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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 7, 2018.

Mewsings, May 7, 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

sleepy yellow cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Is it Monday already? Yeah... it's Monday."

Cat Mewvie: More Simon's Cat


my favorite kittens comic

Today's Kitty Komic

white cat on couch art

Feline Art: "Cat in the Window", by Debbie Cook.

cat with glowing eyes

Why cat eyes look evil at night.
by Kevin Litman-Navarro

Cats are weird. Sometimes they are funny weird. Sometimes they’re annoying weird. And once in a while, they are scary weird. Like attempting-a-home-invasion-while-appearing-demonically-possessed weird.

The cat who starred in a viral post Thursday on Reddit’s r/wtf subreddit was the third kind of weird. In the post, which received over 37,000 upvotes at time of writing, user Jaygoon shared a video of an unfamiliar cat rapidly pawing at the front door like Daniel from the Karate Kid practicing his fence-painting technique. Aside from the attempted feline B and E, the most alarming thing about this video is the bright glow emanating from the cat’s eyes. They look like kind of like spotlights, or a window into the world’s purest soul.

Most cat owners are likely familiar with this phenomenon, called “eyeshine.” Your pet is being cute, and it’s dark, and you try to snap a quick photo of them only to have it look like the kitten spawn of satan.

Turns out there’s a perfectly rational, scientific explanation behind eyeshine and it has nothing to do with the cat playing with a ouija board it found in the basement. Along with a host of other nocturnal animals, cats have a layer of tissue called the tapetum lucium located behind their retinas. The tapetum lucium acts like a mirror, reflecting light and allowing the cat to see in poorly lit circumstances as if it was shining a flashlight on the scene.
Humans don’t have a tapetum lucium, which is why our eyes don’t have a hellish glow to them at night. From an evolutionary perspective, there’s no reason for us to have one, because our eyes adapted for daylight vision.

But even without the reflective layer, humans sometimes get eyeshine from flash photography. That’s just because a camera flash is really bright, as it’s designed to reflect off the subjects. In people, however, eyeshine is typically red. When light enters the retina and bounces back outward, it passes through blood vessels in the eye — the blood filters the reflecting light, coloring it red.

Sometimes animals have colored eyeshine as well. Usually, it’s a shade of green, but some species have yellow eyeshine and blue-eyed animals sometimes have the same red-eye effect as humans.

So if you’re cat is looking all evil, don’t worry. It’s probably just upset because you’re shining a light in its face.

Mewsings, May 8, 2018: "When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?" - Montaigney

pink bellied cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Pink belly kitty.

Cat Mewvie: Dove love.


cat groomer comic

Today's Kitty Komic

red head cat art

Feline Art: "Kat Von D Cat" by Umo Masada.

Mewsings, May 9, 2018: "There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person." - Dan Greenberg

cat peeking around corner

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Watching. Alllll-ways watching."

Cat Mewvie: How to pick up a cat like a pro.


cat with magnifying glass comic

Today's Kitty Komic

sphinx cat doll

Feline Art: Sphinx cat doll.

Mewsings, May 10, 2018: "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch." - Leo Dworken

two leopard cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: Spots before your eyes.

Cat Mewvie: Bad-ass cats.


missing your cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat head tattoo on hip

Feline Art: "Eddie la Chat" by Dreama Tolle Perry.

Mewsings, May 11, 2018: "Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible." - Roger Caras

cat with collection of hair ties

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?"

Cat Mewvie: Baby munchkins.


how cats work comic

Today's Kitty Komic

magic girl cat on couch painting cat painting

Feline Art: "Buster" by Diane Mastel.

cat carrying flower

Kitty brings the gift of flowers.

If you’ve ever received the “gift” of a dead bird on your verandah courtesy of a cat, the following story could give you hope.

A UK woman named Rosie recently discovered the flowers that mysteriously began appearing on her back deck were, in fact, lovingly deposited there by Willow - her neighbour’s cat.

Rosie had been baffled to find the beautiful pink blooms delicately scattered through her garden and verandah, honeymoon suite-style, over the space of a few weeks.

Every couple of days a new floral surprise would appear, with no clue as to how it got there.

The romantic culprit was eventually spotted by one of Rosie’s housemates, who noticed Willow carrying one of the flowers.

"For a while, it was just a legend that it was her, until yesterday when I was cooking and spotted her jumping down with a pink flower in her mouth," she recently told Love Meow.
Naturally, Rosie reached for her camera, because a secret admirer as cute as Willow deserves to be captured on film.

She posted the video on Youtube last week, where it received hundreds of comments.

“Willow is our neighbour's cat, but she clearly likes us better because she steals flowers from them and leaves them on our deck,” Rosie explained.

“It was at least 10 flowers before we realised it was her.”'Here, I got this for you.' (Reddit/xsymba)

Speaking to Love Meow, Rosie added, "She's so cute and I'd never seen a cat ever bring back anything but dead animals before.”

Like many suburban cats, Willow has a habit of ‘visiting’ all her neighbours and basking in their affections (and treats, of course).

For her owners’ sake, we can only hope Rosie is the only one who receives the flower treatment - we’d hate to see the state of their garden otherwise.


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