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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 »

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 »

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