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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 1821 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 Miffy, below, and email it to me. It's just that easy.


Mewsings, January 25, 2018: "We have a theory that cats are planning to take over the world, just try to look them straight in the eye...yup, they're hiding something!" - Dog Fancy


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Miffy the cat

Our latest Infinaut, Cat #1821: Miffy watching Moe Moe watching Seamus & Finnegan...

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If you think cats are antisocial it may be that you're just a jerk.
by Karin Brulliard

Dogs may have stolen the Internet from cats, but cat memes endure - and many center on one theme: Cats are aloof jerks.

The primary ambassador of this notion, naturally, is Grumpy Cat. But cats of all sorts, these memes tell us, desire to be left alone with their coffee, or demand darkness, or prefer ankle attacks to head scratches.

Okay, maybe you know cats that fit the bill. But it is not the case that "cats skew toward independency", in the words of a new study on cat social behavior.

In fact, researchers at Oregon State University found, many pet and shelter cats are pretty eager to interact with humans - particularly people who seek out kitty caresses.

"In both groups, we found [cats] spent significantly more time with people who were paying attention to them than people who were ignoring them," said Kristyn R. Vitale, a postdoctoral scholar in animal behavior and the lead author of the paper, which was published in the journal Behavioral Processes.

This may come as little surprise to people who have spent time with cats, some of which might be confused with lap dogs.

Nor was it a great surprise to Vitale, whose previous research found that cats will choose to interact with humans over food or toys.

But the idea that cats are attuned to our behavior and respond to it remains somewhat novel, because despite cats' popularity as pets, little research has been done on their social relations with people.

That might be, the study says, "due in part to a common misconception that cats are not a social species" - the meme fodder.

"It's a cool study, and it does show that when we're attentive to cats, they are interested," said Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow who studies cat behavior at the University of California at Davis's School of Veterinary Medicine.

The study consisted of two experiments. In the first, 46 cats - half at a shelter, half at their own homes - were placed in a room with a stranger who sat still on the floor.

For two minutes, the person pretty much ignored the cat; for another two minutes, the person could call the animal by name and pet it freely when it approached. The second involved only pet cats, who went through the same two cycles with their owners.

On average, the cats spent much more time near the human when showered with attention, Vitale said.

Delgado praised the "cat-directed" design of the study, noting that previous research has suggested that cats are usually more into interactions that they instigate.

"Even in the attentive phase, the cat had a lot of control, and that's really what we think they like - the ability to leave," Delgado said. "It's not that they're aloof. It's just that they want choice."

The 23 shelter cats in the study, whose stays at the Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis, Oregon, ranged from three to 455 days, spent more time than pet cats interacting with the inattentive person, which Vitale said could reflect that those felines needed attention or that their living situation conditioned them to unfamiliar people.

John Bradshaw, a University of Bristol biologist who has long studied cat behavior, cautioned against reading much into the differences between the two groups, because cats are territorial, and only the pets were tested in familiar surroundings.

"Cats behave quite differently depending on whether they know the place they're in," Bradshaw said.

But Bradshaw said the study importantly emphasized that cats are kind of like us at an individual level: Sure, some are aloof. But some are plenty friendly.

Why that is remains unclear, though he said his own work has pointed to "a complex interplay between genetics, early experience of humans, and learning during adolescence."

The takeaway for cat owners, Vitale said, is that it's worth making the first move even the most detached-seeming kitty.

"In my opinion, it's very important to go out and try to interact with your cat and see what happens," she said.

"I think there's this idea that dogs are this way, and cats are that way. But there's a lot of variability in both populations."

By offering a little love to a grumpy cat, Vitale added, "you may actually be helping them become more social toward you.".



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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.

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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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