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  • 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 spiegel.com 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
    phys.org ^ | 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.
  • Mountain Lion Snatches Small Dog from Pescadero Home: Sheriff

    04/19/2017 3:01:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | April 19, 2017 | Michelle Roberts
    Vickie Fought says she saw "wet, very clear, large paw prints" after her dog was taken from her bedroomThe San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents on the Peninsula to lock and secure their homes after a women reported that a mountain lion attacked her dog in Pescadero, California. Deputies responded early Monday morning to a report of a mountain lion entering a home and snatching a small dog. Vickie Fought told deputies she and her 12-year-old daughter were sleeping in a bedroom with their small dog at the foot of their bed and the back door open a...
  • Owner of Now-Defunct Cuddles Cat Cafe Jailed for Lying About Cats' Health

    04/18/2017 4:54:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 19 Apr 2017
    The owner of the now-defunct Cuddles Cat Cafe was on Tuesday (Apr 18) sentenced to two weeks' jail for giving false information about the health of the cats on his premises. Jonathan Tan Wei-De was also fined S$3,500 for failing to comply with licensing conditions, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a media release. Tan's cat cafe was thrust in the spotlight in October 2014 when the AVA was alerted to allegations of mismanagement of diseased cats there. He was also believed to have provided falsified cat health records when applying for a temporary licence with...
  • Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to ban eating of cat and dog meat

    04/14/2017 11:25:20 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 42 replies
    China Post ^ | April 11, 2017 | The China Post news staff
    Taiwan has passed landmark animal protection laws imposing fines for the consumption of dog and cat meat as well as jail time for those who kill and torture animals. The Animal Protection Act amendments approved by the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday punish the sale, purchase or consumption of dog or cat meat with fines ranging from NT$50,000 to NT$2 million. The amendment's sponsor, Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-min, said that while some localities already had measures banning dog and cat meat consumption, national legislation was needed. She noted that Taiwan was the first country in Asia to pass such legislation.
  • Taiwan Bans Sale, Eating of Dog and Cat Meat

    04/12/2017 4:45:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat, as the island’s legislature on Tuesday passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws. The island’s official Central News Agency (CNA) said the revision showed the transition “from a society in which dog meat was regularly consumed” to where “many people treat pet cats and dogs as valued members of their families.” Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat. Individuals who eat or trade dog or cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 to $8,200. The amendment also bans...
  • Cat Missing From Denver for 9 Months Found in Dallas

    04/01/2017 3:04:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Mar 31, 2017 | Hannah Everman
    Harvey was found stuck in a 25-foot hole in a Dallas construction siteA cat missing from Denver since last June turned up at a construction site in Dallas this week. It's been a long journey for Harvey the cat. A total of 794 miles, to be exact. Construction workers found Harvey stuck in a 25-foot hole at their site in Highland Park, according to a post from the city of Dallas. It took Dallas Animal Services about six hours to free the cat. He was caked in mud, but otherwise in good shape. After being cleaned up, Animal Services found...
  • Adorable video shows cats 'training scientist' to bring them food every time they ring a bell

    03/31/2017 6:28:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 31, 2017 | Rod Ardehali
    A pair of kittens 'trained' a human to bring them treats every time they ring a bell. In a twist on the famous Pavlov's Dog experiment, where a canine was conditioned to associate food with the sound of a bell, some Twitter users have suggested in jest that the cats were in fact training the human. The adorable footage shows the two cats pawing at a bell and then given a treat.
  • ~*~*~*~THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD~*~*~*~

    03/31/2017 5:57:04 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 46 replies
    WHO'S SIDE ARE YOU ON? Dogs? What is a Dog? Dogs spend all day sprawled on the most comfortable piece of furniture in the house. They can hear a package of food opening half a block away, but don't hear you when you're in the same room. They can look dumb and lovable all at the same time. They growl when they are not happy. When you want to play, they want to play. When you want to be alone, they want to play. They leave their toys everywhere. CONCLUSION: They're tiny men in little fur coats. Where Dogs...
  • Larry? Downing Street cat catches a mouse in his claws only to let it run free [tr]

    03/16/2017 1:11:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2017 | George Odling
    He is one of the most famous mousers in the world and has spent half a decade longer at Number 10 than Theresa May. But has Larry the Cat lost his bloodthirsty edge? Downing Street insiders have said the docile moggy is happy to snooze while mice scurry past his nose and that he lacks the killer instinct of some of his more ferocious colleagues. While staff are full of praise for the skills of Treasury cat Gladstone and Palmerston of the Foreign Office, Larry has been spotted playing with a mouse before allowing it to scamper off.
  • Hilarious video captures cute cat mumbling to himself while hunting birds on the patio

    02/28/2017 9:41:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Febuary 28, 2017 | Ariel Zilber
    Bird-watching can be frustrating – especially if you’re a cat. An internet video showing a feline apparently mumbling to itself while looking for birds through a window has gone viral on Monday. As of Monday afternoon, it had generated over 1.4 million views on YouTube. One can only wonder what the cat is saying.
  • Reality TV show livestreaming kittens called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians becomes a hit [tr]

    02/24/2017 9:38:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2017 | Hannah Al-Othman
    A new fly-on-the-wall reality TV show called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians featuring a gang of adorable kittens has become a surprise hit in Iceland. The cats, from a local animal rescue shelter, live together in an over-sized dollhouse, which has been rigged with hidden cameras. The programme was created in partnership with the Icelandic Cat Protection Society.
  • Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says

    02/22/2017 9:41:16 AM PST · by fruser1 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | Fox News
    Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says Although you may hold suspicions about your neighbor who feeds the local stray cats, new research has found no link between owning a feline and exhibiting psychotic symptoms. The University College London findings cast doubt on previous research, which suggested that people who grew up with cats are at a higher risk of mental illness. “The message for cat owners is clear: there is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children’s mental health,” Dr. Francesca Solmi, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “In our study,...
  • To declaw cats or not? New Jersey could be first with ban

    02/08/2017 7:54:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 10:33 AM EST | Shawn Marsh
    Cats would keep their claws under a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to prohibit declawing. The measure, which cleared the lower house of the Legislature last month, bans onychectomies and flexor tendonectomies on a cat or any animal unless a veterinarian deems them medically necessary. A vote on the measure was delayed in a state Senate committee Monday, and it’s not clear when it will move forward. The practice, often undertaken to prevent cats from shredding furniture or injuring humans or other pets, is already banned in several California cities and in nearly 20 countries. …