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Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype

It suggests cat owners are no more anxious, depressed than others

(Newser) - Roughly half of Americans buy into the "crazy cat lady" stereotype, generally believing cat owners to be single women surrounded by numerous balls of fur, according to a 2015 survey spotted by the Los Angeles Times . It's a long-standing idea, as evidenced by an 1872 editorial in the... More »

State Supreme Court Rules in Dog Custody Dispute

Pets are property, not family, Maine court says

(Newser) - Maine's supreme court has upheld a ruling granting a man sole custody of his dog, denying his ex-girlfriend's bid to take the pet. The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday affirmed that pets are property in confirming a district judge's decision that the Lab-boxer mix named Honey belongs... More »

Left to Die by Side of Road, Dog Has Happy Homecoming

Cedar went missing in Florida 2 years ago, was found abandoned in Colorado

(Newser) - Cedar is home again, much bigger and on the mend. The German shepherd disappeared two years ago from the backyard of her home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., when she was just 4 months old, reports WSVN . The Peterson family heard nothing about Cedar until this month, when a deputy across... More »

The Deer a Man Kept as a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

Family is 'devastated' after rare attack in Australia

(Newser) - A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife in critical condition Wednesday. Paul McDonald, 47, went to feed the animal—a cross between a red deer and an elk—when it attacked him inside an enclosure on the couple's property in Moyhu, Victoria, reports ABC News... More »

Pet Owners Will Love Tesla's New Features

'Dog,' 'Sentry' modes unveiled Wednesday

(Newser) - Now that it's achieved farting cars , Tesla is ready to show off new features that are more functional than funny—including one catered to pet owners. " Dog Mode ," revealed in a Wednesday software update, ensures a vehicle's air conditioning stays running after the driver exits, and... More »

Firefighters Revive Lifeless Dog With CPR

California's Dicky is doing fine now

(Newser) - The video starts rough but ends happily. A firefighter rushes into a burning home in Sacramento County, Calif., finding a lifeless dog beneath a bed—but then, hope. After firefighters began administering CPR and providing oxygen through a special pet mask outside the home, the dog named Dicky stirred to... More »

'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

App matches prospective dog owners with shelter animals

(Newser) - If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners, per the AP . Called GetPet, the app was launched last month, is getting hundreds of new... More »

New Law Says Pets 'Are More Like Children'

California is about to improve animal rights

(Newser) - California animals, rejoice: New laws should put an end to pet-store "puppy mills" and the degradation of pets in divorce cases. Starting New Year's Day, operators of pet stores will only be allowed to sell rabbits, cats, and dogs that come from non-profit rescue organizations and shelters, CNN... More »

California Changes Rules on Custody Fights—Over Pets

Judges in divorce cases now have more discretion to decide who gets Fido

(Newser) - California courts could be going to the dogs—and maybe cats, too—under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes, per the AP . Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family... 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 »

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 »

Maria Hit. Then, a 'Horrible' Fate for Puerto Rico's Pets

Shelters are swamped in wake of Maria with both strays and abandoned pets

(Newser) - They've been tossed over fences, tied to gates, and even left with money under their collars. Abandoned animals are overwhelming Puerto Rico's shelters, which were already struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of strays that were roaming the island before Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of dogs, cats, and... More »

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 »

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