Photos of celebrities using their cats as a furry scarf

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 5 April 2014

Did you know that you can use cats for other things besides having them sit around the house, murder house lizards or scratch the furniture? Here’s an alternative use for cats that are often overlooked by cat owners: as a scarf. Marlon Brando has done it, John Lennon has done it on his walks outdoors, […]

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Cats making themselves at home in inconceivable places

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

Some things in the world simply defy explanation. We just have to accept that cats will always be cats and do cat things in their cat ways. Such as setting up cat camp in every space they take a fancy to and forcing said space to submit to the Rule of Cat instantly.

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Now you can spray paint your pooch (no, it’s not a joke)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Saturday 15 March 2014

First there were doggie sweaters for wintery days. Then there were all sorts of costumes. Even carriages to stroll your dog around town. But now there’s a new trend that’s raising an eyebrow: spraypainting your pooch! Developed by entrepreneur Abe Geary and showcased on the U.S. show Shark Tank, PetPaint has already racked up $95,000 in sales in pet stores.

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The pros and cons of owning a pet dinosaur

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 22 February 2014

Here’s a very handy infographic just in case we do bring dinosaurs back to life and make them our pets. Just in case. Artist and ‘purveyor of fine dinosaurian pet portraiture’, John Conway, has created ‘The Dinosaur Pet Guide’, which will inform you about the pleasures and pitfalls of today’s common dinosaurian pets. Here he lists down everything that’s good and bad – mostly bad – of having a big, giant lizard/bird with pointy teeth as a pet. He categorizes and colour-codes each dinosaur under ‘favourable’, ‘caution’, and ‘beware’, with the Tyrannosaurus Rex falling mostly under the red zone, naturally.

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Do baboons really raise dogs as pets? Turns out, they can

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 12 February 2014

Turns out baboons are kinda like the mafia of the animal world. The following video shows a baboon kidnapping a puppy from its mother, dragging it by its tail and giving it their own version of hospitality. Animal lovers beware, the first minute of the video is pretty heart-breaking to watch, especially when you hear […]

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Video chat with your pet with the PetChatz

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Admit it, when you’re on vacation you wish the neighbors would put the phone up to Fido so you can say hello. We know, you’re obsessed with that furry four-legged friend. And a brand new invention may just stop you from missing those pets while you’re away. Introducing PetChatz. Invented by a Minnesota-based startup, PetChatz […]

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PetChatz: use this device to chat with your pets

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Wednesday 4 December 2013

PetChatz is a pet communication system that lets you interact with your pet when you’re away from home. So it’s kinda like what Skype is to most people in a long distance relationship, except you’re talking to someone who doesn’t talk back. Using your phone or computer, an alarm will alert your pet about your […]

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Sad but beautiful photos of terminally ill pets with their family

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 22 November 2013

Before reading this, a warning: Lots of feeling ahead. Prepare tissue. Joy Sessions are both heart-warming and heart-breaking portraits of terminally ill or elderly pets with their owners (read: family). Usually, these pets pass away soon after the photos are taken. Minneapolis-based pet photographer Sarah Beth recalls the inspiration behind Joy Sessions.

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Doggelganger: Where humans meet their doggie doubles

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 19 November 2013

What an idea. A couple of years ago, New Zealand’s Pedigree Adoption Drive, aided by Colenso BBDO Auckland, decided to use facial mapping software to match canines looking for adoption to the humans they resemble. It works like this: interested human uploads a photo, software scans a database of thousands of adoptable dogs for a […]

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High design homes for man’s best friend

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 7 November 2013

Long gone are the days of Fido sitting in the backyard in a makeshift doghouse. Designers are now getting into the wonderful world of canine doggie dream homes with the likes of Kazuyo Sejima, Kenya Hara and the architectural firm Reiser + Umemoto getting in on the craze. And the best thing about Architecture for […]

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Watch your dog’s tail wag to decipher their mood

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Wish you could read your canine companion’s mind? Just pay attention to his tail wagging. According to a study released by Current Biology, whether your dog’s tail wags more to the left or right matters a great deal. If the tail veers more to the left, your furry friend may be stressed.

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Cats modelling United Bamboo’s range of apparel for 2014 calendar

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 October 2013

Back in 2010 we told you about United Bamboo’s calendar cats and now we’re back with more because apparently this is a thing. Every year since 2010 United Bamboo has set out to photograph cute little kitties in their ready-to-wear collection of clothing. This year expect to see the cream of the crop in the […]

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Poll shows 18% of Americans want a pet dinosaur

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

A public poll about animals and pets ran in June this year on 603 Americans, and now we are staring at this startling finding: asked to pick which animal they would like for an exotic pet, 18% went for a dinosaur. The extinct beast, however, found itself no match for at least two of its […]

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Dogs tamed by feline overlords

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 17 September 2013

Down, canine! There’s nothing a cat can’t bring under control with a good kitty swipe. Or unbearable cuteness. Really, cats just wield this weird invisible hold over everyone. Even dogs. Especially dogs. All hail kitty.

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Dogs yawn most when owners do too

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Friday 6 September 2013

It’s fairly well known that yawns are contagious among humans. But did you know that they are across species too? According to a study published in the Japanese journal Plos One, dogs are susceptible to contagious yawns from humans and are more likely to start yawning if they see their owner do it too.

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