Guys, it’s been a rough week here in New York and the surrounding areas. We feel a little beat up and spit out — a bit like Cooper, stuck here in a cute as hell panda suit against his will. Much of the region is still totally fucked, and could really use your thoughts, prayers and support. If you want to help, please check out this list of resources. Alternatively, if you simply want to enjoy a couple minutes of cuteness, we can get behind that, too. [YouTube]
Breaking: Lil Bub has discovered string! [YouTube]
Beyoncé does not want to be friends with Kim Kardashian, so Kim went and got herself a pet kitten. I see what you did there! Fortunately, it’s a cute kitten — as cute as Choupette, even, and coming from me, that’s saying something.
But I don’t believe that Mercy, the Teacup Persian she named after one of Kanye’s songs, is anything other than an adorable publicity stunt. Just look at the way she’s carrying Mercy around everywhere in her arms. That’s what giant purses are for, Kimmy.
I always feel a little heartbroken when I see flyers for missing dogs and cats tacked up around the city, especially because you never get an update as to whether they’ve been found. But maybe this flyer — from cat owners rejoicing in having found their lost pet — will start a trend? So relieved for Mr. Mittens and his owners! [The Daily What]
Cats have an inability to discern mirror images from real things. Which is what makes this video of a little grey kitten scared of his own reflection so cute. It also proves that cats are likely too stupid to run for president, ever. Senator, maybe, but not president. [YouTube]
Insert your favorite pussy joke here: A guy in — where else? — Florida, was arrested after he tried to take his kitten into a strip club and was denied entry. Everett Lages was arrested after he repeatedly called 911 after being told he had to leave the premises. Lages apparently expected that the cops would do something, but instead, they charged him with misuse of the 911 system, disorderly intoxication, trespassing after warning and resisting arrest without violence.
Can’t a man bring his kitten into a strip club? Too much competition for the strippers? [Charlotte County Sheriff's Office]
Sure, maybe you owe the IRS a lot of money, or your boyfriend just broke up with you. But you didn’t accidentally get yourself stuck in the exhaust system of a car. That’s what happened to this little two-month-old kitten, who miraculously lived through the ordeal (phew!). The car’s owner found the little guy wedged in the car’s exhaust system and assumed that he was dead so he drove him to a local mechanic to be cut out. The mechanic then discovered that the animal was still alive, and he was rushed to a nearby animal sanctuary for emergency intestinal surgery. He’s currently recovering there, and will hopefully be adopted by someone who prefers to travel via bicycle. [Metro]
My cats are large, sluggish monsters. But despite their obvious girth and weight, they are absolutely terrified of the vacuum cleaner. They run and hide under the bed anytime it’s turned on. I find that hilarious, especially because my mom likes to tell me how she used to treat our old, skinny cat to vacuum baths. Clearly, this kitten is not having it either. The look of sheer, adorable terror on this cat’s face kind of says it all. [The Stir]
Sure, this might look like any old run of the mill cute kitten, but it’s actually a special little endangered guy. He’s an African black-footed cat. And he was born to a regular house cat who’d been implanted with an embryo of the endangered species. It’s the first inter-species implantation of its kind, and its success will hopefully lead to other future endangered species interventions.