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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 2-6, 2018.

Mewsings, April 2, 2018: "One must love a cat on its own terms."- Paul Gray

yellow cat in food store aisle

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I keep telling you, sir, the cat food is behind you. Sir? Sir?"

Cat Mewvie: Introducing the new kitten.


cat putting hair in food comic

Today's Kitty Komic

back cat portrait

Feline Art: "Cat, Cherry Blossoms and Bird" napkin art by Nina Levy.

cat news

Why do we say cats have nine lives?

QUESTION: How and when did someone come up with the notion that a cat has nine lives?

ANSWER: Historians say the Egyptians revered the number nine because they associated it with their sun god, Atum-Ra. According to one version, Ra gave birth to eight other gods. Since Ra often took the form of a cat, people began associating the nine lives (Ra plus eight) with feline longevity.
Whether you believe this theory is up to you, but other cultures have credited cats with having multiple lives, too. In China, for example, it’s also nine.

Others, however, are less generous. Italy, Germany, Greece, Brazil and some Spanish-speaking regions apparently grant cats seven lives, while according to Turkish and Arabic traditions, they get six.

In English lore, though, it has been nine for centuries.

But gods aside, there’s a more universal and down-to-earth logic behind how the multiple-lives idea came to be. Cats have what is called a “righting reflex” — the ability to twist around quickly in mid-air if they fall or are dropped from a high place, so that they land on their feet.

People undoubtedly noticed that they survived situations that would have killed or severely injured other animals. Because of this uncanny ability to walk away from disaster, the English came up with the proverb “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.” In other words, a cat’s hardy nature allows it to survive to a ripe old age lying in the sun after its early years of chasing mice and roaming.

Mewsings, April 3, 2018: "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."
- Mary Bly

cat in cat house

Gratuitous Kittiness: The Eye of Floof.

Cat Mewvie: Teddy long legs.


a cat poem

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with purple flowers art

Feline Art: "Purrfection", by Dreama Tolle Perry.

Mewsings, April 4, 2018: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer

cat with tail under chin

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I have quite the tail for you."

Cat Mewvie: Ringing the dinner gong.


cats looking in curiosity shop window

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on a chair art

Feline Art: "Cat On a Chair" by Edward Bawden.

Mewsings, April 5, 2018: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
- Winston Churchill

boy and cat with different colored eyes

Gratuitous Kittiness: Brothers from different mothers.

Cat Mewvie: Cat hiccups are cute as hell.


cat licks food comic

Today's Kitty Komic

calico cat painting

Feline Art: "Smoo'" by Peggy Ruddock.

Mewsings, April 6, 2018: "I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted--but his or her entertainment value." - Geoffrey Household

cat sleeping with tongue out

Gratuitous Kittiness: Dreaming of cream.

Cat Mewvie: "It's a cat thing, baby."


cats wear no pants comic

Today's Kitty Komic

r2d2 and melon cat art

Feline Art: "R2D2 and Melon Cat", napkin art by Nina Levy.

cat coughing up hairball

by Patty Khuly

Q: Please help me with my cat’s hairballs! She wakes me up whenever she throws one up and I feel terrible for her.

A: Consider yourself lucky that you’re a light sleeper. Some of us get up in the middle of the night and squish on them as we pad over to the bathroom in our bare feet. Yuck!

While they’re undeniably gross, hairballs are actually normal and, as carnivores, cats are especially good at vomiting up thing that should not be in their stomachs –– like all the hair that accumulates there in the normal course of their daily toilette.

In any case, the timing of your question is apropos. This year and every year the U.S. pet industry sets aside the last Friday in April so we can collectively contemplate the deep mysteries of the hairball (technically known as a trichobezoar)

Call it a marketing tactic designed to sell more hairball remedies, but veterinarians everywhere are undeniably on board with Hairball Awareness Day (on April 27). The simple take home message? Hairballs can be bad in some cases.

For cats who throw one up more than once a week, hairballs can mean more than just a household annoyance. Chronic vomiting, malnutrition and surgical intervention are in no way unheard of. If frequent hairballs are the case, your cat deserves a vet visit to make sure she’s OK. But for the moderately afflicted, there are some simple remedies we recommend:

• Daily “brushing” sessions. I recommend that all cat people get their kitties addicted to daily brushing from a very early age. The Fulminator is an especially effective tool.

• Petroleum jelly-based products. For those who suffer more than others, daily petroleum-based hairball remedies are often the best solution. An inch of this tubed stuff every day can help.

• Hairball formula foods. If you happen to have cats who won’t accept anything they didn’t think of first, hairball formula foods are a reasonable idea. Infused with petroleum jelly-like ingredients, they can often do the trick when more direct alternatives just aren’t doable.

• Address the underlying problem, if any. Allergies and other skin diseases can lead to over-grooming, excess hair ingestion and hairballs.

• When all else fails, groom her! There’s always the possibility of frequent bathings and even full-body clip-downs to keep all that hair from balling up inside her.

• Ask your vet!


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