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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 8-12, 2015.

Mewsings: June 8, 2015 - "One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do." - Barbara Webster

cute kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: WAYYYY too cute.

Cat Mewvie: The moment you realize you're a cat.

don't declaw cats

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catcon 2015

8 things we learned at the first-ever ComicCon for feline lovers
by Stephen Krcmar

Thousands of cat lovers from all over the world came together on Saturday for the first-ever CatCon event in downtown Los Angeles. For tickets that cost between $25 and $150, attendees scoped the latest in cat gear, and met celebrity felines like Lil’ Bub. We spent the day with the weird and wonderful patrons and vendors of CatCon. Here’s what we learned.

‘ You gotta be Kitten Me’: punny cat T-shirts were everywhere

While the most die-hard cat fans attended the event sporting feline ears, the most popular attire was a cat-themed T-shirt. With slogans like “I got 99 problems, but my cat ain’t one”, “Schrodinger’s cat is alive!” and “Show us your kitties!”, the puns had us chucking… and groaning.

Cat furniture is a lot more than scratching posts

In the past, cat furniture has been typically limited to ugly, carpeted cat trees for scratching. But with websites like Hauspanther, “the premier online magazine for design conscious cat people” and a diversity of designers who take their cues from Americana to the modern (meowhaus?), high-end design has arrived. A handful of designers at CatConLA showed their wares. Catastrophic Creations fabricates cool cat complexes as well as indoor bridges for felines . And Florida-based Square Paws , creates custom cat furniture, including chairs that look like lifeguard chairs, a Leaning Tower of Pisa, and cat trees that look like flowers.

William Fred Schultz is the enfant terrible of the cat world

The illustrations of William Fred Schultz featuring a cat in a human womb provoked a non-stop, WTF buzz all day long. A stylist by day, Schultz describes his art as “a cat coming out of a vaginal canal”. Schultz told us he was happy with the number of signed prints he sold, though declined to share how many.

Pusheen is the new Hello Kitty

Pusheen, the happy and chubby gray tabby and star of an animated web comic who also boasts 8.7 million Facebook fans, was a huge draw at CatCon. Throughout the day Pusheen’s booth was teaming with fans, who clamoured to buy plush versions of the feline.
Catnip now unashamedly marketing itself as weed for cats

The strong scented Nepeta cataria (catnip) that sends most cat into a frenzy, is going gourmet. Denver’s Purrvana had seven varieties of “nip”, all grown organically in Colorado, which came in tins that were slightly larger than a hockey puck as well as in joints. Owner Corinna Santini, said “it’s five times the strength of what you get at Petco”. In the good-work-if-you-can-get-it department, she has one cat, Lenny, who tests the product. “He’s f%#ked up all the time,” she said.

Lil’ Bub might be adorable, but he’s hard work

For those who consider themselves the soccer moms of cat owners, the final seminar of the day, “My Cat is a Celebrity…and How I Dealt with That” included a panel hosted by Mike Bridavasky (Lil Bub’s owner), Kady Lone (Pudge’s owner), and Will Braden (Henri’s owner) discussing what it’s like when your feline becomes your meal ticket. Turns out the owning a rockstar cat isn’t all glamour and after-parties.

Lone travels with two carriers and two litter boxes (full size for the hotel and travel size for appearances.) And cats, like rockstars, make most of their money from merchandise and are often found in the laps of others. The star felines also steal some of glory: although Bub’s owner also owns a recording studio, Bub ended up getting a producer credit on a Kelly Deal song, something Bub’s owner has dreamed of.

While Henri was a no-show, famous cats, Lil Bub and Pudge were in the house.

Once named one of The 10 best cats on the internet by The Guardian, the nihilistic french cat Henri Le Chat couldn’t be bothered to attend. His owner said, “He couldn’t care less about any of this.” But, Lil Bub and Pudge drew huge crowds.

Some attendees added to their cat families.

There weren’t many actual cats in attendance at CatCon, which might explain why the cats up for adoption at Best Friends LA’s booth attracted so much attention. CatConLA attendees queued up and waited more than 25 minutes to see available felines. By day’s end 34 of the 40 cats were adopted.

Mewsings: June 9, 2015 - "When Mother Nature saw fit to remove the tail of the Manx, she left, in place of the tail, more cat." - Mary E. Stewart

cute kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Okay, who moved my catnip mouse?"

Cat Mewvie: The Adventures of Mr. Cat!

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Mewsings: June 10, 2015 - "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Unknown

cute kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: There's nothing like a four-paw pillow.

Cat Mewvie: Stupid cat tricks.

you don't possess a cat

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racheal ray nutrish recall

5 varieties of Rachael Ray wet cat food recalled
From the Seattle Times

Five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food distributed nationwide have been recalled because of possible elevated levels of vitamin D after 11 cases of illness linked to the products were reported, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced.

Vitamin D is important in regulating calcium and phosphorus in a cat’s body, the FDA says. But, when ingested at very high levels, it can lead to serious health issues.

The agency says symptoms of too much vitamin D usually develop within 12-36 hours after eaten and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

The products, made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, Pa., include Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver. Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products (the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) will also be recalled.

After additional testing, Ainsworth said the high levels resulted from the natural levels of vitamin D found in some of the fish ingredients used in these specific formulas.

“At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray Nutrish, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority,” CEO Jeff Watters said this past week. “For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an issue like this from occurring in the future. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere.”

The affected products are:


1. Paw Lickin Chicken & Liver (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007032; Best by dates through Aug 17, 2015

2. Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-Iatorie (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007049; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016

3. Ocean Fish A Licious (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007056; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016

4. Tuna Purrfection (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007063; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016

5. Lip Smackin Sardine & Mackerel (2.8 oz); Unit UPC code 071190007070; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016


1. Chicken Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups); Unit UPC code 071190007773; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016

2. Ocean Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups); Unit UPC code 071190007780; Best by dates through Dec. 1, 2016

The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By code can be found on the side of the cup.

Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional information. Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit

Mewsings: June 11, 2015 - "The whir of a can opener or the bark of an unfamiliar dog...will send even the most deeply dozing cat bounding into the kitchen or under the bed." - Barbara L. Diamond

yer outta the good beer.

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yer outta the good beer, dude."

Cat Mewvie: "You will scratch me."

that's my cat

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Mewsings: June 12, 2015 - "If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." - Mark Twain

cat basks in sun

Gratuitous Kittiness: Here comes the sun.

Cat Mewvie: Yeah, cats are jerks.

don't declaw cats

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sailing cat

Sailing cat defies the feline stereotype
by Caroline Golon

It may be true that most cats don’t like water. But Yeoman, a 12-year-old cat in Beaufort, North Carolina, loves nothing more than sailing with his owners, Lisa Camp and Campbell Tellman.

Camp adopted Yeoman in 2003 after a colleague told her she’d found her the perfect pet.

At first Camp resisted because of her busy work schedule and visits with her then-fiancé, Tillman, whom she’d meet each weekend in Beaufort, where he kept his 33- foot sailboat. “She told me Yeoman would be a good fit for my lifestyle because he liked to ride in the car,” recalls Camp.

Camp couldn’t resist the sweet young cat and adopted him, and her friend was right: Yeoman did turn out to be the perfect pet, but not for the reason she had imagined.

yeoman the sailing cat sitting on the dockOne day, Tellman and Camp brought Yeoman to the dock to Tellman’s boat. The curious cat jumped on board and the couple decided to see how he liked being out on the water. Immediately it was clear Yeoman loved feeling the wind on his face and watching the waves go by. After that, Camp and Tellman never went sailing without their seafaring kitty.

Yeoman, with life vest securely fastened, likes to sit on the deck in the middle of the action, often underfoot, Camp says. So, when they cast off for a trip or come back to dock, Camp puts Yeoman in the stateroom to keep him safe. Once they’re sailing, however, she lets him out to enjoy the trip.

Not surprisingly, the friendly, quirky cat quickly became a favorite at the dock. “Everyone stops to see him,” says Camp. “He just sits there and greets the people and touches noses with the dogs.”

And, says Camp, despite many hours logged on the boat, Yeoman has only ventured into the water twice. When he encountered a rambunctious but well-meaning, puppy on the dock, Yeoman jumped into the water to escape. “He dove right into the marina to get away and swam over to the bulkhead and climbed out,” Camp says.

Yeoman the sailing cat at the helm of the sailboatThe second time was on a particularly hot day when they were docked at a beach. While the humans enjoyed tidal pools, Yeoman sat in the shade. Suddenly, Camp says, Yeoman walked over to the pool, jumped in and swam around for a couple of minutes. Then, he got out and walked back over to the shade where he’d been sitting before. “If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed it,” says Lisa.

After they married, the couple moved permanently to Beaufort. They took a few years off the water to refurbish the boat, but now, they’re back to their beloved past time. Even after a few years, however, Yeoman didn’t lose his sea legs. “It was as if we’d never taken a break,” Camp says.

While they’re docked, Camp says Yeoman likes to explore, often bringing gifts aboard the boat. "Once he brought us a live rat,” says Camp with a laugh.

The couple is planning to soon spend a few months sailing north. Will Yeoman be along for the adventure? “Of course!” says Camp. “We’d never go without him.”


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