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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 21-25, 2018.


Mewsings, May 21, 2018: "If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr." - Martin Buxbaum


cat in kitchen cabnet

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Because food always tastes better with a little cat hair in it.




Cat Mewvie: Wow!

 

cool cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat funeral art

Feline Art: "Cat Funeral" by Zoey Tu.

cat in litter box

Keep that litter box clean.
by Jessica Booth

If you have a cat, especially more than one of them, then you already know that cleaning their litter box is the biggest downside to owning them. Sure, it's beyond frustrating when they scratch up your favorite chair, and yeah, their food smells pretty awful. But these annoyances don't really compare to getting on your hands and knees and scooping their waste out of a small box, trying to breathe clean air without making yourself gag in the process. It's gross, it smells, and it feels quite unsanitary — but it has to get done, and so, as a cat owner, you suck it up and do it. And if you don't do it often enough? There are some pretty gross things that happen if you don't change a cat's litter box.

You might wonder how long it's safe to go without changing the litter box. However, it's better to get into the habit of cleaning their box regularly, at least twice a week, more if you have several cats. For one thing, if the box doesn't get cleaned regularly, it's going to smell bad. Like, first thing that hits you when you walk in the house kind of bad.

And unfortunately, that's the least of your worries. Not changing the litter box can lead to some serious illnesses, not just for your cat, but for you as well. Check out some of the things that can happen when you let the box go for too long, and I promise it will never happen again.

UTI And Other Bladder Problems

For the most part, cats are very clean animals who like their surroundings to also be clean. If their litter box is full and super dirty, they aren't going to go in there to do their business, even if they really need to. One of two things will happen: they'll go somewhere else, or they'll hold it in until the box is clean. If they do the latter, that can lead to some serious issues, like a UTI, bladder infection, or kidney problems.

For humans, bladder issues are obnoxious, but not too serious. For cats, they're a big deal. When a cat has a small bladder issue, it can very quickly become a bigger issue, like a blockage or failure that could result in the need for surgery and even death.

Overexposure To Ammonia For Humans

A dirty litter box isn't just hazardous to a cat, it can also be bad for you or whoever is cleaning it. One negative thing that can happen is an overexposure to ammonia, which gets produced as urine and feces accumulates. Ammonia is a toxic gas that can lead to mild problems like headaches or nausea, or something more serious, like pneumonia.

Spreading Of Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections can pass through cat feces to humans, one of them being cat scratch fever. It's also known as bartonellosis, and is one of the most recognized zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from animals to humans) associated with cats. This can result in fatigue, headaches, body aches, and a fever.

Parasite Transfer To Humans

Parasites are another icky thing that can be passed onto you from a filthy litter box. The scariest one would be Toxoplasma gondii, which can produce fever-like symptoms and has even been linked to increased suicidal thoughts and tendencies. These parasites can also get into your cat as well, making the animal sick.

Salmonella

Salmonella isn't only transmitted through food - you can get it from dirty litter boxes. E.coli can also be found in there. Don't let it build up!

Fungal Infections

If your cat uses a dirty litter box too much, it can end up contracting fungal infections like ringworm or hookworm. And then, if you're in contact with an infected cat, it can easily pass to you. Avoid that with regular cleaning!

Accidents Around The House

A disease or parasite might be more serious than bathroom accidents, but still: no one enjoys coming home to a puddle of cat pee on their rug (the smell never goes away). Your cat will probably find somewhere else to go to the bathroom, and once they pick a spot, it can be really hard to get them away from it.









Mewsings, May 22, 2018: "Cats always know whether people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it." - Winifred Carriere


cat inside computer

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I've broken through the firewall."




Cat Mewvie: Understanding the Maine coon.

 

lost cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat pencil drawing

Feline Art: "Untitled" by Andy Samarin.




Mewsings, May 23, 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


sleeping black cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Sooooooo shiny.





Cat Mewvie: Meet the caracal.

 

skull in the litter box comic

Today's Kitty Komic

white cat art

Feline Art: "Closer", by Kurukuru.




Mewsings, May 24, 2018: "There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat." - Wesley Bates


cat in bed ball

Gratuitous Kittiness: "No, you can't be TOO comfy."




Cat Mewvie: Rubbish cats.

 

stabby cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

white cat watercolor

Feline Art: "Untitled" by Adriana Ogawa.



Mewsings, May 25, 2018: "The trouble with cats is that they've got no tact." - P. G. Wodehouse


black cat with fangs

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I vant to dreenk your meelk."




Cat Mewvie: Ridin' the Roomba.

 

cats sleep a lot comic

Today's Kitty Komic

purple cat watercolor

Feline Art: "Untitled" by anitia158.


25-year-old cat

25-year-old cat finds a new home.

Laura Cassiday, was searching on Facebook recently, looking at the different animal rescue pages, when she saw Baltimore County Animal Services’ plea for a cat named Thomas.

The 26-year-old feline, then under the care of the Animal Allies Rescue Foundation, had been put up for adoption after his owner fell ill. The geriatric cat, too, had several medical conditions of his own, including severe dental disease, arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and an abnormal liver that may be caused by his hyperthyroid disease. The cat needed out of the shelter immediately but as a rescue, he needed special care.

Cassiday, 27 – surprised that the senior cat was just a year younger than her – said she read the post “three or four times to make sure it wasn’t a typo”, and then she resolved that she would foster Thomas. She picked him up the next day.

“I went and got him and everybody at the shelter was so excited because he had been there for a month,” she said.

“I really wanted to get him out of there. I know the toll that shelters take on animals, especially senior animals,” said Cassiday, who works as an admissions co-ordinator and animal care technician at Maryland SPCA and has fostered dozens of cats over the past few years.

Today, Cassiday has seven cats in her care, but Thomas has undoubtedly gotten the most fanfare, resulting in several articles about him and his old age, and more than 1,000 followers on his Facebook page “The Adventures of Thomas the 26-year-old Cat”.

“All the fame he’s getting is incredible,” she said.

Cassiday said Thomas is getting used to his new home, in which he has his own room. He’s a bit shy, she said, and doesn’t like taking his medicine. It’s likely that he’ll be spending his last days with her.

“We considered putting him up for adoption. At this point, he’s so old. There aren’t many people who would want him,” she said, and taking care of him would be a task.

“His teeth are terrible – some of the worst that my vet has ever seen,” said Cassiday, adding that because Thomas cannot go under anesthesia for surgery, the cat is now on antibiotics to help clear up infections.

Cassiday also noted that Thomas does not have much muscle mass and that her vet found a mass that could be a tumour. With his old age, however, there’s not much they can do.

Cassiday said Thomas will be prescribed the necessary medications to make him more comfortable. Her vet has advised her to “feed him as much as he wants, let him do what he wants”, she said. “I’ve been pretty much letting him live like a king.”

Though Thomas has required more care, the fostering experience overall has been rewarding, Cassiday said, especially knowing that taking in one animal can save two lives. When one animal gets a home, a space is freed up at the shelter for another animal in need.

And though she encourages other pet lovers to “adopt, not shop” for their pets, she challenges them to go one step further.

“Don’t just go there to think you’re going to get a puppy or kitten. Take a chance on a different kind of animal,” said Cassiday, adding that animals that are older and have health issues or are not as gregarious often get overlooked. “Take a chance on fostering. You’re saving a life, and the alternative for the animal is not a good outcome.”





 




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