CREATURE FEATURES - Animal & Pet News, Clues and Views

Creature FeaturesCreature Features features creatures and more... as time goes by we'll look at news, reflect on views, and generally muse about animals, pets and their owners, and who's to say which is which?

When Joseph Merrick (the "Elephant Man") stridently shouted "I am not an animal! I am a human being!", did he inadvertantly infuriate our furry friends? When David Byrne of Talking Heads sang "Animals think they're pretty smart," was he also inferring that "Animals think! They're pretty smart!"?

Questions for the ages to be sure, but our longstanding and ongoing fascination with pets and animals of all sorts remains remarkable regardless of rhymes or reasons. We hope you enjoy these posts for their own sake and for the sake of the subjects. (image via Gilbert Shelton, © Rip Off Press, Inc.)

Puppy Pick-Me-Up: The Top 10 Dog Poop & Scoop Signs
Posted on April 2, 2020

Signs are you're not scooping where your dog's been pooping so this de-scent selection of poop & scoop signs will remind you to promptly pick up what your pup leaves behind.

Amur Leopard Cub Caught On Camera Escaping From Russian Wildfire
Posted on April 1, 2020

Some like it hot - then there's this rare Amur Leopard cub who ran past a camera trap while successfully outrunning a wildfire.

'Passover Approved' Cat Food Is What Katz Crave
Posted on March 31, 2020

You won't want to pass over this curiously labeled pallet of Friskies cat food cans if your home's holiday playbook advocates strict adherence to the religious rules.

Study Proves Pigs Who Eat More Copper Gain Weight Faster
Posted on March 30, 2020

A study from the University of Illinois illustrates how adding more copper to pigs' feed results in heavier porkers while helping farmers save plenty of pennies.

Plush Lucky Dogs Invite Waves Of Prosperity
Posted on March 29, 2020

These cute 'Maneki' plush dogs bring some much-needed puppy love to the traditionally cat-dominated field of retail store animal good luck charms.

Penguin Mop Covers Put A Chill Into Floor Cleaning, Nose Blowing
Posted on March 28, 2020

This cute penguin mop cover and/or tissue paper box cover is certain to add a dash of good cheer whether you live in Antarctica, Madagascar or anywhere in between.

Hand Sanitizer Says It's Safe For People, Kids & Pets... Wait, What?
Posted on March 27, 2020

Pet owners searching for pet-friendly hand sanitizer should hit the 'paws' button until they read the fine print.

Swiss Chocolate Easter Bunnies Sport Sugary Surgical Masks
Posted on March 27, 2020

Mask hysteria marches onward as chocolate Easter bunnies from a renowned Swiss bakery display their love for life by wearing sweet white surgical masks.

Don't Say Uncle: The Top 10 Amazing Anteaters
Posted on March 26, 2020

Anteaters include some of the most specialized mammals on Earth though their preferred prey typically reside UNDER the ground.

Retro TV Cat Scratching Post Keeps Sharp-Clawed Kitties Dialed In
Posted on March 25, 2020

Channel your inner feline TV critic with the awesome Nail Toe TV, a colorful cat scratching post in the form of a colorful retro television set.

Sphere Cat Bed Is A Kitty Cocoon That Looks Like A Moon
Posted on March 24, 2020

The Sphere cat bed may not destroy any planets but that won't stop even the most rebellious pet from conjuring up epic dreamscapes within its cozy confines.

String Along: The Top 10 Cats On Leashes
Posted on March 23, 2020

Leashing cats is a lot easier than herding cats, as this selection of well-behaved – well, mostly – felines at the end of their ropes plainly illustrates.

Poké Ball Backpack Pet Carrier Keeps Your Pets By Your Back Side
Posted on March 16, 2020

Gotta cat AND gotta flight to catch? Go together in style – Pokémon style – with the Poké Ball breathable backpack pet carrier.

Huge Cat Face Car Sunshade Is Watching Other Drivers Motor-vate
Posted on March 13, 2020

This huge cat face car sunshade will ensure your car – and it's interior – will be much cooler this summer.

Fruit Crème Roll Cake Cat Tunnel Caters To Sweet Kitties
Posted on March 10, 2020

The fruit crème roll cake cat tunnel may be the sweetest and most tasteful cat tunnel around, and we DO mean a ROUND!

Pyro Pig Poops Out Pedometer Forcing Firefighters To Save Their Bacon
Posted on March 9, 2020

A peckish pig who can't tolerate 'spicy' food excreted a battery-powered pedometer which subsequently sparked a raging barnyard blaze.

Feline Feast Fiesta: The Top 10 Amazing International Cat Food Cans
Posted on March 6, 2020

It's always mealtime somewhere on Earth as cats around the world abandon their hot tin roofs for the contents of these cool cat food cans.

Dogs' Wet Noses Help Them 'Smell' Heat
Posted on March 5, 2020

Researchers looking into why dogs have wet noses have found this distinctive attribute helps canines sense heat from a distance.

Naked Mole-Rat Floor Mat Is Good For Your Soles
Posted on March 2, 2020

This naked mole-rat floor mat shows the world you're as unique, quirky and cute (really?) as these toothy, hairless, and preposterously pink rodents.

Coronavirus Cur: Hong Kong Dog Tests Positive For COVID-19
Posted on February 28, 2020

A dog belonging to a coronavirus victim in Hong Kong may be the first canine to catch the poorly understood and still-spreading viral illness.

Elizabethan Collar Cat Jewelry Holder Shows You Have No Shame
Posted on February 27, 2020

The dreaded 'cone of shame' encircling the neck of this stately Elizabethan Collar Cat jewelry holder is a feature, not a bug.

Masked Coronavirus Cat Meme-morialized As A 3D Resin Figurine
Posted on February 26, 2020

A Japanese artist who transforms popular pet and animal memes into astonishingly accurate resin figurines just released her latest triumph: the mask-wearing 'Coronavirus Cat'.

The Milo Cat Jungle Gym Is A Feline Tower Of Power
Posted on February 24, 2020

The Milo cat tower from Tuft + Paw hits all the high notes, providing plenty of stimulation for indoor cats while looking as good (or better!) than the rest of your furniture.

New Snail Named For Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Posted on February 21, 2020

Scientific researchers in Indonesia have honored Greta Thunberg by naming a newly discovered species of snail after the Swedish teen climate activist.

Cat's Paw Seat Belt Pillow Pad Does Pussyfoot Around
Posted on February 19, 2020

Cushion the ties that bind with this soft plush padded cat's paw that does double duty as a seat belt pad and a cute travel pillow.