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Infinite Cat Project Archives for December 31 thru January 4, 2018.

Mewsings, December 31, 2018: "Every cat is special in its own way." - Sara Jane Clark

girl with cat against window

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "HAPPY MEOW YEAR!"

Cat Mewvie: "Wait.... I have EARS?"


trapped inside cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

three cat xmas card

Feline Art: "Psychedelic Feline" by Anandahbee.

adorable kitten

Bill to End Federally Funded Kitten Murder Runs Into Opposition From Cat-Killing Bureaucrats
by Christian Britschgi

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D–Ore.) has decided to close out the year by introducing the most unobjectionable piece of legislation ever conceived.

Called the Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act, or KITTEN Act, Merkley's bill—introduced last week—aims to stop the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) current practice of killing off cats they breed for research, requiring instead that these kitties be put up for adoption.

"The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing, and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead," Merkley said in a statement.

The bill is a response to revelations from the White Coat Waste Project, an anti-animal testing group, about the USDA's practice of essentially using kittens as parasite incubators at its Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.

Carlin Becker described the grizzly practice for Reason in September:

"Documents obtained by the [White Coat Waste Project] show the department has been breeding around 100 kittens a year for almost 50 years just to infect them with a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis, a disease that can lead to miscarriages and birth defects in humans and is a leading cause of death from foodborne illness. The department collects the kittens' feces for two to three weeks and then simply euthanizes them with a shot of ketamine to the heart."

This is a pretty shocking practice, considering the undeniable cuteness of the average kitten. It's made worse by the fact that euthanizing the cats is almost certainly unnecessary.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the toxoplasma found in the research kitties' poop only poses a risk to humans for up to three weeks after the animal is first infected. The parasite is easily treated in both humans and cats, and most people who become infected with toxoplasma do not even require treatment.

Nevertheless, the USDA has continued to defend the practice, arguing that it's just following orders best practices in animal research, and that the risks to adoptive families are just too great to let these cats live.

"Our goal is to reduce the spread of toxoplasmosis. Adopting laboratory cats could, unfortunately, undermine that goal, potentially causing severe infections, especially with unborn children or those with immunodeficiencies," a USDA spokesperson said to CNN back in May.

All things considered, this is a remarkable testament to a bureaucracy's habit of just continuing to do the same thing it's always done regardless of how cruel or unnecessary it might be. Indeed, it's hard to think of anyone that could be opposed to ending needless, government euthanasia of potential fur babies.

No action has been taken on Merkley's bill, as the text of his legilsation has not been released. A companion House bill—which would prohibit any "painful or stressful" USDA experimentation on cats—was introduced back in May, but has languished in committee for months.

Even in these divided times, one would hope that Americans could at least rally around the cause of saving a few cute kittens from needless, taxpayer-funded annihilation.

Mewsings, January 1, 2018: "The cat does not negotiate with the mouse." - Robert K. Massie

cat and upside down xmas tree

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey! Save some for me!"

Cat Mewvie: My new kitten pal.


free kittens comic

Today's Kitty Komic

[sychedelic cat art

Feline Art: "Psychedelic Cat" by Theo Banoth.

Mewsings, January 2, 2018: "No one shall deny me my own conclusions, nor my cat her reflective purr." - Irving Townsend

three cats eating from bowls

Gratuitous Kittiness: Three bowls, three cats, no problem.

Cat Mewvie: The wonder of catnip.


cat destroys ornaments comic

Today's Kitty Komic

xmas cat pyramid ornament

Feline Art: "Balloon Cat" by Naoto Hattori.

Mewsings, January 3, 2018: "A cat's name may tell you more about its owners than it does about the cat."
- Linda W. Lewis

snowman cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I is a snowman!"

Cat Mewvie: Mama says he's okay.


my growing cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

watercolor cat

Feline Art: "Watercolor Cat" by Rafal wnek.

Mewsings, January 4, 2018: "Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock." - Louise A. Belcher

couch with seven cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: The fully featured feline futon.

Cat Mewvie: Matt chats with cats.


cats on paper comic

Today's Kitty Komic

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Feline Art: Porcelain cat, artist unknown.

cat news

Should an adult cat eat kitten food, and vice versa?
by Joan Morris

Question: I am moving and when the move is complete I will get a kitten. I already have a cat.
If I put kitten food down and regular food for the older cat, is there a good possibility they will eat each other’s food? And if so, is there any harm to that?

Answer: If you serve up both kitten and adult food, chances are the adult will eat most of the kitten food along with the adult food, which could result in a cat with a weight problem and a kitten not getting all the advantages it needs.

Kitten food tends to be higher in calories, but it also contains some vital nutrients that a growing kitten needs. It won’t harm the adult cat to eat kitten food, other than consuming the extra calories, but the kitten definitely shouldn’t be eating food formulated for adult cats.

It would be best to feed them in separate rooms and pick up the food after they’ve eaten. That might be difficult because cats, unlike dogs that quickly wolf down their food and lick their bowls clean, tend to be nibblers, eating a little now and a little later.

There are cat foods that are good for all ages, so talk to your vet about which one might be best for your cats. The good news is that kittens only need the special diet for about a year, unless it’s a larger breed cat, such as a Maine coon, which takes about 18 months to reach maturity.
Depending on the age of your adult cat, you might need to start considering age in choosing an adult food. Older cats tend to develop teeth and gum issues as they age and might require a softer kibble or canned food.

Vets used to recommend lowering the amount of protein senior cats receive, but studies now suggest it’s the phosphorus in their diets, not the protein, that can lead to kidney disease. Older cats probably don’t digest protein and fats as well as younger cats do, so they might need those nutrients in a different form.


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