Why Can’t Cats Resist Thinking Inside the Box?

Next best thing to a hidey-hole box? / Maggie Villiger, Creative Commons By Dr. Nicholas Dodman / 04.17.2017 Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Pharmacology and Animal Behavior Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on[…]

Pets in Ancient Egypt

Cult copper statue of a crocodile. From Faiyum, modern-day Egypt. Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, circa 1800 BCE. (State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Germany). By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 03.18.2016 Professor of Philosophy Marist College The ancient Egyptians kept animals as pets ranging from domesticated dogs and cats to baboons, monkeys, fish, gazelles, birds[…]

Can a Cat Make a Community?

Minou. (Photo: Lisa Wade) Animals bring people together—and more sociologists should study them. By Lisa Wade / 12.29.2016 Last month my neighbor and I mustered our emotional strength, gathered up our neighborhood cat, and drove to the SPCA to help her leave this Earth in peace. He had named her Minou — French for kitty, a common term[…]

Intelligence on the Wing: The Genius of Birds

By Ben Marks / 12.22.2016 The Genius of Birds / Jennifer Ackerman On Tuesday November 8, 2016, tens of millions of Americans enthusiastically cast their presidential ballots for a tax-cheating, racist demagogue who literally said anything to get the votes of common working stiffs, even though it should have been abundantly obvious to them that[…]

Bangkok’s Husky Cafe

12.14.2016 If you’re a dog lover visiting Bangkok, you simply must stop by the True Love Café, a wonderful place where you can get a taste of Thai cuisine, or enjoy some refreshments in the company of dozens of adorable huskies. The True Love Café opened in 2013, when Chotiros Ratanabirabongse, Paw for short, a long-time husky breeder, decided to[…]

Cats on the (Alternative) Move

As any cat lover knows, they are extremely resourceful, not to mention creative.  So while getting from point A to point B, for most of us, requires we put one foot in front of the other, check out these cats who have discovered alternative modes of transportation.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3VexkOtQWQ    

The Secret Lives of Urban Rats

Public park in Manhattan, home to a rat population with over 100 visible burrows. Dr. Michael H. Parsons, Author provided By Dr. Michael H. Parsons / 10.11.2016 Scholar-in-Residence Hofstra University In an era when we can decode language among animals and design coatings that make military weapons virtually invisible, it may seem that there are[…]

Can Great Apes Read Your Mind?

Bonobo Jasongo at Leipzig Zoo has a hunch about what you’re thinking. MPI-EVA By Dr. Christopher Krupenye / 10.06.2016 Postdoctoral Researcher in Developmental and Comparative Psychology Max Planck Institute One of the things that defines humans most is our ability to read others’ minds – that is, to make inferences about what others are thinking.[…]

How to Not Love the National Parks to Death

Tourists flock to Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park on a spring afternoon. Photo by Eddie Hernandez Photography / iStock. By Heather J. Hansen / 06.03.2016 This year marks the centennial of the National Park Service, and record numbers of visitors are expected to celebrate by exploring the system’s incomparable natural, historical, and cultural resources. All[…]

Could the Mystery of the Meow Actually be Solved by a New Talking Cat Collar?

How good are people at interpreting a cat’s meow? ‘Cats’ via www.shutterstock.com By Mikel Delgado PhD Candidate in Psychology University of California, Berkeley Imagine you’re a cat, and, every time you meowed, the loud voice of a snooty-sounding British gentleman kindly informed your human guardian of your every thought and feeling (well, the thoughts and[…]