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Mews and Nips: Adopt-a-Cat Month During the Pandemic

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One of the few silver linings of this pandemic has been that pet adoptions and fosters have increased tremendously while people are staying home, in some cases, even clearing out some shelters. But even with increased adoptions, there are still plenty of cats waiting for their forever homes. June is traditionally Adopt-a-Cat Month. While shelters in some states are slowly reopening and starting in person adoptions again, others are still only doing virtual adoptions. Check with your local shelter if you’re thinking about adopting, but don’t let the idea of adopting a cat virtually stop you from considering it. Visit The Verge for a comprehensive article about how to adopt a pet virtually and safely. For more on virtual adoptions, read our recent feature about how one Washington DC area based rescue group successfully handles contactless adoptions.

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Mews and Nips: Woman Turns Delivery Boxes into Cars for Her Cat

Like so many of us, Jen Prior, a greeting card designer from Bracknell in the UK, has been doing a little (okay, a lot of) online shopping, but unlike the rest of us, she found a super creative way to transform the boxes into cars for her cat! So far, she’s crafted an ambulance, a tank, and the Jeep from Jurrasic Park. For more about Jen’s fantastic creations, visit MetroUK.

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Mews and Nips: A Cat Who Collects Garden Gloves

A cat in Belper, Derbyshire in the UK has been bringing home garden gloves from neighboring homes. Over the past year, Elmo’s human counted at least 14 gloves. Elmo brings a single glove, and then goes back to collect the matching one at a later time. For more about Elmo and his collection, visit BBC.com.

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Mews and Nips: Leo the Cat Joins The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral for Morning Prayers

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The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK has been offering daily morning prayers from the cathedral’s beautiful gardens, where he is often joined by Leo the Cathedral cat. Leo even went viral recently when he disappeared in the dean’s robes during one of the morning sessions. Watch the video of the “incident” below. Regardless of your religious or spiritual orientation, doesn’t just looking at this beautiful photo of the lovely spot the dean picked for his daily prayers soothe your soul? What a lovely, serene spot, enhanced by Leo’s presence!

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Mews and Nips: A Beach Cottage for Your Cat

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Even if you’re in a part of the world where beaches are reopening, going to the beach wearing a mask and observing social distancing requirements won’t be the same as carelessly enjoying a day at the beach used to be. A much safer and less stressful way to enjoy the beach is to get your cat her very own beach cottage! The Breezy Beach Cottage is made from recycled cardboard and offers a super cute summer hideaway for your cat that will bring a little bit of summer into your home. The Breezy Beach Cottage is available from Amazon.

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Mews and Nips: Meet Betty the Weather Cat

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When a gorgeous white and tabby cat showed up at meteorologist Jeff Lyon’s Indiana home 11 years ago, he couldn’t have imagined that she would become one of the superstars of the pandemic. Lyons has been working from home and set up his “studio” in his dining room. Betty kept insisting on being part of the show, and Lyons’ viewership  now includes people from all around the world. For more about Betty, visit BoredPanda. Lyons has also created a Facebook page where he hosts weekly Q&A sessions with Betty.

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Mews and Nips: People Are Crocheting Tiny Sofas for Their Cats

I don’t know whether this is the result of too much time on your hands or just a case of being super creative, but apparently, crocheting tiny cat sofas has become a thing – and a very adorable one at that!  For those of you who crochet, the patterns are available from Ravelry.com. For more adorable photos of Kitty Couches, visit MyModernMet.com.

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Mews and Nips: Pet Adoptions and Fosters Are Way Up During the Pandemic

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There is some good news in the middle of all the terrifying, awful updates – you just have to look for it. One aspect of this pandemic that I find particularly heartening is that pet adoptions and fosters have increased tremendously while people are staying home, in some cases, even clearing out some shelters. Vox contributor Rebecca Jennings shares her experience of adopting a shy cat in Brooklyn. Next week, we’ll have a report from a Washington DC area based rescue group about how they handle contactless adoptions.

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Mews and Nips: Samsung Redesigned Its TV Boxes So They Can Be Upcycled Into Adorable Cat Houses

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I love when companies get creative. Gizmodo reported that in order to help reduce its carbon footprint, Samsung will start using packaging made from eco-friendly corrugated cardboard for its higher-end TVs. The cardboard is perforated with a dot matrix pattern. Scanning a QR code on the boxes with a mobile device grants access to instruction manuals for turning the cardboard into an adorable cat house (or magazine racks, shelving, and end tables, but honestly, I stopped reading at “cat  house.”)

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Mews and Nips: Working From Home, With Cats

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Did you ever think about the fact that the word “distraction” contains the three letters c-a-t? Maybe that’s not an accident? As many of us are working from home, we’re leaning how to manage our feline coworkers – or not. Cuteness.com features 17 adorable cats who are determined to not let their humans get any work done.

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Mews and Nips: Jonathan Van Ness and His CATV Are the Cutest Thing on Instagram Right Now

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Do you need something to cheer you up during these hard times? Look no further than Jonathan Van Ness’s Instagram! A couple of weeks ago, he started CATV, with one of his four cats, including tortie Matilda, reporting the news from his apartment. Jonathan is the proud dad of four cats, Harry Larry, Matilda, Liza and Genevieve. As a JVN fangirl, it tickled me that CATV “set” is the same Vesper V-Base furniture we have in our home. Visit Jonathan’s Instagram to stay up to date with CATV.

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