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Infinite Cat Project Archives for February 18-22, 2019.


Mewsings, February 18, 2019: "Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly." - Andre Norton


one-eyed cat looking at tattoo

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Hey! That guy almost looks familiar."





Cat Mewvie: "Just fluffing the old pillow."

 

cat under sheets comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat with rose and girl

Feline Art: "Take Me Home", by Catzz


black cat long hair yellow eyes

My cat, Miles.
by Hannah Jane Parkinson

I have a cat. He is called Miles. He is a rescue cat who languished in his cage because he was extremely shy and therefore no visitors bonded enough with him to give him a chance. Eventually I took him home, with a “pet pack” I bought from the cattery. This included a “food scoop”, which was, in fact, just a plastic shot glass. Miles arrived in my flat and bolted under the desk and didn’t come out for days. Then, in the dead of night, he bolted under the cooker, and didn’t come out for… weeks.

Months later, Miles loves me. He does not love or trust anybody else, and still responds to the front door unlocking the same way he would to a firework. But I am allowed to pet him. He adores being petted. He does not like being groomed, which is a problem, because he has a Shakespearean ruff and furry britches. His fur knots like a cat’s cradle. He likes petting, which has no practical purpose except his own comfort and pleasure.

That comfort and pleasure is as much mine as it is his. I like to rub his ears between my thumb and forefinger, as though it is a swatch of material I am considering for a reupholstery project. He likes it, too. I like pressing the little jellybean pads on the underside of his paws, cold to the touch after he trots in. He likes it, too. I like scratching under his chin, his purr vibrating against my fingers. He likes it, too.The sounds of sports are music to my ears

There’s a spot on his back that if scratched causes him to fall to the floor and roll over sideways, the kind of move an eccentric drama teacher would dream up. Sometimes I hold him like a baby, and his big, gold eyes stare into mine, mildly pissed off. (Miles is a jet-black, long-haired cat. He strongly resembles an owl, facially.)

Everyone knows the joy of pets; otherwise we would not share our homes with these animals that brazenly claw at our favourite clothes, or tear through furniture, or poo up walls or whatever mischief they get up to from one day to the next. The ubiquity of emotional support animals has now tipped into peacocks-on-planes absurdity, but owning pets, and stroking and cuddling them, have health benefits.

One 2017 Swedish study even found that the risk of heart attack was 11% lower in pet owners. Puppies have been introduced to relax finals students at universities. Cats are said to gravitate towards dying patients in care homes, to comfort them in their final hours. And without a doubt, burying my face in Miles’s hot belly is just as effective as benzodiazepines. It’s also possibly more addictive.







Mewsings, February 19, 2019: "People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around."
- Susan Easterlyn



cat looks like loaf of bread

Gratuitous Kittiness: I don't think that's bread.





Cat Mewvie: Auto-tuning the cat

 

too many cats on the couch comic

Today's Kitty Komic


girl and cat art

Feline Art: "White Cat" by Petrova Clementine.




Mewsings, February 20, 2019: "The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical." - William S. Burroughs


surprised cat in supply box

Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's not what you think!"





Cat Mewvie: "Kitbull" by Pixar Sparkshorts

 

cat labeling stuff comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat dream art

Feline Art: "Velvet Cat's Dreamworld" by RCSR.





Mewsings, February 21, 2019: "Is it yet another survival of jungle instinct, this hiding away from prying eyes at important times? Or merely a gesture of independence, a challenge to man and his stupid ways?"
- Michael Joseph



twisted cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Everybody twist!"




Cat Mewvie: Touching the kitty.

 

cat mouse lovers comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat crying painting

Feline Art: "Cats Car" by Danial Ryan.




Mewsings, February 22, 2019: "Homeowner has the word 'meow' in it." - AkivaEh


Cat and dog cuddling

Gratuitous Kittiness: "OH, NO! MY CAT! AND MY BEST FRIEND!"




Cat Mewvie: One meow per kiss. That's the rule.

 

people think they're cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

siamese cat watercolor

Feline Art: "Siamese Cat" by Julia Ockert.



cat eating ice cream

Frozen cat treats? In Winter?
by Mary Jo Dilonardo

(Yes, it's winter, but kitties like variety.)

If your cat stares at you when you're eating ice cream, it can be tempting to share your tasty snack. But milk-based products can have some pretty unpleasant side effects for your feline friend. Cats don't have enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose in dairy products, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A little ice cream might cause your cat to vomit or have diarrhea.

But there are much safer options that will keep your cat purring and free from nasty issues. They have the added benefit of helping to keep your pet hydrated. Because cats can be quirky about drinking water, they often don't get enough liquid, which can lead to urinary tract problems down the road.

Here are several frozen treats to keep your cat refreshed and hydrated all year long.

Ice Cube Surprises

Zookeepers often use ice cubes as enrichment for big cats. They freeze big blocks of ice with tasty surprises inside like chunks of meat or even fruit. You can skip the slabs of raw meat and think smaller. For your cat, use ice cube trays or cups and toss in tiny pieces of tuna or kibble. To entice your cat to keep licking, you may want to drizzle in a little tuna water or gravy, suggests Animal Planet.

Food-sicles

Take your cat's wet food and mix in a few pieces of dry kibble. Shape the mixture in small mounds on a cookie sheet and freeze. Your kitty will love licking her way through the tasty meal and finding crunchy surprise bits. You can feed your cat her normal portion this way or stagger it out in smaller amounts throughout the day.

To get the benefit of more liquid, add the wet food to a blender with a little additional water, then freeze in ice cube trays or cups.

Buy special cat milk at your favorite pet store. (This isn't kitten milk, but a milk-like drink for adult cats. Brands include Cat-Sip and CatSure.) Pour the milk into a plastic sandwich bag, then add half a can of wet cat food. Seal that bag tightly and add a second bag. Then put it in a gallon bag with lots of ice and some kosher or rock salt. Roll around the bag for about 15 minutes. Hattie's Blog has step-by-step instructions with the result being some delicious (for your cat) homemade kitty ice cream.

Frozen Banana Bites

Some cats are a little persnickety and might not like fruit, but for those who have daring palates, try these refreshing treats. Just puree some bananas and pour them into ice cube trays. Add a little crunch, if you'd like, by tossing in a few pieces of kibble.

Put any one of these special treats on a saucer and let your furry friend enjoy something tasty. You can have your own ice cream in peace while knowing your cat is getting a healthy, feline-friendly snack..




 




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