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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 29 - May 3, 2019.

Mewsings, April 29, 2019: "Cats come and go without ever leaving." - Martha Curtis

cat in bath tub

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "You missed a spot."

Cat Mewvie: "Take a hint, little doggy."


petting cat  comic

Today's Kitty Komic

ink drawing cat

Feline Art: "Inked Cat", artist unknown.

siamese cat and baby

Rescued cat goes full cuddlebug.
by Jocelyn Neo

When a cat was rescued from the streets in Canada and taken to a sanctuary, it was terrified of everyone, especially men. However, after a day of hiding, it suddenly changed, much to the surprise of the sanctuary’s owners.

A Siamese cat was struggling to survive on the streets of Kingston, Ontario, when a local rescued her and took her to a vet, where it was discovered that her pelvis was broken.

After the cat got checked, the vet asked Carla Reilly Moore, co-owner of Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, if she would take the cat in. Moore normally does not accept domestic animals but found herself saying yes.Once at the sanctuary, it was clear to her and her husband that the cat had a rough start in life. It also walked with a “really strange limp.”

“It could’ve been a car, or she could’ve been kicked, we just don’t know,” Moore said. “She’s been suffering by herself, alone in the streets for two weeks without any pain medication.”

Moreover, the cat “was very frightened, and cowered in the corner of her crate,” she recalled.
They decided to leave the cat, later named Sapphire, alone for a while. However, the situation didn’t improve. Sapphire refused to be near anyone, especially adult men.

“When she came to peek out she ran back under whenever my husband was near,” Moore said.Instead of enjoying the freedom of roaming around, Sapphire hid under the bed and didn’t come out for an entire day. Little did the Moore family know that Sapphire was about to change.

“Out of the blue she hopped up on our bed, quite awkwardly due to her pelvis, and went straight to my husband,” Moore shared.

In the days that followed, Sapphire also cuddled up to Moore and the couple’s newborn daughter, Mary. Sapphire even started protecting and snuggling up to the baby every day.
Initially, she would just sit down nearby the baby.

“She would keep her distance but keep a watchful eye on her,” Moore said.“We noticed very quickly that Sapphire seemed to start protecting the baby,” she said.

“We’ve never seen a cat do this before,” Moore said. “Their bond grew faster and faster. It was really unbelievable!”Moore also recalled that the cat also “started to wrap her arms around the baby.”

Sapphire has grown so fond of the baby that when she doesn’t see little Mary around, she calls out to her and looks for her.It was heartwarming for Moore to see Sapphire changing.

“One of the greatest feelings is when you watch an animal get past the pain and move forward,” Moore said. “It’s a very special moment. It’s a moment where they take a chance on the humans in their life.”

Moore concluded that “Some may say this kitty needed us—that she was drawn to us because we were able to help her … But we say we needed her. We didn’t know we needed her, but we really did.”

Mewsings, April 30, 2019: "One of the hardest things to do is stop petting a purring cat." - CilTheBard

cat eyeball close-up

Gratuitous Kittiness: Into the void.

Cat Mewvie: (I'm a sucker for Maru videos.)


cat tolerate people comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat silhouette art

Feline Art: "Lumen" by i,thirteen.

Mewsings, May 1, 2019: "The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away." - E. W. Howe

Gus the cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Somewhere in Istanbul.

Cat Mewvie: An animated history of cats.


cats and aliens comic

Today's Kitty Komic

latte cat art

Feline Art: "Cat Jockey" by Johanna Breuch

Mewsings, May 2, 2019: "Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as much as he likes?"
- Fernand Merye

giant tabby cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Even this big boy is someone's baby.

Cat Mewvie: Everything but walk on it.


cats room comic

Today's Kitty Komic

pyschedelic lynx art

Feline Art: "Untitled" by L3NA.

Mewsings, May 3, 2019: "A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude." - Jules Champfleury

clowder of kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: Sometimes you just NEED a clowder of kittens.

Cat Mewvie: Training cats for the movies.


bagpie cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with bird art

Feline Art: "Cat Wit Bird" by Bruno Liljefors.

vet with cat and dog

Questions you should ask your vet.
by Kaitlyn Wells

Whether you’re a lifelong pet owner or a first-time adopter, a trip to a rowdy and crowded vet’s office can be a frazzling experience. I was once so distracted by my dog Sutton’s incessant licking of her lips, an indicator of stress, that I forgot all about my mental checklist of questions until after the appointment ended.

If your attention is easily diverted by your pet’s antics or you get nervous around doctors, make a plan. To ensure history doesn’t repeat itself, I now save my questions, along with my pet’s medical history and dietary notes or troubling symptoms, to my phone ahead of every visit.

Dr. Leni Kaplan, a clinician and lecturer with Cornell’s Small Animal Community Practice, said in an email interview that owners shouldn’t feel embarrassed by coming in with a list of questions. “Veterinarians have pets, too, and have often faced the exact challenges our clients face,” she said. “The more questions we can answer, the more successful owners and veterinarians will be in delivering the best care possible.” Here’s what both novice and experienced pet owners should always ask their vet at their next wellness exam.

What should I be feeding my pet?

Browsing the scores of pet food options on a store’s shelves — each one enticing you with images of real ingredients and happy-go-lucky pets, and labeled with marketing buzzwords such as “handcrafted” or “grain-free” — can be overwhelming. Your vet can steer you toward the food that’s ideal for your pet’s age, breed, size and activity level.

“Veterinarians can and should offer advice on feeding, not the high school kid at the food store,” said Dr. Karen Louis, a veterinarian and owner of Metro East Vet in Belleville, Illinois. “Some pet food companies have hired marketing teams that are positively brilliant at confusing pet owners.”

How’s my pet’s weight?

My dog Sutton’s four-legged sister is a fluffy Maine-coon mix named Tanzie. For a time I attributed Tanzie’s robust appearance to her thick coat — until the day a friend called her “fat.” Even though I couldn’t see the chonk, my vet later confirmed my cat was indeed overweight.

“It can be difficult to assess a pet’s weight if they are fluffy and even harder to notice changes in weight when we see our pets every day,” said Dr. Karen Fine, a veterinarian with Central Animal Hospital in Leominster, Massachusetts.

No kidding. A 2018 clinical survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reported that 55.8 percent of dogs and 59.5 percent of cats are overweight or obese. Among all pet owners surveyed, 68 percent said they wanted their vet to recommend a routine or maintenance diet for their pet.

Dr. Fine added that weight gain can put pets at risk for diabetes and heart disease (not to mention shorten their lifespans, according to a study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine). Being underweight, in contrast, may point to a parasitic infection or chronic illness. So ask your vet about what the changes in your pet’s weight mean and, if necessary, the best way to get things back on track.

How much exercise do they need?

Exercise helps people bond with their pets, aids in the pets’ weight loss and curbs behavioral issues such as furniture scratching or trash rummaging. Although all pets need daily exercise, professionals agree the amount varies by a pet’s age, breed and medical history.

Puppies that get short bursts of energy throughout the day, known as “the zoomies,” need several daily play sessions or short walks to tucker them out, which is safer than one long session on their growing bodies. Samantha Aline Pierre, a licensed veterinary technician with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, said that “large breed dogs, living in the city, should be walked two to three times a day” in addition to engaging in regular play. But sedentary adult dogs such as Chihuahuas and Great Danes may need less physical and mental stimulation. And short-nosed dogs such as bulldogs have respiratory issues that make exercise difficult.

Most indoor cats need about 30 minutes of play a day, divided into two sessions. Pierre favors cat-sized hamster wheels, although any exercise tool will do. Fishing-pole toys with feathers, crinkle balls and puzzle feeders should do the trick if your cat isn’t trained to leash-walk.

A veterinarian can offer an exercise regimen appropriate for your pet, as well as warning signs of overexertion so you know when it’s time for a cool-down. They may also refer you to an accredited animal behaviorist or trainer for further insights into your pet’s ideal activity level and how to manage behavioral issues.

How do their teeth and gums look?

Pets are adept at hiding their pain, so some owners may overlook dental care until symptoms become unavoidable. Stinky breath, rotting teeth or loss of appetite can mean periodontal disease, or worse, an infection in the heart, known as endocarditis. Your pet’s doctor will check for early signs of infection at an annual wellness exam and propose a revised treatment plan.

“Similar to people, dogs and cats develop periodontal disease if their teeth are not brushed daily and oral health is not maintained,” Dr. Kaplan said.

Can you explain my bill?

Pet owners trust professionals to guide them on what’s needed to keep pets happy and healthy. Yet the recommendations aren’t always affordable. Last year the American Pet Products Association reported that the average routine vet visit cost $182 for cats and $257 for dogs — and that surgical visits cost almost double.

The best veterinary clinics are up front about the costs of treatments they recommend as well as the associated benefits and risks. If the quoted fees turn your face pale, tell your vet about your budget so you can agree on a cost-effective treatment plan that won’t compromise your pet’s well-being. If you have pet insurance that you’d like to use to offset some of the costs, keep in mind you’ll need a detailed receipt to submit to your plan for reimbursement — only a few insurers link up with clinics directly to share billing and payment info.

“Veterinarians are trained to offer the best, but not every owner can afford the ‘Cadillac treatment,’” Dr. Louis said. “If something doesn’t make sense on the estimate, ask. Many times the ‘Honda Civic treatment’ works fine.”


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