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One-eyed Cat Missing For 5 Years Shows Up on Offshore Oil Rig Baffling Owners

A five-year odyssey for a cat named Dexter seems to have finally come to an end, after a long, covert stay at a prison was interrupted by his arrival onboard an offshore oil rig, which finally resulted in a call to animal services. The cat was a regular “well-loved” hangabout at Her Majesty’s Prison Grampian […]

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Dogs Can Differentiate Between Languages, Study Finds

Dog brains can detect speech and show different activity patterns to familiar and unfamiliar languages, according to a new brain imaging study. This is the first demonstration that a non-human brain can differentiate two languages. “Some years ago, I moved from Mexico to Hungary to join the Neuroethology of Communication Lab at the Department of […]

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Young Woman Makes a Special Pouch For Her Cat to Take Him Traveling Around Italy – His Favorite Hobby

Bounty is a traveling cat who loves to discover new places. Snuggled up in his special backpack slung over owner Doina Muravschi, he has enjoyed cycling tours of Italy, mountaineering, and camping, all the while seeing sights that would make the front page of National Geographic. Just recently, Bounty has presumably become the first house […]

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Why Cats Love to Sit in Boxes – Even Fake Ones, According to Science

Most millennial cat owners will be familiar with the phrase “If I fits, I sits,” used so often to caption delightful online images of cats attempting to squeeze into a box, drawer, bag, bowl, or other container. But if no such object were there, would cats still try to inhabit, say, inside a picture of […]

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Cats Are Less Stressed in Families With Children Who Have Autism, Study Finds

While researchers have found that adding a shelter cat to the family can help lower stress and anxiety for children with autism, a new study shows that joining a family does wonders for the felines, too. “It’s not only important to examine how families of children with autism may benefit from these wonderful companion animals, […]

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Cats Track Their Owners’ Movements, Research Finds

It turns out that cats keep a mental map of their territory inside their heads which they can use to abstract out information. A recent study showed however that on the legend of that map, the largest icon is us: their owners. Cats track where their owners are at all times, a study from the […]

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65 Cats Are Treated Like Favored Guests at the World Renown Hermitage Museum in Russia

Like the building itself, the cats which roam freely around the basement of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg have endured through changing fortunes. Originally brought into the massive Baroque building by Empress Elizabeth I to catch mice, the 65 felines have outlived and even replaced the Tsars which adopted them. Treated like royalty down in […]

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Rare Canadian Cat Has Thumbs Making His Paws Look Like Cute Mittens

Meet Teddy, the adorable polydactyl cat who was born with extra toes that make his front paws look, like human hands. Three-year-old domestic shorthair Teddy is a polydactyl, which means he has extra toes on his hind feet and two thumbs which makes his front paws look like mittens. Teddy, who lives with his owner […]

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Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads? Scientists Look at What’s Going On in Their Minds

You’ve probably seen dogs tilt their head. It’s adorable, but why do they do it? According to scientists, it may be a sign of concentration and memory recall. Several animals, including humans, present an asymmetry in the way they move or perceive the environment through their senses. For instance, one can prefer an ear or […]

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Istanbul Improves the Lives of its Thousands of Stray Cats with Elaborate Outdoor Cat Houses

In Istanbul, a city of 15 million people that’s famous for its relaxed attitude towards stray cats, groups of volunteers build elaborate houses for their feline neighbors. There, cats can find donated food and toys, cushions and boxes to keep them out of harsh weather, and even a new owner if they’re lucky. It all […]

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