How Roaming cats prey on their owners’ minds

How Roaming cats prey on their owners' minds

Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found. Owners often dislike their feline companions’ compulsion to catch wildlife but feel unable, or unwilling, to control it. The researchers interviewed cat owners about their pets’ roaming and hunting behaviour, what worried them, and what they felt responsible for. Hunting, and the resulting corpses on the kitchen floor, were seen as natural behaviour outside owners’ control. Those who did want to…

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In the battle of cats vs. rats, the rats are winning

In the battle of cats vs. rats, the rats are winning

The first study to document interactions between feral cats and a wild rat colony finds that contrary to popular opinion, cats are not good predators of rats. In a novel approach, researchers monitored the behavior and movement of microchipped rats in the presence of cats living in the same area. They show the rats actively avoided the cats, and only recorded two rat kills in 79 days. Published as part of a special “rodent issue” in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, the findings add to growing evidence that any benefit…

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How Diabetes can be detected in Gut of Cats

How Diabetes can be detected in Gut of Cats

The cat is the only animal, aside from humans and primates, which spontaneously develops type 2 diabetes. Therefore, researchers are interested in studying how diabetes develops in cats in order to learn more about the disease in general. Now an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen have come a step closer to understanding the disease by studying it in cats. The new study shows that the composition of gut bacteria in cats suffering from diabetes is different from the composition seen in healthy cats. ‘We can tell…

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15 Foods Your Dogs and Cats should “NOT EAT” and How to Cure them

There are a number of common “human” foods that your dogs and cats should “NOT EAT”. The important thing is to know exactly what to avoid. There are some very commonly known ones, such as Chocolate, Alcohol, and Coffee but some lesser known ones such as Grapes, Nutmeg, Onion and the artificial sweetener in gum, Xyitol. In this article, I will give you an overview of the toxins, PLUS what to do if your dog or cat ingests any of these poisons. Alcoholic Beverages It is often sweet attracting dogs…

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