Children at home can provoke increased cat scratching

“We know all about cat behaviour.”

It appears that the presence of a child in the household could potentially contribute to heightened stress levels, thereby leading to more frequent and intense scratching episodes. Study: ‘Evaluating undesired scratching in domestic cats: a multifactorial approach to understand risk factors.’ The study mentioned, published in the Frontiers website dated 03 July 2024, looked …

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Watching hunting of any kind can psychologically scar children

Hunting deer

PETA has reminded me that the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued a landmark new directive (I believe this was last year, 2023) that children be protected from “exposure to violence, such as violence inflicted on animals.” It is a formal recognition that children exposed to the hunting of …

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25% of 10–18-year-old kids in UK exposed to animal cruelty. Restrictions needed.

Kids on smartphones accessing social media platforms where they are likely to see animal cruelty content that should not be there

The RSPCA have, at last, caught on to the fact that social media is provoking or encouraging kids to engage in animal cruelty. It’s a complicated issue but essentially the RSPCA is saying that children “torture animals for likes on social media”. Tell me something new. This has been an issue for years. Millions …

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Kids of animal abusers should be in foster care

This family is animal welfare aware. Parent hand down good animal husbandry ideas.

The title might aggravate some people. Particularly animal abusers 😎😉. I’ll give you my thinking on this. Or perhaps you have guessed it already. My theory is that animal abuse is passed down from parent to children along the family bloodline. It is a never-ending process and only stops when one set of parents …

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Can children learn to identify dog aggression with age and experience?

Child interacting with a dog

Certainly! According to a recently published study conducted by researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, both age and experience play a role in children’s ability to recognize dog emotions, particularly aggression. The study has been reported widely in the news media. Here are the key findings from the study: In summary, children can indeed learn to identify …

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UK’s teenage girls are like canaries in a coal mine signalling dire world problems

The schoolkids are signalling to the adults that they are screwing up in managing the planet so they stop eating in a kind of protest

The kids – acting like canaries in a coal mine – are signalling to the adults that they are screwing up the management of the planet. The self-indulgent, egocentric adults don’t get it but the kids do. The kids see it and feel it. They see a bleak future but the adults are still …

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