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DC Cat Café Opens June 20th

June 11, 2015

DC Cat Café Opens June 20th

Crumbs & Whiskers, DC’s first cat café, is opening at 3211 O Street NW in Georgetown on June 20th. Kickstarter backers can schedule now, Gentlemeow’s Club members can sign up on June 15th, and the rest of us must wait until June 18th.

So reservations are required; sounds pretty exclusive. Will there be valet parking?

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The Big Game

February 1, 2015

The Big Game

Sunday, February 1, 2015: Time for the Big Game. That’s right, Puppy Bowl XI is on Animal Planet. The cute canine competitors come from shelters, the cheerleaders are kitty cats and dwarf goats, and the halftime show features Kitty Furry. The puppies recently predicted another sporting event, the one out in Arizona today.

More:

“A complete guide to Puppy Bowl XI,” Marissa Payne, Washington Post

Note to cat people: Kitten Bowl II is on the Hallmark Channel at 12 Noon ET

More:

“Kitten Bowl 2015 lineup, start time, live stream and TV schedule,” Adam Stites, SB Nation

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Cat Fancy Magazine ‘Put to Sleep’

December 22, 2014

Cat Fancy Magazine 'Put to Sleep'
After 49 years, Cat Fancy Magazine is no more. To put that in perspective, 49 years is 3 or 4 cat lifespans [insert ‘9 Lives‘ joke here].  Cat Fancy was known for beautiful feline photos and practical kitty-keeping advice and had many fans, including Ayn Rand. The magazine will be succeeded by something called “Catster.”

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Kitty Cafes

February 10, 2014

Kitty Cafes

“Cat cafes — establishments that allow you to make feline friends while you enjoy your coffee — already exist in Paris and Japan, and … the concept will soon hit San Francisco. The trend has been slow to catch on in the U.S., mostly due to strict health codes that prohibit the presence of animals in restaurants. But the team behind the upcoming California cafe — obviously named KitTea — plans to make it work by running two separate operations: a tea house and a ‘cat sanctuary.’”

— “San Francisco Cat Cafe: Video Tour of Other Cat Cafes in Japan,” Samantha Grossman, TIME Magazine

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The Big Game

February 2, 2014

The Big Game

Sunday, February 2, 2014: Time for the Big Game. That’s right, Puppy Bowl X is on Animal Planet at the same time as Fox shows some kind of New Jersey sports spectacle.The cute canine competitors come from shelters, and always get adopted before the Puppy Bowl airs, but this year viewers can participate by picking Puppy Bowl Fantasy Teams.

So, if all dogs go to heaven, does God pick the winner of the Puppy Bowl? Maybe you should pray for your puppy team, just to be on the safe side.

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Howl-O-Ween 2013

October 28, 2013

Howl-O-Ween 2013

The annual Howl-O-Ween canine costume contest haunted Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park on Saturday. See a shaggy sample of animal attendees here.

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iCat

May 28, 2013

iCat

The iPad as cat toy. Because your cat is bored with her iPod.

“Cat-App Fever: 3 Ways to Turn Your iPad Into a Cat Toy,” Lore Sjöberg, Wired

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Killer Kittycats

February 4, 2013

Killer Kittycats

Domestic cats kill as many as 3.7 billion birds a year, according to a study led by a Smithsonian biologist. That’s about 15 percent of the bird population. They kill about half as many mice, voles and other small mammals annually. Not everyone is confident about these numbers, however, and it’s unclear how many of these killer cats are actually feral and aren’t anyone’s pets.

Clearly, our sweet house kitties are natural-born hunters, “snakes with fur.”  No need to kill them off, but letting pet pussycats roam outdoors is another matter. There are health reasons to keep cats indoors; now there are ecological ones, too.

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Deck the Halls with Bo Obama

December 2, 2012

Related:

Inside the White House Holidays

“How Often Should I Water My Christmas Tree?” MarthaStewart.com

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Neo-Nazi Kitties Held Hostage

February 19, 2012

Neo-Nazi Kitties Held Hostage

Today In International Cat News: An animal shelter in Zwickau, Germany is demanding more than $1,300 for care of two kitty cats owned by an alleged neo-nazi serial murderer. The felines in question, Heidi and Lily, belong to Beate Zschäpe, a member of the Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund, a neo-nazi terror cell suspected of a series of racially motivated murders with as many as 10 victims.

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