This Week In Weird News: Clinging Cat Takes A Ride On The Roof

This Week In Weird News: Clinging Cat Takes A Ride On The Roof

Rebel is for sure a rebel.

I'm sure we've all seen weird things going on in a passing car or at a red light. However, have you ever seen anyone or any animal on top of a car's roof?

As Ronda Rankin was driving down a highway in Omaha, she noticed a "fluffy" gray and white cat on top of another driver's van. Rankin began to record the bizarre incident as she alerted its owner, Michelle Criger, and her boyfriend shouting, "cat! There's a cat on your roof!" In a video shared with Inside Edition, she says that “there was nothing on that roof for that cat to hold onto. So I have no idea how it was staying up there.”

Criger said that before anyone noticed her cat, who's coincidentally named Rebel, on top of the roof, she and her boyfriend had already driven for "about two miles" when she was alerted by Rankin and brought Rebel to safety. She took this incident as a lesson and says that before driving off, she checks the top and underneath the van to make sure Rebel doesn't find himself in another "dangerous predicament."


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5 Ways Impulsively Getting A Dog Saved My Mental Health

Those four paws are good for a lot more than just face kisses.


Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."

He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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10 Reasons Everyone Needs A Cat

A fur baby who is happy to see you every time you come home!


I've had my cat for about five and a half years now. I have truly seen such a difference in how I've changed as a person and how I love animals. Finn has been by my side for when I need a good laugh, or when I'm sad about something and just need something to snuggle with. It also helps that he's adorable in every way.

Having a little animal worship you, be happy to see you when you get home, and love you unconditionally are such great feelings. Finn has opened my eyes to unconditional love and how I look at pets. He is more than "just a cat" to me; he's my first baby and truly a companion that will never hurt me.

So, here are 10 reasons why I think everyone needs a cat at least some point in their lives. There is so much to learn and experience when having a cat in your life.

1. You'll always have a sleeping buddy.

My cat waits for me to come home to go to sleep, and sleeps with me almost every night.

2. All cats are soft!

Who doesn't want a soft, little fur baby following you around and laying around with you all day?

3. They're just as lazy as we are!

Cats spend most of the day sleeping, so they don"t require much movement in order to be around them.

4. They're LOW maintenance animals.

Cats don't require too much work; just a litter box change a few times a week and making sure they always have food and water.

5. You'll know when they're truly happy.

Cats can't control when they purr (that vibrating noise they make), so if they do it around you, they're truly happy to be around you!

6. Sometimes, you can dress them up!

My cat isn't a fan, but some cats like being dressed up! They look super cute, too!

7. Cats are sassy.

My cat is just as sassy as I am, which means there is never a dull moment.

8. Some cats aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

My cat, Finn, isn't always the smartest. So, that keeps me pretty entertained at times.

9. Cats are always around.

They are always there.

10. They teach you unconditional love.

Finn has taught me unconditional love since I got him, and I can't wait to see him grow with me and eventually with my kids.

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