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Infinite Cat Project Archives for July 1-5, 2019.

Mewsings, July 1, 2019: "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." - Missy Dizick

cat chewing box

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Ain't it the truth?

Cat Mewvie: "Bring 'em on! I can take 'em with one paw tied behind my back!"


cat fart comic

Today's Kitty Komic

ninja cat art

Feline Art: "Ninja Cat" by Thibaud Pourplanche.

cat picture

Couple spends $25,000 to clone beloved cat.
by Isolde Walters

Bryan and Ashley Bullerdick of North Carolina paid $25,000 in order to clone their pet cat Cinnabun, who had been a part of the couple’s lives since they tied the knot in 1999.

The couple first began contemplating taking the unusual — and expensive — step last year, as their cat approached her 19th birthday, after learning that singer Barbra Streisand had cloned her late dog, Samantha.

“I didn’t know it was possible until I read the article,” Bryan, 43, told SWNS, adding that the pair was “concerned about how much time they had left with her.”

The couple went on to purchase a DNA kit from the cloning company ViaGen Pets, which was also responsible for cloning Streisand’s dog, but didn’t immediately decide to follow through with it.

“ We kept it for months in our freezer while we thought about it,” Ashley, 41, shared. “Then we just thought we had to do it. Cinnabun was so dear to us.”

“She slept next to my wife’s head on the pillow every night. If we had a chance of getting another cat like that, we had to try,” Bryan added.

Unfortunately, one month after the pair decided to go ahead and clone their cat, Cinnabun passed away.

“I gave her the best life I could for almost 19 years and I knew that when she died, I would get her again in the clone,” Ashley told SWNS, adding that “it gave me so much comfort to know that I would see her again with the new Cinnabun.”

Cinnabun’s clone was born on February 4, and just under one month later, the kitten was delivered to the couple, who was immediately “overwhelmed” by the likeness between the two cats.

“It was a very special day of course,” Ashley shared. “As far as looks go, they are spot on. Even their personalities are so similar. They are both feisty.”

Important to the pair, their new kitten even shared the original Cinnabun’s fondness for sleeping by Ashley’s head every night.

In fact, the two cats were so much alike that the couple decided to also name their new kitten Cinnabun, even though they had initially planned on naming her Bun Bun.

“When we saw the pictures of her, she looked identical to Cinnabun when she was a kitten so we just kept the same name,” Bryan explained.

The pair went on to reveal that although cloning is expensive, the steep price tag didn’t really factor into their decision.

“We never really thought much about the cost,” Bryan, who owns an aerospace division business, said. “It is a lot of money but I know people who spend that on vacations all the time. This is an animal that we hope will be with us for two decades.”

“We would definitely do it again,” added Ashley..

Mewsings, July 2, 2019: "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps; but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain

cat in a bag

Gratuitous Kittiness: There are two kinds of cats.

Cat Mewvie: For Fluffy this was a uniquely moving experience.


catnip vaping comic

Today's Kitty Komic

toger on roses art

Feline Art: "Tiger On Roses", artist unknown.

Mewsings, July 3, 2019: "When I raise a cat from kittenhood, it learns to read me so well that it can con me and predict what I'm going to do. A young adult cat doesn't know what to expect from me and I don't know what to expect from it, so we immediately have each other's attention." - Karl Lewis Miller

four black kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: Kittens of the Corn.

Cat Mewvie: "BOO!"


saying goodbye to cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

giant white cat art

Feline Art: "Giant White Cat" by Monokubo.

Mewsings, July 4, 2019: "Just as the would-be debutante will fret and fuss over every detail till all is perfect, so will the fastidious feline patiently toil until every whiskertip is in place." - Lynn Hollyn

iced down cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Waiting for the A/C repairman.

Cat Mewvie: Maru and the box.


ninja cat food comic

Today's Kitty Komic

vampire kitty art

Feline Art: "Vampire Kitty" by Olivia Rose

Mewsings, July 5, 2019: "Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown. But a family cat is not replaceable like a wornout coat or a set of tires. Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated. I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another." - Irving Townsend

cat in flower-pot

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ahhh. A day without fireworks is like a day sleeping in a flower-pot."

Cat Mewvie: Canyon the sand cat.


cat attacking toes comic

Today's Kitty Komic

little watercolor kitten

Feline Art: "Little Cat" by Dana Manoo.

cat in humane trap

Movie Review: The Cat Rescuers
by Alissa Simon

There are people who like cats and then there are cat people. The crowd-funded, Brooklyn-set documentary “The Cat Rescuers” by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence deals with the latter category. It focuses on four cat lovers/animal rescue activists who help to save the lives of feral felines and to find new homes for abandoned pets. Those hoping for a domestic take on “Kedi,” the popular documentary about Istanbul street cats, should note that “The Cat Rescuers” concentrates solely on the stories of its human characters. After well-received screenings at the Hamptons and DocNYC festivals last year, the film is gradually rolling out to select venues nationwide through Balcony Releasing.

The directors posit that as many cats live on New York City’s streets as are kept in apartments and homes. That statistic means at least 500,000 abandoned and feral cats. Tens of thousands of them make Brooklyn their home. Since the city can’t handle the problem, hundreds of activists work with ad hoc methods to get the animals off the street. “Trap-neuter-return” is the favored method for feral cats, many of which are fed by well-intentioned neighbors but continue to breed. One of the many little-known facts presented over the course of the film is that cats can become pregnant a mere 30 minutes after delivering a litter.

Among the rescuers is the energetic Latonya ‘Sassee’ Walker, a long-time Canarsie resident. The streetwise former rapper turned legal investigator is a single mother who will jump into her car any time of day or night to bring in an at-risk feline. Her motto is, “Don’t talk about it, be about it,” and that inspires her pretty teen daughter Nijah, a rescuer in training. Walker is so soft-hearted that she will wait hours in her car, hoping to lure a pregnant stray into her baited cage trap. And she pays food and vet bills out of her own pocket.

While Walker seems to maintain a reasonable animal population in her small apartment, Tara Green, a nurse and health-care administrator from near Coney Island moves from a one-bedroom in an apartment building to a free-standing home so that she will have more room for the 18-32 felines she has in her care at any one time. Tara credits the first pair of kittens that she received as a gift some years ago as helping her to surmount a drug problem. Her mother jokes ruefully that Tara’s cat addiction is better than her previous one.

Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Claire Corey, an artist and graphic designer, also fills her home with foster felines because it breaks her heart when she reads about cats euthanized at the Animal Care Centers of NYC because they weren’t adopted in time. Luckily, her generous husband agrees that the foundlings can stay in their large basement. Claire articulates the sentiments of most of the animal medical professionals in the film when she condemns the irresponsible humans who neglect to get their pets spayed or neutered and then abandon them.

Lest one think the film is solely about cat ladies (a moniker that Latonya rejects, laughingly opting for “Cat Chick” or “Cat Woman”), we also meet Stuart Siet, an electronics engineer who maintains the NYC Fire Department’s wireless communication network. When Stu walks his dog in the Kensington neighborhood during the early morning hours, he feeds 20-25 stray cats per block. Since, as he notes, he has no humans to be responsible for, he can devote himself to these vulnerable animals. He even provides (illegal) burials in Prospect Park for the ones who die.

Co-director Lawrence was inspired to make the film when he moved to a new home in Brooklyn and found that it came with some hungry strays. When he and his wife sought advice, they met Tara Green and Claire Corey. Lawrence and fellow documentary maker Rob Fruchtman (“Sweet Dreams”) both shot the low-budget film over four years, a period during which a city-wide summit takes place about the cat problem but nothing is ever resolved, nor additional financial resources allocated.

Although the film briefly introduces a large variety of felines that are lovable and loved, they lack the screen time to establish a personality or to roam with haughty grace. They are more often seen wild and terrified in traps or pawing at the bars of their cages.

As in “Kedi,” the filmmakers show how the gentrification and development of previously wild or abandoned spaces in the metropolitan area affects the lives of stray felines. But in the milder climate of Istanbul, the residents are not so concerned with getting cats off the street; “Rescuers,” on the other hand, is more a call to action.

While the production package is merely workman-like, the commitment, honesty and heart of the main interviewees makes the material compelling. Indeed, the film nabbed a “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” award at the Hamptons Fest.


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