Pets

12 Delightful Gifts for the Culturally Savvy Cat Lover

The love of a great cat is not something one can celebrate openly. Those who would counter with the Internet’s great love of cats forget that you cannot respond to someone showing you a picture of their baby with your corresponding cat pic. You have to find other ways to express your appreciation of the feline kind, and you also have to do it in a way that indicates that you are slightly self-aware about how the only people who openly worship cats usually end up being arrested in raids of dilapidated townhouses. The best way for all cat lovers to do this is to simply appreciate cat-related cultural material. Here are our picks for the gifts you can give this holiday season that say, “I know you love cats. And that’s OK!” … Read More

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Photos From an Adorable, Literature-Inspired Cat Fashion Show at The Algonquin Hotel

Yesterday was the annual Cat Fashion Show at New York’s Algonquin Hotel, where eight cats were decked in wonderfully delightful costumes. Ada Nieves, cat fashion designer (amazingly, yes), dedicated this year’s designs to the Algonquin Round Table, the famous group of New York’s literary elite who gathered at the hotel in the 1920s. The Algonquin Copy Cats Round Table collection honors authors and writers who could’ve been a part of the bunch. Matilda, the hotel’s light gray resident pet, prowled around as patrons bid on raffles for feline goods. The benefit, held in partnership with Bideawee, a pet welfare organization, raised several thousand dollars. … Read More

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Famous Artists Photographed With Their Cats

Tracey Emin’s recent interview with the Daily Mail revealed that the divisive artist is currently working on sculptures of her cat — and that’s not a euphemism. “He’s a good little soul to have around. He stops me from feeling alone,” she said of her beloved pet, Docket. Artists have often looked to their feline friends for inspiration throughout history. The mewing muses were the gods of their own religion in ancient Egypt, and not much has changed since then. Everyone knows cats own the Internet (sorry, dogs). Click through to meet the kitten companions that have melted the hearts of famous… Read More

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The Strange, Sweet Ways People Adore Their Pets

When we first spotted Isabella Rozendaal‘s On Loving Animals photo series at Brain Pickings, we could sort of relate. Many of us own pets and aren’t entirely guiltless when it comes to humanizing animals. However, the Dutch photographer’s work proves that many folks take this to the extreme.

Rozendaal’s affectionate, strange, and even devastating images reveal the many ways we project facets of our lives and personalities onto our pets. The artist spent a year in Holland documenting these complex relationships — or what she calls an “obsessive, sentimental, and sometimes inconsiderate love of animals.” She followed owners and their furry darlings to the vet, at home, to pet shows, and to the grave. In some cases, the luxuries these attentive moms and dads afforded their beastly babies were entirely peculiar. Other customs and rituals — like dogs and cats with their own chairs (or should we say, thrones?) — are more widely practiced, but when considered through Rozendaal’s distant lens, suddenly feel unusual.

Rozendaal was kind enough to share her work with us. Head past the break for a closer look, then visit her website for the fascinating stories behind each photo. … Read More

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15 Incredible Dog Costumes Inspired by the Movies

Dogs are often good sports about letting their humans lovingly humiliate them, AKA dress them up. And let’s be honest: fawning over your dog’s duds is for the owner’s amusement, not the pup’s — which is probably how National Dress Up Your Pet Day got started. On January 14, pets around the world will be wondering how they hell they got themselves into this mess, or they’ll be thanking you for their cool costume. We were impressed by the number of film-inspired dog costumes (cats want no part in this, of course) and seeing how each dog’s personality was brought to light with a little movie magic. For inspiration, click through our gallery of incredible dog costumes past the break. … Read More

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Watch One Dog Up Close and Personal During Playtime

Canine shaky cam adventures could be the next phenomenon in POV cinema. (Step aside, Paranormal Activity.) One genius person attached a GoPro camera to a stick and the result is an adorable and interesting perspective: that of the dog toy. We think watching this dog’s eyes roll around excitedly in its head will make you smile (seriously, how could it not?), so click past the break to enjoy. … Read More

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15 Incredible Highbrow Halloween Pet Costumes

Amongst the abundance of saccharine animal costumes overflowing from party store shelves, there’s a select group of pet owners who have taken matters into their own hands. These innovative animal lovers have looked to literature, art, and history for costumes to create for their four-legged critters for All Hallows’ Eve, with results that are not only adorable, but inspiring. We’ve rounded up the best highbrow pet costumes you’ll see this Halloween, with appearances by doggy Romeo and Juliet, a headless Marie Antoinette, and even Andy Warhol. … Read More

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10 Awesome Animated Hounds

Did you know it’s National Dog Week? Neither did we. But in light of the the 83rd annual observance, we thought we’d bring you a few of our favorite cartoon canines. As rabid fans of four-legged, furry creatures, we’ve given you 10 Famous Weird Pets in History, Dramatic Photos of Dogs Shaking, and 10 Great Musicians Photographed With Their Dogs. Now, to go along with our recent roundup of Cartoon Parents We Always Wondered About, we pay tribute once again to man’s best friend. … Read More

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10 Famous Weird Pets in History

Before pocket-sized puppies became the norm amongst the rich and famous, alligators and drunken deer could be found mingling at gatherings of noblemen and politicians. These strange pets were quirky sidekicks rather than illegal domestic beasts, providing unlikely friendship to some of history’s most influential figures. And that tradition isn’t entirely in the past — even now, celebrities will occasionally defy the teacup-poodle norm to join the ranks of our bizarre pet-owning forefathers (and raise their Los Angeles neighbors’ eyebrows in the process). Check out some lions, tigers, and bears after the jump. … Read More

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