Cat Exercise Wheel Comes with Fitness Tracker

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Jasper Ruben did more than build an exercise wheel for his cats. That's fun for the cats, but fun does not equal data. And if it's not data, it doesn't exist.

So Ruben programmed a Raspberry Pi to track his cat's exercise performance. Hack A Day explains:

The wheel now features a Raspberry Pi which can track speed, calculate distance traveled, and determine the equivalent running speed of [Jasper’s] feline companions.

To calculate the speed of the wheel, [Jasper] is using a small coil sensor (similar to how bicycle speedometers work). Six nails in the wheel trigger the sensor. Once the data is on-board the Pi, some simple calculations allow [Jasper] to provide a few different metrics on how effective the cat exercise is. A webcam sends a live stream of the wheel online with a data overlay for your viewing pleasure.


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Cat Collects Men’s Underwear

Brigit lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her hobby is collecting men’s underwear. Brigit’s owner, Sarah Nathan, would catch the cat burglar with a sock every now and then, but did not realize the extent of her thievery until the family got ready to pack up and move to a new home. She posted Brigit’s haul to Facebook, hoping to find the owner of the socks and underwear. She also posted the above notice and slipped notes into her neighbor’s mailboxes.   

The pictures went viral when they were posted at reddit. One man has responded and said the underwear looked familiar. Meanwhile, Nathan and her husband are moving to the countryside, and hope that Brigit will find a new hobby.

“Hopefully there's something there she can find to catch but if not we may have to stash some undies around the farm to keep her stimulated."

-via Arbroath


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Disabled Cat Has a Need for Speed

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Cassidy was a feral kitten missing his rear paws. He was taken in by TinyKittens, and regained his health. Then he got a gift of a wheelchair and really took off! Since then, he’s outgrown the wheels and tried prosthetic back legs. Here’s the kicker: he’s now using an electric wheelchair. Yes, it’s a Roomba

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You can follow the further adventures of Cassidy and his family at Facebook.  -via Fark


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Dog Maternity Photo Shoot

Lilica is simply glowing with joy. It's no wonder! She's a new mommy. That's why her human's friend, Ana Paula Grillo, gave her a professional-grade photo shoot. Grillo tells The Dodo that Lilica was smiling and enjoying the entire experience.

Since the photo shoot, Lilica has gone on to give birth to five puppies, each of whom has been adopted by members of Lilica's extended human family.

-via Telegraph


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Is Your Cat Left-Handed or Right-Handed?

Apparently, cats have a dominant front paw. You can check your cats by putting a treat in the bottom of a glass. Which paw does your cat use to fish it out? You may need to do this several times to make sure, like mugumogu did with Maru and Hana.

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So Hana is left-handed, while Maru is right-handed, after first trying it with his face. According to RocketNews24, 40% of cats are left-handed, 50% are right-handed, and 10% are ambidextrous. BRB going to find glasses and treats for four cats. -via Fark


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Baby Elephant Tries to Figure out How His Trunk Works


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The baby elephant at Kruger National Park in South Africa has discovered something important: he has a long dangly thing hanging on his face. It appears to be flexible, although he needs to practice controlling it. The dangly thing flops around in every direction except the one he wants. Perhaps he should consult the owner's manual.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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The New Dog Fence Works Perfectly


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YouTube user rgraves62002 owns Stella the dog. Stella loves to run around and play. To keep her in the yard, he built a sturdy wooden fence to pen her in. Immediately after finishing the project, he proudly recorded his handiwork. And Stella expressed her opinion of the fence.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Chloe Ate the Lipstick

This dog named Chloe is in trouble. But can you blame her? First off, she sees you putting that pink stuff to your mouth every day. Second, it smells good, like they usually do. Third, she’s a dog; they will eat anything. And we know what Chloe just ate.  

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I live in a home that has neither dogs nor lipstick. But my first thought was still about the difficulty of getting lipstick out of the carpet. -via Uproxx


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Archer The Fox Has A Fantastic Laugh

Archer the fox not only has a cool name for a fox, he also has the coolest and most hilarious laugh I've ever heard come out of a fox's maw.

And every time his human starts cracking up Archer literally hits the floor laughing his bushy little tail off, either that or he's got something caught in his throat.

On second thought, maybe Archer is laughing at how messy his humans are, clean up that room people!

-Via Cheezburger


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Dog Plays with Fish


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He's a natural hunter. But right now, our pup wants only to play with his scaly friends. He eagerly jumps in. The fish respond enthusiastically, but I'm not sure that they're interested in a game of tag.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Dog with "Hypnotic Eyes" Can't Find a Home

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All glory to the Hypnodog!

Floyd is a Siberian Husky in the UK who needs a home. Stare into his Hypnotoad-like eyes and think about his future in your home. You want to adopt him, don't you?

Floyd has heterochromatic eyes that stare into your soul. The Coventry Telegraph reports that staff at Dogs Trust Kenilworth thinks this puts "people off." He has a cheerful, friendly disposition that is so captivating that you won't be able to break eye contact with him, no matter how much you want to. Nonetheless, he's up for adoption:

And Dogs Trust supporter relations officer Helen Barlow said: “Even with his striking good looks and bouncy personality Floyd is often passed by despite his efforts to catch the eye of potential owners.

“He needs a patient adult owner who will give him plenty of time to help him settle in to family life.

“This energetic boy is looking for an active adult home and would prefer to be king of the jungle as the only pet in home.”

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Gentleman Horse Gets a Tailored, 3-Piece Suit

This is Morestead, a professional race horse. He's been called "the Naomi Campbell of the modeling world." And you can see why. He's the very definition of a classic English gentleman in this bespoke 3-piece tweed suit.

Morestead is participating in the Cheltenham Festival, a major British horse racing event. To celebrate the occasion, fashion designer Emma Sandham-King sewed him a suit using Harris Tweed, which is the finest handwoven tweed fabric from the Outer Hebrides. The BBC reports:

Ms Sandham-King and her team of seamstresses and tailors spent four weeks creating the suit using more than 18m (59ft) of tweed.

The suit, modelled by race horse Morestead and champion jockey Sir Tony McCoy, required 10 times as much fabric as an equivalent human suit.

The horse-sized garment was commissioned by bookmakers William Hill.

Ms Sandham-King said: "Creating the world's first tweed suit for a horse has been one of the biggest challenges that I have faced in my career as a designer.

"Some models can be real divas, but veteran racing horse Morestead was calm and a pleasure to work with."

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Sleepy Pig Is My Spirit Animal


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This little piggy did not want to go to market. But we all have to go to work. Sorry, pig. That means you, too.

He won't budge, even though he's about to be late to his job at the sausage factory. Only a cookie held in front of his sensitive snout can rouse him.

-via 22 Words


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Reports of Wilson’s Well-being

A couple went on a 10-day vacation and hired a dog sitter to take care of Wilson. They received a video message each day from the sitter to let them know Wilson is alright.

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Redditor aceace1 says when he gets home, the dog sitter will get a big tip, including whatever ad revenue the video gets. -via reddit


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Introducing Albert

Lelijke Eendje bought a dozen quail eggs at the grocery store and incubated them. One of them hatched! And now he has a pet quail named Albert. Now, this is in Europe, where eggs are not necessarily pasteurized or refrigerated, but fertilized eggs in the grocery are still rare. We don’t know how many times he bought eggs to get this result.

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Eendje has further videos of Albert as a newborn, learning to fly, and taking a dustbath. -via reddit


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Tortoise Tries to Eat Kitten's Toes


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Tortoise wants a snack. The sleepy kitten's toes are a convenience food. Unfortunately for him, the meat is a bit too tough to get down easily.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Cat Surfs on a Dog

Didga the cat, who is a superstar in the skateboarding world, now takes up another ride in this GoPro video. She climbs on the back of Ice, the dog in her family, and goes for a ride. Ice ferries her across the pool.


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Ice, don't be surprised if she scratches you while halfway across the pool. After all, it's her nature.

-via Gifsboom


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99-Year-Old Woman Wakes Up To Find A Kinkajou Sleeping On Her Chest

Kinkajous are rarely seen outside the Central and South American rainforests they call home, so any animal lover who spots one outside of these regions should consider themselves lucky.

But what should you consider yourself when you wake up in your bed in Miami, Florida with a cute little kinkajou sleeping on your chest?

Chances are the 99-year-old lady from Miami who woke up to a cuddly kinkajou encounter didn't feel very lucky, she was too busy freaking out after realizing that animal curled up on her chest wasn't a cat.

The scared little critter ran off to the attic, but her son-in-law was able to lure him out with some treats and take him to a vet, where it was discovered that he was an escaped pet. I would have had a really hard time giving him up, he's so darn cute!

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-Via Boing Boing


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Fox Steals Golfer's Wallet


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We've seen foxes steal golf balls before. It's good sport, but foxes can't use golf balls to pay rent and gambling debts. So this fox at the County Louth Golf Club in Baltray, Ireland sneaked up to a golfer's bag, grabbed his wallet, and took off running.

The owner gave chase and the fox had to drop the wallet to escape. Of course, it would be a good idea to check the contents. A skilled pickpocket may pocket the cash while dropping the actual wallet in order to convince a victim to stop chasing him.

Swiper, no swiping!

Content warning for the video: foul language.


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Cat Envies Hamster's Exercise Wheel, Makes Her Own

Rocket News 24 reports that Twitter user @pyonpyon_chang's cat likes to sit atop her hamster's cage and watch the rodent spin around in his exercise wheel. The cat was envious of this toy.

So he found one used by the humans for less productive purposes and got right to work:

What a smart cat!

-via Pleated Jeans


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Can You Find the Dog Hidden on This Bed?

Imgur member i4got2pinthecrystals took this photo of her dog, who knows that she's not allowed on the bed. But "She thinks if she sits really still, i won't see her." And with good reason! The dog is a trained ninja who can disappear in front of your eyes.

But you don't have to worry. If she wanted you dead, you already would be.

-via Lost at E Minor


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Baby Human and Baby Jaguar Having Breakfast


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Bella is an 8-month old human. Juma is a 1-month old jaguar. They're friends thanks to Bella's father, Airton Katsuyama. He rescues wild animals in Góias, a state in central Brazil. He's always let his daughters live closely with these rescued animals, including Juma.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Life With an 8 Foot Tall Dog

Many of us remember reading about Clifford the Big Red Dog when we were kids and longing for a monstrously huge dog friend of our own. But the problem with Clifford was that he was quite possibly too big -he couldn't even fit in your house.

But Juji, on the other hand, is just the right size. He's big enough to ride on -like a horse, but still small enough to fit on a couch (though just barely). 

Juji was adopted by Christopher Cline and his girlfriend when Chris was going through a hard time. The pup brightened his spirits and soon enough, he started Photoshoping his regular-sized goldendoodle as a jumbo-sized pooch and the results are pretty much amazing.

You can keep up with Christopher and Juji's pictures over on Chris' Instagram.

Via Design You Trust


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Waiting for a Cat Birth Livestream

TinyKittens (previously at Neatorama), a cat rescue service, has teamed up with Langely Animal Protection Society in British Columbia to run a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program for feral cats. Unfortunately, life is not great for feral cats. Kittens born in the wild have abysmal survival rates, and kitten survivors that aren’t used to humans are difficult to rehome. So the project takes in pregnant feral cats and cares for them as best they can, in order to acclimate the kittens to humans and find homes for them as their mothers are spayed and released. Right now on their livestream, TinyKittens has Sable and Neelix, two pregnant feral cats who could give birth to their last litters of kittens anytime. If you miss the events, they will archive them in videos at the site. Read more about feral cats and the efforts to help them at Metafilter.


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Cats Love Table Tennis

Want to drive a cat crazy? Start a friendly game of ping pong! These cats want in on the action so badly.

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The faster the ball moves, the more they want it. You must imagine that these cats believe they are better players than you could ever be, if they just got the chance to show you. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Cat Helps Dog Escape Pen


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The poor puppy was trapped in his pen, unable to escape. Her friend, Sriracha the cat, considered getting a map of the prison tattooed on her body, then committing a crime and getting sent to the same pen in order to break her out.

But then she realized that a simpler solution was to hold down the fabric frame so that the dog could escape. It worked! But it's still a felony.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Dog Takes the Tortoise Taxi


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When Sunshine the dog needs a lift, she calls Nicholas the tortoise. Nothing to Do with Aborath refers to Nicholas as the tortoise taxi. But he's really more of an Uber tortoise because he doesn't have a taxi medallion and is only available on-call through an app.


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The Coyote Vest

A new type of armor is on the market to protect small dogs from coyotes, hawks, big dogs, and other predators. Paul and Pamela Mott developed the Coyote Vest after their dog Buffy was killed by a coyote.

He and his wife worked through a few designs that ended with the CoyoteVest. It has plastic spikes around the collar, spikes down the length of the torso and long plastic quills shooting up along the center from the neck to the rump.

Mott said it would deter any animal from biting into his dogs.

"I just want to save my dogs, and then I realized maybe this invention can save someone else's dog," he said.

There is also an accessory that can be activated by remote to deliver an electric shock. You have to wonder what canines think about the look. Read more about the Mott's business in this news story.  -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Coyote Vest at Facebook)


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Dog Drives Truck into Tree

A truck driver left his semi idling near a Kwik Trip convenience store in Mankato, Minnesota, Friday afternoon and went inside to make a purchase. While he was in the store, his Labrador retriever knocked the truck into gear and it drove across the street, crashing into a tree and a parked car. Luckily, no one was hurt, including the dog. And passerby Marie Brace captured a priceless photograph.  -via reddit

(Image credit: Marie Brace)


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Fluffy Bunny Eating Fruit = Terrifying!

Most bunnies are just plain cute, but the super fluffy Angora breed are among the cutest of all the bunnies, even though you can only see part of their face under all that fur.

This soft, fluffy and oh so cute look is in no way creepy...until they munch on some blood red fruit.

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Apparently Pigi from the YouTube Channel BunnyPigiShow has watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail one too many times, which is why his owner has started wearing a metal neck guard...

-Via I Can Has Cheezburger


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