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The Infinite Cat Project
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1774 cats so far. The very first Infinaut
seen at left admiring a flower. He is the
owner of Paul Hamilton.
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Infinaut, Cat #1774: Ally
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June 17, 2013: "Most beds sleep
up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner." - Stephen Baker
Walking the (toy) kitten.
the Directors of a Documentary About Men Who Love Cats.
The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that
we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider
their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is
an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing
their impact on the cultural realm.
The crazy cat lady is one of the oldest and most persistent cat-related
cultural stereotypes — the eccentric old spinster with a bazillion
cats whose company she prefers to that of her fellow humans. Cats
are traditionally identified as feminine, and they’re generally
characterized as pets for women, while men have dogs. If this was
ever reflective of reality, it certainly isn’t in the 21st
century, but cat-loving men remain curiously underrepresented in
both the media and in popular culture. Into this breach step Australian
filmmakers Cam McCulloch and Ben John Smith, who are in the process
of making a feature-length documentary called Cat Men. The film explores
the relationship between male cat fanatics and their pets, and it
promises to be fascinating viewing. Flavorwire spoke to the duo about
machismo, stereotyping, and the folly of talking to deaf cats.Flavorwire:
So, to begin, why a film about cat men?
Cam McCulloch: It’s something I’d never seen before.
There’s heap of stuff out there about cat women, but very little
about the guys. So I thought it was time to give cat men voice and
tell the stories of guys like us.
Ben John Smith: Hahaha, absolutely. Plus it’s a great excuse
to catch up, drink beer, and talk about cats.
How did you guys get together and decide to collaborate?
Cam: The whole film came about from a drunken discussion with Ben.
He had sent me a poem about his cat, and we were swapping cat stories — as
a joke, I said to him, “We should make a documentary about
dudes like us.” We had a good laugh, but the more we talked
about it the more it sounded like a interesting idea. We started
talking about different guys we knew we could interview and guys
throughout history who had been cat men, [and] it kind of snowballed
Ben: We both have deaf, white, and suspiciously insane feline friends.
Their flaws brought us together… like an AA meeting.
Can you talk a little bit about your personal history with cats?
Cam: Well, I’ve only been a cat owner for two years. Before
that I was afraid of cats — when I was six years old, one of
my grandmother’s cats scratched me on the eye, so since then
if a cat jumped on me I’d freak out and throw it off. I also
grew up in a house where no one liked cats; often my folks talk[ed]
about cats in a negative light, which rubbed off on me as a kid.
Suffice to say I wasn’t all that keen on getting a cat, but
my ex-girlfriend would constantly email me photos of cats for adoption.
Finally, after about a year, I gave in and we adopted Ferdinand.
One of the first things he did was pee on her side of the bed and
her clothes, then followed me around. Within about a week, I went
from being afraid of cats to talking to random cats in the street
and trying to pet them. After my ex-girlfriend and I broke up, we
had dual custody of the cat, which worked for about six months. Now
he’s all mine. Ferdie is just a cool little dude. He’s
deaf and loves to hide in weird places then run out and ninja me.
He doesn’t really like to cuddle, but every morning at about
6 a.m. he hits me in the face until I give him a chin rub.
Ben:“I have had only three cats. I never had cats growing up.
We had a dog that I couldn’t deal with. He was very needy.
The first cat to move in with me was Charley — I have him tattooed
on my stomach. Then there is Silvia and William. [They're] all named
after poets and writers.Why do you think we hear about crazy cat
ladies but not crazy cat men?
Cam: I think because it’s the stereotype of women and cats — you
see a bag lady and think she must be a crazy cat lady. [But] guys
are just as crazy about their cats. Maybe we’re less vocal
about it, but then again I talk about my cat all the time to the
point of boring my friends. They also point out how I used to be
anti-cat and now I’m a complete cat convert.
Ben: It’s a macho thing, I’m sure of it. Men have a social
predisposition toward hating cats. It’s handed down from father
to son, like a rite of passage. I don’t understand it, but
I’m sure that’s the way it is. Men generally don’t
like cats because of the cat’s allegedly feminine selfishness.
Cats are often identified as feminine and dogs as masculine. Is there
something about liking cats that challenges conventional conceptions
Cam: In some ways, yes. It certainly is a macho thing to have a dog.
The whole culture in respect to advertising and the way dog and cat
owners are portrayed respectively — i.e., guys have dogs, women
have cats — is pretty evident. But at the same time, [when
you look at] people who have cats and dogs, it’s the cat that
usually rules the house, not the dog.
Do you think attitudes to cats have changed over recent years in
Cam: I’m not sure if it’s because of this, but I do think
think there are two types of people, cat people and non-cat people.
People seem to be either one or the other. It’s actually pretty
cool how people can be so divided about cats — through the
course of making the documentary and telling people about it, people
are either like, “Why the hell would you want to do a documentary
about men and cats?!” or “That sounds cool, I wanna see
Who are the craziest cat men you’ve met while making the film?
Cam: So far it’s me and Ben, actually. We both have deaf cats
that we talk to! To be honest, the majority of the guys we have spoken
to so far have been pretty normal. The one [common] factor has been
the human aspect behind the cat ownership: what guys get out of having
a cat, the influence cats have on their lives… it’s pretty
unique. Cats are pretty selfish creatures, yet we dote on them. We
have some interesting guys lined up to interview. I hesitate to using
the word crazy, but yeah, some of these guys are really obsessed
with their animals!
And the craziest cats?
Cam: So far most of the cats have been pretty good, but I have been
bitten and scratched a few times.Why do villains in films always
Cam: I think it’s because cats have a air of superiority about
them. After all, we did used to worship them. The cat on the lap
of a villain is a intimidation thing, but I’m pretty sure behind
closed doors the villains are talking in baby voices to their cats.
And why do you think the Internet is so obsessed with cats?
Cam: I think because cats are one of the most random creatures around.
Mine does funny stuff all the time, plus they’re really cute.
Ben: That’s like dividing time from space. There is no Internet
without cats and vice versa. They, like, invented it or something.
So, where’s the project at right now?
Cam: We’re currently doing the Australian portion of the film,
and lining up interviews overseas. It’s quite a long process.
In a few months we will launch our [Australian crowd-funding site]
Pozible campaign to take the project worldwide and interview cat
men from all over the world. This is where it’s going to get
really cool — we have teed up some pretty cool guys. For example,
we plan to go to Japan and speak to the owner of one of Tokyo’s
famous cat cafés, and we’re also investigating the controversial
cat circus in Russia.
Ben: We just need some time and funds and we will let the cat out
of the bag. Right now our focus is putting together the Australian
material and doing a few more interviews, and making a awesome preview
video for the crowd-sourcing. We have posted some test clips on our
website, but the actual stuff from the doc looks and sounds a lot
more polished. We will be showing off some of these new clips soon
Cam: We’re also looking for more guys to interview, so if anyone
out there thinks they have what it takes, drop us a line and we will
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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
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,
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Houser, V. Huston, , J.
Ikeda, B. Jones,
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W. Lee, M.
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J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher,
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H. Pirani, C. Plant, R. Poletto, 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.
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