13 Cat Essentials for National Kitten Day

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July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a holiday that celebrates our squee-worthy feline friends. Whether you're thinking of adopting a new furry pal or simply pampering your favorite kitty, here are 13 essentials every cat owner needs, from the stain remover strong enough to tackle any hairball to the scratching post that will please even the most finicky of felines.

1. Nature's Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator; $10

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Cats are messy pets. Even the healthiest felines occasionally hawk up a hairball, and cats with delicate tummies may vomit just about every time you change their food (which will probably be often, because most cats are exceptionally picky). Pet owners swear by Nature's Miracle cleaning products, which will neutralize odors and remove stains from carpets, couches, hardwood floors, and anywhere else your cat has an accident—or decides to express their displeasure.

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2. Rufus & Coco Wee Kitty Natural Corn Cat Litter; $33

Rufus & Coco Wee Kitty litter
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Compared to dogs, cats' bathroom habits are incredibly low-maintenance. No need to take them for walks outside; just set up a litter box. But if you've never watched a cat sprint across the room after doing their business the box, you may not realize just how important your choice of litter type is. Even the neatest cats track litter outside their box. This corn-based clumping cat litter is an excellent low-track option that will keep your cat's litter where it belongs—in the litter box. It's dust-free (making it excellent for cats with sensitive noses), can absorb up to four times its own weight, and is biodegradable. It can even be flushed down the toilet, according to Rufus & Coco. One 20-pound bag is designed to last up to 18 weeks. Note: You're going to be buying litter regularly, so go ahead and take advantage of the subscription discount. We also recommend investing in a mat to catch errant litter that finds its way out of the box.

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3. Pretty Litter; $22

Crystal litter is another excellent pick if you're looking to clean up after your cat the easy way. It manages odors well, but it doesn't clump, so you don't have to scoop out piles of pee—just scoop out the poop regularly—meaning that one box-full can last up to a month. Pretty Litter is easy on the paws and is sold on a subscription basis, so you can get a regular shipment delivered to your door each month right before your current batch runs out. Even better, it changes colors if your cat's pee is outside the normal range of acidity or alkalinity, providing you with insights into your furry friend's health.

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4. Go-Cat Da Bird Rod and Feather Cat Toy; $9

A rod and feather cat toy
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Indoor cats need plenty of stimulation to keep them from getting bored (and fat). You'll want to provide them with toys and games that mimic the hunting they would do in the wild. Veterinarian Mikel Delgado recommends a wand-style toy like Go-Cat's Da Bird feather rod, which will allow your cat to feel like he's stalking a colorful winged creature across your living room. You'll also want to stock up on replacement feathers, since your little hunter is bound to claw the original to pieces. (You can check out Delgado's other tips for getting a cat to love you here.)

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5. Petstages Kitty Cuddle Pal Cat Toy; $6

A plush Petstages heated cat toy
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Cats have higher body temperatures than we do (typically between 100.5°F and 102.5°F), so they're suited for warm temperatures. That's great if you live in a hot climate, but more likely than not, your home is a bit cooler than your cat would prefer. That's why cats love to curl up on comforters, in cardboard boxes, or next to the warm bodies of their humans and pet siblings. If you're not around to be a human heating pad, Petstages Kitty Cuddle Pals are a good substitute. The plush toys are microwavable to provide a soothing source of warmth for your cat when you're not available. They're great for older cats with body aches, cats with separation anxiety or angst over vet visits, and more. They're also a must-have for young kittens who can't yet control their body temperature.

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6. Merry Products Hidden Cat Litter Box Enclosure; $61

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If your home is lacking in space, you may not want to dedicate a whole corner of a room to your cat's open litter box. Or perhaps you just don't want to look at your cat's poop whenever you pass by. That's where hidden cat box enclosures like this one from Merry Products come in. The easy-to-assemble end table is made to house your cat's litter box, allowing your pet to access its toilet out of sight. It also reduces the amount of litter that sprays out of the box when your cat sprints away after it poops, making for a cleaner experience for everyone. Not to mention the fact that you can use the shelf and top space as a regular end table—or a very convenient place to store trash bags, air freshening spray, and other litter essentials. And the handy bar on the side of the box is a great place to hang a towel or a litter scoop. 

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7. Petcube Bites Pet Camera; $125

A Petcub pet cam on a table
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While many of us pet owners would gladly spend all day, every day with our cats, sadly, life tends to get in the way. (We have to go to work to pay for all those cat toys, after all.) But you can still check in on your cat—and feed them treats—with a pet cam. The Petcube features 1080-pixel HD video, a 138° wide-angle view, 3x zoom, and night vision to allow you to check in on your cat at home 24/7 via Wi-Fi. It has two-way audio to allow you to talk to your pet and a dispenser that can hold up to 2 pounds of treats at a time. You can see the past four hours of video for free or upgrade to a membership to see your whole video history in the cloud. It also works with Amazon's Alexa.

Buy it: Amazon or Chewy or Petco

8. Go Pet Club 62-Inch Cat Tree; $70

Cats play on a Go Pet Club cat tree
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Cats need to explore both vertically and horizontally. Rather than trying to chase them off counters and shelves, give your cats a high place to watch over their territory in the form of a tall cat tree like this one. The 62-inch-tall feline play space features stairs to climb, hammocks to lounge in, cubbies to hide in, and perches to rest on. It comes in four different colors.

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9. New Cat Condos Round Multi Scratcher; $52

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As they are with all things, cats can be pretty particular about the material they like to scratch on. While some love to dig their claws into carpet, others prefer sisal rope or plain wood. For indecisive cats and their owners, this triple cat scratcher is the perfect starter post. It features three different scratching posts—one natural wood, one sisal-covered, and one carpeted—to allow your cat to figure out what it likes best. Considering how expensive scratching posts and cat trees can get, this minimizes the risk of your cat refusing to engage at all with the fancy product you just shelled out for, as our feline friends are wont to do.

Buy it: Amazon or Overstock.com or Walmart

10. PetIsay Couch Guard; $12 for Four

A cat tries to scratch on a couch.
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Even if your cat loves its scratching post, your couch may still provide a tempting place for kitty claws. Dissuade your feline friend from tearing up your upholstery with a sticky couch guard that's a cinch to put on and take off.

Buy it: Amazon

11. True Touch De-Shedding Glove; $12

A True Touch de-shedding glove
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Cats don't always love to be brushed, but de-shedding is a necessary step to prevent both hairballs and dust bunnies. These grooming gloves may look silly, but they're astonishingly effective at removing fur. The soft rubber nubs gently massage your cat and lift away loose hair. Better yet, your cat may find it easier to warm up to the sensation of being petted with gloves than dragged with a harsh metal de-shedding brush.

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12. Catit Water Fountain; $24

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Cats can be notoriously finicky about their drinking water, and will often turn up their noses at any hydration station that's not up to their particular standards. One of the best ways to tempt your kitty to drink up is with a pet water fountain, which will provide a continuously refreshing stream of water rather than a stagnant bowl that might be coated with cat hair (like everything else in your home) within minutes of you filling it up. This cute fountain has three different settings—flowing, bubbling, and streaming—to please even the pickiest cats.

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13. Sherpa Pet Carrier; $32

A black mesh pet carrier
Sherpa, Amazon

Though your cat is likely to be a homebody, you'll need to take them out into the world occasionally. To keep your cat safe, secure, and calm during vet visits and travel, invest in a comfortable pet carrier. Sherpa's bags are TSA-friendly with lockable zippers and mesh siding that allows your cat to see its surroundings and feel the fresh air. The original deluxe model is collapsible for easy storage and has a rear pocket for treats, or, if you're going to the vet, that necessary fecal sample. Just make sure to measure your cat to ensure the best fit.

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42 Amazing Facts About Dogs

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Does this even need an introduction? It's cool facts about dogs, so you're already sold. Cuddle up with your best friend (or borrow a best friend's best friend) and detox from the world with interesting items about the animal that American humorist Josh Billings called "the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself."

1. DOGS LICK PEOPLE AND OTHER DOGS FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.

A small dog licks the nose of a woman while lying in bed.
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Puppies will lick their mothers or owners as a sign of affection or to indicate that they're hungry. As adults, licking becomes a sign of submission to an authority figure. So if your dog licks you, they're probably trying to let you know that they want something—probably food and/or attention.

2. Licking ALSO MAKES dogs FEEL BETTER.

Licking your face releases endorphins that calm and relieve your dog's stress. But if a dog is constantly licking itself, they might be bored or have a skin problem you need to have checked out by a vet.

3. DOGS CIRCLE UP BEFORE LYING DOWN ON INSTINCT.

If we spun around three times before taking a nap it would seem like a waste of time or adherence to ancient superstition, but for dogs it's a matter of old habits dying hard. Dogs do it as a behavior evolved from their wild ancestors. Their nightly routine entailed (ahem) pushing down tall grass which scared off bugs or snakes while forming a small bed. Turns out spinning achieves a lot.

4. YOU SHOULd NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN A CAR.

According to the American Kennel Club, a dog should never be left alone in a car—with no exceptions. Not only will your dog miss you but, according to Bright Side, the temperature inside cars increases rapidly regardless of whether or not the car is parked directly in sunlight, and dogs overheat extremely easily!

5. PUPPIES ARE FUNCTIONALLY BLIND AND DEAF AT BIRTH.

On day one, a puppy's eyes are firmly shut and their ear canals closed. Why? In brief, it’s part of an evolutionary trade-off. Since pregnancy can hurt a carnivore's ability to chase down food, dogs evolved to have short gestation periods. Brief pregnancies meant that canine mothers wouldn't need to take prolonged breaks from hunting. However, because dog embryos spend such a short time in the womb (only two months or so), puppies aren't born fully developed—and neither are their eyes or ears.

6. dogs understand the power of "puppy eyes."

A black and white dog's head resting on a dining table, its eyes looking up.
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According to a study from 2017, dogs raise their eyebrows (to make “puppy eyes”) and make other dramatic facial expressions when they know humans are watching. Shelter dogs have learned this trick, too; pups who employ the puppy eyes trick tend to get adopted more quickly than dogs that show other behaviors, like wagging their tails.

7. DOGS IMPROVE YOUR ATTITUDE.

That feeling of happiness you get while watching a bunch of puppies fall all over each other is genuine. Studies have found that spending time with dogs, especially in high-stress situations, can ease tension in humans. They can also lower your blood pressure (and they like going on walks, which helps you, too).

8. ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE BREEDS HAS BEEN POPULAR SINCE THE RENAISSANCE.

Löwchens are a petite, long-haired dog that have been a popular breed since the Renaissance, and even showed up in some paintings from that period. As they're rare today, a Löwchen will cost you around $10,000 in some parts of the world.

9. DOGS CAN UNDERSTAND UP TO 250 WORDS AND GESTURES.

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The average dog is estimated to be as intelligent as a 2-year-old child.

10. A WET NOSE being a sign of a dog's good health is a myth.

It's a common misconception that your dog’s wet nose is a sign of good health, but the real reason for the moisture on Fido’s nose is a little murkier. One explanation is that dogs repeatedly lick their nose throughout the day to keep it clean. Another is that the moisture helps them cool off. Dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, so they pant and let off extra heat through their noses. A special gland in the nose produces a clear fluid that helps them cool down faster.

11. dogs KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.

A red-haired woman holds a sleepy black Dachshund dog.
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Dogs can read your mood. A 2016 study from the universities of Lincoln and Sao Paolo found that dogs can read and respond to the emotions on human faces, even in photographs.

12. dogs have an amazing sense of smell.

A dog can smell anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times better than the average human. Canines have 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to our measly 6 million. Moreover, the part of the brain dedicated to smell is 40 times larger in dogs than in humans.

13. dogs BREATHE DIFFERENTLY than humans.

While people breathe in and out the same way, canines breathe in through their nostrils and out through the slits found on the sides of the nose. This system circulates air so that the animal is always bringing in new smells. Breeds like the bloodhound also have the advantage of floppy ears that push up new smells.

14. DOGS GET JEALOUS.

Anyone with two dogs will probably tell you that dogs definitely feel jealousy—and it’s true! A 2014 study confirmed that your pet gets a little miffed when you start petting other dogs on the side.

15. THEIR FEET MIGHT SMELL LIKE POPCORN.

If you think your dog’s feet smell like popcorn or corn chips, you’re not alone! Dogs have a lot of bacteria and yeast that grow on their paws as a result of moisture that gets caught in the many folds and pockets between their toes. These microorganisms create a variety of smells. The bacteria Proteus or Pseudomonas are the likely parties guilty of giving your hound’s feet that distinct tortilla smell. There’s no need to go wash your pet’s paws just yet, though—a subtle smell is completely normal.

16. GUIDE DOGS DO THEIR BUSINESS ON COMMAND.

A black and red sign that says "Clean Up After Your Pets"
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Guide dogs are extremely well trained and only go to the bathroom on command. Usually the owner will have a specific spot for the hound and use a command word like, “go time” or, “do your business,” so they’ll know when and where to clean up.

17. DOG NAMES HAVE CHANGED A LOT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

In 2018, the most common dog names were Bella, Coco, Charlie, Lucy, Becks, and Max. If you’re curious about how much dog name trends change, here are some popular ones from Medieval times: Blawnche, Nosewise, Smylfeste, Bragge, Holdfast, Zaphyro, Zalbot, Mopsus, and Mopsulus.

18. DOGS DIG TO BEAT THE HEAT.

A Dalmation dog digs a hole in the san on a beach
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When stuck on an open lawn with little to no shade, unearthing a fresh layer of dirt untouched by the sun is a quick way to cool down.

19. DOGS ALSO DIG TO HIDE THEIR STUFF.

Imagine your dog gets bored with chewing his favorite bone but knows he wants to come back for it later. Instead of leaving it out in the open where anyone can snatch it up, he decides to bury it in a secret place where only he'll be able to find it. Whether or not he'll actually go back for it is a different story. Note: If your dog Smylfeste's motive for digging is more destructive than practical, he may have an energy problem.

20. DOGS BOW TO SIGNAL ATTACK PRACTICE.

Wondering why dogs bow? In many cases, it serves an important evolutionary function. A prime example is the play bow: If you've ever seen a dog crouch forward with its elbows on the ground and its rear end in the air, wagging tail and all, then you know what it is. The position is the ultimate sign of playfulness, which is important for a species that often uses playtime as practice for attacking prey.

21. SEVERAL dog BREEDS ARE CAT-FRIENDLY.

A grey kitten sleeps in the paws of a Golden Retriever dog.
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If you’re a cat owner looking for a dog that won’t fight with your feline, look for one of these breeds: Japanese Chins, Golden Retrievers, Papillons, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. Of course, every dog has its own personality—so just being one of the above breeds doesn't guarantee that Fido and Fluffy will become instant BFFs.

22. LABRADOR RETRIEVERS ARE THE MOST POPULAR PUREBRED DOGS IN AMERICA

According to the American Kennel Club’s official list, labrador retrievers, German shepherds, and golden retrievers have been the most popular purebred dogs, in that order, since at least 2014. Labs have taken the top spot in the organization's rankings of most popular breeds for 24 consecutive years—the longest reign of any breed in AKC history.

Coming in at spots 4 and 5 for 2018 were French bulldogs and bulldogs. Anecdotal evidence suggests that mutts are pretty popular, too.

23. THE NAME BEAGLE could HELP EXPLAIN THEIR LOUD BARK.

The word Beagle most likely comes from the French word begueule, which means “open throat.” The name is pretty accurate: Beagles have impressive vocal cords that are much fuller and louder than those of other dogs. Beagles are so talented at vocalizing, they do so in three different ways: There’s the standard bark for everyday things, like the doorbell or getting a new treat. Then there’s baying, which sounds a lot like doggy yodeling. This throaty yowl is used on the hunt to alert fellow dogs that they've picked up an interesting scent. Finally, there's the forlorn howl. Beagles will howl if they are sad, bored—or if others are howling first.

24. HUNTERS IN THE MIDDLE AGES HAD TINY BEAGLES.

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Hunters in the 13th century employed pocket beagles, which are exactly as tiny and adorable as they sound. These miniature pups were only about 8 to 9 inches tall. Today, beagles are about 13 to 15 inches tall.

25. FRENCH BULLDOGS CAN'T DOGGY PADDLE.

French bulldogs’ origins are murky, but most sources trace their roots to English bulldogs. Lace makers in England were drawn to the toy version of the dog and would use the smaller pups as lap warmers while they worked. When the lace industry moved to France, they took their dogs with them. There, the English bulldogs probably bred with terriers to create bouledogues français, or French bulldogs.

As a result of their squat frame and bulbous head, French bulldogs can’t swim, so pool owners should keep a watchful eye on their pups.

26. HOT DOGS ARE NAMED AFTER WEINER DOGS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

A Dachshund in a hot dog costume.
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The deli product hawked by street vendors was originally known as a dachshund sausage because it resembled the short-legged hound. How the name switched is up for debate, but some believe the name was shortened to hot dog when a befuddled cartoonist could not spell the original name.

27. DOG TAILS HAVE THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

A dog’s tail can tell you a lot about how they are feeling. A loose wag from side to side means the dog feels relaxed and content. More fervent wagging with hip movements means the dog is happy or saying hello to a loved one. If the tail is straight up, it is a sign of confidence or aggression; down and curled between the legs usually means fear or submission.

28. TESTING DOG INTELLIGENCE IS BASED ON LEARNING NEW COMMANDS QUICKLY.

Border collies, poodle, and German shepherds are considered to be among the smartest breeds of dog. To be placed in the top tier of intelligence, breeds must understand a new command after only five repetitions and follow the first command given to them 95 percent of the time.

29. SOME DOGS WILL LOOK LIKE PUPPIES THEIR WHOLE LIVES.

Although rare, some dogs can have pituitary dwarfism, just like humans. As a result, the dogs are puppy-like forever, keeping their puppy fur and staying small in stature. While this condition makes them look like adorable teddy bears, it comes with a whole slew of health problems.

30. SOME DOGS CAN HOLD EGGS IN THEIR MOUTHS WITHOUT BREAKING THEM.

A yellow Labrador Retriever lying in a field of wheat.
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Golden Retrievers have “soft mouths,” meaning they can carry things in their chops without damaging them—an important skill for canines tasked with retrieving their masters' hunting trophies. They’re so gentle, in fact, that some can be trained to hold a raw egg in their mouths without breaking it.

31. DOGS SMELL Each others' BUTTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR NEW ACQUAINTANCES.

Dogs sniff rear ends as their way of asking, “Who are you and how have you been?” Canines can find out a whole slew of information from just a whiff. The secretions released by glands in the rump tell other animals things like the dog’s gender, diet, and mood. It’s sort of like talking with chemicals.

32. LABRADOR RETRIEVERS AREN'T FROM LABRADOR.

They actually come from Newfoundland. In the 18th century, Greater Newfoundland dogs bred with smaller water dogs to produce St. John’s water dogs. These smaller canines looked a lot like modern day Labs, but with white muzzles and paws. The St. John’s water dog eventually went extinct, but it served as the ancestor for the Labrador retriever.

33. YOU CAN GET ALL FLAVORS OF LAB FROM ANY FLAVOR OF LAB PARENTS.

Regardless of the parents’ color, a single litter of Labs can include black, yellow, and chocolate puppies. There are two genes that cause the pigmentation of the coat, so the variation can be just as common as different hair colors in a human family.

34. CORGIS ARE GREAT FOR HERDING CATTLE.

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The Welsh used the short dogs as herders as early as the 10th century. In those days, pastures were considered common land, so there were no fences. In order to keep a farmer’s cattle together and separated from other herds, corgis would nip at their legs to herd them. Because of their closeness to the ground, corgis had easy access to the cows’ ankles and were difficult targets of the retaliatory kicks of cattle.

35. DOGS HAVE LEFT- OR RIGHT-DOMINANT PAWS—JUST LIKE HUMANS.

They also have different blood types, and they can get laryngitis from barking continuously.

36. DOG'S MOUTHS AREN'T "CLEAN."

A common myth is that a dog’s mouth is a magically clean place. This is not the case: A canine mouth is brimming with bacteria. Fortunately, a lot of those germs are specific to the species so you don’t have to worry when your pup goes in for a wet kiss. That said, there are some similar bacteria, so make sure your pet has up-to-date shots.

37. DOGS HAVE DREAMS.

Smaller dogs also tend to dream more than larger dogs, and older dogs more than midlife dogs.

38. WE'RE LEAVING A LOT TO OUR DOGS.

An estimated 1 million dogs in the U.S. have been named primary beneficiary in their owner's wills. (Humans are still in charge of the money, though.)

39. THERE IS A DOG WITH SIX TOES.

A Lundehund standing on green grass.
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Meet the Lundehund—which translates literally to puffin dog—has six toes on each foot. They're helpful for climbing the jagged, slippery rocks were puffins like to make their homes.

40. BLOODHOUNDS ARE THE MOST SKILLED SMELLERS.

A bloodhound’s sense of smell is the strongest among any dog breed. In fact, a bloodhound’s sense of smell is so strong and impressive that it's admissible as evidence in a court of law.

41. THE LABRADOODLE'S BREEDER THINKS IT WAS A MISTAKE TO CREATE THEM.

Sad Labradoodle dog.
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In 2019, Wally Conron —the 90-year-old dog breeder who developed the Labradoodle— said that creating the designer dog breed was his "life's regret." "I opened a Pandora's box and released a Frankenstein['s] monster," he added. We'll add: An adorable, playful Frankenstein's monster.

42. RATES OF EUTHANASIA ARE DOWN.

In 2019, The New York Times examined data from shelters in 20 major American cities and discovered that rates of euthanasia—the practice of terminating the life of animals, often by lethal injection—has dropped by an average of 75 percent in recent years. In Houston, for example, 57 percent of animals brought into shelters in 2012 were put down. In 2018, that number dropped to just 15 percent. In Philadelphia, the rate decreased from 36 percent to 13 percent in the same timeframe. Phoenix went from 46 percent to just 4 percent. Other cities, including Los Angeles and New York, demonstrated similar declines.

Invasive Snakehead Fish That Can Breathe on Land Is Roaming Georgia

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Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

A fish recently found in Georgia has wildlife officials stirred up. In fact, they’re advising anyone who sees a northern snakehead to kill it on sight.

That death sentence might sound extreme, but there’s good reason for it. The northern snakehead, which can survive for brief periods on land and breathe air, is an invasive species in North America. With one specimen found in a privately owned pond in Gwinnett County, the state wants to take swift action to make certain the fish, which is native to East Asia, doesn’t continue to spread. Non-native species can upset local ecosystems by competing with native species for food and habitat.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is advising people who encounter the snakehead—a long, splotchy-brown fish that can reach 3 feet in length—to kill it and freeze it, then report the catch to the agency's fisheries office.

Wildlife authorities believe snakeheads wind up in non-native areas as a result of the aquarium trade or food industry. A snakehead was recently caught in southwestern Pennsylvania. The species has been spotted in 14 states.

[h/t CNN]

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