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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 »

Woman Gets Stuck on Cliff While Trying to Rescue Cat

Helicopter rescues woman; cat rescues itself

(Newser) - A 51-year-old California woman who climbed up a steep slope behind her house to rescue one of her cats ended up needing to be airlifted off the cliff, CBS Los Angeles reports. The cat, meanwhile, made it down safely on its own. While attempting to retrieve the cat yesterday, Sara... More »

In Cats vs. Dogs, History Answers

Cats are responsible for the extinction of 40 early canine species

(Newser) - It's official: Cats are better than dogs. Better predators, that is. So say researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences after looking at more than 2,000 fossils of prehistoric cats and dogs in North America. It turns out that when cats arrived on the continent... More »

World's Oldest Cat Lives in Oregon

Corduroy is 26 years old

(Newser) - A 26-year-old cat in Oregon has been named the oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. The cat named Corduroy is owned by a family in the central Oregon city of Sisters. His owner, Ashley Reed Okura, has had him since he was a kitten and she was 7. It'... More »

122 Cats Saved From 'Filthy, Flea-Infested' Home

Owners had planned to open a cat sanctuary

(Newser) - More than 120 cats and kittens were rescued from the "filthy, flea-infested conditions" of a Pennsylvania house and should be ready for adoption soon, according to animal control officials. Apparently the owners of the 122 cats planned on opening a cat sanctuary but were unable to keep up with... More »

Ancient Cat Paw Prints Found on Roman Roof Tile

They did what they wanted 2K years ago, too

(Newser) - It's now a safe bet that people have been swearing at cats for 2,000 years. Officials at the Gloucester City Museum in England have found an ancient roof tile with the telltale paw prints of a feline being somewhere it wasn't supposed to be, reports the Telegraph... More »

Scientists Determine How You Should Pet Your Cat

Steer clear of the tail

(Newser) - If your cat doesn't seem to want to sit still while you pet it, you might be doing it wrong. Yes, it turns out there is a right and wrong way to pet a cat, per a study published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in late 2014. As the... More »

You're in Denial About How Many Animals Your Cat Kills

Study: Most cat owners don't see cats as harmful to wildlife

(Newser) - Would you categorize your cat as a cuddly fluffball or a cold-blooded killer? Even if it's not quite the former, it's probably not the latter, a study out of the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London suggests. Researchers evaluated the predatory habits of cats living... More »

'Hero Dog' Award Goes to a Cat

But not even dogs would argue with this one

(Newser) - For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat. In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family's Bakersfield home. Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a... More »

Your Cat Could Be Clawing at Your Mental Health

Cat parasite may boost risk of schizophrenia, other mental illnesses

(Newser) - Cat owners, beware: A parasite found in feline feces could not only make you physically sick, but also mentally so, according to new research . Cats carry a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii, which can be passed to humans through feces. As many as 60 million Americans may carry the parasite,... More »

Angry Cat Keeps Couple Out of Home for Hours

Newborn kitten is probably why

(Newser) - Another for the angry cat files : A man in Stamford called 911 to report that he and his wife were too afraid of their cat to go inside their home, reports NBC Connecticut . Mohammed Lokman placed the call about 1:30am, after the two of them had been stuck outside... More »

Cat Lick Blamed for Woman's Blindness

Ohio pet owner loses vision in one eye to 'cat scratch disease'

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who suddenly lost vision in one of her eyes has learned that her own cat is to blame, reports WTOL . Doctors at the University of Toledo diagnosed cat scratch disease as the culprit. "Anything that is exposed to the cat's mouth, including if you have... More »

Abandoned Kittens' New Mom: Male Cat With Brain Disorder

Henry has 'taken a shine' to 6 kittens named after 'Brady Bunch' kids

(Newser) - Six abandoned kittens are getting a nurturing boost from an unlikely source—a male cat with a slight neurological disorder. The 3-week-old kittens—named after Brady Bunch kids Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Greg, Peter, and Bobby—have been adopted by Henry, an 8-month-old male cat in the southeast Alaska community of... More »

Cat Survives Power Pole Shock, 25-Foot Fall

Liam is banged up but will survive

(Newser) - The owner of a 17-pound Siamese cat named Liam says he has nearly used up his nine lives after getting shocked on a power pole in Oregon and falling 25 feet. Jennifer Kagay tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier that she and her husband were lying in bed early Tuesday... More »

How Mozart Could Make Your Kitty's Spaying Safer

Research suggests classical music can ease feline stress on the operating table

(Newser) - Surgery isn't a calming experience—so it only makes sense that your cat would rather hear soothing strings than distorted guitars. In what has to be one of science's odder recent experiments, researchers in Portugal decided to pop a pair of headphones on a dozen cats while they... More »

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