‘Zorro’ cat makes his mark as a viral sensation on TikTok

'Zorro' cat makes his mark as a viral sensation on TikTok

This cat has purr-sonality in the form of the mysterious masked crusader. One of Indraini Wahyudin Noor’s many cats — this one cryptically named “Boy” — is going viral for bearing an uncanny resemblance to Zorro. The nine-month-old Persian kitten has a distinct black patch surrounding both eyes that looks just like the iconic mask … Read more

Range of unusual pet foods rapidly expanding, with ears, snouts and pizzles all on the menu

Photo of pet treats.

Pet ownership in Australia has surged during the past few years of COVID-19 lockdowns. It has meant the pet food industry — worth an estimated $2.74 billion annually and growing rapidly — is struggling to keep up. “Pet ownership has been growing in Australia year on year, but with COVID we saw a considerable uptick,” … Read more

Three hospitalized with suspected case of typhus found in fleas living on pet cats

Three hospitalized with suspected case of typhus found in fleas living on pet cats

Murine Typhus is caused by a bacterial germ that in New Zealand is spread by fleas from cats or rodents. Photo / 123RF A person living in Auckland’s northwest region has likely been infected with a typhus disease that can be found in fleas living on pets. Two other people from the same home are … Read more

This 32-year-old saves money on travel by cat-sitting around the world

This 32-year-old saves money on travel by cat-sitting around the world

Madolline Gourley says she’s discovered a great money-saving strategy for traveling abroad – and it only requires 30 minutes of work per day. The 32-year-old, based in Brisbane, Australia, travels the world house- and cat-sitting. In exchange for her half-hour of labor – which includes feeding, snuggling and cleaning litter boxes – Gourley receives free … Read more

Owners may soon have 2-way pet conversations: scientists

Owners may soon have 2-way pet conversations: scientists

Dr. Dolittle’s special power may soon become a reality for some. After various experiments by experts around the world attempting to understand animals, one team from Tel Aviv University is realizing every pet owner’s dream. The students in Israel used ultrasonic frequency detectors to essentially “translate” the noises bats make. The discovery, according to Dr. … Read more

Utah pets now have a safe place to stay if their owners enter drug, alcohol misuse treatment

Utah pets now have a safe place to stay if their owners enter drug, alcohol misuse treatment

A nonprofit animal shelter has partnered with Utah’s largest addiction program to protect pets for up to three months as their owners undergo treatment. (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Beth Henry, foster coordinator At Ruff Haven Crisis Center, with a dog named Ranger, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. | May 30, 2022, 12:00 … Read more

Local animal shelter rescues 66 cats from Reserve Street encampment, draining budget | Local News

Local animal shelter rescues 66 cats from Reserve Street encampment, draining budget |  Local News

Chicken Noodle needs a home, and so do 100 of his fellow cats and kittens at the Missoula nonprofit AniMeals. Chicken Noodle, a relaxed orange tabby who loves attention and head scratches, is one of 66 cats rescued from a colony living at the encampment of homeless individuals under the Reserve Street Bridge in the … Read more

Your cat does actually love you but doesn’t want to be petted

Your cat does actually love you but doesn't want to be petted

While most cats seem like aloof loners, they’re actually paying more attention to us — and other cats — than most of us realize. Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan discovered cats can learn human words and even connect the names of human and feline friends with faces. Household cats “anticipated a specific cat face … Read more