The secret life of Istanbul’s street cats

Some cat-loving Istanbulites buy little feline houses to keep their furry neighbours warm on cold nights In Istanbul’s narrow backstreets, cats perch on rooftops and window sills, crouch on doorsteps and rest on nearly every corner. Whether lounging in sunlight, grooming themselves or scampering into shops in search of food, cats have become an inseparable …

How to dispose of a dead pet: is taxidermy the very best option?

Have you considered having your dead dog stuffed? Or perhaps turning it into a rug? Or a drone? With no established way to mourn the loss of a loved animal, pet owners have turned to any number of curious methods. This year, a woman from Dundee posted an unusual ad for her dog, Snoopy, on …

Big Cats review – creatures great and small in search of lunch 3 / 5 stars

Some of these felines are not big at all, or particularly good hunters, but they will make you want to go ‘puss puss puss’ World’s most lethal cat? That’s got to be the tiger, hasn’t it? Or lion? Or maybe a cheetah, because one of them is always going to catch you. No, according to …

Paw choice? Cats show right and left-hand preferences

Females favour the right and males the left, say researchers, although reason is still unclear Whether stalking down the stairs or tiptoeing into the litter box, cats have a preference for which paw they put forward, according to new research, with females favouring their right paw and males their left. Scientists say that while such …

Smile! Grumpy Cat wins £500,000 over copyright breach

Owners of internet favourite with permanently gloomy face win payout from US coffee group A cat that became an internet sensation because of her gloomy expression has won $710,000 (£500,000) in a copyright case. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, went viral due to her permanently moody face, which is thought to be …

Australia’s cat plague is back after 40 years – and the solution is vaccination

Herd immunity is essential. If parvovirus vaccination rates fall below 70%, cats are in trouble A deadly feline disease is now spreading between cats after hiding for nearly 40 years. Multiple cases of feline parvovirus, also known as cat plague, or panleukopenia, have been reported in stray kittens in the greater Melbourne area this week. …