Seismologist Suggests Using Crowdsourced Cat Data to Detect Earthquakes

Scientists will tell you that no human or animal can accurately predict an impending earthquake before it starts. However, certain animals are far more sensitive to seismic activities than humans. With that in mind, one seismologist has tossed out a wildly impractical but amusing idea for an early earthquake alert system – using cats.

PhD geophysics student Celeste Labedz posted her idea in a multi-part Twitter thread last week, and it’s well worth a read. She hypothesizes that since cats are more sensitive than humans to the weaker P-waves that happen when an earthquake is starting, that we could harness unusual cat behavior to create an early warning system. The same idea could theoretically work with dogs, but they have a tendency to be more active than cats, which could result in more false positive readings.

Labedz proposes the name PURRS (Pet-based Urban Rapid Response to Shaking) for her system. The idea is that millions of cats would be equipped with Fitbit-style Bluetooth sensors, which would detect when kitties are acting abnormally. A centralized system would take that sensor data and look for common patterns among multiple cats in the area, and should a certain threshold be reached, it could issue an alert that an earthquake is imminent. Such a network would provide many more data points and density than current early warning systems, and way more cats.

Celeste fully acknowledges that her idea would be incredibly difficult and costly to implement, but that’s why it’s merely a concept. I still love the idea of crowdsourcing pet-based data for something, since they do seem to be more sensitive to certain stimuli than humans.

Thanks to my rocket scientist friend Susan for tipping me off to this wonderfully entertaining thread.

Entice and Entertain your cats with these product designs!

If you have a cat, you know you probably spend a lot more on your glorious feline than you would ever care to admit. We can’t help but try and entice these furballs, forever hopeful to get some extra affection from them! And we sure hope they do so after being pampered with these designs. Gloriously plush beds that make us want to curl up in them, a modular wall-mounted system that you can add, edit or just shake up when your kitties get bored to gadgets that monitor your pet’s health, we are sure that there is something in this collection that is sure to set your heart and your kitten’s paws pitter-patter! Or just the box it comes in will work.

Cat Window Perch by Martha Stewart 

The Cat Mod is a system of modular feline furniture that users can customize for their kitties by CatastrophiCreations 

The Adventure Tent Cat Bed by Tinker that lets your kitty rest in style

The Ascend wood desk has been crafted with multiple ramps and landings for cats to perch up and play by Dan Devine

LavvieBot S is the smartest litter box and is integrated with IoT functions. It automatically cleans your cat’s litter and refills it from the storage bin by Tae-Gu Noh of PurrSong 

KATRIS is a cat-bed with a removable base that turns the bed into a massaging+scratching toy to keep the cat entertained by Team KATRIS 

Catcube by Standard Architecture

The TailTalk comes with a built-in water purification system that allows for the continues flow and circulation of water, eliminating water scale build-up, whilst four layers of filter remove any large particles from the water by Rice Mak 

Kyali Square Cat Bed by MADE Studio 

Then side-table is designed like a mini-maze for your cat to relax and play by RuiQiong Huang for MoFFan

Meowlting Catpuccino Figure: For Cat, Coffee, and Ice Cream Lovers

Over the years, the world of collectible figures has gotten more and more creative, playing with proportion, envisioning characters in cartoony forms, increasing their levels of detail and movement, and much more. And sometimes figures are just plain wackadoo, and I love them for that reason.

What you’re looking at here is I Love Doodle’s Meowlting Catpuccino figure from Sideshow and designer toy company Mighty Jaxx. The 6″ tall vinyl collectible features a big puffy cat who looks like the cream from a cappuccino, melting atop an ice cream cone. Why? Why the heck not, I say.

Only 200 of the figures are being made, hence the $99 price tag, but for lovers of kitties, cappuccinos or ice cream cones, it’s well worth it. You can pre-order yours now over at Sideshow, and it’s expected to ship by this September.

Cats in Ugly Christmas Sweaters Wreath

Do cats really need sweaters since they’re always wearing a fur coat anyway? Yes they do. Because it’s Christmas and everyone needs to don their ugly sweaters, even pets. It’s an official rule of Christmas, along with watching Die Hard. That’s a thing now, right? Well in case you’re having trouble wrangling your actual cat into an ugly sweater, maybe just go with a Cats in Ugly Sweaters Wreath instead? It’s all the fun of seeing a cat in an ugly Christmas sweater without any of the scratching, clawing, and general catitude. Closeup on the best kitty? You got it:

Ahhh. This wreath has 3.5 adorable kitties decked out in their finest holiday apparel, and it lights up! The wreath has 6 white LED’s that blink. It’s battery powered, and made of craft foam with a keyhole slot on the back for easy hanging at your home or office (or both, why not?) or even outside Nakatomi Plaza. Just make sure to hang it nice and high so that those real cats you have or John McClane don’t accidentally knock it down. Measures approx. 16.5″ wide by 18″ tall.

Cats in Ugly Christmas Sweaters Wreath
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Cats Everywhere Windshield Sunshade

It would be quite difficult to drive if your car was overrun with cats. Some people might argue there’s no such thing as too many cats. No matter which side of the cat fence you’re on, you can at least make your car look like it’s full of felines with the Car Full of Cats Auto Sunshade. Those cats really know how to party…and keep the sun out of your car. Prop this up on your windshield on a sunny day (or any day, really) and you’ll be the coolest car in the carpark in more ways than one.

This 50″ x 27-1/2″ shade is big enough for most vehicles. It attaches with 2 suctions cups, so if you happen to be bringing along any actual free-roaming cats in your car, they won’t knock it down. Or they will knock it down but it won’t be easy for them. And what are you doing with actual cats jumping around your car anyway? Let your inner crazy cat lady roam free across the driveways and parking lots of the world. Anything less would be a cat-astrophe. Sorry, I’ll see myself out.

Cats Everywhere Windshield Sunshade
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