You probably spent a lot of time thinking about what you named your cat. Maybe you came up with Mr Felidae Cat-stro, or Meow-gusto Pinocat. Or Meowbarak. Cat-dafi. Meow-losevic. But don't let your teeny dictator's charismatic meows fool you. You need to be the one in control of their diet because it's possible your vet is going to be weird about the obesity conversation -- weirder than you.
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My cat, Artemis, is a bustling career woman. She has many jobs that she juggles between stealing my hair ties and spilling her kibble; in addition to serving as the Mayor of Fluffingsville, she runs a network of freelancers as Editor-in-Chief of Catmodo. Since both of us are busy most of the day at our respective places of work, we forget to check in on each other. Thankfully, Petcube's newest gadget, Petcube Bites, lets humans check in on their furry companions when they're apart. It also lets us fling treats at them on command which is both heartwarming and mildly horrifying.
Cats play an essential role in our everyday lives. They have many jobs around the house, such as monitoring humans in the bathroom, knocking stuff off tables to make sure gravity still exists, and most importantly, being our snuggle buddies. While cats might seem perfectly content with being couch potatoes, the reality is they have been pulling the long con on humanity for thousands of years. New research that tracks the paleogenetics of cats across ancient Europe, Asia and Africa proves what the internet has long suggested -- cats have already taken over the world, and there's nothing we can do about it.
Regrettably, none of us will get to be cats. Most of us will never write a published physics paper either, let alone a highly respected one. But somehow, in the 1970s, a phenomenal feline named Chester managed to do all of this under the tutelage of his human, physicist Jack H. Hetherington. He even had a pawesome pen name -- F.D.C. Willard. Yes, really.
Lots of people really want to go to Mars. Some of them want to live on that barren litter box forever, which sounds exciting, but would probably suck. The thing about a Martian colony is that people would have to be able to reproduce there in order to keep it going -- and luckily for those hopeful pioneers, a team of Japanese scientists have achieved an important first step toward making their pipe dream a reality.
Catnip has long been the preferred fix for cats. Given just a tiny whiff of the plant, most cats will temporarily turn into an approximation of a fully loaded, 1970s era Dennis Hopper. But for some cats, it's as pointless as a non-alcoholic beer. A new study has found three new options that could allow all cats to get totally twisted.
On 18 October 1963, the Centre national d'études in France was set to send a small cat named Félix into space. After lagging behind its Soviet and American competitors, France was eager to stake its claim in the space race -- with cats, for some reason. But on launch day, the mischievous little beast went missing -- and an accidental heroine stepped in to take his place. Her name was Félicette.
Video: Man, cats are so dang smart that they can pretty much replace actors in movies these days. I'm watching this wonderful scene reenactment of The Empire Strikes Back and I'm not sure I even miss the real Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. OK, I guess Darth Vader is still way more badarse than any cat, but the cat actor playing Luke is hilariously good. The crawl back, the clinging to the post, the scream... it's so perfect.
Over in the US last week, NPR reported that 45 cats were confirmed sick with H7N2, a rare form of avian flu making the leap from birds to felines. Poor kitties. But the NYC Department of Health has since confirmed H7N2 has spread from cats to humans, infecting a veterinarian caring for the cats who had tested positive for bird flu.
After getting his internet privileges taken away by the Ecuadoran government in October, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is evidently bored. Currently in exile from the United States and facing rape charges in Europe, without internet, Assange has found a better way to pass the time: Playing dress-up with his kitty cat.
Last year Hasbro wowed, and saddened us a little, with a new line of toys targeted at seniors in need of a companion, but without the need for all the mess that comes along with a pet. The first addition to its Joy For All line was a robotic cat, but it's now being joined by a robotic golden retriever that any dog lover would spend hours playing with.