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Hunger guides mountain lions' actions to enter residential areas

In a new study, researchers found that while big cats like mountain lions are generally fearful of and avoid humans, hunger can dampen that fear. Read more

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy: Holding promise for feline inflammatory diseases

Stem cell therapy is acknowledged as having great potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases in both people and animals. The use of bone marrow-derived stem cells is well established in the treatment of human cancer patients, and veterinary applications for bone marrow- and adipose-derived Read more

How cats and dogs are consuming and processing parabens

Many households can claim at least one four-legged friend as part of the family. But pets that primarily stay indoors can have increased rates of diseases, such as diabetes, kidney diseases and hypothyroidism compared with those that stay exclusively outside. Some scientists propose that chemical su Read more

Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

A new study has confirmed that the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined an astonishing 72% during a five-year period. The population represents the last remaining leopards in all of eastern Indochina - a region incorporatin Read more

Novel research approach sheds light on how midsize predators interact

A novel research approach has resulted in a key step toward better protecting the fisher, an important forest predator that findings show is the dominant small carnivore when present. Read more

Cheetahs' inner ear is one of a kind, vital to high-speed hunting

The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah, is a successful hunter not only because it is quick, but also because it can hold an incredibly still gaze while pursuing prey. For the first time, researchers have investigated the cheetah's extraordinary sensory abilities by analyzing the spe Read more

An outdoor cat can damage your sustainability cred

If you install solar panels on your roof and avoid dousing your lawn with chemicals and pesticides, your online peers may consider you to be environmentally friendly. But this street cred can all be erased if you let your cat roam around outdoors. Read more

MMV malaria box phenotyped against plasmodium and toxoplasma

Scientists have completed phenotypic screening of a large collection of potent chemical inhibitors (known as MMV Malaria Box), against pathogenic parasites toxoplasma gondii and plasmodium falciparum, causative agents of human toxoplasmosis and malaria. This knowledge opens up new avenues to study u Read more

Predator control can have unintended consequences

Introduced predators pose threats to biodiversity and are implicated in the extinction of many native species. Read more

Fat cat? Here's how much to feed to lose weight

Does your cat lay around all day, only getting up to eat and visit the litter box? Chances are, he's overweight. Maybe you've switched to the 'diet' cat food or tried feeding him less, but you might have noticed it's not easy to get that weight off. A new study explains what Read more

Female cats are more likely to be right-handed, researchers discover

Researchers have found that female cats are much more likely to use their right paw than males. Read more

Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat

The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). Read more

Habitat fragmentation a bigger threat to Chile’s güiña wildcat than persecution by humans

Research by conservationists has found that habitat fragmentation, and the subdivision of large farms into smaller ones, are the biggest threats facing the güiña wildcat in Chile. Read more

Experts raise concerns over raw meat diets for cats and dogs

Experts are warning dog and cat owners to be aware of the risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat-based diets, instead of the more conventional dry or canned pet foods. Read more

Impact of lions living alongside giraffe populations

New research is calling for an urgent review into how populations of giraffes are managed in the wild when living alongside lions. Read more

Veterinary surgeons perform first-known brain surgery to treat hydrocephalus in fur seal

A neurosurgical team has successfully performed what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind brain surgery on a Northern fur seal named Ziggy Star in an attempt to address her worsening neurologic condition. Ziggy, an adult female, is recovering well at her permanent home at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Read more

Endangered listing urged for cheetahs

Researchers present evidence that low cheetah population estimates in southern Africa support a call to list the cheetah as "Endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Read more