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Cats Apparently Love To Steal Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets

It doesn’t take rocket science to know that pets love to steal food. For the most part, watching animals steal food is quite entertaining — as long as it’s not your food that’s being stolen.

So, it’s no surprise Twitter is blowing up over a video of a cat expertly stealing a Wendy’s Chicken Nugget.

Twitter user @lindseycabales, posted a video of her cat, Zach, grabbing a Wendy’s chicken nugget without permission. The video, posted on July 22, has since made this famished feline famous. The original tweet now has more than 30K retweets and north of 40K likes. Which seems to be a lot for a five second cat video.

But, apparently, Zach isn’t the only cat that likes nuggets. Twitter users began uploading videos of their cats stealing nuggets, fries, and other human food items.

Twitter user @claire_mcnugget‘s cat seems to like nuggets. 

@666Melon’s cat is a fan of fries.

@kaylynweaverr’s cat steals plastic forks for some reason.

@xourt’s is another nugget lover.

Despite the cat’s human-like grabbing technique, Lindsey claims she did not allow her pet to ingest the nugget, as she admitted being in an inebriated state, and wasn’t in the mood to share.

Although, there’s a subsequent tweet that contradicts Lindsey’s account of the evening. At 6:41 a.m., on July 26, Lindsey tweeted to Wendy’s claiming that Zach “loved” their chicken nuggets.

So, considering her tweet, it remains unclear if the cat actually ate it. Either way, there’s no denying the level of cuteness in this now viral video.

However, the video did spark conversation about whether or not feeding a chicken nugget to a cat should be considered animal abuse. Judging by the initial video, it’s safe to assume Lindsey is looking out for the best interest of Zach. Although, as long as chicken doesn’t have bones that a cat can choke on, it’s safe for feline consumption.

Thanks for the laughs, Zach!

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9 Everyday Foods That Could Kill Your Cat

Owning a pet of any kind brings joy, companionship and most of all — responsibility. So, even if you’re experienced with animals, it’s your job to make sure your felines are healthy and happy. One of the easiest ways to monitor your pet’s well-being is closely monitoring a diet that’s toxin-free in order to keep your furry roommate’s tummy out of harm’s way.

If you’re one of the 85.8 million people that own a cat, then you know it’s not often you have to watch everything that goes into it’s mouth, since cats are generally very fussy eaters. While our claw-equipped fur pillows might express some curiosity every time you make a tuna sandwich — that doesn’t mean you should feel inclined to make two.

With that said, here’s a few of the most common human foods that could actually be fatal to felines. So, take note to ensure that culinary curiosity doesn’t kill your cat.

1. Tuna & Poke

What can it do?

Although poke maybe be delicious, it’s not the best treat for your cat.

Actually, in excess tuna — and other fish—  in general is considered to be borderline unhealthy for cats because tuna doesn’t contain the nutrients cats need for a healthy digestive system.

Too much tuna for cats can lead to malnutrition. Additionally, poke is usually made with freshly squeezed lemon or citrus juice, which can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, and other digestive issues for our feline companions.

2. Fish & Poultry With Bones

What can it do?

Be careful if you feed your cats chicken or fish that might contain bones, as cats can easily choke on them. Fish bones are somewhat flexible, and can easily be consumed by a hungry kitty.

But let’s err on the side of caution here.

3. Alcohol

What can it do?

One teaspoon of alcohol can put a five pound cat into a coma, according to the ASPCA. Cat livers don’t operate as efficiently as the human liver  — which means wine, beer or spirits can cause serious health problems.

So, even if you and your cat are relaxing after a hard day at work, and you feel inclined to pour a little of alcohol into his or her bowl —  don’t.

However, if you feel like your cat just needs to, “wine” about their day of sleeping and watching birds, this cat wine will provide a healthy alternative.

 

4. Caffeine

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What can it do?

Even small amounts of caffeine can cause rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors in cats.

Caffeine can be found in an array of products — even decaf coffee, teas, and other beverages — without consumer knowledge.

Since caffeine isn’t a nutrient, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require food manufacturers to list caffeine as food nutrition labels.

5. Chocolate

What can it do?

While dogs are more likely to get into a stash of indulgent chocolate before a cat does, it’s still a good idea to keep it out of kitty’s reach.

Theobromine is an alkaloid found in chocolate, which can cause everything from vomiting and diarrhea.

It’s estimated that more than 200 mg of theobromine can also cause cardiac failure.

 

6. Grapes & Raisins

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What can it do?

While grapes and raisins might seem like harmless treats for your cat, it’s a silent killer.

However, it’s unknown exactly what compound in grapes and raisins that make the fruit toxic to cats. If ingested, grapes have been known to cause kidney failure in them.

7. Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, or anything with Xylitol

What can it do?

Every diet soda you drink contains Xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in a lot of common foods. However, it will be anything but sweet to your inquisitive cat.

Xylitol can increase in the insulin circulating through your cat’s body, which will cause the cat’s blood sugar to drop, and can also lead to liver failure.

8. Baking Dough

What can it do?

Imagine your cat’s tummy as a tiny oven — if it eats uncooked dough, it will begin to expand inside.

This will obviously result in some discomfort to your four-legged friend, so be sure to keep baking dough out of kitty’s claws and jaws.

9. Raw Meat

What can it do?

Raw meat is never safe to eat due to the harmful bacteria, like salmonella, E. Coli and even listeria — which can cause an array of health issues for humans and their pets.

Always make sure your meat is covered and out of reach, you never know when kitty will hop up on the kitchen counter to investigate.

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Animals News

Taiwan Just Imposed Asia’s First Ban On Eating Dogs Or Cats

Pet lovers and animal cruelty advocates around the world are rejoicing over this landmark legislation.

Earlier today, the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan passed a series of amendments to the island’s Animal Protection Act. According to the China Post, these amendments include punishments for the sale, purchase, or consumption of dog or cat meat. Fines given to those caught can be as high as two million New Taiwan dollars, or over $65,000 US dollars (USD). Violators of the law will also be prohibited from registering pets or applying to adopt a pet.

Other amendments passed include increased punishments for intentional animal cruelty, with up to two years of imprisonment and two million New Taiwan dollars in fines for first time offenders and up to five years of jail time and five million New Taiwan dollars (around $163,000 USD) for repeat lawbreakers.

The amendments just have to be signed by the Cabinet and President of Taiwan before going into effect, which could happen as early as the end of this month.

Kuomintang legislator Wang Yu-min, the sponsor of the new laws, said the amendments came in response to some horrific acts of animal cruelty that occurred in Taiwan within the past year. These acts generated a growing need for legislation banning dog and cat meat consumption. Some local areas had such bans, but Taiwan had no overarching law preventing this consumption from taking place.

Across Asia, dog and cat consumption has drawn some harsh criticisms, with the Yulin meat festival in China being one of the most grotesque examples. To date, no national laws that outright ban such atrocities exist in Asia.

Hopefully, these amendments are just the beginning of a continent-wide wave of legislation that keeps such horrific acts of killing and eating cats and dogs from continuing.

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Fast Food Video

Japan’s Adorable Mock Pizza Hut Run By Cats Reopens For Business

A few years ago, Pizza Hut created an adorable mock-up restaurant that was run entirely by cats. While it wasn’t real, the concept called “Pizza Cat!” caught the attention of many cat and pizza lovers across the Internet wanting to see what kind of shenanigans these “employees” would get themselves into.

Now, in a time of great distress, Pizza Hut Japan has brought back the feline-run eatery to bring a little lightheartedness to patrons. The relaunch of “Pizza Cat!” coincides with a 22 percent coupon offered to customers through Pizza Hut Japan’s mobile app.

In the new spot, viewers meet new hire Shinjin, who in the video, is confronted by a mountain of customer coupons. Hopefully his four-legged coworkers are able to lend him a hand with all those incoming orders.

Check out the enchanting promo for “Pizza Cat!”

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Hit-Or-Miss Humor Video

Video Of Cat Just Chilling In A Watermelon Is The Cutest Thing Ever [WATCH]

Man, the Internet just can’t get enough of cats. With the summer sun blazing high up in the sky, it looks like this feline has found a brilliant way to get out of the heat.

A YouTube video channel features a plethora of cats interacting with various fruits and plants in humors ways. One video in particular, seen above, features one just cooling off inside the massive melon somewhere in the Japanese countryside.

Seems like a great way to spend a lazy afternoon outdoors. Here’s another one of a cat rocking a watermelon hat.

If you have a feline friend at home who just can’t stand that heat, maybe this is something you guys can bond over. If anything, it’ll make for a cute holiday card.

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Animals Features Health Hit-Or-Miss

The FDA Is Warning About A Common Food That Could Harm Your Dog

It’s been known for some time now that xylitol, a crystalline substance used as an artificial sweetener in many foods and drinks, is harmful to dogs. Although this was already known, it is certainly not considered common knowledge and it was never officially announced by the FDA,  until now.

According to the report posted a week ago, xylitol can be found in a variety of household items and common foods that we never would have suspected before. Some of the more common items that contain the harmful substance are:

-breath mints

-baked goods

-cough syrup

-chewable vitamins (both children and adults)

-mouthwash

-toothpaste

It turns out that xylitol, while completely harmless and safe for us, is toxic to dogs due to the affect it has on their pancreas. The pancreas is the gland that releases insulin and regulates the level of blood sugar in people and animals, keeping us from feeling too lethargic or too excitable, and adversely, keeping us alive. So why is xylitol so dangerous to dogs and so safe for us?

When dogs eat something containing xylitol, the xylitol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, and may result in a potent release of insulin from the pancreas. This rapid release of insulin may result in a rapid and profound decrease in the level of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), an effect that can occur within 10 to 60 minutes of eating the xylitol. Untreated, this hypoglycemia can quickly be life-threatening.

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Dogs may not be fountains of overflowing wisdom, but they are tenacious and determined. Leaving anything containing xylitol on the counter or table could mean trouble for you, especially if it’s something that smells particularly good and your dog can access countertops and tables. More often than not, the most common case of dogs being poisoned by xylitol is from chewing gum. It doesn’t take much for little Buddy to catch a whiff of that Juicy Fruit in your purse then go HAM on it.

If your dog does get his paws on some food or household items containing xylitol, look for any of these most common symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • decreased activity
  • weakness
  • staggering
  • incoordination
  • collapsing
  • seizures

In some cases, hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar levels) doesn’t take effect for 12-24 hours, so immediate response to any xylitol-related accidents is the best route for making sure your little pup stays safe before anything potentially life-threatening begins happening. In order to make sure your dog is staying healthy, it’s always best to read the ingredients for anything you would consider feeding your dog outside of the realm of dog food.

Some things you can do to make sure your dog never gets his paws on some xylitol is to keep any products containing xylitol high and out of reach from your pup, check the labels of anything you feed them (especially sweets), and never use human toothpaste on your dog in place of canine toothpaste.

Cat owners – While it hasn’t been completely proven that this substance is dangerous to cats as well, since they generally have an aversion to sweets, it’s best to try and keep it away from them anyways. Better to be safe than sorry.

Check out this article for more information on human foods that can be fatal to your pet.

 

 

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Pizza Hut Has A GOLD-Crusted Pizza And Here’s How To Get It [KATCHUP]

In this corner, still the current champion of weekly story compilations, weighing in at 6 awesome stories…ladies and gentlemen, I give to you…the Foodbeast Weekly Katchup!

You may have missed out on all the shenanigans we’ve gotten into this past week, but fear not, for now is your chance at redemption!

Check out the video above find out where to get Big Mac sauce, the most expensive picture of a potato we’ve ever seen, and…gold-encrusted pizza?! WTF?!

1. McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce For Sale

Well it’s about damn time, McDonald’s! The uber-popular fast food chain has finally started selling their Big Mac sauce by the bottle.

Unfortunately, this is a limited-time offer, and it’s only available in Australia. Still, I’m sure we can convince our friends down under to save a couple of bottles for us.

2. The Golden Donut

This $100 work of edible art is made by hand, then it’s topped with stuffed with purple ube mousse and Cristal jelly. Finally, it’s covered in enough gold to make Goldmember’s skin start spontaneously flaking.

And yes, that Cristal. The same one you would find in music videos being poured down supermodels’ throats by any number of 1998’s most popular rappers.

3. $1.5 Million Dollar Potato Photograph

I don’t know which is worse, the fact that somebody paid that much for a picture of a potato, or the fact that apparently I could have been selling sexy potato pictures for buttloads of cash this whole time.

With that in mind, there is something to be said about my overwhelming desire for fries and hash browns right now…

4. Crazy Kitty Coffee Art

Elena is just like you and me, only when she spills coffee on her paperwork, she puts out some insanely dope stuff.

Not only did she manage to capture the essence of each cat in her artwork, but she also painted them in such a surrealist way that, if you think about it, the photographs of the art are art themselves.

Go ahead let that sink in while I start splashing Dr. Pepper on construction paper until one of the stains makes a German shepherd.

5. The Chicken Nugget Heist of 2016

Surely we’ve all dreamed of that one moment in a parallel universe where we stand up at our desks, throw shit at our obnoxious coworkers, then leave a big pile of steaming shit on our boss’s desk. No? Just me? Oh.

Well, one lucky guy got to live out the dream of his parallel universe. On his way out on his last day working for Burger King, John Correa made sure to leave a lasting impression by stealing all of the branch’s chicken nuggets. One thing we know for sure he didn’t leave…is hungry.

6. The Golden Pizza

Pizza Hut is in the news again, only this time it’s for something other than their drug-dealing employees.

Exactly 50 gold-encrusted pizzas will be sent out on Super Bowl Sunday to 50 lucky customers. *The catch, though, is that you have to order one of Pizza Hut’s Golden Garlic Knots Pizzas.

*Note: You will not receive an Oompa Loompa-guided tour of the Pizza Hut factory if you win, despite what you may have heard about a marinara river that runs through the factory.

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Hilarious New Cucumber Cat Scaring Trend Might Be Bad For Your Kitten

Well, you’ve done it again internet. You’ve found the weirdest new trend and turned it into the next big phenomenon. That trend is scaring cats with cucumbers, or what I like to call “cat-shaming.”

For the past few months, people have been finding a twisted yet hilarious pleasure in scaring the shit out of their cats by placing a cucumber next to them while they’re eating. As the cats finish eating their Meow Mix or Fancy Feast or whatever overpriced grub they’re given, they slowly turn around only to see this phallic green vegetable waiting there menacingly. The shock of being snuck up on by a cucumber normally jolts the felines into some pretty hysterical acrobatics.

Though these videos are surprisingly funny, many people think that playing these sorts of pranks on the cats puts a constant level of stress on them. As if they aren’t already stressed enough trying to catch the elusive laser dot creatures that don’t exist.

“If owners think this is amusing then I am appalled,” says clinical animal behaviorist Pippa Hutchinson.

“If you were to do this regularly you would put the animal under a lot of repeated stress and this would have a damaging effect on its body.”

“These cucumbers ARE scary…scary good at revitalizing my skin that is.”

While stressing your pet out seems like a pretty dick move, a fun little scare here and there shouldn’t be too harmful, especially since there have been no reports of serious psychological or physical trauma due to these pranks. Cats are obnoxiously skittish as it is, regardless of crafty cucumbers lurking in the shadows or not.

World renowned animal psychologist Dr. Roger Mugford believes that the cucumbers themselves aren’t necessarily scary. “I think that the reaction is due to the novelty and unexpectedness of finding an unusual object secretly placed whilst their heads were down in the food bowl,” says Mugford. “Cats have to be suspicious of the unknown: it could represent the danger of a snake or another predator. I suspect that there would be the same reaction to a model spider, a plastic fish or a human face mask.”

Personally, I don’t think these pranks are that mean-spirited. If cats have no problem pushing random shit off of countertops for sport, they can afford to be victimized by vegetables every once in a while. All is fair in love and war and animal pranks.

 

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