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Infinite Cat Project Archives for November 12-16, 2018.

Mewsings, November 12, 2018: "No one shall deny me my own conclusions, nor my cat her reflective purr."
- Irving Townsend

kitten with toothbrush

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Remember, purr twice daily and see your vet twice yearly."

Cat Mewvie: "3... 2... 1... BLAST-OFF!"


cat boating comic

Today's Kitty Komic

magical cat girl art

Feline Art: "Lil Bub and T800" by Nina Levy

freddie mercury and his cat

Freddie Mercury... cat lover.
by Julie Miller

Freddie Mercury loved music, flamboyant fashion, Liza Minnelli, and as the new Bohemian Rhapsody biopic attests, his cats. Though the Rami Malek film does not get into many specifics—there are only so many feline cutaways director Bryan Singer could presumably fit into the approximately two-hour run time—it teases how deeply Mercury felt about his furry friends, showing the singer-songwriter allotting each cat a separate bedroom in his London mansion. But Mercury’s real-life devotion to his cats ran even deeper.

Mercury’s girlfriend and great love Mary Austin reportedly first introduced the Queen front man to felines in the 70s, by purchasing a pair of cats—Tom and Jerry—for the couple’s home. While Mercury toured with Queen, Austin cared for the animals, and Mercury would call often to check in. According to Mercury’s personal assistant Peter Freestone, “He’d get to a hotel, we’d dial through, and he really would talk to his cats.” Writing in his memoir, Freddie Mercury, Freestone explained, “Mary would hold Tom and Jerry in turn up to the receiver to listen to Freddie talking. This continued throughout the years with succeeding feline occupants of his houses.”

Eventually, Mercury hosted a total of 10 cats—the rest named Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo. “His cats were his family,” wrote Freestone, adding that Mercury made sure each cat had his or her own Christmas stocking filled with treats and toys.

“Freddie treated the cats like his own children,” explained Jim Hutton, Mercury’s boyfriend of seven years, in his memoir Mercury and Me. “He would constantly fuss over them, and if any of them came to any harm when Freddie was away, heaven help us. During the day the cats had the run of the house and grounds, and at night one of us would round them up and bring them inside.”

Hutton recalled one alarming incident when Goliath disappeared from the property. “Freddie became frantic, and in deep despair he hurled a beautiful Japanese hibachi [grill] through the window of the guest bedroom.” When Goliath was found, “Freddie was over the moon. . . . For five minutes or more he pored his attention on the kitten, cuddling and stroking him. Then, like a mother, Freddie scolded the cat, shouting and screaming at tiny Goliath for leaving Garden Lodge. The dark ball of fur just sat there, listening calmly to Freddie’s outburst and purring loudly.”In 1985, Mercury took his devotion to his cats to a new level—dedicating his solo album Mr. Bad Guy “to my cat Jerry—also Tom, Oscar, and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe—screw everybody else!” Jacky Smith, the longtime director of the Official Queen Fan Club, claimed that Mercury’s fans would send him toys for the already spoiled animals, explaining, “They did get ordinary cat food at times, but mostly it was fresh chicken and fish prepared for them.” Photos of his beloved animals would also appear in her Queen newsletters.

Though he seemed to love all cats, Mercury did play favorites. Hutton described Delilah as being “the little princess” of their home—“the one he’d pick up and stroke the most often. . . . She’d sleep at the foot of the bed, before slipping out for a nighttime prowl.” While in ill health, Mercury penned a song named for his preferred animal. The lyrics read, “You make me smile when I’m just about to cry / You bring me hope, you make me laugh—and I like it / You get away with murder, so innocent / But when you throw a moody you’re all claws and you bite / That’s alright!” Though his Queen bandmates did not like the song—Roger Taylor later admitted, “I hate ‘Delilah.’ That’s just not me.”—they acquiesced, agreeing to put the track on Innuendo, the last Queen album released while Mercury was alive. According to Rolling Stone, May even “utilized a much-loathed ‘talk box’ effect to make cat noises with his guitar.” Later, he recalled the moment of collaborative defeat in an interview with Guitar World: “Well, I suppose there’s no other way I can make ‘meow’ noises.”

“Delilah” was not Mercury’s only cat tribute on Innuendo—the singer-songwriter posed for the album cover with a cat sitting on each of his shoulders, and another on the top of his head. And when Queen recorded the music video for the Innuendo track “These Are the Days of Our Lives,” Mercury did so wearing a vest custom-made for him and adorned with images of each of his cats.

Delilah provided Mercury with love and attention in his final months. Per Rolling Stone, “Mercury spent hours with watercolors trying to paint a portrait of the tortoiseshell Delilah—and when he was dying in 1991, one of his final actions was stroking her fur.”

In one of his final interviews, Mercury told journalist David Wigg that he had included in his will Austin and his cats—his greatest loves, revealing “I’m leaving it all to Mary and the cats.”

Mewsings, November 13, 2018: "A cat's behavior is a direct reflection of his feelings." - Carole Wilbourn

laughing cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "What's so funny?"

Cat Mewvie: Adventures of a pole-cat.


crazy cat lady comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat tears art

Feline Art: "Cattears" by Danial Ryan.

Mewsings, November 14, 2018: "A cat doesn't 'roll' well with a change of someone else's making."
- Carole Wilbourn

happy face cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Mister Happy Face.

Cat Mewvie: That's one weird-looking cat. (Warning: NSFW)


cat abuses credit card comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on pier art

Feline Art: "Lumen the Siberian" by Inkaholic.

Mewsings, November 15, 2018: "Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion."
- F.A. Paradis de Moncrif

kitten peeking over edge of bed

Gratuitous Kittiness: That look.

Cat Mewvie: I think kitty may need a lozenge.


cat on lap comic

Today's Kitty Komic

watercolor cat galaxy

Feline Art: "Galaxy Cat" by Julie Lockert.

Mewsings, November 16, 2018: "Cats have intercepted my footsteps at the ankle for so long that my gait, both at home and on tour, has been compared to that of a man wading through low surf." - Roy Blount, Jr.

three kittens making heart shape

Gratuitous Kittiness: The shape of love.

Cat Mewvie: We ALL want one.


playing with cats in boxes

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on radiator art

Feline Art: "Radiator Cat" by Maria Chepeleva.

cat on cop shoulders

NOT going to the dogs.

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (WNCN/CNN) - A North Carolina police lieutenant has quite the partner.
Meet Officer Mercy Meow.

"It's not many places you get to come to work with one of your good friends," said Lt. Andy Simmons of the Hillsborough Police Department.

Simmons met Mercy only a few months ago.

"They found three cats that had previously been on Facebook Marketplace that somebody tried to get to use for bait for dog fighting," Simmons said.

Simmons knew it was meant to be. He adopted Mercy and then brought her to work.

"I wouldn't say it started as an official plan if you ask chief," Simmons said.

So, what does a lieutenant and his officer cat do on the job?

"People will say that we're co-dependent at this point," he said.

Anywhere you find Simmons you always find Mercy not too far away.

But with the two together, the hope is that they can make a bigger and better impact.

“Her overall purpose is to make people smile, have a good time, hang out,” he said. “She’ll use officers for jungle gym. She’ll climb up, sit on their shoulders. (She) greets everybody, I mean we’ll stop in here to pat her.”

Lt. Simmons says once Mercy retires, she’ll spend her days with his family at home.


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