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Mews and Nips: Hallmark Channel’s First Annual Cat Bowl Premieres Today

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Who doesn’t love the Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl? It will take place on Super Bowl Sunday at 2pm. The event has become a staple for most cat loving homes. This year, Hallmark debuts its first annual Cat Bowl. It will take premiere on Saturday, February 2 at 10pm. Hosted by Beth Stern, the special, which is part of the channel’s evergreen pet initiative Adoption Ever After, will feature adoptable adult cats competing for love on the playing field. The show will also share inspirational stories of senior and special needs cats. Over 500 shelter partners will showcase local animals available for adoption from February 2 – 16.  For more information, visit http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/cat-bowl.

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Mews and Nips: Walter Chandoha Took 90,000 Photos of Cats Over the Course of His Long Life

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Walter Chandoha, a photographer who specialized in cats, died at the age of 98 earlier this month. Inspired by an abandoned kitten he found shivering in the snow in 1949, Chandoha took some 90,000 photos over the course of his career, the majority of them of cats, something that is even more remarkable since nearly all of his photos were taken before cats became internet stars. Visit the New York Times for a wonderful feature about this talented cat lover. His photos are featured in one of his many books, Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer (affiliate link*.) A retrospective of his cat photography will be published later this year.

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Mews and Nips: 9 Cat-Centric Vacation Destinations

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If you haven’t had a chance to get away this summer, why not plan a vacation that involves cat? From large sanctuaries to ancient temples, islands, and museum exhibitions devoted to cats, there are a lot of exciting locations around the world with cats as the focal point. Bustle has rounded up nine of these destinations for you. Time dream and plan!

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Mews and Nips: Homeless Tortie Becomes the Purrfect Birthday Gift for 103-Year-Old Woman

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A few years ago, a centerian named Lilian lost her cat Sammy. Her passing had left a hole in Lilian’s heart, and she longed to have a feline companion in her life again. Earlier this month, Lilian celebrated her 103rd birthday. The staff at the assisted living facility where she resides contacted a local shelter, and found 9-year-old Marley, whose kind and gentle temperament made her the purrfect candidate to become Lilian’s new pet. Visit the Dodo for more about Lilian and Marley, and heartwarming photos of the two.*

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Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Try to Fit Into Small Spaces?

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Cat lovers all know the “if it fits it sits” meme, showing cats squeezing themselves into what sometimes appear to be impossibly small spaces. Earlier this week, an article in the Mercury News explored this behavior, and, unlike many cat behaviors that have humans puzzled, the reason for this seems to simply be that cats feel more secure in tight quarters. Visit the Mercury News to read more about this behavior.

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Mews and Nips: Why Your Cats Like to Knock Things Over

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Most cats enjoy knocking things off tables and counters, and while this behavior may be frustrating for us humans at times, it makes purrfect sense from the cat’s perspective. “A lot of cats knock things over because they have learned it is a quick and easy way to get their human’s attention,” cat researcher Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and our resident cat behavior expert, told Inverse. “This behavior typically stems from boredom and/or a failure of the owner to acknowledge cats for good behavior.” Visit Inverse to read more about why cats do this, and what you can do to stop the behavior.

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Mews and Nips: Stray Cat Makes Third Grade Classroom His New Home

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I continue to be in awe of how much stray cats are loved in Turkey. Last week, we told you about a tortie who owns an Instanbul metro station. Today’s story is about Tombi, an orange stray who appeared on the grounds of an elementary school in Izmir, Turkey. After living in the school’s garden for a few weeks, Tombi walked into Mrs. Ivasçu’s third grade classroom. While some might think that the cat would be a distraction, the opposite was true: seeing the cat’s playful curiosity actually caused Mrs. Ivasçu’s students to become more excited to be in class. For the full story and more photos of Tombi, visit The Dodo.

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Mews and Nips: Why Your Cat Gets the Zoomies at Night

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Does your cat get the “zoomies?” You know, that thing when she runs around the house like crazy jumping on furniture, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house? At our house, Ruby is the Queen of the Zoomies. Several times a day, she races through the house, up and down the cat tree, and up and along the back of the sofa. Her zoomies loop seems to be almost exactly the same every day. Our resident cat behaviorist Mikel Delgado explained this behavior to Inverse Science.

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Mews and Nips: These Cat Shaped Desserts Are Too Cute To Eat

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The adorable desserts in the photo above are éclairs, created by a web designer named Laura, who publishes the blog Caroline & Laura’s Tea Break. To make these sweet little dessert kitties, Laura combines gyūhi (a softer version of mochi rice cake) with sweetened white bean paste to create a variety of wagashi (a type of Japanese confection.) After tinting the resulting dough, she sculpts and shapes them into charming cat shapes. For more photos of Laura’s amazing creations, visit Mother Nature Network.

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Mews and Nips: Cats and Coffee Make a Purrfect Combination

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If there’s a better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee and a cat or two purring away in your lap, I don’t know what that would be. So what if you end up with a little cat hair in your coffee! The Animal Rescue Site compiled some adorable images of “kitty coffee” – enjoy! And no, coffee is not good for cats. A few licks probably won’t hurt, and most cats won’t like the taste of coffee anyway, but if your cat ingests large amounts of coffee, especially coffee grounds, a trip to the veterinarian or your nearest emergency clinic is in order, because large doses of caffeine can cause serious heart problems.

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Mews and Nips: The Hemingway House Cats Are Safe After Hurricane Irma

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Many of us spent the past weekend worrying about friends and family in Florida as Irma unleashed her fury on the state. And most cat lovers also worried about the six-toed cats at Hemingway House on Key West. After officials ordered a full evacuation of the Florida Keys, the general manager of Hemingway House refused to leave. She felt that she had an obligation to see the house its feline residents through the storm. Thankfully, the cats and their human attendance were safe inside 18-inch thick limestone walls of the house. Read the full story in the New York Times.

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