Friday Cat Blogging – 17 January 2014

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Today you get an exciting Domino movie! At first glance, you might think that she’s begging for food. But no. This little song-and-dance routine has one and only one meaning: she wants me to come into the living room, get down on the floor, and rub her belly. So I do. This is an even more elaborately choreographed affair, and maybe someday I’ll make a video of that too.

In other news, check out the handiwork of German design company Goldtatze, which can turn any room in your house into an arboreal cat playground. Very tastefully, too. “The cat-sized architectural additions seem like a year-round dose of summer camp for the curious pets.” Uh huh.

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