My dog is a 10-year-old whose history includes time in animal shelters, and in various homes. He has arthritis, a progressive condition that will cause him more pain as he grows older. Direct heat through my electric blanket or heating pad is clearly very comforting for him--if there's a heated throw of some kind around, he'll find it and snuggle up. But the best solution I've found for both of us is this gently heated dog bed, which warms up to your dog's body temperature when they sit down on it.
You don't have to worry about it heating up too hot, or about remembering to switch it on or off. When your pup needs it, they get warmth. When they step away, the device shifts to "off." I bought mine a few months ago, and it is the center of his world. The color is attractive, and works with the neutral tones in my modest, minimalist living space. Strongly recommended if you have a smaller, older dog, or a cat who likes extra body warmth.
From the manufacturer's specs:
• Heater uses only 6 watts and is MET Listed
• Removable cushion and removable heater make washing a breeze
• Thermostatically controlled to warm to your pet's normal body temperature when in use
• 5-inch thick bedding keeps pet comfortable
• Removable, machine washable cover for easy maintenance
• Safe plush heated pillow insert for winter warmth
• Available in 2 sizes and 2 colors; 1-year warranty
amazon: K&H Manufacturing Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper
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“Elliot likes to tear up cardboard boxes.”
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Illustrator Doogie Horner has a new book out called Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren’t Aware Of. He says its a c"ollection of illustrated short stories about 100 impossible cat characters. Like the Alien cat, Xort, who reports back to his planet: 'Have trained my humans to feed and pet me. They suspect nothing.' Or the Mountain Climber cat, Snowball, who is planning a perilous route up the North Curtain to Mt. Bookcase. Or Mystico, the Magician cat—no one could figure out how he sawed a dog in half. (The answer was simple: He didn’t like dogs.)"
Doogie asked me if I'd like him to draw some special cats for Boing Boing, and I told him I'd like some cats as Walking Dead characters. And he drew them! Can you tell who the cats represent?
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The subreddit r/CucumbersScaringCats is dedicated entirely to the proposition that cats are scared of cucumbers, and to providing video evidence in support of that proposition. Read the rest
Austrian artist Carl Kahler's 1893 cat painting "My Wife's Lovers," thought to be the world's largest painting of cats, sold at a Sotheby's auction for $826,000. The cats in the painting belonged to San Francisco art collector Kate Johnson. Read the rest
See sample pages from this book at Wink.
Dogs get all the credit when it comes to training. Yes, they can fetch bones, sit on command, bark for food, play ball, walk on two legs, roll over, play dead, pull sleds, and probably perform about one hundred other chores and fun tricks. But can they sit on the loo while doing their business? I think not. Cats, however, can be trained to do this in as little as two weeks, as instructed in Perre DiCarlo’s nine-step Kick Litter manual.
I first met DiCarlo two months ago at Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder. He gave a Powerpoint talk on how to train your cat to use the toilet. Who knew such a peculiar topic could be absolutely mesmerizing? Perre masterfully blended loads of humor with practical how-to steps that kept even cat-haters completely engaged.
He ended up sending me a signed copy of his pamphlet-sized book, and I love it on many levels. The design is wonderfully whimsical, the toilet-training steps are clear with nice illustrations, and each page is adorably funny. As an added layer to the book, we also get a short story told in the first person, er, I mean first kitty, by Di Carlo’s cats Moxie and Cooper. We get to hear a charming account of the cats' training experiences, including the time Cooper fell into the bowl, and how Moxie, the female, was able to kick her litter addiction in only two weeks, while Cooper had a harder 2-month recovery time. Read the rest
You used to call me on my cell phone. Late night when you need my cat food.
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Cat collectors rejoice: the cult favorite mobile game Neko Atsume has finally made its way to Android—and soon, to iOS—in English under the name Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector. Read the rest
The Fuck Yeah Psychedelic Cats
blog is honestly and accurately named. Note that the web design has the sensibility and orderliness of Louis Wain's crayon tray on a bad day (and flashing lights). If you are still low on psychedelic cats after your visit, I suggest dropping by this Giphy tag. Read the rest
A bit of bizarre silliness from Markiplier, who said it is "the result of 8 hours of wasted time in an effort to make the stupidest video I possibly could!" Read the rest
Looks like a scene from a Kubrick film, but it's just a snapshot of a cat hiding under the blankets. Uploaded by Redditor attigirb. Read the rest
What if, to a cat, the human world looks like a huge failed civilization bisected by unnatural celestial shapes?
Works every time. “We've been monitoring our pup at home to get a sense of how much barking he's been doing,” Devon Meadows explains.
“Chazz had just started barking after my wife and I left for work but luckily our cat, Greyscale, shuts that down.”
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In the charming, compulsively playable Japanese iOS game Nekoatsume (aka Cat Collector), you spend a lot of time acquiring virtual toys to attract a coterie of virtual cats to your virtual backyard. But now it seems that there are actual Nekoastume toys for corporeal humans as well, and there's a way to buy them—even if you live outside of Japan.
Hubbyte Toys and Collectibles, a vendor based in the Philippines, posted on Facebook today that it is taking preorders for what appears to be a Nekoatsume playset, complete with a pop-up yard, cats (Manzoku-san, Hoiiro-san and Akage-san specifically), a blue food dish and yes, yes! A yellow ball.
The price is listed at what I believe is 1500 Philippine pesos, which is approximately $32 in U.S. dollars. You've spent so much time giving imaginary toys to imaginary cats. Why not give the gift of real toys based on imaginary cats to yourself? Read the rest
This white budgie is grooming a cat friend, and the cat seems to like it. Read the rest
In this symbiotic relationship, it is the human's job to place the cracked tile into its spot, and it is the cat's job to knock it out. It will be a sad day when someone comes along and replaces the broken tile. [via] Read the rest