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Breed differences in behaviour traits

Research by Salonen et al (2019) examined whether behavioural differences exist among cat breeds and whether behaviour is heritable. There will likely always be a debate whether behaviour is determined by nature or nurture, though in all likelihood it is a

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Cats change their eating behaviour when moved from free access to restricted feeding

* From our partners at International Cat Care Limiting caloric intake is the basis of the standard approach to prevent obesity. Researchers investigated how cats’ feeding behaviour changes when they are switched from ad libitum (free access) to restricted feeding. One of

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Do cats recognise their names?

* From our partners at International Cat Care As cat owners we naturally give our pet cats their own names. Sometimes fairly simple names ranging to quite unique and quirky choices! Most owners would agree that their cats seem to recognise

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Why do so many cats have white ‘socks’ on their paws?

A bit of a different Wednesday Why? today, not about behaviour but about cats having white ‘socks’. Professor Leslie Lyons, head of the University of Missouri’s Feline Genetics Laboratory, explains: Socks are rarely seen in wildcats, the elusive and undomesticated cousin

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Your cat has a secret life…

The cat tracker project Cats are mysterious, dangerous and far more unpredictable than one might expect from an animal that is, theoretically, domesticated. Some of the mysteries of cats relate to where they go and what they do; this is

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Grimace scale helps determine whether cats are in pain

Sometimes it’s obvious your cat is in pain. Your cat may be howling, growling or hissing at you when you touch it in a painful spot. However, it is often less obvious they are in pain. After an injury or

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Feeling blue? A pet’s affection can help!

* From our friends at Katzenworld How pets can help beat winter blues Feeling down in the dumps? Next Monday is ‘Blue Monday’; believed to be the most depressing day of the year. The Christmas excitement is well and truly over,

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New Year Pet Resolutions

* From our friends at Katzenworld Is your pet on the portly side? With Christmas over, you might be thinking about setting a New Year’s resolution. It’s also a great time for your pet to join in too! Research from

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