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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


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

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


Courtesy of ACCT Philadelphia

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.

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
: Must Love Cats
: Cats 101
: Too Cute Kittens
: My Cat From Hell (New episode at 8PM!)
: Too Cute Kittens
: My Cat From Hell: Scratch Tracks (New!)

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


10 Jan

Dog With Creative Haircut Mistaken for Lion



A Labrador-Poodle mix gave Virginia residents quite the scare earlier this week when his creative haircut caused many to think they were seeing a baby lion.

Charles, who had just gotten a haircut, is shaved to look like a lion to represent Old Dominion University's mascot, which happens to be - you guessed it - a lion. The dog's owner, Daniel Painter, has a daughter who attends the school.

For more information on the dog, check out his Facebook page! Or just about any morning news show and Anderson Cooper, where Charles has been making his rounds.

See more creative dog grooming below!

And an added bonus, creative cat grooming!

6 Sep

Congratulations, Henri Paw de Deux, Internet Cat Video Film Festival Winner!


Sarah McMurdy, Manager with Animal Planet’s Marketing team, was as excited as the rest of us for the first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival! Soooo … who won?! Hear it from her:

Congratulations to William Braden, creator of Henri Paw de Deux, for winning the People’s Choice Award and the Golden Kitty Award, at the Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Film Festival on Thursday, Aug. 30! The People’s Choice Award was chosen by online voting prior to the festival.  The event was well-attended, with a gathering of over 10,000 feline fanatics in Minneapolis, Minn. -- the masses laughed, cried, and purred out loud throughout the night! 

Enjoy the full version of the winning video, Henri, Paw de Deux:



30 Aug

MEOW! The Long-Awaited Internet Cat Video Festival is Here!


BitesMinneapolis, Minn. - Get ready for the coolest cat videos on the web!!  The Walker Art Center presents the first internet cat video festival today, August 30, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Animal Planet is partnering up with the Walker Art Center and bringing you the People's Choice Award, the Golden Kitty.  Chosen by online voting, the winner of the People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the festival. The winning video will also be broadcast during the season finale of My Cat From Hell on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. e/p.

An audience favorite, the Best of Show video, will be selected via Twitter voting during the event and announced after the festival. Use #catvidfest to participate in the Best of Show voting during the Internet Cat Video Festival. The festival will also be available via and the beginning August 31.

Also available on our site, check out a few of the featured video entry nominees:



Gary’s Disgusted

Cat says NOM NOM NOM while eating sour cream

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