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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: Stray Cats Saved a Restaurant During the Pandemic

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Like so many restaurants, the Diorama restaurant in Osaka, Japan owned by Naoki Teraoka, a railway model enthusiast, was hit hard by the pandemic and almost had to close altogether when he rescued a 10-day old kitten that started hanging around his restaurant. A few days later, the kitten’s mother showed up, followed by three more kittens. Naoki took in the entire family. When the cats started lounging among the miniature railroad sets, customers took notice, and now, there are 14 cats at the restaurant that keep diners company. Visit Bored Panda for wonderful photos of the cats in the restaurant.

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Mews and Nips: Woman Married Her Cat To Get Around Landlord’s Pet Restrictions

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A London woman recently married her cat in hopes of avoiding rental restrictions which forced her to rehome three previous pets due to landlords who rejected pets. She is facing eviction again despite previous permission from her landlord to have a cat. Anticipating yet another move, the pair got married preemptively so they could stay together regardless of any lease stipulations. “By marrying India, I need any future landlords to know that we come as a package and we cannot be separated under any circumstances as she is as important to me as my children,” Deborah Hodge told LADBible. For more about this story and wonderful photos from the wedding ceremony, visit LADBible.

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Mews and Nips: Your Cat’s Primordial Pouch – What Is It For?

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Did you know that all cats have a primordial pouch, even normal weight cats? You may have a different name for the soft, saggy skin underneath a cat’s belly. I’ve heard it called anything from cookie pouch to coin purse to snack pack. When I managed a veterinary practice, one of our clinic cats had a very pronounced primordial pouch, and I used to call it his bed skirt. For more about this part of your cat’s anatomy, its function, and why it’s more pronounced in some cats and not in others, visit the Chewy.com blog.

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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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