How do you feel about fat cats?

How do you feel about fat cats?

Owner attitudes are related to their own cat’s weight Recent surveys of veterinary professionals indicate that around 60% of cats who come to a veterinary practice are either overweight or obese. Feline overweight and obesity (here on out, referred to as O&O) are known risk factors for health problems, including diabetes, joint disease, and heart …
Cats eating humans redux: a clowder will devour

Cats eating humans redux: a clowder will devour

It was almost a year ago that I reported on a study revealing scavenging patterns of feral cats outside of a forensic investigation station. These stations often research the changes that exposed human bodies undergo during decomposition, which is of great value to solving crimes and estimating details such as time of death. I knew …
Outnumbered

Outnumbered

How do the number and size of potential prey affect choices made by cats? Math — we all do it on some level (even if we don’t like to!), including other animals. For most animals, the most obvious and well-established form of numeracy is quantity discrimination, or the ability to tell a larger amount of …
Problem-solving and “pawed-ness” in cats – is there a relationship?

Problem-solving and “pawed-ness” in cats – is there a relationship?

Most humans are right-handed (although as someone who lives with a lefty – DEFINITELY not all!); have you ever wondered if your cat also has a paw preference? I’ve previously blogged about studies of handed- or pawed-ness in cats, and its potential relationship to breed. It turns out that science is very interested in which …
Whisker stress: Science asks if it is real

Whisker stress: Science asks if it is real

About three years ago, a NY Times article drew attention to a problem plaguing cats around the world – a condition called “whisker stress” or “whisker fatigue.” Whisker stress is described as an unpleasant sensation caused when a cat’s whiskers touch the side of the bowl as they eat or drink. In the NY Times article, …
A new study looks at what cats prefer when it comes to scratching!

A new study looks at what cats prefer when it comes to scratching!

Furniture scratching by cats is one of those things that falls into the category of “normal feline behavior that bothers humans.” Scratching is an essential feel-good behavior for cats that allows them to stretch their back muscles and mark their territory (both visually and through the scent glands in the paws). Cats often scratch human …