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.
October 8, 2015 - "Essentially, you do not so much
teach your cat as bribe him." - Lynn Hollyn
Kute Kittiness: "You missed a spot."
Infinaut, Cat #1802: Pixel watching Emma watching Chief...
your convenience you can search our Infinite Cats in 50-kitty groups.
Mewvie: Simon's cat returns.
Art: "Ballerina with a black cat" by Carrier Belleuse.
to have happy, stress-free cats.
By Beth Weil
The dictionary defines stress as “a specific response by
the body to a stimulus, such as fear or pain, which disturbs or
interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.” When
a cat is confronted by what it perceives as a “stressor” or
a potential threat, its body goes into a “fight or flight” reaction.
If the stressor continues, the cat will either act out toward its
environment — for example, toward you, a family member, another
pet or the carpet — or toward itself, such as licking excessively
or becoming ill or depressed.
For a cat to be happy, a guardian must satisfy its basic needs:
food, water, a clean litter box, warm places to sleep and companionship.
And most important, all of these must be free from stress.
Urinating outside the box, spraying, biting or scratching are the
kinds of “acting out” behaviors that bring cat guardians
to behavior consultations. Of course, if a cat is ill or injured,
no amount of behavior modification will be effective so the first
step would be to receive a clean bill of health from a veterinarian.
Once physical troubles are taken out of the picture, you can look
for triggers in the environment.
Cats are creatures of habit so any changes in routine can be upsetting
to them. A new baby or pet, strange people, home improvement projects,
or an unknown noise or animal outside can all stress a cat.
It’s best to address such environmental stressors with a
behavior consultant. You can then turn to other ways to help make
your cat feel loved and safe, such as triple-checking that all
of its needs are being met. It will love you for it.
Your cat needs a high-quality kibble, wet food or both, which are
generally sold at pet food stores. Cats are true carnivores; they
don’t eat grain or carbohydrates in the wild. The first few
ingredients of their food should be meat. Wet food is about 70
percent water, as is the natural food of cats — mice and
gophers — so it’s more species-appropriate for them.
Wet food is particularly important for male cats, which may be
prone to urinary tract blockages.
Plentiful, fresh water is important to cats and many prefer their
water straight from the tap. If this is true of yours, you may
want to try a cat drinking fountain. Make sure you change the water
frequently and take apart and clean the entire fountain regularly.
CLEAN LITTER BOX
No one likes a smelly potty and cat’s noses are far more
sensitive than ours. Scoop at least daily; twice a day is preferable.
Also consider the location of the box. A high-traffic location
will not do. Cats feel vulnerable when they go to the bathroom
and can easily be startled.
WARM PLACES TO SLEEP
Cats enjoy a warm sunbeam. When toasty and comfortable, cats tend
to relax and bathe. Bathing or grooming themselves is the way they
check their body for blemishes. And, like yoga, grooming increasing
blood flow to all body parts. Make sure they have a safe, comfortable
place to escape any stressors they might face elsewhere in the
house or yard. Many cats like to perch up high so you might want
to invest in a tiered kitty condo unit.
TIME WITH YOU
Your cat likes you and wants to be with you, even though its body
language may sometimes say otherwise. It is a social creature so
you are one of its best stress-busters. By adhering to a regular
feeding schedule, providing it with regular daily play time, and
giving it excess amounts of love and cuddling, your kitty should
be able to face changes more successfully and peacefully.
To learn more about feline behavior, come to Catapalooza at the
Marin Humane Society on Oct. 25. Cat expert Jackson Galaxy, host
of “My Cat From Hell,” is the keynote speaker. Go to
www.MarinHumaneSociety.org for details..
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.
Need a custom web
site that's attractive, fast-loading, Google-friendly and,
relatively-speaking, dirt cheap? Then see my friends at X-Site-D
Web Creation. Tell
'em Mike sent ya!
link above and
help support the
My Infinite Gratitude
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.
In case you're wondering, names in white indicate donations
of $5 or less, while green notates donations
in excess of $10. The
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.)
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,
B. Dutton, E. Fitzpatrick,
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.
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.