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Infinite Cat Project Archives for January 15-19, 2018.

Mewsings, January 15, 2018: "The cat is above all things, a dramatist." - Margaret Benson

cat with smirk

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Smirking? I'm not smirking. I'd never smirk at you. (smirk)"

Cat Mewvie: Doctor Who theme music, kitty-style.

cat looking in mirror comic

Today's Kitty Komic

siamese cat art

Feline Art: "Many Cats" by Bill Bell.

two cute sleeping cats

Why you need a cat or two.
by Tedi Graham

Cats can be aloof and independent. They require care and feeding, but having one or more can be rewarding and enjoyable. They can also improve your life.

First of all, cats purr. Their purring sooths you when you are upset, calms you when you are angry and makes you even happier when you are already in a good mood. A 2012 study showed that stroking a cat can lower your blood pressure. Just a few minutes of petting releases “feel good” endorphins in the brain. People who have owned a cat have a 40% less risk of dying than those who have never owned a cat.

Cats don’t judge. They don’t care what you are wearing, if you are tall or short, fat or thin, old or young or what kind of work you do. They love you just as you are.

Cats are good companions. You can talk to them when you have no one else to talk to. They will sit and listen. Sometimes they comment on what you have just said or give you their opinion on the state of the world. They don’t want to control the tv. They don’t care if you want to watch another zombie movie or a whole day of football. Whatever you are watching they will happily watch with you, especially if snacks are involved. They are always interested in what you are doing no matter how boring it seems to you.

The longer cats live with you, the better you get to know each other. You know what their favorite foods are, when they like to eat, where they prefer to sleep and what games they enjoy most. They know when it’s time for you to go to bed and what time you get home from work or meetings. They know what to do to get your attention and when you want to play. Cats are intuitive. They seem to know when you are having a bad day and need someone warm to sit next to you. They also seem to know when you need to be left alone and will oblige. Your cats’ calm and peaceful natures can help you get through some dark times.

Cats love learning and are good at it. They can be taught to sit, stay, fetch and figure out a puzzle toy filled with treats and many other things. They have very impressive problem solving abilities.

Cats are good for children. Studies have shown that children with cats have better social skills. Cats teach children how to be gentle and patient. Since proper veterinary care is an important part of owning a cat, it can show children that going to the doctor regularly is a necessary and routine part of life,

Cats are entertaining. They love to play. My cats give me at least one good laugh every day. Nothing beats watching cats’ antics and acrobatic feats.

Cats will love you unconditionally. Not only are you the one who feeds them, but you are the one who gives them a safe, healthy place to live. Sometimes they will thank you with a dead mouse or bug. Sometimes it is with a loving look or nuzzle. Sometimes it is cuddling on your lap. They are warm and fuzzy and fit perfectly.

Mewsings, January 16, 2018: "Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

glowering cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "No, Mr. Bon. I expect you to DIE."

Cat Mewvie: The most patient (and apparently tastiest) cat in the world.

lazy cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

hippie cat art

Feline Art: "Faraway" by Tracy Butler.

Mewsings, January 17, 2018: "If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence." - Will Cuppy

cat having an acid trip

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Man, what was IN that brownie?"

Cat Mewvie: Yes, cats have asthma, too.

cats are comforting comic

Today's Kitty Komic

impressionistic cat painting

Feline Art: "Tabby On A Box" by Krystle Cole.

Mewsings, January 18, 2018: "Some cats is blind, And stone-deaf some, But ain't no cat Wuz ever dumb."
- Anthony Euwer

snow  flecked cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Me? cold? Well, maybe just a little."

Cat Mewvie: Cat-bath rap.

cats and goldfish comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat yawning painting

Feline Art: "Yawn" by Robert Papp.

Mewsings, January 19, 2018: "I think I'll come back as a cat." - George Ney

snow  flecked cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Sigh. Holidays are over. Time to hit the gym."

Cat Mewvie: You're sucking the wrong thumb, chum.

cat stares at nothig comic

Today's Kitty Komic

big fluffy cat tail watercolor

Feline Art: "Big Fluffy Tail" by Elena Bazanova.

cat news

Tiny cat with an uncertain future.
by Helen Briggs

It's the smallest cat in the Americas, occupying the smallest area of land.

Listed as vulnerable to extinction, the güiña wildcat of Chile has lost much of its natural home as forests are chopped down or converted to farmland.

And, like many carnivores, it's at risk from human persecution over fears it might kill livestock.
However, new research shows the animal is able to survive near human settlements on agricultural land.

Its biggest threat is being squeezed out when land is broken up into smaller areas, say conservationists.

The guiña is known variously as the little tiger cat, little spotted cat or Chilean cat. About half the size of the domestic cat, it is one of the most threatened cat species in South America.

The wildcat lives only in central and southern Chile and in a narrow strip of Argentina. According to the IUCN, there are only about 10,000 individuals left in the wild.

Its natural habitat is rainforest, but it has also been seen in pine or eucalyptus plantations or close to agricultural areas.

Research led by the University of Kent, UK, found that habitat fragmentation, and the subdivision of large farms into smaller ones, are the biggest threats facing the animal.

"This is because there is a higher risk of human interaction and persecution in areas where there are more farms; a greater pressure on natural resources through increased timber extraction and livestock grazing; and even competition for food from domestic animals kept as pets," said Dr Nicolás Gálvez, who is now a lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

More than two-thirds of Chile's temperate rainforests have been lost over 25 years. However, through a series of questionnaires, camera-trap data and remote-sensed images the researchers found that the güiña is remarkably adaptable to forest loss.

They say large, intensive agricultural areas are actually suitable for the güiña and should not be dismissed as poor quality habitat.

This is because there are often unfarmed areas that provide refuge, food resources and suitable conditions for rearing young, they say.

Another threat is illegal killing by humans. The cat is viewed negatively in rural areas over fears it will kill chickens.

Questionnaires showed that 10% of rural inhabitants had killed a güiña over the last decade.

"This suggests that persecution is much less of a threat to their survival than the subdivision of farms," said Prof Zoe Davies, from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent.

The research published in the Journal of Applied Ecology provides a clearer picture of how habitat loss, land fragmentation and human interactions together affect the survival of a species such as the wildcat.

The approach could be used to help with conservation efforts for small to medium-sized carnivores in other parts of the world.


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