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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 21-25, 2017.

Mewsings: August 21, 2017 - "The key to a successful new relationship between a cat and human is patience." - Susan Easterly

black cat wearing red bow

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Dressed for success.

Cat Mewvie: Traffic Light Cat watches you drive.

cats drinking beer comic

Today's Kitty Komic

three cool cats

Feline Art: Three cool cats.

rally cat

Ballclub, feral society, slugging it out over cat.

Ten days ago in St. Louis, the baseball world was introduced to the Rally Cat. A stray cat ran onto the field at Busch Stadium, and after being corralled by the grounds crew, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina smacked a game-winning grand slam. Just like that, the Rally Cat was part of St. Louis baseball lexicon.

The Rally Cat managed to escape as the grounds crew member received treatment for scratches and bites, and eventually, the cat was picked up by the nonprofit organization St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. The cat has been with STLFCO ever since, and the organization has received many adoption requests.

One of those requests, of course, came from the Cardinals. On Wednesday the team's vice of president of communications, Ron Watermon, told Denise Hollinshed of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the Cardinals will receive Rally Cat -- that's the cat's official name now -- from STLFCO after it finishes receiving the proper medical attention.

"The St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach organization has assured us they will be returning our cat to us after a mandatory 10-day quarantine period," said Ron Watermon, the team's vice president of communications.

"Rally Cat will be cared for by our team, making the Cardinals Clubhouse his home," Watermon said. "Mike and our players are looking forward to loving and caring for him."
Watermon said team owner Bill DeWitt requested a formal "welcome home" ceremony once Rally Cat is handed over to the Cardinals.

That's all well and good, but there's one problem: STLFCO didn't promise to hand the cat over to the Cardinals. The organization released a statement on Facebook on Thursday saying no agreement has been reached to return Rally Cat to the team. Here's the statement:

"It was a disappointment to STLFCO and many of our friends and fans to read the Cardinal's PR Head Ron Watermon's comments to the media concerning Rally. It was a totally false statement that STLFCO has committed anything to the Cardinals. We have made no decisions about Rally's long-term placement. It seems inconsistent with "The Cardinals Way" to make such false statements.

We have neither the PR staff nor the skilled volunteers to engage in a media dialog with Mr Watermon's old-school PR tactics, so this note will be all we have to say on his position.

We had contacted Mr Watermon earlier this week and we just now got a voicemail reply from him. Our Board Member team consists of non-paid volunteers who have full time jobs outside of STLFCO. Due to our many commitments and complex schedules, we told the Cardinals we'd be delighted to meet later this month, the first time the entire group can meet with them to discuss the situation. Perhaps we can find a way to reach out to the Senior Leadership of the Cardinals (the Dewitts, Mike Whittle, etc) and meet with them, as Mr. Watermon's perceived bullying tactics shocked us.

We really want to meet with the Cardinals to discuss this opportunity for a win-win-win-WIN for Rally, the Cardinals, STLFCO, and the city of St Louis. STLFCO is a tireless advocate for all homeless cats in the region – and a great friend to many local animal welfare organizations. We truly want what is best for Rally and for every vulnerable cat in St Louis. We hope to connect with other members of Cardinal's management shortly.

Stay tuned!"

Hmmm. This doesn't sound good. My guess is the two sides will work out an agreement and Rally Cat will be with the Cardinals at some point, though it sure sounds like the team tried to bully STLCO into giving them the cat first. That's not good.

This could've been a very easy and adorable Rally Cat transfer, but then one side said one thing and the other side said another."

Mewsings: August 22, 2017 - "An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old boy."
- Carl Van Vechten

cats peeking through door crack

Gratuitous Kittiness: Nightshirt nappers.

Cat Mewvie: Two legs versus four.

introvert cats

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by kazmarski

Feline Art: "Buster and Kitty" by B.E. Kazmarski.

Mewsings: August 23, 2017 - "I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream." - William Shakespeare, Henry IV

cat standing up

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Whoa! That can't be right!"

Cat Mewvie: A very fetching cat.

hogwarts sorting cat

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by horitomo

Feline Art: Cat art by Horitomo.

Mewsings: August 24, 2017 - "Every life should have nine cats." - Anonymous

cat hiding behind pole

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Can't see me."

Cat Mewvie: Cat City.

we are not cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by rusian svobodin

Feline Art: "Trigger the Cat" by Rusian Svobodin.

Mewsings: August 25, 2017 - "You can not look at a sleeping cat and feel tense." - Jane Pauley

cat sitting funny

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "How am I SUPPOSED to sit?"

Cat Mewvie: Rat babysitters at a cat cafe.

cat sleeps on keyboard

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by satoshi yoshioka

Feline Art: Custom cat portrait by Satoshi Yoshioka.

radioactive cats

A cat stuffed with uranium?

Chu Chu had an overactive thyroid. Or maybe it was underactive. It was either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism the vet knew the difference between them and which one it was and told me. It made her INCREDIBLY fussy (Chu Chu not the vet) we would feed her six different things in a day, she would glare reproachfully and eat nothing she was getting thinner and thinner as we watched. We took her to the vet who said (after extensive EXPENSIVE blood tests, some phrenology and a thorough leeching), your cat [Chu Chu is a cat] has an over/underactive thyroid because of the hyper/hypothyroidism I am telling you this, but you will not remember which but that is OK I am a vet and I have written it down. We were advised that there were two choices for Chu Chu, either tablets twice a day for the rest of her life or a radiation treatment which she would only need once but which would be expensive.

Three choices: the third we do nothing and she would slowly waste away. Not really an option even though she also had chronic cat flu which meant she sneezed a lot often on the back of your head and I know people don’t think about cat snot a lot but in our house it is a common occurrence just thought I would share that. Cat snot is an evil substance not as bad as cat poop but more on that later.

We calculated that if Chu Chu lived another five years, giving her enormous tablets twice a day would end up costing the same as the expensive radiation treatment and we would also have to give her enormous tablets twice a day. She was never going to die, but we might from being savaged by Chu Chu every time we tried to shove a pill down her gob while she covered our soon to be corpses in kitty nose mucus.

We sent her to the cat-radiating facility where she was to stay for a week. They said when she comes back from being radiated – that is what they do they blast the cat with radiation or bung a stick of plutonium up her Barnaby Joyce*

or something idk – it is COMPLETELY safe they said, but just in case don’t let her sit on any pregnant people and avoid her poop and also HER SNOT IS RADIOACTIVE. (They didn’t say the last bit but we already knew that.)

The interesting thing about radioactive cat poop (I bet you didn’t think you would read that sentence today) is that our rescue dog Beyonce loves to eat cat poop more than anything else and doesn’t it sound like a fun time at our house? As I mentioned Roy the rescue border collie is on Prozac but that is for another time. Cat-poop eating is Beyonce’s only character flaw she spent eight years in a cage at a puppy mill what are you going to do but she follows the cat around like it is a food truck or a Mr Whippy.

We said to the vet, can you please keep Chu Chu in the lead-lined cat bunker for an extra week we will pay because we are very fond of Beyonce and we don’t want her to get some sort of weird cat excreta-related cancer. And they did. Chu Chu came home and she was fine except she is still very fussy and still covers everything with cat snoutgloop or whatever it is that comes out of the front of her face. Beyonce was very happy to see her. Interestingly Chu Chu is on steroids now for her chronic cat flu and we have to give her the tablets twice a day for the rest of her life. The end.


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