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Infinite Cat Project Archives for October 10-14, 2016.

Mewsings: October 10, 2016 - "People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around."
- Susan Easterly

kitten sleeping in shoe

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Loafing around.

Cat Mewvie: Willie the window-cleaner must die!

cat pickpocket comic

Today's Kitty Komic

hundreds of luck cats

Feline Art: "Gray and White Cat" by Tommervik.

senior cats

On adopting senior cats.
By Kristen Seymour

Making the decision to adopt a cat is a big deal in and of itself, and opting to bring home a cat who’s well past her kitten years is something pretty much any cat lover would applaud.

While rescuing a senior cat can sometimes come with some challenges — after all, there can be age-related health and care concerns to consider as well as potential baggage an adult cat could bring along — there are also plenty of perks to giving an older cat a second chance. Hey, kittens are cute, but there’s a lot to love about a cat who’s already lived through her crazy youth and may be ready for a nice, calm existence, right?

If you’re considering adding a senior cat to your family, there are a few things you should know, like the fact that she could have some mobility issues that require slight modifications (like easy-to-enter litterboxes and ramps), she might require a little extra help or encouragement when it comes to eating, drinking and grooming, and she’ll do well to see the vet at least twice a year. If you’re looking for tips on caring for a senior cat, we’ve got loads!

But we had a feeling our readers would have some advice of their own to share, so we took to Facebook to ask: What’s the one piece of advice you’d offer someone bringing home a senior cat? They came through as expected with thoughtful and practical words of wisdom.

Offer Love, Patience and Proper Care

Far and away, the most popular answer had to do with showing your senior cat love — and lots of it. “Just love them with all your heart — they will love you right back,” said Janice Goss. Jacque Nielsen Barnart agreed, saying, “Be prepared to love them to the end.” Merryanne Kagan said, “Love them. They love sunshine and laps and curling up with you.” And Glenna DeBrota smartly suggested, “Enjoy every minute you are lucky enough to have this cat.”

Along with recommendations to love your senior cat came many comments on the importance of patience. “Give them love. Let them get familiar with their new space. Then more love,” Suzanne Fanning said. ”Be gentle and kind, they may do things you don’t understand,” said Diana Bailey. “Patience. Compromise. And unconditional love. Remember they are the ones in a new place, not you,” added Mark Thompson. Readers, like Michael Clavelli, also advised that you give your senior cat space. “Give them space. And wherever the cat wants to sleep, that’s where the cat sleeps.”
Regarding the special care and allowances senior cats can require, readers had some solid tips as well. Kathy Briscoe Edwards said, “Give them lots of love and proper veterinary care.” Marsha Schauer suggested, “Feed them high quality cat food designed for seniors,” which is something we’ve also touched on. And, if you live in a home with children, “Don’t let little kids roughhouse with him,” said Sandra Garrett.

Readers also cautioned against assuming your senior cat will just be like a big kitten. Vanessa Hadley said, ”Having a senior cat is like taking care of an old lady or old man. My senior cat has trouble jumping up onto things.” And Susan Chappelle offered this kind reminder: “Be gentle with them. They are still the same cat they always were on the inside, but they get aches and pains just like we do.”

Enjoy Them

It’s important that you enjoy the awesome things about bringing a senior cat home, and while every cat is different, generally speaking, older cats tend to have a more established personality and calmer demeanor, so you’ll likely have a better idea of what you’re bringing home — that can be a real plus! Our readers agree, like Nora Coombs, who said, “[Older cats] know and trust humans and will give you unconditional love for giving them a second chance.” Doris Gainer echoed this, suggesting, “[Older cats] don’t usually need much training, are content with humans, readily affectionate and delightful company.” Patty Turner agreed: “Oh, the love they’ll give! Having a cat in your lap is one of the most peaceful feelings ever. Older cats are calmer and smarter. You’ll feel their gratitude!”

When it comes right down to it, though, we had a few commenters offer some very simple action steps. Kathee Kraft Burkhiser and Carla Hunter both said, “Do it!” And Debbie Wesgate took it a step farther, suggesting, “Adopt two.”

Mewsings: October 11, 2016 - "A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there." - Agnes Repplier

cat with hanger on head

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I have made better decisions in my life."

Cat Mewvie: Love them wiener dogs.

cats in haunted house

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by Mary Stubberfield

Feline Art: "Black and White Cats" by Mary Stubberfield.

Mewsings: October 12, 2016 - "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." - Missy Dizick

three cats want outside

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Outside? Pleeeeeeeeeease!"

Cat Mewvie: Spoiler; Kitty likes baby.

cat and dog comic

Today's Kitty Komic

beno boleradszky persians

Feline Art: "Persians" by Beno Boleradszky.

lost kitten Mittens

Lost cat crosses mountain ranges to find way home.
By Cathy Free

What started as a cozy nap inside a boat four months ago resulted in an incredible journey for a Utah cat, which included a long trek across the Wasatch Mountains in an attempt to be reunited with a family that feared their beloved pet was dead.

Mittens, a black rescue cat with white paws, has been with the Flitton family of Mountain Green, Utah, since he was adopted as a kitten in 2012. Last May, Brandon Flitton, 42, dropped his boat off at a repair shop in Salt Lake City, 35 miles away, not realizing that Mittens had sneaked under the cover earlier to take a nap. When mechanics pulled off the cover, the cat jumped out and ran away.

“When we heard what had happened, we put signs up everywhere and went looking for him,” Cyndi Flitton, 43, tells PEOPLE. “We hoped that he’d recognize our voices and come running because he’s such a sociable, friendly cat.”

Cyndi tried to comfort her daughter, Allison, 14, by telling her that Mittens had probably found a good home with a family in the neighborhood near the boat shop.

“But I figured he was gone forever,” says Allison, “and I worried about him a lot. I didn’t think I’d ever see him again.”

Mittens, though, had other ideas.

An outdoor cat with a love for hunting mice and voles and leaving them on the Flittons’ porch as “tokens of love,” Mittens was discovered last month in Alice Puleo’s yard in Park City, Utah, 32 miles east of the boat shop.

“I was unloading groceries and this cat came down the pathway and announced that he was hungry in no uncertain terms,” says Puleo, 60. “He was very skinny and looked a little beat up. He needed some love and attention.”

After taking the cat in, “he ate constantly for four days and slept on a deck chair outside,” Puleo tells PEOPLE. “I made calls and put up signs, but nobody responded. So finally, I decided to take him in to my vet.”

Carl Prior, a veterinarian with the Park City Animal Clinic, scanned Mittens and discovered he had a microchip with the Flittons’ phone number.

“I was stunned — I couldn’t believe it,” says Cyndi when she received a call from Dr. Prior. “How in the world did he end up in Park City?”

Prior told her that he believed the cat had walked, crossing several mountains in the process.

“He was thin for his large frame and the pads of his feet were inflamed and had abrasions,” Prior tells PEOPLE, “and some of his nails were damaged and needed care. I believe that Mittens navigated the streets of Salt Lake City from the west side to the east side, where the mountains begin. From there, he was probably more comfortable with the terrain and instinctively knew which way to go.”

Eventually, he says, “I’ll bet that Mittens would have found his way back home without our help. He’s a real miracle cat. I only wish he had a GPS tracker so we could follow his great adventure.”

Cyndi decided to give Allison a surprise reunion with Mittens and drove her to Park City on the ruse of doing some shopping. Making a stop at the clinic, she told her daughter there was something incredible that she wanted her to see.

Puleo, who was holding Mittens in an exam room, says the cat scrambled to get out of her arms as soon as he heard Allison’s voice.

“The door opened and when he saw her, he hit the floor and leapt across the room to be with her,” she says. “It was such an emotional moment— there weren’t any dry eyes in the room.”

“To see him again was unbelievable — I felt like the happiest girl on earth,” says Allison, who is once again receiving “love tokens” from her curious pet. “I was so happy to see my good friend again.”

“Even though we all gave up,” she says, “Mittens sure didn’t.”

Mewsings: October 13, 2016 - "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." - Robert A. Stern

cat with big green eyes

Gratuitous Kittiness: Them there eyes.

Cat Mewvie: The lovely cat paintings of Diane Irvine Armitage.

cat wanting to be petted comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat by Diane Armitage

Feline Art: "Tuxedo Cat" by Diane Irvine Armitage.

Mewsings: October 14, 2016 - "A cat determined not to be found can fold itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to." - Louis J. Camuti, D.V.M.

cute gray kitten

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Just a cute little old kitten.

Cat Mewvie: Wait for it.....

cat on keyboard comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by rebecca korpita

Feline Art: "White Cat On Cushion"by Rebecca Korpita.

cat ladies for hillary

Hillary's coping advice: "Watch cat GIFs."
By Michael Memoli

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has driven her to watching cat GIFs.

During remarks at a fundraiser in San Francisco today, the Democratic nominee reacted in an unexpected way to her opponent’s latest remarks about women.

“It makes you want to unplug the internet or just look at cat GIFs,” Clinton remarked.

“Believe me, I get it,” she continued. “In the last few weeks, I’ve watched a lot of cats do a lot of weird and interesting things. But we have a job to do, and it’ll be good for people and for cats.”


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