15+ Cats Who Just Realized You Took Them To The Vet

Today is the international Take your cat to the vet day! Unfortunately, little fuzzball doesn’t care about human days. What shall you do?

Start with doing mock checkups at home, to get the kitty used to being poked, prodded and squeezed. Get the cat familiarized with the (preferably) solid carrier let Admiral Wuss-Wuss sleep in it, leave in the living room, and make it a general part of life. Next comes car familiarization: take your cat on small rides, and gently increase their length so that Mittens gets used to it, as well as disassociating rides from vet visits.

Its also a good thing to take a towel or blanket that smells of home with you. Use it to make the kitty calmer in the waiting room, in the procedure area, and even leave this bit of home if overnight stay is required. Having a good rapport with the vet also helps being less stressed and having a caring doctor helps the cat, too!

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Animal shelter celebrates adopting all their dogs in heartwarming video

One Colorado animal shelter has a lot to celebrate this holiday season.

For two days in a row, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region adopted all of their available dogs.

The group was able to achieve the heartwarming success with their #HomeForTheHolidays promotion, helping them adopt over 25 dogs and 23 cats.

The non-profit shared the news through a triumphant video on their Facebook page, accompanied with the proud message, “What happens when your last available dog gets adopted? Your staff and volunteers jump into the kennels to celebrate!”

The shelter already has new animals in need of homes, and asks that people, “keep those adoptions coming!”

You can adopt, or sponsor an animal’s stay at “Hotel HSPPR” here.

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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

10+ Times Asshole Cats Hilariously Photobombed Purrfect Shots

Cats like attention, and as you can see from these photobombing felines, they’ll do anything to get it! Whether they’re crashing family photo shoots, private selfies, unsuspecting dogs, or even each other, these cats are on a mission to turn every purrfect picture into an absolute cat-astrophe! Check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, for some hilarious furry photobombers. Don’t forget to vote for the best!

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Someone Replaced Jurassic Park Dinosaurs With Cats, And Its Hilarious

We all know the premise of Jurassic Park. Humans manage to bring dinosaurs back to life and put them in a park before they escape and wreak all sorts of havoc on the world. Pretty cool idea, but also a pretty scary one.

But you know what would be even scarier? If it wasn’t giant prehistoric reptiles that mankind genetically recreated but giant domestic house cats! OK, so we know it doesn’t sound particularly scary, but just wait until you see the pictures. Forget Jurassic Park, this is Purrassic Park! (h/t: cheezburger)

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These shelter dogs and cats had the best Christmas ever

Christmas is a hard time for so many creatures, hoomins and non-hoomins alike.

These shelter dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa had the time of their lives, however, when staff members allowed them to select a special Christmas toy from underneath the shelter’s Tree of Life.” The shelter sets up the tree every year to help benefit the animals.

While some of the animals in the video have been adopted, others are still looking for homes.

Here’s to 2017.

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I Cant Stop Staring at This Two Toned Cat With Blue Eyes (15 Pics)

Meet Narnia, a beautiful blue-eyed cat born with a two-toned face. While the rest of her body has black fur, her face is half grey, half black and perfectly split down the middle. The cat and her owner Stéphanie Jimenez have gained quite the following on Instagram where Narnia has over 24,000 followers.

Be sure to check out her profile for more photos and vids.

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Find the Cat

Somewhere in the photo below is a cat. I couldn’t find it, I needed someone to point it out (shame!) I don’t want to tell you how long I stared for because it’s embarrassing. What I will tell you is that there is definitely a cat.

Take a look. If you see it right away, congratulate yourself and show it to someone else. If they don’t see it immediately, they’ll be like me, staring aimlessly wondering if it’s a prank.

If you lose patience, scroll to the bottom of the post to see where the cat is. Good luck!

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If you can’t find the cat, scroll down for the answer

Are you sure you want to know? Try once more!

“How did I not see that?” – me

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Experience: my dog rescues cats

We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats

Molly is the worlds first trained cat detection dog. Her job is to rescue missing moggies. We had been looking for a dog with a particular temperament and intelligence to join our team of pet detectives for 18 months. We had scouts out and had spoken to the countrys top breeders.

We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats.

I came up with the idea in 2014. Ihad been doing the job for 20 years and my business, Pet Detectives, was getting around 30 calls a week about missing cats. When cats go to ground, they go into a comatose-like state and if they are not found quickly, within a fortnight, they often dont survive after being rescued.

One particular couple who called me had bought their cat after struggling to have children. We found it in a neighbours garden shed, but it later died. Seeing them so bereft was a tipping point for me.

I worked in the police as adetective inspector for many years, and had seen dogs search for drugs and bombs and help with murder investigations. I figured, if a dog can be trained to find amphetamines, then it can be trained to find cats.

We found Molly, an 18-month-old black-haired cocker spaniel, on Gumtree. She was a giveaway. The ad said: Needs a good home, cannot cope. If cocker spaniels are not stimulated they become uncontrollable. She had been passed from pillar to post and had three owners in under two years.

I first met her in February 2016, at the home of Medical Detection Dogs, the charity that would help train her. We had already rejected 12 dogs without seeing them. Three others didnt make it through initial training: one was too timid, one got car sick and the other was too inclined to chase.

At first, Molly was anxious. But she had intelligent eyes and was a problem-solver. She was also hyper and fixated on catching tennis balls. She had the right temperament: abright working dog from a breed with a natural disposition to search for game. We just had to channel that instinct into finding cats.

She had to be cat-tested, so we took her to a farm with a dozen cats to see if she would chase them. She didnt even bark. Her focus was on interacting with her handler.

Her training took nine months with experts, including two doctors of canine behaviour. This had never been done before. She was aquick learner. The first phase was lab training, where we taught her to isolate scents. She then worked with a behavioural specialist who taught her to understand signals and commands. The final stage was teaching us to work together.

On assignments, Molly is trained to pick up cats scents from their bedding. When she finds the missing cat, she lies down to signal success, so as not to scare them, but you can see her trembling with excitement. She gets rewarded with her super-treat: black pudding.

Her first success was in February this year. A tri-coloured moggy had been sighted six miles from home on the roof of a garden shed. Molly quickly picked up her scent on the grass. I sent her across the back of 30 gardens until she started clawing at a fence. She charged across the lawn to a summer house and lay down. The cat was inside. The owners were over the moon and quite amazed by her.

Molly has helped to rescue 11 cats so far, and our search success has increased by a third. She wears afluorescent harness and has her own abseiling kit, which we once used to lower her over a 10ft wall. Were getting special boots made to protect her feet in outbuildings where there may be nails or glass.

Many people said that training a dog to rescue cats was crazy; that all dogs chased cats and it couldnt be done. Nothing has felt quite so rewarding as seeing it work. People are fascinated when they watch Molly at work, but shes not fussed. She still doesnt know that those things with four legs that she searches for are called cats. To her, itis just her favourite game.

As told to Deborah Linton

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National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats

An official request for citizens to avoid tweeting anything that could inform terrorists what is going on resulted in a national outbreak of pet pics

When, on Sunday evening, Belgian police asked citizens not to tweet about the armed operations that were being carried out around the country, anyone could have been excused for reacting with fear.

Brussels in lockdown for a third day

Belgian forces searching for suspects in the aftermath of the Paris attacks told citizens to stay indoors and not go near their windows for safety reasons.

They also appealed for social media silence about any police action users might witness presumably to keep the suspects in the dark.

A tense time, no doubt. But Belgium reacted how else? with cats.

Instead of speculation about the sort of threat police might be reacting to, many people used the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag to post pictures of their pets.

Seimen Burum (@SeimenBurum) November 22, 2015

Don’t share info on situation #BrusselsLockdown that may help suspects. Confuse them with #cat pics @lopcute pic.twitter.com/0MlbjgCF4v

Lore De Witte (@loredewitte) November 22, 2015

“I got this” #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter.com/l97iQz47Pb

Delphine Jory (@Ladyblogue) November 22, 2015

#BrusselsLockdown en live. pic.twitter.com/z9qVWhtMA9

anna-rose phipps (@lopcute) November 22, 2015

#BrusselsLockdown CodeNameSpinner pic.twitter.com/1KG0GePEN5

Amit Bhat (@amitbhatr) November 22, 2015

Don’t worry super cat is here #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter.com/ocou9Bagly

TineEeckhout (@TineEeckhout) November 22, 2015

May the force be with us. #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter.com/m9OuEVhfXS

JaneAustenMaMaschio (@ExTimUpperClass) November 22, 2015

#relax, Mes amis #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter.com/LENxVUnnv9

melissa jacobs (@deathrep) November 22, 2015

#BrusselsLockdown You ROCK Belgian people! Showing the world how to deal with terrorism! Love from #NativeAmerica ! pic.twitter.com/EyCPO8345q

And after the all-clear was announced by officials with the news of arrests there was a sigh of relief and a message of gratitude.

CrisisCenter Belgium (@CrisiscenterBE) November 22, 2015

Thanks to the media and citizens for their silence online as asked during the juridicial intervention tonight #BrusselsLockdown

Belgian police later thanked the cats for their help.

Police Fdrale (@PolFed_presse) November 23, 2015

Pour les chats qui nous ont aid hier soir… Servez-vous! #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter.com/7O5ENF6nXa

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

A Scientist Explains Why Your Cat Is So Weird

If you own a cat, you are probably acutely aware that they are mad, mischievous mysteries. These curious critters do some incredibly bizarre things that appear to have no immediate explanation remarkably often. Why do they like sitting inside boxes all the time? Whats the deal with them digging their claws into your skin as you diligently pet them? Why do they revel in murderous activity so much?

Scientists have deciphered some of the domesticated felines more errant behaviors. We know that they see us as incapable furless kittens and somewhat competent landlords at the same time. They are, generally speaking, quick-to-enrage control-freaks that act without care or moral fortitude, all in a quest to prove that they are, essentially, tiny lions seeking dominance.

Why do cats act so weird? TED-Ed via YouTube

This new animation from TED-Ed goes into the evolutionary back story of the domesticated cats, offering up some possible explanations as to why theyre so thoroughly weird today. Perhaps most remarkably, it explains how their purring may be used to help regenerate damaged tissue.

In any case, theres a lot we still dont know about our furry companions. Inarguably, the most tantalizing question that is still yet to receive a definitive answer is: Are they really terrified of cucumbers?

Source: http://www.iflscience.com

Google Photos can now recognize the lovable faces of your cats and dogs

I wish this was one of the approximately 8,000 dog photos on my phone.
Image: Ruud Lauritsen/Kennel Club/REX/Shutterstock

Google knows that your phone holds untold gigabytes of snapshots of your favorite animal friends. So the search giant is making it even easier to group those pics all together.

The algorithm behind Google Photos will now be able to recognize your Very Good dogs and cats automatically, and will group the reams of photos you’ve taken of them just like it does with pics of people. Google announced the new functionality in a blog post, which is alone worth a read for the sheer number of paw puns pulled off in five short paragraphs. 

You’ll also be able to assign a label to each grouping of pet photos, so when you’re in need of an Instagram-worthy pupper shot, you can just search your photos by your dog’s name. 

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Google claims you’ll be able search your photos by breed, too, but the company acknowledged to BuzzFeed that the algorithm could have trouble differentiating between multiple animals within that parameter. You’ll also be able to search using 🐶  and 🐱 emoji through all of your animal images, whether they’re actually your own, or just the funny cat pics you download from the internet.  

The new search and organization features are only available for dogs and cats, though. If you love your horse or iguana or massive rideable python, you’re sadly out of luck. You’ll have to organize those pics yourself.       

Source: http://mashable.com/

WATCH: Cat Finds Genius Use For Her Cone Of Shame

Forget the “cone of shame;” this clever cat has transformed her uncomfortable appendage into a collar of thirst-quenching efficiency.

Redditor Error2k says his cat, who recently underwent surgery, “hates the cone” but has figured out “one good use for it.”

Pure genius. 

Earlier this year, another enterprising feline enjoyed viral success when a video emerged showing it using its cone for a similar purpose

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Experience: my cat saved me from a fire

A firefighter emerged with Tink draped over his arm. I assumed she was dead. He put an oxygen mask on her and incredibly, she took a breath and coughed

Early one morning last February, I felt the thud of my cat Tinks paws as she landed on my legs. Iwas fast asleep and she woke me up, which had never happened before. It was completely uncharacteristic: she sleeps downstairs and never comes into the bedroom.

I sat up feeling groggy because Idbeen out the night before, but Isoon realised something was very wrong. The room was half-filled with a layer of white smoke, eerie and alarming, hanging in the air about three feet deep like a bank of white cloud.

I woke up my partner, Russ, in apanic and we jumped out of bed. As we waded through the thick smoke, I was still trying to process exactly what was going on, and the danger only really hit me whenIwent out on to thelanding.

Our son Jake, 19, had woken up, too, and as he opened his brother Scotts door, black smoke billowed out. The smoke from Scotts room curled up to the ceiling; it was only then that the smoke alarm was triggered. Scott, 22, emerged, shouting above the racket that he was struggling to breathe. I phoned the fire brigade, who told us to leave the house as quickly as wecould.

It was a massive wrench, leaving all of our belongings behind, but we knew we had no choice. We assumed Tink had slipped out of thehouse, too.

Within minutes, six fire engines arrived. As I stood blearily in the road, I looked at our house and realised that the source of the fire was actually our next-door neighbours flames were licking the front of her house. She had also managed to get out and was later taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. I dreaded to think what was happening in our house as the smoke poured out of the windows. Icouldnt bear to look.

For half an hour, our two houses were drenched with water until the firefighters were satisfied that the blaze was out. By now, however, our assumption that Tink was safe began to falter. We assumed she hadmanaged to escape, but there was no sign of her. Russ told a firefighter and, even though he wasnt meant to, he went back into our house to look for her.

After a few moments he emerged with Tink, completely limp and draped over his arm. She wasnt breathing and her tongue was hanging out. He had found her behind a cupboard in Jakes room. We assumed she was dead, and Ifelt heartbroken; she had saved us but died in the process. Then the firefighter put an oxygen mask on her and incredibly she took a breath and coughed. She was alive. Groggy and stinking of smoke, but alive. She had an anti-inflammatory injection at the vets later that day and was lively enough to show her displeasure at having the soot washed from her fur.

As our house was drenched and smoke-damaged, we had nowhere to live, so Tink went to my daughter Lesleys while we stayed in a hotel for a month. It took weeks to recover from the trauma of what had happened. One corner of our house had been burnt and all our belongings were ruined. Iwas especially devastated to lose all my photographs and couldnt bear to open a cupboard to see what was salvageable. It all felt dreadful, but at least we were alive.

When we went to visit my daughter, it was clear that Tink had been traumatised, too. She was clingy and timid, refusing to leave my lap when I tried to get up. We have moved into rented accommodation while our house isrenovated and Tink has finally come back to us.

The source of the fire was electrical forensics are gauging exactly what and the smoke had seeped through the vents between our terraced houses. The firefighters told us we would have had six minutes to get out before we died inthe fire, so Tinks sixth sense saved us. She could have deserted us, but she came up to the most dangerous smoke-filled area to warn us. Generally cats arent known for their altruism, but she is the exception.

As told to Emily Cunningham.

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Awkward half-cat loafing on the stairs sparks Photoshop battle no one expected

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The Internet will never tire of the strange beauty of an awkwardly placed cat.

This poor feline who is stuck on the stairs, somewhere between a comfy cat-loaf position and actually being able to stand is a perfect example.

Poor cat.

Image: reddit, catcatdogcat

We’re sure the cute kitty was able to find a way to another part of the house, but not before a picture was taken for the Internet’s amusement and so Redditors could photoshop it to their hearts’ content.

You made it weird, Internet.

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Rogue cats steals the spotlight in interview with Latvian mayor

An online Q&A session with Nils Uakovs, the mayor of Latvia’s capital, Riga, was all well and dandy until a fluffy feline made its debut and casually crashed the interview.

Uakovs is an animal lover and has two cats living at Riga’s Town Hall building, so sometimes this means things can get a bit unpredictable. The cat got a little thirsty, strutted onto the scene, and boldly sipped out of the mayor’s cup like it owned the place.

You can see Uakovs trying to stare his pet down so it’d get the hint. He tries to remain cool, but can’t keep a straight face after the adorable interruption.

Cats rule everything around us, even Latvian government work.

[H/T: Independent.ie]

Source: http://mashable.com/

22 Of The Fluffiest, Cutest Cats To Curb Those Frosty Winter Blues

The winter blues have finally set in. Sure, the days are “officially” becoming longer, but the weather is definitely also getting colder. In other words, there are few things that will get you out of your warm bed — food, work, and maybe showering are on the list.

If you’re like me, though, there is one thing that warms me up just thinking about it — a big, adorable, fluffy kitten. Get ready to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

1. “First let’s get the bed all nice and warm for ya!”

2. She wants to get under the covers with you.

3. “Yas all of the chin scratches!”

4. Chewbacca, is that you?

5. They’re judging you because you don’t have fur like them.

6. Even ears can be super fluffy!

7. “You’re feeling verryy warm and cozy inside…”

8. “Put. Me. Down.”

9. This is as close to a blanket as you’ll find in the cat kingdom.

10. Wait, I was wrong.

11. So, so wrong.

12. They’re going to grow up to be majestic Maine coons!

13. “I fierce and fluffy! Fear me!”

14. No shame in her fluff game.

15. “What is cold? Ever thought about that?”

16. “Higher, human! I can’t see all my kingdom.”

17. Are you even real?!

18. He’s the cutest foot warmer that ever existed.

19. I don’t know where the cat ends and the comforter begins.

20. “Fine, you can touch it.”

21. All that fluff can get heavy!

22. That’s just a pillow with a tail, right?

Okay, that’s definitely not a cat, but this fluffy cow was too cute NOT to include!

I just have one thing to say…

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

The Facebook study about cat v dog lovers misses the point: pets are gross | Ijeoma Oluo

The world isnt divided into cat and dog people, but pet and petty ones

To celebrate International Cat Day this week, Facebook put its best and brightest to work on this groundbreaking study: cat people are single; dog people like horrible movies.

As I read through the descriptions of things cat people like reading The Hobbit alone in a basement, apparently I was like, Thank god Im not a cat person. And as I read through the things that dog people like watching Duck Dynasty in a group I was definitely like, Dogs are the worst. I am, as scientifically confirmed by my dislike of all the things cat people and dog people love (including cats and dogs), not a cat or dog person. But try as I might, the cat v dog debate is not one Ive been able to avoid.

Ive always been a little surprised how often it comes up. Yes, I know its supposed to be lighthearted fun, but its still everywhere. Ive been asked if Im a cat or dog person in job orientations, on online dating questionnaires, at cocktail parties. My answer has usually been, Im whatever type of person doesnt ask pointless questions.

And as I was rolling my eyes in judgment of the tastes of both types of people as described in the Facebook study, I realized there are two types of people in the world, but they arent dog people and cat people: they are pet people and petty people, and Im the latter.

I scorn both cat and dog people alike. I wrinkle my nose in disdain at your pet pics. I judge your movie choices whether you are a cat person who loves Alien or a dog person who loves the Blind Side. I laugh inwardly at whatever music it is you listen to (which this study didnt cover, but Im going to go ahead and be petty and assume its awful, whatever it is).

I dont want your dogs slobber on me, and I dont want your cats hair on me. I cant tell if that picture you posted on Facebook is of a new cat or an old cat because all cats look like cats to me. I will not attend your pet weddings. I will not celebrate your pet birthdays. And unless your pet has learned how to tell some great jokes, I firmly believe it has no place in dinner party discussion.

And, petty as I am, Im really sick of this cat v dog discussion excluding people like me. So, using Facebooks ultra-scientific information on cat and dog people (pet people) and my own personal knowledge (petty people), Ive decided to reframe this data in a way that includes me and my petty brethren. Youre welcome.

Books and movies

Cat people tend to like sci-fi and fantasy, while dog people like books about love and animals, according to Facebooks data wizards. That is: pet people like books and movies. Petty people like Twitter beefs, Instagram fights and YouTube response videos.

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Photograph: Facebook. https://research.facebook.com/blog/cat-people-dog-people/

TV shows

Cat people like anime and cartoons, while dog folks like shows with oddballs, like Duck Dynasty or One Tree Hill. To which petty people say: Lol, seriously One Tree Hill? In 2016?

Relationship status

Cat people are more likely to be single, and dog people are more likely to be paired. That is, pet peoples relationship status: they have one. Our relationship status: petty.

So the next time youre at a dinner party and you feel the urge to ask about cat and dog people, instead ask: Are you a pet person or a petty person? A pet person will answer you by immediately digging their phone out of purse or pocket to show you 500 pictures of their cat laying on various surfaces, like all other cats in the entire world. A petty person will blink at you slowly and sigh.

Because whether a pet person likes their furry house animals to crap in a litter box or prefers that they crap out in the yard, they are being judged equally by those who do not like animal crap at all.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Photos Capture Happy Pets On Their Birthdays!

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Star Wars Halloween costumes for your pets, because they deserve to go trick-or-treating too

Who's a good Wookie?
Image: Rubie’s Costume Co.

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The galaxy may be far, far away, but Halloween is sooner than you think. It’s time to get those costumes figured out. Look no further than the Star Wars universe.

The only thing better than seeing a dog on a normal day is seeing a dog dressed up in a geeky costume for Halloween. Each of these Star Wars pet costumes come in small, medium, large, and extra large, so regardless of if you have a Maine Coon cat, Chihuahua or a bulldog, the nerding out possibilities are endless. 

A Bantha Not very cute in the movies, very cute as your dog

Make your dog feel very important as the noble steed for its Tusken Raider up top.  Anyone who doesn’t understand this costume is pure bantha fodder. (If only they could produce blue milk.)

A Dewback – Because we can’t get enough of riding costumes

Dogs have a way of making even the ugliest Star Wars creatures look cute. Let your dog become part of the Galactic Empire for a night by escorting an Imperial Sandtrooper around. 

Yoda ears – Judge me by my size, do you?

Cats love getting dressed up, right? If you’re having trouble getting the ears on your fur baby (I mean, have you met a cat?) remember this Yoda wisdom: “Do or do not, there is no try.” 

(Want a full Yoda costume for your pet? Check out the hilarious standing version here.)

Ewok – The good, the bad, and the fluffy

This one was probably obvious, but we had to include it. If you’ve got a teddy bear resembling cat or pup, an Ewok costume is too perfect to pass up. 

Princess Leia – Because costumes that make pets look like they’re walking on two legs are the funniest thing ever

You: I love you.

Your pet: I know…now please take this off of me.

(You can also get the Princess Leia buns separately if your pet isn’t feeling the dress.)

Darth Vader – I find your lack of treats disturbing

Perhaps the most recognizable costume on the list, your pet is sure to look impressive…most impressive. *Heavy breathing*

Jedi robe – For the pups in training

Having trouble teaching your dog tricks? Put him in this robe, put a treat on his nose, and say “Patience you must have, young Padawan.” A good boy, he is.

R2-D2This IS the droid you’re looking for

Your dog or cat will make the perfect droid companion as R2-D2 while you dress up as a Skywalker, Queen Amidala, or C3PO.

Chewbacca – *Cue Chewie noise*

The only thing cuter than dressing your pet up as Chewie is if you dress up as Han Solo with them. The best part is that when you return from the Halloween party, you can say “Chewie, we’re home” and then chuckle to yourself.

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Overloaded college students turn to Facebook to give away pets

College students do too much. Theyre in a unique part of their lives hopping from class to class, balancing internships and part-time jobs. They have an infinite amount of student organizations at their fingertips and somehow find time to live by a social calendar. On top of all these commitments, the fact that some of them can handle owning a pet is a mystery.

The truth is many find out they cant. But that doesnt stop the romantic idea from forming. A roommate speaks the thought into the air, it gets momentum, and becomes a doable possibility in everyones heads”I can totally skip class to walk the dog so he doesnt chew up my shoes again,” or “sure, I can eat Ramen to afford a trip to the vet this month.”

They often end up at an animal shelter, having made a pact on the car ride there that they wouldn’t walk out with a pet. Before they know it, they’re on their way home with the furriest member of their tiny, student apartment household.

University of Texas student Kendal Tieu and her three roommates found themselves in a similar situation in October when they heard about a free adoption weekend at the Humane Society in Austin, Texas.

I wanted one but I knew realistically it wasnt a good idea. It was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, Tieu told the Daily Dot.

Once they set eyes on a three-month-old black lab pup named Maggie, they were sold.

But after a couple of weeks of Maggies messes and pent-up energy from not being able to go outsidedue to their complex’s policy barring them from owning pets and the puppys lack of a parvo vaccinethe roommates were forced into a corner.

Someone would message the group and they would be really upset and you could tell they would be really upset over what Maggie did or having her, Tieu said. So someone was like, ‘Well we should really sit down and talk about it.’

The group decided it would be best to return the dog to the Humane Society. They tearfully drove Maggie back that afternoon.

Tieu and her roommates are hardly the only students who have experienced such a predicament. Countless pet postings are shared on UT Pets, a Facebook page that connects pet lovers and owners who attend the University of Texas. The group features everything from pet-raising tips, veterinary care suggestions, and cute pictures of animals. Students who find themselves incapable of keeping a pet turn to the page to post informal adoption notices, often shaking up this animal-protective community.

Just today, UT Pets is ripe with 423 postings for petsthe majority of them students needing to give away an animal. (Some are pet supplies on sale.)

Even if these people were irresponsible, theyre going to have to give up the pet somehow, said Kelsie Grimes, founder and administrator of UT Pets. I would rather have it go to a responsible UT student than just go to a shelter where you never know whats going to happen to it.

Its not hard to be seduced by the benefits of owning a pet. Having a furry pal to take on refreshing walks has a therapeutic effect on your average, stressed college kid. Those study breaks go a long way to maintaining mental health and wellness. When tragedy strikes, pets are a useful friend to have around. Eighteen percent of college students reported that their pet helped them through a difficult time, according to a research study at Ohio State University. The top reason students cited as being the most useful part of owning a pet is that it helps counter loneliness.

University of Texas sophomore Madison Holloway feels the same way about her puppy.

When I come home and Im having a bad day or Ive just bombed a test and I walk in through the door, hes just so happy that Im back. Holloway said. He doesnt even care. He just wants to cuddle and play. Its kind of the best thing ever, having something unconditionally love you.

Having a lighter schedule than usual this semester, she determined she would have the time necessary for raising a puppy. At the end of Christmas break, Holloway met Finn, a six-week-old Australian shepherd puppy, who is now an 11-week-old Instagram celebrity.

We made him an Instagram and we started taking him places around campus and taking cool pictures of him and then posting it to it, Holloway said. A few weeks and 34 photos later, Finn garnered a 2,215-person following. All these students are watching Finn grow up online.

~vibes~ on this beautiful Friday afternoon!!! #happyweekend

A photo posted by Finn (@finn_and_tonic) on

Holloway has nailed the balance between student life and being a pet parent, budgeting an extra $150 every month and planning breaks throughout her day to come home and check on Finn.

If you have to regularly balance a busy schedule and are considering owning a pet, keep these warnings in mind:

“If you have a giant block scheduledont get a puppy. It wont work out well for him,” Holloway said. “Hell be unhappy, he wont get enough exercise and everything.”

It’s also helpful to research the breed ahead of time, according to Holloway. If you’re an active person, it’s safe to get an active dog. If not, then you’ll risk not being able to keep up with your dog’s exercising needs.

But it’s not all about considering the pet. After owning Maggie as a college student, Tieu said research and communication between people sharing a space is the big problem students don’t consider.

“If you live with roommates you guys should talk it out more,” Tieu said. “Even if youre just by yourself, if youve never had a dog before or maybe youve had a dog but your parents mainly took care of it, you should do more research beforehand just so you know what youre getting yourself into.”

Photo via University of Liverpool Faculty of Health & Sciences/Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

I have a loving husband and thought I was secure. Then a cat came into my life

Philippa Perry on her struggle with total devotion to her cat, Kevin

Pets can highlight your mental health issues. Ask my late dad how he was, he would tell you, Fine. If you wanted more information, it was best to ask him how the dog was. Oh, the dog is depressed. My dad was doing what Freud described as projection. This is when you split off a part of you that is too shameful for you to own and project it on to someone else and you believe your stuff is their stuff. My father could not own his vulnerability, but he could dump it on his dog. I hope I would be far too self-aware to project on to my pet. Id hate to think I was that dotty, but the magazine has just asked if they can send a photographer round. Kevin isnt too keen on photos, I said.

Our cat Kevin had been a stray and came to us from Battersea two years ago when he was around six months old. His body was the size of a can of extra-strong lager. That tubular torso would press against me all night, sometimes stretched alongside me, sometimes curled up in my armpit. In the evening, he would start on a lap but his thin body would elongate itself from your ankles to your thighs like a furry tube. He was playful, affectionate and excellent at being a cat.

We followed the Battersea instructions of keeping him indoors for a month and then only let him out accompanied until he knew where to come back to. When he was ready for unaccompanied roaming, I tried to get a collar on him, but however tight I made it, he could spring it off. Even if he left the house with a collar on, he came back without it. Then one day he did not come back at all. The first time he went missing, he turned up at the Blacksmith and the Toffee Maker, a gastro pub half a mile from our house. He was returned to us swiftly by the landlord, who had taken him to the vet to get his microchip read. Getting Kevin microchipped was a very good idea. My fantasy is that he had chased the pubs resident cat all the way home and then did not know how to get back.

How to describe how you fall in love with a cat? First, the softness of their fur and their choice of your ankles to rub around makes you melt a bit. Secondly, you get used to their presence in your home and come to rely on it for company; and thirdly I think we project our love for ourselves on to our animals and believe it is coming back our way. I like to think Kevin really does love me. Whether he does or not, I love him. For most of my adult life I have lived with a cat, sometimes two, and once I lived with three. I came to appreciate their individual characters and the different ways they kept me company, amused and comforted. But my love for Kevin seems more intense.

There is a type of interaction adopted by cults and abusers when they want total devotion from you, called intermittent positive reinforcement. They start the relationship by heaping praise and appreciations on to you and then gradually begin to mock you, or ignore you, or dish out other types of cruelty so you try harder to win back that approval that you became addicted to. Kevin, having got me smitten, now occasionally ignored me, or bit me if his food bowl got as low as half-empty. Oh, sorry Kevin, Id say, and do his bidding. People who are susceptible to intermittent positive reinforcement tend to be those who have an insecure attachment style. This means they feel insecure in their relationships and compelled to work extra hard at adapting, being too nice or too paranoid, and check up on their significant other as they cannot assume, like a secure person does, that their partner will not stray.

I have been in a loving and stable relationship for 30 years I believed myself cured; thought I was now secure. My unhappy youth, when romantic attachment was about the pain of longing rather than the joy of love, was, I thought, truly behind me, yet Kevin had reignited the feeling of longing.

Philippa
Kevin reignited the feeling of longing. Photograph: Pal Hansen for the Observer

After the pub incident, I tended to check up on Kevin more. If he had owned a mobile phone, I would have broken into it. I followed him about. I may have scared away the wildlife he was stalking and he may have got irritated with me. People with an insecure attachment style can be annoying. He strayed again, this time he got himself stuck in a rear light well the other side of the square and was not discovered for two nights. His absences made me long for him more.

Kevin loved it when we went to the country. We followed the Battersea code again of not letting him out alone until he knew where to come back and where his food was and all was good. Well, it was fine for me not so much for the local rodent population but I love Kevin so much that even watching him crunch up the heads of mice, upsetting though it is, is wonderful because I am in his presence. Those with an insecure attachment style can feel they are nothing without their love object. I overheard my husband telling someone, Philippas mental health depends on where the cat is. He was probably not projecting either.

My daughter had taken a weeks holiday to spend with me in the country. On the morning of her arrival Kevin had still not returned from a night out. We were supposed to be enjoying a time of picnics, bike rides and swims but here was I miserable and ruining my daughters break. She and I asked everyone within a miles radius but no one had seen him. There was only one house we did not visit because the owners were on holiday. They came back the day my daughter was leaving. When they opened their front door, a speedy Kevin shot out and came straight back home. He was remarkably fit after his week living off flies and toilet water but I was a wreck. Next time, I told myself, I wont worry: a difficult resolution to keep because when he sees an open door he shoots through it into anyones house, shed or car. I have a dread of supermarket delivery vans those are his favourite.

A year later, hes missing again in London. I go to the pub, they havent seen him. I trudge about calling him. Days pass, nothing. My entire life is Operation Kevin. We tweet about his disappearance and the London Evening Standard picks it up. Hes on the front page (slow news day); I do posters; house-to-house enquiries; leaflets through letterboxes. Eventually the phone rings. Kevin had been spotted, stuck on a flat roof by someone who had a leaflet put through her door who had not realised he was trapped. I wept with relief. On getting him home we saw he had a nasty bite on his tail and required antibiotics for that to heal. Keep him in for a week, said Dale, our vet. Music to my ears. I hoped Stockholm syndrome would make Kevin love me. Stockholm syndrome is where a hostage develops a bond with their captor. Humans are pack animals and naturally create attachments and they may do it with whoever is around even when that someone is holding them prisoner.

Perhaps Stockholm syndrome is relevant to cats as well. To some extent, it seems to work: I am the recipient of many friendly head butts and sitting-on-lap sessions during his captivity. Can I keep him in for ever? I asked Dale when it was time for a check-up. That would be cruel, I am told. He is a wild animal that chooses to live with you. So Mr Kinky Tail, aka Bonzo Boots, aka Kevin (one cat can attract a lot of names) once more roams free.

Since the flat-roof episode, he has been relatively good. It is not that he is a reformed character, he will still make a dash for any open door. But Im delighted because in the night it is me he chooses to wake up so that I can admire his latest kill; it is my feet he wants to practise his biting on, and its my lap he needs to stretch out his tube-like body on when he is soaking wet. I weaned myself off indifferent men in my 20s and found a loving one, but a cat I adore whose affection and approval I must work for is a force I cannot resist. Now if youll excuse me, I must get the chicken livers to room temperature in case he comes home for lunch.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Saudi cleric is very clear that taking selfies with cats is banned

Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan appeared on TV in mid-April.
Image: MEMRI/Screengrab

Stop it with the selfies.

That’s the message from a prominent Saudi cleric who was asked about the “new trend” of people taking photos with cats in order to “be like the Westerners.”

Saleh bin Fawzan al-Fawzan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, made the statments during a TV appearance posted in mid-April and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Asked several times about a “new trend of taking pictures with cats” that has been spreading among people, the cleric replies “What?!” before saying, “What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited.”

Fawzan’s stance isn’t specific to cats themselves, but ratherstems from an ultra-conservative, Wahhabi interpretation of Islam which considers photography blasphemous for depicting human or animal images.

The cats dont matter here, he said. Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity, not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.

A similar pronouncement was issued earlier in May, when another Saudi cleric, Nasser al-Omar, called on the faithful to stop using filters on Snapchat. He claimed they are “sinful” as they are “distorting the image of the human face and the creation of God just to make people laugh.”

However, selfies and photographs are extremely popular in the Gulf kingdom and unlikely to be banned for real, despite the opposition of some hardline clerics.

Muslim pilgrims even take selfies during the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is a mandatory religious duty for all Muslims at least once in a lifetime:

#tbt #saudiarabia #mecca #haram #kaaba #sothankful

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Funny Portraits Of Cats Shaking Themselves Dry By Carli Davidson

Carli Davidson is a 34-year-old animal rights activist and photographer from Portland, Oregon. Her latest project, “Shake Cats,” captures more than 60 felines, most of them rescues, as they shake their heads after grooming or being petted. A book by the same name is being published today.

Davidson began her career photographing birds of prey at the Oregon Zoo. In 2013, she published a book titled “Shake,” which we covered on Bored Panda.

“I was inspired by the animals in my life, mainly my dog Norbert who had so much drool to give the world, and my walls for that matter, ” Carli told Bored Panda. “I wanted to work with mostly rescues so we reached out to local shelters and friends who had rescued their cats…One of my favorite things about working with animals is that about 30-45 minutes has to be factored in per animal to make them happy, which makes me so happy. Lots of treats, and pets, and just sitting on the floor together.”

Thanks to Carli Davidson for the interview!


Be sure to check out Davidson’s book on Amazon!