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Infinite Cat Project Archives for October 3-7, 2016.

Mewsings: October 3, 2016 - "I'm aloof, I like to run around outside, but I also like to curl up in warm spots. I eat fish." - Megan Coughlin on why she'd make a good cat.

cat by the fire

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Winter is coming."

Cat Mewvie: "Kids, come meet your new uncle."

cats to the rescue

Today's Kitty Komic

hundreds of luck cats

Feline Art: Army of luck cats.

cat vomiting

What does it mean when your cat vomits.

Today’s presentation is titled “The Tail of the Vomiting Cat” and it comes to us courtesy of Marie from Palm Springs.

Marie takes care of Callie, an 8-year-old calico cat that she has known for all of the cat’s life. For the past six months or so, Callie has been vomiting on a somewhat regular basis, about two to three times per week. Sometimes she finds hairballs in the vomit but other times there is food and/or liquid.

Callie seems happy and healthy otherwise and Marie is wondering if she should be concerned. She has been told in the past that it is normal for cats to vomit on occasion. She has changed nothing in Callie’s diet or her surroundings.

Right at the start, I want to clear up something I hear too often: It is not normal for cats to vomit. Vomiting causes loss of important fluids from the stomach that contains electrolytes, which are necessary for normal body function. Loss of these fluids can be detrimental.

Having said this, I do realize that vomiting is common in cats and I think this commonality, if you will, leads to the notion that occasional vomiting is normal.

Vomiting is not, by itself, a disease. It is a symptom. It is the result of irritation to the stomach and/or small intestine or less commonly a problem in the area of the brain dealing with balance. So the first assumption that needs to be made when Callie vomits is that there could be an underlying cause.

Let’s address the hairball scenario first. It is entirely normal for a healthy feline to have hair in the digestive tract. It is there because grooming using their tongue carries hair into their mouths, which is then swallowed. Normally this hair is passed down the digestive tract and out in the stool.

When a cat vomits, there are often wads of hair in the vomit but it is not a cause-and-effect situation. The hair did not cause the vomiting.

There are cases of excess grooming when too much hair gets into the stomach and can cause partial obstruction, which leads to vomiting. But even in these situations, it is not the hair that is the ultimate cause of the vomiting, it is the overgrooming. These cats usually have a flea problem.

In Callie’s case, vomiting is likely a symptom of an underlying disease. The list of diseases that can cause vomiting in cats is long. Anything that might upset the digestive tract can lead to vomiting. The fact that Callie began her regular vomiting six months ago tells us something is amiss.

I would recommend radiographs of Callie’s abdomen to help visualize what Callie’s stomach and small intestine look like. I would suggest blood testing to determine how things might be working inside. There are parasite problems that can cause vomiting in cats, so it would be pertinent to check a stool sample.

These initial diagnostic steps can be very revealing and at times provide a definitive diagnosis. However, there are cases in which these tests can be normal, requiring further steps. This might include biopsy of the stomach wall or small intestine, as cats are known to commonly be affected by inflammatory bowel disease, which often causes vomiting and is definitively diagnosed by biopsy.

Whatever the case, this vomiting problem of Callie’s is indeed a symptom of an underlying disease process that needs to be diagnosed to allow a treatment that cures the disease and in turn stops the vomiting.

Mewsings: October 4, 2016 - "If God created man in his own image, you've got to wonder; in whose image did he create the nobler cat?" - Unknown

cat looking through wrought iron fence

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Iron Eyes" Fluffy.

Cat Mewvie: The hungry kitty of Cat Island.

cats are queen of all they survey

Today's Kitty Komic

radioactive cats by sandy skogland

Feline Art: "Radioactive Cats" by Sandy Skogland.

Mewsings: October 5, 2016 - "Cats always know whether people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it." - Winifred Carriere

cat in tiny bed

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeah, this is jusssssssst right."

Cat Mewvie: Spoiler; Kitty likes baby.

cat using hair sprayer

Today's Kitty Komic

beno boleradszky painting

Feline Art: "Lying Cat" by Beno Boleradszky.

Tombili the cat

Chillin' cat, Tombili, gets memorial.

Tombili, the pudgy cat whose relaxing demeanor captured the hearts of fans worldwide, has been honored with a bronze statue in her home city of Istanbul, Turkey.

The cuddly feline — whose name is a Turkish word often used for chubby pets — was a beloved figure in the neighborhood of Ziverbey, the Daily Sabah reports.

“Tombili was a freely living cat, like most cats in Turkey,” Batu Aksoy, one of the founders of the Anatolian Cat Project, told The Huffington Post in a Facebook message. “The community took care of her.” While some media reports refer to Tombili as a “he,” Aksoy said she was a female.

Local people used to feed Tombili a lot because they loved her so much.

Tombili shot to online fame after someone snapped a photo of her reclining outside. It’s unclear when she became known outside of her local neighborhood, but the photo appears at the top of a 9Gag post from February 2015.

When she died in August after an illness, someone put up a poster in the neighborhood as a tribute. But a cat as awesome as Tombili deserved more than just a poster.

The Anatolian Cat Project — an educational community for cat lovers — launched a petition asking that the neighborhood have a statue erected to commemorate the popular feline. Artist Seval S¸ahin stepped up to the challenge, and the bronze sculpture was unveiled on Tuesday — World Animal Day.

Tombili was a “very friendly cat,” Aksoy said, which unfortunately may have led to some of her health problems.

“[The] neighborhood loved her so much and used to feed her a lot,” he added.

And she seems to have gotten along better with humans than with other lines.

“Tombili was [a] very proud cat and did not like [to] spend her time with other cats,” Aksoy said. “Because of obesity, she could not move much, so preferred calmly to lie on [the] sidewalk.”

Free-roaming cats like Tombili are a common sight in Istanbul, where the city’s residents offer food, shelter and care to the resident rodent-killers. The region’s love for cats has roots in Islam — the Prophet Mohammad is said to have adored cats, legendarily opting to cut a sleeve off of his robe, rather than disturb his feline companion sleeping on top of it.

Mewsings: October 6, 2016 - "My husband said it was him or the cat...I miss him sometimes."
- Unknown

cat lying by food bowls

Gratuitous Kittiness: Starvation is imminent.

Cat Mewvie: The Great Kitty Escape.

cat wants it all

Today's Kitty Komic

angora cat by morris hirshfield

Feline Art: "Angora Cat" by Morris Hirshfield.

Mewsings: October 7, 2016 - "It isn't always easy being a father to a cat." - B. L. Diamond

cat with wheels

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Still full of spirit.

Cat Mewvie: The Cat Man of Aleppo (See story below)

cat woman cartoon

Today's Kitty Komic

cats agaves carol wilson

Feline Art: "Cats among the agave" by Carol wilson.

pallas cat

Pallas's cat to get their own park.

Pallas's cat is the fluffiest species of cat in the world. The same size as a house cat, but much fluffier, they are also very rare.

Because of their endangered status, researchers at an international conference on the species agreed to create at 14-square-mile park for the cats to preserve and study them.

According to the Siberian Times, the site will be at Sailyugemsky Nature Park in Altai Mountain.
The solitary felines are native southern Siberia, as well as Central Asia and China, and rarely seen.

The conference in Novosibirsk had representivies from Russia, the US, the UK, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Mongolia and Ukraine, who all agreed the cat species needs further monitoring and preservation.

Although the cat is protected in Russia, in Mongolia it is hunted with dogs for its beautiful fur.
This has lead researchers to worry the animal could go completely extinct in border areas.
In Russia, illegal poachers also pose a huge threat to the safety of the Pallas's cat.

Denis Malikov, deputy director of Sailyugemsky Park told the Siberian Times: "The Pallas' cat is unfairly forgotten in the world although the animal is on the edge of extinction. There are only a handful of researchers studying it in Russia."

Because of this, the scientists hope to make the park a global point of study about the cats.
Researcher Alexey Kuzhlekov told the paper: "We need to estimate the number of Pallas's cats, and study the habitat area.

The latest data on this species is outdated. It hasn't been updated over the last 3 or 4 decades. We created a database that is also available online. Information about every encounter with the rare cat is uploaded there."

Scientists are not certain exactly how many cats live in the new reserve.
First comes a count, then they can continue to study and look after the cats.


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