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As A Cat Lover, These Are 5 Things That Cat Wish You Would Understand

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It can actually take months or maybe even years for a cat-owner relationship to grow strong enough to have the mutual respect that makes for a pleasant and smooth routine. Trying to guess what your cat friend is telling you is only one part of this puzzle.

Having to really know what your cat is trying to tell to you would be such a blessing for both parties. Sometimes a strong message is exactly what is needed to communicate without guessing. These are actually 5 things that your cat wishes you would understand.

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1) Quit Taking Photos Of Me 

You humans can’t seem to stop snapping pix with your phones when you’re around us, but you resort to sneaky tactics like waving around fun toys to get our attention but dropping them as soon as we turn around. This is cruel. If we cats are willing to let you capture us on film, the least you can do is provide us with a bit of playtime in exchange or let a cartoon cat amuse you instead. There is one thing that you don’t have to worry about when it comes to photography. Camera flashes do not harm cats’ eyes. But they will frequently produce a spooky glow caused by the tapetum lucidum, a layer of ultra-reflective cells in feline eyes that helps us see in low light. Your cat will use those eyes to give you a glare if they are secretly mad at you.

2) I’m Perfectly Capable Of Bathing Myself, Thanks

Some scientists speculate that today’s cats do not like to swim or get wet because ever since they were domesticated some 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, they’ve been protected from the rain and snow by human companions. In addition, it’s true that cat hair “doesn’t dry quickly and it’s simply uncomfortable to be soaking wet,” Kelley Bollen, the director of behavior programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University told Live Science. Bollen added, “I also think because cats are control freaks and like [to have] four feet on a solid surface, they do not appreciate the sensation of floating.” Who needs baths and showers anyway? Cats are born complete with the essential grooming tools: paws, a rough, barbed tongue, and saliva. But even though we hate being dunked in water, you must ensure we have enough to drink, especially if our diet consists of dry food (canned food is about 78 percent water). Regardless of what we eat, always provide your cat with a separate water bowl and change and clean it daily.

3) Quit Blaming My Hair For Your Allergies

Why are so many humans allergic to us? (Cat allergies are reportedly twice as common as dog allergies.) You don’t see any cats having allergies to humans, do you? And you humans are so quick to point to our hair as the culprit. But what actually causes your sneezes and coughs is a tenacious and super-adhesive protein found on cat skin called “Fel d 1.” And we’re sorry to break it to you people who went to the expense and trouble of buying a so-called “hypoallergenic” cat, but such a breed does not exist. Some breeds do produce less Fel d 1 than others, but all cats produce it.

4) We’re Early Risers, So Deal With It

When we meow right before dawn—a time when you’re probably trying to get a little more sleep before your alarm goes off—we’re doing what comes naturally. And our circadian rhythms shift with the seasons just as yours do. When the days get longer and the birds and squirrels are up and at ’em earlier, so are we. You could feed us to stop our meows, but know that this will reinforce our cat behavior. If you’re serious about curbing our early wake-up calls, start by installing blackout shades or blinds in your bedroom so the sun won’t rouse us. Then, stick to strict feeding times for us: once in the morning (but not right after you rise because then we’ll associate you are getting out of bed with getting fed) and once shortly before you go to bed (to try to delay our hunger). Finally, be patient: You are attempting to undo thousands of years (if not more) of ingrained cat behavior. You may have to accept defeat.

5) When We Meow Nonstop, It May Be Our Cry For Help

Some cat breeds, like Oriental shorthairs or Siamese, are chattier than others. But if your cat goes from not-that-frequent to frequent talking, he may be ill so you should bring him to the vet. Still, there may be another, less ominous reason behind our multitude of meows: attention. You, humans, have come up with the sweeping generalization that all cats are solitary, aloof creatures. Wrong! Sure, we need our quiet time but we do like company, particularly if you’re gone all day.

Sources: Reader’s Digest.

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Watch Out! 15 Habits of Highly Miserable People You Need To Know!

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We know that feeling miserable is a state of being extremely unhappy. Sometimes, we feel like we’re chasing happiness and peace but there’s still not grip on it. Even there is some good going on around you, you still feel that happiness or joy isn’t quite enough. Those who experience this feeling tend to let misery take over and allow that emotion to swallow them up completely. Not only that, miserable people never expect any good to happen around them. They even make the vibe theirs so that others would feel just as bad and negative as them.

Sometimes we think that misery comes from around us. Not that it’s wrong, some people go through a hard time because of whom they are surrounded by. But, there are instances where the misery begins with ourselves. Some people indulge in misery so that they can get attention, sympathy, and constant reassurance for themselves.

So, if you are one that wants to avoid misery and focus on a happy life, here are some habits of miserable people you should know.

1. Never thankful enough

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Being thankful means doing it with a joyful mindset. With that mindset, a person is most likely to 10 times more grateful for the things they currently have rather than the things they don’t. For miserable people, being thankful is a big no. A miserable person avoids being grateful. Instead of counting their blessings, they focus more on things that they don’t own in their life.

2. Lead an unadventurous life

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Highly miserable people are really dull and boring. They choose to have a dull existence with no fun or excitement and later complain about it. When life turns our unadventurous and boring, miserable people believe that they are the ones being boring and start projecting it towards others.

3. They live in the past

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We all have our pasts but that doesn’t mean we need to dwell in them. Miserable people tend to live their lives stuck with their past rather than living the present life. They will always talk about what happened and what they did. When miserable people criticize the past,  they say things like “being born in the wrong location at the wrong time” or “life when I was a youngster was unpleasant and I never received what I wanted.”

4. They love picking fights

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Every now and then, miserable people love picking fights with those close to them for the unrelated situations. Next, they expect people to treat or respond to them with kindness or show pity and if they don’t, miserable people are quick to point it out. If the other person brings it up again, they’ll make it appear as if they have no idea what they’re talking about, and even if they began the conflict, they’ll soon appear hurt and victimized.

5. They think other’s interntion towards them is dishonest

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Any comments, opinions, or remarks said to miserable people will be taken the wrong way. Even if their intention is merely for good, miserable people just can’t accept it. They think that shame is at the forefront of most people’s goals, which will result in a miserable person who is suspicious, angry, and always on the defensive.

6. They focus only on themselves

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People who are extremely miserable concentrate on themselves, their wants, and their difficulties because they feel that no one else’s troubles or challenges are as severe as theirs. They are always concerned with why they do things and act in particular ways, scrutinizing their shortcomings and chewing over their issues.

7. They worry too much

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People are miserable when they are worried. Miserable individuals refuse to listen to reason and are fixated on situations and events over which they have no control. Worrying adds to their pain, therefore it’s only natural that these folks are naturally anxious.

8. They are envious

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People who are miserable will not openly admit that they are envious of other people’s achievements. They will, however, minimize other people’s accomplishments and triumphs by pointing out flaws or downplaying the news, therefore deflating the other person’s enthusiasm. Miserable people will point out all the possible flaws when someone is happy.

9. They are critical of everything

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Almost everything is not good enough for them. Miserable people are very critical about things whether others agree with them or not. Miserable people are generally the first to express their thoughts. They trash something that someone enjoys in order to make their point. They like provoking others and feel that they are always correct while everyone else is wrong.

If you happened to exhibit any of these signs or know of anyone who is a miserable person, its time for a change because, with changes, you become a happier, successful, and cheerful person

Sources: Lifehack

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Musty Smell In Your House! Use These 5 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of It!

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There are many possible reasons why an unpleasant and musty smell lingers in your house. Some smells signal a possible danger, like mold growth or decomposition, which often requires professional cleanup. Others, however, are not that serious. It is very important as an house owner to get rid of that smell so that it would not bother anyone.

Having a dusty smell in the house could be very discomforting for the owner and also for all the guests that wanted to visit their house. Old musty smell are some of the most difficult odors to remove from your home. Luckily, there are actually some simple ways that can be done to get rid of the musty smell in house. Here are 5 simple ways of it.

1) Open Doors And Windows

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Get some fresh air circulating in your space. Take 5-10 minutes to completely air out your space. The air outside is a lot cleaner than the air inside your home. If your home is really smelling musty, give it some fresh air. Do this regularly to prevent the musty smell from coming back.

2) Use A Dehumidifier

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High humidity levels can make a house smell musty. Install a dehumidifier and keep the humidity level at 50%. This can keep the air nice and dry, and hopefully prevent any mold from growing in your space. Make sure the humidity level is never over 60% because that is when mildew and mold can start to thrive.

3) Run Ceiling Fan

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Circulating air can help get rid of musty smells. Sometimes musty smells coming from the air being too humid and still. Turn on your ceiling fan to dry out the air and get rid of the smell. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, keep a box fan running where the smell is particularly strong, or keep a few throughout your home. These can ventilate your space just as well.

4) Absorb Odor With Baking Soda

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Pour baking soda into bowls and place them throughout your home. Baking soda can deodorize your home due to its ability to absorb the smell. If you don’t have any baking soda on hand, kitty litter can double as an odor eliminator. Pour kitty litter into bowls and keep them throughout your home like you would baking soda. Charcoal briquettes are another option to absorb odors. Place them in trays throughout your home or set them on a shelf or table to get rid of any musty smell.

5) Steam Upholstery And Carpeting

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Your furniture and carpet may be to blame for the musty smell. Rent a steam cleaner to clean your upholstered furniture like couches and chairs. Hire a professional if you’re not comfortable cleaning the furniture yourself. Carpet can also keep your house smelling musty. Steam clean your carpets or hire a professional carpet cleaner if your carpet is in need of some cleaning.

Sources: WikiHow.

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A Smile For Every Child: RM100,000 Worth of Toys To Underprivileged And Oncology Children Through Mattel’s Happy Playcation Campaign

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KUALA LUMPUR, 30 August 2021 With the objective of bringing A Smile for Every Child, toy company Mattel popular for signature brands like Hot Wheels, Uno and Barbie will be collaborating with e-commerce platform Shopee to send out toys worth up to RM100,000 as both companies look to address the need to uplift the spirits of underprivileged children during these turbulent times.

Pledging one toy for every order made via selected stores, Mattel and Shopee, as well as NGOs Dignity for Children Foundation and the Childhood Cancer Caring Society of Kuala Lumpur (CARES), are partnering on a special campaign called Happy Playcation taking place from 1 till 3 September 2021.

The participating stores are the Mattel, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price official stores on Shopee. To further encourage Malaysians to support the campaign, Mattel will offer up to 30% off on its toys during the campaign period.

Murat Ariksoy, General Manager of Mattel Continental Asia said, “We acknowledge the adverse impact of the global pandemic on children in terms of learning and simply having a memorable childhood. We are launching this campaign with the common goal of uplifting the next generation. We strive to enable all kids to feel like children again with this partnership, while seeding joy into the community and helping parents with our learning toys.”

This campaign is part of the #ShopeeGivesBack movement, which is aimed at creating awareness and driving donations for various charitable organisations to support their respective causes from healthcare and underprivileged communities to the marginalised, including animals.

Having started in 1998, the Dignity for Children Foundation provides education and care for marginalised and urban poor children in Kuala Lumpur. It currently serves over 1,700 children and youth aged 2-19 years, mainly operating education programmes in Sentul.

Liew Tong Ngan, Dignity’s Director of Marketing and Communications said, “We are extremely grateful to be receiving these wonderful toys from Mattel to be distributed out to our children and youths. A very big thank you to Mattel and Shopee for remembering the underserved and allowing the young and old to reach their full potential through play.”

Meanwhile, CARES is a non-profit NGO formed by parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer, medical professionals and caring volunteers. CARES’s mission statement is to improve the quality of life and well-being of children and teens with cancer and at the same, to provide social support for the families and caregivers of the sick child while they undergo treatment for their medical conditions.

Ms. Margaret Low, CARES President said, “We’re honoured to be a part of this movement that will surely leave a positive impact in the lives of those children receiving these toys. Hopefully more meaningful initiatives like Happy Playcation will be executed down the road to continue inspiring these special individuals of our community.”

Shopee Malaysia Senior Manager (Business Development) Zed Li said, “At a time when members of the community are battling with their own struggles to get through this difficult period, it is all the more important that we lend a helping hand in the best way that we can. The underprivileged children are a group whose needs should not be neglected, especially now, and it is crucial that we help alleviate the pressure they may be facing. Mattel’s Happy Playcation campaign seeks to do just that. We’re hopeful that this initiative will bring positivity to their lives, beyond the fun that they can have with the Mattel toys. We commend everyone involved for their efforts and are pleased to provide our support to Mattel’s Happy Playcation.”

This campaign coincides with Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day which has something in-store for all its users and is currently taking place till 9 September. Buyers can look forward to claiming Free Shipping and 99% Coins Cashback vouchers, both with no minimum spend.

On top of this, the Happy Playcation campaign will stream Shopee Live sessions to showcase how Malaysians can assist in bringing a smile to a child in need. The first Shopee Live guest session was held on 27 August at 3PM, which featured a guest speaker from the Dignity for Children Foundation.

The next session on 1 September at 8.30PM will host guest speakers from CARES, who will further highlight how this campaign will bring cheer to the children. Exciting giveaways and an unboxing session of Mattel toys will also take place.

The Happy Playcation campaign is also launched in collaboration with Shopee Mum’s Club, a one-stop shop for all mothers’ needs for their child. The club shares the same aspirations of bringing happiness to a child, even beyond a mother’s own. Happy Playcation will be handing out exclusive vouchers to club members to encourage participation of the campaign among the community of mothers.

To learn more about Mattel’s Happy Playcation campaign, visit https://shopee.com.my/m/mattel-happy-playcation

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