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Infinite Cat Project Archives for March 27-31, 2017.

Mewsings: March 27, 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

gang of four cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "We're the Good Hands kitties."

Cat Mewvie: "Look, Ma! No feet!"

pole dancing cat comic

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klee cats

Feline Art: Georgetown kindergarten class paints Klee cats.

cat news

D.C. introduces free cat program for rodent control.
by Sara Gilgore

A new workforce is growing in Washington. And it’s a rodent’s worst nightmare.

D.C.-based Humane Rescue Alliance has launched Blue Collar Cats, an initiative that provides local businesses with resident felines to patrol their properties and keep the unwelcome creatures away. In return, feral cats that otherwise are not candidates for adoption get homes — and they earn their keep.

Humane Rescue Alliance's Blue Collar Cats program provides local businesses feral cats to… more
The program is designed to be “mutually beneficial to the cat and the business,” said Lauren Lipsey, HRA’s vice president of community programs.

The cats are already spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and have had the tip of an ear clipped, to signal the completion of these procedures. The business owner pays nothing upfront, but is signing up to care for the cat — provide it food, water, shelter, medical expenses and care — for its lifetime, as is the case with any HRA adoption. The cat will often live outside in a small house provided by the organization, and won’t interfere with staff or patrons, “other than acting as a kind of scarecrow in a field of corn,” Lipsey said.

A similar system in Chicago inspired HRA, the product of a merger last year between the Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League, to develop this program. It was adapted to meet the codes and requirements of the District, where, for instance, animals cannot enter restaurants under city law. Still, a cat’s presence on the premises “is going to be a deterrent to rodents in the area,” Lipsey said, “and we’ve seen this to be true, not just anecdotally but also at some of the locations that we’ve already partnered with.”

So far, two bars, an apartment complex, a real estate office, a brewery, two homes, a hardware store and a church have expressed interest. Most of these are located in Northwest, but HRA expects the program will expand to more locations in Northeast where businesses tend to be surrounded by more land, according to Lipsey. HRA has placed eight cats with businesses

Mewsings: March 28, 2017 - "Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

cat sleeping in the rafters

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I just love a penthouse view."

Cat Mewvie: Cats hate cucumbers.... right?

imitation cat comic

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cat art by Susan Herbert

Feline Art: "Uni Bel Di" by Susan Herbert.

Mewsings: March 29, 2017 - "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo da Vinci

cat sitting on R2D2

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is this the droid you're looking for?"

Cat Mewvie: "Goodnight, human."

comic at the cat bank

Today's Kitty Komic

vanity cat by susan herbert

Feline Art: "Vanity" by Susan Herbert.

cat news

Your cat may love you more than you think.
by Oliver Moody

“The wildest of all the wild animals,” Rudyard Kipling wrote in the Just So Stories, “was the cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.”

Even today, nine millennia after its first members were dom-esticated and more than 600 years after the invention of the cat flap, the species manages to project an air of indifference to its surroundings.

For most cats, however, this is just an act. Researchers have found they prefer the company of humans to food, catnip and the smell of their fellow cats.

Three academics led by Kristyn Vitale Shreve, a PhD candidate in animal behaviour studies at Oregon State University in the US, took issue with many scientific papers that have described the animal as difficult to train.

They used a test that involved putting a cat in a room with a range of objects and measuring how much time they spent contemplating each one.

The researchers took 23 pet cats and 22 from animal shelters. They worked out each cat’s preferred kind of human interaction, food, scent and toy. In the last section of the study, each cat was put in the -middle of a cross surrounded by its favourite items from the four categories and -allowed to roam around at will.

The results, published in the journal Behavioural Processes, show 19 of the 38 cats that got the hang of the experiment spent the most time hanging around the human, while only 14 dwelt on the food. Four of the remaining five went for the toys, while only one opted for a squirt of scent.

“The idea cats have not been domesticated long enough to show preference toward human interaction is not supported by these data,” the researchers wrote, while conceding some cats are friendlier than others.

Mewsings: March 30, 2017 - "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." -  Anonymous

cat sitting in box

Gratuitous Kittiness: Cat logic #577.

Cat Mewvie: "Need a hand?"

space cat attacks asteroid

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shadow-box cat by dolan geiman

Feline Art: "Shadow-Box Cat" by Dolan Geiman.

Mewsings: March 31, 2017 - "I would gladly change places with any of my cats." - George Ney

sleeping tabby cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "This is my job. I'm very good at it."

Cat Mewvie: Cat vs. the postman.

cat running shadow household comic

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grannie cat painting by christing nybak hill

Feline Art: "Grannie" by Christine Nybak Hill

cat news

Cat found 900 miles away and 25 feet down from home.
by Mark Belcher

DALLAS — One Denver family is making a surprise trip to Dallas, Texas to pick up their cat which had been missing for nearly a year.

Nearly 800 miles away from home, someone found Harvey at the bottom of a 25 ft. hole in Dallas, TX. No one has figured out how he ended up there, and it’s possible it will remain a mystery. If anything, the cat is proof you might as well live it up if you’ve got nine lives.

Dallas Animal Services employees then tracked the cats owner down through his microchip.
Lakewood resident Jackie Ewer received a call about four weeks ago.

“I don’t know how it’s possible you have my cat because I live in Colorado,” said Ewer. “I’m surprised, but at the same time if any cat would have some crazy adventure, it would be Harvey. He’s very funny.”

She talked with Denver7 from Miami, where she and her family are vacationing. She will head to Dallas to pick up her traveling cat over the weekend.

“I don’t know if he like, got on a truck somewhere and it took off and he somehow had some adventure all the way down there. I have no idea. It is so bizarre to me.”

Harvey had been missing for nearly eight months before someone found him on a construction site in Highland Park in Dallas. It took crews six hours to remove him from the deep hole. He was covered in mud, but thankfully in good shape.

“After I didn’t see him for a while I was concerned that a wild animal got him,” said Ewer. “He knew where his home was, so I was surprised when he didn’t come home for a couple nights and I was worried about him.”

Harvey had always been an outdoor cat, at home in Colorado.

“He thrived there. He was kind of king of the block. Came home every night to sleep.”

Ewer got him from the Adopt a Barn Cat program when, she believed, he was about 4-years-old. He had been part of her family for a year, before disappearing.

A little mischievous with quite the personality, we may never know how Harvey purrrfected his survival skills.

“I wish he could talk. That would be such a fun story to see what has he been up to for the last eight months,” said Ewer.


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