Researchers from the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph have developed a Cat Faces Study to find out if people can detect whether a cat is in a positive or negative situation, just by looking at the face alone. The researchers used Internet cat videos, zeroing in on … Continue reading Are You a Cat Whisperer? Take the Cat Faces Study Quiz to Find Out!
Ask any cat lover what a “slow blink” is, and chances are they’ll know it’s a sure sign that their cat is enjoying their company. A recent study published in Scientific Reports analyzed this form of human-cat communication and found that both cats and humans appreciate bonding via the slow blink! The authors note that … Continue reading Communicating with Cats: It’s All in the Eyes
Does your cat go crazy for catnip? Approximately 70-80% of cats are affected by catnip to some degree. What is it about this plant that provokes such a strong reaction in cats? Here’s a quick look at the science of catnip. Catnip, also called catmint, is a member of the mint family. The scientific name … Continue reading The Science Behind Why Cats Love Catnip
An organization of cat care professionals in the UK called The Cat Group has created a very helpful “Kitten Checklist” for anyone thinking about adding a new kitten to their family! This user-friendly checklist was designed to help owners choose a happy and healthy kitten, whether it comes from a shelter, rescue organization, friend, … Continue reading Kitten Checklist Helps New Owners Pick the Perfect Cat
A new research study published in the journal Current Biology has come to a conclusion that cat owners have known all along—cats form strong emotional bonds with their humans! The authors point out that although studies on canine behavior and cognition far outnumber those on feline behavior and cognition, the research that does exist shows … Continue reading New Study Proves Cats are Strongly Attached to their Human Caregivers