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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: 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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Mews and Nips: What Our Cats Really Think About Hugs, Happiness and Humans

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How many times do we wish that our cats could talk and tell us what they really think? No matter how much we know about feline behavior, and how well we communicate with our cats, it’s just never quite enough, is it? In a recent article for The Guardian, journalist and cat parent Sirin Kale took a closer look at what cats really think. She found that “they do what they want, all the time—and can teach us a lot about how to live in the present, be content and learn from our experience.” The article is chock full of great information and well worth your time to read it here.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Becomes Media Sensation for Stealing Neighbors’ Shoes

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A Pennsylvania cat became a media sensation for his habit of stealing neighbors’ shoes and bringing them home. His family couldn’t explain the shoes that kept showing up in front of their house. When they put up security cameras and a GPS tracker on Jordan, they realized that he had been stealing shoes from porches, yards and driveways all over the neighborhood, sometimes even going back to get the matching item. For more about the feline shoe thief, visit The Morning Call. Bored Panda also featured the furry burglar, with lots of photos and video evidence of his heists.

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Mews and Nips: Ladew Cat Sanctuary Transformation is the Cat’s Meow

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The Patricia H. Ladew Foundation in Oyster Bay, NY is a sanctuary for homeless cats that are rescued primarily from Animal Care and Control in New York City and from various Long Island municipal shelters. The sanctuary recently received a major makeover by the master of shelter makeovers, Mario Arbore, the owner of Square Paws and mastermind behind other fantastic transformations, including the two Billy Joel rooms he created for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York. For more about the amazing renovation, visit the Ladew Cat Sanctuary website or watch the video below.

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Mews and Nips: Scientists Uncover the Secret To Fishing Cats’ Hunting Success

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Fishing cats are native to South and Southeast Asia. Unlike many cat species, fishing cats readily swim. Their front toes are partially webbed, and their claws protrude slightly even when retracted, an adaptation for fishing. To date ,very little was known about these mysterious cats’ behavior. A recently published study took a closer look at the hunting behavior of these elusive felines. For more about these fascinating cats, visit Science News.

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