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Kitten Found Crawling Across Busy Road Gets to Run and Jump Again, He Can’t Stop Purring


A kitten who was found crawling across a busy road, gets to run and jump again. He can’t stop purring.

purrito kittenMariano the kittenEllen Richter

A concerned citizen spotted a little black and white kitten struggling to crawl across a busy road. She pulled her car over, safely blocked incoming traffic and rushed to save the kitten.

The little one was very sick, lethargic and one of his hind legs was dangling loosely. The kind-hearted young lady took him home and reached out to the rescue community with a plea for help.

« The rescue group reached out to me, asking if I could foster. Of course, I said yes, » Ellen Richter, a medical fosterer based in Las Vegas, shared with Love Meow.

rescued kittenHe was found crawling across a busy roadEllen Richter

The kitten named Mariano was in critical condition and barely had strength to hold his head up. Ellen started a protocol of fluids and syringe feeding, and it breathed life back into that frail body.

He was covered in dirt and had a severe maggot infestation. After trying to clean him the best she could, Mariano let out some tiny purrs, curled up in her arms and fell asleep. « That was the first time he probably felt love and comfort. »

kitten in towelEllen Richter

At the vet’s office, the kitten was given a grim diagnosis, with an injured leg and a host of other health issues. « I pleaded with the vet to let me try to save him. Mariano deserved a chance to live. I wasn’t about to fail him, » Ellen shared.

« He was started on medication, and within just a few hours, all the maggots were gone. A few days later, (to my surprise) he began putting weight on his broken leg. »

black and white kittenHe had a broken leg and a host of health issuesEllen Richter

Mariano might have overheard the vet suggesting amputation, and decided to defy the odds. After a few more days of good food and great care, he got up on his hind paws, regained balance, and started walking again.

Watch Mariano the kitten and his journey in this cute video:

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Ellen was amazed and encouraged to know that Mariano’s prospects had brightened and that there was a chance to save his leg.

fluffy kitten MarianoEllen Richter

Mariano was challenged with one health issue after another, but he continued to forge on and fill his space with purrs. After an emergency surgery to fix his diaphragmatic hernia, he bounced back on his feet and even meowed for attention.

The little wonder cat never wavered and just wanted to live and to be loved. While he was recuperating, Ellen stayed by his side, reassuring him that he was adored.

happy kittenEllen Richter

Within a week, Mariano was up on all fours again, and this time, he opted to run, jump and play like a normal kitten.

He would come running to his foster mom when he heard her voice, chase after moving toys, and even try to jump over a baby gate to meet other cats. Despite being a bit wobbly at times, Mariano didn’t let it stop him.

kneady paw kittenEllen Richter

« They took a set of x-rays for his broken leg, and miraculously, it had healed on its own. This little guy is a survivor, and he has been through a roller coaster of issues, and turned out to be the sweetest kitten, » Ellen told Love Meow.

Mariano has developed a strong purr motor that always seems to be running. He is a bundle of energy, and kneads and purrs out of pure joy. « He is just a miracle—the odds were against him and he overcame all the obstacles. »

handsome kittenEllen Richter

When he was ready to find his forever home, the perfect family came his way. « His new family had been following his story since day one, and fell in love with him, » Ellen said.

« He’ll have an older feline friend to play with and keep him company. I’ll miss him terribly but he’s now going to have a great life. »

kitten pawsEllen Richter

Share this story with your friends. Follow Ellen’s fosters on Facebook and Instagram @foster_kitten_tails.

Related story: Two Kittens Wander Up to a House, Walk into Carriers and Ready to Leave the Streets Behind

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Mews and Nips Is Taking A Summer Break


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Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! Mom said I could make an announcement today! How cool is that – I get to be Mom’s spokescat! That’s an important job, and I take it very seriously.

Anyway, what she wanted me to tell you is that our weekly Saturday feature, Mews and Nips, will be taking a break over the summer. Mom has been so busy lately, not just with keeping up with everything on The Conscious Cat, but also with her Reiki clients, and I’m worried about her working too hard. And off of this is really cutting into the time she has left to spend with me! Of course I nap (I mean assist!) in her office while she works, so I am with her all day long, but she still needs to have time to play with me and most importantly, to just quietly sit with me and relax like a cat!

So she and I decided that she’s going to cut back just a little bit, and the Mews and Nips column seemed like the best place, since it’s mostly a recap of the week’s post, and most of you read those every day anyway.

Mom wanted to be sure that I tell you that all the other content you’ve come to love and rely on on The Conscious Cat is going to keep coming every day: the posts about feline health, nutrition and behavior, the product features and reviews (my favorite part!) and the Sunday Quotes will all continue.

So how did I do? Did I do a good  job as spokescat?

And now I’m going to see if I can convince Mom to lounge in the sun with me. She needs to do more lounging and less working!

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21 Purrfect Facts About Kittens


If there’s one thing that cat lovers cannot resist, it’s kittens. These babies of the cat world pull at our heartstrings and captivate our attention whenever they are near. Those little meows, those tiny bellies, and the miniature toebeans are enough to make our hearts skip a beat.

While kittens are effortlessly precious and adorable, there are actually a lot of fun facts to learn about them. If you want to add to your budding index of cat knowledge, you’ve landed in the right place.

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Keep reading to learn 21 purrfect facts about kittens…

  1. All kittens, regardless of breed, are born with blue eyes. By 7-12 weeks, the pigment will begin to transform from blue to their true color (should their mature eye color be different from the blue eyes you find in Siamese and Ragdoll cats, for example).
  2. Some cats take longer to reach maturity. The Maine Coon cat, for example, doesn’t reach maturity until three to four years of age. So you get to have a Maine Coon cat as a kitten three times as long!
  3. A kitten’s teeth are much sharper in comparison to an adult cat’s teeth, which are actually blunt at the edges. This is why those little poky razor fangs hurt so badly when they sink into your flesh!facts about kittens
  4. Newborn kittens don’t have the ability to regulate their own body temperature. They rely on their cat mama to help keep them warm.
  5. Newborn kittens are blind and deaf until they reach two-to-three weeks of age.
  6. Even as wee kittens, they possess a super strong sense of smell. And they rely on this sense to help them navigate the world until they have the ability to hear and see.facts about kittens
  7. Kittens are surprisingly easy to potty train. Now puppies? That’s a whole other story!
  8. Female kittens can become pregnant at only five months of age—so always have your kittens spayed from an early age! Eight weeks is the common age when many cats are spayed/neutered at animal shelters.
  9. Around four weeks of age, kittens learn the ability to retract their claws.
  10. On record, the largest litter of kittens born to a female cat was 19.facts about kittens
  11. You can successfully wean a kitten at eight weeks of age.
  12. Most Siamese kittens are born completely white in color. They won’t start to develop color points till around one month of age.
  13. Kittens weigh approximately three to four ounces at birth.
  14. Newborn kittens can’t go to the bathroom on their own. They rely on their mothers to lick them to help stimulate them to go after nursing sessions.facts about kittens
  15. Kittens learn to meow to humans from a very early age.
  16. A kitten will often take their first step around 18-21 days after birth.
  17. A kitten’s first tooth will erupt by their third week of life.
  18. Kittens of the same litter can have different cat fathers.facts about kittens
  19. The average litter of kittens in one litter is four. However, it’s been reported that purebred cats often produce larger litters of kittens.
  20. If you were to compare a kitten’s development to a human, a kitten’s first year of life is equivalent to a human’s first 15 years of life.
  21. A group of kittens is referred to as a kindle.
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21 Purrfect Facts About Kittens


If there’s one thing that cat lovers cannot resist, it’s kittens. These babies of the cat world pull at our heartstrings and captivate our attention whenever they are near. Those little meows, those tiny bellies, and the miniature toebeans are enough to make our hearts skip a beat.

While kittens are effortlessly precious and adorable, there are actually a lot of fun facts to learn about them. If you want to add to your budding index of cat knowledge, you’ve landed in the right place.

facts about kittens

Keep reading to learn 21 purrfect facts about kittens…

  1. All kittens, regardless of breed, are born with blue eyes. By 7-12 weeks, the pigment will begin to transform from blue to their true color (should their mature eye color be different from the blue eyes you find in Siamese and Ragdoll cats, for example).
  2. Some cats take longer to reach maturity. The Maine Coon cat, for example, doesn’t reach maturity until three to four years of age. So you get to have a Maine Coon cat as a kitten three times as long!
  3. A kitten’s teeth are much sharper in comparison to an adult cat’s teeth, which are actually blunt at the edges. This is why those little poky razor fangs hurt so badly when they sink into your flesh!facts about kittens
  4. Newborn kittens don’t have the ability to regulate their own body temperature. They rely on their cat mama to help keep them warm.
  5. Newborn kittens are blind and deaf until they reach two-to-three weeks of age.
  6. Even as wee kittens, they possess a super strong sense of smell. And they rely on this sense to help them navigate the world until they have the ability to hear and see.facts about kittens
  7. Kittens are surprisingly easy to potty train. Now puppies? That’s a whole other story!
  8. Female kittens can become pregnant at only five months of age—so always have your kittens spayed from an early age! Eight weeks is the common age when many cats are spayed/neutered at animal shelters.
  9. Around four weeks of age, kittens learn the ability to retract their claws.
  10. On record, the largest litter of kittens born to a female cat was 19.facts about kittens
  11. You can successfully wean a kitten at eight weeks of age.
  12. Most Siamese kittens are born completely white in color. They won’t start to develop color points till around one month of age.
  13. Kittens weigh approximately three to four ounces at birth.
  14. Newborn kittens can’t go to the bathroom on their own. They rely on their mothers to lick them to help stimulate them to go after nursing sessions.facts about kittens
  15. Kittens learn to meow to humans from a very early age.
  16. A kitten will often take their first step around 18-21 days after birth.
  17. A kitten’s first tooth will erupt by their third week of life.
  18. Kittens of the same litter can have different cat fathers.facts about kittens
  19. The average litter of kittens in one litter is four. However, it’s been reported that purebred cats often produce larger litters of kittens.
  20. If you were to compare a kitten’s development to a human, a kitten’s first year of life is equivalent to a human’s first 15 years of life.
  21. A group of kittens is referred to as a kindle.
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Cat Hops onto Warm Laps Each Day and Has Waited Nearly a Year for Someone to Take Her Home


A cat hops onto warm laps each day and has waited nearly a year for someone to take her home.

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A tabby cat named Allie came to Community Cat Club last August for a chance at a better life. She had lived in an office space in Philadelphia for some time, warming every lap she came across, until the new management arrived and decided to remove her.

« She almost ended up at the city shelter but luckily we intervened, » Sara Sharp, the founder of the rescue, shared. « She loves her humans so much. She has a degree in snuggling and biscuit making. »

Allie didn’t enjoy being on the adoption floor among other cats. She was used to roaming around the office, walking up to people, and rubbing her whole body against their legs. No one stopped at her kitty condo, so she was transferred to a foster home.

tabby cat AllieShe had lived in an office space for a while before she was brought in to the rescueCommunity Cat Club

The friendly feline quickly settled into the home environment. As soon as she got a room to herself and a human to keep her company, she curled up on them and started to cuddle. All she wanted to do was wrap her arms around their lap and fall asleep.

Allie has a cute nub tail and an insatiable need for attention. She makes sure to fill every empty lap in the room and no one will be left out. « She loves pets and will rub against you all day for attention. »

tabby lap catAll Allie wants to do is sit on a warm lap and fall asleepCommunity Cat Club

« She has proven to be the most perfect companion. Allie is extremely affectionate and absolutely swoons over every human she meets. She is a huge fan of laps and naps (and both together if possible). »

Allie greets her foster family every morning with a cute conversation followed by snuggles and cuddles galore. « She is a very chatty girl and will tell when it’s time for her wet food, » Sara shared with Love Meow.

affectionate tabby catShe adores her people and gives them lots of kissesCommunity Cat Club

After getting a full belly, she jumps onto a warm lap, cranks up her purr motor, gives plenty of head bunts and kisses before she flops down for a snooze.

Watch Allie the cat in this cute video:

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This major love-bug wants nothing more than being with her people all day long. She is about eight years old, and has been a diligent lap warmer likely her whole life.

tabby lap catAllie is an adorable lap hoggerCommunity Cat Club

« She loves her humans so much. She does prefer to be the only pet in the house because she wants all the attention on her. »

Allie likes to follow her people around, and is always ready to swoop in for a cuddle.

sweet tabby catCommunity Cat Club

After nearly 11 months of waiting, the tabby cat has received little adoption interest. The sweet girl is more than ready to have a place of her own and provide endless lap warming to her forever humans.

dapper tabby catCommunity Cat Club

« Allie is one of our longest residents. All she wants is someone to hang out and cuddle with. Her only request is that she be your one and only. »

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Share this story with your friends. Allie is located in New Jersey. Follow Community Cat Club on Facebook and Instagram @communitycatclub. Follow updates on Allie on Instagram @the_fosterhotel.

Related story: Cat Is Over the Moon to Have Kittens in a Warm Abode and Purrs Her Way Through Every Day

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How Many Cats Are Too Many?


It’s that time again.

The time we start thinking about the best present for our loved ones, especially our little ones.
‘A little kitty, wouldn’t that be perfect?

My little girl would really love that. THAT’S what I am going to get her for Christmas!’ There we are. The purrfect Christmas present sorted. And a questionable future for a little furball.

Only last week I read a story of a woman who was questioned because she was caught throwing a little kitten out of her car window while driving on a main road.

This kitten had a lucky escape due to one compassionate man who had stopped the traffic and picked it up before it was killed.

Thrown on roads, put in sacks with the intention of being drowned, abandoned in fields and woods, when people find out that kittens can be hyper, may climb curtains and have claws and god forbid scratch their child.

At this point too often the purrfect Christmas present becomes a nuisance. And the path to a painful fate for one more cat is decided. Discovered later in deserted apartments, houses, scared for their life and having lost all faith in humanity they trusted so much and gave their All to?

It is true that cats are very independent animals and they are well able to fend for themselves if necessary. But they still have emotions and feel fear, grief and sadness.

Cats love their comfort, and although they will never be as dependant on you as dogs for instance, they do love their human and show affection in many ways.

Also Cats CHOOSE their human. And if you are the “lucky one” to be adopted, then you have the honour to be their very personal slave.

For example, Flecki, our grey and white tom made his choice from the day we rescued him from being chased by a husky. Tiny, scruffy and shivering he immediately went up to my daughters room and pressed his little body against my delighted daughter.

Our oldest lady Momo, after having been mistreated so badly, is definitely ‘my’ cat, cuddling up to my side wherever I am and squeezing herself next to me.

Most of us cat lovers feel this stinging pain in our hearts hearing all these sad and cruel stories about these amazing animals.

Joined with the urge to rescue them and offer them the cozy, warm and loving home they so deserve.
And here the question arises:

Is 3 or 4 Cats Too Many, What Is The Magic Number ?

Is 3 cats too many?

Being a self proclaimed Crazy Cat Lady myself I would of course say: Never enough!! But before you open your door to all these fascinating creatures it is important to be aware of a few things.

There is that stereotype that the Cat species is the one who walks alone and in nature cats seem pretty self sufficient, spending many hours on their own.

One reason for your cats solitude is that they are lone hunters, not pack hunters like dogs. Cats go it alone relying on their own stealth and pouncing skills rather than numbers.

So the question is, are they comfortable living in an environment shared with other cats? The answer is simple. Yes they are.

Because if we have a look at farms or docks, for example, when resources are plentiful cats manage well enough to live peacefully together in a true society and cooperate to raise their young ones.

So How Many Cats Then?

How many cats is too many for one house? There are really two main points which come into play when trying to help you cats get along to create a harmonious cat household so let’s take a look at them.

Personality


The personality of a cat is one of the key aspects, as every cat is unique and reacts differently to fellow housemates.

One is more sociable while another cat likes her own space and prefers to stay the solo cat of the household, probably out of insecurity or fear. In this case I would not recommend another cat or maximum two.

Also Read: How To Introduce Cats To A New Home

Others are happy to live in a “colony” (not pack, remember cats by nature are loners) and it is quite possible for three or four cats to live peacefully under one roof.

It has to be mentioned though that with a greater amount of felines the danger of stress related behaviour may be expected. Like the problem of inappropriate urination, if the cat feels it has no space to retreat. As I said it may, you can be lucky but you might not.

Raising

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How they were raised as kittens also plays a major part.
A cat who has been raised with other friendly cats will find it undoubtedly easier to adapt to a home with other felines while an abandoned or mistreated cat is probably more suspicious to others.

I adopted so many cats in my life that I feel my ‘oldest’ ones have given up on their human by now. They do their usual ‘introduction hiss’ and shortly after they either ignore or accept the new addition.

Two of my current three cats became best buddies from day one while our lady is more the loner type and simply ignores the boys due to her probably painful past.

But I also had the experience of bringing cats into my home and it played out much more difficult, even impossible once or twice and with a heavy heart I had to find a more suitable home for them.

Ideal Situation


We all have the wishful thinking that all our furry friends live happily ever after in our home and it CAN happen, if we consider a few helpful tips:

  • Provide sufficient food bowls for dry and wet food and water at least twice a day
  • Make sure that every cat has the possibility of withdrawal, a place where they are comfortable and can retreat to if needed
  • Create cat friendly surroundings that provide enough space for them to roam and play. That includes perches, window sills, cat/climbing frames and toys

When adding a new cat to the ‘club’, introduce the newcomer gently to the other cats and supervise the first contact with them.

Some recommend to keep them in a separate room for the beginning or in a crate for a while. My personal experience is to smoothly let them do the introduction themselves.

Naturally I would closely supervise their actions and in the event that their behaviour would become critical, I would intervene.

Nevertheless it usually calmed quite fast and after a while they either accepted or ignored each other. Maybe as my older cats are well used to the procedure already.

However I also had to rehome cats I took in as they would not settle, which is sad but should be considered for the cat’s wellbeing if the situation doesn’t show any improvement. But normally after a time of supervision peace should reign. Neuter and spay your pet!

Not only are you taking part in helping to prevent the huge number of kittens that would otherwise result. But you also make sure your cat is living a long and healthy life. It is a must for every pet owner and has great benefits for your cat.

Especially if you are considering taking in more than one cat as it reduces the aggression between cats to only name one.

For more information about neutering and spaying your cat, go to Benefits of Neutering a Cat

Conclusion


So how many cats are too many? It all really depends on the factors pointed out like personality, socialization, facilities and handling.

For most people two or three are plenty and others are happy to take on 5 to 10 and manage well with this amount.

So if you have the patience of a saint and money to burn then I guess there is not such thing as too many cats.

Yet it is important to be aware that your wallet will be stretched when you have a huge amount of cats living with you. The more cats you take in, the more costs will occur.

Also Read: How Much Does It Cost To Own A Cat

Cat food and litter for more than one cat can be very expensive, vet bills may go through the roof and not to forget the time. Cleaning out cat toilets for example and your furry friends also want to be interacted with.

Loner or not loner, cats want to be taken care of, they enjoy being entertained and that takes time too.

But being conscious of all these aspects there is nothing stopping you giving as many lonely and grateful kitties a wonderful and loving home and one thing I can assure you – the love of a cat and the plenty of laugh out loud moments they provide are priceless!

About The Author

Christine Klein is a writer and designer and a ‘crazy cat lady’ per se. She lives with her daughter and her cats in the West of Ireland and is dreaming to one day own a cat sanctuary.
In September 2016 she published her debut book about a wonderful self-absorbed cat called Fluffernutter.

‘You’ve Cat to be Kitten Me! Insights of a purrfect cat’ is available on amazon as Kindle or paperback version.

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Arizona Rescue Team Saves Drowning Kitten From 20-Foot Storm Drain


The Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians are an integral part of the shelter’s rescue program. Their job is to respond to reports from community members of injured stray animals or potential abuse cases. In 2021 alone, the EAMT team participated in the rescue of over 6,000 animals who had suffered injury, abuse, or neglect.

When these rescued animals require medical care, they are transferred to the Arizona Humane Society’s trauma response hospital, where they remain until they are well enough to be put up for adoption. Such was the case for a tiny rescue kitten named Augustus Gloop.

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Arizona’s EAMTs responded to reports of a kitten stuck inside a twenty-foot storm drain. The kitten, who was just ten weeks old at the time of rescue, was doing his best to tread the rising stormwater. Scared, cold, and soaked to the bones, Augustus screamed his little lungs out for help.

When the EAMTs arrived on the scene, they were disheartened to learn that the tools they had available were not forceful enough to remove the drain cover. They called the local fire department for assistance, all the while keeping their eyes on the tiny kitten to ensure he was able to keep his head above water.

“Having to act quickly, they followed his cries to locate him but found he was in a part of the drain that they were unable to open with the tools they had,” said the Arizona Humane Society

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Luckily for Augustus, the local fire department arrived quickly with a hydraulic tool in tow that would be powerful enough to remove the bolts on the drain cover. Once the bolts were loosened and the cover removed, the EAMTs lowered themselves into the drain and collected the small, wet kitten.

Safely in the arms of EAMT Julie Bolchalk, Augustus was wrapped in a warm blanket and immediately transported to the nearest trauma hospital. Doctors determined that Augustus was suffering from hypothermia, a condition caused by dangerously low body temperatures. They also discovered that his nails were torn and bloody, likely caused by his desperate attempts to climb out of the storm drain.

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Augustus stayed in the hospital for several days until he was well enough to be transported to a foster home. His new foster mom reports that he is doing great. He is a hearty eater and has bonded well with the foster’s own pets.

Once he gets a bit bigger and stronger, Augustus will be available for adoption, and the search will begin for his forever home. With such a miraculous tale of survival behind him, there is no doubt in my mind that Augustus is destined for a remarkable future.

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This Bengal Cat Is Totally Adorable Even When He Catches A Ball With His Face


Being a Bengal cat from Perth, Australia, Virgil is an athletic boy who loves adventuring the bush and taking in all the sights. He enjoys stalking the wilds, smelling the flowers, and striking a handsome feline pose for Instagram fans. And his more than 50k fans can’t get enough of his Bengal beauty!

But for all his Bengal stealth, majesty, and athleticism, this silly cat can’t catch a ball. That’s right, a master of stealth and grace gets flummoxed when someone pitches a ball in his direction. Because his clumsiness in catch is just too cute, Virgil’s pawrents posted an Instagram reel of their goofy kitty trying to make a catch or two for our enjoyment! And believe us, you will enjoy Virgil’s attempts!

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Not One for Pro Sports

While many cats could earn their place on the roster of any professional ball sports teams thanks to their prowess at snagging a ball from the air with their murder mittens, not all felines are made for games of catch. Just ask Virgil and his family. He may be a handsome and sleek Bengal, but Virgil’s catch skills could use some work.

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In the spliced clip of Virgil demonstrating his absolute “world-class lack of coordination,” one attempt at making a catch sees the ball bouncing off his nose. Virgil hops around, ready to grab it but watches his target bounce away instead. His look reads like one of “oh well” as he looks at the camera. Two more attempts at catch reveal Virgil taking the ball to the face before it bounces out of paws’ reach.

So, catch doesn’t seem to be Virgil’s game! But as buddy Indira the Bengal pointed out in the comments, “That takes talent to continually get hit right in the face.”

How very true!

One Fantastically Handsome Bengal Boy

Though Virgil can’t add ‘professional catcher’ to his resume, his pride has not suffered. He knows he’s one handsome cat!

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And in Virgil’s beautiful green eyes, being so good-looking entitles him to his parents’ dinner!

As you can see, Virgil is a mischievous boy! And somehow, he always seems to be right there on the spot to report when glasses “miraculously” fall off the counter! But for all his sassy ways, Virgil’s mommy says he’s “the purrfect man.”

Follow Virgil van Cat on Instagram to see if his catch game improves!

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Feature Image: @virgilthebengal/Instagram

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Felines Want You To STOP The « Put An Ice Cube On Your Cat » TikTok Challenge


TikTok comes with all sorts of fun, including viral challenges that make everyone want to get involved. And lots of these challenges include things to try with your cat. But one new trend isn’t finding fans among many felines, and they want the challenge to stop!

Known as the “put an ice cube on your cat” challenge, participants of the trend will place an ice cube on their cat and let it melt while filming for the cat’s eventual reaction. While many felines remain unfazed by the ice or simply shake it off, the ice proves upsetting for some kitties.

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Cats Don’t Like the Ice Cube Challenge

Think about the “put an ice cube on your cat” challenge for a second. Now, change that trend title to “put an ice cube on a human” and reconsider. Most everyone who gets an ice cube unsuspectingly placed on them will not react with joy. And cats generally feel the same, with the U.K.’s Battersea Dog and Cats Home feline welfare manager, JoAnna Puzzo, telling Newsweek, “It could appear harmless but may agitate cats and cause them anxiety.”

“Cats don’t enjoy getting wet and the extreme cold of the ice could startle your cat, potentially leading them to respond and by redirected aggression onto their owner, for example, by swiping or biting.”

Puzzo also warned, “Anything that could provoke an adverse or negative reaction in cats shouldn’t be done for amusement or social media purposes.”

RELATED: TikTok Cat Mom Goes Viral Thanks To Cat Safety Warnings

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And to those that argue cats don’t care and it’s just funny, experts advise you to stop and think about your role as a cat parent.

Blue CrossUK animal behaviorist, Claire Haynes, explained, “Pet owners should create a safe and loving environment for our animals, and consider the impact our actions have on our pet’s welfare and emotional state.”

“Whilst this new trend might seem entertaining for us, it may not be a nice sensation for our cats, and your cat might find it confusing and uncomfortable.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation veterinarian Dr. Alana Canupp, DVM, likened the ice cube challenge to the scaring cats with cucumbers trend, “which may have seemed funny, but I saw cats who were terrified.”

“Anything done to risk scaring your pet is not good for the human-animal bond,” stated Dr. Canupp.

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Help Cats Beat Summer Heat in Nicer Ways

For cat parents who are trying the challenge to keep their cats cool in the heat of summer, there’s a nicer way to offer your cat ice cubes.

The in-house veterinarian for Everypaw, Dr. Anna Foreman, explained, “While there aren’t necessarily any medical dangers associated with this trend, there is no reason to put an ice cube directly onto a cat, especially if it causes them distress or makes them feel scared.”

“Cats can be offered ice cubes in a bowl to lick if they chose to, but they tend to self-regulate well in hot weather, unlike dogs, and so there is no reason to use this method to cool them down.”

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So, simply put, don’t ice cubes on cats for fun. If you do, your kitty may put their claws on you in retaliation!

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Jennifer Lopez Reveals How Ben Affleck & Her Kid Teamed Up To Get Their Cat


Remember when we introduced you to Jennifer Lopez’s new kitten Hendrix in December 2021? Of course, you do! Who could forget a Devon Rex kitten so cute!

Now, we’ve got a little more info about how the Hendrix came to join the family thanks to a Father’s Day tribute to fiancé Ben Affleck emailed to fans by Lopez. In the fan newsletter, JLo shared an old video of one of her twin children and Ben, trying to convince her it was time to open her heart to a cat. But Lopez had different ideas about adding a feline to the Affleck-Lopez family. In the end, as we know, Emme and Ben’s appeal for a kitty won over Mama Jen and resulted in Hendrix joining the family!

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In the fan newsletter, Jennifer wrote, “This is the two of them lobbying for a Devon Rex cat.”

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“By the way, Hendrix, joined the family shortly after.”

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As the adorable video opens, it’s evident that JLo was the target of a two-pronged attack about getting a cat. This viewer thinks Mama Lopez needed to film the gang-up of Ben and Emme as moms don’t get a fair chance when it comes to the family begging for furry ones!

In the clip, Ben went on to mention how Lopez will probably steal the cat from Emme and take it everywhere, but Lopez retorted, “I can guarantee that won’t happen.”

With a smile, Emme replied, “I can guarantee that you are wrong!”

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It seems too that there may already be a cat in mind as Affleck can be heard saying it’s not a “scrunched-face Himalayan.” Too bad, Himmys are sweet and beautiful souls who bring joy to any family. But a Devon Rex is darling, too, as the family has since learned.

But before Lopez will hear any more from the two, she explained, “They leave. They love you, and then they leave you.”

“Listen, it’s time to love a cat again,” Affleck assured Lopez after her heartbreaking observation. “It’s time for you to open your heart to a cat again, you can do it, be brave.”

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Emme then tried purrsuasion, promising, “This kind of cat won’t leave you. They need humans.”

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And then comes the vow every kid makes when wanting a furry one.

“Mom, I will take the best care of it, like, I don’t think you understand. I will pamper it with everything I have.”

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That sweet pleading from a child is often the stone that fells even the toughest of mothers! And as we know, Emme and Ben swayed Jennifer to enter the cat world once again as we met Hendrix in a quick clip of the kitty cutie rocking around the Lopez Christmas tree!

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