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26 Nov

Kitten Will Do Whatever it Takes to Get Baby Deer's Attention

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

When a young cat crossed paths with a fawn hanging out on her porch, the fawn stared blankly as if the cat wasn't even there.

And the cat was NOT going to have any of that.

She demanded some attention.




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23 Nov

Cats Show What They're Thinking During Belgium's Lockdown

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

Difficult situations often call for levity — preferably in the form of cats.

Brussels went into lockdown on Sunday during a police investigation connected to the attacks in Paris, and Belgian police encouraged its citizens to support their efforts with the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown. Defense Minister Steven Vandeput tweeted: "Police are asking the public not to report their movements on social media, please support & rt #BrusselsLockdown."

But what went viral was a showing of support from the nation's most indifferent citizens: The cats.

From the funny to the satirical to the sweet, here's some of our favorite feline solace during the storm:

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20 Nov

New Onesie Lets You Be a Cat AND Carry One

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

More ways to carry your cat everywhere? Yes. Please.

Back in May, Unihabitat created the Mewgaroo Hoodie, a sweatshirt with a perfect cat-sized pocket. The sweatshirt seemed like the comfiest way to carry your pet around — until the same company created the Mewgaroo Jumpsuit.

Yes, it is exactly as perfect as it sounds.

The Mewgaroo Jumpsuit is essentially a onesie with a cat carrying pouch attached on the belly. It's the same concept as the hoodie, except this way your entire body will be warm and catlike instead of just your upper body. What could be better?

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20 Nov

Shelter of Excellence: MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center

Founded in 1868, the MSPCA/Angell is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The full name of our organization is the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center, or MSPCA–Angell.  They are a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provide direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. The MSPCA comprises our Animal Care and Adoption Centers, our Advocacy Department, and our Law Enforcement DepartmentAngell Animal Medical Center is our nonprofit veterinary hospital. The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.

Interested in MSPCA? Check out some of the pets they have available below! 


Photo courtesy of MSPCA


Breed: Pit Bull Mix

Age: 5 Years Old 

Hello there! I'm Treble, a tall, dark and handsome Pittie mix. I was given up when my owner couldn’t care for me any longer. I take exception to that song It's all about the Bass, not Treble! I am lots of fun and have tons of energy - it's all about ME! I love playing with toys and enjoy a great game of run after the ball and trading for another toy - oh, and when the toys squeak I'm just thrilled - after all, a squeak is a treble kind of sound! I am a bigger dog who would overwhelm small children while I am playing with my beloved toys, so an active adult-only household or family with dog-savvy teenagers would be best for me. I've met other dogs at the adoption center and was pretty shy and anxious around them. I'd be totally happy to be your one and only dog as I have plenty of doggie love to share! If you already have a dog at home ask the staff if they think we'd be a good match and they'll arrange for us to have a meet and greet session. I sit nicely for treats, but would love to learn more tricks and bond with you at training classes - maybe even agility so I can use my boundless energy! What do you think? Could it be all about Treble in your life? I promise to always make you laugh, and smile!


Photo courtesy of MSPCA

Breed:Pit Bull Mix

Age: 3 Years Old

Hello there! My name is Nelson and I'm a handsome, energetic guy! I was originally found as a stray dog in Boston. I'm interested in playing with both people and dogs - but I'd do best in a home with bigger, older kids as I may knock down littler ones with all my enthusiasm and energy! I've met some other dogs here at the adoption center and was interested in playing with them - if you already have a dog at home, please talk to shelter staff about arranging a meet and greet to make sure I get along with your current 4-legged pal. I also have some issues with itchy skin, so you should talk to staff here about what that means for me. Would you like to adopt a handsome, energetic big boy? Then please come on by to meet me and spend time with me! I promise we'll never have a dull moment together!


Photo courtesy of MSPCA


Breed: Jack Russell Terrier Mix 

Age: 1 Year Old

Hello hello hello! I'm Diesel, a super-cute 1-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Pit Bull mix. I was surrendered because my previous owners didn’t have enough time for me. I'm small, but I'm full of energy - I love to play with squeaky toys and I love getting attention from humans! I'd probably do best in a home with children who have dog experience so I don't overwhelm them when I get enthusiastic with my playing. I've met other dogs here at the adoption center and liked them, so could probably live with another canine pal as long as we meet first to see if we're a good match. I've never lived with cats before, so it may be best for me to live in a home without them as I'm so energetic and playful. Would you like an adorable, affectionate pup to brighten up your life? Would you like to help me channel all my energy in a good way? Then come on in and meet me today! I can't wait to play with you!

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20 Nov

Robot Cats are a Real Thing Now

Hasboro is taking technology to the next level this holiday season with JoyForAll, a branch of their multimillion dollar corporation. They have officially introduced their new product: Companion Pets. They hope inspire "spontaneous smiles, laughter, and warm memories" with their line of animatronic animals.


The product is targeted at seniors who may not be capable of taking care of a pet, though it could be convenient for anyone who craves feline friendship and kitty cuddles. Forget being allergic or breaking your lease agreement, now everyone can have a cat! Unfortunately, your animatronic cat won't look like Bub, Hamilton, or Sam. There are currently only three options to choose from: Creamy White Cat, Silver Cat with White Mitts and Orange Tabby Cat.

Fear not, the company website declares that the cats look, feel and sound like an actual kitty, with the capability of responding to human touch. Each cat has five built-in sensors to insure an interpersonal relation between owner and cat, as well as "VibraPurr", which is cited to sound and feel like real purring. 

 Learn more about the kitties below:

More inclined to adopt a living cat over an animatronic one? Check out a few adoptables on Kittem Cam!

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

18 Nov

This Music is Scientifically Proven to Improve Cats' Lives

No, this isn't a joke, this is real album composed by musician David Teie! According to the Music for Cats web site, Teie had a "scientific theory on the fundamental nature of music appreciation by mammals." He believed that every mammal has a biological reaction to sounds, especially in their early development.

With this in mind, Teie started composing music made just for cats. But you would think it's hard to pinpoint what kind of music they like. They can't just open up their mouths and tell you how much they like Adele's newest single. So Teie got to work figuring out what kind of sounds cats reacted to and how he could recreate them with instruments.

On his Kickstarter page for the album, Teie describes his process. He says that "using only musical instruments, I incorporated those sounds and their natural vocalizations into music and matched it to the frequency range they use to communicate."

That's the science behind, and here are the results. According to a study published in Applied Animal Behavior, "the songs elicited positive reactions from 77 percent of cats that heard them." Learn more about their research here.

This video offers a more visual answer to how cats really react to Teie's music.

Teie hopes to make more music for different animal species in the coming years!

This cat doesn't just love music; she loves playing it, too!

17 Nov

Cat Figures Out the Perfect Way to Calm Down Dog

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Liz Lemon the cat knows what it's like to have an annoying sibling — Penny the dachshund REALLY wants to play with her. All the time. But this kitty isn't having it.


First, Liz grabs Penny and is all like, chill out girl. Just snuggle up next to me for a bit.


Then she gently soothes her sister with kitty kisses until Penny is totally zonked out. Ahh, the magical power of sibling love.

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17 Nov

The Amazing Acro-Cats Raise Feline-Adoption Awareness on The Late Show

The adoption of all animals is important, and The Amazing Acro-Cats set out to prove that while performing on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. These cats, along with their human counterparts, travel thousands of miles a year in order to bring awareness to cat-training and feline adoption.

While some of the cats had some slight cases of stage fright, they put on a hilarious show with the help of Colbert. The humans and cats are currently trying to get a new tour bus and have set up a Kickstarter to raise the funds needed. Find out more about that here.

These hard-working cats were also featured on Must Love Cats! Check them out below:

17 Nov

Cat Just Got His Dog Back and Will Never Letting Go Again

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Many people think that cats and dogs have some longstanding rivalry, but this cat really appreciates his dog ... and does NOT appreciate when he goes away.

Jasper the cat was pretty sad when his dog best friend Bow-Z went away for 10 whole days. In fact, Jasper missed his best friend SO much that when Bow-Z returned, he started hugging him .. and decided just to never let go.

Ever. Again.

Bow-Z patiently waits while Jasper shows him how much he missed him, and this is probably the moment that he decided never to leave Jasper ever again ... because then at least the hugs will be a little more, er, spread out.

Let's hope Jasper never has to deal with a long distance relationship EVER again. These two deserve to be together, always.

Not all dog-cat relations are this heart-warming. Dealing with Marco is like being in a war zone. Is Marco an aggressive cat or is there some other underlying problem?

17 Nov

Shelter of Excellence: Cleveland Animal Protective League

The Cleveland Animal Protective League (Cleveland APL) has been has been serving the animals and people living in the Greater Cleveland area of Ohio since 1913.  They operate a 30,000-square-foot animal shelter in the beautiful Tremont neighborhood, and a PetSmart Charities® Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) in the PetSmart® store in Parma, Ohio. 

The Cleveland APL’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Every day, the Cleveland APL rescues abused and neglected animals, offers shelter to homeless pets, promotes compassionate and responsible pet guardianship, and strives to elevate the status of companion animals in society. The Cleveland APL has achieved 100% placement of healthy, friendly animals, and through their Second Chance Program, they provide additional care to animals with treatable illnesses and injuries and modifiable behavioral issues. There are no time limits at the Cleveland APL. Friendly, healthy animals, and animals whose illnesses and injuries can be safely and humanely treated will stay in their adoption centers until they find their new home. In 2014 alone, 6,433 animals were adopted from the Cleveland APL.

Check out some of their available animals below and head to their website for all of their available pets!


Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Animal Protection League

Cierra is a purrfect 8-year-old kitty who was brought to the Cleveland APL as a stray back in July. She is very sweet and is ready to find her happily ever after!

Miss Piggy 

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Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Animal Protection League

Miss Piggy is a sweet 10-year-old cat who came to the Cleveland APL in June.  This pretty girl was found as a stray and brought to the Cleveland APL for help. She is waiting for a home today.


Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Animal Protection League

13-year-old Miles came to the Cleveland APL after his owner passed away. There wasn’t anyone to take care of sweet Miles, so he came to the APL in August looking for a new family to call his own.


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