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Infinite Cat Project Archives for October 9-13, 2017.

Mewsings, October 9, 2017: "No tame animal has lost less of its native dignity or maintained more if its ancient reserve. The domestic cat might rebel tomorrow." - William Conrad

insulated outdoor cat house

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The well-insulated outdoor cat house.

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat presents "Spider Cat".

feral cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cut paper cats

Feline Art: Cut-paper cats by clare Willcocks.

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All About Cat Diets
by Jackie Brown

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59 percent of cats living in the United States are obese. If you have a fat cat, helping him shed a few pounds will do wonders for his health and might even add years to his life — there’s no better motivation than that to inspire healthy cat diets.

Putting a cat on a diet is not something to take lightly. Cats are sensitive when it comes to weight loss, so crash diets are a big no-no. “If weight loss is too fast or there is not adequate protein in the diet, the risk of a disease called hepatic lipidosis — a very serious metabolic liver disorder — is a very real danger,” explains Ken Lambrecht, D.V.M., medical director of West Towne Veterinary Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Here’s how to configure cat diets safely and effectively:
When It Comes to Cat Diets, Work With Your Vet

“ It’s very important for cat owners to work directly with their veterinarians regarding weight-management issues, especially for cats that are significantly overweight,” Dr. Lambrecht shares. Your vet will help you select the right food and feed the right amounts, as well as monitor your cat’s weight loss to ensure the diet is working. At the first visit, your vet will weigh your cat and also identify his ideal goal weight.

Aim for Slow Weight Loss

If cats lose weight too fast, they may become very sick. “Weight loss has to be slow and steady, with frequent reassessments by the veterinary team to make sure muscle loss does not occur,” Dr. Lambrecht explains. The rate of weight loss should not be more than 1 to 2 percent per week.

Choose the Right Diet Cat Food

Cat diets should include foods that are high in proteins and moderate to low in calories. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat and a good amount of it. Some “diet cat food” contains a lot of carbs, which is not great for weight loss. Most canned foods will have more proteins and fewer carbs than dry foods, but it’s possible to find high-protein, lower-carb dry foods. Again, your vet will help guide you to choose the ideal food for your cat’s weight loss.
Feed the Right Amount — And Don’t Be Fooled by Food Bags

Free feeding is not helpful for cat weight loss. Measured meals allow you to keep track of how many calories your cat is consuming. But figuring out exactly how much food to feed is tough.

“ Calorie needs vary according to lifestyle, age and individual cat,” Dr. Lambrecht explains.

“ Calories are not always clearly labeled. The bag feeding guide often shows too many calories for most cats.” Once again, this is where your vet comes in. Decide on a brand and have your vet calculate how much of that particular food to feed your cat in order to achieve a slow and steady weight loss.

Cut Out — or At Least Cut Back on — Cat Treats

Awwww, no treats? So sad. Commercial cat treats are high in calories and low in nutrition, so there’s no place for them when your cat is trying to lose weight. If you must feed your cat treats, keep them to a minimum and preferably stick to small amounts of high-protein human foods, like tiny bits of cooked chicken or a little bit of scrambled eggs.

Bottom Line: Cat Diets Take Time to Work

It might take some time, but with diligence, the right cat diet will help your cat drop those pounds and get healthier. “Weight loss can be tricky, but the rewards are huge,” Dr. Lambrecht says. “A cat that feels better, lives longer and acts like a kitten again is a win/win/win.”

Mewsings, October 10, 2017: "A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person." - Mugsy Peabody

twisted sleeping cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Oops. My cat broke."

Cat Mewvie: "Gesundheit."

cat meets pirahna comic

Today's Kitty Komic

watercolor cat

Feline Art: "Cat #19" by Rafal Wnek.

Mewsings, October 11, 2017: "A cat is nobody's fool." - Heywood Brown

four cats on table

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You may be wondering why I've asked you all here."

Cat Mewvie: Chillest cat ever.

patting cat with your foot comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat embroidery

Feline Art: Cat embroidery. Artist unknown.

Mewsings, October 12, 2017: "A cat sees no good reason why it should obey another animal, even if it does stand on two legs."- Sarah Thompson

large cat paw in hand

Gratuitous Kittiness: "That's my paw."

Cat Mewvie: Two-legged kitty.

cats in oor out comic

Today's Kitty Komic

shaman cat sculpture

Feline Art: "Shaman Cat" by Ellen Rococo.

Mewsings, October 13, 2017: "Essentially, you do not so much teach your cat as bribe him." - Lynn Hollyn

cat  sitting in city alley

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Ahhh, my little town."

Cat Mewvie: Fat cat fight.

cats and laser pointers comic

Today's Kitty Komic

wooden cat sculpture

Feline Art: Wooden cat sculpture by Robert and Martha Barrow.

fast running cat

Why does my cat race aroud the house after visiting the litter box
by Joan Morris

Q. My cat runs around the house like crazy almost every time she goes No. 2 in her litter box. Is this normal? — Alice G.

A: Abnormal behavior in cats is normal, and in this case, your cat is very normal. Probably most of the people who are owned by a cat has witnessed this undignified celebration of litter box use, which I like to call poo-phoria.

Most of the cats I’ve shared my life with exhibited this behavior, and when one of them would burst into the room, pounce on me, race off in the other direction, run up the scratching post and make a flying leap for the couch, I always knew it was time for a little litter box maintenance.
Recognizing it as normal, however, doesn’t really explain why they do it, but there are some very interesting theories.

One such hypothesis is that the craziness relates to the days when cats were wild and life was a bit more serious than it is now for the average house cat. The wild cats chose to defecate far from their lairs so as not to give away their position to potential predators or territorial competitors.

They would do their business quickly, cover it up and then run back to their lair. But they wouldn’t run in a straight line, in case they were being followed. Instead, they would take an erratic track.

Today’s domesticate kitties do the same thing, probably not understanding why, but following that instinct from their ancestors. It might also explain why outdoor cats prefer their neighbors’ yards over their own.

Another theory is that even the cat can’t stand the smell of its own poop. The cat does its doodie and then runs away from the smell, also hoping that the rush of air through its fur will remove any traces of stink.

While I agree that the poop smells like nothing ought ever to smell and would make anyone want to run away, I don’t think that’s the reason. The cat seems to enjoy tearing through the house too much for it to just be an escape.

Which brings us to the last theory and that’s the belief that the act of using the litter box is somewhat pleasurable and puts the cat in a playful mood.

There is a physiological explanation. The vagus nerve in cats — and humans — runs from the brain to the colon, and the act of going poo can stimulate that nerve and cause some exhilaration.

If your cat has never done this before and suddenly starts, there might be something less fun going on, especially if the cat stops using the litter box for poop. Cats are all about cause-and-effect. If they use the litter box and experience pain, they then blame the litter box. If it hurts when I go here, they reason, then I’ll go over here.

In that case, your cat could be experiencing pain, which indicates a trip the vet is required. But in the vast majority of cases, the cat is fine and just enjoying the simple, yet smelly, aspects of life.


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