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6 Oct

Fierce Little Cat Takes 'Whack-A-Finger' Game VERY Seriously

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Don't let this orange cat's outward cuteness fool you. He's a fierce little predator. His prey? Fingers.

Our sweet domestic feline companions may seem a far cry from their big cat counterparts in the wild, but every kitty longs for something to come along and unlock their inner tiger. One genius pet owner found an awesome way to do just that — with this clever "whack-a-finger" game.

Despite the fact that cats' favorite pastimes appear to be lounging around and napping, deep down they're longing for more. Enrichment activities, like the one seen above, are great ways to make shy cats more social, and to simply brighten their days.

For more enrichment ideas, visit the ASPCA's website here.

Is there anything better than watching cute cats play? YES! SLOW MOTION KITTIES!

3 Oct

Homeless Kittens Born Without Eyelids Need Lifesaving Surgery

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

In late August, two tiny kittens fighting for their lives were found stuck in a drainage pipe in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The kittens were rescued and rushed to safety — but rescuers soon realized they had a much more serious problem on their hands.

When found, the kittens, now named Anna and Elsa, were terrified and filthy, and rescuers assumed getting them cleaned up, fed and loved would do the trick. However, the kittens suffer from a rare congenital condition called agenesis, according to a press release from MSPCA-Angell. The kittens were born without eyelids, and would need a major intervention in order to lead a normal life.


Anna and Elsa now need surgery to essentially reconstruct their eyelids. Dr. Martin Coster is slated to perform the surgery on October 5, according to MSPCA-Angell, during which he will take tissue from the kittens' lower lips and attach it to the muscles that allow them to blink. If the surgery is not performed, irritation from their lack of eyelids could eventually lead to complete blindness. 


The surgery will cost over $2,000, but no expense is being spared to help save these precious lives. "We're pulling out all the stops for Anna and Elsa so they can enjoy a long and healthy life in an adoptive home," Alyssa Krieger, adoption center manager at MSPCA-Angell, said in a press release. The surgery is being funded by Spike's Fund, a resource for homeless animals.

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2 Oct

Mountain Lion So Spooked He Climbs 35-Foot-High Pole

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

High power lines are a common stomping ground for winged animals, but a mountain lion in Lucerne Valley, California, decided to try out a perch typically claimed by birds.

The lion, who was spotted on Tuesday, was reportedly spooked by something — either another mountain lion, dogs or people — and scaled the pole to get away from them. Someone snapped a photo, and it quickly went viral.

This unusual image of a mountain lion on top of a power pole was captured by a photographer in the Lucerne Valley...

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Reactions to the strange sight ranged from "WOW!! Amazing sight!" to "Officials warning residents to be on alert," often in the same breath. But the overall consensus was to hope for the big guy's safe landing.

These wild animals are incredibly strong and this mountain lion's brethren have weathered more dangerous trials than this one, so it's likely this mountain lion will be perfectly fine after his fright.

By Tuesday night, he'd given up his avian dreams, vacated his post and disappeared back into the wild.

Learn more about mountain lions and their incredible agility below.

2 Oct

'Miracle' Kitten is Unstoppable in His New Tiny Wheelchair

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Cassidy may be tiny, but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in spirit.

The courageous little kitten was saved from certain death earlier this month by the Canada-based rescue group, Tiny Kittens Society. When Cassidy was discovered in a feral cat colony in British Columbia, both his back legs were missing, possibly accidentally chewed off by his mother after birth. Despite his painful injuries, however, he persisted nine weeks until help finally arrived.

"It is a medical miracle that he survived even a day with such severe injuries, let alone nine weeks," Cassidy's saviors wrote on Facebook. "His little body had just about given out from starvation and infection by the time we rescued him, but he never gave up!"

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1 Oct

Woman Does the Sweetest Thing to Help Her Rescue Cat Fall Asleep

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Every night before bed, as soon as Penelope the cat starts to get sleepy, she and her owner do their adorable bedtime routine. At first, Penelope starts to yawn ...


So her owner pulls her into her lap and holds Penelope like a baby, while she wraps her paws around her arm, letting Penelope suck on her finger until she falls asleep. Every night. Now that's love!


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29 Sep

It's National Coffee Day: Get Cat-feinated!

What would the majority of us do without coffee? Without it, this blog post certainly wouldn't have been written, nor would the images we've shared below ever been taken! So, take a minute to sip and slowly drink a nice cup of Joe, all while enjoying the incredible magic of latte cat art!








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28 Sep

Cat Knows Exactly How to Control Dog While Their Parents are Away

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Dogs drool and cats rule — quite literally, in this case.

Proud pet owners Devon Meadows and his wife have been trying to train their little dog, Chazz, to not be so loud and yappy while they are out of the house, but it turns out they aren't the only ones with that goal in mind. Their cat, Greyscale, is apparently also a fan of peace and quiet.

The Meadows recently captured a rather comical little scene on their home monitoring camera system, taken after they'd both left for work, showing how Greyscale teaches the dog to just chill out already.

Chazz clearly gets the message.

Sometimes the roles are reversed. Watch as Jackson Galaxy tries to help a cat that is terrified of the tiny family dog!

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27 Sep

Mama Dog Helps Nurse 5 Newborn Kittens

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Penny the Chihuahua was brokenhearted on Sunday after she gave birth to a single, stillborn puppy.

"She pretty much cried all night and needed to stay with somebody," one of her dads, Dale Fulk, told local outlet WHSV. "And you could see the tears, literally she had tears coming down her eyes."

The next day, Fulk and his partner Jeff Mullins started frantically calling shelters near their Virginia home to see if there were any newborn puppies who needed a mom — they thought that taking in puppies would give Penny a chance to nurse and recover from losing her puppy.

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24 Sep

Man Wades Into Oil Spill to Save Kittens

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Oil spills can be devastating for any little critters who happen to get caught in them, and these two kittens were no different. They were the victims of aruptured oil pipeline in Nefteyugansk, Russia, last month, caught up in oily floodwater.

Local resident Anatoly Tuptey heard their cries and saw them drowning, struggling to stay afloat.

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"My soul could not stand the cries, I went to see," Tuptey told the Siberian Times. The kittens were clinging to a board in a flooded house. "One was up to its neck in the oil," Tuptey said.

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22 Sep

White 'Cat' Turns Out to be Something Far More Rare

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It's not every day that an animal this uncommon drops by for a snack.

Susan Lichty was glancing out across the driveway of her New Hampshire home recently when she spotted what looked to be someone's white pet moseying through the foliage. It's a good thing she stopped to take a closer look, though, or else she might have failed to notice just what a remarkable creature it truly was. 

"I saw an animal, a white animal, and I thought at first it was a cat. Then I saw the way it was lumbering along, and I knew it was not a cat," Lichty told the Concord Monitor.

Nope. Not a cat. Actually, he's a glorious albino porcupine — who Lichty caught on film nibbling on some leafy greens.

According to biologists, albinism affects only about 1 in 10,000 porcupines, which means the pale-hued animal seen that day is very rare indeed. Fortunately, despite the fact that he's had a much tougher time hiding from threats, the hungry porcupine has made it into adulthood looking perfectly plump and healthy, winning the hearts of folks lucky enough to see him.

"It was definitely an albino, with red eyes," Litchy told the Monitor "I was able to watch it for quite some time before it walked away. It was cute." 

 Porcupines may be cute, but they pose a pretty serious danger to pups. 

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