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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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Mews and Nips: Kitten May Have Saved Harvey Flood Victim’s Life

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Aurora is just a 4-month-old kitten, but she might have saved her human’s life. According to the Friends for Life Facebook page, it was Aurora’s crying and pouncing that pulled Gabrielle from her sleep and made her realize that her apartment was flooding. The water reached thigh height, so Gabrielle grabbed Aurora and ran to a higher floor. There, they were rescued by a boat, and later traveled by bus. Both are now at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is being used as a shelter. Friends for Life has been working tirelessly to help thousands of animals and people by dispensing desperately needed food and supplies, providing free veterinary care, and finding emergency housing for animals whose humans might otherwise have to abandon their pets in order to find shelter for themselves. For more about their work, and how you can help them, please visit their Facebook page.

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Mews and Nips: How Did Your Cat Do During the Solar Eclipse?

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Solar eclipse shadows seen through blinds – Wikimedia Commons

Did you get to see the eclipse on Monday? Did your cats do anything out of the ordinary before, during or after? Allegra and Ruby were a little more agitated than usual, but I think that was mostly due to the fact that for about two hours that afternoon, I was in and out of the house quite a bit to watch from my front yard. I loved seeing the eclipse through my special glasses, but what I found really enchanting was seeing the eclipse shadows under the trees. I thought it was magical.

The Washington Post reported on an adventurous Maine Coon kitten named Tolstoy at the centerline of totality in its liveblog of the eclipse.

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Mews and Nips: Kitten Who Made Surprise Appearance at Baseball Game is Safe

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The little kitten who made a surprise appearance at a Major League Baseball game in St. Louis last week has been caught and is safe. The tiny kitten eluded attempts to catch him after interrupting the game. St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach set out traps in the area where the kitten was last seen and managed to catch the 12-week-old kitten, which was given the name “Rally Cat” because the Cardinals won the game and fans attributed it to the good luck the kitten brought the team. Visit Love Meow for more about this story along with some wonderful photos of Rally Cat.

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Mews and Nips: Total Eclipse of the Cat

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I love it when shelters get creative to encourage adoptions. The New Albany Floyd County Animal Shelter in Indiana will be hosting a “Total Eclipse of the Cat” event on August 21. Adoption fees for all black cats will be waived that day. Black cats are often overlooked. Visit WLKY Lousiville, KY for more on this story.

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Mews and Nips: Science Proves That Cats Are Amazing

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I know none of really need scientific studies to tell us that cats are the most amazing creatures on the planet, but it’s still nice to see that there are more and more studies confirming just how awesome cats are. A recent article on cbc.ca rounded up a number of studies of how smart they are and how good they are for us. Read more about how awesome cats are on cbc.ca.

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Mews and Nips: Do Cats Purr When Humans Aren’t Around?

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Purring is usually considered a sign of contentment, but there’s more to a cat’s purr than meets the ear. Purring can be a sign of happiness, but there are other reasons why cats purr. I came across a fascinating article this week that explores all aspects of purring, from how the sound is generated, to the different kinds of purrs, and the different reasons why cats purr. Read Do Cats Purr When Humans Aren’t Around on The Conversation.

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Mews and Nips: Cats Took Over the World Long Before the Internet

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There’s no question that cats own the internet. But a fascinating new study of DNA of more than 200 ancient cats shows that cats’ quest for world domination began more than 10,000 years ago. The study reveals when and how wild cats made their way from the edges of civilization into our homes and hearts. An international team of researchers found that cats’ dispersal happened in two waves, first from the Fertile Crescent and later from Egypt, and their migration likely included voyages on Viking ships. For more on this study, read the full story in the Washington Post.

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Mews and Nips: Meet the New York Times Foreign Bureau Cats

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According to an article in Tuesday’s New York Times, it’s become a tradition at the paper’s foreign bureaus: far-flung foreign correspondents who populate their sometimes isolated outposts with local feline companions. Visit the New York Times for more on these cats and how they help journalists cope with being posted in war torn areas (includes wonderful photos of the cats.)

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Mews and Nips: Cats Provide Stress Relief at Japanese Company

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Japanese IT company Ferray introduced an office policy several years ago that allows staffers to bring their cats to work. A total of nine cats eat, sleep and wander around freely in the firm’s small offices. Company chief Hidenobu Fukuda also gives 5,000 yen ($45) a month to any staffer who rescues a cat. Click here to read more about this cat-friendly company.

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Mews and Nips: The Mystery of the Wasting House Cats

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Last week, the New York Times featured an outstanding article exploring the topic of feline hyperthyroidism. 40 years ago, this disease did not exist. Today, it has become an epidemic among domestic cats. Increasingly, scientists think that PBDE’s, a class of flame retardants that is routinely added to household products ranging from furniture to carpets to electronics, may be to blame for this alarming increase in cases. The Mystery of the Wasting House Cats is a must read for all cat parents.

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