lolsomeone-actually:

unpretty-princess:

its-tuesday-again:

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH STRAIGHT BOYS

Omfg

I feel this on a whole notha level

Posted July 30th and with 158,739 notes - via / source - reblog
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purplekecleon:

koryos:

If you love Scottish fold cats, I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear. Please, please read on anyway. If you are considering adopting a Scottish fold, PLEASE continue reading. This information needs to be more widely known.

In 2008, the Journal of Small Animal practice released a short report on disorders associated with breeds of cats. In this report, the authors mentioned the Scottish fold:

People who own them may be “charmed” by their round faces and open expression (and they may not realise that the reason the cats do not move around too much is because they are variably crippled with arthritis).1

The gene that causes the cute fold in the Scottish fold’s ear also leads to the development of a degenerative disorder called osteochondrodysplasia. ALL Scottish folds have this disorder, whether they show symptoms or not- the fold in their ears is caused by a cartilage deformity that also affects their joints.

Osteochondrodysplasia leads to crippling osteoarthritis, which affects Scottish folds at much younger ages than other breeds of cats. In cats heterozygous for the gene, the disease’s progression can be seen in cats as young as six months. In homozygous cats, it can be seen as early as seven weeks old.

Affected cats may be grossly deformed, with short wide limbs and a short, inflexible tail. They show lameness, swollen wrist (carpal) and ankle (tarsal) joints, have an abnormal gait, and are reluctant to move and jump. Severely affected individuals become crippled and unable to walk.

Many affected cats are euthanased earlier in life due to the profound effects of this disease.2

The breed is often described as “placid” and “calm.” This is due to the fact that they are constantly in pain due to this disorder. Even in mild, ‘asymptomatic’ cases which can occur in heterozygous cats, they may still be experiencing pain due to cats’ tendency to hide their suffering.

Many breeders of Scottish folds claim that not all heterozygous cats have the disorder, because the studies that examined the cats (which were all, heterozygous or not, shown to have it) had small sample sizes.

In 2003, Lorraine Shelton, a specialist in genetic diseases, offered to pay for 300 x-rays of healthy adult Scottish folds to prove that the disorder was not present in some heterozygous cats.

…She has asked a list of 300 Scottish Fold breeders from around the world to go to their vet to get X-rays done. She had offered to pay for these X-rays but not a single breeder had taken up that offer. You could not know whether this problem existed unless an X-ray was taken. If somebody would send her an X-ray of a healthy hind leg of a folded eared cat, she would be grateful as she wanted to see the very first one.3

To date, no one has taken her up on the offer. The breeders’ unwillingness to have their cats examined speaks volumes. The authors of all studies on these cats agree: it ethically wrong to continue breeding these cats.

It disturbs me that any breeder would knowingly continue to create animals that will be in pain throughout their lives. As a cat lover myself, I am begging you, please do not buy Scottish folds. Do not support these unethical breeding practices, or the concept that it is acceptable to intentionally breed unhealthy animals for the sake of how they look.

Citations

Breed-related disorders of cats (discusses issues with other breeds as well)

Genetic welfare problems of companion animals: osteochondrodysplasia (a thorough description of the disease and its prevalence)

FIFe meeting notes (leading to a decision not to recognize Scottish folds as an offical breed due to the disorder)

There was also a follow-up email about Shelton’s offer which can be read here.

Studies on osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Folds

Osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Fold cats

Incomplete dominant osteochondrodysplasia in heterozygous Scottish Fold cats (this is the source of the above x-ray pictures)

Before you buy ANY animal, please do your research. If a breed suffers from high incidences of genetic disorders, don’t use your money to support the creation of more animal suffering.

This is important enough to be posted to my main blog. I know I reblogged this months and months ago, but not enough people know about this.

There is absolutely no way to “cure” the Scottish folds of this. The gene that causes the ear to look so cute and floppy is because of the cartilage not forming properly, which is what causes the health problems — even in cats that are bred Fold x Non Fold.

What’s fucking worse is that they’re cross breeding Scottish folds with other cats. As soon as I saw them crossed with Sphynxes (anyone who follows me is probably aware of the three Sphynxes we have and how much I love them), my heart sank. This is called a “Skinderlop”

Breeding is supposed to be about breeding healthy cats/animals free of defects, and about examining mutations to see what the health risks are, if there are any. It is not supposed to be about creating more cats who are doomed to horrible health problems from birth. That is so cruel it’s unbelievable - and people still defend this breed’s continued existence…

If you know anyone who is looking into getting a kitten from a breeder, PLEASE let them know about the health problems associated with Scottish folds and cross breeds so that they don’t continue to support this sort of thing. It is needlessly cruel.

Posted July 29th and with 24,641 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #signal boost#cats

green-eyed-rising-demon:

obsessive-fallen-angel:

frecklesnbowlegs:

Too soon?

perfect

No, it’s good. 

idiotta:

Night Vale dropping some truth

Posted July 29th and with 36,607 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #welcome to night vale#twitter

romvnov:

#CHRIS EVANS: THE BOOB MENACE #CHRIS EVANS: ATTACK OF THE BOOB GRAB #CHRIS EVANS: THE BOOB GRAB STRIKES BACK #CHRIS EVANS: RETURN OF THE LEFT BOOB GRAB #A THRILLING SAGA

Posted July 29th and with 29,412 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #marvel#chris evans

kieren wearing those cute little boots 

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Filed under: #in the flesh#kieren walker

tommyshphrd:

gazzymouse:

[ Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Fox’s unreleased Deadpool movie test footage ]

(x)

Posted July 29th and with 26,864 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #marvel#wade wilson

Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are, not a perfect soldier, but a good man.

Posted July 29th and with 3,567 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #marvel#captain america

Blue’s just…pretty.

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Filed under: #teen wolf#stiles stilinski#lydia martin

ATTENTION LGBTQ YOUTH IN TEXAS:

lezbian-chic:

Governor elections are coming up really soon.

Your main tickets are:

Tx. attorney general Greg Abbott (R)

Senator Wendy Davis (D)


Abbott is for “traditional values” AKA against gay rights.

Davis is all for LGBTQ rights.

IF WENDY DAVIS IS ELECTED TEXAS MAY FINALLY LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE BY NEXT YEAR.

ALL WE NEED TO DO IS VOTE!!!!!


REBLOG TO SAVE LIVES

Posted July 28th and with 24,641 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #signal boost

This is Geoff and his eight greatest mistakes.

Posted July 28th and with 8,872 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #rooster teeth#achievement hunter

The Avengers: Age of Ultron cast at San Diego Comic Con 2014

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teacosi:

a comic i made for uni
my first really serious attempt at a comic i suppose! i’m not a writer so i had no idea what i wanted to do for a story or how to go about it, in the end i just decided to draw about how i was feeling

it’s probably got a lot of errors and there are things i want to change but i definitely learnt a lot ! i got to print it as a little zine too which was real cute

Posted July 28th and with 17,370 notes - via / source - reblog
Filed under: #comics#art

karenhallion:

queenmera:

image

Every time I see this, it makes me happy. 

WF