How to Stop a Cat Fight

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    Help This Cat Get Into His Human’s High School Yearbook!

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    Draven Rodriguez is a 16-year-old student at Schenectady High School in New York who just so happens to love cats. So great is Draven’s adoration for the feline form that he decided to pose for his yearbook senior photo with his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. And some ’80s-styled lasers in the background.

    Here is the picture in all its tasteful retro glory:

    Unfortunately, the hard task-masters at his school did not think the photo was fitting for such a decorous outlet as a yearbook. So Draven has launched an online petition in support of allowing the picture to make the cut. [Ed's note: So you, yes you, can help make this awesomeness happen.]

    Talking to the New York Daily News, the school’s district spokesperson, Karen Corona, suggested that a compromise might yet be made: “This photo won’t be a senior portrait but it can be in another area [of the book].

    While this high-profile power struggle resolves itself, enjoy this picture of Draven and Mr. B all snuggled up together.

    About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.

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      Biddy the Hedgehog

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        7 Strange Habits My Cat Has When It Comes to Food

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        Cats are quirky. Everybody’s cat has strange habits, and mine is no exception. However, when it comes to Furball, he has an exceptional number of eccentricities related to eating. I could list dozens, but here are seven of his quirkiest. Does your cat share any of these oddball behaviors, too?

        1. He waits by his food bowl for at least an hour before mealtime

        Furball is obsessed with food so we have to use a timed feeder to dispense his meals. Otherwise, he’ll wake us up multiple times in the night demanding to be fed. Once we started using a timer, this unwelcome behavior went away.

        Furball waits patiently for mealtime

        However, now instead of waiting outside the bedroom door, Furball will patiently sit on the chair next to his feeder waiting for the timer to go off and food to come out. He’s like a dog waiting at the door for his master to come home. My cat never waits for me to come home — he just waits for his food.

        2. He scrapes the floor around his food bowl

        Sometimes, Furball will scrape the floor around his food bowl in a motion similar to digging in his litter box. Occasionally, he’ll even stick his paw in the bowl and drag it across the floor. I have no idea why he does this.

        I’ll take a look to see if his bowl is jammed in the corner, but it’s in the exact place where it always is. I’ll check to see if he’s gathering up food scraps, but the floor is perfectly clean. It’s just a weird thing he does that I’m sure makes perfect sense to a cat. As a human being, I’m completely perplexed.

        3. He eats so fast that he makes himself vomit

        My cat has eaten so fast that he’s vomited. Even though he gets many meals throughout the day, he’ll act like he hasn’t had a scrap of food in weeks. He’ll gobble everything down so quickly that he triggers a gag reflex. Then I’ll hear a strained little meow and it’s barf-time. The gross thing is that he’ll throw up, pause for a second and then keep eating.

        4. He goes crazy for dried seaweed

        My cat is like a snapping turtle when it comes to seaweed. It’s one of his favorite things to eat. As soon as he hears the slightest crinkle of the seaweed wrapper, he’ll bolt into the kitchen and meow loudly.

        Cat sniffing a maki roll by Shutterstock

        I learned from experience that I have to rip the seaweed into long rectangular strips to feed him. Once, I held a short square out and he snapped at the seaweed like a famished piranha with complete disregard for my fingers. The long strip gives me an extra second to get my fingers out of the way.

        5. He loves getting groomed while he eats

        The only time I can brush my cat is when he’s eating. At first, I thought this was because he was too preoccupied with eating to swat at the brush. But now I think he simply loves to be brushed while he eats.

        He’ll be chowing down his food, and as soon as I bring out the purple brush, he’ll start purring in the middle of his meal. Furball’s tail will do that happy shake that cats do and he’ll keep eating and purring while I brush him. As soon as the food is done, he’ll try to attack the brush.

        6. He licks the empty bowl hours later

        Every once in a while, I’ll hear a strange little scraping noise that sounds like a mouse jiggling a miniature key in a tiny door lock. Because we have a cat, we obviously don’t have mice, and the last time I looked, there were no miniature doors in our home, either.

        The first time I heard this sound coming from the kitchen, I immediately had to investigate. I discovered Furball busily licking away at his empty food bowl. The strange noise was the sound of his tongue scraping against the metal bowl. There wasn’t a trace of food as he had eaten everything hours earlier. He was just licking his bowl as if to enjoy the last molecules of scent from the food. He licked the bowl so clean that it was shiny.

        7. He eats nonstop

        Who said that cats know to stop eating when they’re full? Before I adopted Furball, I read that you could leave the food in a bowl and cats would graze on it throughout the day. Not my cat! 

        Cat eating food by Shutterstock

        No matter how much food is in his bowl or how much he’s already eaten, Furball will eat everything. Then about 20 minutes later, he’ll come back for more. We feed him high-quality nutrient-dense food, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Furball just eats and eats.

        He got pretty hefty for a time, so now we have him on a diet and we ignore the incessant meowing that precedes the multiple meals he gets throughout the day. Furball definitely has his quirks and most of them seem to be centered on food.

        That’s okay by me. I love him just the way he is.

        Does your cat do strange things when it comes to food? Share them in the comments!

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        About Holly Tse: Holly Tse is a green cat expert, author of Make Your Own Cat Toys, and the creator of Green Little Cat, a blog on eco-friendly living for cats and cat lovers. Practicing Taoist and Dragon Spirit Guide who has experienced more than nine past lives and can bend reality at will. Totally into alternative healing, but her Achilles’ heel is reality TV cooking shows. As a Canadian expat, she uses an American spell checker for her Catster articles.

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          TOKYO – Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan’s global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar from Internet users who spluttered: “But she’s got whiskers!”

          Hello Kitty

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          The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over is, in fact, human.

          “Hello Kitty is a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold,” brand owner Sanrio says on its website.

          The shocking revelation came to light when a Hawaii-based academic specialising in the epitome of “kawaii” (“cute” in Japanese) asked Sanrio to fact-check captions for an exhibition she was curating to mark the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty.

          Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, told the Los Angeles Times that she “was corrected — very firmly” by Sanrio that Kitty was not a cat.

          “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show,” the paper quoted her as saying.

          “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature.”

          And indeed, an AFP enquiry as to the status — feline or otherwise — of one of Japan’s most famous exports confirmed her non-cat identity.

          “It is a 100-percent personified character,” a Sanrio spokesman told AFP in Tokyo. “The design takes the motif of a cat, but there is no element of a cat in Hello Kitty’s setting.”

          - Agog at the news -

          Her real name is Kitty White, he explained, and she was born in southern England on November 1, 1974. She is a Scorpio and blood type A.

          She has a twin sister, Minny White, and lives in an unnamed suburb of London with father George and mother Mary, according to her profile on the web.

          Despite her whiskers and pointy ears, just like the rest of her family, Kitty has her own pet — a “real” cat named Charmmy Kitty.

          Her life story has always been there, the spokesman said, adding the personification is meant to make her fans feel closer to the character “as a friend”.

          Web users were agog at the news.

          “Hello Kitty is not actually a cat. MIND BLOWN”, tweeted @killedbydying.

          “‘Sanrio confirms that Hello Kitty is NOT a cat.’ One of the many reasons why I have trust issues”, wrote @eisakuivan.

          “So Hello Kitty isn’t a cat? Everything I know is a lie,” said @nymbc.

          Asked about the worldwide reaction to the shock revelation that Hello Kitty is not a cat, the Sanrio spokesman offered: “I don’t think anyone in Japan found it surprising.”

          “There is an explanation we have made the whole time, and I think that’s how people have understood it.”

          A straw poll of Japanese people within the AFP Tokyo bureau found that not to be the case, however.

          The Sanrio spokesman explained that Kitty and her family were given no specific nationality but were designed to be living in Britain, because many girls in Japan had strong admiration for the Western lifestyle in the 1970s.

          Ever since the mouthless white character first appeared in 1974 on a coin purse in Japan, she has graced tens of thousands of products, from handbags to aircraft, in some 130 countries.

          But just remember: she’s not a cat.

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            How to Introduce a Baby to a Cat

            Posted August 26th, 2014 by admin

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            Dear Kitten,” a viral video making the Internet rounds, features an older, wiser cat begrudgingly teaching the new kitten the ways of the world. Hilarious and oddly believable, some of the video is spot on, including how the “human larva … can be a bit grabby.” Although I don’t tend to refer to my child as a “human larva,” she IS a bit grabby, especially with kitty cat tails. Here’s what we’re doing to curb this behavior before it becomes a bad habit.

            “If you tell any more of my secrets on the Internet, I might forget about the ‘soft paws’ rule.”

            When Toby was a kitten, I taught him “soft paws,” a trick I picked up from Pam Johnson-Bennett, CCBC, the star of Psycho Kitty. Kittens are curious, playful creatures, and your moving fingers, toes, and legs are all major targets. When a kitten grabs you with their claws, lean in to their grasp. Prey pulls away, so if you pull away, you’re continuing the “game.” When you lean in, kitty gets bored and eventually learns not to grab you with claws. Clearly, this only works with consistency and much repetition, but it’s super important for your cat to know that grabbing you with claws is NOT acceptable. Your appendages and your guests will thank you.

            People are amazed when they pet Toby and find out he has all of his claws…and yet they remain unscathed. Toby, Master of the Soft Paws!

            So what do soft paws have to do with babies? Everything! Babies are much like kittens –- curious, playful, and eager to explore the world. Kitty fur is soft and that twitching tail is so tempting to grab! Babies first learn to grab things with a “raking grasp,” meaning they curl their fingers inward and pull the object towards them. Later, they learn to pinch things between their fingers to hold them, but both of these methods equals grabby and uncomfortable for a cat.

            They’re just adorable together.

            When we have kitty/baby play time, I carefully monitor their interactions. When Willow Bean reaches for Toby, I encourage her to pet him gently. As soon as I see those little fingers beginning to bury themselves in fur for a good handhold, I open her palm and stroke Toby’s fur with it. I tell her, “Open palm, gentle touch, happy kitty.” I then take my own hand and gently rub Toby’s head, behind his ears, and along his back as she watches me. When she goes for that irresistible twitchy tail, I move her hand and tell her “no,” then place her open palm back on Toby’s side, and we repeat the open-handed petting, all the while praising them both for their patience and good behavior.

            She’s only six months old, so you might think me silly for trying to teach her how to be gentle with animals so early, but I believe that a good foundation starts from day one. Some people think it’s cute when they see children hauling their pet kitties around by the neck, pulling their tails, or tugging at their ears, but I think it’s setting the children and the cats up for failure. Even the mildest-tempered cat may strike out with claws (or teeth!) if they are harassed enough or hurt, and that means that cat may end up in a shelter or much worse.

            Toby says, “Raise ‘em right, raise ‘em to love cats!”

            Remember, our children are the pet owners and advocates of the future. When we teach them love and respect from an early age, they hold those values within themselves for life. An added bonus? They’ll have a wonderful relationship with their childhood cat, making some precious memories for the future.

            Have you ever had a baby and a kitty at the same time? How did they interact? Let us know in the comments. 

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            About Meghan Lodge:: Fits the Aquarius definition to a fault, loves animals, and is always pushing for change. Loves ink, whether it’s in tattoos, books, or writing on that pretty sheet of blank paper. Proud parent of Toby (cat) and Axle (dog). I’m a former quiet nerd who’s turned bubbly animal-obsessed advocate.

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