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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 5-9, 2017.

Mewsings: June 5, 2017 - "A cat is never vulgar." - Carl Van Vechtene

sleeping cat face

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Cats are so, uhhhh, majestic.

Cat Mewvie: Cats are so, uhhh, peculiar.

cat in box comic

Today's Kitty Komic

innivative cat structure

Feline Art: Innovative structures for cats, by Edgar Arceneaux

cat and pregnant woman

Cat mysteriously aware of unsuspecting woman's pregnancy
by Mark Tauscheck

DES MOINES, Iowa — Last August, Julie Paccamonti, of Des Moines, noticed her cat, Zeus, was becoming clingy.

“Like, in between the shower liners when I was taking a shower, like I wasn't allowed to be in a room he wasn't in,” she said.

In fact, Zeus wouldn't let Julie more than 2 feet away, ever, and the 5-year-old cat was always touching her.

"He’d sit outside the bedroom door and just meow and meow and meow and meow,” her husband said.

“So I took him in and doctor couldn't find anything wrong with him, and the doctor kinda jokingly said, 'Do you think you're pregnant?' And I was like, 'No way,'" she said.

Actually, yes way.

A pregnancy test confirmed what Zeus already knew. The vet explained the cat may have been reacting to Julie's hormonal changes, so the next nine months were a challenge.

“It was hard because, you know, you're pregnant and you're warm anyways, and you got this cat that is always trying to be on you every second of the day, following you around. I had a hard time sleeping because he would be up in my face all night,” she said.

It all ended when baby Ivy came into the world.

“We got home from the hospital and instantly (the cat was) back to normal, didn't want anything to do with me, doesn't come to sit on my lap anymore, doesn't sleep with me anymore,” she said.

Zeus also over-groomed himself during Julie's pregnancy; the vet said it might have been anxiety. The bald patches are growing back from where he licked his hair off, but a bad sore required antibiotics and the cone of shame.

Zeus should be back to himself soon - but does Julie miss the nine months of constant cat canoodling? Even a little bit?

“No,” she laughed.

It's not an exact science because animals are so different, but animal behavior specialists have determined some pets probably can sense the significant hormonal changes during pregnancy due to their excellent sense of smell.

Mewsings: June 6, 2017 - "Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

hand holding grey kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: Love by the handfull.

Cat Mewvie: The miracle cat.

cats changing their minds comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cardboard cat castle

Feline Art: Cardboard is art, too.

Mewsings: June 7, 2017 - "Who needs television when you have cats?" - Lori Spigelmyer

cat on toilet

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Work? Yeah, right."

Cat Mewvie: "Me! Out! NOW!"

cats and bats

Today's Kitty Komic: 9 Chickweed Lane

unusual cat house

Feline Art: Cat house, creator unknown.

cat on kayak

Vlad the adventure cat.
by Kelli Bender

Vladmir Kitten has many backyards.

The adventure cat has been on the road since 2016 with his owners Cees and Madison Hofman. In 2016, the couple graduated and decided to visit all 59 of the United States’ national parks in celebration of their achievements and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service.

Vlad was along for the entire ride, gradually becoming leash-trained and joining his humans outdoors on adventures. Now the black-and-white feline is a natural explorer.

“From the beginning we wanted to train Vladimir to be an adventure cat. We wanted to share our adventures with him. So really, it’s all he knew since he was a kitten. He’s never really been outside on his own — always with us on a leash. Honestly, he loves it. He totally understands how it works to hike down a trail, and can even follow us off leash,” Madison Hofman says.

Along with knowing how to hike, Vlad is also a master biker, climber and kayaker. Basically, he is fearless.

Now a pro on the majestic beauty our country has to offer, Vlad has formed some strong opinions on his favorite parts of the USA. While he enjoyed all his adventures, one trip stuck out in particular.

“We had some really fun adventures in Great Sand Dunes National Park. He LOVED hiking in the sand. We joke that he thought it was his giant litter box,” Hofman says.

Overall the epic trip, which took several months, was a breeze for Vlad but there was one dramatic moment that Hofman recalls.

“He snuck out of the RV when we were parked for lunch on the boundary of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. We didn’t realize he had gotten out of the rig for over an hour or so. We went out looking for him and didn’t find him for a while! We thought he was lost for good in the Alaskan Wilderness. We hung out for a while and we kept calling him. Finally he showed up with his tail straight up and looking very pleased that he was able to take himself on an adventure,” she says.

After all this exploring with a kitty companion, Hofman has one piece of advice for the those who are inspired to try something similar with their cats.

“Start them young and be patient,” Hofman advises. “Cats learn at their own pace and usually need time to adjust to new things. Don’t give up if your cat doesn’t immediately respond.”

Vlad has recently learned something new, how to be a big brother. Cees and Madison welcomed their son Theo into the world this year, who seems to have already won Vlad’s approval.

“He’s doing really well! He comes up and sniffs Theo’s head every once and a while … and in the morning, he comes and snuggles with all of us!”

Mewsings: June 8, 2017 - "Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and their owner has twice as much fun."
- Lloyd Alexander

big eyed kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I only have eyes for you."

Cat Mewvie: Smart momma cat.

cat pulls muscle comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cardboard cat castle

Feline Art: "Ninja Cat" by Taylor Fischer.

Mewsings: June 9, 2017 - "Chances are that a man who can nuzzle a kitten is also open and caring in other facets of his life." - Barbara L. Diamond

relaxed cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you ti DIE!"

Cat Mewvie: Cats are TOO cute sometimes.

cats hate humans comic

Today's Kitty Komic

innivative cat structure

Feline Art: "Sphinx Cat" by Nyle Levi

cat in dress

The Cat Quinceanara
by Johanna Li

Celebrating a daughter’s quinceanera is a rite of passage for many Latino families.

That’s why the Olavarria family of North Carolina decided to throw the customary celebration for their beloved rescue cat, Luna, as she turned 15 years old.

“We adore Luna, almost too much,” her owner, Brigitte Olavarria of Charlotte said in a
statement provided to “We wanted to celebrate her long life properly. She is definitely a princess at heart, so we knew your standard birthday celebration wouldn’t suffice.”

Brigitte said she was joking with her friends that they should throw Luna a quinceanera when her mom decided to run with the idea.

“My mom loves throwing parties, and loves our pets even more,” she said.

From sending out invitations a week in advance, to ordering a tres leches cake from the family’s favorite bakery, and even decorating, Brigitte said her mom had all the bases covered.

They even bought a traditional quinceanera dress for Luna, and topped off the outfit with a crown.

“I totally thought my mom was joking when she said she was going to order a dress for her,” her brother, Angel Olavarria said. “[But] my mom never jokes about our pets."

On the big day, they said 12 people, close friends and family, showed up to celebrate with Luna.

“The party was hilarious to say the least,” Brigitte said. “Luna was such a good sport during the whole thing. I think she was happy to be surrounded by her family.”

And although Luna is getting up there in years, she explained Luna very much still acts like a kitten.

“ She’s a very happy and spoiled cat,” Brigitte said. “She bosses us all around and usually gets what she wants because she’s so stinkin’ cute.”


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