Geek and cat lover Ben Millam decided to make things interesting around the house. So, he built an Arduino-powered machine that dispenses food when a ball is dropped into the chute. His cat, Monkey, basically runs around the house, hunting for a ball, and once found, he brings it over to the funnel. "It's partly to establish and survey their territory, but they're also practicing 'mobile' hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence," said Millam. In related news, continue reading for a viral video of 10 awesome cat facts.
Humans may require at least a bed or couch to sleep comfortably, but these photographers captured a few kittens who can snooze just about anywhere, including in the middle of a book. On a related note, did you know that on average, cats sleep about two thirds of every day? That's right, and if you do the math, it means your 9-year-old kitty has slept away about six years of life. Chances are, they will find a favorite napping spot and go back to it each day, regardless of if they outgrow it. Continue reading for more.
Cat owners know that their pets will curl up just about anywhere, especially tight spaces, and nap for hours on end. Japanese designers Koichi Futatsumata + Partners of Case-Real have created the perfect home accessory that lets them do just that. In other words, this cat hammock table consists of a basic stainless-steel frame that supports a rectangular glass top, but also suspends a woven cat hammock below so you and your pet can maintain contact through the glazed surface. Continue reading for more.
When is a cat house, not just something your pet sleeps in? When it looks like the Tardis from Doctor Who. Created by TARDIS Builders forum member "astromark", this fort is definitely larger on the inside, and comes complete with tubes, shelves, as well as lots of carpeting to ensure that the precious time machine isn't scratched up, or worse, destroyed. Continue reading for more cool and geeky things your pets would love.
Chain Chomps made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, and bear a resemblance to a ball and chain. Shigeru Miyamoto's inspiration for this character was from a childhood experience: a dog once tried to bite him, but fortunately, a chain held it back. As a result, this enemy also possesses canine qualities, like barking, and are commonly used as guard dogs throughout the Mario series. Catastrophic Creations decided to pay tribute by building a cat bed shaped just like the Chain Chomps found in game. The company says: "I wanted to design something that could sit in a room as art, but also have a practical use. The box that Chain Chomp's attached to has hinges mounted from the inside to hide them, but to let you open the box for storage. At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly. I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!" Continue reading for more pictures.
Another day, another internet star, and this time, it's George, a cat who might have been a human in his past life. Unlike other cats, George prefers standing on 2-legs, just like his owner, and might actually be prepping to take over the world. His owner recently shared a few of his most popular photos on Reddit, and said, "he is the sweetest cat I've ever known. Really bizarre, but sweet." Continue reading for more pictures.
Animal geeks know that domestic cats are all historically descended from African wildcats, and over the course of millennia, they've spread to all corners of the globe and established themselves into distinctive breed categories as a result. Consequently, different breeds and types of cats all appear significantly different to each other, with one of them being build and size. If you're wondering which breeds of domestic cats are the feline giants, or the largest domestic cats commonly kept as pets today, continue reading to see some pets that have appeared online.
This giant cat head looks like something straight from a horror movie, but it's a real prop. It's made from sheep's wool felt by needle-felting expert Housetu Sato and his students at the Japan School Of Wool Art, which prides itself as world's only school that provide professional cat needle-felting courses. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Reddit user "Manychairs" apparently forgot to tell Roxy the cat about the new baby, and when it finally came time for them to meet, this hilarious expression ensued. Despite the confused look, the two are best friends now and always find time to relax together. On a related note, did you know one trick that may help the cat more quickly accept the baby is to pet your kitty with the baby's socks and then have the infant wear them (fur-side out)? That way, the baby smells like the cat, causing the feline to identify the infant as part of his family from the get-go. Continue reading for more pictures.
Internet users have been searching for cat videos and pictures for as long as its existed, but these photographers want to show you why every child needs one. Whether it be as a nap buddy or just a friend to hang out with when your parents are too tired to move, these cats have you covered, as you're about to see. On a slightly related note, did you know that cats hate water because their fur does not insulate well when it's wet? However, the Turkish Van, is one cat that likes swimming, since its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant. Continue reading for more.