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Kitten Rescued from Pepsi Vending MachineLindsay Russell was taking a break from her job at Walmart in Morristown, Tennessee, when she heard a noise coming from the soda vending machine. There was a kitten inside! Russell reached in but couldn't grasp the kitten. Her co-workers tried, too, but had no better luck. Then the employees called the Morristown Fire Department, while the kitten continued to mewl in distress. Firefighters unplugged the Pepsi machine and partially dismantled it, and ended up coaxing the kitten out through the machinery. The operation took about ten minutes after the fire department arrived. Firefighters joked that the kitten should be named "Pepsi." Russell, an animal lover, took their advice to heart and took little Pepsi home as her own. You can read the entire story at CNN. -via reddit​(Image credit: City of Morristown - Government) #cat #kitten #rescue
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Cat Squeezes Into a Small Glass VaseWe've often posited that cats are liquid, because they take the shape of their container. This video raises the possibility that cats are actually a gas, because they take both the shape and the volume of their container! A sweet cat named Boo takes a dive head first into an impossibly-shaped glass container and manages to rearrange herself in a manner that pleases her. Listen carefully, and you can hear her purr as she gets where she wants to be. Her human says this is typical for Boo, as this is her favorite resting place. We are assured she manages to get herself out fairly easily, and has no clue that an audience is on the edge of their seats when she does this. The question is: is she fully grown? If she gets much bigger, that glass jar may have to be upgraded. -via Laughing Squid#cat #liquidcat
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Behind the Scenes at a Cat ShowWe all know what to expect of a dog show, because some of them are broadcast to the world. That's not quite the case with cat shows, which cater more to a large but intimate world of cat lovers. The cat competitors are trained to be at ease in their cages and in the judging ring, but they still want to play with anything that moves, including nearby cats. However, as laid back as the cats and their owners are, the judges take their tasks quite seriously. Personality plays no part in judging the best of the cat breeds. A cat can be sound asleep while the judges check whether the jawline is just right, or the cat's hair is tipped with the proper color for its breed. The judges have committed to memory the standards for 42 breeds recognized by the Cat Fancier's Association. But then there's the household pet division, where personality comes into play, as well as cleanliness and health. That's the division the judges enjoy the most, and so do the spectators. Get a look at what goes on at a cat show from the perspective of a cat lover journalist attending her first cat show, from the qualifications of the judges to the training of show kittens, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's CBS station. -via Fark(Image credit: FinnFrode) #cat #catshow
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Barn Cats Hard at Work​Sunflower Farm Creamery in Maine keeps Nigerian dwarf goats for their milk and they make cheese, yogurt, and candy to sell along with the everyday dairy products. Another of their products is a never-ending supply of cute goat videos. Along with goats, dogs, and other livestock, they have three cats on duty at the farm: Virginia, Roger, and Phil. These barn cats were recruited for pest control, but they serve in many other capacities. We have to tell you that, because when you watch them work, you barely see them move at all. Still, the cats rule the roost, so to speak, as the goats and other animals appear to worship them. As is their due. #cat #goat #barncat
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Woman Funds Her Travels by Cat Sitting for FreeMy Modern Met introduces us to Madolline Gourley, a travel writer from Australia. She loves to see the world, but that is an expensive hobby. Gourley has found a way to save money: she offers to cat sit at the homes that she stays in.Gourley chronicles her cat care adventures at her blog One Cat a Time. She thinks that she’s saved about $28,000 by taking care of kitties who live at homes in Australia and North America. That’s an impressive feat for about half an hour of work a day! And she gets to meet fine gentlemen like Shady, who is pictured above. He was her host during a recent visit to Austin, Texas.#cat
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How to Express Your Love for Your CatYou don't need to express how much you love your cat to your family and friends- they already know. This video is about something more important: how to let your cat know how much you care for them in a manner the cat will understand. You may be doing some of these things already, but your cat will be delighted to see you communicate with them in new ways. Specifically, the language of cats.My cats grew up in a household with six people, several other cats, and various other pets. While they received everything they needed and wanted, they didn't realize that it was I who made it happen, since different kids insisted on ownership of each cat, and the whole family showed them affection. In the years since the children moved out, the cats have become very attached to me, the true provider of all the good things in their lives.#cat #affection #catcommunication
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Urban Warfare: Coyote vs. CatThis is why you being your pets inside at night, especially if you live in an area with predators. To a hungry coyote, a cat can appear as delicious as any roadrunner. Tony Gray of Surfside Beach, Texas, captured a fight between a coyote and a cat on his video security system. The cat is not his. The feline ran to his deck for safety, but the coyote was not giving up. The cat tries both fleeing and fighting for his life, and jumped to the handrail a couple of times, only to be pulled back by the coyote. The cat finally clawed its way up a wooden post, staying out of the coyote's reach. After the predator left, the cat stayed up there a full minute before making himself scarce. -via Fark#coyote #cat #fight
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Fostering a Tiny VenusVenus was born premature and oh, so tiny! Which just makes her eyes look so much bigger. She and her littermate Valentina were immediately abandoned by their mother. Danielle is a cat foster mom, and fed and cuddled the kittens around the clock. Unfortunately, Valentina didn't make it. Just a couple of days later, Venus opened her eyes for the first time. Danielle cared for Venus for 114 days. In that time, she went from a tiny partially-hairless clump with medical problems to a thriving kitten with lots of love to give. See a gallery of Venus pictures, culminating in a portrait with her forever family, at Instagram.#cat #kitten #fostermom #premature #rescue
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Eight Cats Cats Compete in Obstacle Course TournamentYoutuber Kittisaurus has ten cats. She staged an obstacle course competition for eight of them: DD, TT, Momo, Lala, Lulu, Coco, Chuchu, and Dodo. Toto and Nana got to sit this one out. The cats need to make it through two shallow ball pits before their rival to advance to the next round, which has added obstacles. the difficulty is that they are cats. Cats may understand the concepts of competition and motivation, but they don't really care all that much. Some of these cats decide that the only way to win the game is to not play at all. Others are distracted. Many are confused.Then again, these cats have dealt with staged obstacles quite a few times before, and they probably know that when the human has cameras placed in the hall, they are expected to go down the hall. They no doubt all got rewarded for trying, even the ones that didn't. #cat #kittisaurus #obstaclecourse #tournament
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Hospital Staff Saves KittenDuring shift change last Sunday night at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey, some of the nurses heard a cry from the sewer behind the ambulance bay. A kitten had fallen in! It was all hands on deck in the emergency department. Trauma nurses, EMTs, and other staff members, about 15 people in all, worked to remove the grate. Then they jumped down into the drain and lured the kitten out of hiding with turkey and cat food. The entire operation took about two hours, a sizable commitment from a group of people who had just finished their hospital shifts. Trauma nurse Heather Hendrickson quickly swaddled the kitten like a newborn baby to secure him. Another nurse had happened to be looking for a kitten for her family, and agreed to adopt the kitten. He is now named Trent, after the city of Trenton. -via Fark​(Screenshot from WPVI) #cat #kitten #rescue
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Cat Mauled by Dogs Finds a Happy HomeOn March 22, two boys walking two dogs allowed, even encouraged, the dogs to attack a cat. Philadelphia residents were shocked to see the security footage. The cat was apparently a stray, and was taken to the Pennsylvania SPCA with serious injuries. A couple of days later, a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old were brought to the SPCA by their parents and have been charged with various animal cruelty violations. The SPCA also confiscated the dogs. The cat was given the name Buddy. Buddy's story was shared nationwide, and his supporters gave $130,000 in donations for his veterinary care and the care of other abused animals. Fans kept an eye out for buddy as he recovered. Buddy's story has a happy ending, as he has found a forever home. Katie Venanzi was the veterinarian who saved Buddy's life, then she and her husband David became his foster family, and are adopting him. You can continue to follow Buddy in his new home at Instagram.
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Cat with Droopy Face is Neither Old Nor GrumpyToby may look like a grumpy old man, but his look are due to a rare genetic condition. Ehlers Danlos syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue, and may affect many of the body's organs. It has no effect on Toby's personality or mood, because he's a generally sweet cat.Toby and his buddy Quinton, who has no teeth, were rescued together and found a forever home together. Their family also includes Leo and Chino, who also have Ehlers Danlos syndrome, but don't exhibit the facial droopiness that Toby does. Their humans are very accommodating to all the cats' specials needs. You can see more of Toby and his feline family at Instagram. #cat #specialneedscat #EhlersDanlossyndrome
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An International Cat RescueThis is Max, a Maine coon cat who lives in Bucha, Ukraine, with Alena Kukuruzka. You can see how big Max is by the horseshoe for scale. He is also badass for wearing a Batman insignia. When the Russian army approached Bucha, Kukuruzka and her young son were evacuated to the Czech Republic. They were not able to take Max with them. Then Max disappeared from Bucha, most likely carried off by a Russian soldier. Kukuruzka issued an internet appeal to find her cat.A few weeks later, locals in Gomel, Belarus, noticed a wandering cat with a Batman collar. Max had traveled 300 kilometers from Bucha! Animal rescue volunteers there traced the cat to his owner, and then called Kukuruzka in the Czech Republic. Kukuruzka got a message:“Your contacts were on the pendant, we didn’t know whether to call or not, how you would react to Belarusians, after everything that was happened,” the girl on the other end of the phone said, throwing off a photo of Max and a collar with a pendant.Volunteers prepared Max with a passport and managed to send him through Poland to Czechia, where he was reunited with Kukuruzka 80 days after they were separated by war. You'll find the full story at the Facebook group Ukraine Animal Rescue Information. -via Everlasting Blort ​(Image credit: Alena Kukuruzka) #cat #rescue #lostcat #Ukraine #Mainecoon
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We Are Shrinking the Brains of CatsThey look cute, right? That may be because we—and by that I mean all of us—have been shrinking their brains.A recent paper by biologist Raffaela Lesch and her colleagues examines the changing size of domesticated cat brains. Live Science summarizes it.Part of the process of domesticating mammals involves breeding their brains to be smaller. This may not be intentional, but it happens consistently.Cats are no different. But over the past 10,000 years, domesticated cats have been getting dumber. Or, to be more precise, their brains have gotten smaller.When compared to the African wildcat, which is the closest living relative to your Fluffy, modern domesticated cats have a brain that is 25% smaller.-via Shaun | Photo: London looks#cat #brains
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Dexter the Wandering Scottish Cat Rescued from Offshore PlatformWorkers at an offshore platform in the North Sea were surprised to find a one-eyed black cat suddenly in their midst. The cat had been a stowaway in a container that had been shipped from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. After feeding the cat, the workers contacted the Scottish SPCA in Aberdeen, who sent a helicopter out to the platform to retrieve the cat. With a little digging, the shelter found out that the cat had been hanging around the Grampian prison in Peterhead for several years, where the staff called him "one-eyed Joe". But there was more to the cat's story than that. When SPCA staff checked the cat for a microchip, they found that his name was Dexter, and he had been missing from his family for five years! They contacted Dexter's owner, Bridie Dorta, who was shocked to hear that her cat had been found after so long. "He's always been a wanderer," she said. That seems to be quite the understatement. Read Dexter's story at BBC Scotland. -via Strange Company ​#cat #stowaway #lostcat #rescue
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What Feline Affection Looks LikeHow do you know if a cat likes you? Well, all cats are different, just like people, and they tend to develop their own distinct habits for showing affection. There are signs that cat experts have concluded show a cat likes you. But generally speaking, if a cat goes out of its way to be close to you, you've make a good impression. If a cat craves touching you, especially if they've already been fed or have received a back scratch, you must be special. But that's not really what you are looking for, right? You came here to watch a compilation of cute cats showing affection to their humans, to get a good dose of endorphins to make your day brighter. You've come to the right place! #cat #catbehavior #cataffection
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Big-eyed Cat Becomes Mayor of HellJinx is an internet cat celebrity, with plenty of followers on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. She lives in California, with her human, Mia. Jinx showed up in Mia's back yard as a tiny kitten, but as she grew it became apparent that her eyes were unusually big, and her feet are large and "wonky", although that doesn't slow her down. Mia thought Jinx has what it takes to be a politician. Upon learning that anyone can be mayor of Hell, Michigan, for a day, she signed Jinx up.
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How to Stop Your Cat from Waking You Up at 4AMCats don't see any reason to keep up with the tight schedules humans observe. They sleep when they want to, play when they want to, and stare at you judgmentally when they want to. A cat sees no reason why you should sleep so many hours in a row when you should be taking cat naps instead. Yeah, cats can adjust to a human's schedule, but many will lose their patience and demand their human's attention very early in the morning. Why is that? It's very possible that you have taught the cat to wake you up early by giving it what it wants. If you get up and feed your cat at 4AM, hoping to go back to sleep for another couple of hours, the cat has learned that such behavior will be rewarded. Ignoring the cat in order to un-teach that lesson may take a few difficult mornings, but it will eventually be worth the effort. If a learned response is not the problem, you'll need to find out what is causing your cat to wake you up early. There are three common reasons: they are hungry, they don't have a routine, or they aren't using up enough energy in the daytime. An article at The Conversation goes through the reasons why these things will cause an early wake up, and what you can do about them. -via Fark#cat #catbehavior #cattraining
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Texas Cat Really Likes Cheese​Sarah is fostering a cat named Ponderosa. This former stray needs a family who can handle his oversized purrsonality. Ponderosa is obsessed with cheese, and will go to any lengths necessary to claim any morsel of cheese as his own. He'll fight for other treats as well, but not quite as fiercely as cheese. Despite Ponderosa's obsession with food, he isn't a bit overweight, because he's really active. Sarah says he has the metabolism of a teenage boy who plays football. No wonder he's hungry! If you would find a cat like Ponderosa delightful, and you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, he is available for adoption through the organizationDallas Cat Lady. ​Let's see that cat one more time.
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How to Rub a Cat's Belly Without Being AttackedWhen you meet a cat, you might find yourself with an overwhelming urge to pet its soft, furry tummy. If you know anything at all about cats, you'll stop yourself before trying, because it could lead to disaster. Rubbing a cat's belly is the Holy Grail of human-cat interaction, because not only is it soft, warm, and furry, but being allowed to do it is a sure sign that the cat likes you. In real life, it's much more likely that a cat who presents it tummy to you is daring you, or even baiting you, into a situation where they can cause real damage to your arm. Dr. Uri Burstyn, the Helpful Vancouver Vet, explains why a cat is so protective of its underside, and how you can get a cat to trust you enough to pet its belly. He makes it look easy, but you have to remember he is a cat whisperer and an expert. Your mileage may vary. You can skip the first three minutes of the video to get to the subject matter at hand. You may recall Dr. Burstyn as the vet who popularized the phrase "Squish that cat."​#cat #petting #veterinarian
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Cat Tries to Dominate Treadmill, FailsThis cat’s human servants say that he is named Lachlainn, which is Irish Gaelic for “warlike spirit”. He’s a big fellow, topping 17 pounds of Bengal savagery and stubbornness. It is the latter quality that comes into play in this video, when Lachlainn investigates the local treadmill.The treadmill – or, to the cat, the ground—begins moving. This is unnatural and wrong. It is against the order of things for ground to move, yet this patch of it does. Lachlainn initially persists in remaining still, but his warlike spirit must succumb to military necessities, forcing him to attack to the rear in dismay.-via Laughing Squid#cat #treadmill
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Mother Cat Births Kitten Then Adopts KittenA Youtuber who goes by Cat give birth started a channel to post videos of their purebred British Golden Chinchilla cats when the female cat, Kira, gave birth to her first litter. Well, the cat didn't produce a litter, just one kitten. But soon things took a turn. The human of the family saw a local notice that an orphan kitten needed a nursing mother. This kitten was still so young its eyes weren't yet open. Our Youtuber volunteered to foster the kitten. Would Kira help out? As you can see in the video above, she heard the kitten's cries, investigated, and looked around for the kitten's mother. Then after thinking about it for a hot minute, claimed the kitten as her own. After all, it needed her! Watch the further interactions of Kira, kitten, and the new brother.
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Woman Built a "Cat Ladder" to Save Stray Cats from the ColdNow this is what you call a heartwarming meow-ment! This kind lady built a “cat ladder” leading to her home for neighborhood cats looking for shelter.Sebnem Ilhan has a big heart for animals and considers the felines around her neighborhood family. In her hometown of Tekirdag, Turkey, the winters are harsh. She was worried for these homeless cats who were left without warmth and enough food when the temperatures dropped, so she decided to open her home for them.Ilhan built a little staircase in front of her window so stray cats could crawl up and take shelter in her home. She personally cared for and fed the felines herself, something that she’s really passionate about. To date, she has welcomed ten kitties into her house, a little joy that definitely meant the world for the animals.Image: Sebnem Ilhan#cat #catladder
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Munchkin Cat Rearranges Toys Every NightWhen you really observe them, you'll find that all house cats have hobbies. I have a cat who collects chopsticks. Batman is a munchkin cat with a serious stuffed toy obsession. But he isn't hoarding them; he takes them to his human, Christine, to show his love! That's endearing, but it's only the beginning of the qualities that make Batman an adorable cat beyond his looks. Batman's story goes to show that every feline has its own personality and quirks that can be quite entertaining. A cat doesn't have to have a unique look or a tragic story or a super power to bring joy to the internet. #cat #toy #catbehavior