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Infinite Cat Project Archives for February 4-8, 2019.

Mewsings, February 4, 2019: "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph Wood Crutch

black cat dragging fish

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: CATch of the day.

Cat Mewvie: "Get the drone!"


cat gives dog chocolates comic

Today's Kitty Komic

skeleton loving on cats

Feline Art: "When Life Is Shit At Least There Are Cats", artist unknown.

cat news

Does Your Cat Suffer From Whisker Stress?
by Brndon Forder

Cats have between 8 and 12 whiskers on each side of their face. Whiskers help to enhance a cat’s senses, especially their short-distance vision, by providing information about their environment.

In fact, cats can measure air flow with their whiskers! Most importantly, cats use their whiskers to gain information about objects they come into contact with, which ultimately helps to navigate their surroundings more efficiently.

It is commonly believed that whiskers are hair, as they often shed just like hair, however whiskers are actually filled with sensitive nerve endings and blood vessels. The whiskers on a cat’s face do the majority of the work, however cats also have whiskers above their eyes, on their chin, and also on their legs. Receptors in the whiskers are designed to feed your cat important information when touching objects, such as how far away an object is, its texture, and more.
Considering kitty whiskers are so sensitive, it can be quite unpleasant for them to touch certain objects, especially repeatedly. Sensitive whiskers can make mealtimes troublesome for certain cats. If a cat’s bowl is too narrow to reach their food or water without their whiskers touching the sides, they may be affected by 'whisker stress'.

Whisker stress is usually easy to identify. If a cat only eats their food at the very top of their bowl, yet begs for more, this could be a sign. Although many cat owners believe behaviours like these are signs of fussy eating (it certainly can be), it may actually be a cat’s way of communicating they are uncomfortable with their eating arrangements, not the food itself. A cat may meow or hang around their bowl without eating to show that they’re unhappy. Cats who scoop food or water out of their bowl may also be experiencing stress from whisker interference. In the case of water, some cats also dislike getting their whiskers wet.

When a single whisker touches an object just enough to move a distance smaller than the width of a human hair, it sends signals to your cat’s brain. This is an important function that tells your cat whether or not they can fit through a narrow space, for example. This extreme sensitivity explains why certain cats are so particular about their whiskers. Now imagine a cat has to smush all of their whiskers into a restrictive bowl in order to eat - sensory overload! This sensory feedback may overburden some cats, resulting in behavioural changes.

Unexplained behavioural changes - especially when it comes to food, water, and litter box habits - can be a result of whisker stress. Urinating and defecating outside the litter box is a common sign that a cat is voicing their displeasure. Perhaps it is whisker stress, perhaps it’s something else. Whisker stress is a condition that may cat owners are not fully aware of.

Cats should always have free access to fresh, clean water. The water dish itself should be wide and shallow. Consider a continuous flow water fountain to entice your cat and increase their water consumption. When it comes to food, however, every cat is different; some cats are free-fed, while others have a specific mealtime schedule. Regardless of when your cat eats, they need to have a feline-appropriate food bowl. Food dishes should be wide enough that they can fit their face in without the whiskers touching the sides, and the dish should be shallow. This design encourages unrestricted access, and may reduce or eliminate many mealtime problems.

Whiskers. Who would’ve thought they were such intricate and precise measuring tools?

Mewsings, February 5, 2019: "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives." - Mark Twain

white cat watching

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Watching. Allllll-ways watching."

Cat Mewvie: Is makink hat for kat.


cat sitting on paper comic

Today's Kitty Komic

sphinx cat art

Feline Art: "Sphinx Cat" by Reddit user Iconicks.

Mewsings, February 6, 2019: "I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it's because the water is cold in there. And I'm like: How did my mother know that?" - Wendy Liebmann

cats destroy window

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Thanks, but we'll let ourselves out."

Cat Mewvie: The "Valzer Triste" from "Allegro No Troppo".


cat inside things comic

Today's Kitty Komic

ocelot line drawing

Feline Art: "Ocelot" by Vincius LeBeck.

Mewsings, February 7, 2019: "The smart cat doesn't let on that he is." - H.G. Frommer

alert cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hark! Evil is afoot!"

Cat Mewvie: At the end they all held up little kitty lighters.


hungry cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat with deer antlers art

Feline Art: "Feline Festival" by GingkoH.

Mewsings, February 8, 2019: "Cats are notoriously sore losers. Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility." - Stephen Baker

kittens wearing dirndls

Gratuitous Kittiness: Which princess will wear the glass slipper?

Cat Mewvie: The story of a Slav and his Komrade Cat.


cat picasso comic

Today's Kitty Komic

oreo cat painting

Feline Art: "Cookie Kitty" by Danial Ryan.

frozen cat in snow

Cat frozen in snowball lives to purr again.
by Angela Fritz

There’s a saying in medicine: You’re not dead until you’re warm and dead. Turns out it applies to cats, too.

The polar vortex was raging in the Upper Midwest last week, and temperatures had dropped below zero on the morning of Jan. 31 in the city of Kalispell, Mont., near Glacier National Park. A cat named Fluffy — a northwest Montana native and usually confident outdoor cat — got into some trouble.

Fluffy’s owners, who did not want to be identified, found her covered in thick chunks of ice and snow near their home last week. They scooped her up and immediately drove her to the vet, which is probably what saved her life.

“She was frozen,” said Andrea Dutter, executive director of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell. It wasn’t a rock-solid kind of frozen. But her body temperature was below what the clinic’s thermometers could read — 90 degrees. A cat’s normal internal body temperature is 101 degrees.

“We immediately began to warm her up,” Dutter said. “Warm water, heating pads, hot towels . . . within an hour she started grumbling at us.”

Fluffy is an indoor-outdoor cat who knows her surroundings well, Dutter said. Once she was thawed, the veterinarians discovered that the cat had suffered an injury that prevented her from getting back to the house, although by the time Fluffy reached the clinic, being frozen was her main problem.

Exactly one week later, Fluffy is warm and thriving, and she isn’t planning any more outdoor adventures.


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