Before You Get A Pet, Determine How Much Money It Will Steal From You

When you’re looking for a pet, you’re probably thinking with your heart rather than running a cost-benefit analysis. But animal sidekicks come with a plethora of hidden challenges, including financial demands that you’ll need to make sure you can handle. [More]

Flight Grounded For 4 Hours After Cat Gets Loose In Cockpit

Flight Grounded For 4 Hours After Cat Gets Loose In Cockpit

Snakes on a plane, ghosts in the machine, pigs on the wing, dog-fighting… and now cats in the cockpit. Passengers on an Air Canada flight were greatly inconvenienced after curious feline found its way into the pilot’s seat. [More]

Arizona Clinic Won't Take Credit Cards Over The Phone, Euthanizes Cat Instead

Arizona Clinic Won't Take Credit Cards Over The Phone, Euthanizes Cat Instead

An Arizona man didn’t have the $400 for his injured cat’s vet care, and the Humane Society clinic he visited wouldn’t take his mother’s credit card information over the phone or wait for . So he did what he thought was the best thing for 9-month-old Scruffy: surrender ownership to the organization so she would receive treatment. He was told that he could adopt her back later on. A lack of resources meant that Scruffy, whose injuries were not life-threatening, was euthanized instead. [More]

Can Owning A Cat Void Your HP Warranty?

Can Owning A Cat Void Your HP Warranty?

Chris sent his HP Elitebook in for repair, only to learn that he had done something to void the warranty, and it wouldn’t be repaired. What was his heinous offense against technology? He owns a cat, and there’s fur inside the computer, causing HP to declare his computer a “biological hazard” and send it back un-repaired. He sent along photos that HP took of his disassembled computer and used to make the case that his computer wasn’t repairable. [More]

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Jack The Cat Found After Two Months In JFK Airport

Before the flight to his new home in California, Jack the cat escaped from his travel carrier and disappeared into John F. Kennedy Airport. The airline organized searches and put out food, and animal lovers all over the world helped in any way they could, from performing their own searches of the airport and nearby neighborhoods to getting word out to employees of nearby businesses and other airlines. We’re happy to report that Jack has been found. In two months, he apparently never left the airport. [More]

6 Ways To Tame The Costs Of Having A Pet

6 Ways To Tame The Costs Of Having A Pet

As nice as it is to have a furry, feathered or fishy companion around the house, between food, medicine, the vet and other expenses, it can sometimes add up to a lot of red ink in your checkbook. [More]

Do Not Body-Pierce Kittens And Sell Them As 'Goth'

Do Not Body-Pierce Kittens And Sell Them As 'Goth'

Cats are born equipped with defiant attitudes, night vision, and claws, so it doesn’t take anything more to make them “goth.” At least I always thought so. A Pennsylvania woman with kittens to sell had different ideas. She gave the animals ear and neck piercings, docked their tails, and then pierced their tail nubs. Why? She thought it would look “neat.” Then she listed them on eBay for $100, until PETA and the local ASPCA noticed and came calling. She was convicted of animal cruelty, and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently affirmed her sentence and conviction on the grounds that no one could possibly be stupid enough to think that this was a good idea. I paraphrase. [More]

Missing Cat Lived In Home Depot For Months

Missing Cat Lived In Home Depot For Months

A cat that vanished from its home nearly a year ago — and was presumed dead by its owners — spent months living in a Home Depot in Michigan, until an employee brought it into a vet to get it a checkup and discovered it was microchipped. [More]

Create An Emergency Kit For Your Pet

Create An Emergency Kit For Your Pet

If you had to leave your home on short notice due to a natural disaster or other emergency, would you have a bag of emergency supplies ready to go? While adults and older children can handle packing their own bags in a hurry, members of your family who don’t have opposable thumbs can’t. [More]

Kitten Freezes To Death After Delta Flight, Owner Offered Free Trip And $50

Kitten Freezes To Death After Delta Flight, Owner Offered Free Trip And $50

Snickers, an 11-week old kitten, is dead after taking a trip on Delta that went horribly awry. The owner said the airline initially offered over $3,000 in compensation. They have now revised that offer to free airfare plus $.50 for every pound the kitten weighed. There’s a $50 minimum payout on that policy, which is a good thing because the feline only weighed 3 pounds. [More]

IAMS Sends Coupons, Free Food When Your Mom Can't Afford Cat Food

IAMS Sends Coupons, Free Food When Your Mom Can't Afford Cat Food

Suzanne writes that when her mother was short on money but needed high-quality food for her sick cats, Iams was a reasonable choice but still outside her budget. So she called the company’s customer service, explained her situation, and was rewarded. She not only received coupons, but she cultivated a friendly relationship with the customer service reps. [More]

Auto Garage Door Closer Protects Your Cat From Armed Robbery

Auto Garage Door Closer Protects Your Cat From Armed Robbery

This ad, which uses an image that’s been passed around online for a few years, seems to suggest that while you are gone from home, a burglar might sneak into your house through the open garage door and stick your cat up at gunpoint. [More]

Scammer Flips Free Kitties For Profit

Scammer Flips Free Kitties For Profit

A Park Slope woman who gave away her kittens on Craigslist was later shocked and aghast – a common affliction among Park Slope residents – to see the buyer posting an ad trying to sell the very same kittens, even though her ad said that if the buyer wasn’t going to keep the kittens themselves, they were to return them to her. Turns out the woman she gave them to is a serial “cat flipper.” [More]

What Happens When You Let 100 Cats Loose Inside An IKEA?

What Happens When You Let 100 Cats Loose Inside An IKEA?

Who knows better than cats what the most comfortable and interesting spaces in your house are? That’s the idea behind a new commercial for IKEA. To get the crucial kitty footage, one hundred cats were–why not?–let loose inside the Wembley store after hours to romp and nap for the cameras. [More]

Force Field Protects Cake From Feline Menace

Force Field Protects Cake From Feline Menace

There is no reason we should post this other than we are happy about it and want you to be happy too. [More]

IAMS Recalls Vitamin-Deficient Canned Cat Food

IAMS Recalls Vitamin-Deficient Canned Cat Food

Do you feed your cat or kitten Iams ProActive Health canned food? Check the dates on the cans, because your noms may be part of a recall. The food isn’t dangerous in itself, but has dangerously low levels of vitamin B1, which is essential for cat nutrition. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds: Best Of The Cat Picture Drive

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds: Best Of The Cat Picture Drive

“Consumerist needs your help in order to alleviate our cat picture shortage!” we said.

“I’m broke,” a few readers replied. “But I have cat pictures!”

“Send ‘em over,” we said. And thus the great Cat Picture Drive of 2010 was born. Donations poured in from all over the world.

Tips For Taking Toto On A Trip

Tips For Taking Toto On A Trip

If you’re like us, you occasionally get a yearning to escape the concrete jungle or that suburban enclave and head for less familiar surroundings. But what what about your furry friend? The Chicago Tribune takes a look at a few tips and tricks to help get Rover on the open road with you. [More]