Research Identifies 7 Cat Personality Traits

A new study published in the journal Animals found that a group of 7 personality and behavior traits are common to virtually all domestic cats. Researchers gathered cat personality data from a data set of over 4300 cat owners.  They factored breed differences into account to come up with their list. What are the common … Continue reading Research Identifies 7 Cat Personality Traits

Does Your Cat Have a Hanging Belly? A Vet Explains the “Primordial Pouch”

Obesity is a common problem in domestic cats, but your cat’s hanging belly doesn’t necessarily mean that she is overweight.  The low hanging flap of extra fur, skin, and fat that you may notice on some cats’ undersides is called a primordial pouch. The primordial pouch is common to all cats—male and female--including big cats … Continue reading Does Your Cat Have a Hanging Belly? A Vet Explains the “Primordial Pouch”

How Responsible Breeding Can Reduce Hereditary Diseases in Dogs and Cats

The American Veterinary Medical Association convention went virtual this year, and one of the topics discussed was that a greater understanding of how genetic diseases occur can help vets prevent and mitigate their effects in our pets. The speaker, Dr. Jerold Bell, a veterinarian and geneticist at Tufts University, said that many of the most … Continue reading How Responsible Breeding Can Reduce Hereditary Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Cat Genome Project Reveals Clues to Domestication

A study of the feline genome is providing new insights into how and why cats became domesticated. Compared to dogs, cat domestication is a relatively recent occurrence (30,000 years for dogs vs. 9,000 for cats), but researchers can still find signs of domestication in their DNA. The lure of treats Key findings from the cat … Continue reading Cat Genome Project Reveals Clues to Domestication