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Matisse the Cat: The purrfect neighbor

When Matisse isn’t licking her own fur or buzzing with a purr, she roams the streets of Oakland looking for a comfortable leg to rub up against.

By Henry Glitz & John Hamilton

April 5, 2018

Bearing a name like Matisse might seem like an awful lot of responsibility for a lot of people — living up to such a well-cultured namesake can be a challenge. But on a stretch of Parkview Avenue in Oakland, from Oakland Square to the Boulevard of the Allies, you’d think the famous French painte...

Cats come into the spotlight at Pittsburgh’s first cat film festival

Row House Cinema debuted “Pittsburgh’s Pretty Kitties” — a feature-length film composed of 160 cat videos submitted by local cat owners — during the City’s first-ever Cat Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Casey Taylor)

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

November 14, 2017

Laura Greenawalt tossed a handful of popcorn into her mouth and eagerly glanced up at the blank movie theater screen, waiting for the lights to dim, the film to begin and for her cat, Schuster, to become momentarily famous. Greenawalt and Emily Starr, both residents of Lawrenceville, came out to a Friday...

Cats cradled in Schenley Plaza for First Caturday

Several people gather around a cat near Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain during Caturday on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017

On the grass by the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, a crowd of several dozen people parted down the middle as a retired show cat, looking remarkably like a small lion, strutted down the path. The cat who stole everyone’s attention — Snickers — was later passed around gently from person to person ...

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