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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 7-11, 2017.

Mewsings: August 7, 2017 - "Each one of our cats is a distinct, four-footed little person with an individual personality." - Ira B. Rubin

kitten in headrest car

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Am I there yet?"

Cat Mewvie: More "Simon's Cat".

a cat in a hat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

eicjkatze by checanty

Feline Art: "Eichkatze"by Checanty.

cat news

Demolition halted as vacant building was full of cats.
by Cara Giaimo

Seven-seventy-eight Onderdonk Avenue, an eight-unit apartment building in Ridgewood Queens, was all set for demolition. The tenants had been bought out. The bulldozers were rolling in.

There was just one problem: the building wasn’t totally abandoned. A few dozen cats were still living at 778 Onderdonk, slinking up and down the stairs, climbing through the rafters, and hiding in various nooks and crannies.

Construction workers discovered the fluffy squatters the hard way in late July, when they began gutting a third-floor apartment and “discovered it was filled with cats,” the New York Times reports.

“When they opened the walls, they jumped out—cats, baby cats big ones, you can’t imagine,” the building’s owner, Isaac Silberstein, told the Times.

Animal rescue groups and watchful neighbors say they’ve seen the cats—which likely belonged to a former tenant—coming in and out of the building since early July. They told the Times that many of the cats are injured, and that on occasion, they’ve found feline bones.

On other platforms, people have made more dire accusations. Some rescuers accused the construction company of beginning the demolishment even though they knew cats were in there. Another told DNAInfo that they saw a cat “leap out of a dumpster where workers were unloading debris.”

“A building owner has been paying crackheads 100$ per cat they gas to death,” another rescuer wrote on Instagram, captioning a picture of an empty Clorox bottle. (Silberstein told the Times that he had hired “a private company” to remove the cats, and that they had sprayed bleach in hopes that the smell would drive the cats away.)

This cadre of concerned citizens initially mobilized to get the cats out of the building and into safer situations. Various animal shelters’ Facebook pages are full of updates about them (some have taken to calling them the “Onderdonk Orphans”). Recently, the city’s animal control agency, Animal Care Centers of NYC, took over the rescue effort. “The manager… has promised us that no more work will be done until all the cats are out,” an ACC spokesperson told the Times.

No one is quite sure how many cats remain in the building. But so far, they don’t seem to be budging, preferring the strange, private world they’ve created within the building to the one waiting for them without.

Mewsings: August 8, 2017 - "It's very hard to be polite if you're a cat." - Anonymous

cats peeking through door crack

Gratuitous Kittiness: "See? They take their fur off and then.... EWWWWWW!"

Cat Mewvie: Hiro's journey.

cat toe monsters comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat jewelry ellen rococo

Feline Art: Cat jewelry by Ellen Rococo.

Mewsings: August 9, 2017 - "The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be." - Elizabeth Peters

kitten sitting on top of head

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm on top of the Ma, world!"

Cat Mewvie: Tupperware kittens.

feeding the cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

geometric cat art

Feline Art: "Geometric Cat" by Anastasia Surnacheva.

Mewsings: August 10, 2017 - "Some cats is blind, And stone-deaf some, But ain't no cat Wuz ever dumb."
- Anthony Euwer"

cat under table

Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's spider-hunting season!"

Cat Mewvie: The morning ritual.

cryogenic cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

surreal cat art

Feline Art: Art by Sergey Tykanov.

Mewsings: August 11, 2017 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of is innocence." - Edward Paley

cat and bananas

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Banana for scale.

Cat Mewvie: The Carpet Jump Boogie.

cats need no one comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by svetlana novikova

Feline Art: "Tubby Cat" by Svetlana Novikova

cat news

When the cat pees on your stuff.
by Alina Bradford

I'm pretty sure there's no smell as potent -- or as long-lasting -- as cat pee. I've tried all of the home remedies to get rid of the stench and found some winners that will save whatever your cat decided was the litter box that day.

On clothes

Did your cat get ticked off at you and decide your pile of clean laundry was a great place to get revenge? Yeah, I've been there.

Wash the laundry as you normally would, but leave it in the washer. Then, add 2 cups of baking soda to the load and set the washer to soak mode with warm water. If your washer doesn't have a soak mode, turn on your washer, let it fill up with warm water, then pause the load.
Let the load soak overnight and then wash it as you normally would. Everything should come out smelling fresh.

On your mattress

For a while, when my daughter's cat was stressed, she would go on our mattress. Mattresses are expensive, so I couldn't toss it, but I just couldn't get the smell out no matter how much I cleaned it. Finally, I learned the baking soda trick.

After cleaning the mattress and letting it dry, sprinkle baking soda over the spot that smells. Not just a dusting, either. I mean really layer that baking soda on. Then, put your sheet back on the mattress. Let the baking soda sit on the spot for a few days.

Don't worry, you can still sleep on your bed. The sheet will prevent the baking soda from getting all over your bedroom.

After the baking soda has had time to do the dirty work, just vacuum the mattress. Is that spot radiant with freshness? You bet it is.

Pro tip: If your cat has an issue with using your bed as a giant litter box, invest in a fabric waterproof mattress cover (the plastic ones are super uncomfortable and hot). It will save your mattress and it's much easier to clean. Just use the same cleaning technique as with clothing.

Everywhere else

Boy cats tend to mark their territory and often the area where they sprayed is hard to find. If you can't identify the spot, shampoo the carpets, mop or whatever you need to do to clean the suspected area, then make a bottle of cat pee-be-gone.

In a spray bottle, mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract. Spray all of the areas that you think your cat may have urinated or marked. Within a few hours the scent will be gone.

Before you try the pee-be-gone formula on carpets, rugs, furniture or other areas, be sure to test it on a small area to make sure it won't discolor the material.


Typically, when cats tinkle where they aren't supposed to that means they're trying to tell you something. Some things they may be trying to say are:
They don't like where their cat box is placed
They need more than one box
The box isn't clean enough
They don't like their litter
They may have a medical condition

To prevent future stinky situations, have a talk with your vet to eliminate any medical issues and try to figure out if the litter box is the problem.


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