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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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Mews and Nips: Tortie Rescued from Drain Pipe

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A family on a camping trip in Washington State found a small tortie inside a drain pipe along the side of the road. They brought the emaciated cat to their RV and took her home after the weekend. A few days later, Caci the tortie gave birth to six kittens. The babies needed to be bottlefed initially, but as Caci became stronger, she was able to nurse the kittens. The kittens have already found new homes, but Caci is still waiting for her purrfect forever home. For more about this beautiful family and wonderful photos, visit LoveMeow.

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Mews and Nips: Archaelogists Find Huge Cat Carved Into Hillside 2,000 Years Ago

I don’t usually get excited about archaeological finds, but this one had me awestruck. A huge feline figure carved into an arid hillside more than 2,000 years ago has been discovered in southern Peru. The geoglyph measures 121 feet across and is part of the Nazca Lines, a collection of hundreds of mysterious artworks etched onto a plateau 250 miles south of Lima. For the story of how the giant cat was discovered, visit SCNOW.com.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Imitates Human

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A Japanese cat may be the world’s first real copycat. Ebisu was able to imitate the actions of her human under controlled scientific conditions. Claudia Fugazza, an ethologist at Eötvös Loránd University, who had been studying dog cognition for nearly 10 years using “Do as I Do” training, discovered this talented feline by accident. As part of the study, she was working with a  Japanese dog trainer who told her that she had trained her cat with the same method. For more about Ebisu and to see him in action, visit sciencemag.com.

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Mews and Nips: Rescued “Twin” Kittens Never Leave Each Other’s Side

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Warning: today’s edition of Mews and Nips may cause cuteness overload! When a litter of kittens was dropped off at Animal Welfare League of Arlington, volunteers in their kitten nursery worked around the clock to care for them. Two of the kittens needed extra attention, so Lauren Strycula, one of AWL’s foster parents, took the pair home. The male kitten in particular had a hard time. His sister never left his side, and soon both kittens were thriving. For more about the pair, and super adorable photos, visit LoveMeow.com.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Takes Dozens of Selfies on His Human’s iPad

A Chinese cat seems to have the art of taking selfies down pat: seven-month-old Er Niu’s human came home one day to not only find clumps of white fur on her iPad, but she also discovered dozens of photos and even a video of the kitty. He even figured out how to use the camera’s flashlight function to showcase his handsomness. For more about Er Niu, visit the Daily Mail.

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Mews and Nips: Do Cats Do Math to Assess Prey?

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Math was my least favorite subject in school, and I never believed my teachers when they said I would need it to function in life. Now granted, we all do some level of math, whether we like it or not, but what about our cats? In her most recent blog, Dr. Michael Delgado reports on a fascinating study titled “Revisiting more or less: influence of numerosity and size on potential prey choice in the domestic cat.” The study used live prey to asses cats’ preferences as to how much and how large a prey they prefer (and don’t worry, no mice or rats were harmed, in fact, they were adopted by university students after the study was completed.) My favorite part of the study: five cats had to be dropped from the study due to inadequate participation. Click here to read Michael’s full report on the study.

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Mews and Nips: Amsterdam’s Floating Cat Sanctuary

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If international travel becomes safe again, the Poezenboot (Catboat) in Amsterdam is one of the  places on my list of dream destinations. Forbes recently did a feature on this floating cat sanctuary, which has been in existence since 1966. It can accommodate up to 50 cats, and is open to visitors. For more about the Poezenboot and more wonderful photos, visit Forbes.com.

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Mews and Nips: Girl’s PowerPoint Presentation Convinces Parents to Get Her a Cat

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A Twitter user recently shared the PowerPoint presentation his daughter made to convince her parents to get a cat. The girl’s arguments were so compelling that the tweet collected 16,000 likes in three days and hundreds of comments from people asking the dad to allow his daughter to adopt a cat. Even Microsoft chimed in with a “a very compelling presentation! She has us convinced” tweet. For more about the presentation and the responses, visit NDTV.

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