animal behavior, cats, communication with animals, dead animals, dogs

Why do our dogs and cats bring us dead animals?

What do a little penguin, a baby rabbit, a black rat, and a Krefft’s glider have in common? They’ve all been presented to me (when dead) by my animal companions. Chances are, if you live with a cat or dog, you’ve also been brought something similar. So is it a gift, are they showing off, ...

Troy Oakes

Golden retriever walking around outside with a stuffed toy.

7 Beautiful, Non-Toxic Plants That Are Safe for Cats

People keep many species of indoor plants in their homes. These include orchids, cactuses of varying types, and flowering plants too. These indoor plants not only help enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room, but also enhance the supply of oxygen. However, you may not be aware some plants are not suited for your beloved ...

Armin Auctor

Cat-friendly plants.

Animal Communication Superpowers (Part 2)

While not widely acknowledged, animal superpowers have been demonstrated in a variety of situations. It’s been shown that small animals, for example, not only have emotions like human beings, but also have superpowers which go beyond our human capabilities. Pets who know when their owners are coming home  One such superpower is that of telepathy. ...

Tatiana Denning

A dog and a cat sitting together.

How Stray Cats Saved a Restaurant During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hit everyone unexpectedly. For some people, together with the feeling of uncertainty and fear, it also brought a lot of financial difficulties. One of them was Naoki Teraoka, a railway model enthusiast and owner of the Diorama restaurant in Osaka, Japan. It was on the verge of closing down until it was ...

Armin Auctor

Cat sleeping on model railway.

Cats Thrive in Families With Autism

Life for kids coping with autism is tough and it is not something they can help. However, for parents and families of autistic kids, the problems are multifaceted. Autistic children can be enraged and agitated by certain stimuli and these can include certain sounds, sights, smells, or even movements in their vicinity. Naturally, parents of ...

Emma Lu

Asian mother and daughter sitting on the living room floor petting the family cat.

5 Surprising Auspicious Chinese Symbols: Bats, Cats, and Spiders Are Good Luck

There are countless legends and stories about good omens and auspicious Chinese symbols. Some are lovely, and some seem rather odd. Before the 1970s and 1980s, when people in the countryside held weddings, they would place patterns of beautiful flowers and birds that were believed to be auspicious on various items, like quilts, dresses, and ...

Emma Lu

Cats, bats, and spiders are regarded as auspicious Chinese symbols.

Fortunate Woman Travels the World as a Cat Sitter

People often look for unique and interesting part-time jobs to alleviate boredom, learn new things, or earn some extra money. But 31-year-old Madolline Gourley uses her part-time job as a cat sitter to travel the world. Becoming a cat sitter In 2017, Madolline Gourley, who worked as a government contractor in Brisbane, Australia, discovered that ...

Raven Montmorency

A cute gray tabby cat lying on a blanket on a wooden surface.

According to Science: Dogs Are Better Friends Than Cats

People have always noted that dogs tend to be friendlier than cats. If you, too, have observed this phenomenon and have wondered why these animals behave differently despite being identically well cared for by their humans, there is an interesting scientific reason for it — it’s in their genes. Not too friendly A study conducted ...

Raven Montmorency

A dog and a cat lying down together.

A Taiwanese Town Is Betting on Cats to Attract Tourists

Hujing, a small island off the coast of Taiwan, is trying to attract tourism and boost the local economy by transforming the region into a cat-paradise. Various artwork related to cats is also being installed throughout the island. Cat tourism Hujing has a very low population of around 200 people, most of whom are aging. ...

Nspirement Staff

Project Acoustic Kitty: The CIA and Their Cat Spy

During the height of the Cold War, officials in the CIA devised a covert plan to keep tabs on Russians in Washington, D.C. As part of a clandestine experiment, “Project Acoustic Kitty” was launched by the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Science & Technology, which cost more than $20 million over five years in the ...

Troy Oakes