Couch Monster

Check out this couch monster! Someone's playing with their dog under a blanket. But wait -that's not a dog! What kind of critter is this?

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It's Loki, the red fox! He loves playing games with his humans. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel

Trash pandas just wanna have fun! This adorable trio of raccoon cubs discovered that the wheel of a hanging bicycle makes a great swing.

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They can't wait for their turn, so they fight a little, and then end up piling on all at once. Whee! -via Laughing Squid


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Cat Runs Away in Style

GirthyBurritos spotted this vehicle filling up at an interstate exit. This cat is clearly headed for a new life in a new place. Since he had to strap his cat tree on top, you can assume that the interior is full of catnip, Fancy Feast, and hair ties. The reddit thread underneath gives a collaborative speculation as to his story.

Salty

"Sitting in James' truck at the gas station, I began to question my choice to leave. No. Karen and James had their chance, that sparrow was the last straw.

I had hunted, killed and gifted 47 prey by that point and every one had been met with disgust and rejection. After duly showing gratitude for my humans handing me ownership of themselves and their land, Karen grabbed me by the neck and rubbed my face in the delicious meal I had brought them. I was baffled and deeply offended. I didn't understand them, they didn't understand me, it was time to move on.

Without me patrolling the garden, Karen and James would most likely be eaten by dogs. So be it, I had no more use for them."

Bifferer

...so, with 2 kilos of catnip and my lookout post strapped to the roof, I topped off the tank and left town.

Snarkhive

"We were just outside of barstow when the catnip began to take hold"

xtraordinaryshitpost

I would watch this movie.

Further down in the comment thread, the plot gets much weirder. Wherever he's going, he's definitely in the driver's seat. I bet his name is Toonces. The moral of the story: Never leave your car keys out where the cat can get them. 


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Giant Pandas Falling Down

Pandas are cute, but they've never been known for their grace. If you give them an enrichment activity or a toy to play with, they will get so excited they forget how to stand up. So enjoy a supercut of adorable but clumsy giant pandas falling down, from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.

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It's a good thing these critters are round and fluffy. And they seem to bounce fairly well. -via Tastefully Offensive
 


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Silly Boston Terrier "Swims" Around On The Living Room Rug

Boston Terrier's are little bundles of energy who will literally run themselves in circles to expend that energy so they don't explode like a little doggy grenade.

Their boundless energy also cause them to act in strange and unpredictable ways, as demonstrated by Riley the Boston Terrier who sometimes likes to pretend she's a shark.

Riley asked the other dogs on Instagram if they liked to pretend to be a shark too, to which they replied they'd rather pretend to be a waste disposal unit, a royal food taster or a squirrel but never a shark. I guess Riley swims to the beat of her own drum!

-Via Laughing Squid


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A Victorian-Era Cat Dictionary

In 1895, Marvin R. Clark published the essential cat dictionary, called Pussy and Her Language. The 150-page guide is full of cat facts, stories, and fanciful prose about felines, in an era when cats didn't get all that much respect. You can learn a lot from this book, about cats or, more precisely, about how Clark felt about cats.

11. There are 17 vital cat vocabulary words



12. Cats have French accents

“The word ‘purrieu’… is a note of self-satisfaction and content… give attention to the number of vowels and the Frenchman’s roll of the liquid ‘r,’ so that it comes to the ear like ‘pur-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-rieu,’ with a gradually ascending inflection.”

13. Cats can get very mad

“The word ‘yew,’ when uttered as an explosive, is the Cat’s strongest expression of hatred, and a declaration of war… The word ‘yow’ means extermination from the face of the earth.”

Atlas Obscura selected the twenty most interesting lessons about cat communication from Pussy and Her Language. You can also read the entire book online.


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A Cat Maze Made of 50 Boxes

Chris Pool made a maze for his cats Cole and Marmalade. Lucky cats! This is a project so simple anyone can do it. And if you have more than one cat, the floor show that ensues will be worth the effort.

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What's great about this idea is that it's modular. If you have the room, you can set up all 50 boxes, or 25, or ten, and put them in a different order each time. If the boxes are all square, like these, rearranging them would be very simple. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Meet Nix

A. Stiffler and K. Copeland have adopted a new cat. Nix was an adult feral cat with cerebellar hypoplasia that was taken in by a shelter. He has adjusted to domestic life quite well. See more of Nix, both in comic form and in photographs, at Chaos Life. 

See also: Previous posts about cats with cerebellar hypoplasia.


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When a Cat Sneezes

The cat sneezed for 15 minutes straight, according to redditor withagecomesnerdines. Then he finally found a clue as to her troubles. A tiny patch of green in her nose. It was a blade of grass! So he pulled it out.



My goodness
. That had to be a relief for the poor cat. The joke, of course, is that you're not supposed to snort grass, you're supposed to smoke it. Others have speculated that the cat was probably eating the grass, but instead of going down to her stomach, the blade went up into her nasal cavity. She's all better now. If your cat won't stop sneezing, you might want to look in its nose.   


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Kind Human Repeatedly Rescues Dumb Raccoon From Trash Bin

Rescue a wild animal once and you're an animal lovin' hero, but when you have to rescue the same wild animal over and over again it's time to wonder whether natural selection is trying to take its course.

Because there must be something wrong with a wild critter who keeps landing in a heap of trouble only a human can rescue them from, right?

Well, maybe the raccoon Dmitry Tkachenko keeps rescuing, the one he calls Sneaky Pete, is like one of those hapless characters you see in the cartoons- a well-meaning goofball who can't seem to take ten steps without falling flat on their face.

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Dmitry says he has been rescuing Sneaky Pete from the trash bin approximately 5 times a week since July 2016, when Pete was but a wee trash panda:

This silly trash panda needs rescuing approximately 5 times a week. Hopefully he’ll remember my kindness and take care of me when I get old.

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Rescuing Cats From Super Tall Trees

Tom Otto and Shaun Sears are professional arborists (tree guys) and cat lovers. The brothers-in-law volunteer to rescue cats that are stuck in trees. See, in Washington state, the trees can be very tall, and cats can be very scared once they get too high. Firefighters aren't equipped for that kind of height, even if they had the time to rescue cats.   

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Their project is called Canopy Cat Rescue. Since they don't charge owners for rescuing their cats, the organization relies on donors. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Animal Lover Documents The Slow But Rewarding Process Of Befriending A Feral Cat

You don't have to be a die-hard cat lover to adopt a shelter cat and give them a new home, but you have to be a mega-fan of felines to put in the time and effort necessary to befriend a feral cat.

This is especially true if you're an avid bird watcher like Backyard Birder and the feral cat you're befriending has been killing the fine feathered friends in your area:

A beautiful feral cat starts hunting backyard wildlife – a dilemma for animal lovers! I decide to watch, film and try to get to know this wild creature and see if a win-win solution is possible.

Stopping a feral cat's killing spree by befriending it is truly compassionate, and as you can see in this video by Backyard Birder he is a very compassionate man, and his efforts helped save the lives of cat and birds and squirrels alike.

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Backyard Birder's first feral cat encounter took place in 2014, and the feral cat in the video was later caught by the city and adopted.

A year later another feral cat came strolling into his backyard but this smooth operator only worked at night, so Backyard Birder simply observed and documented the night prowler's actions.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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This Octopus Gave a Sincere Thank You to the Man Who Saved It

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Film maker Pei Yan Heng was at the beach in Cyrene Reef, Singapore in 2013 when he stumbled upon an octopus stranded far above the water line. Pei filled up a cup of water and scooped up the octopus before releasing him back into the sea. After taking a moment to recover, the octopus went to his rescuer's shoe and hugged it with his tentacle in a sincere thank you gesture. 

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Cat Adopts Hedgehogs

A litter of eight baby hedgehogs (hoglets) became orphans when their mother was killed in a lawnmower accident. The hoglets were found and taken to a lactating cat named Musya.

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Musya nurtures and feeds the hoglets like they were her own. She might have a little difficulty in grooming them. She probably feels sorry for these ugly kittens. -via Laughing Squid


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The Fabulous Kitties of the Algonquin Hotel Cat Fashion Show

Is your cat a style maven? Well then he or she is probably having a hissy fit that you didn't bring him or her to the annual Algonquin Hotel Cat Fashion Show in New York. As always, the fashions were top notch and the kittens cute as possible.

The fun event isn't just to celebrate kitty couture, it's also a fundraiser to support the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. Over $12,000 was raised between ticket sales and a silent auction and three kitties were adopted from the group's adoption van stationed outside.

See more pictures from the event at Gothamist.


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The Smiling Eurosaurus

Look at the smile on this little dog! Eurosaurus is a white Jack Russell with an "unusual bite pattern." That's a euphemism for what we once called "snaggle teeth." But Euro looks like she's smiling even when her teeth don't show at all. She lives a dog's life in Thailand with her owner Sumitra Jiawiphat and three other Jack Russell terriers. That smile has made Eurosaurus an Instagram star. See a selection of her best photos at Buzzfeed and follow her Instagram feed. -via Metafilter


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Bear Smells Brownies Baking Inside Home, So He Tries To Break In And Get Him Some

Everybody knows bears have insatiable appetites, and they put in hours of work every day just to keep their bellies full, but did you know they'll resort to breaking and entering just to score a free meal?

That's why people in bear country keep their doors locked tight and stay on alert for furry  home invaders, like the hungry guy in these photos who smelled brownies cooking and tried to invite himself in.

The Connecticut woman who was accosted by this uninvited ursine guest says he was a persistent little bastard, trying every which way to get in and get at those delicious brownies:

“He actually left the kitchen area and went to the second set of doors off the deck,” Belfiore told WFSB. “And tried those and then went to the third set of doors into the living room and attempted to get into those.”

-Via design you trust


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The Best and Worst Ways to Interact With Wild Animals While Traveling

Seeing amazing wild animals can be a highlight of any vacation -especially if you actually get to interact with the creatures in a meaningful way. But some animal encounters benefit the local wildlife while others harm it. That's why you should do your research before participating in such an activity. Fortunately, Travel and Leisure rounded up some of the most popular animal encounters from around the world so you know what's good for the animals and what's not. For exmaple, while visiting Kenya's Giraffe Manor is a great idea, swimming with dolphins isn't.

So check out the full list at Travel and Leisure

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/02/27/giraffe-manor/

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Affectionate Fish

Fish aren't known for showing affection. Most fish do not want to be touched by humans at all. But Bon Shaw has a Blood Parrot Cichlid that craves human interaction. That fish really loves being petted!

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This little guy just loves to watch me wherever I am in the room, he'll do anything to get my attention. And when I look at him he flares out his gills and dances from side to side just hoping that I'll come over to play. If I drop food in the aquarium he'll ignore it and hope to play. I have to walk away to get him to go find the food which has floated away by then. That said, in another tank I have a second Blood Parrot Cichlid that loves me but doesn't want to be touched. It's like having one dog and one cat. You just have to love the differences.

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Employees of the Week

Josephsen Hardwood Floor Company has a Facebook page on which they post the Employee of the Week every week. The "employee" is always a supervisor. They are the pets of the homes where they install floors. Above, you see Sophie, who made the list in April.

There are plenty of dogs, and also cats, and once a donkey made the cut. -via Metafilter


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These Pics Prove Cows Are Basically Just Really Big Dogs

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Most city slickers see cows as those critters you moo at while you're driving down the highway in cattle country, but anybody with farm experience knows a thing or two about cows.

And one thing you find out real fast- some cows act just like giant dogs, wanting to play, get pets and go on long walks. Some cows even have fur that looks similar to a dog's coat, like the ridiculously photogenic Scottish Highland cow above.

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They'll even curl up with you (or should I say around you) when they're feeling tuckered out, which seems like a pretty normal thing for a dog to do but strange for a cow. And speaking of strange- this herd seems to be sweet on that cute canine, and he's loving every minute of it!

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See 21 Reasons Why Cows Are Basically Just Really Big Dogs here


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The Story of Walter

Stand-up comedian Emmett Montgomery talks about his angry, obese cat Walter, who he described as  "a stinky, beautiful monster" and "a bloated pillow with emotional problems." Walter was such an awful cat that his previous owner tricked Montgomery into adopting him. He tells us the story of the worst cat you can imagine. It begins with some NSFW language.  

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Walter helped Montgomery's career by providing a subject to hang jokes on, and gave him stress relief by sleeping on his beard. It's funny how the worst cat can worm its way into your heart.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Conservation Center Offering Sloth Sleepovers

We've talked about the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica and while sloths may be native there, it's far from the only sloth sanctuary out there. In fact, there's also the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainer, Oregon where you can get even more up close and personal with the sloths by booking a sloth sleepover. For $600 you can watch the nocturnal animals hang out and do their thing from 8 P.M. until 7:30 A.M. The experience might be a bit on the expensive side, but you're not only helping to support a rescue group, you're also becoming a member of a very exclusive club. That's because only ten people per day are allowed to meet the sloths at the sanctuary in order to ensure the creatures never feel stressed. It is worth noting that no matter what happens though, you will never be permitted to touch the animals -though I assume it's OK if they decide to touch you.

You can read more about the experience over at PetsLady


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Treating a Paralyzed Feral Kitten

A big-eared feral kitten was brought to Vet Ranch in poor shape. He couldn't use his back legs! Dr. Matt Carriker suspected the paralysis was due to a cat bite that had grown into an infected abscess. He treated the infection and hoped for the best. They named the little guy Sunshine. This video contains minor surgery, and may be disturbing for the squeamish.     

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Over a few week's time, Sunshine began walking again, and is now ready to be adopted. And then there's this:

You'll find more rescue stories from Vet Ranch at their Facebook page. -via Laughing Squid 


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The Greatest Cats In Movies Ever

The easiest way to improve a movie is to stick a cat in it. Filmmakers know this works, even in movies where a cat is not at all necessary. Everyone remembers Jones from Alien and Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers, and then there are movies about cats, like The Aristocats and The Cat From Outer Space.

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There are also big cats, costumed cats, and cartoon cats in this supercut by Burger Fiction. They admit that there are many movies that didn't make the cut, and promise a volume two sometime in the future. -via Tastefully Offensive 


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Puppy Drags Her Favorite Blanket Outside To Share With Homeless Dog

Dogs are a lot smarter and more compassionate than humans give them credit for being, and when they see one of their feral relatives in trouble they will often help out however they can.

Lara is an eight-month-old puppy rescued from the streets of Brazil by Suelen Shaumloeffel, and Suelen keeps finding new reasons to love little Lara more- like the time she offered to share her blanket with a homeless dog.

Lara didn't have much to offer the homeless dog who slept on the other side of her yard's fence but she did have her favorite blanket, which conveniently fit through the fence.

Suelen shared this story of canine compassion so others could learn from Lara:

‘I thought, “How beautiful that she did that for her friend”,’ Suelen tells The Dodo.

‘My best four-legged friend reminded me of something so important: generosity!

‘She is the nicest little dog I’ve ever met. We forget sometimes the difference we can make in someone’s life. She reminded me of this.’

-Via Metro


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Cat Burglar

Zolthux has at least three cats and a sophisticated sound-activated burglar alarm system. What could possibly go wrong? We found out, because he also has security cameras.

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Just a few more sleepless nights and he'll learn to clean the table off before he goes to bed. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Learn To Speak Cat

In the newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic, we get some insight into the language of cats. No, not LOLspeak, that's an internet language. This is about cat communication, especially what they're trying to tell us humans.

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Cats don't normally meow in cat society, so their meows are an attempt to speak human language. It works for them most of the time, at least to get our attention. And as cat owners, we learn their body language. Hissing, growling, purring, chirping, and other sounds are used for both humans and other cats. Bonus: we get to see Simon Tofield recording cat meows for his cartoons. The new video is only about five minutes long. It's tagged with the Simon's Cat video Double Trouble.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Owners Had No Idea What Sitter Did With Their Dog Until He Sent Them The Video

Dog owners hope for the best when they hire a sitter, so if the dog seems to genuinely like their sitter that's usually a good sign since dogs don't hide their feelings about humans.

But if your dog straight up loves hanging out with their sitter then you might want to watch the two of them in action, because there's probably something adorable going on there.

Skylar the dog absolutely adores her sitter James Liakos, and James loves hanging with Skylar so much he filmed their adventures together, creating the incredibly sweet video "Cute Whippet Dog Story: Man's Best Friend".

James' clients had no idea what was going on, until James sent them the video...

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-Via PawMyGosh


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Hamster Loses Struggle with Hamster Wheel

This hamster trying to use a hamster wheel is a metaphor for the way life tends to throw a wrench in our plans. You're going along just fine, thinking you've finally figured something out, or have a skill down, and suddenly things go sideways and you don't even know how it happened.

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The real kicker is that you get laughed at when you are in the most vulnerable position. But we can be like this little hamster, and just pick ourselves up and try again! -via Digg


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