Does your cat sit around all day, doing nothing? Maybe it should start contributing something! This lovely video shows the array of jobs available for cats.

Some of us like to kiss our cats. A few might, jokingly, bite the cat when play-fighting. But, have you ever considered LICKING your cat? Cats love when we scratch and pet them, because it feels like another cat is grooming them, sort of. Your scratches just aren’t scratchy enough.

Trying to lick your cat sounds really stupid, especially since your tongue will immediately be filled with cat hair. The solution (??!) to this issue my rest in this new, weird invention: The LICKI Brush.

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LICKI is a soft silicone brush, designed to feel pleasurable to your cat’s skin. You are supposed to grasp LICKI’s bite portion with your teeth, slowly approach your cat when and, well, lick them.

The Kickstarter project has raised over 11,000 USD, with 34 more days to reach the goal of 36,500 Dollars.

So, who’s into some LICKING?

 

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Going to work and missing your cat? Feel like squishing a bit of a cat paw? This mouse might satisfy your needs.

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The Pnitty Mouse is toy-like computer mouse shaped like a cat paw, and it has soft, squishy pads underneath. This mouse isn’t available for purchase yet, but it successfully raised money through the crowdfunding site Makuake in order to start marketing.

 

What a better way to start the year, then to watch lots and lots of cute cats?

Here’s a very cool video, in which “Happy New Year 2016” is spelled with… eating cats!

Happy New Year everybody!

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Here’s a lovely story about the kindness of people and cops in Korea. A kitten that was abandoned in a police station in Korea was adopted by one of the cats.

“…unable to find the animal’s owner, an officer took Mango in and brought it to a local vet. A lump was discovered in the animal’s stomach, and it needed to be removed. The operation would cost 500,000 won (US$460). The officer created a “support group” for the cat and began collecting money to cover the procedure…”

A short time after that, an identical kitten appeared at the police station!

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“Now, both felines live in the police station, stretching out where they like, and coming and going as they please. Before heading out of the station, officers will stop and play with the cats. When they return, the cops will feed them snacks.”

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Did you know declawing a cat is like removing your first knuckle in every finger? Do you know why you shouldn’t give milk to cats? How were cats related to the Black Death? And which pope liked cats?

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Look at this cat, swimming in a bath like it ain’t no thing!

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Choosing your pet cat is first and foremost about connection. When you go to a shelter or if you find a stray cat that needs a home, the most important thing is that you and the cat have a bond. A lot of times, the cat will choose you – it will come to you, rub against your legs or simply fall asleep in your hands – all signs of trust and affection. If you want to adopt a cat, you might be asking yourself whether to get a kitten or an adult cat. We’ll try to help you out.

Kittens are extremely cute and playful. They are full of energy, they need supervision and attention, and you need to enforce some sort of discipline, in order to teach them that certain activities and behavior are unacceptable. A kitten is like a child – you have to look after it more closely than you would with an adult cat, you need to protect fragile and expensive possessions (vases, plants, earphone cables), etc. Taking care of a kitten can be exhausting sometimes. It also takes a lot of patience. That said, a kitten is tons of fun. Cat owners may get frustrated with the kitten’s naughtiness, but in retrospect, most of us miss the time when our lazy, sleepy cats were kittens.

If you are adopting a kitten, be prepared for at least a year of super-energetic running, jumping, toe-hunting and general enjoyable mayhem. Consider adopting TWO kittens, instead of just one, because this way they will play a lot with each other, and will demand less of your attention.

Adult cats are less sought after. Most people prefer to adopt kittens. Still, some of us may not have the time an energy for dealing with an energetic kitten. If that’s the case with you, choose an adult cat. When a cat passes its first year, they tend to become calmer and they need less attention. They sleep more than kittens, and they eat less (kittens eat a lot of food, to fuel those playful energies). If you are adopting from a shelter, the cat may already be spayed, which saves money and hassle. Also, since people prefer kittens, adopting an adult cat is a really good deed – adult cats might wait months or even years before getting adopted.

 

Choosing cat food

Getting a new cat or a kitten is the greatest thing ever. While most of the supplies you need for a new cat are easy to choose and buy, the question of cat food is a bit more complicated. There’s a wide variety of cat food in every country, with misleading labels and proclamations. In order to choose the best food for your cat, you need to know how to read cat food labels, and take into an account other factors.

Choosing cat food for your cat

Budget – Caring for a cat doesn’t have to be very expensive. Don’t be upset if you can’t buy the most expensive food – it’s not always the best food, and your cat can thrive on many kinds of cat food. When you set a budget, it can be for dry food only, for a combination of dry and canned food, or you can go for raw food. When checking out prices of dry food bags, calculate the price per pound (or per kilo).

Thought you don’t need to buy the most expensive food out there, note that when the food’s quality is high, cats eat less of it in order to satiate themselves. So, a smaller bag of a good quality food is better than a huge bag of corn-stuffed dry cat food.

How many cats? – If you have one cat, don’t buy big bags of dry food. Dry cat food loses its nutrients after 3-4 months, because it’s exposed to air. Buy small bags, or find a few friends that have cats, and buy in bulk together – big bags are cheaper in terms of dollars per kilogram. Of course, if you have more than one cat, then bigger bags of food are the way to go. When you open a bag of food, mark the date on it and take note on how long does it take your cat(s) to finish it. This way you’ll have a constant supervision on the amount of food your cat consumes.

Ingredients List – Learning how to read and decipher the labels on cat food bags and cans will help you make a better choice of food for your cat. There are a few basic rules and considerations:

  1. Ingredients are listed in order – the first ingredient is the one that’s most abundant in the food and so on, so it’s important to note the first 3-4 ingredients on the list, because they consist of most of the food.
  2. Meat first – if the first ingredient on the list is corn or any other kind of grain, don’t buy the food. The first ingredient on the list must be a protein, like chicken, turkey, duck or fish. It’s best if the second and third ingredients are of the meaty kind, but if your budget doesn’t allow it, at least get a food that has protein as the first ingredient, and maybe a second kind of protein further down the list.
  3. Dehydrated meat is better – even if it’s first on the list, “fresh” meat contains a lot of water, which means that a lot of its mass isn’t of nutritional values for your cat.
  4. Grain free is great – try and choose the food with the least amount of corn, wheat, rice and other grain. If you can afford it, go for grain-free food.
  5. Protein percentage – 30%-32% of protein is the minimal requirement for cats. Kittens and nursing queens need more protein and fat, so you may want to choose special food for them.

These are basic rules for analyzing the ingredients of cat food. If you want to delve deeper into this subject, check out this excellent site, which has detailed analysis of many kinds of cat food.

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Cat’s reaction to the food – watch you cat and note its reaction to the food. Is the cat eating the food normally, or avoiding it and asking for something else? Is the cat eating too much of it (might be a sign of unsatisfying food)? Is the cat’s fur shiny and thick? You should also monitor your cat’s poop, especially when changing to a new kind of food – the cat’s stool should be firm, dark in color and it shouldn’t be too smelly (don’t expect the smell of roses, though). If your cat refuses to eat the food, or show signs of indigestion, you should try another kind of cat food.

Beware of recommendations – pet shop owners and sales persons often don’t know much about cat food, and will recommend the most popular food, or the kind of food that brings them the most profit.

Medical advice – if your cat has special needs or medical issues, consult your vet. There are many great medicinal foods out there, and only a professional veterinarian can advise you on what kind of food you need in these special cases.

Company reputation – it’s also important to consider the reputation and ethics of the company that produces cat food. Search the web and ask around – if you hear too many stories about worms in the food, pets getting sick because of food and supply problems, avoid buying this company’s food. Some people prefer to avoid food made by companies who perform experiments on animals.