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Why Do We Have Pets?
Behavior & Society

Why Do We Have Pets?

People have an innate interest in other species, but we like having pets for a variety of social reasons

By Daisy Yuhas

What Your Pet Reveals about You

Is there a typical cat person or snake owner? The jury is still out

By Karen Schrock Simring
How Dogs Became Our Best Friends
Behavior & Society

How Dogs Became Our Best Friends

Why dogs fit into families so well

By Ádám Miklósi
Can Animals Be Therapeutic?
Behavior & Society

Can Animals Be Therapeutic?

Is animal-assisted therapy the cat’s meow or a red herring?

By Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz
Wild Foxes Can Be Transformed into Pets in a Few Generations
Evolution

Wild Foxes Can Be Transformed into Pets in a Few Generations

To test ideas of animal domestication, a bold experiment in Siberia put evolution on a fast track

By Lyudmila Trut and Lee Alan Dugatkin
Dogs Have a Lot More Neurons Than Cats
Neuroscience

Dogs Have a Lot More Neurons Than Cats

Dogs beat their domesticated rivals, cats, in a new attempt to measure cognitive power

By Josh Fischman
A Dog Expert Talks about the Canine Mind
Behavior & Society

A Dog Expert Talks about the Canine Mind

New science reveals the multiple intelligences of our best friend

By Gareth Cook
The World According to Dogs
Behavior & Society

The World According to Dogs

Scientific findings uncover what our best friends know, why they do what they do and how to keep them happy

By Julie Hecht
For a Model of Fair Play, Look to Dogs
Behavior & Society

For a Model of Fair Play, Look to Dogs

Looking for the roots of human morality in the animal kingdom? Focus on canines: they know how to play fair

By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
That Dog Is Too Fat
Wellness

That Dog Is Too Fat

Many dogs are overweight or obese, but their owners don’t seem to notice

By Julie Hecht
Researchers Seek Cancer Clues from Pet Dogs
Wellness

Researchers Seek Cancer Clues from Pet Dogs

Cancer studies in dogs can offer unique help in the fight against human malignancies while improving care for our pets

By David J. Waters and Kathleen Wildasin
How House Cats Evolved
Evolution

How House Cats Evolved

Genetic and archaeological findings hint that wildcats became house cats earlier—and in a different place—than previously thought

By Carlos A. Driscoll, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Andrew C. Kitchener and Stephen J. O'Brien
The Inner Life of Cats
Evolution

The Inner Life of Cats

If you have ever wondered why your cat behaves the way it does, wonder no more

Why Cats Taste No Sweets
Biology

Why Cats Taste No Sweets

An old gene mutation is at fault

By David Biello
The Mystery of the Cat's Inner Eyelid
Evolution

The Mystery of the Cat's Inner Eyelid

The real question is, why don’t humans have one, too?

By Paul Miller
A Case for Cat Contraception
Biology

A Case for Cat Contraception

Strategies that prevent pregnancy without requiring surgery could improve the health of free-living cats

By Jessica P. Hekman
Common Parasite Could Manipulate Our Behavior
Biology

Common Parasite Could Manipulate Our Behavior

Toxoplasma gondii, an insidious and common parasite spread by cats, controls its rodent host’s brain—and may be manipulating our own behavior as well

By Gustavo Arrizabalaga and Bill Sullivan
Evidence Implies That Animals Feel Empathy
Evolution

Evidence Implies That Animals Feel Empathy

We call a callous turncoat a “rat.” Rats and other animals, however, are giving scientists clues to the evolutionary origins of empathy

By Frans B. M. de Waal
Humans Are Not the Only Creatures Who Mourn
Cognition

Humans Are Not the Only Creatures Who Mourn

Mounting evidence from species as diverse as cats, dogs, giraffes and dolphins indicates that humans are not unique in grieving over the loss of loved ones

By Barbara J. King
The Social Genius of Animals
Behavior & Society

The Social Genius of Animals

Research shows that animals interact in amazingly sophisticated ways

By Katherine Harmon Courage

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    Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously

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