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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The Weirdest Cat People Buys You've Ever Seen

Share what you've found in the chat!

As cat people, we already know how weird we are. You don't have to tell us. We do things like get fake plants and fake mice for our cats to terrorize, let our feline friends tear up our homes in the name of their killer instincts (not to mention our own entertainment) and even make tunnels through our walls for our cats. Yes, we're weird.

But there are even weirder cat people out there that we find odd ourselves. People who make custom pillows of their cats. (Ok, I did make a blanket of ours last year, but he'd passed away and was my teen's best friend.) People who want to smell like purring. OK, I love purring and find it very soothing so I don't think... wait. I'm one of the weird cat people!

Are you a weird cat person, too? If so, tell me the strangest cat person item you own in the chat!

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Does Your Cat Love You?

Vets share how to find out

The whole idea that dogs love their owners while cats merely tolerate them has always smelled of baloney to me. I've had cats that were so affectionate they were my best friends. While I do know some cats who merely tolerate humans, the majority of cats that I've had over the years have been incredibly loving and I don't need anyone to tell me how I know. Their snuggles, purrs, and companionship told me everything. My best friend, a cat who died two years ago, would snuggle me every time I was in pain, laying against the spot that hurt. I had a cat who would even "play" with my baby in utero. My teen's cat, also a best friend who passed recently, was one of the most vocal and affectionate creatures I've ever seen.

For those who aren't sure if their cats love them, vets say that they exhibit "affiliate behaviors" like rubbing against you, nudging you, or even grooming you. All of my cats have done at least some of these things. Have you ever had a cat nudge their head to your head? That's one of my favorite gestures. How about a cat who forms routines with you? I have one who demands to sit in my lap, but I have to cover myself with a blanket and make a circle out of my legs first. She sits and stares at me until I do, then immediately sits! My husband has one that waits to sleep with him every morning when he gets home from work and she even yells at him if she thinks he's late!

How do you know your cat loves you? Share your stories in the chat.

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Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food

Check to see if yours is affected

There's been a recall of Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food sold in select Wal-Mart stores due to a possible salmonella contamination. The 30-pound bags of food were sold in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming in more than 1,100 stores and could pose a harmful risk to cats.

To check and see if your food was effected, look at the lot numbers and expiration dates on the bags. Affected bags of food include lot 1081804 which expires September 14, 2022 and 1082804 which expires on September 15, 2022.

Any other important cat news to share this week? Post it in the chat.

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Just How Much Do Cats Know?

Maybe they own us after all

Cats sometimes seem so aware that it's scary. They know when you're talking about them, even if you don't say their name. They know your habits and form their own to match yours. They seem to even know things you don't, like what's that thing over your shoulder! In all seriousness, it sure does seem like cats know a lot ore than we think they do.

Some people post videos of their cats learning how to use the same communication tools dogs use, pushing buttons for words. I don't know if that's legit or not but it sure seems pretty advanced. Then there are cats who can even be used as emotional support animals. Just how smart are they?

Do you think cats know more than we give them credit for? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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