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Owl That Calls A Coffee shop Home Earns A New Friend In Local Cat

In Japan, there’s a tiny owl that lives at a coffee shop. The owl was clearly lonely though because it was the only animal at the shop. Despite many people coming and going each day, the owl still longed for companionship. Then one day, his dreams came true when a small kitten came through the door.

This kitten didn’t need any adjustment time to be friends. The two became such fast friends and learned that they were not predators of one another and in fact, they pose for photos together and snuggle together.

Study Shows Our Cats Do Know Their Names, They Just Choose to Ignore Us

Cats have a reputation for being aloof, and that reputation is only going to get stronger after scientific results from Japan revealed the true extent to which they have been ignoring us all this time.

While dog owners have to do very little to get the eager-to-please attention of their good boys and girls, cats are something else entirely. Dogs can be trained to understand lots of words we say to them; cats sometimes seem barely aware of our existence.

But what are the limits of our ability to vocally communicate with domestic cats (Felis catus)? There’s a lot of research looking into the way dogs comprehend human vocalisations, but until now, the ability of cats to interpret human speech has been relatively little explored by scientists.

To find out if cats can discriminate between their names and other kinds of words people say to them, researchers from the University of Tokyo conducted a series of experiments with 78 felines.

The cat cohort came from both ordinary households and a cat cafe, and the researchers sought to test the hypothesis that cats might recognise their name as different from other words, on the basis it could be a stimulus term associated with various rewards, such as food, petting, and play.

“To test the hypothesis, we presented four different words serially as habituation stimuli, then presented the cats’ own names as test stimuli,” the authors, led by evolutionary psychologist Atsuko Saito, explain in their paper.

“If the cats were habituated to the other four words and dishabituated to their own names, a rebound response to the presentation of their own names would be observed, indicating the ability to discriminate their own names from other words.”

Across the experiments, the researchers tested the cats by playing them recordings of their names being spoken, but only after recordings of nouns or other cat names were presented to the cats.

The interactions were recorded on video, then analysed to detect subtle differences in the cat’s response – ear moving, head moving, vocalising, tail moving, and displacement.

The researchers also tested whether it matters if the cat is familiar with the person speaking, with both the researchers (as unfamiliar people) and the cat owners recording footage of themselves to play to the cats.

Ultimately, based on the cats’ responses, the results suggested that most of the time cats can indeed distinguish between their names being said and other words, even if they are similar-sounding words, and regardless of whether it’s their owner or another unfamiliar person who is doing the talking.

The most clear exception to this was when the cats who lived at the cat cafe were talked to; their name recognition appeared to be poorer, perhaps as a result of living in an environment where they often hear lots of different human visitors saying lots of different cat names, making it harder to isolate their own amidst all the other felines.

Aside from that, the researchers say their first-of-its-kind experimental results clearly demonstrate that “cats can discriminate human utterances based on phonemic differences”.

Because of this, they suggest we might one day be able to co-opt this ability to improve cat quality of life, helping them to identify perhaps dangerous objects or places, by using specific utterances.

That’s a good thing, even if the findings may also seem to encompass a somewhat negative dimension.

Essentially, we now know better than ever that our cats understand quite well when we are addressing them: they simply choose not to acknowledge us.

According to Saito, at least it’s nothing personal.

“Cats are not evolved to respond to human cues,” Saito told New Scientist.

“They will communicate with humans when they want. That is the cat.”

The findings are reported in Scientific Reports.

Couple Encourages Dog To Kill Cat *Graphic Warning*

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a cat was attacked and killed by a dog in Seaham, County Durham.

A member of public contacted the animal welfare charity after seeing a man and woman running along King Street with a black and grey lurcher that was carrying a long-haired tortoiseshell cat in its mouth.

Inspector Catherine Maddison, investigating, said: “The witness told us that the man was speaking to the dog which then dropped the body of the cat in the road before the pair and the dog ran off along Strangways Street.

“When locals went out to investigate they found the cat was dead.

“A little while later the pair returned with a lurcher puppy and were trying to encourage the dog to go towards the cat’s body but, when the dog was seemingly uninterested, the man kicked the cat off the road and they all left the scene.”

The incident took place at around 11.30pm on 30 March.

The man was described as white, in his 20s or 30s, of slim build with short dark hair, wearing a flat cap and a camouflage jacket. The woman was describe as white, in her 20s or 30s, of average build with ginger/blonde hair in a ponytail and wearing a large backpack.

RSPCA inspector Maddison went to collect the body of the cat and took statements from the witnesses.

“The puss is microchipped but the chip isn’t registered so unfortunately we haven’t been able to trace an owner,” she said.

“We arranged for vets to check over the body and found the cat had broken his/her spine and dislocated a hip. His/her intestines were protruding and some claws were broken.

“The vet said these injuries are consistent with a dog attack which is why we’re investigating. We’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who knows who this poor cat belongs to to get in touch with us by calling 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for me.”

Cat Deaths “Linked to Croydon Cat Killer”

Two cats found dead in Fareham had injuries “consistent” with others thought to have been killed by the so-called Croydon cat killer.

The decapitated body of a black and white crossbreed was found in her owner’s garden in Down End Road. Her tail had also been removed.

The mutilated body of a tabby cat was found in a garden in The Thicket.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) said it believed the two cats were killed at the same time.

The charity said the owner of the tabby cat had not yet been found.

The Metropolitan Police has been investigating a series of “gruesome” killings that began in Croydon in 2015.

Representatives from the charity Snarl visited Whiteley Village Vet Centre in Fareham to analyse the injuries of the dead pets, which it said matched with other deaths by the infamous serial feline killer.

The rescue charity believes more than 400 animals have been killed in the same manner since then – mainly cats, but also rabbits and some foxes.

Snarl is helping police and a specialist forensics laboratory to piece together the times and locations of a number of deaths thought to be the work of the same person, once dubbed the Croydon Cat Killer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-43580119

Autistic boy’s beloved cat in serious condition

This is Frassafas The Cats  Story; Frassafas is a very sick kitty. His family is desperately trying to help him. The Jarnagins are a generous and hard working people.

They have two sons; both Wylie and Waylon have Autism. Frass has been around for Wylie and Waylon’s entire lives. He is a big beautiful tabby, that has grown up used to the boys. It takes a special cat to be calm and tolerant with kids that don’t always have an easy time understanding animals. The boys are having trouble understanding that Frass is sick and might die. Frass is only 10. He should have a lot of good years ahead of him still. He is very sick, and testing and care to find out what is wrong and help him is expensive. It would be a shame for him to lose his life because of a lack of money. Please considder helping this family. To them, Frass is irreplaceable.

 

https://uk.gofundme.com/5fi2qs8

Get Paid For Hanging with Kittens?

 

Get Paid For Hanging with Kittens?

MILWAUKEE — Want to get paid to hang out with cats?! Sip & Purr, Milwaukee’s new cat cafe, is hiring!

Get Paid For Hanging with Kittens

They’re looking for “the best of the best cat obsessed humans” to work part-time in the cat lounge. Responsibilities will include caring for adoptable cats, assisting and educating guests on cat behavior and cat care, handling adoption inquires and cleaning.

Requirements include cat rescue, fostering or veterinary experience, a love of people and cats, as “caring for our cats and guests is the number one responsibility of “Cat Lounge Concierges,” and experience cleaning — including litter box duty.

You must also be available mornings, nights and weekends, have a reliable work record and provide at least two recent work references. Owners are looking for people who are punctual, flexible, dependable, trustworthy and a team player.

Other requirements include a love of educating on cat care, cat behaviours, cat nutrition and more. You must also be willing to sign a non-disclosure and non-compete clause.

via; fox6now.com

Ex-Police Murders Neighbours Cats

This bridy lover isn’t popular within the Cat kingdom.

An ex trooper or police officer was outraged about his neighbours little felines killing his beloved birds, in total he killed nine of them – and got rid of their body in the neighbours own garden, according to a report.

By the name of Paul Greiner, 73 who lives in Portage, Wisconsin allegedly trapped and killed the felines because they “scared” his birdy friends away from there food source, there feeder on his property, a source told Wisn.com

“What was really so frightening was the expression [one cat] had on its face — almost like it was screaming with its eyes open,” said Liz Masterson, who found the cat carcasses on her land.

“Who does something like that?” she seethed.

Masterson (the owner) spotted the first of nine kitties dead in February – and later caught the ex-police in the act, she said.

“I saw the suspect get out of his vehicle, open his trunk and toss a dead cat on my property,” she told the station, adding she recognized Greiner as someone who used to live nearby.

“It’s been terrifying. I took every cat that I found as a threat to myself and my family, my kids, my pets,” she said.

Portage detective Dan Garrigan said the former cop simply had it out for the cats.

“He didn’t like the fact that they were in his bird feeders and took matters into his own hands and trapped these cats,” Garrigan said.

Masterson, who now lives 20 minutes from Greiner, said she has no clue why he would target her.

He retired from the Wisconsin state patrol in 1997.

10+ Cats Thats Broke The Internet

Cats are sometimes hilariously funny and full of surprises not just breaking things and peeing everywhere! some of the things they do give us laughter, and we all appreciate these cats that make us laugh!

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Reports of Numbers of Killed Cats On A590

A NUMBER of dead cats have been spotted on the A590 between Swarthmoor and Rusland Pool.

This week motorists have reported seeing at least five dead cats on the unlit, 60mph stretch of the A590 between Rusland Pool and Ulverston. Another has been spotted close to Swarthmoor.

As there are few stopping places on the busy road, and given the higher speeds and lack of street lighting, it would be difficult for a motorist to pull over even if they had been aware of the collision.

You could be fined as much as £5,000 if you hit a dog with your car and fail to report it to police, but there is no penalty for failing to report a collision with a cat.

Because dogs are required by law to be kept on a lead near a highway, a collision with a canine needs to be investigated to see if the owner has broken the law.

As cats are legally allowed to roam freely, it is unlikely their owner would have broken any law should they be found on or near a highway.

While it’s a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight week microchipped and to keep your details up-to-date the same doesn’t apply to cats

ore than four million cats – about two in every five – are not microchipped, according to vets charity PDSA, which tells cat owners that getting their animals chipped is the “responsible thing to do”.

The charity says the UK should “introduce compulsory microchipping of owned cats”, following the examples of Spain and Belgium where it is already a legal requirement.

Government advice states you can report any dead animals you find on the road to the local council.

The following is a list of animals which must be reported by law following a collision:

Dogs;

Horses and cattle (e.g. cows);

Pigs;

Goats;

Sheep;

Donkeys and mules.

A recent study by CarBuyer found almost 60 per cent of Brits agree the law should be changed to include cats as well.

READ MORE; www.nwemail.co.uk

Cute Kitty Shoes; How to DIY!

Cat Planet stumbled across this fab way of perking up a pair of flats. A really simple way of showing everyone how much you love your cats its worth a go! Read more tips at http://kittenhood.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/guest-post-diy-cat-toe-shoes/

If you do try it, please email in the pictures to editor@catplanet.co.uk

Guest post: DIY Cat Toe Shoes

DIY cat toe shoes

Hi! I’m Kate and I blog at Scathing Brilliant. For my guest post I’m doing a little DIY for all the cat ladies (myself included!) I love the cap-toe trend but I think cat-toes are even better, right? This project is super simple and only took me about 15 minutes tops!

cat toe shoes materials

Materials needed: Shoes (preferably plain with a round-toe and enough room at the front for a cap-toe effect), black paint, brushes, masking tape, white paint and a white marker pen if you don’t have a very steady hand with a brush.

how to make cat toe shoes

First, tape off the tops of the shoes. Really press hard on the tape so that none of your paint will seep through.
diy cat toe shoes
Paint the tops of the shoes black. I did three coats to get a really opaque color but I also wasn’t using the best acrylic paint lol. If you’re using a quality brand name paint one coat should do the trick!
diy cat shoes
When the paint is dry, peel off the tape and add little triangles for ears. You can use painters tape for this too if you aren’t good with freehand.
cat flats
For the eyes, I put a straight-pin in the eraser of a pencil to make a little dotting tool! Dip this lightly in the white paint, and add your eyes. If you mess up, you can always paint over it with black and try again 🙂 To make my cats have some more character, I went back and added a second little black dot in the corner of the white to give the illusion that the cats are looking off to the side.
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Using an opaque white paint marker — or a fine brush and white paint — add whiskers and a nose!
DIY cat toe shoes
And voila! Pretty little cat toe shoes. If you want a more subtle cat look, you can always skip the face and just have the ears, which would be cute too! You can also play around with the colors and maybe even paint a tail on the back of the shoe!