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  • Larry? Downing Street cat catches a mouse in his claws only to let it run free [tr]

    03/16/2017 1:11:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2017 | George Odling
    He is one of the most famous mousers in the world and has spent half a decade longer at Number 10 than Theresa May. But has Larry the Cat lost his bloodthirsty edge? Downing Street insiders have said the docile moggy is happy to snooze while mice scurry past his nose and that he lacks the killer instinct of some of his more ferocious colleagues. While staff are full of praise for the skills of Treasury cat Gladstone and Palmerston of the Foreign Office, Larry has been spotted playing with a mouse before allowing it to scamper off.
  • Hilarious video captures cute cat mumbling to himself while hunting birds on the patio

    02/28/2017 9:41:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Febuary 28, 2017 | Ariel Zilber
    Bird-watching can be frustrating – especially if you’re a cat. An internet video showing a feline apparently mumbling to itself while looking for birds through a window has gone viral on Monday. As of Monday afternoon, it had generated over 1.4 million views on YouTube. One can only wonder what the cat is saying.
  • Reality TV show livestreaming kittens called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians becomes a hit [tr]

    02/24/2017 9:38:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2017 | Hannah Al-Othman
    A new fly-on-the-wall reality TV show called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians featuring a gang of adorable kittens has become a surprise hit in Iceland. The cats, from a local animal rescue shelter, live together in an over-sized dollhouse, which has been rigged with hidden cameras. The programme was created in partnership with the Icelandic Cat Protection Society.
  • Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says

    02/22/2017 9:41:16 AM PST · by fruser1 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | Fox News
    Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says Although you may hold suspicions about your neighbor who feeds the local stray cats, new research has found no link between owning a feline and exhibiting psychotic symptoms. The University College London findings cast doubt on previous research, which suggested that people who grew up with cats are at a higher risk of mental illness. “The message for cat owners is clear: there is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children’s mental health,” Dr. Francesca Solmi, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “In our study,...
  • To declaw cats or not? New Jersey could be first with ban

    02/08/2017 7:54:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 10:33 AM EST | Shawn Marsh
    Cats would keep their claws under a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to prohibit declawing. The measure, which cleared the lower house of the Legislature last month, bans onychectomies and flexor tendonectomies on a cat or any animal unless a veterinarian deems them medically necessary. A vote on the measure was delayed in a state Senate committee Monday, and it’s not clear when it will move forward. The practice, often undertaken to prevent cats from shredding furniture or injuring humans or other pets, is already banned in several California cities and in nearly 20 countries. …
  • Women's March in DC leaves millions of cats hungry at home

    01/29/2017 4:06:02 PM PST · by maddog55 · 17 replies
    People's Cube ^ | 1/22/2017, 12:54 am | Red Square 1/22/2017, 12:54 am
    Following yesterday's Inauguration, half a million American women put on their pink "pussyhats" and marched on Washington, D.C., leaving an estimated 2.5 million starving, meowing cats in their homes completely unattended and deprived of their scheduled mandatory hugs and prolonged belly rubs. Organized by Planned Parenthood, Council for American-Islamic Relations, the Communist Party, and other progressive movements, American women came to Donald Trump's doorstep to express their anger, fury, indignation, and outrage over the fact that they can't name a single right that men have and women don't. Another reason to be enraged was, of course, that while they were...
  • Amputee cats given bionic paws in groundbreaking surgery

    01/27/2017 12:44:39 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 27, 2017 | Helena Horton
    Two cats have been given a new lease of life in what is thought to be a surgery first for Europe aside from Britain. Black-and-white Pooh was given two new paws, after losing his legs after an accident at just one year old.
  • Cats and dogs are equally intelligent - new research

    01/26/2017 7:30:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 25, 2017 | Henry Bodkin
    It is a question that for centuries dog lovers and cat lovers have fought over like, well, cats and dogs: which animal is more intelligent? Now scientists in Japan appear finally to have settled the matter by proving cats are just as good as their canine counterparts at various memory tests, suggesting they could be equally clever.
  • 2 people, 2 cats found dead in Berkeley apartment, police say it's suspicious

    01/23/2017 7:38:00 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 80 replies ^ | January 23, 2017
    BERKELEY, Calif. (KTVU) - The Berkeley Police Department is investigating the bodies of two people and two cats found inside an apartment unit on Monday and is calling it a "suspicious circumstance". According to police, the two people, described to be in their 30s, were residents of a four-plex building on the 3000 block of Deakin Street.
  • Extreme PMS? Scientists say the symptoms may be caused by a parasite carried by your CAT

    01/23/2017 6:53:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2017 | Pat Hagan
    For some women, that time of the month can be so bad it triggers a complete emotional meltdown. But those who suffer severe forms of premenstrual syndrome may be suffering from more than raging hormones – their symptoms could be caused by a parasite carried by cats, research suggests. Scientists found women with extreme symptoms such as depression and anger are more likely than others to have the parasite in their bloodstream.
  • Adorable little girl meets her kitten.....

    01/22/2017 4:41:26 AM PST · by Doogle · 23 replies
    YT ^ | 01/17/2017 | Yt
    Little girl meets her kitten...
  • Addicts hurting pets to get pain reliever commonly given to animals, vets say

    01/18/2017 9:30:00 AM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    news10 ^ | January 17, 2017 | Carmen Chau
    SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Reports claim addicts have begun hurting their pets to get ahold of a pain killer given to pets with arthritis. Veterinarians at The Animal Hospital in Slingerlands said they don’t carry the drug Tramadol in-house because they’re worried addicts will use it for themselves instead of their pets. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration declared Tramadol a controlled substance three years ago. Since then, the commonly used pain medication for pets with arthritis became available only as a prescription at pharmacies. “There’s unfortunately always the risk of abuse with any of these medications, and it’s a sad...
  • Australia Has a Serious Cat Problem

    01/08/2017 2:50:49 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 80 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 6, 2017 | Kate Samuelson
    Australia has a serious cat problem, with feral cats covering 99.8% of the country according to new research published in the journal Biological Conservation. The exact number of cats fluctuates from roughly 1.4 million after continent-wide droughts cramp food sources to about 5.6 million after extensive wet periods, which result in plenty of available prey. An additional 700,000 feral cats are estimated to live in other environments, including Australia’s urban areas, rubbish dumps and intensive farms. Despite this, researchers say that the cats’ impact on Australia’s fauna is still severe, and that reducing this impact is of critical importance. The...
  • Woman leaves $1.2 million estate for Carter County animals (Tennessee)

    01/02/2017 2:50:52 PM PST · by who knows what evil? · 29 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | January 2, 2017 | who knows what evil?
    ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – The Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter is getting some much needed improvements thanks to a generous gift from the estate of a Carter County woman who recently passed away. Around $500,000 of that will go to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter, while the rest is distributed among other animal care agencies in the region Glenda Delawder committed her estate of $1.2 million to helping Carter County animals in need. Around $500,000 of that will go to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter, while the rest is distributed among other animal care agencies in the region....
  • Some cats are just jerks: Over-excited man is attacked by pet while opening up his Christmas [tr]

    12/25/2016 7:24:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25,2016 | Zoe Szathmary
    An overexcited man was attacked by a cat while unwrapping a present in a hilarious video.  Andrew Woodard was caught on camera sitting by a Christmas tree while he unwrapped the gift in Macon, Georgia. 'I got a PlayStation! I got a PlayStation for Christmas!' he yelled excitedly. A cat nearby then hopped onto Woodard and attacked him. 
  • Shocking photo shows cat under 'pounds' of matted fur after being neglected for 'years'

    12/21/2016 7:37:24 PM PST · by thecodont · 52 replies
    San Antonio Express-News via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Madalyn Mendoza
    Beneath "pounds" of matted fur laid a cat an animal defense league rescued last week. The Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh shared Facebook photos of a cat brought into their clinic on Dec. 15 after its elderly owner moved into a nursing home. In the shocking photos taken before the medical team began shaving off "pounds" of fur, the cat laid beneath piles of "severe matting" or "dreadlocks." The rescue team estimated the cat had been "neglected for years."
  • Herding Cats Video (LOL!)

    12/20/2016 11:45:56 AM PST · by pabianice · 52 replies
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  • Hilarious photos prove that pets really do HATE Christmas as they destroy their owners' [tr]

    12/20/2016 9:44:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 20, 2016 | Esra Gurkan and Martha Cliff
    With Christmas less than a week away many of us will be feeling our most festive - however, there are a few who are still struggling to get in the mood. While their owners celebrate the many joys that Christmas has to offer their pets are simply not playing ball. These hilarious pictures, compiled by Bored Panda, prove that some pets simply can't wait for Christmas to be over.
  • All hail the rise of cat men, an antidote to toxic masculinity

    12/14/2016 10:57:23 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 133 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 11, 2016 | Hayley Gleeson
    An online movement of men is shrugging off the stereotype that 'cats are for girls' and flaunting their affinity for kitties, writes Hayley Gleeson. And they're giving others permission to embrace a gentler, more thoughtful kind of masculinity. Myles Loughran is a cat man. 'Cat man' as in, 'cat lady', but with a Y-chromosome. Put another way, Mr Loughran is a man who likes cats — as opposed to a man who likes dogs, say, or miniature pigs. "There's something about cats," the 29-year-old co-owner of Cat Cafe Melbourne tells ABC News. "I feel they can give you that real...
  • Unborn Babies Get Less Legal Protection than Cats and Dogs

    11/25/2016 7:16:54 AM PST · by pinochet · 11 replies
    I just came across a story of a Nevada man who was jailed for 28 years for animal cruelty on dogs. This might be some kind of record for animal abuse. Here is the story: Another man got 8 years for stomping on a cat Prison sentences for animal cruelty keep getting longer and longer. Doesn't an unborn baby who has reached the age of viability, deserve the same legal protection as a cat or a dog?
  • The Case Against Cats: The animal so many dote on ranks among the world’s most destructive [tr]

    11/14/2016 6:12:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 14, 2016 | Britt Peterson
    New Zealand’s recent announcement of a plan to eradicate all invasive predators, including feral cats, sparked an immediate response—and not in defense of the stoat, up there with cats among the top 100 on the Global Invasive Species list. “Cat murdering New Zealand[ers] are for the birds,” one commenter vented on The Washington Post’s website. “Removing cats from an area is a futile effort—one that cannot succeed,” another warned. When Australia announced a plan in 2015 to cull 2 million feral cats, the singer Morrissey declared them “2 million smaller versions of Cecil the lion.” The actress Brigitte Bardot called...
  • Cuddle Cats at This Election Night Party as the Results Roll In

    11/08/2016 6:18:33 AM PST · by Oratam · 15 replies
    DNAInfo ^ | 11/7/2016 | Alexandra Leon
    BROOKLYN — Attempt to regain your sanity as the election results roll in by cuddling up with some feline friends Tuesday night in Brooklyn Heights. The Brooklyn Cat Cafe, at 149 Atlantic Ave., will be hosting an election night “comfort” party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The cafe, where about a dozen adoptable cats roam free, will be screening the election results on a projector, as well as some funny cat videos interspersed throughout to “help reduce the tension,” a listing for the event said. The watch party is meant to bring a sense of humor to what’s been a...
  • Hilarious moment a pet cat trips toddler girl by grabbing her leg as she walks past [tr]

    10/28/2016 6:40:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 28, 2016 | Sophie Williams
    Hilarious footage has emerged showing a naughty cat tripping up a toddler as she walks past. The footage is thought to have been filmed in China and shows the girl being tripped over. The girl can then be seen pointing at the cat to tell her parents what it did.
  • How Cats Evolved to Win the Internet

    10/17/2016 9:33:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 15, 2016 | Abigail Tucker
    Like many people, I needed a cat photo for my personal website. Lulu did the trick. She was puffy, orange and belonged to the ex-roommate of my sister’s boyfriend. Lulu — whose nickname is Luyoncé — vamped obligingly, and Lulu’s owner soon decided that her budding cat model required an Instagram account. That was just over six months ago. My website’s traffic has languished, but Lulu now commands nearly 40,000 Instagram followers. “Be the cute you wish to see in this world,” one post says. In another, she gloats from the bottom of a laundry hamper.
  • Tubby Tabby in New Hampshire Gaining National Attention

    10/01/2016 11:20:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    One tubby tabby cat has guests at a New Hampshire hotel ordering extra room service. The Best Western Silver Fox in Waterville Valley has a fat cat causing some folks to want to come back for another visit. Logan, is 8-years-old and 31 pounds, which is about triple the weight of an average cat. His owner says he loves hogging the attention and the meals of his brothers and sisters. "He has a funny little habit of licking each bowl, and then going back to his. I told you he's kind of a character," says Susan Brunvand, Logan's owner.
  • Where Your Cat Goes May Blow Your Mind [3+ minute video via You Tube]

    09/28/2016 1:45:32 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 42 replies
    Nat Geo via You Tube ^ | August 8, 2014 | Nat Geo
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  • Should I adopt a cat with feline leukemia

    09/26/2016 6:26:30 AM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 55 replies
    9/26/16 | Me
    I recently lost my cat and have been thinking of getting another one. My niece, who is a vet, works with a cat rescue group that has a one year old female kitty with feline leukemia that they have been trying to find a home for and are even willing to waive the adoption fee in order to place her. So my question is directed to anyone here who has ever had a cat with feline leukemia. How long did your cat live with the disease, how was its quality of life, did you have to administer medication on a...

    09/22/2016 1:31:05 PM PDT · by Einherjar · 30 replies
    You’ve heard of ancient Egyptian cats. But Viking cats? Scientists studying cat DNA say that they found cat remains at a Viking site dating to between the eighth and eleventh century A.D. in northern Germany.
  • Kill unwanted stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

    09/21/2016 5:53:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 100 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 20, 2016 | Patrick Sawer
    It is not a suggestion that is likely to go down well with millions of cat lovers. An American academic has recommended that all stray felines should be eradicated unless they can be found a home, because of the huge numbers of birds they kill. Not only that, but Dr Peter Marra, the director of the Smithsonian migratory bird centre in Washington, says all domestic cats should be kept indoors or on a lead to stop the “devastating impact” they have on wildlife.
  • How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships)

    09/21/2016 5:10:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Nature,com ^ | 20 September 2016 | Ewen Callaway
    First large-scale study of ancient feline DNA charts domestication in Near East and Egypt and the global spread of house cats. Thousands of years before cats came to dominate Internet culture, they swept through ancient Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings, finds the first large-scale look at ancient-cat DNA. The study, presented at a conference on 15 September, sequenced DNA from more than 200 cats that lived between about 15,000 years ago and the eighteenth century ad. Researchers know little about cat domestication, and there is active debate over whether the house cat (Felis...
  • Foul Play Suspected As Cats Disappear In Arlington [TX]

    09/08/2016 1:59:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    DFW CBS LOCAL ^ | 10 Sept 2016 | By Gilma Avalos
    ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A dozen neighborhood cats have recently died or disappeared in downtown Arlington, and many business owners are turning to police for help because they suspect foul play. “These cats of Main Street had a home,” said Sarah Hughes, who works nearby. A long row of white crosses covers two streets along Main Street in Arlington. Each cross represents a feral cat that has either gone missing or has been found dead in recent weeks. Hughes stopped next to a cross with the word “missing” crossed out. It has been replaced with “R.I.P.” “This was one of our...
  • After Bel Mooney revealed how her dog came to her after death:Can dead pets really come back. .

    08/26/2016 6:17:02 PM PDT · by fella · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 August 2016
    Do the animals we’ve loved and lost truly leave us? Earlier this week, Bel Mooney told of her grief at losing her dog, Bonnie, and how, at her lowest ebb, she felt Bonnie come back to her. In response, dozens of you responded with stories of signs from the after-life from dearly beloved pets . . . Eight years ago, I had a lovely black cat called Nevil. One afternoon a lady knocked on my door and told me she had run over my cat. For two weeks I was truly devastated. One night I could not sleep and went...
  • Macavity: The Mystery Cat -- Never Found at the Scene of the Crime

    08/19/2016 8:24:55 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 26 replies
    The Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (1939) is one of most creative and fun collections of poetry ever written in the English tongue. With splendid illustrations by Edward Gorey, the book is very short -- only 56 pages. The genius of this collection of 15 playful poems on the adventures of anthropromophic cats is that Eliot beautifully describes the many "personalities" of cats -- and humans, for that matter.  Reading this is a cat lover's must. These poems are part of our culture already: they inspired the Broadway musical CATS, for instance.  And the...
  • Maine Coon Cats/Vanity for the cat folks Just got this photo layout on Maine Coon Cats. Majestic is an understatement! Kitty Freepers enjoy,,,,others too
  • Kitten Summer Games

    08/05/2016 4:59:40 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 9 replies
    The Hallmark Channel | 8/05/16 | Me
    The Kitten Summer Games begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel
  • Obama-Backed Solar Plant INCINERATED 1,145 Birds Last Year

    08/01/2016 6:08:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8-1-16 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    The Ivanpah solar plant in Southern California killed 6,185 birds in 2015. That includes burning about 1,145 birds with the intense heat coming off its many mirrored heliostat panels, according to a recent report on the government-backed solar project. An audit of how many birds and bats Ivanpah kills every year found “there were an estimated 2500 fatalities from known causes and 3686 fatalities from unknown causes” last year. Of the known fatalities, nearly 46 percent were killed by the intense, concentrated heat used to generate electricity. Western EcoSystems Technology, the firm auditing Ivanpah, estimated about 1,145 dead birds have...
  • It’s a real cat fight: Larry and Palmerston square off in Downing Street as their bitter [tr]

    08/01/2016 6:40:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Alex Matthews
    The feisty feline feud between the pets of Westminster continues to rage as the cats clashed in another violent showdown. Downing Street is no stranger to seeing egos battle it out for supremacy, but usually with a war of words than of claws and teeth. However, in recent weeks the epicentre of British politics has played host to running battles between Larry the Downing Street cat and his arch-nemesis Palmerston, who belongs to staff at the Foreign Office.
  • Third cat in town: Now the Treasury recruits 'greedy' Gladstone to chase out the mice [tr]

    07/29/2016 5:56:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 29, 2016 | Matt Dathan
    A third cat has joined Whitehall's increasing team of mousers with the arrival of Gladstone at the Treasury. The 18-month black moggie - who wears a red ribbon around his neck - is described as 'greedy' and an animal with 'catitude' - stoking fears he will join the increasingly bitter turf war between No 10's Larry and Palmerston from the Foreign Office. Like his new neighbours, Gladstone was recruited from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, where he was called Timmy.
  • The feline fight for Downing Street: Larry and Palmerston face-off to be the top cat of No 10

    07/28/2016 6:27:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2016 | Thomas Burrows
    Eye balling one another across Downing Street like two boxers in a ring, the simmering feline feud between Larry and Palmerston shows no sign of abating. The two cats faced off today in their ongoing battle to be top cat in the corridors of power. Lorry, the Downing Street cat, made a triumphant return to the corridors of power on Monday after a bruising bout with his arch enemy from the Foreign Office last week. That scuffle saw the brown and white tabby suffer an injured right paw following a feisty brawl with Palmerston.
  • He's a scaredy cat! Ginger feline cowers in fear as two GIANT rats have vicious fight in Thai [tr]

    07/14/2016 6:26:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2016 | Harriett Mallinson
    This cat may need to work on its hunting skills. The alarmed moggy was spotted keeping its distance as it watched a fight between two huge rats that were almost as big as him. Vile footage from what is believed to be a kitchen in Thailand shows the wary cat remaining apathetic as the rodents tussle furiously on the floor in front of him.
  • Ocelot Steals My Socks!

    07/05/2016 11:20:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    uuu-tuuumdbe! ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | "Brave Wilderness"
    On this special Breaking Trail Outtake, Coyote's new friend the Ocelot steals his socks! In an attempt to recover his last dry pair of Wigwams, a classic tug-of-war ensues with this feisty jungle cat. Who will win the battle? Well you’ll just have to watch to find out! Get ready Coyote, an Ocelot just stole your socks! Ocelot’s have a wide range stretching from Argentina to Texas and while they have fairly healthy populations in the topics they are extremely elusive and rarely seen by humans. There has never been another video like this and we feel so extremely fortunate...
  • Missing Cat Found Living Just Down the Block for Over 2 Years, But No Happy Reunion in Sight

    06/30/2016 1:40:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    One cat. Two families. And, a whole lot of mystery about what happened over the past two and a half years. One woman said her cat went missing in September of 2013. Another woman said a cat was begging to come into her home at exactly the same time. She and her husband let it in and kept the cat for two and a half years, claiming they couldn’t locate the owner. Meanwhile, the original owner has been living three doors away from the cat and never knew it all this time Joey is the Himalayan cat at the center...
  • 10 Scientific Benefits of Being a Cat Owner

    06/17/2016 6:55:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | June 15, 2016 | Kathy Benjamin and Austin Thompson
    Studies have shown that just watching cat videos on the internet can boost a person's energy and create positive emotions—so it's no surprise that actual cat ownership has a number of benefits. Here are a few.

    06/16/2016 12:03:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Food and Wine ^ | JUN 13 2016 | MIKE POMRANZ
    Over the past few years, the emergence of the cat café trend has proven that kitties and caffeine can mix. But what about crossing felines with fine wines? A planned bar in Denver is hoping to find out. Sana Hamelin recently launched a Kickstarter for the Denver Cat Bar, which she’s billing as “America’s first cat bar!” (exclamation hers). Hamelin isn’t new to crossing cats and beverages: 18 months ago she opened the Denver Cat Company, Denver’s first cat café. With her latest project, she’s hoping to “next level” the cat café concept by creating another location with an atmosphere...
  • Cats seem to grasp the laws of physics

    06/14/2016 2:05:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies ^ | 06/14/2016
    Previous work conducted by the Japanese team established that cats predict the presence of invisible objects based on what they hear. In the present study, the researchers wanted to find out if cats use a causal rule to infer if a container holds an object, based on whether it is shaken along with a sound or not. The team also wanted to establish if cats expect an object to fall out or not, once the container is turned over. Thirty domestic cats were videotaped while an experimenter shook a container. In some cases this action went along with a rattling...
  • Hilarious footage shows a terrified cat being chased around by a RAT in the kitchen [tr]

    05/17/2016 6:03:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 17, 2016 | Sophie Williams
    A female feline has become an unlikely social media star after she was filmed being chased by nothing other than a rat. The hilarious footage, which emerged on China's Twitter-like Weibo, has caught the moment the terrified cat tried to run away from the tiny rodent. Since the clip was shared on May 10, the moggy has been dubbed the 'humiliation of the cat world' by Chinese social media users, according to the People's Daily Online. .
  • Black Cat Crosses San Jose Sharks' Rink, Brings Team Good Luck

    05/02/2016 11:44:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/2 | Rhea Mahbubani
    The cat slipped onto the ice Friday before the Sharks won a big playoff gameThe San Jose Sharks got an unexpected visit Friday. Before the NHL team beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 at the SAP Center, a black cat crept out of the player bench area and scurried onto the ice. As the Sharks warmed up for the first game of their best-of-seven playoff series, fans watched the small feline making a beeline for an oversized, fiberglass shark head, only to escape under the seats at "the Shark Tank," as the arena is known. The venue’s staff was able...
  • Temptations Made a Collar That Finally Gives Your Cat a Human Voice, So It Can Talk to You

    04/29/2016 5:57:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    Adweek ^ | April 28, 2016
    Since the dawn of time, humans have been confounded by cats, those mystifyingly aloof creatures whose inner thoughts are famously inscrutable. But no longer! Temptations Cat Treats has invented a cat collar that lets your feline speak in a human voice—so you can finally understand (though probably not) exactly what she is trying to tell you. The Temptations Catterbox, created by London ad agency adam&eveDDB, contains a microphone, speaker, Bluetooth technology and wifi. It captures the cat's meows and translates them into human speech—words that may or may not actually be what they're trying to say.
  • Cats in Space Lightsaber Battle Lights Up San Jose This Weekend

    04/28/2016 10:53:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 27, 2016 | Tamara Palmer
    A "Cats in Space" themed LED lightsaber battle is scheduled to take over St. James Park in San Jose on Saturday. Toronto event producers Newmindspace, who threw a bubble-blowing party in San Francisco's Dolores Park in 2015, have been throwing lightsaber battles internationally for years, including one last December in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza. Newmindspace's battles used to have a Star Wars theme until Lucasfilm came calling; post-settlement with the Bay Area company and they're now called "space battles" and can't technically refer to the fighting weapon as a lightsaber. For $10 participants will be reserved lighted stick, with...
  • Robots, lasers, poison: the high-tech bid to cull wild cats in the outback

    04/18/2016 12:16:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-18-16
    A trial of ‘grooming traps’ is aiming to eradicate one of the biggest threats to Australian wildlife – feral felines. Robotic killers that detect feral cats, spray their fur with poison and rely on them to essentially lick themselves to death have been deployed in the Australian desert for the first time. Australian night parrot legend lives on but bird remains as elusive as ever Read more Feral cats are one of the biggest threats to many of Australia’s endangered species, killing millions of animals every day throughout the country – and controlling them has proved difficult. It took John...