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Infinite Cat Project Archives for August 20-24, 2018.

Mewsings, August 20, 2018: "Cats seldom make mistakes, and they never make the same mistake twice."
- Carl Van Vechten

yodeling cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Opera? At 7AM? There HAS to be a law."

Cat Mewvie: Simon's Cat - On the Fence


sayig I know  to cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

frightened cat art

Feline Art: "Blue Cat" by Kenzie Miller.

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Big Cat looking for a home.

MORTON GROVE, Ill. - An Illinois no-kill animal shelter is looking for a new home for a 7-year-old cat with extra toes and a quirky habit of standing on his hind legs, Huffington Post reported.
Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove said Bruno didn't learn that behavior from his foster family and they're not sure how he learned the habit.

"We don't believe it's due to any medical issues," a shelter representative told Huff Post. "Just a fun trick!"

Bruno is also polydactyl, meaning he has a few extra toes. The shelter talked about Bruno and his quirky behavior on its Facebook page.

Although the 25-pound cat is overweight, shelter staff said he is healthy. But, they said the extra weight may have been part of why his previous owner surrendered him.

" Sadly he did not mesh well with their kids," the rep said. "We believe because of his weight; he likely wouldn't be able to scurry away quickly from commotion like cats of a healthy weight are able to do."

The shelter told HuffPost Bruno is particular about his toys, preferring only to play with feather wand toys. He won't have anything to do with other toys or scratchers.
He also needs specific attention during mealtimes.

" It took my foster mom a little time to realize what I was meowing about since she had just put food in my bowl," the shelter posted on Facebook. "Soon she found out its because I want pets while I eat! I will still eat if you don't pet me, but I will meow more and stare at you for a while."
But, don't try to pet Bruno on the stomach or you'll get your hand batted away, and he'll pretend to bite you, the shelter said. He also won't drink his water in the same room where his food is located, but the shelter said that is fairly typical behavior for cats.

The Facebook post had over 18,000 shares and 18,000 reactions by the end of the week..

Mewsings, August 21, 2018: "Living with a cat is like being married to a career woman who can take domesticity or let it alone, so you'd better be nice to her." - Margaret Cooper Gay

kitty wants food

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I see you have food."

Cat Mewvie: Top bunk, cat style.


cats fake sunlight comic

Today's Kitty Komic

man with head in birdcage art

Feline Art: "Get Me Out of Here" by Donna Rollins.

Mewsings, August 22, 2018: "When a Cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it and wait until the wind changes." - T. S. Eliot

cat and kitten sleeping

Gratuitous Kittiness: World's angriest cotton ball.

Cat Mewvie: The Boopin' Kitten.


catfish comic

Today's Kitty Komic: Catfish cannibalism

atom and nala art

Feline Art: "Atom and Nala" by Nina Levy.

Mewsings, August 23, 2018: "It is easy to understand why the rabble dislike cats. A cat is beautiful; it suggests ideas of luxury cleanliness, voluptuous pleasures." - Charles Baudelaire

close up of cat eye

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You awake yet?"

Cat Mewvie: Rufus' Towers.


cat art critic comic

Today's Kitty Komic

true love cats art

Feline Art: "True Love" by Ilya Esaulov.

Mewsings, August 24, 2018: "Cats are absolute individuals, with their own ideas about everything, including the people they own." - John Dingman

little fuzzy kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: This cat is bananas.

Cat Mewvie: "Is that.... me?"


cat singing comic

Today's Kitty Komic

lace cat mask

Feline Art: "Lace Cat Mask" by Patrick Cabral.

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Cat poop parasite may reduce fear in humans
by Josh Hafner

The bravery needed to start that business might be buried in a cat's litter box. A parasite found in cat feces may alter human minds to make us less fearful, a new study has found.

The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, infects an estimated 2 billion people worldwide. It also appears to shift the behavior of rodents, making them unafraid of cats. University of Colorado researchers theorized the bug may affect humans similarly, making them more open to risk — in business, for example.

While more research is needed, they did find correlations: People at entrepreneurial events who carried the parasite were nearly twice as likely as other attendees to have started their own businesses, while college students who picked up the bug were 1.4 times more likely to major in business.

The study, lead by associate professor Stefanie Johnson, was published Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

T. gondii has been tied to increased risks of "car accidents, mental illness, neuroticism, drug abuse and suicide," the researchers wrote, according to NBC News. Past studies suggest it alters brain chemistry and behavior, particularly around dopamine, the chemical linked to pleasure. More than 60 million people in the United States may carry the parasite, the Centers for Disease Control said, often after contact with raw meat or cat feces. It's often unnoticeable, as human immune systems usually ward off symptoms.

In rodents with the parasite, the lack of fear around cats makes them more likely to be eaten. That works out well for the parasite, which reproduces once inside the cat.

So what it might it do in humans? Researchers tested about 1,500 students and about 200 attendees of entrepreneurial events to find whether they had carried T. gondii. Twenty-two percent tested positive in all, NBC News notes.

Researchers also dove into databases from 42 different countries, per Sky News. Comparing infection data with entrepreneurial activity, they concluded that "infection prevalence was a consistent, positive predictor of entrepreneurial activity" at the national level.


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