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 »
Snoopybabe is more famous in China than [Insert Something Famous In China] and he is just an adorable kitty cat. Snoopy has 275,000 followers on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter ) and 190,000 on Instagram. Is this remotely surprising? Look at him. His droopy eyes make him look sad and longing like North West grasping at hope for a normal childhood. Oh, it is devastatingly adorable. It’s kind of like when a baby trips and falls and starts crying but you get all happy inside even though they are sad because their faces are so squishy. Read more on College Candy…
Pussy, as in pussycat, pervs. This shirt is certainly a lot of look, but I think Rebel looks purr-fect. [Photo: Splash News]
Meet Lily the cat and Lucy the hedgehog. Lily is curious about her new critter friend. Like any cat, decides the best solution to the situation is to sit on the problem and is shocked when she realizes that hedgehog spines aren’t very comfy. Lucy is one patient little hedgehog. Too freakin’ cute. [New York Daily News]
It’s a daily habit that has turned into a daily ritual: I settle onto the train with my coffee, pull my iPhone from out of my purse, and click open my Instagram app to see what Pudge is up to. Pudge (above) isn’t a friend’s cat or a family member’s cat or even a cat I’ve met in real life. Pudge is an Internet-famous cat. She’s my favorite Internet-famous cat.
I love and always have loved cats — at one point, my parents had nine cats when I was growing up — and even I can admit that sometimes being a pet owner is a pain in the butt. With Pudge, I can look at cute pictures and videos in small doses when I feel like it … and then put my phone back in my purse and not have to deal with anyone clawing at the bedroom door while I’m trying to have sex.
After the jump, here are 10 reasons Internet-famous cats are better than real cats — in GIFs!
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