Not the inventor of kitty litter. (cloudzilla)

Cat Owners Who Value A Smell-Free Home Should Thank This Guy For Inventing Kitty Litter

Cat owners: There is a debt of gratitude to be paid. Every time you walk into a home with a cat that doesn’t smell like cat pee, and every night that you spend comfortably in your bed with your favorite feline friend snoozing cozily on your feet is all because of one guy, when you get right down to it. He is the guy who invented kitty litter. [More]

Black Friday Mania Spreads To Animal Shelters, Adoption Events For Black Cats And Dogs

Black Friday Mania Spreads To Animal Shelters, Adoption Events For Black Cats And Dogs

Since we first learned about this idea two years ago, a really great Black Friday promotion has become even more popular nationwide. It’s a doorbuster that aims to bust thousands of doors: the doors of cages and kennels at animal shelters, that is. Shelters and rescue groups have pounced on the idea of the holiday, and offer discounts or free adoptions of animals with black fur, and often animals of other colors as well. [More]

Kitten Escapes New Mexico Home On Halloween, Shows Up 2,300 Miles Away In Maine

(Portland Press Herald)

There is nothing more suited for a Friday afternoon than a heartwarming tale involving a lost kitten finding her way home against all odds, so I will go ahead and accept your thanks in advance. The starring cat of today’s story escaped her home in New Mexico during Halloween trick-or-treating, only to reappear in Maine a few weeks later. [More]

(flaimo)

The East Coast Will Not Be Outdone By The West; NYC Is Getting A Cat Cafe, Too

Put away the boxes and unpack your suitcase, East Coast folks — you no longer have to move to Oakland in order to live closer to a cat café. All coasts striving to be equal, New York City is stepping up for the eastern folk and will soon get its first cat/coffeehouse combo. Not a cathouse, to be clear. [More]

(catastrophegirl)

Uber Will Bring A Kitten To Your Door Today (If You Live In The Right City)

In the need for a furry snuggle to brighten up your day? We live in an age where you can get anything delivered to your door, and today that includes kittens for the lucky residents of Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle, with UberKITTEN, which is returning once again after the masses clamored for more cats last year. [More]

(Cat Town Cafe on Facebook)

Cat Café Opens In California; In Other News, We’re All Moving To California

We’ve been teased before with pop-up so-called cat cafés, which are usually just a temporary wonder and not a permanent source of caffeinated feline delight. It seems that our nation’s long, cat caféless nightmare is now over, however, as a joint effort to offer coffee and get some furry friends adopted just opened in Oakland, CA. [More]

(News.au)

Family Sells Home For $140K More After Agreeing To Include Their Cat In The Deal

How much would someone have to pay you to part with your favorite feline companion? Perhaps no amount of money could pry Mr. Whiskerworth van Hugglebottom from your loving arms, but the $140,000 offered to one family to include their cat in a real estate deal is proving pretty darn tempting. [More]

Not the kittens in question. Just more cute ones. (catastrophegirl)

Some Horrible Person Stole $3,000 From Woman Who Just Wanted To Adopt Some Cats

Cats! We love’em. Well, lots of us do. But despite that urge for a cuddly companion to call your own, it’s good to remember that you should always be careful when buying pets from someone you don’t know. One woman looking to bring two new kittens into her home found that out the hard way when she sent $3,000 to a stranger, and got exactly zero cats in return. [More]

(Matt-san)

We Are Completely Unsurprised That Cats Are More Popular With American Families Than Stocks

On the one hand, you’ve got a furry feline companion, soft and purring sometimes, playful and worthy of hours on end of cell phone footage in case Mr. Whiskerpants does something that could go viral. On the other, you’ve got individual stocks. Of course more American families own cats than stocks. Of course. [More]

(Beth Wilson)

Amazon UK Ruins Cat’s Birthday By Shipping Gift In An Envelope, Not A Box

Cats care about many things, ranging from sunbeams to food, but they don’t care very much about birthdays. They don’t seem to care whether it’s their birthday or not. However, when the creator of a line of cat-themed accessories contacted Amazon UK on the pretext that they had ruined her cat’s birthday by sending a gift in an envelope instead of a box, Amazon played along. [More]

Cats Take Over Pizza Hut Japan, Serve Fur-Stuffed Crust And Cuteness

Cats Take Over Pizza Hut Japan, Serve Fur-Stuffed Crust And Cuteness

Do you enjoy Pizza Hut’s products, but wish they could be served up by someone with a surly, anti-customer attitude, no food service or management skills, and with a generous sprinkling of cat hair on everything? Perhaps you would enjoy the fantasy world in current Pizza Hut ads in Japan, where cats have been hired to run a Pizza Hut franchise because OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT THE KITTY. [More]

(D.P. Rubino)

Animal Shelter To Person Who’s Dropped Off 100 Tuxedo Cats: Time To Learn About Fixing Your Pets

Dropping off pets you can’t possibly care for at the animal shelter is a good deed, to be sure — but that being said, one facility would like to have a word about fixing your pets after someone keeps leaving boxes full of tuxedo cats on its doorstep. [More]

Man Arrested For Calling Police About Imaginary Escaped Mountain Lion

Man Arrested For Calling Police About Imaginary Escaped Mountain Lion

The call to police in Aiken, South Carolina seemed wacky but plausible: a man who worked at a pet store called to report a burglary. He said that a 100-pound mountain lion worth $35,000 was missing from the store, and had either been stolen during a burglary or had taken advantage of the opportunity to escape. Turns out there was no missing mountain lion. There was no mountain lion at all. [More]

Gyzmo The Cat Escapes From Carrier, Is Now Loose In JFK Airport

Gyzmo The Cat Escapes From Carrier, Is Now Loose In JFK Airport

We hate to conclude the week with a discouraging pet story, but there’s bad news out of John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City: airline workers lost a French family’s cat somewhere between Paris and New York. Update: Gyzmo was found on Saturday! [More]

This Site Is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good

This Site Is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good

The Internet has an endless appetite for two things. The first is people sharing more information than they had intended with companies that use that information to target advertising. The second is cat pictures. Yet what if there were a way to use cat pictures to teach us all a lesson about how much information we’re inadvertently sharing with the Internet? [More]

Apparently, It’s Very Difficult To Box Up Cat Toys

Apparently, It’s Very Difficult To Box Up Cat Toys

Reader James was not impressed last week when we posted a picture of a cat toy that Amazon shipped inside another cat toy…or, as us people without cats call them, a very large “cardboard box.” James assured us that he could top one cat toy in a mere oversized long, thin box: he received two cat toys in a box large enough to ship at least four cats.* [More]

Amazon Stupid Shipping Gang Ships Cat Toy Inside Second Cat Toy

Amazon Stupid Shipping Gang Ships Cat Toy Inside Second Cat Toy

We can’t imagine how difficult it must be to box up packages in an online fulfillment warehouse, working with time constraints to find the best container for an unfathomable variety of products. Yet sometimes the packaging choices themselves are unfathomable, and that’s when we point out that the Stupid Shipping Gang has been at work. Stephen sent along this photo of his cat toy packaged in a comically oversized box. [More]

This Petco Coupon Excludes Everything I Would Buy At Petco

This Petco Coupon Excludes Everything I Would Buy At Petco

Pet owners: if you had a 25% coupon code for Petco, what would you load your cart up with? Food? Litter? Toys? Treats? If you’re using a current coupon that the retailer has for online shoppers, only half of those things are eligible for the discount. Oh, boo. [More]