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Potentially Record-Setting Cat Has a Taste for Kangaroo

Omar may be the world's longest cat

(Newser) - What's it take for a cat to grow so long it's in contention for a Guinness World Record? Good genes, a good home, and lots of raw kangaroo meat, apparently. "It's the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat," Stephy Hirst... More »

Alleged Cat-Shaver on the Loose in Virginia

Police are investigating

(Newser) - Someone is shaving cats in Virginia, and police and pet owners alike are at a loss. The Roanoke Times reports at least seven cats in a Waynesboro neighborhood have been shaved, apparently with some type of razor, since December. The cats are being shaved on their lower abdomens and groin... More »

Tripping Nebraska Dad Insults Family Cat

He accidentally ate his kids' pot brownies

(Newser) - A middle-aged Nebraska dad who found himself accidentally tripping on pot brownies this week was apparently finally feeling free enough to tell his cat how he really feels. The Omaha World-Herald reports the unnamed 53-year-old man's adult children left their marijuana brownies in the back of his car. He... More »

Adventurous Cat Goes Undercover as UPS Package

Owner startled when pet tracker showed her cat whisking around the city

(Newser) - One adventurous kitty spent a day last month learning what it was like to be a package, People reports. A woman named Margaret was at work June 30 when she got a notification from her pet tracking app that her cat Penny was on the move—and moving fast. Margaret... More »

A Man Was Bitten by a Cat. 6 Weeks Later, He Was Dead

4-inch-wide aneurysm was caused by bacteria common to pets' mouths

(Newser) - A Toronto man is dead after a cat bit him on the right thumb—but the cause is so rare that doctors wrote up a case study in the World Journal of Clinical Cases warning other physicians to be on the lookout for the unusual cascade of events. Animal bites... More »

Sink-Loving Kitten Suspected of Flooding Animal Shelter

Florida Humane Society sustains at least $5,000 in damage

(Newser) - A 6-month-old kitten is suspected of causing at least $5,000 in damage at a Florida animal shelter, the Miami Herald reports. According to WPLG , staff at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach discovered their facility was seriously flooded last Thursday morning. They initially thought a pipe had burst... More »

John Oliver Clashes With Chechen Leader Over a Cat

He poked fun at Kadyrov's search for lost feline

(Newser) - It might be wise for John Oliver to steer clear of Chechnya for a while: The Last Week Tonight host ridiculed Ramzan Kadyrov's search for his lost cat on Sunday, and the mockery did not go unnoticed by the Chechen strongman, the Guardian reports. In the segment, Oliver poked... More »

How School Teaches Science: Jump-Roping With Cat Intestines

Though Texas district says it'll change lesson plan after anatomy class video went viral

(Newser) - A "concerned whistleblower" blew long and hard by sending a video to PETA that showed a Texas high school class jumping rope with cat intestines—but the school district says it was all part of a lesson plan that wasn't meant to be cruel to animals, per KENS... More »

Man Gets Year in Jail After Abusing This Cat

He taped her paws together

(Newser) - A California man convicted of drug charges and, more sensationally, of using duct tape to bind the paws of a cat has received a one-year prison sentence, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Tyler Scott Vest, 23, of Valencia also received three years' probation and 24 hours of animal cruelty... More »

Woman Ships Box of DVDs With Her Cat Inside

Oops...

(Newser) - Always double-check your boxes before sealing them up and mailing them: That's the lesson one British woman recently learned after she accidentally mailed her cat. Cupcake had climbed into a box of DVDs the woman was planning to ship, as cats are wont to do , and the woman didn'... More »

Lost Cat Found Living in Pet Food Warehouse

'I can't believe he's so porky'

(Newser) - It turns out a cat missing for more than a year was living the high life inside a pet food warehouse, NBC News reports. "I can't believe he's so porky," the cat's owner, Tanya Irons, told the BBC after being reunited with Clive this week.... More »

Cat Missing for 5 Years Is Going Home

Hemi may take plane ride from N. Carolina to be reunited with family in N. Dakota

(Newser) - A cat that went missing from its military family has been found four years later, and now he's prepping for a possible plane ride home to be reunited. Hemi—so named because owners Jennifer and Robert Connell first found him under their car hood in 2009—disappeared in 2011... More »

Cat Guy Says He's Figured Out Feline Longevity

It involves home-cooked breakfast and a movie

(Newser) - Jake Perry's cats live the good life. And they live it for a long time. One of Perry's felines—Granpa Rexs Allen, who lived to be 34—broke the Guinness World Record for oldest cat in 1998. Seven years later, his kitty Crème Puff topped that record,... More »

Police Couldn't Get Suicidal Man Off Ledge. A Cat Did

Pet brought peaceful end to 3-hour SF standoff

(Newser) - When hostage negotiators couldn't talk a suicidal man down from a building ledge in San Francisco, they prepared for the worst—until his cat turned up. Police say the suspected car thief ran from a traffic stop on Wednesday and spent more than three hours hanging out of a... More »

You're in Denial About How Many Animals Your Cat Kills

Study: Most cat owners don't see cats as harmful to wildlife

(Newser) - Would you categorize your cat as a cuddly fluffball or a cold-blooded killer? Even if it's not quite the former, it's probably not the latter, a study out of the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London suggests. Researchers evaluated the predatory habits of cats living... More »

Cat Videos Are Good for You

This study's no time-waster, researcher says

(Newser) - Two million cat videos posted on YouTube with around 26 billion views last year adds up to an awful lot of time watching funny cats, but it's not completely wasted time, according to an Indiana University researcher. Media professor Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed around 7,000 people and discovered... More »

Mom's Genius Review of Teen's Crop Top Goes Viral

Mom uses cat to model 'ridiculously small' top

(Newser) - A mom who wasn't happy with the skimpy crop top her 16-year-old daughter ordered off of Amazon gave the $4.99 top (full product name: "Lady Padded Bra Tops Bustier Cutout Vest Crop Top Bralette Tank Blouse") just one star on the site back in April. But... More »

Man Takes Cat Canoeing, Man Ends Up Dying

Loon Lake outing proved deadly

(Newser) - Taking a cat canoeing: dumb idea? For an Illinois man, it ended up being worse than that. Antioch officials say William Anderson, 46, along with a male and female companion, took the cat with them onto Loon Lake Sunday evening. When they were more than 200 feet from shore, the... More »

'Zombie Cat' May Go Up for Adoption

Humane Society says it won't give 'Bart' back to owner

(Newser) - Bart the "zombie cat" might be getting a new home. The Humane Society of Tampa says it won't return the cat to its owner after learning new information about Bart's "home environment" and how he came to be buried. Among other things, it appears that the... More »

Buried Cat Returned to Owner—Alive

Owner Ellis Hutson is utterly floored

(Newser) - Florida resident Ellis Hutson grieved when a car ran over his cat. He was simply stunned when his cat, since buried, clawed its way out and refused to die, ABC News reports. "I was so shocked," says the 52-year-old landscaper. "I didn’t know really what to... More »

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