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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 6-10, 2015.

Mewsings: July 6, 2015 - "Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." - W. L. George

melted cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ah, crap! The cat melted."

Cat Mewvie: Wait for it.

cat relations

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neko atsume game

"Neko Atsume", an app for crazy cat persons

There's an addicting new app that's taking over screens in Asia and beyond.

The goal? To feed cute stray cats in your virtual backyard. Up to 45 of them, if you're lucky.
It's called "Neko Atsume" -- that's Japanese for "Cat Collecting" -- and Internet users can't stop talking about it.

Playing the game is super simple: Leave food and toys out in your backyard, and wait for the cats to come. The goal is to collect all 45 cats, each with a unique look and personality.

There are the more realistic kitties -- with all white fur, stripes or spots, and very special ones, like "Prince-san" who is wrapped in a Persian carpet and comes out on an elegant cushion. One cat even looks like Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Although "Neko Atsume" is only in Japanese, it's easy enough that you can probably figure it out with some trial and error, even if you can't read the language.
'I don't understand why it became so popular'

The game seems to be all the craze for players in Japan and beyond. Since it first launched last October, "Neko Atsume" has been downloaded about 5.5 million times, both on Apple and Android devices, according to its developer.

Now it's building a following around the world. In the last week, English tweets using the hashtag #nekoatsume exploded from a few dozen to a few thousand per day.

As you progress through the game, you can buy fancier food and furniture to attract different cats.

Users post screenshots to show off the different cats they've spotted, and to discuss methods for attracting more cats.

" The game is designed in such a way that players do not have to take too much time or energy (to play it), nor be a hardcore gamer," creator Yutaka Takazaki told CNN.

He added "Neko Atsume" is easily the most popular game his company Hit Point Co. Ltd., which is based in Kyoto, has produced since it was founded in 2007.

It took some time for the game to gain popularity, Takazaki said. It first started getting mentioned in blogs in January -- and the following month downloads significantly increased in South Korea. That was followed by downloads from China and North America.

Now Takazaki says up to 40 percent of downloads come from outside Japan.

" We created a game that even children can understand and play," he said. "Honestly speaking, I don't understand why it became so popular."
Japan's feline love affair

Takazaki is a self-admitted cat-lover -- and developed the app with that target audience in mind. A smart move -- but he's not the first.

Doraemon, though less popular in the West, is a Japanese-made cat cartoon that started as a comic strip in 1969. The chubby blue character is famous in many parts of Asia and has been featured in books, TV series, films, video games and even a musical.

Then there are real life cats -- like Maru: A Scottish Fold male who lives in Japan and has been a YouTube celebrity since 2009. His initial debut video has had more than 21 million views.

And let's not forget about the island of Tashirojima in Miyagi prefecture -- also known as "Cat Island," because feral cats there outnumber residents about 6 to 1 -- that's 20 people and 120 cats!
" Neko Atsume" is also expanding. Its official book went on sale on Monday.

Though far behind its predecessors it comes to fame and fortune, so long as #nekoatsume keeps trending -- Yutaka Takazaki stands a good chance of having Japan's next feline franchise.

Mewsings: July 7, 2015 - "The cat has been described as the most perfect animal, the acme of muscular perfection and the supreme example in the animal kingdom of the coordination of mind and muscle."- Roseanne Ambrose Brown

snuggle kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hello. Care to snuggle?"

Cat Mewvie: "But I was so commmmmm-fyyyyyy."

cat orders whiskey comic

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Mewsings: July 8, 2015 - "There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."
- Wesley Bates

habdsome kitty

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I really should have married Denise."

Cat Mewvie: "They'll never take me alive."

cat with new box comic

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luhu sad cat

Meet Luhu, the saddest cat on the internet.

There's a new cat dominating social media, but he doesn't seem too happy about it.

Born in 2012, Luhu suffered from eye infections when he was 2 weeks old.. "He got a pretty major operation on his eyes at that time [and] the sequelae is affected by his vision," Maggie Liu, Luhu's owner, told ABC News. "So Luhu always opens his eyes pretty hard when he needs look at something."

Luhu's uncommon appearance has proven to be very popular on the Internet, with over 73,000 followers sharing loving messages for the gray tabby on Liu's Instagram page.

"I put my cats pics on Instagram just for fun, actually," Liu added. "I never [thought] about Luhu [getting] so popular like this."

Liu, who currently lives in Beijing, China, is also the owner of two other tabby cats, Barher and Bardie, who don't look nearly as sad as their brother Luhu.

" They are all very friendly cats," she said. "[They] never fight each other."

Luhu hasn't reached Angry Cat levels of viral stardom, and Liu says that she only wishes to keep sharing images of the sad looking but lovable cat on Instagram.

" I did not have any plans [for] my cats so far," she said. "I wish my cats keep healthy and live with me until they are gone."

Mewsings: July 9, 2015 - "The cat is above all things, a dramatist." - Margaret Bensons

street cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hiya. Lookin' for a date?"

Cat Mewvie: It takes cat owners an average of 45 minutes to make the bed.

cats need a lot of sleep

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Mewsings: July 10, 2015 - "Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." - Dan Greenburg

food tatses better with cat hair in it

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mmmm, dander-riffic!"

Cat Mewvie: This Russian cat has a funny accent.

Cat underbelly trap

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black cat

How the Black Cat Got Its Spots.

Bad Luck

Bad luck can come from anywhere. We all have bouts of it from time to time, and sometimes it feels like the universe is just out to get you.

Some of us may go as far as not opening an umbrella indoors, walking underneath a ladder, breaking a mirror, or crossing paths with a black cat.

As for the latter, there’s the reason the black cat got its spots.

Cats have always had a symbiotic relationship with humans. In fact, house cats haven’t really been fully domesticated. They are natural predators, and usually at the top of their food chains, so they have sort of found a way to beat the system by living alongside humans. And they have been very important to human civilizations in history–mostly because they keep disease-carrying pests to a minimum. So, how did the black cat get its spots?

Witchcraft and cats

Well, when the Church took a crusade against witchcraft in the Middle Ages, the superstition of black cats was bad news for cats and their owners.

The church went willy-nilly snatching black cats and burning them alive, much like people accused of witchcraft.

But that was only the beginning of the black cat’s bad luck. When the superstition of witchcraft died down, a new one popped up.

Black cats were great to cure disease, especially when you killed one and burnt it. But only if it was completely black.

How the Black Cat Got Its Spots

In response to the persecution of black kitties, people who needed their pet cats began to breed them.

Many black cats have a white spot, sometimes around their nose, a bow-tie on their chest, or the white feet that win the name “Mittens.” Those who owned black cats during the middle ages were also persecuted for witchcraft, so for the best interest of cat owners who had black cats, they began to breed them to have white. One white spot meant a saving grace for cat owners, and the cats.

In fact, breeding black cats has become a real practice. It depends on where you want the spot, but “low grade white spotting” to high grade have been practiced for centuries. In fact, those cats with “mittens” are just part of the colloquial breeding.

Turns out the black cats are a little magical, because colloquial breeding lessens the variety of eye colors. A mostly black cat can have a wide range of colors, a cat saved from persecution has been bred to have not only a white spot (or two) but a smaller gene pool.

Next time you look at your black cat, even if they have a white underbelly or feet, think of how they came to be that way.


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