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

Mewsings: January 9, 2017 - "Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats." - Marge Percy

kitten in toy truck

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Cute by the truckload.

Cat Mewvie: Glass-blown cat.

cats like special water

Today's Kitty Komic

hair couple by rae cook

Feline Art: "Hair Couple" by Rae Cook.

9-lives cat food recall

9-Lives cat food recall.

The J.M. Smucker Company has announced a limited voluntary recall on 20 canned cat food products from the brands 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty because the products may have harmfully low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1).

Cats with low thiamine in their diets may be at risk of developing a deficiency, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Symptoms of vitamin B1 deficiency include gastrointestinal or neurological issues, as well as decreased appetite, salivation and weight loss. Neurological signs can occur in advanced cases and may include wobbling walking and seizures.

According to an FDA news release, cats suffering from nutrient deficiency can fully recover with prompt treatment.

The FDA has not received any reports of illness, and the company is recalling the products out of an abundance of caution, the J.M. Smucker Company said in the release. The company discovered the deficiency during a quality assurance team review of production records.

Retail customers purchased the recalled cat food between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. The company did not disclose how many of the affected products were sold. Customers with product from the affected lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call The J.M. Smucker Company at 1-800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST or at, the FDA said.

The following products are affected by the recall:

· 9Lives Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna, 13 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper, 13 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper, 13 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Seafood Poultry Variety Pack, 5.5 oz
· 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna, 5.5 oz
· EverPet Mixed Grill Dinner, 13 oz
· Special Kitty Beef and Liver Dinner, 13 oz
· Special Kitty Classic Tuna Dinner, 13 oz
· Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap, 13 oz each
· Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap, 13 oz
· Special Kitty Super Supper, 13 oz

Mewsings: January 10, 2017 - "A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude." - Jules Champfleury

handsome tabby cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Pay-purr-view and chill.

Cat Mewvie: The internet is, yes, made of cats.

cat person with cat door

Today's Kitty Komic

cat dolls by sandy mastroni

Feline Art: Cat dolls by Sandy Mastroni.

Mewsings: January 11, 2017 - "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But its place is not in the middle of my back at 4 a.m." - Maynard Good Stoddard

cat with pillow  with cat print

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ever get the feeling you're being watched?"

Cat Mewvie: Kittens dance, kittens sing, kittens do most anything.

cat and dog at motel comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat caricatures by Tracy Butler

Feline Art: "Space Cat" by Kaeru.

turkey snowstorm and cats

During snowstorm man opens store to stray cats (and dogs).

In recent days, much of Europe has been reeling from a deadly winter chill. But as the temperatures continue to reach dangerous lows, the warmth of human kindness has endured.

Since the extreme weather began, this shop in Turkey has opened its doors to animals who might otherwise have perished in the cold.

Selçuk Bayal, who runs the small stationery store and cafe in Istanbul, often donates his time to help homeless animals living nearby. But with the current cold snap, he decided to go even further — by transforming his business into a temporary refuge for nearly a dozen stray cats.

"We are human, and these creatures are entrusted to us by God," Bayal tells The Dodo. "We are responsible for looking after them."

Bayal's kind gesture toward the cats has earned him the praise of animal lovers, but not everyone stopping by his shop has been so pleased. Still, rather than send the cats packing for the sake of profit, the shopkeeper suggested those people take their business elsewhere.

He put up a sign in his store window saying: "Those who are bothered by cats, do not shop here!"

Despite potentially losing some customers, helping to keep the cats cozy and fed through the harsh winter comes with its own rewards.

"They are grateful for any kind of help. The cats' glances tell us that they are thankful," says Bayal. "Our doors are open to all living creatures — hungry cats, dogs, and even people. It does not matter."

Mewsings: January 12, 2017 - "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown

cute cat curled in tight ball

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Feel the power of my cuteness!"

Cat Mewvie: Double-classic video - "Pinky the cat".

good kitten comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by alexandr zavala

Feline Art: "Epical Cat" by Alexandr Zavala

Mewsings: January 13, 2017 - "Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place."- Paul Gray

cute cat on back

Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's tummy-rubbin' time!"

Cat Mewvie: "May I kindly request to go outside?"

the meaning of life is cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

kitten with tiger reflection

Feline Art: The tiger in every kitten.

feeding the kitty

Scientists say feed your cat five times a day.
by Catherine Wylie

Cats would have healthier lifestyles if they were fed five or more small portions of food a day instead of less frequent bigger portions, according to a diet plan created by scientists.

The programme suggests that mimicking the way cats eat in the wild could change their behaviour and make them happier and healthier.

It encourages cats to climb, hunt, explore and play in the safety of their own home - activities which the experts say boost cats' positive behaviour and well-being.

Scientists working with The Big Bang Fair 2017 - a science and engineering fair for young people in Birmingham - claim cats' modern lifestyles could lead to pets not being mentally stimulated and eating too much food.

The change in diet could help address problems that owners may see in cats caused by feeding straight from packet to bowl, coupled with a lack of opportunity to interact with their environment.

The idea - dubbed the five a day Felix plan and created by Dr Sarah Ellis and Dr Lizzie Rowe - recommends giving cats five or more small portions of food a day, rather than feeding them fewer, bigger portions.

It also suggests using home-made puzzle feeders, changing food location regularly, monitoring behaviour and weight, and making sure they have plenty of water.

Dr Ellis, a feline behaviour specialist, said: "The way we feed our cats generally does not match the lifestyle they were designed for. Cats have undergone little in the way of selective breeding during the domestication process and therefore have an instinctive need to hunt.

"This modern lifestyle could be dangerous to pets, but by making a few simple changes to the way we feed them, we can help our cats to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

"The plan, based on scientific evidence, helps every cat owner mimic the conditions cats would usually contend with to get their food."


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