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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: 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: Register Now for Cat Camp Summer Sessions

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Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp is back (virtually) and will be hosting three webinars on three Caturdays in August – on the 7th, 14th, and 21st. Topics include litter box problems, pet loss, and more. These are limited capacity events so register soon. For more information, visit Catcamp.com.

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Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Like to Make Biscuits?

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Okay, not those kinds of biscuits! But seriously, having a cat knead you with their paws, also known as “making biscuits,” is one of the sweetest feelings in the world, isn’t it? The Conversation explored this topic in depth, presenting several theories as to why cats do this. Click here to read Why do cats knead with their paws.

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Mews and Nips: Two Rescued Kittens Become Best Friends

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Two kittens rescued separately ended up at the same shelter in New York, and became best friends when Jess Thoren, a fosterer from KittenBnB in New Jersey, took them home. Jess had come to the shelter to rescue another litter of kittens and just knew she had to take little Frankie home as well. Two weeks younger than the other kittens, he quickly became a part of the family, but became particularly close to Dracula, a little black kitten. For more about Frankie and his friends, visit LoveMeow.com.

Today’s video cracked me up. Visionary artist Jonathan created a short film after putting a camera on his model train to film the miniature town he created. In the process, he captured his cat Mittens wandering about, creating a vision of a world in which giant cats roam. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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Mews and Nips: French Philanthropist Leaves Money to Hermitage Museum Cats

A French philanthropist has left a sum of money to some unusual beneficiaries in his will — the 50 cats living in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The museum houses 3 million works of art and artifacts and has been a home to cats since the 18th century. According to the museum, the cats are taken care of by volunteers and museum staff, and supported by donations. For more about the museum cats, visit CNN.com.

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Mews and Nips: Tortie Kitten Insists on Staying With Foster Family’s Son

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When a litter of three-week-old kittens was found on a baseball field in the Bronx, Sunny, a local animal rescuer, took the kittens home. There was no sign of the mother cat. One of the kittens, a tortie, quickly took a special liking to Sunny’s son. She wanted to be held and cuddled by him, and if anyone took her away from her favorite person, she showed a hefty dose of tortitude even at her young age. For more about little Chimera and more adorable photos, visit LoveMeow.com.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Dennis Quaid the Actor Adopts Dennis Quaid the Cat

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In one of the best feel good stories of the year, actor Dennis Quaid recently adopted a black cat named Dennis Quaid from the Lynchburg Humane Society in Virginia. “It was really off the wall but we couldn’t resist,” he said, adding: “I’m out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world.” The two Dennises met via Zoom, and Quaid’s The Pet Show cohost Jimmy Jellinek will fly to Virginia to pick up the new member of the Quaid household. For more about how this adoption came about, visit CNN.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Cat Comforts His Buddy During Storm

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Noah and Norman are two of four rescue cats living with Emma Patricia. “They love to be close to one another,” Patricia told the Dodo. But even so, she was surprised when she looked up one afternoon during a thunderstorm to find the two best friends sitting by the window watching the storm, with Norman seemingly comforting Noah. For more about the pair, and some wonderful photos, visit The Dodo.

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Mews and Nips: Amazon’s New Boxes Can Be Recycled Into Cat Condos

I’m pretty sure Amazon is most cats’ favorite retailer, especially now when so many more humans are shopping online. After all, what’s more fun than a box when you’re a cat? Well, cats are going to be even happier when their humans’ orders will start arriving in Amazon’s new sustainable packing materials. Their “less packaging, more smiles” program uses less packaging material and combines orders into fewer boxes, and, bonus, the new boxes can be reused to create cat condos, box forts, and more! For more on Amazon’s new boxes, visit USAToday.com.

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