First ever video footage of wild sand cat kittens in Morocco

October 12, 2017 by  
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Get ready for cuteness overload. Researchers recently filmed sand cat kittens in the Moroccan Sahara , and they’re crazy adorable. The team thinks this could be the very first time scientists “documented wild sand cat kittens in their African range.” Sand cats can be incredibly elusive. They don’t leave many visible footprints. They’re quiet when they meow. And they don’t leave prey remains around. Their fur offers excellent camouflage in the desert, and they move around during the night, or at dusk or dawn. According to Grégory Breton, Panthera France managing director and one of the team members, “Finding these kittens was astonishing.” Related: At this “cat library,” you can check out a kitten for the day Breton was headed back to camp with Alexander Sliwa, Cologne Zoo curator, and Sahrawi driver Elhaj at 2:00 AM, after seven hours of searching for sand cats that day, when they saw the glimmer of three pairs of eyes: the sand cat kittens. Breton described them as having wider faces and bigger ears than a regular house cat. The researchers think they were between six and eight weeks old. Sand cats haven’t been well studied in their natural range, according to Breton. After the sightings, the team acquired a permit from the authorities in Morocco to catch and collar the cats. Breton said they’ve spotted 29 different sand cats and radio-collared 13. They’ve started gathering information that will help protect the species, and some of their findings have surprised them, like the fact that “sand cats are traveling more than we thought and more than what’s been recovered for any other small cats.” The team makes clear in their video above that sand cats are a wild desert species, and say, “Please don’t try to acquire them as a pet , rather save an abandoned domestic cat!” You can follow the team, which also includes Jardin Zoologique National veterinarian Saâd Azizi and other local guides and drivers, on the Sand Cat Sahara Team Facebook page. Via Panthera Images via screenshot

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IKEA is offering furniture for pets – and it’s adorable

October 10, 2017 by  
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It’s here – the modern, inexpensive pet furniture of your dreams. IKEA is now selling furniture and accessories for dogs and cats , and they’re just as well-designed and affordable as the company’s furniture for humans. From a cute cat house to a cozy dog bed, you’ll drool over the Swedish giant’s pet collection . Pets are members of the family to many people, and IKEA said they were inspired by that sentiment to create the LURVIG – Swedish for ‘hairy’ – line of pet furniture. They got a little input from veterinarians to design their pet collection “so you and your pet can enjoy your home together.” LURVIG “covers all the bases of our shared life with pets indoors and out.” Related: Light-filled home for book lovers and their cute cats is built of recycled materials Pets can snuggle in on IKEA’s $49.99 pet bed , which looks like a mini couch for a cat or dog. There’s a $19.99 pet blanket , to minimize fur on the couch or car seat. The most expensive item in the new collection is a $54.98 cat house on legs that comes with a pad inside. A cheaper $5.99 cat house can even be incorporated with human furniture – it fits inside the open squares of a KALLAX shelf unit. There are also several inexpensive accessories that would be ideal for someone getting their first pet, including food and water bowls ranging from $0.79 to $4.99 and a $7.99 water dispenser. There’s a $4.99 litter tray, and $3.99 brush. IKEA is also offering several different dog leashes, with reflective, retractable, and anti-shock options – and even a cat leash if you have aspirations of grandeur. An IKEA spokesperson told Mashable the LURVIG collection had its pilot launch the beginning of October in five countries: the United States, Canada, France, Japan, and Portugal. You can check out the entire collection here . + IKEA Pets Via Mashable Images via IKEA

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New hoodie lets you wear your pet like a baby kangaroo

January 27, 2016 by  
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What’s the deal with this green cat?

December 10, 2014 by  
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Don’t adjust your color balance, because that cat is actually green. The people of Varna, Bulgaria have been mystified by an oddly-hued cat that’s been strolling around the neighborhood, but the mystery of the emerald feline has finally been solved. The cat has been sleeping on a pile of powered paint cans, taking on more of the bright color every time it takes a nap. Read the rest of What’s the deal with this green cat? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bulgaria cat , Bulgaria green cat , cat , cat video , dyed cat , Green cat , green cat video , green feline , green kitty , paint cat , painted cat , Varna Bulgaria , Varna cat , Video

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The Lui Cat Scratcher Lets Form Follow Function Purrrfectly

April 11, 2014 by  
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The handmade Lui Cat Scratcher by Modko gives your cat a couple of great reasons to leave the couch alone: not only is it made of corrugated cardboard (which naturally attracts cats, providing your furry friend with an ideal surface to scratch), it’s also a perfect nook to curl up in. Cardboard isn’t just a perfect texture for claw-sharpening—it retains heat, providing a welcoming surface for lounging upon. Lui comes in either white or an unbleached natural color, and is proportioned to complement any sized cat. As an added bonus, its curvy shape and interesting texture make it an eye-catching piece of modern art whenever Mr. Fluffles isn’t twining around it. + Lui Cat Scratcher The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cat , cat bed , Cat scratcher , cats , couch , Lui , pet bed , pets

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Keiko Suzuki Creates Charming Artwork with Hand-Teared Pieces of Recycled Newspaper

January 29, 2014 by  
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Keiko Suzuki  of Bless Hue carefully hand-tears pieces of newspaper, such as advertisements and photos, and turns them into a whimsical works of art . To assemble each work, all she uses is water, starch glue, an awl, an eraser, some paint brushes, and watercolor paper for her base. A mix of Keiko’s Japanese origin and inspiration taken from flora and fauna make each of her pieces one of a kind. + Keiko Suzuki The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bless Hue , Keiko Suzuki , paper art , paper artwork , recycled newspaper art        

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Swiss Scientists Create “Cheetah-Cub” Robot that Moves Like a Cat

June 17, 2013 by  
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Since the time of the ancient Egyptians all the way up to modern Internet memes, human beings have long been fascinated with cats. Researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switerland have looked to the feline form for reasons other than companionship and cuddles, though. They have designed a “cheetah-cub” robot that is roughly size of a house cat and can move quickly over uneven surfaces. Lightweight, agile, and fast, the catbot is able to run a full seven times its own body length in a second. Read the rest of Swiss Scientists Create “Cheetah-Cub” Robot that Moves Like a Cat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alexander sprowitz , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , cat , epfl , feline , international jounral of robotics research , international journal of robotics research , legs , robot , run , Switzerland        

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Dewar’s Teams up With 80,000 Bees to Create a 3D Bottle Out of Honeycomb

June 17, 2013 by  
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3D printing has yielded some amazing products, like robohands and prosthetic legs , but now Dewar’s has discovered a whole new way to print in 3D. The whiskey maker recently enlisted the services of 80,000 honey bees to “print” a Dewar’s bottle out of honeycomb! They’re calling it the 3B project, and they’re using it to promote the launch of their new Highlander Honey whiskey. Read the rest of Dewar’s Teams up With 80,000 Bees to Create a 3D Bottle Out of Honeycomb Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3B printing , 3D printing , 3D printing with bees , bee 3D print , bees print , Dewar’s 3B honeycomb bottle , Dewar’s 3b printing , Dewar’s 3B Project , Dewar’s 3D honeycomb bottle , Dewar’s 3D printing , Dewar’s Highlander Honey , honeycomb bottle , honeycomb print , printing with honey        

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