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Cats Are Apparently Very Bad News

Don't shoot the messenger

(Newser) - Cuddly kitties, or "destructive predators"? If you place cats into the former category, an article in the Atlantic is about to take you to task for it. Their aloofness notwithstanding, cats aren't a harbinger of good things to come for their individual human owners on a microcosmic... More »

City May Start Requiring Leashes for Cats

Kenai council in Alaska to vote on cat leash law next month

(Newser) - Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council in Alaska wins approval, the AP reports. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and council member Tim Navarre have proposed a cat leash law after complaints from residents about roaming felines. According to the Peninsula Clarion , current city... More »

Grumpy Cat? There May Be an Easy Fix

Food puzzles make cats less needy, more active: study

(Newser) - Cat owners, prepare to be stunned: A new study suggests your cat isn't really a crabby jerk—he's just bored. And there may be a simple way to improve his mood, even his health: challenge him. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say food puzzles—think... More »

Tripping Nebraska Dad Insults Family Cat

He accidentally ate his kids' pot brownies

(Newser) - A middle-aged Nebraska dad who found himself accidentally tripping on pot brownies this week was apparently finally feeling free enough to tell his cat how he really feels. The Omaha World-Herald reports the unnamed 53-year-old man's adult children left their marijuana brownies in the back of his car. He... More »

On Facebook, Cat People Are 'Tired,' Dog People 'Excited'

Cat people prefer fantasy and anime, while dog people go for romance and, well, dogs

(Newser) - Facebook analyzed the behaviors and preferences of 160,000 people who posted photos of cats and dogs, at once both confirming and busting several prevailing pet myths. For instance: Cat owners have 26 fewer friends on Facebook, yet are more likely to be invited to events than their canine-loving... More »

Nasty Parasite in Cat Poo May Be a Cancer Fighter

In mice, it fights ovarian tumors

(Newser) - Again and again, research on the parasite toxoplasma gondii, commonly found in cat feces, reveals just how nasty and widespread it is. It's linked to rage disorder , might boost one's risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, and in an odd and probably fatal twist, makes the mice... More »

Adventurous Cat Goes Undercover as UPS Package

Owner startled when pet tracker showed her cat whisking around the city

(Newser) - One adventurous kitty spent a day last month learning what it was like to be a package, People reports. A woman named Margaret was at work June 30 when she got a notification from her pet tracking app that her cat Penny was on the move—and moving fast. Margaret... More »

In New Zealand Town, Dozens of Cats Go Missing

Owners threaten local police with a protest

(Newser) - When New Zealander Ashleigh Hicks couldn't find her cat, Moses, last Thursday, she set up a Facebook closed group called #freethefurbabies—and quickly learned that her case appears to be far from the only one in Timaru. She says some 50 cats seem to have gone missing in similar... More »

Sink-Loving Kitten Suspected of Flooding Animal Shelter

Florida Humane Society sustains at least $5,000 in damage

(Newser) - A 6-month-old kitten is suspected of causing at least $5,000 in damage at a Florida animal shelter, the Miami Herald reports. According to WPLG , staff at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach discovered their facility was seriously flooded last Thursday morning. They initially thought a pipe had burst... More »

'All Cats Are Beautiful' Bag Gets Woman Fined by Cops

'What a bloody disgusting country'

(Newser) - Maybe the officers were dog people? The Local reports a woman in Madrid was fined by police Sunday for carrying a bag that read "All Cats Are Beautiful." The two riot officers that stopped graphic designer Belén Lobero claimed the acronym on the bag—despite the drawing... More »

Couple's Wedding Guest List: 1,100 Cats

It was the first wedding to be held at California's Cat House on the Kings

(Newser) - At most weddings, it would probably be considered impolite, or at the very least unusual, if the majority of guests began to lick themselves. But it was neither impolite nor unusual in the case of the 1,100 guests at a Canadian couple's destination wedding in California. Dominic Husson... More »

How School Teaches Science: Jump-Roping With Cat Intestines

Though Texas district says it'll change lesson plan after anatomy class video went viral

(Newser) - A "concerned whistleblower" blew long and hard by sending a video to PETA that showed a Texas high school class jumping rope with cat intestines—but the school district says it was all part of a lesson plan that wasn't meant to be cruel to animals, per KENS... More »

Parasite Found in Cat Poop Linked to Rage Disorder

Toxoplasmosis has been linked to host of neurological disorders

(Newser) - People prone to angry outbursts are more than twice as likely to be infected with a common parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is often spread through cat feces. So report researchers in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry , who looked for circulating antibodies to the parasite in 358 adults with intermittent... More »

Your Cat's Fur Color May Predict Its Attitude

Calicos and tortoiseshells are feistier

(Newser) - If your feline friend has a bad "cattitude," the color of its fur might be a factor. Researchers at UC Davis have found a correlation between a cat's markings and its level of feistiness, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Calicos and tortoiseshells are more likely to... More »

Belgians React to Raids With Twitterstorm of Cats

#BrusselsLockdown hashtag was meant to stymie terror suspects

(Newser) - Brussels may have been on lockdown Sunday , but residents' Twitter accounts weren't—and they tweeted photos of cats. As police continued anti-terror raids and their search for Paris attack suspects , including Salah Abdeslam, Belgian citizens were asked to keep their social media dark about any police activity so the... More »

Why Scaring Cats With Cucumbers Isn't Great for Cats

'If you do it for laughs, it makes me question your humanity'

(Newser) - The new viral craze is apparently scaring cats with cucumbers , because the Internet is a weird place and humans enjoy low-grade animal cruelty as long as it's adorable. But National Geographic reports that we should all maybe not be scaring our cats with cucumbers. According to Upvoted , the first... More »

Mystery Buyer Spends Small Fortune on Cat Painting

All 42 cats in the painting are Persians and Angoras

(Newser) - There are cat enthusiasts and crazy cat ladies, and San Francisco art collector Kate Birdsall Johnson definitely liked her cats. The millionaire is said to have had some 350 felines at her 3,000-acre summer residence/cat ranch in Buena Vista, Calif., and invited artist Carl Kahler to do a portrait... More »

Israeli Pol's Suggestion: Deport Stray Cats

Idea is met with mockery

(Newser) - A Cabinet minister has drawn outrage and mockery after suggesting transferring the thousands of stray cats that walk the streets of Israel to another country. The Yediot daily (in English online, Ynet News ) published what it said was a letter by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel proposing the idea. It... More »

Your Cat May Really Want You Dead

Study compares domesticated cats to African lions

(Newser) - Cats are fluffy little creatures that like playing with string and lying on their backs for a tummy rub. They're also neurotic predators that might suddenly kill you if only they were bigger, according to one interpretation of a study on cats. The study , by University of Edinburgh researchers... More »

Here's Why Your Cat May Not Care When You Leave

New study shows domestic cats don't show signs of secure attachment to humans

(Newser) - There are a lot of cats in the United States. Perhaps close to 95 million live with us as pets, reports the Times-Picayune . But does our affection for these feline friends move in just one direction? New research in the journal PLoS One suggests that domesticated cats are more independent... More »

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