Cat Meow Translator

What do you think of it?

An engineer who used to work for Amazon has created a new "cat translator" app. The app supposedly translates the cat's meows to help you decipher its speech, which would be incredible if it really works.

Personally, I'm not sure if it even could work, given how each cat's meows are its own personal noises created just for speaking with humans. Cats don't meow at each other and develop different vocal stylings to communicate with their humans, and every cat I've had has had its own unique noises. That said, maybe they all have a similar pattern or vibration that this engineer has figured out. Who knows?

Do you think this app could actually work?

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Kitty Christmas Gifts

Have you started your shopping?

My aunt just shared a bunch of cute DIY cat scratching tower ideas with me on Pinterest and she's got me in the holiday mood! I'm a big dork when it comes to cat beds and towers, and we have them in almost every room for our three cats. I also love to get the little holiday themed cat houses the cats love to scratch and lie around in.

That said, I'm not very big on getting cat presents, mostly because they prefer to play with wadded up paper balls, pipe cleaners and other things around the house more than playing with anything we buy! Usually my Christmas gifts for the cats consist of catnip in both spray and dried forms.

What about you? What do you get your cats for the holidays, if anything?

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Missing Cat Found After Over Two Years

And 60 miles away!

When a pet goes missing, it's one of the most helpless, devastating feelings in the world. When my dogs ran off for a few hours one night this fall I searched the whole time, alternating between yelling for them and crying. Once they came home I was so relieved. When I heard about this cat who'd been missing for much longer, I couldn't help but be amazed.

A five-year-old cat named Ruby went missing back in 2018 only to be found 60 miles from home this month! Luckily Ruby had been microchipped and was returned to her owner by the kind security guard who'd found and fed her. It's an amazing story and you can only wonder what Ruby has been through all this time!

Have you heard of any similar stories like this one with pets who have been found years later? Share them in the chat.

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Scaredy Cat: The First Horror Movie For Cats!

What do you think of it?

Temptations cat treats released the first horror movie for cats today! Dubbed Scaredy Cat the Movie, it's really much more entertaining for humans than cats.

I must admit that when I first heard of this movie, I thought it would be akin to one of those cat apps where your cat swats at flies or moths or something, with a few spooky additions. Instead, it's a pretty cute take on a cat horror story with a funny surprise. I laughed, but I also think the "monster" of the story is a cruel one to introduce to real cats. 

What did you think of the short film? Share your thoughts in the chat. 

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Yes, Cat Purring is Beneficial to Us

And here I thought it was magic.

Every time a cat purrs near me, I get sleepy. If my cat sleeps next to me, I rest easier and longer. I thought it might just be cat magic--after all, they had to domesticate us to where we're willing to feed them and clean out their poop boxes and even go as far as dubbing them gods somehow! It turns out that there's a more scientific explanation.

Cats purr at 20 to 140 Hz, which can be medically therapeutic to people. It turns out that those who claim that cats jump on you and purr to help you feel better might be onto something! Purring may help lower stress and blood pressure, and some studies indicate that cat owners have a lower risk of heart attack.

What other benefits do you see to cat purring? Share your ideas in the chat!

Cat Vs. Dog People

Does this explain your personality?

Just from personal experience, I think a lot of those memes and videos that depict outgoing dog people and more reclusive cat people to be fairly accurate on the whole. Obviously nothing will be across the board; I have both cats and dogs, just as one example, and you can't paint everyone with the same brush. 

But are we scientifically different? Survey responses indicate that it's definitely possible, but it's not limited to personality. Race, gender and other factors also come into play. Researchers say that it's much more complicated than cats vs. dogs, especially when the animals themselves differ so widely.

What do you think? Does your preference speak of your personality?

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Cat Halloween Costumes

Does yours tolerate being made up?

When it comes to dogs, I find that they tolerate just about anything--mine do, at least! They are great sports and regularly participate in our annual GISH scavenger hunts. This year we are taking part in several online Halloween challenges, one of which is a pet costume challenge, and I think they will be just fine participating.

But the contest is also open to cats, and I have to ask: does anyone anywhere even have a cat that would tolerate participation? I've had some pretty mellow fur babies that would lay limp while my toddler put thin, cardboard BINGO chips on them but a costume? It seems unlikely to me. But cats' personalities vary widely and I'm sure there might be some cat, somewhere, who enjoys dressing up as Freddie Purrcury for Halloween!

So do you have a cat who doesn't mind dressing up? What do you dress them up as?

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Cat Superstitions

Share the ones you've heard!

As a cat lover, I kind of love cat superstitions. I don't like the bad rap that black cats, my favorites, get as being "bad luck," but I love the idea of cats actually being witches in transformation mode. I also love the idea of a cat sitting on your chest and purring attempting to "heal" you out of love. 

What about the idea of putting a cat in an empty baby cradle to get a couple to conceive? Or putting a cat in your theater for good luck? There are many more cat superstitions that I've never even heard of.

What are your favorite cat superstitions? Share them in the chat!

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Dogs Can Have Cat Allergies

Maybe this is why mine don't like to sleep next to the mean cat...

More pets have allergies today than ever before, but in addition to the usual culprits like dust, pollen and whatever it is your pooch likes to roll in that causes her to lose fur (yes, we had a summer of that!), your dog may also have an allergen common to many humans: cats!

Dogs can be allergic to cats, which is totally news to me. In fact, it makes me wonder if my dogs, who sometimes sneeze around my long-haired cat, are allergic to her. I always thought they just avoided her because she's so bratty and yells at them when they get close!

Do you think your dog may have cat allergies? Share your pet allergy stories in the chat.

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Those Tough Decisions

How do you know when to make them?

I'd like to say I gave my companion cat of 9 years, who was my best friend, a dignified way out, but I didn't. I fought hard to keep her alive, even going as far as getting an appetite stimulant to get her to want to eat. It failed, as did her little body, and I regret not letting her do what she was telling me she needed to do in peace. Oh I wanted to save her, so much.

How do you make those tough calls when animals are in need? Sometimes it all comes down to money, unfortunately. Some pet parents just can't afford costly procedures or care. Sometimes it comes down to the animal's worsening condition. Last year we were able to keep my kiddo's best friend alive for another six months after his diagnosis with careful care at home, but when he was in clear pain and unable to move any longer, we had to let him go.

How did you you have to make a tough call? Would you do it the same way again?