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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 8-12, 2017.

Mewsings: May 8, 2017 - "Could the purr be anything but contemplative?" - Irving Townsend

cat in cardboard tank

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Heyyy! How come I always have to play North Korea?"

Cat Mewvie: Cats and baths, a compilation.

cat and family comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat sculpture by laurel peterson gregory

Feline Art: "Stay Away" by Rachel K. Schlueter

angry gray cat on bed

Vaccinating the cat
by Bill Hand

I survived rabies clinic vaccination day.

It’s important to vaccinate your pet — for your benefit and theirs. If your dog or cat nips someone and draws blood, and you can’t produce proof of inoculation, you’re going to be saying goodbye to him for good, because the county’s going to kill him to so he can be tested for the disease.
We had two cats due.

One was Bleu, a large Russian Blue who is more laid back than a fake bear rug. He is, today, a svelte 18-pounder but in his younger days he topped out at 22.

Bleu is easy. You get him out of the cat carrier and he sorts of melts across the examination table. The vets plunge needles into him and he lays there, contentedly blinking, dreaming of fish.
The other cat is named Highrise. She’s our smallest cat, about 10 pounds, and a tad skittish. A sharp noise, a sudden move, even opening a door can send her running for cover.

Even so, I have never had a problem getting her to the vet in the past.

Now, we do have two cats of whom I expect trouble. They are Jekyll and Hyde, two genteel felines at home who turn into such raging demons at inoculation time that I’m surprised the vet doesn’t offer to put them down.

I took out two cat carriers. Bleu was reluctant to enter but when I turned the cage on end and dropped him through the opening he just gave me a look and fell asleep.
But Highrise was having none of it. She gave the carrier one look and took off at a trot, keeping herself just out of my reach. Our house is one of those ranches that has a living room and kitchen that are separated by a long wall, but are connected at either end by a doorway.

You cannot catch a cat in a place like that. She refused to get cornered. I followed her like a gosling after it’s mother for 15 minutes before she finally got tired of it, made a dash and disappeared.

It’s a small house but I could not find that cat. As all cat owners know, cats are not solids. They’re liquid forms in a fur bag. I think if you tossed an angry cat into a big, empty room she would melt into the floorboard cracks to evade you.

I had to give up and take Bleu to the vet and hoped Highrise wouldn’t be suspicious when I got back. But when I came home she was still in hiding. Finally I found her in the couch. In it, up under the springs, staring down at me with her big owly eyes. Some effort got her out and a lot of courting and baby talk got her to let me touch her.
I picked her up and carried her to the carrier.

Have you ever tried to put a hostile cat into one of those things?

Remember, we’re talking about fluid in a bag here. With bones for a little rigidity. And claws. Twenty of them. Twenty of them. Pushing one of these into a carrier has about the same result as reaching under a running lawnmower for a Lego brick.

She screamed, hissed and swore until I turned red with embarrassment. Her claws drew bright scarlet roadmaps on my wrist. I finally pinned her belly-down on the floor, but that just put us in a stalemate. She couldn’t get away but I couldn’t shift her around to try for the cage again without losing appendages.

At that point one of the other cats, angered by her screams, came charging in screaming and swearing himself. I admitted defeat, realized I wanted to experience another birthday, and let her go.

By night she was lying beside me purring away. I scratched her ear and promised I would set up another appointment. As soon as my tranquilizer gun arrives.

Mewsings: May 9, 2017 - "Cats conspire to keep us at arm's length." - Frank Perkins

cat struggling to open door

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Heeeeeeeeeeere's KITTY!"

Cat Mewvie: "Hello, kitty."

how to make cat happy comic

Today's Kitty Komic

vintage cat anatomy poster

Feline Art: Vintage cat anatomy poster.

Mewsings: May 10, 2017 - "Cats come and go without ever leaving." - Martha Curtis

cat with darth vader helmet

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Your lack of kitty treats distrubs me."

Cat Mewvie: "My human is drowning! Must save her!"

dog does taxes comic

Today's Kitty Komic: 9 Chickweed Lane

lost cat poster

Feline Art: "Lost Cat" poster

gray cat paws

Why do cats knead?
by Marissa Laliberte

Making biscuits, kneading dough, marching—whatever you call it, kneading is a weird cat quirk. They look like they’re in a trance as they lift one paw, then the other, again and again on a soft surface.

Not all cats knead, and they don’t all knead in the same way. Most cats only use their front paws, but some use all four; some kitties bring their claws out, and others don’t. A cat kneading at your lap might hurt, but your kitty doesn’t have any bad intentions.

Even when they’re too young for their eyes to open, kittens need to knead, says Katy Nelson, DVM, Virginia-based veterinarian and Freshpet ambassador. Nursing kitties push around when suckling to get their mother’s glands to release more milk, she says. No one is totally sure why the habit lasts through adulthood, but there are a few theories.

For one thing, because felines grow up associating kneading with the comfort of Mama Cat and her milk, the habit might be soothing. They don’t think about food when they do it anymore, but it’s just plain relaxing, as evidenced by the mad purrs you might hear while they do it. (Find out the surprising reason cats purr.) “Like a kid sucking a thumb, it’s a calming thing,” says Dr. Nelson. “A lot of cats have their eyes closed and look like they’re completely zenned out.”

Another theory is that cats knead to mark their territory. Cats have scent glands in two places: their faces and paws. When felines rub their faces against the furniture or go to town on a scratching post, they’re leaving their scent—and same goes for kneading. Paws are the only places where cats sweat, which means rubbing them against something leaves that smell, says Dr. Nelson.

Others think kneading might span back to housecats’ ancestors. Wild cats didn’t have the soft blanket that your domestic kitty might love, so they had to make the ground as comfy as possible, says Dr. Nelson. Pushing at the grass might have helped soften it up to “get their bed just right,” she says.

Innocent as the habit is, you might still get annoyed when your kneading cat digs its claws into your lap or furniture. Kneading makes cats happy, says Dr. Nelson, so instead of stopping your pet from doing its thing, just keep its claws short. “Keep the nails trimmed so it’s not painful, and not messing up your blanket or your couch,” she says.

Mewsings: May 11, 2017 - "Nothing's more playful than a young cat, nor more grave than an old one."
- Thomas Fuller

cat in flower pot

Gratuitous Kittiness: Mmmmm, potted kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Cat escape artist.

death metal cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

pixel art cat poster

Feline Art: Can you name those kitties?

Mewsings: May 12, 2017 - "The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other's also the reason they hate birds." - K.C. Buffington

gray cat with pink tongue

Gratuitous Kittiness: Someone wants breakfast

Cat Mewvie: "Croissant! Croissant! Croissant!"

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Today's Kitty Komic

cat donuts

Feline Art: Poster by Jay Ryan

cat news

Kittens from Heaven
by Kelli Bender

In Rhyl, Wales, it didn’t rain cats and dogs, but it did rain one single kitten.

This adorable downpour occurred when the innocent stray was attacked by a group of seagulls. One of the birds picked up the 4-week-old cat and flew off, later dropping the kitten on the ground.
Luckily, a Good Samaritan spotted the kitten and reported her to RSPCA Cymru, who came to rescue the animal and, remarkably, found her frightened but unharmed from the fall.

“This poor kitten must have been through a terrifying ordeal – seemingly swooped upon by a gull, before being dropped to the ground,” RSPCA Cymru said in a statement. “We’re grateful to a member of the public who spotted her and notified us, and thankfully she was rescued unhurt.”

The kitten, who is now named Sky, was taken to one of the RSPCA’s animal hospitals, where she is receiving around-the-clock-care. Vets are hand-rearing the kitten, who is still too young to care for herself.

“Sky is very young, and will now be hand-reared at our Animal Centre, and should be available for re-homing when she is old enough,” the RSPCA added.


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