Whisker Fatigue

Cat owners know that their pets can be finicky eaters, and we even make jokes about cats rejecting expensive gushy noms out of a desire to exasperate us. It might not be the food at all that's causing the problem. It might be the bowl they eat from. If a cat's whiskers are not compatible with the dish, it might suffer from sensory overload that makes eating unpleasant, and possibly not worth the effort. This is called whisker fatigue.

Whisker fatigue is a fairly new diagnosis, one that many (but not all) veterinarians take seriously. When cats have to stick their faces into deep bowls and their whiskers rub up against the sides, the experience can be stressful, prompting them to paw the food onto the floor, fight with other cats or grow apprehensive at mealtimes.

“I think it’s just one of those things where people say, ‘Oh, cats are just finicky eaters,’ and everyone thinks it’s a joke,” said Ms. Gardner, a 51-year-old fiction writer and blogger in Langhorne, Pa. “After reading some articles about this, I was like, maybe this isn’t a joke after all.”

The solution to whisker fatigue is a wider, flatter food dish. Pet companies sell "whisker friendly" dishes just for that purpose, but usually a regular plate works just as well. Read more about whisker Fatigue at the New York Times. -via Nag on the Lake

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The Secret History of the Cat Who Authored a Physics Paper

Of course cats are into physics experiments. In 1975, Jack Hetherington wrote a physics paper called Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc 3He. His co-author has since become famous in science circles, because he was a cat. And that came about because giving him credit was easier than re-typing.  

Before sending it to the Physical Review Letters, Hetherington noticed he’d been using the pronouns “we” and “us” throughout the paper, even though he was the sole author. Instead of editing the piece—which was written on a typewriter—Hetherington cleverly added his cat as co-author.

Even more interesting is how the cat got the pen name F.D.C. Willard, which is told at Gizmodo.


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The Man Who Lives With A Magpie

You always hear stories about cat people and dog people, so why don't we hear a peep about bird people? We probably don't hear about them because they're stuck at home taking care of their clingy little feathered dinosaur and cleaning its poop out of their hair.

I kid, I kid, but anybody who has owned a parrot, macaw, etc knows how attached those birds can become to their owners, and they know that a smart bird is a bratty bird. So imagine how much trouble a magpie would cause if humans were foolish kind enough to let one of the world's smartest birds move in with them.

Wait, don't bother imagining the magpie madness, watch this episode of BBC's My Unusual Life about The Man Who Lives With A Magpie and you'll see what it's like. Basically it's for the birds! *grin* (NSFW language)

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Coyote Peterson's Failed Attempt At A Bee Beard

Wildman and Brave Wilderness host Coyote Peterson isn't afraid to go to extremes to track down and handle whichever insect he's currently obsessed with, but sometimes his bug obsession makes him act without thinking first.

Like the time he shaved his beard off just so he could replace it with a squirming mass of European honey bees- Coyote didn't look right without his signature scruff, and he looked even less right after the bees stung the hell out of his face.

Apparently getting stung by a bunch of bees hurts worse than the sting of a bullet ant- who knew?!

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-Via Laughing Squid


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New Yorkers Find a Clever Work-Around to Subway Dog Carrier Laws

We previously talked about how New York created a law requiring all dogs on the subway to be in a carrier -and how clever residents just started carrying extra large bags to get around the law.

Over on PetsLady, you can see some truly delightful images of ways people have skirted the law including this pooch in an Ikea bag because I guess the law didn't specify that the dog's legs have to be inside the carrier with it.

Even when the carriers holding the pooches aren't preposterous, the results can be pretty precious. You never know where you might spot a cute little face looking back at you.

So check out the full gallery of hilarious "pet carrier" photos from the New York subway


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Tigers' First Swim

There aren't many cat species who swim by their own choice. Tigers are one of them. Sydney's Australia Zoo has a pair of tiger cubs named Spot and Stripe. In this video, tiger expert Giles Clark introduces them to the tiger pool for their first swim. They aren't all that sure about the new concept, but once they are in the water, they are quite at home.

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This is a clip from the BBC series Tigers About The House, which follows Clark's effort at hand-raising the rare Sumatran tiger clubs. He has to watch Spot and Stripe constantly, lest they stalk the family dog or get into other tiger business. (via Tastefully Offensive)


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Cats Acting Weird

Cats are weird. Some cats are weird often enough that you get a good picture, or maybe several, of them doing their weird thing. Shown above, redditor fastandfurry shared a picture of a friend's cat just chilling out in the bathroom. Below, Jimbokoln has a cat who likes to admire himself in the mirror -or maybe he's just practicing his villain face.

Bored Panda has 475 submitted pictures of cats acting odd, enough to keep you busy through half the weekend. -via Metafilter


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Diver Approached By Wild Seal Who Wants Belly Rub

Divers learn to steer clear of sharks and other predators who see them as a snack, and they tend to keep dolphins and other inquisitive mammals at bay for safety's sake, but their relationship with seals remains uncertain.

That's because seals have been known to attack humans in the water for no apparent reason, and their playful and curious nature can result in injuries for humans they decide to use as a plaything.

But when diver Gary Grayson was approached by a curious seal while diving in the Scilly Isles he wasn't afraid or worried about being attacked- because he was just as curious about the little critter as the critter was about him.

Next thing you know the seal did something totally unexpected- he flipped over and asked Gary to rub his belly!

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-Via Bored Panda


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This Cute Little Gecko Loves His Lizard Toy Friend

Some animals make hostile facial expressions that look like they're smiling, and this misinterpretation of their angry or aggressive "smile" can spell trouble for humans who don't know better.

But there's no mistaking the smile on Kohaku the Gecko's sweet little face- because it's the face of pure joy brought about by his little lizard toy.

Kohaku's human Taylor Nicole Dean gave him the little plastic lizard just to see what he would do, and Kohaku was so delighted with his new buddy Taylor let him keep the toy and started snapping pics of the adorable pair.

Now Kohaku has a friend for life who won't steal his food and doesn't make a squeak- unless Kohaku squeezes him too tight!

-Via Top 13


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Baby Black Rhino Practices His Charging Skills Even Though His Horn Hasn't Grown In Yet

Rhinos are born to be badasses, but before they can take down a Jeep with their charge they have to start small- by charging at little plastic barrels.

The eager little black rhino in this video is Moyo, and he was born just a few weeks ago at the Saint Louis Zoo. Moyo's part of the zoo's Species Survival Plan for critically endangered species, and since there are only about 5000 black rhinos left in the wild his birth is important to species conservation.

Plus he has already starred in his own viral video!:

Our “tough guy” Moyo doesn’t have his horns yet, but that doesn’t stop him practicing his charge! The 2-week-old black rhinoceros calf is very active and zookeepers provide him with a variety of toys and enrichment throughout the day. Play is important for baby animals – it’s how they learn the skills they will need as adults.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Red Panda Gets Belly Tickles

Mohan is one of the red panda triplets at Symbio Wildlife Park in New South Wales, Australia. The others are Raja and Phingu. In this video, Mohan busy being cute for zoo visitors, and enjoys getting his belly rubbed.

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There, that should make your whole work day go better. -via Tastefully Offensive


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47 Goat Kids Rush to Breakfast

As the kids at Sunflower Farm Creamery (previously at Neatorama) are weaned, they are separated from their mothers for longer periods of time so they will learn to eat grain and hay and to drink water. But in the morning they are off to visit their mamas for some breakfast! Then it's playtime.

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When they are ready, they'll be taken to new homes, except for Mildred, who will be staying permanently. You can see Mildred and read her story here. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Cop Attacked By Wild Animal Inside Police Station

The police department represents safety, security and defense to many people, and therefore police stations are seen as extremely safe spaces because there are so many cops coming and going from the station all day every day.

But sometimes things go all Assault On Precinct 13 because bad guys like to target cops when they have nothing left to lose, and apparently so do rogue rodents.

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This horrifying security camera footage was shot inside the Saint Petersburg police station in Florida, but the same kind of savage animal attack can happen at a station near you.

-Via Boing Boing


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Who's A Handsome Boy?

We say some really strange stuff to our pets and act like it's NBD even though we feel weird saying those same strange things to our pets when people are around, so how NBD can it really be?

We want to believe our pets really like it when we call them "pretty boy" or "sweet girl" or "the handsomest boy in the whole wide world", and maybe they do. Who am I to pretend like I know?

I don't speak dog or cat or goat or goldfish so I don't know what they have to say, but according to this SketchShark comic telling your dog he's "a handsome boy" may give him a big head.


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Bulldog Watches Horror Movie

Flat screen TVs have opened up a whole new world for cats and dogs and other pets. The older cathode-ray-tube TVs never held their interest. But now we are seeing our pets experience movies as if they were real life. For example, see how a bulldog named Kahleesi is really getting into watching a horror film.  

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Just as she would if it were real, Khaleesi keeps an eye on everything. When something is out of the ordinary or threatening, she barks a warning to the humans on the TV. That's a good dog. Brave, too! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Samurai Armor for Cats (and Dogs)

The Japanese company Samurai Age now offers samurai armor for cats and small dogs as well as samurai armor for humans. Armor for larger dogs must be custom made, as sizes vary so much. The armor they design is fashioned after real armor worn by the various warlords of feudal Japan. See more pictures at Bored Panda. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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This Dog's Tongue is Begging to be Photoshopped

This dog was born with a majestically wonderful tongue and a sweet face. Redditor ilovetuckamer recognized the dog's potential as a Photoshop Battle supermodel and he rightfully uploaded it to Reddit.

 

Not long after, the pooch starred in his own Dali painting.

He also went gangsta.

He even became the world's cutest silly snake.

Some Redditors were particularly nice to the pooch -even giving him his own tasty meat snacks.

See all of the hilarious Photoshops over at Reddit.

Via Distractify


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This is How You Get a Cat

Big_Wanker shared a picture of what happens when you feed a neighborhood cat. The title was, "My parents started feeding a stray kitten a couple weeks ago. This was their front porch today." And so it goes.



P3rc0sk1 came home to this. He said, "I don't own a cat." The response was yes, you do, in fact you now own five cats. It happens more often than you realize that a cat thinks it's just fine to walk into your home and decide it's a good place to live. That's how you get a cat. Bored Panda has 160 submitted images from the "I don't own a cat…" category. -via Metafilter


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Duffy and the Ball

This is Duffy. He is a good dog. He just can't catch a ball to save his life. But he's not giving up.

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Duffy's trials are wonderful as they are, but shown in slow motion and edited as an epic tale set to the tune of "Nessun Dorma," it is a thing of beauty. -via Boing Boing


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Cat Thieves Who Were Caught Red-Pawed

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Cats are born to be master thieves, raised to be super sneaky, and taught the fine art of stalking, hiding and stealing by their feline elders, with some students showing more promise than others.

But even the most inept cats are pretty good at snatching stuff without their humans noticing, that is, when they're not acting all IDGAF about the rules of the house.

And if cats had any concept of monetary value they could make a fortune pilfering jewelry from our dressers and selling our electronics on Craigslist while we're at work. Instead they just steal silly stuff like books and pens then give us that "what?" face.

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You can't blame cats for going a bit stir crazy when they're locked in the house all day, so we smile and laugh when they relieve their boredom by stealing stuff.

However, stealing food is a serious no-no when they're in our homes, but if you hang a bunch of delicious fish outside where your outdoor cat can reach them then all bets are off!

See 15+ Cat-Thieves That Were Caught Red-Pawed here


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Dogs Wait Patiently At The Gate Until Their Names Are Called

Dogs are obedient by nature, born and raised to follow their pack leader and remain loyal to the pack, and if you want to see the true extent of a dog's obedient nature you have to see a dog trainer work their magic.

The trainer in this video trained her dogs to wait at the gate until their name is called, demonstrating how well dogs can tune out distractions and follow commands even when they'd rather be playing with their pals. However, there's one rebel in every pack, and in this pack rebellion is named Nacho.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Black Bear Attack Caught On GoPro

You'll hear one thing stated a dozen different ways when you visit parks in bear country- steer clear of bears, or you might end up mauled or dead.

This warning is enough to keep visitors on their toes and keep the timid from visiting parks in bear country at all, but some people act like it will never happen to them and roam around like they own the park.

The hunter who captured this bear attack footage on his GoPro camera is clearly one of those guys, because he thought he could take down a black bear with a lvl 1 archery skill!

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This wild footage was captured by Richard Wesley while he was out bow hunting in Fire River, Ontario, and Richard seems pretty happy the bear didn't dine on his innards:

I am so happy after this confrontation with a black bear during our spring hunt. No wounds except a bruised elbow and ego where the bear threw me down. Genuinely happy that this was a non fatal or tragic outcome. Proving that the black bear is a wild and unpredictable animal. Again so happy with the outcome.

-Via Esquire


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Meet The Cyclops Kid

Scholars believe the Cyclops myth may have begun when people saw the skull of a prehistoric dwarf elephant and misidentified its nasal cavity as one large eye socket, leading them to believe monstrous one-eyed humanoids roamed the Earth.

Today we know people and animals born with one eye have a rare genetic disorder called Cyclopia, which is "characterized by the failure of the embryonic prosencephalon to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities".

Animals born with this congenital disorder rarely live very long, but a baby goat born in Assam, India nicknamed "The Cyclops Kid" has defied all expectations and may live to see goat-dulthood.

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The Cyclops Kid was born on May 10, 2017 at the home of Mukhuri Das, who feels the cute little guy is a blessing from God:

I was shocked. It’s like a miracle and people have been coming to our place to see this baby goat. …It’s my responsibility to take care of the baby goat. I have been feeding him like a normal goat. It might be something from God that the baby goat was born in our house. He So many people are coming to our place to see this baby goat…

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Maru is Ten Years Old

Happy birthday to the world's most famous cat! Maru the Japanese Scottish fold was born ten years ago this week. In this video, we see clips of his kittenhood, and his latest adventures.

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Maru now has a worldwide audience and a little sister named Hana, but he still take pleasure in the simple things, like boxes. He's just as charming at ten as ever. -via Fark

See more of Maru in previous posts.


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His New Collar

Every picture tells a story, and this one is a tale of overconfidence -or maybe just cluelessness. That's the cat door around his neck. This puppy thought he was small enough to go through, just like the cat he lives with. It doesn't work that way. His head went through, but getting it back out was a different story. The uploader doesn't say whether the dog broke the door off or the human had to disconnect it, but the result is a sorry dog with a self-made collar of shame who may our may not have learned his lesson. -via reddit


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This Dapper Little Dog Wants To Sell You A Used Car

There are some seriously shady individuals out there selling used cars and the law, and some of them are so sleazy they look like characters from a TV show, with cheap suits, fake tans and even faker smiles.

But if dogs could walk and talk they'd make sales left and right without deceiving buyers, because customers wouldn't be able to resist their powers of cuteness.

Still don't believe dogs would make the ultimate salescritters?

Just try and say no to Mr. Griff the Brussels Griffon when he tries to sell you his services as a lawyer or a used car, he would've had you at herro!

Here's Mr. Griff in a commercial for Brus Griffin's Motor World, where all used cars have their tires peed on thoroughly inspected and all windows cracked for maximum wind-to-face ratio.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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7 Signs That Cats Are Scientists

We recently posted a video about cats attacking things and knocking objects off tables. I mentioned that they were trying to cause chaos and destruction, but Chris Poole has an alternate theory. These cats are conducting experiments!

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It makes perfect sense: cats are naturally curious, and are masters of observation, exploration, and manipulation. Plus this theory gives us a reason to watch Cole and Marmalade being their everyday charming selves. -via Laughing Squid


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What Kind Of Animal Does This Skull Belong To?

To truly understand animals you have to see what lies beneath their skin both literally and figuratively, so you can better understand how they think, how they behave and how their bodies help them survive in the wild kingdom.

Inside most animals is a skeleton, which forms a support structure and keeps their bodies from becoming a blob of organs, and this skeleton can be used to identify an animal long after its flesh has been stripped from its bones.

If you fancy yourself a bit of an expert on animal anatomy then identifying the skull at the top as that of a deer should have been fairly easy, and identifying the boar skull above even easier. But is this the skull of a gorilla or a chimpanzee?

See What Kind Of Head Was This Skull Inside Of? at BuzzFeed


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Kittens in a Pile of Paper

Remember the ten kittens who were supposed to pose for a portrait? They belong to Natalya and Evgeny Mishukovi, who are busy enriching their lives with things to play with. Here, they shower the kittens with a bunch of paper scraps to create a indoor pile of wonderfulness.

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You can see more of the kittens' adventures at their YouTube channel. -via Laughing Squid


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Things Cats Don't Like

When a cat has a poor opinion of something, they will let you know, clearly, in their own way. In this complication video from the Pet Collective, you'll see cats hating on modern technology, toys, food, family members, and everyday objects.

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To be fair, some of these clips aren't so much dislike for objects, but more of a cat wanting to see how much destruction and chaos they can cause. Yet we still love them.


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