10 Things Your Cat Wants on Meowingtons August 16 2018


Ever wonder why your cat has an affinity for lying on your laptop? Our theory: Cats are trying to drop some not-so-subtle hints that they want some new cat stuffs. It also may or may not be a ploy to get you to order stuff online just so they can play with the box. So we've compiled a list of our feline favorites so you can finally satisfy your cat's demands! They are in charge of the household, after all.

1. Pinot Meow Cat Wine

If your cat goes crazy for catnip but has a more refined palate, fill up your kitty's cup with some Pinot Meow Cat Wine!

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2. The Fruit Tart Cat Bed

The Fruit Tart Cat Bed is the cutest (and comfiest) thing since sliced bread!


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3. Paw Print Interactive Laser Toy

Set your lasers to FUN and help your cat on his quest to one day catch the elusive Red Dot.

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4.  Brunch Buddies Catnip Toy

Wake-y wake-y eggs and bake-y! Each Brunch Buddies Catnip Toy is stuffed with a premium blend of catnip and silver vine for maximum potency - and maximum cat enjoyment!


5. Catnip Chewable Dental Sticks

Give your cat a fun, natural treat (without any of the calories) and improve their dental health at the same time! 


6. Cat Eared Pouch Sweater

It’s the purr-fect way to snuggle your cat against their will without getting scratched! Uh, I mean, the ultimate way to bond with your cat.



7. Polka Dot Bow Tie Collar

For those folks who've got a cat with a taste for the fancy, the Polka Dot Bow Tie Collar is purrfect present for a tailored tabby - and purrfect for any party situation. 


8. Hide & Seek Cat Tunnel Toy

Whether your cat uses it to hide and seek or hide and sleep, the Hide and Seek Cat Tunnel promises a unique and enriching experience for your cat to enjoy.




9. Space Dome Travel Backpack

Help your cat explore the world outside their litter box, safe and sound, inside the Space Dome Travel Backpack. To infinity, and beyond! Your little catstronaut will thank you.


10. Milton's Premium Catnip

Are you a cat that's looking for a way to unwind after a long day of catnapping? Look no further than Milton's Catnip! All leafy greens - we promise, no seeds 'n stems in this little bit of Purrvana! 


Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!  


You Can Get Paid To Live on a Tiny Greek Island And Take Care of Cats August 16 2018

If you love cats with a splash of island life thrown in, then we've found your dream job.

On the small Greek island of Syros, a cat sanctuary known as God's Little People is looking for its new caretaker to oversee the 50 plus cats that roam the sanctuary. 

According to their Facebook, the organization is a registered charity and no-kill, no-cage lifetime sanctuary and adoption center. 

“A very special position and living circumstance on offer on a little Greek island called Syros (a small paradise no less!) for a mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats and would love their company,” the job posting states.

Besides getting to spend your days surrounded by a clowder of loving cats, the job also offers a modern little house with its own garden and a view of the Aegean Sea, and a small salary on top of it. 

According to the post, the job only takes four hours a day, so the caretaker will have plenty of time to enjoy and explore the small island. The only catches are that you must know how to drive a manual car as that's the only type available on the island, and be up to the task of tourists coming to visit during the summer months.  

Apart from the normal feeding, watering and litter box routine for 55 kitties, ideal candidates should also have an understanding of cat psychology and some natural cat whispering skills, as the caretaker can expect to at times trap or handle feral or non-socialized cats. 

This job is likely most suitable for those who are 45 years of age or older, according to the posting, and someone who is “responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined - and really, with a heart of gold!” Honestly, as cat lovers go, finding someone with a heart of gold won't be difficult at all. In our opinion here at Meowingtons, cat people are a special kind of people! 


Details about how to apply can be found on the original post on Facebook. Interviews will be conducted via Skype at the end of this month, with a start date of November 1, 2018. The job is long term, with a minimum of a 6-month term. 


Meet Bronson, The 33-Pound Rescue Cat On A Mission to Lose Weight August 15 2018

Say hello to Bronson, a 3-year-old, 33-pound rescue kitty with mittens who has happily found his forever home. Now this chunky cat is on a quest for a happier, healthier life thanks to his new cat parents! 

Mike Wilson and Megan Hanneman were visiting their local Humane Society in Michigan when they happened upon a gentle giant of the feline kind. His name was Bronson, and he tipped the scales at a whopping 33 pounds. And as if this kitty wasn't extra enough, he's even got six toes - this kitten's got mittens in the shape of Michigan! 

The shelter didn't know much about Bronson's history besides the fact that his previous owner had passed away. Being that Bronson is only 3 years old, the shelter guessed that his previous owner had been an elderly person who had been feeding him table scraps, leading to his large size.

The first day they met him, the shelter was so backed up they couldn't get into see him in person. "The first day all we saw of him was his backside. He made us wait for the front," writes Wilson.  Unable to get the big fella out of their thoughts, the couple went back to the shelter the next day ... and the rest, as they say, is hiss-tory! 

The couple knew they had a big task cut out for them, but they were determined to help Bronson get down to a healthy weight. Obesity in cats, especially obesity this severe, is detrimental to the cat and can lead to chronic health issues, such as diabetes and liver disease, and fat deposits in the chest and abdomen area can cause breathing issues.

Having an overweight kitty presents unique challenges, but these cat lovers are more than up to the task to help Bronson on his weight loss journey. For instance, Bronson carries a lot of weight in his chest, so picking him in a way that's comfortable for him is difficult. But his new family found a way to carry him comfortably, and he gets to look like a king in the process: they carry him on a pillow! 

Bronson is on a diet of only 375 calories a day, with the goal of losing a pound a month until he is deemed healthy.

Thinking healthy thoughts ...

When it comes to overweight cats and losing weight, it’s critical that they shed it slowly. If they lose weight too quickly, they can develop Fatty Liver Disease, which can be a fatal illness.

"We have adjusted Bronson’s diet three times since we got him, but we think that he’s on track to safely lose this weight," writes Wilson. "Currently, his exercise routine is made up of moving his food dish around the room to promote walking and still playing with toys while he’s laying down."

He might not be ready for the obstacle course, but he's getting there! 

Bronson is well on his way to his goal! In fact, today marks Bronson's 100th day home, and Bronson's new family posted a progress photo on his Instagram. He's officially lost 2 pounds, and you can already tell the difference! 

Follow Bronson on his weight loss journey on his Instagram and Facebook

Cat Takes Office as Mayor of Small Michigan Village August 10 2018

Meet the newly elected mayor of Omena, Michigan.

Her name is Sweet Tart McKee and she is fabulous. But she's more than just her luscious, flowing calico coat: she's ready to make waves in the world of politics. Or should we say paw-litics? 

The official feline mayor will be aided by First Vice Mayor Diablo Shapiro the Dog, Second Vice Mayor Punkin Anderson-Harden the Dog, Press Secretary Harley Jones the Goat, and Special Assistant for Fowl Issues Penny Labriola the Chicken.

Sweet Tart ran a good campaign against her opponents, which included one other cat, 13 dogs, a peacock, a goat, and a chicken. Each mayoral candidate was interviewed by the Omena Historical Society on why they deserved to be mayor.

“I represent the best of Leelanau County with the Sweet and Tart cherries. I have had experience with governing/supervising my household," said the confident calico. "And having been Vice Mayor for 3 years, fulfilling all my expected duties, I know I could handle the Mayor position." 

The residents of Omena seemed to agree. The constituents paid $1 to take part in this special election, the proceeds of which went to the Omena Historical Society. The ballots were also open to animal lovers the world over who wanted to take part in the election and donate to the cause. In total, there were over 7,000 votes.

Sweet Tart will be aided by First Vice Mayor Diablo Shapiro the Dog, Second Vice Mayor Punkin Anderson-Harden the Dog, Press Secretary Harley Jones the Goat, and Special Assistant for Fowl Issues Penny Labriola the Chicken.

According to UPI, the little village of Omena has a decade-long tradition of voting in four-legged mayors. 

Sweet Tart isn't the first feline to be elected mayor. Mayor Stubbs, a stub-tailed ginger cat was the Honorary Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for over 20 years! 

Please Take A Moment To Appreciate This Cat Who Loves Snuggling Peaches August 09 2018

Meet Ozzy. Ozzy happens to be a cat. Ozzy also happens to love peaches. 

Don't worry, Ozzy doesn't love eating peaches. He just loves cuddling with them! 

He belongs to the parents of 27-year-old Lydia Coutre of Cleveland, Ohio, who originally tweeted about Ozzy's peachy obsession earlier this week.

Needless to say, the Internet loves its cats (and we do, too!) so it wasn't long before this plump, peach-snuggling feline stole the hearts of Twitter and the Internet at large. 


It's unclear exactly where Ozzy's unusual obsession began or why he's declared himself the household's Peach Protector, but according to Lydia, the leading theory at the moment is that he likes "the fuzziness"; the first time the Coutre fam brought peaches around the tabby, he just started rubbing on them. And the rest, as they say is hiss-tory. 

Maybe he thinks they're fuzzy cat eggs he needs to protect?


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Or as one commenter suggested, Tiny Tree Kittens?




Whatever the reason, it's just plain adorable. 


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We all know that cats can be a bit, well, weird. They do strange things like inexplicably cuddle with fruit. So it wasn't long before fellow cat owners came out of the woodwork and shared their cat's unique and sometimes unusual cuddle preferences. 








In a time when news headlines are inundated with some heavy stuff, stories like Ozzy the Peach Guardian are so wholesome and pure it's like a breath of fresh air. In fact, Ozzy's peachy passion has captured the hearts - and creativity - of more than a few artists. 





Whatever the reason for Ozzy's peach-crazed cuddlefests, we're happy to have a dose of feline feel-good news. Thanks for reading! 

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5 Fun Facts All About Fluffy, Tufted Kitty Ears August 08 2018

Cat ears were made for more than just listening! They're also made to hold lots of cute fluff, and occasionally some earwax. Let's read about those fluffy, tuft-y triangles on your cat's head! 

1. Did you know that each cat ear is controlled by 32 individual muscles? All the better to ignore you with! 

In comparison, humans only have a measly 6 muscles that control our ears, which is kind of lame. Thanks to these muscles, those triangles on top of your cat's head have an excellent range of motion: cats can rotate their ears up to 180 degrees! 

2. The fur growing out of your cat's ear is also known as "furnishings." 

The term "ear furnishings" is preferred by cat fanciers and breeders, but every time I hear it I picture an aging Victorian-era countess proudly gesturing to her cat's ear tufts at the first-ever cat show at the Crystal Palace in 1871. "Check out the furnishings on this baby," she probably would have said. 

3. The reason cats "always land on their feet" is rooted in their ears.

We all know that cats have a pretty amazing sense of balance. The age-old belief that cats always land on their feet has to come from somewhere, after all! Just like us humans, a cat's ear canals are filled with liquid and lined with tiny hairs. When the fluid moves over the hairs, it tells your cat’s brain which way she’s moving. In conjunction with what's called the vestibule, a cat's inner ear system transmits information about whether a cat's right-side up, upside down, lying on its side, et cetera. 

4. Cats actually have better hearing than dogs. And humans, of course.

A cat's sense of hearing is five times stronger than your own. And while dogs are known for their amazing hearing, cats actually can distinguish sounds much higher in pitch than dogs can, and can even detect tiny variances in sounds: just one-tenth of a tone apart. This acute sense of hearing allows cats to distinguish how big or small a prey animal is and detect a wider range of species, predator and prey alike. 

5. A cat's ear temperature can help indicate stress. But only the right ear. 

Scientists have found that the temperature of a cat’s right ear (but strangely not the left ear) is related to the level of certain hormones released in response to stress, and could be a reliable indicator of psychological stress.

Bonus: This shelter cat's very good, very long ear furnishings. We give these a 13/10. 

Thanks for reading!

These Are The 5 Most Popular Cat Breeds in The US July 27 2018

We recently posted about the 20 most popular cat names in the US. So when we stumbled across the most popular cat breeds in the US, we knew we had to cover it! The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) has compiled a list of the breeds that cat fanciers fancy most. The list is based on data collected from the CFA's registration records and includes a whopping 42 different types of cats! 

We know that no two cats are alike. And while they can share some common personality traits, each cat is a unique and amazing individual. So what makes these breeds so special? Let's take a look at some of the reason these five cat breeds might be so popular! Bonus: there are cute cat photos to scroll through.

1. Exotic Shorthair Cat

Source: Başak Ekinci via Flickr

Exotic Shorthairs are essentially known as "shorthaired Persians" or the "Lazy Man's Persian," often chosen over the latter breed because their short coats require less grooming. Known for their round, teddy bear faces and large, expressive eyes, Exotic Shorthairs are quite a striking feline to look at. From their rounded head, rounded bodies, and large, round eyes, "round" is probably the best way to describe this rotund feline. They are also known for their calm, gentle dispositions. 

2. Ragdoll

Similar to the long-haired Maine Coon Cat, Ragdolls are a breed known for their friendly personalities, silky fur, and an unusual penchant for being held. Described as the ultimate lap cat, Ragdolls are known for actually liking to be held - which isn't fair to other cat breeds, as other cats of all shapes and sizes enjoy being held as well! On their own terms, of course. The breed gets its name from the tendency of the first few litters of kittens to go limp and relaxed when picked up, like little ragdolls. 

3. British Shorthair

These stunning gray cats are as English as they come! You don't have to serve them tea and scones, though. These soft, cherub-cheeked felines are known for their easy-going personalities and plush fur. The British Shorthair is one of the world's oldest cat breeds, stemming from cats imported to Rome from Ancient Egypt. The Romans then took these cats with them when they invaded Great Britain in 43 CE. And the rest is hiss-tory! Interestingly enough, this breed almost went extinct in World War I and II as cat fanciers in England stopped breeding them. But this tenaciously adorable breed has bounced back and is now #3 in popularity! 

4. Persian

These cats are more than just their large, striking eyes and glamorous coats! Besides their long, flowing fur and darling faces, Persians are also known for their calm, sweet demeanors. Persian cats first became popular in the Victorian era. They have always been bred to have short, snub-nosed faces, but over time those features have become exaggerated. Unfortunately, this has led to some health issues in the Persian breed. Persians are also known to be a bit high maintenance and require frequent grooming, but their glamour and purr-sonality combined are what makes this breed so popular. 


5. Maine Coon Cat

Known as "the dogs of the cat world" and "gentle giants," Maine Coon Cat's are known for their big personalities - and even bigger sizes! Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat: they can grow up to a record of 48 inches in length and weigh up to 30 - 35 pounds. Large Maine Coons can actually overlap in length with Eurasian lynxes and are often confused for bobcats in the US. And due to their rather friendly, affectionate nature, these cats are excellent family cats. Sociable and playful yet gentle and full of fluff, Maine Coons are great to have around kids.

While purebred or pedigreed cats are simply stunning, we always want to remind our readers that there are shelter cats that are just as deserving of a forever home as a purebred kitty! In fact, purebreds often end up in shelters, despite their popularity. 

A Look Into The Secret Lives Of The Shop Cats of Hong Kong July 27 2018

Take a glimpse into the secret lives of the shop cats of Hong Kong, as seen through the eyes of Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen.

When Heijnen first moved to Hong Kong, he was surprised to learn about Hong Kong's take on cat culture: shop cats. Similar to the Bodega cats of New York who guard the local bodegas, the shop cats of Hong Kong happily take up their perches and judge shopgoers from afar.  Photographer Marcel Heijnen was so fascinated with these shop cats, he even created an Instagram account featuring the shopkeeping kitties and their humans. Heijnen features shop cats, market cats, alley cats, even temple cats! 

These cats are a part of everyday life in the shops of Hong Kong.

Fitting themselves happily into the busy inner workings of a shop.

Keeping an eye on things ...

Making sure everything is in its proper box. 

And reminding their humans to take well-deserved breaks.

Because catnaps very important cat business, after all. 

And, no, they don't mind sharing their lunch. 

They keep the shops clear of mice and pests, always on the prowl.  

And they make great company while waiting for shipments to come in. 

Some cats become so much a part of the shop that they blend in.

Others, of course, know how to work the spotlight. "Make sure to get my good side, human."

The photographer manages to capture the individual personalities with just a single photo. 

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Cats will always be cats, no matter where they are. 

"Yes, I AM the very top brand of cat!"

"Hop on, human. We've got places to go and kitties to see!" 

While Maneki Neko is generally Japanese in origin, many shopkeepers in Hong Kong keep their own Lucky Cats to bring in fortune. 

You can never have too many Lucky Cats! 

What do you think about the Shop Cats of Hong Kong?


More info: Instagram | marcelheijnen.com 

4 "Bad" Cat Behaviors You Should Actually Encourage July 27 2018

Cats are wonderfully mysterious creatures. Why do they take off running after they make a trip to the litter box? Why do they try to make biscuits on their favorite human? Cats do some pretty strange things. They also do some admittedly irritating things, like scratch on furniture and munch our potted plants.

But while cats might be doing these things intentionally, it is not out of malice or spite. Cats are only doing what comes naturally to them, and their actions serve to help them live healthier, happier lives. It’s important to understand the motives behind a cat’s less-than-desirable behaviors so that it becomes easier for us humans to redirect these “bad” behaviors into positive ones that benefit both you and your furry family member.


1. Scratching

Fish have to swim, and cats have to scratch! While they might not always choose the best locations to scratch (your couch, for example), scratching is a natural and necessary behavior for your cat. Like you might stretch your muscles and keep in shape with a yoga routine, scratching helps your cat to both stretch muscles and relieve any tension or stress.

For your cat to be the happiest and healthiest they can be, it’s important that they have a satisfying place to dig their claws into. Your cat isn’t scratching the arm of your sofa out of a wanton desire for destruction. Believe it or not, cats actually scratch as a form of communication to other cats – and us humans, if we know how to read cat. Through both the visual marks and pheromones they leave behind with their claws, cats use scratching as a way to establish the boundaries of their territory.

Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of places to scratch, ideally in locations that are visible at cat height. If your cat doesn't immediately take to using the scratchers you provide, try sprinkling some catnip or their favorite treat on the surface of the scratcher to encourage use. 




2. Grazing

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Photo: @nclaspell, featuring the Tom Cat Mug

Most cat owners know that cats can be the humble houseplant’s worst enemy. Some cats like to chow down on plants mostly out of instinct, as grass acts as a digestive aid. Whether it’s a source of folic acid, some extra fiber, or simply a way to help your kitty pass a hairball, grass can be beneficial to your cat.

But houseplants aren’t always the safest of greens for your cat to munch. In fact, cat owners should note that some common houseplants and flowers (both indoor and outdoor) are toxic to cats. You can find helpful lists of some common houseplants you’ll want to keep out of reach of your kitty’s paws.

Cat grass or catnip is an ideal solution to give your cat a safe garden to graze on. Purrfect for indoor and outdoor cats alike, growing your own cat grass is a simple, easy and safe way of satisfying your kitty’s cravings for the greener things in life. Give indoor cats a healthy taste of the great outdoors and keep your adventurous outdoor kitties from grazing on the neighbor’s potentially pesticide-sprayed lawn.


3. Stealing sips from your cup

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If you keep catching your cat sneaking drinks from your glass, instead of their own bowl,  give them a glass of their own! Cats have an extremely sensitive sense of smell – 40 times as powerful as our paltry human noses. They might be sniffing out something in the bowl they don’t like: its freshness, its location to their food, even the material of the bowl. If your cat is drinking from your cup, it means they’ve found an ideal source of water.

It only makes sense to cater to them just a little bit more than you probably already do to ensure your cat stays hydrated and healthy, as indoor cats are fairly susceptible to dehydration. Cats in the wild get water from their food, which happens to be the bodies of their prey. Indoor cats don't get nearly as much water from their food, especially if they eat a diet mostly consisting of dry kibbles.


4. Late-night play sessionscrazy cat meme 4am cat meme

Your cat’s instincts may be telling him to play at night. Cats are crepuscular, meaning they’re most active at dawn and dusk. This is the ideal time for a cat to hunt, so their bodies are telling them that at 4 am, it’s time to get movin’. While you don’t want to encourage your cat to keep up this late-night routine, you do want to encourage your cat’s natural hunting behaviors. If your cat is keeping you up, try tiring them out by playing hunt-chase-capture games in the evening before bedtime.


Vintage Photos That Prove Cats Have Always Ruled Over Humans July 19 2018

Cats rule the Internet, and there is no denying it. But long before there was even the concept of an Internet over which to rule, cats happily took their position as our fluffy overlords. And this series of vintage cat photos, taken in 1938, proves that cats have not changed one bit.

Originally published in National Geographic magazine in 1938, the photos were taken by Willard Culver and accompanied an essay by Frederick Eddy, former president of the Siamese Cat Society of America and the Empire Cat Club of New York. The photos feature pampered cats in the sitting rooms of America’s cat-loving elite. They also feature apt captions that are hilariously relevant to the experiences of cat owners today. Cats truly never change! 

Photographer Willard Culver writes, “With a bit of salmon or catnip, sometimes liver, approximate friendship could be developed, though many times short-lived." Culver speaks to the fickle nature of felines. "A false move on my part would change the most polite and complacent pussycat instantly into a defiant and combative creature that revealed the savagery of the jungle."

“Then, on hands and knees, I could myself trying to coax a prize-winning Persian from her dark retreat with dulcet calls of ‘Kitty, kitty—nice kitty’—my only answer a hissing growl from back under the divan.”

The 1938 National Geographic article captioned this image, “Stately, kindly, lordly friend, condescend here to sit by me.”





Midnight sits in front of the fireplace in Washington, D.C. Culver notes that the cat “had to be dragged, snarling, from under the sofa for a split-second pose.”


A trio of Siamese kittens nap on the sofa. 


A champion chinchilla Persian lounges “like a lordly little lion” in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania.


Elmer the Burmese poses at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the time, Elmer was one of the only Burmese cats in the eastern U.S.  



Three tailless Manx cats play on furniture in Washington, D.C.


“Only on humiliating hands and knees may fond humans visit this scornful kitty in her own domain,” the caption read.

This tortoiseshell queen full of tortitude was named Joseph for her “coat of many colors."


A blue Persian watches some quality cat-tertainment in the form of a goldfish. 



A vase of pussy willows captives a black Persian in Columbus, Ohio.


The 1938 caption read, “You can throw me on the table, but just try to put me on the shelf!”



A champion Siamese cat posing with a porcelain statuette in Newton, Massachusetts.



A trio of Persian cats—which were described as “unusually affectionate”—recline on furniture in Silver Spring, Maryland.



In the 1930s, blue Persians like those shown below, regularly won best-in-show at cat competitions. 



What do you think of these vintage cat photos? Let us know in the comments!