If you are a student taking any sort of liberal arts class, chances are you’ve written a paper this semester. You might even be writing one right now, as you’re reading this. Shhh, it’s okay, we can keep a secret.

The thing with papers, especially long papers, is that it’s very easy to lose focus. Sure, the prize of finishing the paper and all of its associated glory is always there on the horizon, but let’s be real, it’s really darn far away when you  have to write a 15 page paper. We need motivation in intervals, to consistently keep us going. Written?Kitten! is here to save the day.

It’s quite a simple concept, but you’ll be amazed at how great it works. Type your paper in the dialog box and VOILA, you’ll get a new freakishly adorable kitten “randomly selected from Flickr’s “most interesting” photos matching the tags “kitten” and “cute,”’ according to their about section, every time you hit the word goal you’ve set for yourself. Genius right? Let’s see it in action:

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Here, we set the goal to 100 words (you can also set it to 200, 500, or 1000). Since the “paper” exceeded that, it gave us a kitten! And look, it’s almost asleep. D’AWWWWW IT CAN’T KEEP ITS HEAD UP.

See, if you use this beauteous tool to write your papers, you’ll never be bored or deprived of cuteness again. And if you do get bored? Well, there’s a new kitten in probably a few words! And in no time, you’ll be done with your paper and cute-ed out. The best of both worlds. And with all that excess dopamine in your brain, you’re sure to do well on the paper! Dopamine helps brain function, right? Don’t quote us on that, we’re not psych majors.

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WE CAN’T

DISCLAIMER: Let it be known that we just copied and pasted the same phrase over and over so we could see what was in kitten store. We do not advise this to all you paper-writers out there. That’s cheating!

Happy writing! The time is meow.

Image sources: (1) Hailey Simpson, Daily Cal,  (2) ankakay under Creative Commons, (3) BigTallGuy under Creative Commons


Thursday, Oct. 4 was International Animal Day, and if you walked through Sproul, you probably noticed the crate of kittens at the Paws and Claws Club table.

Kittens on Sproul!

Kittens on Sproul!

The kittens are up for adoption out of the East Bay Humane Society, and as club member Yujin notes, “we have [a] fostering program in our club through them” where qualified volunteers can be short-term owners. If you love cats, definitely read on!

We might note that, since you’ve probably read of the psychological benefits of being a dog owner, you might not surprised to learn that owning a cat can have psychological benefits, too.* College life is punctuated by stress and anxiety, and studies show that cats can be effective in taking the edge off the bad mood — so why not consider adopting a pet?

On the other hand, adoption can be a big commitment. read more »


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We at the Clog are full of love and ready to pour our adoration directly into a pet’s heart. If you have not yet developed a passion for cuddling with cute animals, all those YouTube videos should do the trick.

Before you rush out to buy your own baby puglet, we want to remind you that deciding where to get your pet is important. If you have a big heart and not a lot of money, you may consider the Berkeley East-Bay Humane Society. The Society is a nonprofit organization built over 80 years ago, whose facility burned down on May 20, 2010. Fortunately, they are taking steps toward recovery, though the process is a difficult one (and by difficult we mean expensive.) read more »


WAHHHHHHHHH

Do you love cats? Do you love Facebook? Do you love to love cats on Facebook!? We know we do!

So what better way to show your fancy feline fanaticism than by joining a Facebook group in honor of inarguably the best animal in the universe, if not the whole planet? (Answer: there is no better way.) There’s probably a cat-loving Facebook group out there for everyone. We just managed to scrounge up a few. read more »


A unanimous vote in the Berkeley City Council chambers yesterday has banned the procedure of cat declawing in all veterinary clinics within the city limits. Violators could face a $1,000 fine or six months in the slammer. It’s cat justice, baby.

Moral of the story? Kittens are people too, people. And your brand new upholstered couch just happens to be the best darn scratching post this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. Deal with it: this is kitteh territoreh.

Image Source: Artamnesia under Creative Commons
Berkeley bans cat declawing [Inside Bay Area]
City Council Approves Ban On Animal Declawing [Daily Cal]