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  • iconNovel research approach sheds light on how midsize predators interact
    A novel research approach has resulted in a key step toward better protecting the fisher, an important forest predator that findings show is the dominant small carnivore when present.
  • iconCambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction
    A new study has confirmed that the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined an astonishing 72% during a five-year period. The population represents the last remaining leopards in all of eastern Indochina - a region incorporating Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  • iconHow cats and dogs are consuming and processing parabens
    Many households can claim at least one four-legged friend as part of the family. But pets that primarily stay indoors can have increased rates of diseases, such as diabetes, kidney diseases and hypothyroidism compared with those that stay exclusively outside. Some scientists propose that chemical substances in the home could contribute to these illnesses.
  • iconMesenchymal stem cell therapy: Holding promise for feline inflammatory diseases
    Stem cell therapy is acknowledged as having great potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases in both people and animals. The use of bone marrow-derived stem cells is well established in the treatment of human cancer patients, and veterinary applications for bone marrow- and adipose-derived stem cells are being evaluated.
  • iconHunger guides mountain lions' actions to enter residential areas
    In a new study, researchers found that while big cats like mountain lions are generally fearful of and avoid humans, hunger can dampen that fear.
  • iconFirst evidence of live-traded dogs for Maya ceremonies
    Earliest evidence that Mayas raised and traded dogs and other animals -- probably for ceremonies -- from Ceibal, Guatemala.
  • iconThe problem of jaguars and space in western Paraguay
    A recent study shows how researchers used GPS technology and new analytical techniques to produce the first rigorous estimates of jaguar spatial needs and movements in the Gran Chaco and Pantanal ecosystems of Paraguay.
  • iconAnimal nutrition: Excess phosphorus damages the kidney
    A new study carried out by veterinarians shows that high phosphorus intake, comparable to the average level provided by prepared cat food, can be deleterious to kidney function in healthy cats.
  • iconResearch suggests low density of snow leopards in Nepal`s Conservation Area
    The snow leopard is a mammal species of the cat family found at high altitudes in Nepal and other countries around the Himalayan range. However, it has been included in the vulnerable category of IUCN Red list of threatened species in recent years for various reasons.
  • iconJaguars and well-managed logging concessions can coexist, say conservationists
    Logging activities in biodiverse forests can have a huge negative impact on wildlife, particularly large species such as big cats, but a new study proves that the Western Hemisphere's largest cat species -- the jaguar (Panthera onca) -- can do well in logging concessions that are properly managed.
  • iconRats, cats, and people trade-off as main course for mosquitoes in Baltimore, Md.
    Understanding how neighborhood dynamics regulate mosquito bites is key to managing diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Today in Parasites & Vectors, researchers report that in Baltimore, Md., socioeconomic differences between neighborhoods influence bite risk, with rats being a primary blood meal source in lower income neighborhoods.
  • iconHow cheetahs outsmart lions and hyenas
    Cheetahs in the Serengeti National Park adopt different strategies while eating to deal with threats from top predators such as lions or hyenas. A new study shows that male cheetahs and single females eat their prey as quickly as possible. Mothers with cubs, on the other hand, watch out for possible threats while their young are eating in order to give them enough time to eat their fill.
  • iconLeopard meals: Females go for diversity
    Leopards, top predators of the African savannah, are known to feed on a variety of prey species. It has been largely unknown, however, whether they specialize in certain prey animals and which factors might influence prey preferences. Scientists investigated these questions by studying the diet of leopards on commercial farmland in central Namibia.
  • iconNew virus identified in cat
    Researchers have found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat, and subsequently in banked samples.
  • iconQuantum effects observed in photosynthesis
    Molecules that are involved in photosynthesis exhibit the same quantum effects as non-living matter, concludes an international team of scientists. This is the first time that quantum mechanical behavior was proven to exist in biological systems that are involved in photosynthesis. The interpretation of these quantum effects in photosynthesis may help in the development of nature-inspired light-harvesting devices.
  • iconSecret life of an enigmatic Antarctic apex predator
    Scientists have, for the first time, tracked the lives of leopard seals as they migrate around Antarctica. The team followed these formidable predators as they move from the frozen Antarctic sea-ice to the more northerly sub-Antarctic islands where they prey on penguins, seals and krill.
  • iconDogs prefer to eat fat, and cats surprisingly tend toward carbs
    Dogs gravitate toward high-fat food, but cats pounce on carbohydrates with even greater enthusiasm, according to research into the dietary habits of America's two most popular pets.
  • iconLion conservation research can be bolstered by input from a wide-range of professionals
    To tackle the sharp decline in lion numbers, conservation research should consider wild prey, livestock and the environment, not just human-lion interaction, a new review suggests.
  • iconMap of Javan leopard distribution provides guidance for conservation efforts
    The first robust estimate of the distribution of the Javan leopard offers reliable information on where conservation efforts must be prioritized to safeguard the Indonesian island's last remaining large carnivore.
  • iconTerritory holders and floaters: Two spatial tactics of male cheetahs
    Scientists have analyzed the spatial behavior of cheetahs. They showed that male cheetahs operate two space use tactics which are associated with different life-history stages.
  • iconA new twist on how parasites invade host cells
    Researchers have decoded the mechanisms used by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii to enter the cells of a host. Using high-resolution, high-speed imaging, they identified a unique process by which the parasite closes the 'entry door' it creates in order to enter and inhabit a host cell.
  • iconRanking locations for lion conservation in southern Africa -- a new approach
    An international team of scientists has developed a new strategy to rank locations for lion conservation activities, based on GPS collar data revealing lions' movements.
  • icon84 highly endangered amur leopards remain in China and Russia
    Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China.
  • iconWhole blood test for toxoplasmosis is sensitive, specific
    Transmission of toxoplasmosis from mother to fetus can lead to severe congenital problems and fetal death, and tests for the parasitic infection during pregnancy are critical. Now, researchers have showed the efficacy of a low-cost whole blood test for toxoplasmosis.
  • iconAre vulnerable lions eating endangered zebras?
    Are Laikipia's recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy's zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal?
  • iconCommon pesticide inhibits brain development in frogs
    New research reveals that low doses of a commonly used pesticide potentially harm the Northern Leopard frog by inhibiting their brain development.
  • iconSniffing out error in detection dog data
    New research finds three alternative answers beyond errors in handler or dog training that can explain why dogs trained to identify scat for conservation purposes sometimes collect non-target scats.
  • iconChemicals linked to endocrine disorder in older pet cats
    New research suggests that there may be a link between higher levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment and higher levels of hyperthyroidism in pet cats as they age.
  • iconParasite makes quick exit when researchers remove the handbrake
    Researchers have discovered a way to halt the invasion of the toxoplasmosis-causing parasite into cells, depriving the parasite of a key factor necessary for its growth. The findings are a key step in getting closer to a vaccine to protect pregnant women from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which carries a serious risk of miscarriage or birth defects.
  • iconInvasive snakes 'hitchhiking' on planes
    Scientists have discovered why brown tree snakes have become one of the most successful invasive species. The research team has been studying why a type of cat-eyed snake has been so effective at devastating native bird populations on the island of Guam.
  • iconIn the battle of cats vs. rats, the rats are winning
    New research finds that contrary to popular opinion, cats are not good predators of rats. The study -- the first to document interactions between feral cats and a wild rat colony -- shows that rats actively avoid cats, and only recorded two rat kills in 79 days. The findings add to growing evidence that any benefit of using cats to control city rats is outweighed by the threat they pose to birds and other urban wildlife.
  • iconHave asthma and a pet? Re-homing your cat or dog may not be necessary
    A study analyzed environmental exposures, like pet and secondhand smoke, to determine if they have a role in asthma control among children whose asthma is managed per NAEPP (EPR-3) guidelines. Researchers found that once asthma guidelines are followed, environmental exposures to pets or secondhand smoke were not significant factors in overall asthma improvement over time.
  • iconGlyphosate found in cat and dog food
    A new study finds that glyphosate, the active herbicidal ingredient in widely used weed killers like Roundup, was present at low levels in a variety of dog and cat foods the researchers purchased at stores. Before you go switching Fido or Fluffy's favorite brand, however, be aware that the amounts of the herbicide found correspond to levels currently considered safe for humans.
  • iconGenome-wide study confirms six tiger subspecies
    Fewer than 4,000 free-ranging tigers remain in the wild. Efforts to protect these remaining tigers have also been stymied by uncertainty about whether they represent six, five or only two subspecies. Now, researchers who've analyzed the complete genomes of 32 representative tiger specimens confirm that tigers indeed fall into six genetically distinct groups.
  • iconHow to feed a cat: Consensus statement to the veterinary community
    The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) today released the AAFP Consensus Statement, 'Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing' and accompanying client brochure to the veterinary community. The Consensus Statement, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, explores the medical, social, and emotional problems that can result from the manner in which most cats are currently fed.
  • iconSaber-toothed cats with oral injuries ate softer foods
    Saber-toothed cats, the large felid predators that once roamed Southern California, may have eaten softer foods after suffering oral injuries, according to a new study. Microscopic damage patterns on teeth from fossilized cats show the injured predators transitioned to seeking softer prey, like flesh instead of bone, which healthy cats may have provided for them, according to the study.
  • iconAustralian mammals at greatest risk from cats and foxes
    New research has revealed which Australian mammals are most vulnerable to cats and foxes, and many much-loved potoroos, bandicoots and bettongs, as well as native rodents, are at the top of the list.
  • iconHow catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy
    Researchers have shed light on how catnip -- also known as catmint -- produces the chemical that sends cats into a state of wanton abandon.
  • iconGot Mice? Time for a Working Cat
    Feral cats that have been spayed or neutered can be adopted — not to be pets, but to be mousers.
  • iconHow to Help Your New Pet Feel at Home
    Bringing home a new cat or dog is challenging for you and them. The right gear — including pet beds, bowls, toys, insurance, and more — can ease the transition.
  • iconMore Pets, Fewer Allergies
    Children who live with cats and dogs when they are infants are less likely to develop allergies later in childhood
  • iconGenetics of California mountain lions: Research to inform future conservation
    Mountain lions in California exhibited strong population genetic structure, and some California populations had extremely low levels of genetic diversity, with some exhibiting estimates as low as the endangered Florida panther.
  • iconAre Animals Getting Better at Acting?
    Naturalistic pet performers, in movies like “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Widows,” are making Toto look like a hack.
  • iconCalifornia Forces Pet Stores to Sell Only Dogs and Cats From Shelters
    A law that took effect on Tuesday makes California the first state to bar the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits that do not come from shelters or rescue organizations.
  • iconOverweight dogs may live shorter lives
    New research reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights.
  • iconMore Pet Insurance Policies Are Being Sold. But Are They Worth the Cost?
    Consumer advocates say pet owners should bring a healthy skepticism when shopping for insurance.
  • iconRoaming cats prey on their owners' minds
    Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers have found.
  • iconSkull scans tell tale of how world's first dogs caught their prey
    Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago.
  • iconIdled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert
    Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and found that restoration of fallowed farmland could play a crucial role in habitat protection and restoration strategies for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species.
  • iconUrbanization may hold key to tiger survival
    A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked to the path of demographic transition -- for humans.
  • iconWalter Chandoha, Photographer Whose Specialty Was Cats, Dies at 98
    A stray kitten appropriately named Loco started Mr. Chandoha on an unexpected career. By the time he died, he had taken some 90,000 cat pictures.
  • iconEmerging significance of gammaherpesvirus and morbillivirus infections in cats
    Emerging infectious diseases comprise a substantial fraction of important human infections, with potentially devastating global health and economic impacts. A 2008 paper in Nature described the emergence of no fewer than 335 infectious diseases in the global human population between 1940 and 2004. In the veterinary field, just as in the medical field, advanced molecular techniques and sophisticated computer-based algorithms for genetic sequence assembly and analysis have revolutionized infectious disease research.
  • iconCopy cats: When is a bobcat not a bobcat?
    Biologists, who have publicly solicited images of wild cats for their research, have answered that question. Their recently published study explains how hard it can be when it comes to wildlife classification -- even experts have difficulty agreeing on whether a cat in a picture is a bobcat or a lynx.
  • iconWhen the Cat Needs a Painkiller
    Owners have few good options for cats that need long-term relief.
  • iconRoad proximity may boost songbird nest success in tropics
    In the world's temperate regions, proximity to roads usually reduces the reproductive success of birds, thanks to predators that gravitate toward habitat edges. However, the factors affecting bird nest success are much less studied in the tropics -- so does this pattern hold true? New research shows that interactions between roads, nesting birds, and their predators may unfold differently in Southeast Asia.
  • iconWait — ‘Cats’ Is Crazy
    Taylor Swift’s movie role brings T.S. Eliot’s part-gibberish poems for kids to life.
  • iconTime to Put Fluffy and Fido on a Diet?
    Veterinarians report that nearly half the dogs they see are overweight or obese, although only 17 percent of owners acknowledge that their pets are too fat.
  • iconClimate change may destroy tiger's home
    A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years.
  • iconNew AI toolkit is the 'scientist that never sleeps'
    Researchers have developed a new AI-driven platform that can analyze how pathogens infect our cells with the precision of a trained biologist.
  • iconHuman antiviral 'GS-441524' shows great promise against infectious disease in cats
    The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit to cats.