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Portraits of Men with Their Beloved Cat Companions

Having a cat for a companion may not be the "manliest" thing in many cultures, but there are plenty of guys out there who have deep bonds with their furry feline companions. That's what photographer David Williams set out to capture for his project Men & Cats.

Photos from the Early 1900s Prove LOLcats Were Around Long Before the Internet

If you thought cat photos were something new, you’d not only be greatly mistaken, you'd be stepping all over the life's work of one Mr. Harry Whittier Frees.

Born in 1879, this American photographer made his fortune taking photographs of cute kittens and puppies dressed up in human clothes and posed in human environments, which he then turned into postcards, calendars and even children’s books.

Collar Camera Video Captures a Cat Fight from the Cat’s Perspective

Editor's Note: Turn your volume way down before you click play. The video gets very loud very soon after it starts and we wouldn't want your boss knowing your watching cat videos at work... you're welcome.

There are a lot of POV videos out there of humans doing incredible stunts or getting into all sorts of scary trouble, but we don't really have much similar footage from the animal kingdom. Maybe it's because GoPro hasn't announced their Cat Fancy mount (yet?).

Fortunately, for those who do want to see what trouble their feline friends get into, there's something called a collar camera. And the video above was captured on just such a device. It's a very literal cat fight captured from the cat's point of view.

‘Shopped Pictures of Small House Cats Living as Big Cats in the Wild

For recent Whiskas advertising campaign based around the slogan "Feeding your cat's instincts," photographer George Logan and retoucher Tony Swinney teamed up to create a series of clever photographs showing tiny, domestic house cats engaging in "big cat" activities out in the wild. "Big Cat, Small Cat" is the name of the series.

Disturbing Photos Capture the Realities of Euthanization at Animal Shelters

Warning: This post contains strong and disturbing photos of euthanasia and animal suffering.

Every year in North Carolina, over 250,000 animals are euthanized because there is no one willing to adopt them and care for them. This averages to nearly 700 animals killed daily. NC-based photographer Mary Shannon Johnstone has been on a mission to draw public awareness to the issue of animal overpopulation. Her gut-wrenching project, titled "Breeding Ignorance," offers an brutally honest look at the conditions inside animal shelters and the tragedy of beautiful (and often healthy) animals being put down.

Portraits of Animal Shelter Cats Taken to Promote Adoption

Just like in real estate, for which good photos of homes can make a huge difference in attracting potential buyers, animal shelters often see spikes in adoptions when the animals are advertised with attractive photographs. For this reason, Arizona-based photographer Michael Kloth visits shelters on a weekly basis to offer his services to local adoption agencies. He writes,

I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. As I move through life I’ve come to realize that it is not enough for me to enjoy their company, but rather that I feel compelled to share my time and experience being an advocate for the homeless ones. I see that while people love their cats and dogs, they continue to make decisions that combine to condemn millions of them to death every year and I want to be a voice for change.

Each week I photograph adoptable animals at our local adoption agencies. My experience has been that quality photography is the first step in marketing these furry works of art to potential adopters. It is my hope that I can use these local animals as a voice for the millions of homeless animals nation and worldwide.

High Speed Photography Helps Unlock Mystery of How Cats Drink

In 1877, photographer Eadweard Muybridge settled a longstanding debate on whether or not a horse completely leaves the ground at any point during its gallop by taking a single photograph of a horse completely airborne. In the same way, photography was also used recently by a group of researchers to uncover the mystery of how cats drink.