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Doting cat owner buys his kitties a present, finds out all they want is the box it came in

Lots of people treat their cats like kids, really. They give them human names like Molly, Charlie and Pikachu, buy them birthday and Christmas presents, and consider them one of the family.

The problem with treating your cats like children, though, is that sometimes they’ll start to act like them…

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This adorable cat commercial answers the question: “What would a cat conversation sound like?”

Cats are generally known for being the quieter choice of pet compared to dogs, but anyone with a talkative cat will tell you – it’s hard to shut them up once they’ve started chatting. Some cats just enjoy the sound of their own voice, while others like to talk to their owners for reassurance. Nevertheless, it seems that cats only ever tend to say the single word “meow” or some variation of it, which can mean anything from “Feed me!” to “Your hair looks stupid today, hoomin.”

In Japan, cats don’t meow, they say nya or nyan and this new kitty commercial from cellphone company au attempts to depict a “realistic”  feline conversation, with pretty adorable results.

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The latest pet fashion trend in Japan: The scrunchie collar【Photos】

For most pet owners, our pets are our children. We love doting on them and spoiling them just as much as (or perhaps even more than) any other parent does their child. In Japan in particular, it’s not unusual at all to see people pushing their precious pups around in dog strollers, or to find stores completely dedicated to cute clothes and accessories for feline and canine fur babies alike.

For those feeling a bit more creative, however, there have also been some trends for do-it-yourself fashion for cats and dogs which we’ve shared with you before. Today, we bring you the latest “in” DIY fashion item trending on Twitter: the scrunchie!

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Adorable Ili pika photographed for the first time in 20 years

Earlier this week, we introduced you to a number of adorable furry critters native to Hokkaido, Japan. Just when you thought we here at RocketNews24 couldn’t possibly find anything to top the cuteness of the Ezo Momonga, a type of flying squirrel so fluffy it’s almost criminal, we’re following up with a close contender: the Ili pika.

Conservationist Li Weidong managed to photograph the creature, which resembles a cross between a bunny and a hamster, for the first time in 20 years back in July. With the Ili pika currently in danger of extinction due to climate change and other factors, Li is calling for China to do more to protect the endangered species.

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Satisfy all your slicing and dicing needs with this incredibly kawaii kitty kitchen knife

Do you like cute kitties? Do you like chopping things up? Of course you do! And now you can combine both of those passions (in a nice way!) at the same time with this adorable laser-cut stainless steel kitty knife. It’s just purrfect for all your culinary needs, especially if you’re of the opinion that even the most mundane of tasks can be rendered instantly more enjoyable with the inclusion of a little touch of cuteness.

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Breaking: An increasing number of cats sitting weirdly

We now interrupt our regular stream of parliamentary coverage to bring word of a troubling development among cats in Japan. Although it has occurred before, in recent months there has been a trend among cats to sit in positions unbecoming the felis catus species.

Either that or recently there is a trend among cat owners to post pictures of them sitting strangely on Twitter. Whatever the case, it’s here and it’s happening, so get an eyeful of all this late-breaking cuteness. Your life may depend on it.

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Can you find the image hidden behind these bugs?

This lovely artwork of bugs and slugs is hiding something, but can you tell what it is? Take a good long look, and then if you really can’t figure it out then you can find the answer below!

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Is that a hamster in your sleeve, or are you just happy to see me? 【Photos】

Language is a living, evolving thing, and as such, the phrases we use have to adapt with the times. In an era where VHS cassettes and rotary phones are no longer the norm, it’s making less and less sense to talk about “taping a TV show” or “dialing a number,” for example.

Likewise, since the glory days of the riverboat gambler and Wild West poker-playing saloon drifter have, sadly, come to a close, how appropriate is it to talk about having “an ace up your sleeve?” Really, when was the last time you found yourself, in the course of your daily life, in a situation where you thought, “Man, things sure would be better if I had a piece of paper with a single heart on it tucked inside my cuff!”

So let’s take the aces out of our sleeves and replace them with something that’s always welcome: hamsters.

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Looking for a new favourite animal? Take your pick from these six adorable Hokkaido natives

We all know the truth about cats and dogs. They’re secretly plotting our demise with adorable antics that keep us distracted from our lives, both online and in the real world.

But what about wild animals? Usually the subject of serious documentaries, nature’s fauna seem to have a more mature approach to life than your average piano-playing cat or yoga-loving dog. But that doesn’t mean they’re not adorable!

Meet six of the cutest wild animals you’ve seen, all hailing from the cold upper reaches of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. From fluffy carnivores to a genuine Pikachu lookalike, these little critters will melt your heart!

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After adorable morning stretch routine, chipmunk is ready for day of dancing, video games 【Video】

There are certain animals that Japan has an established soft spot for. Cats and dogs are at the top of the list, which includes adorable dark horses like capybaras and rabbits too.

Chipmunks, though, don’t have such a huge following in Japan, probably due to the fact that the animals just aren’t that common in the country. But while most Japanese people don’t often get a chance to see them in the wild, plenty of them have been watching this chipmunk who’s become a rising Internet star thanks to the video of his adorable morning stretching routine.

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Cats sitting politely outside Japanese convenience stores restore our faith in felines

It was around this time last year that a 7-Eleven in east Japan posted a desperate plea for help in stopping the ravages of a feline shoplifter. This came on the heels of an earlier article in which we covered a number of concessions granted by convenience store workers to similar furry intruders, no doubt having been coerced under threat of scratches.

These incidents might well lead one to believe that Japan is some kind of modern-day Wild West where cats run unchecked without regard for the law or common decency. While cats certainly do roam freely in some parts of the country, a recent batch of Twitter photos showing cats waiting politely outside convenience stores suggest that manners are alive and well among our feline friends. Or are they? Might these cats be harboring ulterior motives?

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Who needs a real Apple Watch when you can wear this cuter one made of felt?

Watches are, oddly enough, a timeless accessory. Kids wear them, adults do too, and grandparents hand them down as family heirlooms. This has been going on for centuries, and even nowadays people go nuts for cute watches, fancy watches, and now, smart watches.

With the recent announcement of the Apple Watch people are preparing their wrists and their wallets for the new meeting of fashion and technology. Even tech whiz kids, dare we say “Smart Kids,” want in on the action, but some people, like artist Hiné Mizushima, don’t really see the need for kids to have real Apple Watches, so she created a clever and adorable felt alternative.

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Get a pen pal because Japanese post offices are about to launch super cute regional postcards

If you haven’t been in a Japanese post office lately, you might not have heard of the annual Regional Form Cards postcard series. Since 2009, there has been a new set every year that depicts every one of Japan’s 47 prefectures through postcards shaped like a local food, landmark or well-known citizen.

The seventh edition of the series is going to launch this week, so you might want to get yourself a pen pal or two from Japan to send you some of the cool postcards that show what makes every prefecture famous!

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Move over, Maru! Giant kitty Toro steals hearts with his huge paws and fluffy tail

When it comes to achieving feline fame and fortune on the internet, it helps to have a gimmick. Grumpy Cat’s got her perma-frown. Maru loves to goof around in boxes. But now there’s a new kitty on the block who’s kind of the whole package.

He’s huge and fluffy, and with his big paws, any time he’s around is a great photo op. Whether he’s playing with children, taking a bath, or opening doors, Toro’s got that star quality that’s already made him a huge hit on Twitter.

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First ever Easter Kit Kats in Japan feature 13 types of carrot-flavoured cuteness

Kit Kats in Japan are well-known for their creative designs and flavours, including limited releases for annual events and holidays such as Christmas, Halloween and even the cherry blossom viewing season.

Until now, there was one special holiday that always went unnoticed: Easter. This year, Nestle Japan are releasing their first ever Easter range, with a clever play on words that ties the religious festival to the month of April, the start of the Japanese school and business year.

According to Nestle, Easter is an ii sutaato, which means “good start” in Japanese. And with these gorgeous apple pie and carrot flavoured chocolates on the market, it looks like it’s going to be a very good start indeed.

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There’s a temple in Yamaguchi that keeps a dog as Chief Priest

Maru is an eight-year-old Kishu Inu from Wakayama Prefecture, and by all reports he’s a bit of a grumpy old chap. But Maru’s cantankerousness has a little more bite to it than most guard dogs, because he also happens to be the chief priest of Yamaguchi City’s Toshunji temple!

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Eight-year-old mixed-race kid model is the new mini heartthrob of Asian cyberspace【Photo】

Last year, eight-year-old Russian model Kristina Pimenova was hailed by some netizens as the “most beautiful girl in the world”. We have yet to hear of any crowning of the “most handsome boy in the world”, but one particular preteen male model has been getting increasingly popular among netizens in Asia as of late. Meet this charming little lad after the break!

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Samsung’s Dream Doghouse: a $30,000 pad for the cultivated canine

When we look at our four-legged companions, we can see ourselves stripped of all the complications of being human. After all, dogs seem to derive an almost inordinate amount of joy from the simplest pleasures: a well-chewed bone; a warm spot on the couch; occasional rolls in the dirt. Yet, as with humans, there are some dogs that value the finer things in life. 

Samsung might just have the answer for these posh canines: the Dream Doghouse. With building costs of US$30,000, this prime piece of real estate is hardly a bargain… but, then again, how many doghouses have a hydro-pool and treadmill?

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A collection of cute critters and their adorable antics at Japanese pet shops

Japanese Twitter users can’t stop gushing over an assortment of–you guessed it–pictures of cute animals in ridiculous poses at their local pet shops. Since there appears to be a correlation between the time spent squealing over cute critters and human stress levels, we advise you to pull up a chair and start fawning right away if you’re having a less than stellar day!

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Say it with flowers and a Ghibli character! Proof that Totoro can make even plant pots cute!

I’ve never really thought of plant pots as being particularly good gifts, and buying a flowerpot for Mother’s Day has never crossed my mind (sorry mum!) But if that planter was being pulled along by a steadfast Totoro, or came with a little Jiji the cat standing guard by the flowers, it’d probably be worth a second look.

These two new designs from Studio Ghibli merchandise store Donguri Kyouwakoku are miniature plant pots featuring adorable Totoro and Jiji figures, and they’ve just been announced for a Mother’s Day release!

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