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  • Ornery cats find a niche

    10/22/2017 2:26:39 PM PDT · by boatbums · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/22/2017
    Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out. He was perfect for the job. Because at the "Working Cats" program, no manners is no problem. Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats - the biters and the skittish, the swatters and the ones who won't use a litter box - into jobs as mousers at barns or stables. The shelter recently expanded the program to move cats that were less-than-ideal pets into urban jobs...
  • These wild, free and totally adorable sand kittens are finally spotted in nature

    10/07/2017 7:07:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | October 06, 2017 11:30 AM | Joshua Tehee
    The fluffy-eared, big-eyed felines are adorable, and they don’t seem to age. They are forever kittens. And while photos of the wild cats have been widely shared online, the cats have been surprisingly hard to find in the wild. Until now. ... Add to that, sand cats tend to live in tough wilderness, places where researchers must endure high temperatures and the occasional sandstorm. Because the animal is so hard to track, assessing populations has been difficult, according to Mother Nature Network. The species is believed to be extinct in Israel, for example, though a litter was born at the...
  • Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

    10/05/2017 8:23:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2017 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!In the past I have shared a list of things we can learn from dogs. When I was growing up, we always had a dog, so although I did not compose the...
  • Parasite Linked with Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Diseases, Epilepsy, and Cancer

    09/14/2017 5:55:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    About a third of the world’s population is chronically infected with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that about 11% of the U.S. population aged 6 years and over is infected with the parasite, while in other countries the infection rate has been shown to be up to 95%. Researchers from 16 institutions across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia have now analyzed genetic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data from infected individuals, and from studies in cell cultures, to link T. gondii infection with a number of brain disorders,...
  • Animal Lover Takes in 40 Stray Miami Beach Cats as Hurricane Irma Approaches

    09/09/2017 12:54:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 | BRITTANY SHAMMAS
    With the monstrous Hurricane Irma just days away, much of Miami Beach heeded mandatory evacuation orders from officials and headed out. But some of the Beach's smallest residents — the hundreds of feral cats who call the island home — have no way out. So this week, animal lover Mary Garcia began scooping them up one by one and taking them home. She stocked up on cat food and kennels, and cleared out two rooms in her house in inland Miami-Dade County. By Thursday, she had taken in 40 cats. She jokes that her home has become an "animal hostel."...
  • St. Francis’ Feast Day and the Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/04/2016 7:45:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Francis’ Feast Day and the Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2016 • Here at Holy Comforter-St Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs.” When I was growing up, we always...
  • Cats rescued from La Vita Bella nursing home at center of viral Hurricane Harvey photo

    08/30/2017 10:11:49 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-30-2017 | Keri Blakinger
    The seven cats living at the flooded Dickinson nursing home that sparked a viral image over the weekend are now dry and happily rescued, just like their owners. "They're all safe and sound," said Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the waterlogged La Vita Bella facility. On Sunday, as rains pounded the small Galveston County town, the low-lying facility that was home to 15 elderly patients battling dementia flooded, leaving the residents inundated. A picture of the patients - and one of their cats - sitting in shoulder-deep water started making rounds on the Twitter after owner Trudy Lampson sent it...
  • Your cat is killing the Earth — but you can prevent it [barf]

    08/08/2017 9:48:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 121 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.08.2017 | Irene Baños Ruiz
    To honor cats on the International Cat Day, DW encourages their human companions to protect the planet we all share. From carbon pawprint to waste to wildlife, it is in our hands to take up better practices. Your cat’s sweet purring and loving, contented looks won’t change the fact that it’s guilty for the planet’s suffering — just like we are. A recent study confirms that pets’ meat-based diet has a fatal impact on the climate, due mainly to high carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, our loyal friends are big resource consumers and waste creators. The situation is particularly worrisome...
  • Australia Gun Culture (Part 7): The Feral Predator Problem

    07/30/2017 3:58:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Australia has a feral predator problem. Feral dogs and dingo/feral mixtures kill large numbers of lambs and calves. They predate on native species.But as bad as feral dogs and dingo/feral mixes are, the top predator in most places is the feral cat. Exotic foxes, that were imported from England are considered pests.Restrictions on gun ownership and hunting have made the feral predator problem worse.  The government could encourage people to carry rifles and shoot feral predators.Instead, the government puts out 1080 ejector capsules. When an animal pulls at the bait, the spring loaded ejector propels the poison capsule into...
  • Curious cockatoo shuts cheeky cat inside basket after she takes a swipe at her [tr]

    07/28/2017 5:08:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 28, 2017 | Sophie Inge
    A cat and a cockatoo have become an unlikely comic duo after a hilarious standoff between the pair went viral. Footage from Nagoya, Japan, shows the parrot, named Karin, using her beak to prize open a wicker basket - revealing Koume the cat.
  • Imagine a world where millions of stray dogs and catsaren’t suffering in the streets

    07/25/2017 9:00:49 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 94 replies
    600 million dogs dot org ^ | website orig from 2014
    Welcome to a bold science-based project to end the overpopulation of homeless pets by developing Spay and Neuter Cookies. Once completed, the Cookies will be capable of spaying and neutering – without surgery. Yes, we’re on track to being able to use food instead of surgery. The Spay and Neuter Cookies are being designed to be species and gender specific. Dog cookies will only work on dogs. Cat cookies will only work on cats. Spay cookies will only spay females. Neuter cookies will only neuter males. Better yet, they are being engineered so that they will only need to be...
  • Guy Brutally Roasts PETA On Twitter, And People Are Finally Realizing The Truth

    07/22/2017 7:11:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Bored ^ | 7/20/2017 | Stella
    Since 1980, PETA has made a name for itself as the number-one authority on animal welfare. UK-based YouTube vlogger Calum McSwiggan, however, wants people to consider otherwise, and recently used a scathing Twitter rant to sound off on the organisation’s true colours. After recent investigations, PETA has come under fire for a lot more than just the scantily clad women they use for marketing. In a March 2017 press release, the Center for Consumer Freedom revealed that PETA euthanized more than 1400 cats and dogs at its Norfolk, Virginia shelter in 2016. PETA defends their actions as ethically and economically...
  • How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

    06/19/2017 8:25:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 19, 2017 | Sarah Zhang
    Sometime around the invention of agriculture, the cats came crawling. It was mice and rats, probably, that attracted the wild felines. The rats came because of stores of grain, made possible by human agriculture. And so cats and humans began their millennia-long coexistence. This relationship has been good for us of course—formerly because cats caught the disease-carrying pests stealing our food and presently because cleaning up their hairballs somehow gives purpose to our modern lives. But this relationship has been great for cats as species, too. From their native home in the Middle East, the first tamed cats followed humans...
  • People share adorable snaps of..felines who show up at their house TOTALLY uninvited [tr]

    06/11/2017 4:41:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2017 | Esta Gurkan
    You may think that owners pick which pet they want - but sometimes animals make the decision for themselves. In these adorable photographs compiled byBored Panda, reluctant owners reveal just what happens when cats turn up uninvited at their homes - and what little power they have to get rid of them.
  • Cats 1,100 times as deadly to wildlife as lead poisoning?

    05/27/2017 6:26:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
     Image from The number of animals that die from lead poisoning because of lead projectiles or lead sinkers on fishing tackle, is highly disputed. The high end estimates are about 10-20 million a year in the United States. Let us put that into perspective. Cats kill birds and small animals. Lead poisoning kills some birds and animals. Animals are killed in collisions with vehicles on our roads.  All animals die. How significant are these numbers?  In Internet wanderings I came across some numbers that show that estimates of the deaths by these various means are pretty wild. The...
  • Citrus Heights Neighbors Say Nuns are Trapping, Relocating Their Cats

    05/22/2017 11:38:30 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 32 replies
    Fox 40 (Californina) ^ | May 19, 2017 | Mark Demsky
    Police in Citrus Heights, along with Animal Control, have become involved in the case. They say the two nuns were upset that cats were getting into their garden. "For lack of a better term, these two ladies were at their wit's end and they just wanted some peace, and if they couldn't move themselves then they might be able to move the other half of the problem, which was the cats," Boehle said.
  • Physicists breeding Schroedinger cat states

    05/08/2017 5:55:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | 05/01/2017
    Physicists have learned how they could breed Schrödinger cats in optics. Scientists tested a method that could potentially amplify superpositions of classical states of light beyond microscopic limits and help determine the boundaries between the quantum and classical worlds. ... Co-author and University of Calgary graduate student Anastasia Pushkina explains: "The idea of the experiment was proposed in 2003 by the group of Professor Timothy Ralph of the University of Queensland, Australia. In essence, we cause interference of two "cats" on a beam splitter. This leads to an entangled state in the two output channels of that beam splitter. In...
  • Marcus Hiles - Develops Dog-Friendly Luxury Communities with Upmarket Pet Features

    04/30/2017 9:52:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 30, 2017 | Accesswire
    DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / April 30, 2017 / Understanding the importance of pets in today's marketplace and anticipating market demand, real estate developer and philanthropist Marcus Hiles emerged as an early adopter of pampering amenities for domestic animals, building them into upscale communities designed and created by his Dallas-based firm, Western Rim Property Services. Hiles sees the trend continuing well into the future. Solid numbers reinforce the growing demand for acceptance of canines and felines, illustrated by a March 15, 2012 Adweek article posting 2010 census numbers, counting 43 million households with four-footed roommates, but only 38 million households...
  • PURR-FECT SPIES CIA ‘implanted microphones into CATS’ in a bizarre attempt to spy on Russia

    04/28/2017 6:01:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Sun ^ | April 28, 2017 | Neal Baker
    CIA spooks tried to spy on Soviet Russia using CATS implanted with microphones under their skin. Declassified docs show how spy chiefs praised “pioneering” scientists for slitting open moggies and stitching in electronic hardware to uncover their enemies’ secrets.
  • Texas police capture rattlesnake stared down by 'fearless cat'

    04/24/2017 10:34:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UPI ^ | April 24, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A Texas police department shared photos from the capture of a massive rattlesnake spotted by bird-watchers hanging out next to a "fearless cat." The Laguna Vista Police Department said the Bay Area Birders of LV reported they were on a walking trail Thursday when they spotted the snake.