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Infinite Cat Project Archives for April 9-13, 2018.

Mewsings, April 9, 2018: "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." - A. N. Whitehead

white cat attacks cuckoo clock

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "FREEBIRD! No, seriously, let this bird out."

Cat Mewvie: Craig's cat joke.


cats give us reason to live

Today's Kitty Komic

cat loking over basket of flowers art

Feline Art: "The Look" by Dreama Tolle Perry.

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Why does my cat sit on my laptop?
by Joely Carey

If you’ve had enough of receiving sacrificial gifts, or don’t want your playful kitten turning into a cold catdult who only wants you for your food, our expert guide reveals how to iron out classic cat quirks while they’re still young, impressionable and adorable

They’re not just contrary, cats like laptops because they’re warm. Photograph: Luke + Mallory Leasure/Stocksy

Cats are by nature fiercely independent, stubborn and, from time to time, a bit rude. But then, that’s why we love them. What we don’t love so much is their tendency to shred the furniture, deliver us “gifts” of garden prey and throw a wobbly if we try to get them into their carrier. We asked Claire Bessant, chief executive of International Cat Care, to answer your burning questions and explain how to make sure your kitten grows up to be a cool (affectionate, even) cat.
How can I prevent my kitten turning into a furniture-destroying machine?

When they scratch up your new carpets or designer wallpaper, cats aren’t telling you they hate you – they’re simply sharpening their claws and marking their territory, and unfortunately they don’t really care what they use to do it. The answer is to provide your kitten with a scratch post and get them used to it as soon as possible.

“Choose something your kitten is going to like – a sturdy post with both horizontal and vertical scratching pads, that’s tall enough for her to stretch as she scratches,” Bessant says. Kittens may not start scratching until five or six months, but when they do they’re more likely to use a post they’re familiar with. “You can also gently press her paws on to it to leave her scent behind,” Bessant suggests.

Hopefully, by the time her inner predator kicks in, she’ll choose to use her post rather than your sofa as a feline emery board.How to give your kitten the purrfect start in life

My kitten keeps nipping my hands. It’s cute, but also … ouch.

When they’re little, it’s very tempting to let your kitten dangle off your fingers like a tiny monkey, or nibble your toes for fun. But little teeth soon grow into big ones, so it’s best to nip bad habits in the bud.

“Use toys instead of your hands or feet, so you’re not the focus of play,” Bessant advises. “A wand with a string and a toy on the end will do – it also means children can play safely with your kitten. If they get excitable and start nipping, try to distract them, or set them down and walk away so they learn it’s not a way of getting attention.”

When the cat carrier comes out, my kitten goes crazy. How do I get them to the vet?
You’d probably be a bit nervous if one of your family came at you with a cage and a fake smile too. The key to getting your kitten into the carrier without all the drama is to familiarise them with it well in advance.

“If it only comes out of the loft for a trip to the cattery or the vet, of course your kitten will be nervous around their carrier,” Bessant says. “Don’t hide it away – keep it somewhere they can get used to it, and where they can transfer their scent on to it. You can even feed them and play with them in it so they are totally used to getting inside.”

I’m not looking forward to the day they bring me my first dead mouse. How do I dissuade them?
Although each cat’s hunting habits will vary – some simply can’t be bothered – if they like to chase birds and mice, there’s not much you can do to dissuade them.

“Cats are hunters by nature, so it can be quite difficult to get them to stop,” Bessant says. “You can try taking the prey from them and moving it outside, and you might also satisfy their urge to work for their food by using a puzzle feeder. But basically, if you want a cat that doesn’t hunt, get a rabbit.”

My kitten is so sweet. How do I stop them maturing into what is basically a moody teenager, but forever?

Cats love a bit of me-time. They’re solitary rather than pack animals, and are designed to be self-sufficient from six months old – which is why they can seem so completely uninterested in being showered with love and hugs.

“Cats can be sociable, but unlike dogs, they don’t have to be,” Bessant explains. “Lots of cats don’t like kisses and cuddles because you’re removing their way of escape. All you can do is give them affection they can walk away from, and provide them with things they like – such as a warm spot when it’s cold outside. Then be grateful when they choose to join in.”

So why does my cat sit on my laptop – and how can I curb their enthusiasm?

“It’s warm, and if they sit there they’ve got your full attention,” Bessant says. “Provide them with a different warm spot and some treats, and you might persuade them to sit somewhere else instead.” Although, probably not …

Mewsings, April 10, 2018: Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph Wood Krutch

cat dressed for quinceanera

Gratuitous Kittiness: Quinceanera kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Simon Cat's Slide Show.


a cat poem

Today's Kitty Komic

cubist cat art

Feline Art: "Girl with White Cat", by Joachim.

Mewsings, April 11, 2018: "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." - Jean Cocteau

cats form heart shape

Gratuitous Kittiness: Cats are love.

Cat Mewvie: Exit, stage left.


cat on analyst couch comic

Today's Kitty Komic

tabby cat watercolor

Feline Art: "The Striped Cat" by Alex Carter.

Mewsings, April 12, 2018: "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery

tabby cat laying on leg

Gratuitous Kittiness: Oh, well. I didn't need that leg anyway.

Cat Mewvie: Tidying up after a hard birth.


bad hair day kitty

Today's Kitty Komic

ultron and happy cat art

Feline Art: "Ultron and Happy Cat'" napkin art by Nina Levi.

Mewsings, April 13, 2018: "When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?" - Montaigne

sphinx cat in tub

Gratuitous Kittiness: The Loch Ness Moggster.
Image by Kiera Elise.
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Cat Mewvie: Life is a highway.


clumsy cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat in plaid cat bed

Feline Art: "Emma Nelson by the Fire", by Edward Bawden.

tabby cat on couch

Truths about being a cat person.
by Zoe Sessums

One of the stories my parents always share about my childhood is when we had our first pets, two brown tabbies named Tarzan and Jane. I didn't quite understand the mechanics of a cat at 2 years old, but I knew I loved them and wanted them around all the time. I used the techniques I had to carry my baby dolls and all the strength of my tiny body to carry those cats, wrapping my arms under theirs, in a loving strangle. I'd get better. This is where I began to learn patience and nurturing.

I fell into a dark place early this Winter. I left my home in the Sunshine State, lost a job I really wanted, lost a love I felt consumed by, and found myself, all my belongings, and my cat crammed into my parents' apartment. It was nice to have their support, but it's hard to be nearly 30 and moping around, struggling to get out of bed every day. My cat though, he clung to my side, bounding into my room, plopping on my face, burrowing under the covers with me, making me feel like whatever I was going through wasn't the worst. He didn't need explanations, he didn't judge me, he just needed to rest on my chest and stick his cold, wet nose on my cheek. He helped me feel my way through the sadness.

I remember the first time my new, tiny kitten sought out shelter in the crook of my arm, digging his head into my sleeve. That little snout, the big purr, it was almost too much to handle. Adopting my cat made me realize I could have selfless moments, forgoing decent sleep so he could get familiar and comfortable in my space or feeding him each meal before I prepared my own. I miss him when I'm on vacations and during nights away. My cat helped me realize I could feel even more than I had ever known.

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The life of a cat is something to be admired. You make your own choices, you let particular people stroke your beautiful fur, and that is just how you are. I've always been so self-conscious and worried, but the more I embrace the attitude of my cat, the more I become a badass. I eat what I want, when I want it. I wear what I want, when I want it (covered in cat hair, it doesn't matter). I go to sleep early on Friday nights and it feels great. Cats make considered moves, but they stay true to their basic desires.

You don't need to have 20 or more cats to be a solid cat person. You don't need feline figurines lining your shelves to be a worthy cat person. In my head and my heart, I am a proud cat person. It's such a lovely person to be.


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