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A Unique Imaging Technique Reveals What a Cat's Purr Looks Like, And It's Beautiful April 20 2022, 0 Comments

The mystery of why cats purr has long been debated by scientists. While we're still not sure as to the why, we can now see what a cat's purr looks like - thanks to acoustical physics research scientist Casey Attebery, AKA Mr. E-Scholar, and a special cymatic device.

Cymatics is the study of sound and vibration made visible. Cymatics uses this device as a frequency generator that uses sand, powders, or liquids to create and capture animated patterns. 

While cymatics doesn’t really ‘show’ what a cat’s purr looks like, it can create patterns using liquids activated by the resonance of a cat purring. Using a small dish of fluid attached to a speaker, Attebery is able to capture in image form the unique purrs of four cats: Fran, Yuri, Tigger and Effie.

why do cats purrA still image of cat Fran's purr.

As the vibrations from the cat purrs move the liquid, custom-colored lights illuminate and capture the movement of the liquid, and thus the ‘movement’ of the purr.  

The video below demonstrates the results of cymatics to a beautiful effect - and as a bonus, soothing cat purrs. 

Do you see any recognizable shapes in these almost psychedelic patterns?



Scientists have learned that cats purr with a consistent pattern and sound frequencies between 25 and 150 Hertz; these fluctuating frequencies provide the varying visual patterns shown in the videos.

We may not know exactly why cats purr. But we know that many species of felid produce a “purr-like” sound. And in domestic cats, the sound is most prevalent when a cat is nursing her kittens or through human social contact. 

Many cat parents may assume that a cat’s purr is a pleasure response, but did you know that cats also use purring during stressful moments, or in response to pain? Some researchers believe purring acts as a form of self-soothing - and maybe even self-healing.

Remember those 25 and 150 Hertz frequencies we mentioned earlier? Investigations have shown that frequencies in this range can "improve bone density and promote healing" as per Scientific American.

[h/t Cole and Marmalade]


PSA: Easter Lilies Are Extremely Toxic To Cats April 15 2022, 2 Comments

As Easter approaches, those that celebrate this flower-filled holiday may be decorating their home with lilies. While these beautiful flowers make lovely springtime decorations, if you have a cat at home you should opt for roses in your vase instead!

Keep your cats AWAY from lilies. There are plenty of cat-safe decorations you can use to celebrate Easter. 

Many cat owners don't know that these beautiful flowers are 100% toxic to cats of all sizes and ages. 

If a cat eats even a small amount of a leaf or flower petal, or licks a few pollen grains off its fur while grooming, or even laps at water from the vase, it can result in fatal kidney failure in as little as three days

According to the FDA, lilies in the “true lily” and “daylily” families are very dangerous for cats.  The lily plant is toxic in its entirety, including the stems, flowers, leaves, pollen, and even water in the vase.

If your cat is seen consuming any part of a lily, bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to a veterinarian for medical care. When in doubt, call your veterinarian or an animal poison control center for life-saving information. The sooner you bring in your cat, the better and more efficiently the lily poisoning can be treated. 

Not all lilies are highly toxic to cats, some are benign. It is important to know the difference! 

The most dangerous lilies include: 

  • Easter lilies
  • Tiger lilies
  • Day lilies
  • Asiatic hybrid lilies
  • Japanese show lilies
  • Rubrum lilies
  • Stargazer lilies
  • Red lilies
  • Western lilies
  • Wood lilies

Benign lilies include the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies – these aren’t “true lilies” and don’t come from the Lilium or Hemerocallis species. They pose less of a risk, but can still cause discomfort and illness if ingested.

Can't tell the difference? When in doubt, just don't bring lilies into your home or opt for a fake lily instead - or a safer, cat-friendly houseplant. It's worth it to protect your feline family member. 

As cats are naturally curious, inquisitive creatures that actually do like to munch on plants, cats are capable of jumping up onto the taller spots where you might attempt to keep the lilies out of reach, like on a mantle, window, counter, and even fridge top. It is better to keep lilies completely out of your home if you have a cat.

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To ensure you and your cat(s) have a safe and happy Easter, don't bring lilies into your home! Please spread the word with fellow cat lovers who may not know. 

 


So, How DO Tabby Cats Get Their Stripes? March 23 2022, 0 Comments

While not a specific breed of cat, "tabby cats" make up around 60-70% of all domestic cats in the world. That means roughly two-thirds of all cats that you might encounter will display some sort of stripe, dot, or swirl in their coat pattern. And as an extra special mark, they often sport what looks like an 'M' on their forehead.

However, scientists didn’t really know what gave tabbies this distinctive appearance - until now. 

In a recent study published in Nature Communications by Christopher B. Kaelin, Kelly A. McGowan & Gregory S. Barshresearchers reported that the gene responsible for the tabby pattern are named Dickkopf WNT Signaling Pathway Inhibitor 4 (DK44 for short). 

DK44 is a "secreted molecule," a messenger protein that tells other skin cells surrounding it that this is where the dark hair will grow - resulting in the dark stripes that make tabbies, well, tabbies.

According to new research, DK44 genes activate in the embryo even before the cat’s fur begins to develop. Examining individual skin cells under a microscope, the team of scientists discovered that these early skin cells will imitate a tabby’s stripes long before the development of hair follicles or pigment. This is the first time this development has been seen in embryonic cells.

Interestingly enough, this discovery of the origin of tabby stripes has helped to prove Alan Turing's reaction-diffusion theory of mathematical biology, which mathematically explains how patterns spontaneously emerge in nature. 

The researchers speculate that this genetic process might also be present in non-domesticated cats (wildcats), but some believe that these stripes developed from the Near Eastern wildcat which is a direct ancestor to our current domesticated cats.

According to the National Geographic, the embryonic cells were collected as part of an "ethically approved research protocol" using nearly "A thousand embryos that otherwise would have been discarded from veterinary clinics that spay feral cats, many of which are pregnant when admitted."

And for an extra tabby fact: The origin of the term "tabby" can be traced to French tabis, stemming from Medieval Latin attabi, from Arabic attabi. This originated from al-Attabiya, a suburb of Baghdad where silk was made, itself named for the Prince Attab. Cats got the name tabby after similarity of their coats to the patterned silk cloth ... or maybe the cats inspired the pattern! 

Do you have a tabby at home? Now you can get their photo printed on any custom item, like a mug or blanket! Click here for more details.


Why Do Cats Have Whiskers, And What Exactly Do They Do? March 04 2022, 2 Comments



 

Cat whiskers are more than just adorable li’l hairs on your cat’s muzzle: they’re a tool for communication and survival. Read on for six things you might not have known about your cat’s whiskers!

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6 Purrfectly Posh Facts About British Shorthair Cats March 03 2022, 0 Comments

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These stunning gray cats are as English as they come - but you don't have to serve them tea and scones. British Shorthair cats are quickly becoming a feline fan favorite; their round chubby cheeks, expressive eyes, and soft, plush fur have put them the list of the top 5 most popular cat breeds in the US. And is it any wonder why these plump, plush pussycats are so popular?

British shorthair cats actually have a storied past as a breed, from ancient feline heritage to almost going extinct as a breed! Read on for six facts about these amazing cats.

 

1. They're descended from the cats of Ancient Rome.

The British Shorthair is one of the world's oldest cat breeds, tracing their lineage back cats that wandered the streets of ancient Rome. These cats were believed to have been imported to Rome from ancient Egypt. The Romans then took these cats with them when they invaded Great Britain in 43 CE. And the rest is hiss-tory! 

 

 

2. British Shorthairs made their appearance at the "world's first cat show" in 1871

British Shorthairs came into the limelight thanks to Harrison Weir, the "Father of Cat Fancy." He began breeding the street cats and barn cats of Britain, the native cats, giving rise to the British Shorthair as a breed unto itself. He showcased the breed at London's Crystal Palace in 1871 at a national competition that is considered to be the world's first cat show. 

 

 

3. They tend to get chunky.

Adult British Shorthairs generally weigh anywhere from 9 to 17 pounds, with females averaging 7 to 12 pounds. But this solidly built breed has a, ah, predisposition towards obesity. PetMD listed the British Shorthair as one of its "top 10 fat cats." Owners of British Shorthairs are advised to ensure their kitties get plenty of exercise, as obese cats can face an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious conditions.   With their chill attitudes, it can be difficult to get British Shorthairs to get on their paws and exercise; try encouraging them with catnip. If that doesn't get your cat moving, a toy that encourages natural hunting instincts (to stalk, hunt, and pounce) might be a better fit.

 

 

4. A British Shorthair helped inspire the "I Can Has Cheezburger" era. 

Perhaps the beginning of it all, the mother of all cat memes, a British Shorthair was featured in the original I Can Has Cheezburger? meme in 2007 by blogger Scott Nakagawa. It wasn't long after that lolcats was born - thanks to a British Shorthair! 

 

 

5. British Shorthairs may have inspired Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat.

While this is more speculation than fact, many historians believe that the Cheshire Cat in Lewis' Alice in Wonderland was inspired by a tabby British Shorthair. If you look at the wide, round eyes, chubby cheeks and big grins (just look at the I Can Has Cheezburger cat!), is it any wonder where Carroll drew his ins-purr-ation? 

 

6. The breed almost went extinct.

In the early 20th century, Persian cats and other longhaired breeds began to overcome the British Shorthair in popularity. So much so that cat fanciers actually stopped breeding the British Shorthair, especially in World War I and II, leading to a sharp decline in the breed's population. British Shorthair aficionados crossbred their British Shorthairs with Persians and other felines. The British Shorthair persevered and is accepted in cat registries worldwide. 

Do you have a British Shorthair cat at home? Now you can get their photo printed on any custom item, like a mug, toss pillow, or blanket! Click below for more details.

 


Happy Love Your Pet Day! 10 Quotes That Purrfectly Describe Our Love February 18 2022, 0 Comments

Every day is National Love Your Pet Day here at Meowingtons - and for all pet parents, we're sure! And is it any wonder? Our pets bring us so much joy, be they big or small, fluffy or scaly.

Whether you've had pets since childhood, or are new to the pet parent world, you know firsthand the impact animals can have on our lives. They offer unconditional love and affection; they can make even the darkest times seem brighter.

The past couple of years have shown that more than anything, our pets are always there for us. They soothe our worries and anxieties with a simple meow, or touch of the paw. Our pets give us multitudes! We've gathered a few quotes from fellow animal lovers that will help describe our love for our fur babies.

So to all the animals out there who have touched our hearts, our very souls, and made our lives complete - this day is for you! 

PS - if you want to spoil your cat today (even more than you already do), we're offering a BOGO 50% off on any cat toy with code: 'PETDAY'! 

1. A Happy Arrangement

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2. Full of Love

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3. Perfect Companions*

*Tripod kitties and puppies count, of course!




4. The Greatest Gift

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5. A Warm Welcome

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6. Agreeable Friends

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7. Coming Home

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8. Unawakened

milton the cat comic cat quotes anatole france





9. A Home's Soul

milton the cat comic cat quotes jean cocteau




10. Courage


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7 Pawsome Facts About Your Cat's Paws June 23 2021, 0 Comments

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6 Terrific Tabby Facts About Terrific Tabby Cats June 12 2021, 5 Comments

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With over 80 percent of our domesticated feline companions being of the striped variety, tabby cats are one of the most popular cats out there. So to celebrate these tiny house tigers and all their stripe-y, "tabbitude" glory, we've compiled a few interesting tabby cat facts, just a few tabby tidbits about these fluffy felines. 

 

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8 Larger-Than-Life Facts About Maine Coon Cats June 04 2021, 18 Comments

With monikers ranging from "gentle giants" to "the dogs of the cat world," Maine Coon cats are one of the most popular domestic cat breeds in the US. Maine Coons are known for their big personalities - and even bigger sizes! Here are eight fascinating facts about the lovable, larger-than-life Maine Coon cat!

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