Lynx and other big cats belonging to the family Felidae are currently threatened with habitat loss and fragmentation, and yet these animals are largely understudied by scientists, hindering any possible conservation efforts, according to a new report.
It's no secret that cats are picky pets. They can be perfectly content with you stroking their soft fur and then suddenly WHAMMO! you get a paw full of claws to the hand. Of course, the temperament of your furry friend influences if and when this happens, but researchers at the University of Lincoln decided to investigate if there is a surefire way to "properly" pet your cat.
If cats could buy records and EPs, what do you suppose would be at the top of the charts? In a new study linking various musical tempos and styles with cat attention, researchers found that they could compose music that felines would find pleasing - heavy with sliding notes and "purring" tempos.
If you've ever spent a few minutes perusing the internet aimlessly, you're bound to come across one of the web's most popular forms of entertainment: cute cat videos. And among those videos, a great many of them consist of cats and kittens playing in boxes. Now a new study offers clues as to why our feline friends love these cardboard hidey-holes so much.
We may hear a lot about lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), but the African golden cat is one big predator that a lot of people don't even know exists. That may be because it's a pretty camera-shy cat, only rarely ever photographed. However, now that has all changed, after scientists recently captured footage of this sleek hunter in action, trying to take down a monkey nearly its own size, no less!
Disease is spreading in Illinois, but not in a way you'd suspect. Toxoplasmosis, a bizarre brain disease caused by parasite infection, is apparently rapidly spreading among minks and muskrats in the state, and kitty litter may be to blame.
They're calling him "Bart the Zombie Cat." Like the opening of a horror flick, this battered tomcat literally clawed out of his grave in Tampa, Fla. after he had been laid to rest. Thankfully, he didn't immediately set out to spread an apocalyptic disease or chow on brains like your typical zombie. Instead, he was just looking for some water.
We all know that human activity can influence the lives of nearby animals, especially those top predators that now have to play second fiddle to our ever-expanding interests. However, a new study has shown that not only do our actions impact them, but also our mere presence may cause majestic killers like pumas to grow so fearful that they change their hunting habits for the worse.
Cats have a pretty bum rap. They're notorious for being selfish animals and many suspect that they don't even care for the owners that feed them, never mind humans in general. However, every now and then a cat will do something that will remind us that our feline friends aren't as bad as dogs would want us believing.
If you happen to own a dog, the floor around his dog dish might be a slippery mess. And it's not because your dog is clumsy (although he might be), it's because he's just a sloppy drinker. Cats, on the other hand, don't have this problem despite the fact that they basically drink in the same manner. So why is this? A team of physicists say they have the answer.
The genome of cats, which did not split off from wild cats until fairly recently, is revealing surprising clues of domestication, according to a new study.
There's a new cat on the block, and it looks like a werewolf. The Lykoi cat is a designer breed that is purposely bred to express a unique natural mutation that makes it have thinner hair or no fur at all around the nose, eyes, underbelly, and paws. Some may question why exactly you would want a balding feline, but for many cat lovers, the Lykoi cat is becoming a hot topic.
Cats may be the key to fighting AIDS, which kills millions of people in the United States alone each year, lending a helping paw in the search for anti-HIV drugs, according to a new study.
Cats in the United States kill billions of birds and small mammals every year, according to a new study.