What actually is catnip and is it safe for my cat?

Catnip’s status as kitty kryptonite is due to a chemical compound called nepalacatlon, but what actually is catnip?

Lauren Finka, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 21, 2021 ~5 min

Covid: Scientists find more evidence of human-to-cat transmission

Researchers at Glasgow University identified two cases where they believe cats developed Covid-19 after their owners.

April 23, 2021 ~4 min

Will robots make good friends? Scientists are already starting to find out

Robots and humans can be friends – but not in a way that would win Aristotle's approval.

Tony Prescott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Sheffield Robotics Institute, University of Sheffield • conversation
Feb. 15, 2021 ~8 min

When dogs bark, are they using words to communicate?

Dogs' barks say a lot about how they're feeling.

Clive Wynne, Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~4 min

Mistrust may be why some dog owners avoid the vet

In addition to things like cost and access, lack of trust may be why some dog owners avoid taking their pet to the veterinarian.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Jan. 27, 2021 ~5 min

How Biden's dogs could make the Oval Office a workplace with less stress and better decision-making

Research shows the presence of dogs increases overall human well-being, which can come in handy in high-stress work environments like the White House.

Ellen Furlong, Associate Professor of Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University • conversation
Jan. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

How to avoid scams when buying a pet online

There are thousands of fraudulent websites waiting to scam potential pet owners.

Jack Mark Whittaker, PhD Researcher, Sociology of Cybercrime, University of Surrey • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~5 min

Families report benefits of cats for kids with autism

New research suggests cats could be a good fit for children with autism and their families.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

Six tips for looking after your new puppy, according to science

From long walks to dangerous foods, you could be damaging the health of your puppy without realising.

Deborah Wells, Reader, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min