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Russian scientists at the A. N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution have determined that mice that are exposed to cat urine in infancy do not avoid the smell later in life, and therefore get eaten by their feline predators, EurekAlert reports. “Because the young mice (less than two weeks old) are being fed milk […]

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Stray cats have a rough time, especially during “kitten season,” when cats breed and cat shelters fill up with hundreds of homeless kittens that they then have to try to find homes for. Being a stray cat sucks, but it’s even harder to run a cat shelter. DNAinfo talked to a number of cat shelter […]

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On Saturday, I saw a flyer taped to one of those green lamp post boxes outside of Scratch Bread in Bed-Stuy advertising “Cat Hair Pills.” The poster’s body copy read: “Cat hair pills available. Made from the finest hair of organic, free-range cats with only occasional antibiotic usage. Two cat choices available, please specify which […]

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A young man punched an old man in the face for having a “pussy dog,” not pit bulls like his, according to DNAinfo. On March 17, a 65-year-old man was walking his dog on Grand Street near Graham Avenue when a 20-year-old man approached him wanting to pet his dog. At some point, the younger […]

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A gray and white cat turned himself in on his own recognizance to the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights yesterday, DNAinfo reports. Officers took to Twitter to try to find his owner after the cat waltzed into the building like he owns the place. “This cat walked into the 34 Pct today. Officer Andrea DiNella […]

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Today in AAAAHHHHH: Toxoplasmosis is a horrifying parasitic disease that causes rats to lose their fear of cats so that they get eaten. Basically it makes rats into suicide zombies. In humans, it causes flu-like symptoms, usually in people with already weakened immune systems. It’s usually communicated through undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables. Researchers at […]

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For so many of us, New York City is like that younger sibling you love to rag on but will defend to the death of any non-family member tries to pick on him. Actress Chloe Sevigny, who lives in Brooklyn and got her big break in Manhattan, starred in a cute guide to New York […]

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Last month, the American Kennel Club released findings of the most beloved dog breeds in NYC. But what about the pets that don’t find a home in the city? ANIMAL looked at data from NYC Animal Care & Control spanning from 2010 to 2014 and found some interesting things. The good news first: rates of […]

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Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, the legislator behind the recently passed bill to ban tattooing and piercing pets, now wants to ban the practice of declawing cats in New York. Rosenthal is seeking a co-sponsor for the bill, which would allow it to be introduced to the state Senate. There, it would need approval before requiring a […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, sixteen-year-old artist Terrell Davis talks about his cover artwork for Yoshi & Komono, inspired by Googling cat cafes, “Japanese snacks, old games, Ramune soda, tamagotchis,” and social media feedback. This is a piece I did for Yoshi […]

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