The Infinite Cats cat comics cat tales cat games cat health menu Infinite Cat Project RSS feed Infinite Contact

Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 15-19, 2017.

Mewsings: May 15, 2017 - "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings. She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it." - Jerome K. Jerome

cat in cardboard tank

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Happy Mother's Day to mothers of all stripes and spots.

Cat Mewvie: The deepest meow.

cat up high comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat poster by zwarte

Feline Art: Poster by Zwarte.

cat news

Aleppo cat man starts from scratch
by Nadim Salem and Ammar Cheikh Omar

With the bombs came the cats.
Ambulance driver and paramedic Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, says he began caring for the desperate animals in what was rebel-held eastern Aleppo in 2013.

" As people were fleeing and leaving their neighborhoods, the cats started to come to my area because I was already feeding some," Aljaleel told NBC News in a recent interview.

When the Syrian civil war became more intense so did his responsibilities. Aljaleel's pride grew from six or seven hungry felines to more than 170, he says.

By 2015, the 42-year-old had built a sanctuary, "Ernesto's House," named after his first cat.

As Syrian and then Russian aircraft targeted the area and much of the population refused to capitulate to the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, Aljaleel became known as the "Cat Man of Aleppo" — a symbol of resilience and kindness amid war and devastation.

From the beginning, Aljaleel said his aim was to protect, feed and keep his felines healthy, as well as create a playground for children with swings and other games.

"It was a really wonderful job," he said. "All the schools and the children used to come and visit the sanctuary. They would see the huge amount of cats that were left behind by their owners."
And when more fleeing families learned about him, they would drop their cats off before leaving the city in search of safety.

As well as caring for cats, Aljaleel would also take care of stray dogs when he could, feeding them and giving them simple veterinary care — although he stopped short of bringing them to live with the cats.

Then, as with so many others in the Syrian war, Aljaleel eventually became a victim himself.
In November, bombs struck "Ernesto's House," reducing it to rubble, he said. Most of the cats were killed and he was forced to flee the city with just a handful of the survivors. Aljaleel's perilous journey to reach the countryside outside Aleppo took 15 days.

"Ernesto's House" now has a new home in the countryside west of Aleppo. Aljaleel's story has attracted followers from around the world thanks to media reports and his own Facebook page.
Some people have donated money, others even organized fundraising events in the U.S. and Spain, all of which helped him rebuild.

He said that his friends "saw that I suffered a lot from this loss. They wanted to help me in any way."

Aljaleel said caring for the animals put a lot of pressure on his personal life and he ended up separating from his wife; she and his two children now live in Turkey. He said he tries to visit them as frequently as possible.

"I hope my children one day will understand what their father was doing," Aljaleel said. "And that the world will repay them with the same kindness and mercy I've given to these animals and humans in need."

His new home outside Aleppo now has about 25 cats. But for Aljaleel and the people who visit it, it is more than just a cat sanctuary.

"It seeks to erase the war from children's minds," he said. "Caring for the cats is a gateway to bringing good will to the country and build it around being more merciful."

Mewsings: May 16, 2017 - "If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer." - Alfred North Whitehead

cat sleeping on TV tray

Gratuitous Kittiness: Who SAYS there's nothing good on TV.... trays?

Cat Mewvie: "Yes, Adolph. I know, Adolph. OKAY, ADOLPH!"

adopt a cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

fire cat painting by rachel schlueter

Feline Art: "Fire Cat" by Rachel Schlueter.

Mewsings: May 17, 2017 - "It's really the cat's house--we just pay the mortgage." - Unknown

cat rubbing horse

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Mmmmm. My little pony."

Cat Mewvie: A little kitty silliness.

cat calling comic

Today's Kitty Komic: 9 Chickweed Lane

cartoon cat silhouettes

Feline Art: Name those kitties.

cat news

5K run held for beloved cat.
by Danielle Zicki

If you believe only dogs are man’s best friend, think again.

Catsby, a gray-and-white cat known in the Duluth, Minnesota, neighborhood of Lakeside, was everyone’s cat. Although Sue Hagge was technically his owner, Catsby was free to roam around the community where residents called him their own. Six months ago the neighborhood cat was hit by a car and killed. But his legacy lives on.

Initially reported by the Duluth News Tribune, The Great Catsby 5K Fun Run on May 20 will raise money for a life-size bronze statue of the feline near the Duluth Lakewalk and East High School—two places he frequented. The statue will include his specific markings and a QR code that will allow people to share stories of him on a blog.

“People have continued sharing their experiences with me,” Hagge told Runner’s World by phone. “Everything from, ‘Catsby jumped in our car and we took him on a ride to McDonald’s,’ or ‘We found Catsby in our house again.’”

Hagge describes Catsby as the friendliest and most intelligent cat she’s ever had (and there have been many)—she could always see the wheels turning in his mind. When she got him, Catsby was already an outdoor cat, so she didn’t plan on cooping him up.

“He'd lay out on the Lakewalk, and there would be a group of people just standing around petting him,” she said.

So did Catsby like runners in particular? According to Hagge, he liked everyone.The idea for a fun run actually came from someone in the neighborhood to help raise money for the statue that will cost $3,000.

“A run captures the interest of a broad range of people,” Hagge said. “Anyone—young or old—can be involved. It’s a very inclusive event.”

As of now, about 90 people have signed up for the 5K that will go through Catsby’s favorite areas. Hagge hopes even more will attend in his memory.

Mewsings: May 18, 2017 - "Cats come and go without ever leaving." - Martha Curtis

cat in flower pot

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Time for my milk bath."

Cat Mewvie: This cat, Dexter, was 20 years old when he was adopted from a shelter.

cat toys comic

Today's Kitty Komic

hell cat by alex garnett

Feline Art: "Hell Cat" by alex Garnett"

Mewsings: May 19, 2017 - "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." - Robert A. Stern

kitten on green blanket

Gratuitous Kittiness: A little kitten therapy.

Cat Mewvie: Waking up a cat with an airhorn.

kitten versus the broom comic

Today's Kitty Komic

ancient bronze cat head

Feline Art: Bronze cat head, 30 BC.

black cat with bell on neck

Who will love this bastard of a cat?
by Camila Domonoske

Looking for a rescued cat to take home? There's "Sunny Puss, friendly ginger cat." "Tom Tom, loving tuxedo kitten."

Then there's "Mr. Biggles, utter bastard of a cat."

The Cat People of Melbourne wrote an adoption listing for Mr. Biggles (aka Lord Bigglesworth) that reads less like an ad and more like a cautionary tale.

Mr. Biggles "is an utter utter bastard," Gina Brett wrote in the listing, which went viral. He is "a despot and a dictator."

He's a gorgeous cat, but beware, she writes:
"If he doesn't like what you're doing he will give you a nip! Sometimes he likes to swipe at your feet too. It just depends on what he can reach at the time.

"Mr Biggles does not like to be thwarted. He throws a catty tantrum if he can't go outside when he wants to be let out (and he wasn't allowed outside for the first couple of weeks at his carers house so there was a few tantrums!). Not being fed on time ... is also a tantrum inducing exercise. ...

"He will let you know [when] he is not happy, which is often because things are often just not up to his high standards. ... Mr Biggles likes his cuddles on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it's time. If the stroking is not up to his standards, he will nip you."

In a video posted with the listing, Mr. Biggles declined to offer a statement on why he was such a bastard, and whether he did it intentionally.

Mr. Biggles "does have a secret soft side," writes Brett. For instance, he likes stalking chickens.

It's not all irascibility and violence. Mr. Biggles "permits kisses on his shiny black head if he's feeling mellow," the listing notes. He has a cute little snore. And he is capable of playing with a dog without drawing blood. He also "loves to be involved with what you're doing," which is a rather ambiguous form of praise for a cat.

And he's healthy. "Stupidly healthy," the listing says.

" Mr Biggles is not a cat for the inexperienced or faint hearted. He is a full blooded tomcat with very firm boundaries," the listing concludes. "Are you that one special person for Mr Biggles?"

As of Friday afternoon, Lord Bigglesworth was still available for adoption — but.


The Infinite Cat Project
Presented by Mike Stanfill, Private Hand
Illustration, Flash Animation, Web Design

©Mike Stanfill