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.
Dish O' Kute
Art by Banksy.
29, 2015: "A little drowsing cat is an image of
perfect beatitude." - Jules Champfleury
Infinaut, Cat #1800: Chief watching Mary watching Lyra.
your convenience you can search our Infinite Cats in 50-kitty groups.
Cat Peed In My Suitcase
By Jolie Kerr
Q: Here’s the situation: My wife and I thought it was
really cute to let our cat play in our roll-on suitcase: She pokes
her head out and loves hiding in there. Fast-forward to two weeks
later, and we smell a rank odor coming from the direction of the
suitcase. I nervously smell it, and voilà, cat urine. How
do we clean this suitcase? It’s so odd-shaped, and we can’t
stick it in the wash. What do we do? Help!!
A: I have ideas, I do, that I believe will work to remove the
cat pee from your suitcase. But I also have some concerns, and
I’ll just go ahead and tell you what they are now, because
otherwise I’ll spend the entire writing of this answer feeling
nervous and upset. My concern is this: If the suitcase has a cardboard
liner that helps to give it structure, the thing may be a goner,
as cat-pee-soaked cardboard is pretty much unsalvageable. Now,
you may not know what materials, precisely, the suitcase is made
of, but I feel that the cardboard-lining thing is something I
should mention at the onset before moving on to cleaning instructions,
in the event that you do know precisely what the suitcase is made
of, and want to save yourself time and effort.
If you’re still with me, the good news is that cleaning
the suitcase out should be fairly easy work. A bit of elbow grease
is required, but really only a bit—set aside maybe 30 minutes
for this operation. Not bad, right? I’m going to break the
instructions down into three separate parts: The first one is
what you’ll want to remember if you have a soiled suitcase
that doesn’t involve a cat pee situation (such as, say,
an exploding tube of suntan lotion, or bottle of illegally smuggled
Italian olive oil).
It’s also the step that requires the elbow grease, though
I promise you won’t even need too much of that: You’re
going to scrub the suitcase, inside and out. You’ll need
a cleaning product, a small bowl or bucket, and a scrub brush.
This style of scrub brush is one good option; a set like this
is another, especially for suitcases that are oddly shaped or
have tricky corners. An old toothbrush will also work.
The idea, as you’ve probably gathered, is that you’ll
dip the scrub brush in cleaning solution diluted with water in
that small bowl or bucket, and chh-chh-chh the suitcase. Once
you’ve given the luggage a really thorough scrubbing, dump
out the cleaning solution, refill your bowl or bucket with water,
and, using a clean rag or sponge, wipe the residue away, wringing
the rag or sponge frequently, and replacing the water if necessary.
But what cleaning product to use!?! Well, in the case of the cat
pee, use something like Nature’s Miracle, which is an enzymatic
pet-odor-removing product. There are others like it on the market,
so if you can’t get Nature’s Miracle in your neck
of the woods, look for any pet- or human-odor-neutralizing spray
If your suitcase mess is greasy or oily in nature, use a good
grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn, or a product like Pine Sol
or Lestoil (which are great on grease), or even a small amount
of ammonia diluted in water. That should do you just fine.
If the mess is of a powdery nature because your bronzer or Gold
Bond or kilo of cocaine spilled, try to vacuum up or knock out
as much as you can before wiping the interior out with a damp
rag or sponge, and then scrub with dish soap or diluted laundry
detergent to remove any residual staining. If you go the vacuum
route, a hand vac or the use of a crevice tool is suggested.
Dry the suitcase as well as you can using a clean towel, and then
allow to air dry completely before packing or storing it.
If it’s an option for you to do so, drying the suitcase
in the sun is strongly recommended for two reasons. The first
is that it will dry faster that way, and exposure to fresh air
will further help in your deodorizing efforts. The second is that
sunlight itself will act as an odor neutralizer, which is helpful
to know for all sorts of reasons.
Kitty litter will also absorb odors, which makes a lot of sense
when you think about it, but probably isn’t the kind of
thing you sit around thinking about. That’s fine! If you
did sit around and think about stuff like that, you wouldn’t
need me, and I very much enjoy being needed.
In the case of the cat-peed-upon suitcase, I still want its owners
to give it a scrub, but if any odors linger after the fact, tossing
a few cups of clean kitty litter inside the luggage, zipping it
up, and allowing it to sit for 12-48 hours will go a long way
in removing smells. The same is true of using straight up activated
charcoal, or even baking soda. The litter method is also a really
good one to remember in the event that anything overly perfumed
leaks in your luggage, as even a really thorough scrubbing may
leave behind a noticeable scent. Once the litter has done its
work, dump it into the garbage or, I suppose, into your cat’s
litter box (waste not, want not!) and wipe the interior free of
any dust using a damp rag or sponge.
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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.
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The following is
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who have contributed in
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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.
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of $5 or less, while green notates donations
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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.)
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S. Almaguer, G. Ancell,
M. Axtell, A. Bachman,
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Ikeda, B. Jones,
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W. Lee, M.
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Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich,
J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K.
Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.
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