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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 6-10, 2019.

Mewsings, May 6, 2019: "All cats are possessed of a proud spirit, and the surest way to forfeit the esteem of a cat is to treat him as an inferior being." - Michael Joseph

amazed cat

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Whoaaaa! What if our solar system is, like, just an atom? Duuuude."

Cat Mewvie: Some people can sleep anywhere.


comedy cat club comic

Today's Kitty Komic

star wars cat art

Feline Art: "Mickey" by Coates.

fake cat and the king

Fake cat? Real Cat? Only the King knows.
by Kay Johnson

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Animal lovers in Thailand were thrown into confusion on Sunday over whether a Siamese cat presented to the newly crowned Thai king and his queen was a living feline - or not.

Thailand is holding three days of coronation events for King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, who was officially crowned on Saturday in elaborate ceremonies.

It is tradition at royal coronations to present a cat - as well as several symbolic household items - to a new monarch as part of the private Assumption of the Royal Residence blessing ceremony, which was held on Saturday at the Chakrabat Biman residence.

Cats are considered lucky by many Thais and the tradition of giving one as a housewarming gift signifies a stable home.

On Sunday morning, several Thai media outlets carried a photo of two uniformed palace officials next to what appeared to be a docile Siamese cat and a fluffy white rooster. The image, distributed by the Bureau of the Royal Household, was not captioned.

But by afternoon, the Thai-language news site Manager was reporting that the palace had used a “cat doll” instead of a live cat.

A palace official, contacted by Reuters, said: “The royal ceremony required the use of a rooster and a cat. It should not be the focus whether the animals were real or not, but instead the ritual itself is important.”

Reuters was unable to independently confirm whether live animals were used in the ceremony or the photograph.

A Facebook page - “” - posted a copy of the palace photo with a message from a well-known cat breeder saying he originally had been asked to select two gentle male Siamese cats for the ceremony but his cats were ultimately not used.

“I feel grateful for His Majesty’s kindness for feeling compassionate about the cats, fearing that the animal would suffer from waiting too long during ceremonies, so the cats were not used,” said the breeder, whose post did not identify him by name.

The breeder did not directly address whether the cat in the palace photo was a doll.
That ambiguity confused some Thais who posted comments online.

“So is it real or fake cat?” a Facebook user called Niphawan Rakpontee asked.

Another user named Krittaya Parichayanan said “It’s a real cat isn’t it?”

“This is likely a stuffed cat,” user Prapaporn Tongprasan said.

Thailand has strict lese majeste laws carrying prison sentences of up to 15 years for insulting the king, queen or the heir-apparent.

Historical images of the 1926 coronation of King Rama VII, the current monarch’s great uncle, show a group photo with female members of the royal family holding both a Siamese cat - a breed that originated in Thailand - as well as a rooster.

The tradition of using cats in royal household ceremonies dates back centuries, said historian and writer Sujane Kanparit.

“The meaning of having a cat is that it brings warmth to the household. It is an old court tradition that has appeared in the royal chronicles,” he told Reuters.

Asked if the cat in the palace photo was alive or a doll, Sujane said: “I have no idea.”

Mewsings, May 7, 2019: "There is no such thing as 'just a cat'." - Robert A. Heinlein

siamese cat on bed

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Good morning! You can feed me now."

Cat Mewvie: "If you close your eyes, blueberries taste sorta like tuna."


cat anubis sphynx comic

Today's Kitty Komic

sphynx cat art

Feline Art: "Sphynx" by Olivia Rose.

Mewsings, May 8, 2019: "A cat sleeps fat, yet walks thin." - Unknown

two gray kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Am I Fluffy or Muffy? You'll never know! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-haaa!"

Cat Mewvie: On the catwalk. (Wait for it.)


cat hate us comic

Today's Kitty Komic

kung fu cat art

Feline Art: "Kung Fu Cat" by Buyat Iraliyev.

Mewsings, May 9, 2019: "There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage." - Carl Van Vechten

fake keyboard cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: Life Hack #237 - Fake keyboard.

Cat Mewvie: Just your average kitten parade.


cat declawing comic

Today's Kitty Komic

pyschedelic lynx art

Feline Art: "Cat". Pastel, artist unknown.

Mewsings, May 10, 2019: "Even if you have just destroyed a Ming Vase, purr. Usually all will be forgiven."
- Lenny Rubenstein

upside down cat walking on ceiling

Gratuitous Kittiness: It takes these Australian cats a few days to acclimate.

Cat Mewvie: Cat City.


chosen by cats comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat warrior art

Feline Art: "Catlord" by Steven Doris.

cat butt

Baby got bac-teria... in their butts?
by Grant Currin

Cats do weird things: Bite ankles, run laps around your apartment for no apparent reason, and freak out at the sight of their own shadows. But perhaps the oddest of them all is this: They farm bacteria in their butts.

Why do they do this? Cats use their anal glands to produce a stinky pheromone spray made up of many volatile chemicals. And it turns out they probably don't make most of those smelly chemicals themselves; they outsource a lot of the production to microbes that live in those glands, new research reveals.

Chemical communication is common in mammals. It's how a dog announces "This fire hydrant is mine!" and how a skunk screams "Go away!" Domestic cats use a complex chemical language to mark their territory with messages that tell others who they are and whether they're ready to mate.

In a paper published May 1 on the preprint server biorXiv, researchers analyzed the anal gland secretions of a single, anonymous Bengal cat. The paper has not yet been peer-reviewed.

"We're testing the hypothesis that cats maintain these glands in part as incubators for bacteria that produce smells that are important to the cat for signaling," David Coil, a biologist at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and co-author on the paper, told Live Science.

The cat used in this proof-of-concept study was admitted to a veterinarian's office in Oakland. With the owner's consent, a technician massaged the cat's rear, extracted fluid from his anal glands, and shipped the prize 70 miles (113 kilometers) north to the lab.

Once the sample arrived, researchers identified the chemical compounds and bacteria present in the secretions. They also cultured some of the bacteria and identified the compounds the microbes had produced.

The anal sac secretion contained 127 compounds and the bacteria in the culture produced 67. Fifty-two of the microbe's compounds were identified in the anal sac secretion.

"So, it's reasonable to believe the microbes are making the volatile compounds" used in communication, Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at UC Davis and co-author on the study, told Live Science.

The partnership makes sense for both parties: the feline host is able to outsource complex biochemical synthesis by offering the microbes a warm, moist, nutrient-rich home. And it's not all that surprising; other mammals also host microbes that can produce the volatile chemicals used in communication.

Having shown this relationship between felines and their microbiome, the researchers can begin larger studies to better understand how microbes interact with their hosts.

"In this study, we looked at one cat at one time in a lot of detail," Coil said.

"What's needed now is a much bigger study looking at all the questions this one raised."

The Bengal cat in Oakland was unavailable for comment.”


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