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Britain’s first cat cafe has opened, and already has thousands of bookings!

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A staff member of 'Mog on the Tyne' cafe with one of their cats/Photo credit: mirror.co.uk
Photo credit: mirror.co.uk
Photo credit: mirror.co.uk

London: Britain’s feline lovers must have heaved a collective purr of contentment, now that they have finally got the country’s first cat cafe, where they can savour cat-themed drinks while watching or playing with the in-house moggies.
‘Mog on the Tyne’ has opened for the public in the heart of Newcastle, around 400 km from here, and the potential patrons have opened their hearts to the new watering hole.

The cafe took more than 1,000 bookings within two days of launching their website.

And not only the customers are excited but also the entrepreneur behind the cafe, chroniclelive.co.uk reported on Saturday.

The main attraction for patrons at the cafe are – who else, but – the cats, which can be simply watched or played with. Patrons pay a cover fee, generally hourly. Thus, the cat cafe can be seen as a form of supervised indoor pet rental.

“It has been fantastic – nerve-wracking and exciting but brilliant to finally open after all this time,” cafe founder KatieMog-on-the-Tyne-cat-cafe (3)

Jane Glazier was quoted as saying.

“We might have been nervous but the cats are really calming and soothing – some of them even like to climb all over you when you are trying to work. They have settled in just brilliantly. Nothing seems to faze them and they are a proper little family now,” she added.

Mog on the Tyne’s menu – no prizes for guessing – has a kitty theme, with catte lattes, catacinos and pawninis as well as cakes made by Grainger Market-based Pet Lamb Patisserie to enjoy.

Cat cafes first appeared in Japan where they are massively popular, mainly because city dwellers do not have space to keep pets of their own.

(IANS)

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Check out Instagram Profiles of Paw-some Indian Celebrity Pets!

As much as we would like to know about our favorite celebrities, it is their four-legged best friends that equally catch our attention!

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Have you seen Priyanka Chopra's four-legged best friend Diana? Instagram

Mumbai, October 19, 2017: My Instagram feed is perpetually filled with pictures and videos of cute animals.

A baby goat sipping milk for a bottle with a feeder. A small puppy wearing a bow-tie. And a tiger who jumps into his trainer’s arms for a hug. For a lot of us, a major part of our time online is spent looking at pictures of baby goats, puppies, elephants and almost all other animals. Their cute antics warm our hearts and bring a smile on our face.

Saying that we all religiously follow our favorite stars on Instagram will be an understatement. Correct me if I am wrong, but fans know when was the last time Priyanka Chopra left her comfy Mumbai apartment for a coffee stroll, or what did Sushant Singh Rajput wear for his meeting.

Now, what happens when these two combine?

Our favorite celebrities and their pets? Sounds like heaven to me!

If you are a regular Instagram user, you would know of the hashtag – Dogs of Instagram.

As much as we would like to know about our favorite celebrities, it is their four-legged best friends that equally catch our attention! Many celebrity pets have their own Instagram accounts that you must follow if you aren’t already. Check out our list!

 1. Tia

Instagram handle: tia_thetzu

Tia is a super cute Shih Tzu puppy living the diva life in Mumbai with her darling ‘mummy’ actor Sophie Choudry and ‘granny’ Yasmin.

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Tia with her family. Instagram

One look at this little one’s Instagram account and you are sure to start judging your own profile.

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Tia, the Shih Tzu. Instagram

 

Tia can be seen accompanying mama Sophie to the groomer’s, at the airport, for pilates, and almost everywhere else!

Oh, did we tell you that Tia has also featured as the cover girl on one of India’s leading dog magazines?

This self-proclaimed ‘mama’s girl’ has swanky birthday parties, car rides and is a favorite with the paparazzi!

Complete with her cute shoes and bows in almost all colors, Tia makes for our favorite celebrity pets!

 

 

 2. Batuk Nath Rai

Instagram handle: batuknathrai

Don’t go by that name; Batuk, as he is fondly called by his over 31 thousand Instagram followers is a naughty beagle and a spoilt kid.

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Batuk Nath Rai is a beautiful Beagle. Instagram

Living the thug life with his parents, television-actors Kishwer Merchant and Suyyash Rai, Batuk Nath has the most beautiful pictures!

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Batuk with his parents. Instagram

 

The four-legged pooch is frequently visited by actors from the Indian television industry and the chap has a picture with almost all of them on his social media.

Batuk scan be seen sleeping with dear mumma Kishwer on the bed and nibbling on her hair ties and even headphones! But one look at his innocent eyes, and you wouldn’t even think of scolding him for his naughty errands.

Not to miss, Batuks’s small house made of white wood!

 

 3. Diana Chopra

Instagram handle: diariesofdiana

Who doesn’t know the heartwarming story of Priyanka Chopra and her little baby Diana, living (when together) in a swanky New York apartment?

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Diana lives with Priyanka Chopra in New York. Instagram

While our desi girl is winning hearts globally, Diana does not seem very desi herself.

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Instagram account of Diana is filled with her playful pictures and videos. Instagram

 

On her Instagram account, Diana can be seen chilling in a comfortable shark-shaped bed with food and water and a pink towel surround her sides.

There is also a video of a gruesome fight between Diana and a chew toy. Of course, our not-do-desi Diana won!

Diana, like her name suggest, lives a royal life with the cameras giving her equal attention, every time she accompanies mom Priyanka Chopra.

 

With her pink collar and cute antics, Diana is on top of our cutest celebrity pets’ list!

 

 4. Monster Kundra

Instagram handle: monsterkundra

Monsty, as he is fondly called, is a fluff-ball in white and hints of brown!

This cute little ball of cotton is not much into pictures, but boy, his videos! Monster’s Instagram account has a lot of videos that will be hard to put down!

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Monster looks like a ball of cotton. Instagram

Moster is a spoilt son to dad Karan Kundra and mom Anusha Dandekar and features on their Instagram and Snapchat accounts too!

Cute Monster doesn’t look much of a brat to us, however his dad Karan thinks otherwise. Either way, Monster makes it to our best celebrity pets’ list for his adorable, hard to ignore self!

 

 5. Masti

Instagram handle: sakpataudi

Masti is Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu’s Beagle. While the little star does not have an Instagram account of her own, she blesses mom Soha’s Instagram account quite frequently.

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Masti with mom Soha Ali Khan. Instagram

Contrary to all other celebrity pets, Masti seems a calm and composed star child.

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Masti with her newspaper. Instagram

 

 

You will find her sitting comfortable on Soha’s lap, looking into her eyes with true love and nothing else.

Did we tell you that Masti seems like a very smart and avid reader? You will find multiple images of one of our favorite celebrity pets sitting with a newspaper, lost in thoughts.

 

 

Our personal favorite, and the one picture that broke the internet has Masti sitting with mom Soha and little Taimur Ali Khan! Ah, so much cuteness in one frame!

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Masti with Taimur. Instagram

Masti resembles her mother Soha and her royal demeanor; she is composed, very well behaved and royalty-like! All these trains make her one of our favorite celebrity pets!

– Prepared by Soha Kala, Twitter: SohaKala

 

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Find out why Hinduism always emphasizes on being a vegetarian

The non-vegetarian foods make the mind restless, disturb to concentrate in worship, study or meditation

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Indian food, Wikimedia

August 15, 2016: Vegetarianism is linked to numerous religions but it took shape in India as- Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. There are instances of having non-vegetarian food but from the ancient times, Hindu community people have always supported the vegan way of living and have always fought against violation of animal rights.

The Hindu text, Vedanta teaches that the only goal of a life is ‘Atmanam Bodhi’(self-realisation). It shows the path to a person who can experience being Atman (eternal soul), the indivisible part of God, that has never been born or will never die. As every person is compositive of mind, body, and soul; it is necessary to control the mind to come into direct contact with Atman or soul.

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Swami Vivekananda explains the control of mind with an analogy,”Get hold of the mind. The mind is like a lake, and every stone that drops into it raises waves. These waves do not let us see what we are.” Thus the thoughts- fears, desires, and attachments create waves in our mind, which can be mastered by control on food habits. Food habits change the mind and personality as claimed by Swami Chinmayananda (Founder of Chinmayananda Mission). He says,“Non-vegetarian food is laced with many toxins that create agitation and disturbance in the mind.” The non-vegetarian foods make the mind restless, as a result one fails to concentrate while they worship, study or meditate. So to know the true self and get liberated from the cycle of birth and death, Hinduism always emphasised on Sattvik food (vegetables).

Meditation, Wikimedia Commons
Meditation, Wikimedia Commons

Swami Avedananda (a direct disciple of Paramahamsa Shree Ramakrishna) said,“A Hindu is a vegetarian from the standpoint of Love. Love means an expression of oneness.” Hinduism defines that the whole universe is originated from non-materialised consciousness, Brahman. Chandogya Upanishad recites, “Tat Twam Asi” means, which unifies a person with every animal.

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Apart from these spiritual realisations, Hinduism always nurtured the idea of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence). Yajur Veda advises, “You must not use your God-given body for killing God’s creatures, whether they are human, animal or whatever.” In Mahabharata, Ved Vyasa stated, “Ahimsa Parmo Dharma“(Non-violence is the primary religion).

George Bernard Shaw once said,“My stomach and body are not a crematorium or cemetery for killed or dead animals. While we ourselves are living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”

Mot only him, but the great scientist Albert Einstein said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Hinduism gives the theory of Karma (cycle of work and result), and considers slaughtering of animals as sinful. One can understand, how modern is the faith, if one delves into it. In Hindu texts, to protect the nature- it is personified as the mountains, rivers, air etc. and worshiping animals as the deity, is a known fact to all.

– by Priyanka Saha of NewsGram. Twitter: @priyanka140490

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The Relationship Between Cats and Humans is More Than 10,000 Years Old, Find Out More

From rodent killer, to pets, to god- cats were not always the same. Read on to know about the history of cats and their domestication!

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A detailed survey of cat genes suggest that even after they wandered into human lives, they remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Pixabay
  • Cats are popularly understood as independent, antisocial and not easy to tame
  • Bones and teeth of ancient cats have often been studied to understand more about their evolution
  • It is popularly believed that travelling cats often mated with local wild cats, spreading genes and creating an altogether new population

JULY 30, 2017 : Cats and humans have always shared a love-hate relationship. Today, a large part of cats’ lives are spent around the owners but researchers believe that that had not always been the case.  A research aimed to understand the history of cat focused on the DNA from ancient cats aimed at tracing the relationship between man and felines.

Researchers surveyed the DNA obtained from more than 200 ancient cats from Europe, Africa, Asia, Egyptian cat mummies from as back as 9,000 years was studied to know more about human’s relationship with the cat.

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It is believed that the domestication of cats may have begun around 10,000 years ago.

French researchers used the DNA from the ancient bones of the African wild cats to track the first domesticated felines back to ancient farms in the Fertile Crescent, an arc of land that included present day Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. It was in this growing fertile land that cats and humans are believed to have first mingled.

According to Eva-Maria Geigl, from Jacques Monod Institute in Paris, the farmers accumulated grains in large amounts that attracted rodents, which in turn attracted the wild cats, as reported by VOA. With time, the wild cats adapted to this arrangement and learned to live with humans and became relatively tame while the humans embraced their hunting instincts without interfering with their genetic breeding.

Researchers have also found DNA dated back from 9,500 years,  which suggest that cats were also crew members in ancient trading vessels.

According to historians, as civilizations began to prosper, and people began to travel, cats often accompanied them.

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Previously, researchers had found a cat buried alongside a human in Cyprus, an island without any native population of felines.

3500 year old Egyptian paintings of cats sitting beneath chairs from further reveal an important aspect of the history of cats- that they were a part of the early Egyptian households before they became royalty.

As they traveled and reached Egypt, believing in their ability to see in the dark, cats became sacred to the Egyptians for which they were mummified in the burial chambers.

“Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats at large, and the Egyptian cat specifically was appreciated to the level of being worshiped and mummified, just like the pharaoh”, told Mona Khalil from the Egyptian Society of Mercy to Animals to VOA.

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Cat Mummy at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, California. Wikimedia Commons

While it is easier to distinguish dogs from their wolf ancestors, scientists have faced difficulties to track the overall process of domestication of cats as the fossils and DNA obtained cannot clearly distinguish whether a cat was wild or domesticated.

Researchers also believe that dogs were selected to perform specific tasks, which was never the case with cats.

“We are discovering incredible things about where they have come from, how far they have gone, and what kind of impact they have had on humans”, believes research scholar Claudio Ottoni of the University of Leuven.

An increasing number of researches are now being taken up on the history of cats, and their domestication continue to be among the most popular pets in the world today.

– by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala

 


 

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