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Infinite Cat Project Archives for November 21-25, 2016.

Mewsings: November 21, 2016 - "If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself."
- Unknown

cat on a bus

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "The ONLY way to travel."

Cat Mewvie: Hongry Kitty.

cat and the opne door

Today's Kitty Komic

the cat's lunch  by maguerite gerard

Feline Art: "The Cat's Lunch", by Maguerite Gerard, 1835

woman and cat

Be thankful for your cat.
by Tedi Graham

Even though she sheds all over your black sweater, scratches the furniture and terrorizes the dog, you love your cat. There is nothing better than having one around the house.

Her purr makes your smile. No one really seems to know why cats purr, but it is one way they communicate with us. Her purring calms you when you are ruffled. Having a purring cat on your lap lowers your stress level and blood pressure which lowers your risk of heart disease. Holding your purring cat gives you a feeling of warmth and comfort.

Your cat doesn’t judge you. Whatever you are wearing is fine with her. She doesn’t care if your hair is combed. She doesn’t care what you do for a living. She loves you anyway. She is happy to watch whatever you want to on television without a single complaint.

If you have a cat, you will always have someone to talk to. She is content to sit and listen. Sometimes she will give you her opinion or some sympathy if it is what you need. She always seems to know when you need a friendly ear. Those who don’t live with a cat often believe that cats are not affectionate. They have obviously not been the recipients of enthusiastic greetings when they return home after a long day at work or have gotten a loving head bump from their cat. Your cat is just the right size to fit on your lap and she will cuddle with you when you need it. She will follow you from room to room, read over your shoulder and help you balance the checkbook. She also seems to know when you want to be alone. She makes you feel needed, especially when she is hungry at 4 A.M. She may be independent sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love you.

Your cat is easy to train. It doesn’t take long for her to understand how to use a litter box and to know what things she shouldn’t scratch. You can take her for walks if you want to and she agrees, but she doesn’t have to be walked. You don’t have to get out of bed in the middle of the night and take her outside. She asks very little of you except food, water, a bed and some love. She will be happy with the simple things. If you give her toys, a box to play or sleep in, a paper bag to crawl into and a window sill to sit on and watch the world go by, she can entertain herself while you are away. She doesn’t need, or necessarily want, the newest or most expensive toys.

She provides you with endless entertainment. You can’t resist watching a kitten discover her world or smiling at a cat playing with a toy mouse. Cats don’t try to be funny, they just are. Every day I get at least one good laugh from my cats.

Most cats are good hunters. Your cat will protect your house from mice and bugs. Sometimes she will bring you what she has caught for your approval. Be sure to praise her for her efforts.

Your cat can teach you to just be yourself and don’t worry about what the neighbors will say. She may just sit and stare at you or she may completely ignore you. She may choose to sleep in a tiny box or sprawl across your bed. She chases imaginary mice around the room and the next minute pays no attention to a live one walking by. At times she can act incredibly silly. She doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks about her. She is happy to be herself. You can learn from your cat. Be thankful you have one.

Mewsings: November 22, 2016 - "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But its place is not in the middle of my back at 4 a.m." - Maynard Good Stoddard

kittens peeking out of hole in brick wall

Gratuitous Kittiness: Another brick out of the wall.

Cat Mewvie: Kitty is possessed.

potato chip cats

Today's Kitty Komic

the cook and the cat by theodule ribot

Feline Art: "The Cook and the Cat" by Theodule Ribot, 1860.

Mewsings: November 23, 2016 - "I would gladly change places with any of my cats." - George Ney

cat with head on cordless phone

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hello? Yes. This is cat."

Cat Mewvie: Ricky and Romy.

cats tolerating strangers

Today's Kitty Komic

jacob gerritsz cat painting

Feline Art: "Girl with cat and fish" by Jacob Gerritsz, 1620.

cat thanksgiving etiquette

Thanksgiving etiquette tips for your cat.
by Mikkel Becker

Hosting Thanksgiving this year? As you plan your menu and prepare your house, keep in mind that having a cat means you need to do a little extra prep work in order to keep your feline and your friends and family happy and comfortable.

You’re probably used to cat hair on your clothes, but your guests may not be. A thorough brushing can help remove hair that’s waiting to be shed — which means less fur flying around when guests arrive. And just in case, keep a lint brush or hair roller on hand in case guests wind up with kitten fuzz on their fancy clothes. Leave it on the counter in the bathroom so guests can easily locate it. If possible, hang coats so that your cat doesn’t lounge on them. If you have to pile them on a bed, keep the door to the room closed.

Create a cat-free party zone.

Carefully clean the areas of your house where your guests will be hanging out. If possible, keep your cat out of the kitchen and dining room, or any space where food is being prepared and served. Guests don’t need to worry that your kitty is walking on the counters or tasting the gravy. And even if kitty doesn’t have her elbows on the table while you are eating, some guests may be bothered if you are feeding her directly from the table. If you just can’t help but sneak her a cat-friendly treat from the Thanksgiving meal, do so in her own cat-specific eating area.

Establish guidelines for your guests.

It will be easier for your cat to be on her best behavior if your guests are also on theirs. If your best friend is bringing her toddler, talk with her ahead of time and establish ground rules for interactions before your cat and her child first meet. And be sure guests know about any quirks your cat has, like not wanting to be petted or held. Always appropriately supervise interactions between your friends’ kids and your cat, and make sure your cat has access to getaway spaces where she can safely retreat for a break.

Help your cat be social.

Cats inevitably have a knack for finding — and befriending — the least cat-tolerant individual in the room. This may be because people who don’t like cats tend to exhibit the least threatening body language (not making direct eye contact, for example). Protect your cat-averse guests by using treats and toys to redirect your cat. Or create a cozy cat-safe space in another room and stock it with all your cat’s favorite things: food, water, litter box, bed, climbers and toys.

Make guest rooms off-limits.

For overnight guests, consider keeping bedroom doors closed to prevent your cat from lounging in your guest’s bed or rooting in her suitcase — and potentially ingesting something off-limits and dangerous. And unless your guest specifically mentions that she is OK with your kitty sleeping with her, direct your cat to an alternative resting space at night.

Maintain your cat’s routine.

Cats are creatures of habit, and throwing off their routines can be disruptive and stressful for you and your guests. Ideally, feed your cat when and where she’s used to being fed. If your Thanksgiving Day plans mean she will need to eat in a different space (in her cat-safe room instead of in the kitchen, for example), make this change ahead of time and give her a few days to adjust to it.

Mewsings: November 24, 2016 - "A cat can purr its way out of anything." - Donna McCrohan

cat dressed as thanksgiving turkey

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Thanksgiving? Again? Really? Sigh."

Cat Mewvie: Big cats eating big turkeys.

dog thanks cat for food comic

Today's Kitty Komic

thanksgiving card for cats

Feline Art: "Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!"


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