Many cats are kept indoors for various reasons, but because they're natural foragers this can lead to a host of behavioural and health problems. New research shows that food puzzles are effective at staving off many of these problems.
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Digital photography is reliable, consistent and increasingly easy to use. But when it screws up, boy does it screw up.
I adore my 10-year-old pup. A lot. To the point where my mother dodges my calls on vet days so she doesn't have to hear a breathless blow-by-blow of his every aspirated fatball. But my fixation is, admittedly, less about the dog, and more about the countless pet "gadgets" I'm offered on a daily basis. I, without fail, say "yes please send me your camera that sits on the dog's collar and takes pictures when the dog barks!" I do not know when I will need these devices, but I want to test them.
Let's play a game. Can you find the orange tabby cat that's supposedly taking a nap on this pile of wood without going crazy? I say supposedly because for a good few minutes as I was looking for the cute little guy, I swore that the cat didn't exist or that the cat has transformed into a block of wood or that the cat had invisibility powers. All of those explanations were much more believable than an actual cat taking a nap on the pile of wood.
Here lies Sir Meows-A-Lot, beloved pet of Sally, Ted, Nancy and Job. He was a good cat who was stolen from us too early. Maybe if we hadn't bought an internet connected pet feeder before our holiday to the Bahamas, Sir Meows-A-Lot would still be here today. But we did, and then a network outage cut off his food supply. Rest in peace, buddy.
For $US35 ($47) ThinkGeek will now sell you an animatronic cat tail, powered by four AA batteries, that will contentedly swish back and forth as it hangs from the back of your pants. You can pretend you're buying it for cosplay reasons, or maybe for a Halloween costume, but deep down you know it's really your first tentative step towards becoming a furry.
Video: Dogs just want to love you but cats, well, what the hell do cats want? They have a mind of their own, they seemingly do whatever the hell they want and their habits are just so weird. Why is that? According to Ted-Ed, it's because of how they developed as both a solitary predator that had to hunt and kill smaller prey for food, and stealthy prey who had to hide from larger predators to survive. Their habits today reflect both!
At €169 ($250) each, these Copycat Art Scratchers are an expensive way for your cat to stay entertained while you're at work all day. But, relatively speaking, they're a lot cheaper than your cat destroying an actual priceless piece of artwork like da Vinci's Mona Lisa or Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.
For quite some time, scientists had a working theory of why certain piebald (patchy black-and-white) mammals look the way they do. They assumed the colouring is a directed pattern that involves pigmented cells instigating a controlled expansion. Turns out, it's all just random.
"Who's the greatest catstronaut in the United States? It's you Champer-damper. It's you!" That's the song I would sing to my pet cat if I had a pet cat and carried it around in one of these amazing ventilated carrying cases from U-Pet.
So you've probably seen that viral video showing cats having the bejeezus scared out of them by a particularly snake-like vegetable: the lowly cucumber. Hilarious, right? Sure — if you're a human. As a veterinary technician points out, this trending activity could cause lasting psychological problems for your feline companion.
After already conquering demographics including kids, teenagers, and those technically considred adults, Hasbro is reaching out to that last frontier of consumers: seniors, with a new toy line featuring lifelike robotic companion pets that only need affection, not feeding or bathroom breaks.