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.
June 30, 2015 - "No one shall deny me my own conclusions,
nor my cat her reflective purr." - Irving Townsend
Kittiness: Two cats in one.
Infinaut, Cat #1800: Chief watching Mary watching Lyra.
your convenience you can search our Infinite Cats in 50-kitty groups.
Mewvie: "Gimme dat icy cream!"
rescues on rat patrol
Like the characters played by the actor who inspired his name, Pacino
was no scaredy cat. The brown tabby had prowled the streets of Los
Angeles, a drifter scraping for his next meal.
After the cat was turned in at an L.A. County animal services shelter,
there was little hope that Pacino would be adopted. He was too distrustful,
too fierce, too mean.
Then Melya Kaplan came along, looking for a cat with grit, street smarts
Several hours after the customers and merchants have gone home and
the lights are dim, the cats start their patrol in the Los Angeles
Flower Market June 25, 2015. The Working Cats program is using unsocialized "feral" cats
in a program to keep rodents away from the market.
The Working Cats program is using community cats in a program to rid
the Los Angeles Flower Market of rodents. The cats dont kill the rodents
they manage to repel them by their scent.
The 10-pound, 6-ounce cat would become the nighttime warden at the
Original L.A. Flower Market, making sure rodents and other vermin didn't
get out of hand. He's part of a group of tough cats recruited by an
animal rights nonprofit to find homes in places that could use their
hard-scrabble qualities. Along with another cat named DeNiro, Pacino
would prowl the Italian side of the flower market. Of course.
Mother Nature doesn't make mistakes," said Kaplan, executive director
of Voice for the Animals. "We probably just haven't found a purpose
for it yet."
As part of the Working Cats program, street cats like Pacino are rescued
from animal shelters and sent to locations ranging from police stations,
like the LAPD's Wilshire and Foothill divisions, to private homes,
businesses and schools. Over the years, the program has placed about
500 cats in nearly 50 locations.
Kaplan, a frequent customer of the market, developed the program in 1999 when
Carl Jones, a market employee, told her about the rats in the workplace. Exterminators
would spray the warehouse with poison, but the vermin remained. Every so often,
a customer would spot a pair of beady eyes hidden in the row of flowers.
Anytime you heard a customer scream, you generally knew the rats were to blame.
And then I had to stop what I was doing and go chase the little thing away," said
Jones, who has worked at the market for 15 years. "It definitely wasn't
the highlight of my job."
Scott Yamabe, executive vice president of the Original L.A Flower Market, said
the facility had battled rats since the beginning of the 20th century. All kinds
of things were tried to get rid of the rats, but the results were always the
same: nibbled-on flowers.
The rodents even chewed through the wooden refrigerator doors where we kept the
flowers," said Yamabe. "Those rats were too smart. We really needed
About 15 years ago, Kaplan made a proposition to Yamabe. She would deliver three
cats to the flower market to get rid of the rats. And if they could not take
care of the rodents, she would take them back.
Kaplan attributes the program's success to the simple fact that adding a predator
to an environment will scare away its prey. Once rodents smell a cat on the prowl,
they go somewhere else, she said.
It's not anything new. People used to have barn cats or church cats to keep out
rodents," Kaplan said. "We just brought [it] to the city, and it seems
to be really working."
Yamabe remembered one gray cat that died after several years of service patrolling
the second-floor parking lot. Within days, the rats returned and Yamabe needed
to call for another cat.
It was unbelieveable. The rats returned like they never left," Yamabe recalled. "And
they disappeared just as fast when a new cat appeared. Those cats make a real
On a recent day, a cream and white cat hid behind an iron grate door during business
hours. Its two eyes stood out from a darkened corner while a patron passed with
petunias. The cats can be difficult to spot during the day because most are still
shy around people.
For a cat like Pacino, living in a warehouse almost certainly adds years to his
life. Living on the streets is tough on any sentient being, including a cat.
Kaplan said cats that might have lived fewer than five years on the streets can
live more than 14 years in a home, business or police station. They're given
meals and the buildings give them protection from bad weather, dogs and cars.
And for cats that lived most of their lives on the street before ending up in
a shelter, a program like Working Cats can be a lifesaver, Kaplan said. It's
not easy to find adoptive homes for cats, and that's especially true of those
that have not been socialized around humans. In 2014, L.A. County euthanized
nearly 19,000 cats, about 70% of those that entered shelters.
Kaplan said that in time, some of her more veteran cats got used to being around
people and became house cats. That, in turn, created space for other cats to
be rescued by the program.
We're saving cats and helping people. And it's always great when the two grow
closer together and we can place another cat," she said. "It's what
I call a win-win-win.".
Kibble for Kitties
was alerted to a web site called freekibblekat.com by
Beloved Girlfriend. You go there, 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
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.
Need a custom web
site that's attractive, fast-loading, Google-friendly and,
relatively-speaking, dirt cheap? Then see my friends at X-Site-D
Web Creation. Tell
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link above and
help support the
My Infinite Gratitude
The following is
a relatively short yet very heartening list of those
who have contributed in
support of the Infinite Cat
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
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.)
Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone,
S. Almaguer, G. Ancell,
M. Axtell, A. Bachman,
D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H.
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.
B. Harper, J. Hays, T.
D. Herbert, A. Hertz, M. Hester,
A. Hilbert, K. Hildebrandt, A.
Houser, V. Huston, , J.
Ikeda, B. Jones,
S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, R.
W. Lee, M.
Lufkin, C. Lewis, K.
MacKenzie, M. Mcgann,
J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher,
S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D.
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.
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.