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Mews and Nips: Video Shows Cat Sensing Earthquake Before it Happened

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We’ve all heard stories of animals sensing earthquakes long before the first tremors are felt by humans. A Melbourne, Victoria woman happened to be taking video of her cat playing with a toy moments before an earthquake struck. The video shows the cat playing, pausing, and even going to stand underneath the doorway, which is said to be the safest place to be in a quake. For more about the kitty and the video, visit news.com.au.

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Mews and Nips: How Tabbies Get Their Stripes

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Tabby cats with their pattern of distinctive stripes, lines, dots or swirling patterns and pencil like lines on their faces are not a breed. Almost all tabbies have markings shaped like the letter “M” on their foreheads. The tabby pattern is found in domestic cats as well as many purebred cats. A fascinating new study has identified the gene that plays a key role in creating the tabby stripe pattern. Visit the New York Times for an in depth look at the study.

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Mews and Nips: Study Reveals Cats Do Not Like to Work for Food

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When given the choice between a freely available meal and a meal trapped inside a food puzzle, scientists have found most animal species such as dogs, bears, goats and monkeys, prefer to work for their food – a concept known as contrafreeloading. That was not the case with cats. The researchers weren’t able to determine why cats prefer to have their meals served to them, but before you jump to the conclusion that it’s just about laziness, visit Science Alert to learn more about the study.

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Mews and Nips: Kitten Found on Cross Country Train

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A five-week-old kitten used up one of his nine lives when he was found on a cross country train in Birmingham in the UK. Station staff cared for the kitten through the night and then contacted Cats Protection, who will find a home for the kitten. Visit BBC.com for adorable photos of the little adventurer.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Helps Save 83-Year-Old Woman Who Had Fallen Down a Ravine

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Thanks to her worried cat, an 83-year-old woman in Cornwall, England, who had fallen down a ravine, was found and rescued. Her black cat Piran had meowed relentlessly at the point where she’d fallen, leading a neighbor, who had been helping search crews, right to her. For more about Piran the hero cat, visit NPR.org.

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Mews and Nips: Police Responding to Noise Complaint Find Cat Home Alone

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When residents of an apartment building in Spain called the police to complain that someone was blasting music and keeping them awake, the officers found no one at home. When they located the owner of the apartment, he told them that his cat has the habit of turning the stereo on and moving the volume button with his paw. All was well when the owner returned home to turn off the music, although his little party animal might have been disappointed. Read the full story in Newsweek.

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Mews and Nips: Walter the Cat Becomes Star of Chevy Commercial

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Did you happen to catch the new Chevy truck commercial featuring a grey tabby cat? Walter the cat became a star in the ad, a spoof on the usual “a man and his truck and his dog” meme that is more commonly used in these types of ads. Walter plays with balls, herds cows, and even fetches a stick. For more about how Walter became a star, visit Musebyclio.com.

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Mews and Nips: Netflix’s Cat People Dispels Stereotypes

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Have you watched Cat People yet? This delightful six-part documentary series features people in different parts of the world who have dedicated their lives to cats, including our friends Samantha Martin and Sterling Davis. In a wonderful article in The Atlantic, Sarah Archer reflects on what we can learn from these individuals. “In one sense, cat people’s devotion to their animals sets them up to be stereotyped, judged, or not taken seriously. But in another, their work opens a different door, allowing them to be understood and valued for the singular human beings they are.” Read the full article on The Atlantic.

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Mews and Nips: Kitten Travels 40 Miles Under the Hood of a Car

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A two-month-old kitten in Susses in the  UK used up one of its nine lives when he traveled almost 40 miles in the engine of a car. The car’s driver was on the road for  more than an hour when she heard meowing. She immediately pulled over and stopped. When she lifted the hood, she saw the tiny kitten trapped inside. Firefighters were able to free the kitten, who is now being cared for at a veterinary clinic. For more about this lucky rescue, visit Metro.UK.

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