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Smelling Cat Urine Turns Baby Mice Into Willing Victims

The war between cats and mice just took a chilling turn, as a team of Russian researchers announces that early exposure to a chemical in cat urine can condition mice not to flee from an approaching cat. This can’t end well for the mice.


This Is The One Thing That People Never Understand About Cats

You probably don’t know your cat as well as you think you do. According to a recent survey of cat owners in the UK, most people are pretty clueless about their cats’ lives.


The First-Ever Cat Convention Pretty Much Broke The Internets

Last weekend, CatCon took the internet by storm. 10,000 people descended on the convention in LA, which featured appearances by celebrity cats, cat-centric panels, and all the cat swag you could shake a stick with a dangling feather at.


Do Mysterious Big Cats Prowl The English Countryside?

England’s version of Big Foot or just the logical result of new laws that forced exotic pet owners to free their animals in the 1970s? One thing’s for sure: reported sightings of big cats are on the rise in the UK, while new studies seek to prove their existence.


Scientists To Sequence Lil Bub's Genome

A team of geneticists is ready to unlock the secrets behind Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub’s unique appearance. Lil Bub, whose full name is Lillian Bubbles (her friends call her Bub), may be the most recognisable cat on the Web. Although Bub is an adult now, she still looks like a kitten, with wide green eyes and short legs and her tongue sticks out, giving her a perpetual happy-go-lucky expression.


Robot Dogs Will Replace Pets In Super-Dense Cities

Keeping a pet healthy requires resources and open space, and in the cities of the future both may be at such a premium that live pets will become a thing of the past. Australian researcher Jean-Loup Rault suggests robotic and virtual-reality pets may replace the real thing.


How To Tell A Bobkitten From A Regular Kitten

Bobkitten or regular kitten? While both look cute nibbling on your finger, one might actually eat that finger. This is the latest litter born in the Santa Monica Mountains.


Of Course Japan Has An Island Where Cats Outnumber People

This short film documents life on Tashirojima, a tiny island off the Oshika Peninsula in Japan. It’s home to 800 cat overlords, and the 100 or so humans who slavishly feed their feral masters.


This Woodcut From 19th Century Japan Reveals Deep LOLcat History

This video is an animation based on a Japanese woodcut called “Popular Hotspring Spa (of Cats).” It’s from 1880, but artist Utagawa Yoshifuji’s imaginary world of spa cats looks like something that’s unfolding at the intersection of LOLcat and internetville.


It's OK To Be A Crazy Cat Lady When All Your Felines Are Robots

Most people look down on what’s become known as ‘crazy cat ladies’ but it has less to do with the state of their mental health, and more about the impossible task of keeping a house full of felines clean. But what if those cats didn’t need a litter box, never destroyed the furniture, and were immune to hair balls? That’s why Spin Master’s new robotic Zoomer Kitty is so wonderful, it promises to give a good name to crazy cat ladies everywhere.


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