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Mews and Nips: “Tabby” – A Dating App for Cat Lovers

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A new dating app, created especially for cat lovers and appropriately named “Tabby,” will launch on International Cat Day on August 8. Cat parents looking for human love will be able to meet each other and share videos, photos, and stories. “People without cats think that cat ladies and cat dudes are loners wrapped up in their bathrobes playing with balls of yarn all day,” said actor Nathan Kehn. “Really, cat people are the most suitable for real relationships. We understand what it means to earn trust and how to relish affection.” For more about Tabby, visit People.com.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Brings Home Swimming Goggles

We’ve heard stories about burglar cats before, but 4-year-old Avery is putting a new spin on feline thievery: for the past three weeks, she’s been bringing swimming goggles to her home in Bristol in the UK. Her human checked with her neighbors and even posted on social media, but nobody has reported any missing goggles. For more about Avery and his antics, visit BBC.com.

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Mews and Nips: World’s Oldest Cat Dies Aged 31

No matter how much time we get with our cats, it’s never long enough. 31-year-old Rubbles was with her human Michelle Heritage for more than half of Michelle’s life. Heritage credits Rubble’s long life with the fact that she never had children and treated him like he was her son. For more about Rubble, visit The Daily Mail.

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Mews and Nips: Pearl the Cat is in Charge of a Watermelon Farm

Pearl, a somewhat grumpy looking cat in Thailand, won’t let anyone get away with tasting a delicious watermelon without paying for it first! Pearl has been guarding a watermelon stand for six years. Despite his intense glare, his human says he’s one of the sweetest boys in the village. Visit Bored Panda for more wonderful photos of Pearl on the job and enjoy the video below of Pearl on his way to work.

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Mews and Nips: Adopt-a-Cat Month During the Pandemic

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One of the few silver linings of this pandemic has been that pet adoptions and fosters have increased tremendously while people are staying home, in some cases, even clearing out some shelters. But even with increased adoptions, there are still plenty of cats waiting for their forever homes. June is traditionally Adopt-a-Cat Month. While shelters in some states are slowly reopening and starting in person adoptions again, others are still only doing virtual adoptions. Check with your local shelter if you’re thinking about adopting, but don’t let the idea of adopting a cat virtually stop you from considering it. Visit The Verge for a comprehensive article about how to adopt a pet virtually and safely. For more on virtual adoptions, read our recent feature about how one Washington DC area based rescue group successfully handles contactless adoptions.

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Mews and Nips: Woman Turns Delivery Boxes into Cars for Her Cat

Like so many of us, Jen Prior, a greeting card designer from Bracknell in the UK, has been doing a little (okay, a lot of) online shopping, but unlike the rest of us, she found a super creative way to transform the boxes into cars for her cat! So far, she’s crafted an ambulance, a tank, and the Jeep from Jurrasic Park. For more about Jen’s fantastic creations, visit MetroUK.

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Mews and Nips: A Cat Who Collects Garden Gloves

A cat in Belper, Derbyshire in the UK has been bringing home garden gloves from neighboring homes. Over the past year, Elmo’s human counted at least 14 gloves. Elmo brings a single glove, and then goes back to collect the matching one at a later time. For more about Elmo and his collection, visit BBC.com.

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Mews and Nips: Leo the Cat Joins The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral for Morning Prayers

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The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK has been offering daily morning prayers from the cathedral’s beautiful gardens, where he is often joined by Leo the Cathedral cat. Leo even went viral recently when he disappeared in the dean’s robes during one of the morning sessions. Watch the video of the “incident” below. Regardless of your religious or spiritual orientation, doesn’t just looking at this beautiful photo of the lovely spot the dean picked for his daily prayers soothe your soul? What a lovely, serene spot, enhanced by Leo’s presence!

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Mews and Nips: A Beach Cottage for Your Cat

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Even if you’re in a part of the world where beaches are reopening, going to the beach wearing a mask and observing social distancing requirements won’t be the same as carelessly enjoying a day at the beach used to be. A much safer and less stressful way to enjoy the beach is to get your cat her very own beach cottage! The Breezy Beach Cottage is made from recycled cardboard and offers a super cute summer hideaway for your cat that will bring a little bit of summer into your home. The Breezy Beach Cottage is available from Amazon.

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Mews and Nips: Meet Betty the Weather Cat

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When a gorgeous white and tabby cat showed up at meteorologist Jeff Lyon’s Indiana home 11 years ago, he couldn’t have imagined that she would become one of the superstars of the pandemic. Lyons has been working from home and set up his “studio” in his dining room. Betty kept insisting on being part of the show, and Lyons’ viewership  now includes people from all around the world. For more about Betty, visit BoredPanda. Lyons has also created a Facebook page where he hosts weekly Q&A sessions with Betty.

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Mews and Nips: People Are Crocheting Tiny Sofas for Their Cats

I don’t know whether this is the result of too much time on your hands or just a case of being super creative, but apparently, crocheting tiny cat sofas has become a thing – and a very adorable one at that!  For those of you who crochet, the patterns are available from Ravelry.com. For more adorable photos of Kitty Couches, visit MyModernMet.com.

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