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Cat-speak: How to read your feline’s body language, a primer
07.31.2013
03:25 pm

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Apparently, cats are far more complex and subtle in their behavior than dogs or even humans. Yet most cat owners fail to recognize what their feline friends are trying to communicate.

For example, as Nicky Trevorrow from Cat Protection explains, why does a cat claw and bite when you rub its tummy?

“When a cat throws itself on its side and shows its belly, most people misinterpret this behaviour and think that it wants its belly rubbed but will get grabbed by their hand and the cat will bite them.

“What the cat is actually doing is showing a greeting behaviour and showing trust. It is actually an abuse of that trust to stroke its belly. What the cat would rather you do is to give it a slight head rub.

“When a cat comes towards you with their tail upwards, it is a sign of their greeting. The best thing to do is to acknowledge their greeting and give their head a rub.”

After a survey of 1,100 cat owners, Cat Protection discovered that 75% of respondents did not know what a cat’s upright tail meant; 33% didn’t know what their cat was showing contentment by slow-blinking; while 50% thought cats show stress by licking their lips; and 65% thought purring was a sign of contentment (while it can actually be a sign of pain).

To help cat owners understand what their cat is saying, the Cat Protection charity has produced the following short film, which helps explain:

• The greeting – when the cat walks towards you with its tail up, it means it is saying hello
• The sign of trust – when the cat rolls on its back exposing its stomach it is showing it trusts you rather than wanting its belly rubbed.
• The leg rub – when the cats rubs its head and body against your legs it is saying you smell strange and is trying to mark you with its scent
• Flattened ears – when the cat flattens its ears it is frightened and needs somewhere to hide
• Licking of lips – while after eating this can just be it is cleaning itself, at other times it can be a sign of nausea or stress
• The slow blink – the cat will slowly close and open its eyes, turning its head to one side, meaning it is relaxed and is not feeling threatened

Now you know what little Chairman Miaow is saying. Though personally, I prefer dogs, because they’re fun, enthusiastically happy about life, and easy to beat at cards.
 

 
Via the Daily Telegraph

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Soldier returns after six months and cat sees him for the first time
07.24.2013
10:10 am

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If you own a cat, you already know how this one is going to play out!
 

 

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Just a photo of surf rock guitarist Dick Dale feeding his pet lioness
07.23.2013
11:57 am

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Here’s a vintage photo of Dick Dale feeding his pet lioness, Elsa. Some warm milk perhaps?

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Would you have a Live Snail Facial?
07.19.2013
06:11 am

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Plucky Telegraph journalist, Danielle Demetriou, was the first person in Tokyo to have a live snail facial.

Danielle had four, specially imported from Switzerland, “organic” snails (are there non-organic ones?) placed on her face.

The slime oozed by these terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks is said to be the “elixir for youthful and beautiful skin.” Snail mucus contains proteins, anti-oxidants, and hyaluronic acid, which removes dead skin and helps retain moisture. Over the past two years, sales of snail face creams, snail serum and masks have become very popular in Japan and South Korea. According to Yoko Minami, the sales manager of Clinical Salon:

“Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin.”

It may all sound like a plot device from a Guy N. Smith or Shaun Hutson novel, but this is not the first time snails have been used for medicinal purposes. In 400BC, crushed snails were commonly used to treat wounds and skin inflammation.

Today, the Celebrity Escargot Course costs around $300 (Y24,150) and lasts for around 60-minutes. The face is washed, before the beautifying mollusks are placed on the client’s face, and allowed to move about at will. According to Ms. Demetriou:

The snails feel slow, heavy and cool and slightly ticklish. The assistant attentively lifts the snails with a little tug whenever they go anywhere too near the mouth, nostrils or eyes. Many people would probably choose to undergo the snail facial with their eyes closed. There is little in life more unsettling than spying the rearing tentacles of an approaching snail on your cheek out of the corner of your eye. However afterwards, the face definitely feels cooler and plumper.

Now, you know what to do with those garden pests
 

 
Via the Daily Telegraph

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*Highly* amusing: News reporter explains what to do during a bear attack
07.12.2013
09:19 am

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Julie Tremmel, a local TV reporter in Cranston, R.I., is all kinds of awesome and apparently she goes on air high on bath salts.

I can’t wait for her next report on “What to do during a Sharknado attack.” It should be epic.
 

 
Via BuzzFeed

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HOT dogs: Veterinarian sits in a hot parked car for 30 minutes to show how it affects your pets
07.02.2013
12:07 pm

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Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward ain’t messin’ around when he demonstrates just how HOT it can get in parked car in over 30 minutes even with the windows slightly rolled down. Guess what? It gets deadly hot!

This demonstration isn’t just for folks with pets, either. It also applies to the assholes who leave their kids in cars.

This reminds of me of the time I saw two miniature schnauzers left to bake in a BMW parked in an IKEA parking lot. It must have been at least 95 degrees that day. The dogs were pawing at the windows and barking furiously. People were just standing around the car, looking confused, but not doing a damned thing. I alerted the IKEA staff to the situation immediately and they paged the owner of the car, but no one showed up to rescue the pups. The police were then called.

 
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Little dog totally HATES recreating the famous chocolate scene from ‘I Love Lucy’
07.01.2013
10:18 am

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Meet Kiwi. A pug who looks befuddled and humiliated beyond belief that her human would subject her to recreating the chocolate scene from I Love Lucy.

Kiwi totally has the classic canine “Why the fuck am I here?” expression going on.

PS: Don’t try this at home! Chocolate (like grapes, cannabis and onions) is toxic for dogs.

 
Via HYST

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The 1970s, when cocaine accessories were made from the tusks of endangered species
06.27.2013
12:46 pm

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Opulence at its most disgustingly finest seen here in a 1970s mail-order ad for hand-carved ivory coke accessories. Apparently this ad was featured in High Times and Playboy.

Each of our exotic spoons, straws, and vials is delicately carved by skilled artisans from the finest center cuts of imported African ivory…the ideal coke surface. Ideal, because moisture does not condense on it, no particles will stick to its surface. The unique quality, coupled with the exquisite beauty of each hand carved design, makes each piece worth its weight in snow.

Kill an elephant, do some blow. Yuck.

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This will make you smile: Happy Dogs traveling in cars
06.13.2013
06:45 am

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How delightful is this? Happy dogs, traveling in cars, with the wind in their ears.
 

 
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San Diego Airport has a bathroom for dogs
06.12.2013
12:06 pm

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The absolutely incredible image of a dog bathroom sporting a fire hydrant, above, was taken at the San Diego International Airport.

As of 2009, the Department of Transportation has apparently required all airports to make sure that there are pet relief areas available for any passengers traveling with service animals. The website Petfriendlytravel provides a handy guide to pet bathrooms across the US, and confirms that there is indeed a fire hydrant in the San Diego location:

San Diego International has three pet and service animal relief areas. One is located outside between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. At the Commuter Terminal, go to the west end; the area is located outside the terminal entrance. There is also a post-security animal relief area in Terminal 2 West, complete with fake grass, hand-washing station and a fire hydrant.

(Via Reddit)

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