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1 Dec

Cat Now Realizes He's Made a HUGE Mistake

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Life is full of tough to answer questions, but "Should I go sniff that bee over there?" isn't one of them.

"No" is always the answer.

Unfortunately, that's a bit of wisdom this cat had to learn the hard way. Reddit-user marklyon recently shared a photo of the too-curious kitty after he had a "losing battle" with one of those stinging pollinators — an unpleasant run-in which left him with a swollen nose (and, from the looks of it, a deflated ego).

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We're happy to report that this cat is now OK, but his painful lesson comes with an important reminder to other pet owners.

If your pet gets stung by a bee, experts recommend carefully removing the stinger as soon as possible and immediately contacting your veterinarian for advice on what to do next in case — bearing in mind that bee stings can be deadly to pets.

This cat isn't the only victim of a rogue bee. What happens when a swarm of bees invade?

30 Nov

Sister Sumatran Tigers Give Birth Within Days of Each Other

There are reportedly less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild. Their existence is shriveling to dangerously low numbers due to poaching and deforestation in their native habitats on the tropical Indonesian island. However, in the span of five days, two healthy cubs were born in Florida, finally giving conservationists something to smile about.

On Nov 23, Zoo Miami announced the birth of an adorable 3-pound male cub. The cub was born on Nov 14 and has yet to be named, according to the Miami Herald. The birth marks the first Sumatran Tiger birth at the zoo and the first offspring of Leeloo a four-year-old female that arrived in Miami in 2013 from the Oklahoma City Zoo. Berani, the cub's father, arrived the same year, from San Francisco Zoo.

Just up the coast of Florida at the Jacksonville Zoo, Leeloo's littermate gave birth to her very first cub just five days later. The cub, whose sex has yet to be revealed, is reportedly healthy, as is mother Dorcas. Interestingly, the cub's father is also named Berani. However, THIS Berani hails from Ohio and is 14 years old. 

"This rare cub's birth is so exciting for the zoo and our community," said Dan Maloney, the Jacksonville Zoo's Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation in an interview with a local news channel. "We can't wait to see the youngster grow, develop and explore the special features we designed into our newest Land of the Tiger habitat, especially the unique trail system."

The proud tiger parents are reportedly all a part of the elaborate AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Conservation Campaign, which aims to increase genetic diversity within zoos to ensure the success of the species.  

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Learn about other endangered species fighting for survival and be sure to watch Racing Extinction on Dec 2 at 9/8c on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. 

18 Nov

This Music is Scientifically Proven to Improve Cats' Lives

No, this isn't a joke, this is real album composed by musician David Teie! According to the Music for Cats web site, Teie had a "scientific theory on the fundamental nature of music appreciation by mammals." He believed that every mammal has a biological reaction to sounds, especially in their early development.

With this in mind, Teie started composing music made just for cats. But you would think it's hard to pinpoint what kind of music they like. They can't just open up their mouths and tell you how much they like Adele's newest single. So Teie got to work figuring out what kind of sounds cats reacted to and how he could recreate them with instruments.

On his Kickstarter page for the album, Teie describes his process. He says that "using only musical instruments, I incorporated those sounds and their natural vocalizations into music and matched it to the frequency range they use to communicate."

That's the science behind, and here are the results. According to a study published in Applied Animal Behavior, "the songs elicited positive reactions from 77 percent of cats that heard them." Learn more about their research here.

This video offers a more visual answer to how cats really react to Teie's music.

Teie hopes to make more music for different animal species in the coming years!

This cat doesn't just love music; she loves playing it, too!

17 Nov

The Amazing Acro-Cats Raise Feline-Adoption Awareness on The Late Show

The adoption of all animals is important, and The Amazing Acro-Cats set out to prove that while performing on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. These cats, along with their human counterparts, travel thousands of miles a year in order to bring awareness to cat-training and feline adoption.

While some of the cats had some slight cases of stage fright, they put on a hilarious show with the help of Colbert. The humans and cats are currently trying to get a new tour bus and have set up a Kickstarter to raise the funds needed. Find out more about that here.

These hard-working cats were also featured on Must Love Cats! Check them out below:

16 Nov

Cat With Three Ears Just Has More to Love

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

All cats are unique in their own special way. Brian, for example, has just a little bit extra to love.

U.K. rescue Feline Care found Brian after a neighboring store was complaining about someone setting off its security alarms. Feline Care set out some traps, expecting to find one of their own cats — but instead got Brian. 

However, the bigger surprise was what was on Brian's head. Behind one of his little gray ears was a third ear, perfectly formed and rather cute. 

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31 Oct

Cat Sneaks Off With Stuffed Friend to Secret Forest Hideout

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

In the human world, taking something without asking is called "stealing," but if you're Timmy the cat, it's just another day out with your best bud.

The crafty cat burglar was recently caught on video frolicking with a toy tiger he stealthily "borrowed" from a neighbor's house. 

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According to his owner, it took Timmy two tries to make off with his big plushy pal. 

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26 Oct

This Cat May be the World's Greatest Instagram Model

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

You might think you've seen some pretty fantastic Instagram pictures over the years — but you're wrong. Until you've seen Bacon the cat, you have seen nothing.

Meet the fabulous Bacon.

Bacon has nailed the art of Instagram modeling. There is no one in the world with fiercer poses. It's just a fact.

Bacon has all of the best shots completely mastered.


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21 Oct

While Holding His Cat, Man Leaps Between Boats to Safety

After his boat hit rough water in the seas south of Alaska, a Frenchman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Tor Viking, a Royal Dutch Shell drilling support vessel, earlier this week. And he wasn't the only one being saved - the man tucked his pet cat into his jacket before leaping to safety.

According to the Telegraph, the man's 30-foot sailboat had lost its rudder and rigging in high winds, and he was forced to alert his emergency beacon about 400-miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska.

According to reports, both the man and his cat are both OK. We applaud this sailor for ensuring his cat was safe!

Check out this video of a cat who has got its kitty paddle down:

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18 Oct

'Desperet' Kitten Found in Box with Child's Heartbreaking Note

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

When a Washington woman opened an ordinary box on the street, she was surprised to find an abandoned kitten inside, but it was the gut-wrenching note she discovered alongside the tiny cat that touched even veteran animal rescuers.

"My mommy's boyfriend is mean to me," read the message, penned in the simple handwriting of a child. "desperet [sic] for loving home ☹" 

According to Kirkland-based MEOW Cat Rescue, which ultimately took in the kitten, the animal's savior was walking her dog when she came across the box bearing the child's sad plea.

"Her dog sniffed the box with interest and her intuition told her to check it out," wrote MEOW on Facebook Thursday. "When she looked inside, she found the little fluffy being. A tiny and perfect kitten, at the mercy of whomever found the box."

While a little thin, the kitten was found to be in generally good health and is doing well living in a foster home with similarly aged kittens, according to MEOW. The shelter says she won't be available for adoption for several months. 

"We have more questions than answers," wrote MEOW, "but are forever thankful for the bravery of the child who knew the kitten deserved better and the kindness of the woman who saved the kitten." 

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18 Oct

Big Dog Has the Best Reaction to Meeting Tiny Orphaned Kitten

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

When this giant fuzzy dog met a teeny rescue kitten, he wasn't quite sure what to make of the little critter. In fact, he might have been a little scared ...

"What kind of puppy are you?!?"

The YouTube user who uploaded the video explained, "I found this kitten on the street hopeless and hungry because his mother abandoned it, so i took it home to feed it, bath him, take him to the doctor and many other things that were needed to be done."

Maybe his dog wasn't ready to be a big brother ...

"AHHH! It's coming towards me!"

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