Month: May 2020

Kate Beckinsale And Cat Clive Are Pawsitively Charming

We love it when celebrities turn out to be normal folks just like us, doing all the same things as the non-famous. And one of a cat lover’s favorite things to do is lavish their cats with affection. And like us, Kate Beckinsale loves to spend time with her cats!

Beckinsale is mom to cats Clive and Willow, as well as a Pomeranian by the name of Myf. Her furry family is often featured on her Instagram page and, lately, posted videos reveal the coronavirus lockdown has her pestering her cats just like we’re bugging ours!

But they seem to love every minute of it…


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Beckinsale’s Persian Clive has been the subject of several videos, all of them hilariously adorable. The pair’s activities together have been varied and silly, delighting Beckinsale’s Instagram fans.


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According to his mom, “When Clive catches his summery vibe he really insists we all get involved.”


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Being an amazing cat mom, Beckinsale twirls about her fluffy, flower king as he wears his flower crown. He holds a purrfect pose as his mom flits about him.

Then, there was Clive’s trip to the Salon de Beckinsale.

Beckinsale chatted up Clive, just as the best hairdressers know how to do, asking about any plans for a holiday. Apparently, the back garden is nice this time of year and that’s where the gentleman cat planned on vacationing.


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She also gave Clive a rundown of available services, “We also offer waxing, threading, eyebrow grooming, and anal bleaching, which, I hope you don’t mind me saying, I’d recommend for you just because I so often see you from the back.”

While handsome Clive enjoyed the trim and fluffing, he wasn’t up for the rear detailing.

Ever the professional, Beckinsale continues on. “No? Well, maybe next time.”


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But Beckinsale and Clive are doing more than playing dress-up and styling each other’s hair. They’ve even gotten crafty, creating a flower-power cardboard cat tank!


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The recent coronavirus lockdown has provided the busy actress time at home with her cats, but this isn’t the first time Beckinsale and her cats have caught the attention of the internet for their enchanting silliness.

Scrolling through her Instagram reveals tons of pics and videos of Beckinsale having fun with her kitties. And while Clive sports a grumpy look through most of their antics, it’s obvious he loves his mom. Because as cat lovers know, felines only stick around for the silly if they’re having fun too!

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Study Reveals Cats Survive Snakebites More Often Than Dogs

Iron-willed and made with a physicality just as strong, cats are resilient creatures able to withstand injuries and attacks other animals can’t. And when it comes to snakebites, cats have proven more likely to survive bites than dogs. In fact, a research team with the University of Queensland, has observed felines are twice as likely to survive poisonous snakebites than dogs.

Christina Zdenek and Associate Professor Bryan Fry examined the effects of 10 different snake venoms on the plasma of cats and dogs. Zednik reported, “All venoms acted faster on dog plasma than cat or human.”

In Australia, where the study was based, the eastern brown snake is responsible for 76% of snakebites to cats and dogs, according to Dr. Fry. “Only 31 percent of dogs survive being bitten by an eastern brown snake without antivenom, cats are twice as likely to survive — at 66 percent.”

In the US, rattlesnake bites are the most commonly reported venomous snake bites to cats, dogs, and humans.

Its been known that cats tend to survive snakebites better than dogs, but Zednek and Fry have provided us with reasons as to why.

Blood Clotting Rates

“Snakebite is a common occurrence for pet cats and dogs across the globe and can be fatal,” reported Dr. Fry. “This is primarily due to a condition called ‘venom-induced consumptive coagulopathy’ — where an animal loses its ability to clot blood and sadly bleeds to death.”

Zednek explained, “The spontaneous clotting time of the blood — even without venom — was dramatically faster in dogs than in cats.”

The faster clotting time of dog blood “indicates that dogs would likely enter a state where blood clotting fails sooner and are therefore more vulnerable to these snake venoms.”

Meaning the faster clotting time of dog blood makes them more susceptible to death by snakebite.

Investigation Tactics

Cats and dogs investigate the world with different styles.

“Dogs typically investigate with their nose and mouth, which are highly vascularized areas,” said Dr. Fry.

In the case of felines, Fry pointed out, “Cats often swat with their paws.”

Bites to the face are often more severe than attacks on the paws. They tend to be deeper and, that close to airways, swelling can quickly obstruct breathing.

After Bite Behavior

After a snakebite, medical advice recommends to remain still in order to slow the spread of venom in the bloodstream. But still is not a strong point with dogs. After an injury, “Dogs are usually more active than cats, which is not great after a bite has taken place.”

As the summer months are upon us, snake sightings will become more common. As cold-blood creatures, snakes crave the warmth of the sun and the summer heat brings them out. The heat also brings out humans and their cats and dogs. Be vigilant to keep your furry family members safe from snakes.

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Choosing A Cat Carrier: What To Consider

Choosing a cat carrier can be a chore thanks to the variety of sizes and styles available in an ever-expanding cat market. But, don’t worry, knowing your cat will help you make the right selection when it comes to safety in travel. As a cat parent, you know best what travel your cat can handle, and choosing a cat carrier boils down to kitty’s needs when it comes to trips out of the house, whether it’s a run to the vet or a tropical holiday.

With this breakdown of different types of cat transports, you can make an informed decision on choosing a cat carrier that’s perfect for your kitty darling.


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What to Consider When Choosing a Cat Carrier

Cat Size

One of the first things to consider when choosing a cat carrier is your cat’s size. A chonky cat requires a larger carrier than a little bitty kitty. And size truly matters when it comes to your cat’s carrier.

Have you ever tried to get a cat in a carrier that’s too small? Its a disaster for everyone involved.

Its true cats like small spaces, especially when facing an uncomfortable situation like going to the vet. But when crammed into a too-small box, the stress can intensify if movement is hindered inside what should be a safe space.

The correct size carrier allows your cat to fully stand up and turn around.

Don’t go to large though. Too much extra space can leave a cat feeling stressed out too.

PetMD also suggests, “If you’re going farther then your local vet’s office, make sure your cat’s carrier can accommodate food and water bowls.”

Ventilation

When choosing a cat carrier, ventilation is an important consideration. Make sure any cat carrier you’re considering provides adequate airflow. Ventilation mesh also allows your cat to view the world outside the carrier.


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Security

In soft carriers and cases, be certain all openings have a locking zipper feature. For hard carriers, all doors should have secure locking mechanisms a cat can’t finagle open. It might also be a good idea when choosing a cat carrier to buy one with flaps that can block the world out if your cat seems overwhelmed.

Before purchasing, be sure there aren’t any spots in the carrier where a cat can pinch themselves. Make sure there are no defects in the material that can allow escape or cause injury.

Choosing a Cat Carrier Based on Travel Needs

After deciding the size range you’ll need for your cat, the next consideration is what you and your cat will need the cat carrier for. Obviously, you’ll be transporting a cat somewhere, but will the trips be short, only to the vet’s office and back home. Or will you be adventuring with your cat? Will your expeditions be out in the wilds or more hopping planes?


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It used to be cat carriers came only in the basic plastic, hardtop variety with a metal cage-style door. But now choosing a cat carrier is a lot more fun thanks to cat lovers demanding variety for their feline besties. Let’s view the types of carriers available and what different functionalities they serve.

Hard Top Plastic Carriers

Good for car rides to the vet or a cat scared during long road trips, hard carriers are the way to go. Many cats don’t like to travel, so the security of the hard walls around them can help them feel more at ease about a situation they strongly don’t like.


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Often made of plastic, hard carriers come with a choice of front-loading or top-loading doors. The hardtop of the front door variety often unclips, allowing the top to be removed from the bottom for easy loading or unloading of a cat. But then you have to put the top back on and typically line up the door with the two pieces. You have to move quick if your cat is trying to escape. If taking apart the carrier or easing the cat in the front door doesn’t work for your kitty, then perhaps consider a top-loading variety.

According to TravelWithYourCat.com, “Generally, cats prone to anxiety or aggression when they travel — scratching, clawing and biting, for example — will do better in a hard carrier.”

And for difficult cats, top-loading carriers may be the best bet as its easier to examine or pet your cat by opening a door on the top rather than the side.


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While hard carriers are good for cats who don’t travel well, they do have a few disadvantages. They aren’t as comfy as soft carriers, they don’t store easily as they don’t fold away, and they tend to be heavy and bulky.

Soft Cat Carriers

Fabric cat carriers can be good choices for the rare cats who enjoy travel or at least remain calm. Cat parents are more than aware of the damage cat claws and teeth can do to any type of fabric, so a cat at ease with travel is better suited for the soft-sided carriers when it comes to the destruction factor.

Soft carriers provide better comfort thanks to cushioned inserts and may prove the better option if your cat will be in the carrier for long stretches of time, like extended road trips or flights.


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Plus, soft cat carriers often come with a shoulder strap for easier carrying. Pockets for food or documents leave your hands free for other things, like handing your cat treats for being so good!

In the case of storage, fabric carriers fold down for easy stowing, but cleaning and odor removal are a bit more a challenge.

Cat Backpacks

Growing in popularity with adventure cats and their parents, cat backpacks are great for the duo on the go. While their humans stroll or cycle, cats can feel secure inside a cat backpack while watching the world from the wide views offered by this type of carrier. And though felines can get heavy in their carriers, wearing a two-strap backpack will distribute the weight across your shoulders rather than one shoulder or in your hand. This means you and your cat can add extra miles to your hike!


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Some cat backpacks are quite similar to soft-side carriers except that they wear like a backpack instead. But modern trends have given rise to cat backpacks with large viewing bubbles. These bubble backpacks look as cute as they do futuristic and your cat will enjoy jetting around in such fashion and function.


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Choosing a Cat Carrier for Flying with Your Cat

When choosing a cat carrier for flying, be sure to choose a carrier that fits all requirements for in-cabin animal transport. If it can be avoided, you don’t want your cat flying as cargo or checked baggage. Keeping your cat close will be better for any travel anxieties your cat might experience.

Here are some general requirements for carriers on flights:

  • Hard or soft-sided carrier that must fit below the seat. And while hard or soft is allowed, choose a soft option as fabric carriers can more easily slide beneath a seat.
  • Cat must be able to stand, sit, and turn around easily within the carrier.
  • Your carrier should be crafted of waterproof material.
  • Adequate ventilation is a must, be sure 2 or more sides offer ventilation mesh.
  • Fully-working zippers that securely close the carrier.

The carrier will count as a carry-on, so maybe choosing a cat carrier with pockets would be a good idea.


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Check your preferred airline for their exact carrier requirements.

Help Kitty Embrace a New Carrier

Cats can be dicey when it comes to new things, but with a few tips and tricks, you can help them enjoy their new ride!

PetMD offers tips to help your cat acclimate to a new carrier:

  • Begin carrier acclimation young. The sooner cats and kittens get used to the idea of a carrier, the easier getting them in it will be.
  • At least a full day before using the carrier, place it in your house somewhere near comfy cat spots. Throw one of their blankets inside to help fill it with scents familiar to your kitty.
  • Treats, toys, and catnip are always great tools to convince a cat to check something out.
  • Remain calm and patient. Any new endeavor with a cat moves slow. Felines aren’t big fans of change so our peace and willingness helps them acclimate.


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By understanding your cat’s needs and comfort with travel, choosing a cat carrier comes down to how best to keep your cat happy in what can be a difficult situation. And as a dedicated feline enthusiast, you already live to please your cat!

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9 Pics & 1 Video Proves Cats Love Dogs

Protective and fierce to those in jeopardy, cats will be the hero anyone needs, dogs included.

And for anyone who doesn’t believe it, a 13-second clip from a vet’s office will change your mind.

In the video, a veterinarian and a tech give a small dog a vaccination. The dog of course doesn’t care for getting a shot and the cat watching from afar isn’t a fan either. In a show of concern, the cat rushes the doctor and attacks his leg to save the dog!


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Cats, Defenders of the Wronged

At first the cat seems to just be keeping a watchful eye on what’s going on with the dog. But as soon as the vet fully puts his back to the cat, also cutting off the view, the fierce feline makes a move.


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The cat makes it to the table and stands up to investigate as the dog struggles in grip of the doctor and tech.

Oh, the cat does not like what’s going on at the table. To defend the dog, the tough tabby lunges, attacking the vet’s leg with vigor. The vet is surprised, but holds onto the dog and quickly jerks his leg from harm’s way.


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The vet grabs his thigh, obviously in pain from the attack. But the cat has already bounded to a safe distance, but remains to watch, tail swishing. Most likely making sure the message was received, stop hurting my dog buddy!


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So, this clip proves cats actually care about dogs.

Not convinced? Check out these cat and dog buddies…

These fur brothers share love and the sweetest of cat and dog nose kisses…


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Alie and Zora always have each other’s backs, even during a nap!


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A beautiful portrait of cat and dog bonding…


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Oh, even little kitties love doggies!


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Milo and Moki have agreed, “Wherever you go, I go too”…


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Sometimes a kitty can help a dog friend best by being a good pillow…


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And when discussing the love between cats and dogs, Henry and Baloo must be mentioned…


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A bespectacled dachshund tells a kitten, “I see we will be great friends!”


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Just a cat and a dog enjoying some sunshine while gardening together…


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See, cats and dogs can be the tightest of friends, doing everything from napping to adventuring together. This is cuteness you can believe!

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Sinatra The Cat Sings Happily In His Forever Home

When a cat chooses you as his own, a special bond forms that fills a cat lover’s heart with love and joy. Suddenly, the hardship of the world can fade for a minute as you and your new friend snuggle.

Upon meeting Kiley, Sinatra the cat knew he’d found his special human and the snuggles started at the pair’s first meeting.

Kiley and her mom, Lori, had been looking to adopt a cat for some months, but all the cats they met were skittish of Kiley’s power wheelchair. Until mom and daughter met Sinatra. He had no fear of the motorized chair.


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Meeting Sinatra when he came to Suncoast Animal League, Larissa Condarcure knew Kiley and Sinatra were meant for each other. A few months prior, Larissa met Kiley and Lori on their search for the cat meant to be part of their family. Larissa shared, “They explained the troubles that they have had finding a cat, and I was determined to get them the right cat.”

And Larissa’s instinct proved right about Sinatra.

When Kiley came to the shelter to meet Sinatra, the handsome and vocal lad hopped right into her lap, no worries over the chair. Right away, they were best buds, Kiley smiling and Sinatra purring.


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And thanks to Larissa and the kindness of cat guy Chris Poole, Sinatra and Kiley found each other.

Sinatra Finds Rescue

Sinatra walked a long and lonely road to find Kiley, but thanks to Chris’s dedication to the stray and community cats in his neighborhood, Sinatra found his forever home.


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Not long ago, Chris noticed a new face among the hungry cats he feeds. But it wasn’t a surprise to see a new guy in the bunch, as Chris explained to Love Meow, “Apartment complexes usually get lots of stray cats at the dumpsters as well as cats that are left behind when people move out.”

Sinatra would eat the food, but only talked to Chris from afar. In fact, his lovely vocals earned him the name Sinatra. And while he would sing for Chris, it took weeks for him to come close.

It took weeks for Sinatra to allow physical interaction, but when he finally did, Sinatra learned Chris had an amazing treat for a cat.


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“An even bigger breakthrough came when I introduced him to catnip and silver vine,” Chris said. “He would roll around and let me pet his belly and generally have a good time.”

The catnip and silver vine led Sinatra from the streets to rescue with Suncoast.


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Singing Happily in His Forever Home

As soon as Sinatra came home, he and Kiley snuggled into bed together. From that moment on, he was family. Lori said, “He sits in her lap in the wheelchair as she does her schoolwork and snuggles her throughout the day.”


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The pair have become inseparable, waking up together each morning and going about the day as a bonded pair. Seeing her daughter so happy and her new furry son purring away, Lori shared, “It is just cuteness overload here!”

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Cats Insist They Domesticated Humans Thanks To Mice

Cats need their humans to understand something about our history together.

Thousands of years ago, when cats became our domesticated friends, felines insist the domestication actually happened the other way around. Thanks to science, cats can now argue they domesticated us.

And for a reason solely to feline benefit. They wanted the mice in our food storages.

The snuggles and love felines bestow upon us are gifts for our furry overlords. A thank you for following their rules, if you will.


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The cats have said if we don’t believe them, we should listen to what Thomas Cucchi from the Natural History Museum in Paris has to say about the matter.

Cucchi headed an international study following the patterns of mice and human commensalism as human society evolved from hunter/gather to prospering cities. The team, which consisted of members from eight countries, examined 800 house mouse (Mus musculus) remains found from 43 separate archaeological sites in the Middle East and Europe.

Published in 2020, the study revealed an important fact that argues our cats’ point. Around 15,000 years ago, when humans were starting to settle into fixed living in the Levant, mice started nibbling stored food. Of course, humans wouldn’t be a fan of a rodents that stole their hard-earned sustenance, so when the wild, but adorably whiskered cats started sniffing around, they were likely welcomed by humans.

This natural prey/predator dynamic, “probably led the commensal pathway to cat domestication,” according to Cucchi and team.


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So, the cats say their hunger for a mouse buffet brought them around the humans. And when the humans started offering them other scraps and maybe some scritches behind the ears, the felines decided humans weren’t all bad.

Cats want to reiterate, they chose us for domestication, not the other way around!

Where the Mice Went, The Cats Followed

As human settlement spread into the Near East 12,000 years ago, “House mouse invasive spread was then fostered through the emergence of agriculture.”

Much to the joy of cats!


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But Europe didn’t see the cat and mouse dynamic until “6,500 years ago in Eastern Europe and 4000 years ago in Southern Europe” when the cities and trade began to flourish on the continent. This urbanization of Europe “may have driven the first human-mediated dispersal of cats in Europe.”

But the cats ask, was it really cities and trade that brought cats and humans together as family? Or was it because they chose to follow the mice into Europe as felines had already so easily trained humans to feed, shelter, and love them?


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While science says the cats and the mice followed the humans, the cats insist it was by choice. Either way, cat lovers throughout history are happy to have been domesticated by cats.

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