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Malaysian Artist Creates Fluffy Cats Using Just Ink And The Result Looks Hauntingly Beautiful

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Artist Kamwei Fong painstakingly creates these textured, fluffy black cats, using only fine-line pen. The illustrations, a series called The Furry Thing, are the gorgeous end product of a technique that requires a great deal of skill and patience.

“I draw them by shading with tons of tiny furs,” Kamwei told Bored Panda. “It is indeed a very time consuming process. Small ones like A3 could take a few days, big ones like 25×37 inches could take a few weeks.” The lines are varied in size and density to slowly build volume and texture, resulting in a ‘furry’ look.

The cats are crafted in such a way that each one displays a unique, playful personality, which is testament to the skill of the Malaysian artist. Kamwei makes similar works using the same technique to create a variety of animals, such as monkeys, puppies, and Bo the Goldfish, a minimalist and peace-evoking character through which Kamwei aims to “encourage and uplift people to become more optimistic about life.” He illustrates under the name ‘Bo & Friends’ and sells his prints at his Etsy shop, they make fantastic gifts!

Scroll down to check out Kamwei’s cats below, and check out his Facebook and Instagram for more info!

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Tigers Cant Purr, So When Theyre Happy They Chuff Instead

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So apparently tigers can’t purr, so when they’re happy they ‘chuff’ or chuffle instead. Also known as ‘prusten’, according to Wikipedia, it’s a type of vocalization made only by two members of the Panthera family, the tiger and snow leopard.

In order to ‘chuff’ the animal closes its mouth and blows through its nostrils, producing a hearty snort sound.

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I Cant Stop Staring at This Two Toned Cat With Blue Eyes (15 Pics)

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Meet Narnia, a beautiful blue-eyed cat born with a two-toned face. While the rest of her body has black fur, her face is half grey, half black and perfectly split down the middle. The cat and her owner Stéphanie Jimenez have gained quite the following on Instagram where Narnia has over 24,000 followers.

Be sure to check out her profile for more photos and vids.

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Bento the Keyboard Cat, internet sensation and YouTube star, dies

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The beloved feline star of the popular meme has died age nine. But does this really mean the end?

Tonight hes jamming with Kurt and Jimi. Keyboard Cat, the internet meme that bookended a thousand pratfalls, is dead.

In April 2009, thanks in part to a single tweet by Ashton Kutcher, videos of a cat playing a junky little Casio riff became the de rigeur way to play out any footage of, say, a man falling down an escalator in a wheelchair, a singing woman collapsing a table, or just a mortar round misfiring.

The cats owner, Charlie Schmidt, posted the news on Keyboard Cats Facebook page, with its 820,000 followers.

The original Keyboard Cat.

Only, that isnt quite the story. Schmidts original clip of a musical cat the one youre most likely to have seen was shot in 1984. Hence the grainy VHS quality, which made the vaporwave-obsessed internet of 2009 fall in love with it. The cat in that video was called Fatso. He died in 1987.

The recently deceased Bento, born in April 2009, just as the Keyboard Cat phenomenon was hitting its peak, was already a remix. It seems that Keyboard Cats can spontaneously regenerate whenever a few million dollars are dangled in front of them.

Schmidt used Bento to make a second Keyboard Cat video, plus any number of side adventures: a parody of Miley Cyruss Wrecking Ball, an ad for Wonderful Pistachios, all the way up to a spoof on Banksys Exit Through The Pet Shop.

Bento taking on the starring role of Keyboard Cat.

You can hardly blame Schmidt for needing a physical product. Grumpy Cat is reputed to have a net worth of $100m. Within days of the first post to a Reddit thread, Grumpy Cats Red Lobster waitress owner was able to quit her job and go full-time. She shares a manager with Keyboard Cat, and with fellow celebrity felis catus, Lil Bub, and with animated cat meme Nyan Cat. Lil Bub generates enough that owner Mike Bridavsky can give away $200,000 a year to animal charities.

Hamilton, the moustache-toting Hipster Cat, had a web series, appeared in commercials, and had his own calendar line. Henri, a black cat, who appears, subtitled, in black-and-white, in French, like a cat Sartre, earns a $1,000 a week just from his online store. Appearance fees can be far greater. Maru, a Japanese-owned Scottish Fold, is the most watched cat of all time, with 325m YouTube views of him doing very basic cat stuff, like getting slightly freaked out by boxes.

Keyboard Cats spoof on Banksys Exit Through The Pet Shop.

The internet cat-industrial complex is vast. Cat food company Friskies flew Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, first class, to South by Southwest. They paid for a chauffeur, a personal assistant, and unlimited food. At a conference with Al Gore and Elon Musk, she was the star. The 2013 documentary Lil Bub and Friendz began when the makers witnessed 10,000 people turn out to the Internet Cat Video Film Festival.

How do you make a smash like Keyboard Cat? You start with $850 of cat piano lessons, Schmidt once quipped. Certainly, it helps if the cat has bodily issues. Keyboard Cat is notable among the truly great cats of the internet for being just a standard moggy, who had to work his way up on his boogie-woogie skills alone. Grumpy Cat has an underbite and feline dwarfism. Lil Bub a short lower jaw, toothlessness and osteopetrosis. Pop Tart Cat (Nyan Cat) has a pop tart for a body. Hipster Cat has a strange white moustache.

Bentos generation is getting long in the tooth. Perhaps not for nothing has Marus owner adopted and begun showcasing a second cat in addition to the 10 year old. The death of a cat is a private tragedy. The death of an internet cat is an economic catastrophe.

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Someone was reunited with their first cat after 5 years in a surprising twist of fate

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There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a missing pet—but there’s also nothing more heartwarming than a reunion. Get the tissues ready, this one is a doozy. 

Twitter user @ngvhi hopped online to share the most beautiful story about how she was reunited, five years later, with her sweet cat and first pet. Meet Panther. 

“Sometime after Panther went missing he apparently turned up in a shelter in the next city 15 mi away,” she wrote. “Days before he was going to be euthanized he was adopted! And lived with a women [sic] for a little while in yet another city.” 

Apparently the woman who adapted Panther kept him until she couldn’t any longer, and ultimately gave him to her parents—who just so happened to be @ngvhi’s neighbor. So, for over a year, Panther (whose name changed to Charlie) was literally living his best indoor cat life right next door.

“These happen to be the neighbors that bought a Siberian husky that quickly turned out to be too much to handle. I started taking care of him until they asked if I wanted to fully adopt him,” she continued.

Yep that’s right, this story also involves a doggo. The neighbors took in her cat, unknowingly, and she ended up with their dog. 

One day, her neighbors called to ask if they had seen a missing Charlie—aka Panther. When Charlie/Panther did turn up, Trotsky the husky (which, side note, is a perfect name) didn’t freak out. “HE ALREADY KNEW HIM. THEY’D LIVED TOGETHER BEFORE,” @ngvhi wrote. 

“Our neighbors were as flabbergasted as us and insisted we keep him because he really was ours. we (I was overruled) decided to give him back since he was comfortable there and we already have a dog and cat,” she tweeted. 

“It was heartbreaking but I can’t even be sad bc today was truly surreal. They’ve given me permission to visit my beautiful boy whenever I’d like. How is it possible that they gave me this dog I adore and have fostered my first best friend.”

“You know how you lose a person or pet and you wish you had one more day with them just to let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you?,” she wrote. “I just had that day with Panther. I never would have guessed that 5 years later I’d get to kiss his little head again.”

Mashable has reached out to @ngvhi for more information but until then, cue all of the tears and all of the feelings.  😭

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25+ Hilarious Cat Snapchats That Will Leave You With The Biggest Smile (New Pics)

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There’s never a dull moment when you own a cat. Sure, they spend plenty of time snoozing and lounging around, but you never quite know when they are going to do something cute, funny, crazy or maybe just a little bit evil.

Snapchat is a great medium to capture your feline’s foibles, because its highly visual and you can also tag your pics with a witty caption. Some of these pics, compiled into a list by Bored Panda, are perfectly-timed, some clearly staged and others completely random, but they are all hilarious! This is the latest of a series of cat-snaps that we have found over the years, if you find yourself needing more you can find them here, here, and here. Enjoy!

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Architect Couple Turns Cardboard Boxes Into Stackable Cat Fort, And Heres How Cats React

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We all know that cats love cardboard boxes. This Taiwanese brand called Cat Thing took them to another level by creating a collection with a modern design, where a modular docking system allows to build an awesome city to be set up for felines.

There are numerous mounting options and four customizable “environments”, consisting of bedroom, living room, balcony and ramp. With a minimalist look, the boxes can be stacked to result in a small building and have openings in the most varied geometric shapes, where cats can jump and observe the surroundings.

The material is completely recyclable and made with non-toxic substances to cats. And you do not have to use any tool to build your cat’s city – Cat Thing already comes with fittings.

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The Worlds Smallest Cat is Ridiculously Adorable and there are Photos to Prove It

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Meet the rusty spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus), the world’s smallest feline and a strong contender for the cutest wild creature you could ever encounter in the forest.

Although the solitary feline is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and only weighs 2-3.5 pounds; it is armed with agility, athleticism, a curious spirit and eyes six times more powerful than humans.

Check out the embedded video below to see this little beauty in action as he explores his forest home in Sri Lanka. The clip is from the BBC programme, Big Cats.

Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC

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Wine for you and your feline is on sale for National Drink Wine With Your Cat Week

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Clink clink, y'all.
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Drinking wine alone with your cat is an unspoken rite of passage to becoming an adult. And if you find yourself turning down plans because you’re “busy” when in reality you’re just going home to sip Merlot while Fluffy snuggles into you on the couch, you might want to keep reading.

Offers.com is combining two post Valentine’s Day holidays, National Drink Wine Day on Feb. 18 and National Love Your Pet Day on Feb. 20, to create one massive holiday week that I personally have been waiting my entire life for: National Drink Wine With Your Cat Week. It’s running from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, and it’s amazing.

Okay so it might be made up, but aren’t all holidays technically made up? And who cares, because wine is on sale at multiple retailers and that’s something we will never complain about. Remember the non-alcoholic cat wine trend from a few years back? It’s totally still a thing and it’s also on sale. 

Check out the best deals on wine for the upcoming week — we encourage stocking up as much as possible.

For your cat

The PetWinery is your cat’s best bet for Wine Wednesday as they stock all things animal mocktails at the Pet Bar. The menu includes cat champagne and cat wine, because after a long, hard day of being a cat, they need a little something to take the edge off, too.

The drinks are non-alcoholic, but they are rich in fish oil, which is said to have multiple health benefits for cats. Choose from flavors like Meowsling, Purrgundry, and Mëow & Chandon, and take 20% off any order with this exclusive coupon code.

For you

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Here’s the stuff you really care about. With five retailers offering discounts on wine from too many brands to count, we’d say the possibilities are truly endless. If you’re too impatient to wait for bottles to come in the mail, check out alcohol delivery services like Drizly and get a bottle or five delivered to your doorstep in an hour. 

More deals on wine for National Drink Wine With Your Cat Week:

Wine.com: On Feb. 18, take 10% off your first order and 10% off when you buy six bottles or more. Plus get $20 off orders over $100 for new customers.

Martha Stewart Wine Co: Save up to 25% on Martha’s picks including Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Malbec, and many types of Rosé.

WSJ Wine: Get dry reds and whites starting at $9.99.

Uncorked: Save 10% on all orders.

Minibar Delivery: Get $10 off any order for new customers.

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