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.)

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.

Critter-cal Mask: The Top 10 Surgical Mask-Wearing Dogs & Cats
Posted on February 17, 2020

The scary COVID-19 coronavirus neither affects nor infects dogs and cats yet panicky pet-owners are succumbing to mask hysteria in an effort to protect their furry friends.

Amazing Cat Nail-Clipping Face Mask Muzzle Invented By A Mom!
Posted on February 14, 2020

A resourceful pet-owner transformed a used clear plastic beverage bottle into a muzzle to prevent her cat from biting while she clipped its nails.

Harinezumi Carry House Handbag Hauls Your Hedgehog In High Style
Posted on February 13, 2020

The Harinezumi Carry House looks like a handbag but is really a portable home away from home designed to transport your pet hedgehog in sumptuous comfort.

Splash Down: The Top 10 Birdbaths Patronized By Wildlife
Posted on February 12, 2020

Backyard birdbaths invite and delight a wealth of winged wildlife but those wild drinkers and bathers aren't always the ones you expect.

Cat-Shaped Cat Bed Channels Your Pet's Inner Xzibit
Posted on February 11, 2020

Yo dog, er, yo cat's gonna love this cute plush cat-shaped bed no matter what shape your feline companion's actually in.

Cat Scratch Feeder Rewards Cats Who Scratch It, Triggers Certain Guitarists
Posted on February 10, 2020

Pavlov's Cat Scratch Feeder is an interactive cat food dispenser whose name evokes a classic rock hit by provocative right-wing musician Ted Nugent.

Giant Pink Slugs Survive Australia's Catastrophic Bush Fires
Posted on February 8, 2020

Giant hot-pink slugs living atop a dormant volcano can breathe a bit easier now that Australia's terrible bush fires appear to have swept past their isolated habitat.

Nyammy Black Cat Scissors Is A Kitten For Cuttin' In The Kitchen
Posted on February 6, 2020

The cute cat-eared Nyammy Scissors takes on a whole new purr-sonality when stored in its complementary cat-footed holder.