Friday Catbloging: The Cheetah’s Meow

A Twitter user recently expressed her surprise at learing that cheetahs meow: “I didn’t know cheetahs meow … I’ve always thought they roar… my whole life has been a lie.”

She’s teasing about her life being a lie, but she’s serious (and right) about cheetahs meowing.

For more on the sounds these speedy cats make (and why), visit cheetahspot.com.

Friday Catblogging: Cat-Themed Home

Architectural Digest has a story online entitled This Cat-Themed Home in Arizona Is Unreal (“You have to see it to believe it”):

Courtesy of Trulia

A cat-themed home exists in Arizona, though to say it’s “themed” probably doesn’t do it justice. Although many might wonder whether it’s even OK to leave out their cat’s toys and furniture when guests come over, the owners of this home have no problem doing just that—and then some. The listing says, “If you love cats this is the home for you! If not bring a sandblaster.” Even though the rural home looks unassuming from the outside, once you step inside, you’ll feel as though you entered another universe—where only cats exist.

There is barely a square inch of the colorful home that isn’t covered in cat-themed merchandise. Walls, though initially painted bright colors like hot pink, lime green, and a brilliant blue, have been wallpapered in images of the felines. There are framed photos hanging, furniture decoupaged in the animals’ likeness, and even pillars that have been clothed in feline stuffed animals.

The listing also says that the location is a “once in a lifetime find” and an “extremely fun home.” Both statements, true as they may be, don’t do the location justice—you need to see it to believe it.

Admittedly, I’m not much for a cluttered high-intensity style, but if one is going to have lots of objects around, cat-themed ones are always a sound choice.

Friday Catblogging: The Greatest Job Opportunity Ever

A cats-only vet clinic in Ireland recently listed a position for a cat cuddler:

The cats-only clinic in Dublin is looking for someone with “gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time,” someone who is “capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients,” and who has “an ability to understand different types of purring.”

Friday Catblogging: Google Photos Makes Movies from People’s Cat Photos

Hilary Hanson writes that Google Is Surreptitiously Making Amazing Movies From People’s Cat Photos:

If you use Google Photos, you’ve probably experienced the app’s “assistant” feature taking the liberty of creating suggested collages, stories or mini-movies out of your pictures.

If you’re like most people, you usually ignore these suggestions.

If you’re a cat lover, however, you may be getting a suggestion soon that you definitely won’t want to ignore. That’s because Google may be making you a “Meow Movie.”

“I got a notification on my phone last night,” writer Courtney Gillette told HuffPost in an email. “It was from my Google Photos app, and it said, ‘Your Meow Movie is ready.’” The notification included a happy cat face emoji, she said.

Friday Catblogging: Shop Cats of New York

If you’ve not yet done so, I’d recommend picking up Tamar Arslanian’s Shop Cats of New York (with Andrew Marttila, photographer). Hilary Hanson’s post Adorable Portraits Explore The Lives Of Big-City Shop Cats describes the book and the felines it features. (The video above is from the Facebook page for the book.)

If there’s ever been a town that could use lots of shop cats, it’s Whitewater.

(In my own case, there’s almost always a feline nearby when I’m writing, often at the very edge of my notebook or keyboard. I’m a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and one of their banners – the one that I use – sensibly includes a cat in the illustration promoting bloggers’ legal rights.)

Needless to say, I’ve no personal or financial connection to Arslanian; hers is simply a fine book, to read or to give as a gift.

Friday Catblogging: Snow Leopard Triple Sighting

Three snow leopards surprised wildlife researchers in China by snuggling in front of a monitoring camera – a rare sighting they say will help us better understand and protect the big cats. And they hope it’ll help scientists estimate just how many of these elusive animals are left in the wild.

The big cat conservation group Panthera released a stop-motion video of the felines last week, captured in the highlands of China’s Qinghai province, near a monastery where the agency is working alongside the Snow Leopard Trust and a local nonprofit named Shan Shui. In the minute-long clip, a snow leopard lopes in front of the camera. Another soon joins it for a nap and a third big cat crawls on top of them before settling in the back of the frame.

Via Snow Leopard Triple Sighting A Treat For Viewers, And Even Better For Science.

Friday Catblogging: Cat Yoga

For cat lovers and exercise enthusiasts, free yoga classes filled with feline friends sounds like a pretty good deal. But these classes are offered with a larger purpose in mind: The cats need homes.

The P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden, Maine, offers free monthly cat yoga classes as a way to introduce potential new pet owners to some kitties in need. P.A.W.S. executive director Shelly Butler told the Bangor Daily News Monday that the classes were a “win-win” because yoga has therapeutic benefits cats bring joy to many people.

Butler got the idea for the monthly classes after reading about other animal shelters in the U.S. with similar offers.

The trend started when yoga practitioner Jeanette Skaluba, a volunteer at the now-closed Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, in Decatur, Illinois, posted a video of her performing the practice with kitties to YouTube, according to Yoga Journal.

Skaluba started a website devoted to the concept called Yoga For Cats, though the trend has also been dubbed Meowga.

At New York City’s Meow Parlour, the Big Apple’s first cat cafe, Yoga and Kitty classes are offered five times a month in partnership with the nonprofit organization KittyKind. The parlour’s teacher Amy Apgar leads groups in 30 minutes of cat playtime and 45 minutes of yoga. “These cats are all up for adoption. Some of them are special needs,” she told CNN. “Some of them have been through a lot.”

Via This Cat Yoga Trend Serves A Much Bigger Purpose @ Huffington Post.

Heroic Cat Saves Wisconsin Family from Poisoning

A fluffy brown tabby cat is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her human family to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in their home last month.

Annette Shanahan of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, told Madison.com this week that around 1 a.m. on Feb. 4, she felt weak, ill and disoriented and wandered out of bed, collapsing into a chair in the bedroom.

Her husband, Kevin, said he would have slept through it if it weren’t for the family cat, Gracie.

American heroine. Via CBS.

”All of the sudden Gracie, I heard she was pounding, knocking, knocking, knocking at the door,” he told local news channel WREG. “And so I got out of bed and to stop her from pounding at the door, and I looked to my left and Annette was there in the chair.”

Gracie doesn’t usually try to get into the bedroom, so the pounding was out of the ordinary for her, the couple said.

They were barely able to call 911 to tell them they couldn’t breathe. When help arrived, firefighters discovered deadly carbon monoxide levels in their home, which was later attributed to a hot water heater malfunction.

Via Huffington Post.