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Area Cat Launches Jamba Juice Franchise
If you ask Simone’s closest friends, they’ll tell you the cat has had a penchant for pureed fruits and vegetables for a long time.
"You wouldn’t think a cat would be into smoothies this much," says Larry Gould. "But she is obsessed."
The entrepreneurial kitty finally put her money where her tongue is and opened a Jamba Juice franchise in her neighborhood.
"There are no other smoothie or fro-yo places for miles. The location is very good," says Melinda Canon, the VP of the local chamber of commerce, who assisted Simone with the required permits. "It’s the perfect kind of business to kick off ahead of the summer."
Via Dmitry Guyvoronsky.

Area Cat Launches Jamba Juice Franchise

If you ask Simone’s closest friends, they’ll tell you the cat has had a penchant for pureed fruits and vegetables for a long time.

"You wouldn’t think a cat would be into smoothies this much," says Larry Gould. "But she is obsessed."

The entrepreneurial kitty finally put her money where her tongue is and opened a Jamba Juice franchise in her neighborhood.

"There are no other smoothie or fro-yo places for miles. The location is very good," says Melinda Canon, the VP of the local chamber of commerce, who assisted Simone with the required permits. "It’s the perfect kind of business to kick off ahead of the summer."

Via Dmitry Guyvoronsky.

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Cat Taxi Posts Disappointing Quarterly Earnings
Kitty Kab, the on demand feline taxi service, reported disappointing quarterly earning this morning.
The company made waves last year when it launched in Portland, OR, named in 2013 as the most dog friendly city in America. Critics were skeptical of the wisdom of launching a cat taxi in a city dominated by canines, but the move paid off. 
"As it turned out, a lot of cats didn’t want to be out alone with all those puppies on the loose, so they’d call a cab," said tech analyst Trish Patel of Business Insider. That early success led to rapid expansion to other cities — San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta — and an IPO in the fall.
But the very thing that drove success for Kitty Kab initially has been a hindrance to its growth. 
"It was just a mirage," explained Patel. "The large concentration of dogs in Portland increased demand for the taxi service, but in other cities cats don’t want to be driven around.”
Kitty Kab’s user base in cities outside of Portland has stagnated as a result, while marketing costs have skyrocketed, leading to a $12 million shortfall this quarter. 
The Fluffington Post  hears that the company is exploring raising a $20 million round of venture financing to stay afloat, as well as considering a pivot to on-demand catnip delivery.
Via Kiersten Essenpreis.

Cat Taxi Posts Disappointing Quarterly Earnings

Kitty Kab, the on demand feline taxi service, reported disappointing quarterly earning this morning.

The company made waves last year when it launched in Portland, OR, named in 2013 as the most dog friendly city in America. Critics were skeptical of the wisdom of launching a cat taxi in a city dominated by canines, but the move paid off. 

"As it turned out, a lot of cats didn’t want to be out alone with all those puppies on the loose, so they’d call a cab," said tech analyst Trish Patel of Business Insider. That early success led to rapid expansion to other cities — San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta — and an IPO in the fall.

But the very thing that drove success for Kitty Kab initially has been a hindrance to its growth. 

"It was just a mirage," explained Patel. "The large concentration of dogs in Portland increased demand for the taxi service, but in other cities cats don’t want to be driven around.”

Kitty Kab’s user base in cities outside of Portland has stagnated as a result, while marketing costs have skyrocketed, leading to a $12 million shortfall this quarter. 

The Fluffington Post  hears that the company is exploring raising a $20 million round of venture financing to stay afloat, as well as considering a pivot to on-demand catnip delivery.

Via Kiersten Essenpreis.

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5 Ways to Embarrass Your Cat

Everyone knows cats need to be taken down a peg. They always think they’re so cool. They strut around like they own the place.

A certain amount of kitty embarrassment is not only acceptable, according to leading feline psychologists, it’s recommended. Cat embarrassment is the most often advised method of treating feline narcissistic personality disorder (which is a certified real thing).

That’s why we here at The Fluffington Post fully endorse the Notso Kitty Shop on Etsy, purveyor of the fine cat headgear you see above.

Check it out — before your cat owns you.

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Cat Appointed Head Ranger at National Park
After three years toiling as an assistant ranger at Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, a cat named Buckles has finally ascended the ranks.
"He knew the trails better than the bosses," says Steven Collier, a fellow assistant. "Not to mention that time he saved a family of campers from a bear."
The Parks Service formally recognized Buckles in a ceremony Wednesday, where they anointed him Head Ranger. He now oversees a majority of the parkland and manages a team of 50 rangers, scouts and interns.
"This park isn’t what it use to be," says Colleen Marcher, an administrator at Shenandoah. "I think [Buckles] could really turn this place around."
Via CarelessKrow.

Cat Appointed Head Ranger at National Park

After three years toiling as an assistant ranger at Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, a cat named Buckles has finally ascended the ranks.

"He knew the trails better than the bosses," says Steven Collier, a fellow assistant. "Not to mention that time he saved a family of campers from a bear."

The Parks Service formally recognized Buckles in a ceremony Wednesday, where they anointed him Head Ranger. He now oversees a majority of the parkland and manages a team of 50 rangers, scouts and interns.

"This park isn’t what it use to be," says Colleen Marcher, an administrator at Shenandoah. "I think [Buckles] could really turn this place around."

Via CarelessKrow.

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Hiring Cat Accountant Was ‘Bad Idea’
If he could do it all over again, Roy Garrett probably wouldn’t hire a cat to do his taxes.
"In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea," said the Park City, UT resident, who expects to be audited later this year. "His work was really sloppy and I’m pretty sure he didn’t even file all the necessary forms."
The cat, who opened his tax preparation business last year, has a one star rating on Angie’s List. 
"Yeah, if I’d seen that, I doubt I would have hired him," said Garrett, "but that’s not really a good excuse. I mean, he’s a cat. What was I expecting?"
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Hiring Cat Accountant Was ‘Bad Idea’

If he could do it all over again, Roy Garrett probably wouldn’t hire a cat to do his taxes.

"In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea," said the Park City, UT resident, who expects to be audited later this year. "His work was really sloppy and I’m pretty sure he didn’t even file all the necessary forms."

The cat, who opened his tax preparation business last year, has a one star rating on Angie’s List. 

"Yeah, if I’d seen that, I doubt I would have hired him," said Garrett, "but that’s not really a good excuse. I mean, he’s a cat. What was I expecting?"

Via rjcox.

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Cat Starts Each Day with Meditation
Zippo the cat needs his fifteen minutes of Zen each morning. Each morning before work, he takes some time to meditate and reflect on the upcoming day.
"For awhile he was doing his meditations on the couch, then it was in the tub in the bathroom, now he’s moved to the sunny spot in the living room," said a source familiar with the situation. "Who knows why. Cats are weird, right?"
According to the source, Zippo needs his meditation to center himself before work.
"His day-to-day mostly involves short bursts of frenetic energy — running up the stairs, around the house, chasing small office supplies he’s batting in front of him, etc.," the source speculated. "I think he just needs that calming moment before all hell breaks loose."
Via tommyrumbers.

Cat Starts Each Day with Meditation

Zippo the cat needs his fifteen minutes of Zen each morning. Each morning before work, he takes some time to meditate and reflect on the upcoming day.

"For awhile he was doing his meditations on the couch, then it was in the tub in the bathroom, now he’s moved to the sunny spot in the living room," said a source familiar with the situation. "Who knows why. Cats are weird, right?"

According to the source, Zippo needs his meditation to center himself before work.

"His day-to-day mostly involves short bursts of frenetic energy — running up the stairs, around the house, chasing small office supplies he’s batting in front of him, etc.," the source speculated. "I think he just needs that calming moment before all hell breaks loose."

Via tommyrumbers.