Category Archives: Cats

Try These Cute Drinkable Cats With Your Next Cup of Coffee (If You’re in Japan)

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Have you ever wanted to mix your coffee life and your cat life without the scalding burns? Thankfully, we have found a product that makes your hot drink even cuter and more delicious. These marshmallows are in adorable cat and paw printed shapes that will dissolve as you drink.

The cat confectioner is known as Yawahada, The designed the marshmallow to set afloat in the hot beverage of your choice. Though realistically they can be used for many more delicious reasons. (Cat cupcakes anyone?)

The cats and paws are available in vanilla and chocolate. Each marshmallow feline are handmade to perfection. They will never tip upside down or sink in whatever hot drink they accompany.

Unfortunately they are only available in Japan. BUT they are working on international shipping options. So here I am doing my part to spread the word to get them sold in America. Why does Japan get all the best cat stuff?

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Jackson Galaxy Answers Questions About the Weird Things Cats Do

orange-persian-kittens-2 As a cat owner, (two at that) sometimes it seems like our feline friends are just, well, assholes. However, apparently, that is not (always) the case according to Jackson Galaxy, the host of Animal Planet’s series, “My Cat From Hell.”

See the answers to 10 of the most popular feline questions below!

Why does my cat constantly knocks things off the table or shelf?

“Your cat is curious, not purposefully aggravating. And, depending on how you look at it, bored! Think about a toddler who has been given crayons, but no paper. Hello, bedroom wall mural! Ask yourself, ‘Do we have enough cat toys?’ If the answer is yes, would he still rather bat a cup off the table? If so, it’s time to get new toys!”

Can cats really see in complete darkness? How does my cat zip around the house at night?

“Well, not total darkness, but cats can see clearly with only a sixth of the light we need to see. Because of their need to hunt in the low light of dusk and dawn, they’ve evolved to be able to see in darkness. This is how it works: The muscles around their iris can constrict to a slit in bright light and open very wide in low light, maximizing the available light. Then, the tapetum lucid, a reflective membrane behind the cornea, takes the light and reflects it—in essence, squeezing every drop of light out of the dark! Speaking of which, that’s why your cat’s eyes seem to glow in the dark. Iit’s the tapetum, not the devil!”

Why is my cat always meowing? Is it because she’s upset?

“Cats have dozens of unique vocalizations. It is argued that the meow itself, however, is a sound invented for the benefit of humans. Cats will rarely, if ever, meow at each other. When they meow at humans, the rough translation is, ‘I know when I make this cute noise, treats fall from the sky.’”

Why can’t I find my cat for hours at a time?

“I know exactly how you feel—my cat Velouria has been known to find a spot so remote that I swear she’s either escaped or disappeared into a cosmic wormhole. Here’s why: Cats are prey animals. In the wild, they are constantly hunting and simultaneously being hunted. That said, finding a disappearing spot has a few major advantages. It increases the odds of surprising their prey and having a successful hunt. And by hiding from other predators, they decrease the odds of becoming prey themselves.”

If an indoor-only cat escapes, will it ever come back?

“Anecdotally, cats have incredible senses of direction. I have a cat who escaped on the first night after moving five miles across town. He was gone for a week and found his way through neighborhoods he’d never been in, back to my old apartment. The new tenants opened the door and he just waltzed in. That said, he would have never found his way back home to me without a collar, tag, and a microchip. Do not leave it up to their inner compass. Always microchip!”

If my cat waves her tail around, does that mean she’s happy?

“I can’t tell you how many people have gotten bitten by cats thinking that, like a dog, when they wag their tails, they are really happy to see you. In reality, most of the time, a cat wagging or swishing their tail means a great deal of agitation. More often than not, cats will ‘wag’ when confronted with something displeasing to them. So if you’re greeted with a waving tail, don’t pet the cat!”

If a cat sleeps on my lap, can I take that as a sign that she likes me? Or am I just a comfortable surface?

“Of course! In the world of cat, vulnerability means trust and love. Come to think of it, that’s true in our world too. By the way, it also means you have a warm lap, but hey, that’s just a bonus!”

My cat sometimes looks like she’s grimacing. Do cats show their emotions through facial expressions?

“In my opinion, cats show their emotions with every body part, not just their faces. Fear, vulnerability, distaste, anxiety and every stop in between can be seen in their faces, their whiskers, ears, pupils, tails … and yes, faces.“

If my cat keeps biting me, does that mean she doesn’t like me?

“Where do I start with this one? It sure means she doesn’t like something. That said, it could be over-stimulation, play aggression or simply just a way of saying, ‘Stop it, I don’t like that.’ But the million dollar question is, if you ask why she keeps biting you, maybe you need to reassess your approach. You know what they say: once bitten … forty times shy?”

Sometimes I can’t help but shout when my cat misbehaves. Is this a bad way to train her?

“Train her to hate you? Train her not to trust you? Sure. If you want your cat not to do something, what you’re really asking is for them to do something else. So if you want to keep a great, tight bond between you and your cat companion, when you say ‘no’ to something, make sure there is a’yes’ right behind it. For instance, if they’re scratching the couch, the ‘no’ is the double-sided sticky tape you put on the arm of the couch. The ‘yes’ is the scratching post right next to the arm of the couch. Bottom line: Get what you want by giving them what they want. Or at least make them think that’s what they want!”

Cat Owners Everywhere Need This Cat Friendly Desk

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I am going to guess that around 90% of us work from home at a desk or table of some sort. And if you have a cat, you know how difficult it can be to get any work done. Between climbing in your lap, sitting on your keyboard, or batting your pens and pencils off the table, it is a miracle we get anything done.

Designer Rua Hao has come up with a solution, aptly named The CATable. The desk features a smooth workspace on top with a series of cubby holes just big enough for a kitten to crawl through below.

Cats’ characteristic curiosity is “greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole,” the designer writes. “It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.”

I think I definitely need/want this.

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25 Interesting Cat Facts For Your Life (Now With More Cat Pictures!)

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Sometimes just need a dose of cat facts in your life. Here are 25 somewhat interest facts about cats. Also some pictures because it has been a slow news week.

You’re welcome.

1. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

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2. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

3. Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

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4. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

5. A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

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6. The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space. Electrodes implanted in her brains sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip.

7. Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell it where it is in space so the cat can land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this ability.

8. A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat’s scent.

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9. Cats hate the water because their fur does not insulate well when it’s wet. The Turkish Van, however, is one cat that likes swimming. Bred in central Asia, its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant.

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10. The Egyptian Mau is probably the oldest breed of cat. In fact, the breed is so ancient that its name is the Egyptian word for “cat.

11. A cat’s eyesight is both better and worse than humans. It is better because cats can see in much dimmer light and they have a wider peripheral view. It’s worse because they don’t see color as well as humans do. Scientists believe grass appears red to cats.

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12. In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the staff noticed that the two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies. The cats heard the microphones when they turned on.

13. The little tufts of hair in a cat’s ear that help keep out dirt direct sounds into the ear, and insulate the ears are called “ear furnishings.”

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14. The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses.

15. A cat almost never meows at another cat, mostly just humans. Cats typically will spit, purr, and hiss at other cats.

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16. A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has up to 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. Humans only have 34.

17. Approximately 1/3 of cat owners think their pets are able to read their minds.

18. Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (humans have only 6). A cat can independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.

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19. One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.

20. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.

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21. A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human

22. Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.

23. Cats are extremely sensitive to vibrations. Cats are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can.

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24. In the 1930s, two Russian biologists discovered that color change in Siamese kittens depend on their body temperature. Siamese cats carry albino genes that work only when the body temperature is above 98° F. If these kittens are left in a very warm room, their points won’t darken and they will stay a creamy white.

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25. Cats see so well in the dark because their eyes actually reflect light. Light goes in their eyes, and is reflected back out. This means that their eyes actually work almost like built-in flashlights.

Mario’s World Is Now Available For Your Cat

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Etsy is a magical thing, really. Cat lovers of all kind can find solace in the kinship of the crafty world of Etsy and now if you are also a gamer, like me, your worlds are about to collide. Mike Wilson and Megan Hanneman, two Etsy shop owners, have recreated the world of Mario for your cat (and maybe you.)

Their product, called The Super Mario Cat Complex, will entice kittens and cats alike. It is handmade and features pipelines lined with sisal for kitty climbing. The blocks — which include a signature “?” cube in the middle — are hollow for cats to roam through.

The complex is available through the pair’s Etsy shop, CatastrophiCreations, for $200.

Below is a video for you to get a better idea of the product as a cat tests it out.

Ancient Chinese Cat Fossils Reveal Oldest Known Domesticated Cat

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Contrary to popular belief, it appears that the first evidence of domesticated cats have popped up in China. A recent discovery of 5,300-year-old cat fossils by archaeologists in China provide the oldest known physical and genetic evidence of domesticated cats.

The report was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It describes a fossil find that supports the theory that feline domestication began with the start of agriculture, when farmers needed the cats for pest control to protect their grain. Chemical signatures of the eight bones (belonging to two different cats) indicate that the cats had eaten rodents that had eaten millet.

The theory of how cats were domesticated is not the surprising part, however. The surprise is that they were found in China and not Egypt. Prior to this, the oldest evidence of cats living with humans came from 4,000-year-old tomb paintings in Egypt. In fact, every domesticated cat in the world today is descended from a single subspecies of Middle Eastern wildcat. How the kitties ended up in China—whether they were imported there or are some subspecies that has become extinct—remains a mystery.

Either way, suck it Egypt.

Mew-Genics: The Cat Lady Sim Game

 

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The developers behind “Super Meat Boy” recently revealed (and attempted to explain) their newest game, “Mew-Genics.” Edmund McMillen used the above webcomic to explained the game which is simply about “cat genetics and the forced evolution of the most adaptive species on this whole planet.”

In “Mew-Genics,” players mash two cats together in order to create a new kitten. Then you must care for them as well as enter them into battles and pageant-style contests. Team Meat previously referred to Mew-Genics as a “cat lady sim” that blends elements of “The Sims and Pokemon with a sprinkling of Animal Crossing and a dash of Tamagotchi.” It is also freakishly adorable.

According to McMillen, “Mew-Genics” was inspired by the unreleased Nintendo game called Cabbage that was in development by Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto for the canceled Nintendo 64DD system. Cabbage was a multiplayer breeding game that was expected to allow players to take their creature on the go with their Game Boy systems.

“Mew-Genics” is in development for Steam, iOS and Android, and will launch in 2014.

 

CatAcademy Teaches You a Foreign Language with Funny Cat Photos

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If only I knew this existed when I started learning French and German. Thanks to a new app for iOS, you can learn Spanish (and hopefully one day French and German) by doing something we all do whether you admit it or not. Looking at cat pictures.

CatAcademy ($0.99 in the App Store) was started by Ed Cooke, a co-founder of Memrise, one of the five most popular language learning tools. It incorporates Memrise techniques, such as spaced repetition, multiple test modes, and adaptation to your progress. According to the app, using cat photos allows users to create a strong association between the phrases and their meanings and alongside that, research suggests that cuteness, humor, and strong visuals make things more memorable.

Right now, it is only available in Cat Spanish but according to the makers, there are more in the works. Cat Spanish by CatAcademy ($0.99)

Also I just realized that most of the entries in “Geekery” section involves cats. Not even ashamed. That’s what happens when a crazy cat lady starts her own website. Here, enjoy my cats:

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The Hunger Games Cat Recast Because DUH

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Note: this is the EXACT type of cat I DREAM of owning one day.

I obsessively read all three “The Hunger Games” books in a period of about two weeks last year before the first film came out. Then it came out and what did I find? A weird cat in the place where Buttercup should be. In the books (written by Suzanne Collins in case you were wondering), Prim has a cat that is yellow and PISSED OFF that looks like the image above in my and most fan’s heads. Yet the film, somehow, cast a very adorable don’t get me wrong black and white cat instead. (see below):

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In the novel, Katniss Everdeen (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence), described Buttercup as “the world’s ugliest cat” and often how angry and scowl she is.  Yet the movie adaptation seemed to ignore this (tiny) fact. While most people don’t care or maybe didn’t notice, a lost of fans felt like it was both pretty annoying and a totally ridiculous thing to change.

During a recent interview io9, the film’s director, Francis Lawrence, spoke about their plans to recast the cat to something more true to the source text.

“You know what that was actually, and I was happy to do it, that was a request from Nina the producer and Suzanne the author. That they thought the cat from the first movie was not the way he was described in the book. And that had annoyed a bunch of fans, and things like that. But it also just kind of bothered them that Buttercup was not a black and white cat. So I was happy to get one that felt like the Buttercup of the book,” said Lawrence. “It’s funny because now people are split. Some people think we should have continued on with what happened in the first movie. And some people are really happy. You never win.”

I think the point is that I care way too much about a cat I have never met. But I am excited.

A Japanese Cat Cafe That Specializes in (adorable) Black Cats

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I am a HUGE supporter of bringing Japanese cat cafes to America. Especially after seeing this recent news item. A new cafe has sprung up in Himeji, Japan that apparently specializes in black cats.

Called the  “Cafe Nekobiyaka Kuro Neko cm,” the feline paradise, as MyNavi explains, opened as a “black cat cafe” late last month and is now filled with ten of the cutest black cats. Nekobiyaka claims that it may be the first black cat cafe of its kind in Japan.

The entrance fee for the black cat cafe for once hour is 1,000 yen (around US$10), with an extra 500 yen ($5) for a thirty-minute extension. Soft drinks are 400 yen ($4) a pop, while alcohol is 600 yen ($6).

The cafe has some pretty unfortunate rules, however. Visitors are not allowed to pick up and hold the cats; though they can pet the animals in moderation. According to the cafe, the reason for the rules is that excessive handling of the cats can cause them stress. Children are also not allowed, but middle schoolers can visit Nekobiyaka with their guardians.

You can check out the adorableness below:

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