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The Most Advanced Pet Comm the World Has Ever Seen?

scout 5000

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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Batman and Captain America Rescue Tabby

Batman and Captain America Rescue Tabby

This news story caught our eye for obvious reasons. Batman shares how he rescued kitty from a house fire and gave kitty mouth to mouth at:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/127602-Batman-and-Captain-America-Rescue-Cat-From-Burning-Building?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=all

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More Evidence All the Time of an Alternate Cat Universe

Screen-Shot-2012-10-21-at-21.46.16What if life is just a simulation? Scientists report that evidence is stacking up: This big monkey show may turn out to be some kind of mind-boggling virtual exercise.  And for what? No one knows. For all we know, our world is here for the pure entertainment of cats. Yes, our world may just be a big cat playground, where cats come to relax and forget about their universe, which is very high-tech and sophisticated, obviously. Then they put us to sleep and go back to run the real cat world, which is so demanding on them they require very distracting “pass times” (like us humans) to simply forget about it all, and really live!

Did I say, we may be “just” a simulation? With more evidence all the time of a parallel cat universe, I’d like to think I’m the only pet my cats would ever want — in any world.

Want to learn more about the reality of alternate cat universes? Scientists believe we may be able to test if life is a simulation or not.  If we are ready to know that sort of thing.

What about it?  Do you find signs that your cats are leading a double-parallel life in at least one alternate universe?  If so, please let us know here at Self Help for Cats, where we aim to be ground zero for the Alternate Cat Universe theory.

 

 

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What the World Needs Now … Is Another Dog Park

What the World Needs Is Another Dog Park

Oakland was recently named a top ten city to have a dog by something called Nerdwallet. With Oakland city leaders again deliberating on yet another city dog park at last night’s council meeting, it’s no wonder Oakland dogs feel it’s their day in their town!

What will it take for cats to get anything approaching what the dogs already have? Dogs right now enjoy five different dog parks in Oakland, and cats don’t even have so much as a duck pond where they can kick back and chill out.

We’re keeping an eye on this story here at Self Help for Cats.  Read more in our earlier story at https://selfhelpforcats.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/dogs-have-them-so-where-are-our-public-cat-parks/

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New Cat Monopoly Piece: A Token Gesture?

imagesThe Monopoly Game adopted a new cat token after a one month popularity contest on the game’s Facebook page.  That’s right: The votes are in, and the iron is out. The kitty charm heralds in a new age of felinity for this classic game of old-fashioned winner-take-all capitalism.

I for one just wish I were more excited that cat won the great Monopoly token debate of 2013 with a sweeping 31 percent of the vote. Kitty handily beat out a helicopter, a toy robot, a diamond ring and a guitar.  But somehow having a little metal cat displace the little metal iron in this perennially-popular board game is not jazzing me like it should.

Maybe I, like some of the Hasbro company officials, am sad to see the iron token go, a classic and long-standing token from some of the game’s earliest editions. I gave my own clothing iron away sometime in the ’90s, but as a Monopoly token the iron was an integral part of the game’s 19th century zeitgeist.  It was one of Monopoly’s few acknowledgments of the working classes (the wheel-barrel notwithstanding); A tiny, token reminder that someone had to starch Mr. Monopoly’s collars.

It’s so like a capitalist to make us choose.  Why create this kind of false scarcity? If the public wants the cat AND the iron, (and the helicopter, and the toy robot, and the diamond ring), I say: Give it to us!

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Dogs Have Them, So Where Are Our Public Cat Parks?

At the city cat park, cats will meet to "cruise and socialize." Some say the park will "attract" children.

At the city cat park, cats will meet to “cruise and socialize.” Some say the park will “attract” children.

Dog parks, schmog parks.  What about the cat parks, people? In feline-forward Oakland, CA (home base for the entire Self Help for Cats empire), cat-activists are asking  just that. This dog-happy hamlet offers its city-bound canines no less than FIVE DOG PARKS in which to frisk about and catch frisbees. Meanwhile, the local cat population suffers without so much as a sidewalk strip dedicated to their pure, dog-free enjoyment.

This and other inequalities were recently brought to Oakland city leaders’ attention by Chairman Meow, spokes-human of a group that calls itself Ay Gato!, “the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Cat Army’s nonviolence front group.” In a statement apparently read to city council, Chairman Meow said the group envisions, “a cat play area with large sandboxes, bird and rodent habitat, trees for climbing,” etc.

In another statement, these cat visionaries assert: “Building a cat park at Lake Merritt would provide cat owners with a lovely opportunity to teach our cats to swim in the lake and bike the area.  Dogs aren’t even litter trained!”

The group has an open Facebook page, so you too could become a member at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/436048206462448

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Why I’m Voting the MA1NE Coon Ticket

Leonard the Lion says Vote Yes for MA1ne Coon

 

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Oxygen for Kitty

Breathe, kitty, breathe!!

This and other incredible critter pics at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/incredible-photos-of-animals-from-2011

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Cat Camping Season Officially Opens

Campground Peacock Drops in to Shoot the Breeze

The Kitty Camping Season is officially off and running! The Association of Camping Kitties (ACK) has formally declared July as Cat Camping month.

ACK veterans like Brody and Herman need not be told.  They know it will soon be time, time to hide (aka “pack”) the leashes and break out the kitty barbeque set.

Send your humans to the outdoor store for the squeeter juice and cat GORP and get ready for the wildest, craziest camping trip of your cats’ lives.  It’s been a long, cold, hard winter, and we need some serious sleeping under the stars to try and forget it.

Ahh, the midnight meadow-mouse nature walks, the mornings blending into evenings lazing about in the tent, the visit from the campground peacock…

A Recent Midnight Meadow-Mouse Hike

These camping expeditions really revive kittys’ batteries for another relentless year of cat 9-to-5.

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LAX Cat Fingerprinting: A Simple Hoax or Sign of the Times?

Cat airline travel, formerly a feline right of passage, may soon go the way of the Hindenberg, if what the lady from Southwest says is true.

In a recent phone conversation with my partner Hank, the Southwest lady said the airlines are “straying away” from companion animal travel on their passenger planes.  I swear, that’s what she said and that’s the words she used.

This news comes as a major shock to me.  It just can’t be true.  How are Brody and Herman ever going to see Niagara Falls, the Big Apple, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall if they can’t fly?

Anyway, maybe it’s not true, because I just read another story about how incredibly misinformed some airline employees are about cats and travel.  In fact, as it turns, one new worker was actually telling folks they would have to get their cat fingerprinted if it traveled through Los Angeles International Airport.  Read about it here.

Well, I obviously need to get to the bottom of this one.  How about you, do you find that the airlines are “straying away” from pet travel, or has your little kitten been wracking up the free flyer miles no problem visiting a hot little Persian they met in Miami?

I’d love to hear what the real story is for jet-setting kitties, and the people who pack for them.

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