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South Carolina Cat Turns Up in California

'Kevin' disappeared from original owner 2 years ago

(Newser) - Another entry in the cat-came-back chronicles, though this orange tabby had some help in doing so. "Kevin" disappeared two years ago in South Carolina and turned up this month about 2,000 miles away in California. He apparently hitched a ride in a U-Haul trailer being towed across the... More »

Guy Gets 2 Years for Killing Cats of Fiancee's Family

Timothy Olschafskie pleads guilty to killing 5 cats

(Newser) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family—a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court. Timothy Olschafskie (ol-SHAF'-skee) pleaded guilty Friday in Enfield Superior Court to multiple counts of maliciously killing animals. He... More »

'Zombie Cat' May Go Up for Adoption

Humane Society says it won't give 'Bart' back to owner

(Newser) - Bart the "zombie cat" might be getting a new home. The Humane Society of Tampa says it won't return the cat to its owner after learning new information about Bart's "home environment" and how he came to be buried. Among other things, it appears that the... More »

New York May Outlaw Declawing of Cats

It would be the first state to do so

(Newser) - An animal rights champion who also happens to be a lawmaker in New York state has introduced legislation to make it illegal to declaw cats, reports the Daily News . The measure by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal would make exceptions only for reasons deemed medically necessary by a vet—and it... More »

Cat's Fish Feast Costs Deli $1K

Feline dined on dried octopus, squid, other gourmet seafood at deli

(Newser) - This stray cat strutted up to a deli in Russia's Vladivostok International Airport and got right to work—chowing down on dried octopus, squid, and whatever other fine fare the shop's owner had set out for his human customers, the BBC reports. The cat, apparently an airport regular,... More »

Grumpy Cat Story 'Completely Inaccurate'

Express reported earnings of $100M over 2 years for her owner

(Newser) - A cat with dwarfism hasn't made her owner rich after all. The Express reported that Grumpy Cat, the Internet sensation who recently starred in a film, had made almost $100 million over the past two years—but the cat's owner, Tabatha Bundesen, tells the Huffington Post that that... More »

Why Dogs Are Messy Drinkers —But Cats Aren't

Canines 'smash their tongues on water': researcher

(Newser) - When grabbing a drink, neither cats nor dogs are able to squeeze their cheeks closed to suck up liquids the way humans can. Instead, they have to use their tongues in processes researchers didn't understand until recently, Reuters reports. Cats, researchers found a few years back , put their tongues... More »

Never Give These Foods to Your Pet

Grapes, avocados, cookies are dangerous for dogs, cats

(Newser) - You may have heard that you shouldn't give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn't:
  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to
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Your Cat Is Pretty Much a Wild Animal

Genetically speaking, at least

(Newser) - If your cuddly feline appears to think he's a vicious wildcat—well, he's actually got it almost right. A study finds that genetically, our house cats aren't very different from their wild cousins, despite thousands of years of domestication, Time reports. "We believe we have created... More »

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 »

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