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Cat Hamster Wheels Are A Thing Now

Cat Hamster Wheel
Yes, Really

So many people love the bizarre idea of watching their cat run manically on a hamster wheel that a Kickstarter campaign for exactly that has raised over 18 times its goal. Over $189,000 has been raised for the “One Fast Cat” exercise wheel. Indoor cats who don’t need to hunt to survive struggle with a lot of pent-up energy, and while running on a little wheel looks doofier than getting exercise in the great outdoors, it’s a good way to stave off boredom and cat depression (yes, that exists). According to creator Sean Farley’s comments on the Kickstarter page, “There are many ways to keep your cat lively, giving them access to energetic companions, making a play session part of their day, and/or offering them tempting exercise equipment for use when you’re not at home…that’s why we came up with ‘One Fast Cat’ cat wheel.” Bored kitties rough up your house by using your furniture as a scratching post, making messes, and refusing to use their litter box. What I don’t get is what motivates the cats to keep running once they start. Do you have to hang a treat in front of the wheel? All I know is watching the footage of that cat running in circles is giving me all the LOLs. [TIME]

Cat Can’t Be Bothered With The Outdoors, Hides In A Stranger’s Purse

Cat In Purse
Nope

It’s no secret that most cats don’t like to be walked, and this kitty made that extra clear on his first adventure outside by trying to hide in a random woman’s purse while still on his leash. I’m pretty sure I look the exact same way most Monday mornings. [Laughing Squid]

RIP Society: Black Cats Are Being Abandoned Because They Don’t Show Up In Selfies

black cat

According to the RSPCA, a British animal charity, abandoning animals that aren’t photogenic has become “a national problem” in the U.K. Of the 1,000 cats currently living in RSPCA shelter, 70 percent are black. Between 2007 and 2013, there was a 65 percent increase in the number of black cats taken in at the Blue Cross animal charity. “Black animals tend not to photograph as well as other cats with more distinctive markings,” they told The Telegraph. Sadly, it seems that a pet’s ability to take a good selfie is worth a lot more to some people these days than how much love they can give. Many pet owners apparently complained when dropping the cats off at the shelter that they didn’t show up well in pictures, and prospective owners at the shelter requested to meet cats that were any color other than black. Meanwhile, orange and white cats, who show up better on camera, are being adopted left and right. This also makes it tough for the RSPCA to advertise the black cats in photos on their website. Even though these kitties were once thought of as bad luck, many Britons believe they bring the opposite, but their lack of photo cred seems to leave them in the dust. Come on animal lovers, we’re better than this! [CosmopolitanTelegraph UK] [Image via Shutterstock]

Be My Pet: “Piggie Smalls,” The Little Rescue Pig That Could

Piggie Smalls

Meet the Notorious P.I.G., a micro pot-bellied pig who was rescued from a neglectful home in Florida. There, the little pig was fed only Cap’n crunch and horse feed, but he’s since found happier times in his new home at Brooklyn Cares vet clinic. The pig, who also goes by “Piggie Smalls,” got his name after rapper Biggie Smalls, who grew up just a block from his new digs. When Piggie arrived at the vet he was in very poor health, but now he cheerfully snorts away as he runs around the office and makes new animal friends. “It has been awesome to see the Notorious P.I.G. come out of his shell. Every day he is happier and more social,” Dr. Timothy Mann told DNA Info. Mann has always wanted a pig. These days, Piggie eats lots of healthy veggies, takes regular baths, and is even being trained to use a litter box. It’s a far cry from his lonely days eating sugary cereal in the Florida heat. Pot bellied pigs aren’t allowed to live in New York City homes, but they can live in veterinary facilities, so Piggie spends his days there with Ruby, the dog who is also a fixture at the clinic. When Piggie has adjusted more to his home, he’ll make his way to the front waiting room where he can greet customers. Who knew happy little pigs could be so cute! [DNA Info] [Image via DNA Info/Brooklyn Cares]

Homeless Pets Are Now Featured In Some Ikea Showrooms

Ikea Dog
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Ikea stores in Tempe, Arizona, and Singapore have teamed up with Home for Hope and the Arizona Humane Society to add life-sized cardboard cutouts of homeless animals to its showrooms. The cardboard critters, which are based on real photos of shelter cats and dogs, will be placed in the spots a real-life pet might hang out — on couches, rugs and bunk beds. The cutouts even have bar codes customers can scan to learn more about the animals. So far, all six of the pets featured in the Tempe store have found homes, and more cutouts will be placed in the store starting on July 29. Here’s hoping this spreads to other stores! [Apartment Therapy, Business Insider] [Image via Home For Hope]

The Daily Squee: Beagle Steals Baby’s Toy, Tries To Apologize

Beagle and Baby
Sorry, Charlie!

Charlie the dog didn’t realize he would make the baby cry when he stole her toy. So he tried to make it up to her the best way he knew how — with more toys. Way to own up to your mistakes, Charlie! [22 Words]

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