Category Archives: Cats

A Study Reveals the Top 8 Cities For Cat Lovers

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This study is the exact validation I needed to solidify a decision to one day move to Seattle. It is validation for both cat ladies and men who love cats looking for a lady who loves cats too.

Recently, a study was done by Nielsen Scarborough where they compiled enough information to accurately determine where the most cat ladies live. The Seattle Times reported that 400,696 people across the country were surveyed on their lifestyle between Feb. 2013 and March 2015. There are almost double the amount of single females than single males that own a cat.

And hey, this is  good news for anyone who loves cats because these are really the cities you will find fellow companions who love your feline friend as much as you do.

Here are the top cities for cat ladies, according to the percentage of single women living with cats.

8) TIE: Columbus, Ohio and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. (7.5%)
7) TIE: Harrisburg/York/Lebanon/Lancaster, Pa. & Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (7.7%)
6) Albuquerque/ Santa Fé, N.M. (8.2%)
5) Denver, Colo. (8.3%)
4) Kansas City, Mo. (8.4%)
3) Pittsburgh, Pa. (8.7%)
2) Seattle, Wash. (9.3%)
1) Portland, Ore. (9.9%)

“Shake Cats” – A Book That Captures Cats in Mid-Shake

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Oh smushed face cats, I didn’t think you could get better. Then I saw this book. “Shake Cats” does a wonderful and beautiful thing. It freezes cats right in the middle of them shaking their heads.

The photography book was put together by photographer Carli Davidson and is called “Shake Cat.” She’s also photographed dogs this way, catching them in mid-shake as well – ears all over the place.

Check out this video below of the cats in slow-motion, shaking majestically from the shoot.

This Island Has Too Many Cats So Please Take Some Maybe?

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The Tonawanda Island has the cutest infestation possible. The 85 acre island in the Niagra River is being taken over by feral and abandoned cats.

Tonawanda resident Wayne Howard explained, “They’re just everywhere. People drop them off. I’ve caught people dumping them on the road; they just unload them on the island.”

Yes it’s cute and cuddly but now there are more cats than people and the cats are getting into people’s boats like a cattier version of Jurassic Park. 

Where the cats are headed isn’t known but it is likely that they are headed anywhere that as a more active food source since they have captured the tiny Tonawanda Island.

Residents of the island don’t really care where they are headed and are more happy they seem to be migrating. Danielle Coogan, one of the residents of the island who is actively attempting to get rid of the cats, has started a task force to capture the cats. Reportedly she captures upwards of 10 cats in 10 days in her “Operation Island Cats” sting. All the cats she captures gets spayed or neutered to prevent any more cats from becoming cats on the island.

Architects Create Intricate Cat Shelters For Homeless Felines

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There are far too many homeless cats out there. I mean how could someone see the cuddly face of a cat out in the streets and not want to take it home, bundle it up in a towel, and bottle feed it until it is healthy have a new best friend? In response to the growing number of homeless and stray cats, FixNation, a non-profit dedicated to spaying and neutering street felines, recently commissioned some L.A. architects to design some rather groovy outdoor homes for cats.

The cat shelters designed by the architects are meant to raise awareness and money for the charity while also giving feral cats a place to call home.

Each of the unique and intricate cat shelters are created with a variety of different materials such as wood, faux-grass, bits of carpeting, shingled tubes and metal hoops and concrete boxes.

The cat shelters are to be donated to FixNation facilities which offer free trap-neuter-return services for homeless cats.

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Student’s Senior Photo With Cat Will Not Be Allowed – Everyone is Pissed

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I know, we all really wanted this to happen. The teen who petitioned to have the above picture run as his senior photo in his yearbook will unfortunately not be sharing his assigned spot with his cat.

Draven Rodriguez reportedly ended up “compromising” with the principle and school district about the photo and they have come to an “agreement.” Groan.

School principal Diane Wilkinson told the Times Union,

“We reached a compromise that everybody’s happy about.”

School district spokeswoman Karen Corona added,

“It was the principal’s idea, she went to the student with it, and he loved it. We wanted to make sure that Draven knows that we appreciate his creativity and energy around this, and we wanted to do something out of the ordinary with it.”

It seems that a new photo will run on the principal’s page in the yearbook and accompanying the new photo will be a message “advocating animal rescue and adoption.” Also we, the internet, are supposed to be appeased by the fact that the new photo will be done by the same photographer as the cat photo with lasers and everything.

Pfft. We want cats.

Malarky

Zoo Adopts Stray Cat After It Sneaks in and Becomes BFF With Lynx

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Don’t you love it when a big cat and a little cat become best friends? Apparently the Russian’s do as much as I do at least.

Recently, a stray calico cat snuck into the Lenigrad Zoo likely in search of food (and maybe companionship, you don’t know!) but ended up finding a life long home.

The cat found the zoo’s European lynx enclosure and almost immediately bonded with the big cat. According to the zoo keepers, the cats are inseparable so they decided to adopt the stray cat and let her live in the exhibit.

You can see the video below:

Cat Simulator: Catlateral Damage On Kickstarter

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There are very few things in this world I want more than to be a cat for a few hours. Now, the physics-based mischief game, “Catlateral Damage” lets that dream come true, kinda. The game allows you to act as a cat and do what they do best: cause mischief and knock things off tables and other surfaces around the house.

“Catlateral Damage” is currently at Kickstarter where creator Chris Chung is aiming to raise $40,000 (£24,000) to expand the demo into a full game. He envisions generated houses where you will systematically trash everything then move onto the next one, then the next, until you get to break something very expensive in a mansion at the end of the street. Power-ups and different cat classes, with some able to jump higher or more fond of trashing plants, are planned too.

According to the Kickstarter page, pledging at least $12 (£7) will get you a copy of the finished game.

If you want to try the demo/beta version, you can play it in your browser with Unity or download it.

Watch the Kickstarter video below:

Kittyo Allows Cat Owners to Interact With Their Cats From Anywhere

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If you are a cat owner, you probably feel bad when you leave your cat for a long period of time. I know I do. Even sometimes at work, I miss their fuzzy little faces. Now, you can play with your cat even when you are not at home!

Kittyo is the glorious all-in-one device that is part camera, part speaker, part laser toy and part treat dispenser that securely clamps to a wall.

The device allows you to interact with your cats through a free smartphone app in a variety of ways.

Feel badly when you’re away for hours? Now it’s time to shed your guilt, and connect with your cat even more. With the Kittyo app and device, you can remotely: activate sound to attract your cat, move laser around for your cat to play with, watch your cat have fun while providing exercise, push button to speak to your cat, record and share videos of your cat and dispense your cat’s favorite treats!

Unfortunately at the moment, the device is not for sale in retail stores. The creators recently raised funds through Kickstarter for the first round of Kittyo’s to be released and it can now be pre-ordered on their website.

You can watch their video pitch belowor visit their website for pre-ordering.

Cat Returned to Family 3 Years After Disappearing in Tsunami

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[Image via Asahi Shimbun]

Stories like the following make me love my cats even more. A few weeks ago, a cat that had been missing for MORE THAN THREE YEARS (since a 2011 tsunami in Japan) was reunited with its family. Let’s all shed a tear of happiness.

The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, reported that the cat, named Suika, was lost during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. The Yamagishi family was fortunate in that their house was relatively undamaged but their cat disappeared amidst the chaos. The family said they searched for around 3 months for Suika before giving up.

Three years later, a couple in a nearby town found a black cat under a tree. The feline was luckily wearing a collar and the couple took it to the Ofunato Health Center where officials tried to find the family.

From the Asahi Shimbun:

Days went by with no one showing up to claim the cat. So the center decided to print the cat’s picture in a local newspaper.

When an employee was taking the cat’s photo on the morning of May 9, he noticed faded letters and numbers on the collar. He deciphered the name as “Yamagishi” and made out the numbers. They turned out to be the cellphone number of Takeo Yamagishi.