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Airport Smuggler Used a Body Double for a Cat

And it worked, until cat owner bragged on social media

(Newser) - A Russian cat owner is out hundreds of thousands of air miles—the price for smuggling his fat feline aboard a flight in an elaborate scheme using a body double. Mikhail Galin might have gotten away with the ruse had he not bragged about it after the fact on Facebook,... More »

All the Cats Kept Escaping a Shelter Room. Here's the Culprit

Rescue cat Quilty just did not take to being locked up

(Newser) - Still feeling the void left by Grumpy Cat ? Meet Quilty, aka Houdini, aka "spicy a-hole," who's been terrorizing a Texas animal shelter. It seems the 6-year-old rescue cat hates being locked up—so much so that he repeatedly freed himself and his feline friends from their... More »

The Home Team Was Winning. Then, a Streak of Black

Black cat haunts New York Giants at home

(Newser) - It might've been a sign of good luck had the Carolina Panthers been on the field. Instead, the New York Giants suffered a "cat-astrophe" Monday after a black cat interrupted the first half of an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys, reports People . The cat sprinted onto the... More »

Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype

It suggests cat owners are no more anxious, depressed than others

(Newser) - Roughly half of Americans buy into the "crazy cat lady" stereotype, generally believing cat owners to be single women surrounded by numerous balls of fur, according to a 2015 survey spotted by the Los Angeles Times . It's a long-standing idea, as evidenced by an 1872 editorial in the... More »

$15K Raised for Cat Who Went Through Wash

'Miracle cat' Felix faces weekslong recovery

(Newser) - Animal lovers should send positive vibes to Felix, a 1-year-old tabby cat who survived a 35-minute ride in a washing machine last week—but barely. His Minnesota owner, Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff, says the cat must've jumped in her open washing machine as she turned her back to grab more clothes... More »

This State Could Be First to Ban Declawing

Bill sails through NY Senate, Assembly

(Newser) - New York would be the first state in the US to ban the declawing of cats under legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of cat owners, animal welfare advocates, and many veterinarians who call the procedure cruel and needless. The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines... More »

These 5 Furry Stowaways Just Took a 400-Mile Trip

Meet Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper.

(Newser) - Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego, per the AP... More »

Grumpy Cat Meme Has Never Been More Appropriate

Say farewell to Tardar Sauce, dead at age 7

(Newser) - The Internet has reason to feel grumpy: It's mourning the death of one of its biggest stars—the Grumpy Cat. Actually named Tardar Sauce, the cat with feline dwarfism whose disgruntled face earned her 12.5 million fans across social platforms died Tuesday at age 7. "Grumpy encountered... More »

Animal Lovers, You Don't Want to Read This

Kaine Louzader was arrested and charged with animal abuse

(Newser) - A Missouri man is accused of torturing, killing, and dismembering at least 12 cats before dumping them around his neighborhood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Kaine Louzader, 20, allegedly got the cats off Craigslist and took them home for their gruesome final hours. He is said to have stomped on... More »

Why Poisoned Sausages Fall From the Sky in Australia

An effort to cull 2M cats is underway

(Newser) - People around the world were quick to oppose Australia's plan to cull 2 million feral cats by 2020, with many going online and signing petitions in hopes of saving their furry friends. That was 2015. With 2020 approaching, Jessica Camille Aguirre takes a long look at where things stand... More »

People Are Seriously Worried About Assange's Cat

He 'must be very confused about all this'

(Newser) - The Ecuadorean Embassy in London probably has matters of greater importance to handle. But its relative silence on one furry issue is leaving social media users a bit panicked. "We demand information on the fate of #EmbassyCat," reads a typical tweet referring to Julian Assange's feline and... More »

Beware: Someone Is 'Hunting' Cats in California

$10K reward seeks to end the abuse in Oakland

(Newser) - There's a new $10,000 reward for information on Oakland's serial shooter … of cats. Friends of Oakland Animal Services announced the reward this week after four male cats were found shot by pellet guns in a 2-mile radius of the Lower Dimond neighborhood over five weeks, reports... More »

Cats Catch Their Name When Owners Say It, Study Suggests

Research finds a more pronounced reaction than to other words

(Newser) - Domestic cats recognize their own name—at least when their owner says it—a new study has found. Whether the cats let their owners know that is another matter. Atsuko Saito, a University of Tokyo behavioral scientist, had already shown that cats recognize their owner's voice. In her new... More »

Worker Rescues Stranded Cat, Gets Suspended

Verizon says he violated safety rules

(Newser) - A Verizon worker who rescued a stranded cat from a utility pole in Philadelphia has discovered that there's some truth in the saying "No good deed goes unpunished." The company suspended Maurice German for three weeks without pay after he used his bucket truck to rescue "... More »

Watchdog: USDA Carried Out 'Cannibal Cat' Experiments

Lawmakers want experiments—including dog remains being fed to cats—to end

(Newser) - Government scientists have fed dog remains to cats, injected cat remains into mice, and conducted other experiments on animals that one member of Congress says "need to end now." The White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit watchdog, drew the information from USDA publications for a report it plans... More »

This Is How They Found Their Frozen Cat. Then, a Miracle

Looks like Fluffy will be OK after being found nearly frozen to death in a snowbank

(Newser) - Veterinarians in Montana revived a cat named Fluffy that nearly froze to death after being found in a snowbank covered from head to tail in ice and snow. Dr. Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said Thursday that Fluffy was unresponsive and her body temperature didn't register... More »

Dad Dies Trying to Spare His Daughter an Awful Sight

Andrew Rosas, 50, was hit by car as he tried to get her dead cat out of the road

(Newser) - Authorities say a Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter's dead cat from a roadway before she saw it. Saginaw County sheriff's officials say 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a woman who was driving to... More »

'Tremendous Inequity' Made Clear by 2 Cats With a Sweet Pad

Tina and Louise are living large in a $1.5K-a-month apartment in Silicon Valley

(Newser) - Thousands of people are homeless in San Jose, Calif.—but Tina and Louise have a cozy setup in a $1,500-a-month apartment with an Apple TV (but no kitchen), scratching tower, and a landlord who pops in to rub their bellies. The two tenants are cats, and the Mercury ... More »

Intersection's Odd Hazard: Too Many Stray Cats

Humane Society on the case after motorist in Virginia is spotted releasing 30 in notorious spot

(Newser) - An intersection in a Virginia city has been deemed a hazard because it has been overrun with abandoned cats. News outlets report the Danville Area Humane Society made the designation this week after a witness reported seeing a motorist stop and release 30 cats at the intersection of Piney Forest... More »

Kid's Query on Missing Pet: 'Why Did You Mail My Cat?'

No worries, Baloo is back home safe after accidentally being shipped to Montreal in a box

(Newser) - For four days, Baloo was missing from her family's Nova Scotia home. The feline is now back, but not before she took a 1,500-mile round trip, half of it in a box. Jacqueline Lake tells the CBC that when her family's tabby cat first vanished, she suspected... More »

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