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Cats actually like people, says new university study

A new study completed by researchers at Oregon State University and New Jersey's Monmouth University has found that cats are actually quite fond of people.<p>The study, published in "Behavioural Processes" on Friday, states that based on experiments performed that tested cats' reactions to things and …

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Big Love for Small Cats

Those of us who love the majesty of big cats often find ourselves mesmerized by footage of tigers, pumas, and lions going about their daily lives. We are fascinated by their agility, speed, instincts, and behaviors. It’s easy to see the similarities big cats share with their smaller, domestic …

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You can train your cat to use the toilet. Just don’t expect it to flush.

The apartment Daniel Freudberg shares with his girlfriend has two bathrooms. One is used by the couple and visitors. The other is used by their 7-month-old kitten, Kal, who does all his business in there — on the toilet.<p>“We never bought an actual litter box,” said Freudberg, 27, an Arlington, Va., …

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Family Mourning Their Pet Gets a Surprise from a Stray Cat in Their Garage...

A neighborhood stray cat gave a family the most beautiful surprise after they lost their beloved dog.<p>Meet Lil' Grey and her babies!<p>The Gritty …

Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog, but research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.<p><i>Opinion by</i> …

Crusoe the dachshund is probably a better hockey goalie than most NHL goalies

Say what you want about dachshunds, but those little dogs make fantastic hockey players.<p>We're not sure if its their quick reflexes, their unwavering focus on the puck or just their adorable little faces. Whatever it is, we can't get enough of dachshunds playing hockey, especially Crusoe in the …

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This capsule-style boarding house is only for cats, for a reason

Unlike most mixed pet boarding facilities, the newly-opened Nekoya Cat Hotel in Singapore is feline-only.<p>That's because its unique apartment-style set up is meant to provide a zen space for stressed out cats, co-founder Debrah Lau said.<p>To suit cats' needs, the boarding capsules consist of cool and …

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Trick or Treat: Conniving Behavior Discovered in Dogs

Dogs demonstrate deception in new study, deliberately leading humans who withheld treats astray<p>Dogs have the ability to think through their actions and plan deceptions, according to a study in <i>Animal Cognition.</i><p>Marianne Heberlein of the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Experimental Studies at …

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Air Force veteran drapes flag over beloved military dog during tearful goodbye

Through four deployments in places like Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan, U.S. Air Force veteran Kyle Smith always felt safe with his beloved military service dog, Bodza, by his side.<p>That's why there was no way Smith was going to leave Bodza even though it broke his heart as his 11-year-old German shepherd …

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Dog valiantly trying to catch a toy gets the Photoshop battle he deserves

Nothing says "it's Photoshop battle time" like a weird-ass picture of a dog.<p>It began like all good battles - with Reddit user rocklou uploading one worthy photo of a potential muse.<p>We present to you, "dog trying to catch a toy with his paws."<p>Of course given the the dog's horrified expression, …

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WATCH: 5 women who changed your life with their inventions

For Women's History Month, we dedicate this Salon 5 to these women whose innovations made their marks<p>It’s no secret that our society is dominated by misogyny and hyper masculinity: You see it on television, in the sports world, in the workplace, and yes, in every part of our government, all the way …

Literally Just A Bunch Of Photos Of Cats Sitting In Tiny Chairs

And these chairs are juuuuust right.<p>1. “Wha? You got me MY OWN CHAIR?”<p>2. “It’s only for kittens? Not for humans?”<p>3. “It’s the perfect size for all of my kitty activities!”<p>4. “And it even matches yours!!!”<p>5. “My favorite color! How did you know?”<p>6. “I’m not sure what I need an ottoman for, but I …

Cute Animals

Are you in a dysfunctional relationship with your dog?

Howling at all hours of the night. Outbursts of irrational exuberance. Inappropriate displays of affection. Irritating lavatorial habits. All commonplace characteristics of a long-term relationship, as most veterans will surely agree. And mostly capable of solution by discussion, compromise or, in …

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This woman built a ‘cat ladder’ to help felines escape the cold

A Turkish woman concerned about stray cats wandering the chilly alleys of her hometown during a winter cold-snap has found the purr-fect solution–and …

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Here's another way to bury your pet — grow it into a tree

Grow your loved one's remains into a remembrance tree thanks to the 'Living Urn'.<p>The system works by placing your loved ones remains into the bio urn, adding a special root protection formula, as well as a growth mix...and then plant and watch it grow.

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People Are In Love With This Dog Who Waits For A Girl After School Every Day

“We will never ever deserve dogs and that is a fact.”<p>This is Elisa Lee, a 17-year-old high school senior in Lakewood, California.<p>AND THIS IS RALPH.<p>Elisa and Ralph first met at the beginning of the school year, when her friend was driving her home. That’s when she saw Ralph outside his house near …

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Aubrey Plaza gives charming, adoptable puppies fantastic backstories

Puppies plus late night television is always the recipe for a great video.<p>On Thursday night's <i>Late Show</i>, Stephen Colbert decided to help some cute puppers out by airing a segment called Rescue Dog Rescue with Aubrey Plaza. The two took turns cradling adoptable puppies and fabricating ridiculous …

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Police build a kitty condo for stray cat they've dubbed 'SWAT Cat'

The Boston Police Department is making sure their mascot is taken care of during these winter months.<p>Officers in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston …

WATCH: The secret life of felines

Conservationist filmmakers on the race to save the big cats<p>The relationship between humans and felines is a profound and ancient one. Yet while millions of us share our homes with domestic cats, their big cousins are being killed off in alarming numbers. In the past fifty years, for example, the …

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Campaigners call six-month jail terms for animal abusers 'laughable' when fly-tippers get five years

Animal cruelty should carry a five year maximum jail sentence, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says as it complains you get longer for fly-tipping.<p>The current six-month custodial term is ten times shorter than that stretch illegal waste dumpers can expect from judges - which campaigners have labelled …

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This transparent bowl swing is what cat dreams are made of

San Francisco Wages War On Puppy Mills, Says Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Animals

“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide.”<p>The city of San Francisco has voted to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at local pet stores in a move to combat so-called “puppy mills” and help find …

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Food Puzzles for Cats Helps You Find and Build Kitty Brainteasers

Cats who work for their food seem to be happier and healthier, so stuffing food into a toy isn’t just a hobby for you. It’s a way to reduce your …

Bulgarian cat walks again with the help of bionic legs

Pooh, a one-year-old cat from Bulgaria was found without his hind legs. But a local animal shelter raised funds to have him fitted with prosthetics legs<p>The Bulgarian vet who performed Pooh's surgery also fitted three more cats. The procedure was first performed in the U.K. but this is the first in …

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10 Things in Your House That Will Make Your Pet Sick

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Plush Paws Pet Seat Cover Review - All Weather Protection

Winter in Western NY can be a messy time of year…<p>While the fields and yards may be coated with a pristine blanket of white snow, the roads, driveways …

'Kedi,' a Heartwarming New Documentary, Stars Istanbul's Street Cats

In Istanbul, the cat is king. The city is famous for its legions of feral felines. Even though no one technically owns them, these hundreds of …

How makeovers helped 700 ‘unwanted’ pets find new homes

Kristin Livan had just started to foster dogs in 2012 when she spotted pit-bull mix Sally, sadness all over her face, lying in a bottom cage at a New …

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