Cat News


African leopards revealed: Study documents minute-to-minute behavior of elusive cats

The elusive behavior of the African leopard has been revealed in great detail for the first time as part of a sophisticated study that links the majestic cat's caloric demands and its drive to kill. Read more

Mountain lions fear humans, fleeing when they hear our voices, new study reveals

New research into the behavior of mountain lions indicates they don't like encountering humans any more than we like bumping into them on hiking trails. The findings are particularly valuable as human development encroaches on lion habitat and drives up the number of human-puma encounters. Read more

Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt. The DNA analysis also revealed t Read more

How to stop the nasty lurking toxoplasmosis parasite? Target its 'stomach,' research suggests

One in three people has a potentially nasty parasite hiding inside their body -- tucked away in tiny cysts that the immune system can't eliminate and antibiotics can't touch. But new research reveals clues about how to stop it: Interfere with its digestion during this stubborn dormant phas Read more

Study sheds light on determining surgical margins for feline tumors

Researchers are paving the way for more precision in determining surgical margins for an aggressive tumor common in cats by analyzing tissue contraction at various stages of the post-operative examination process. Read more

Female Steller sea lions tend to breed near their birthplace

Female Steller sea lions tend to breed at or near the rookery where they were born, according to a study. Read more

Declawing linked to aggression and other abnormal behaviors in cats

Declawing increases the risk of long-term or persistent pain, manifesting as unwanted behaviors such as inappropriate elimination (soiling/urinating outside of the litter box) and aggression/biting, new research concludes. Read more

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

Wolves and other top predators need large ranges to be able to control smaller predators whose populations have expanded, according to a new study. The results were similar across three continents, showing that as top predators' ranges were cut back and fragmented, they were no longer able to c Read more

New cancer drug can prevent reactions to common airborne allergens

A cancer drug for patients with certain types of leukemia and lymphoma can also prevent reactions to some of the most common airborne allergies, according to a recent study. The promising data from this pilot study could have greater implications for adults with food allergies. Read more

Famous tree-climbing lions of Uganda roaming farther as prey animals decrease

Scientists in Uganda studying the behaviors of the country's famous tree-climbing lions have found that the home ranges of lion prides in the study areas have increased over time as they search farther for diminishing numbers of prey animals. Read more

Three new sub-species of snow leopard discovered

A recent research paper reveals that there are three sub-species of snow leopard. Until now, researchers had assumed this species, Panthera uncia, was monotypic. Read more

Rare feline genetic disorders identified through whole genome sequencing

Veterinary neurologists found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease in people. Now they have found that a biomarker test that helps diagnose ALS also can assist with determining a diagnosis for degenerative m Read more

African lions under same threats as extinct sabre-toothed tigers faced

African lions are under the same threats extinct sabre-toothed tigers faced. Read more

Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world

Less affluent countries are more committed to conservation of their large animals than richer ones, a new research collaboration has found. Read more

35-year South Carolina alligator study uncovers mysteries about growth and reproduction

Research by wildlife biologists is shattering conventional scientific understanding about American alligator growth and reproduction. Read more

Limited gene flow between two Bengal tiger populations in the western Himalayan foothills

The flow of genes between Bengal tigers in two reserves of the Terai Arc Landscape in western Himalayan foothills is too low, according to a study. Read more

Robotic cheetah created

Engineers have developed a prototype cheetah robot. They have constructed a scaled-down robotic version of the fastest land animal in the world, with a view to replicating its movements. Relatively speaking, the robot moves using only about fifteen percent more energy than a real cheetah. Read more