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In my experience, cats sleep in one of two fashions. First, there are those times when they find themselves sprawled out in some ungainly and far-from-dignified pose — with limbs all askew — that lets you know they’re one truly zonked-out furball. It’s obviously awesome. Equally impressive are those other times when your feline is totally tucked up into some perfect pose that seems like it’s been geometrically engineered down to the last whisker and tail hair. Shrimping falls into this category.

But what exactly is cat shrimping, you might still be wondering? Well, it’s when your kitty becomes curled up but with her feet extended in such a tidy fashion that it has her resembling a shrimp. (At least a standard pre-cooked shrimp and not one you’ve butterflied and seasoned, which would just be weird.) Here goes then with your handy Instagram guide to shrimping.

This picture gives you a good grasp of the concept of shrimping.

 

A photo posted by Oliver Taco (@olivertaco) on Apr 11, 2015 at 2:27pm PDT

 



Shrimping on a staircase is something no cat has ever truly mastered.

 

A photo posted by @chicken_n_klink on May 21, 2015 at 8:12pm PDT

 



A double shrimping effort is always to be applauded.

 



A triple team outing is so rare we’re unlikely to spot another before the year is out.

 



Shrimping is a discipline that is best learned at an early age.

 

A photo posted by Caitlin C. (@scaitlinc) on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:41am PDT

 



There’s a shrimp cocktail joke in here somewhere …

 

A photo posted by Grey (@greytheblue) on May 26, 2015 at 2:24am PDT

 



It is scientifically proven that ginger kitties make the most excellent shrimpers.

 

A photo posted by Ariane (@ariane420) on May 23, 2015 at 1:32pm PDT

 


Have you ever caught your cat shrimping? Show us proof in the comments!

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Every cat has a story. Ask almost any cat parents to tell you about their beloved furry family member, and you’ll be treated to a riveting story in league with the likes of Twain, Sedaris, or Breaking Bad. (At least to us cat lovers!)

Cat people love a good cat story, and Meow Quarterly is here to give us just that.

Created by husband and wife team Aja Badame and Jack Dixon, Meow Quarterly is a new website that offers a view into the lives of Internet famous cats. Cool, sleek, and stylish, the site showcases celebrity cats through cat-centric interviews and gorgeous photography of the cats in their own homes.

Pugsley. Courtesy of Meow Quarterly.

About a year and a half ago, after Aja moved back to the U.S. after living in Berlin, one of her top priorities was to bring cats into her life.

“I got two of my own cats and became completely obsessed. I started an Instagram account for them, and developed online friendships with others within the Sphynx cat community. I had no idea this weird world existed; it sort of blew my mind.”

After living the cat life with her Sphynx cats, Pearl and Herbie (who took the liberty of introducing themselves during our Skype interview!), Aja started cat sitting.

“I started cat sitting and found myself taking photos of other people’s cats while on the job. This in tandem with my love of taking photos of my own cats, my husband and I — who’s been an avid photographer and designer for years — thought, should we visit the homes of some of the cats we’ve been following online and turn it into something that people would actually want to read?”

“I couldn’t help but blurt out, ‘YES!'”

Sister and her dad. Courtesy of Meow Quarterly.

So Aja and Jack sat down and designed the site that would become Meow Quarterly. Six months later, after traveling hundreds of miles around the U.S. and Canada (Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, and the New York City area), writing thousands of words, taking countless photographs, and putting all of their cat-fueled energy into the website, Meow Quarterly went live on May 11, 2015. Aja and Jack did everything themselves.

“We really wanted to make the features cat focused, offering a window into their lives,” says Aja. “So often cat accounts [on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.] are filled with closeups — which we love! — but you never get to see what’s going on behind the scenes.”

To give their readers a little slice-of-cat-life, Aja and Jack wanted to know, “Where’s the cat waking up? Where’s he going to sleep? What do they see every day?”

Princess Cheeto. Courtesy of Meow Quarterly.

And while many of the cats featured on Meow Quarterly are celebrity cats with thousands of followers online, Aja makes it clear that “likes,” “follows,” and “shares” do not necessarily a celebrity cat make.

“There are celebrity cats obviously, like Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, but [the Meow Quarterly cats] are sort of community celebrity cats. These are the cats who don’t necessarily have 100,000 followers, but 15,000 followers — they have committed fans that are really interested in seeing what they’re up to every day. And they have fierce followings within their communities, believe me!”

Aja goes on to say that Meow Quarterly’s goal is to do as much good for cats as possible. While of course the site is fun, and Aja and Jack have a great time getting to meet cats who have stolen the hearts of so many cat lovers, they hope that in the future Meow Quarterly can help to improve the lives of shelter cats, rescue organizations, and the animal loving community at large.

“We would like to make a photography book, and I’m hoping that we can align with a charity or a shelter and work with them to donate some of the proceeds of any sales of the book. On a base level it’s been really fun for us, but we want to use it for as much good as possible. We would really like to incorporate cats that are in shelters, or spotlight shelters or people that are doing really important things within the animal community,” says Aja.

“Looking ahead, we would like to use the fame of some of the more well-known cats to do something good for cats who are having a hard time getting placed in forever homes. We hope to feature shelter cats alongside celebrity cats to help get them adopted.”

Aja adds, “We’re also looking to open it up to regular, interesting people with non-famous cats — I mean, who doesn’t think their cat is a star! — those people [and cats] have interesting stories. That’s another angle we’re hoping to explore.”

Sam Has Eyebrows and his mom. Courtesy Meow Quarterly.

But what makes a celebrity cat? For Meow Quarterly it’s all about the cat’s story.

Aja mentions Kyle, one of the more famous cats featured in the premiere issue. Described on his Instagram (@mycatkyle):

My cat Kyle is a rescue with 3 teeth, no claws, severe dandruff, hip dysplasia, and a crooked ear. Also, he witnessed a murder. #CatsAgainstDV”, Kyle is a great example of a lovely and unusual cat that has lead an astonishing life.

“It’s such an emotional story,” explains Aja. “Kyle was living with 30 other cats in a home in which a domestic violence incident occurred that ended in a fatality. Kyle is a superstar with a lesson to teach the world about the challenges victims of abuse with pets have to endure.”

Kyle hangs out at home. Courtesy of Meow Quarterly.

Aja takes pride in the fact that by going to the cats in person, really focusing on how special each cat is in her own right, they can get beyond the glamour of cat celebrity and see what makes each cat tick (or purr).

Of course, when discussing celebrity cats, the question of responsibility, and if cat celebrity has a negative impact on cat culture, inevitably comes up.

Aja agrees that there are problems; for example, when cats are placed in situations that cause them to experience fear, stress, or anxiety. Not all cats are equipped to make public appearances.

Aja tells me about an instance where one of the cats they interviewed, Sam Has Eyebrows, was scheduled to appear at South by Southwest. Sam and his owner made it to the airport, where it became obvious that Sam was not handling the trip well. They turned around and went home.

Sam Has Eyebrows in repose. Courtesy of Meow Quarterly.

It’s those stories — where cats come first — that Aja and Jack can get behind. Obviously many celebrity cats are well cared for, loved, and even like the limelight, but not every famous cat is happy with that lifestyle. At the end of the day, Meow Quarterly wants to emphasize that the cats they feature are still “their own individual entities” beyond whatever fame they have gained.

In talking about the celebrity cats they interview, Aja makes it clear that she and Jack go to the cats, in the safety of the cats’ own homes, with their owners present.

“I am happy for cat celebrity culture to remain online. I don’t know if I need to meet any of these cats [in public] beyond what we’re doing.”

As Aja sees it, cats are “equals, rather than something to be owned,” and Meow Quarterly does not want to promote the kind of celebrity where the well-being of cats is compromised.

With so much cat celebrity inundating the Internet, it’s easy for cat lovers to be dubious of another celebrity cat website. However, I have to admit I’m charmed by Meow Quarterly’s dedication to letting cat personalities shine through.

Atchoum. Courtesy of Meow Quarterly.

The site is a great reminder to all cat lovers and admirers that despite a great set of eyebrows, an excellent mustache, or an adorably hairy face, celebrity cats want the same things our cats do — a safe home, yummy food, and loving people. Fame doesn’t have to change everything.

If you have an amazing cat or know of a cat with star quality, Meow Quarterly is open to suggestions for future issues. Send them your suggestions via its contact page. And be sure to follow Meow Quarterly on Instagram for your famous feline fix!

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About the author: Louise Hung is a morbidly inclined cat lady living in Yokohama, Japan, with her cat, her man, and probably a couple ghost cats. She also writes for xoJane. You can follow her on Twitter or drop her a line at IamLouiseMicaela@gmail.com.

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Before I adopted my second cat, Phoenix, I didn’t know what I’d been missing. My other cat, Bubba Lee Kinsey, and I had lived together for eight years, and despite the occasional fang-induced flesh wound, I thought we were pretty happy. In fact, I worried that a second cat would upset our delicate balance of nighttime snuggles and the elaborate predator vs. prey scenarios we re-enacted at various intervals throughout the day (you can probably guess who played which role).

Then Phoenix came flopping into our lives (quite literally — she’s known for her well-intentioned but inconvenient snuggles) and everything changed. Thanks to this miraculous little calico cuddler, Bubba Lee Kinsey has a playmate and a companion. He no longer stalks me when I’m walking to the restroom at 3 a.m., because he’s too busy burying his face in Phoenix’s belly floof on the couch. If one cat is cute, two will make your brain melt.

If you’re still not sure you’re ready to bring another feline into your home, here are five videos that might help you make up your mind.

1. Why not get another?

This brilliant video from BuzzFeed explains in no uncertain terms that you should get another cat. After all, every cat needs someone to be weird and lazy with — and you need hours of free entertainment. 

2. Improved communication skills

These two cats are embroiled in a very serious, animated conversation about who will lick the other’s face first. Another perk of having two cats: Sometimes they lick each other’s faces.

3. A beautiful friendship

This video provides a 12-step process for introducing your older cat to a new kitten. When Shorty meets Kodi, the cats’ relationship has a rocky start, complete with hissing and slapping — but by the end, the two are well on their way to a lifetime of Instagram-ready, #NoFilter nap-time snuggles.

4. An adventure buddy

Twice a day, Oskar the Blind Cat and his buddy Klaus, a former stray, go for walks down the long halls of their humans’ apartment building. Despite being blind, Oskar is good at finding his way around — and both cats have become pals with the neighbors.

5. Actually, you do have enough space

Take it from Jackson Galaxy: Even a small, one-bedroom apartment is fine for two cats if you “cat-ify” the house with the addition of shelves, bookcases, windowsills, and so on.

“As long as you make the territory bigger than just the floor, then you’re creating a world where two cats can easily live,” Galaxy says.

Do you believe that two cats (or three, or four) are better than one? Tell us why in the comments!

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We’ve passed the halfway point of the year and already we’ve been privileged to profile some outstanding Monday Miracles. There’s been a flurry of kitties scooting around on wheels; we’ve showcased a half-wild chap who found himself unceremoniously tangled up in a cord for the best part of 12 months, cats attacked by humans brandishing guns and Bobcats alike, and even an ambassador for the Crooked Cat movement.

But I’m going to chance that this week’s honoree is the superstar candidate of 2015: Her name is Roux, and she was born with only her two back legs. This is her story.

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A grey and white Siamese who sports the full and grandiose name of Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux Hendrickson Deak Akey, she was left at an animal shelter near New Orleans due to her lack of legs. More specifically, it’s said that her first owners couldn’t deal with the fact that she wasn’t able to bury her little nuggets in her litter box.

Thankfully, a worker at the shelter named Jackie Deak Akey decided to step up and take her home.

Roux just passed her first birthday, and her owner explained her condition to the Meowbox blog, saying that her congenital abnormality was likely related to a condition called transverse terminal hemimelia. (If you’re into that sort of stuff, medical X-rays confirm that her front nubs only go as far as the humerus.)

Roux also has a cute little bobtail.

Despite possessing 50 percent fewer legs than the average cat, Roux has managed to develop her own way of getting around. As you’d expect from her name, this means that she hops and wobbles along a little like a kangaroo. Check out her moves in the video below.

 

A video posted by Roux! (@lilbunnysueroux) on Apr 24, 2015 at 7:21pm PDT


Interestingly, when Roux walks, her two front nubs don’t technically touch the ground. Although as you can see in this next video, she’s not averse to shaking them around when the occasion calls for it.

 

A video posted by Roux! (@lilbunnysueroux) on May 26, 2015 at 5:28pm PDT


Now safely ensconced in her forever home, Roux is setting about becoming a real deal Internet phenomenon. To stay up to date with her latest adventures, head over to her Instagram account.

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What’s orange and black, 8 inches tall and purrs like a motorboat? It’s a Toyger! In an age of designer cat breeds created by crossing domestic cats with wild ones, the Toyger is a breath of fresh air in that its foundation stock doesn’t contain a drop of wild blood.

The Toyger was bred to look like a miniature version of the wild tiger. Photo: Shutterstock

Origins

In the late 1980s, Judy Sugden, a lover of mackerel tabby cats — also known as “tiger cats” in some regions — sought a way to make the stripes on mackerel tabbies clearer than they were. She noticed that her cat, Milwood Sharp Shooter, had spots of tabby markings on the sides of his head. Domestic tabbies usually don’t have stripes on the sides of their heads, and she wondered whether Sharp Shooter might hold the key to producing a tiger cat that really looked like a tiger.

In addition to Milwood Sharp Shooter, the foundation cats of the breed included a tabby domestic shorthair named Scrapmetal and a Bengal named Milwood Rumpled Spotskin. In the early 1990s, Sugden imported Jammu Blu, a street cat from India who had spots rather than the regular tabby lines on the top of his head. Sugden was joined by two other breeders, Anthony Hutcherson and Alice McKee, in the development of the Toyger.

The Toyger was accepted for registration by the International Cat Association, or TICA, in 1993 and granted full recognition for championship status in 2007. As of this writing, TICA is the cat breed registry that recognizes the Toyger.

Appearance

The Toyger is a medium to large and very muscular cat with a thick, soft coat featuring dark tabby stripes and rosettes that branch and stretch out, and circular head markings. These stripes and spots are contrasted by an orange or tan background color with what some breeders describe as a “dusting” of gold. Its long body and high shoulders give the Toyger a gait very similar to larger wildcats. Male Toygers weigh between 10 and 15 pounds and females between 7 and 10 pounds.

Health and longevity

The Toyger is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13 years or longer. Toygers may have a slightly higher risk of heart murmurs and possibly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy than the general feline population.

Because the Toyger is still a new and rare breed, it will take time before there are enough of them to produce any meaningful statistics about proneness to illnesses or injuries.

Living with a Toyger

Toygers are easygoing cats that get along with pretty much anybody. They do well with dogs and kids, and they love to play. They’re very intelligent cats so they need lots of intellectual stimulation to avoid boredom and possible acting out. When you’re at home, set aside time to play with your Toyger every day; he’ll very much appreciate that time, not just to get his energy out but because he’ll be with you.

Because Toygers are so smart, it’s easy to train them to walk on a leash, and they could even be very good at running agility courses.

Crouching Toyger, hidden cat toy. Photo: Shutterstock

Toyger trivia bits

  • It’s said that breeder Judy Sugden created the Toyger in hopes of bringing attention to the plight of the wild tiger and the need for active conservation of that species.
  • The Toyger’s pattern of broken and branching stripes is unique among domestic cats.
  • The Toyger is still a very rare breed: There are only about 20 breeders in the U.S. and another 15 or so in the rest of the world.

Do you have a Toyger in your home? What’s it like to live with him or her? Please share your thoughts and photos of your Toyger in comments.

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A cross between a domestic house cat and an Asian leopard cat, the Bengal cat is about as close as you can get to having a tiny leopard in your house without, you know, actually adopting a leopard. Known for their beautiful spotted coats and playful, adventurous personalities, Bengals make great pets — and there’s a good chance they’ll even be down for a walk around the neighborhood on a leash.

Learn a little more about this vivacious, one-of-a-kind breed in these videos — particularly if you’re thinking of adopting a Bengal. And check out rescue groups including the Bengal Rescue Network first. These cats are sought-after, but plenty of Bengals still need homes.

1. The Rolls-Royce of kitties

According to this Animal Planet segment, one woman paid $50,000 to adopt her Bengal cat. (Remember what I said about checking with rescue groups?) Other fun facts: Bengals “bark” along with meowing, and they are immune to feline leukemia. They’re also recommended for experienced cat owners who have plenty of time to keep these energetic cats entertained. 

2. Big talkers

Turns out Bengal cats have a lot on their minds, which they express by meowing, “barking,” yowling, and chirping. These proud Bengal parents condensed two years of footage of their cats, Pixel and Sushi, talking up a storm.

3. Some experience required

This experienced cat owner shares important tips to consider before adopting a Bengal cat, including the need to buy a lot of DVD players, be excellent at hide and seek, and never tire of cleaning up unrolled toilet paper. These Bengals can even flip a light switch. Their antics are amusing and amazing but could be frustrating to a first-time cat owner.

4. Life’s a beach

Among their many dog-like qualities: Bengals don’t hate water as much as your average, everyday feline. I’m not sure what’s better here: Watching Diego the cat go for his first swim, or listening to his family’s pure joy as they watch their cat learn to paddle.

5. Who wants to go for a walk?

This guy takes his Pit Bull and his Bengal for a walk at the same time, as one does. It’s hard to tell whether the cat or the dog is more jazzed about getting out to explore the neighborhood.

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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.

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