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Frankie,
Infinaut #1

Welcome to the catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation...

The Infinite Cat Project is about one cat watching another. A long line of 1789 cats so far. The very first Infinaut is Frankie, seen at left admiring a flower. He is the owner of Paul Hamilton.

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The Fickle Feline

Cats can be cruel. And I'm not talking about the morbid games they play with caught mice - I'm talking about how they can mess with the human heart and cause dramas and dilemmas that would test anyone's wisdom. Here's an example.

How movable is a cat's love? A blog reader named April told me the story of her cat Yoshi. Well, Yoshi was her cat to start with, before complications set in.

Yoshi went missing. After April placed "missing" posters in her area, a neighbour made contact to tell her that the new couple over the fence had Yoshi.

" Sure enough, when I go to their house, they have cat bowls, food, treats, litter box, cat house, everything you can think of," says April.

These neighbours had been feeding Yoshi, who has continued to spend all her time with them.

" When I have asked them to stop feeding her, they clearly haven't, or she would be home now," says April. "I have tried keeping her inside for a few weeks but she hated it, and the neighbours kept standing in their window that looks into mine and waving at her. It was both heartbreaking and creepy as hell."

The neighbouring couple speak little English, says April, and the woman is at home a lot while her husband travels.

You and I don't know what's on the neighbour's mind. Perhaps she thought at first that Yoshi was a hungry stray, and later responded to the cat's growing affections. (She wouldn't be the first person to feed a "stray" that was actually someone else's well-fed pet.) Perhaps the neighbour is isolated and lonely.

People are telling April to just give Yoshi to the woman, and April wonders if she is, after all, being selfish to want the cat for herself, given that Yoshi is happy over the fence. Perhaps you agree.

But who can blame April for being reluctant to part with the cat she has loved since adopting her? That commitment has included trying to keep Yoshi on low-fat food to slim her down from an overweight 6kg. Now, she says, Yoshi is getting bigger and bigger.

" I fed her, patted her and loved her," says April "But I guess someone home all day and food that isn't low fat wins over a fickle feline heart."

So what does April do?

First there's the option of diplomacy. April has already asked the neighbour not to feed her, but if Yoshi is growing, then it's probably not happening. April could make another attempt at this, only more strongly than before or emphasising Yoshi's health needs. From the outside, it's impossible to know how this would end up; it's April who has to live over the fence from these neighbours. She could offer to buy the neighbours' supply of cat food. She could put a "Do not feed me" tagged collar on Yoshi. But I don't see how she can enforce her request, without a court order. And even then, cats are not known for cooperating in legal action.

Which brings us to containment - controlling Yoshi's movements. A cat accustomed to having the freedom to wander isn't going to instantly take to being a house-only cat. April would need to retrain Yoshi (there is some advice online) and supervise all the cat's outdoor time - though it might be that Yoshi can never be let out again, considering that she'll know a mere jump over the fence will take her to someone who'll give her what she wants and not restrict her. Retraining Yoshi as an indoor cat is a big commitment that neither April nor Yoshi is likely to enjoy. But it is the one way to ensure that Yoshi stays and that April can look after her fully.

Should April forget about diplomacy or containment and instead let things continue as they are? Yoshi would choose where to be, with the likelihood that she'll choose to be with the lady who's at home all day and will serve her tasty but high-fat food. But who's the cat's owner? Who takes her to the vet when she's sick or hurt or for her yearly booster?

So what about just giving Yoshi to the neighbour? It's an obvious option. But what will happen to Yoshi as her weight and health risks rise? Someone has to be the owner.
It's a dilemma for April and she and I would like to know what you think. Perhaps you've been through just this kind of plight.

I'm leaning toward diplomacy. Tell the neighbour, "Look, my cat wanders over because she loves food and company, but I'm responsible for her wellbeing, and I need your help in this. Yoshi needs a special food, which I give her. If she eats anything else, it's bad for her. She likes you and you should feel free to give her a cuddle anytime you see her. But I need you to never feed Yoshi, or take her inside." The problem is giving that message to someone who speaks little English. Any ideas?

I don't know April's neighbour, what her mindset or culture is, how to talk to her or how much to trust her. But as a cat lover I can see this from April's point of view. April loves and wants her cat and did nothing wrong; the neighbour should never have fed Yoshi. This situation has an unfairness to it.

But cats don't know what fairness is. They just like food, luxury and cuddles. We like to think they're attached to us, but we know that they'd bond to someone else in order to meet their needs, if it became necessary.

Any cat has us in the palm of its paw.


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I 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 can.

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"My Infinite Gratitude"


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, 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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