Greg Krueger has four cats, and he’s spent the past 15 years turning his Minnesota home into a feline fun house. The house has almost 100 yards of raised catwalks, mazes, nooks in the walls for the cats to crawl through, and lots of fancy woodwork. Krueger doesn’t plan to stop adding onto the project anytime soon, and even grows catnip in his garden next the house. Krueger was just diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 49, and he told a local news station that the syndrome has been the blessing that allowed him to stay so heavily focused on the project. To Krueger, making his kitties feel welcome “feels like we’re a family living here.” Awesome! [People; Oddity Central]
There’s an old saying: You have to fight fire with fire.
A woman in Los Angeles is threatening to take the same approach with lazy dog owners — except she’s using poop instead of flames. Annie Preece, a street artist and muralist, is so angry at neighbors who let their canines defecate on her yard that she’s posted a public warning to anyone who doesn’t clean up after their pet, according to BigNewsNetwork.com. Read more on Huffington Post…
We all start somewhere, right? Enjoy this Coub (basically, a GIF/Vine/video hybrid) of this little kitten who has a whole lot to learn about walking. Luckily, Mom is there to help. [Coub]
Meet Tucker, a sweet cat who, like feline celeb Lil Bub, was born with genetic abnormalities that give her an adorably unique look. Tucker’s former family was unable to care for her, so she currently lives at Purrfect Pals, a shelter in Washington that cares for special needs cats. The one-year-old kitteh is looking for a loving forever home. Not all of Tucker’s joints are constructed normally, so she needs special accommodations not to hurt herself. She also has an auto-immune disease that makes her skin bruise easily, so she (adorably) wears cat-sized T-shirts to stay safe. Tucker also suffers from hair loss. She adores children, being pet under the chin, and playing with string toys. Tucker’s adorable face makes an easy candidate for kitty internet stardom alongside Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat, but Tucker hardly has expectations of the celebrity life. All she longs for is to spend her days sitting on laps and sharing love with a human family. Could you be her new owner (and if it strikes you, her internet showbiz manager/meme creator)? If you’re interested or just would like to help other kitties in her plight, you can adopt Tucker here or make a donation to Purrfect Pals here. Hang in there, Tucker! [Examiner, BuzzFeed] [Image via Purrfect Pals]
After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters. And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience — and it’s pretty darn cute. [NBC]
If I were in this cat’s shoes, I can’t promise I wouldn’t do the exact same thing.