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Natural Friends

Kitten cuddles baby chick. And there's [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 20, 2016 - 18 comments

The Catkeeper of Aleppo

When hundreds of cats started to hang out in front of one man's apartment building in Aleppo, Syria, Mohammad Alaa Ajaleel decided it was his lot to take care of the cats of war. So the electrician-turned-ambulance driver built a cat sanctuary-slash-children's-playground amongst the rubble. “My role as a rescuer is not to differentiate between those who need help,” Aljaleel said. “To love the small, weak cats is to love everything.” Alaa's love is energetic: in the last months he's built a well to help his neighbors access clean water, saved a girl in his volunteer ambulance(content warning: graphic), and had multiple children's parties, inside when necessary, outside in the sanctuary when a cease-fire permitted it. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger on Sep 19, 2016 - 32 comments

an ecological catastrophe

The Case Against Cats
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 13, 2016 - 106 comments

Clapham Cat is watching you commute

The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (get it?) has replaced 68 advertisements in the Clapham Common Tube station with pictures of cats. Many of the featured models are adoptable cats from Cats Protection or Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. More photos and video here.
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 13, 2016 - 16 comments

I, too, will gush about my cats at length

Kate McKinnon Talking About Her Cat. (slYouTube)
posted by Kitteh on Sep 13, 2016 - 29 comments

"What is UP with that CAT?!"

It's Just A Cat — supercut of cat jump scares. But wait! There's [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 10, 2016 - 27 comments

Salem the glitter cat

THIS IS WHAT FUCKING HAPPENS WHEN YOU FORGET TO RINSE THE TUB OUT AFTER USING A LUSH INTERGALATIC BATHBOMB! [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Sep 8, 2016 - 65 comments

"Persuasion is often more effectual than force.” — Aesop

Enjoy this video of a cat giving his dog buddy a massage and some hypnotherapy. Perhaps he's working his way up to enlisting the dog's aid against the parrots. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 4, 2016 - 13 comments

*Curls up and purrs a contented purr*

BBC: "Unlike the big cats many people recognise, such as lions and tigers, many wild cat species are small, rare and little-known. But they are just as deserving of our adoration as the pets we keep at home, and far more endangered. So to help raise their profile, we thought we would create our own cat challenge. Can you spot which of the following are wild cat species, and which are breeds of everyday moggy?" [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle on Aug 31, 2016 - 60 comments

Murmiland

Marble sculptures by Ortwin Gruettner. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Aug 19, 2016 - 7 comments

Cats and dogs, living together, mass adorableness

Side effects of growing up with Bull Mastiffs, this cat thinks she is one. She's cute, but she's no Rosie. As a kitten, she was save by the maternal Lilo the Husky (Facebook), a cat-loving Husky (YouTube) who lives in a household (Instagram) with other feral cats that are trapped, neutered and released (TNR) or raised and a couple more Huskies. Now a much larger cat, Rosie likes to walk and hike with the Huskies.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 18, 2016 - 26 comments

It's International Cat Day!

There are so many to choose from: cats that sound like humans, very angry cats, cats who hate cats that aren't really cats, narc cats, epic cat fight featuring arsehole birds, keyboard cat, ceiling cat and so many more. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Aug 8, 2016 - 29 comments

Place your cat in front of the screen

Cat Game: Mouse Hunt (SLYT)
posted by Jacqueline on Jun 28, 2016 - 24 comments

Keep England British Shorthair

#CatsAgainstBrexit. But there's another side to the story. Some are on the fence about it[more inside]
posted by Pinback on Jun 20, 2016 - 12 comments

A whole new meaning to the term 'fuzz pedal'

Cats on Amps. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Jun 19, 2016 - 24 comments

Study Says Cats Understand Physics & Law Of Cause and Effect

...Takagi and colleagues observed that cats tend to stare longer at rattling boxes during the experiment, which suggest that they correctly anticipated the presence of an object based on the container's rattling sound. The felines also stared longer when a turned over box yielded unexpected results that defy the laws of physics. Takagi explained that these animals use a causal-logical understanding of noise or sounds when predicting the presence of invisible objects.
Cats Utilize Physics? Study Says Cats Understand Physics And Use Law Of Cause And Effect To Detect Hiding Prey
posted by y2karl on Jun 15, 2016 - 76 comments

IMPORTANT: Do not glue the pieces to the cat

How to turn any cat into Totoro
posted by rewil on Jun 9, 2016 - 28 comments

People with their pets and phones in the bathroom

Cats vs. Bathtubs
posted by The Whelk on Jun 3, 2016 - 55 comments

“We just don’t make clay people as well as cats.”

Their collection of scale-model battle dioramas includes Fort Sumter, the Battle of the Ironclads and their masterpiece, four years in the making, Pickett’s Charge, 1,900 cat soldiers in all (SLWaPo)
posted by firechicago on Jun 1, 2016 - 28 comments

A cat-shaped hole in your life.

The appropriate weight of grief. Author Michael Zadoorian on the loss of a beloved cat.
posted by bitmage on May 15, 2016 - 54 comments

Meow is the winter of our discontent

RPG Character Classes / Cat Breeds. by concept artist Kyoung Hwan Kim.
posted by Greg Nog on May 13, 2016 - 32 comments

I have no idea how &c.

Catsoundboard. Does what it says on the tin.
posted by MoonOrb on May 11, 2016 - 13 comments

Cats have no amends to make

Pard, a cat who lives with Ursula K. Le Guin, tells the story of "My Life so Far" (Part I, Part II).
Life was often quite exciting in the first place, and we were happy together. I am hardly ever sad, but sometimes when I am going to sleep I hear purring around me that is not mine, and it seems that Mother and Sister and I are all curled up like one warm cat. And then I am happier than usual....
[more inside] posted by oakroom on May 10, 2016 - 12 comments

What variety of cheese would Donald be? The 2016 US election continues.

With only six months left in the all-too-brief election campaign, three candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties remain. In the red corner, Donald has vanquished Ben, Bobby, Carly, Chris, George, Jeb, Jim, John, Lindsey, Marco, Mike, Rand, Rick, the other Rick, Scott, and Ted. In the blue corner, Bernie and Hillary have vanquished Jim, Lawrence, Lincoln and Martin. However, there is pessimism about whether Donald can win the general, with bookmaker odds stabilizing and keeping Hillary as the clear favorite. Elsewhere, Sarah doesn't like Paul, Lindsey is glad he isn't in Area 51, Gary Johnson "could" become POTUS, and Jeb sort-of returns. Meanwhile, Bernie collects more delegates in Washington state, while Hillary wins the Guam caucus. And, on the island of his mother's birth, war has broken out between rival facebook groups for and against Donald. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on May 9, 2016 - 2567 comments

I have no idea how these cats got wedged into a musical, or why

Cats, the popular musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot), will be adapted as a movie, to be directed by Tom Hooper. Noted for its longevity, Cats ran continuously on Broadway for 18 years, and on London's West End for 21 years. The show will return to Broadway in August, after a 16-year hiatus. Mee wow!
posted by schmod on May 6, 2016 - 98 comments

Lego and trains. Two great tastes that taste great together

A lego train with a GoPro on it touring 50 meters of track, indoors and outdoors. There were also horrible rail disasters [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 27, 2016 - 40 comments

Guess who doesn't care that humans are researching this?

These Linguists Want to Help You Speak Fluent Cat [more inside]
posted by wonton endangerment on Apr 27, 2016 - 76 comments

questioning the 'illustrated tour of madness'

"During Wain's life, though, his fortunes reversed several times. Believed to be suffering from schizophrenia, Wain lived his final years in institutions. Eight of his cat drawings—which range from cuddly to psychedelic—came to be known as the 'Famous Series' and for years would be offered up as a the stages of a deteriorating mind, illustrated. But the truth is a bit more complicated." (Previously)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 18, 2016 - 2 comments

"you can't help but want to live in a world like that" - Matthew Kielty

The Raycat Solution is a 15 minute documentary by Benjamin Huguet about an idea proposed in 1981 by philosophers Françoise Bastide and Paolo Fabbri that by genetically engineering cats to be living Geiger counters, we could create a warning system for radioactive waste that would last at least ten thousand years. The idea languished for decades until Matthew Kielty did a feature on it for the 99% Invisible Podcast in 2014 [previously on MeFi]. Now biologist Kevin Chen is trying to bring the Ray Cat Solution to life.
posted by Kattullus on Apr 16, 2016 - 26 comments

Why Do Cats Love Bookstores?

If a bookstore is so fortunate as to have a cat on the premises during operating hours, you can bet that feline is co-owner, manager, security, and the abiding conscience of the place. You go to a bookstore to buy a book by Ta-Nehisi Coates or the latest Kelly Link collection, but you’re really paying a tribute to the cat, whether you know it or not.
posted by veedubya on Apr 13, 2016 - 33 comments

"Cheesecake, Chalkpit, Nutter, Butter, Crumple, Rumple..." (all rescues)

"For the walk - just the walks - I've probably spent 40 or 50,000 dollars." (SLVideo, houzz, via)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 8, 2016 - 11 comments

haha cool, ok, we’re friends now, big guy. no problems

so anyway that is the best thing: bobcats are not equipped to make friends, but luckily for this bobcat this homeless lady did not give any shits and made friends anyway. and now they are both happy.
posted by moody cow on Mar 19, 2016 - 31 comments

The Cats Who Came in From the Cold

Tinykittens is a Canadian cat rescue that Livestreams foster kittens (previously). Now playing: Sable and Neelix, a tortie and tabby tuxie respectively, both pregnant, with Sable due any day now. Right now, four feral cats are in residence at TKHQ, all of them from the same colony... and two former ferals waiting on adoption. This is where things get interesting. [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Mar 8, 2016 - 62 comments

Cats are cute but sometimes clumsy

Forget checking for hedgehogs on Bonfire Night - Nissan have put together an ad to remind you to knock on your car bonnet in the winter.
posted by mippy on Feb 17, 2016 - 41 comments

Hazard cone? Where?

To start your Tuesday morning: Pets that are stuck but pretending everything is fine.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 16, 2016 - 47 comments

Kumbali and Kago's First Snow

Cheetah and dog play in the snow. SLYT, 1:43. [more inside]
posted by asperity on Jan 30, 2016 - 16 comments

The Answer Is What's Poppin'

Behold Cyriak's (previously) new video for Meow the Jewels (previously) : "Meowpurrdy feat. Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte".
posted by Maecenas on Jan 26, 2016 - 30 comments

"No more I hear thee purr and purr as in the frolic days that were"

Cat Funerals in the Victorian Era: "During the early 19th century, it was not uncommon for the mortal remains of a beloved pet cat to be buried in the family garden. By the Victorian era, however, the formality of cat funerals had increased substantially. Bereaved pet owners commissioned undertakers to build elaborate cat caskets. Clergymen performed cat burial services. And stone masons chiseled cat names on cat headstones." Ends with a lovely elegy for Peter, aged 12, by poet Clinton Scollard. [more inside]
posted by fraula on Jan 24, 2016 - 8 comments

'Starring Willie W, Bas Bron and Vieze Fur.'

Time to slink into the weekend with this chill music video for De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig's 'Manon', starring a gang of imperious Dutch cats, custom scratching posts. Directed by powerhouse creative duo Lennert & Sander. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jan 22, 2016 - 9 comments

Organic Back-Pack Warmers

Bolt and Keel, the back-packing cats. This past July, two tiny kitties were found, alone in the forest, in British Columbia. They were rescued, and now travel along on their human's outdoor adventures. Christened Bolt and Keel, for their new companion's passion for kayaking and rock climbing, they have their own Instagram account.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy on Jan 10, 2016 - 27 comments

Cat + Monkey. 2016

Because you needed to see a cat crammed into a monkey costume and given a banana
posted by item on Jan 3, 2016 - 17 comments

Of Paris, of Love, of Art, of Cats and Poetry and of Death.

NSFW - Lucie Badoud, model and muse a well off orphan was inspired by Guillaume Apollinaire's novel La Femme Assise and went to Paris. In 1924 now known as Youki - snow rose, she received on her 21st birthday from Foujita, the japanese painter, a big, yellow Ballot with a Basque chauffeur.
The car's body was by Saoutchik and the radiator was capped with a bronze by Rodin; The Man With a Broken Nose. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Dec 28, 2015 - 4 comments

How smart animal shelters aim for zero kill.

How smart animal shelters aim for zero kill. Some shelters are euthanizing far fewer animals than others, and it's not because they have more funding: they're adopting different, smarter practices, including feline Trap-Neuter-Return, emphasizing spay and neuter in communities, encouraging owner retention, and making adoptions easier. Initiatives like Target Zero and The Million Cat Challenge help make it possible for cities achieve greater live-release rates. "In five years, Jacksonville’s shelter went from saving less than 30 percent of its animals to saving 90 percent, including many more dogs than before."
posted by Violet Hour on Dec 23, 2015 - 10 comments

30-something  (^._.^)ノ

The caretaker of the oldest cats in the world shares his methods for cat longevity: love, home cooked breakfasts, and nature documentary screenings.
posted by jamaro on Dec 15, 2015 - 41 comments

Loafs of Northern Darkness

What's nihilistic, majestic, atmospheric, misanthropic, and screeching? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 14, 2015 - 13 comments

Donut Cat & Friends

Donyatsu - an anime series wherein the ruins of human civilization are inhabited by . . . cute animals shaped like round baked goods. On a given one-and-a-half-minute episode, they might try to play with a giant robot or quote Terminator. [more inside]
posted by knuckle tattoos on Dec 8, 2015 - 4 comments

Vincent walks!

Veterinarians at Iowa State University have successfully implanted prosthetic legs in Vincent, a three-year-old cat.
posted by listen, lady on Dec 8, 2015 - 19 comments

You put out fresh sashimi, sometimes, arranged as best as you know how.

The Economics of Neko Atsume -- Nicole Dieker meditates on a cat-gathering future for The Billfold in a story tagged NEKO ATSUME, ONLINE GAMES THAT SUGGEST HORRIBLE DYSTOPIAN FUTURES, SERIOUSLY NEKO ATSUME IS THE CUTEST GAME I HAVE FED SO MANY CATS. If you're looking for hard economic analysis of the sardine-to-gold exchange rate, move on: this is a slice of life story in a world where gathering cats is all that matters. (And if adding a layer of "horrible dystopia" would negatively affect your gathering of cats, you might want to skip this one.) [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Dec 6, 2015 - 65 comments

Sprawled Out On The Freezer Case Of Your Heart

Bodega Cats is a Twitter account featuring cats that live in stores
posted by The Whelk on Dec 6, 2015 - 28 comments

He killed a mouse in Reno, just to watch him die.

Orange is the new cats. The folks behind the game Exploding Kittens want to repair their kitten-related karma. They've launched a project to convince people to put orange collars on their indoor cats and to educate people that an orange collar on a cat indicates that the cat is an escaped indoor cat who needs to be returned to custody.
posted by jacquilynne on Dec 1, 2015 - 70 comments

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