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Infinite Cat Project Archives for January 2-5, 2018.


Mewsings, January 2, 2018: "Don't let anyone tell you loving a cat is silly. Love, in any form, is a precious commodity." - Barbara L. Diamond


black cat glowering

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Incidentally, Dave thinks you're an asshole, too."




Cat Mewvie: Can't you mew like a normal cat?
 

cat toy comic

Today's Kitty Komic


ceramic cat mug

Feline Art: Lovely cat mug, artist unknown.

expensive cat condo

A $10,000 cat tree?

The rent for bougie cat condos is too damn high in Japan.

An artisanal cat tower called Modern Cat Tree NEKO is now on the Japanese market for about $9,570 plus tax, according to Quartzy.

The cylindrical perch is made of Japanese oak, beech and maple, Scandinavian fabric and Greek marble with a hemp rope-lined scratching post and was handcrafted by designer Yoh Komiyama and produced by the lifestyle brand Rinn.

The marble base, the company says, is meant to cool the cat’s body, because, wow, do cats have it rough these days!

As if spending $9,570 on a designer hangout for an animal that probably doesn’t even like you anyway isn’t enough, Rinn also gives cat-lady consumers the chance to buy minimalist cat accessories such as automatic feeders and ceramic water bowls. The brand also publishes a cat lifestyle magazine called Mill, which is sadly not the only cat lifestyle magazine out there.

According to Quartzy, three cat enthusiasts have already forked over the cash for this cushy cat perch. Like any luxury item, they’re only selling a limited amount — 22 — this year. Better move fast, losers.







Mewsings, January 3, 2018: "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." - Robert A. Stern


cat and woman sleeping in bed

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Wake us when it's Spring."




Cat Mewvie: Settling down for a short winter's nap.
 

cats tolerate us comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat reads books art

Feline Art: Illustration by Randall Spangler.



Mewsings, January 4, 2018: "Because of our willingness to accept cats as superhuman creatures, they are the ideal animals with which to work creatively." - Roni Schotter


cat climbs down tree

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm coming. I'm coming."





Cat Mewvie: How high can you fly?
 

spikey murder cat friend

Today's Kitty Komic

cat love art

Feline Art: "Love" by Tracy Butler.




Mewsings, January 5, 2018: "I rarely meddled in the cat's personal affairs and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither of us was foolish enough to attribute human emotions to our pets." - Kinky Friedman


two fluffy orange cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Gonna be a lonnnnnnng winter."




Cat Mewvie: A little cat music
 

naughty cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

woman and cats art

Feline Art: "Karma" by Krystle Cole.



kittens in cat video

The positive effect of cat videos.

According to ReelSEO.com, a website about video marketing, there are more than two million cat videos on YouTube. People have watched these videos more than 25 billion times, which equates to an average of 12,000 views per cat video.

The statistics speak for themselves, but they don’t tell the whole story.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a dog lover with a cat allergy, but the staggering amount of cat media available to internet users came as a surprise to me. With numbers like that, I couldn’t help but wonder: who, exactly, is so drawn to this type of content? And what effects do cat-related media have on viewers?

These were the overarching question that spurred my initial quest to gather empirical data on the internet cat phenomenon. I scoured academic databases to see what the literature could tell me, but found no existing data about why people watched so many cat videos online, or what effects these videos might have on us.

So I decided to find out myself.

My neighborhood internet celebrity feline – the adorable Lil Bub, who happens to also live in Bloomington, Indiana – shared the link on her website after I launched an online survey. With Bub’s help, the survey quickly garnered nearly 7,000 respondents.

The results from this exploratory study suggest that certain people are, in fact, more likely than others to view copious amounts of internet cat videos. It also showed that cat videos can positively influence the emotions of viewers.

According to my study, if you currently own or have previously owned a cat – or if you’ve volunteered to assist pets in the past year – you’re more likely to watch cat videos. Cat video viewers also spent more time online than other participants, tended to be more agreeable and shy, and felt they had adequate emotional support in their lives. However, emotional stability was negatively (albeit only slightly) related to watching online cat-related media.

The data also revealed information about the nature of audience interactions with online cat media. Three-quarters of respondents did not actively seek out cat content. Instead, they happened upon it in the course of their daily internet use.

This means that it’s hard to avoid internet cats, even if you want to.

Still, online cat videos aren’t all about passive consumption. Many people indicated they also produce their own cat-related media to post online, which often amass comments and likes. Online cat-media consumption is therefore an interactive process where media consumers can be media producers and media critics, all in the same space.

But I really wanted to learn what effects watching online cat videos might have on viewers.

People in my study reported experiencing more positive emotions and having higher energy levels after watching cat videos than before. They also reported lower levels of negative emotions after viewing online cat-related content.

In short, most of us get a little psychological “pick-me-up” when we watch Lil Bub climb the stairs or view a hilarious Grumpy Cat meme.

You might wonder: So what? Why does this study matter beyond its momentary entertainment value?

Well, we now spend more time with media than ever before. If – as my study suggests – part of that media diet includes cute pet videos, then it’s important to know how that specific genre impacts us psychologically if we want to truly understand the role of media use in shaping who we are.

Second, media is often criticized (sometimes rightfully so) for harming society – for making us violent, confused about science or even narcissistic. This study, though, indicates that media use can have a beneficial impact. Even a short-lived boost in one’s mood may help someone make it through a day or charge through an unpleasant task.

Because this study was an exploratory attempt to quantify an anecdotally popular activity, I don’t think it should be the final word on the role of pet-related media in our lives. Instead, it should be a springboard for more research.

Experiments that use control groups can test different types of cat videos (eg, humorous, cute, or inspirational) for differences in emotional reactions. Additionally, researchers could test if digitized cats or dogs can serve as a low-cost form of pet therapy for those who are allergic to real pets.

Cat videos are here to stay, so I hope researchers continue to study the potential “paw-sitive” effects of this type of media.




 




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