I appreciate the thought…

Really, I do; it’s a very stylish sweater. Matches my eyes and everything. It’s just that (gasp!) it’s just a (wheeze!) skosh too tight, is the problem.

Gee, it looked bigger in the pattern book, Lily C.

Ground floor: Housewares, cat toys…

… wind-up mousies, jingling-bell balls, catnip rolling papers, invisible things only cats can see, scratching posts… Watch your step, please…

Cat-a-vator technology has certainly improved since the old days:

Congratulations, it’s a kitteh

So much cleaner and quieter than those yucky human babies, and when it’s a teenager, it’ll never come home from school covered in tattoos and piercings.

Says proud mama Melissa C., “This is Bimmer the day we brought him home from the shelter.”

Breaking News Bulletin Alert Thingie!

We interrupt our regular cuteness for this breaking story: A hamster has barricaded itself inside a roll of paper towels outside the Acme Wood Shavings factory.

The hamster’s motives are unclear at this time, but police fear there may be hostages involved. A SWAT negotiator is attempting to talk to the hamster now.

And we’re getting word now that the hamster is asking for food to be sent in, which means these negotiations could drag on well into the evening…

And now the negotiator is delivering a slice of apple to the hamster…

And we’re being told that the hamster has passed out! Yes, the magic SWAT apple did the trick, and so the crisis is over! Now back to Meg and Theo in the studio!

Our thanks to freelance cute-porter Sophie R. for these dramatic images.

It’s like a fluffy little oracle

If, on some placid afternoon, you hear a faint mewing while cleaning the attic, or rummaging through old clothes, then go to it at once, dear reader, for you are fated to discover… The Mysterious Psychic Talking Kitten Head of the Himalayas!

According to legend, those whom the Kitten Head finds worthy are blessed with a random stream of sage wisdom and visions of the future…

Is there an “off” switch, Jenny M.?

Nice work if you can get it

This whole “being a bird” thing is a real cushy gig. Three squares a day, nice cage, and I pretty much have these humans eating from the palm of my hand.

I don’t even have to fly anymore.  I just hop in someone’s shirt, and away I go!

And best of all, I get lots and lots of cuddle breaks!

Do you have any vacancies, Rachel M.?

To Serve Pug

Slowly, hesitantly, Olive arrived at a disturbing new theory: The intentions of the alien visitors were not as benevolent as had been originally claimed.

Save us a leg, Heidi A.

This will not end well

“(Oh boy! Look at this big stick that I am carrying all by myself like a good puppy! I cannot wait to burst through my dog door and proudly display it to the food lady!)”

One of the kute kanines under the konsiderate kare of Kaitlyn K.

Hi there, my name is Dug. My master made me this collar so I may speak in 140 characters or les — SQUIRREL!

You always knew your pup was a bit of a bird-brain; now he can actually tweet. At this year’s New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced Puppy Tweets, a collar tag with sensors linked to your home computer via Wi-Fi. The tag sends a tweet to your dog’s Twitter account whenever the animal moves, barks, or naps.

And here’s the… uh… extreme… erm.

Puppy Tweets collar pendant

Twitter!  It’s Tweets for Twits, and now your Spitz.

Well, of course I’m a beta tester!

What better line of work for a guinea pig could there possibly be? Why, with this nose, I can sniff out software bugs faster than you can peck a pile of pellets, pal!

Nicole G. writes: “His full name is Leonard Hampton but everybody calls him ‘Lenny.’ “

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