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Cattera, the Heavy Metal Band with a Feline SingerWhat goes together better than heavy metal and cats? "Anything," you might think. But that's what makes Cattera so special. This band has a cat for a lead singer. Actually, their only singer. Record company executive Anna Mrzyglocki took in a street cat she named Roope-Shakir, and was impressed by his strong meows. The next thing you know, Roope-Shakir is heading a four-piece band with a single called "Hunger of the Beast." Cattera is obviously inspired by Pantera (for the name) and Iron Maiden (for the song title). No cats were harmed in the making of this song. Let's seeRoope-Shakir at work.
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Ring Video Shows Mountain Lion Transfixed by its Own ImageA mountain lion in Big Bear California was captured on video by a home's Ring camera. The video was taken at about 4 am. At first the mountain lion is startled by its own reflection. Soon, however, the lion becomes entranced by what it sees.According to KTLA, the home owner thought the video was a must share. While mountain lions are common among the foothills and mountains of the San Bernadino National Forest, it is not often one is seen staring at its own reflection. What was the mountain lion thinking? Maybe he was thinking he looked like one cool cat. #mountainlion #cat #california
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A Selective Feeder for Different PetsFeeding time at my home zoo is a chore because the animals enjoy each other’s food. It’s necessary for me to lock the pets in different parts of my home to prevent them from eating their siblings’ dinners. So I really need a gadget like this by Instructables member tomasdiazwahl.His cat is diabetic and needs a special diet. He needs only his food and all of his food, so tomasdiazwahl combined an Arduino Uno and a bathroom scale to trigger the opening and closing of the cat’s covered food dish. It opens only by the cat’s known weight within half a pound.-via Hack A Day#cat #feeder #DIY
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Nugget and His Potato FriendsNugget loves his dad, to the chagrin of his mom, who was the one wanting to adopt a cat in the first place. But Nugget loves potatoes more than anything. I once had a cat who ate potatoes- she would find them wherever my mother moved them. She didn't like the peels, though, and we would find the evidence in little cat-bite shaped potato skin shreds. But Nugget doesn't eat potatoes; he just likes having them around. They are like a security blanket of sorts for this cat who is a survivor of mouth cancer. Nugget is now toothless, but he gets all the love and care he needs from his family. You can keep up with Nugget and his potato friends at Instagram.#cat #potato #toothless
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Cat Aspires to Be an EyepatchWhat makes a gorgeous man look even better? His much-loved cat. Italian TikTokker Luca Gervasi often posts short videos about his life with his cat Belen. She just can't get close enough to him, and often sleeps -or just rests- right on his right eyeball.
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Maru Shows Us How It's DoneThe cats Hana and Miri learned to love getting in beer boxes from their big brother Maru. But Maru comes in and shows them how it's done, wearing the beer box as a headdress while he contemplates what other mischief to get into. A paper bag? No, it's not big enough for Maru and his beer box. A tub? Maybe, but there's another box nearby. Decisions, decisions! ​Maru holds the world record for the most viewed YouTube videos by a cat. You might be surprised to realize that Maru is 15 years old now! His roommate Hana is seven, and Miri just turned two years old. They held an elaborate birthday party for Miri.
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This Cat's Hobby is HikingGoing from farm life to apartment life wasn't easy for Aries. Lindsay never enjoyed hiking much until she took it up to get her cat outside to enjoy a bit of nature. Aries enjoyed hiking, whether he's walking himself or riding in a backpack watching the scenery. But cats are like children: when you do something for their pleasure, you end up enjoying it yourself because you start to see the world through their eyes. So Aries introduced Lindsay to the pleasures of a good nature hike, as well as camping and other adventures. You can see more of Aries and his travels at Instagram.#cat #hiking #camping
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Baby Goat Raised with a CatLily the goat was born undersized and was rejected by her mother. She went to a sanctuary farm, where they kept her in the house to feed and keep an eye on the newborn. Lily was only two pounds, but thrived under the constant care and made friends with the other animals. Lily bonded with an older male cat named Bean, who became her snuggle buddy and mentor. Even after Lily grew up and moved outside, she still relates more to cats than to other goats! ​Friendly Fields Farm has all kinds of rescued livestock, poultry, and cats. You can follow Lily and the other animals on Facebook or Instagram.​#goat #cat #interspeciesfriendship #sanctuary #farm
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Ari Shows How All Cats are UniqueThe first part of this video shows how a black cat can get a reputation as bad luck or a witch's familiar, as Ari arches her back and does the scary Halloween cat act. But Ari is a sweet cat, and her best friend is an almond. Maybe not the same almond all the time, because they do tend to disappear and fall apart, but an almond nevertheless, because she is obsessed with them. She will carry an almond around in her paw! Ari does like other toys, though. Here you can see her letting her plush mouse take a swim in her water bowl. You can follow Ari the Panther and her adorable antics at Instagram. -via Laughing Squid​#cat #blackcat #almond
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Famous Scientists and Their CatsIntellectual people tend to treasure their cats for more than just pest control. We've already seen how famous authors loved their cats, now we know that scientists do, too. Some of them even provided inspiration for scientists' greatest discoveries! And like the authors we covered before, they had great names for their cats. Isaac Newton's cat was named Spithead, which may remind you of the dog Navin Johnson loved in the movie The Jerk (it was not originally named Stupid as the TV version tells us). Edwin Hubble, the astronomer the space telescope is named after, named his cat Nicholas Copernicus, after the 16th century astronomer. Read about these cats, plus Albert Einstein's beloved Tiger, Nikola Tesla and his inspirational Macak, and Erwin Schrödinger's possibly apocryphal cat Milton (who may be both dead and alive) at Discover magazine.#cat #scientist #historicalcat
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Disabled Cat Living His Best LifeAries was born with malformed joints that sent his back legs in all the wrong directions. He was born in a shelter, and it was clear that it would be difficult to find a home willing to take him in. But his foster family treated him as a normal cat, and encouraged him to exercise those back legs. And Aries learned to use those back legs the way they are! Sure, he looks funny, but he gets around. His foster family decided to keep him forever. Now Aries has the best of both worlds: a permanent home with plenty of other cats to play with and humans who know how special he is. Aries has gone on to be an ambassador for special needs pet adoption. He has since been joined by a polydactyl kitten named Cinnamon Toast Crunch who also has malformed back legs. You can keep up with Aries at Facebook or at Instagram.#cat #disabled #birthdefect
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Refugee Escapes War with Her CatJen knew that she had to leave Ukraine, but she could not leave her beloved cat Simba behind. Simba was an indoor cat, and would have never survived in a war zone by himself. They were refugees, but Simba made Jen feel less alone on her journey. Together they traveled to Hungary and then to the French Riviera, where Simba had to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, just like Jen, but found his world has greatly expanded. You can follow the further adventures of Simba in France at Instagram.#cat #Ukraine #refugee
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Lifeguards Rescue a Desperate Cat from RiverGreat Yarmouth in England is where the River Bure empties into the sea on that country's east coast. We don't know the circumstances that yeeted a cat into the river, but it was seen clinging to a river wall with no way to escape the water. A Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew responded, and the cat started swimming to the lifeboat as soon as he saw it. The crewmen lifted the cat from the river and quickly wrapped it in a towel before returning to shore. The cat was eventually identified as Icicle, and was reunited with his family.​The RNLI is a charity founded in 1824 to patrol the coasts of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man to rescue those in distress. It is staffed by volunteers who are paid by local authorities and is supported by donations. The TikTok video will be featured in the BBC TV show Saving Lives At Sea on August 25. -via Fark #cat #rescue #RNLI
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Seal Invades Home, Traumatizes CatOne summer, my family tried a prototype for a cat door, and ended up having to evict an opossum that took up residence in the laundry room. Where you live decides what wildlife you are literally opening the door for. A young New Zealand fur seal made its way into a family home in Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand. Jenn Ross arrived home from the gym at about 7AM Wednesday and found the seal in her house. She assumed it followed their cat Coco through two cat flaps to get inside. The seal wandered down the hall and stayed in a spare room while Jenn called wildlife authorities. The seal stayed in the house for a couple of hours, hanging out on the couch, before Ross was able to usher it outside. Yes, she woke the kids to come meet the invader. Phil Ross, coincidentally a marine biologist, was not at home during the incident.“The big joke is that this is really the only family emergency where it would be useful to have a marine biologist in the house,” he said. “I really missed my time to shine.”Coco the cat was later found at a neighbor's house. She was taken home, but since Wednesday has refused to go downstairs where the seal was. You can see a video of the seal at the Guardian. -via reddit#seal #homeinvasion #cat
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Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!August 17th is a day set aside to show appreciation for black cats. Black cats have an undeserved bad reputation because 1. they have been labeled as "bad luck" in the past, and 2. because their facial expressions can be hard to see, and they often don't photograph well. But black cats deserve love and happy home just as much as any cat. Black cats are often overlooked in shelters, and are the hardest category to find homes for.
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Food Obsession Makes Cats race to Their BowlsFrankie and Theo decided early in their lives that food is the most wonderful thing in the world. You have to wonder whether the brothers reinforced this idea back and forth in a competitive spirit until it became an obsession. When the humans installed automatic feeders, it didn't take long for the adorably photogenic cats to understand the concept, and the instant they drop food, it's off to the races! Those races are made exponentially more entertaining by the slick floor they must negotiate. Frankie and Theo have a more complicated relationship with human food, and aren't at all shy about letting their opinions be known. Outside of food, they don't put much stock in activities like, say, learning to jump over Solo cups. You can see more of Frankie and Theo at TikTok.-via Laughing Squid ​#cat #foodobsession
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Who Says Cats Don't Fetch? A young cat named Roger Dodger shows how he goes to all lengths to retrieve an object and take it back to his human. Up on the cat cubby, to the sisal column, to the second column, to the high shelf, the the second shelf and the third shelf, ever higher! Then all the way back down, using the cabinet instead of the cat cubby this time. He's adorable and well behaved. But you would be, too, if you had a roommate like Smokey Drone Fun. That gymnastics training center he built on the wall must have been quite a project! With all that to jump on, Roger has no reason to upset the large TV and computer screens against the same wall. Teach your cat young, and you may have an internet star on your hands! -via a comment at Fark#cat #fetch 
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"My Bird is a Cat Person"While it may seem odd that a cat would have a bird for a best friend, wonderful things can happen when pets are comfortable and well fed. A little love bird named Chicken was the first pet in this home. Later she was joined by Frank, a shelter cat who "liked birds." Luckily, it meant he liked birds as friends and not food. Frank and Chicken got along so well that they got another cat, Pugsley. The three made an odd group, but the cats and bird were tight as any family could be. But then Frank fell sick and died. Pugsley and Chicken helped each other through a mourning period, and it made them even closer. Chicken is even jealous when the humans spend time with the cat! They are so close that Pugsley has pretty much taken up residence in the bird cage. May they have each other for a long, long time. -via Laughing Squid#interspeciesfriendship #cat #lovebird #bird
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Flatbush Cats is Tackling the Street Cat Problem in New WaysThere are an estimated half a million cats living on the streets of New York City. Flatbush Cats is an organization that tries to do something about the feral cats, stray cats, and kittens in Brooklyn. Flatbush Cats coordinates and army of TNR (trap-neuter-release) volunteers to keep feral cats from multiplying. They also capture kittens and socialized strays in order to find them homes. But there are more problems that keep cats on the streets. People are willing to adopt cats, but are often unable to afford spaying and other veterinary care, which leads to more kittens and abandoned cats left to fend for themselves on the streets. So Flatbush Cats is launching a new initiative to open a veterinary clinic specifically to serve street cats, shelter cats, and families with low incomes in order to spay and neuter cats and help them recover from the dangers of street life.
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The Kitty Cat Airlift that May Save 155 LivesOne of the problems with animal shelters is that one shelter may be so overloaded with unwanted pets that they have to resort to euthanasia, while another shelter a few states away has plenty of room and a high demand for adoptable pets. People have stepped in to solve that problem. August is the month for the return of Clear the Shelters, an annual program sponsored by NBCUniversal and Telemundo that promotes pet adoption with the goal of emptying animal shelters and raising funds to help future residents. As part of the project, several charity groups collaborated to arrange a chartered flight that transported 155 shelter cats from the east coast of Florida, where shelters are overrun, to Massachusetts, where the cats were welcomed by volunteers from several shelters that have room for them. The "highly-adoptable" cats flown to Massachusetts will make room in Florida for more animals who need shelter. Another airlift is scheduled for August 30, which will evacuate dogs from New Orleans to shelters in New Jersey. So far, Clear the Shelters has rescued an estimates 700,000 animals over eight years. -via Fark​(Image credit: Greater Good Charities)#Cat #shelter #animalshelter #cleartheshelters #petadoption
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Hokule'a, the Hawaiian Surfing CatMost cats avoid being wet if at all possible, but Hokule'a is an outlier. He loves to swim! His humans,Alessia and Pat, noticed he liked to join them in the shower, and he would stay outside in the rain, so they introduced him to the beach in Honolulu. It wasn't long before Hokule'a was in the water, and swimming quite well. Hokule'a soon took the short leap from swimming to riding the surfboard. It was serendipity that the rare water-loving cat lives in Hawaii, where the water is always warm and his family loves to surf. While humans can only hang ten, Hokule'a can hang twenty! But he prefers calm water. At least we think so. Alessia and Pat don't take him to the big waves, which is just as well. You can keep up with Hokule'a and his family at Instagram. -via Boing Boing ​#cat #surf #surfing #Hawaii
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The Social Life of a CatA cat with a camera on his collar goes about his day wandering the countryside doing important cat things. This one is very socially inclined, as he encounters all kinds of cats along the way. Some are strangers, some are friends, some are nicer than others. Some are cautious and others are downright affectionate. They greet each other, chat a little, and go on their way. Experts tell us that cats don't meow around other cats, only around people, but these cats are quite vocal with each other. Maybe they picked that up from living with people, I don't know. Our video cat gets excited when seeing a bird, a hole someone else has dug, and places to jump into. All in all, we can assume he had a good day. We can imagine that he took a nap afterward. -via reddit#cat #catcam #POV
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Feline Veterinary Assistant Has to Touch All the PatientsBea was pretty much raised in a veterinary hospital after she was brought in as a stray kitten. She just liked it there so much, they let her stay! Bea and her assistant Peggy now run the place (in their minds) as they greet every new patient. Cats, dogs, pigs, goats, chickens, it doesn't matter, they get the welcome treatment from Bea. You can see more of the hospital cats at TikTok. -via Fark#cat #hospital #verterinaryhospital
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The Video Game Stray is a Hit with CatsStray is a new video game in which you play as a cat. Your interactions are the things a normal cat would do, such as wandering around and licking yourself. It seems a waste of time to do what a cat spends most of its day doing, which is sleeping. How realistic is the game? It's true-to-life enough that players' cats are paying attention! Reports are coming in from all over of cats who follow the stray on the screen, even to the point of imitating its actions. There's even a Twitter account called Cats Watching Stray that retweets cats that are fascinated with the video game.