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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 »

Beluga Whales Infected With Cat Parasite

Poses health threat to Inuits

(Newser) - The Toxoplasma gondii parasite, carried by cats, can cause rats to stop fearing the felines; in humans, it can cause blindness. Now, beluga whales in the Arctic have been discovered to have the parasite—and researchers fear it could infect the people who eat them. "The only way to... More »

Litter of Kittens Busts Into Maximum Security Prison

Staff, inmates now taking care of them

(Newser) - Four kittens seeking shelter managed to find some in the unlikeliest of places: a maximum security prison in upstate New York. The Glens Falls Post-Star says the kittens, just weeks old at the time and in sorry shape, somehow found their way into the Great Meadow Correctional Facility. One inmate... More »

Cats Were Farmers' Friends 5K Years Ago

Ancient bones shed light on domestication timeline

(Newser) - Ancient bones unearthed in China have shed new light on how humans came to tame cats—though some cat owners would describe the relationship as being the other way around. Analysis of the cat bones found in a millet-farming village suggest that cats were living alongside humans 5,300 years... More »

Miracle Cat Found Alive in Rubble of Burned Shelter

Many other animals died in the blaze

(Newser) - A Kentucky animal shelter burned to the ground last Friday with 60 animals inside, about half of whom died in the blaze—but nearly a week later, a miracle. Freckles, a 1-year-old cat, was found in the rubble of the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter, WKYT reports. She was found by... More »

Your Dog Can Now Get Hospice Care

Vets increasingly making end-of-life home visits

(Newser) - With pet owners reluctant to lose their companions at a veterinary clinic, end-of-life care for animals is changing. Increasingly, vets are offering in-home services, during which they make dying dogs and cats as comfortable as possible; in many cases, they ultimately euthanize them in their own homes, the New York ... More »

To Draw in Abused Women, Shelters Embrace Their Pets

Few institutions allow them, but New York is taking the lead

(Newser) - Taking refuge can be difficult when it means leaving a beloved animal behind—and women's shelters are starting to take notice. Between 18% and 48% of battered women said they put off leaving abusive partners because they had to abandon pets, a 2007 survey found; another study noted that... More »

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