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Mews and Nips: Photographer Captures Incredible Photos of Bobcats

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Capturing a purrfect photo takes skill, patience, and sometimes, just plain luck. When photographer Mike Mayou flew his drone over the St. Louis River in Minnesota, he managed to capture this once-in-a-lifetime image. For more stunning photos and video of the three cats, visit MyModernMet.com.

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Mews and Nips: Two Rescued Kittens Become Best Friends

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Two kittens rescued separately ended up at the same shelter in New York, and became best friends when Jess Thoren, a fosterer from KittenBnB in New Jersey, took them home. Jess had come to the shelter to rescue another litter of kittens and just knew she had to take little Frankie home as well. Two weeks younger than the other kittens, he quickly became a part of the family, but became particularly close to Dracula, a little black kitten. For more about Frankie and his friends, visit LoveMeow.com.

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Mews and Nips: Midnight Cafeteria Feeds Taipei’s Stray Cats

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The stray cats in a neighborhood of Taiwan’s capital are being well cared for by residents as part of the “Midnight Cafeteria” project. The “cafeteria” is actually 45 small wooden houses painted by Taiwanese artists and scattered across Taipei, giving the cats a place to eat and rest. The project began in a math teacher’s neighborhood, where about 20 neighbors are helping stray cats in addition to their full-time jobs. ““We want to push forward this philosophy that you don’t have to be part of a very top-level association or something that takes up all of your time,” said Hung Pei-ling. “You can just be one person doing something a little bit at a time, a little bit and taken all together, you can achieve a lot.” For more about the project, visit the New York Post.

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Mews and Nips: Meet Elwood, Hospital Security Guard Cat

A hospital in Richmond, Australia has a  unique security guard: his name is Elwood, and he is a cat. He even  has his own “official” badge. When Elwood first started appearing on the hospital grounds, staff assumed he was a stray, but he actually lives across the street. Much to the delight of hospital staff and patients, he takes his “job” seriously and comes to work each day. For more about Elwood and photos of him on the job, visit MyModernMet.com.

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Mews and Nips: This Pandemic Cat Had a Secret

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One of the few bright spots in this challenging year has been that more people than ever before have fostered or adopted cats. One of these adoptions came with quite a surprise to New York Times columnist Carla Bruce-Eddings: When a friend texted her “do you want a kitten,” she immediately agreed. Only, the kitten she thought she was getting turned out to be a partially feral adult cat, and the cat came with an unexpected surprise. Read My Pandemic Cat Had a Secret for the rest of the story.

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Mews and Nips: French Philanthropist Leaves Money to Hermitage Museum Cats

A French philanthropist has left a sum of money to some unusual beneficiaries in his will — the 50 cats living in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The museum houses 3 million works of art and artifacts and has been a home to cats since the 18th century. According to the museum, the cats are taken care of by volunteers and museum staff, and supported by donations. For more about the museum cats, visit CNN.com.

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Mews and Nips: Adopted Cat Brings Father and Daughter Together to Fight a Pandemic

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Christina Ha is the found of Cat Camp, owner of Meow Parlour in New York City and one of the most dedicated cat advocates I know. When she was forced to shut down her bakery in Lower Manhattan, and move back home with her parents, a cat named Skooty lifted her spirits, inspired her to make 8,000 masks for essential workers, and helped grow her bond with her dad. Visit Petco Foundation to read the full story of Skooty, Christina and her dad.

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Mews and Nips: Trap King Sterling Davis Gets Mainstream Media Coverage

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I first met Sterling Davis, the Trap King, at CatCamp NYC in May of 2018. I was immediately impressed with his passion for cats and for creating change in the world. Sterling is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever encountered. I was thrilled that NBC News did an indepth story about him and his work last week, chronicling his transition from rapper to cat rescuer. Read How this rapper quit his music career to start a cat rescue for more about this very special cat guy.

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Mews and Nips: Soothing Cat Comics Deliver Relief During Anxious Times

We can all use a little reassurance right about now that everything is going to be okay. Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg provides illustrations in which the artist is comforted by a small gray cat who offers soothing feline purrs of wisdom to soothe anxious minds. For more about van Rensburg’s lovely drawings, visit MyModernMet.com or follow him on Instagram.

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Mews and Nips: Foster Kittens Make Terminally Ill Woman’s Birthday Special

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Get  your tissues ready, because you’re going to need them for this story. In early November, CatRescue 901, an animal rescue based in Sydney, Australia, received an unusual request from the daughter of a terminally ill woman. Due to the level of care her mother requires, it’s not possible for her to adopt or foster, but her daughter wanted to make what would most likely be her last birthday special. The rescue immediately agreed to send three kittens for a birthday visit. Visit LoveMeow.com for the full story and more wonderful photos of the visit. I hope this story may inspire others in a similar situation.

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Mews and Nips: Army Solider Needs Help Bringing Her Kitten Home

During a recent deployment in the Middle East, Army Sergeant Ash received difficult family news. She credits a stray kitten for comforting her through this emotionally wrenching period. The little calico was near death when Sgt. Ash rescued her. She nursed Rona, as she named the kitten, back to health. Sgt. Ash will soon return to the US, and is desperate to bring Rona with her. Guardians of Rescue are working to navigate Rona through the complicated and costly process of international pet travel. They have created a fundraiser for the pair. For more about Sgt. Ash and little Rona, visit People.com.

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