Posts Tagged: ‘cats’

No matter where you live, and no matter what your cat (or the neighbor’s cat, if you’re not a cat person) looks like, cats all share a common history that stretches way, way back. Farther back than cheese. It’s a long, adorable and maybe also evil history.

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This is excellent. “Catnip: Egress to Oblivion” captures all the fun of dosing our beloved pets with mind-altering substances with the hyperbolic style of 1970s anti-drug films. And further proving the power of cat videos, it also won the Audience Award for YouTube shorts at the Sundance Film Festival. Let’s watch…

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Every three years on the second Sunday in May, cats are hurled from Lakenhalle’s belfry in Ypres, Belgium. Don’t worry — they’re stuffed cats! Unfortunately, in the 12th century they were live cats. Evidently there was a belief that cats possessed evil spirits, so the town developed a ritual to throw a few to their deaths from the belfry. (That’s so completely horrible!! What was WRONG with people?)

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Having long suspected it, I was heartened to hear that cats are less intelligent than dogs are. Yes. Ahhh. Bask in it.

Far less, actually, at least in relation to the correlation between brain size and sociability. This small brain size is, it appears, why cats are aloof, say researchers at Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, a group who are not known to be slouches when it comes to compiling reliable and solid data that dog people can reasonably gloat over.

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How to wash a cat, version 1 (the first 1:10 could be fast-forwarded): How to wash a cat, version 2 (might contain a single profanity – please do not watch if profanities are uncomfortable to you): It doesn’t have to be this way, however. The following video suggests that you: 1- Start bathing your cat […]

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Here is a very sad but sadly frequent occurrence:

American Airlines Launches Investigation into Dead Puppies

The puppies were loaded into the luggage area of a passenger jet, where seven of them died from exposure….

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Last night, as my roommate was dutifully scooping out her cat’s litter box, she mentioned briefly contemplating buying a cat toilet training seat. I laughed it off initially, but now that I’ve done some research on feline potty training, I might encourage her to go for it. Aside from the laborious scooping, she’d save a bundle of cash if successful; the New York Times City Room blog estimated that litter costs about $165 per cat each year. On top of that, I can think of no better novelty fact than being able to say that your cat uses the toilet.

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Earlier this month, Tokyo’s International Food Machinery and Technology Expo became a regular Robo Kitchen Stadium. Who will win? Okonomiyaki Robot or Chef Robot?

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Thanks to newslite for this article about cats and how smart they may or may not be. They tested kittehs by placing a fishy treat on one end of a string to see if they would realize that pulling the string closer to them meant it was treat-time. They passed! Then the researchers placed a second, unfishy string in beside the first one and found that the cats were just flat out confused.

They did previous tests on dogs and they worked it out no problem. I think this clearly shows that cats are the stupidest stupid heads that ever walked the earth.

OK – so now for my real opinion on the matter. Why are researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University messing around with this kind of “study?”

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No seriously, I’m fine — as is my car and (presumably) my cat. But this is just the sort of claim you might hear a lot of in the future if researchers at Charles University in Prague are really onto something.

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