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Mattress Company Makes "Bunk Beds" for People and Their Pets

Drifting off to sleep while snuggling with a pet might be sweet, but it’s not necessarily restful—especially if your dog or cat is a bedhog. Enter Colchão Inteligente Postural’s mattress, a “bunk bed” of sorts that allows pet owners to share a bed with their animals without having to jockey for sleeping space.

The base of the Brazilian company’s new mattress contains a removable box that can serve as a pet bed. Colchão Inteligente’s CEO Filipe Machado Guterson told ABC News that the box can be as large or as small as a client wants—but the larger the pet bed, the larger the actual bed will have to be. The box, which is made of medium-density fiberboard and upholstered with fabric, can be removed and cleaned with a damp cloth, according to a post on Colchão Inteligente’s Facebook page. Customers can opt to add a curtain, which can also be removed and cleaned.

Guterson created the first pet bed in 2013 at the request of a customer who wanted to sleep with her pooch but didn’t actually want the dog, which had health problems, in bed with her. The company, which operates in Brazil and Argentina and will launch U.S. operations soon, was founded in 1988 and began making custom mattresses in 2012.

[h/t ABC News]

All images courtesy of Colchão Inteligente Postural's Facebook page

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Why Do Cats Freak Out After Pooping?
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Cats often exhibit some very peculiar behavior, from getting into deadly combat situations with their own tail to pouncing on unsuspecting humans. Among their most curious habits: running from their litter box like a greyhound after moving their bowels. Are they running from their own fecal matter? Has waste elimination prompted a sense of euphoria?

Experts—if anyone is said to qualify as an expert in post-poop moods—aren’t exactly sure, but they’ve presented a number of entertaining theories. From a biological standpoint, some animal behaviorists suspect that a cat bolting after a deposit might stem from fears that a predator could track them based on the smell of their waste. But researchers are quick to note that they haven’t observed cats run from their BMs in the wild.

Biology also has a little bit to do with another theory, which postulates that cats used to getting their rear ends licked by their mother after defecating as kittens are showing off their independence by sprinting away, their butts having taken on self-cleaning properties in adulthood.

Not convinced? You might find another idea more plausible: Both humans and cats have a vagus nerve running from their brain stem. In both species, the nerve can be stimulated by defecation, leading to a pleasurable sensation and what some have labeled “poo-phoria,” or post-poop elation. In running, the cat may simply be working off excess energy brought on by stimulation of the nerve.

Less interesting is the notion that notoriously hygienic cats may simply want to shake off excess litter or fecal matter by running a 100-meter dash, or that a digestive problem has led to some discomfort they’re attempting to flee from. The fact is, so little research has been done in the field of pooping cat mania that there’s no universally accepted answer. Like so much of what makes cats tick, a definitive motivation will have to remain a mystery.

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Animals
Listen to the Impossibly Adorable Sounds of a Baby Sloth
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Sometimes baby sloths seem almost too adorable to be real. But the little muppet-faced treasures don't just look cute—turns out they sound cute, too. We know what you're thinking: How could you have gone your whole life without knowing what these precious creatures sound like? Well, fear not: Just in time for International Sloth Day (today), we have some footage of how the tiny mammals express themselves—and it's a lot of squeaking. (Or maybe that's you squealing?)

The sloths featured in the heart-obliterating video below come from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The institution rescues orphaned sloths, rehabilitates them, and gets them ready to be released back into the wild.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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