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'Croydon Cat Killer' Is No Killer at All

400 cats weren't killed by human hand, police say

(Newser) - For three years, Southern England has been in search of the Croydon Cat Killer , the seemingly macabre culprit behind a series of animal killings, mostly in the form of beheadings. Now, after the deaths of some 400 cats, police say the case has been closed—and that the killer wasn'... More »

More Dead Cats Found With Spines Removed in Washington

Death toll up to 12 for the year in Thurston County

(Newser) - A $36,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a Washington state killer—of cats. The New York Times revisits the situation in Thurston County, which in early August made headlines over the deaths of six cats, killed in 2018 in a manner that Animal... More »

Dead Cats Being Found With Their Spines Removed

Thurston County, Washington, is up to 7 such deaths

(Newser) - Something macabre is afoot in Washington's Thurston County. Seven cats have been found killed and mutilated there in recent months, and brutally so. Q13 cites Animal Services Officer Erika Johnson as describing the "extremely horrific" methodology: The animals were sliced from their stern to their genitals, and their... More »

Counting Cats Just Became a Full-Time Job in DC

$1.5M project aims for better management of cat population

(Newser) - A $1.5 million project launched in Washington, DC, has one main goal: count all the cats. DC Cat Count , a collaboration by the Humane Society, Humane Rescue Alliance, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and PetSmart Charities, aims to create an accurate estimate of the entire cat population, including pet cats,... More »

'Guarded' Prognosis for Cat Tortured With Firecracker

Someone put the explosive into Katy P.'s rectum

(Newser) - They named her Katy P., after Katy Perry and her "Firework" song, but the backstory behind an Ohio cat's new moniker is more horrific than inspiring. People notes the tabby is "lucky to be alive" after someone's cruel decision to place a lit firecracker into the... More »

Judge Sues Over Neighbor's Urinating Cat, but With a Twist

The case records ended up sealed, and a law professor is trying to reverse that

(Newser) - It falls under the umbrella of typical neighborly quarrels: Homeowner 1 is angered at Homeowner 2, whose cat is peeing on Homeowner 1's back porch. What elevates the argument occurring in Spokane, Wash., isn't just that a lawsuit was involved—but that it was sealed. The Los Angeles ... More »

After Week on Lam at JFK, Sly Cat Is Busted

Pepper got loose as owner was about to board flight to China on April 20

(Newser) - There's missing your flight, and then there's the tale of Pepper the cat, whose weeklong romp at John F. Kennedy International Airport has now come to an end: The 4-year-old escaped her owner, who was about to board a flight to China as part of her move there,... More »

A New Development in Ex-Spy Poisoning: 3 Dead Pets

Cat, 2 guinea pigs found on Sergei Skripal's property, though Skripal himself is improving

(Newser) - First good news on Yulia Skripal ; now an optimistic outlook for her dad. Doctors at the UK hospital where Sergei Skripal has been convalescing since his March 4 poisoning report the 66-year-old ex-Russian spy is "responding well to treatment, improving rapidly, and is no longer in a critical condition,... More »

'Keyboard Cat' Has Tickled His Last Ivory

Internet sensation Bento has died at age 8

(Newser) - An online memento to Bento is how many fans found out some sad news late last week about one of the internet's most famous cats. People reports that a six-minute tribute to the renowned "Keyboard Cat" was posted Friday, announcing the musically inclined feline's death on March... More »

Owner Decides 17-Year-Old Cat Is Worth a $19K Surgery

Betsy Boyd didn't hesitate to pony up money for kidney transplant for her 'muse' Stanley

(Newser) - When Stanley needed a potentially lifesaving kidney transplant, Betsy Boyd didn't blink at coughing up the $19,000 needed to pay for it. What has the generosity of this Baltimore mother of two making headlines, per the Baltimore Sun : That amount is more than 40% of her annual salary,... More »

This Might Be the Biggest Reward Ever for Missing Pets

Michigan owners offer $100K in bitcoin after 4 felines go missing after fire

(Newser) - The owners of four cats that went missing after a house fire last month are getting reports of sightings in their Detroit-area neighborhood—and they're offering a lucrative reward to anyone who can help get one or all safely home. One odd twist: two of the cats are in... More »

Can We Really Blame a Dog for Freaking Out During Cats?

Service animal went after feline-dressed performer during Broadway play

(Newser) - A showing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats almost went to the dogs this week, quite literally. Witnesses tell the New York Post that during a performance at New York City's Neil Simon Theatre, a service dog broke free from its owner during the opening number and rushed the... More »

Study Answers Age-Old Question: Are Dogs or Cats Smarter?

Dogs win, at least in cortical neurons, say researchers

(Newser) - It's not likely to be the last word on the subject, but researchers at Vanderbilt University have come up with an answer to the age-old question of whether dogs or cats are smarter. And it's a win for dog lovers. Study author Suzana Herculano-Houzel explains neurons in the... More »

Polish Politician Reads Book About Cats, Spurs Controversy

Cynics say Jaroslaw Kaczynski was trying to soften his image, deflect from 'collapsing' democracy

(Newser) - Poland's most powerful politician openly read a book about cats during a session of parliament Friday, setting off a slew of jokes but also accusations that he was trying to distract voters from a controversial overhaul of the judicial system. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 68, leader of the country's ruling... More »

Denver Residents Can No Longer Declaw Their Cats

City council unanimously votes to ban the procedure

(Newser) - Declawing cats is now prohibited in Denver. A bill banning the practice passed unanimously at a Denver City Council meeting Monday, KUSA reports. The procedure, formally known as an onychectomy, surgically removes all or most of the last bone on each of a cat's 10 front toes, severing tendons,... More »

Things Looked Dire for MLB Team. Then a Cat Showed Up

'Rally Cat' getting credit for dramatic St. Louis Cardinals victory

(Newser) - The Cardinals needed help. They got "Rally Cat"—and now baseball has a new hero and meme. MLB.com explains: The St. Louis Cardinals trailed the Kansas City Royals 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth in a crucial playoff-race game Wednesday, but they had the bases loaded.... More »

Boat Captain Springs Into Action When Cat Thrown From Bridge

He not only rescued the cat but plans to adopt it

(Newser) - A Florida charter boat captain couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a creature falling from a bridge Thursday, the AP reports. According to the Panama City News Herald , Capt. Jordan Smith was traveling near a bridge in Destin when an animal was apparently thrown off. The 35-year-old Smith... More »

States With Fattest Dogs, Cats

What are you feeding your pets, Minnesota and Nebraska?

(Newser) - America's growing obesity problem isn't just for humans. There's been a 196% increase in overweight dogs and a 158% increase in overweight cats over the past decade, People reports, citing data from Banfield Pet Hospital. Banfield's 2017 State of Pet Health Report looked at the medical... More »

DNA Study Reveals Cats' Spread in Ancient World

It helped that humans found them useful thousands of years ago

(Newser) - Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world. A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the Middle East, in which people evidently took cats with them, reports the... More »

Potentially Record-Setting Cat Has a Taste for Kangaroo

Omar may be the world's longest cat

(Newser) - What's it take for a cat to grow so long it's in contention for a Guinness World Record? Good genes, a good home, and lots of raw kangaroo meat, apparently. "It's the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat," Stephy Hirst... More »

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