Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata

Photographer Hiroyuki Hisakata captures images of cats showing off their best ninja moves. They aren't even his cats, so how does he get them to model for him? Hisakata takes the time to make friends with colonies of stray cats away from threatening crowds.

Although he’s based in Kyushu, Hisakata keeps his locations top secret. He often shoots in the evening, and with his bag full of toys, plays with the cats while shooting them with his camera. The results are humorous and playful, and have been compiled into two different photobooks: one featuring adult cats and the other featuring kittens.

Get a cat (or two or a hundred) to trust you, and they'll let you have fun with them. See a collection of Hisakata's ninja cats at Spoon & Tamago, and follow him on Twitter for more.  -via Swiss Miss

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Cockatiel Performs Medley of Queen Songs

Something gives me the idea that whoever owns this cockatiel is a Queen fan. MAY-cyan perches on the arm of a Freddie Mercury figurine while whistling "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Gaga."

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YouTuber MrsStr1 has a couple of other videos of MAY-cyan singing Queen songs in his channel. We'll have to check in again to see if he learns to whistle "Bohemian Rhapsody." -via Laughing Squid

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Kitten Needs Constant Attention

Baby animals are just like human babies in that they need plenty of attention and affection, and if they don't get it they let the nearest adult know at the top of their lungs, but most babies aren't as needy as Daisy the kitten.

Daisy may look like an ordinary orange tabby kitten but she's actually an attention seeking pet-aholic, and every time her owners stop holding her, petting her or playing with her she meows loudly, acting like a dramapuss.

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Crazy Cat Marmalade Wants To Eat His Owner's Shorts

Kitties get more wound up than a toddler hopped up on cola and pixie sticks, and they play in a much weirder way than most kids because they're bloodthirsty predators we've allowed to live in our homes.

Case in point- Cat Man Chris' frisky kitty Marmalade likes to let his hunting instincts run wild in the house whenever he spots a pair of Chris' shorts.

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Yep, just a video full of clips of Marmalade attacking shorts in an adorable way, what were you expecting?

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How I Trained My Cats

Every time we post a video from Jun's Kitchen, people are fascinated by the beautiful ginger cats Haku and Nagi, who watch Jun Yoshizuki making tasty treats. They sit calmly and never try to interfere or ask for a bite!   

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Jun explains how he treats the cats so that they behave so well. Haku and Nagi are very cooperative, but that doesn't apply to Poki, the world's most annoying cat. You get the idea that Poki is sequestered during cooking videos. Maybe he'll come around as he matures. Or maybe he'll remain an adorably contrary cat. -via Laughing Squid

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The Cat's Greeting

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Who says cats can't speak English? Jason Ybarbo comes home from work and says hello to his cat. Recently, the cat started saying hello back to him. It's no Don Piano, but it is certainly a human greeting. It will be time to panic when he comes home and the cat asks why he's so late. -via reddit

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Munchkin Kitten Grows Up

Time for a cuteness break! Spend a few minutes watching Milo the munchkin cat go from a fluffy kitten to a fluffy adult cat. This video was compiled from five months of recording.

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Yeah, he's a young adult now, but he still looks like a kitten. You can see more of Milo at his Instagram page.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Cat Prefers Food To Go

An animal rescue group feeding stray cats in South Korea noticed one who was a little different. She eagerly took cat food that was packaged, but tended to leave loose food alone. When presented with a choice of wrapped or unwrapped food, she selected the wrapped food and took off. You can probably guess that she was sharing it.

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There's a moment of real tension in this short story, but it has a happy ending. -via reddit

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Basset Hound Is Unlikely Sheep Dog

A basset hound named Lady has proven to be quite a sheepdog, to the surprise of her owner. It's not that Lady puts her best efforts to the task -she doesn't even realize her talents. The sheep just like her, and will follow her anywhere.

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Michael Jobson, 29, adopted three-year-old Lady three years ago before discovering by accident that the sheep at his Gamlingay, Cambs, farm have an inexplicable urge to follow her. Hilarious footage shows the oblivious dog wandering around in a field on multiple occasions, as dozens of sheep traipse after her, hanging on her every movement. Lady has proved to have such an innate but unusual rapport with the sheep that Michael and his partner Fiona Morton, 37, are planning to use her talents to assist their full-time sheepdog Tom.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Meet Quimera

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Look at this beautiful cat! On her left side, she is a black cat with a blue eye, and on her right side, she's a ginger. If you look at the rest of Quimera, you see that her pied look wraps around the other side of her body.

Quimera could be a chimera, or more likely just a striking variation of a calico or tortoiseshell cat. You can see many more pictures of her at Instagram. -via reddit

See also: Venus, who is black with a green eye on one side, and ginger with a blue eye on the other.

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This Hedgehog is Better at Camping Than You

Camping takes a special set of skills and some people are just plain better at preparing than others. You might be one of those people that are pretty good at roughing it, but even then I doubt you look nearly as good doing it as little Azuki the hedgehog

Azuki does all the camping neccessities, including sleeping in a tent, grilling up some dinner and even kayaking.

The most impressive part of the photo set is all the teeny, tiny, incredibly-accurate props made just for this perfect picture set. 

Via The Awesome Daily

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Russian Photographer Captures Images Of A Young Ballerina Dancing With Her Dogs

Most dogs don't dance unless they're dancing for some food, and those dogs who actually enjoy dancing with their human can do little more than raise up on their hind legs and do the Bunny Hop without a little help from their humans.

But the dogs captured by Russian photographer Andrey Seliverstov really like to kick up their heels and dance with their darling nine-year-old owner Maria Palkina, and she's even teaching them how to do ballet.

Maria's dogs don't look like they'll be joining the Bolshi Ballet anytime soon, but they do look like they're genuinely enjoying the experience of dancing with their little ballerina buddy.

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Owner Catches His Cat Mumbling To Himself While Hunting Birds On The Patio

Cats are kooky little critters with unique personalities and behaviors that may seem odd to anyone who hasn't owned a cat, and unlike dogs I've never had two cats who were exactly alike.

Each cat also has their own unique voice, and in addition to his meow, purr and hiss YouTuber Derek Zimmerman's cat apparently mumbles like a little lunatic while he watches the birds on the patio.

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Translation: You will be mine little birds, oh yes you will be mine...

-Via Pawpulous

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Guy Uses Cat Pics To Purr-Fectly Troll Scammer

Selling stuff online on sites like Craigslist has become a real pain thanks to all the flakes, lowballers and idiot scammers out there who waste our time and make us want to change our phone number.

But why change your number when you can have a little fun with the scammer by trolling them?

That's what David Heathcliff did when some scammy scumbag started texting him about the bedroom set he had for sale, claiming they would send a cashier's check to him for the furniture if he would kindly provide his name and address.

David never did get around to providing his real name and address, but he did provide the guy with the address to the FBI office in Salt Lake City along with plenty of funny pics that would have sent any sane scammer packing.

Read the full text thread at FAILBlog

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A Suspense Thriller for Dogs

A man is out walking with his German shepherd. The dog looks back at his human regularly. But then the man disappears! On no, what has happened to him?

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Luckily, the story has a happy ending. This very short drama is a tribute to a dog's love, plus a lesson in how music enhances a plot, even in a home video of less than a minute. By the way, in the comments, someone asked if German shepherds were just "shepherds" in Germany. The German name is Deutscher schäferhund, named by a German breeder. A German commenter says they indeed just say schäferhund unless they need to distinguish it from another schäferhund, like the Belgischer schäferhund. -via Boing Boing

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Service Compris

We've seen a few ridiculously funny videos from Faireset, in which he adds French dialogue to cat videos. This video features a hungry cat and a curious cockatiel. But what if the cat was a grumpy restaurant patron, and the cockatiel was an earnest but inept waiter? Watch the English subtitles, but keep one eye on the critters.

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The poor bird will have to go home and have a nervous breakdown after this traumatizing encounter. -via Tastefully Offensive  

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New Jersey Woman Discovers The Dog She Had Put To Sleep Was Still Alive

It's unconscionable for a vet to lie to us about our pet's health, let alone lying to us about putting the poor sick animal to sleep, but that's just what happened to Keri Levy and her family's dog Caesar.

Keri took the 15-year-old miniature pinscher in to the Briarwood Veterinary Hospital in Howell, New Jersey and was told Caesar would have to be euthanized due to a chronic medical condition called Cushing's disease.

She agreed and went home, receiving a call later from the hospital stating Caesar was now "at peace", but then a week later she received an anonymous tip that Caesar was still alive:

Keri left her pet at Briarwood Veterinary Hospital in Howell, New Jersey, and says she later got a call that Caesar was "at peace" and that she could come back to retrieve his collar, reports

So when Keri received an anonymous tip last week that Caesar was still alive and living with one of the animal hospital's former vet techs, a wave of heartbreaking emotions reemerged. "It broke my heart in a way like my heart has never been broken," Keri told News 12 New Jersey.

Keri says that when she went back to Briarwood Veterinary Hospital to figure out what happened, she was shocked to learn that both the vet tech and Dr. George Menez, the vet who recommended the euthanization, no longer work there.

Luckily, the new vet in charge, Dr. Maureen Kubisz, helped Keri track down what happened to Ceasar.

Sadly, when Keri was reunited with Caesar he was even sicker than when she last saw him, and he'd lost 10 pounds. Unfortunately, Keri had to go to a different veterinary hospital to say another teary goodbye to Ceasar before the beloved pup was finally put to rest.

-Via CountryLiving

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This Dog Has the Ultimate Halloween Costume

Hungarian puli dogs are always compared to mops, which is why this black puli was able to pull off the best Halloween costume of all time with little more than a bucket and mop handle. Keki and her owner, a veterinarian at the All Creatures Animal Hospital, quickly went viral online after they were spotted at the MainStrasse Paw-Rade in Covington, Kentucky this weekend. 

You can see more pictures of Keki over at the Huffington Post

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Stranger Felines

Cat owners know that weird feeling of seeing their cat watch something that isn't there. Can they see ghosts that we can't see? Cole and Marmalade seem to.

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Watch these two go ghost hunting around the house. There must be a lot of ghosts hanging around, so good luck sleeping tonight. -via Laughing Squid

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A Cute Collection Of Pugs In Halloween Costumes

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No dogs look cooler in their Halloween costume than pugs, because their shining personality turns a mere costume into a camera-ready persona that makes a big impression on everyone.

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In fact, if you know someone who doesn't smile when they see a pug in a Halloween costume and doesn't think pugs in costumes are cute you should ditch that person- because they're either an alien clone or a heartless monster.

I've never personally owned a pug but those I know who have had pugs say they can't help but dress their adorable little dog up all the time, which sounds perfect because to me Halloween is every day!

See 30 Pugs In Halloween Costumes To Warm Your Dark, Spooky Soul here

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This Spooky Snake Doesn't Need A Costume For Halloween

We've seen costumes for snakes before, but it's now always easy to put your snake in a costume -instead, why not just get a snake with a built-in costume? Snake breeder Justine Kobylka is pretty gifted when it comes to breeding creatures with totally unique patterns like the smiley snake we featured in March. 

Now she got in the Halloween spirit with this spooky-cool ball python. You can read more about the snake over at PetsLady.

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Australian Kayakers Get A Little Too Close To A Whale And Her Calf

Something about whales makes them seem approachable and nice, but these massive yet mellow sea creatures have been hunted and mistreated by people so approaching a whale in the wild is not a good idea.

And yet few wild whale encounters turn deadly because these gentle giants would rather warn people to stay away than hurt them, which is why these two curious kayakers who got a little too close to a large southern right whale lived to tell the tale.

This incredible footage was captured by a drone piloted by surfer Michael McCormick, who reiterated the rules about staying away from wild whales:

“The police came through with their boat and they got their loudspeaker out and told them to go away,” McCormick said. “The rules are stay 100m from whales. That’s what the police were saying over loud speaker.”

Perth Now also reported that the whales had been spotted many times by locals in Perth over the last few weeks, prompting State government marine park coordinator Mel Evans to issue a statement about their safety.

“The mother and calf appear to be in excellent physical condition and are displaying normal behaviours like spy hopping, logging and waving,” her statement said. “Viewing whales is best done from the higher vantage points on the mainland, rather than from vessels which are required to remain a safe distance of at least 100m from the animal.”

-Via Travel + Leisure

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Kitten Eating Corn

This is just what it says on the tin, but it's always cute when a cat enjoys corn on the cob this much. I would bet there's butter on that corn. The little girl is enjoying it, too. The cats in the background wish they had some, too.

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This video is from Orehovo-Zuevo, Russia. -via Tastefully Offensive

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A Bunch Of Adorable Dog Memes To Brighten Your Day

Thanks to the internet you don't have to own a cat or dog to get some of the benefits of pet ownership, all you have to do is watch videos and look at pics of pets posted online and your happiness is assured.

Owning a dog means cleaning up poop, fur and drool, and it costs money to feed those ungrateful mutts and keep them flea and tick free, which is why internet users prefer vicarious doggo ownership three to one to the real thing.

That's not to say owning a dog is all bad, but you've gotta put those lazy pooches to work or they'll become even lazier.

So shoot some pics of your dog and meme-ify them like these people did and your dog will become an internet ambassador of happiness plus, if you're lucky, internet famous!

See 40 Mood-Lifting Doggo Memes To Get Your Proverbial Tail Wagging here

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A Collection of Delightful Cat Halloween Costumes

There's something special about a cat in costume. Maybe it's just because we are so used to seeing dog costumes or maybe it's just that cats are so darn stubborn it's fun to see them submit to our absolutely pointless Halloween costumes.

Whatever the reason, it's hard not to love seeing cats in costumes and thanks to the Huffington Post, you can now enjoy 25 cats in costume, including the witch and alien costumes seen above. There's a lot of great variety in the list, ranging from unicorns to candy corn and Princess Leia to spooky bats, so if you like seeing embarassed kitties in absurd outfits, you're sure to see something you like.

You can check out the full list here.

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Simon's Cat Logic Celebrates National Black Cat Day

In the US, we celebrate August 17 as Black Cat Appreciation Day. In the UK, October 27 is National Black Cat Day, so Simon Tofield and veterinarian Nicky Treverrow of Cat's Protection made a video about black cats. In Britain, black cats are not considered particularly unlucky -or else the populace is not particularly superstitious. However, black cats in shelters still get the short end of the adoption stick.  

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Why don't people select black cats for adoption? Because it's hard to see their facial expressions compared to brightly colored cats. A cat's personality come out in body language anyway, so don't write off the possibility of a wonderful pet when you see a black cat. Tofield lets us in on a secret: both the cat and the kitten in his cartoons are based on real black cats. As usual, this Simon's Cat Logic video is followed by a classic Simon' Cat cartoon.

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UPS Drivers Have a Facebook Group Dedicated to the Dogs on Their Routes

There are all kinds of stereotypes about dogs and delivery people, but as it turns out, there are plenty of UPS people who adore dogs -and they have plenty of dog friends as well. In fact, there's actually a Facebook group of UPS drivers sharing photos of the pooches they run into on their routes. 

Unsurprisingly, the photos and the stories are adorable and it's great for the group to break stereotypes. I actually used to have a mail woman that would bring biscuits to all the pups on her route and they would look forward to her arrival every day, so I can attest to the fact that postal workers and dogs can absolutely be good friends.

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Attaching a Balloon to Cats

Sury, Noel, Raon, Iz, and Soul are a family of Scottish fold cats in South Korea. One particularly static-y day, their human decides to annoy them with balloons that stick to their fur. The cats are somewhat bumfuzzled. And a bit annoyed.

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Can you imagine how bumfuzzled they'd be if they knew about the speech balloons, too? -via Tastefully Offensive

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Zip Line Instructor Doesn't See Alligator Below Her Until It Leaps Up To Bite Her

Most zip lines are set up so the rider (zipper?) gets a visual thrill while they slide down the line, a thrill that often involves being really high above the ground or making the rider think they're about to hit something while they ride.

But the zip line in this video didn't have any sort of thrill ride element put into it, so an alligator decided to spice things up a bit by snapping at the rider as she zipped by.

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-Via Little Things

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Where’s Pierogi?

Grace Spelman moved to a new apartment with her cat Pierogi. Pierogi has found plenty of wonderful new places to hide while Grace gets things organized. Can you find her in these pictures? The one above is pretty easy. This one is not.

Did you find Pierogi? Spelman posted 26 photographs and one video of Pierogi trying to hide, in varying degrees of success. You'll enjoy finding her in each one. -via Metafilter

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