I’ve never liked cats. I know this is an unpopular point of view, but the heart wants what the heart wants. And this heart wants everything of the feline persuasion to stay away from her. It’s the allergies, but also, I just don’t like the way they look at me. Should you want to join me in the pursuit of catless-ness, you might be interested to know that new research published in the PLOS ONE journal discovered a link between cat bites and depression. Keep reading »
Do you love your cats? Do you also have $35,000 to spare? A California man did, and he used it to turn his home into a live-in playground for his 18 cats. The house includes wall ledges, ramps, and custom tunnels all specially designed for his kitties. The home also has a spiral feline “staircase” and a custom ventilation system to keep the air clean. He wanted his cats to experience daily adventures without having to go outdoors, and paired with the cheerful colors used to decorate the house, the place is basically a kitten’s version of Disneyworld. Check out the full gallery here, and don’t worry – just giving your cat the occasional treat and pat on the head is also considered good cat parenting. Not all of us have pet palaces to build at our disposal! [Gizmodo, Trillium] [Photo: Trillium Enterprises]
An oldie but a goodie: this is from the 2006 Torino Olympics, when the American kittehs bested the Danish kittehs on the ice. (I think.) The Olympics would be much more watchable if cat curling was an actual sport, don’t you agree? [YouTube]
It’s too cute, I can’t handle it: the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, invites children in from first through eighth grade to visit the shelter and read to the rescue cats who live there. The kids get to practice their reading skills, while the cats feel a sense of comfort from the rhythmic sound of a human voice. The program was started by an employee of the rescue league whose 10-year-old son was struggling to read. Once she saw easily he read surrounded by kitties in the shelter adoption room, she implemented the program with other classes. These days, everyone from homeschooled kids to parents of autistic children to Girl Scout troops participate. Everybody wins, and as the series on snapshots (like the one above) on Love Meow shows, nothing makes for a cuter set of pictures. How many little ones do you think go home begging Mom to adopt a stray? [22 Words, Love Meow]
Whether you’re currently single or coupled up, it’s always interesting to ponder how different your life might look if you’d made different relationship choices along the way. What if you’d stayed with the wrong guy, settled for the good-enough guy, gone on one date instead of another, or said “yes” instead of “no” (or vice versa) at a crucial romantic juncture? In honor of this month’s lovey-dovey holiday, we’re taking you on a tour or our Ghosts Of Valentine’s Day Past — exploring the strange, sad, and silly possibilities of our romantic lives that, for whatever reason, weren’t meant to be. Here’s Ami’s story…
When I was 13, I fell in love for the first time. Like, sleep outside so I could stargaze and stay up all night writing tortured poetry in love. His name was Jeremy and we met backstage on the set of “West Side Story,” a community theater play I was in with his older brother. Two star-crossed lovers from rival high schools. Once I got up the nerve to talk to the cute guy with the long-brown hair and the baja hoodie, I learned that in his spare time he liked to played the guitar and smoke pot. During our courtship, he made me a mix tape featuring his favorite tunes from The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and of course, the song “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam. It was love at first site, as we labeled it, and we often talked about running away and getting married … if only we had drivers licenses. But there was just one problem: his cat and my allergies were not compatible. That, and the fact that he cheated on me with a girl named Amy (the more common spelling) and broke my heart. But mostly, the cat. In my alternate universe Valentine’s Day, Jeremy and I are still together and here’s what we’re up to… Keep reading »
“The Notebook” may be a favorite this time of year, but after 10 years (yes, 10!), it’s due for an upgrade. Like, say, kittens recreating its greatest moments. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams may be easy on the eyes, but I guarantee that this feline version of the film will leave you much happier than the end of the original movie. Meow! [Laughing Squid]
Looking for something productive to do with your day? How about 25 minutes of cat Vines condensed into one video? That’s a lot of cat Vines. This YouTube user did us the favor of curating the very best and brightest of internet felines, all in one place. Somewhere, Colonel Meow (rest in peace) is shedding a tear of pride.
Meet Depot, the kindly green-eyed kitty who was almost evicted from her home of 13 years last week. See, Depot is a lovable stray who lives inside a Home Depot store in Bluffton, South Carolina. She’s something of a local celebrity and wanders around the store making friends with customers, many of whom bring her treats when they come to shop.
The store’s management had no problem with Depot either, until she recently began unwittingly setting off security alarms in the middle of the night. The company said it was time for Depot to hit the road. Keep reading »
As an obsessive dog owner, it can be easy for me to forget that there are other creatures people keep as pets and love as much as I love Lucca. I was reminded of this yesterday, when I posted a link to the Puppy Bowl X gallery to FB and a friend, who happens to be a cat lover, reminded me that puppies are not the only stars of the Puppy Bowl. “Everyone knows that the Kitten Halftime Show is the real draw,” he said. Now, I don’t want to pit puppies and kittens against each other here, as there’s more than enough room for all kinds of cuteness in this world. So let’s give the Puppy Bowl kittens their due!