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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:34:13 pm »

Kitty 🐈 wants in NOW! A lesson in feline perseverance.  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 08, 2018, 02:55:08 pm »

Henri 2, Paw de Deux  ;D

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:21:41 pm »

The above banana peel is about to be scratched into tiny pieces. 🐈

Do Any Animals Show a Preference for Right or Left “Handedness”?

Just as people are either right or left-handed, cats often have a dominant paw preference, which they may demonstrate when they’re reminding you that it’s time to eat or boxing that new feathered cat toy. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast's School of Psychology wanted to know more about this feline behavior, and collected data from 44 cats (24 males and 20 females) of varying breeds, gathered over a period of three months by the animals' owners. They found that the male cats strongly favored their front left paw, while the female cats favored their front right paw.

What it says about your cat:

Researchers were interested in which paw the cats led with when walking down stairs or accessing litter boxes. Each cat was also studied while fishing out treats from a food maze.

About 73 percent of the cats showed a lateral bias when reaching for food; 70 percent displayed a preference when going down stairs; and 66 percent used one paw more prominently when accessing a litter box.

Left-limbed animals, which rely more heavily on the right hemisphere of the brain, tend to display stronger fear responses and aggression than right-limbed animals, which are left brain dominant.

http://www.wisegeek.com/do-any-animals-show-a-preference-for-right-or-left-handedness.htm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 12, 2017, 04:44:58 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 25, 2016, 03:56:56 pm »

Squirrel Reunites With His Best Cat Buddy and … OMG!
 

If anybody out there had any lingering doubts that animals can remember their friends, this video will quickly eradicate them.

This family had a pet squirrel. While having a wild animal as a pet is never a good idea, they eventually did the right thing and released him back into the wild where he belongs. Clearly doing well, the little guy would pop back in from time to time in order to visit his best buddy … the family cat!

The pair clearly enjoy one another’s company, rolling around playfully and wrestling like two toddlers on a playground. Watching these two, we can’t help but be reminded of the deep social bonds that animals form, no matter what species they come from. Once again, we all could take a lesson from these animals that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you look like. A friend is a friend. 


http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/squirrel-reunites-with-his-best-cat-buddy-and-cuteness-ensues/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 23, 2016, 06:29:47 pm »

Watch Shelter Dogs and Cats Go From Sad to Ecstatic After Receiving Surprise Christmas Toys!


Christmas can be a joyous time for many. With festive lights, good cheer, and the company of your friends and family, the holidays are filled with love and happiness. But for the six to eight million animals that enter U.S. shelters every year, Christmas can be depressing. Many wonderful volunteers will take the dogs out for walks and will maybe have a few minutes of play time, but at the end of the day, the dogs and cats are alone once again.

But one animal shelter is working towards changing that. Every year, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa asks their volunteers and supporters to put toys, food, and supplies underneath the “Tree of Life” so that they can collect donations for homeless animals. Not only do animal lovers stock the tree full of goodies, but the dogs and cats get to pick out their very own toy! As seen in the video above, the pups rush over to the “Tree of Life” and eagerly pick out a toy they can call their own. The smiles and tail wags as they learn Santa Paws didn’t forget about them are absolutely contagious. Santa Paws didn’t forget about the many homeless cats either  – the felines all get some toys to keep them entertained and happy.

If you’re considering welcoming a four-legged companion into your home, please always adopt and never shop. And if you’d like to get involved with your local animal shelter, check out our guide to volunteering.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/shelter-dogs-and-cats-get-surprise-christmas-toys/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 11, 2016, 03:23:40 pm »

Rescued Kitten is Madly in Love With His New Family’s Dog. The Dog Doesn’t Seem to Mind At All!  ;D

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/rescued-kitten-is-madly-in-love-with-dog/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 10, 2016, 01:45:48 pm »

LOL! Tiny Kitten Refuses to Leave Husky Sibling’s Side … Literally (VIDEO)

SNIPPET:
Having a younger sibling comes with a ton of perks. You always have someone to talk to, someone to boss around, and someone who will always have your back when things get scary. But being adored by a little one has one small drawback. You’re the center of their world, which can make getting alone time impossible!. 

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/kitten-refuses-to-leave-husky-siblings-side/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 18, 2016, 09:05:44 pm »

LOVED the NiBIRU "Combat Training"


I had a dog just like that one and the cat is an identical twin to one I shared many years with.



Also, excellent current skycam photo and condition research tools.    I cannot make heads or tails out of those orbs except that they should not be there.   




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:57:02 pm »

Kitty doing the physics math   

Cats seem to grasp the laws of physics

June 14, 2016

Researcher Saho Takagi holding her cat. Credit: Mayu Takagi

Cats understand the principle of cause and effect as well as some elements of physics. Combining these abilities with their keen sense of hearing, they can predict where possible prey hides. These are the findings of researchers from Kyoto University in Japan, led by Saho Takagi and published in Springer's journal Animal Cognition.

Previous work conducted by the Japanese team established that cats predict the presence of invisible objects based on what they hear. In the present study, the researchers wanted to find out if cats use a causal rule to infer if a container holds an object, based on whether it is shaken along with a sound or not. The team also wanted to establish if cats expect an object to fall out or not, once the container is turned over.

Thirty domestic cats were videotaped while an experimenter shook a container. In some cases this action went along with a rattling sound. In others it did not, to simulate that the vessel was empty. After the shaking phase, the container was turned over, either with an object dropping down or not.

Two experimental conditions were congruent with physical laws, where shaking was accompanied by a (no) sound and an (no) object to fall out of the container. The other two conditions were incongruent to the laws of physics. Either a rattling sound was followed by no object dropping out of the container or no sound while shaking led to a falling object.

The cats looked longer at the containers which were shaken together with a noise. This suggests that cats used a physical law to infer the existence (or absence) of objects based on whether they heard a rattle (or not). This helped them predict whether an object would appear (or not) once the container was overturned.

The animals also stared longer at containers in incongruent conditions, meaning an object dropped despite its having been shaken noiselessly or the other way around. It is as if the cats realized that such conditions did not fit into their grasp of causal logic.

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"Cats use a causal-logical understanding of noise or sounds to predict the appearance of invisible objects," says Takagi.

Researchers suggest that species' surroundings influence their ability to find out information based on what they hear. The ecology of cats' natural hunting style may therefore also favor the ability for inference on the basis of sounds.

Takagi explains that hunting cats often need to infer the location or the distance of their prey from sounds alone because they stake out places of poor visibility. Further research is needed to find out exactly what cats see in their mind's eye when they pick up noises, and if they can extract information such as quantity and size from what they hear.

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-cats-grasp-laws-physics.html

 
I am pondering the derivative of ballistic trajectories and any accompanying acoustic differences in order to compute my chances of a quick lunch. Yes, I really am up here for my health.  ;D

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 07, 2015, 04:29:48 pm »

Ghost Kitty Discussions: Either I have as vivid an imagination as these posters or the spirit of a recently deceased kitty visits his human friend for a while. 

I'm on the others side but I wanted to visit you, my old friend and companion. The other side is real, not wishful thinking by "foolish" humans.   
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Ninja
08/05/2015 05:30am
I live in a house at the dead end of a 3 way crossroad. There is high entity traffic & my parrot can see entities. I can see them out of the corners of my eyes in the daylight. In the dark it is very easy to see an entity.

There is only one entity that my parrot likes. When she pets her my bird just groans happily.

Lilspeth
08/18/2015 08:29pm
There are ghost kitties in our apartment! I know at times our three cats see them. I on the other hand can only feel them brush by in an instant.

JanineC
09/17/2015 02:30pm
My roommate can see them. Our recently departed Kitters came by twice that he saw.

CarmenO
09/18/2015 02:28pm
After my first cat was killed by a dog that entered our yard, he kept going to bed with me until I adopted my current cat. It lasted for about 4 months. I could feel him walking on the bed as soon as I went to bed, just like before. When my third cat died of old age, she came by the evening of the day she passed away and jumped on the bed where my second cat and her slept. He was with me in the living room and I know he heard her jump also, because he looked towards that door same time as me.

sdianas
09/22/2015 12:41pm
I'd give just about anything to have a visit like that from my beloved Ragnar, who passed away in 2013. I can feel presences (and occasionally feel his), but would SO love to feel him walking on my bed again.

catherine55
10/23/2015 02:53pm
I believe your comment about the ghost kitten. I am in a new apartment, when I lay in bed on occasion I will feel small paw prints of what feels like a cat or kitten walking across my legs or settling at the foot of my bed.


What Cats and Dogs Can See that Humans Can’t: You Won’t Believe it!

http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/what-cats-and-dogs-can-see-humans-cant-you-wont-believe-it-31380
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 01, 2015, 08:12:26 pm »



Signatures Needed to Stop OC Animal Control From Killing Karma The Husky
355,901 supporters
BY: Danna Cruzan, Vice President, Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
TARGET: Frank Kim, Steve Franks, Jennifer Hawkins, Sean Fulton, Brian Frick,...

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We Won!! Karma is saved!!  We Won!! Karma is saved!!   

Thank you so much to everyone that helped it took a huge amount of people to do this and I appreciate everyone that helped we couldn't have done it without you!!

Look for a GoFundMe in a future update to help with costs of court filings and special reports that were needed.

 Click here for the full post: https://www.facebook.com/stopocanimalcontrolfromkillingkarmathehusky/posts/1496231810670757
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 22, 2015, 09:02:21 pm »

Old Dog Watches Over Trapped Buddy for a Week Until Help Arrives



by Laura Simpson
September 21, 2015

Old friends make the best friends, and for two Washington state dogs named Tillie and Phoebe, that is especially true. Could this pair teach us all something about the true meaning of loyalty?

The dogs made a quick escape from their home a week ago when a door was left ajar during a party. What began as a mischievous adventure soon turned to misery when Phoebe, a 4-year-old Basset Hound, made her way into a cistern and simply couldn’t climb back out.

Eleven-year-old Irish setter mix Tillie, who is considerably taller than her pal, tried several times to go for help but to no avail. Tillie would sleep perched above Phoebe and wait with her throughout each day, leaving only briefly to try to find human aid. Phoebe was indeed in great danger but she was never alone in her ordeal. Her best friend simply refused to abandon her.

Residents witnessed Tillie running through a back yard several times over the course of the week, but they didn’t realize what was happening until a volunteer group called Pet Protectors put out a distress call on Facebook. Pet Protectors soon received a lucky tip from someone who had seen Tillie several times.

“With a needle in the haystack hope we made our way into the ravine, and after a bit of searching, finally heard that sweet sound we have been waiting for all week, a small one-woof response when we called out ‘Tillie,’” Pet Protectors posted on their Facebook page. ”For nearly a week Tillie stayed by her side with the exception of the few minutes of each day when she went for help.”


The dogs’ guardian B.J. Duft had been beside himself with worry during the ordeal and was relieved to learn that the dogs were still together.

“I was absolutely not surprised to learn that Tillie had stood by her side the whole time,” Duft said in an interview with ABC news. “She’s a very caring, loving and nurturing dog and the two of them are best friends.”

The dogs have an interesting history together. Tillie had been living with Duft since she was a puppy, but the two welcomed Phoebe into their home some time ago after the dogs became fast-friends at doggie daycare.

“They’re best pals — inseparable,” Duft said to ABC News.

Tillie and Phoebe are both back home and happy.   

Neither of the dogs suffered any major health issues as a result of their ordeal and now that the two are back home, they’re facing significant penalties for their actions.  ;)

“Their ‘punishment’ was extra hamburger and a roast when they got home because I was so thrilled to see them,” Duft said as the two dogs rolled around on the living room floor. 

Both dogs are now sporting new GPS enabled collars to ensure that they’ll never be lost again. 


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/old-dog-watches-over-trapped-buddy-for-a-week-until-help-arrives.html#ixzz3mWCi5Prz
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 19, 2015, 08:51:36 pm »

https://youtu.be/RDNXnXeQBeM
Don't tell me this heroic cat was not protecting that child. It was!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 11, 2015, 06:40:26 pm »

Abandoned Baby Left To Die, Until God Sent An Unlikely Hero!

Masha the cat has created a reputation for herself as a hero, and when you hear what she did, you’ll know God sent this furry friend to be a guardian angel and save a baby’s life!

Here’s the story:

http://kittiesandcats.com/heartwarming/abandoned-baby-left-to-die-until-god-sent-an-unlikely-hero/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:33:53 pm »

https://youtu.be/Shea1OIdhxs
An affectionate kitty.  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 25, 2015, 09:59:51 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 25, 2015, 09:49:50 pm »

https://youtu.be/K3p0EFtJIn8
Enjoy the video but please feed WET cat food to your cat. No, dry cat food DOES NOT keep cat teeth clean.      That is another myth you may have heard. From what vets actually say, that is exactly backwards. Dry cat food actually hurts cat dentition and leads to gum disease.  :P

 This Cat Video Is Good for Your Mental Health

Diana Vilibert
June 24, 2015 6:00 pm 115 comments

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/this-cat-video-is-good-for-your-mental-health.html#ixzz3e81XmCjj


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 31, 2015, 02:45:25 pm »


Why Do Cats Lick Themselves?

A cat is any one of the 37 cat species belonging to the family Felidae, including cheetas, lions, tigers and the domestic cat. They're a carnivorous mammals with an endearing and royal appearance, featuring round heads, long whiskers and paws with dangerous, sharp claws.

All cats are known to lick themselves with their unique tongues, spending up to one-third of their waking hours doing so, which serves several different purposes. Firstly, it's a grooming method that cleanses fur of food and dirt particles, as well as excess oil and odor. Secondly, licking moderates temperature, keeping the cat warmer when it's cold, and cooler when it's hot.

Thirdly, licking improves circulation and cats will persistently lick wounds to speed up the healing process. A cat's tongue has sharp protuberances which make it easy to comb and clean fur and distribute saliva evenly for temperature control. Aside from these, licking and grooming are a type of ritual for cats. Grooming can be a sign of comfort and happiness. Cats may lick one another or even their owners as a sign of love and affection.

More about cats:


•The Egyptian Mau is the oldest domestic cat breed in the world.

https://youtu.be/60zcX3GijYQ

•Domestic cats can run up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour, and can jump as high as five times their own height.

•The Siberian Tiger is the largest cat in the world.

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-do-cats-lick-themselves.htm

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 26, 2015, 09:11:26 pm »

How Can Cats Turn Their Ears So Many Ways?     

Cats are able to turn their ears in so many ways because they have 32 muscles in each ear. That's more than five times the number of muscles in a human ear.These muscles allow each ear to move up to 180 degrees and independently from one another.


Cats are alert animals and they use their ears to follow various sounds.
A cat's ears will be upright when there is a sudden noise that catches his or her attention. If a cat is in an aggressive mode, such as when getting ready to pounce on a bird, another cat or a human, his or her ears will take a backward position. Rapid ear movements and independent ear movements may be signs that the cat is confused or afraid.

Cat owners often become familiar with their cat's ear movements and what they mean.   

More about cats: 


•Cats have better hearing than dogs; they can hear low pitch and high pitch sounds equally well.

•Cats use their whiskers for navigation and to measure space relative to their own size, which is why obesity can cause a cat to miscalculate an opening and get stuck.

•Indoor cats live at least three times longer than outdoor cats.


http://www.wisegeek.com/how-can-cats-turn-their-ears-so-many-ways.htm

Agelbert NOTE: And that's not all. I had a cat that detected my wife's arrival in a car several minutes (at least a mile away!) prior to her arrival consistently for over 10 years!  :o It can be argued that he "heard" the car engine. I think he had ESP. There are hundreds of trees all around my residence with the assorted wild life and all the sounds they make. Then there are cars going to and fro on the main drag about a quarter mile as the crow flies (over the forest) from my home. Occam's razor is ESP, not hearing. Cats are amazing beings.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 16, 2015, 09:49:09 pm »

https://youtu.be/b7WD-SpNX_I
Puppy Race in 4K! 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:29:13 pm »

https://youtu.be/U_b_cWwOjTA
Cat OBSERVER awareness and cooperation activity.  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:18:29 pm »

https://youtu.be/9xl3pHOuFUM
Cats doing their wild thing!  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 15, 2015, 12:35:13 am »

https://youtu.be/pLCOTpjBGcs
Synchronized head and eye movements by cute kittens.   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:04:11 pm »

https://youtu.be/-ssXJtzFOjA
I know, this is the cat and dog caper thread but this animal video is funny so here it is!  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:03:01 pm »


My former owner died of natural causes. It's not my fault he was so clumsy ... ;)
https://youtu.be/_KpY-RTnC2A
Eight Signs your cat is trying to do you in.  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 10, 2015, 01:55:41 am »

https://youtu.be/sbHhw9pFa0Q
Parakeet likes cat whiskers!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:09:00 am »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:20:37 am »

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc
https://youtu.be/l2XTpRXF8qU
If your cat has become blind or you are thinking of adopting a blind cat, please read  our  ABOUT US page.  It tells a lot about living with blind cats.
http://blindcatrescue.com/#sthash.gmQwUfsu.dpuf
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 04, 2014, 11:59:55 pm »

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