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Infinite Cat Project Archives for March 13-17, 2017.

Mewsings: March 13, 2017 - "Poets generally love cats--because poets have no delusions about their own superiority."- Marion Garretty

cat in banana box

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I am a banana!"

Cat Mewvie: I think she likes the kitten.

cat vs. woman

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by gia giacomelli

Feline Art: "Olivia" by Amy Giacomelli.

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Six great cats once roamed the Americas.
by Whit Gibbons

Bobcats, the only native cat in North America that is still relatively common though seldom seen, can weigh more than 40 pounds. The two "big cats" living today in the Western Hemisphere are the mountain lion (aka panther, cougar) and the jaguar. Much less common than bobcats, they can weigh more than 200 or 300 pounds, respectively. Impressive? Yes. But how would you feel about big cats weighing 600, 700 or 800 pounds roaming the area where you live? Well, they once did.

Scott Pfaff, curator of herpetology at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C., knows a lot about big cats. According to him, six of these giants were prowling around the Southeast a few thousand years ago looking for prey, which mostly included large hoofed animals. Presumably, this was not a good time for humans to be wandering around in the forest alone. The earliest inhabitants of North America probably crossed paths with several big cats that are no longer with us.
Paleontologists, even armed with modern DNA analyses, are not in total agreement about the evolutionary origins and relationships among many of the North American big cats. Some hypotheses suggest they are descendants of ancient European, Asian or African species. But the exact details of their ancestry are not critical for appreciating them, as most authorities agree that several were here. Of the two still with us, jaguars are mostly in Central and South America, but individuals occasionally enter some of the southwestern states near the Mexican border. Mountain lions are still present in the states west of the Mississippi River, but outside of southern Florida, no populations have been verified in the East. The other four are all extinct, but fossil material provides confirmation of their existence.

The best known extinct big cat was Smilodon, the so-called saber-toothed tiger, although true tigers are not known to have ventured south of Alaska. Everyone has seen drawings of saber-tooths with their pair of incisors extending from the front of the upper jaw. The longest Smilodon teeth have been measured to be more than 10 inches in length. Upon encountering saber-tooths, the first humans to arrive on the continent probably wondered whether the trip across the Bering Straits from Siberia had been a good idea. The eventual extinction of these big cats with the remarkable teeth occurred about 10,000 years ago and was no doubt a relief to all edible inhabitants, including early humans.

Another species, the scimitar-toothed cats, are known scientifically as Homotherium. Their front canine teeth were shorter than those of Smilodon, but they were massive and sharp enough to bring down a wooly mammoth. The scimitar-toothed cats were as large as an African lion. But another big cat, the American lion, was even larger, with an estimated average weight of more than a quarter of a ton. One was estimated to have weighed more than 700 pounds. The sixth big cat, the American cheetah, was presumably like the modern cheetah of Africa in being able to outrun fast prey, even pronghorn antelope of the western plains.

Reasons for the decline and disappearance of America's big cats are speculative at best. Did competition with humans lead to their demise? I personally doubt that early hunters with their primitive spears could have been the direct cause of extinction for any of these cats. Mountain lions are now virtually gone from the eastern United States, but even that took at least a couple of centuries of relentless pursuit by men with dogs and guns. A more likely explanation is that the big cats of the past gradually died out with the decline of the large prey they depended on for food.

An intriguing thought is that in the distant past, a variety of big cats roamed what is now your neighborhood. Fortunately, we still have a couple left to be captivated by, plus the real possibility of encountering a

Mewsings: March 14, 2017 - "There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage." - Carl Van Vechten

cat with doll hands

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Tiny hands... they're ALL the rage."

Cat Mewvie: A silly question?

cats anboyed by squaking comic

Today's Kitty Komic

Monmon cat by kazuaki horitomo

Feline Art: Monmon cat by Kazuaki Horitomo.

Mewsings: March 15, 2017 - "Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience."- Pam Brown

cta stretched across doorway

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You shall not pass!"

Cat Mewvie: Kewwwwl designer cats.

comic sad motherfucker cat

Today's Kitty Komic

cat wig painting by casey weldon

Feline Art: Cat folk art, artist unknown.

cat with snake caught in nose

Ewww, gross! Cat gets snake caught in nose.
by Ben Hooper

A California man who noticed his family's cat had something caught in her nose took a closer look and identified the offending object -- a snake she apparently tried to eat.

The Mendocino County resident and some friends captured video of the uploader's wife's cat meowing for help with a few inches of what appears to be a sharp-tailed snake -- including the reptile's head -- hanging out of her nose.

"So, this is a cat, who has a snake hanging from her nose," a man says in the video. "Her name is Marian. We don't know what the snake's name is."

The men are able to help Marian by pulling the snake out through her nostril.

"My wife's ridiculous cat failed at eating her prey. Hopefully next time she wont forget to chew. A friend of mine was in town for the weekend and helped catch this on video," the pet owner wrote. "That is the snakes head hanging out. Our best guess is that it tried to get free while she was eating it but only managed to wriggle into her sinuses... and then out her left nostril."

The snake, thoroughly deceased, was extracted without further incident.

Mewsings: March 16, 2017 - "Don't think that I'm silly for liking it, I just happen to like the simple little things, and I love cats!" - Michelle Gardner

kitten in hand

Gratuitous Kittiness: Handfull of fluffy.

Cat Mewvie: "All together now!"

how to pick up a cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat cartoon by tom ungerer

Feline Art: "Cross Cat" by Tom Ungerer.

Mewsings: March 17, 2017 - "The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen cat." - Michael McGarel

two cats cheek to cheek

Gratuitous Kittiness: Napping cheek-to-cheek.

Cat Mewvie: Encounter with a wild cheetah.

cat dreaming of amocalypse

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with green hat

Feline Art: Art my Waterinmypaint

two cats

Tips for the multi-cat household.
by Dr. Dana Koch

Many pet parents often ask themselves “why can’t they all just get along?” when it comes to having more than one cat. Owners of multiple cats often face many challenges when trying to balance distinct and varying personalities of their feline residents. There are several elements to consider and preparations to be made when adding new animals to your household.

1. Space and resource requirements: It would be wise to have designated areas or safe zones for your cats to enjoy personal time. This may be a separate room, multiple cat trees, a covered bed, a cardboard box, or a carrier with the door left open. Carefully monitor for any territorial tendencies over these hiding or napping spots. Toys, scratching posts (both horizontal and vertical), catnip and interactive games should be in ample supply. On average, active cats that exert more energy when engaged in play will exhibit less aggressive behaviors toward other animals within the household.

2. Litter box usage: Many veterinary behaviorists recommend that a household should have the same number of litter boxes as cats in the household plus one extra. Cats may prefer to mark one litter box as their own or chose to use one litter box for urinating and one for defecating. Litter box cleanliness is essential for preventing unnecessary fighting among felines as well lessening the chance of inappropriate urination outside the litter boxes.

3. Meal time: Creating a specific feeding schedule is ideal for multi-cat households. Not only does this allow you to carefully observe how your cats handle meal times (such as sharing, territorial feeding behaviors, etc.) it also is helpful in maintaining a healthier weight over those cats that have free choice feeding. Pet owners want to ensure that one cat is not consuming the majority of the food while the other cat is pushed out of the way. Having more than one bowl is recommended to help evenly disperse the volume a food consumed on a daily basis. In terms of water bowls or fountains usually one or two is sufficient. Fights over drinking water is not frequently reported by cat owners.

4. New cat on the block: In the event you are preparing to bring a new cat it would be recommended that you prepare a separate space for your new feline to spend the first couple of days. This also allows that other cats in the household to become more accustomed to the new scent circulating through their space. After a few days, allow for chaperoned interaction. It is important at this stage for you to not leave the cats completely on their own and to watch closely for signs of potential trouble, including flattened ears, flickering tail, raised paw or vocalization. Eventually you can begin to trust your cats to be alone together and develop their own (hopefully) compatible relationship.

5. Ongoing issues: Obviously there are going to be cases where particular cat personalities do not mix even with separate spaces and proper litter box maintenance. This can be a very frustrating problem for pet owners. It would be ideal to discuss this issue with your veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist. If there no underlying medical issues, they may suggest some natural calming therapies such as feline pheromone diffusers that emit a cat specific pheromone to help reduce stress and to induce a calming effect among cats. In extreme cases your veterinarian may discuss medications that help cats with emotional or hormonal imbalances that result in aggression


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