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Mews and Nips: Cat “Adopts” Rejected Sphinx Kitten

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When a newborn sphynx kitten named Cleopatra was brought to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California after being rejected by her mom, staff began bottle feeding the little baby to nurse her back to health, but they knew that ideally, the little one needed a nursing mom. Six days later, a pregnant domestic short-haired cat named Ballerina arrived from a partner shelter — and gave birth three days later. According to animal center staff, Ballerina was extremely affectionate and welcomed Cleopatra as one of her own. For more about the little family, visit People.com.

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Mews and Nips: Stray Cats Saved a Restaurant During the Pandemic

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Like so many restaurants, the Diorama restaurant in Osaka, Japan owned by Naoki Teraoka, a railway model enthusiast, was hit hard by the pandemic and almost had to close altogether when he rescued a 10-day old kitten that started hanging around his restaurant. A few days later, the kitten’s mother showed up, followed by three more kittens. Naoki took in the entire family. When the cats started lounging among the miniature railroad sets, customers took notice, and now, there are 14 cats at the restaurant that keep diners company. Visit Bored Panda for wonderful photos of the cats in the restaurant.

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Mews and Nips: Woman Married Her Cat To Get Around Landlord’s Pet Restrictions

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A London woman recently married her cat in hopes of avoiding rental restrictions which forced her to rehome three previous pets due to landlords who rejected pets. She is facing eviction again despite previous permission from her landlord to have a cat. Anticipating yet another move, the pair got married preemptively so they could stay together regardless of any lease stipulations. “By marrying India, I need any future landlords to know that we come as a package and we cannot be separated under any circumstances as she is as important to me as my children,” Deborah Hodge told LADBible. For more about this story and wonderful photos from the wedding ceremony, visit LADBible.

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Mews and Nips: Your Cat’s Primordial Pouch – What Is It For?

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Did you know that all cats have a primordial pouch, even normal weight cats? You may have a different name for the soft, saggy skin underneath a cat’s belly. I’ve heard it called anything from cookie pouch to coin purse to snack pack. When I managed a veterinary practice, one of our clinic cats had a very pronounced primordial pouch, and I used to call it his bed skirt. For more about this part of your cat’s anatomy, its function, and why it’s more pronounced in some cats and not in others, visit the Chewy.com blog.

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Mews and Nips: Can You Set Boundaries With Cats?

I’ve never understood complaints about a cat being too “clingy.” Ruby was my “velcro cat.” If she had had her way, she would have been glued to me 24/7 – and I treasured every moment and would give anything to have more of that. Honestly, I can’t really imagine that a cat wanting my attention would ever bother me, but there may be situations when a cat parent might need a little distance. Maybe your cat won’t leave you alone at night? Maybe he keeps interfering with your work? Inverse talked to multiple cat experts about why some cats are more clingy than others and how to set healthy boundaries and offers some great tips for different situations. Click here to read Can I get my cat to leave me alone at night?  How to set healthy boundaries.

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Mews and Nips: Easter Lilies Are Deadly to Cats

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Our lead feature of this week’s round up is my annual warning about Easter Lilies. Ever year, I’m surprised how many cat parents still don’t know how deadly these flowers can be to cats. Just one small bite of a flower, leaf, stem or pollen of this plant, or even drinking from the water they’re kept in, can cause gastric distress, and, more importantly, if left untreated, can lead to fatal kidney failure. For more information, please read my full post here and please spread the word!

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Mews and Nips: The Cats of Istanbul

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Cats have been a part of Istanbul’s history for thousands of years. They are given free reign in this city of 15 million humans. You may recall the 2016 film Kedi, beautifully-shot documentary that tracks the stories of seven cats that live on Istanbul’s streets and showcases the city’s love of cats. A recent article takes an in depth look at the fascinating history and lives of Istanbul’s cats. Visit Turkish Vibe to read Capital of the Cats: Istanbul.

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Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

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Our pampered cats have a pretty nice life. They don’t have to worry about hunting down their next meal, they get love and affection, and they can sleep the day away. But is there such a thing as too much sleep for a cat? Inverse takes an in-depth look at how much cats sleep, why they need so much sleep, whether there is such a thing as too much sleep, and more. Visit Inverse.com to read the full article.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Café Lviv Stays Open to Care for 20 Cats During the War

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We’ve all seen the heart-wrenching images of Ukranians fleeing with their cats or taking shelter in underground train stations. I don’t know about you, but they make me cry every single time I see them come across my social media feed. I simply can’t wrap my mind around  what these people are going through. And yet, in the middle of all this chaos, the Cat Café Lviv remains open. “Our cats have been living in [the] cat café since the age of four months,” owner Serhii Oliinyk told Modern Met. “They are like family. We realized that we would never leave our country, that this was the only place where we could see ourselves in the future.” For more about this courageous man and his cat café, visit Modern Met. You can also find regular updates on Cat Café Lviv’s Facebook page, including information on how to help them.

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Mews and Nips: What Our Cats Really Think About Hugs, Happiness and Humans

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How many times do we wish that our cats could talk and tell us what they really think? No matter how much we know about feline behavior, and how well we communicate with our cats, it’s just never quite enough, is it? In a recent article for The Guardian, journalist and cat parent Sirin Kale took a closer look at what cats really think. She found that “they do what they want, all the time—and can teach us a lot about how to live in the present, be content and learn from our experience.” The article is chock full of great information and well worth your time to read it here.

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