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Home Buyers Pay Extra $122K for Family's Cat

Australian family agrees to throw in Tiffany

(Newser) - It's difficult to put a price on a family's love for their cat, unless you're in Australia, where $122,000 seems to do the trick. A buyer bid that amount over the asking price for a home valued at about $1.8 million—as long as the... More »

We Stress Cats Out by Thinking They're Like Dogs: Expert

Socializing isn't their strong suit

(Newser) - Cats aren't dogs, and they'd like us to remember that, an animal behavior expert tells the Telegraph . We stress them out by expecting them to be as sociable as our canine friends, happy to be petted and hang out in the same space as other cats. But that... More »

Man Being Chased by Cops Stops to Play With Cats

Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino faces multiple charges in Florida

(Newser) - Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino was apparently so stressed out during a police chase last week he stopped at a stranger's house to play with her cats. The saga began when the 21-year-old allegedly stole $15,000 from a friend in Florida, and police later saw him hit a car at an... More »

Cat Lives Secret Life With 2 Families

New Zealand households in catfight over Ming/Cleo

(Newser) - Alice Alexander probably had no idea that the name she gave her new Siamese cat 14 years ago would prove so prescient. She called him "Ming," because he liked to mingle—so much so that he has been going back and forth between her New Zealand home and... More »

100 Tuxedo Cats Left at Shelter

California facility hopes to find person to talk about spaying, neutering

(Newser) - If you're partial to black and white "tuxedo" cats, an animal shelter in Novato, Calif., would like to talk. It seems someone has dropped off more than 100 of the cats over the last 18 months. The last dropoff occurred Monday, when a car pulled up to the... More »

Owners Call Cops on Cat Holding Them 'Hostage'

Another angry feline causes humans to hide in bedroom

(Newser) - The police dispatcher's unusual message: "Female is calling on 9-1-1 advising that her cat is holding her and her daughter hostage in the bedroom." That would be 14-year-old Cuppy, who got agitated for reasons known only to Cuppy and decided to keep the women trapped for fear... More »

Woman Eating Dog, Cat Food for 30 Days

Dorothy Hunter says it's just that nutritious

(Newser) - Forget the ice diet or downing 1,000 McNuggets : For real culinary adventure, there's a pet-store owner in Washington state who's pledged to eat nothing but cat and dog food for a whole month, Fox News reports. Dorothy Hunter says all of her products at Paw’s Natural... More »

Cat Returns Home After 13 Years

Owner didn't realize at first, but vet confirms hunch

(Newser) - And another for "the cat came back" files: This one's a doozy, with a woman in Australia reporting that her cat Shelby turned up on her doorstep after 13 years on the lam, reports 7News Melbourne . Paula Harper-Adams says she at first didn't recognize the sorry-looking creature,... More »

Dog People, Cat People Really Are Different

And study finds one group may be smarter

(Newser) - "Dog people" and "cat people" may both fall into the animal lover category, but they're not exactly cut from the same cloth, a new study finds. Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello and her team surveyed 600 college students and found cat lovers to be more open-minded, sensitive,... More »

Dog Tackled by 'Hero Cat' Put Down

Thousands urged shelter to save 'unadoptable' dog

(Newser) - While Tara the cat has become a celebrity after saving her owners' 4-year-old son from a dog attack , the dog involved was euthanized over the weekend. The 8-month-old Labrador-Chow mix who bit the boy and tried to drag him down his driveway before the cat intervened was put down with... More »

App Tracks Down Pets That Match Your Old One

PetMatch uses your photo to find adoptable dogs and cats nearby

(Newser) - A new app could help you get over Rover—with a lookalike replacement for the pooch who's passed on. You upload a picture of your pet, and PetMatch uses visual recognition technology to find a matching one that's available for adoption, TechCrunch reports. It's a product from... More »

After 1K Dog Deaths, Petco Drops All Treats Made in China

3 humans also made ill by jerky treats

(Newser) - Exactly why certain pet jerky treats have been linked to 1,000 dog deaths—and a handful of human illnesses—remains a mystery. But the concern over the treats , in particular those made in China, is enough for Petco to take action, the company says in a statement. Now, the... More »

Watch This Cat Save Boy From Dog Attack

'Tara' plays the hero in dramatic video

(Newser) - Even those who prefer dogs over cats will have to give it up for the cat on this one. In video from Bakersfield, California, a 4-year-old boy is getting bitten and dragged by a neighbor's dog when the family cat streaks in out of nowhere and saves the day.... More »

Our Planet Just Can't Sustain Pets

Erik Assadourian: We need to change pet culture drastically

(Newser) - In a piece that may not sit well with some pet owners, Erik Assadourian argues that pets are detrimental to the planet—and it's time to take action. "Two German Shepherds use more resources just for their annual food needs than the average Bangladeshi uses each year in... More »

25 Dead Cats Found in Bags on Trees in NYC Suburb

Authorities investigating discovery in Yonkers

(Newser) - Necropsies will be performed on about 25 dead cats that were found inside neatly-tied plastic bags hanging from tree limbs in a New York City suburb. Authorities say the cats found yesterday morning in a wooded area of Yonkers were in various stages of decomposition. An SPCA official from Westchester... More »

Missing Cat Back Home After 7 Years

He had left in a snit when a dog joined the house

(Newser) - The cat came back—after seven years. The unexpected reunion took place in Iceland, when Birkir Fjalar Vioarsson got a call from a shelter informing him that his cat Orvar had shown up, reports the Reykjavik Grapevine . Orvar bolted in 2007, apparently displeased about the family's addition of a... More »

Cat Cafe a Big Hit in London

Two expected to open in US this year

(Newser) - Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering—and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. "People do want to have pets, and in tiny flats, you can't," said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened... More »

Family on Crazy 22-lb Attack Cat: He Stays

Therapy might be on the table for old Lux

(Newser) - If your 22-pound cat clawed your infant, then went on a yowling rampage that ended with your family barricaded in a bedroom on the phone to 911 , you'd think a little, er, tension might result. But Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker seem pretty sanguine in the aftermath, telling the... More »

Man's History With Cats Even Older Than Thought

New findings in Egypt age our relationship

(Newser) - Humans have been in a relationship with cats for far longer than previously known—some 5,700 years in fact, according to new research that predates the oldest feline finds in China . Most evidence has pointed to cat domestication in Egypt circa 1950 BC, but excavations at an ancient Egyptian... More »

Cats May See Things That Are Invisible to Us

Dogs and reindeer, too

(Newser) - If you saw the world through the eyes of your pet, you'd very likely be seeing a lot more than you currently do. That according to new research that has found that cats, dogs, and select other animals may be able to see things that are invisible to the... More »

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