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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 22-26, 2015.

Mewsings: June 22, 2015 - "A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." - Ernest Hemingway

cat who farted

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Whoa! Who farted?"

Cat Mewvie: The kitten lending library.

landlord and cats comic

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california hero cat

Cat wins shelter's Hero Dog award for saving kid from canine

For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.

In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family's Bakersfield home.

Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a chow-mix that lived next door, when the dog got out of his yard, ran for Jeremy Triantafilo, grabbed his leg and started shaking from side-to-side. Tara chased the dog toward its home. It was later euthanized.

Jeremy, who is autistic and had to have eight stitches, calls Scrappy a "bad dog," said his dad, Roger Triantafilo. About Tara, Jeremy said, "She is my hero."

" We were so impressed by Tara's bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog," said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. The shelter's 33rd annual award was presented to the family in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

You will usually find Tara close to Jeremy, his father said.

"The neighbor kids come over and play with her. Dogs walk by all the time. She gets along fine with our dog, Maya. But if Jeremy falls off his bike, she comes running. If he starts crying, she comes running," Triantafilo said.

He believes Tara would help Jeremy's twin brothers, Carson and Conner, if they needed it. She's grown up with all of them. But there is no question she is partial to Jeremy, he said. Jeremy and Tara spend a lot of time walking around and talking with one another.

Footage of Tara's heroics, from home security videos, made her an international celebrity when Triantafilo put it on YouTube. It's gotten over 650,000 hits so far.

There was one alteration in the trophy: the word "Dog" was scratched out and the word "Cat" etched in.

Mewsings: June 23, 2015 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of is innocence." - Edward Paley

three sleeping cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized snoozing.

Cat Mewvie: "Nope! I don't like these printer thingies."

lock of cat hair comic

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Mewsings: June 24, 2015 - "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown

sleeping with cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: Nap time.

Cat Mewvie: Fifteen minutes of 6-second cat videos.

cat sensitivity cartoon

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cat ownblind hikig cater gets caught in tree

Blind Cat Who Loves Hiking Turned This Man Into A Cat Person

Just because a cat can’t see, doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the great outdoors.

Patrick Corr, a 28-year-old filmmaker from Cork City, Ireland, proved that in a beautiful video filmed earlier this month, in which he goes on a hike with his blind calico cat, Stevie, at his side.

To ensure Stevie’s safety, Corr has had to train her to walk on a leash when she goes outside.

“ It took a lot of patience to accomplish this feat,” Corr told The Huffington Post in an email. He said walking on the leash is now “the norm” for her -- “she makes it look so easy.”

The film shows Corr and Stevie walking in an area called The Cross that overlooks the town of Clonmel in County Tipperary.

“ I think Stevie is a truly remarkable cat and I wanted to capture how I truly felt about her and share that with the world in a meaningful way,” Corr said.

Corr got Stevie from Cork's Animal Care Society about three years ago, after seeing an ad on social media saying that Stevie needed a home with a patient owner who could give her the special care she needs. In an earlier video about Stevie, Corr notes that he has to make sure he keeps everything in his house in the exact same place at all times so as to not confuse the blind feline, whom he describes as "curious and affectionate."

Corr explained that he was “never really a cat person,” but Stevie’s changed his tune.

“ That’s not to say I didn’t like cats, far from it,” he said. “It’s just that up until I met Stevie, cats didn’t really take up any of my time; I had other priorities. But now, it’s safe to say, I’ve been converted.”

He added that Stevie is "just one of many animals out there who have been rescued" from shelters or life on the streets. "She wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the incredible hard work of the Animal Care Society in Cork," he said.

Mewsings: June 25, 2015 - "A cat doesn't know what it wants and wants more of it." - Richard Hexem

cat's hunting face

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man, the crap they put on TV."

Cat Mewvie: Yes, the cat was fine.

Hitler cat

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Mewsings: June 26, 2015 - "No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln

surprised cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Uh-oh. That wasn't decaffeinated."

Cat Mewvie: Even ninja's like the kitties.

half-wit kitty comic

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Tama the stationmaster cat

Famous Japanese stationmaster cat punches her last ticket.

A calico cat in southeastern Japan has left some big paw prints to fill. Tama, who served as "stationmaster" of the Kishi train station near Wakayama City, died Monday from acute heart failure, according to CNN. She was 16 (about 80 in cat years), the network reports.

Tama is credited with saving the train station from financial ruin. Tourists would come to the station to see her hanging out in her office — a converted ticket booth — wearing a railway hat and collar. (A stationmaster is, generally, the human in charge of running the facility.)

The railway system's president, Mitsonubu Kojima, said he visited Tama the day before she died and that she "stood up and let out a strong meow."

Tama's station is on the outskirts of Wakayama City, according to a CNN report in 2013. Aside from local residents, not many people traveled through the station. The current railway operator selected Tama, who was owned by a local family, as stationmaster in 2007 to try to bring in more travelers.

She had a noticeable impact, according to Kyodo News:

" The number of passengers on the line jumped to 2.27 million in fiscal 2014 from 1.92 million in fiscal 2005. Photos of Tama and other merchandise also sold well, leading to her appointment to acting president of Wakayama Electric Railway in January 2013."

Here's more from CNN's 2013 story:

"Kishi station currently houses a Tama-themed cafe, as well as a souvenir shop with items ranging from the usual array of pens, staplers and other supplies, to Kishi Station uniforms.
"Tama's cuteness is exploited wherever possible — from the chairs to the cakes in the cafe to the cat-shaped station building itself.

"There's also a cat stationmaster apprentice, Nitama, who shoulders some responsibilities for Tama. Sleeping and doing nothing is hard work, you know?"

A memorial service reportedly is set for Sunday.


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