A Serval in Bed

What would you do?

Servals are gorgeous creatures. I'd love to see one of these majestic wild cats, but I don't think I'd like waking up to one very much. That's what happened to an Atlanta woman whose husband got out of bed, let the dog out and somehow let a wild cat into their house. She woke up to the cat in bed with her!

Given the circumstances, authorities think the serval was an illegally kept pet that escaped and found a house that might provide it with food and shelter. The woman felt fearful of the wild animal, especially when she considered it going after her dog, but it left her house quickly.

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Golden Cat Captured on Video

Check out this picture from Cambodia

The Asiatic golden cat is an endangered species that isn't seen very often, which is why it's so cool that this one was recently seen in Cambodia. This is the first time that one has been seen in Ratanakiri province, but it's also part of an ongoing conservation effort in Virachey National Park, so hopefully it won't be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Earlier I was reading about various cats being rescued from hoarding situations and feeling so down until I saw this piece. I would love to see many more pieces like this and less of the former. Be sure to spay and neuter your cats! If you need help let me know in the chat and I'll help you find a place to do it for you.

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The Most Elaborate Cat Gadgets

Do you get any of these for your cats?

If there's anything I've learned from both toddlers and finicky felines, it's that the expensive gadgets we buy mean much less to them than the packages they come in. Cardboard boxes, pipe cleaners... these are the things that keep my cats happy. In fact, I often find a bunch of pipe cleaners curled up around the house after a cat or two drug them out of a supply closet somewhere!

But some pet owners swear by these cool gadgets that keep their cats happy and entertained. There's an automatic kitty door, feeder and litter cleaner, which I have to say is pretty cool even if it's fancier than human toilets. There is even a refreshing water circulator to keep kitty's agua fresh and food-free.

Have you ever bought any fancy gadgets for your cat? Which ones live up to the hype and which ones are a waste of money? Share them in the chat.

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Ava Pet Food Recall

Sainsbury's and Pets at Home Issue Recall

Sainsbury's and Pets at Home have issued a recall on Ford Hill's Ava pet food that they say is a precaution, but at lease one pet owner believes the food led to her kitten's death. The food may be involved in cats developing a bone marrow illness known as pancytopenia.

Cat owners can return the food to Sainsbury's and Pets at Home for a refund with or without a receipt. A total of 24 types of food are being recalled while the company investigates these claims. 

Have you read about any other pet food recalls in the news lately? Be sure to share them in the chat.

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Cat Programming Coming To Netflix

There will be dog stars, too!

No, this isn't more programming FOR cats designed to make them leap at your TV screen, but programming inspired by cats and dogs. Netflix says that after such a hard period in history, focusing on animals will provide some much-needed, light-hearted fun for viewers. That may be very true; I haven't watched much heavy content since Covid began.

So we've got shows like Cat People coming that will introduce us to cats that play instruments or even surf. Who wants to bet that there will be plenty of TikTok videos featured? Another show featuring dogs will also be going into its second season.

What cat programming are you into right now? Any favorite YouTubers or TikTok creators? Share them in the chat!

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Cat Mythbusting

What's the silliest cat myth you've heard?

Who ever said all cats hate water? I've had some who love it! What about cats always landing on their feet? That's a dangerous myth to spread around, if you ask me. It might tempt kids to challenge it and really hurt a cat. Cat myths are way too plentiful, if you ask me, and some are downright silly.

We've all seen firemen rescue cats in the movies, but that's not really a part of their job. They can definitely tell you no if you call them for help with a treed cat. How about the fact that cats only purr when they are happy? Cats can purr for a variety of reasons. 

What are the silliest cat myths you've ever heard? Share them with us in the chat. 

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Fun Facts About Cats

Did you know any of these?

As someone who has had cats all my life, it always amazes me when I learn more facts about cats. I'll never forget learning that they like to hunt and bring us food because they find us to be helpless, hairless cats! I've also heard various people speak about how our cats would definitely eat us if they were large enough, which makes me cringe. I'm not sure if I buy that one, but maybe it's just because I don't want to consider it!

I had no idea that cats have a genome that is over 95% tiger, which might lend some support to the might-eat-us theory! Did you know that cats don't taste sweetness, or that they are actually near-sighted? Cats can also taste the air, which makes a lot of sense when I think of my own cats' behavior.

Have you learned anything interesting about cats lately? Share it in the chat.

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Cats Found in Bird's Nest

It's almost out of a cartoon!

The story is a bittersweet one: a dead kitten was found in a yard in the UK, prompting a cat rescue to go searching for the rest of its litter. While a mama cat was discovered, no litter could be seen--until said mama climbed a tree and led them to her litter inside a bird's nest!

I have so many questions for her. Did she force the birds out to make it hers? What led her there to begin with? Surely she would have worried about them falling. Perhaps the danger on the ground was worse to her than the safety promised in the tree. One of the kittens unfortunately died from falling from the nest but now they are safe.

It's probably not the worst decision a mama cat ever made. My first cat had her litter at my feet on my bed at night when I was twelve! I'm flattered that she chose it as a safe space (maybe she wanted my help?) but my feet were wet so I was afraid I might have kicked them at some point! How about you? Where's the weirdest place you've ever heard of a cat having kittens at?

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The Perils of Cat Poop

Yes, some cats sit on your surfaces with it still attached!

As someone who's had cats my whole life, I know a thing or two about butts on counters. My family doesn't take it nearly as seriously as I do, but they haven't had to cut poop out of the fur of our long-haired cat, or clean up clumps of litter and poop that our flighty cat drags up with her once in a while. I know what's on these cats and I don't want it where I eat, thank you. This doesn't even begin to cover how their paws are in a poop box, too!

Even though cats typically clean themselves up, their stools normally don't leave much behind, so if it's not attributed to sticking to cat fur, a cat might also be too overweight to reach around and clean itself up. It might also be an issue with the cat's health, a height problem regarding the litter box or another issue. Yes, you can help your cat wipe if you need to, obviously.

Does your cat ever have issues like this? Share them in the chat.

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47 Cats In Santa Cruz Need Homes

If you're near or know someone who is, you may want to check these cats out!

Last year we seemed to be inundated with stories of animals getting adopted in record numbers as people stayed home, but we still hear stories of animals in terrible circumstances that need help. That's what's happening right now in Santa Cruz county, where 47 cats were taken from a dismal situation and now need homes.

The adoption prices are lower due to the vast number of cats, and they're able to be adopted this month. If you've been looking for a cat or know someone who has, this is a great time to adopt one.

Do you know of any other animal adoptions needing a boost? Share them in the chat.

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