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25 Jun

Cats Face Off With Wild Predators (VIDEO)

"Though she be but little, she is fierce!"  

William Shakespeare penned those words in his play A Midsummer Night's Dream and they apply perfectly to the cat in the video below, who wasn't too happy with a black bear investigating the back door. The bear was in for a bit of a surprise.

You can read more about this feline-ursine encounter in Alaska on Time.com.  

That wasn't so much the case in this second video though, where a cat faces off against a mountain lion in Boulder, Colorado . . . and doesn't seem particularly phased one way or another.

Oh, cats! 

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6 Jun

MOSHOW's Spreading Love and Positivity Rapping About His Frisky Felines!

What a perfect way to celebrate #caturday!  
 
If you haven’t already discovered MOSHOW and his infectious Instagram feed, grab your phone and search @iammoshow on the app to experience the pawsitive vibes he and his three feline daughters are spreading through social media. We’re obsessed! We were lucky enough to have him tell us more about his girls, inspiring people through his music and why he loves women who love cats! #spreadthecatlove

We discovered your Instagram account and love your energy.  Where did your positivity come from?

My positivity comes from me, that’s just the person that I am. I’m the guy that will walk up to you and hug you the first time I meet you. Also growing up in the hood of Baltimore city, I was surrounded by negativity for 17 years of my life and I knew that I wanted better out of life. So, with hard work and dedication, I was able put myself through college and actually finish. I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania. Also I just like to see people follow their dreams and make it happen. That gives me energy as well.

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What inspired you to share your cat raps on Instagram?

Well I love to rap and sing that’s just who I am. I’ve been rapping since I was 16. I rap all day everyday; I just can’t turn it off. I LOVE CATS and I’m extremely close with mine. Sushi and I are best friends. One day I just woke up and I said OK! Its time for me to create something new and original. So I sat down with Sushi and we created The Moshow Cat Rap! 

MoShow Caturday blog from Animal Planet PR on Vimeo.

When did your love of cats – specifically the sphinx breed - start?  Did you have cats growing up?

Growing up I didn’t have any animals so I didn’t know what I was missing. When I was in college I met my girlfriend and she had cats. That’s when I fell in LOVE! I Love ALL cats but Sphynx remind me of myself. Some people judge them by the way they Look. When I see them, I see beauty! They’re so different in so many ways. That’s exactly like me. I’m not a normal guy and I’m very comfortable with who I am as a person. I feel like I understand them.

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5 Jun

Watch These Delightful Cats Have a Field Day with Boxes! (VIDEO)

Cats are known to love boxes, but what happens when you give them a room full of them to play with?! These furry little guys are having the time of their lives jumping in these boxes.

He can't hold his excitement!

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Up for a little game of hide-and-seek?

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It's a party! Bring your friends!

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Check out the whole video below!

 

For more cute cats, tune into Treetop Cat Rescue Saturdays @ 9/8C and check out our coverage of CatCon! June 6&7!

 Can't wait? Watch another video of a box-loving cat below!

14 May

British Cat Sets Guinness World Record for Loudest Purr

British cat Merlin just broke the Guinness World Record for having the loudest purr. According to BuzzFeed, this guy's purr reaches 70 decibels, perhaps the equivalent to having an AC unit or dishwasher running right in your face. For cat owners out there, you know how loud your cat's purr can be - can you even imagine having Merlin around? 

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself," Merlin's owner, Tracy, said. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair."

 Merlin lives in Torquay, Devon (UK), is 13 years of age, and was adopted from an animal rescue centre in nearby Kingskerswell by his owner Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice, according to the Guinness World Record website.

Meet the cat that last held the world record:

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!:

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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11 Nov

Animal Friends Salute Our Vets

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Ty, a 13-year-old male California Sea Lion, provides a salute to America’s veterans. A popular resident pinniped of Shedd Aquarium’s Abbott Oceanarium, Ty spent his first four years as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, before receiving the equivalent of a medical discharge due to his limited vision. Shedd aquarium adopted him in 2005, where he has been thriving in their care ever since. (©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

We're following Ty's lead and saluting our veterans today. Ty himself is a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. When he was discharged due to limited vision, he came to live at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium in 2005.

See more animals who have served their country:

10 Jun

Baby Farm Animals Earn Their Wheels at Australian Animal Rescue

We’ve all heard the phrase “if pigs could fly,” but what if pigs had wheels? Look no further as this question has been answered by the piglet, Leon Trotsky, a resident at Edgar’s Mission in Victoria, Australia. According to the Huffington Post, he was rescued by Edgar’s Mission after his mother fell on top of him and his siblings at a pig farm. While his siblings didn’t make it, Leon did, but with a crushed femur and severe ligament damage. Things seemed gloomy for the piglet, until the rescue fitted him with his own piggy wheelchair. This wheelchair allowed Leon to heal while also keeping him mobile and active.

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30 Jul

Lobster-Claw Kitten Warms Hearts

 

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When we saw the cuteness of Saltwater Taffy, an adorable lobster-claw kitten living in Philadelphia, we just had to share her story with you.

Saltwater Taffy was born with radial agenesis, which means she likely has contracted tendons and missing radial bones in her front limbs, which gives her front limbs a lobster-claw appearance. But she's not letting that stop her.

Cared for by a foster family through the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, Saltwater Taffy goes through some "physical therapy" with her Foster Mom. The ACCT and SWT's foster mom are also hoping to raise enough funds for her care and potential surgeries. Whatever money is leftover from her care will go back to the shelter to help other animals in need. As of this posting, donors had already exceeded the goal of $1000.

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Courtesy ACCT Philly.

Want to give in another way? The ACCT Philly is always looking for great foster families. Consider helping to save the life of an animal by donating your time and home for a period of time. Learn how you can help.

For more Saltwater Taffy cuteness, check out our photo gallery!

To see another amazing cat overcoming obstacles, check out this video of a cat getting a prosthetic from Must Love Cats:

12 Apr

WATCH: It's CATurday!


Cat lovers unite! We're turning Saturday into CATurday for all you feline fans out there. Tune in for your cat-favorites and more! The cat fest begins at 6AM E/P!

12tuoHere's the complete line-up (all times E/P):

6AM: Big Cat Diary
7AM-9AM
: Must Love Cats
9AM-11AM
: Cats 101
11AM-4PM
: Too Cute Kittens
4PM-9PM
: My Cat From Hell (New episode at 8PM!)
9PM
: Too Cute Kittens
10PM
: My Cat From Hell: Scratch Tracks (New!)

See what's in store for you on My Cat From Hell:

 

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