Friday Catblogging: Stay Out of the Lion Enclosure

Embed from Getty Images Mary Walrath-Holdridge reports Man mauled to death after jumping into lion enclosure in India to take a selfie: A zoo-goer in India is dead after scaling a lion enclosure in hopes of taking a selfie, according to multiple reports. The man, 34-year-old Prahlad Gurjar of the Alwar District in northern India,…

Friday Catblogging: They Know It’s You

Embed from Getty Images Nicola Davis reports Big cats can tell apart known and unknown human voices, study finds (‘Tigers, cheetahs and snow leopards, like domesticated cats, respond differently to familiar and unfamiliar voices’): From tigers to cheetahs, big cats may seem majestically aloof but researchers have found they can tell apart familiar and unfamiliar…

Friday Catblogging: Lions v. Ants

Embed from Getty Images Kyle Melnick reports In Kenya, the king of the jungle faces a new challenge — ants (‘Researchers said big-headed ants started an “ecological chain reaction” in a Kenya conservancy, impacting lions and other animals’): Lions have long stood atop the food chain, but now a new enemy has forced the dominant…

Friday Catblogging: Feline ASMR

Via Camera Loving Cat Loudly Crunches on Treats (‘A little cat named Luna stared right into the camera and loudly crunched down on some yummy treats as her human filmed her noisy ASMR snacktime’).

Friday Catblogging: The World’s Deadliest Cat

    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Hogle Zoo (@hoglezoo) Justine McDaniel reports The world’s deadliest cat is deceptively cute. Meet Gaia: She weighs less than three pounds, she makes you go aww, and she’s one of the best killers on the planet. Gaia, an 8-month-old black-footed cat, is the…

Friday Catblogging: Strange-Looking Cats in Art

Artnet News has a story online entitled Meow No! 7 Paintings by Artists Who Have Probably Never Seen a Cat: Our feline friends may now be the toast of the internet and social media, but they have also long served as subjects and inspirations to artists all the way back to the Middle Ages. Renoir…

Friday Catblogging: Space-Transmission Cat

??Justine McDaniel reports Taters the cat stars in NASA’s first video streamed from deep space: On the path to Mars, nearly 19 million miles from Earth, Taters the cat got his big break. The orange tabby starred in the first video streamed from deep space, a successful NASA experiment that marked a milestone for advancing…

Daily Bread for 12.16.23: Fetching

 Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of 44. Sunrise is 7:19 and sunset 4:22 for 9h 02m 28s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 16.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1773, members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians hold a Boston Tea Party when they dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

Leo Sands reports Cats can play fetch, too, study finds:

according to a new study, many cats share a trait more frequently associated with pet dogs: They play fetch.

The peer-reviewed study, published Thursday, dispels any lingering myth that cats do not know how to retrieve objects for their owners, said its authors, who based their findings on a survey of the owners of 1,154 cats that played fetch on every continent except Antarctica. Some cats can and do play fetch, they found, although it depended on the feline’s individual traits and the bond shared with its owner.

“It was more common than people were probably expecting, and even I was expecting,” Jemma Forman, an animal psychologist at the University of Sussex and an author of the study, said in an interview. The authors of the study, published in the Scientific Reports journal, said they believe it is the most extensive conducted to date on this specific behavior among cats.


The study, limited to cats whose owners already reported fetching, did not assess how prevalent the behavior was among the general cat population. While many cats do fetch, Forman suggested that more research was needed to determine how common it was more generally. A cat’s breed was not a barrier to its ability to fetch, the study found, although Siamese cats were particularly well represented in the sample.

See Forman, J., Renner, E. & Leavens, D.A. Fetching felines: a survey of cat owners on the diversity of cat (Felis catus) fetching behaviour. Sci Rep 13, 20456 (2023).

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Friday Catblogging: They Have Their Reasons

Embed from Getty Images In Scientific American, Jack Tamisiea writes that Cats Kill a Staggering Number of Species across the World (‘Domestic cats are cherished human companions, but a new study shows the enormous breadth of species the felines prey on when they are left to roam freely’): Despite their small stature and memeable mugs,…

Friday Catblogging: The Return of Ocelots?

Embed from Getty Images Christine Dell’Amore writes Ocelots once roamed the U.S. Can we bring them back? (‘Ocelots are a quintessentially American cat—yet a single tropical storm could wipe them off the U.S. map. Will a pioneering new partnership make a difference?’): Only a few centuries years ago, the northern ocelot was a quintessential American…