The Infinite Cats cat comics cat tales cat games cat health menu Infinite Cat Project RSS feed Infinite Contact

Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 23-27, 2018.


Mewsings, April 23, 2018: "If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain


cat on office chair

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Can't you see we're hard at work?"




Cat Mewvie: Molly (see below) and Daddy play the String Game.

 

adopted cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic


lions with liquor art

Feline Art: "Lions With Liquor", by Nina Levy.

cat news

Molly, 2004-2018
by Mike "Daddy" Stanfill

My girlfriend once owned a cat who lived to be 21-years-old and after the cat died her heart was so broken that she wasn't sure she wanted another one. But three months later I surprised her with a young male tabby from the local shelter, who was soon followed by a young black male cat. Every kitty needs a pal, right?

Girlfriend loved her two boys but she was always wistful for a tuxedo cat, so in 2004 I brought home Molly from the very same shelter. That's her in the photo above, and she was an immediate hit.

She had personality and she was feisty as Hell. Whatever she lacked in size she made up for it in attitude. Molly was game for anything fun but she never joined the Infinite Cat Project as such frivolities were beneath her notice.

Six months ago her breathing became noticeably labored and the vet gave us the sad news that her lungs had been destroyed by heartworm. There was no cure, just treatment for the discomfort.

But Molly took it in stride, never missing a beat, only moving a little slower each day. Last night she rose from the bed that she always shared with her Mom, laid down by the door, and drifted away.


Fourteen years was too short a time for one so full of life but considering that not every cat escapes the shelters alive she did all right for herself, and we will miss her.







Mewsings, April 24, 2018: "Cats are designated friends." - Norman Corwin


sleeping black kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: 40 winks times 9 lives equals 360 winks.




Cat Mewvie: Dabchick gets a new kitten.

 

cats see invisible world comic

Today's Kitty Komic


edward bawden cat painting with orchid

Feline Art: "Cat and an Orchid" by Edward Bawden.




Mewsings, April 25, 2018: "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph Wood Crutch


three cats sleeping together

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Goup hug!"





Cat Mewvie: Koko still loves them kitties.

 

cat sensitivity training comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat impressionism art

Feline Art: "Edzactly" by Dreama Tolle Perry.




Mewsings, April 26, 2018: "Civilization is defined by the presence of cats." - Unknown


two cats sleeping in box

Gratuitous Kittiness: The proper way to pack your cats.




Cat Mewvie: Maru takes the box challenge.

 

cat playing games with mouse

Today's Kitty Komic

cat and fish art collage

Feline Art: "A Cat and His Fish'" by Melissa Babcock Saylor.



Mewsings, April 27, 2018: "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives." - Mark Twain


cat yawning

Gratuitous Kittiness: "The HILLLLLLLS are alive...."




Cat Mewvie: Poultry in motion.

 

cat buys over comic

Today's Kitty Komic

wayercolor cat portrait

Feline Art: "Untitled", by Miriam Schulman.



touch cat nose

Help prevent cat kidney disease
by Yoojin Kim

Chronic kidney disease in cats is a serious matter which occurs when a cat’s kidneys have deteriorated to the point where they are no longer capable of keeping the blood healthy.

Normally, functioning kidneys play a crucial role in a cat’s systemic health by maintaining appropriate water and electrolyte levels, pulling waste molecules out of the bloodstream to be excreted in the urine, and generating a few key hormones.

The first sign of a problem with your pet’s kidneys is likely to be a noticeable increase in thirst and a tendency to urinate more frequently and heavily.

This happens because damaged kidneys are unable to properly concentrate urine. As the disease progresses, an afflicted cat will begin to lose weight, lose fur and eat more selectively. As toxins build up in the blood stream, your cat may begin to vomit occasionally, develop ulcers in the mouth, become increasingly weak and lethargic, and exude what is known as a “uremic” smell caused by excessive amounts of ammonia in the blood.

An Elusive Disease

Kidneys are made up of countless tiny units known as nephrons. Because there are so many nephrons per kidney, it’s not a big deal when a few are damaged. However, if a significant proportion of nephrons are destroyed, kidney function begins to deteriorate. Since symptoms don’t usually appear until two-thirds of the nephrons have ceased to work, the initial causes of the disease are difficult to determine. Kidney disease often shows up in older cats, and yet it’s not a disease that’s directly linked to the aging process.

There’s no way to fully eliminate the possibility of your cat developing kidney disease, but there are some things that you can do to make this less likely.

1. Make it easy for your cat to urinate. Your cat’s litter box should be located in a spot that makes your pet feel comfortable using it. Be sure to clean it on a regular basis so that your cat is not discouraged from urinating.

2. Take your cat in for regular checkups. Routine examinations by your family veterinarian make it more likely that you will catch any signs of ill health before they develop into serious conditions, such as chronic kidney failure. Laboratory tests have become highly sophisticated and are capable of detecting minute changes in the amounts of waste products in the blood stream. It’s also important to determine the baseline levels of each test while your cat is still young and healthy.

3. Encourage your pet to drink lots of fluids. If your cat takes in plenty of water, it’s more likely that his or her kidneys will stay healthy for years to come. Keep the water bowl filled with fresh water at all times.

4. Serve your cat wet food. Some cats are fussy about drinking water from a bowl, but you can ensure that your cat takes in plenty of fluids by regularly feeding your cat canned food.

5. Don’t let your pet get obese. As with humans, obesity in cats can cause diabetes, a disease with a strong tendency to lead to kidney failure. If your cat is putting on too much weight, you should consult your family veterinarian to determine your cat’s ideal weight and diet.

If your cat is showing any of the signs and symptoms of kidney failure – including fur loss, weight loss, increased urination, loss of appetite and lethargy – you should schedule an appointment with your family veterinarian as soon as possible. With medications and a special diet, you can slow the progression of your cat’s disease and ensure a good quality of life.




 




The Infinite Cat Project
Presented by Mike Stanfill, Private Hand
Illustration, Flash Animation, Web Design
www.privatehand.com

©Mike Stanfill