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Back in 1918, Cat Flu Masks Were the Rage

Back in 1918, Cat Flu Masks Were the Rage

In 1918, Dr Woods Hutchinson had strongly-held opinions about the flu epidemic’s transmissibility. “The reason for the spread? Pig-headedness, not another thing,” he raged in in Des Moines on November 25, 1918. “We knew it was prevalent in Europe and that it would find its way here. “The ‘flu’ germ doesn’t care a hang for […]

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Is Betty the New Grumpy Cat?

Is Betty the New Grumpy Cat?

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many TV production studios have had to temporarily shut down, but that doesn’t mean viewers have to do without their favorite shows and news broadcasts. From famous musicians’ home concerts to John Krasinski’s “Some Good News/SGN” YouTube show, many celebrities are broadcasting from the comfort of their homes during […]

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Covid Win: No More Eating Cats in Shenzhen

Covid Win: No More Eating Cats in Shenzhen

Out of the gloomy morass in which we are currently immersed, it is especially uplifting to know that some good is coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, I said GOOD! This week, Shenzhen became the first city in China to ban the consumption and trade of dogs and cats as part of its new […]

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Cats Catch Covid-19

Cats Catch Covid-19

Need any more incentive to stay the heck at home and avoid getting the virus? According to the South China Morning Post, a pet cat has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong after being infected with the virus by its owner. The cat is the second domestic cat to be diagnosed with the virus. […]

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Sushi Baldwin-Bieber Found in Food Network Star’s Backyard

Sushi Baldwin-Bieber Found in Food Network Star’s Backyard

Justin Bieber’s cat Sushi has returned home after an incredible 3-week journey, and though the kitty’s meow sounds sad … the family’s happy he’s home. Sushi wandered into Food Network chef Sandra Lee’s backyard looking emaciated but very sweet. She took him in, fed him and cleaned him up (and removed some porcupine quills), then […]

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Before Cats Dominated Instagram There Were Cyanotypes

Before Cats Dominated Instagram There Were Cyanotypes

120 years before cats dominated YouTube and organized to one day achieve world domination, they were the subject of one very adoring photographer. Recently, a family member reached out to YouTuber Mathieu Stern with a fun fact: There was possibly a time capsule hidden in his old family home. The photography experiment-focused video-maker looked into […]

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Tubby Tabby Vying for Pawsition as a Weight Watchers Spokescat

Tubby Tabby Vying for Pawsition as a Weight Watchers Spokescat

Things are looking up for Wilford, who has just landed a forever home after being surrendered to a shelter in December by someone who was no longer able to care for him. This hefty D.C.-area cat went viral over his adorable face and exceedingly chonky appearance has no just landed a new home–he has landed […]

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Took a Village to Rescue This Cat

Took a Village to Rescue This Cat

In the Village of Lewiston, NY, Mayor Anne Welch closed Tuesday’s monthly board meeting with a feel-good story about a cat stuck in a 40-foot-plus tree. “I live on Cayuga Street and, across the street from me, there was this tree with this cat in it,” she explained. “So, my next door neighbor comes over […]

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Pregnant Cat in Predicament

Pregnant Cat in Predicament

Over at the Jersey Shore, a cat was stuck in a tree in Manahawkin for many days before animal control was called to rescue her. Stafford Township Animal Control received a call of an injured cat that was stuck in a tree. After an officer rescued the cat, she was taken to the Stafford Veterinary […]

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30,000 Pets Stranded in Wuhan

30,000 Pets Stranded in Wuhan

It is estimated that more than 30,000 pets have been left stranded after the Chinese government sealed off Wuhan following the coronavirus outbreak. In response, people trapped in Wuhan have been volunteering and checking in on the animals whose owners are stuck outside the city (are these rescuers angels or what???) Here’s Ye Jialin’s story […]

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Your Cat WILL Eat You!

Your Cat WILL Eat You!

Left alone, a human corpse will soon be feasted upon by maggots. Also, depending on the circumstances, by a cat. It is one of those pet-owner musings, a conversation topic so dark that it inspired the title of a book by a mortician: “Would Fluffy eat me if I dropped dead?” The answer, according to […]

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Missing 12 Years, Quincey is Finally Home

Missing 12 Years, Quincey is Finally Home

An adventurous cat in the U.K. who went missing for 12 years has been reunited with his family. Quincey vanished just before Christmas in 2006, and his owner Margaret Smith was devastated. Margaret searched for months and died two years later, aged 64, believing he must have been killed. But this week he turned up […]

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Cats Go to Prison for Freedom

Cats Go to Prison for Freedom

It’s a trend that’s gaining traction in prison communities: sending cats to prisons to help reform inmates. A program at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana has brought about a dozen shelter cats to live inside the prison’s refurbished office, where inmates take turns caring for the felines. This is a big improvement over the cats’ […]

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Police Dept Cat Gets His Pink Slip

Police Dept Cat Gets His Pink Slip

More than 50 people gathered Aug. 20 inside the chambers of the Mocksville, NC Town Board of Commissioners, and several more stood in the Town Hall’s lobby. It was the largest crowd ever to attend the monthly meeting of the town board. The reason for the turnout? Concerns about the fate of Sgt. Butters, the […]

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Katz Catnaps Cat To Save Him from Euthanasia

Katz Catnaps Cat To Save Him from Euthanasia

A Long Island couple, whose former nanny stole their cat to spare him from being euthanized said they want the tabby back. Julie and Russell Berman said their nanny of six years, Rebecca Katz, took Tigger without their consent. The Bermans contacted police after security camera footage allegedly showed Katz leaving their home with Tigger. […]

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NY is First to Ban De-Clawing Statewide

NY is First to Ban De-Clawing Statewide

New York has become the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats statewide. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill into law that outlaws the procedure and imposes a $1,000 fine on veterinarians who perform it. Declawing will still be legal in any case where it’s medically necessary for the cat. “Declawing” is […]

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Is Larry the Cat on Borrowed Time?

Is Larry the Cat on Borrowed Time?

Need another reason to hate Boris Johnson? Here’s the nail in the coffin: He could be giving Larry the boot when he moves into 10 Downing Street. He wants a dog. What was Larry’s response? On his unofficial Twitter account, the tabby tweeted “HELL NO.” Larry, of course, is the cat who runs the U.K., […]

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Hot Hunky Firemen to the Rescue!

Hot Hunky Firemen to the Rescue!

What’s hotter than a hot hunky fireman? How ’bout a cat-rescuing HHF with an Irish accent? Across the pond, the Dublin Fire Brigade from Kilbarrack station tweeted that they saved a cat caught between two cavity blocks (and I have no idea what a cavity block is, other than it’s a tight place no cat […]

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6-week-old Kitten Goes Under the Hood

6-week-old Kitten Goes Under the Hood

Charles the Kitten, just six weeks old, survived a harrowing car ride this week, and thanks to a bold rescue by a couple of Dept. of Public Works employees, he lived to tell the tale. “He was distressed, definitely distressed, like his world got turned upside down,” said Scranton DPW worker Gene Reed. Gene Reed […]

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Facebook FAIL for Pakistani Minister

Facebook FAIL for Pakistani Minister

Oops. On Facebook, the provincial government of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa live-streamed a press conference that discussed important decisions of the provincial cabinet in Peshawar. But they forgot to turn off the cat filter. As a result, viewers saw their leaders decked out with pointy ears and whiskers. Politician Shaukat Yousafzai was soon made a laughing […]

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