Meet Charlie the kitten, who makes going to bed early look cool again. His nighttime routine includes a bottle, a warm bubble bath, and a bedtime story — as should all of ours, really. His blissful little blink at the end as he settles in front of his book has me melting. This Vine is only six seconds long, but I could watch Charlie get ready for bed forever. [Huffington Post]
The Puppy Bowl is cool and all, but there’s only so long I can watch a bunch of dogs tumbling around before I’m like, “Where them kittens at?” The Hallmark Channel must have heard my plaintive brays, because they confirmed that they will be staging a Kitten Bowl come Super Bowl Sunday 2014. (Also, they announced this back in April, but I must have missed it so I’m going to go ahead and assume you did too.) The network has just announced that Beth Stern (that’s Howard’s wife) will host, Yankees radio announcer John Sterling will give the play-by-play, and — this is the best part — the festivities, featuring 60 to 70 kittens, will run from noon to 9 p.m. It’s perfect, because watching kittens on television is literally the only thing I could feasibly enjoy doing for nine hours straight. [Vulture] [Image of mother cat and kittens via Shutterstock]
These are kittens dressed as Tootsie Rolls for Halloween. Let me repeat: here are a full two minutes and 18 seconds of kittens dressed as Tootsie Rolls. Sometimes the universe is actually that giving. No need to worry about nonsense like government shutdowns or the economy collapsing when you can watch adorable fluffballs scurry around their house batting at things dressed like candy. You’re welcome, Internet. [Jezebel]
Ever wondered how your cat sees the world? Artist Nickolay Lamm wondered too, so he consulted with ophthalmologists and veterinarians to put together images of different scenes as they would appear from the viewpoint of a kitty. Thanks to his nifty photo series, we can take a look at the likes of Times Square or a country meadow through the eyes of a kitty.
According to Lamm’s findings, cats’ vision is a lot fuzzier and less colorful than ours, and they can only see things clearly at distances of up to 20 feet. That sounds like a bummer, but they do have broader visual fields than we humans that span about 200 degrees instead of our 180 degrees. Where they really have people beat is night vision – cats have much better perception in low lighting than we do. Their eyes are also better at picking up on fast-moving images or objects, which might explain their paws darting at everything from floating dust particles to dangling yarn. What I really want to know is whether my cat can see what’s happening on the TV when he watches with me. [Wired]
Are you still serving your cat a tepid bowl of tap water alongside their crystal plate of Fancy Feast? Ugh, how dare you insult them like that? Distinguished felines deserve a much more refined beverage pairing. Like wine. For cats. Thanks to a Japanese company, now oenophile kitties can partake in a vino just for them: it’s called ”Nyan Nyan Nouveau,” and while it doesn’t have any alcohol in it (probably for the best, as everyone knows there’s nothing meaner than a wine-drunk cat), it does contain Cabernet grape juice and catnip to get them feeling nice and frisky. [Kotaku]
Ready to feel like the worst cat mom ever? A new study shows that stroking your cats could be making them more stressed out. When researchers at the University of Lincoln set out to study the way cats handle living alongside humans in the same home, they tested stress hormone levels in cats before stroking them at various levels. When they measured those stress hormones again after petting them, they found that none of the cats liked being constantly touched, though the study noted that some were “prepared to tolerate it.”
I am now guiltily picturing my cat tensing up and steeling himself whenever he sees my hand heading toward his furry head. Keep reading »