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Meow the 63rd – Homes, Castles, and Cats

My home is my castle, apparently. But the proverb is no longer true, apparently. It has to be rephrased as ‘My home is my cat’s castle’, apparently. Not just cats think that way, also companies have started to take this attitude, pardon, cattitude, as human flats are redesigned as cat flats. CNN has taken up… Continue reading Meow the 63rd – Homes, Castles, and Cats

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Meow the 59th – Chief BritCats

Chief BritCats Larry, Palmerston, and Gladstone … three Britcats working in official capacities in Downing Street, the Foreign Office, and the Treasury. On Twitter they are @Number10cat (Larry), @DiploMog (Palmerston), and @HMTreasuryCat.     Chief BritCat Fight According to the Daily Mail, there is a claws-off between Larry and Palmerston at Downing Street. The Chief… Continue reading Meow the 59th – Chief BritCats

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Meow the 55th – The Meow Factor’s First Scientific Publication

The Meow Factor’s first scientific contribution has now been published online. The investigation of cat content in today’s media is the title of the original article now included in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings of the Arts & Humanities Conference, Venice. The article can be downloaded here (Meow Factor – Proceedings) or from the website of… Continue reading Meow the 55th – The Meow Factor’s First Scientific Publication

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Meow the 54th – Lucky and Unlucky Cat Names

What do you call a cat? Whatever you like basically, but do not name your cat Bruno – or Cassie,  Henry, Tia, and Buster. According to a UK study, cats with these names are five times more likely to be in an accident than others. Published in the Your Cat magazine, the study by the… Continue reading Meow the 54th – Lucky and Unlucky Cat Names

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Meow the 53rd – The Meow Factor. An Investigation of Cat Content in Today’s Media

A sneak peek into the first scientific publication of The Meow Factor. Cats share not only people’s real lives but also their virtual world. The Meow Factor is a research project that takes an interdisciplinary approach to describe cat content. Cat content generally deals with cats in popular culture, with news articles about cats, cat… Continue reading Meow the 53rd – The Meow Factor. An Investigation of Cat Content in Today’s Media

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Meow the 47th – Value Adding Cat

Regardless of which research tradition is seen as important, “cat” needs to be added to the news values or news criteria already existing. When a cat is added to the news, the story is much more likely to get into the news. Apparently, meows equals news. An example of value adding cat is the cat… Continue reading Meow the 47th – Value Adding Cat

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Meow the 44th – Human Interest Story

Any current affairs story can be given a human interest angle in a feature story. And cats in a story make humans even more interested in the story. The story about the tweeted cat pictures in the Brussell’s terrorist crackdown is a really good example of a current affairs story going viral all over the… Continue reading Meow the 44th – Human Interest Story

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Meow the 34th – Cat Heroes

When a cat does something heroic, it makes the headlines worldwide as shown at the example of the cat who saved a baby from the cold in Russia. As can be seen, for example, in stories Katze rettet Baby vor Kältetod” (oe24, Austria), Hero cat rescues baby dumped in street by climbing in box to… Continue reading Meow the 34th – Cat Heroes