Henri Le Chat Noir Says Oh, Revoir

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After ten years of sharing his ennui and nihilism, Henri is retiring from making videos. He says he's retiring, but his farewell video makes it clear that he has given up on sharing his existential philosophy because no one one listened anyway. From Facebook:

Well, the time has come. My final video with the annoying thieving filmmaker is here. Now, I will finally be able to officially retire in peace and work on my philosophy without interruptions. I plan on writing the great feline-american novel. I thank all of you for your support and adulation.

See more of Henri in previous posts. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Why Do Cats Blep?



Even if you don't know what a "blep" is, you've probably seen it. That's when a cat, particularly one that normally carries himself like royalty, lets his mouth go slack and his tongue hang out. The cat, not paying a bit of attention, can stay like that for quite some time, giving cat photographers an opportunity to preserve them at their silliest. Dogs do it, too, but we don't consider it odd when dogs blep. What causes a cat to do that? It turns out there are quite a few reasons, and possibly more we don't understand yet. Mental Floss goes over those reasons from veterinarians and cat experts for why your cat bleps, and none of them involve communicating rudeness.


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The Happiest Dog in the World

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You can rewind to begin this video at the beginning, but that part contains plenty of NSFW language. The real fun starts at :57. YouTuber penguinz0 picked up 5400 balls for a song at the Toys R Us going out of business sale and turned his hallway into a ball pit. His dog is bursting with pure joy at figuring out all the ways to play in it. That's a good dog. -via Boing Boing


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Graceful Alley Run

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Our hero finds himself surrounded. He must run the gantlet of enemies, using his cat-like (duh) skills! This unique footage is only enhanced with the addition of the song "Run" by AWOLNATION. The song has become a meme, accompanying quite a few familiar running sequences you can see in a compilation video at Tastefully Offensive.


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Curious Cats Follow a Robot Vacuum

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What is that thing? What's it doing? Where's it going? A clowder of cats at what looks to be a cat shelter encounter a robotic vacuum cleaner. Their curiosity is way ahead of their caution, which is where we got the adage "curiosity killed the cat." -via Digg


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C-AT Work: Cats at Work

Nappone at the upholstery shop.

Italian photographer Marianna Zampieri presents a series called C-AT Work that features cats who go to work with their humans. Librarians, hair stylists, musicians, craftspeople, office workers, and store owners go about their day as their cat presides over their domain.

Fulvio in his theater.

The goal of this project is always to try to capture the beauty of the relationship that is created between cats and people with whom they share most of the time, demonstrating the great dignity and incredible adaptability of these animals in any situation. All seasoned by the setting that the most diverse work environments can give, creating the astonishment that can be born seeing the cats placed in environments where we are not used to see them.

Nando at the newsstand.

You can see the series in slideshow format at Facebook and more of Zampieri's cat photography at Instagram. -via Laughing Squid


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Tasha Does Not Want to Come In


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Turn the sound on before you watch this. Tasha is playing hide-and-seek because she doesn't want to go inside, and she's found the perfect hiding place! Tasha is pretty smart for a dog. She understands that her man's viewpoint is different from her own. She's a little fuzzy on the concept of glass doors, though. -via Bits and Pieces


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Catzillas

We love cats, and we love monster movies. What's even better? Cats starring in monster movies! Thrill to the spectacle of a 50-foot cat stomping through Tokyo or some other urban area, blocking traffic and knocking things over (as they do). Indonesian digital artist Fransdita Muafidin imagines these scenarios in photo mashups, with fluffy kittens threatening society with their incredible mutant mass and their adorableness. See 17 of his photo collages in a roundup at at Sad and Useless, and more at Muafidin's Instagram gallery. -via Everlasting Blort


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Fire Department Gets Cat Out of Tree

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Last Thursday, residents of Zaporozhye, Ukraine, called emergency services about a cat stuck in a tree. The tree was very tall and spindly, and no one could climb high enough to get the cat down. So the fire department brought in a ladder truck. The people on the ground were expecting the firefighter to save the cat. The firefighter, on the other hand, was apparently just told to "get the cat out of the tree." He was determined to do that, by any means necessary. The most you can say is that his method was a bit less drastic than that of a Russian operation we posted a few years ago. -via Digg


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How to Hold a Cat

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You may wonder how on earth there could be this much information on how to hold a cat, but Dr. Uri Burstyn, the Helpful Vancouver Vet, doesn't waste any time giving us solid information about cats and their reactions. He shows us his techniques for picking up a cat, restraining a cat, and dealing with a "shoulder cat," in case you have one of those. Squish. That. Cat. None of my cats, as needy as they are, like to be picked up. I attribute that to them being raise in a houseful of clumsy kids. -via reddit 


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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm

The vaudeville stage welcomed plenty of animal acts, but Don the Talking Dog was the tops in his time. Don was a well-known performer in his native Germany, where he displayed his ability to speak several German words. The dog show evoked curiosity in the US, and there was plenty of hype when Don finally crossed the Atlantic in 1912. Newspapers followed his every move, and crowds formed everywhere he performed.

With a vocabulary that ultimately reached eight words—all in German—Don had garnered attention in the United States as early as 1910, with breathless newspaper reports from Europe. According to some accounts, his first word was haben(“have” in English), followed by “Don,” kuchen(“cake”), and hunger (same word in English and German).

Theoretically, this allowed him to form the useful sentence: Don hunger, have cake—although most accounts say he typically spoke just one word at a time, and only when prompted by questions. He later added ja and nein (“yes” and “no”), as well as ruhe (“quiet” or “rest”) and “Haberland” (the name of his owner).

Don stayed in the US for two years, during which time he was treated as royalty, and made plenty of money, both from shows and from endorsing Milk-Bone dog biscuits. Scientists were interested in Don, too, and you can read about their conclusions at Smithsonian.


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A Cat Walks Into a Deli...

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A cat walked into the deli-cat-tessen and admired the items on display at the meat counter. The clerk, who may be the butcher as well, went into his sales spiel and gave the cat a better look at a variety of offerings until the cat indicated what he most wanted. The cat probably thought he'd get away with not paying, but the deli got a viral video out of it.


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The Cat Came Back

The steamship Fort St. George ferried fresh water and passengers from New York to Bermuda beginning in 1921. A cat named Minnie decided the ship was a good place to live. The ship's crew did not return the affection.

Minnie, the black-and-white cat of the Fort St. George, loved her home at sea, but she was also prone to flirting with the tom cats on Pier 95 in New York and at Hamilton Dock in Bermuda. In her years of service as the ship’s dedicated mouser, she was ejected from the ship at least 15 times. Not because she wasn’t loyal to her shipmates or good at catching rats, but because she gave birth to too many kittens.

Every time the sailors sent her packing with her kittens, she’d return as soon as her little ones were old enough to care for themselves.

One time a sailor reportedly took her all the way to Broadway and 72nd Street and bade her what he thought was a final farewell in front of the old Sherman Square Hotel. But when the ship entered Hamilton Harbor in Bermuda a few days later, Minnie miraculously appeared on deck. (My theory is that she hitched a ride to Bermuda on the sister ship, the Fort Victoria.)

You can read more about the Fort St. George and New York's Pier 95 at The Hatching Cat. -via Strange Company


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The Sisterhood of the Mother Cats

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We posted about the TinyKittens birth watch webcam a couple of weeks ago, in which three feral cats awaited their litters of kittens. Black cat Ramona gave birth first, and now has four kittens. Rula, the other black cat, had three. Chloe, the ginger cat, just gets bigger every day.The cats have three private nest boxes to select from, plenty of toys, food, and even a TV to watch, but sometimes they crave each other's company. Here we see Ramona and her four kittens making a big fuss over Chloe earlier today. Is Ramona comforting Chloe? Is she trying to warn her what she's in for? Or is she just climbing on Chloe to get away from all those kittens? In a new video just posted, we see that they've settled down bit, and it appears that Ramona is comforting Chloe as her labor pains strengthen.

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Check out the live webcam to follow Chloe's labor and imminent birth. The livestream will continue until all the kittens are adopted.


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The Swimming Lesson

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When a raccoon invades your swimming pool, you may as well put him to work -as a swimming instructor! La Piscine (The Swimming Lesson) is the latest from Faireset and his magnificent YouTube channel Parole de chat. You may have to watch twice, because unless you're fluent in French Canadian, you'll have to follow the subtitles. See more of Faireset's nonsense in our previous posts.  -via Metafilter


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The Cat That Had 62 Kittens

The steamship Iron Monarch had a ship's cat whose name was not recorded, but her feats of reproduction were. While the crew might have just called her "Pussy," they held the cat in high regard. In October of 1925, the ship was carrying a load of coal and facing gale force winds and crashing waves during a storm. The crew was busy holding things together.

And then through the spume that made its way from length to breadth of the ship, biting and lashing the faces of those who were “only doing their duty,” there was heard a thin, small voice, which asked in beseeching tones, “Oh, where is our poor old cat?”

And over the face of each seaman – men inured to hardship and rough life; mariners who have voyaged the seven seas of the world – came a pallor only associated with death or with some great mental upheaval. As one man, they rushed through the seething waters to all parts of the ship, jeopardizing their own lives (even, the cook left his galley) in the search for pussy.

They eventually found her, with nine new kittens born during the storm. That brought her lifetime record up to 62 kittens. If you got a smile out of that story, you'll want to read more tales of ship's cats at Seafurrers. -via Strange Company


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The North-Going Cat and the South-Going Cat

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Two young cats made their way across a door frame in Russia in opposite directions, so they of course ran into each other. There's no room to turn around, so what can they do? Oh yeah, they could just jump to the floor, but that would be admitting defeat. The goats that got stuck on a ledge the other day could learn a thing or two from these kittens. -via Boing Boing


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Kitten Birth Watch

Tinykittens is a cat rescue project that practices TNR (trap, neuter, release) on feral cats in British Columbia. You can read our previous posts about them. Last year, we told you about their rescue of the elderly feral cat they named Grandpa Mason, who turned out to have a real soft spot for kittens. Tinykittens founder Shelly Roche told Global News that Grandpa Mason was lonely after his latest litter grew up and found homes. They had spayed and neutered 90% of the local feral cat colony, and were looking for kittens that might need a grandpa's love.

However, since then, Tinykittens has captured feral cats Chloe, Rula, and Ramona, all pregnant. Grandpa Mason has already made friends with Chloe. Tinykittens has a live webcam on their three pregnant cats, and expect them to deliver in the next few days. You might want to bookmark the link to check on them. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Grandpa Mason and his kittens)


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Slow Mo Kittens

Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy, the Slow Mo Guys, have a segment from the latest episode of their YouTube series The Super Slow Show in which they pander to us with a "montage of lovely, fluffy, soft, 4K kittens." I'm down with that.

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If you want to rationalize the time you take to watch this video, I guess you could term it educational. Call it a study of how kittens move as they learn how to be graceful cats. But you and I know the real pull is the raw joy of watching kittens play. -via Tastefully Offensive


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What Do Dogs See When They Watch TV?

My dog doesn't care much for TV unless there are noisy birds on the screen, but other dogs I've had would sit on the couch with me and watch TV like little humans, paying closer attention to the shows on the screen than I did.

Their canine channel surfing always made me wonder how much they were actually seeing of what was happening on the screen- were they actually watching shows or just following sound and movement?

Hank Green answered this age old question on this episode of SciShow, explaining how a dog's TV watching habits may vary by breed and discussing how a dog's eyes, which are more attuned to flickering yet see less colors, see TV differently than you and me.

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You've Always Gotta Buckle Up

It's important to always practice proper auto safety procedures -even if you already happen to come equipped with your own collision impact protection. 

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This Dog is Best Friends With Owls

They say birds of a feather stick together, but that's certainly not the case when it comes to Ingo the dog and her owl friends. 

It seems Ingo originally was friends with one little owl named Poldi and his collection of buddies has drastically grown from there -though the pictures seem to prove that Ingo and Poldi are still the closest of the group.

You might say they get a real "hoot" out of the relationship.

Fortunately for all of us, Ingo's owner, Tanja Brandt is a professional photographer who is there to capture every unique and beautiful encounter between Ingo, Poldi and all the other owls they encounter.

You can see more of the fantastic images on Ingpo's Facebook page.

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Digital Artist Uses His Skills To Turn Animals From Ordinary To Fantastic

Animals aren't known for having vivid imaginations, but the wildlife which we share the world with has captured the human imagination since the very beginning, inspiring artists to create some really wild artwork.

A post shared by Julien Tabet (@julien.tabet) on Mar 3, 2018 at 11:00am PST

And while some people don't consider digital image manipulation to be a true artform French artist Julien Tabet does some really wild stuff with photos of animals using Photoshop- and his altered images are definitely creative and artistic.

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Creative Alternatives To Expensive Cat And Dog Toys And Supplies

Cats and dogs don't care how much we spend on the pet toys and accessories we buy for them, and even if they sneak a peek at the tag they have no idea what they're looking at because they can't read and don't understand how money works.

So those who spend a fortune on their pets are spending that money to make themselves feel good, not their pets, and should probably find a pet charity to donate to instead of throwing away all that money.

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HouseholdHacker put together these clever cat and dog "hack" videos for the frugal pet owner who also likes to do a bit of DIY, presenting simple yet smart ideas that work like a charm including:

  • Turn your mismatched socks into cat toys by filling them with paper and tying them off on the top, or a dog toy by putting an empty water bottle inside the sock instead
  • Use a muffin tin to slow down dogs who eat too fast, and cover each bowl with half a tennis ball to give them an added challenge
  • Mix water, Dawn dish soap and white vinegar to make a cheap flea shampoo
  • Add pumpkin to cat food to help with their hairballs

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A Cat's Guide to Easter

Furball Fables shows us how to celebrate Easter as a crazy cat person. You don't really have to be crazy, just have cats and no children to make baskets for. I really like how she puts catnip into eggs and then has the cats hunt for them. It won't take long for an apex predator to find them by smell!

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One part of the Cat's Guide to Easter is making the greeting card. That appears to be the most difficult task, since there are five cats and getting them to pose for a picture is like... well, it's like herding cats.

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A good time was had by all.


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A Singing Cat

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Even though this video is kind of dark, the real payoff is in the audio. I had to listen to it over and over. Check the vibrato. This cat has soul! The Tumblr version is here.  -via reddit


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Exercising with Her Buddy

Mary is a 17-year-old in Australia. Secret is her dog, a border collie/Australian shepherd mix. With a pedigree like that, you know this is an intelligent dog. Mary has been training Secret all her life, beginning with clicker training. They even exercise together!

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Secret is learning new stunts during their exercise routines.

Secret also dances, does housework, and creates art. And she finds time for some fun, too! See more of Secret at her Instagram page. That's a good dog. -via reddit


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Suki and the Great Outdoors

You've probably seen this picture somewhere. It gets posted at reddit every few months, and it is shared on social media quite a bit. The cat's name is Suki, and she has 800,000 Instagram followers. Suki the Bengal cat was adopted by Marti Gutfreund, who trained her from kittenhood to walk on a leash and to enjoy traveling to new places, such as the beautiful parks of Alberta, where they live, and the deserts of the Southwest. Suki has a great time, and takes awesome pictures because she always looks like she is posing.

Though Suki usually appears without a leash on Instagram, she’s always wearing one when outdoors — Gutfreund simply removes it in Photoshop to achieve a cleaner image.

Canada’s provincial and national parks require animals to be leashed, and Gutfreund is committed to Suki’s safety. She encourages other owners of aspiring adventure cats to properly leash-train their pets before taking them outdoors. Once a cat is comfortable outside, owners should ensure their pets stay hydrated even on shorter adventures, Gutfreund advises.

Suki herself is gearing up for the adventure of her lifetime: In August, Gutfreund is whisking her to Europe for six months. They’ll visit Gutfreund’s family in Germany and tour the rest of the continent too, snapping as many pictures as possible along the way.



Read about Suki at Adventure Cats and see more pictures at Instagram.


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If I Fits, I Sits

We know cats are liquid, as they take the shape of their container. And cats love any kind of container: boxes, dishes, shelves, closets, bags, or whatever they can get into. A cat's definitinon of "container" is pretty flexible, ranging from mom's purse to a rain gutter. We might even call a cat a "container-seeking liquid."

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Chris Poole has recorded video of his cats Cole and Marmalade ever since they were kittens. Here is a compilation that shows how they like to try on any kind of container to see if they fit. And if they fits, they sits! -via Tastefully Offensive       


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The Evolution Of Animal Genitalia

Unless you're a biologist or a bit of a freak you probably don't spare much thought to how animal genitalia has evolved over the centuries, but it turns out the private parts of animals are pretty interesting.

And as you can see in this animated short featuring a TED talk on the evolution of animal genitalia given by Dutch biologist/research scientist Menno Schilthuizen "genitals are the fastest-evolving organs in the animal kingdom" and they're all super duper strange.

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