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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 16-20, 2018.


Mewsings, April 16, 2018: There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. - Dan Greenberg


cat in deep snow

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I seem to have made a strategic error."




Cat Mewvie: A little information about a big cat. The Maine Coon.

 

haunted cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic


nightmare cat art

Feline Art: Book cover art, by Mara Ceri.

cat news

Going for the slow blink
by Rae Paoletta

Whether they’re kneading our flesh like bread or following us into the bathroom, cats are always trying to tell their humans something — most of it involving food. But an animal behaviorist tells Inverse one familiar behavior cats exhibit could be a true sign of affection.

It’s often been rumored that a cat’s “slow blink” is its way of saying, “I love you.” It’s even been called a “cat kiss”! The truth is, we’ll never truly know what’s going on inside a kitty’s brain, but there’s evidence to suggest a cat slowly wincing at its human means it trusts its companion.

“Cats will typically avoid eye contact when afraid or threatened; when they are being offensively aggressive, they will stare (and staring at them is perceived as a threat),” Mikel Delgado, a cat researcher the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, tells Inverse. “The slow blink is a demonstration of eye contact without staring, and we interpret this behavior as a sign of relaxation and trust. Some might call that love.”

Think of it this way: If a cat closes its eyes around like it’s falling asleep, it’s signaling that it doesn’t view you as a threat. This is similar to the way some cats expose their bellies to their humans, which signals trust and vulnerability. For kitties, the absence of extreme hatred is love, and as cat owners know, there is no in between.

“I have always heard that the “slow blink” is a sign of love, and I try to do it right back,” Clea Simon, author of The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats.

While it’s tempting to stare into your cat’s bulbous eyes, experts warn this could be interpreted as a sign of aggression. Instead, try and give your cat a slow blink every once in a while and see if he or she returns it. If your cat doesn’t blink back, this doesn’t mean they despise you — maybe they just have a different way of expressing appreciation.

“I always recommend to a person that they look for a blink from the cat and then slowly extend a finger out toward the cat and allow her to sniff,” veterinary behaviorist Wailani Sung writes in VetStreet. “If the cat is receptive to more interactions with that person, she will sniff the finger and may try to rub her face on the finger or lower her head for attention. If the cat backs away or bats at the finger, it is a clear sign the kitty does not want any physical interactions with the person.”

Cats, capricious as they may be, never run out of ways to show humans they actually care about us. Though their definition of love vaguely translates to “I don’t wish to murder you at this particular moment,” it’s love nonetheless..








Mewsings, April 17, 2018: "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch." - Leo Dworken


cat dressed for quinceanera

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Meow, man."




Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat slides again.

 

sleeping cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat eared scarf

Feline Art: Cat couture.




Mewsings, April 18, 2018: "Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible." - Roger Caras


cat wearing rainbow unicorn hat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Top hat and tails.





Cat Mewvie: Baby wants his bath.

 

cat lifeguard comic

Today's Kitty Komic

monstet cat machine art

Feline Art: "Monster Cat Machine" by rcmedy.




Mewsings, April 19, 2018: "Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow."
- George F. Will



cat face

Gratuitous Kittiness: Dat face.




Cat Mewvie: For-mew-la One racing.

 

bad hair day kitty

Today's Kitty Komic

cat watercolor

Feline Art: "Sitting Pretty'" by Sandra Rudzite.



Mewsings, April 20, 2018: "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose."
- Garrison Keillor



freaky kitten on couch

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Is Trump still president?"




Cat Mewvie: Kitty loves water.

 

cats wearing pants comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on quilt art

Feline Art: "Untitled", by SueEllen Ross.



playful orange cat

Toby's Terrible Tale
by Saryn Chorney

When the band Chumbawamba sang, “I get knocked down, but I get up again, You are never gonna keep me down” in the 1997 hit tune “Tumbthumping,” they probably didn’t have Toby the cat in mind, but they may as well have.

You see, 7-year-old Toby has had a real hard-knock life: He had been abandoned by his original owners and given to a new family, then walked over 12 miles back home only to be rejected again and turned in to local animal authorities to be euthanized, according to WRAL.com.

When we caught wind of the feline’s sad story, we reached out to the SPCA of Wake County in North Carolina to learn more about this determined kitty — but we weren’t the only ones concerned about him. Communications manager Tara Lynn told us, “This has been crazy! He’s gotten so much attention, but it’s certainly very, very cool.”

Lynn said Toby was turned in to a county shelter before he was brought in to them. “It’s funny,” she says. “He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his [feline] roommate. We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”

Luckily, according to Lynn, Toby “clicked with his new family, as if he’s always been there.”

This is especially positive news for the FIV-positive cat. Lynn doesn’t know if the original owners gave him up because of the medical condition; Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a slow-acting disease that affects a cat’s immune system, severely weakening it, and making the animal susceptible to other infections. According to WebMD Pets, “infected cats who receive supportive medical care and are kept in a stress-free, indoor environment can live relatively comfortable lives … for years.”

Lynn concurs that most vets say as long as FIV-positive cats get an immune boost of vitamins (other vets say the cat can be okay even without this treatment), they can still live a long healthy life.

“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” says Lynn, including his new family, who originally learned about Toby through a post on Beth Stern‘s Instagram.Stern’s post was seen by the adoptive mom’s sister in New Hampshire, who sent it to her relatives in North Carolina, and the rest is a happy ending for all involved — especially Toby. The extended family members have all welcomed him into their hearts with open arms (and open paws). He even has his own Instagram account now, with over 14,000 followers!





 




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