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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 10-14, 2017.


Mewsings: April 10, 2017 - "The majority of people who still have back doors don't let their cats go through them." - Charlene Beane


cat in front of the sphinx

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Me? I'm a sphinx cat, of course."




Cat Mewvie: "Iz fud? Den me wantz!"
 

cats in tiny boxes cat

Today's Kitty Komic


 cat by iernst kirchner

Feline Art: "Cat" by Ernst Kirchner.

cat news

"Pedro Cat" comes out of the shadows, and off the wall.
by Donna Littlejohn

It’s been almost four years since a flurry of mysterious black-and-white stenciled cats began appearing overnight all over San Pedro — on perimeter walls, in parking lots and alleys, on under and over overpasses.

Residents and business owners were quick to weigh in on the phenomenon during that summer of 2013. And the reviews ran the gamut — from those who called them adorable and whimsical to others who branded them vandalism. But everyone considered them mysterious.

The artist, whose only known public identity is his artwork’s hashtag #ifoundyourcat used on Twitter and Instagram, has steadfastly insisted on remaining anonymous.

Until now. Sort of.

From 6-10 p.m. Thursday, his iconic cat images will be the subject of First Thursday art exhibit at the Machine Studio, 446 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. And while the artist will be there, he intends to be just another face in the crowd.

So how did the “Pedro Cat” phenomenon begin?

With an art degree, a burst of creativity and a 6-month-old black-and-white cat the artist adopted from the Harbor Animal Shelter

“He head-butted me, I took him home and got him a red collar. And that’s the story,” the artist said.

Like his owner, the real cat’s name remains hidden from the public domain.
“I just needed a muse, a subject matter,” the artist said of his inspiration. “I was always told to paint what I loved. And I loved my cat.”

Using spray paint and stencils, the artist began subtly tagging spots with images of his cat.

“They were nonthreatening, whimsical,” he said of the stenciled images that could go up in as little as 15 seconds and usually during busy morning commutes when he more easily blended into the crowds and traffic.

Most of all, he said, it was designed to make people happy.

That didn’t deter a few conspiracy theories from making the rounds, though, including one idea that the cats were a secret sign designating homeless gathering spots.

“It caught on,” said the artist who holds down two day jobs to support his calling. “It resonates with the community and people related to it.”

It started with one-color stencils and grew into two- and then five-color stencils, foam cutouts and even a few elaborate three-dimensional statues. He’s created hundreds of the cat images and also has branched out to placed some in Long Beach, Lomita and other cities, though San Pedro, where he was born and raised, remains the cat’s home base.

“They’re everywhere, from here to Lake Elsinore,” he said.

At one time, he said, 43 of the cat images were scattered along Western Avenue from Palos Verdes Drive North to Royal Palms Beach.

His website — www.ifoundyourcat.bigcartel.com/ — offers T-shirts, stickers and other “Pedro Cat” merchandise. And, of course, his artwork on display at the gallery this week also is for sale.

He’s heard the criticism about painting on private or government property and largely has chosen out-of-the-way spaces: retaining walls, alleys and overpasses. He acknowledges it is against the law, but said he stands in the tradition of the street art popularized by Banksy.

“It’s art for the people,” he said.

Chatter began going around town about the cats four years ago, with many wondering about the mysterious trend that seemed to be popping up everywhere they looked.
Was there a message? Who was doing it and why?

After an article was published in the Daily Breeze on Sept. 13, 2013, local television news stations picked up the story.

San Pedro fans of the feline mascot mystery launched a tribute Facebook group and page, El Pedro Gato.

“This is a group of cat lovers that is in favor of the paintings (and a few statues) of the black-and-white tuxedo cat seen many places in San Pedro,” the introductory description of the group reads.

“We consider this cat another Pedro Icon, like our three-eyed fish and our octopus painted on Gaffey by the Korean Bell. We DO NOT consider this cat to be graffiti.”

A guided Saturday morning walking tour of the cat stencils was organized to raise funds for the Harbor Animal Shelter.

Children, adults — and even a few dogs with the assistance of their owners — posed for selfie photos with the cats painted around town.

The cats made it into the popular Pokeman Go search game.

Linda Marinkovich, who started the Facebook group and page, never knew who the artist was but was protective from the start.

“ Every time we’d post something (listing where a new cat stencil had appeared), somebody — the Grinch — would be out there covering them up,” she said. “So I said let’s just share them amongst ourselves.”

As for the future, the artist hopes the “Pedro Cat” will grow in popularity — and in size.

“ I’d love to have the side of a building.”








Mewsings: April 11, 2017 - "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown


close up of cat face sleeping

Gratuitous Kittiness: Adopt a new friend today.






Cat Mewvie: 24 hours with 1000 cats.
 

your cat will eat you comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat art by matataku

Feline Art: "Reclining Cats" by Marc Franz.



Mewsings: April 12, 2017 - "One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home."
- Pam Brownn



cat and spanish book

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Como esta usted?"





Cat Mewvie: "Cat to the rescue!"
 

comic cats vs. dogs

Today's Kitty Komic


cat devouring bird by pablo picasso

Feline Art: "Cat Devouring Bird" by Pablo Picasso


jimmy the lost cat

Cat missing for two years discovered on Faceook shelter page.
by Caitlin anders

Jimmy the cat has always been mischievous. One of his favorite things to do was go outside and wander around nearby his house — until one day, he didn't come back.

Jimmy's parents never worried about him playing outside because he was a seasoned pro, and he never went very far. He liked to hang out in the driveway, visit the neighbors for treats and go on walks with his family and the dog. He occasionally liked to sneak into parked cars through open windows to hang out for a while — before heading back to his house and meowing to come back inside.

" He used to go in and out every day but always came back, except that one night," Sue Zelitsky, Jimmy's mom, told The Dodo.

On September 13th, 2014, when Jimmy was 13 years old, Zelitsky's husband let Jimmy outside to play for a while. When it was time for him to come back inside, they called and called Jimmy's name and searched everywhere they could — but Jimmy never came back.

Jimmy's family was absolutely devastated, and put up missing cat flyers all around their neighborhood. Zelitsky would call out for Jimmy every time she took the family dog for a walk, just in case he might be somewhere nearby. They didn't want to lose hope, but after a while, the family assumed that Jimmy was probably never coming home.

Two and a half years later, Zelitsky was browsing Facebook when she came across a post from the West Milford Animal Shelter about a stray cat who'd been pulled off the streets — and he looked remarkably like Jimmy.

Zelitsky immediately commented on the post, trying to figure out if the lost cat was indeed her beloved Jimmy. After messaging back and forth with the shelter, the evidence kept piling up that Jimmy had finally been found.

" He was found approximately 10 miles from our home after the big March blizzard and brought in to the West Milford Animal Shelter," Zelitsky said. "After some sharing of pictures and other physical attributes I went to see him."

Zelitsky nervously gathered up a few things she thought Jimmy might recognize, and then headed to the shelter with her neighbor, who Jimmy also loved. The shelter staff welcomed them in and brought them back to see the missing cat — and as soon as Zelitsky saw him, she knew immediately that it was Jimmy.

" As soon as we opened the cage I asked him, 'Jim, is that you bud?' And he walked over and head-butted me and I just starting crying," Zelitsky said.

Zelitsky later brought her husband in to see Jimmy too, and Jimmy recognized and greeted him just as lovingly. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that this was Jimmy, and that somehow, he had finally found his way home.

Jimmy is 15 years old now, and so happy to be back home with his family. The family dog recognized him right away and welcomed him home, and the two new kittens the family adopted while Jimmy was away welcomed him just as much. Everyone is shocked that Jimmy was found, and the family couldn't be happier that they finally have him back in their lives.

" We are over the moon," Zelitsky said. "It's the greatest story ever and almost too good to be true … but it is!"






Mewsings: April 13, 2017 - "There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten." - Jules Champfleury


close up of tabbu

Gratuitous Kittiness: Close up and purrrr-sonal.





Cat Mewvie: "It moved! I SWEAR it moved!!"
 

cat talking to psychiatrist

Today's Kitty Komic


cats in love art by lyudmila

Feline Art: "Cats in Love" by Lyudmila.



Mewsings: April 14, 2017 - "Dogs have owners, cats have staff." - Unknown


cat sleeping on its back

Gratuitous Kittiness: Two cute, to be, four gotten.





Cat Mewvie: Simon's cat and the bunny.
 

cat eat stork

Today's Kitty Komic


cat watercolor by luliya

Feline Art: "Fluffy Cat" by Popinnova Yuliya.

cat against a full moon

Are cats the ancient enemies of progress and civilisation?
by Laurence Dodds

In ancient Egypt they mummified cats, and in Britain we give them jobs. Tewkesbury town council has put itself ahead of the curve on inter-species cooperation by employing a cat, Missy, as a “morale officer” to cheer up its staff. Now Missy may have to work from home because the mayor, Karen Brennan, fears they are wasting too much time playing with the cat instead of working.

We all know cats are freeloaders. As one of the few domestic species to allegedly have domesticated themselves, there is a reasonable case to be made that we are their pets – or perhaps their equivalent of a basic income scheme. They have organised their affairs so that we provide food and shelter in return for little tangible value. No wonder the sci-fi author Charlie Stross refers to cats as parasites and humans as their "hosts".

But the true situation is much graver. To mock Mrs Brennan as a joyless prig would be to underestimate the danger cats pose to our economy. Innocuous as they may seem, they are one of the oldest and greatest enemies of progress.


Maybe you’ve been there: sitting at home on your PC, just about to really get down to some work – when, with exquisite timing, your cat sits on the keyboard. It’s unclear why they do this: one theory is that cats enjoy warm things and glittering lights, and so naturally nestle against the warm-running body of a laptop. But they do the same thing with newspapers, so perhaps it is actually about attention.

Cats perceive that we are raptly engrossed by these weird devices, and make it their task to disrupt our relationship with any potential competitor. Natural divas, they calculate that even being shooed off the keyboard is a win. They have successfully set the agenda. Call it the live cat strategy.

Yet this is just the start of their sabotage. In the classic film Bringing Up Baby, a smitten Katherine Hepburn entangles Cary Grant’s uptight paleontologist in her screwball life by obliging him to look after a leopard. And for the next 80 minutes “Baby” creeps through the film, a sinuous presence in the stiff world of the East Coast upper crust.

The leopard embodies the spontaneity, freedom, chaos and lunacy to which she eventually forces Grant to surrender. Our old superstitions about black cats, and their association with witches, testify to the same truth: that cats are against order, against reason, against the presumption that we can ever completely know or control this world.

Just consider the contrast with dogs. Dogs are useful. They serve a purpose; they work. Their domestication was crucial to the rise of civilisation and they can be fully integrated into its apparatus: as border guards, drug sniffers, agricultural machines, guardians of property rights and therapists reintegrating traumatised people into the workforce. They are part of a regime which aspires for everything to serve a productive goal.

But cats are not useful. Sure, they can be monetised (as in the “cat cafes” of Japan, or on Youtube), but you’d never trust them to pull a sled. They are what cannot be assimilated into the project of civilisation. Dogs are Apollonian and cats are Dionysan. Dogs serve the sun and cats serve the moon.

It’s clear as daylight why an Apollonian jobsworth would want to banish them from the workplace. As a fan of progress (on balance), I sympathise.

But I must now unmask myself as an agent of the cats. I don’t want to live in dog world, not completely, not forever. So I back the cats in order to maintain a balance. I want them to waste more of our time, and I hope this article has contributed in a small way to that cause. All hail cats, chaos, daydreams, and the night.





 




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