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Monday, June 13, 2016

Day of the Cat

Thelma and Oni if painted by Van Eyck
Yes, it’s Monday NOT Caturday but, c’mon now, isn’t EVERY day Caturday? It sure as hell is here in Valhalla.

For a change here are Jen and Oni’s kittens. Thelma’s 20 years old now. According to Calculator Cat, if Thelma was human, she’d be 97 years old. A round of applause for the old girl! In contrast, Skitter is around 46. A vibrant, nutso 46 at that.

Just FYI and shit – yesterday, in reaction to the horror in Orlando, John Scalzi began posting little else but cat pics to his Twitter feed. 

It helped. Today can use 'em too.
I prefer cats to people, for the most part. Most people aren't cute and if they are cute they rapidly outgrow it.
~ William S. Burroughs

Opinions are like kittens," he commented. "People are always giving them away.
~ Elizabeth Bear, Ad Eternum 
From the science of healing from cats:
    ......purring is often compared to the dhikr, the rhythmic chanting of the Sufis , which is used in many early Islamic hospitals as a healing process. Modern science recently discovered the healing powers of the cats' purr: "…optimal frequency for bone stimulation is 50 hertz. The dominant and fundamental frequency for three species of cats' purr is exactly 25 to 50 hertz: the best frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing. The cat's purr falls well within the 20-50 hertz anabolic range, and extends up to 140 hertz ."
There is also an old veterinary saying still repeated in veterinary schools which states, " If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal."
I think this could work for damaged minds too. How's 'bout we have a law enacted that says all hateful, religious fanatic-y, right wing, asswipian miscreants must adopt no fewer than 21 cats and they must stay home to care and cosset them.

The world would be a better place for it. Swear ta Bast!

Skitter by Muybridge of course.

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