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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 24-28, 2017.

Mewsings: July 24, 2017 - "Cats seldom make mistakes, and they never make the same mistake twice."
- Carl Van Vechteny

sleeping cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Nyah-ha-haa! Soon that tuna will be all mine!"

Cat Mewvie: "Make yourself comfortable, why don't ya?"

cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting mike lawrence

Feline Art: "Business Cat", by Mike Lawrence.

cat news

Freckles the cat rescued from Afghanistan embassy
by Josh Shaffer

From his days as a kitten, Hooch jaunted through the Afghan war zone with whiskered poise – a streetwise feline born at the U.S. Embassy, a patriot cat who scared off rats and scorpions, enjoying head-scratches from the occasional diplomat.

Then one day in 2011, Hooch let pride lead him into danger. In the middle of an ambassador’s speech, he strutted across the podium in Kabul, tail held high. The order came down one day later: Kill all embassy cats.

The kerfuffle that followed made international headlines as the community of embassy cats – Gordo, Ferdinand, Mother Teresa – found aid from a pro-cat committee that sought to spare them the ax, arguing that they provided a boost to both public health and morale.

And in the middle of that fracas stood Kathleen Lavin of Pinehurst, a government contractor and IT specialist who often slipped Hooch a can of tuna. Soon after the death order came down, embassy workers started sneaking cats into their living quarters. As this was happening, Lavin’s plans took root. The story of her daring rescue, declassified at last, can now be told.

“I decided it was time for Freckles to leave his Afghanistan name behind,” said Lavin, 63, revealing her cat’s overseas identity. “He would be forever known as Hooch. ... He was going to North Carolina.”

Three of Lavin’s friends paid $1,000 for Lavin to stow her refugee cat on board a Turkish airline, which involved a frenzy of shots and paperwork. Further complicating their movement was Hooch’s hygiene, having lived his life not only outdoors but in a third-world country where war had raged for a decade. Lavin gave Hooch a bath.

Then came the problem of Kabul airport security, which Hooch experienced as a first-time crate animal.

“Did you know that kitty litter looks an awful lot like explosives in the X-ray machine?” Lavin asked.
Hooch flew to Istanbul in the cabin, his plane lacking a pressurized hold. He managed stress by howling. Once he arrived stateside, United Airlines immediately routed him to a line with 300 people and submit to a crate inspection. Lavin and Hooch nearly got separated on the flight to Raleigh thanks to delays and nearly missed connections, but they eventually arrived in Pinehurst, where Hooch met his friend Tater Tot the rescue beagle.

“Life is good for them,” Lavin said.

Six years later, Hooch has grown into a domesticated, 17-pound beast. The sound of golf clubs has replaced the noise of explosions in the distance. But Hooch still carries himself with the same worldly aplomb – a fur-covered survivor, a voyager in spots.

Mewsings: July 25, 2017 - "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

kitten leaning on tire

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeah, looks like it's your wheel cylinder."

Cat Mewvie: A little cat music.

cats basking in sun comic

Today's Kitty Komic

 cat art by lori ramotar

Feline Art: "Folk Art Cat" by Lori Ramotar.

Mewsings: July 26, 2017 - "My husband said it was him or the cat...I miss him sometimes." - Unknown

two schrodinger cats in box

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Your move, Schrodinger."

Cat Mewvie: Cats in slo-mo.

a guide to cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by juan caruso

Feline Art: "Cat concept art" by Juan Caruso.

Mewsings: July 27, 2017 - "I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat."
- Edgar Allan Poe

 cat in suitcase

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Pssst. Are we there yet?"

Cat Mewvie: Bengal snuggles.

cat dance steps comic

Today's Kitty Komic

subway cat art waldemar van kozak

Feline Art: "Subway Cat" by Waldemar van Kozak.

Mewsings: July 28, 2017 - "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." - Robert K. Massie

kitten in red shoe

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Actually, I was looking for something in a pump."

Cat Mewvie: Damn dog.

cat barfing comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on ipad art kozak

Feline Art: "iPad Cat" by Waldemar van Kozak

cat news

Cat has cat marking on face.
by Sara Barnes

Cats have all sorts of unusual markings on their fur, from “two faces” to mind-bending optical illusions. One of the latest felines to mesmerize us with their striking looks was recently spotted by Japanese Twitter user @TOKAITRICK_bot, who noticed an adorably weird cat face while out and about. The sweet creature is like two felines in one; it has a marking on its face that looks just like another cat!

The motif is front and center on the feline’s face. It runs right across the nose, and the marking bears an uncanny resemblance to a cat that’s crouched on top of its legs. To make the silhouette even more convincing, the shape includes pointed ears and a rounded hump. The undeniable cat-on-cat spot is not only unique, but very meta, too.


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