No, People Are Not Returning Pandemic Dogs in Droves

Despite alarmist headlines, the happy truth is most people are keeping their newly adopted pets, animal welfare groups say.

#abandonment-property, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #anxiety-and-stress, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #petpoint, #pets, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Researchers want to learn more about the connections between humans and the feeding of birds, beasts and other fauna.

#animal-behavior, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #birds, #cats, #delhi-india, #dogs, #great-britain, #isotopes, #monkeys-and-apes, #pet-foods, #pets, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side

Many truckers depend on the companionship of dogs, cats, birds, pigs — or even a hedgehog.

#cats, #dogs, #parakeets, #pets, #trucks-and-trucking

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Baby Mammoths Were Meals for These Saber-Tooth Cats

Fossils from a Texas site suggest that the predatory felines not only snatched mammoths from their herds, but dragged the remains back to their cave.

#cats, #caves-and-caverns, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #mammoths-animals, #paleontology, #san-antonio-tex, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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A Bobcat Attacks, and a Husband Swings Into Action

Kristi Wade credits her husband, Happy Wade, with saving her life when a rabid bobcat attacked her in their North Carolina driveway.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #burgaw-n-c, #cats, #north-carolina, #rabies

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The Joy Ai Weiwei Gets From His Cats

The artist Ai Weiwei is inspired by the resilience and self-contentment of his beloved cats.

#ai-weiwei, #animals, #cats, #china, #friendship

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Would You Spend $899 for a Kitty Scratcher?

Vegetable-dyed scratch pads and organic catnip leaf? The money grows on these cat trees.

#cats, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings

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A Beloved Stray Cat Was Fatally Mauled. But Was It Intentional Cruelty?

Tuxedo was “the mayor” at the Brooklyn housing complex where he lived and was killed by two dogs. A man accused of torture in the death says he is innocent.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #canarsie-brooklyn-ny, #cats, #gordon-fulton

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‘I’m Not a Cat,’ Says Lawyer Having Zoom Difficulties

The video was immediately shared widely and brought joy to many. The lawyer, Rod Ponton, said he was happy people got a much-needed laugh.

#cats, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Your Cat Isn’t Just Getting High Off Catnip

A new study hints that plants like catnip and silver vine may also protect your feline friend from mosquitoes.

#animal-behavior, #cats, #flowers-and-plants, #mosquitoes, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

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New Yorkers in the Biden Administration

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Janet L. Yellen, Deanne Criswell and others with connections to the city are poised to have influence on policies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cats, #fauci-anthony-s, #haines-avril-d, #new-york-city, #schumer-charles-e, #trottenberg-polly, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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‘I Literally Had No One.’ Then the Foster Kittens Arrived.

The pandemic has made life hard for many people, and their pets, but others find themselves with more time and the resources to help.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bideawee-inc, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Pet Food Recall is Expanded After 70 Dogs Die

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. expanded a voluntary recall after fatal levels of a toxin produced by mold were found in some of its products, the F.D.A. said.

#cats, #dogs, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #midwestern-pet-foods-inc, #pet-foods, #pets, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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FDA Issues Sportmix Recall After 28 Dogs Die

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall after tests showed that aflatoxin, which is produced by mold, exceeded acceptable levels, the F.D.A. said.

#cats, #dogs, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #midwestern-pet-foods-inc, #pet-foods, #pets, #poisoning-and-poisons, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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Recall Is Issued for Sportmix Pet Food After 28 Dogs Die

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall after tests showed that aflatoxin, which is produced by mold, exceeded acceptable levels, the F.D.A. said.

#cats, #dogs, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #midwestern-pet-foods-inc, #pet-foods, #pets, #poisoning-and-poisons, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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Want the Good Life? This Philosopher Suggests Learning From Cats.

In “Feline Philosophy,” John Gray concedes that we “cannot know what it is like to be a cat,” but that doesn’t stop him from trying.

#books-and-literature, #cats, #feline-philosophy-cats-and-the-meaning-of-life-book, #gray-john-1948

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Snow Leopards Are the Latest Cats to Get the Coronavirus

Lions and tigers had already contracted the virus, but have recovered.

#cats, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #leopards, #louisville-ky, #minks-animals, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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My Pandemic Cat Had a Secret

First of all, she wasn’t a kitten …

#animal-behavior, #cats, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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A Cat Is Said to Be Joining the Bidens in the White House

The last cat to live in the White House, India, belonged to President George W. Bush.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cats, #champ-dog, #major-dog, #pets, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Marty, Longtime Mascot of Mount Washington Observatory, Dies

“He might love you one week and the next week, he wouldn’t come near you,” said an observatory official. “Typical cat.”

#cats, #deaths-obituaries, #mascots, #mount-washington-nh, #new-england-states-us, #new-hampshire, #northeastern-states-us

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A giant cat picture was just discovered among the Nazca Lines

The cat is drawn from the side, with its head turned toward the viewer.

Enlarge / The cat is drawn from the side, with its head turned toward the viewer. (credit: Johny Isla via AP)

Workers at the Nazca Lines site recently found the faded, partially eroded outline of a cat stretching across a desert hillside.

The cat joins the ever-growing list of about 900 shapes and images that ancient people etched into the Nazca Desert soil. At 37 meters (121 feet) long, the cat is among the smaller geoglyphs in the desert; some of the largest shapes, down on the flat valley floor, span more than 500 meters (1,600 feet). Like other geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert, the cat’s ancient designers etched it into the ground by clearing away the dark surface sediment to form pale lines.

Geoglyph finds usually take months of trekking through the desert or poring over aerial photos, but the latest one was a happy accident. Workers were making improvements to a path leading up to a hilltop vantage point when they noticed the cat.

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#ancient-people-did-stuff, #ancient-south-america, #archaeology, #cats, #geoglyphs, #indigenous-south-america, #nasca, #nasca-lines, #nazca, #nazca-lines, #pre-columbian-civilizations, #science

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The Internet is full of business cats: Dealing with the breakdown of the work/home divide

A cartoon portrays a woman working at a laptop with a curious cat in her lap.

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of how little your cat cares about your video call. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images)

The Friday “beer-thirty” Zoom conferences began for me not too long into the lockdown. A co-worker scheduled them as a form of stress release and socialization as we all prepared for what we already knew was going to be at least a year of not seeing each other in person—and for someone who had just started with the company a few weeks prior, I needed it.

Working from home has always been isolating, but it has become even more so in 2020. And for those of us who’ve worked from home full-time in the past—well, at least for those of us who have done that and have loud families and kids with no concept of personal space—it has also become a lot harder to maintain a division between home life and work life. Our spouses and kids (and in some cases, adult kids) are all home at the same time, working or studying or playing or just breathing too loudly in the same space as us.

Meow mix

For those of you who’ve never enjoyed the solitude of a home office when everyone else is out of the house, trust me: what we have right now is not what working at home has been like for the past 25 years for me. To adjust to this, organizations must figure out how to keep teams cohesive in the absence of regular social contact. They also must find a balance between being communicative and being intrusive into the home life of employees, all while still keeping some kind of coherent work environment going so people can talk to each other and get work done.

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#biz-it, #cats, #feature, #feature-report, #features, #future-of-collaboration, #work-from-home

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Cat Figure Found at Nazca Lines in Peru

Archaeologists came across the faded feline outline while conducting maintenance work at the UNESCO heritage site.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #cats, #nazca-lines-peru, #peru, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization

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Cats Shed More Than Dogs. The Coronavirus, Not Fur.

A new experiment confirmed that cats can spread the virus to one another, and found dogs did not shed the virus. There’s still no evidence that pets transmit it to humans.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dogs, #ferrets, #pets, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-healthcare

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Help! Stray Cats Are Taking Over My Block

When neighbors start feeding feral cats, you may find your property overrun. Here’s how to deal with it.

#cats, #pets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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I’m Not Alone. I Have My Cats.

The star of this short documentary calls himself ‘Catman.’

#animals, #austria, #breeding-of-animals, #cats, #documentary-films-and-programs, #loneliness, #pets, #switzerland

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A Rare Economic Bright Spot in the U.S. Health System: The Vet’s Office

Usually during an economic downturn, people tend to spend less on health care for pets. This time, the opposite is happening.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #finances, #pets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recession-and-depression, #veterinary-medicine

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How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety

The pandemic is hard on our dogs and cats, too.

#animal-behavior, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets

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Death of a Cat

For weeks, I have been trying to understand my own tears in the presence of a dying creature I did not love.

#cats, #environment, #invasive-species

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The Dog Days of Quarantine

Animal Haven was always rescuing animals. Now the shelter is doing it on the front lines.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-haven, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #lacey-tiffany-a, #new-york-city, #pets, #rescue-animals, #volunteers-and-community-service

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The Trump Swamp

A reader is not surprised by a report of the president’s attempt to have a golf tournament moved to one of his resorts. Also: A kitten’s reading habits.

#british-open-golf, #cats, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How ancient cats lived on the brink of domestication

Cats can transfer a variety of infections, including MRSA, toxoplasmosis, ringworm, and hookworm.

Cats can transfer a variety of infections, including MRSA, toxoplasmosis, ringworm, and hookworm. (credit: Kaldari)

The ancestors of modern cats followed early farmers into Europe but weren’t pets, according to a recent study. Nitrogen isotope ratios in the bones of six cats from Neolithic Poland suggest that these ancient cats hunted rodents that ate human farmers’ crops, but they didn’t eat quite the same diet as local people and their trusty domestic dogs. In other words, the cats lived a lifestyle similar to modern coyotes.

Cats lived near people but not with them

All modern cats trace their lineage back to Near Eastern wildcats; in fact, it’s still a bit tricky to tell the domestic cats from these wildcats based on their DNA. Sometime around 5,300 years ago, it seems that these wild cats noticed that rodents like mice, voles, and hazel grouse flocked to human settlements to eat crops and food stores. The rodents came for the grain, and the cats came for the easy, abundant prey.

Between 4,200 and 2,300 years ago, a population of early farmers from Central Asia moved into Europe, where they interacted with the hunter-gatherers who already lived there. Some wild cats tagged along; archaeologists found Near Eastern wildcat skeletons in Poland from around the same period. Archaeologist Magdalena Krajcarz of Nicolaus Copernicus University and her colleagues say the cats weren’t really traveling with the humans—they were just following their prey. (This argument does sound a bit like a cat wrote it.)

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#ancient-europe, #archaeology, #cat-domestication, #cats, #domestic-cats, #domestication, #neolithic, #nitrogen-isotopes, #science, #stable-isotope-ratios, #zooarchaeology

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How a Saber-Tooth Marsupial Blinded Us With Its Bite

The extinct South American animal made us believe it was as fierce as a saber-tooth cat, but a new study suggests it was a mere scavenger.

#argentina, #cats, #mammals, #marsupials, #paleontology, #peerj-journal, #research, #skull-body-part, #south-america, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19

The pandemic’s human toll in New York has been well documented. But what about the dogs and cats of those who become seriously ill?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-care-centers-of-nyc, #animals, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #new-york-city, #pets

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You Thought Your Cat Was Fancy?

She wanted a cat that looked like a tiger. Meet the toyger.

#23andme, #breeding-of-animals, #cat-fancy, #cats, #international-cat-assn, #tigers

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Coronavirus and cats: Do you need to social-distance from Fluffy?

A cat sits on a table in a garden

Enlarge / Nigel appears unconcerned about catching coronavirus, probably because he isn’t allowed to go beyond his garden without a human escort. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

Domestic cats can catch the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and when kept in very close proximity, they can infect other cats. That’s the finding of a letter published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. In the study, conducted by a team of virologists led by Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin, three young domestic cats were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and one day later each was then kept in close proximity to an uninfected cat. Within five days, all three of the previously uninfected cats also tested positive for the virus.

This isn’t the first report of feline infection with SARS-CoV-2. In early April, a Chinese study published in Science found that ferrets (which are used in research into respiratory diseases) and cats—but not dogs, pigs, chickens, or ducks—could be infected with the novel coronavirus, and cats could become infected via airborne transmission. A week later, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed two cases of pet cats that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. And by late April, eight big cats at the Bronx Zoo (a mix of tigers and lions) had also become infected.

It’s hard to get an exact count of pet cats in the US and whether they do or don’t outnumber pet dogs. Even if felines are only the second-most popular American pet, this news will surely raise some pulses. But there’s plenty of reasons to keep calm.

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#cats, #coronavirus, #covid-19, #sars-cov-2, #science

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Cats Can Transmit the Coronavirus to Each Other, but They Probably Won’t Get Sick From It

The six cats in a laboratory experiment cleared the virus from their bodies on their own. And there are no reports of humans contracting the virus from cats.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-england-journal-of-medicine

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A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic

How to care for your new cat or dog during and after lockdown.

#animal-behavior, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #veterinary-medicine

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My Co-Anchor Is Pawing at the Door: Back to You in the Studio

As TV meteorologists and reporters work from home, pets have become a part of their reports — often by accident, and always to delightful effect.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #news-and-news-media

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Pug in North Carolina Tests Positive for the Coronavirus, Researchers Say

A team at Duke University detected the virus in the dog this month.

#agriculture-department, #american-veterinary-medical-assn, #animals, #cats, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #duke-university, #pets, #research, #tests-medical, #veterinary-medicine

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An Official’s Removal Is Sought After He Throws Cat During Zoom Meeting

“OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” said a planning commissioner in Vallejo, Calif., lifting it close to the camera and then, with two hands, tossing it off screen.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cats, #chris-platzer, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #vallejo-calif, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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Vallejo Official’s Removal Is Sought After He Throws Cat During Zoom Meeting

“OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” said a planning commissioner in Vallejo, Calif., lifting it close to the camera and then, with two hands, tossing it off screen.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cats, #chris-platzer, #city-councils, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #telecommuting, #vallejo-calif, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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Two Cats Are First U.S. Pets to Test Positive for Coronavirus

The animals appear to have mild symptoms and likely caught the virus from their owners. And there’s no evidence pets can pass it to humans.

#agriculture-department, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pets, #tests-medical, #tigers, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-healthcare

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