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Ikea Has a 'Hairy' New Furniture Collection

It's for your pets

(Newser) - Scratching posts from the pet store are so 2016. Instead, Ikea hopes to elevate animal accoutrements to a more contemporary status with its new line of furniture and accessories for cats, dogs, and whatever other domestic creatures might crave their own custom-made lounging areas. Mashable reports on the "Lurvig"... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

New Environmental Concern: Our Meat-Eating Cats and Dogs

Research finds cats, dogs produce 64M tons of CO2 by eating meat

(Newser) - A UCLA professor isn't saying anyone who cares about the environment should get rid of their beloved pet dog and/or cat. But he's not not saying that either. It's widely accepted that eating meat is bad for the environment for a number of reasons, and it turns... 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 »

Your Pet Is Fleecing You

Survey finds that we grossly underestimate the tens of thousands our pets cost us

(Newser) - You might want to drop man's best friend a bill: It turns out that not only is your dog chewing holes in your socks, he's eating a hole in your wallet—a much bigger one than you think, reports CNBC . According to a survey of pet owners by... More »

Tourist Sneaks Cat Into Iceland, and Iceland Kills the Cat

Swiss woman also gets billed for disinfecting her camper

(Newser) - Iceland's beauty attracts more than a million travelers from around the world every year, and a tourist just learned the hard way that the country doesn't mess around when it comes to protecting its turf. A Swiss woman in her 60s entered the country in her camper by... More »

Don't Let Your Pets Near This Skin Cream

Fluorouracil killed 5 dogs who ate it: FDA

(Newser) - A skin cream used to prevent and treat skin cancer should be kept far away from pets after five dogs ate some and died, FDA officials warn. In one case, two dogs simply punctured a tube of fluorouracil—which kills fast-growing cells, including cancer cells, and is sold as Carac,... More »

No, Your Dogs Aren't Your Children: Judge

Comparing custody of pets to butter knives, court rules dogs have no 'familial rights'

(Newser) - You can coo at Sparky all you like and even dress him up as one of Santa's elves. But when it comes to the law, says a judge in Canada, Sparky is a dog, not your child. That ruling came as part of a pet "custody" battle in... More »

Cats Are Apparently Very Bad News

Don't shoot the messenger

(Newser) - Cuddly kitties, or "destructive predators"? If you place cats into the former category, an article in the Atlantic is about to take you to task for it. Their aloofness notwithstanding, cats aren't a harbinger of good things to come for their individual human owners on a microcosmic... More »

Pet Pot: Medical Marijuana Finds a Market With Furkids

Sick pets are said to be benefiting from it

(Newser) - As medical marijuana becomes more accepted within American society, some people are starting to experiment with using the drug to medicate their sick pets—and they're seeing surprising results, reports the New York Times in a look at the trend. Although the FDA says there's no proof marijuana... More »

It's Time to End Pet Ownership

Plus zoos, aquariums, using animals for food...

(Newser) - It's time to abolish the ownership of pets, or "animal slaves" as two Rutgers law professors call them. "They do not belong in our world, irrespective of how well we treat them," Gary Francione and Anna Charlton write in Aeon . "We control their lives for... More »

Grumpy Cat? There May Be an Easy Fix

Food puzzles make cats less needy, more active: study

(Newser) - Cat owners, prepare to be stunned: A new study suggests your cat isn't really a crabby jerk—he's just bored. And there may be a simple way to improve his mood, even his health: challenge him. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say food puzzles—think... More »

Got $6K? Buy Bullet the Potty-Trained Bison

She wanders around her current owner's Texas home like she's one of the family

(Newser) - The bison was designated our new national mammal this week, and those who are feeling especially patriotic (and don't feel like getting loaded on "America" beer ) can cast their lot to own one. A Texas family is looking for a new home for Bullet, an 8-year-old, 1,... More »

Faithful Dog Waits 2 Weeks for His Murdered Owner

'He would just stand there and look helpless'

(Newser) - Loyalty between dog and man once again has no bounds, this time via a German shepherd who waited two weeks for an owner who'd never come home again. The dog was first spotted at an apartment complex near Houston's Hobby Airport, KTRK reports—sometimes on the steps, sometimes... More »

Cougars Increasingly Making Meals of Dogs, Cats

California pet owners warned to take precautions

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in California have a disturbing revelation for pet owners: Most mountain lions in the region seem to have acquired a taste for dogs and cats. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, that insight comes from an analysis of the stomach contents of mountain lions legally killed last year.... More »

Petco Drops Small-Animal Supplier After PETA Video

PETA went undercover, documented what it says is evidence of awful conditions

(Newser) - Petco, one of the biggest pet retailers in the country, severed its relationship with a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer amid a federal investigation into conditions at the facility where it keeps thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other species. Petco said in a statement Tuesday that Holmes Chinchilla Ranch and... More »

Cat Missing for 5 Years Is Going Home

Hemi may take plane ride from N. Carolina to be reunited with family in N. Dakota

(Newser) - A cat that went missing from its military family has been found four years later, and now he's prepping for a possible plane ride home to be reunited. Hemi—so named because owners Jennifer and Robert Connell first found him under their car hood in 2009—disappeared in 2011... More »

Lost Corgi Ends Up in Honolulu Instead of Mississippi

Apparently the pooch made a wrong connection in Dallas

(Newser) - A dog bound for its new owner in Mississippi ended up in Honolulu instead. The Pembroke Welsh corgi named Bethany was headed from Seattle to her new owner in Mississippi on Saturday when she made a wrong connection in Dallas, an American Airlines spokesperson said. American Airlines says the company... More »

5% of China's Beef to Come From Huge Cloning Factory

BoyaLife says it will produce 100K bovine embryos per year

(Newser) - Facing a serious meat shortage as its population continues to grow and industrialize, China is set to open the world's largest animal-cloning factory in the first half of 2016. But it's not just cloning and raising cattle for beef. Commercial genetics company BoyaLife , which is building the center... More »

Missing Dog Found Stuck in Drain Is One Tough Cookie

The pup had been missing for more than a year

(Newser) - Officials in Maryland say a 30-pound dog rescued from a storm drain had been missing for over a year. Rescue crews got the dog out of the drain on Friday after a man walking his own dog spotted the other pup in the storm drain. It took crews two hours... More »

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