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Infinite Cat Project Archives for March 20-24, 2017.

Mewsings: March 20, 2017 - "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

gang of four cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "When you're a Jet you're a Jet all the way..."

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat and the date that will go down in Infamy.

pole dancing cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by kam wei

Feline Art: "Puffball" by Kam Wei.

kittens nose to nose

New perfume offers frangrance of a kitten's neck.
by Carla Herreria

If you enjoy the gentle nuzzle from a soft, tiny kitten, we’ve got good news. Demeter Fragrance Library, a New York-based company that develops fragrances based on everyday scents, has developed a new perfume that will bring memories of a dozen kitten cuddles.

Get ready to spritz yourself with Demeter’s “Kitten Fur.”

“Now after 15 years of effort, Demeter has captured the olfactory essence of the warmth and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind kitten’s neck,” the company wrote on its website.

The scent of “Kitten Fur” is being sold in several Demeter products, including cologne, roll-on perfume oil, body lotion, shower gel and a diffuser oil, in case you wanted an entire room to smell like one giant kitten.

Prices range from $6 for a half-ounce of cologne to $39.95 for four ounces of cologne.

Demeter develops and sells of wide range of scents, including more traditional fragrances such as “Jasmine” and “Sweet Orange,” or peculiar ones like “Popcorn,” “Earthworm” and “Fuzzy Balls.” (The last one, in case you were curious, smells like “the woosh of a freshly opened can of tennis balls.”)

But it isn’t the first company to attempt to emulate the scent of cat.

Felissimo, a Japanese mail-order company, in 2015 developed a fabric spray that smells like a cat’s head, which is supposedly similar to baked bread. The company recently developed a lip gloss that is said to feel like a cat’s wet nose.

So what does a kitten’s neck smell like?

Demeter’s Facebook fans said their cats smell like a number of different things, including honey, baby powder and cinnamon spice bread, and a combination of a “newborn baby, a freshly baked loaf of bread and the scent of home.” At least one person suggested “litter dust and cat spit.”

Whatever the fragrance ends up smelling like, let’s just hope it smells more sweet than foul, and it doesn’t trigger cat allergies.

Mewsings: March 21, 2017 - "The last thing I would accuse a cat of is innocence." - Edward Paley

cat sleeping in the rafters

Gratuitous Kittiness: Getting away from it all.

Cat Mewvie: Surprise kitten rescue.

imitation cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by ron hodgson

Feline Art: Cat art by Ron Hodgson.

Mewsings: March 22, 2017 - "A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization."
-   Anonymous

cat in raincoat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm purrrrr-ing in the rain!"

Cat Mewvie: How do dey do dat?

comic cat in heaven with nine halos

Today's Kitty Komic

16 cats by emma lazauski

Feline Art: "16 Black Cats" by Emma Lazauski.

two kittens sleeping

What does it mean if your cat purrs inappropriately?
by Duncan Lindsay

It’s a sound that we love and associate with our cats and kittens being happy, healthy and content. But there are many reasons why our feline friends could be purring and they can be communicating a variety of things through their own personal language – and not all of the messages conveyed are positive.

Turns out that there is such a thing as ‘inappropriate purring’, where a cat may actually be using its form of communication to relax itself in times of distress.

A purr from our furry friend can mean many things from happiness to see their owner to their fear of a thunderstorm or an alert that they are in pain. However, rather than just a cry for help necessarily, the purring is often used by the cat as a form of self soothing.

According to Pets4Home, inappropriate purring can confuse pet owners who are wondering why our cats are ‘singing’ during an examination by a vet or when they have a protective cone over their head. A female cat may purr while giving birth to a litter of kittens but this isn’t to identify that she is relaxed or content, it’s to keep herself and her kittens calm and is a unique self protective mechanism.

The purring helps the cat to block out outside sounds so all they hear is their own sound as a vibration through their bodies as well as aurally. This is why cats may purr when there are outside stimulus such as loud fireworks.

Cats will also soothe themselves when they are ill or of very old age by purring. However, it is important to remember than inappropriate purring is pretty uncommon and there will more than likely be other signs and symptoms that something is amiss too as well as just the sound that the cat is making.

He or she may display odd behaviours, be more subdued, may start to have accidents around the home or may become aggressive or more vocal. So hearing your cat purr should remain something to enjoy, unless there are other factors at play that could suggest a trip to the vet may be necessary. And while it shouldn’t be a cause for panic, cats CAN use this form of purring to warn you of something like an injury or discomfort to a major change in the house that you weren’t aware was distressing them.

If in doubt, the vet is the best bet. But in the meantime, continue to remember that cats will purr to show you affection far more often than they will purr to say something is wrong so while the extra knowledge and vigilance is necessary, don’t let it take away any of the comfort your pet’s purr brings to you both.

If anything, it adds another beautiful aspect to the sound we love to hear from our cats. Not only does it bring them joy in some scenarios; in others it brings them safety and helps them to relax.

Mewsings: March 23, 2017 - "The majority of people who still have back doors don't let their cats go through them." - Charlene Beane

cat peeking around corner

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Allllllways watching."

Cat Mewvie: Friendly Istanbul cat.

cat biting comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat art by aleksandra chabros

Feline Art: "Cat Pile" by Aleksandra Chabros.

Mewsings: March 24, 2017 - "Cats, like butterflies, need no excuse." - Robert A. Heinlein

cat yawning

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is it time to sleep again yet?"

Cat Mewvie: The Ikea cat.

comic cats are like tattoos

Today's Kitty Komic

inktober cats by rheann

Feline Art: "Inktober Cats" by Rheann

cat news

How to convince your landlord to let you have a cat
by Alex Casey

Here is a concise list of things I have managed to do inside my home as a human adult woman:

1) Tripped down the stairs holding a giant blueberry smoothie and coated the cream carpets, cream curtains and white walls in deep purple blood splatter like some kind of fitspo Dexter.
2) Did a backwards roll off a couch when I was drunk and put my big toe through the wall
3) Slightly scorched a kitchen wall with actual fire whilst trying to stew a humble pot of apples
Here is a list of things my cats have managed to do:

1) Meow softly
2) Look cute

With that in mind, I know I’m not alone in the frustration of scrolling through endless properties that bark NO PETS, and dealing with property managers who look at you at you like you just threw up a jellyfish when you casually drop the fact that you might have some small furry flatmates waiting in the wings. Why people are rocked to their very core by this revelation, when 64% of New Zealanders are pet owners, is beyond me. We are world leaders in pet ownership, which is a fact that I find extremely cute.

What’s less cute is the fact that only 14% of landlords allow pets in their rental properties, ignoring the fact that millions of people in New Zealand will be in cahoots with rentals for longer than a few months, or even a few years. In fact, most of us have been led down the aisle at gunpoint to join with renting in holy matrimony for the rest of our lives, without the possibility of a divorce in sight. What a shame we aren’t even allowed to put up a painting or plant a lemon tree in our new marital home.

And GOD HELP YOU if you decide to bring pets into the equation.

My partner and I have only had our cats for a year and a half, and have been looking and applying for our own place to rent throughout. Whilst I’ve been endlessly parading around open homes in posh blazers I never wear and staring into empty cupboards thoughtfully, I’ve also been noting down the various pieces of advice that landlords, property managers and pet owners alike have been passing on. Here are all the tips I’ve collated on how to convince a cruel and harsh world to allow your cat to set its tiny cat foot inside the precious mouldy, drafty, damp, uninsulated rental of your dreams.

Get a pet referee

I shit you not, this is a very real thing and a very effective thing. Just like you need to provide employer references, character references, an etching of your face in a slice of toast and a small vial of your urine, it’s a good idea to get someone to vouch for the character of your furry mates. Landlords want to know that your cats aren’t going to spray everywhere, tear up the carpet and presumably take over the world like that evil Russian one in Cats and Dogs.

You can also go one step further and make them a CV if you are that way inclined… But who would ever bother doing that….

Give them the ol’ Puss in Boots eyes

Some people in my online cat support group (all of the Internet) advised getting the landlord to meet your pet first, but does that mean you have to bring them to the viewing in a cage? Seems OTT. Good idea in theory – who doesn’t love a soft kitten??? – but if you have erratic rescue cats like me then you never know which way it’s going to go.

Take note from the old lady who swallowed a fly

One of my friends once did a Trojan Horse move inspired by the nursery rhyme. They moved into a flat with the (secret) cat, then casually mentioned there was a mouse problem. Offering to sort the problem out themselves, they wheeled out the cat to eradicate the invisible mice. Then bring in a dog to sort the cat problem, a capybara to sort the dog problem and a horse to sort the cabybara problem.

Offer the landlords everything you have

Okay, it’s important to note that a landlord charging you a pet bond is actually illegal, but many many people in my criminal underbelly circles advised that offering extra cold hard cash is the only way forward. Landlords seem to be constantly terrified that your cat will tag the walls, rip the curtains up and leave to join The Parnell Pussies with Anne Batley-Burton.

Obviously, not everyone is in the position to pay extra when forking out bricks of gold to cover the regular bond as it is. We definitely weren’t, because cats are fucking expensive as it is, man. Zelda once refused to do a crap for five days at the vet and cost us about a million dollars. It might be the most expensive cat poop that’s ever been dropped. At least our landlord didn’t have to lose sleep about her pooping on the carpet for a few nights (she’s never done that + is an angel).

You know the drill, just get a big ol’ trench coat and chuck your kits in it like a bunch of circus folk. Or you could wrap them in up in a stroller but be careful because heaps of landlords hate little kids too!

The Houdini
Once I was shockingly instructed by an actual property manager that lying about my cats to the landlord and hiding them away when inspection rolls around would be totally fine. I refused. Lying is notoriously bad and history has shown it makes your nose grow heaps, plus how do you stay cool about the giant cat palace you’ve got in the corner of your bedroom?

Shave them and blame a naked mole rat infestation

Only have one cat

Another thing I’ve been told more than once is that landlords might stretch to accommodate one cat, but certainly not two. “You should think about only having one,” a woman on the phone cooed down the phone to me, as I wept gently at another tenancy offer rejected.

And if your cat is actually a dog…

Peace be with you but it’s time to pack up and move to Mars. Matt Damon managed to survive, you should be fine.


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