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Infinite Cat Project Archives for October 31 to November 4, 2016.

Mewsings: October 31, 2016 - "The furry little buggers [cats] are just deep, deep wells you throw your emotions into." - Bruce Schimmel

cat with tongue out

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Portrait of a doofus.

Cat Mewvie: A Simon's Cat Halloween

comic time to buy a new scratching post

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by leonid afremov

Feline Art: Cat painting by Leonid Afremov.

cat news

Kittens rescued from fire by alert photographer.
By Nina Golgowski

Talk about being saved by a whisker.

A pair of kittens is on the mend after they became trapped inside a pile of burning brush in North Dakota, only to be saved by a passing photographer who heard them crying.

“My first thought was, I am going to have to watch this cat pass away,” Carlos Pacheco, who was photographing the controlled fire earlier this month, told Valley News Live.

Pacheco said he had been snapping photos for about five minutes at the blaze near Grandin, about 30 miles north of Fargo, before he heard their cries.

Pacheco told the outlet he saw one cat trapped beneath the flames and the other resting nearby, breathing in heavy smoke.

“It was too hot for me to even get close to it, which is why I was surprised that the cat was even in it. I had to shield myself with my jacket to even attempt to grab her,” he said.

Once he pulled away the cats and placed them in a cardboard box, he brought them to Fargo’s Cat’s Cradle Shelter. Both kittens arrived “in shock,” according to the shelter.

“All four of her paws are burned and blistered and her fur and whiskers are singed,” the shelter wrote of one of the cats in an Oct. 15 Facebook post. “Her brother has no outward signs of injury, however he is in worse shape due to smoke inhalation.”

“We thought we were going to lose him,” the shelter’s executive director, Gail Adams-Ventzle, told The Huffington Post Sunday, speaking of the little boy kitten since named Manni.

Though Manni suffered the least visible injuries, he had extreme smoke inhalation. Later tests also revealed that he had a heart murmur, Adams-Ventzle said. “We don’t know if it had anything to do with the fire or not.”

As for the little female, since named Pyro, Adams-Ventzle said she suffered what appeared to be third-degree burns to her feet.

Fortunately, the two cats have begun to heal nicely.

Pyro, one of two kittens that were rescued from a fire in North Dakota, is on the mend.

“They are doing GREAT!!!” the rescue group wrote on Facebook Thursday with photos showing Pyro’s little paws wrapped up in bandages.

Once the kittens are fully healed they’ll be up for adoption, though it likely won’t take long for them to find a forever home. Adams-Ventzle said that Pacheco told the shelter he may once again offer the kittens his protection and care — this time permanently.

“Either way, we’re not splitting them up,” she added. “They’ve been through so much together.”

Mewsings: November 1, 2016 - "I think one reason we admire cats, those of us who do, is their proficience in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing--or pretend to do. Rarely do you see a cat discomfited. They have no conscience, and they never regret. Maybe we secretly envy them."- Barbara Webster

cat in plastic bag

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I regret nothing."

Cat Mewvie: They regret nothing.

borrowing a cat to meet women

Today's Kitty Komic

cat illustration by yuko higuchi

Feline Art: Illustration by Yuko Higuchi.

Mewsings: November 2, 2016 - "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

sleepy kitty in cat bed

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Crazy days, man."

Cat Mewvie: This is Dexter. Read his story below.

cats don't eat dog food

Today's Kitty Komic

tree brance cat tree

Feline Art: Organic cat tree.

cat news

Family gives gift of love to an older cat, and gets love in return.
By Amy Jamieson

It’s never too late to adopt — that’s the legacy of Dexter, a cat one Utah family adopted at age 20.
They only had two years with their furry friend, but it’s clear from a video Jill Williams shared on YouTube that his impact has been immeasurable.

“The best cat in the entire world has left us,” says the caption for the video, which now has over 80,000 views. “We will never forget the love and happiness he gave in his very short time with our family. Rest in peace, Dexter.”

At the ripe old age of 20, Dexter was rescued from a hoarding situation and the family welcomed him to their home in 2014, after one of their sons requested a kitty (“I mean, REALLY wanted a cat. I think it’s safe to say they both win,” a video caption says).

“You might think a toothless old cat this old in failing health would just want to be left alone,” says a video caption. “But Dexter craves attention. Especially from his two new human brothers: Harry (age 7) and JJ (age 5).”

While cats can be set in their ways, Dexter adapted well to change. “He was living in a home with around 100 other cats, most in horrible shape and suffering from poor health and malnutrition,” Williams writes. “I think he believes he has hit the jackpot :)”

In all of the footage of Dexter, he seems seems blissfully happy in his loving home, whether it’s cuddling with a smiling JJ or with a grinning canine friend in his final farewell video.

Once you dry the tears from your eyes, the message here will be purr-fectly clear.

“ It’s never too late to save a life,” Williams writes. “There are so many great animals waiting to find their forever home in shelters across the country.”

Mewsings: November 3, 2016 - "Don't think that I'm silly for liking it, I just happen to like the simple little things, and I love cats!" - Michelle Gardner

cat on heating pad

Gratuitous Kittiness: Yes, it's heating-pad time.

Cat Mewvie: High-stepping kitty.

cat with iphone comic

Today's Kitty Komic

psychedelic cat by louis wain

Feline Art: "Psychedelic Cat" by Louis Wain.

Mewsings: November 4, 2016 - "A dog will flatter you but you have to flatter the cat."- George Mikes

kitten sneak attacking

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "INCOMINNNNG!"

Cat Mewvie: The Scary Apples

i really love cats

Today's Kitty Komic

cat by yuko higuchi

Feline Art: "Puppy and Kitten" by Yuko Higuchi

bodega cats

Petition demands New York Legalize bodega cats.
By Clint Rainey

A clueless Yelper earned the internet’s wrath this week after giving an East Village deli a one-star review purely on the basis of its bodega cat. Thankfully, “Diana D.” quickly learned the error of her ways (the post has vanished), but as happens anytime something threatens this age-old New York institution, people aren’t just up in arms about how anybody could hate a creature “as sacred as an Egyptian temple cat”; they’re also confused about why, on a pure health-code level, bodega cats have to be illegal in the first place.

A petition challenging the Department of Health’s feline discrimination wants to take the matter straight to Bill de Blasio. Called simply “Having cats in bodegas,” it wonders why it’s cool for big, hairy dogs to go hang out on restaurant patios, where the food’s spread out all vulnerably on plates, but puny little cats can’t nap on a bunch of airtight potato-chip bags in a deli?

The petition hasn’t even been up for 24 hours yet, already has almost 500 supporters, and reads in its entirety:

Mr Deblasio,

As a long time New Yorker i grew up seeing cats inside of bodegas. I would like to see it made legal to have cats in a bodega in New York city. Cats keep rodents out of food products and keep other pests at bay. You don’t want to see fecel matter from rodents in a bodega right? I don’t either. How can people find it acceptable to bring a dog into a restaurant where there is food that isn’t wrapped being brought out and about.. Like.. Who wants dog dander and hair flying around their steak when they go to eat it? The fact that cats are not legal in bodegas but dogs are legal in restaurants is a complete joke. Allow cats in bodega and keep dogs out of restaurants.

It might not get the hoped-for response from the mayor, but good news is that, either way, “Star,” the cat from the Yelp review, isn’t going anywhere. Byung Seo, owner of S.K. Deli Market, the bodega at the center of the controversy, tells the Daily News she’s a bona fide member of his family, and he’ll gladly continue paying the few-hundred-dollar DOH fine to keep her in and all of the assorted vermin out.


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