Mews and Nips

Mews and Nips: Cat Family Found in Abandoned Car Finds Forever Homes

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We need all the feel good stories we can get these days, and this one hits the mark. Earlier this year, a sanitation worker in East Harlem, NY heard meowing coming from an impounded car. He discovered a mom and her kittens nestling on the back seat. He took the little family to Little Wanderers NYC, where they were fostered until the kittens were old enough to be adopted out. Mama LaBelle was patiently waiting for someone to give her her own forever home, all the while giving everyone in her foster home lots of love and snuggles. Last week, her dream came true: she found her own permanent home. Visit LoveMeow for the full story and adorable photos of LaBelle and her kittens.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Comes to the Rescue When His Human Locked Herself Out of Her Home

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Boko the cat may not have opposable thumbs, but that didn’t stop him from helping  out his human when she locked herself out of her house. When Gabriella Tropea went to her rear patio, where the back sliding door was kept closed by a wooden stick jammed into the door frame, Boko apparently got an idea of how to help. “He started rubbing his face on the stick and I was encouraging him to mess with it. I was coaching him to lift it up,” Tropea told The Dodo. “He understood what I was trying to tell him and he started lifting it up!” Read the full story on GoodNewsNetwork.

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Mews and Nips: Cats Are on Board with #StayHome

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In these uncertain times, cats just may be the biggest winners as people are working from home, practicing social distancing and staying indoors more than usual. And because cute cat photos make everything better, Metro UK shared some adorable photos of their feline coworkers. The Nerdist also rounded up some fun photos of how much cats are loving having their humans home. Be safe everyone, and stay home with your kitties!

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Mews and Nips: World’s First Cloned Cat Passed Away at Age 18

The world’s first cloned cat has died in College Station, TX. CC, short for Copy Cat, passed away at the age of 18 after being diagnosed with kidney failure. Her life began on Dec. 22, 2001 after groundbreaking cloning work done by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences researchers. For more about CC, visit KXXV.com/25ABC.

Would you ever consider cloning your cat?

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Mews and Nips: Why Do So Many Cats Have White Paws?

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Have you ever wondered why so many cats have white “socks?” This pattern is not seen in wild cats, and, as it turns out, the pattern dates back 10,000 years to when cats first became domesticated, and is a result of genetic mutations, domestication and developmental biology. For more about the fascinating origins of white paws, visit LiveScience.com.

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Mews and Nips: Leap Year Kitties

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Do you have a cat who was either born or adopted on February 29? If so, then technically, you only celebrate his or her birthday or “gotcha day” every four years. And while all cats are special, maybe leap year kitties extra special? According to astrology, people born on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities. They are said to be good-natured, outgoing and friendly. They are optimists who see the positive side of any issue and are loyal friends. They are said to have a magical “sixth sense” about the world. I wonder whether that also extends to leap year kitties?Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Kittens Run Freely in this Canadian Bookstore

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I think I’ve just discovered heaven on earth: a bookstore with free roaming kittens! Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee, located just outside of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, took an innovative approach to help kittens get adopted. In this store, you’ll find lots of kittens playing and napping among the books. The kittens are provided by South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia. For more about this wonderful place, visit Bored Panda or the bookstore’s Instagram.

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Mews and Nips: “Unexpected Item in The Bagging Area”

Pumpkin, an orange and white cat who lives near a Tesco supermarket in Norwich, UK, became an “unexpected item in the bagging area.” The cat was a regular for well over a year before the shop tried to ban the kitty. A spokesperson for the store told the BBC that it was not really possible for a store to ban a cat and admitted Pumpkin would probably continue his visits. For more about Pumpkin, visit BBC.com.

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Mews and Nips: Unplugging for the Weekend

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Today’s abbreviated issue of Mews and Nips does not have a lead story, because I will be taking a little break this weekend. I will be recharging my batteries at my friends’ beautiful weekend house. We’re planning on relaxing, reading, watching movies, and eating my friend’s amazing cooking. There is cell phone reception, but no Wifi, so other than checking for updates from my wonderful cat sitter, I plan to not even look at my phone.

Allegra will be doing a lot of this when she’s not having fun with her Aunt Rita.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Bowl and Kitten Bowl Return to Hallmark Channel

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For football fans, this is the most exciting weekend of the year, but even if you couldn’t care less about football, for the past seven years, the Hallmark Channel has made Super Bowl Sunday fun for cat lovers. Kitten Bowl VII includes over 100 kitten and cat athletes, all of whom have been adopted into loving homes. The Hallmark Channel is also airing the second annual Cat Bowl today. The Cat Bowl features adult, senior and special-needs felines. For more information about both events, please visit the Hallmark Channel website.

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Mews and Nips: Rare Male Tortoiseshell Cat Available for Adoption in Queensland, Australia

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Those of us who love torties already know that they’re unique when it comes to their personalities, also known as tortitude. They also have unique genetics. The vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female, because two X chromosomes are required to produce black, gold and orange coloring. Male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome, so technically it’s genetically almost impossible for a male to inherit the tortoiseshell coloring. A male tortoiseshell has an extra X chromosome, making it an XXY. According to a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, only 1 in 3000 tortoiseshell cats is male. The gorgeous tortie kitten above, named Selten (the German word for rare) is available for adoption from Southern Down ARK.

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