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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.

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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:

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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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.

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.