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Kitties take notice: Maru the cat shows off his new, trendy walking style with cardboard box

As stated directly on our Facebook page, RocketNews24 strives to bring you the very best of “News, entertainment and wonderfully weird stuff from Japan and Asia. Oh, and cats. Obviously.”

We take those words very seriously, and what better way to live up to them than by sharing a post about cats IN Japan? Everyone, it’s time for another round of your favorite silly kitty Maru, starring in “Maru’s new walking style!”

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Wally the bunny with “angel wings” is here to spread cuteness, joy, and lots of fluff!【Photos】

Whenever somebody asks me whether I’m a “cat person” or a “dog person”, I feel slightly sad because it feels as if cats and dogs are the only domestic pets anyone really cares about. And things get even sadder when I answer that I’m a “rabbit person”, and the person who asked the question simply goes “oh yeah, rabbits are really cute”, and the conversation dies.

Well, sorry if rabbits aren’t “mainstream” enough for you, but this fluffy bunny with ears like an angel’s wings is stealing the spotlight today! Cats and dogs, make way for Wally the English Angora!

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The next fad for UFO catcher prizes: tiny pufferfish!

UFO catchers occupy a major portion of Japanese arcades nowadays. If you happen to walk by an arcade, the flashing lights and fun prizes all beckon customers to try their luck at these “skill” testing games. Normally, the prizes are figures and stuffed animals from popular TV shows and manga, but you will often see snacks and food. Most recently, a UFO catcher at the Amuseum Oizumi caught our eye because of its prize, a real live pufferfish!

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Another cat rises to internet fame, proves he can be just as stretchy as his name

What would the Internet be without cats? Yes, I am a dog-lover too, and our canine companions have their own rightful place in the worldwide web, but it is, without a doubt, the cat’s kingdom. This week’s new rising feline star is Tororo, an adorable white and orange Scottish-fold cat from Japan, who is doing an excellent job of imitating the stretchy characteristics of his namesake.

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Nappa the sleepy greedy hamster has the biggest and cutest yawn we’ve ever seen!

Time for your daily dose of cute! Continuing with our current trend of sleepy animals (first, we had Cocon the lazy Shiba inu, followed by Nike the sleepy pooping cat), here’s Nappa the yawning hamster! We’ve got all the cutest pictures and videos of Nappa’s adorable antics straight from his official Twitter account!

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The secret, sudden sport Japanese cat owners play with their pets

Considering how much easier it is to get a dogs to play Fetch than cats, you might assume that a pet pooch gives you more ample opportunities to play together than a kitty companion. However, as one Japanese Twitter user has reminded us, there’s one game, or maybe we should call it a competitive sport, that any cat would be thrilled to play with its owner.

Similar to Fetch, it requires a stick to play. Well, actually two sticks, plus just one other item.

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Cocon the Shiba Inu could be the laziest dog in the whole world 【Photos】

Waking up in the morning sucks, especially if you’ve got a long commute to work or school ahead of you (or if you’re just chronically lazy). But what if you’re a pampered pooch whose only obligation is to be a family pet? How hard could mornings possibly be for a dog?

If you’re Cocon the Shiba Inu, the answer is very! Check out these cute snaps of Cocon saying a big fat “nope” to mornings in general, and getting out of bed in particular!

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Sweatshirt that gives your pet a special cuddle pouch is half cat, half kangaroo, all adorable

If you’re the doting owner of a dog or cat, odds are you think it feels pretty great when your animal companion saunters over for a snuggle. Still, there are times when you want to keep your hands free for other activities, like reading a book or surfing the Internet, and don’t want to have to worry about knocking your pet off your lap every time you shift in your seat or change your posture.

So even if your animal-loving heart only belongs to your kitty or pooch, consider taking a page from the kangaroo playbook with this hoodie that features an oversized pocket on the front perfect for letting your cat or dog cuddle up against you.

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Pet turtle in Japan lays clutch of eggs in owner’s apartment, owner tosses them into frying pan

While dogs remain one of Japan’s favorite pet choices, you can actually get much of the same enjoyment from a pet turtle or tortoise. For example, we’ve seen that with enough patience, you and your shelled friend can enjoy going for walks together. And just like dog owners might one day experience the joy of coming home and finding a litter of puppies, so too can those with a turtle feel blessed when it lays a bunch of adorable little eggs.

As a matter of fact, the latter might even be the better of the two, since turtle eggs are far easier to cook than puppies. What’s that? You say you wouldn’t eat your animal companions’ eggs? Then you’re clearly operating under different thinking than this pet owner in Japan.

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Stylish squirrel’s self-made pet costume is so cool even he knows he looks good【Video】

Thanks to Japan’s love of fashion and animals, you can walk into just about any pet shop and find cute outfits for your dog. From styles that copy human duds such as shirts and dresses to playful costumes that look like cartoon characters or other animals, you can easily put together a wardrobe a pooch that’s as extensive as that of its human owner.

On the other hand, there’s a lot less to choose from in off-the-rack clothing for a pet squirrel. It turns out that you don’t have to go to the pet supply store to have your loveable little companion looking dashing, though, or even be handy with a needle and thread. All you need is some leftover veggies.

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Dog shows off his Dragon Ballz, channels Master Roshi with badass Kame Sennin stance

If you like to keep up with the latest pet antics online, you may have caught sight of this cheeky little pup recently. Aptly titled “An angry dog standing upright”, Reddit users have been having a field day with this image, photoshopping the disgruntled mutt into movie scenes and everyday situations with hilarious results.

Once the photo made it to Japan, however, Japanese netizens were shocked for another reason altogether. The dark eyes, fluffy beard and wily body of angry dog actually makes him a perfect doppelgänger for Master Roshi from the Dragon Ball animated TV series. Can you see the likeness?

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Get inspired by this cat’s early morning workout!

Thanks to the Internet, we’ve seen pets on treadmills, animals interfering with their owners’ workout routines, and curious pups and kittens joining adult yoga sessions with adorable poses of their own. In amongst all the action, though, there’s been one thing missing: this cat doing stomach crunches.

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Hamster, chipmunk and squirrel money pouches store your change in their cheeks!

Japan is still very much a cash-based society, and it’s not at all unusual here to walk around with several hundred dollars’ worth of yen in your pocket. You can even pay for a pack of gum with a 10,000 note (US$ 84) if the mood takes you, and nobody will mind a bit. But the downside to this is that it’s really easy to amass a huge amount of loose coins, especially if you’re not diligent about paying in exact change.

A good solution is to carry a spare purse full of change, and what better option could there be than these adorable squirrel, chipmunk and hamster face purses from YOU+MORE?

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What? Never seen a dog with a perfectly round or square face before? 【Pics】

Trends come and go, and that applies to almost everything from fashion to food to makeup, and of course, hairstyles. People who don’t own pets might not know, but apparently, there are trends for doggy haircuts as well.

Some “trendy” dog owners and pet groomers in Taiwan have taken to giving their dogs very shapely haircuts so that they look different from the rest. These doggy haircuts are so impeccably done, they’re literally in shape.

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Feasting with Fluffy! Learn how to cook for both you and your feline friend

“Cooking school for my cat and me”? Sounds like a dream come true for ailurophiles (cat lovers) the world over!

ABC Cooking Studio, a popular chain of cooking schools across Japan, has recently teamed up with MonPetit, a brand of gourmet cat food under the Purina label, to offer cooking lessons on how to craft the perfect meal which can be eaten by both you and your cat! With four special recipes to learn, this is the ultimate chance to pamper your adorable kitty and to partake of a top-quality meal together.

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Can you spot the immensely cute animal addition to this cushion?【Pictures】

In the tiny apartments of Japan, having a small pet really strikes the balance between companionship and available space. A popular and incredibly cute option is everyone’s favorite rodent, the hamster!

However, even if you are trying to be thrifty, the costs can start to add up. There’s food, the cage, water, toys…the list goes on and on. You definitely want your little guy to be happy, and you try to provide the best, most comfortable home you can. But there’s a chance you’ve already got the perfect bed and resting place for a hamster in your home. Just ask yourself a very simple question. Have you been afflicted with hemorrhoids recently?

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Shiba inu way too proud of its new pee pad

A Twitter user recently reported their pet dog as being overly pleased about its acquisition of a new pee pad. The shiba inu was reportedly swaggering around the toilet-device and looking “a little too full of itself” according to witnesses.

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World’s most patient pet owner strolls Tokyo with his huge tortoise

Turtles have a lot of upsides as pets, such as being quiet and low-maintenance. Of course, they’re not perfect animal companions. For example, just think of how much fun dog-owners have taking their pooches for a walk. You can’t do that with a turtle, can you?

Sure you can, as long as you’re not in a hurry, like this resident of Tokyo out for a stroll with his gigantic pet turtle.

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After a long dog day, treat your pet to a glass of fresh goat’s milk from this Japanese dairy

If you’re a doting dog owner, odds are you occasionally give a special treat to your canine companion, but what about liquid refreshment? Just like you might reward yourself with a cup of gourmet coffee or a craft beer at the end of a long day, don’t you think your dog would sometimes enjoy something other than H20 in his water dish?

For all of those answering yes, this might be just the thing: fresh-squeezed goat milk, specifically sold for dogs.

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Cat/dog beds shaped like fruits and vegetables satisfy your recommended daily amount of cuteness

As any nutritionist will tell you, fresh produce is important. Whether you’re talking about essential vitamins, minerals, or fiber, fruits and vegetables are filled with all sorts of good things…including adorable cats and dogs, thanks to these eye-catching pet beds.

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