Suddenly, Bobo heard a small noise behind him, but it was too late.
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Suddenly, Bobo heard a small noise behind him, but it was too late.
Photo by ©Bobo & Nikita
Mister Minoune: ”Guess what Owner! I’m going to publish a book that will make me rich and famous!”
Owner: ”Really? I didn’t know you could write.”
Mister Minoune: ”Well, if you can, I guess it’s not that difficult.”
Mister Minoune: ”That’s ok if you don’t care about my project. I’ll keep it all to myself.”
Owner: ”Ok… Tell me what your book is about.”
Mister Minoune: ”It’s about things that matter to me. It’s going to be profound, but also hilarious! Appetizing. It’s going to be a real page-turner.”
Owner: ”That sounds really promising!”
Mister Minoune: ”Yes. Now I just have to write it.”
Photos/captions by ©Mister Minoune
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7 Cool Facts About Your Cat’s Whiskers
1. Whiskers are exquisitely sensitive: Your cat’s whiskers are rooted much more deeply in her skin than her ordinary fur, and the area around them has a very generous supply of nerves and blood. This makes the whisker tips so sensitive that they can detect even the slightest change in the direction of a breeze. Because of that sensitivity, it can actually cause your cat pain if you mess with her whiskers. Eating out of a bowl that presses on your cat’s whiskers can also be disturbing, so consider feeding your cat on a plate or buying her a wide, flat feeding bowl.
2. They’re not just on the nose: In addition to the eight to 12 whiskers your cat has on either side of her nose, she also has shorter whiskers above her eyes, on her chin, and on the backs of her lower front legs.
3. They help her figure out where she’ll fit: The whiskers on your cat’s nose are generally about as long as your cat is wide, so they help her to figure out how wide an opening is and whether she’ll fit through it. Some people say that if cats gain weight, their whiskers get longer; I haven’t seen enough evidence to know whether this is true.
4. They help her position her prey: Cats are farsighted — they can’t see well up close — so when they catch their prey, whether that prey is a mouse or their favorite feather toy, they need some way to sense that their prey is in the proper position for the fatal bite. The whiskers on the back of your cat’s forelegs, and to a lesser extent, those on her chin and the sides of her nose, are crucial for that purpose.
5. They’re an emotional barometer: The position of your cat’s whiskers can be an indicator of her mood. If her whiskers are relaxed and sticking out sideways, she’s calm. If they’re pushed forward, that means she’s excited and alert. If they’re flattened against her cheeks, she’s angry or scared. Of course, you’ll need to check her “whiskergram” against her other body language, such as the position of her ears and tail, to confirm what the whiskers are telling you.
6. They should never be cut: Although your cat does shed a couple of whiskers from time to time, you should never trim your cat’s whiskers. She’ll become disoriented and may begin acting dizzy and confused because she’s no longer receiving those vital navigation signals. Imagine if somebody grabbed you and put a blindfold on you and you couldn’t take it off for a few weeks — that’s about what it’s like for a cat whose whiskers get cut off.
7. They can change color: Don’t be surprised if you find a white whisker growing in your pure black cat’s fur as she ages: Cats do start going gray with age, but it’s not noticeable unless your cat’s fur is a dark, solid color.
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81 Astounding Facts About Cats (as if we needed a reason to love them more!)
1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.
2. There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.
3. A group of cats is called a clowder.
4. Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.
5. Cats sleep 70% of their lives.
6. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Ala., for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.
7. And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.
8. When cats grimace, they are usually “taste-scenting.” They have an extra organ that, with some breathing control, allows the cats to taste-sense the air.
9. Cats can’t taste sweetness.
10. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.
11. Wikipedia has a recording of a cat meowing because why not.
12. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.
13. Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.
14. A cat’s purr may be a form of self-healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment.
15. Similarly, the frequency of a domestic cat’s purr is the same at which muscles and bones repair themselves.
16. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.
17. The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.
18. Your cat recognizes your voice but just acts too cool to care (probably because they are).
19. Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin’ them milk!
20. Basically all cartoon cats lied to us: Raw fish is off the table for cats as well.
21. The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1894 (when it was made, not when it was uploaded, duh).
22. In the 1960s, the CIA tried to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into her ear and a radio transmitter at the base of her skull. She survived the surgery somehow but got hit by a taxi on her first mission.
23. The technical term for “hairball” is “bezoar”.
24. Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawed.
25. Cats make over 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.
26. A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s.
27. Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that controls emotion.
28. A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons compared to a dog’s 160 million.
29. Cats have a longer memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.
30. Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs but cats can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.
31. Cats have 1,000 times more data storage than an iPad.
32. It was illegal to slay cats in ancient Egypt, in large part because they provided the great service of controlling the rat population.
33. In the 15th century, Pope Innocent VIII began ordering the killing cats, deeming them demonic.
34. A cat has five toes on his front paws, and four on the back, unless he’s a polydactyl.
35. Polydactyl cats are also referred to as “Hemingway cats” because the author was so found of them.
36. There are 45 Hemingway cats living at the author’s former home in Key West, Florida.
37. Original kitty litter was made out of sand but it was replaced by more absorbent clay in 1948.
38. Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House.
39. When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln is said to have replied “cats”.
40. Isaac Newton is attributed with inventing the cat door.
41. One legend claims that cats were created when a lion sneezed on Noah’s Arc and two kittens came out.
42. A cat can jump up to six times their length.
43. A house cat is faster than Usain Bolt.
44. When cats leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear you.
45. Cats can change their meow to manipulate a human. They often imitate a human baby when they need food, for example.
46. Cats use their whiskers to detect if they can fit through a space.
47. Cats only sweat through their foot pads.
48. The first cat in space was French. She was named Felicette, or “Astrocat”. She survived the trip.
49. Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs, which allows them to squeeze through very small spaces.
50. Hearing is the strongest of cat’s senses: they can hear sounds as high as 64 kHz compared to humans who can only hear as high as 20 kHz.
51. Cats can move their ears 180 degrees.
52. They can also move their ears separately.
53. A cat has detected his human’s breast cancer.
54. A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.
55. Cats have scent glands along their tail, their forehead, their lips, chin and the underside of their front paws.
56. A cat rubs against people to mark her territory.
57. Cats lick themselves to get your scent off.
58. When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as the mourned.
59. They also had elaborate memorials that included mummifying the cat and either burying them in a family tomb or pet cemetery.
60. Cats were mythic symbols of divinity in ancient Egypt.
61. Black cats are bad luck in the United States but they are good luck in Britain and Australia.
62. Most cats don’t like water because their coats do not insulate them well enough.
63. However, a cat called the Turkish Van does not have that insulation problem and LOVES it.
64. The Egyptian Mau is the oldest breed of cat.
65. They are also the fastest pedigreed cat.
66. The Egyptian word for cat is, in fact, “mau”.
67. Only 11.5% of people consider themselves “cat people”.
68. Cat people are also 11% more likely to be introverted
69. Still, cat people are more open to new experiences than typical “dog people”.
70. Male cat owners tend to me luckier than love as they are perceived as more sensitive.
71. Cat owners are 17% more likely to have a graduate degree.
72. Cat people are 25% likely to pick George as their favorite Beatle.
73. A cat’s carbon footprint is similar to that of a VW bug, whereas a dog’s is more like a Hummer.
74. When your cat brings home a dead mouse or bird, it may to show you that you suck at hunting.
75. Cats have inferior day time sight but during the night they need 7 times less light than humans to see.
76. The largest litter of kittens produced 19 kittens.
77. 88% cats in the U.S. are spayed or neutered.
78. Only 24% of cats who enter animal shelters are adopted.
79. Cats are really cool.
80. They are also very soft.
81. In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.
If you want to adopt a cat, you can visit your local humane society or check out petfinder.com.
"And now… I wait."
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Via The New Yorker
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Feeling the pressure from Tab, Julian and Mabel to….’ get off the phone’!!!
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