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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 1823 cats, so far. The very first Infinaut is Frankie, seen at left admiring a flower. He is (was) the owner of Paul Hamilton. In addition, the ICP also offers all KINDs of other cat-related diversions every day like comics, art, and videos. Check 'em out!

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 Cleo, below, and email it to me. It's just that easy.


Mewsings, April 24, 2019: "Cats are much like they were when they were first domesticated. They are very independent because they had to be to survive." - Dr. Raymond Hampton


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This is Gus. We found her and her sister in a muddy bog under a bush five years ago, both crying for a mama who never returned. Countless bottle-feedings later and both kittnes grew to be the sweetest cats in the known universe.

Today Gus died of a rare blood disease and our hearts are broken, but we take solace in knowing that, while she was here, she lived the best five years a cat could ever hope for.

Run free, little lady.



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Poppy the cat

Our latest Infinaut, Cat #1823: Poppy watching Cleo watching Miffy watching...

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Cat Mewvie: The Garden Guardians.

 



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Scientists find a giant cat... in a drawer.
by David Grossman

Larger than a tiger, lion, or polar bear with a skull comparable with a rhinoceros, this ancient predator cat, known as Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, wasn't discovered in the field—but in a long-neglected museum drawer.

Paleontologists Nancy Stevens and Matthew Borths at Ohio University discovered the new species of large meat-eating mammal, at the National Museums of Kenya. They had been previously excavated within the country, and were "not given a great deal of attention," according to a press release from Ohio University.

"Opening a museum drawer, we saw a row of gigantic meat-eating teeth, clearly belonging to a species new to science," says study lead author Borths in the press statement.

"The most striking feature of Simbakubwa is the size of the specimen," their study reads. "Based on its massive dentition, the animal was significantly larger than any modern African terrestrial carnivore." Dentition refers to the development of teeth, a key element of studying ancient fossils.

Using known methods of extrapolating body mass from teeth, scientists estimate that the big cat weighed approximately 1,308 kilograms, or an astonishing 2,888 pounds. For comparison, modern adult lions and tigers weigh approximately 180 kg, or 400 pounds.
giant cat mandibles jaw teeth lion

The Simbakubwa was part of an extinct group of mammals called hyaenodonts, which were apex predators in Africa for 45 million years after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs.

As in any ecosystem, apex predators had a crucial role in the era known to paleontologists as the Oligocene, a period of global transition between the world of the dinosaurs, which had been destroyed an annihilation event, and the modern ecosystems known today. On the African continent, the Simbakubwa would prevent any herbivore species, including the earliest primates, from dominating the landscape.

While hyaenodonts lived in various environments across the globe, they went extinct between 15 to 18 millions ago. Scientists are still unsure of the precise reasons, but their extinction came at a further moment of change, when their forests began a transformation into grasslands. Big predator cats can still be found in grasslands today, though they remain threatened by yet another moment of changing climate.

" We don't know exactly what drove hyaenodonts to extinction, but ecosystems were changing quickly as the global climate became drier," says Borths. "The gigantic relatives of Simbakubwa were among the last hyaenodonts on the planet."

" This is a pivotal fossil, demonstrating the significance of museum collections for understanding evolutionary history," says Stevens, a co-author of the study. "Simbakubwa is a window into a bygone era. As ecosystems shifted, a key predator disappeared, heralding Cenozoic faunal transitions that eventually led to the evolution of the modern African fauna."


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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.

Do you love dogs as much as cats? If so, check out PuppyWire.com for reviews of the best dog products.

Also, make sure you visit MyPetNeedsThat.com for a great selection of the best products for cats.

We recommend DrFoxMag if you are interested to know more things about all kind of pets including cats.

Looking for the best kitten food? Try Breedsy.com.

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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 black indicate donations of $5 or less, while green notates donations in excess of $10. The listings in orange are for two very exceptional cat lovers who have earned the prestigious "Multiple Kittyheads" avatars for their generous and continuing support. Thank you all very much!

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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