Cross Species Communication: Why Do Humans Talk to Animals If They Can’t Understand?

The tendency to converse with dogs, cats, and hamsters ultimately says more about people than it does about their pets. “Do you think it’s weird that I tell Nermal I love her multiple times a day?” My sister’s question was muffled, her face stuffed in the fur of her six-month-old kitten (named for the cat from Garfield). We were sitting … Continue reading

Should You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?

It seems harmless enough. You get nose to nose with your dog and talk to it as it laps at your mouth and cheeks with its tongue, or you come home from work and bring your lips to your dog’s in a greeting to say hello. It may feel like the ultimate display of affection, but when it comes to … Continue reading

Goats Would Make Good Pets, Say Scientists

Would you keep a goat as a pet? Goats are as loving and clever as dogs, say smitten scientists They may seem an unusual candidate for the title of man’s best friend, but scientists have suggested that goats could rival dogs in forming an emotional bond with their owners. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London aim to prove that … Continue reading

6-Month-Old Kitten Turns On Faucet, Floods Animal Shelter in Florida

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — A cat came with a flood warning when it was adopted from a Florida animal shelter. Officials at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach told the Miami Herald that one of its cats turned on a faucet last week, leaving the water to run for 17 hours. President Carol Ebert says the flooding caused water … Continue reading