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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 26-30, 2017.

Mewsings: June 26, 2017 - "Could the purr be anything but contemplative?" - Irving Townsend

cat sleeping in tree stump

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Well, I'm thoroughly stumped."

Cat Mewvie: Catnip Rising.

cat destroying sofa

Today's Kitty Komic

the cat wars

Feline Art: "The Cat Wars."

cat essay

11-year-old writes six-page essay aout why she needs a ctt
by Kelly Baker

An 11-year-old girl has written an extensively-researched essay explaining all the reasons she needs a cat and the internet is so there for it.

Romesa, who lives in San Antonio in the US, really REALLY loves cats and wants one - badly. In fact, the little girl wants one so very much that she wrote and then presented a six-page report to her mum and dad.

Titled 'Why I Would Love a Cat, Benefits of Cats, and fixing problems', the neatly-typed report explains all the reasons why Romesa ought to be given a kitty and ASAP.

The well-written report included a raft of reasons as to why owning a cat is of benefit to kids and their carers too. Cats ease stress in children, Romesa wrote. They also encourage kids to spend less time on electronic gadgets. They can even detect an oncoming seizure!

Romesa's older sister, Rimsha, also wanted a cat when she was Romesa's age so when she heard about her little sister's 'report' she was duly impressed. In fact, she thought the report was so epic that she shared it online.

The internet, well-known for its love of all things cat, enjoyed the story of Romesa's report so much that it went viral overnight with thousands of complete strangers applauding Romesa's efforts.

Twitter users world-wide noted Romesa's research skills. Many enjoyed the fact that she went so far as to cite ancient religious reasons for cat ownership. They loved that she pushed research that shows that time spent with cats can reduce anger, stress and also anxiety. And they badly wanted to let Romesa's parents know that their little girl deserved a cat.

Some posted she deserved two!

A Twitter user with the handle @1298margarita said that while she didn't know Romesa personally she felt proud of her and she wasn't the only one to express such feelings - not by a long shot. Thousands of random strangers hopped online to support Romesa in her quest with some declaring they would happily provide the cat themselves. Still others said they had read the report and it was so very compelling that they now wanted a cat too.

" Your sis just convinced me to get a cat," posted a Twitter user with the handle @blxckfxntasy.

And many, many more took Romesa's quest even further with one even suggesting fisticuffs if the cat was not presented to the little girl soon.

"If she don't get this cat I'm fighting somebody," posted a Twitter user under the name @W.E.B Dat Boi.

We wouldn't take it quite that far but we've got to say we're on board too. Give Romesa her cat! She clearly deserves one..

Mewsings: June 27, 2017 - "Cats, like butterflies, need no excuse." - Robert A. Heinlein

kitten before and after

Gratuitous Kittiness: Foundling kitten, one month later.

Cat Mewvie: Dancing with kitty.

lost cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat geometric painting

Feline Art: "Purr" by Katsunori Miyagi.

Mewsings: June 28, 2017 - "It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see."
- Eleanor Farjeon

two white cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: Copy, Paste, Purr.

Cat Mewvie: Edward Gorey on cats.

cat meaning of life comic

Today's Kitty Komic

trippy cat by mike diana

Feline Art: "Trippy Cat" by Mike Diana

cat on paddleboard

Max, the paddleboard cat.
by Richard Chin

Hawaii may have a one-eyed surfing cat named Nanakuli and Norway may have a skijoring cat named Jesper.

But Minnesota has Max, the paddleboard cat.

Max, a big tabby cat owned by Craig Reed of Forest Lake, likes to ride with Reed when he takes his paddleboard out on the lake.

Reed estimates that the 10-year-old cat has been on the paddleboard more than 20 times since he and his wife acquired him in January 2010. The cat was a stray put up for adoption at the Animal Humane Society shelter in Woodbury.

Max turned out to be a typical Minnesotan when it comes to being on the lake, happy to take rides on pontoon boats and kayaks.

“We do a dock walk almost nightly,” Reed said of his cat. “He likes to be on the dock, see what’s going on.”

Once Max became accustomed to being on water, he would sit on the paddleboard on the beach, waiting for a ride. Reed said Max is able to step directly from the dock onto the board. He’s never fallen off the board.

Max is a husky feline at 16.5 pounds, and he’s no scaredy-cat. “He has literally chased eagles out of our yard,” Reed said. “He’s more like a dog than a cat.”
Or maybe he’s just an adventure cat.

“Adventure Cats” is a popular Instagram account, website and now a book created by writer Laura Moss that documents the lives of intrepid cats that like to camp, hike, boat, bike, ski and even surf with their owners.

The website tells the story of a cat that has sailed around the world and a cat that is visiting all of the U.S. national parks.

The book has advice on how to get a cat trained to walk with a harness, how to create a feline first-aid kit, how to keep cats safe from wildlife and toxic plants and how to decide whether a cat needs sunscreen.

Moss, who lives in Atlanta, admits that not all cats are up for outdoor recreation. Her book includes advice on how to tell if your cat has the “purrsonality” for adventure or is more of a homebody.

“If your cat doesn’t want an adventure, you’re not going to have an adventure cat,” Moss said.
But Moss said for the cats that like it, outdoor adventures on a leash and a harness can be a safe way to provide mental and physical stimulation, providing an antidote to feline obesity and boredom-related behavioral issues.

Moss believes telling stories about cats that go on adventures with their humans will help dispel the stereotype that all cats are lazy and aloof, that cat owners are “crazy cat ladies,” and that it’s weird for a man to have a cat.

She hopes that these types of tales will make more people consider adopting cats that need homes.

“I wanted to change people’s minds about what it means to be a cat person,” according to Moss. “A cat that defies stereotypes is a cat that people want to talk about and a cat that finds a home.”

Mewsings: June 29, 2017 - "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin Lent

two kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: The kitten brothers.

Cat Mewvie: How does the cheetah go?

safe word is kitten comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat artist

Feline Art: Cat as artist.

Mewsings: June 30, 2017 - "A cat determined not to be found can fold itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to." - Louis J. Camuti

cat hidden among pillows

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Find the kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Feral cat info.

bloody cat hugs comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cropped cat by carol  wilson

Feline Art: "Cropped Cat" by Carol Wilson

cat news

Hair ties can kill your cat.
by Emma Lord

While cats may seem like a deceptively low maintenance kind of pet, the truth is that there are a whole host of things that owners have to be vigilant about when it comes to keeping their cats safe — some more surprising than others. Pet owner and Imgur user Ramphasto learned this the hard way, when her cat almost died from eating hair ties that had to then be surgically removed. In an effort to alert other pet owners to the danger of letting cats play with or chew small items, she took to Imgur to share images of her cat Ollie and explain the brutal process they had to go through to recover from the hair tie ingestion.

"[Ollie] was a healthy and happy cat until one day he began throwing up everywhere and eventually just stopped moving," Imgur user Ramphasto wrote. "It was at this point I knew I needed to get him to an emergency vet. They did blood tests and X-rays and found something lodged inside his stomach and intestines. It was some sort of hard mass."

The vet told her then that Ollie would need emergency surgery that would cost $4,000 — and that even then, it wasn't a guarantee that Ollie would survive. As a "broke college student" at the same, she shared that her vet told her about Care Credit, a service for financing medical procedures, including veterinary ones. She applied and was approved, and Ollie went into surgery to remove the mass.

Once Ollie was released from surgery, the doctors revealed that the mass was, in fact, a tangle of chewed up, eaten hair ties that Ollie had swallowed.

"He ate so many of them that they got lodged into his intestines and suffocated part of it so they had to cut the dead intestines and sew together the ends ... When they showed me this bag of hair ties I wanted to hit myself. I felt so horrible for my ignorance. I would see him chewing up my hair ties and I would try to stop him, but I did not see or know he was actually swallowing them. I did not know the severity of the situation," Imgur user Ramphasto wrote.

As it turns out, she is far from alone; many cat owners have experienced this phenomenon with their cats. Eating hair ties is a symptom of pica in pets, which is the desire to eat non-food, inedible items. While there are theories about pica in cats being the result of dietary deficiencies, environmental factors, and medical issues, some cats are also just genetically predisposed to this kind of behavior — which means their owners have to be extra, extra cautious about leaving things like hair ties lying around.

"The vet told me it's common for kittens and young cats to swallow weird things like hair ties or string. They said they once did surgery on a cat who swallowed an entire balls worth of yarn," Imgur user Ramphasto wrote. "I did not know cats did this and my cat paid dearly for my ignorance. I wanted to tell this story because I'm not sure if other people know this about cats. Ollie almost died. I don't want this to happen to other cats and cat owners."

If you have a lil bub displaying pica-like behaviors, there are several things you can do to prevent a disaster like Ollie's. First, you can make sure that items like hair ties, yarn, and other related items are out of reach. Second, you can provide your cat with cat toys that are safe to chew, which will hopefully abate the urge to chew dangerous items. If all else fails, Web MD recommends talking to an animal behavior specialist for other ideas on how to keep your cat safe; clearly the consequences are not to be taken lightly, and you'll save yourself a lot of worry down the road.


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