It’s a sad, sad day when you come to value the quality of your selfies more than you do your own pet.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) says hundreds of black cats are being abandoned by their owners. The reason? They’re apparently not photogenic enough for their owners’ selfies.
PetBox opens for business Because your cat has definitely been hella jealous of your Birchbox deliveries, PetBox has launched a customizable monthly subscription box for cats and dogs. Products are available for the “organic pet,” “pampered pet,” “nervous pet” and “playful pet.” Ugh, now we want a puppy.
Meanwhile in Canada
Furries and Internet cat aficionados alike will be thrilled at this news: there now exists a video game that enables users to pretend they are cats. It’s called Catlateral Damage.
All Paws On Deck
Americans may be gearing up to use facial recognition software to find out if their friends are serial killers, but meanwhile it Canada, they’re using it to track down their lost puppies.
According to the Globe and Mail, Vancouver dog shop cofounder Philip Rooyakkers has developed an app called Positive Identification of Pets—or PiP, for short—that helps tech-savvy Canadians find their lost cats and dogs.
Space the Final Frontier
“I’m wearing a tail,” a tall man in a dark jacket said into his phone, trying to locate a friend.
He didn’t appear to be actively wearing the tail as we walked by. But Tamara Bennett, an ASPCA volunteer I met outside the Nassau G station, reminded me that all we really knew was that he wasn’t wearing it “outside his pants.”
"But you guys love cats"
Your fussy, pure-bred longhair is about to get even snottier. According to the AP, Iranian officials are seriously considering sending a Persian cat into space. Because nothing livens up an orbital capsule like zero-G kitty turds.
The AP reports:
"But you guys love cats"
Law enforcement officials in the U.K. are getting an unlikely new tool: A database of cat DNA.
The BBC reports it’s the work of researchers at the University of Leicester, who created the database to help the cops catch a specific murderer who’d left crucial evidence covered in hair from his own cat. Now the Read More
Well, here’s a new way to get your money’s worth out of that iPad. The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s now a “nascent but growing group touting the use of apps for pets.”
Cats seem to have inspired a proliferation of apps. Nate Murray, one half of the team behind “Games for Cats,” admitted, “I started off really early on thinking that it was ridiculous, but it ended up being something really meaningful for people,” admitted Mr. Murray. Friskies also has its own line of apps, and there’s even an animal shelter using the apps to draw out shyer cats, to socialize them before adoption.
At long last, a hackathon has produced something truly worthwhile. Meet Snapcat, a product of Berlin-based EyeEm’s recent photo hack day. It is a photo-sharing app designed explicitly for cats.
BRB, heading home to make my cat a STAR.
Cronuts are hot right now. So hot, in fact, that a couple of regular Paulie Walnuts are amassing the delicious pastries and selling them on Craigslist at up to five times the original price.
The croissant-donut hybrid is sparking Magnolia-Bakery-in-2002 levels of buzz, although most have never even lain lips on its flakey, sugary layers. Cronuts are found at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo — but only for a few minutes after the opening at 5 a.m., after which point they’re sold out.
But thanks to some Craigslist schemers, the hungered masses throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and sometimes Staten Island can get their mitts on the half-breed pastries.