The inventors of the Licki Brush say, "We have designed LICKI brush to bring you and your cat closer. By using LICKI with your cat on a regular basis, you'll develop a more intimate and bonded relationship, much like a mama cat bonds with her young."
As of May 22, on Kickstarter they're one-third of the way to successfully funding the manufacture of this thing.
Most cats, if allowed out, will bring home birds, rodents, and other critters that they've caught. But Brigit, a 6-year-old tonkinese who lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, has been bringing home underwear and socks. Lots of them. Says her owner, "It's all men's. It's really, really weird. She's got really specific taste."
Brigit's owner has distributed flyers on the street in an attempt to reunite the underwear with the person it belongs to. But so far no one has claimed it.
Made by Japanese artist Pico. They're entirely artificial. That is, not actual cat heads. But they're realistic enough that people might, for a moment, think that you're using the severed head of a cat as a handbag.
One of these will set you back about $700, but are sold only in Japan. via OhGizmo!
"Meow Mansion" is a large gingerbread house with a serious message — neuter your cat!
The house, created by artist Kazz Morohashi, is home to (gingerbread) Kitty and Boots and their 65 kittens. But since Kitty and Boots haven't been neutered, their family just keeps growing and growing. Next year it'll be up to 300. And by 2017 up to 11,000.
Which raises the question: how exactly does one neuter a gingerbread cat? [via edp24 and flickr]
Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 19, 2014 -
BusinessWeek has ranked Kitty Litter at #73 in its list of the "85 most disruptive ideas in our history." It notes that the idea to market clay as cat litter, which happened in 1947, "meant that after millennia of scratching at the door cats could come indoors and stay there. They had long been visitors in American homes; now they were residents. In some ways it has been a hostile takeover: There are millions more cats than dogs in the U.S."
I had never thought of cat litter as a disruptive idea before. But yeah, I can definitely see the part about the hostile takeover, as I've been a victim of that takeover, enslaved to the whims of a cat.
Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 10, 2014 -
Nipper, cat owned by Dorothy Brinn, likes to eat his corn in comfort. His mistress fixed up this skewer and Nipper uses it for about two ears a day. The cat, a corn addict since his kitten days, likes it best with butter. Toledo Blade - July 12, 1951
From an AP story that circulated in August 1951 (example here):
PORTLAND, Ore. — This cat made such a pest of herself when Ted Matson tried to play table tennis that he finally put her on one side of the net and let her try the game on her own. That was six years ago, and the cat, Dagwood, has been playing ever since. She's adept at both the two-handed smash and the one-handed volley.
This cat was obviously born before her time. In the age of YouTube she would have been a global celebrity.
Update: Thanks to mindful webworker who found a video of Dagwood on YouTube. And as Cezar noted, it seems that Dagwood appeared on an episode of MASH. So I guess she kinda was a global celebrity.
November 12, 1951: As British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden was delivering an address at a meeting of the General Assembly of the U.N. in Paris, urging calm in Europe, a black cat suddenly got up on the stage and strolled across it, without a care in the world. This prompted discussion in the media as to whether the cat was a sign of good or bad luck. It was finally agreed to be a sign of good luck since a black cat in France is apparently a good omen (which I didn't know).
I think most political speeches would be greatly improved if cats randomly wandered across the stage during them.
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