The Origins of Modern Dogs in Ancient Asian Wolves

You’ve come a long way, baby. moggafogga, CC BY-NC-ND The how and the when of dog domestication are fairly settled. As for the where: now DNAsays Fido traces his roots back to wolves in Central Asia that lingered around people’s camps millennia ago. By Dr. Laura Shannon / 10.20.2015 Computational Evolutionary Geneticist Adam Boyko Laboratory Cornell University Dogs’ origin story goes something like[…]

Earliest Evidence of Cat Domestication Found in China

So, you found my ancestors? Are you sure this time? epsos There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. By Akshat Rathi / 12.16.2013 Former Science and Data Editor The Conversation There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. That is because[…]

Dogs in Ancient Greece

Photo by japiot, Wikimedia Commons Examining a few references in the Homeric epics and Herodotus. Kosmos Society Center for Hellenic Studies [1] Anger [mēnis], goddess, sing it, of Achilles, son of Peleus— 2disastrous [oulomenē] anger that made countless pains [algea] for the Achaeans, 3 and many steadfast lives [psūkhai] it drove down to Hādēs, 4 heroes’ lives, but their bodies[…]

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[…]

How to Make Your Cat Healthy and Happy

By Scott Acton Pets are our companions for life, once you choose and adopt your pet, whether it is a cat, a puppy or something a little more exotic such as dragons and iguanas, you will get a lifetime full of happiness and friendship. We all know that cats are cuddly, cute creatures who are[…]

Are We Overcranking the Cat?

By Pamela Merritt / 05.20.2016 We might not realize how fragile our cat’s nervous system really is. Yes, they are magnificent predators with talon-like claws, lots of sharp and pointy teeth, with incredible reflexes. It’s those incredible reflexes. Cats are energy storage devices. If that energy builds up too far, there will be trouble. How[…]

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[…]