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Love And Kittens Help To Heal Mama Dog’s Heartache

Milo the dog knows heartbreak. But like any soul who has experienced loss, she appreciates the joy that fills her life now.

At a gas station near Arizona’s border to Mexico, Milo was scrounging out an existence, but she had no real home and often knew the pains of hunger. She was also pregnant when Sunshine Dog Rescue found her, yet she seemed in pretty good shape for being a rural stray dog.

Things were looking good for Milo. She’d have some puppies and then be on her way to a forever home once they were weaned. But tragedy struck the mom-to-be.

Milo, now Georgia, went into premature labor and her puppies were just too young to survive. Anita Osa, executive director of Sunshine Dog Rescue, shared, “While my heart hurts for the puppies that never got to run and play, my heart is so very sad for Georgia.”


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Though she was healing physically from an emergency c-section and spay, the heartbroken mother dog was frantic for her babies. “We found her tearing her mattress up looking for them.”

Anita and Sunshine staff did everything they could think of to console Georgia, even giving her a stuffed puppy with a heartbeat to ease her grief. It helped some, but the poor dog still mourned her loss.

An Idea to Help A Grieving Mom

To help Georgia out, Anita took to Facebook searching for orphaned newborn puppies. She didn’t find any puppies, but she did come across kittens in need of a mother.


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“I was certainly unsure,” admitted Anita. “But I had seen other species nurse another species before, so I thought worse case scenario she doesn’t take to them and I have some kittens I need to tend to myself.”

The idea turned out to be an amazing one!


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Georgia took right to the tiny tabby kittens. “She LOVES them.”

And they loved their new mama too, nuzzling and cuddling into her warmth and safety just as they would have a feline mom.


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Anita explained nursing was a little tricky for the dog and her kittens, but the babies did finally figure out how to latch. To be sure they were getting all the nutrition kitten bodies need to grow, they also got bottles. Which meant lots of hands on love from Anita.

Watching the kittens grow helped Georgia learn to be a happy dog, but once Goober, Graffiti, and Toby grew strong enough to be weaned, she had a another to battle to face.


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Overcoming TVT and Chemo

During the emergency surgery following the loss of her puppies, doctors discovered Georgia had TVT (transmissible venereal tumor). As a highly aggressive cancer, TVT tumors had formed in the short few months Milo had been with Sunshine Dog Rescue. But she faced it with strength and a smile on her sweet snoot.

With the kittens weaned, the brave dog started chemotherapy and found her forever family. Under the care of her new dad, Georgia has completed chemo and is now living the dream!


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And more great news! Georgia now shares her forever home with one of her kittens. Toby was adopted by her dad’s roommate!

Thanks to rescue love and adorable kittens, Georgia has come through hardship to find happiness in her forever home.

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H/T: www.usatoday.com
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Precious Kitten Treasure Trapped Behind Wall Rescued By Firefighters

Kittens love to make trouble. It’s kind of their thing. Well, that and being adorable!

But, seriously, kittens know how to find mischief and one ginger kitten in Australia found trouble so deep the fire department had to get involved!

At a Bankstown home in Sydney, Australia, a normal day to turned into a bit of a catastrophe when the homeowners heard the high-pitched meows of a kitten inside the house.

But the family didn’t have a kitten, so the sudden appearance of the voice was certainly a surprise. After a search of the home, they realized the kitten was stuck behind a wall, crying to get free.

Desperate to help the tabby baby, the homeowners called Fire and Rescue NSW for what firefighters described as “an un-fur-gettable rescue”.


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Behind Door Number One…A Kitten!

When firefighters arrived at the home, they used thermal imaging technology to locate the kitten’s whereabouts behind the wall. Once they found the kitten, “firefighters devised a purr-fect plan to rescue the trapped kitten by cutting through the gyprock to make a small hole.”

With the kitten right on the other side of the wall, the fireman worked very carefully to cut a small rectangle into the drywall. As he pulled the cut section free, the fireman joked, “What’s behind door number one?”


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The cutest little tabby kitten face, drywall dusting his tiny nose, popped from the opening. The fireman greeted him with a friendly hello and the rest of the room melted into a chorus of “aww” as they caught their first glimpse of the baby.

But kittens can be easily frightened and as big hands reached for him, the shy boy ducked back into the wall. “The crews weren’t kitten around and with a little coaxing, the rest is hiss-tory.”

They soon had the cute kitten out of the wall and safe in their arms. As he was plucked from the wall, the tiny orange kitty meowed his thanks. The rescue took only twenty minutes and the kitten came through his ordeal unharmed.


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In Love with Their Little Intruder

Little did the kitten know when he somehow wandered into the wall, he was squirming into his forever home. In a moment of love at first sight, the homeowners were smitten with the kitten and decided to adopt him.

Fire and Rescue NSW Bankstown shared, “Everyone is now the best of fur-ends with the happy ending to this tail.”

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The Surprising Way Cats See The World Isn’t What You Expected

Cats are purrfect in all ways.

Just ask any cat lover and they’ll count the way cats reign over us. But, here’s a surprise.

For all their ability to pounce a skittering lizard or fluttery butterfly, cats don’t have the eagle-eye acuity we might have thought.

Human and feline eyes are built differently and the result of these differences gives us some strengths in vision over cats. But those differences also give them a paw up over our eyes in other ways. And it all comes down to differences in the human and feline retina.

Lining the back of the eye, the retinal tissue contains photoreceptor cells that relay light to the brain. These photoreceptors are what we know as rods and cones. Cones are responsible for daytime vision and the way we perceive color. Rods sends signals from the peripheral vision, detect brightness, discern shades of gray, and allow for night vision.

While both humans and cats have rods and cones, their distribution differs with cats having more rods than cones. The distribution is flipped in the human eye. This difference in photoreceptors leads cats to see the world quite differently than us.

Artist Illustrates How Cats See the World

Graphic artist Nickolay Lamm wanted to illustrate how cats saw the world, so he consulted with veterinary experts regarding feline vision. Using the facts he learned, Lamm created a series of photos showing how cats see versus how we see when it comes to peripheral vision, distance, color perception, and night vision.

When viewing these comparisons, remember, human vision is displayed on the top with the feline version on the same scene on bottom.

Visual Field

Cats have a wider visual field at 200 degrees when compared to our 180 degrees, enabling them take in a bigger picture. See the blacked-out sides on the top picture? That’s where our sight stops and we can see the feline view takes in a little more.

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Acuity

At your annual eye exam, you and your ophthalmologist strive to get your vision to 20/20 with the help of glasses and contacts. The best a cat can hope for when reading the eye chart is 20/100 or 20/200. What does this mean?

Imagine a bowl of cat kibble sitting 100 feet away. Most likely you can see it clearly from this distance. In order for a cat to see that same bowl with clarity, he would have to be 20 feet away from it. By our standards, cats need glasses to see long distances!

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Color

Contrary to what many believe, cats do see in color. Cats are trichromats like humans, meaning we all see red, green, and blue thanks to three different types of cones. But the feline cone responsible for seeing green doesn’t view this color very brightly as they are spaced far apart in a cat’s eye. Cats come closer to seeing green as dogs and color-blind people might. And when considering the whole color spectrum, since cats have fewer cones than humans, they can’t view colors in the same rich hues we can.

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Day and Night

Cats do have us beat when it comes to the dark though. They may not have the acuity we do for distance and color, but low light leaves us stumbling around while cats nimbly navigate the dark. While we have the more cones for daytime vision, cats have an abundance of rods which allows them to see better in the dark.

Felines area also suited for night vision thanks to the tapetum lucidum. A reflective layer found behind the retina, the cells of the tapetum can be compared to mirrors which allow light to bounce back forth between cones and rods. And by the way, the tapetum is what makes cat eyes glow in the dark.


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While their eyes may not be their sharpest feature, felines have highly developed senses of smell and hearing that work with their vision to create an accurate picture of the world. Plus, whiskers contain sensory receptor cells making them like another set of eyes in a sense. So while they might not see the best, cats are highly developed predators that have no problem snatching up anything that piques their interest!

H/T: www.businessinsider.com

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5 Ways Your Cats Are Telling You They’re Unhappy

Cats can be fur-coated mysteries where feelings are concerned. True, when your cat purrs in your embrace, the cat’s happiness seems obvious. And, there’s no missing a hissing cat is an angry one, but these are fleeting emotions. What about the overall disposition of your feline friend?

Is your kitty happy or a sad cat?

Since humans and cats don’t always speak on the same level, here are some signs you might have an unhappy cat on your hands.

The Ways Cats Tell You They’re Unhappy

#1. Lazier than Usual

Is your cat a lazy loaf?

Cat lovers know this is a tricky one. Kitty cats tend to snooze from 12 to 16 hours a day, so it’s not unusual for a cat to laze about, but when your cat is awake, how is his behavior? Does your kitty lie around instead of snooping and nosing like a curious cat? Do toys get your cat silly or does he pay scant attention and turn away?

If your cat is lazy without reprieve, then something might be dragging your fur darling down in the dumps.

Keep in mind that indoor cats can get bored. Like a human, cats need stimulation, but over time a cat can accept its situation and take up a lifestyle of lazing about that isn’t healthy. Like humans, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a host of health problems for a cat. As your kitty darling ages, you’ll notice a gradual slowdown, but complete inactivity is not normal at any age. Seek medical care for a listless cat.

Here’s a list of tips to keep your cat happy and active:

  • Cats love to climb, and by simply installing cat ledges or placing cat trees, their boredom can be alleviated with some trips up and down whatever climbing system works best for your feline and your home. Climbing is a natural activity during outdoor life, but living inside comes with limited opportunity to flex the climbing muscles.
  • Scratching posts galore will help bust boredom. Cats scratch on things for a multitude of reasons: marking territory, stretching, and keeping their radiant claws manicured.
  • Toys are key at keeping a cat entertained, but kitties are picky, this we know. Just because you think that glittery bumble bee is adorable doesn’t mean your cat will. According to the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, cats have what’s called a “prey preference.” Some are drawn to feathers that mimic wild birds, while others might prefer dangling strings and crinkle sounds. It might be a toy that creates noise, like chirps or squeaks, that will send your fluffy love over the moon.
  • Try training your cat to walk on a leash. It sounds strange, but some cats love a stroll with their human.

#2. Singing Sad Love Songs

Cats tend to be dramatic, giving long and mournful meows to signal their displeasure. They like to cry out about their food bowls and their state of fullness, but sometimes that cry gets misinterpreted. If your cat seems to yell an over lot about food when the bowl is full, then he may be trying to tell you something else entirely.

ASPCA.org reports, “Numerous diseases can cause cats to feel unusually hungry, thirsty, restless or irritable—any of which is likely to prompt meowing. Even if your cat has a history of meowing for food, you should still have her checked by your veterinarian.”

If your cat has a clean bill of health, it might just mean your kitty really wants some extra time with you. Those impressive vocal acrobatics may be a demand for more attention. After all, they do love us as we love them. Next time your cat gets loud, give him some snuggles. Love and affection are often the strongest tools in helping an unhappy cat.

#3. Straight-Up Hostile Behavior

Is your cat usually the best cuddle bud you’ve ever met but suddenly in a continuous rage? If so, this hostility can signal obvious unhappiness. Cats will turn to hissing and swatting to convey their dismay, but be careful if your cat has settled into an aggressive state. Like their big cat brethren, cats are fast, and before you know it, you might find yourself with a bleeding wound from a bite or scratch.

Call your vet immediately if your cat has become overly hostile and refuses to calm down. Something is wrong. Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine cites a number of diseases which can trigger aggression in cats:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dental disease
  • Central Nervous System problems

Cornell recommends consulting your cat’s “veterinarian before attempting to manage aggressive cats through behavioral and/or environmental modification.”

#4. Food Picky Pants or Suddenly Chubby

Cats are food monsters. Really, eating is one of their favorite things to do. If all of a sudden your little cat pig stops loving food, something could be troubling the fuzzy one. The problem could simply be dislike. Cats who have eaten the same brand of food for a long while can decide they don’t care for it anymore. They’re picky like that. It might be they’ve grown bored with the lack of variety. In the wild, cats hunt different types of prey, offering them a buffet of choice. In the house, the choice is removed and can lead to a case of the blahs in your kitty.

Also, a cat won’t eat when their mouths hurt. Dental problems are a common issue in aging cats, according to SeniorCatWellness.com. “The three most common dental problems in cats are periodontitis, gingivitis and tooth resorption with varying levels of severity.”

Unhappy kitties can overeat too. While chonky cats are super cute, it might signal some issues if your trim feline suddenly blimps out. Either the cat is unhappy or some health problem, like diabetes, could be brewing. If introducing new food doesn’t solve the undereating issue or the overeating is overwhelming, contact your vet.

Be sure the cat’s water dish is fresh and clean at all times too. You can make getting a sip of water fun by purchasing a water fountain for animals. The bubbling water will provide hydration and entertainment.

#5. Too Much or Too Little Grooming

Cats are meticulous when it comes to their cleanliness. The pride taken in grooming reflects a cat’s care about their little persons. If suddenly your kitty stops taking care to keep paws and tails immaculate, check in with your cat and see what’s going on. Cats that stop bathing turn away from self-care for a reason, whether they’re depressed or ill.

Vest West Animal Hospitals said cats spend 30% of their time grooming. Beyond a want to feel clean, grooming can calm a cat when they feel out of sorts. But cats who spend too much time licking and preening their fur can cause baldness and skin irritation. If the vet can’t find a physical cause for overgrooming, the diagnosis may come as “psychogenic alopecia – a compulsive disorder usually brought on by stress or anxiety.”

If this is your kitty’s case, then it’s time to examine what factors create an unhappy cat.

#6. Litter Pan Disasters

One of the most obvious issues cat lovers notice when their kitty isn’t happy is litter box problems. A cat that starts urinating or defecating outside their pan makes their unhappiness known by leaving puddles and piles for you to clean. Issues can range from a dislike of litter brand to not feeling safe. Plus, discerning noses don’t care for any kind of stink and won’t dare put their paws in what they see as dirty dirt essentially. Keep the litter fresh and scooped, and be sure there’s a pan for each cat. Add an extra litter pan to keep the purrsnickety cats pleased.

If trying a new cat litter and revisiting litter pan setups don’t revive your cat’s bad mood, then make an appointment with the vet.

#7. Mopey Body Language

Body language indeed tells us much about a cat’s feelings. It’s normal for them to lash out when angry or roll over and purr when happy. But those are momentary reactions. If your cat constantly walks around on edge, avoiding her favorite chin rubs or playing with favorite toys, she’s telling you something by saying nothing.

Instead of verbally telling you, she’s using her body to speak. Watch her body language to pick up clues. Standing fur, ears pinned back, or a tail that is constantly lashing back and forth are just a few ways cats communicate distress. Watch for the postures of an unhappy cat. Make certain these behaviors are reactions and not a default setting. If the actions are constant, time to make some changes.


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#8. Hiding and Avoidance

Cats are natural-born hiders. The level of their skill is astounding and can be alarming to the human who is looking for them. But, cats will come out of hiding when ready, usually for a snack or good snuggle.

Unhappy cats hide, too, yet to the point of excluding themselves from normal life, refusing to come out of their shadowy refuge. Whether from fear or illness, a cat who no longer wants to hang out with his family is experiencing some sort of turmoil.

While hiding from visitors is normal, continual avoidance of loved ones is not. If your cat is going out of his way to avoid you and your love, you might be the source of the stress your cat is feeling. In an interview with the Guardian, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw explained why we might be causing our cats stress, “If cat owners understood their pets better, they’d recognize the demands we’re putting on them.”

Rather than chasing cats around for hugs they don’t want or snapping too many pictures for social media, spend some time examining your cat’s environment for reasons you’re cat might be annoyed with you.

#9. Fraidy Cat Ways

Cats are spooky, no doubt about it. One minute your sweet girl bathes peacefully. The next, she’s seen an invisible force and shot out of the room like an arrow. Cats experience fear and feel stress just like us. When fear and stress are a constant for a cat, anxiety can definitely create an unhappy cat.

Hiding from strangers in the house can be normal for some cats and kittens. A good number of critters cope with new experiences by cowering from the unknown, but how do we know when normal fear has shifted into crippling anxiety?

If your worried anxiety is ruling your cat, look for these unhappy cat signs provided by Mother Nature Network:

  • Hiding to the point you’re not sure you have a cat
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Constant pleading cries
  • Extreme sleepiness beyond normal cat laziness
  • Vomiting or changes in weight
  • Overeating or under-eating
  • Making messes outside the litter pan
  • Grooming themselves bald
  • Household destruction like tearing up furniture
  • Shadowing their human at every turn

If you suspect your cat has anxiety, make an appointment with the vet. Discuss solutions for your cat and do plenty of research. Help your cat find their paws on even ground again.

Cats deserve all the happiness they can find, and to thank them, it’s our job to make the hunt a little easier!

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TikTok Cat Mom Goes Viral Thanks To Cat Safety Warnings

As cat parents, we’re always trying to give our kitties the best lives possible. One way we do this is by staying on top of cat safety. And thanks to cat mom and foster Katrina Roberts, we’ve got another great resource in cat care.

Katrina lives in Great Falls, MT, and fosters cats through animal rescue Pet Paw See. Since she’s social media savvy, her boss at the rescue asked if she’d create some cute kitten content with her fosters.

So, she did. And people took notice!

Katrina told KRTV Great Falls, “The second one that I uploaded just blew up, so it was extremely cool.”


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Once she started posting videos on cat safety, more people noticed and soon Katrina found her TikTok had amassed a 6-figure following. “I hit 100,000 followers last week which was really insane.”

Though Katrina only created the account just a few months ago, her followers value the information this busy cat lady shares. Though she works, goes to school, and fosters, Katrina wants to help everyone keep their kitties cared for and safe. Recently, she’s educated us on the dangers of lilies and salt lamps.


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Lilies are More than Toxic to Cats, They Can Be FATAL

“I just posted a video a while back of why you can’t have lilies in your house if you have cats.”

As lovely as lilies are, they don’t belong in homes with cats. Katrina explained, “Even a little bit of pollen on the fur can lead to kidney failure and death.”


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And Katrina is correct. Melanie McLean, an FDA veterinarian, reports, “The entire lily plant (leaf, pollen, and flower) is poisonous to them…even if they just eat a couple of leaves or lick a few pollen grains off their fur, cats can suffer acute kidney failure within a very short period of time.”

Don’t risk it and stick with other cat safe flowers.

In a Strange Surprise, Salt Lamps Aren’t Good for Cats Either

Regarding Himalayan sea salt lamps, those are bad for cats, “really bad,” according to Katrina.

“If they decide to lick them, because they’re cats and they might, it can cause sodium poisoning.”

Again, she tells us true.


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The experts at CatHealth.com tell us, “Ingesting too much salt causes the water to be pulled out of the tissues and into the bloodstream. That includes the fluid around the brain, and salt toxicity can cause severe neurological issues.”

So, like those lilies, “throw the salt lamp out. Stay safe.”

Follow Katrina and her foster cats to learn more about keeping cats safe!

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Keep your kitties safe! #cat #fyp #staysafe #dontdoit

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Kitten Needs Help Coming Home To States With Army Soldier Who Saved Her

Heartache finds us when we least expect it, but so does hope.

On her most recent deployment to the Middle East, Army Sergeant Ash learned this very fact thanks to a sickly kitten. And now that its almost time for Sgt. Ash to return home, she and her darling kitten, Rona, risk separation. But Guardians of Rescue is giving us a chance to keep a cat mom and her kitten together.

Not long ago, Sgt. Ash received some tough news from home. Being half a world away from the comfort of loved ones, she had a hard time coping. Getting bad news and being left alone with it is never an easy thing, but fortunately for the soldier, healing was only four little paws away.


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Healing Rona

When her roommate introduced her to a sickly kitten, Sgt. Ash knew she had to help the one-week-old baby. That first night, Sgt. Ash kept the kitten in a box on her nightstand to keep a close eye. It was a rough night. The Guardians of Rescue shared, “Twice she almost lost her. But she kept fighting, and with Ash’s loving care, she made it.”

Helping the kitten claw her way back to health eased some of the heartache Sgt. Ash carried with her. And soon, the pair quickly bonded into a forever family. To signify the fight the tough kitten had overcome, Sgt. Ash gave her a memorable name. In a People magazine feature, the Guardians said, “Once she overcame being sick, she decided to name her Rona, which was after the coronavirus, because she felt that the virus is tough to fight, and Rona had put up a great fight.”


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Sgt. Ash said, “We saved each other and we belong together.”

They helped each other, but now Sgt. Ash and Rona need our help.

Almost Time to Come Home

Sgt. Ash will be returning to the States soon and getting Rona home is a complicated and expensive process. The Guardians of Rescue have been a great help to the soldier and her kitten, guiding them through the process and also hosting a fundraiser to help the kitten come forever home to the U.S.

Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, told People, “We know all too well how important and lifesaving these pets are to our soldiers stationed in the Middle East. When they come back home, they can’t bear to leave them there, and we agree that it’s not safe. Leaving the cat in the Middle East will end up being a death sentence for it. We will make every effort to bring Rona home to her, but we need the public’s support to help make it happen.”


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“I pray that Guardians of Rescue will be able to bring Rona home to the States, where we can live out our lives together,” Sgt. Ash said. “I’m grateful for their help, as well as to everyone who donates to help make it possible.”

H/T: www.people.com
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MeowTalk App Makes Cat Meows More Understandable

As cat lovers, we understand a lot of what our cats tell us.

We know the subtle nuances of our cat’s meows, chirps, and trills, but no matter how fluent we might be in the feline language, humans will never quite master the tongue. If we were to ask our cats, they’d probably tell us their language is beyond us mere human peasants, yet still we try!

Anything to please the feline overlords!

And now, Javier Sanchez and his team are helping us understand our cats even more thanks to MeowTalk, an app designed to translate the meow.

MeowTalk

As a former Amazon engineer working on Alexa, Sanchez knows something about speech recognition. But he’s turned his sights on decoding the meow with his position as a project manager at Akvelon. With the tech company, Sanchez has given cat lovers of the world the power of translation with MeowTalk.

Motivated by the NPR series, “The Secret Language of Cats,” Sanchez and team researched cat speak and found feline’s have roughly nine different intentions in their vocal communications with us. Sanchez feels cats don’t really speak a language with these nine intents per say, explaining cats meow to interact with humans vocally. “They don’t share words or communicate with each other. Cats never meow at each other out in nature.”

In the meow, cats can signal such feelings like “I’m hungry” or “I’m in pain”. And the MeowTalk app has been coded to recognize the subtle differences in meows. All users have to do is record their cat’s meows and the app goes to work analyzing tones. Using Sanchez and team’s research and coding, MeowTalk translates the meow and then reports what your cat is saying.

But it gets better!

According to the app description, MeowTalk can learn your cat’s specific dialect!

“You can train the MeowTalk app to learn your cat’s unique vocabulary of meows (cat talk) by telling the app what each meow means when your cat makes it. When you give the app 5 to 10 examples of a specific meow for your cat (e.g. “food”, “let me out”) the app can start to recognize that meow (be your cat translator) when it hears it.”

Where Can You Download?

MeowTalk is available now, but still an ongoing development project. Sanchez and team are still working on creating the purrfect translator so you can expect regular updates. The ultimate goal is the production of a collar, but for now, start translating by downloading MeowTalk for iOS and Android.

Then, find out exactly what your cat means when they sing their meow songs!

H/T: www.people.com

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Rescued Tabby Kittens Love Getting Kisses From Foster Mama Dog

Tabby kittens Gilligan and Milli were found on the streets without their mother.

But these little sweethearts have grown up strong and healthy thanks to the care of an unlikely foster mom who loved them with all her heart!

At only three weeks old, kittens need constant care and the warmth and protection of their mother. Without it, kittens on the street often don’t get the chance to live the spoiled and happy life they deserve. But thanks to rescue and foster magic, abandoned kittens do get their shot at life.

Gilligan and Milli are fine examples of what kindness can do thanks to both their human foster mom and foster mama dog, Kona.


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Love At First Sight

Kona and her mom, Asa, had been taking a break from fostering and when the time came to foster kittens again, the Manhattan branch of Animal Care Centers had just taken Gilligan and Milli into their custody. As a volunteer with MACC, Asa couldn’t resist the adorable tabby duo.

Kona fell for Gilligan and Milli right off. And it seemed the kittens felt the same, marching right up to the caring dog mama. Asa told LoveMeow, “It was love at first sight on both ends.”


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While 7-year-old Kona’s puppy birthing days were long over, the maternal instinct remained forever with her and she was so happy to have babies who needed her love. Asa shared, “I think it’s safe to say Kona’s the most excited about our little houseguests.”

It’s been nonstop naps, cuddles, and kisses for Mama Kona and the kittens. Both kittens sure love their foster mama, but Milli makes sure to stay close to Kona’s side as she’s “grown up to be such a mama Kona’s girl.”


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Kona has developed a new quirk in caring for these foster kittens. “Kona has always been a great mom to foster kittens but these two are the first ones she’s ever carried. She carries them to her bed to give them all the kisses in the world.”

Who could blame her, those tabbies are too much cuteness!


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Foster Fail Equals Forever

Kona and Asa first met when Kona came to her as a foster dog with three puppies. The puppies grew and went off to forever homes, but Kona was already forever home. Asa knew the doting mama dog was meant to stay. “She came to me as a foster, and she ended up becoming a ‘foster fail’.”

And together, Kona and her mom are giving kittens the chance at life they deserve!

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