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Mews and Nips: 18-Year-Old Cat Adopted from Shelter

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Bandit, an 18-year-old Tonkinese, was surrendered to the Stafford County Animal Shelter in Virginia after his owner could no longer care for him. The sweet old cat was having a hard time at the shelter, still looking for his owner. Thankfully, he was adopted and is adjusting well in his new home. “He’s a sweetheart,” posted his new human, in a comment on the Stafford County Animal Shelter’s Facebook post about Bandit.

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Mews and Nips: Cats May Protect Their Humans From Memory Loss in Later Life

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We know cats are good for our health. Studies have shown sharing your life with cats can lower your risk of heart attack, petting a cat can lower your blood pressure, and cats can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. A recent preliminary study has shown that owning a cat (or dog) may be linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults. For more about the study, visit the Good News Network.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Daddies Movie Explores the Love Between Men and Their Cats

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A new movie explores the love affair between men and their cats. Cat Daddies features the lives of eight cat dads, including an actor/influencer, a truck driver, a school teacher, a firefighter, a software engineer, and a police officer from different parts of the country. The multiple award winning movie will come to theaters soon. For more about the movie, visit the Good News Network.

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Mews and Nips: Cats Know Each Other’s Names

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Your cats may not come when you call them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not listening. Past studies have shown that cats know their own names, but a recent study in Japan found that cats recognize and remember the names of their feline housemates. I don’t think the findings are surprising, but I loved learning how the study was conducted. Visit LiveScience for more information.

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Mews and Nips: Lucky Cat Gets His Own Underwater Mini “Sea World”

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When it comes to keeping cats entertained and all conventional methods fail, you have to get creative. Melissa Krieger’s cat Jasper was fascinated with her multiple aquariums, watching the fish from a distance. To make the experience even better for Jasper, Krieger and her fish supplier created a unique design so Jasper could watch the fish as if he was underwater, too. Visit Good News Network for more about Jasper’s “Sea World” or watch the video below.

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Mews and Nips: Cat “Adopts” Rejected Sphinx Kitten

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When a newborn sphynx kitten named Cleopatra was brought to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California after being rejected by her mom, staff began bottle feeding the little baby to nurse her back to health, but they knew that ideally, the little one needed a nursing mom. Six days later, a pregnant domestic short-haired cat named Ballerina arrived from a partner shelter — and gave birth three days later. According to animal center staff, Ballerina was extremely affectionate and welcomed Cleopatra as one of her own. For more about the little family, visit People.com.

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Mews and Nips: Easter Lilies Are Deadly to Cats

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Our lead feature of this week’s round up is my annual warning about Easter Lilies. Ever year, I’m surprised how many cat parents still don’t know how deadly these flowers can be to cats. Just one small bite of a flower, leaf, stem or pollen of this plant, or even drinking from the water they’re kept in, can cause gastric distress, and, more importantly, if left untreated, can lead to fatal kidney failure. For more information, please read my full post here and please spread the word!

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Mews and Nips: The Cats of Istanbul

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Cats have been a part of Istanbul’s history for thousands of years. They are given free reign in this city of 15 million humans. You may recall the 2016 film Kedi, beautifully-shot documentary that tracks the stories of seven cats that live on Istanbul’s streets and showcases the city’s love of cats. A recent article takes an in depth look at the fascinating history and lives of Istanbul’s cats. Visit Turkish Vibe to read Capital of the Cats: Istanbul.

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Mews and Nips: Do Our Cats Think We’re Just Bigger Cats?

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Do you ever wonder how cats perceive us humans? What exactly do they see when they look at us? Inverse assembled a team of pet experts and veterinarians to try and answer these questions. Visit Inverse to read a fascinating article about feline thought processes and behaviors.

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Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

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Our pampered cats have a pretty nice life. They don’t have to worry about hunting down their next meal, they get love and affection, and they can sleep the day away. But is there such a thing as too much sleep for a cat? Inverse takes an in-depth look at how much cats sleep, why they need so much sleep, whether there is such a thing as too much sleep, and more. Visit Inverse.com to read the full article.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Café Lviv Stays Open to Care for 20 Cats During the War

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We’ve all seen the heart-wrenching images of Ukranians fleeing with their cats or taking shelter in underground train stations. I don’t know about you, but they make me cry every single time I see them come across my social media feed. I simply can’t wrap my mind around  what these people are going through. And yet, in the middle of all this chaos, the Cat Café Lviv remains open. “Our cats have been living in [the] cat café since the age of four months,” owner Serhii Oliinyk told Modern Met. “They are like family. We realized that we would never leave our country, that this was the only place where we could see ourselves in the future.” For more about this courageous man and his cat café, visit Modern Met. You can also find regular updates on Cat Café Lviv’s Facebook page, including information on how to help them.

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