Scientist at work: Endangered ocelots and their genetic diversity may benefit from artificial insemination

There are so few wild ocelots in the US that the cats are becoming inbred, with a bad prognosis for their ultimate survival. But researchers are perfecting ways to get new genes into the population.

Ashley Reeves, DVM, PhD Candidate in Comparative and Experimental Medicine, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 23, 2021 ~9 min

Five ways to help your pets cope with fireworks

Fireworks can be frightening to pets: here’s how to help them stay calm and happy.

Jacqueline Boyd, Senior Lecturer in Animal Science, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2021 ~6 min


250,000 cats have no owners in UK urban areas – but there are ways we can help

We found poorer areas, and areas with more people, were likely to have a greater number of unowned cats.

Jennifer McDonald, Honorary Research Fellow, Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 29, 2021 ~7 min

New research suggests cat and dog 'moms' and 'dads' really are parenting their pets – here's the evolutionary explanation why

Human beings evolved to nurture – and that drive can extend to children who aren’t your own and even to members of other species.

Shelly Volsche, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Boise State University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2021 ~9 min

Gene helps put stripes and blotches on cats of all sizes

New research on cat fur patterns links a specific gene to the stripes, blotches, and spots on domestic cats and their large wild relatives.

Hanae Armitage-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 10, 2021 ~7 min

Cat adoption eases stress for felines and kids with autism

Adding a shelter cat to the family can not only lower stress and anxiety of kids with autism, it can lower the cat's stress, too.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 9, 2021 ~5 min

Cat genome’s ‘dark matter’ may hold clues to our health

"Dark matter" in the cat genome may hold clues to improving both their health and ours.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 5, 2021 ~6 min

Cat DNA alters response to life-saving heart meds

New research sheds light on why some cats don't respond to drugs for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a potentially deadly condition in 1 in 7 cats.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
July 7, 2021 ~5 min


Why do cats knead with their paws?

According to a veterinarian, the behavior some people call 'kneading the dough' or 'making biscuits' is a clue your cat feels comfortable around you.

Julia Albright, Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee • conversation
June 14, 2021 ~4 min

Fitbit and spy mic track elusive Canada lynx

A Fitbit and spy mic have given scientists new insight into the never-before-heard sounds of Canada lynx hunting, fighting, and sleeping.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
June 1, 2021 ~4 min

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