While there’s no fooling your feline friend when it comes to outstanding odor control in your litter box, we’re celebrating April Fools’ Day with a quick quiz highlighting just how unbelievable cats are. We’ve rounded up a handful of ridiculous, but true news stories about felines and mixed in a few of our own fictional headlines.
Can you guess which are true and which we came up with?
Hint: Reality can truly be stranger than fiction!
1. Amazing Rescue: Cat saves 97-year old from pit bills.
It’s a modern day story of David and Goliath. A 97-year old woman—surrounded by a pack of dogs—saved by an unlikely hero, her cat named Tiger.
2. Feline Flipper? Cat to swim the English Channel.
A three-year-old domestic shorthair named “Remus” is gearing up for a record-breaking swim after having spent the past two years training in the pool. Professional triathlete Bob Swenson said his cat has always loved the water and is ready to make history.
3. The Smell of Fear: Police using cats to sniff out crooks.
A pioneering study of the feline sense of smell at UC-Berkley has area police testing a new program that uses cats to sniff out criminals. Professor Timothy Walker said cats are helping identify the truthfulness of suspects by reacting to the minute scents release by humans during questioning.
4. The cat with purr-fect vision! Almost-blind cat has his life transformed by wearing contact lenses.
Most contact lens wearers have had trouble putting them in their eyes at some point – so the idea of putting them on a cat might seem ridiculous. But that is exactly what the owners of “Ernest”—a 15-year-old black and white cat—have found themselves doing.
5. Cat plays furry grim reaper at nursing home: Has predicted 25 deaths by curling up next to patient in final hours.
Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone.
6. Duty calls for an East Boston resident.
Someone is getting called for jury duty … but it’s no human. A family is trying to figure out how their pet cat was summonsed for jury duty.
How did you do? Here are the answers:
2. FALSE – April Fool’s!
3. FALSE – April Fool’s!
Cat wears contact lenses
Cat called to jury duty