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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 9-13, 2018.

Mewsings, July 9, 2018: "Witches had black cats because white cats would have left hair all over their clothes." - Atonis244

cat with lots of toys

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?"

Cat Mewvie: THIS is how you do a TV interview.


cat photography comic

Today's Kitty Komic

marijuana cat art

Feline Art: "Meowijuana" by Casey Weldon.

cat sushi art

The Artist Who Puts Cats in Food.
by Cathy Free

There are mornings when Ksenia Zmanovskaya wakes up in St. Petersburg, Russia, and realizes that nothing except a tabby smothered with a short stack of homemade pancakes and hot maple syrup will do.

And then there are afternoons when she wonders about a Persian covered in chocolate fondant, a Russian blue nestled inside a cozy bowl of potato chowder and a Sphynx stuffed inside a savory wonton.

What she never imagined, though, was that her Cats in Food photo edits on Instagram would go viral, with the account already gaining close to 84,000 followers.

An artist and illustrator, who lives with her cat named Smoky, Ksenia, 22, was inspired six months ago to combine two of her biggest passions — cats and food — after playing around with Photoshop one day.

Although her first digital image, a pic of a snoozing Smoky tucked inside a cheeseburger, didn’t get many hits, it wasn’t long before she’d developed a loyal following after posting doctored photos of cats stuffed inside taco shells, rolled up in sushi and lounging on top of a pepperoni pie.

“ I’m a cat lover and can’t imagine not having a cat near me,” Ksenia tells PEOPLE. “As a creative person, I always wanted to create something funny, and I enjoy the fact that I’m making people a bit more happy in life with my photo edits. Hiding cats in food has been a lot of fun.”

Although Smoky has starred in several of her projects, most of her pets are found in images online. Ksenia then matches the felines with some of her favorite stock food photos (freshly-baked croissants, tarragon chicken, blueberry pie), often camouflaging the cats in the cuisine.

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Her most popular pic to date is of a striped orange tabby sprawled in a frying pan, surrounded by a color-coordinated cream sauce, followed by a sushi cat, and a feline that shares a plate with a matching croissant.

Ksenia, who recently held her first cat-themed digital art show at a St. Petersburg cat cafe, recently started designing custom creations for followers who contact her on Instagram and send her snapshots of their favorite foods and felines.

Although some have urged her to expand her food combos to include dogs (a hot dachshund on a bun, anyone?), Ksenia says she’s strictly a feline foodie. A canine floating in a hot cappuccino, she says, simply won’t have the same charm. .

Mewsings, July 10, 2018: "The most effective alarm clock in the world is your cat throwing up on the rug."
- pirpirpir

three cats on stairs

Gratuitous Kittiness: "You shall not pass... unless we get treats."

Cat Mewvie: The Big Snip.


cats and boxes comic

Today's Kitty Komic

carousel lion

Feline Art: Turn-of-the-century carousel lion.

Mewsings, July 11, 2018: "Cats loyalty is so under-appreciated. They can smell drugs just as good as dogs but they ain't snitches." - AzillipsPT

three tuxedo cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: All dressed up and nowhere to go.

Cat Mewvie: Sensing the earthquake before it happens.


cat and boy in box comic

Today's Kitty Komic

graphic cat art

Feline Art: Graphic kitty by Romero Britto.

Mewsings, July 13, 2018: "Cat Heaven and Mouse Hell are probably the same place." - Ron-Paul-Swanson

cat sized camping tent

Gratuitous Kittiness: Camping with kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Maru and the swing.


cats and lasers comic

Today's Kitty Komic

kopi luwak coffee factory art

Feline Art: "Kopi Luwak". Artist unknown.

cat picture

Accidental Cat Celebrities
by Mary Ann Bourbeau

Christine Gonzalez never expected her cats to become internet celebrities, but now that they have, promoting them has become her second job.

“These cats keep me insanely busy,” she said. “I work full time and commute into New York City. All of my extra time is spent taking pictures and videos and managing their social media platforms.”

Stache, 4; Teddy, 3; Bindi, 3; and Dexter, 1, are all Oriental Shorthair cats, distinguished by their almond-shaped eyes, triangular head, oversized ears and long, slender bodies. Together, they have several hundred thousand followers who enjoy seeing their daily antics. Gonzalez said the internet fame all happened by accident.

“I lost a cat to a stroke and I was devastated,” said the Monmouth County resident. “I didn’t think I would ever get another cat. But the breeder called me and said they had a cat that no one wanted. He was a little older and had a mustache. He was funny looking but had a great personality.”

She named him Stache, and in September 2014, a friend posted the cat’s picture on Reddit. Within 24 hours, the photo received a million hits, said Gonzalez.

“He made the front page of Reddit and people started making memes,” she said.

Her Instagram account blew up as well, with thousands of people clamoring to see what Stache was up to. Then Gonzalez brought Bindi home, an Oriental Shorthair with a dot in the center of her head. Teddy, who is known for his gigantic ears, came next, followed by Dexter, a solid black cat with protruding fangs that make him look like a vampire bat.

“People love to see their pictures and YouTube videos,” she said. “They visit the page and it brings a smile to their face. The magic powers these cats have are pretty much immeasurable.”Stache – with his mustache – has become an internet celebrity with hundreds of thousands of Instagram fans.

Gonzalez describes Stache as highly intelligent and extremely sensitive. Bindi is the watchman or muscle of the bunch. Teddy is a goofy space cadet and Dexter is the court jester.

“ The others push him around but he always comes back for more,” she said. “My house is like a three-ring circus.”

Their looks have often been compared to celebrities. Stache, with his thick black mustache, has been likened to the late singer Freddie Mercury and actors Tom Selleck and Adrian Brody. Teddy, who has a distinctive honk instead of a meow, has been compared to actor Adam Driver and Dobby from Harry Potter.

“They’re really good cats,” said Gonzalez. “They put up with a lot. They always have a camera in their face.”

Teddy and Dexter, along with feline internet sensations Nala, Pudge and Lil’ Bub, appeared at the first Catsbury Park Cat Convention in Asbury Park in April. At $35 a person, the meet-and-greets with Teddy and Dexter quickly sold out.

“Some people who meet them literally break down and cry, like they met the Beatles,” she said. “I tell stories about these cats and people become very emotionally invested.”

Gonzalez receives messages every day from around the world from people who enjoy seeing what her cats are up to. While traveling on vacation, she has met followers who enjoy the latest photos and videos.

“I was in Russia a few years ago and met people who knew my cats,” she said. “It blew my mind. I’ve made so many friends and met such amazing people because of this.”

Thanks to the internet fame, Gonzalez now has an agent who filters offers for live appearances and endorsements, and is considered an animal influencer, meaning she gets paid by companies for a shout-out on social media. Stache, Teddy, Bindi and Dexter are even being considered for a new show that will premiere on Netflix next year.

“I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m definitely enjoying the ride,” said Gonzalez.
For more information, visit: @hobbikats on Instagram.


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