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Frankie the cat
Frankie,
Infinaut #1

Welcome to the catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation.

The Infinite Cat Project is about one cat watching another (see below). A long line of 1800 cats so far. The very first Infinaut is Frankie, seen at left admiring a flower. He is the owner of Paul Hamilton.

If you'd like to add your own fuzzy friend to the Infinite Queue you can find all the details here. Or just take a picture of your kitty watching Chief, below, and email it to me. It's just that easy.


Mewsings: April 29, 2015 - "The purr from cat to man says, 'You bring me happiness; I am at peace with you.'" - Barbara L. Diamond


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Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Everyone has one of these.... right?


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Lulu the cat

Our latest Infinaut, Cat #1806: Lulu watching Trotzki watching Will & Grace...

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Cat Mewvie: Follow the sun.
 



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Today's Kat Komic


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Feline Art: Cat museum, Kuching, Malaysia.


Shady's pacemaker

Shady the cat gets a pacemaker.
by Steph Cockroft

A cat who faced total heart failure has been given his own life-saving pacemaker in an incredibly rare operation.

Shady, an eight-year-old tabby, was taken to Walker Green Vets in Timperley, Greater Manchester, for a routine examination when vets discovered he had a slow heart rate.

The pet then underwent further cardiology tests which revealed he had what vets described as a complete heart block.

The condition put him at high risk of heart failure, but vets said a pacemaker could save his life.
A team of specialist then carried out the intricate operation.

Although pacemakers are common in humans, they are rare in others animals such as dogs and are even more rare in cats.

The clinic's head nurse Emma Greene, who assisted with the procedure, said the team felt a mixture of excitement and nerves.

He said: 'The procedure had not been performed at Walker Green before, so we wanted to ensure that the day ran as smoothly as possible.'

The operation - which was covered by Ms Hutchinson's insurance - involved accessing Shady's heart through his belly and attaching a special lead to the outside of the muscle while it is still beating.

The lead, which connects to a pacemaker, can detect when Shady's heart fails to beat and sends an electrical impulse.

The team of specialists involved were veterinary cardiologist Emily Dutton, from Cheshire Cardiology, surgeon Catherine Sturgeon, from Visiting Vet Specialists, and Carl Bradbrook, a veterinary anaesthetist.

Ms Greene added: 'As the operation progressed and it was time to suture the lead to Shady's heart, Catherine asked me to use my fingers to lift Shady's sternum up so that she could get a good view, I could feel his heart beating against my finger.'

The procedure is rare in cats because of their size. Whereas dogs have larger veins and they can put a pacemaker in through the shoulder, a cat's has to be inserted through the abdomen.

A similar operation carried out in Singapore cost $5,000, which is about £3,500.

Shady was sent home to recover. He returned to see the team of specialists last week for his post-op check-up and is fighting fit.

His owner Laura Hutchinson, who said she was 'shocked and worried' when she found out Shady needed a pacemaker fitted, said: 'He has recovered really well. He's quite a placid cat so he has just been taking it easy but he's becoming more playful.

'The team have been excellent. Emily has been in contact to check up on Shady and Ben and his staff looked after us well.'

'We are all over the moon that Shady has made such a good recovery,' added Emma. 'It makes us feel proud that we have been able to do this for Shady and his owner.'

RSPCA London veterinary director Caroline Allen said: 'Fitting a pacemaker is a very specialist procedure which would be done by a cardiologist.

'It is quite common for pacemakers to be fitted in dogs but I've not heard of them being used to treat cats before because they don't tend to get the type of heart condition that would require one.

'However, it's interesting to hear that this procedure has been done and I hope it means this cat will now be able to live a long, happy and healthy life.'



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Free Kibble for Kitties

All you have to do is go to freekibblekat.com, play a simple trivia game and the site donates kibble to needy animal shelters. It's free and you can play once a day, every day. They obviously make a few bucks for themsleves but it's clear that the majority of proceeds goes to the animals, so please stop in when you can.

PS, you can also totally send some kitty vittles with just a click at theanimalrescuesite.com. Just visit the site and press the big purple button. That's all there is to it.


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The following is a relatively short yet very heartening list of those who have contributed in support of the Infinite Cat Project over the years. In lieu of listing the names in any intelligent way I decided to post them alphabetically. It's not a perfect system, as those of you of Polish descent get the shaft again <grin> but at least it helps me keep the names straight.

In case you're wondering, names in white indicate donations of $5 or less, while green notates donations in excess of $10. The single listing in orange is for a very exceptional cat lover who recently earned the prestigious "Quadruple Kittyhead" for her generous and continuing support. (You know who you are and I want to have your children.)

M. Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone, S. Almaguer, G. Ancell, M. Axtell, A. Bachman, D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H. Bielefeldt, T. Blassingame, P. Blassingame, A. Bolt, R. Bruner, J. Bullas, A. Chiang, M. Cogen, D. Conlin, B. Coren, M. Cracauer, D.Davis, M. Dawson, J. Delton, T. Devrick, J. Diamond, T. Dixon, C. Dofer, E. Dorfman, B. Dutton, E. Fitzpatrick, B. Fonteboa, E. Foss, B. Friesner, G. Garcia, M. Gordon, A. Greeley, A. Gunn, J. Hamblen, B. Harper, J. Hays, T. Henry, D. Herbert, A. Hertz, M. Hester, A. Hilbert, K. Hildebrandt, A. Hoger, P. Houser, V. Huston, , J. Ikeda, B. Jones, S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, R. Kunz, D. Lawley, W. Lee, M. Lufkin, C. Lewis, K. MacKenzie, M. Mcgann, J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher, S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D. Morse-Kahn, A. Neduha, A. Nelson, L. Nevins, C. O'Brien, A. Ocean, www.oldamericancentury.org, K. Orman, K. Otto, Pinky & Bunny, R. Owens, J. Pavlov, R. Perry, C. Phillips, H. Pirani, C. Plant, R. Poletto, K. Pride, D. Rakowski, R. Redman, R. Riitala, M. Ryan, W. Ryngwelski,  D. Sanders, M. Schluter, H. Sherwood-Taylor, J. Sokel, S. Somero, M. Stabile, F. Street, J.P. Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich, J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K. Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.

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