Should Persian cats be extreme?

Should Persian cats be extreme?

New research looks at what’s really going on with their faces. Although cats have lived with humans for thousands of years now, it hasn’t been until the last 150 years or so that humans started selectively breeding cats. Cats with certain physical features were chosen for breeding, resulting in the myriad of cat breeds that …
Can you convince cats to stop hunting? A new study finds that food and play might help.

Can you convince cats to stop hunting? A new study finds that food and play might help.

What gets cats to bring less prey home. Cats. Born to be wild, obligate carnivores and relentless predators. Folks who allow their cats outdoor access often complain about their cats’ killer habits – especially when they bring dead birds and rodents home. Many people are also concerned about the potential impact of cats on native …
What’s the point of the “catnip response”?

What’s the point of the “catnip response”?

New research suggests it helps protect cats from mosquitos! Cats who respond to olfactory stimulation via plants (e.g., catnip, silver vine) often show a classic response that usually consists of rubbing, chewing and rolling in or around the plant. We’ve all wondered for decades WHAT exactly this behavior means. The rolling and rubbing looks like …
Cat facial expressions are affected by breed: Why there are implications for cat welfare

Cat facial expressions are affected by breed: Why there are implications for cat welfare

People often describe cats as a bit inscrutable and hard to read; in part, this is because cats have fewer facial muscles and fewer facial expressions. The expressions they do make are not necessarily like those of humans, so it may be challenging for humans to read them! Put on your scientist hat for a …
Should you “slow blink” at your cat?

Should you “slow blink” at your cat?

Science says probably! In the time that we have lived together with cats (for the last four to ten thousand years), it’s not surprising that we have developed specialized ways of communicating with one another. Cats retain the juvenile behavior of meowing (something that kittens do to mom, but adult cats rarely do with one …
Does being orphaned increase stress in kittens?

Does being orphaned increase stress in kittens?

Our new study says yes. For the past few years, I’ve been working at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where I’m a postdoctoral researcher. One area of focus for my research has been the health and behavior of orphaned neonatal kittens (neonatal refers to kittens less than three weeks of age). This is …