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  • Breeding Sphynx Cats Is Animal Cruelty: Court

    09/26/2015 6:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Sep 2015
    A Berlin court has ordered a cat owner to have her hairless Sphynx cat castrated – because it would be animal cruelty to let the naked pet breed. Willi, a Canadian Sphynx, belongs to Berlin cat breeder Jacqueline Linke. True to his breed, Willi is almost completely hairless – a quality that makes Sphynx cats popular choices for those with pet allergies. Despite his questionable appearance, Willi emerged as champion in the 2013 Pedigree Cat Exhibition in Berlin, and has gone on to become a proud father to three naked kittens. However, Willi won't get to pass on his genes...
  • Animal Connection: New Hypothesis for Human Evolution and Human Nature

    07/23/2010 3:11:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 20, 2010 | adapted from Penn State material written by Kevin Stacey
    It's no secret to any dog-lover or cat-lover that humans have a special connection with animals.... paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman of Penn State University argues that this human-animal connection goes well beyond simple affection. Shipman proposes that the interdependency of ancestral humans with other animal species... played a crucial and beneficial role in human evolution over the last 2.6 million years... "Having sharp tools transformed wimpy human ancestors into effective predators who left many cut marks on the fossilized bones of their prey," Shipman said. Becoming a predator also put our ancestors into direct competition with other carnivores for carcasses and...
  • Cats' Family Tree Rooted In Fertile Crescent, Study Confirms

    02/01/2008 2:55:53 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 130+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-1-2008 | University of California - Davis.
    Cats' Family Tree Rooted In Fertile Crescent, Study ConfirmsCats, with their penchant for hunting mice, rats and other rodents, became useful companions as people domesticated, grew and stored wild grains and grasses. Eventually, cats also became pets but were never fully domesticated. Even today, most domestic cats remain self-sufficient, if necessary, and continue to be efficient hunters, even when provided with food. (Credit: Michele Hogan) ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2008) — The Fertile Crescent of the Middle East has long been identified as a "cradle of civilization" for humans. In a new genetic study, researchers at the University of California, Davis,...
  • Cats smuggled from China buried alive in Vietnam

    02/06/2015 4:40:19 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Feb. 04, 2015 | Agence France-Presse in Hanoi
    Vietnamese authorities have buried thousands of seized cats – many believed to have been alive at the time – that were smuggled from China to feed the illegal cat meat trade. A truck carrying three tons of live cats crammed into bamboo crates was impounded in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Tuesday. On Wednesday a police officer said they had been buried in accordance with Vietnamese law on smuggled goods.
  • 100 Tuxedo Cats Left at Shelter

    08/16/2014 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 80 replies
    Newser ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Newser Editors
    If you're partial to black and white "tuxedo" cats, an animal shelter in Novato, Calif., would like to talk. It seems someone has dropped off more than 100 of the cats over the last 18 months. The last dropoff occurred Monday, when a car pulled up to the Marin Humane Society and left behind three boxes with 24 cats. It was the fourth such occurrence in the last 18 months. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that all the cats, which range in age from kitten to full-grown, appeared to be in good health, with no fleas or diseases. The unidentified...
  • Hero Cat -- Attack Dog Euthanized [Don't blame me, I didn't write the headline.]

    05/25/2014 11:51:21 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 82 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5/25/2014
    Every dog has it's day ... and in the case of the Lab/Chow mix that viciously attacked a little boy only to be scared off by hero cat -- his last day was Saturday. Sources at the Bakersfield animal shelter tell TMZ ... Scrappy was euthanized at the end of a 10-day hold following the attack. We're told the dog was aggressive during his stay at the shelter, even trying to bite a couple of employees. Scrappy was so ornery ... we're told he would try to attack staff even when they tried to give him food and water.
  • Vintage PHOTOS: c. 1911 ... Cat Drinking from a Bottle and Looking Through a Telescope

    12/10/2013 7:08:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Gallica via Europeana ^ | 1911 | Agence Rol. Agence photographique
    Circa 1911: Cat drinking from a bottle and looking through a telescope
  • circa 1915 Vintage Photo: Cat On A Cannon

    12/09/2013 7:25:02 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Retroanut ^ | 1915 | Retronaut
    circa 1915: Cat on a cannon The mascot cat of HMS Queen Elizabeth on a 15-inch barrel
  • CAT FIGHT! Stunning Photos of Tigers Slashing Each Other in Dramatic Battle over Territory

    12/03/2013 7:15:01 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 3 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Ire of the tiger! Stunning pictures capture bloodied beasts slashing each other with their claws in dramatic battle over territory • Dramatic battle caught on camera in the Londolozi private game reserve in Pretoria, South Africa • The clash erupted after one of the tigers delivered a vicious blow to the neck of its rival • After 45 minutes of bloody battle the larger tiger was deemed the winner This is the incredible moment a pair of bloodied tigers slashed each other with their claws in a dramatic fight over territory. The dramatic battle was caught on camera at the...
  • What Would Happen If a Lion Fought a Tiger?

    12/01/2013 12:34:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 84 replies
    IO9 ^ | December 1, 2013 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    What Would Happen If a Lion Fought a Tiger? We've always been speculating about battles between superheroes. We know the outcome of octopus versus shark. At last we have an expert speculating on lion versus tiger. Which one would win? Since there's a good chance you've spent the weekend slowly tearing apart a ritualistically slaughtered bird, before going out and trampling your fellow citizens in arenas, you probably won't be too horrified by speculating on the outcome of animal fights. After all, the fights in question are, for the most part, in the past. Romans used to pit lions against...
  • Five Men Stuck in a Tree Surrounded by Sumatran Tigers for Four Days

    07/08/2013 8:40:37 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 July 2013 | AFP
    Five men stuck in a tree surrounded by Sumatran tigers for four days Five Indonesian men have been trapped in a tree for days after being chased into its branches by Sumatran tigers, who mauled a sixth man to death. Four of the animals were still surrounding the base of the tree following their initial attack on Thursday, which they launched after the men accidentally killed a tiger cub. Humans and animals are increasingly coming into conflict in Indonesia. The men entered the Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday searching for rare incense wood,...
  • Flea Treatment at Big Cat Rescue! (Video)

    05/22/2013 5:02:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 5-21-2013 | Big Cat Rescue
    Tigers, Lions, Leopards, all cat species can catch fleas, so at Big Cat Rescue we have to treat all of our 100+ residents with flea prevention just like your domestic cat at home every single month! It's expensive and hard work to keep the cats flea free and happy at the sanctuary! Watch our volunteer vet Dr. Liz Wynn cover the 55 acres and treat all of our cats.
  • Lion meat tacos cause uproar in Florida

    05/09/2013 6:40:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/9/13
    - Exotic meat tacos at a Florida restaurant are causing a big uproar. The small tacos at Tampa's Taco Fusion restaurant look enticing and many who try them say they are tasty. The meat in question -- lion.... The specialty tacos cost about $35. The restaurant also serves other exotic meats, such as beaver tacos and camel tacos. Brad Barnett, the restaurant's operation manager, says it is all legal. His message to people: "If you don't like it, don't eat it."
  • Police Called After Woman Sees Kittens Having Sex in Her Yard (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)

    04/28/2013 3:51:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 74 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri, Apr 26, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Police called after woman sees kittens having sex in her yard Sure, cats aren’t for everyone. But we can’t remember the last time someone called the police to complain about a pair of kittens. But that’s exactly what happened in Wisconsin on Thursday when a woman called police after she reportedly witnessed two kittens “having sex” in her front yard. As ridiculous as that sounds, it’s not the only recent time someone has called 911 to report on a cat. Back in February, a Washington State man called 911 to report on a stray cat that had wandered into his...
  • 15 Cute Photos of Kittens Sleeping Akwardly(sic)

    04/10/2013 10:05:50 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 34 replies
    Newz Wars ^ | September 16, 2012 | admin
    In need of something cute? Cue the kittens! While cats are already known to sleep anywhere, with books and websites helping document it, one collection of pictures really raises the bar on awkward. Seen draped over a laundry rack, spooning one another on a couch, and even in one cat’s case planking in camouflaging white fur and bed sheets, the cats may also steer the envious idea that they get far more deeper and relaxing sleep than we do. Of course, with one cat seen nearly passed out inside a dyer, and another across the a face of a dog,...
  • (Operation Acoustic Kitty) The CIA's Secret Experiments to Turn Cats into Spies

    03/13/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 13, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    The CIA's secret experiments to turn cats into spies Want to know what's going to happen to animals in the next century? Then you must read science journalist Emily Anthes' new book Frankenstein's Cat, about how the animals of tomorrow will be transformed by high tech implants and genetic engineering. We've got an amazing excerpt from the book -- about how the CIA tried to create cyborg cat spies. "Robo Revolution," an excerpt from Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat....
  • Plot To Use Cats & Birds as Bombers Revealed ... in 16th Century German Weapons Manuscript

    01/25/2013 9:50:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Atomic Kittens - German 400-Year-Old Weapons Manuscript Which Reveals Medieval Plans to Strap Bombs to Cats Dossier, called Fire Book, has drawing of animals strapped with explosives It also includes barrel bombs, grenades and anti-personnel ground spikes Document has been released in digital form by University of Pennsylvania Modern militaries have all manner of weapons at their disposal from nuclear submarines to heat-seeking missiles. But 400 years ago technology was rather more limited and armies had to make the very best of their resources - in whatever shape or form they may take. One such quest to steal a march...
  • Abandoned one-eyed kitten needs home

    08/04/2010 6:02:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    FOX 5 San Diego ^ | August 5, 2010 | FOX 5 San Diego Staff
    Abandoned one-eyed kitten needs home Simon, the one-eyed kitten FOX 5 San Diego Staff A kitten that scratched his own eye out has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption at a North County animal shelter. The kitten was found on May 16 with its mother and the other kittens in its litter, but it was the only one still alive, according to John Van Zante with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. After workers at the center examined the kitten, they determined that he had probably scratched out his eye because it was infected. "At first they...
  • Video of Stray Cat Comforting A Fallen Friend (Get the Kleenex)

    05/09/2010 8:22:40 AM PDT · by OneVike · 28 replies · 1,312+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 1/9/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Check out this video from Turkey of a stray cat comforting his fallen friend. Sometimes we forget that even animals can feel the loss of a loved one. I have known humans who displayed less emotion over the loss of a friend or relative than this cat does. On this, the day we celebrate our beloved Mothers, I ask that you remember to tell your friends that you love them also. After all, there will come a day when it will be to late. Follow the link below to see the video of theStray Cat Comforting A Fallen Friend
  • I can has cheezburger ... and pathos?

    02/12/2009 8:48:52 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 107 replies · 5,748+ views
    salon ^ | Jay Dixit
    The lolcats, the Internet's most famous felines, may be hilarious. But in their yearning, I see nothing less than the tragedy of the human condition.
  • Cat Head In A Jar

    It seems the mainstream media loves cats and will gives them favorable treatment all the time. That’s why I find it incumbent upon myself to put stories on this blog about the realty of the the feline class. It doesn’t hurt if there’s a degrading picture to go along with it. Take for instance this story of a kitty wasting taxpayer resources, by getting her head stuck in a jar.
  • Catfish Walking The Streets Of Florida

    It’s not bad enough we have to deal with cats, but now we have deal with their fish too? Check out this story from Florida about walking catfish emerging from the gutters into the streets. I can already see what’s going to happen next. There will be fish adoption days at Petsmart, catfish toys taking away valuable shelf space from dog toys at Wal-Mart, and beautiful parks designated for catfish only. The end result will be that Catfish owners will think the moist slab of fish cuddling up with them on the couch is better than a dog. This is...
  • Cat Saves 8 People From House Fire (Kitty Ping!)

    01/24/2008 6:13:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 406+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan. 24, 2008 | UPI
    Cat saves 8 people from house fire Published: Jan. 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM ALLENDALE, Mich., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A cat named Oreo saved the lives of eight Allendale, Mich., people when their home caught fire Wednesday, officials said. The heroic kitty began to cry when flames started in the family's garage about 5 a.m., WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, Mich., reported Thursday. Officials said smoke detectors in the home did not sound at the time of the fire, but luckily for the family, Oreo did. The cat's cries from the garage reportedly woke the family of eight and sent them...
  • Tricolor cat proves to be an anomaly

    08/08/2007 8:10:49 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 79 replies · 1,114+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | August 8, 2007 | Elena Gaona
    ESCONDIDO - He looks like your standard alley cat, nothing to write home about. But officials at the Escondido Humane Society say he is a rare specimen, “a once-in-a-lifetime” cat like none they have ever seen before. They call him Phinny, for phenomenon. It wasn't until they were ready to spay Phinny that they found out he needed neutering instead. And that's how he got his name. Phinny, you see, is a male tortoiseshell, a tricolor cat. He's not quite the missing link in the cat world, but is undoubtedly a rare quirk of nature, for reasons of genetics. “In...
  • Scientists believe cats 'sort of domesticated themselves'

    06/29/2007 8:02:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 185 replies · 6,883+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | June 29, 2007 | THE WASHINGTON POST
    Scientists believe cats 'sort of domesticated themselves' THE WASHINGTON POST June 29, 2007 WASHINGTON – Your hunch is correct. Your cat decided to live with you, not the other way around. The sad truth is, it may not be a final decision. But don't take this feline diffidence personally. It runs in the family. And it goes back a long way – about 12,000 years, actually. Those are among the inescapable conclusions of a genetic study of the origins of the domestic cat, being published today in the journal Science. The findings, drawn from the analysis of nearly a thousand...
  • Resident develops new breed of dog-like cat - the puppykat

    03/24/2006 9:52:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 78 replies · 3,871+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | March 20, 2006 | JOSE CARVAJAL
    Resident develops new breed of dog-like cat - the puppykat By: JOSE CARVAJAL - Staff Writer LAKE ELSINORE ---- It's not a dog; it's a cat that acts like a dog. Confused? Don't be. It's a "puppykat," a new breed of cat developed by Lake Elsinore resident Dawn Houston. Houston says she stumbled across the puppykat seven years ago, when two wild cats she had rescued mated. Their offspring were very puppylike, she said, so she gave them the new moniker and began breeding more of them. Three years ago, she said, she began breeding them full time. Houston, who...
  • Deadly Pet Food - Diamond Pet Foods

    12/22/2005 5:53:34 AM PST · by Calpernia · 93 replies · 2,593+ views
    13 WHAM ^ | 12/22/05 | Mike Doria
    (Rochester, NY) 12/22/05 -- Some pet food contaminated with a toxic fungus is having deadly consequences. Several dogs in the Rochester area have died from the toxin and others could be sick without their owners knowing. Stores in 23 states have been notified to pull Diamond Pet Food products off their shelves. The contaminant, aflatoxin, grows on corn put in the products. The food is sold under the brand names Diamond, Country Value, and Professional. The recalled batches have date codes of March-07 through June-07 and were made at the company's plant in Gaston, South Carolina. Products from other facilities...
  • Man shot when cat knocks gun to floor

    03/10/2005 11:11:01 AM PST · by w6ai5q37b · 17 replies · 406+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | March 10, 2005 | Unknown
    IRON RIVER, MICH. Man shot when cat knocks gun to floor An Upper Peninsula man cooking in his kitchen was shot after one of his cats knocked his 9 mm handgun onto the floor, discharging the weapon, Michigan State Police said. Joseph Stanton, 29, of Bates Township in Iron County, was shot in his lower torso around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the state police post in Iron River reported. He was transported to Iron County Community Hospital. State police said he was cooking at his stove when the cat knocked the loaded gun off the kitchen counter behind him.
  • It's dog-lovers vs. cat lovers

    08/15/2004 7:46:04 AM PDT · by GaretGarrett · 344 replies · 5,484+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 8/15/04 | Bert Prelutsky
    Election: It's the Cat People vs. the Dog Lovers Written by Burt Prelutsky Sunday, August 15, 2004 All the pundits who are forecasting the November election, busily analyzing blue states, red states, and those all-important purple swing states, are spinning their wheels. At the risk of sounding even more presumptuous than usual, I contend that they are wasting their time and yours. If you want to know who's going to emerge victorious, all you really need to do is find out how many people have cats living with them and how many have dogs. The cat people, I have decided,...
  • Human-Cat Relationship Goes Back Further (then previously thought)

    04/08/2004 10:00:53 PM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 28 replies · 916+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4/8/04 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON - While ancient Egypt provides the first written record of cats, a burial discovered on Cyprus indicates that humans and felines may have become associated much earlier — extending 9,500 years or more into the past. AP Photo It's a relationship that has ranged from their being adored as gods in the Nile valley to their slinking into medieval witchhood and rising again to be revered in poet T.S. Eliot's verses and in the stage show "Cats." Today, more than 30 percent of American homes host a cat. Jean-Denis Vigne of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris...
  • Fat Felines Battle the Bulge (It's Friday - Lighten Up!)

    08/08/2003 8:43:57 AM PDT · by w_over_w · 101 replies · 1,453+ views
    FoxNews ^ | August 8, 2003 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans
    <p>Jenny Craig might want to recruit a new type of client — the kind with whiskers, paws and pointy ears.</p> <p>About 25 percent of American kitties are overweight, according to the latest statistics, and vets say the number of fat cats prowling — or rather, waddling — around is growing.</p>
  • US troops kill Baghdad lions

    04/22/2003 2:42:43 PM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 14 replies · 248+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 22 April, 2003
    Four starving lions which dug their way out of a Baghdad zoo have been shot dead by American soldiers, the military says. Two of the big cats lunged for the US troops who then fired at them, one soldier said. The lions were among hundreds of animals abandoned at the zoo. Most of the others were stolen by looters or released in the aftermath of the US takeover of the Iraqi capital. But the thieves left seven lions and two tigers in their cages, unfed for 10 or more days. Sergeant Matthew Oliver said three lionesses and one male lion...
  • Of dead cat bounces and SEC raises

    07/24/2002 3:38:20 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 9 replies · 187+ views
    cbs.marketwatch.com ^ | 5:54 PM ET July 24, 2002 | David Callaway
    LOS ANGELES (CBS.MW) - If only this were the bottom.If only all the lies, the scandals, and the stock-pumping, option-dumping crimes against the small investor and the pain that they caused could just magically disappear with the sound of those two lovely words: buying opportunity. It happened for a brief moment Wednesday. For a moment that whiff of greed from the summer of '99, like a familiar smell that conjures up a childhood memory, wafted over Wall Street. And when the buying was done and the Dow ($INDU: news, chart, profile) and the S&P 500 ($SPX: news, chart, profile) had...