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29 Apr

Who's More Well Trained: This Cat or His Human? (VIDEO)

It's no secret that we love cats, so it seems only natural that Pecan the cat has basically stolen our hearts.

It's hard to tell if he's just well-trained, or if he has trained his human well, as whenever he rings a bell, he gets a treat. Once you checked out the video above, visit Pecan's Facebook page for even more adorable photos and videos.

Check out another well-trained cat!:

28 Apr

Road to Puppy Bowl Rolls Into Chicago as Animal Planet Hosts First Ever Draft on Wednesday

Contributed by Matt Windsor

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All right everyone, listen up, this is your ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL Ref and I’ve got one important announcement to make. So, please gather round, grab a knee, sit, stay and perk those ears up because you won’t want to miss this.

Everyone listening? Terriers in the corner, keep it down or I’ll have to send you to the showers! Ok, now that we’re all paying attention, here it goes…

On Wednesday, Animal Planet is teaming up with the NFLPA, PAWS Chicago and the ASPCA for the first-ever ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL DRAFT adoption event!

As you may have seen, I’ve been traveling nationwide with Animal Planet as they’re spreading the good news about adopting shelter animals and helping cover adoption costs so every animal has a chance to find a forever home. It’s been an amazing experience so far, but tomorrow, it’s getting even BIGGER!

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14 Apr

Purr-fect Summer: Animal Planet to Help Host CatConLA in June

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Lil BUB is one of the guests scheduled to attend CatConLA June 6 and 7 in Los Angeles! (Photo by Animal Planet)

Cat people, rejoice!

The first-ever CatConLA gathering is less than two months away and we’re joining the “purr-ty”! We are proud to announce that Animal Planet will be the exclusive cable partner for CatConLA June 6 and 7 at The Reef in Los Angeles.

CatConLA, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, is a two-day event celebrating cats and their people, showcasing cat-centric merchandise (from furniture and art, to toys and clothes) and conversations with some the leading cat experts from around the world.

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9 Apr

Bobcat Attacks Shark

 


This is the ultimate case of land vs. sea.

John Bailey was walking on the beach when he saw what he thought was a dog emerging from the water. He was surprised to see it was dragging a shark in its mouth. But that was nothing compared to his surprise when he realized it wasn't a dog. It was a bobcat!

He snapped this photo that has gone viral of the rare predator vs. predator event.

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Many people questioned whether the photo was real or fake. I'm not a photoshop expert but as a Naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, I don't have trouble believing it to be authentic.

Bobcats, though shy and elusive around people, are bold, opportunistic predators that will take advantage of any food source. For a bobcat living in a coastal area, hunting at the water's edge makes perfect sense.

H/T to Huff Post Green.

6 Apr

This Cat Gets Its Teeth Brushed and Contemplates Life (VIDEO)

Have you ever gone a day without brushing your teeth and once you do, it's like the skies open up and you picture Neil Diamond and Seal taking form of mythical creatures singing a tooth-brushing duet, and everything is right again? 

Well, this cat. Having not had its teeth brushed, presumably, ever, experiences what brushing your teeth feels like. 

I present "The Toothbrush Revelation." 

Check out this cat with GOLD teeth!

26 Mar

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Scores Double with Events in Atlanta and Miami This Weekend

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Earlier this month, Animal Planet kicked off its second annual Road to the Puppy Bowl tour with three successful stops in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX. Continuing with the ongoing mission to promote animal adoption and responsible pet ownership, Animal Planet and several animal rescue organizations have teamed up to host a series of all-star adoption events and help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in cities throughout the United States.

This Saturday, Road to Puppy Bowl will head to the southeast for two simultaneous events in Atlanta and Miami. One event will be hosted in Florida at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services from 10AM to 4PM EST. The second will take place from 11AM to 4PM at the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia. Join us in either location for an exciting day filled with giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable animals. We'll post our favorite fan snapshots from the day at www.AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl, and you can share your own using #R2PB on Instagram.

As an added bonus, any individuals or families wishing to adopt a pet during these events will be able to do so free of charge. That's right! Animal Planet will cover 100 percent of the adoption fees, making it that much easier for you to take your new furry friend off to their fur-ever home!

Get more details and sign up for Road to Puppy Bowl: Atlanta and Miami now!

Can't make it? Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you. 

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26 Mar

CUTE ALERT! Baby Leopard Sleepytime at Tampa Zoo (VIDEO)

Ready for some late afternoon, heart-melty awwws? Here you go:

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23 Mar

The Cat's Outta the Bag, Felines Prefer 'Cat Music' Over Human Music

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When you play music for your pets, your first thought, most likely, is that it soothes, relaxes and entertains them, much like it does to humans, but a new study shows that's not true. 

With cats, that is. So, move over Ariana Grande and make room for Katy Purry, because cats prefer their own kind of music: "cat music." 

University of Wisconsin-Madison research shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to "music" written especially for them, reported ScienceDaily.

Lead author, Charles Snowdon, an emeritus professor of psychology, is trying to create music that pleases the ears of cats, by adjusting pitch and tempo and appealing to the animals' sensory systems. 

The researchers created their "cat music" based on tempos of purring and the sucking sounds made during nursing.

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16 Mar

Nine Pets Who are Totally Ready for St. Patrick's Day

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16 Mar

#SXSW: Lil Bub, New Spokescat and America's Next Cat Star Finalists Revealed!

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MEOW from Austin, Texas, where the cat lovers came out in droves last night to dance the night away! 

At Animal Planet's Next Cat Star party yesterday, our favorite cat star Lil Bub was appointed our official spokescat! And, you may have caught it via our Meerkat live video stream if you were following us on Twitter. 

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Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin joined Animal Planet as the network used the streaming app to announce internet cat LIL BUB as its official spokescat.' (L-R) Internet cat LIL BUB and owner Mike Bridavsky, Jackson Galaxy of the series "My Cat from Hell," Animal Planet General Manager, Rick Holzman, and Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin

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LIL BUB and owner Mike Bridavsky with Jackson Galaxy, showing off their tats!

To follow-up the sensational news, the finalists in our America's Next Cat Star Talent Search were unveiled and celebrated with plenty of beverages and fantastic 80s tunes by the band, the Spazmatics! It was quite a puuuuurr-tay!

Here are the five finalists! And, you can now CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite! >>

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