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Infinite Cat Project Archives for March 5-9, 2018.

Mewsings, March 5, 2018: "Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously."- Dr. Louis J. Camuti

two similar cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I call him 'Mini-Me-ow'."

Cat Mewvie: It's a birthday for Simon's cat.


cat on paper comic

Today's Kitty Komic

art black cat on man's shoulder

Feline Ar. "Self-portrait by Nachokit.

tortie cat in basket

Cornbread the police cat.
by Debby Stanuch

When most people think of a fire house mascot for fire fighters, the Dalmatian comes to mind. And fierce, strong, muscular German Shepherds are usually thought of accompanying law enforcement officers.

But a cat? A petite, female cat in the company of a sheriff and his deputies?
Yup, here in Mountain Home at the Baxter County Sheriff’s office, where a sweet, friendly, brown-and-black tortoiseshell cat — aptly named Cornbread — can be found in the office of either Sheriff John Montgomery or Office Manager Kelley Stone, visiting other staff members or near the reception desk.

The saga of how Cornbread went from a stray to the beloved mascot of the sheriff’s department began over three years ago, according to Montgomery, who said he and his wife, Karen, noticed the cat around their Cotter home for several weeks, but she was skittish and never came close to them.

Then one evening, as they sat around their outdoor fireplace, the cat jumped into Karen’s lap. As she petted the cat, she realized, the cat had been declawed and the couple noticed she some of her fur appeared to have been burned.

Although the Montgomerys are animal lovers, they didn’t feel they could be good pet owners at this time in their lives, “and without claws,” says the sheriff, “we weren’t going to leave a defenseless cat on her own.”

They considered taking her to the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas when Karen suggested, “Why not make her the department pet?”

The following day Montgomery brought her to the office with food and other supplies. The idea of her living in the garage, where the “309 inmates” — prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Corrections who are housed at the county jail and perform work related assignments including housekeeping and maintenance — could care for her, was nixed by Stone who said, “in the garage, with vehicles and open doors, it was just too dangerous.”

So upstairs to the office went Cornbread the cat, after a visit to local veterinarian, Dr. James Snodgrass for shots and a check-up.

The name “Cornbread” also came from Karen, says Montgomery. Not only because cornbread is a diet staple at the jail. “She looks like cornbread,” said the sheriff. “OK, burnt cornbread,” he laughed.Montgomery, who was instrumental in the passage of legislation making animal abuse a felony in Arkansas, says not everyone welcomed the idea of a cat in the office, but it didn’t take long for Cornbread to win them over.

“She has even won the hearts of the most ardent non-cat lovers,” said Montgomery. “Now, I see those who objected to her the most, petting her and playing with her.”

Watching Cornbread interact with Montgomery, Stone and other staff members, she is calm and well-mannered as they described. Stone said, “Even with phones ringing, sirens blaring and people coming and going, she sleeps through it all.”

In the morning, Cornbread is waiting at the door for Montgomery or Stone to come in and open the office. During the day, she sleeps on a bed in the conference room, on a chair in the sheriff’s office or in Stone’s office. She may also visit other offices, hang out at the reception desk or even venture into the waiting room of the reception area, much to the surprise of visitors.

The jobs of the sheriff and his staff are stressful, admitted Montgomery, who quickly added, “We are so blessed to live and work in Baxter County where the community has been so supportive.” He said the cards, letters, emails and phone calls they get, complimenting their work, makes their stress filled jobs easier.

The sheriff believes Cornbread has had a positive effect on the entire staff.

“This is a highly stressful job,” he said, “and she has been good for relieving that stress.”

He remembered Sergeant Eric Neal, who died suddenly in January. Neal, who worked in the jail, “would look for Cornbread when he came to the office to de-stress”, he said.

Following Neal’s sudden death, Montgomery believes Cornbread sensed the loss and grief felt by everyone in the department.

Cornbread, is believed to be about seven years old. Her expenses, including food, supplies, toys and vet bills are not paid from the sheriff’s budget; they are donated or paid for by Montgomery and other staff members on a voluntary basis. Responsibilities for her care and clean up are shared by the “309 inmates.”

Mewsings, March 6, 2018: "Any cat who misses a mouse pretends it was aiming for the dead leaf."
- Charlotte Gray

white cat in square container

Gratuitous Kittiness: Cat cuteness squared.

Cat Mewvie: Lullabye for kitty.


cat jury comic

Today's Kitty Komic

black and white cat art with flowers

Feline Art: "The Cat God", artist unkown.

Mewsings, March 7, 2018: "If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh."- Patricia Hitchcock

black cat destroys window blinds

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Nice things? You mean these old things?"

Cat Mewvie: This gorgeous technique is called 'needle-felting'.


cats hate humans comic

Today's Kitty Komic

butterfly on cat nose painting

Feline Art: "Cat and Butterfly" by Marcia Baldwin.

Mewsings, March 8, 2018: "French novelist Colette was a firm cat-lover. When she was in the U.S. she saw a cat sitting in the street. She went over to talk to it and the two of them mewed at each other for a friendly minute. Colette turned to her companion and exclaimed, "Enfin! Quelqu'un qui parle francais." (At last! Someone who speaks French!)" - Anonymousk

cat on board game

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Haven't you ever heard of 'free parking'?"

Cat Mewvie: Fluffy versus the duplex printer of horror.


cats are great comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat on wall painting

Feline Art: Painting by Siri Schillios.

Mewsings, March 9, 2018: "A cat isn't fussy--just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor."
- Arthur Bridges

cat looking into food dish

Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's so shiny I can see myself."

Cat Mewvie: A Cat Video classic from 2009.


cats chasing batman and robin comic

Today's Kitty Komic

orange cat painting

Feline Art: "Feline", by Andrea Gianchiglia.

cat news

The mystery of cat coloration.
by Sallay Cragin

Like snowflakes in winter, no two cat coats are alike. But why is that? For camouflage? For heat retention? This question from young Trixie sent your correspondent on a lengthy and entertaining search through a variety of scientific journals. Cats are — as we always suspected — more complicated than we thought.

Cats evolved in the north African desert environment, so cats evolved to have red- or cream-colored coats, with different patterns so they could be camouflaged in sandy or dry glass areas. All cats have the following: A base color and a tabby pattern. “Tabby patterns” can be striped, spotted, ticked or mackerel. Because more than one male can fertilize a female cat, kittens can have a variety of coats.

Cat genetics work like this: The “base coat” gene is on the X chromosome (so females have two versions of it; males have one, because their other chromosome is a Y). However, chemistry and temperature in the womb also affects cat colors. That’s why the original cat clone “Copy Cat” did not look like her mother, Rainbow. Copy Cat had no orange coloring, while Rainbow was a tri-color cat (white with black and orange).

“New” breeds can emerge relatively frequently, though it may take years for them to be officially recognized by organizations such as the Westminster Kennel Club. (2017 brought the “Bengal” to a wider audience, although this hybrid cat has been bred for years.) Male kittens receive both color genes from their mother; females receive one from each parent. So parents with all-black coats will have all-black kittens (male and female).

Cats with red (orange) coats will have red kittens. A black male cat and a red female will have red male kittens and tortoise-shell females. It gets more complicated when the parents are different colors, and there is enormous unpredictability with kittens — that first Bengal cat was the result of a leopard cat (wild cat) who was bred with a black tom. She had spotted kittens!

N.B.: If your heart is set on a kitten of a certain color, please do not try to breed your own cat — shelters are overflowing with a variety of kittens.


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