Study does NOT PROVE a causal link between cats and schizophrenia in the cats’ owners

Family with their domestic cat companion

This is a cross post. I feel obliged to try and make sure that cat owners understand the conclusions of a study referred to by many online newspapers. The study comes from Australia where arguably there is a strained relationship between domestic and feral cats and the population. Particularly feral cats which are denigrated …

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Fact check on ‘domestic cats eat more than 2000 species’

Domestic cat preying on a classic prey animal, the common mouse

Late last year there were many articles on the Internet which stated that domestic cats eat more than 2000 species. In other words, domestic cats across the world preyed upon 2000+ different species of animal. It caused a lot of consternation in conservationists. I have read one or two of the articles based on …

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Does an asymptomatic toxoplasmosis infection cause elderly people to become frailer?

Toxoplasma parasite engages in 'identity theft' of immune cell to travel around the host's body

The Science Daily website has an article which infers that elderly people who have unknowingly been infected with the Toxoplasma gondii protozoan tend to be frailer in old age than those who haven’t. Essentially, the scientists found a connection with a higher level of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in a person and increased frailty. …

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Domestic cat personality influences opportunity, desire and effectiveness of predation

Cat predation worries many

A domestic cat’s personality influences how keen they are to go hunting and it will also affect how effective they are and therefore how many prey animals they kill and/or bring back home. And, secondly, owners’ perceptions of cat personality can influence cats’ access to the outside which also has an impact on the …

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Scottish wildcat is ‘genomically extinct’ as there are no purebred Scottish wildcats in 2023

Scottish wildcat

A recent study has once again looked at the concerning situation regarding the extinction of the Scottish wildcat which is actually a European wildcat living in Scotland. About 15 years ago scientists knew that the Scottish wildcat was near extinction because of hybridisation with domestic and feral cats in Scotland. Acceleration of wildcats mating …

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Criminals shouldn’t live with a cat or dog as their hairs might link them to a crime

Using cat and dog hair to convict criminals

Criminals should take note of this research. The advice is that criminals should not live with a cat because DNA testing on cat hairs might lead to a cat owning criminal being convicted for a crime at a property or other place where they leave behind cat/dog hairs. Scenario I can think of one …

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Purring is caused by a simple airflow over connective tissue masses embedded in the vocal fold of the larynx

The cat purr is produced by air passing through the larynx and there are no muscle contractions

Cat purring is like people talking with a vocal fry. Researchers of a new study – read on. There have been lots of theories about how domestic cats purr. At one time some experts thought that it was caused by turbulent blood! And Dr. Desmond Morris gets close to understanding how the purr sound …

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Flat-faced dogs and cats’ helplessness makes them more attractive

Flat faced brachycephalic dogs and cats behave like toddlers which attracts the nurturing desire in their human caregiver which in turn makes the animals more attractive as companions.

STUDY RESULT PLUS COMMENT: Dorottya Ujfalussy from the Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary, has decided in her study that flat-faced dogs (and I’m going to include flat-faced cats) are more attractive to their owners because they are more helpless. And in being more helpless they are more like human toddlers who are themselves helpless …

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