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An Unlikely New Cancer Cure...From Cat Poop!

Scientists have discovered that a parasite normally found in cat faeces could help them to formulate a cancer-fighting vaccine.

Though Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a single-celled parasite, is happiest when hanging out in a cat’s intestines, it can live in any warm blooded animal and affects about one-third of the world...
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How Cat Colors Affect YOUR Genes

Figuring out how cat coloration comes about could help scientists understand our immune system's resistance to infectious diseases.

On NPR.com, Joe Palca quotes researcher Stephen O'Brien as saying that they're trying to explain why "some cats are spotted, some cats...
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Print Your Next Pet

Why adopt a pet from the pound when you can print out any kind of pet you want? Three-dimensional printing can make objects ranging from violins to pilotless aircraft, so why not a unique pet, designed especially for you.

The Economist writes: "The idea of printing organs such as kidneys for transplant has been around for...
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Your Cat May be Making You Crazy--or Sexy

About 15 years ago, evolutionary biologist Jaroslav Flegr began to notice dramatic changes in himself and upon investigation, theorized that a tiny parasite that he caught from his cat was subtly manipulating his personality, causing him to behave in strange, often self-destructive ways. And if it was doing this to him, it was...
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Rhode Island Cat Predicts Death

Oscar is still at it: After all this time, the five-year-old cat named Oscar, who was adopted as a kitten by a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island, still has the amazing ability to detect death. (If you got our FREE weekly email newsletter, you would have already read this story! To sign up, click here).

Oscar when he was just a...

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Don't Pet That Stray Cat!

Don't reach down to pet that stray cat: The number of reported rabies cases among cats increased by 12% in 2008 compared to 2007. More than 36% of US cat-owning households did not visit a veterinarian in 2006, which is more than double the percentage of dog-owning households that didn't visit a vet. This might be because so many cat owners...

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Wave of Cat Mutilations in Florida

One of the things we often report on here on unknowncountry are cattle, cat (and human?) mutilations. It turns out that Florida is now having a wave of cat mutilations.

Cat mutilations have been a dismal reality throughout the world at least since the 1970s, and there have been periods when waves of mutilations literally circled the...

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Pet Problems

A lost dog is more likely to be reunited with its owner than a lost cat. In one city in Ohio, researchers found that 71% of lost dogs were found, compared to just 53% of lost cats.More than a third of the recovered dogs were found by a call or visit to an animal shelter. On the other hand, more than half of the cats returned on their own, but...

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Big or Small, Cats All Related

New DNA studies show that all cats, big and small, are closely related. The prehistoric saber-toothed tiger is an ancestor of the housecat of today. It only took 15 million years?a blink of an eye in geologic time?for cats to become excellent land predators. Cats were first domesticated in Egypt, where they were mummified and worshipped as gods...

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Why You Can't Train a Cat with Chocolate

Most dogs love chocolate, even though veterinarians say it isn't good for them, but cats turn up their noses at sweets (as well as that expensive new cat food you bought). Scientists say cats don't have a sweet tooth because they don't have the genetic ability to taste sweets. Wild cats, such as lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars, have a...

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The Cat Came Back--Wa-a-ay Back!

Kuzya was taken to Yakutsk. Didn't care for it--too noisy,too dusty, to unlike his beloved village home of Olenyok. SoKuzya took off, much to the distress of the Efremovs, whohad come to love their little friend of two years.

Despite all their efforts, they couldn't find Kuzya.Finally, they had to return home. Sadly, they left Yaktuskfor...

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