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8 Apr

Help Us Spread the Word on Whaling: Vote for Webby-Nominated Whale Wars: Blood and Water

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Animal Planet's interactive experience Whale Wars: Blood and Water has been nominated for a Webby Award in the "Web: Television" category. Not familiar with Blood and Water? It follows the life of Paul Watson and his journey to end whaling.

If you're a Whale Wars fan, consider casting a vote in the people's choice award for the Webbys in order to help raise awareness for the program that shined a light on the important issue of whaling.

Cast Your Vote Now >>

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28 Feb

Two-Legged Kitten Shows Us Nothing Is Impossible With A Few Steps

This is Mercury.

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Mercury has two functioning hind legs. (Screen capture taken from YouTube)

Mercury is a kitten with only two functioning hind legs. As you can imagine, getting around can be difficult for this fluff ball, but as you’ll see in the video below, he can do whatever he puts his mind too.

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9 Dec

Introducing 'Cat Mojo with Jackson Galaxy'!

Hey Cat Lovers - if you're a Jackson Galaxy fan, definitely check out Cat Mojo With Jackson Galaxy on Animalist! He just launched his own brand new series where he talks all about cats, mojo, cat mojo and more cat mojo cat stuff...oh and he plays guitar too!

Check out Episode 1 below:

You can see him spread the Mojo every Monday on Animalist.com as well as Jackson's YouTube channel! Share it with your friends and leave your thoughts in the comments section!

See even more content from My Cat from Hell!


James Williams is a mammal at Animalist.com who has no interal conflicts accepting he's both a cat AND a dog person at the same time.

5 Dec

Study Shows Cats Understand Their Owners…But They Don't Care

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Just keep talking to your cat. He's listening…sort of. (Photo Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Do you ever pour your heart out to your cat? The good news is that your cat is in fact listening and understands what you’re saying. The bad news is that he doesn’t care.

A study conducted at the University of Tokyo and published in the journal Animal Cognition came to that conclusion by studying 20 cats for 8 months, according to a report by Paw Nation. During that time, each cat listened to audio recordings of 4 people—3 strangers and its owner—calling his or her name. After observing the cats and their physical responses, researchers discovered that 15 of the cats had an increased response to the owner’s voice, according to the study abstract.

In essence, your cat listens and knows who you are, but that’s where the interest ends. Here’s what Paw Nation quoted from the study:

"These results indicate that cats do not actively respond with communicative behavior to owners who are calling them from out of sight, even though they can distinguish their owners' voices," Atsuko Saito and Kazutaka Shinozuka wrote in the study.

Womp.

How can we figure out our cats? Check out tips on how to solve cat behavior problems and consult our healthy cats guide on AnimalPlanet.com. You can also get tips from our resident Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy in his Words of Wisdom video series.

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:

 

11 Mar

Animal Planet and Internet Cat Video Fest Play at SXSW

 

 

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Animal Planet staffers with Jackson Galaxy and representatives from the Walker Art Center at Animal Planet's SXSW happy hour.

 It’s not the internet without cats, right? So you can’t possibly have the largest interactive festival in the country without a few, too. That’s why Animal Planet, in conjunction with the Walker Art Center, originator of the Internet Cat Video Festival, presented “The Cats Live Here” happy hour this week at South by Southwest. 

The goal? To highlight the best of internet cat videos –and bring some cat-loving, cocktail drinking folks together for one [my-cat-from]-hell of a night. Guest appearances by Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and musician Emily Bell rounded out an evening filled with some of the most famous cat videos of all time, including the “Henri” series (below), Maru and one of the oldest internet cat video legends, Keyboard Cat.

 Here's what Jackson had to say:

 

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14 Sep

Animal Planet Fan Favorite "My Cat From Hell" Renewed!

Season4-mcfh-400Yesterday, Animal Planet announced a fourth season of My Cat From Hell. The fan favorite will be returning in 2013 with 17 hour-long episodes. The series has become an Animal Planet fan favorite with more than ONE MILLION of you tuning in to each episode.

In My Cat From Hell, cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy helps cat owners find the source of conflict with their furry friend by utilizing his more than 15 years of experience, a proven training program and his signature guitar case filled with cat toys.

Is your cat's behavior driving you or others crazy? Are you at your wits end? You're in luck! My Cat From Hell is casting for season four. Click here or e-mail hellcatscasting@gmail.com for a chance to be on the show and have Jackson try and transform your hellish cat into an angelic kitty. 

Check out video from the most recent season of My Cat From Hell!


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:

 

WATCH MORE OF THE CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL ENTRIES NOW >>

30 Aug

Jackson Galaxy Reviews Internet Cat Video Festival Entries

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CATS! CATS! CAAAATS!!!!

You can't have a first ever Internet Cat Video Festival without tapping the expertise of Jackson Galaxy, ultimate cat guru extraordinaire!

Watch some of the top entries below and see what Jackson had to say.  Agree?  Disagree?  Are you on the same feline frequency as Jackson?? 

And, get more details here on the fest which begins tonight at 8:30 p.m.

 

特訓するねこ。(Maru)


Jackson: Maru is the cat video that seemed to have sparked a revolution. How could you not root for a video with a cat diving into boxes? There is nothing better than a cat showing off their mojo and going viral. #4

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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 walkerart.org and the AnimalPlanet.com beginning August 31.

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

 

COMEDY

Gary’s Disgusted

Cat says NOM NOM NOM while eating sour cream

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