Dogs and cats hate holiday fireworks. Here are 3 tips to protect your pet on July 4th.

Advice from the Humane Society that might save your pet's life.

Pilots, please always remove cats from your plane wings before flight

“The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot.”

Kitten-cam captures sleepy kittens exiting their cute little house, one by one

Big Kitten is watching you.

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Startled Cat is startled: A photo shared in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Image: Eric Sonstroem.
Look at those eyes.

Cat parasite could be making kids stupid


Toxoplasma gondii is a single celled organism that lives in the guts of cats and is spread to humans through contact with cat crap. About a third of the human population is infected with it. It resides in the brain and muscles, and doesn't always cause symptoms. But a new study at the University of Iowa and Florida International University has linked Toxoplasma gondii to reading and memory difficulties in children. The study also suggests that vitamin E can reduce the effects.

Infected rats are already known to lose their fear of cats, making it more likely that they will be killed and eaten. This is advantageous to the parasite, since it reproduces inside the intestines of cats. The organism's egg-like oocysts are shed in cat faeces which may then contaminate food or infect other animals. Some studies have suggested that Toxoplasma gondii can alter the behaviour of humans too, making men more aggressive and even causing women to cheat on their husbands. Other research has pointed to a strong link between the parasite and schizophrenia.

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Behold, the world's largest whoopie cushion


This video about the world's largest whoopie cushion is all about the cat. Read the rest

Top 10 Wikipedia articles containing the phrase "legend has it" and at least one cat

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Cat licks air when paper crinkles


ORE Agency report "my cat's strange reaction to crinkling plastic wrapper." This cat should hang out with Charles, of Charles Has a Licking Problem fame.

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Photoset of two cats tells story of “Hope, Fish, Despair”


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I can't stop collecting cats in this Japanese smartphone game


Sometimes I can't tell how much of my affection for cats is genuine and how much is the toxoplasmosis talking, but in the end it doesn't matter: I love their silly faces. That's probably why I've fallen for Nekoatsume, an adorable Japanese smartphone game whose name translates as "collecting cats." Read the rest

Five games about cats for you to try


Being wonderfully weird, capricious and regal, cats are easy to adore (even if it's just the brain parasites). Inexplicably compelling, they're also often ideal subjects for games. Read the rest

Cats are jerks

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EMI claims it owns copyright to videos of cats purring

Hugh writes, "YouTube's automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube's Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12 second purring loop. The cat in question, Phantom, has filed a dispute and hopes to reclaim his rights." (Thanks, Hugh!) Read the rest

Jurassic Park with cats instead of "velociraptors"

The trailer for the new Jurassic Park film "Jurassic World" has just been released, and it's awesome. (Hello, Chris Pratt-as-dinosaur-hunter!) If you haven't seen it yet, you need to. But since everyone else is sharing and posting the trailer, I thought I'd share something Jurassic Park-related but a little bit ... different.

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Winston's Raspberry.” Boing Boing reader Andrew Walsh shared this photo in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

Cat vs Owl

Frank Platt via Arbroath. Read the rest

WATCH: Burmese cats return from brink of extinction in Myanmar

One of the casualties of Myanmar's 1962 coup was the Burmese cat, which had to be repatriated from from foreign pedigreed stock about ten years ago. Wong How Man of China Exploration and Research Society describes how he reintroduced them. Read the rest

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