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Listen, I am a dog person, through and through. 

HOWEVER, I personally think that cats get themselves a bad rep, and they don't deserve it! 

I decided to set the record straight by asking my cat-loving friends why they love their furry felines. 

Here are the reasons that cats make the 'best' pets.

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1. No vermin problem. 

Okay, the first merit I have to give cats is their ability to repel all kinds of critters. Take mice (and rats… shudders), if you have a feline friend in your home, chances are those small furry pests will avoid you. Ann if they do try to come into your home, your cat will probably end them – and deliver you their body as an offering. Weird, but damn efficient. 

2. They don't mind being left alone.

So with dogs, you can't help but feel guilty when you leave for work in the morning. However, the cat is probably happy to see the back of you – purely because they really enjoy their own company. It is pretty comforting to know that they're happy out just lounging around all day. 

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3. They're super playful.

Cats tend not to get the credit they deserve – especially when it comes to their playfulness. Cats LOVE messing around, playing with toys and all that good stuff. 

4. But also love chilling out.

On the other end of the spectrum, cats love just laying around all day, relaxing! If you just want to sit on the couch all evening and have a good cuddle, then cats are the lads for you. 

5. The purr. 

Sorry, but is there anything more relaxing than hearing your cats gentle purr? No. No there is not. 

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6. That sweet litter box.

One of the major cat perks is that they can be trained to use a litter box. Rather than having to bring them outside every time they need the loo, they simply go in the box, and you clear out the box as you see fit. Simples. 

7. They can mind themselves.

Many cat owners allow their furry friends to roam the streets, and give them accress to a cat door. There;s never any fear that they won't return. Cats are very street wise, and know how to handle themselves. 

8. They can be HIGHLY entertaining. 

Have you ever actually googles cat memes and videos? They're actually GAS. So even if you don't actually own a kitty, you cannot deny the fact that they're freakin' hilarious. 


The ISPCA is appealing for new homes for a number of cats currently in the care of the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford, o if you're a true cat-lover, this could be your opportunity to make a feline friend.

The cattery is now full to capacity with over 50 cats and kittens needing good homes.

So far this year, 351 cats and kittens have been responsibly rehomed from the Centre, 207 of which originated from an ex-research facility, with 144 being seized by or surrendered to our Inspectors.

50 cats remain at the ex-research facility and the ISPCA would like to be able to remove them before Christmas. 

The charity is appealing to members of the public to consider adopting one of these super friendly cats if they are considering getting a new pet. All the cats are fully vet checked, vaccinated, treated for parasites, litter trained, neutered or spayed and they will need to be re-homed as indoor cats only. 

Eva Ellis, ISPCA Centre Manager said: "These adorable cats will make wonderful pets plus they are naturally independent making them perfect companions for people with busy lifestyles."

"They love nothing more than to sit on a lap and be cuddled plus the mere act of stroking a cat has been known to release endorphins in our brain associated with well-being and happiness, linked to lowering blood pressure as well as lowering the risk of heart disease."

Eva continued: “We are however struggling to find new owners to adopt these gorgeous cats and with so many in our care, we are under pressure to find room to take in an additional 50 cats due to be removed from ex research laboratory by the end of December”.

“Despite spending their entire life living in a clinical environment with limited stimuli, these cats are all adorably interactive and love attention”.

Cats and kittens are not only puuurrrfect company but having a cat/pet also teaches children compassion and responsibility.  By understanding and respecting your cats’ needs and dignity, you’ll be passing on an important message to our younger generation.  

Once we find new homes for these adorable cats and kittens patiently waiting for new homes, it will help free up space in our cattery to help find more cats and kittens a new family to call their own.

You can visit the ISPCA National Animal Centre  Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30 to 4pm, email  info@ispca.ie or call  043 33 25035 (0) Visit the ISPCA website on http://www.ispca.ie/rehoming/cats_rehoming/ to see the many cats and kittens looking for good homes. 

 Your new best friend could be waiting!


Calling all pet owners!

IKEA has just launched an exciting to range of pint-sized furniture, specially designed for your furry friends.

The new range, cleverly named 'Lurvig' (the Swedish word for 'hairy'), offers everything from dog beds and couch covers to scratching posts and feeding bowls, all in keeping with the slick and simplistic style the furniture company is so famous for.

A spokesperson for IKEA said:

"Created by pet loving designers with support from trained veterinarians, the range covers all the bases of our shared life with pets indoors and out, so you and your pet can enjoy your home together."

The new collection has hit stores in the US, Canada, France and Japan , and although there is no official date for an Irish release, it's reported that the range will be rolled out in other stores across the world from March 2018.

In the meantime though, you and your doggo can drool over what's to come.




Calling a crazy cat ladies – something very exciting is on its way to Dublin.

If a room full of soft bean bags and feline friends sounds like your own personal idea of heaven, then oh boy, have we got news for you.

Our capital city will soon be home to its very own Cat Lounge – and they're looking for staff.

While an exact opening date is yet to be announced, it's rumoured the unique space, located in Smithfield, will open for business as soon as next month.

Unforunately visitors are not allowed bring their own furry friends, but not to worry – the lounge will be packed with plenty of happy cats living on site.

The Cat Lounge will operate on a book-online basis, but if you do fancy spending a whole lot of time here, the management are looking to hire full and part-time staff.

According to the job description, employees will be responsible for “welcoming guests, ensuring guests only stay for their allocated amount of time, maintaining the guest area, caring for cats and kittens in every aspect including cleaning litter trays, feeding, cuddling, playing, petting and keeping company.”

Sound like you? Click here to apply.


So, if you had could choose one super power, what would it be?

Time travel? Invisibility? The ability to speak to animals?

The last one. Obviously.   

Well, according to a new Amazon report, pet translators are not only possible, they could be on the market within ten years.

Futurologist William Higham of Next Big Thing, who co-authored the report for Amazon, said: “Innovative products that succeed are based around a genuine and major consumer needs.”

“The amount of money now spent on pets – they are becoming fur babies to so many people – means there is huge consumer demand for this. Somebody is going to put this together.”

He also referred to research being carried out by Con Slobodchikoff, professor emeritus at the department of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, who found that prairie dogs had “a sophisticated communication system that has all the aspects of language”.

“They have words for different species of predator and can describe the colour of clothes of a human, or the coat of coyotes or dogs,” Slobodchikoff says.

The author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals, now believes his research could apply to other animals and is currently raising money to develop a cat and dog translation device – and we're totally behind the idea.

Just think of all the fun you and your four-legged friends could have together!



People can be divided by being cat lovers or dog lovers.

And while we love our pets with all our hearts, can the same be said for them?

A new study has found which species loves their owners more, and the findings are pretty interesting.

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The study was conducted as part of the BBC Two show Cats V. Dogs, and saw researchers measure the amount of oxytocin – a.k.a. the love hormone – in the two animals when they interacted with their owners.

Dr Paul Zak, who led the research measured the oxytocin levels ten minutes before a play session, and then again immediately afterwards.

"We have pretty good evidence that dogs actually love their humans. A couple of small-scale studies have shown that when owners interact with their dogs, the human and their dog appear to release oxytocin," Dr Paul said.

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"It’s one of the chemical measures of love in mammals. Humans produce the hormone in our brains when we care about someone.

"For example, when we see our spouse or child the levels in our bloodstream typically rise by 40-60 per cent.”

And while it has been proven that dogs have immense affection for us, can the same be said for cats?

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Well, the research found that oxytocin levels in dogs increased by an average of 57.2 per cent after playing with their owners, and the average increase in cats rose by… erm,12 per cent.

“It shows these dogs really care about their owners. It was also a nice surprise to discover that cats produce any at all. At least some of the time, cats seem to bond with their owners."

Well, at least cat levels rose a little bit…


Is there anything better than curling up with a glass of wine on a lazy Saturday night? 

Add a four-legged friend to that picture and you’re pretty much in heaven – and now, your cats and dogs can enjoy a glass of their very own.

Pawsecco is the feline and canine-friendly wine described as being ‘purrfect treat for those on four feet’.

The non-alcoholic, non-carbonated ‘wine’ drink is available in Pet-House White or Pet-House Rosé from the geniuses over at the Woof & Brew Shop.

The Pet-House White contains a blend of elderflower, nettle ginseng and limeflower, while the Pet-House Red contains the same ingredients with just some carrot added for colour.

The ‘wine’ is completely safe for your pets to drink and is said to have been created with ‘the advice of veterinary experts’.

A bottle of Pawsecco will set you back €3.44 and €8.61 purchased from Woof & Brew’s online shop.

What’s more is that the brand sell a whole range of treats for our dog friends, including tonics and teas, dog beer and even herb infused water.

So, next time you're treating yo'self, why not yo'pet as well? 


If you love sitting in and having a glass of vino while watching Netflix with your pet, then your day (well, your pet's day) is about to get better.

Because, why sit in and drink by yourself when you can have a glass or two with your dog?!

Paw-secco is a new beverage created just for your pet, and has actually been reviewed by vets and taste-tasted by cats and dogs – so you know your pooch is going to love it.

Coming from Woof and Brew, the company specialises in treats for your pets, and paw-secco is zero-alcohol (obvs), non-bubbly and drafted with infusions of elderflower, nettle, ginseng and lime.

Woof and Brew's website reads: "This still ‘wine’ offers an elaborate, stylish treat, but one that also has real substance.

"Designed to pour over food, making the perfect ‘au jus’, or serve as a drink, our feline friends and dearest doggies have already given Paw-secco the palatability paws up."

Not only does the company make Paw-secco, it also creates doggy beer and tea.

So, the next time you crack open a bottle, your pet can enjoy the night in with you, too.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here! 



Don't get us wrong, we love cats and kittens. But saying that, we don't want them mixed in with our make-up.

First spotted on Geek.com, cosmetics brand Felissimo Nekobu creates beauty products "meant to evoke feelings of cuddling and kissing cats."

That all sounds well and good, but we're not too sure about its latest item on the market.

The brand created a lipgloss that feels like your kissing a kitten's nose when you apply it… But, you rub lipgloss all over your mouth, and we don't particularly fancy rubbing a kitten's nose all over our lips now, do we?

The product, named 'Neko no hana ni kisu shita mitai – hinyari ohana', or in other words, 'It’s like I’ve just kissed a cat’s nose – a pleasantly cool nose', all come with a "kitten milk" scent, and we're just properly freaked out by it all.

We love cats and want to cuddle them all day, errr'day, but this cosmetics brand may have gone a tad too far with this one.


Periods are crap. Between break-outs, bad moods and general dishevelment, it's fair to say that women go through the motions (and notions) during their time of the month.

But for some women, PMS symptoms can be crippling. While some scientists put bad PMS down to genetics, others are looking at a different cause, and we don't like it.

Apparently, researchers believe that extreme PMS could be caused by a parasite that's commonly found in cats. *Sob*

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The Daily Mail reports that an organism called toxoplasmosis, can be picked up while changing cat litter and it has also been linked to a number of other issues, including anxiety and aggression in humans.

Scientists from Juarez University of Durango State in Mexico studied over 150 women, taking blood samples to see if they could find the toxoplasma parasite in their system.

At the end of the testing, they found that women infected with the parasite were nine times more likely to report feeling "out of control" just before their period was due.

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However, the study published in the journal Clinical Medical Research did admit that this study was small and more research need to be conducted to confirm the findings.

"The results of this first study of its kind suggest toxoplasma gondii infection might be linked to some symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder," they said.



The world turned to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as Swedish prosecutors interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over an alleged rape accusation dating back six years.

Assange has sought asylum in the embassy since June 2012.

While Assange may have drawn the crowds, the photographers turned their attention to another member of the Assange clan.

Appearing in the embassy window, Assange's cat looked inquisitively down at the hoards in a jewelled collar.

After posing for a few photographs, the cat seemed to grow tired of his moment in the spotlight, and disappeared from view.

In a bizarre twist, the cat later reappeared, this time wearing a collar and tie.

Looking extremely dapper in his red and white striped tie, the cat drew laughs from the crowd as it surveyed the commotion outside.

The cat in question is called Embassy Cat, and has his very own Twitter page with a following of over 24,000.

Clearly, computer genius Assange is bored, after having his internet privileges removed from him by the embassy in October.

Assange continues to face questioning over the alleged sexual assault but has not been charged with the crime. 



It's safe to say it's been a crazy week and whether you're stressed about your job, you BF, or just the world (ie. TRUMP), then we have the perfect thing for you: cat meditation.

We know, we know. It sounds stupid, but many of us struggle with anxiety and stress, and this is the puuurfect thing (sorry!) to put you back on track.

Blue Cross has created the first mindfulness online meditation class which stars adorable felines and experts from The Mindfulness Project.

The 10-minute class is available online and absolutely free, so you can use it to your peril for whenever you need to de-stress.

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The video aims to draw attention to how cats and kittens can put us in a good mood, and hopefully it'll help Blue Cross re-home it's adorable rescue cats.

Take a look and see if it calms you a little – just watch out for the purring (you'll know what we mean when you hear it)!