When there's just way too much crazy Trump news

We are all the cat hiding in the sink because an uninvited dog is visiting.

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No touchy plz

Do not touch, hooman.

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When you realize robots really are going to steal your job

The future is givin me a frighten.

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When you're a cat and you hear the can opener sound

When cats hear the sound of an opening can, something magical happens.

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Cat adopts orphaned hedgehogs

The story varies depending on the source—momma being killed by a trap, run over by a car, lawnmowered, etc—but in all cases the result is this video of a pile of baby hedgehogs suckling on a cat.

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Cat enjoys relaxing and playing piano with owner

These videos of a guy in Istanbul playing the piano with his kitty cat are so sweet and genuine. I can't get enough of them.

His name is Sarper Duman. Play him off, keyboard cat.

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Why don’t house cats roar?

It turns out lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars are the only species of cat that can roar. SciShow explains why in this new video. Read the rest

Make: hand-embroidered patches based on photos of your beloved cat

Becky Stern writes, "My elderly cat passed away earlier this month, so I spent some mourning time stitching up these embroidered cat patches based on photos of my kitty Beatrice. I made a tutorial walking through the process from Photoshop to embroidery hoop." Read the rest

When you've had too much Trump news and bae reminds you about Caturday

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Cute cat-shaped geta sandals from Japan

I can think of at least three feline-loving friends of mine who are going to flip when they see these cute cat-shaped sandals.

With the soles shaped like the silhouette of a cat, the "Nyarageta" is a fun take on traditional Japanese geta sandals. Geta sandals are sort of a cross between clogs and flip-flops and are usually made with wooden soles. This version, however, is made with a softer material called "elastic cell foam sponge EVA."

According to SoraNews24, even the name is playful: “Nya” means meow, "Nara" is the name of the Japanese city where they’re from and, of course, "geta" are the sandals themselves.

One pair costs 3,780 Yen or approximately $33.84.

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If cats ruled the world

AaronsAnimals imagines a world of cat domination. Read the rest

Cats domesticated themselves

In many, animal species are domesticated when humans bring them into their homes whether they want to be there or not. For example, it's mostly accepted that humans domesticated wolves, breeding them in captivity until they became the modern dogs we love today. Now, a new study of cat genetics reveals that cats just kind of hung around humans for thousands of years before they were domesticated. From Casey Smith's article in National Geographic:

The earlier ancestors of today’s domestic cats spread from southwest Asia and into Europe as early as 4400 B.C. The cats likely started hanging around farming communities in the Fertile Crescent about 8,000 years ago, where they settled into a mutually beneficial relationship as humans’ rodent patrol.

Mice and rats were attracted to crops and other agricultural byproducts being produced by human civilizations. Cats likely followed the rodent populations and, in turn, frequently approached the human settlements.

“This is probably how the first encounter between humans and cats occurred,” says study coauthor Claudio Ottoni of the University of Leuven. “It’s not that humans took some cats and put them inside cages,” he says. Instead, people more or less allowed cats to domesticate themselves.

A second lineage, consisting of African cats that dominated Egypt, spread into the Mediterranean and most of the Old World beginning around 1500 B.C. This Egyptian cat probably had behaviors that made it attractive to humans, such as sociability and tameness.

The results suggest that prehistoric human populations probably began carrying their cats along ancient land and sea trade routes to control rodents.

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The heaviest, sturdiest cat litter scoop

The little plastic cat litter scoop I’d been using for a couple of years had gotten flimsy from use and would often buckle at the handle. The DuraScoop is made from cast aluminum and will never bend. It easily shaves hardened clumps of litter from that litter box that would cause a plastic scoop to fold in half. It’s actually a beautiful looking tool, too. If Raymond Loewy designed a scoop, it would look like this (maybe the handle wouldn’t be covered with textured plastic). Cleaning cat litter is an unpleasant daily chore for me, but the DuraScoop makes it much less unpleasant. I bought it last year for $13. It's $12 on Amazon right now. Read the rest

Samurai armor for your pets and kids

Samurai Age has created a line of samurai armor for kittehs and doggos, allowing them to show off their noble nature as honored warriors. Read the rest

Two cats bouncing in sync up a wall onto another wall

The peace and quiet and the camera operator's calm framing of the shot really make it. In a few days this will have gone viral, covered in jaunty music, giant text, and an inane voiceover. Read the rest

This is what a cat looks like if you shave everything but its face

This cat fully shaved... except for its face from pics

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Cat vs. boxes

“Cat Vs. Boxes” is an adorable animated short directed by Simon Tofield, designed by Liza Nechaeva, and animated by Michael Cotton-Russell and Emma Wakely. For more animated cat videos check out the Simon’s Cat YouTube channel. Read the rest

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