Pope Francis Is Troubled by Your Pet

On Fido and fruitfulness.

#cats, #children-and-childhood, #dogs, #francis, #internal-sub-only-nl, #pets, #roman-catholic-church

I Can’t Give My Cat the Perfect Life. ‘TV for Cats’ Gives Her a Taste.

Ideally, Daisy and I would live in a sprawling home with outdoor space. Instead, she is content to chirp at two-dimensional birds on YouTube.

#birds, #cats, #great-performers-2021, #youtube-com

Three Snow Leopards Died of Covid Complications at Nebraska Zoo

The mountain cats had tested positive for the virus about a month ago.

#animals, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #leopards, #lincoln-neb, #tigers, #zoetis-inc, #zoos

What Should I Do About My Bird-Killing Cat?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether an outdoor cat can be kept inside and how to handle a relative with aggressive parenting tactics,

#birds, #cats, #ethics-personal, #parenting

How the Cat Gets Its Stripes: It’s Genetics, Not a Folk Tale

Researchers took a deep dive into embryonic development to tease out the source of the tabby pattern in cats.

#cats, #genetics-and-heredity, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #turing-alan-m, #your-feed-science

I Can’t Stop Wondering What’s Going On Inside My Cat’s Head

How my new pets got me to consider life’s deepest mysteries.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #animals, #artificial-intelligence, #cats, #descartes-rene, #dogs, #philosophy

Curtis Sliwa Has 16 Cats and Is Running a Long-Shot Campaign for Mayor

Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, wants New Yorkers to take him seriously as a mayoral candidate against Eric Adams.

#adams-eric-l, #cats, #content-type-personal-profile, #elections-mayors, #guardian-angels, #new-york-city, #republican-party, #sliwa-curtis

What Can We Learn From a Cat Charging Into a Baseball Game?

A demonstration of grace even in the most baffling of circumstances.

#animal-behavior, #baltimore-orioles, #baseball, #cats, #frontier-airlines-inc, #new-york-yankees, #victorias-secret

Cats Are So Not Appreciated. Think Again.

Researchers who work on the genomes of domestic and wild cats say their DNA holds clues to human as well as feline health.

#cats, #genetics-and-heredity, #medicine-and-health, #texas-am-university, #university-of-missouri, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-science

Cats Are Better Than Dogs (at Catching the Coronavirus)

Cats and dogs can be infected by the coronavirus — but cats are more susceptible to infection, a new study suggests.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A Digital Cat Is Melting Hearts (and Napping a Lot) in Japan

The calico prances and dozes on a 26-by-62-foot LED billboard in Tokyo. It has drawn crowds in real life and sparked joy on social media.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #advertising-and-marketing, #cats, #japan, #tokyo-japan

‘Flying Treats’: Can Dogs and Cats Snack Safely on Cicadas?

Jittery pet owners are asking vets, animal poison control centers and Twitter. Read on for answers.

#cats, #cicadas-insects, #content-type-service, #dogs, #pets, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-science

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

My Pandemic Cat Had a Secret

First of all, she wasn’t a kitten …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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