Designers and architects often ignore our animal family members when it comes to creating spaces where people and pets live. What’s a house panther to do? We searched high and low for feline-friendly interior solutions that offer pets a permanent place of their own. These catwalks, staircases, and bridges allow kitty to stretch the imagination and get a paw up on indoor… Read More
The new year approaches, and for those of you unwilling to let go of certain paper ephemera (we understand), it’s time to purchase a 2014 calendar. If scribbling your personal appointments on gorgeous letterpress paper or livening up your kitchen with 12 months of pop culture-inspired photos makes you tingle, we have some delicious calendar candy for… Read More
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
Who among us has not, some late night, googled some version of “what do cats see,” typically after one’s cat has spent an hour or more staring off into the distance? Artist Nickolay Lamm recently decided to investigate the issue more thoroughly, calling up veterinary clinics to get their input. Among Lamm’s discoveries: cats have a wider field of vision than humans do, though they also have greater fields of peripeheral vision; they’re much more nearsighted than humans (hard to believe if your cat has ever spotted a squirrel out the window); and cats aren’t quite as colorblind as they’ve been presumed to be in the past. Plus: NIGHT VISION. … Read More
Cats have always seemed to belong more to, y’know, the spirit world than us. After all, cats and ghosts may be said to have many things in common. First, there is the habit of caterwauling, which cats, like ghosts, like to practice at odd hours of the night. Then there is the way cats are always looking at you with murder in their eyes, even as they purport to love you — not unlike the way ghosts want to claim you for the underworld. Finally, cats enjoy sneaking up behind you and rubbing against your leg unexpectedly, not unlike the way ghosts like to freak you out with the cold spots and such. In short: it’s not clear whether or not cats are actually ghosts. As the following case studies show, the cat-and-supernatural association is pretty strong to begin… Read More
Last week we examined the Serious Cultural Phenomenon that is the bookshelfie, and came to the conclusion that cats provide better examples of the selfie-in-front-of-bookshelf genre than their human
servants owners do. This is hardly surprising, given that cats do pretty much everything better (on the Internet, anyway.) Further proof: these photos of cats posing with their owners’ record collections and/or in their owners’ record stores. Cats rule everything around me.
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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
The law of attraction states “like attracts like.” This also applies to people and their pets. Often, humans and their animal companions share an uncanny resemblance. Sometimes it’s a deliberate choice, as the Paris Hilton’s of the world have proven, but usually it’s a subconscious decision. Even if man/woman and beast look nothing alike, shared personality traits are usually present. Hamburg-based photographer Tobias Lang (aka Mats Pitkå) has been studying people and their pets for some time. He snapped these delightful side-by-side portraits that reveal the subtleties of likeness in their relationships. Sometimes it’s a smile, posture, or even a hairstyle, but it’s clear why these humans and animals belong together. … Read More
The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.
After a record-breaking 18 years on Broadway and countless productions worldwide, it’s no surprise that the legacy of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bizarre musical Cats has lived on in the depths of the Internet fan-fiction community. After all, a musical featuring adult humans covered in makeup, Lycra, and fur seems like the perfect building block for creative writing exercises in which amateur authors imagine a world full of human beings dressed as anthropomorphic cats doing a variety of things, such as falling in love, rescuing abused kittens (again, this is a world in which people are dressed as cats), discovering confusing sexual urges, and building racially pure progeny. After the jump you’ll find a collection of excerpts from the Cats fan-fiction community. … Read More