What? We haven't posted a cat video all week long?! I can hardly believe it! Well, I'll fix that.
Felicia the cat knows her favorite toy is in the wrong place! She has to correct this intolerable situation immediately, no matter what it takes. She accomplishes her task in the exact amount of time it takes to play the appropriate theme song. There, that’s where it belongs! And don’t let it happen again! -via Tastefully Offensive
Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova is an admirer of the natural world, a lover of animals and wilderness who decided to cast both alongside the human subject in her latest photo series.
The photos may look photoshopped, but they’re not- the animals are able to take part in these shoots thanks to on-location animal trainers who help keep them calm while the shot is taken, resulting in a very casual and stress free environment for the animals.
Katerina’s series is full of mysteriously beautiful moments where model and creature meet for the first time, both gentle members of the natural world meeting without fear of harm.
The town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, has erected a bronze statue in honor of the town’s favorite citizen. He’s a cat. And the cat is still alive. And he’s not even known for a specific heroic deed. But Hamish McHamish is a star among St. Andrew’s residents. The 15-year-old cat even has his own Wikipedia entry. The bronze statue of Hamish was created by Kilmany-based sculptor David Annand and Fife stonemason Colin Sweeney. The £5,000 was funded by donations. The unveiling ceremony was a big affair.
After students Hannah Holmes and Rosie Hanlon from St Andrews Opera had serenaded the assembled crowd with Rossini’s humorous duet for two cats, Hamish’s owner Marianne Baird said it all seemed a bit surreal.
She said: “I can’t really get over it. All I did was get a kitten.
Hamish is a wandering cat, and over the years has made himself at home at many local businesses and the University of St Andrews. He befriends everyone he meets. People who travel to St. Andrews often ask to meet Hamish. You can see plenty of pictures of Hamish at his Facebook page. -via Arbroath
Lenny the cat has a story that most cats can’t match -he suffered a failed adoption because he farts too much. Lenny was found at a park in Rochester, New York, in February and taken in to Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions in Scottsville. He was adopted out, but was returned two days later. His Facebook update said,
Hello! I was returned today because I fart too much. I am hoping I can find a person who can love me even with my stinky farts. I am a 19 month old neutered male and would love to be your smelly cuddle cat. I am very friendly and love to be petted and held. I even am wearing a tuxedo so I'll look snazzy if you come to see me.
The veterinary clinic could find no problem with Lenny, and did not notice him to be overly gassy. But the story has a happy ending: Lenny has since found a new home. -via Arbroath
Try getting through this video without giggling. You just try. There are enough screaming goats with humanish voices on YouTube that it is possible, with clever editing, to make them sing a song. Well, enough if you add that one sheep. Here, they sing the introductory theme to their favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. Too bad they don’t know the lyrics. -via Uproxx
Gentleman Norman is a very fancy dog, he’s a fashion forward little fellow who likes to help his humans look their best. He may not have opposable thumbs, or very many occasions to wear a necktie, but that doesn’t mean this haute couture hound can’t pass his knowledge of neckties on to the fashion challenged.
Okay, so Gentleman Norman doesn’t do much more for the whole tie tying tutorial than sit and coach the demonstrating human, but if you don’t know how to tie a necktie I can think of far more boring and unenjoyable ways to learn than by watching this Pet Collective video!
This is Marutaro, a hedgehog in Japan. He has 42,300 followers on Twitter, or roughly 172 times as many as I do. But that's my fault for not being as cute.
Yes, Marutaro is clearly the cutest hedgehog on the internet, in part due to the clever staging and prop work of his human caretaker. He becomes a world traveler and adventurer and a hedgehog of many moods and talents. That's okay. All celebrities are just a bit artificial.
Goats are pretty cute, in a wall eyed, scruffy chinned kinda way, but baby goats, aka kids, are the absolute cutest!
They like to prance around, butting heads and ramming into things, and once they start playing with a ball or kicking a can around the adorability of it all will make you want to squeal with delight.
Crazy Funny Stuff, or CFS if you're in a hurry, has put together this "Cute Baby Goats Compilation" for your squealing pleasure, and even the gruffest old goat will feel like a kid again when they watch this adorable video.
Riding public transportation can sometimes feel like you're riding on a train bound for the circus, with lots of clowns, performers and freaks of nature aboard who turn your commute into a maddening affair. Maybe they should just let the animals hitch a ride alongside the crazy commuters?
Photographers Clarisse Rebotier and Thomas Subtil give us a glimpe of what it would be like to ride the Paris Metro with a bunch of animals in this fun photo series and aside from all the poop, and occasionally having your face whapped by a tail or pecked by a beak, it looks like a lot of fun!
But look at that big white cat! What kind is that? I found another video that tells us this that Pharaoh is a white serval. He and his brother Tonga are a genetic rarity. Tonga has to have his nose removed due to cancer last year. You can tell I’ve gone down the rabbit hole that is Big Cat TV. -via Viral Viral Videos
The little cat we know as Grumpy Cat (formerly Tardar Sauce) became an internet sensation suddenly on September 23, 2012. She was barely out of kittenhood at the time, but her facial expression made her appear to have an attitude problem. Since then, she’s been on everything from TV to coffee cups, and her fame is in no danger of fading. She turned two years old today.
Grumpy Cat celebrated her birthday with a visit to the mental_floss office, where she charmed everyone with her dainty moves that belie her permanent frown. She is the official spokescat for Friskies, and was promoting her company-sponsored birthday celebration taking place later this month.
It was only about ten years ago that I learned that hedgehogs and porcupines were different animals. After all, they are not native to America. Now thanks to YouTube, hedgehogs are a lot more familiar, but there’s still much to learn. In Europe long ago, they were the spring weather forecasters, but when Germans immigrated to America, there were no hedgehogs to be found. So the American groundhog was enlisted to announce when spring arrived instead. Neccessity is the mother of invention, you know, even when it's a tradition that evolves into something as silly as an animal seeing its shadow. That’s the kind of fun fact you’ll learn in this list from mental_floss.
Pauline and Bill Lowe of Corringham, England, donated two couches to the St Luke's Hospice charity shop in Grays, Essex. One of the couches had to be disassembled to get it through the door, and reassembled after it was outside. The Lowe’s cat Crockett was soon noticed missing, but they couldn’t figure out where he might have gone. The sofas went to the shop, and one was bought four days later.
The couch was delivered, and new owners set it up in their home. Crockett was discovered a day later by the sofa's new owners.
Shop manager Jenny Munro said: "[They] heard a soft miaow sound and, on further investigation of the sofa, saw two claws poking out of the material which moved away when touched.
"In order to release the cat they had to rip the material under the sofa as Crockett had lodged himself well into the back."
It’s Superdog! Able to leap tall buildings… I mean, the couch… I mean, sometimes. A majestic approach leading to a ignominious derailment does not slow this cute little pooch down at all. You can’t help but laugh, but he doesn’t care, he just gets back up and sticks the landing on the second attempt. The video goes from glorious to goofy to glorious again, and you just want to to give him a good cuddle for his ambition and fearlessnes. That’s a good dog. -via Uproxx
The Irish Farmers Journal reports on a strange baby born on Paddy Murphy’s farm. New lambs were being born, but one looks like a goat. The goat-sheep cross, or “geep” is a week old and already showing nubs where his horns will grow.
The lamb-kid may look like a goat, but his mother loves him. According to Wikipedia, such hybrids happen, but are usually stillborn. Sheep have 54 chromosomes and goats have 60. In the few rare cases of surviving crosses, the hybrid had 57 chromosomes. No doubt scientists will want to take a look at Paddy Murphy’s new geep. -via Metafilter
How many times have you seen a video of a cat unrolling the toilet paper roll? Many. How many times have you seen a cat re-roll the toilet paper after he’s unrolled it? This may be a first. Michael Thompson‘s cat Willie unrolled all the paper, then re-rolled it back again! Maybe he just didn’t like the way the roll was loaded. Now it’s just the way he wants. -via Say OMG
You should always take time out of your day to let your loved ones know how you feel. Playing with your pets is important, so they don’t feel rejected. Even if that pet is a goldfish in an outdoor pond or lake. And don’t just pet them and leave -make sure you pick them up and give them cuddle, too. -via Daily of the Day
Maru’s little sister Hana is growing up, but still doing her job keeping Maru active and occupied. There’s a segment here called “stress reduction” that made me laugh, because Maru has probably the most stress-free life of anyone on earth. Well, except for that part where Hana snuck up on him. It’s a good life. -via Cute Overload
How much do you know about manatees? They live in Florida and it’s illegal to harass them -we know that much. Smithsonian wants you to know much more about manatees, and dugongs and sea cows, while we’re at it. Here's just a sample:
7. The closest living relatives of sirenians are elephants. Manatees evolved from the same land animals as elephants over 50 million years ago and the fossil record shows a much more diverse group of sirenians than we have today, with dugongs and manatees living together throughout their range.
10. Christopher Columbus and other early explorers claimed to have seen female figures swimming in the ocean—the mermaids in the writings and drawings of this era. Whether they had been at sea for too long or it was a trick of the light, we now know that many of these encounters were with manatees.
If that were the only thing Columbus and the other early explorers were wrong about, they’d have done well. So it seems like mermaids are related to elephants, huh? Not exactly the fairy tale you learned as a kid. Learn more about manatees at Smithsonian.
Have you ever looked at cats on the internet and wished that you, too, could have a famous cat and reap the benefits of internet celebrity? What have those cats got that your cat doesn’t? After all, your cat is cute and funny, too! What you need is some guidance. Who knows- your cat may be the next Colonel Meow, or Grumpy Cat, or even Maru!
What’s the easiest way to identify your cat’s special gifts? Just memorize this simple acronym: OBISTPHYBEHO. It stands for OBserve, Identify, STudy, PHYsical, BEhavioral, HOnesty. Here’s how the system works:
Step 1. OBSERVE. Assess your feline’s potential by taking a long hard look at him. Place your cat in a well-lit room. Study him from all angles, moving slowly so as not to trigger a startle reaction. You should know this cat well enough to pick him out of a police lineup (and don’t think that scenario won’t ever happen).
Step 2. IDENTIFY your cat’s most noteworthy features. You’ll have to ask hard questions. What makes your cat meme-worthy? Why would a complete stranger want to immortalize this animal on a Facebook wall? Remember, your cat will be vying with hedgehogs, pandas, babies, and Bible quotes for that same space. What does she bring to the table? Jot down anything that comes to mind: dreamy eyes, a mellifluous meow, a two-tone coat, the ability to fart while eating.
When people say they’re doing a bit of Pokemon cosplay with their dog they usually just dye them different colors, or strap some ill fitting scraps of fabric on them and call it a day.
But this lucky(?) dog got to cosplay as Umbreon the right way- with a really cool looking full body costume! The costume, which includes a full head mask, was created by DeviantARTist leafeon-ex, who apparently owns one of the world's most patient dogs.
Umbreon dog may not be able to see all the adoring Poke-fans fawning over her, but she has the satisfaction of knowing that if she steps into the pet costume battle arena wearing this crazy cool getup she’s sure to catch all the awards.
We have photos of our dog meeting our kids when we brought them home from the hospital. The first time, his expression was along the lines of "What is that thing?" But he's loved them from first sniff.
Lots of dogs and cats are this way. The above video compilation from Tiger Productions shows our furry children meeting our fur-less children for the first time.
Cats are kinda crazy and unpredictable, or at least we think they are because we have a hard time reading their body language and understanding how their postures and behaviors reveal what they’re actually thinking.
Now, thanks to animator Cindy Suen and her adorable animated short Cats Communication, we have a guide to the visual language of felines.
It's not the most definitive source on the subject, but it reveals enough information so you can avoid becoming a target of kitty rage the next time you encounter one of these furry freaks in the urban jungle.
Beco is an elephant at the Columbus Zoo. He is celebrating his fifth birthday this weekend. Watch him play around with a very tough rubber ball -no wonder it’s his favorite toy! Seriously, the manufacturer should use this in an ad touting how tough their sports equipment is. -via Arbroath
If you want to talk about hardcore cat lovers, talk about hardcore musicians. They love their cats as much as anyone -or maybe more! Alexandra Crockett took photographs of metal musicians from groups such as Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Black Goat, Isis, and Exhumed with their beloved pet cats. Her photo book Metal Cats will be available May 6, and part of the proceeds will go to no-kill shelters. See a preview of the photographs at Flavorwire. The very best photo, in my opinion, is the one selected for the book cover.
Most dogs look either pretty, handsome, or cute. Some more than others. But Champ, who is pictured above, is perhaps the most consistently photogenic dog in the world. A lot of that is probably the skill of his owner and photographer, Candice Sedighan.
You can find her Flickr page here. I strongly suggest that you block out about an hour for examining it because the adorableness is refined at such a high level. It will suck you in.
Sedighan has attracted so much attention that Flickr interviewed her about her work. See the butterfly photo above? That's not photoshopped. Champ is very cooperative in Sedighan's work. In fact, she says, Champ follows her around whenever he sees her pick up her camera because he's ready to go to work.
Duncan Lou Who is a boxer whose back legs were so deformed that they were removed. Panda Paws Rescue in Vancouver, an organization for special needs dogs, took him in and gave him a chance at life. Duncan lives with Annie, another boxer who is missing her front legs. Duncan has a set of wheels, but he prefers to run free, which he does very well! Here we see his first trip to the beach, where he plays like a very happy dog, indeed! -via Viral Viral Videos
We’re not sure whether the new Norwegian TV series Piip-show is a drama, a comedy, or a soap opera. It’s real “reality TV” that takes place on a tiny miniature set modeled after a popular Oslo coffee shop called Java.
The most stable regulars are tits. They are loud and talkative, and bursting with speed and energy. They are represented by several species, all with the perky personality of the joint. Blue Tit and Great Tit is both flashy appearance, with green back and yellow belly with black longitudinal stripe in the middle.
Tit is the largest of the two, and got its name because in the old days were often found hacking by fat, such as the Christmas ham that hung out to dry. The easiest way to distinguish great tit and blue tit facial expression:
A squirrel walks into a bar and all tits break loose