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Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 11-15, 2017.

Mewsings, December 11, 2017: "Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds." - Jean Burden

cat under the xmas tree

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Will Santa ever get here?"

Cat Mewvie: Did someone say "treats"?

cat destroys xmas tree comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat pyramid art

Feline Art: Cat pyramid, artist unknown.

cat news

Meet Smush
by Kelli Bender

Smush gets her name from the unusually adorable arrangement of her furry face; however, her unique look is the result of several genetic abnormalities and a cleft lip.

Smush is taking her differences in stride and is using them to build a social media empire. The Instagram newcomer already has more than 13,600 followers and is gaining more by the minute.

Photographer Shannon Jackson calls herself ‘mom’ to this rescue kitty. The pair first met while Jackson was volunteering at Helping Hands Pet Rescue, where she takes photos of the shelter pets to attract potential adopters. The animal lover first spotted Smush on Facebook (the perfect spot for a burgeoning social media star) through photo updates posted by friend and Helping Hands cat coordinator, Lindsey Hidenrite.

“When it came time for her to be up for adoption, I reached out to Lindsey to see if she had a home yet — and she didn’t!” Jackson, one of Smush’s first avid followers, told PEOPLE.

Before taking the plunge into pet parenthood, Jackson checked with her wife Sarah about adopting Smush and found that “Sarah was also following Smush’s updates via Lindsey and we just decided right then and there that we’d try it out.”

After a one-week foster trial, Sarah and Shannon were thoroughly in love with Smush and made the adoption official.

It was a long road to adoption for the kitten, who was plagued with health issues when she first arrived at Helping Hands.

“When she was a tiny kitten she wasn’t eating on her own so she had to be syringe fed every four hours or she would have been euthanized,”Jackson explained. “She had a terrible case of ringworm and was on a bunch of medications and had a lot of lyme baths. She also had an upper respiratory infection. All of this was cleared up when she was in her foster homes.”

Now she is perfectly healthy!

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The survivor kitty has joined a full house. Along with Shannon and Sarah, Smush shares her abode with three-legged dog Bean, two other canines, three cats and one hedgehog.

A true enchantress, Smush instantly got along with all of her animal siblings, though she’s dealing with a tiny bit of envy from Homer the Hedgehog.

“I never expected the reaction to Smush that has occurred but it’s awesome! Homer the Hedgehog has had an Instagram for over a year now and he only just hit 1,000 followers, He is jealous,” Jackson said.

Humans love Smush, too! Jackson said she has received numerous messages from the feline’s fans explaining how looking at Smush’s special face has helped them get through a bad day.

“ I hope that people can see the value of pet rescue and go and adopt their own friend from the shelter instead of the store,” Smush’s proud owner said. “I also hope to put a little love and light into the world with her daily antics.”

Mewsings, December 12, 2017: "The trouble with sharing one's bed with cats is that they'd rather sleep on you than beside you."- Pam Brown

cat on fireplace mantle

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Just put my stocking right here."

Cat Mewvie: "No means, NO, Agnes!"

the thinking cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat under the xmas tree art

Feline Art: "Cat Under the Tree" by Linda Mears.

Mewsings, December 13, 2017: "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin Lent

maine coon in chair

Gratuitous Kittiness: "That tree ain't adding presents to itself, human."

Cat Mewvie: I really miss Futurama.

how to catch santa cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat needlepoint

Feline Art: Needlepoint by unknown artist.

Mewsings, December 14, 2017: "The key to a successful new relationship between a cat and human is patience." - Susan Easterly

ventura fire cat rescue

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Bullseye!"

Cat Mewvie: Kitty love.

cat scratch xmas tree comic

Today's Kitty Komic

skating xmas cats art

Feline Art: Skating Xmas cats. Artist unknown.

Mewsings, December 15, 2017: "A cat is nobody's fool." - Heywood Brown

cat in ugly xmas sweater.

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: You should see what the dog's wearing.

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat - "Fireworks!"

magical  new york cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat wreath

Feline Art: Cat wreath, by Kathy Morawski.

cat news

Woman rescues over 28,000 cats.
by Christina Cordova

“Cat Lady” is a term that became popular with the rise of YouTube and cat memes, but the Internet hasn’t seen a true cat lady until now. Sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio has lived with 28,000 cats over the course of the past 25 years. What started as a way to help her father find a cat turned into an obsession–but an obsession of the best possible kind.

Lynea Lattanzio brought home 15 cats on that first trip to the animal shelter. In that same year, she successfully rescued and rehomed 96 cats. Today, she runs a cat shelter out of her home, where she and a team of volunteers currently take care of 800 adult cats and 300 kittens.

Lynea’s generosity towards these cats knows no bounds. When she started the shelter – Cat House on the Kings, California’s largest no-kill, no-cage sanctuary – she funded it out of her own pocket for 7 years. She sold her car and her wedding ring and even ate up all of her retirement. To keep medical costs down, she became a veterinary technician.

Her goodwill does not stop there though. The shelter became so big that she eventually had to move out of her own house.

At one point, Lynea had 67 cats sleeping with her in her bedroom, along with her dogs. That’s when she decided that something had to give and that something was her.

“I went from a 4,200 square foot, 5-bedroom home with a pool, wet bar, and view of the river, to a 1,600-1,800 square foot mobile home with a view of a rusty metal shed. I’ve come up in the world,” she jokes. The upside though? Her new home is a “cat-free” zone – meaning that only select few (dozen) cats are allowed in at one time.

Lynea truly is a cat lady, but the best possible kind there can be. With a staff that comes in at 4 am, she and her team save thousands of cats each year – cats that would have otherwise been put down or lived their entire lives without a place to call home.

Cat House on the Kings’ current expenses are somewhere around $1.6 million each year. Fortunately for the cats, a generous donor left Lynea her estate in 2004, allowing her to buy the neighboring 12-acres to use to expand her sanctuary. Now the cats can roam freely while they wait for that one human to find them and take them home.

Though Lynea loves her cats, her ultimate goal is to rehome them. She helps speed up this process by training feral and abandoned cats to become the loveable creatures they were born to be.

As of right now, the sanctuary currently has 500 cats that are ready for adoption. If you’re looking for your perfect pet and feel like doing some good at the same time, stop into their website to see if there is a cat listed that is right for you. Or just share this video with your friends and family to help Lynea and her team help their cats!


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