catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation.
The Infinite Cat Project
is about one cat watching another (see below).
A long line of
1819 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
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Queue you can find all the details here. Or
just take a picture of your kitty watching Puma, below, and email it
to me. It's just that easy.
16, 2018: "It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish
these alert , gentle, and discriminating little friends,
who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance
to make us hunger for more." - Agnes Repplier
Kute Kittiness: "I love the small of tuna in the
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cat virus on the move in Australia
by Jason Daley
A deadly disease is on the rise in Australian cat populations. Known
as feline panleukopenia, or “cat plague,” the sickness hasn’t
been an issue for cats down under for 40 years thanks to a vaccine developed
during the 1970s. But in the last couple of years, cat plague has reemerged.
And as veterinarian?s Mark Westman and Richard Malik write for The Conversation,
it has the potential to spread quickly if something is not done.
Last weekend, Victoria’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (RSPCA) sent out a community alert urging owners to vaccinate
their cats after the vets found the disease in several stray kittens
brought to shelters around Melbourne. “Vaccination provides high
immunity, which is why these recent confirmed cases of Panleukopenia
are cause for concern—and action,” Australian Veterinary
Association President Paula Parker says in the release. “It typically
takes two days for an infected cat or kitten to become symptomatic, so
the risk of transmission is extremely high.”
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, feline panleukopenia
(FP) is a highly contagious virus that attacks cells that rapidly divide
like those found in bone marrow, intestines and developing unborn kittens.
If the disease attacks and destroys bone marrow cells, the cats can no
longer produce white blood cells, an important part of the immune system.
Infected cats then often develop serious secondary infections.
The virus can be transmitted through urine, feces or even fleas from
other cats. Kittens, sick cats and unvaccinated cats are most susceptible.
Symptoms include diarrhea, lethargy, fever, vomiting and dehydration.
And once a feline is infected, there’s no medication that can kill
the virus. The hope is to help keep the kitties healthy long enough so
they can naturally fight it off. Such supportive care includes IV fluids,
opioid meds for pain, nutrition supplements and blood transfusions. Without
treatment, the AVMA reports that ?up to 90 percent of FP-infected cats
So why has this cat scourge reared its head again after 40 years?
Westman and Malik write that it’s likely it never really went away.
Australia has six times as many feral cats as they do pet cats, and the
virus may also be able to infect dogs and foxes.
an increased effort to rehabilitate and re-home ‘fringe-dwelling
cats,’ it was inevitable that the virus would spill back from these
unvaccinated cats into the general pet cat population, given waning herd
immunity,” they write. Once immunization rates drop below a certain
level—in the case of cats, this is around 70 percent—they
lose what is known as ‘herd immunity’ or ?community immunity,?
which can potentially protect non-immunized animals from infection.
The first outbreak in pet cats occurred in Mildura. According to Westman
and Malik, the region is rural with a fairly low average income for residents. “It
is our suspicion that the cost of vaccinating the family cat (currently
more than $200 for a kitten requiring a course of two to three vaccines)
exceeds the budget for many pet owners,” they write.
From there, in early 2017, the disease found its way to the Sydney metropolitan
area, where more than 50 cats in shelters died. “The current outbreak
seems to be caused by a lack of mass vaccination, especially in shelter-housed
cats,” Professor Vanessa Barrs of the Univeristy of Sydney said
at the time. “The disease had previously re-emerged in Melbourne
cat shelters a few years ago but despite warnings, cats have not been
vaccinated in many shelters because their risk of disease was perceived
to be lower than in dogs, when in reality the risk to cats is high.”
The disease used to be once widespread, but according to the AVMA, is
now considered “uncommon.” Occasional bouts have appeared
outside of Australia in recent decades. Last year, shelters in North
Carolina saw an increase in the virus. And in 2014, the disease struck
the island of Maui, the first time FP was found in the state of Hawaii.
The effects of the virus may also be worsened by a spreading anti-vaccination
movement in the pet community. But as Gavin Haynes at The Guardian reports,
there is no strong evidence that points to the fact that vaccines cause
the range of claimed negative side effects or diseases.
Overall, the key to stopping FP’s spread is vaccination. As Liz
Walker, CEO of the Victoria RSPCA says, “the importance of keeping
your pet’s vaccinations up to date cannot be overstated.”
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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
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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for her generous and continuing support. (You know who you
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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,
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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.
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Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich,
J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K.
Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.