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Friday Catblogging: Acoustic Kitty

Andrew Daniels writes in Popular Mechanics about the Acoustic Kitty project, a Failed Government Feline Mission:  In the 1960s, the CIA allegedly spent $20 million to implant microphones in cats’ ear canals so the animals could inconspicuously eavesdrop on the Soviets. The disastrous first mission, in which a cat would mosey around the Soviet embassy…

Friday Catblogging: Did Mozart Like to Imitate Cats?

Maddy Shaw Roberts, at classicfm, writes that Mozart apparently liked to imitate cats. Here’s the tail as we know it:  This lovely little anecdote has been floating around since the 19th century. Karoline von Greiner Pichler, an Austrian novelist and former student of Mozart, describes her teacher in her 1843 memoirs, quoted in Otto Deutsch’s Mozart:…

Friday Catblogging: Woman Accidentally Dyes Her Cat Yellow with Turmeric Treatment

Morgan Smith reports that Thammapa Supamas, a woman living in Thailand, accidentally dyed her cat yellow while treating a fungal infection on the pet’s limbs: Supamas applied a turmeric scrub to heal a red, irritated patch of skin on the white cat’s leg, she shared on Facebook. The plant extract has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties…