Posts Tagged ‘cats’

Australia Will Kill Millions of Kitty Cats

July 21, 2015

Australia Will Kill All the Kitty Cats
20 to 30 million feral cats roam Australia, killing 75 million animals each night. 29 of the continent’s mammals have been lost to extinction, and feral cats are implicated in 28 of these eradications. More than 120 Australian animals are currently at risk of extinction by feral cats, which also spread diseases that affect farm livestock.

These critters are not the mild-mannered moggies British colonists brought with them since arriving in 1788 but ferocious felines weighing up to 30 pounds. The Australian government wants to kill 2 million of these furry furies in the next 5 years.

More:

“Feline Massacre: Australia Unveils Plan to Kill Two Million Feral Cats,” Vice

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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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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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Pizza Hut in Japan is Run by Cats

August 27, 2014

Pizza Hut in Japan is Run by Cats

Japan loves cats. Japan is obsessed with cats. There is Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko ), robot cat (Doraemon), and of course Hello Kitty. Japan has cat cafes. Now Japan’s cats are running Pizza Hut.

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Cat Café

April 26, 2014

Cat Café

Like cats with your coffee? The Purina One Cat Café just opened in Manhattan. It’s a coffee shop full of kitties, all of them up for adoption. A similar tea shop is planned for San Francisco but, without corporate sponsorship, it hasn’t gotten off the ground.

Cat cafés seem to have started in Japan and spread to Europe, but New York’s is the first in the United States, though it will only be open for four days. Purina One Cat Café is downtown and, as seems natural, is only 8 blocks from Katz’s Delicatessen.

Purina One Cat Café, 168 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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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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Persian Kitty in Space!

September 18, 2013

Persian Kitty in Space!

In the name of science and cultural identity, Iran’s space program is considering blasting a fluffy Persian Cat into space early next year, maybe around Nowruz 2573 (Persian New Year March 20, 2014). They claim this will prepare them for human spaceflight, but we think it will delay the program. Honestly, have you ever just tried to drive a big fluffy kitty to the vet? What’s the Farsi word for “”Fuhgeddaboudit?”

More:

“Iran mulls sending Persian cat to space,” Faine Greenwood, GlobalPost

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Kitten In A Microwave!

September 12, 2013

Kitten In A Microwave

Two teenage girls from Maine put an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave oven and turned it on. What next? They put the video on Twitter, of course. Talk about your mean girls ….

The kitten survived and was taken to an animal shelter. The 15-year-old girls, South Portland High School students, were charged with animal cruelty.

Kitten in a microwave! Where’d they get that horrible idea?

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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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Feline Spies

May 20, 2013

Feline Spies

“Domestic house cats, it seems, may be alien sentinels—sent to spy on us and report their findings back to the mother ship. Or, as some theorists have put it, they’re like alien camcorders tracking our every move.”

— “Are Cats Spies Sent by Aliens? A Deep Examination of One of the Internet’s Best Conspiracy Theories,” Austin Considine, Motherboard

Related:

“Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories,” Maggie Koerth-Baker, New York Times Magazine

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