Free-Roaming House Cats Rest and Cheat On Their Owners

The National Geographic & University of Georgia Kitty Cams (Crittercam) Project found that when pet cats wore cameras while roaming outside: “Four of our project kitties were recorded entering another household for food and/or affection!” ” . . . cats spend the majority of their outdoor time resting (rather than moving).” Shocking, simply shocking.    

Are zoo big cats treated better than house cats?

Animals who live in zoos can be pitiful shadows. The number of pacing or lethargic or fur-plucking zoo residents are slowly being reduced by enrichment programs, at least in the United States.  Enrichment can be providing new and different food types, hiding the food in balls or puzzle boxes, introducing balls or other toys into the enclosure,Continue reading “Are zoo big cats treated better than house cats?”

Genetic tests for feline sociability and tameness?

In the future, will adoptable cats be pre-sorted via genetic tests? Cats who have gene(s) contributing to tameness could be chosen for adoption by families with small children or fragile seniors. Instead of basing an adoption decision on cuteness, the decision would be based on data. This is one of the possibilities being investigated by researchers at UCContinue reading “Genetic tests for feline sociability and tameness?”

Blood glucose readings higher in clinic than home. Familiarity decreases stress.

House call veterinary service or veterinary clinic? Small study supports house call veterinary services as better choice, even when veterinary clinic offers low-stress handling and cat-friendly practice. Comparison of stress exhibited by cats examined in a clinic versus a home setting Published in Applied Animal Behavior Science (Journal) 2014 Take home message of the study:Continue reading “Blood glucose readings higher in clinic than home. Familiarity decreases stress.”