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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 11-15, 2018.

Mewsings, June 11, 2018: "Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world - the clock and the cat"
. - Emile Auguste Chartiery

photobomb cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: It was said that Fluffy had eyes in the back of his head.

Cat Mewvie: Baby leopards have the cutest roars.


don't disturb the cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

falling cats wallpaper

Feline Art: "Falling Cats" wallpaper design.

cat news

Group fights to end experimentation using kittens.
By Melissa Nan Burke

Kittens and cupcakes appear to be the purr-fect combination to bring animal welfare advocates and Capitol Hill staffers out in droves.

Dozens turned out for the cuteness overload at a Thursday event promoting a bill to end painful cat testing at a Department of Agriculture laboratory in Maryland.

The kitten fanatics gobbled up 150 cupcakes from Whole Foods and shot photos of the 8-week-old fuzzballs — Anya, Rizzo and Leeni.

The trio appeared oblivious to the fuss while playing and pouncing on one another on the Rayburn House Office Building foyer.

We have them here to represent the kittens at the USDA labs," said Hannah Shaw, who calls herself the Kitten Lady and runs a kitten rescue organization.

"They test on them when they reach about eight weeks and kill them when they reach three months. Hopefully, these people connect how small and vulnerable and adoptable these kittens are."

The event followed revelations last month about taxpayer-funded experiments for a research project that has led to the deaths of 221 healthy cats in the last five years. The annual cost of the federal project is $624,000.

The Agricultural Research Service has defended the tests as important to both human health and food safety, crediting the research with helping to cut the prevalence of the common parasite that causes the disease toxoplasmosis.

Critics, including Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester, question why the research service destroys the animals after two weeks — given that the kittens are treatable — rather than put them up for adoption.

Bishop introduced the KITTEN Act last month with Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-California, to prohibit the Agriculture Department's breeding, use and disposal of cats in "painful or stressful" testing procedures. It's gained 20 co-sponsors in two weeks.

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved an spending bill with similar language expressing concern about the "painful" cat experiments.

Bishop said Thursday he hopes the legislation will be taken up by the House Appropriations Committee as well.

"We've started the de-funding process," he said. "We control the purse strings. And if there's an expenditure out there that's objectionable, it's our responsibility to step up and do something about it."

Government records indicate that kittens bred at the government lab in Beltsville, Maryland, are fed parasite-infected raw meat for two to three weeks to collect parasites from their feces, then euthanized and discarded by incineration.

Bishop is concerned that other animals might be subjected to similar treatment and is asking the Agriculture Department for more information.

"We need to drill down and ask more specific questions," he said. "I find it all very disturbing and want to make sure we know all that's going on."

Mewsings, June 12, 2018: "Even the stupidest cat seems to know more than any dog." - Eleanor Clark

cat in the bookcase

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Just file me under 'C', for 'cute'."

Cat Mewvie: Virtual cat explorer.


cats hve feelings comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat watercolor

Feline Art: "Wandering Cat", by Agnieszka Szuba.

Mewsings, June 13, 2018: "Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives." - Stephen Baker

cat with cat toys

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Who needs a 401K?"

Cat Mewvie: If Wilford Brimley reincarnated.


cat scratching post comic

Today's Kitty Komic

sniper gun cat

Feline Art: "Sniper Gun Cat" by Nina Levy.

Mewsings, June 14, 2018: "A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." - Ernest Hemingway

two cats sleeping

Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized sleeping.

Cat Mewvie: Bathing the bobcat.


death meets a cat.

Today's Kitty Komic

the well-fed cat art

Feline Art: "The Well-Fed Cat" by Edward Bawden.

Mewsings, June 15, 2018: "If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." - Mark Twain

upside down cat head

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Welcome to Australia!"

Cat Mewvie: Munchkin kitten ball.


cat in piano comic

Today's Kitty Komic

black cat painting

Feline Art: "Princess Monster Truck" by Kahla.

cat statues

300 cats used in Denver outdoor art exhibit.
By Allison Sylte

If you find yourself walking through an alley off Larimer Square in the coming days, you might feel like you’re being watched.

But no … it’s nothing nefarious. Unless 300 decorative cats in various poses hidden around Denver architecture makes you uncomfortable. Then you might just want to click on a different story on (obviously) and save yourself some potential decorative cat-induced trauma.

For what it’s worth, Kelly Monico, the artist responsible, said she’s cool with any reaction.

“I hope people see this and are curious, and for the cat lovers, I think this is right in their alley,” Monico said. “For the non-cat lovers … I think any type of emotion is a good thing.”

The cat installation is part of the “Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleys Project” from the Downtown Denver Partnership and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

The goal is to bring art to alleys; areas that aren’t typically particularly inviting.

One thing sort of synonymous with alleys? Cats. And that’s why Monico, who is also a professor at Metro State University, is placing the cats all over an alley from 14th to 15th Streets between Larimer and Market Streets.

“There’s about 300 cats that are interacting with one another and interacting with the environment, and the idea is that it’s sort of an Easter egg,” Monico said. “If somebody sees one, you start to look and it leads your eye to another and there’s more and more cats.”

Seriously though … there are a lot of cats, and Monico put them in places that complement the buildings in the alley. For what it’s worth, she said she got them from different manufacturers, including ones in China.

“I think that successful art not only is appealing visually and conceptually but also if you can make people a little uncomfortable, that’s a great piece of artwork,” Monico said.

So, how good are you at spotting cats in an alley? Give it a try below – look for cats, and slide over to see if you found them all!"


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