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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 22-26, 2019.

Mewsings, April 22, 2019: "Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort." - Paul Corey

white cat with tilted head

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Summer? Where are my testicles?"

Cat Mewvie: "I'm not ALL thumbs but they're a large percentage, yes."


cat barf comic

Today's Kitty Komic

hellcat art

Feline Art: "Hellcat" by Shirin Rafie Jikko.

prehistoric cat

Scientists find a giant cat... in a drawer.
by David Grossman

Larger than a tiger, lion, or polar bear with a skull comparable with a rhinoceros, this ancient predator cat, known as Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, wasn't discovered in the field—but in a long-neglected museum drawer.

Paleontologists Nancy Stevens and Matthew Borths at Ohio University discovered the new species of large meat-eating mammal, at the National Museums of Kenya. They had been previously excavated within the country, and were "not given a great deal of attention," according to a press release from Ohio University.

"Opening a museum drawer, we saw a row of gigantic meat-eating teeth, clearly belonging to a species new to science," says study lead author Borths in the press statement.

"The most striking feature of Simbakubwa is the size of the specimen," their study reads. "Based on its massive dentition, the animal was significantly larger than any modern African terrestrial carnivore." Dentition refers to the development of teeth, a key element of studying ancient fossils.

Using known methods of extrapolating body mass from teeth, scientists estimate that the big cat weighed approximately 1,308 kilograms, or an astonishing 2,888 pounds. For comparison, modern adult lions and tigers weigh approximately 180 kg, or 400 pounds.
giant cat mandibles jaw teeth lion

The Simbakubwa was part of an extinct group of mammals called hyaenodonts, which were apex predators in Africa for 45 million years after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs.

As in any ecosystem, apex predators had a crucial role in the era known to paleontologists as the Oligocene, a period of global transition between the world of the dinosaurs, which had been destroyed an annihilation event, and the modern ecosystems known today. On the African continent, the Simbakubwa would prevent any herbivore species, including the earliest primates, from dominating the landscape.

While hyaenodonts lived in various environments across the globe, they went extinct between 15 to 18 millions ago. Scientists are still unsure of the precise reasons, but their extinction came at a further moment of change, when their forests began a transformation into grasslands. Big predator cats can still be found in grasslands today, though they remain threatened by yet another moment of changing climate.

" We don't know exactly what drove hyaenodonts to extinction, but ecosystems were changing quickly as the global climate became drier," says Borths. "The gigantic relatives of Simbakubwa were among the last hyaenodonts on the planet."

" This is a pivotal fossil, demonstrating the significance of museum collections for understanding evolutionary history," says Stevens, a co-author of the study. "Simbakubwa is a window into a bygone era. As ecosystems shifted, a key predator disappeared, heralding Cenozoic faunal transitions that eventually led to the evolution of the modern African fauna."

Mewsings, April 23, 2019: "You can tell your cat anything and he'll still love you. If you lose your job or your best friend, your cat will think no less of you." - Helen Powers

winking cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "How YOU doin'?"

Cat Mewvie: Nybble, the robot kitten.


cat in window comic

Today's Kitty Komic

blue-eyed cat watercolor

Feline Art: "Blue-Eyed Cat", artist unknown.

Mewsings, April 24, 2019: "Cats are much like they were when they were first domesticated. They are very independent because they had to be to survive." - Dr. Raymond Hampton

Gus the cat

This is Gus. We found her and her sister in a muddy bog under a bush five years ago, both crying for a mama who never returned. Countless bottle-feedings later and both kittens grew to be the sweetest cats in the known universe.

Today Gus died of a rare blood disease and our hearts are broken, but we take solace in knowing that, while she was here, she lived the best five years a cat could ever hope for.

Run free, little lady.

Cat Mewvie: The Garden Guardians.


rainbow birdge comic

Today's Kitty Komic

latte cat art

Feline Art: Latte Catte.

Mewsings, April 25, 2019: "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." - James Herriot

cat with large portrait

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'll be your fuzzy little ball of fun tomorrow, okay?"

Cat Mewvie: Maru on the swing.


dating picture cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

blue cat art painting

Feline Art: "Blue Cat" by Seamus Wray.

Mewsings, April 26, 2019: "A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings." - William Ralph Inge

cat photobombing

Gratuitous Kittiness: "He's doing that photobomb thing again, isn't he?"

Cat Mewvie: "Play it again, Sam. And again, and again, and again..."


bagpie cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

felt cat portrait

Feline Art: Felt cat portrait.

cat skritch under chin

Treat your cat with care.... and caution.
by Gerald Deas

This column is dedicated to my family’s loved and late cat, Mittens. Born with deformed front feet that resembled mittens, this cat was calm, cool and knew exactly who she was in relationship to our family and universe.

The English author, Oliver Herford (1863-1935), wrote, “A cat is a pigmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs and patronizes human beings.” (And though Benjamin Franklin defined a cat as an animal in gloves that catches no mice, Mittens successfully kept our house mouse free.) Bidpai, a 4th century author of Indian folk fables, wrote, “It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives instead of one.”

In a musical that I wrote, “Paper Bird,” a cat sings a song which states, “Even a cat became somebody. She has been a friend to everybody, because she has nine lives. She can deal with all the races, because she doesn’t take anybodies jive.”

I love cats. I loved the musical “Cats.” I used to feed and give water to stray cats. I also prescribed cats as pets to lengthen the lives of patients of mine who lived alone. Cats are comforting and a great tranquilizer to troubled souls. Although they like to be petted, cats also reserve the luxury of petting you. Still, living with them can present some medical problems. I can recall one of my patients who lived with cats complaining of skin rashes and severe itching from fleabites. I would strongly suggest not letting cats lay on one’s bed or sit on padded furniture.

If you suspect fleas, give the animal a good bath and dusting with an anti-flea chemical outside of the home, or let it wear a flea collar. Make sure you vacuum rugs frequently. It has been reported that fleas hate the smell of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Taking an ample amount of this vitamin can ward off fleas and prevent bites. It has also been reported that putting a couple of brewer’s yeast tablets in cat food can help in preventing fleas on your pet.

If you have a playful cat or maybe a cat that doesn’t like to be bothered, you may become the victim of a cat bite. A cat’s mouth is full of bacteria, and a bite can lead to a serious infection resulting in an abscess and cellulites (skin infection). A course of oral penicillin is usually the answer for this type of infection, but remember, don’t take penicillin unless your doctor prescribes it.

I can recall a patient who came to my office complaining of a group of large nodes under her left armpit. Further patient history revealed that she had been scratched by her playful cat. She also related that soon after the scratch and swelling, she experienced chills, fever and muscular pains. A skin test for cat-scratch fever was positive. This condition is limited in nature and usually does not require an antibiotic.

Pregnant women should be warned to wash their hands thoroughly after handling the cat’s litter box. A parasite found in cat feces can cause the disease toxoplasmosis, which can cause a miscarriage or birth defects. Beware also of walking barefooted in areas where cat feces is abundant. Hookworm infestation may be the result.

So, my advice to all of you cat lovers: Be good to your cats but realize they must be cared for with caution.


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