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Infinite Cat Project Archives for January 14-19, 2018.

Mewsings, January 14, 2019: "Naming a cat 'Whiskers' is like naming a person 'Nose'". - fruitfulrogue

cat eats muffin

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Doin' the om-nom-nom.

Cat Mewvie: Your arms are too short to box with Fluffy.


tiny cat lady comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cheshire cat figurine art

Feline Art: "Cheshire Cat", by Elya Yalonetski.

cat in cat bed

Two cats and their $1500 batchelor pad.
by Marisa Kendall

SAN JOSE — Looking to make some extra cash, David Callisch found the perfect tenants for the $1,500-a-month studio apartment behind his Willow Glen home — a pair of cats.

“Basically I’ve got two renters that don’t have opposable thumbs,” Callisch said. “It’s actually great. They’re very quiet, obviously. The only problem is they stink up the place.”

The rent is taken care of by 43-year-old Troy Good, who saw the studio as a solution to a pressing problem: what to do with his daughter’s beloved cats, which he couldn’t abandon but also couldn’t house in his new apartment.

It’s a situation that perhaps could only come about in Silicon Valley, where rents are astronomical and residents treat their pets like children, feeding a booming demand for amenities like pet-friendly offices, doggy day care and pet massage clinics.

The scenario is “peak Silicon Valley,” said Jennifer Loving, CEO of Destination Home, an organization working to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.

“While this story is funny,” she said, “it really does highlight the tremendous inequity in the Silicon Valley. We have thousands of people on our streets, and we’re paying to make sure that our cats have a place to live.”

Callisch says it’s much easier to play landlord to a pair of cats than to a human tenant. Still, with housing for people so scarce in the Bay Area, a problem that’s driving prices through the roof and forcing residents to live in cars, RVs and tents throughout the region, Callisch says he does feel bad wasting valuable living space on animals. But the situation came up, and to help his friend, he accepted the offer.

“It’s just a weird thing that happened, that’s all,” said Callisch, who works in marketing for Palo Alto-based analytics software company Nyansa.

For $1,500, Good and his cats got a decent deal. An average studio apartment in San Jose rents for $1,951 a month, according to RentCafe. But the unit Good is renting has no kitchen, which could bring the price down.

Good adopted Tina and Louise as kittens for his now 18-year-old daughter, Victoria Amith. The tiny, inseparable kittens grew into huge cats — Amith thinks they are Maine Coon and Bombay mixes, and her father estimates they weigh about 20 pounds each. The cats, who Amith named after characters on the animated TV show “Bob’s Burgers,” still sleep snuggled together in the same bed.

Amith is devoted to them, even creating an Instagram account to document their antics (@Tina_and_Louise). But she couldn’t take them to the dorms when she started college this fall at Azusa Pacific University, outside Los Angeles. Around the same time, Good moved into a new apartment in San Jose with his fiance and her dog. The animals didn’t get along (Good worried about Tina and Louise picking on Jack, the terrier), but Good couldn’t give the cats away without breaking his daughter’s heart.

Meanwhile, Good’s friend Callisch was getting ready to rent his granny unit on Airbnb. Good had an idea — why not rent it for the cats instead? Callisch agreed, and the animals moved in over the summer.

“ They definitely have the nicest cat apartment in Silicon Valley,” said Good, a custom furniture designer. He recently started his own business designing and selling phone booths for offices with open floor plans, to give workers a quiet, private space to take calls.
Callisch pops into his granny unit, which he calls the “casita,” every day to feed and play with the cats, Good stops by regularly and Amith visits on her breaks from school.

Good says he would have paid more than $1,500 to maintain the peace in his home, keep his daughter happy and make sure Tina and Louise are safe. He and Callisch send pictures of the cats to Amith, who plans to bring them to Southern California when she moves out of the dorms.

“ I love my cats so much,” she said. “I’m so attached to them. I’m like a cat lady.”

Mewsings, January 15, 2019: "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown

cat doing the splits

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I saw this move on 'Dancing With the Stars'."

Cat Mewvie: Special commendations.


pole dancing cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat god art

Feline Art: "The Faithful" by Danial Ryan.

Mewsings, January 16, 2019: "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Unknown

three cats eating from bowls

Gratuitous Kittiness: "So.... what's new?"

Cat Mewvie: "Hi, hooman!" (Turn up your sound)


cat in heaven comic

Today's Kitty Komic

watercolor cat art

Feline Art: "The Cat" by Reddit user TheFutureEye.

Mewsings, January 17, 2019: "The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer." - Paula Poundstonen

cute white kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: This is what 200% cute looks like.

Cat Mewvie: The joy of cat ownership.


domestication of cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat meets death art

Feline Art: "My Name is Death" by Reddit user "Zoopleismyname".

Mewsings, January 18, 2019: "If I die before my cat, I want a little of my ashes put in his food so I can live inside him." - Drew Barrymore

upside down cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: This s a new cat breed called the Australian Blue.

Cat Mewvie: A purrr-fect performance.


kitten wisdom comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat in snow looking at flower art

Feline Art: "Winterling" by Tracy J. Butler.

cat news

Up A Tree With Kitty.

Maria Parry spent "three days of searching and no sleep" after Harry the tabby disappeared from her home in Fareham, Hampshire.

When she found the bedraggled moggy in a back garden she climbed the tree "by instinct" to comfort him before getting stuck herself.

Harry the tabby cat had been missing for three days

Mrs Parry mounted her ill-fated bid to free the feline just before midday on Thursday.

"It was instinct, I wasn't thinking - he was shaking, I just tried to calm him and I before I know it I was climbing the tree," she said.

When the branches started swaying, Mrs Parry said, she lost her nerve.

"I was 'oh my God, It's really high, I cant get down - I'm really scared."

Deborah Baxter, a hypnotherapist who works in neighbouring house, gave Mrs Parry a cat basket when she arrived at the garden.

"To my horror, 45 minutes later I saw the cat basket still on the ground - where's the cat? Up the tree. Where's the lady? Up the tree."

"Her poor husband is running up the street going into gardens to try to find his wife.

"Harry was not budging, the poor little mite. We can laugh about it now because it had a happy ending.

"The fire brigade were absolutely brilliant - it was quite precarious," she said.


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