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Infinite Cat Project Archives for February 11-15, 2019.

Mewsings, February 11, 2019: "Cats do care. For example they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off." - Michael Nelson

black cat dragging fish

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: A most exotic blep.

Cat Mewvie: It's Towel Week On the ICP, Part One.


cat gives dog chocolates comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat study art

Feline Art: "Cat Study", by Reddit user BlueJTattoo

cat in suitcase

Will my cat hate me if I go on vacation?
by Nick Greene

Dear Cat Guru;

Last year, my roommate and I adopted a cat that we have grown to love very much. Last weekend was his first weekend without either of us at home, as we were both on trips. We hired a cat sitter and she was great, but she told us that our cat hid from her the entire time. I think he was very lonely while I was gone, and my heart shatters when I think about how he didn’t have anyone pet or cuddle him for a full weekend. His other mom and I are both leaving on a six-day vacation soon, and I feel terrible. He has plenty of toys, and we’ve asked the sitter (the same one) to please pet and brush him if he comes out of hiding this time, but I wish there was something more I can do. How can I make sure my cat isn’t traumatized by spending the week alone? Also, am I insane?
— Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Dear Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow,

Adopt a pet, and the most common bit of advice you’ll hear is, “It’s a lot of work.” This is true and important, as are any warnings about the financial burden associated with caring for a dog or cat. (Not to mention tropical fish. Please, I implore you: Look up the costs of maintaining a saltwater aquarium before bringing a clownfish into your home.) Practical as these caveats may be, they don’t prepare you for one of the most difficult things about having a pet: overcoming your own attachment.

Experiencing anxiety about your pet is part of the gig. Most of us do it. I still feel a pang of compunction when I run errands and leave my dog at home, even though I know I’m doing her a favor because she hates errands. David Lynch admits that he used to worry about his Jack Russell, Sparky, so much that it’s prevented him from adopting another animal. You know pet separation is tough when the master of visceral terror can’t deal with it, but this is the price we pay for bonding with compassionate furballs.

Your cat won’t be traumatized after spending six days with a sitter. (Were you to leave him totally alone and with a pile of food, then that could cause some problems. Always have someone look after him.) This strange human may take some adjusting to, but the cat can do this on his own terms. What’s important is that he is in his familiar digs and has someone to provide him with everything he needs. If anything, you deserve his pity, not the other way around—he isn’t the one who waiting in never-ending TSA lines.

Emotionally, a cat might miss its human when she’s gone, but he has more basic needs to worry about. With the sitter, these will be met, so there’s no use in overthinking the situation for him. He’s part of a species that set its own terms for domestication—you’re likely underestimating him.
You’ve taken the right steps ahead of your trip, so all that’s left is to manage your own anxieties. Easier said than done, I know, but at least allow yourself the relief you’ve earned by being a responsible cat parent. There are bound to be plenty of other, more immediate things to worry about while on vacation, and you’ll be able to tell your cat all about them when you return home. .

Mewsings, February 12, 2019: "You may own a cat, but cannot govern one." - Kate Sanborn

cat with hearts and bowtie

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hi, there. Are you busy for the rest of my life?"

Cat Mewvie: It's Towel Week On the ICP, Part Two  - "How to make a towel cat."


cat napping comic

Today's Kitty Komic

orange cat painting study

Feline Art: "Cat Study" by Reddit user Donmcg.

Mewsings, February 13, 2019: "It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see."
- Eleanor Farjeon

cat snow mountains

Gratuitous Kittiness: "If we hurry we can make the peak by noon."

Cat Mewvie: It's Towel Week On the ICP, Part Three  - "The Human Perch."


cat loves affection comic

Today's Kitty Komic

prpeare to die cat art

Feline Art: "Stabbycat" by Bresuschrist.

Mewsings, February 14, 2019: "What greater gift than the love of a cat?" - Charles Dickens

alert cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Love.... is a kitty.

Cat Mewvie: It's Towel Week on the ICP, Part Four  - "@#$% these towels!"


cat candy heart comic

Today's Kitty Komic

two white cats art

Feline Art: "Tenderness" by Elena Ekaterinburg.

Mewsings, February 15, 2019: "People that don't like cats haven't met the right one yet."
- Deborah A. Edwards, D.V.M.

lions tigers cats stretching

Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats is cats.

Cat Mewvie: It's Towel Week on the ICP, Part Five  - "How to towel-wrap a cat."


cat avoids hand comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat and robot in space art

Feline Art: "When the Cat is Hungry" by Henry Blount.

three barn kittens

The time my hubby killed a barn to save a kitten.
by Jennifer Shike

Yes, he did. But I’ll get to that in a minute. To truly appreciate my husband’s heroic act, I need to take you back in time a few years (OK, maybe 20). In college, my husband, Dan, and I were in a literature class. Our assignment was to write a persuasive paper. We knew our professor loved cats. Dan, on the other hand, did not. But he chose to write a paper on why cats were truly man’s best friend. The professor loved it and it goes down as one of our favorite stories to laugh about when we remember our college days.

Fast forward to 2017. Our son had been begging to get a dog for years. Dan and I both had dogs growing up and hope we do get a dog someday. However, due to our family’s travel schedule, we decided a dog would not be very happy with its owners gone all the time.

Now a cat? Well, that’s a different story. After many attempts to persuade us into buying a dog, including a ploy to get a baby brother if he couldn’t get a dog, we finally agreed to start up our own herd of barn cats.

On Christmas Day 2017, Honey entered our lives. She is an amazing cat. She is one of the best mousers I’ve ever seen and guards our barn very seriously. She follows our son around like a dog would and has done her best to compensate for her species type. She even blessed us with three beautiful babies last fall. Hunter takes his role as barn cat herdsman seriously and manages a daily check or two of everyone’s status.

Two nights ago, Dan heard the most horrible yowling ever when he was doing chores. After a quick inventory of the crew and some searching, he realized that the fattest and least tame of Honey’s kittens, Tigger, was stuck in the wall of our barn.

He determined that although there was a path out of Tigger’s predicament, the poor cat was just too scared to figure it out. So he employed Honey to help and opened up the barn for the night, hoping she could coerce Tigger to come out. However, that plan didn’t work.
When the guys got home from wrestling practice last evening, they popped into the house quick to announce they were going to tear the barn apart because Tigger was still stuck and it didn’t look good for the cat.

After quite a while of troubleshooting and exploring the situation, Dan discovered that the cat had climbed her way to the top of the barn between the wooden posts located in between the two sheets of aluminum siding.

Two hours later, my sweet husband walked back into the house and explained that the problem was solved, but the barn may need some fixing. In order to save the cat, he had to pull the aluminum off the barn in a few spots, climb up the beams and basically knock the kitten down so she could find the new hole to escape. Tigger was finally free.

I realize this may not sound like every woman’s dream Valentine’s Day gift, but for me, there isn’t anything better. The cat is saved. My children are ecstatic. Sure, the barn needs a little work and Dan’s plans for the evening were definitely foiled, but everyone went to sleep with peaceful hearts. I’ll take that over roses any Valentine’s Day.


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