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Infinite Cat Project Archives for June 3-7, 2019.

Mewsings, June 3, 2019: "Cats at firesides live luxuriously and are the picture of comfort." - Leigh Hunt

cat on edge of tub

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Ohhhh, so THAT'S a Brazillian."

Cat Mewvie: Feral cat comes inside. (Note: He came to stay.)


cat hair comic

Today's Kitty Komic

shedding art

Feline Art: "Shedding" by EmptyIs.

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Should cats live alone?
by Nick Greene

Dear Nick,

For eight years we had two female cats. They always got along fine, but I wouldn’t describe them as devoted to each other. They had occasional spats, but never any real fights. Maybe that is what devotion between cats looks like?

Recently, one of the cats became suddenly and seriously ill and died. Our surviving cat is a bit needier than usual but otherwise seems OK. While none of us humans are quite ready to look for a new kitty just yet, we enjoyed having two pets and likely will want to add to the family at some point.

Our cat is approximately 13 to 14 years old. My husband is convinced she’s terribly lonely and that we should adopt again soon, but I worry that she may be happy on her own and we would ruin her remaining years by making her adjust to a new pet whom she may or may not click with.
Are there any clues from her we could be looking for to help us decide?

- Three’s Not a Crowd

Dear Three’s Not a Crowd,

Grief is odd, right? It’s not a singular emotion, but a cocktail of memories and doubts and stomach aches and the occasional burst of random laughter. I think that’s why people say, “I’m sorry for your loss.” You’re not going to solve anything, so it’s easiest to just issue a blanket apology. Now, allow me to offer two apologies: I’m sorry for your loss, and I am sorry I can’t think of anything more comforting to say.

I understand where your husband’s coming from. If you put yourself in the cat’s shoes, this loss must feel tectonic. Her entire universe exists within your home, and the cat population was just halved in one fell swoop. I mean, being the last person on Earth is a terrifying thought. That’s why it’s such a popular trope in science fiction: Loneliness is universal. That’s in regards to humans, though. Cats don’t read or write sci-fi.

Your cat isn’t Tom Hanks in Cast Away; she’s Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

To better understand the feline grieving process, I called certified cat behaviorist Ingrid Johnson and told her about your situation. “This is a super common misconception of humans,” she says. “The cat might be missing her housemate, but it doesn’t mean that she wants another cat.”
It’s one thing if she was howling, refusing to eat, or otherwise acting strangely in response to the loss. But, by the sounds of it, she’s doing great. What you see as “neediness” is probably just her living her best life. “Sometimes when there’s a pair, one is a little more outgoing and steals the show,” Johnson says. “Then that one dies and the other one is like, ‘Oh, this is fantastic.’ It can be pretty fun for them. They finally have the limelight.” Your cat isn’t Tom Hanks in Cast Away; she’s Tom Cruise in Risky Business, and her life is now “Old Time Rock and Roll” on a loop. Do you really want to shut off the Seger?

The cat may be fine, but you guys can grieve her old companion any way you want. This includes adopting another one, but you should make this decision carefully to avoid ruining your current cat’s renaissance.

Johnson says that you have three options when it comes to adoption: “another old codger, a pair of kittens, or nothing at all.” A senior female cat will be well-matched, behaviorally, as they will both be content to keep to themselves. A pair of kittens, meanwhile, will have each other to play with so they won’t have to bug their older roommate for attention. “This allows her to watch them like kitty TV and babysit them if she’d like,” Johnson says, “but she also can remove herself if she’s not feeling it.” Or there’s the simple solution: Keep the current situation going.

Whatever your decision may be, don’t rush into it. We’re not cats; we need time to adjust.

Mewsings, June 4, 2019: "You may have a cat in the room with you without anxiety about anything except eatables. The presence of a cat is positively soothing to a student." - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

cute yellow kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: This is what 137% cute looks like.

Cat Mewvie: Belly-Rubbing Time.


democats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

black line art fuzzy cat

Feline Art: "Watch the World Burn" by Shannon May.

Mewsings, June 5, 2019: "Cats too, with what silent stealthiness, with what light steps do they creep up to a bird!" - Pliny the Elder

cay with paws in the air

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Praise Bastet! Hallelujah!"

Cat Mewvie: "The Cat Piano", featuring the voice of Nick Cave.


cats and tv comic

Today's Kitty Komic

carl finch and cats

Feline Art: Carl Finch (Of atomic polka band "Brave Combo") as a D&D figurine.

Mewsings, June 6, 2019: "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." - Missy Dizick

photobomb cat in chair

Gratuitous Kittiness: The cat burglar's dilemma.

Cat Mewvie: Maru vs. The Sleeve of Death!


alley cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

geometric cat art

Feline Art: "Geometric Cat". Artist unknown.

Mewsings, June 7, 2019: "How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven."
- Robert A. Heinlein

two cats looking up

Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized mooching.

Cat Mewvie: Playtime!


cats are independent comic

Today's Kitty Komic

chalkboard cat

Feline Art: "Chalkboard Cat", artist unknown.

upside down cat

What to know before adopting a cat
by Gloria J. Towle

At some point in the majority of the lives of people all across the world, we all long for a pet, a furry friend to help pass the time and make life all the more sweeter. Some people prefer dogs, while some prefer fish, or birds, but then there are the vast majority who prefer cats and kittens to occupy their homes.

Cats can appear to be quite docile animals, felines that just want to lounge around all day and don’t seem to require the amount of exercise and play that other animals do, such as dogs. However, just as with any pet that you bring into the home, cats can require a good deal of responsibility on the part of the owner or the family who welcomes them. Cats are very particular creatures, animals that want their independence and don’t want to mess around unnecessarily in most cases.

Here are some tips to consider before you add a cat to your home.

Have them fixed immediately: Having your pet fixed can help to keep them healthy and safe, as well as prevent prominently harmful diseases such as infections and cancer that can develop as they age. And it goes without saying; we all know the problems that come with multiple unwanted litters.

Take your time adjusting them to family and other pets: Bringing home a cat can be a huge adjustment, not just for you, but for your furry feline friend as well. Often times, it can take a cat up to seven to fourteen days to get adjusted and acquainted to their new environment they have been brought to, so it may take a bit of time to get them feeling comfortable in their new surroundings. There are many things that you can do to ease the time along, which can include things such as introducing your cat to different family members or other pets, one at a time, and letting them have their own space for a bit. Just remember that this can be an overwhelming time and experience for your cat, so letting them get used to it on their own terms is the best way to go. Just remember to be patient with them.

Cats can live a long time:
The majority of cat breeds that you will see often have a life span that covers about 13 to 17 years; However, there have been many cats that have been known to exceed this average life span, and have lived to see 20 years or even a bit more. Make sure you are ready for that commitment.

Always have water out: Yes, most cats steer clear of being in water. But, did you know that cats need to drink more water than most animals?

Keep nails groomed and invest in a scratching post: Even with all the scratching that your cat will do throughout the day once you bring them home, it is also a great idea to keep your kitty’s claws trimmed and groomed every two or three weeks. A scratching post will keep your furniture safe in the process, the best thing that you can do is invest in a scratching post that they can claim as their own territory to play with and scratch on. Make sure to get one that is at least three feet tall, which will allow your cat to stretch and play throughout the day as they please.

Let your cat have their own, quiet space:
Cats like to be independent and have their own space the majority of the time. That said, one of the best things you can do for your cat to help them get adjusted to their new home is to dedicate a quiet space for them, such as a spare room, or even a closet. You will want to choose a space, of course, that is often free of children and other pets running around, where your cat can retreat and spend time on its own. Also, make sure to dedicate this space to their items, like their bed, scratching post, or even a toy or two.

Brush your cat regularly: If you want to keep the hairball messes at bay when you bring your kitty home, make sure to brush and groom your cat yourself on a regular basis.


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