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Japanese Business Employs Rescue Cats To Reduce Stress

Stress sucks, but cats have the power to bring us back from the edge of stressed-out breakdowns. One company in Japan understands this simple fact and has employed cats to help employees keep calm on the job.

Japan has become known for its obsessive work culture, even terming death caused by work as karoshi. These “deaths by overwork” are caused by high-stress attacks like cardiac events and strokes. And as “one in ten Japanese workers clock over 100 hours of overtime each month”, blood pressures certainly run high in the Japanese population. But cat lovers know cuddling cats lowers blood pressure.


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The Ferray Corporation, a Tokyo-based IT corporation, understands the stress its employees face. And, to help bring about a sense of calm and well-being in the office, the boss brought in rescue cats.

The idea of filling the office with cats started nearly twenty years ago when an employee asked the company head, Hidenobu Fukuda, if it would be okay to bring a kitty buddy to work. Fukuda agreed. Since then, he’s seen calmer employees whose productivity levels are sky-high.


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For workaholics who spend more time at work than at home, having cats in the office is a great thing. Those working long hours don’t have the ability to have cats at home as they would spend too much time away from furry family. This way, even cat lovers who work long hours can give cats love and a happy life while at work.


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With Fukudu’s idea proving good for employees and profitable for business, other companies in Japan have adopted the model of a cat-friendly office. It’s a win for everyone, including cats in need of a home.


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From the Shelter to the Office

At any given moment, there are at least nine cats wandering the offices of Ferray. These nine were rescued from local shelters and they welcome any of the employee’s cats who spend the day at the office too. In fact, Fukuda encourages employees to adopt a cat from one of Japan’s crowded shelters if they haven’t already.

Fukuda reported, “I also give 5,000 yen ($45) a month to those who rescue a cat.”


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This incentive had helped to inflate the population of felines in the office and everyone is much happier for it. After all, who doesn’t feel great being surrounded by purrs and whiskers!


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And while cats lower blood pressure and motivate humans, there are some issues arising from the corporate cats. Fukuda said, “Sometimes a cat will walk on a phone and cut off the call, or they shut down the computers by walking onto the off switch.”


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But these cat lovers surely understand the perils of life with cats. Hopefully, the Ferray employees get a good laugh from the kitty antics, which in turn makes them happier at their jobs.

H/T: www.catlov.com
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Kitten Season Starts Soon, But Don’t Forget Older Cats

When thoughts of growing your family by four little paws first arise, dreams of fluffy kittens fill our minds. How could they not? With tiny mews and playful antics, kittens cause cat lovers to melt. And once kitten season begins and the shelters fill, these sweet babies often overshadow the adult cats in need of homes too.

Cat mating season runs from spring to late fall and with the gestational period for cat mothers running around 9 weeks, animal shelters expect to see the first wave of kittens in May. From there, volunteering and fostering attentions turn to kitten care. It’s a scramble to help newborn and older kittens found in the wild or on the streets.  And when the kittens are ready to be adopted, it’s the little cuties that go first, leaving adult and senior cats waiting longer to find their new families.

But many of them never do.


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Using the database of adoptable pets on Petfinder, analytics done by Priceonomics.com discovered “baby cats are much more likely to get adopted than adults.” The rate of adoption in kittens runs around 80% while only 60% of older cats find their forever homes.


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Highlighting the Older Cats in Shelters

Animal rescue groups and shelters are working their hardest to put older cats front and center. By holding events aimed at spotlighting older cats and offering incentives, rescue workers and volunteers are doing everything they can because they know every kitty matters, from fat kittens to lazy seniors.


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Regarding an event with the purpose of finding homes for older cats, Estrella Cervantes, the in-take supervisor at the Southern Oregon Humane Society reported, “During kitten season, everyone tends to be drawn towards the kittens and our adult cats will sit here a little longer so we’re just trying to find a way to promote and let people know that an adult cat might be the best fit for your home.”

And this is a great step as many people don’t realize an older cat might indeed be better for their home.


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The benefits of adopting an older cat are plenty and here are just a few:

  • Older cats aren’t as messy as kittens
  • They have better manners
  • Already litter trained
  • You have an idea of their personality
  • Adult cats and children are usually a better match

And above all else, older cats still love cuddles and they still want to play.


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Next time you’re at the shelter, whether adopting or volunteering, remember older cats need love too!

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Mirror, Mirror, Who’s The Most Surprised Cat Of All?

Roscoe the cat has become the next cat meme sensation thanks to the look of surprise he’s wearing when he catches a glimpse of himself in a magnification mirror. The photo is a perfect combination of mirrors and adorability. It’s easy to understand how folks have fallen for the grey tabby and his perplexed expression.

Katie, Roscoe’s mom and a doctoral student told Buzzfeed, “He always has this look of surprise on his face that just constantly makes me laugh.”

And when he settled into the bathroom sink last fall, which happens to one of his favorite perches, Katie was there, phone in hand for a perfect moment in time.


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“I was just going about my business when I looked down and saw his reflection in the magnifying mirror and I started laughing hysterically,” Katie said. “It was hilarious, and thankfully I was holding my phone. So I quickly took a picture and sent it to my friends on Snapchat.”

She also posted the picture in Facebook cat groups, as well as Reddit. It didn’t take to long to achieve viral status from there.


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A Viral Moment Again and Again

“I thought that was it for Roscoe’s 15 minutes of fame, but fast-forward to yesterday and I start getting texts from friends that said they saw him on Twitter again! The new post went like three times as viral!”

All the attention the photo received is no surprise. Katie catching Roscoe’s surprise at his oversized face in the mirror is priceless. That she caught him from all angles truly turns the moment into hilarious art.

In fact, Roscoe fans have even posted their artistic renditions of the viral moment.


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“It’s been really fun seeing how much people love it and all the memes and drawings people have done of Roscoe.”


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Best Buddies

Roscoe and Katie became family a couple of years ago when she adopted him. She said of their meeting, “As soon as I met him, I knew I had to adopt him.”


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“I love him, and he’s my best furry friend.”

Katie also said, “He’s a funny little dude.”

And that’s easy to see from the photos on his Instagram page. Those round eyes of his often create a look of surprise. Like he’s just witnessed some big secret and he has to keep his furry lips sealed.


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But when he’s not looking like he’s stunned, Roscoe wears the cutest tabby smile.


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“He has brought so much joy into my life, and I’m glad he’s bringing joy to others too!”

H/T: www.buzzfeed.com
Feature Image: @justbeingroscoe/Instagram

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16 Cats Who Can’t Handle Their Catnip

Remember that one show about the truth behind the rise and fall of Hollywood celebrities?

Well, there’s an episode you never saw.

Pressure from the high-profile cat celebrity pushed the episode deep underground, but now the tale has been leaked. Catnip: The Rise & Fall of Garfield is the tale of a beloved cartoon cat with a dark secret. He hated Mondays and loved lasagna. These extremes have finally been explained and the truth is shocking. Garfield was a catnip addict.

Just kidding!

If anything, Garfield lived a richer life thanks to catnip!


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Neither addictive nor harmful to cats, catnip creates euphoria in cats. These euphoric sensations can either ramp cats up or calm them down. The reaction depends on the intake method. When ingested by lapping up the dried bits, expect a mellow feline who’s ready to chill. Inhaling the intoxicating aroma of catnip makes kitties ready to party and play though. Either way your cat prefers their catnip, they’re getting a dose of nepetalactone, the chemical in the plant that triggers the dramatic response from cats. This reaction between nepetalactone and sensory neurons is what makes kitties feel “high”.

As cat lovers know though, not all cats react to the fragrant perennial plant. Only an estimated 50 to 70 percent of cats react to catnip. And, the sensitivity to the plant is an inherited quirk. Kittens and senior cats are typically immune to the euphoric effects of nepetalactone. But a cat with the inherited sensitivity between those two stages will go cuckoo for catnip.

This holds true in the world of big cats too. Tigers high on catnip are some of the silliest things you’ll ever see.


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With this image in mind, let’s check out some other cats who can’t quite handle their nip!

Silly Kitties on Catnip

This furry, purry darling is bananas for catnip…


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A crazy tabby clutching a catnip clump is just too cute…


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Lady Ruby Marmalade wants to know if catnip makes “anyone else go cray cray?”


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Sayanne the cat says, “It’s catnip o’clock”…


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And the catnip got Little Leo the cat like…


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Here’s an adorable duo of fluffy grey cats feeling righteous…


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And this ginger tabby is just too cute all nipped…


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Pablo wants to “roll around in dis catnip fur-ever”…


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And here, we find a tuxedo cat in a box of catnip paradise! Those big, yellow eyes say it all…


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One fresh catnip plant plus one crazed Siamese cat equals a good time…


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Put your paws up, because”ain’t no party like a catnip party”…


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But if this cat ain’t on catnip, then who is…


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Sometimes determined cats take matters into their own paws…

And remember, if you don’t talk to your cats about catnip, who will?

H/T: www.healthypets.mercola.com
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Kittens In A Bookstore, A Tale Of Pure Joy

Cat lover and poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “Books. Cats. Life is good.”

In these words, Eliot caught the simple truth of life and many of his fellow cat lovers live by this rule still and always.

And it seems the patrons of Otis & Clementine’s Books & Coffee believe in Eliot’s words too.

Located in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, Otis & Clementine’s Books & Coffee is a favorite for book worms and cat people alike.


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Within the shop’s walls, those with a heart for felines and words will discover paradise waiting. Patrons can purruse the shelves as well as enjoy coffee and the company of the cute and furry.


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Cuddly kittens roam the shop, helping customers choose their next read, playing on the furniture, or snoozing on the stacks.


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And, if a bookworm happens to form the special attachment with one of the adorable kittens that leads to a forever home, then great! That’s the hope of shop owner Ellen Helmke as all the kitty cats hanging about Otis & Clementine’s are available for adoption.


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Grab a Book, Adopt a Kitten

Last year, Ellen realized how much space she had available in the shop and wanted to do something to help better kitty cat lives. So, fostering kittens and their mama cats at the store seemed a perfect fit!


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The kittens come to Otis & Clementine’s through the South Paw Conservation Nova Scotia, where they are “vet checked, vaccinated, feline leukemia tested, treated with revolution, and dewormed within the first few days of arrival or when healthy/old enough.”


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South Paw told Bored Panda, “Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee is one of many loving foster homes that provide an enriching environment for our kittens and cats. It’s amazing to have this unique platform to help home our kitties.”

The idea of having kittens available for adoption in a bookstore is indeed the most novel idea ever.


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The shop has helped 30 cats and kittens find their forever homes which brings their adoption rate to 100 percent.


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“People come here specifically to see the cats, and then some people just wander in to look at books and discover there are kittens,” Ellen said in an interview with Global News. “Either way, the response has been really great—I mean, who doesn’t love kittens, right?”


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“I’m so happy to make my customers happy when they come in and they’re just thrilled to see a kitten they weren’t expecting… It’s amazing and makes me happy to come to work.”

Ellen is right, being able to work with and care for cats is pure joy. In fact, cat lovers might even say it creates a happily ever after to their story.

H/T: www.boredpanda.com
Feature Image: Otis & Clementine’s Books & Coffee/Facebook

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Before & After, The Magic Of Rescue & Adoption In Photos

Rescuing cats leads to forever families and happy hearts. But rescue and adoption is about more than creating happy homes, its also about saving lives. Many of the cats and kittens wandering into our lives have seen hardship before finding comfort and love in our arms.

Science has proven cats have excellent memories, which means they remember events both good and bad. While fur darlings that have experienced traumatic events will probably always carry the scars of what happened, the love and safety offered by kindhearted humans can help kitty cats to move past their hardships and form memories of joy and comfort.


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Rescue and adoption rates aren’t an exact science at this point, but thanks to the creation of a national database by Shelter Animals Count, we’re getting a better idea of animal rescue and adoption figures nationwide. Breaking down the statistics gathered in the national database, the ASPCA reports:

  • An estimated 6.5 million companion animals are taken in by U.S. animal shelters annually. Cats comprise around 3.2 million of that total number.
  • Of the roughly 3.2 million shelter animals adopted yearly, 1.6 million are cats.

The cats in the photos below are part of these figures. And however these felines came to be a part of the rescue circuit, they all overcame hardship thanks to the magic of rescue and adoption.

From Alone to Loved

Some of the photos below are upsetting, start scrolling with that in mind. And remember, all these sweet kitty cats are happy and healthy now.

Cricket had to overcome malnourishment so severe, his legs were bowed. But now, he’s a loved and handsome cat with the fluffiest tail ever!


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When it comes to a cat, adoption can happen in all ways. Sometimes, a cat wanders up and decides you’re the one. Just like Scout! Before finding her person, Scout was a “skinny, scrawny cat”. But now, she’s “a  healthy, happy lap cat!”


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Ginger cat Ollie was rescued from “horrible people” and in 3 months’ time, he grew into a tabby cat with the biggest smile around.


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Peter, aka PigPen, “was extremely thin, dirty and the backs of his legs and tail were sore and raw.” After time in a doting foster home, PigPen thrived, becoming the mischievous kitten he was meant to be.


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Tommy the Tomcat was found on a street by a kind family. He was seriously ill and a vet confirmed he’d been poisoned. After two weeks of medications and love, Tommy was healthy and safe in his new home.


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At one time, Wheezey was an ill and scared kitten. But now he’s a healthy, gorgeous kitty boy thanks to rescue and adoption…


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This little ginger tabby kitten might have lost his eyes forever if not for the care of rescue workers and volunteers. But, as you can see, his eyes are open wide to the world…


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If you’re interested in volunteering with cats and kittens or adopting one, contact your local humane societies or rescue groups. Help a cat in need find their chance at the magic of a forever family.

H/T: www.buzzfeed.com
Featured Image: @battersea_/Twitter

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Beefy Cat Boy Seeks Overflowing Food Bowl & Forever Home

Meet Wilford.

He’s a good-looking cat boy. His whiskers are long, his fur is fluffy, and his belly is impossibly round. Weighing in at 28 lbs. of grey cat, every inch of Wilford is adorable.

And while Wilford is almost too much cuteness in one kitty body, his obesity is not healthy. His foster parents, also known as the custodians for the Playschool for Wayward Kittens, are working hard to get his weight under control. They’re also getting him ready for adoption, but it’s been a tough road for the kitty man.


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With the magic of foster care, Wilford is getting back on his paws and should find his forever home soon.

Heart-broken and Unhealthy

Wilford is eight years old. He’s a kitten by no means and he once knew the happiness of a home. But the dream fell through his furry toes and the sweet cat found himself torn from everything familiar. Grieving the life he once knew and morbidly obese, Wilford would need devoted love and care to help him find his way again.

Enter Virginia-based Lost Dog and Cat Rescue and the Playschool for Wayward Kittens in Washington D.C. Jen and Ian, the foster parents and cleanup crew behind the Playschool, knew they were up for the job. Wilford soon moved in with them and the faculty and students, as their cats and fosters are known.


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A post on Instagram revealed their newest student to be “insanely sweet, but he’s also confused, stressed out, and overwhelmed by all the changes in his life.”


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At the vet, Jen and Ian learned Wilford wasn’t diabetic nor did he suffer from liver problems. They were already aware of the cat’s unhealthy weight and knew he would need to go on a diet soon. But his foster parents would have to get Wilford eating again.

Yes, you read that right. From the stress of all the life charges, Wilford had no interest in food. Sudden lack of appetite can be dangerous for overweight cats, putting them at risk for hepatic lipidosis, known also as fatty liver disease. But Ian and Jen were on the case, providing the chubby cutie with an array of choices and lots of patience.


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Wilford also had asthma, an upper respiratory infection, and troubles with regulating his bowels. The big kitty cat also needed regular baths as he was too large to groom himself properly. He had much to work through before weight loss would become a priority.

Slowly, his health began to rise and his appetite started to resurface. Sweet Wilford also started to relax in his foster home, exploring and playing.

Getting Ready for Forever

Though he’s still adapting to a new life, the sweet gray cat is on a good path. “Wilford is on a restricted calorie diet and eating a high quality food. He’s getting exercise on a daily basis, and he’s starting to wheeze less and less every day.”

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Jen and Ian reported Wilford has officially lost half a pound but they suspect he’s actually dropped more than that. With his URI healing and his vitality returning, the beefy boy is ready to find his forever home in the Washington D.C. area. He should have no shortage of folks lining up to take him home forever!

“He is an incredibly sweet guy with an amazing personality,” Jen told The Dodo. “We really think he’ll thrive and shed those pounds in the right environment with the right folks.”

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H/T: www.nydailynews.com
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