The Science Behind Why Cats Meow Is Oddly Touching (And Very Surprising)

Everyone knows that dogs bark and cats meow, but we really didn’t know why. That’s what inspired this group of scientists to dig around and figure out what causes the cat’s meow.

The answer that they found is pretty flattering, and so surprising. When you learn the truth, you’ll never look at your feline friends the same way again.

That certainly explains a lot. Here’s what veterinarian Dr. John Bradshaw of Bristol University had to say:

The meow starts off as a kitten vocalization. It’s something they use in order to call their mothers over…the mother is very attentive to those meows. And then as the kitten grows up, it gradually stops meowing, presumably because it just stops working. The mother wants to wean the kittens and stops responding. A pet cat is constantly meowing at its owner. It’s a way of getting the owner’s attention.

Pretty cute, am I right? They’re just trying to talk to us!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Watching A Snow Bengal Kitten Become Friends With A Lab Puppy Is Way Too Precious

At Maplewood Bengals in New York, they raise Bengal kittens — and they’re insanely cute. These exotic cats are adorable on their own, but this particular kitty’s new best friend really ups the precious ante.

These two love playing together, and even though the puppy looks a little bit sleepy in the video below, it’s clear that this dynamic duo is prepping for a lifelong friendship.

It’s a shame that all BFFs can’t be this cute! I have a feeling that these two never fight like cats and dogs.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

These Lions Turn Into Giant Kittens Whenever This Toy Comes Out!

They might not look it, but lions are really just big kittens at heart. Don’t believe us?

Well, these females at the Oregon Zoo are about to show you.

While they generally spend their days lazing around (sound familiar?), being fed at the same time, and never fearing for their safety, these beautiful lions still crave a little wild adventure now and then. In an effort to keep them alert and agile, workers at the zoo came up with a fun toy that plays on their feline instincts.

The fact that lions weigh in at over 250 pounds and can leap that far into the air proves Mother Nature wasn’t messing around when she created these amazing predators.

I guess they’re a little different from kittens after all…

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

This Animal Shelter Is Encouraging Adoptions With Puppy Pajama Parties

No one can resist a cute dog dressed in pajamas, and volunteers from one shelter use that to their advantage.

The LifeLine Animal Project, a rescue group in Atlanta, has come up with an adorable way to get people interested in adopting their rescue dogs. They throw pajama parties with the pups!

The foolproof idea has been causing quite the buzz and dogs that had been waiting a long, long time to find their new families have now been adopted. Not only can visitors to the shelter have sleepovers on site, but they’re also allowed to take dogs home for overnight stays to form bonds. However, the overnight visits aren’t just tryouts for potential adopters. They’re also intended to give these dogs a break from the stressful shelter environment.

But at the end of the day, LifeLine hopes that these pajama parties will help people see the dogs’ true colors and understand the fact that all they want is a little love in return.

That’s it. I’m scrapping my Saturday night plans. I’ll be hosting a puppy sleepover instead.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

10 Rescued Puppies Get Treated To A Wonderful Thanksgiving Meal Of Their Very Own

These 10 puppies were rescued right before Thanksgiving…and got treated to a warm bath, a lot of love, and their very own Thanksgiving feast! Now, all they need is a forever home they can truly be thankful for.

This pack of pups was taken in by 2nd Chances Rescue and wonderful foster moms Andrea, Amy, and Kristi.

You’ll be thankful for this downright adorable puppy feast. :)

If you’d like to take home one of these puppies yourself, please visit the rescue organization’s website (or donate if you can)! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

When Her Baby Falls In The Water, Momma Bear Rushes To Save The Day

Milk is an adorable baby polar bear living at the Oga Aquarium Gao with her mom, Walnut, in Japan. Unfortunately, like a lot of four-month-old kiddos, Milk is also pretty darn clumsy.

The silly little girl slips right into the water as she tries to innocently play in the nearby snow. Since she hasn’t quite learned to swim yet, her mom quickly rushes to help bring her back to dry land. Thank goodness Milk can always count on momma to have her back!

“Oh, crap, not again.”

Maybe mom should start the swimming lessons early for this little one. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time, Milk.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

15+ Dogs That Look Like Teddy Bears

Puppies are cute, and bear cubs are cute, but puppies that look like bear cubs are the cutest of them all. Some time ago we posted a list of these adorable creatures, and the response was overwhelmingwe had no idea that there were so many teddy bear pups out there?

As a new year’s treat, we’ve gathered the top images submitted by pandas like you, and made a new, mega list! Which puppy teddy bear do you think is the cutest? Do you have a puffy pooch at home that you want to share with the world? Vote and submit your photos below!

Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/

5 Cats Meet Their Baby Brother For The First Time…Get Ready To Laugh!

When parents bring their newborns home for the first time, there’s often a bit of hesitation if they already own pets. Will they embrace their new brother…or use him as a chew toy? One family decided to find out by bringing their baby home and filming the whole exchange…

…with not one, not two, but five cats! The result is something too adorably precious to miss.

Don’t forget to turn on closed captions!

Though the cats didn’t quite know what to make of him at first, it looks like they’ll get along just fine. At least until he starts crying at all hours of the night, keeping this furry family from their cat naps!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Think Cats Aren’t Loving? Here’s Exactly How They Show Their Undying Affection.

Cats are known for their independence and stoic faces, both things which make it hard to tell if you’re really bonding with your furry feline friend. Are they doing that thing your ex did where they act all distant but really, deep down, they love you? Or do they secretly talk smack about you to the dog when you aren’t looking?

While they remain mysterious for the most part, these gestures of affection are a sure sign that your kitty is totally smitten.

1. Sometimes they think you knead a massage.

They just want to return the favor for all those cuddles you provide.

2. A gift is a gift, no matter how gross we think it is.

They’re trying to show off their hunting prowess and make you proud.

3. Head butts are, like, totally their way of saying, “I love you, man.”

It’s like a fist bump, but so much cuter, dude.

4. They aren’t staring at you to freak you out.

In fact, it’s the opposite. To them, the prolonged eye contact is like a smooch.

5. Showing off his belly is a huge sign of trust.

Since animals prefer to keep their vulnerable sides hidden, seeing your kitty lying around with his tum exposed is a sure sign he feels comfortable and at home.

6. Their tails can tell a lot of tales.

When it fluffs up at the base and curls at the end, you’ve definitely got one happy little guy on your hands.

7. They don’t mean to hurt you with their bites.

It’s a love bite! They’re used to the thicker skin of their fellow felines, though, so sometimes they’re a bit too aggressive with their affection.

8. They aren’t trying to trip you all the time so you break your legs and have to stay home.

Not that they’d mind that, of course, but they’re really just nuzzling up to you to mark you with their scent.

9. The power of the purr is real.

The volume and tone of your cat’s purr can indicate just how content they are with your snuggles.

10. If she’s always up in your business, it’s because she loves you.

You might find it kind of annoying when you’re just trying to get things done, but they simply can’t stand the idea of being so far from you! How cute is that?

(source Wimp)

Sure, some of their tokens of affection may seem strange or disgusting, but underneath that? It’s all about the love. And tuna. They might just want you to buy more tuna.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

27 Tuckered Out Animals Who Are Legit WAY Too Tired To Function

As a huge fan of sleep, I’ve carefully studied the various degrees of being tired we all experience over the years. On one side there’s the normal, end-of-the day fatigue, and on the other, there are those times when you realize you accidentally binge-watched an entire season of a show until 4:00 a.m.

Even though these sweet animal friends probably don’t have a Netflix password, they’re all definitely closer to that end of the spectrum. They just can’t keep their eyes open for one more second.

1. “What?! What happened??”

2. “Just give me like five minutes…I mean hours.”

3. “Nature is exhausting.”

4. Yeah, that looks comfy.

5. “What? What’s happening? Nothing? Good.”

6. “Ah, my spot.”

7. You can practically hear his puppy snores through the computer.

8. “Please, no more spreadsheets.”

9. “Really, what did you expect?”

10. Leg bridge out of service due to sleeps.

11. “Is this the longest block in the entire world?”

12. “Let’s plaaay!” “No.”

13. “Trick or tre…zzz.”

14. “This is the best tree I’ve ever seen.”

15. “Ugh, beds are so hard…eh, I’ll figure it out later.”

16. He’s, uh, just testing it out.

17. “Do. Not. Disturb.”

18. “You’re starting ANOTHER episode?”

19. “No photos before my coffee, please.”

20. Dreaming of tuna as far as the eye can see.

21. Wait, who shared this photo of me waking up every morning?

22. They take turns being each other’s pillow.

23. Naps are always better with a buddy.

24. “Stairs? Whyyyy?”

25. Being a brat can be so draining.

26. The sleepiest lil’ roly-poly…

27. “YAAAWWWWN.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for my nap, too.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

This Tiny Dachshund Refuses To Nap Until He Gets His Gigantic Bear In With Him

We all have our pre-sleep rituals. Personally, I like to stare at my phone until the bright screen burns my eyes so much that I’m forced to close them. This silly pup has a much more adorable routine, though.

The dachshund refuses to grab some zzz’s without his best friend. There’s just one slight issue: the stuffed teddy bear is a bit too big for the little guy’s kennel. Not that it stops the cutie from trying. He’s hilariously persistent and refuses to give up on the cuddle buddy.

“No man left behind!”

Aw, see? Perseverance totally pays off. Now it’s time for the lil’ dude to enjoy some bear-y sweet dreams.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

25 Animals That Are Plotting To Kill You For That Last Piece Of Pumpkin Pie

The glorious, gluttonous celebration of Thanksgiving fills our hearts with love from friends and family as we fill our tummies with maybe one too many helpings of our favorite dish. Green bean casserole is my downfall every year. I can’t even make it to dessert.

But with all our cooking, eating, napping, and eating some more, we forget about some very important buddies who just want a small bite for themselves. I’m talking about our animal pals, of course, and if they don’t get their slice of some Turkey Day action…well, let’s just say things can get pretty ugly.

1. “Drop the cornbread and no one gets hurt.”

2. “Who are you calling ‘already too fat’?”

3. “Wouldn’t it be a shame…if a hairball…fell in the casserole…”

4. “Give me that pie or I’ll make sure you don’t sleep for three weeks straight.”

5. Honestly, I don’t want to know what this guy has up his sleeve.

6. “I mean, if you really think about it, giving me your dessert is GOOD for you.”

7. “Nope, no stuffing in here! Just some totally normal shredded paper!”

8. I knew he was paying too close attention when grandma explained about “switch sticks.”

9. “Those aren’t raisins in the fruit salad.”

10. “That’s right, spoon that cobbler right into my bowl.”

11. “This glass wall can’t hold us back forever.”

12. “Zip it, the fuzz is back.”

13. “Yes, I can definitely fit that whole turkey in my mouth.”

14. “Don’t worry, the safety is on. For now.”

15. “Yeah, just leave that bad boy to cool on the stove. I’ll take real good care of it.”

16. “This means war, small human.”

17. “YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT CRANBERRY SAUCE.”

18. Researching the best tactical methods.

19. “Prepare for the lashing of your life! Hey, stop saying it tickles!”

20. They’ve learned they can be more effective when they work together.

21. “I saw you eyeing my green bean casserole, kid.”

22. “I will not be ignored.”

23. “Really? Not even gonna toss me the gristle?”

24. “Oh, hey, how did this get in my hands? I guess it just really wants me to have that last drumstick!”

25. “Hello. Let’s have a little…chat about those leftovers, shall we?”

Remember: they know where you sleep and they aren’t above marking their territory all around the house for revenge. A smidge of turkey to keep the peace is probably worth it.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Pomeranian Puppies Happy To See Their Owner Swarm Her With Fluffy Hugs

The woman in this video had been gone for a few weeks, and when she returned home she got the single greatest welcome you could ever imagine — a swarm of dozens of extremely happy and fluffy Pomeranian puppies.

This video is basically an antidepressant that’s so strong, you should need a doctor’s prescription to view it.

Great. Now I have the spontaneous urge to adopt 20 tiny dogs.

Somebody needs to set up a business where for $5 you can be swarmed by puppies. It looks like so much fun!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Every Morning, She Goes To This Field…These Animals Are Masters Of Disguise

Farm animals aren’t known for being the most secretive, sneaky, or subtle of creatures. But these sheep might actually be ninjas with their superior stealth skills.

When Canadian farmer Liezel Kennedy of Pilgrim Farms drove out for her daily morning check on her group of sheep, it appeared that all 500 had somehow vanished overnight. As it turns out, they were simply hiding in plain sight.

Do you see them?

How about now?

Getting any clearer yet?

Ah, there we go!

(via BuzzFeed)

Kennedy admits she actually drove past the camouflaged fluff balls before realizing they were just blending into the background. Maybe the CIA should look into starting an all-sheep secret task force.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

10 Rescued Puppies Get Treated To A Wonderful Thanksgiving Meal Of Their Very Own

These 10 puppies were rescued right before Thanksgiving…and got treated to a warm bath, a lot of love, and their very own Thanksgiving feast! Now, all they need is a forever home they can truly be thankful for.

This pack of pups was taken in by 2nd Chances Rescue and wonderful foster moms Andrea, Amy, and Kristi.

You’ll be thankful for this downright adorable puppy feast. :)

If you’d like to take home one of these puppies yourself, please visit the rescue organization’s website (or donate if you can)! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

15+ Dogs That Look Like Teddy Bears

Puppies are cute, and bear cubs are cute, but puppies that look like bear cubs are the cutest of them all. Some time ago we posted a list of these adorable creatures, and the response was overwhelmingwe had no idea that there were so many teddy bear pups out there?

As a new year’s treat, we’ve gathered the top images submitted by pandas like you, and made a new, mega list! Which puppy teddy bear do you think is the cutest? Do you have a puffy pooch at home that you want to share with the world? Vote and submit your photos below!

Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/

5 Cats Meet Their Baby Brother For The First Time…Get Ready To Laugh!

When parents bring their newborns home for the first time, there’s often a bit of hesitation if they already own pets. Will they embrace their new brother…or use him as a chew toy? One family decided to find out by bringing their baby home and filming the whole exchange…

…with not one, not two, but five cats! The result is something too adorably precious to miss.

Don’t forget to turn on closed captions!

Though the cats didn’t quite know what to make of him at first, it looks like they’ll get along just fine. At least until he starts crying at all hours of the night, keeping this furry family from their cat naps!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Think Cats Aren’t Loving? Here’s Exactly How They Show Their Undying Affection.

Cats are known for their independence and stoic faces, both things which make it hard to tell if you’re really bonding with your furry feline friend. Are they doing that thing your ex did where they act all distant but really, deep down, they love you? Or do they secretly talk smack about you to the dog when you aren’t looking?

While they remain mysterious for the most part, these gestures of affection are a sure sign that your kitty is totally smitten.

1. Sometimes they think you knead a massage.

They just want to return the favor for all those cuddles you provide.

2. A gift is a gift, no matter how gross we think it is.

They’re trying to show off their hunting prowess and make you proud.

3. Head butts are, like, totally their way of saying, “I love you, man.”

It’s like a fist bump, but so much cuter, dude.

4. They aren’t staring at you to freak you out.

In fact, it’s the opposite. To them, the prolonged eye contact is like a smooch.

5. Showing off his belly is a huge sign of trust.

Since animals prefer to keep their vulnerable sides hidden, seeing your kitty lying around with his tum exposed is a sure sign he feels comfortable and at home.

6. Their tails can tell a lot of tales.

When it fluffs up at the base and curls at the end, you’ve definitely got one happy little guy on your hands.

7. They don’t mean to hurt you with their bites.

It’s a love bite! They’re used to the thicker skin of their fellow felines, though, so sometimes they’re a bit too aggressive with their affection.

8. They aren’t trying to trip you all the time so you break your legs and have to stay home.

Not that they’d mind that, of course, but they’re really just nuzzling up to you to mark you with their scent.

9. The power of the purr is real.

The volume and tone of your cat’s purr can indicate just how content they are with your snuggles.

10. If she’s always up in your business, it’s because she loves you.

You might find it kind of annoying when you’re just trying to get things done, but they simply can’t stand the idea of being so far from you! How cute is that?

(source Wimp)

Sure, some of their tokens of affection may seem strange or disgusting, but underneath that? It’s all about the love. And tuna. They might just want you to buy more tuna.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

17 Pets Who Think They’re Humans When They Try To Help Out With Chores And Work

We rely on our adorable pets for a great deal of things…snuggles, love, and constant smiles when we get home from work, to name a few. But sometimes, they can take their “job” as human’s best friend a bit seriously. In fact, they occasionally take it upon themselves to just take a load off our plates when it comes to housework, homework, or just some end-of-day emails to the boss.

They’re so thoughtful…

1. “You call this a final draft?”

2. “I could do this in my sleep.”

3. “Are we out of milk? I’m on it!”

4. “I think we got everything on our list…”

5. She’s making money any way she knows how…those vet bills aren’t cheap!

6. This is a catboat if I’ve ever seen one.

7. “The ‘shepherd’ position didn’t include this, guys.”

8. “Todd, are you on a work conference call in the bathroom?”

9. “Okay, I’m not looking…gimme my first vocab word.”

10. “While you revise those changes, I’m going to take a quick nap.”

11. “Great! Our annual board meeting is officially adjourned.”

12. “Susan, I was expecting a more polished proposal.”

13. “What? I know money is tight, so I went out job hunting.”

14. “The dog training section is right around the corner and out the door.”

15. “Ring yourself up, I’m on my break.”

16. “But I just cleaned the toilet…!”

17. He insists on the customers giving him rides.

High five, everyone. You may not be super great when it comes to people work, but you’re way more adorable at it!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

19 Times The Internet Made Us Laugh So Hard At Animals

If you ask us, the Internet was invented so that people on social media could make funny comments, whether on someone’s ridiculous YouTube rant, a silly photo on Facebook, or an interview on the news. But just like with anything else, some people are clearly more talented at it than others.

Don’t believe us? Just check out these 19 times they got ahold of already funny animal photos. Their comments took what was mildly amusing and quickly had us grabbing our stomachs in laughter!

1. We know you are.

2. “What’s this invisible force field doing here?!”

3. “Did you guys see the squirrel, too?”

4. Well…maybe.

5. The job of a dad is pretty universal.

6. “What…have…you…done?!”

7. The tables have turned.

8. For shame!

9. Every eldest kid understands this.

10. He’s definitely good enough for me!

11. Philosophy 101

12. To infinity and beyond!

13. He’s a hero among canines.

14. Disney references galore!

15. At least they’ll fit down any chimney…?

16. Really, no caption needed here.

17. What else did you expect?

18. Bust a move!

19. He narrowly escaped!

(via Distractify, BuzzFeed)

Which was your favorite? There’s something about that otter joke, heading for “otter” space, that we just can’t seem to stop laughing about!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

12 Weird Truths All Cat Owners Sadly (And Hilariously) Accept As Cold, Hard Fact

My cat can be so sweet and cuddly that my heart (and Instagram feed) overflows with all the snuggly love. But then a few moments later, without warning, I’m sporting a new scratch on my hands from petting him just one second too long. Sometimes it looks more like I live with Edward Scissorhands rather than a small, domesticated pet.

The fickle nature of felines is part of their charm, of course. This artist captures all the hilarious and conflicting ways our cute yet flawed buddies wriggle their way through our world.

Not so sweet dreams.

Commitment issues.

Apathetic death traps.

It’s not an unfair question…

At least something calms them down.

Psych(o)!

At least he has a reason.

Perfect strangers.

They were Jack*ss way before Johnny Knoxville.

Conditional love.

We all need something to live for.

Message: received.

At least cat owners aren’t alone in our pain. You can find more hysterically honest comics over on Catsass‘ website.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

27 Tuckered Out Animals Who Are Legit WAY Too Tired To Function

As a huge fan of sleep, I’ve carefully studied the various degrees of being tired we all experience over the years. On one side there’s the normal, end-of-the day fatigue, and on the other, there are those times when you realize you accidentally binge-watched an entire season of a show until 4:00 a.m.

Even though these sweet animal friends probably don’t have a Netflix password, they’re all definitely closer to that end of the spectrum. They just can’t keep their eyes open for one more second.

1. “What?! What happened??”

2. “Just give me like five minutes…I mean hours.”

3. “Nature is exhausting.”

4. Yeah, that looks comfy.

5. “What? What’s happening? Nothing? Good.”

6. “Ah, my spot.”

7. You can practically hear his puppy snores through the computer.

8. “Please, no more spreadsheets.”

9. “Really, what did you expect?”

10. Leg bridge out of service due to sleeps.

11. “Is this the longest block in the entire world?”

12. “Let’s plaaay!” “No.”

13. “Trick or tre…zzz.”

14. “This is the best tree I’ve ever seen.”

15. “Ugh, beds are so hard…eh, I’ll figure it out later.”

16. He’s, uh, just testing it out.

17. “Do. Not. Disturb.”

18. “You’re starting ANOTHER episode?”

19. “No photos before my coffee, please.”

20. Dreaming of tuna as far as the eye can see.

21. Wait, who shared this photo of me waking up every morning?

22. They take turns being each other’s pillow.

23. Naps are always better with a buddy.

24. “Stairs? Whyyyy?”

25. Being a brat can be so draining.

26. The sleepiest lil’ roly-poly…

27. “YAAAWWWWN.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for my nap, too.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Curious And Playful Bears Investigate A Balloon That Drifted Into Their Enclosure

However much you enjoy playing with the latest gadgets, you probably won’t get as big a kick out of them as these adorable bears do when they play with their pink balloon.

The three sloth bears were captivated when a balloon floated into their enclosure at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands. After they chased it around for a while on their hind legs, one of the bears got a little too excited and…well, they got to experience the inevitable letdown as it popped under the bear’s enormous paw.

"Beren maken kennis met een ballon!" Wilde deze video graag delen omdat je de beren maar weinig op deze manier ziet 󾌵 (we hebben in de gaten gehouden dat de beren en apen de ballon niet op aten). Groeten Xaviera Simons

Posted by Xaviera Simons on Tuesday, 8 March 2016

What is it about bears walking on their hind legs that I find so adorably amusing? It never ceases to make me laugh.

I felt so bad when it popped…someone get these guys another balloon, stat!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Pomeranian Puppies Happy To See Their Owner Swarm Her With Fluffy Hugs

The woman in this video had been gone for a few weeks, and when she returned home she got the single greatest welcome you could ever imagine — a swarm of dozens of extremely happy and fluffy Pomeranian puppies.

This video is basically an antidepressant that’s so strong, you should need a doctor’s prescription to view it.

Great. Now I have the spontaneous urge to adopt 20 tiny dogs.

Somebody needs to set up a business where for $5 you can be swarmed by puppies. It looks like so much fun!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com