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Mews and Nips: Cats in Movies

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Long before cats took over the internet, filmmakers were were aware of the appeal of felines on screen. BBC Culture recently rounded up some of the most famous movie cats in a piece titled “Why cats are really man’s best friend – in film, at least.” From the Godfather’s Don Vito Corleone stroking a tabby cat on his lap to Jonesy, Ellen Ripley’s cat in Alien, cats have long been part of many successful movies. Visit BBC.com for a delightful article about the history of cats in movies.

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Mews and Nips: Artist’s Career Got Started by Painting Cats on Her Daughter’s Sandwich Bags

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An artist who only identifies herself as Erika started decorating her daughter’s sandwich bags last year. At first, they were just doodles, eventually, she started painting full portraits, including cat portraits. Over the summer, when she didn’t have to pack lunches, she started painting on Duralar, a plastic sheet designed for art. Her paintings of The Sandwich Cats now hang in a gallery. She also does custom paintings. For more about The Sandwich Cats, visit BoredPanda.com or Instagram.

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Mews and Nips: Family Practice Clinic Offers Therapy Cats

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When Dr. William Powers, a family practitioner in Farmington Hills, MI, told friends that he was going to open a clinic that would feature his two loves, cats and video games, they told him he would fail. Instead, his practice is thriving. The therapy cats are all exotic hybrids (early generation Bengals and Savannah cats) who lack the Fel D1 gene in their saliva, so even people with severe cat allergies are unaffected by them. For more about Dr. Powers’ practice, wonderful photos and the touching back story, please visit The Bored Panda.

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Mews and Nips: Therapy Cat Helps Ease Travel Stress at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

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Traveling just a got a little less stressful if you’re flying through Minneapolis. 11-year-old Stitches provides purr therapy at the busy Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. According to The Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the tabby mix is the first cat to join the airport’s comfort animal support team, the 96 Animal Ambassador program. Stitches is usually being wheeled around in a stroller with a sign that says “Pet Me!” on the top. She even has her own business cards that people can take with them after a nice neck scratching session. For more about Stitches and a video of her on the job, visit Travel and Leisure.

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Mews and Nips: Billy Joel Themed Catification is the Cat’s Meow

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Photo courtesy of Rob Rich/ SocietyAllure.com via Square Paws

We’re big fans of Mario Arbore and the amazing cat furniture he builds under his company name Square Paws. So it’s not surprise that Mario stepped up to the challenge when he was asked to create two very special cat rooms for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York. The new cat adoption center project was spearheaded by Beth and Howard Stern, who asked Mario to create two cat rooms in honor of Billy Joel, as a thank you for his support of the new facility. The results are stunning! Please read “Two Odes to Billy Joel” for details and gorgeous photos of the two rooms.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Interrupts News Segment and Reporter Can’t Stop Laughing

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When Brazilian journalist Artur Lira was filming a news segment outside a police station, an adorable grey and white cat decided he or she made for a better story. Lira couldn’t stop laughing when the cat interrupted his report not once, but twice. It turns out that the cat is a stray who is being fed and watched over by the police at the station, but if all goes according to plan, Lira intends to adopt the kitty himself. Visit the Dodo for video and more on this developing story!

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Mews and Nips: Cat Delays NFL Game

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If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen the footage of a black cat interrupting the New York Giants game vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. The cat’s appearance launched a thousand memes, and sports announcer Kevin Harlan’s play-by-play was purrfect. However, my reaction to watching the footage seems to have been a bit different from the majority of the internet – all I could think of was how terrified this poor cat looked. It turns out that several feral cats live at the stadium and come out after the games to be fed. Who knows what prompted this cat to make an appearance during the game, but I’m guessing he or she is not going to do that again!

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Mews and Nips: Law Firm Hires Stray Cat

When some people complained about a stray cat hanging around the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (an organization similar to a Bar Association in the US) and filed complaints about him being in the reception area, the OAB solved the problem by hiring the cat as an employee. Leon Advogato, the organization’s newest lawyer, quickly became famous and has his own Instagram page. For more about the feline attorney, visit BoredPanda.com.

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