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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 1-5, 2015.

Mewsings: June 1, 2015 - "Again I must remind you that a dog's a dog --- a cat's a cat." - T. S. Eliot

smiling cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Smile, darn ya, smile!

Cat Mewvie: HIGH FIVE!

miss kitty comic

Today's Kitty Komic

bird's nest momma

Cat gives birth in bird's nest.
by Jack Crone

When most people would count on to obtain birds in nests, Irish pet retailer owner Henry McGauley says he recently discovered four newborn kittens in a pigeon’s nest on a tree in the back garden of his residence.

“Henry had heard squawking in the morning, and he didn’t know what it was, so he went up the ladder to investigate,” Henry’s wife, Fiona McGauley, told ABC News currently. “That is when he saw 4 infant newborn kittens.”

The couple believes the kittens were born there and that they were only a handful of days old when they were located this previous Monday, Fiona mentioned.

“Their eyes are not even open,” Fiona added. “We left them there for the reason that there’s not much you can do because they have to be at least six weeks old before they can be taken from their mother.”

Momma cat wasn’t at the nest when Henry initially found it, but the couple found her there a couple of hours later nursing the kittens, Fiona mentioned.

“It turned out we knew the cat,” she mentioned. “We’d usually utilised to see her by the alleyway. She was pregnant, and she disappeared a handful of occasions.”

Fiona added that she and her husband also feed stray cats at the back of their property all the time.

“In a couple of weeks, the mom will probably bring the kittens to the back door for feeding,” she stated. “When they are older, we’ll take them in, get them tamed and locate permanent houses for them.”

For now, the kittens are below the care of their mother outdoors the McGauleys’ residence.

“There was a heavy shower the other day, so it appears like she moved the kittens, and they are in all probability below the shed or somewhere inside there,” Fiona stated. “A lot of our clients are in really like with the kittens and excited for when they’re old enough to adopt.”

Mewsings: June 2, 2015 - "When you're special to a cat, you're special indeed...she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand." - Leonore Fleisher

baby Bengals

Gratuitous Kittiness: Baby Bengals.... awwwww.

Cat Mewvie: Get a second cat.

lick your paws

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: June 3, 2015 - "Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously."- Dr. Louis J. Camuti

trapped cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Uhhh.... little help?"

Cat Mewvie: Cat malfunction.

cat artificial limb

Today's Kitty Komic

Iberian lynx

Saving the Iberian lynx from extinction
by Paul Ames

SILVES, Portugal — The world's most endangered cat? If you're guessing tiger or snow leopard, think again. The Iberian lynx is officially the feline at greatest risk of extinction.

Decades of habitat destruction, hunting and rabbit epidemics that wiped out food supplies mean there are barely 350 still alive in the shrinking wildernesses of Spain and Portugal.

The World Wildlife Fund has long warned these elegant, bobcat-sized creatures could become the first cat species to disappear in at least 2,000 years.

Help, however, is at hand.

In a high-security compound, hidden deep in the hills above this medieval town in southern Portugal, a dedicated band of humans is helping the lynx make a comeback.

" We've had 11 cubs this year," animal behavior specialist Andreia Grancho said. "They are at the stage where they play a lot and are learning to hunt."

On cue, a tufty-eared bundle of cuteness appears on one of six computer screens monitored 24-7 by Grancho and her team of colleagues at Portugal's Iberian Lynx Breeding Center.

The 2-month-old cub nuzzles the camera, then attempts to clamber up a chain link fence before tumbling down beside his dozing mom.

Since opening a decade ago, the Silves center has seen the birth of more than 60 lynx and has managed to re-introduce almost 40 into the wild. Together with four similar units in Spain, it has brought the species back from the brink of extinction.

In the 1990s, fewer than 100 were left alive, mostly in the scrublands of Spain's southern Andalusia province. Now the population there has tripled and several pairs have been re-established in other parts of southern and eastern Spain where they once thrived.

Last year, the first pair of Iberian lynx was released in Portugal — where the species had died out in the 1990s. Ten have now been set free in a remote southeastern area.

" We've seen the species recover, but it's still in danger," said Rodrigo Serra, the center's director. "I'd love to see it, but I can't imagine a time when we won't need programs like this. We've got a lot of work ahead of us."

The lynx's recovery is one of a series of good news stories from Europe that are bucking gloomy global wildlife trends. After years of decline, brown bears, wolves, wolverine and bison are bouncing back, thanks to continent-wide conservation policies.

Efforts to save the Iberian lynx enjoy broad public support in southwest Europe.

In Portugal, front-page headlines have tracked the progress of released animals. The post office issued special stamps last month to celebrate the re-introduction of the species. Spanish conservationists have adopted the lynx as a symbol of efforts to preserve the country's wildlife.
Funding for the breeding program has been maintained despite the severe budget cuts introduced by both countries in response to Europe's economic crisis.

It's easy to see how the Iberian lynx has captured the public imagination.

The handsome creature is unique to Spain and Portugal. It sports a distinctive orange-brown spotted coat, and is smaller and sleeker than its cousins, the Canada lynx and the Eurasian lynx — another endangered species native to northern Europe and Siberia.

Yet despite public awareness of the animal's critical situation, humans still pose threat.
A female named Kayakweru by the team that raised her in Silves was found dead in April, less than three months after being released into the wild. Portuguese police are investigating the origin of the poison that killed her.

In Spain last year, 21 lynx ended up as road kill, and another six were shot, poisoned or trapped. Those are frightening figures given that there are just 364 animals believed to be living in the wild — compared with an estimated 3,200 tigers and 6,000 snow leopards.

For Serra, each death hurts, but he's proud the released lynx are generally doing well. "We have a 70% survival rate," the center's director said. "That's good, very good. Anything over 50% is a success."

A chain-smoking 40-year-old veterinarian, Serra spent five years working with lions in Botswana before returning to his native Portugal in 2006 to join the lynx project and continue a life-long fascination with cats.

To help minimize the risk of a fatal encounter in the wild, he said, human contact with the lynx in the breeding center is kept to a minimum.

Visitors to the compound need authorization from the government in Lisbon, and only essential staff are allowed to get close to the twin rows of 16 enclosures where the lynx live — a complex surrounded by barbed wire and watch towers with the unnerving look of a prison camp.

" We have to avoid them getting used to human presence," Serra said. "Also there's always a risk of people bringing some cat or dog disease in with them, that could be fatal."

Instead of getting up close, the 17 staff and volunteers in the center monitor the animals' every move through a network of more than 80 cameras.

" We are not just saving them, we're studying them," Serra said. "These are the most closely observed animals in the universe."

To prepare the cats for the wild, enclosures for the 19 adult lynx contain 1,000 meters (a quarter acre) of grassland. At feeding time, live rabbits are released into the pens and the lynx have to hunt to eat.

" We get through around 600 rabbits a month," Serra explained.

The pens may be small compared to the 5,000 acres of territory the lynx normally roam in the wild, but it's enough to stop them from going stir crazy, he said.

His staff can empathize with the animals' restricted space. They work around the clock in eight-hour shifts. Many eat and sleep in the isolated complex. "It's like the Big Brother house in here," Serra joked. "You need dedication for this work, it's not easy and it's not well-paid. It has to be a passion."

Mewsings: June 4, 2015 - "You can't own a cat. The best you can do is be partners."
- Sir Harry Swanson

crazy cat box

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm CRAZY about dis box!"

Cat Mewvie: Mama brings the kittens home.

cat vs. dog comic

Today's Kitty Komic

Mewsings: June 5, 2015 - "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo Da Vinci

cat heaven

Gratuitous Kittiness: Admit it, you're impressed.

Cat Mewvie: Unusual cat breeds to love.

robot gets cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

mom Mikey

Mama Cat Loses Kittens But Finds New Family
by Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig

When new mama cat Mikey lost her small crew, she sunk into a depression of sorts. But thanks to a Houston, Texas, cat rescue organization, not only is the feline now feeling just fine, she’s been able be the mom she was meant to be, The Huffington Post reports.

This kitty tale began when Mikey — a rescue cat originally thought to be male — went in to be neutered. Owner Hillary quickly learned her cat was actually a female… a pregnant one at that.
The 8-month-old Mikey ended up giving birth to three kittens, but they were born too early and one by one they died, according to HuffPost. Following the last one’s death, Mikey began searching everywhere for her offspring.

Hillary decided to call Dori’s Darlings, a nonprofit rescue that specializes in saving cats from dangerous situations and kill shelters, among other services.

A few days before Mikey lost her last kitten, one of Dori’s Darlings’ foster moms, Amanda Lowe, received three abandoned baby kitties, still with their umbilical cords attached, HuffPost reports. Hearing about Mikey’s loss, the agency began preparations for her to nurture Lowe’s newborn trio.

Soon kittens Teddy, Abby and Lily were introduced to their new mom. Mikey took to her new charges immediately and was soon being the perfect mom — licking, grabbing and hugging them, as well as letting them frolic on top of her. After about two hours, the foursome fell asleep together — one small, happy family.


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