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27 Aug

You Haven't Seen Anything Until You've Seen Rosie the Cat on a Leash

This video starts off completely normal, with two Huskies just walking along on leashes

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But wait! Who is this little gal walking behind them?

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27 Aug

Cat Knows Precisely How to be a Pig's Perfect Cuddle Buddy

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some, snuggling is merely a pleasant way to pass the time — for others, it's a passion. 

Here's a sweet kitty who clearly falls into that latter camp. Scoffing at any undue prejudices some may have toward pigs, this skillfully affectionate feline couldn't possibly be a better cuddle buddy to his curly-tailed friend. As the dozing swine snores away, the cat sticks close by to keep the pig feeling cozy and safe, gently stroking his sleepy face with an ever-loving paw.

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27 Aug

Cat Doors? Where This Cat is Going, it Doesn't Need Cat Doors (VIDEO)

For further proof that cats really just do what they want, check out this video from Philo Cat. Philo's human spent over an hour installing a brand-new cat door to make it easier for Philo to go in and out. Turns out that Philo is quite handy on his own and probably doesn't need the cat door, thankyouverymuch.

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26 Aug

Skip the Coffee, Watch Cat Videos Instead

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We've known for some time that cat videos have a magical power, and it seems like science is finally catching on. According to Medical Daily, a reaction video from the American Chemical Society claims that instead of that cup of Joe you drink to get a caffeine boost, you could just watch some cat videos instead.

The ACS states that watching cat videos improves your mood and temporary boosts your attention to detail. Previous studies have shown that spending time with a pet, such as a cat, does positive things to the brain. Similarly, watching videos of cats can have a similar effect on our hormones as to hanging out with one in person. The videos can increase the oxytocin levels in your brain, which can influence "positive feelings of trust and connection," and decrease the amount of cortisol, which is a hormone related to stress.

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26 Aug

Cougar Defies Nightmare Zoo by Learning to Walk Again

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Mickey the cougar could barely walk when rescuers found him.

Mickey had languished for years in a nightmarish backyard zoo in Alabama that was operating without a license — its USDA license was revoked in 2006. It had been discovered that the woman running the zoo, which was also serving as the local dog pound, was feeding domesticated dogs to her exotic cats. Big Cat Rescue was determined to save any animals it could from this horror story.

In 2014, Big Cat Rescue negotiated with the owner of the captive wild animals, and last August she finally surrendered Mickey to the Tampa-based rescue organization.

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When Mickey was finally rescued, he was emaciated, his teeth were rotting and his legs were so debilitated from what specialists believed were torn ACLs that he could barely stand up. After further examinations, veterinarians determined that Mickey's knees were ravaged, with no ligaments or cartilage left at all. 

"It had to be incredibly painful," Susan Bass, of Big Cat Rescue, told The Dodo, "but he's such a sweetheart, he never even let on that he was in pain."

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24 Aug

Think You've Seen a Cat Sit Weird? Think Again.

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

In general, our pets sit and lie in weird positions all the time. It's kind of their thing. But one family realized its cat might out-weird them all, when they saw him sitting EXACTLY like a human.

That's right. Red, a cat from Ohio, sits down and stays seated exactly the way humans do. When his family noticed the adorable and strange way Red chose to sit, they knew they had to share it with the world.

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22 Aug

‘Missing’ Cat's Owner May Not Realize the Joke's On Him

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Someone went to the trouble of writing up and printing this "missing" poster, but he may want to just check under his nose instead.

As this Instagram post shows, a cat who was recently declared "missing" has been found ...

... sitting in her own home ...

... directly next to the poster ...

... and striking the same pose as she did in the photo.

 

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A photo posted by Brian M. Cassidy (@brian_m_cassidy) on Aug 17, 2015 at 11:01am PDT

Is it possible that the owner still doesn't realize that his "missing" cat is not missing at all?

Milo might not be missing, but these cats were! Watch some amazing cat rescues from Treetop Cat Rescue here:

21 Aug

Cat Investigates Man's Foot, Realizes He's Made a Terrible Mistake

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

video recently posted to YouTube captures the moment when a cat performs a taste-test on one man's right foot.

Holding down the foot with his paw, the cat goes face deep into the smell zone. 

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20 Aug

From Instagram: Loki the Vampire Cat

Straight from Instagram, a hot bed of adorable cat photos, comes Loki the vampire cat! No, she doesn't thirst for blood, just cuddles! Her overhanging canines are Loki's claim to fame and make her the cutest vampire we've ever seen. 

Loki was rescued from Chittenden County Humane Society in Burlington, Vermont by Kaetlyn, a sheltter volunteer. However, she wasn't always so friendly. Kaetlyn told the Huffington Post that Loki was trusting of very few people and when she was adopted, she hid under the bed for months. However, a love connection was eventually made and Loki is now described as "the most affectionate cat Kaetlyn has ever had."

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20 Aug

Rare Sand Cat Who Lost Her Mate Gives Birth

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When Rotem, a sand cat who lives in captivity at the Ramat Gan Safari Park in Israel, lost her mate Sela last year, she was the only one of her species left at the park.

Sand cats are extremely rare — there are only 116 left on the planet, and many are in captivity. Instead of having new kittens and helping keep her species alive, Rotem was all alone in her enclosure, mourning her lost mate.

In hopes that she would have more litters, the staff brought in a new male sand cat named Kalahari, imported from captivity in Sweden last fall — which is pretty ironic, considering that the sand cat's natural habitat is in the hot deserts of North Africa and Central Asia.

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But Kalahari the Swedish sand cat and Rotem didn't quite hit it off. In fact, the two pretty much avoided each other, which is why caretakers at the park were so shocked to discover that Rotem had given birth to a surprise litter three weeks ago.

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