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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 24-28, 2017.

Mewsings: April 24, 2017 - "With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery

cat looks like cinnamon roll.

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "My friends see me cinnamon-rollin', they not hatin'."

Cat Mewvie: You made it, you clean it.

comic cat east humans

Today's Kitty Komic

 cat painting by jan steen

Feline Art: "Teaching the Cat to Read" by Jan Steen.

cat looking at keyboard

Why cats love your computer's keyboard.
by Alexa Erickson

Cats can be mysterious creatures. You call their name to jump on your lap and they respond by walking in the other direction. They meow for food only to wander off as soon as you put it in their bowl. They curl up next to you for a good pet, purring with every stroke, when suddenly they decide it’s too much and run away. This may not describe all cats, but we can probably agree that feline behavior isn’t always easy to understand. Especially when it comes to computers.

If you work on a laptop, you likely know that the joy of your cat’s company can easily turn into annoyance as he or she takes over your keyboard, sending emails accidentally, getting in the way of your video call, and even throwing off the balance of your device as it tumbles to the floor—cat and all.

So, what’s the deal? Why is your cat so obsessed with a non-fuzzy, hard-surfaced piece of equipment that doesn’t dispense free food, offer love in return, or is even all that cozy to lay on?

“Many cats sit on spots such as keyboards and laptops because they are near their favorite person and can be at the center of their attention,” explains Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and author of Naughty No More! Changing Unwanted Behaviors through Positive Reinforcement. “Usually people reinforce the behavior by petting the cat and/or talking with him. Cats quickly learn that when they sit on the keyboard they get what they want—attention.”

If it’s becoming a real problem for you, and you find yourself locking your feline out of the room when you need to work—but dearly wish you could enjoy their affection, there are steps you can take.

“You can break the habit by providing the cat a comfortable and a desirable place to settle that is next to you while simultaneously reinforcing and rewarding him with affection and attention when the cat is sitting or lying on it,” Krieger says. “At the same time, discourage him from hanging out on the keyboard by making it an uncomfortable place to sit and difficult to access.”

Mewsings: April 25, 2017 - "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." - Robert K. Massie

cat in front of aquarium

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You'll ruin your eyes sitting that close!"

Cat Mewvie: Taking care of an older cat.... the right way.

honorary cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by giuseppe Degregorio

Feline Art: "Cat" by Giuseppe Degregrorio.

Mewsings: April 26, 2017 - "Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner." - Gary Smith

cat relaxing on its back

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I have no shame."

Cat Mewvie: Round and round she goes.

cats eat stork comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat cuddling tiny human art

Feline Art: "Cat and Hooman". Artist unknown.

earless cat

Otitis, the earless cat.
by Kelli Bender

Meet Otitis!

As you may have noticed, he is missing a common cat part: a set of pointy, triangle ears. Unfortunately, Otitis had to have his ears removed after developing Otitis externa, a condition that caused the feline to develop large cysts on his ears and also gave Otitis his name.

His previous owners did not treat the issue and, unable to afford the surgery to remove Otitis ears when it became untreatable, ultimately surrendered the pet. Feline Rescue Association of Baltimore stepped in to cover the sweet kitty’s surgery and work on finding him a forever home.

This is where Molly Lichtenwalner becomes part of the story. Over a year ago, the Baltimore native endured a serious car accident, which left her with severe anxiety. In March 2016, she went on to look for a comforting companion to help her through these hard times, and in a few clicks found Otitis. She instantly new he was her destiny.

“I grew up on a farm and always had animals around me that gave me so much happiness. I helped train my parents’ deaf Old English Sheepdog, and when I came across Otitis, I just knew he was meant for me. I always wanted to adopt an animal that was older and had some special needs; the ones the least likely to find a home (unlike kittens),” Lichtenwalner told PEOPLE Pets.

The special needs cat, who has lost some of his hearing because of the surgery, has exceeded her expectations.

“He has been nothing but amazing. He immediately adjusted to his new home with me and he truly saved me from my own anxiety. He loves to play and snuggle, and nothing is better than coming home to him and experiencing true unconditional animal love. I didn’t rescue him, he rescued me,” Lichtenwalner added.

Hoping to inspire others to give homes to traditionally less adoptable animals, Lichtenwalner started an Instagram for Otitis where he can show off his sweetness and unique look.

The @adventuresofotitis account now has over 16,000 followers, who all adore watching the feline snuggle, snooze and offer up the occasional sassy remark.

But Otitis and Lichtenwalner’s mission to raise awareness about special needs animal adoptions doesn’t end here. The pair recently celebrated a successful Kickstarter campaign. With the funds, Lichtenwalner and her roommate, who are both speech therapists, are creating a children’s book about Otitis, his journey and how his differences make him unique and beloved. Through his story, Lichtenwalner hopes others will learn to embrace their differences as some of the most beautiful parts of who they are.

Mewsings: April 27, 2017 - "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
- Winston Churchill

cat in a bread basket

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Look out! I'm on a roll!"

Cat Mewvie: Round and round she goes.

cat wrecking couch comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with earphones art

Feline Art: "Monster Cat" by Asya Malevich.

Mewsings: April 21, 2017 - ""Some animals are secretive; some are shy. A cat is private."
- Leonard Michaels

cat sleeping on its back

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I see yo! Now get out here and feed me!"

Cat Mewvie: Dramatic kitten turtlin'.

cute little cat friend comic

Today's Kitty Komic

the cat's lunch by marguerite girard

Feline Art: "The Cat's Lunch" by Marguerite Girard.

cat playing with feather

Every cat needs entertainment.

Cats are curious creatures that love to run, climb, hunt, and play. Providing entertainment and activities for your cat keeps them healthier and helps reduce unwanted behavior.

Dr. Sarah Griffin, a lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the importance of providing your pet with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

“Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives but can develop undesirable habits if not given enough exercise and mental stimulation,” Griffin said. “Some undesirable behaviors and medical conditions that can develop from lack of stimulation include scratching inappropriate places, chewing, peeing outside the litter box, aggression, and obesity.”

Several cat toys and supplies on the market make providing your furry friend with entertainment easy. For example, a cat tower placed by the window could provide opportunities for your pet to exercise, play, relax, and enjoy the scenery outside.

Additionally, Griffin said cat toys—especially ones with bells, feathers, fur, or pom poms— can provide hours of entertainment and some exercise for your kitty.

Toys to encourage your cat’s natural instinct to hunt are also available. These toys can be filled with a treat or cat food and can be hidden in the house. When the cat finds the toy, they have to play with it to get the food out. Griffin said hunting toys provide mental stimulation and also a little exercise. You also can train your cat to chase laser pointers; however, be sure to play safe to avoid any injury to your cat.

Many of our feline friends live indoors, but they still may be curious about the outdoors. Training your cat to walk on a harness or leash will provide both exercise and entertainment for your cat.

“Leash walking and having an open window or a screened-in porch can fulfill a cat’s desire to explore the outdoors,” Griffin said.

Whether your kitty spends most of its time sleeping or begging you to play, providing entertainment for your cat is important for its mental and physical health.


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