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The five most memorable cat stories of 2017

Where did the year go… As we prepare to say so-long to 2017, let’s take a look back at the cats who captured our attention the most.

5. Dexter the 20-Year-Old Shelter Cat

Dexter was already 20 years old when he was adopted from a local shelter: that’s practically 100 in human years! Because of his age, Dexter’s new family assumed he would pass away soon. But this senior sweetheart lived on for another two years! Dexter bonded especially well with the family’s young son, receiving lots of cuddles and affection, and reminding us all that it’s never too late for love.

4. Luna the Quinceañera Cat

In Latin American culture, a quinceañera is an elaborate celebration thrown when a girl turns 15. For her birthday, Luna the cat was lucky enough to get her own! Luna’s family went all out with a party, food, balloons, cake, and even a special dress for Luna. Luna took it all in stride, and was especially happy to get her own can of birthday tuna. Believe it or not, Luna’s quinceañera was one of the most viral stories of 2017.

3. BenBen The Saddest Cat

BenBen was a shelter cat just on the brink of being put down. Considered unadoptable, he suffered from a crushed spine, several lacerations, and facial injuries that left his face in a permanent frown. But hope came just in the nick of time! BenBen was adopted by a loving family, whose care and attention put him on the road to recovery. While BenBen still looks sad, he is truly a happy kitty now!

2. Hurricane Harvey Cat

The Hurricane Harvey Cat is an image of defiance and grit! This cat was famously captured while paddling his way through flood waters, a snarl on his face and a glimmer in his eye. The viral image provided some much needed encouragement and humor after Houston’s devastating storm.

1. Bone Bone The Fluffiest Cat From Thailand

Last but not least, wrapping up this list on a positive note, is Bone Bone. Have you ever seen such a fluffy cat? With over 30K followers on Instagram, Bone Bone is a feline megastar. Bone bone lives in Thailand, where his owners love to take him out to the park and to meet fans, all while he wears his signature spiky backpack. What a cutie pie!

Psst! Don’t forget to book a pet sitter for your memorable cat. And with that I bid you cheers, and, if I don’t see you, a happy New Year!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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The Icelandic Christmas Cat

“Oh no! The giant Yule Cat has come for me!”

You may have heard of the Krampus, but have you heard of Iceland’s infamous Yule Cat? A creature with sharp teeth and glaring eyes, the Christmas Cat of Iceland is a fabled holiday monster. But who exactly is this ferocious creature and what makes him so scary?

The legend of the Yule Cat

Definitely not the cuddliest of kitties, legend has it that the Yule Cat prowl’s Iceland’s snowy countryside. The cat is said to devour those who don’t have warm clothing to wear for the winter. As a result, it is a tradition in Iceland for family members to gift each other new clothes for Christmas. According to some, the Yule Cat is the pet of another Icelandic creature, the giantess Gryla, who is said to kidnap, cook, and eat children who misbehave. Gryla’s sons, the Yule Lads are quite mischievous themselves — licking pots and slamming doors. How rude.

The Yule Cat’s origin story

Like most monsters, the Yule Cat is more fiction than fact. The story of the Yule Cat originally came from farmers. They told the tale as an incentive for their workers to finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas. It was said that those who worked hard and finished the job on time would be rewarded with new clothes, while those who failed would face punishment from the Yule Cat.

History of the Yule Cat

Iceland’s Christmas Cat is regarded as an ancient tale, but evidence shows that the earliest written accounts of the creature date back no further than the 19th century. It later became popular through the Icelandic poet, Johannes ur Kotlum, whose epic poem describes the cat’s terrifying features.

Are you thinking of buying some cute outfits for your kitty now? Share photos of them with us on Instagram and Facebook! And if you’re going out of town for the holidays, don’t hesitate to schedule a sitter for days that you’re away.

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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The five most famous cats of 2014

grumpy catToday, the internet serves as the medium of choice to host humanity’s infinite admiration of felines, but the following five furry celebrities have published books, made movies, and even potentially grossed more income than some of the hottest Hollywood stars.  Behold the most famous cats of 2014.*

5. Sparta the Mean Kitty
In 2007, Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams of SMP Films created a hilarious music video, “The Mean Kitty Song,” to tell his friends and family about his new bitey kitten friend.  Since then, the handsome tabby named Sparta has pulled in over 80,500,000 views on the original Youtube video and over 74,651,000 views for additional videos.

4. Shironeko
Shironeko, whose name translates to “white cat” in Japanese, is also known as the “Basket Cat” and “Zen Cat.”  Shironeko has been smiling in photos, blissfully calm in baskets, trees, and shower caps, since 2006.  He has over 175,000 likes on Facebook and more than 7,000 high resolution photos.

3. Lil Bub
Lil Bub is literally one in a million.  She has a combination of rare genetic abnormalities that keeps her body permanently kitten-sized. The world held its breath as the 1-year-old Bub overcame immobilizing osteoporosis and learned to walk and jump like never before.  Her online store, books, and movie have raised over $200,000 for special needs pets in shelters.

2. Maru
The aptly named Scottish fold called Maru (“round” in Japanese) is the biggest domestic cat star on Youtube.  Since 2008, adorable videos in which he tries to sit in comedically small boxes have attracted more than 274,945,000 viewers and 437,800 subscribers.

1. Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat
A frowning underbite and underwhelmed eyes are what make Tardar Sauce better known as the Grumpy Cat.  Since first appearing in a meme only 2 years ago, it has been speculated that she has grossed over $100 million.  In 2014, this top cat starred in the Lifetime movie Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, voiced by the delightfully cynical Aubrey Plaza.

*This ranking has been calculated using social media reach and engagement by Friskies 50, accessed December 23, 2014.

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty.  She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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