July 9, 2012 |
Fido the dog and Ginger the cat need not worry about being replaced by a new baby - in fact, they could be helping parents raise healthier children. A new study finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones. The study, published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics, provides fresh evidence for the counterintuitive notion that an overly clean environment may not be ideal for babies.
March 9, 2013 |
AUSTIN -- Cat videos got a major boost last year with the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival, and its success is leading to a number of, ahem, copycat events. An entire panel at this year's South by Southwest festival, which kicked off Friday, was dedicated to all things cat videos. Hundreds packed into an exhibit hall at the Austin Convention Center to listen to panelists Katie Hill and Scott Stulen discuss how they organized and curated the inaugural video fest in Minneapolis last summer. (And yes, many, many cat videos were shown, to a chorus of "awwwws" and uproarious laughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2009 |
The law of unintended consequences has seldom been more clearly illustrated than by the catfight unfolding from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Veterinarians who did not want cities meddling in their business persuaded the state Legislature to bar local governments from banning the practice of declawing cats -- beginning in 2010. Not wanting to be pushed around themselves, nearly half a dozen cities are rushing to prohibit the controversial procedure before the January deadline, striking a blow for rights both animal and municipal.
April 17, 2013 |
Sochi officials have announced that they hope to make their city safer and more appealing by killing more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs before the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the RBC Daily newspaper. "It's obvious that there should be no animals on the streets," Sergei Krivonosov, a government official, told the paper. "We have responsibilities to the international community. Killing [strays] is just a faster way to solve this task. " Russian press has reported public protests in response to the announcement.
November 13, 2010 |
One night, Roman Stocker sat at home and watched his cat, Cutta Cutta, lap milk from a bowl. The MIT engineering professor, who studies the locomotion of microorganisms, began to wonder: How, exactly, did the milk travel from Cutta Cutta's bowl to his mouth? The answer, based on extensive research published online Thursday in the journal Science, came as a surprise. Unlike dogs ? who use their tongues like ladles, scooping water into their mouths in a characteristically straightforward manner ?
May 10, 1998
One important fact was missing from "Make Cats Wear License Tags? Just Try It" (April 25). Microchips are available from your veterinarian that ID your cat when a wand is passed over the neck-shoulder area. All three of my grandson's cats are licensed, neutered and spayed and have microchips implanted under their skins. No need for tags, which we still receive. E. LAUREL CROSSLEY, Oxnard
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2000
Re "Activists Angry Over Fate of Cats," (April 26): I can understand that Boeing Co. wanted to remove the cats from its Seal Beach property and perhaps it is unfortunate that the earlier agreement about these animals was not honored. However, by far the larger issue is that a professional pest control company would dump these cats in parkland in "an outlying part of Orange County." That these cats were probably eaten by coyotes is the best one might hope for. A far worse possibility is that they might have survived to prey on the native birds and wildlife of the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1998
Re "Cats Held at Shelter," March 18 letter by Henry Naughton. Mr. Naughton neglected to mention that several other animals, outside the scope of the warrant for the cats, were also seized by the Humane Society from Glenda Brunette. A "minuscule" technicality, I suppose. The "wonderful" attorneys were not responsible for the incarceration of the cats for three years; they simply represented their respective clients' differences in a court of law. The Humane Society is not empowered to unilaterally disenfranchise people of their rights or make up their own rules as they go along.
July 20, 2008
Re "Turf battle pits feral cats against predatory coyotes," July 14 I am one of the volunteers who helps manage the feral cats at Cal State Long Beach. Adult feral cats, even the few tame ones, cannot adapt to domestic life. Therefore, the university's order to remove the feral colony to discourage coyotes simple means "kill the cats." Coyotes find the campus attractive because of its excellent food and water resources. University officials say that coyotes have killed cats there in the last few weeks.