for our family if we could have our children tested,” Bayer said.

It costs $7,000 for every cat that’s mapped. You can donate to the 99 Lives Cat Genome project by clicking here.

Mewsings: July 30, 2015 - "The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn't just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names." - T.S. Eliot

pointy eared cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: Meet the Pointer Brothers.

Cat Mewvie: "I love my little friend."

a kitten writer's guide

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: July 31, 2015 - "One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it's affection, the taste or a trial run for the jugular." - Helen Thomsont

kitten looking at empty fish tank

Gratuitous Kittiness: "More like a 'no-fish' tank if you ask me."

Cat Mewvie: "Die, round, green thing! Die!"

cat decision tree

Today's Kitty Komic

cat tile prints

Cat imortalized in 2000-year-old clay tile.
By Rossella Lorenzi

Paw prints made by a cat 2,000 years ago have been found on a Roman roof tile kept at a museum in south west England.

Dug up in Gloucester in 1969, the tile fragment had long lain unnoticed at Gloucester City Museum.

Only recently, a researcher spotted the cat’s paw on the tile while going through the finds from the 1969 archaeological excavation.

“At that time the archaeologists seem to have been more interested in digging things up than looking at what they found,” David Rice, curator at Gloucester City Museum, told Discovery News.

The cat is thought to have run across the wet clay tile when it was left out to dry in about AD100.

Despite the feline footprints, the Romans fired the tile, a type called tegula, and used it on the roof of a building in what became the Berkeley Street area of modern Gloucester.

It is possible the cat was a Roman army cat, the pet of a Roman soldier who stationed at the site.

The tile is now on display at the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery.

“The marks are the only example for Roman domestic cats that visitors can see in the museum,” Rice said.

“I believe there are more cat paw prints found on ancient Roman tiles in Britain than anywhere else in the Roman Empire including Italy. Roman Britons must have had a special liking for cats,” he added.


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