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Mews and Nips: World’s Oldest Cat Dies Aged 31

No matter how much time we get with our cats, it’s never long enough. 31-year-old Rubbles was with her human Michelle Heritage for more than half of Michelle’s life. Heritage credits Rubble’s long life with the fact that she never had children and treated him like he was her son. For more about Rubble, visit The Daily Mail.

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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: 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: 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: 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

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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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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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