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Two cats have learned that they will get a bite of kibble when they ring their bell. Apparently, it works just as well if one cat rings the other cat's bell, too. They have trained their human well.

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Sure, it's cute, but aren't you glad they aren't your cats? All night long, you'd be trying to sleep, and Hector Salamanca would be trying to detonate an explosion. But who knows, maybe its better than the racket these two were making before. -via Boing Boing

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Bubble Party

No matter how cute they are, I don't want a raccoon for a pet. I will, however, gladly watch other people's raccoons having fun.

As nice as it to watch a couple of raccoons play with bubbles, turning on the sound will only add to that enjoyment. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Mail Carrier vs. Attack Cat

Debra Anderson delivers mail in Canada. She seems like a cheerful person. She really gets a kick out of one of the homes she delivers to, because of the tuxedo cat that obviously hates her.

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Part two, taken a few days later.

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Anderson truly enjoys her job. I hope she enjoys having a viral video. -via reddit

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Animals Who Look Like Famous Fictional Characters

Which came first, the fictional character design, or the goofy pet that inspired the look?

You look like you need a laugh, so check out pictures of pets who remind you of someone, whether that someone is a person or a cartoon. There are 17 such comparisons in a list at TVOM. 

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Wearing Socks Changed This Pug's Life

Leia is a cute little 14 year-old pug, but like many senior citizens, she can't get around as easily as she used to. Unfortunately, her humans didn't realize that would be a problem when they tore out their old carpet and replaced it with hardwood flooring. 

Poor little Leia was slipping and wobbling around the house and she lost her confidence to get around. Her parents knew they had to do something, so they tried giving the little pug socks -and things totally turned around for her. 

While most dogs hate wearing socks, Leia took to them immediately. "She will stand on the living room rug and bark for me or cry, trying to get around if the socks aren't on," said owner Geroni-Lajoie.

You can see more pictures of Leia over at The Dodo.

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The Medium Cat

Atchoum (previously at Neatorama) is a French Canadian cat who communicates with ghosts. He also does owl impressions. Otherwise he looks like a small dog with a bad case of bedhead. Here, he explains how he deals with supernatural apparitions, and the other residents of his home.

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You might have to watch this video twice to catch everything Atchoum does, since you may have to follow the dialogue by the subtitles. See more of Atchoum at his Facebook page. This video dub is from Faireset, who has given us several great cat videos. -via Metafilter

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Designing Lessons from Cats

Think outside the box? No, I'm thinking about how to get inside the box!

If we want to make progress in life, we might start thinking like a cat. After all, cats lay around the house looking cute and have all their needs taken care of. They must be doing something right! If it's just looking cute, that may hard for some of us, but cats do have their own weird strategies for approaching tasks and problems to solve. Thryn at Hackernoon looks at some of those feline work strategies. While this motivational article is about designers, it could apply to any worker. -via Metafilter

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This Little Piggy Went To Home Depot When His Fence Was Blown Down

Pigs look like carefree critters when they're laying around in their sty or wallowing in the mud, but they're only super chill when they know they're protected from the big bad wolves by a fence or a wall.

So when 60 mph winds knocked down Hamlet the pig's protective fence he did the only logical thing to keep himself safe- he went down to his local Home Depot store in Portage, Michigan to look for some help.

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-Via Laughing Squid

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This Artist is the Fuzziest and Cuddliest Painter Around

Kenny Au knew that his husky was destined for greatness if he just knew how to acheive it -so he and his wife trained Hunter to paint. Well, to be more accurate, they trained their dog to paint after the super smart pup learned everything else it seemed possible to know.

They taught him how to make a simple head movement with a brush in his mouth and the rest, as they say, is history. Now little Hunter loves to paint and even looks at his owners with a longing look in his eyes when he wants to make a little art. 

According to Kenny, having a job like painting keeps Hunter calm -presumably stopping him from going on a destructive rampage like the dog with the caligraphy ink we featured earlier this week.

Hunter's art is now for sale on Etsy for $38.72 a pop and they can even be signed with a paw print stamp (since he doesn't like getting dirty even to sign his own creations). 

You can read more about Hunter on the Huffington Post or see more of his pictures on Instagram.

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Stray Cats and Their Street Games

A Japanese photographer who goes by Nyan Kichi has made friends with a colony of feral cats. He's found that the cats particularly love to play in an area where the street has a lot of drain holes.

They've made a game of jumping into and peeking out of these holes!  

They don't seem to enjoy Nyan Kichi's attempts at a gentle game of Whack-a-Mole, but they don't mind having their pictures taken at all. See a selection of the best pictures at The Dodo, and see all the pictures at Instagram. -via Metafilter

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Three Companies That Offer Paid Time Off for New Puppy Owners

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Adopting a new puppy is a wonderful, nightmarish experience, but it can be a lot more positive if you don't have to go to work every day and leave your pooch either outside, in a crate or with someone else. Just like a new baby, dogs need time to bond with their parents and that's why it pays to have a job that offers paid time off when you adopt a pup -and these three companies featured on Travel and Leisure offer just that (and a few even offer pet bereavement leave).

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It's Impossible to Contain the Cuteness That is 23 Baby Pandas

Image: Weibo via @Samchong

Last year, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding unveiled their latest batch of cuteness: 23 baby pandas making their public debut at the center. Workers tried to arrange the baby pandas according to their sizes on top of a large green podium, but that task proved to be futile.

One baby panda was particularly adventurous and decided to go off stage ...


But don't worry, folks. Fushun, the baby panda that fell off became quite famous. Apparently, he fell off the stage straight into the people's hearts.

There's a YouTube video clip by CCTV of the event:

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Bringing a Clydesdale to a Nursing Home is "Pet Therapy on Steroids"

Image: Village of East Harbor Senior Living

A horse in a nursing home sounds like the beginning of a joke, but bringing an actual Clydesdale horse into the Village of East Harbor Senior Living Community in Michigan turns out to be great therapy.

As many seniors living in the center have trouble with mobility that prevent them from going outside, Maggie Provenzano brought her Clydesdale Neigh-Neigh inside the home.

"It was pet therapy on steroids," administrator Carolyn Martin said to TODAY, "Neigh-neigh brought everyone out of their rooms, even those who rarely go to activities or come out to socialize."

Take a look at more touching photos over at TODAY (warning: auto-play video)

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Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

We love cats because they're cute, cuddly and act like they're from another planet, and we know how smart they are so we assume their strange behavior is a sign of boredom and restlessness.

But, as this animated TED-Ed lesson by Tony Buffington shows, cat behaviors such as pouncing on stuff, exploring and squeezing into tight spaces, clawing and climbing up as high as they can go are all instinctual.

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Tony answered many cat questions in this video, but I still don't know why my cat is scared of his own reflection and his own shadow...maybe cats are instinctual and weird?

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Best Flight Ever

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Instagram user joey_spazz caught some precious video on his last flight. He's got the best seat mate ever, his Australian cattle dog Ohana. She even smiles for the camera! -via reddit

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After His Owner Died, Dog Walked the Same Route That He Used to Walk Every Morning

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This is a story of loyalty and friendship that takes place in the streets of Caçapava do Sul, Brazil. Every morning, a Japanese Akita named Thor walks the street alone along the same route that he has taken with his owner on his walk for over a decade.

When his owner Claudio Cantarelli died in 2015, Thor was so heartbroken that he stopped eating and would lie in the courtyard without moving for days. But, thanks to a loving neighbor who took him in, Thor is now doing better and has started walking the same route again.

"He [Claudio] walked every day and had his lunch. He was an artist and was everyone's friend - and now, Thor makes the same walk. I notice that the dog always stops at the same places. It's impressive," hairdresser Airton Oliveira said to RBS TV [in Portuguese].

Thor even made the same stop at the lottery office, where Claudio went almost every day. There, he waited for a while as if hoping for his owner to come out from the establishment to continue on their journey together.

Previously on Neatorama: Dog Awaits Return of His Master for 11 Years

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Turkey Breaks Up Fight Between Roosters

Roosters walk around so smug and cocksure they make the other farm animals believe they're invincible, but the turkeys know the truth about rooster pride- it's all a bunch of hot air and puffed up cape feathers.

The truth is most roosters are scared of their own shadows, and one turkey is worth ten roosters in the battle of the birds.

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Dennis Coon filmed this feathery kerfuffle to show viewers how Mr. Turkey keeps the peace and maintains his rep as the meatiest bird in the yard!

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Stubborn Russian Cat

Boris is hungry, or at least he knows a good stash of food when he sees it. He's not giving up his loaf of bread easily. No siree.

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And you see who wins the battle, even though Boris never stooped to attacking the woman. Boris lives in an animal shelter in St. Petersburg. He has to share food with 25 other cats who need homes, and no doubt has memories of greater hunger in his past. While this particular scene doesn't bode well for Boris' adoption, the Instagram video assures us that he is usually a nice cat, believe it or not. See more from the shelter 50 Tails.   -via reddit

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These Indian Runner Ducks Are Late For Work

If you think the rat race is cutthroat and mile-a-minute then you clearly haven't been caught in cross mallard traffic during rush hour, when ducks don't give a quack about anything but gettin' to work on time.

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These ducks know they're lucky to be gainfully employed, so they rush off as a flock every day to get to work in the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, where they have an important job to do- eating the snails off the vines.

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Tokyo's Newest Style of Cafe Offers a Nice Place to Nap

We all feel run down during our work day sometimes, but while most people lean towards a caffeinated beverage, sometimes the best way to refresh yourself is with a nap. Now a new Tokyo cafe concept is offering guests a chance to do just that with dim lighting and fancy reclining beds.

Visitors must order a food item to ensure a two-hour slot in the bed, which also includes a cup of decaf coffee for before bed and a caffeinated cup of Joe afterward. 

You can read more about the cafe concept at RocketNews24

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Rare Black Serval Spotted in Africa

Photo: Sergio Pitamitz

While leading a wild life photography tour in Kenya, Sergio Pitamitz spotted something rare: a jet-black serval - an African wild cat that normally has cheetah-like spots. The black serval ambled into view of the group, then disappeared back into the bush.

"When you do wildlife photography, you're always searching for something rare and strange," Pitamitz said to National Geographic, "It was absolutely incredible."

Black servals have been spotted before - but it's quite rare. There are just six records of black servals in scientific literature, according to biologist Eduardo Eizirik of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil:

The animal is melanistic—its genes carry a mutation that creates more dark pigment than light pigment ... Though melanism is common enough among wildcats—it's reported in 13 of the 38 known species—the trait seems to be relatively rare in servals

Christine Dell'Amore of National Geographic has the full story (check out the large image of the black serval there. What a lovely creature!) - Thanks Kelsey!

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Catnip Ain’t the Only Plant That’ll Send Your Kitty to Blissville

The active ingredient in catnip that gives such pleasure to our kitties is nepetalactone. It doesn't have much effect on other species, but cats go wild -or at least some cats do. If you've had multiple cats, you've probably noticed at least one that didn't react to catnip at all. You have to feel sorry for those cats, while their housemates are enjoying a catnip-fueled high. However, there are some other substances, such as silver vine, Tatarian honeysuckle, and valerian root, that can stimulate cats. Molecular biologist Sebastian Bol performed an experiment to see how cats would react to these plants.

With 100 different cats, he rubbed the plant matter on a sock or a square of carpet, and set the material in the cats’ line of sight. Then he waited. If the cat approached and backed away, he considered that a denial. “Animals tend to move towards things they like, and back away from things they consider threats,” says Buffington. After each success or denial, he’d wait about five minutes for the cat to relax, then try again with another plant type. The response rate was striking: Almost 80 percent of the cats responded to the silver vine (a higher response rate than even nip, which got less than 70 percent of the cats high), and roughly 40 percent each for valerian root and honeysuckle.

The kicker is that these other plants do not contain nepetalactone. Read about research into cat euphoria at Wired. -via Metafilter

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Man Working From Home Names His Dog "Employee of the Quarter" Every Quarter

Working from home can be lonely -sometimes all we have to keep us motivated, entertained and cheerful is our pets who have no idea we're even working. That's why telecommuting Accuride employee Michael Reeg decided that his dog Meeka should be named "Employee of the Quarter" every quarters. He even gave her furry friend an appropriate plaque to celebrate the occassion.

Michael claims Meeka really earned her title:

“I try out my sales pitches and presentations on her. She’s not easily impressed or swayed. All she hears is ‘blah, blah, blah, Meeka’—but she likes to hear my voice and I love that she pays attention.

You can read an interview with Michael over at The Dodo.

Via The Daily Dot

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This Cologne Will Make You Smell Like a Kitty

Demeter Fragrance Library is known for their wacky and weird colognes, including the Play-Doh fragrance we've previously covered. Now they've developed a new and fantastic scent based on that warm, cuddly smell of a kitten. No word on whether or not it will affect those with cat allergies, but I guess there's one easy way to find out.

You can buy your cologne over at Demeter -a .10 ounce sampler of the cologne goes for $3 or just dive in for the 4 ounce spray at $39.50.

Via Huffington Post

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Family Leaves Husky Home Alone For Three Hours, Husky Redecorates House

Dogs don't care about home decor, cleanliness or whether they live in a pile of filth, but their humans do- which is why people who want to keep their house clean shouldn't leave their dog home alone for long.

This goes double for breeds like Huskies, who make messes and tear stuff up even when their humans are home, and if you leave a Husky home alone you'll learn this lesson the hard way.

The canine interior designer behind this renovation disaster was left home alone for a mere 3 hours, which was plenty of time for the pooch to find some calligraphy ink and leave his mark all over the house.

He even left a single paw print signature on the comforter as his final gesture of flippancy towards the home owners. I've heard interior designers can be moody but this is ridiculous!

See more from Family Leaves Husky For 3 Hours, Dog Redesigns The Apartment here

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Rambo the Ram Playing Tetherball

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You might not expect that animals would care much about tetherball, but Rambo the ram can't pass by  any challenge without giving it his best. As this video demonstrates, here's what happens when you give a ram a ball on a string -the end result doesn't leave the ball in great condition, showing why you should never mess with a ram.

Via Laughing Squid

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Reindeer on a Plane

Photo: Olga Ushnitskaya

Rudolph may be taking a break from flying after a busy Christmas season, but his reindeer brethren have to get around. So they fly commercial.

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This is the Best Baked Potato Cosplay Online

Who knew guinea pigs could be such great cosplayers? I guess Redditor 3rdLevelRogue knew or he wouldn't have put this awesome costume together.

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It's Impossible to be Grumpy After You See These Quokka Pics

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We've posted about the quokka on Neatorama a couple of times before. If you haven't seen it before, however, its worth visiting instaquokka, an Instagram page dedicated to "the happiest animal on Earth." Instant mood lifter!

Seriously, folks - quokkas can't look sad or grumpy even if they tried. No wonder they love taking selfies!

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What's Inside A Rattlesnake's Rattle?

Rattlesnakes are one of the most feared group of venemous snakes in the world, but it's not the rattlesnake's fault they meet (and bite) so many people and pets when encountered in the wild.

In fact, they're born with a built-in defense mechanism and warning device that should make people and pets steer clear- the rattle in their tail.

It's terrifying to hear that rattle while you're out enjoying nature, and many animals are innately terrified of the sound, but how do their tails make such a creepy sound?

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Daniel and Lincoln from the What's Inside? channel dissected a rattlesnake's tail to see how it rattles, and even though Lincoln was totally grossed out he learned one thing- there ain't no balls in there!

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