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Infinite Cat Project Archives for September 18-22, 2017.

Mewsings, September 18, 2017: "It isn't always easy being a father to a cat." - B. L. Diamond

the perfect catio

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Yes, that's the dog's food.

Cat Mewvie: Louisiana cat rescue.

angry cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

lovecraft cat quote

Feline Art: The voice of the master.

cat cafe train

I see your cat cafe and raise you a cat cafe TRAIN.
by Cara Giaimo

Bill Adler moved to Tokyo from Washington, D.C., about three years ago. Over the phone, he lists a few of his new home’s virtues: “Beautiful country, great food, interesting people,” he says. “And cat café trains.”

This past Sunday, September 10, Adler and a few dozen fellow travelers rode on one of those cat café trains. They were joined by about 30 rescue kittens, which spent the trip climbing the legs of besotted passengers, running back and forth on train benches, and napping on laps.

Adler traveled about 90 minutes outside of Tokyo to hop this train, which left from the small city of O¯gaki. He is quite familiar with cats—he has one himself—as well as with his adopted country’s love for cat cafés, in which patrons drink tea and eat cookies while surrounded by felines.

But he was too curious to pass this opportunity up. “We all wondered what it was going to be like—this vision of a train and cats,” he says. “How was it going to work out?”

Quite well, it turns out. Unlike the older, often lazier cats that lend stationary cat cafés a lounge-like atmosphere, the train kittens were in perpetual motion. “They were so light and little and curious about everything,” says Adler. Three kittens circled one woman for nearly the entire ride, clambering all over her. Another passenger spent hours cradling a tiny black cat to his chest.

The two-and-a-half-hour trip flew by. “In Japanese, one very popular word is kawaii, which means cute,” Adler says. “That word was more appropriate on this train ride than any other place I’ve ever been. It was awesomely cute. It was just wild!”

The cat train was a collaboration between a local NGO, called Kitten Cafe Sanctuary, and the train’s owner, Yoro Railway Co Ltd. The NGO hoped to promote stray cat adoption, while the transportation company aimed to jumpstart tourism to O¯gaki and the destination city, Ikeno.

To this end, the ride offered other amenities—free food; views of mountains and meadows; a bathroom break halfway through.

All were ignored. “Not a single person ended up having snacks during the ride,” says Adler. “Nobody got off the train [at the break]… no one bothered to look out the window, because the cats were just so cute.”

The cat train was so successful, in fact, that its mission was somewhat undercut. “I don’t think the cats even knew they were on a train,” says Adler. “And frankly, neither did we.”

Mewsings, September 19, 2017: "In performing a variety of intellectually demanding tasks, cats usually emerge as clear winners (over dogs)." - Dr. David Greene

cat holding dog

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man, you just gotta get a dog. They're great."

Cat Mewvie: Scout's honor.

cats like small government comic

Today's Kitty Komic

silver cat bracelet

Feline Art: Cat mural.

Mewsings, September 20, 2017: "A meow massages the heart." - Stuart McMillan

tiger in water

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Come on in! The water's fine!"

Cat Mewvie: Vet Ranch saves a paralyzed kitten.

murderous cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

alien cat art

Feline Art: "Alien Cat" by Alex Ruiz.

Mewsings, September 21, 2017: "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

cat doormat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Abandon all hope ye who enter here

Cat Mewvie: Munay, the Machu Picchu kitten, comes to America.

unselfinh cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

heidi shaulis cat art smoking cats

Feline Art: "Charlie Tuxedo Cat" by Heidi Shaulis.

Mewsings, September 22, 2017: "The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen cat." - Michael McGarel

cat with paws in tiny box

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We're gonna need a bigger box."

Cat Mewvie: How to trap a cat.

local stray comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat impressionist painting

Feline Art: 1909 poster by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen.

cat news

How to pet a cat.
by Noelle Green

Petting a cat may sound simple, but for children or people who haven't spent much time around cats, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of approaching and petting feline friends. Petting in the wrong spot or using too much force or speed can agitate some cats, causing them to bite or scratch. We recommend letting it happen on the cat's terms- seek permission to touch her, and let the cat have control over the interaction.

1. Let the cat come to you.

Let the cat come up to you and sniff you before you pet it to ensure that it is comfortable. Reach out a hand or finger and give the cat the opportunity to sniff you out. If she shows no interest in your hand or shows suspicion, come back another time.

2. Wait for kitty to give you the okay.

If she sniffs your hand and meows, rubs her head against your hand, or brushes against your body, you've basically got the green light! The tell-all sign of an "okay" from a cat would be a head bump against your hand, meaning she wants attention. Give her some love by petting her softly a couple times.

3. Pet the cat if she jumps into your lap or lies on her side.

If the cat jumps into your lap and lays down, full speed ahead! You just got yourself a ticket to pet your feline friend. If she fidgets, that may mean she just wants some warmth or to relax. Otherwise continue to pet kitty along the spine. Cats also love to be petted when they are lying on their side, especially if they are purring.

4. Bring on the purrs.

When a cat purrs while you're petting her, you might as well give yourself a pat on the back, because you just got a gold metal in cat petting! Purring is a tell-tale sign that the cat is comfortable and wants attention. The loudness of the purr denotes the happiness level- the louder the purr, the happier the cat.

5. Never get too confident!

Watch for signs that the cat is annoyed when petting her. If she becomes overstimulated or is irritated by your poor petting technique, she might nip you! Here are some warning signs of over-stimulation: ears flattening, tail twitching, fidgeting, or growling.

There are a few places where it's hard to go wrong: areas where cats have scent glands are perfect for petting. Knowing where to touch, and when to stay away, can help ensure that both of you will enjoy each other's company and most importantly, like each other!

1. Focus on areas with scent glands.

Starting with a chin scratch is a great way to begin your Cat Petting 101 trial. Use your fingertips to gently rub or scratch her chin, and see how she reacts. Another great spot are between and behind the ears. Make sure you are very gentle and watch out if her ears start to flatten. Try kitty's cheeks, where her whiskers are. If she likes this, her whiskers will perk up. Another great technique is running the back of your hand along the side of the face. Lastly, stroke the cat from the forehead to the tail. Apply gentle pressure and make it a nice, fluid, continuous motion. Following these petting how-tos will ensure a better chance of the cat liking you!

2. Areas to avoid.

Always pet a cat in the same, continuous direction, as some cats don't like being pet from tail to head. Never pat an unknown cat, even though sometimes they enjoy it. The risk isn't worth a bite! A golden no-no rule is to always stay away from rubbing or petting the tummy. Unlike dogs, just because a kitty rolls onto its back doesn't always mean it's ready for a pet. Some cats don't even like being pet there at all! And lastly, approach the toes and feet with caution. Unless you know the cat pretty well, we couldn't recommend touching the feet.

And there you have it! You're a cat petting expert. Share with us your cat petting experiences by commenting below.


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