Murderous moggies: should we be locking up our cats at night?

Murderous moggies: should we be locking up our cats at night?

Several speakers at the Cheltenham science festival – among them experts on birds, pets and biodiversity – have said that cats should be kept indoors at night, such is the bloody trail of rampage they leave on their surroundings.Some figures suggest domestic cats kill 27m birds each year in the UK alone, along with 250,000 bats.

Wonderdog by Jules Howard review – are we taming dogs, or are they taming us?

Wonderdog by Jules Howard review – are we taming dogs, or are they taming us?

While Howard includes these moments of playful humility on behalf of earlier science, his message is profound, though he insists that it’s “straightforward”: “It is simply that the more compassionate we have become in our explorations into the minds of dogs, the more intelligent they have shown us to be.

I’m a man of facts and science, but I know this – what dogs feel is not just attachment, it’s love

I’m a man of facts and science, but I know this – what dogs feel is not just attachment, it’s love

But something about dogs and the breadth of these new scientific discoveries makes me think the word “attachment” just isn’t good enough to describe the unique relationship that has coevolved in this context.

Too many pets kept alive when it’s not the kindest option, say vets

Too many pets kept alive when it’s not the kindest option, say vets

While veterinary science has made impressive advances in recent years, allowing many pets to be healthier for longer, vets say extending an animal’s life at all costs is not always the best option for them, and can result in bills of thousands of pounds for their owners.

You can now get paid to play with guide dog puppies

You can now get paid to play with guide dog puppies

Guide Dogs are looking to take on a new recruit, working as a Canine Science Assistant – with part of the responsibilities including cuddling puppies.

Warning to new dog owners, as expert reveals we could be injuring ourselves on walks

Warning to new dog owners, as expert reveals we could be injuring ourselves on walks

But Dr Peter Angell, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool Hope University, says that if your new pooch pulls on the lead while you’re out and about, it could be setting you up for injury – likely a painful knee or shoulder ailment.

‘Covid-19 has an odour, and the dogs are detecting it’: meet the canine super-squad sniffing out the virus

‘Covid-19 has an odour, and the dogs are detecting it’: meet the canine super-squad sniffing out the virus

Recently, she’s worked alongside Professors James Logan at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Steve Lindsay of the department of biosciences at Durham University, among others, on a successful project to train dogs to identify malaria.

The science of why you’re a dog person or a cat person

The science of why you’re a dog person or a cat person

Cat people, however, would likely tell you that the reason they love their feline friends is that they’re affectionate only when they want to be, and aren’t as needy or naive as dogs.

Labradoodle inventor regrets making 'frankenstein's monster'

Labradoodle inventor regrets making 'frankenstein's monster'

Speaking with Sum of All Parts, an Australian science podcast, Wally Conran, who invented the breed, said: ‘I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster.’.

Dog ownership is linked to better heart health, says science

Dog ownership is linked to better heart health, says science

Pet owners, and specifically dog owners, were more likely to report physical activity, diet, and blood glucose at ideal level, and smoking at poor level.Compared with owners of other pets, dog owners were more likely to report physical activity and diet at ideal level.

Britain’s Giant Pet Food Factory review – catty in all the wrong ways

Britain’s Giant Pet Food Factory review – catty in all the wrong ways

“All this science goes towards the business of selling pet food,” says the narrator, Robert Webb. When Joe tastes the product – all pet food gets a human taste test, which is certainly a spectacle, particularly when you’ve seen the meat smoothie rope part – we are told it is “irrelevant”.

It's proved! Dogs use ‘puppy eyes’ to manipulate us

It's proved! Dogs use ‘puppy eyes’ to manipulate us

Well, a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that a canine's eyes have evolved over the years to manipulate humans. The researchers also suggest this movement by dogs increases the human desire to look after them.

My Gay Dog and Other Animals review – this hump-filled hour is a real slog

My Gay Dog and Other Animals review – this hump-filled hour is a real slog

My Gay Dog and Other Animals (Channel 4) purports to be an examination of the science behind same-sex behaviour in the animal kingdom, but it is, essentially, the kind of segment that might have sustained 10 minutes on Eurotrash, stretched out over one long, hump-filled hour.

The Science behind Loving Cute Cat Videos

The Science behind Loving Cute Cat Videos

Some cats have even become famous like Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. Aside from being one of the internet’s most well known pastimes, the new research shows that watching cute and funny cat videos not only boosts your energy and positive emotions, it also decreases your negative emotions.

Science Confirms That Dogs And Cats Can Recognize a Bad Person And Help People To Know

Science Confirms That Dogs And Cats Can Recognize a Bad Person And Help People To Know

A recent study shows that dogs can analyze how reliable a person is and we want to share this information with our readers! The scientist and his colleagues wanted to know if a dog would trust a person who lied to it.

'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

“Most of the time people are OK, they’re not staunchly against it once you tell them the science and the statistics [but] we have had people walk out in hysteria, saying that there is absolutely no way their dog is getting [vaccinated] because they believe it causes auto-immune diseases or, specifically, autism.”.

Teacher who fed sick puppy to snapping turtle found not guilty of animal cruelty

Teacher who fed sick puppy to snapping turtle found not guilty of animal cruelty

Robert Crosland smiles at son Mario Crosland after Robert was found not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty (Picture: The Herald Journal) Several parents of children at the school had come forward to complain the science teacher allegedly fed the puppy to the turtle.

The purrfect diet for your fat cat

The purrfect diet for your fat cat

The big question was how much it takes to make cats lose weight, especially lazy neutered males?" asked Kelly Swanson, a professor in the department of animal sciences."It turns out you have to keep reducing their food intake because they're not very active.

Berger & Wyse on cats – cartoon

Berger & Wyse on cats – cartoon

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Snowball the Cockatoo Proves Animals Can Dance

Snowball the Cockatoo Proves Animals Can Dance

According to Robert Krulwich of NPR, professor Aniruddh Patel turned snowball’s dance into a science experiment to see if he could get Snowball to dance to 11 more beats. The results surprised Patel; Snowball was actually able to dance along with beats other than the one that made him famous.

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