To help slow the spread of COVID-19, people across the globe are stuck in self-isolation and quarantine. It’s recommended to stay inside, regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer when you’re unable to access soap and hot water. During this pandemic, many of us are bored, having been laid off or having the office moved to home. We’re stuck indoors with little contact with others.
Thankfully, cat parents are taking to social media to share photos of their #quarantinecats and they do not disappoint. “Quarantine cats” are sure to lift all of our moods amidst these uncertain times. The photos and captions alike are hilarious!
Annoyed Home Owners
Cats are truly acting like annoyed homeowners now that their owners are home – Many cats are sick of their people ruining their routines!
Sick of you already!
They’re even practicing social distancing…
If you’re bored at home and want a chuckle, search #quarantinecats on Twitter or Instagram!
In the UK, a construction worker thought he was doing a good deed by rescuing a puppy from a building site. Later, he discovered the puppy was actually a fox cub.
The worker took the little critter home where he quite quickly discovered it wasn’t a puppy he’d rescued at all, but a baby fox who only resembled a small little dog.
The worker got a hold of the RSPCA when he realized it wasn’t a puppy in his care.
“The worker was on a building site in Speke when he came across what he initially thought was an abandoned puppy and as he could see no mother around he took him home,” Matt Brown, an animal welfare officer, told Metro.
The fox cub was taken in by an animal care organization. The organization took the cub to the vet where it was confirmed he was both a fox and only less than a month old!
According to the Metro, the little fox cub is going to be housed at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich. There, he’ll be able to grow a little and be released back into the wild.
When the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre welcomes a new cat into its arms, they’re immediately gifted a knitted blanket. Because the London-based center rescues cats from abandonment and neglect, many of these cats have had rough home lives or a traumatic few years – having their own blanket allows them a sense of security.
“It’s something warm and cozy for them to curl up on in their pods and when they find their forever homes it means they have something to take with them with a familiar scent,” said Nicole Grover, an employee of the RSPCA.
Because the hand-knitted blankets go with the cats from the shelter to the furrever homes, the shelter is always in need of more. Every cat that’s taken in needs its own brand-new blanket – just for him/her. Because of this, the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre is asking the public for help. They’re asking for knitted blanket donations for these cats.
Even if you’re new to knitting, this self-isolation/quarantine period is the perfect time to learn the craft! And making blankets is totally beginner friendly.
Because of COVID-19, all RSPCA locations in the UK are closed to the public. No fosters or adoptions are being had at this time, though more cats are still being rescued. The organization could use your help and blanket donations now more than ever.
Common Questions About The Blankets
What size should they be? A4 or bigger – in Inches, that’s 8″ by 11″ or larger. Where do I send the completed blanket(s)? RSPCA, Inside Pets at Home Friern Bridge Retail Park Pegasus Way, N113PW Is there a certain material the blankets should be made with? Any machine-washable yarn is great. Avoid delicate, hand-wash yarns (like most “natural” fibers, including wool, silk, cashmere, etc). I crochet, but I don’t knit. Is that ok? Yes! Crochet blankets are welcomed. Do they need/accept any other hand-made items? Yes! They welcome knit or crocheted cat toys (pictured below). As with the blankets, the biggest requirement is that they’re made of machine-washable yarn.
Trending internet cats have been a thing since the dawn of time – or, at least since the dawn of social media. People love Grumpy Cat, touching cat stories, and unique and rare cats. The latest cat? His name is Ikiru.
According to Ikiru’s Instagram bio, he’s an “exotic shorthair boy cat.” Being an exotic breed isn’t the only unique aspect of him. Though not formally diagnosed with an underlying cause for this behavior, Ikiru often forgets to shut his mouth all the way – resulting in his tongue hanging out of his mouth.
This unique trait creates adorably funny photos and Ikiru has gained over 50,000 Instagram followers in the last 30 days alone. Many are raving fans, creating artwork of the goofy, yet adorable, cat.
Many of us across the globe are being confined to our homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19. How one person handles home isolation and social distancing is totally different than how another might handle it. While some take comfort in binge-watching Netflix and day drinking, others find comfort in more productive routines and home fitness.
For the latter, many are experiencing their workouts being sabotaged by their dogs and cats! With home isolation, many people are adopting and fostering pets at higher rates than before (though many are also opting to abandon their furry family as well). If you have plans to get your workout on, it may be trickier than you think.
These people tried taking their workout routines home and their pets had something to say about it.
Dogs are often known to be the goodest of boys – being friendly with everyone and everything. We see the innate gentle spirit of dogs revealed in stories, such as the golden retriever who befriended a baby deer and the big dog who befriended a rat. While dogs may become aggressive due to abusive breeding (like for dogfighting) and when protecting themselves and loved ones, they seem to regularly surprise us with their kind and gentle nature.
This german shepherd is one such dog who has a soft spot in his heart for a much smaller family – owls. Ingo the german shepherd has a unique way of building trust with animals – as many view him as a predator. According to Ingo’s owner:
A friend had a buzzard that was very afraid of dogs (this is not unusual). I just let Ingo do it and he walked around for half an hour and never looked at the buzzard. The buzzard didn’t even notice that Ingo came closer and closer. He so cleverly created trust without the buzzard noticing and at the end Ingo lay proudly next to him and the buzzard losts his fear.