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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 7-8, 2015.

Mewsings


May 7, 2015: "Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." - Dan Greenburg

Today's
Gratuitous
Dish O' Kute
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cat adrift

"What the heck was I thinking?"

Cat
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Can deaf cats learn sign language? Yup! (See story below.)




Kurrent
Kitty
Komic


meals on wheels



Meowcellaneous
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sign language

Deaf Cat Finds Home Where Sign Language Is ‘Spoken’

(See video above.)

You would never think by the way she plays with her feline siblings that Bambi is any different from them. And thanks to Kim Silva, the quiet feline fits in just fine.

Silva and her husband, John, both of whom are deaf, wanted to have a new feline companion after they lost a cherished pet in 2009, The Huffington Post reports. The Connecticut couple found Bambi via an Internet pet adoption site. Bambi was living at a rescue shelter in Spring, Texas, so it took some time to arrange to get her to Connecticut. Silva knew Bambi was deaf, but she figured since dogs have shown the ability to understand sign language, why not cats.

A retired teacher from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut, Silva was optimistic that she could teach Bambi American Sign Language and provide a full life for her.

“Since my daughters learned signs from infancy, I had ideas how to introduce sign,” Silva told HuffPost.

She began by training their current cats, Bobcat and Bear. Bobcat was more eager than Bear and really took to it, Silva says. When Bambi joined the family, she had no problems learning it, especially with the help of “peer reinforcement.”

The cats don’t sign themselves; however, they do respond to Silva’s commands.

“Come,” “more,” “sit,” “shake,” “high five,” “canned food” and “dance” are just a few of the words that are a part of the cats’ vocabulary. The latter, however, is one they aren’t always excited about. They reportedly also know “off,” which Silva spells out.

A new family member, Thomasina, joined the family in 2013, after Bear died, and learned ASL quickly, as well.

Cats learning sign language isn’t completely new, as a quick search of the Internet will reveal other cats who are communicating quite well by reading hand signals from their owner, but it never fails to impress. Seeing Silva with three cats responding to her commands is a sight to behold.

With all this talk of sign language, perhaps you might be wondering what the sign is for “cat.” Wonder no more!




Mewsings


May 8, 2015: "Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." - Dan Greenburg

Today's
Gratuitous
Dish O' Kute
Kittiness



shaved pussy

"That's the last time I go to Super-Cuts.""

Cat
Mew-vies




That sneaky little devil.




Kurrent
Kitty
Komic


damn cat



 



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