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Consumer Reports Rates Pet Insurance

The May 2016 issue of Consumer Reports looks at pet insurance to see if it’s worth it for the money.  The upshot? If you have a pet with a costly condition, pet insurance may save you more than you spend on the cost of coverage.

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Need a ride? New APP will drive you wild

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Don’t just get where you’re going. Get there care of a cool cat. When you arrive at your destination with a lot of cool cat fur all over you it will be all the proof you need to show you are on the bleeding edge of techno-convenience. Grouber is Lyft with a catitude.

Below are just a few of the amazing claims they make about their incredible fleet of feline drivers:

Our drivers are spayed, neutered and have no reason to curl up in your lap and make it awkward. Trust us, these cats are cool. And every Grouber experience should be a paws-itive one.

 

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The Most Advanced Pet Comm the World Has Ever Seen?

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Thanks to the Motorola Scout, your dog’s privacy is history.

It’s not as exciting as say a 3D compost-heap printer, but pet tech is slowly moving beyond the twin poles of boring and/or foolish. Today’s gadget-loving cats and dogs have choices, more choices for dogs than cats, mind you.

Take the bleeding-edge Motorola Scout 500-2, for example, perhaps the most advanced pet comm the world has ever seen (that is, until the Scout 5000 is released!). Too bad this collar-based video cam with two-way communication is too large and clunky for a cat, or even a small dog. (Our editors are willing to overlook that problem, however, as long as the manufacturers correct it immediately.)

Filling the vast space between baby monitor and electric fence, the Scout 500-2 is a monitoring marvel that even has night vision (for the camera, not the pooch). Your dog’s privacy is history, as you watch whatever he does from a 520 foot radius. Continue reading

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What the Dog Tweets: First Gen Wearable Pet Tech Begs for Second Gen


One day when you look at the “Puppy Tweets Blue” it will be like looking at one of those cell phones that are as big as a brick. Continue reading

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Crafty people make cat paradise on a budget

reddit cat house

We can’t all afford to hire the latest greatest hot shot cat architect or to tear down the house to build a cat palace.  Fortunately, making a cat paradise isn’t out of reach of mortal humans on a budget.  Working with the house he had on hand, this one crafty cat-saver created an interactive cat wall with an over-door bridge/hammock. You don’t see that kind of handiwork everyday.

More great pics and details at http://www.viralnova.com/stray-cat-home/

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World’s Longest Cat?

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Either this cat has 16 legs, or he just photobombed the panoramic shot.

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Cat wins “Most Awful Sleeping Face in Japan”

The winning photo speaks for itself. That Japan has this contest is inscrutable.

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Two Words: Cat Sushi

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Thank you New Yorker for finding this perfect post-cat-art style snack, apparently on Broadway! New York, New York it’s a wonderful town.

http://www.newyorker.com//culture/culture-desk/this-week-in-cultural-clicks-sushi-cats-post-internet-poetry-and-more http://ow.ly/Kmtmf

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They’ll Take Manhattan

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/arts/design/review-life-of-cats-spotlights-a-centuries-old-fascination-in-japan.html?_r=0#

Another cat-themed exhibition takes advantage of the cat mystique, this one in New York City! Cats have always had a sixth sense for seducing artists of all stripes, getting on the painting and the page far more than dogs, generally. At least, that is how we see it here at Self Help for Cats. We may not be the uttermost authority on this, however, and we would not absurdly pretend to have no bias.

“Life of Cats” is on exhibit now through June 7, 2015 at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Manhattan; japansociety.org.

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Is that a cat on your head or…

catheadband2Or have we arrived at the bleeding edge of cat fashion?  But is it art? or fashion? or Halloween? or what? And will it catch on? Will it jump from head to head to head until everyone must have one?  Let’s start with a small poll.  Just answer this one simple question: Would you wear it, and under what circumstances?

See the full story of the cat headband’s fashion debut here.

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