Why We Love Watching Cat Videos

While dogs may be man’s best friend, cats undoubtedly rule the internet. To investigate why we love sharing cat vids, GIFs and pics so much, Indiana University’s Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed nearly 7,000 people and published her findings online in “Computers in Human Behavior.” While there’s much to learn here about our inner feline fandom, one point especially stood out: frequent cat video viewers tended …

Pratt Institute’s Cat-Loving Chief Engineer

79-year-old Conrad Milster has been keeping Pratt Institute up and running since 1958. As the university’s chief engineer, he’s in charge of maintaining the steam engines that provide heat and hot water to the school. Aside from being a master of his craft, Milster is a proud Brooklynite, cat person and collector of anything old—including VHS tapes, books and outdated mechanical machines. As Milster ponders …

Life of Cats at Japan Society Gallery

A new exhibition explores the recurring cat motif and how it's transformed in Japanese artwork over the past few centuries

If you thought the cat craze was only as young as YouTube, the latest exhibition opening at Japan Society Gallery will demonstrate that long before they became memes and viral sensations, the four-legged feline had already been a muse for centuries. Centered on Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the Edo Period, as well as cat-themed paintings, sculptures and more selected from collections within the US, …