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On the prowl in the outback. Hugh McGregor/Arid Recovery

For whom the bell tolls: cats kill more than a million Australian birds every day

For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia's bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
Southpaws seem to be more common among cats and dogs than humans. Eric Isselee/Shutterstock.com

I’ve always wondered: can animals be left- and right-pawed?

The animal kingdom is full of lefties and righties, although rarely is the ratio skewed as much as it is in humans. If you're wondering about your own pet, you can find out with a simple experiment.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy?

Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
Most of the money Americans give to animal welfare charities helps causes that aid companion animals. www.shutterstock.com

Want to help animals? Don’t forget the chickens

A growing number of animal advocates want Americans to do more to aid animals raised in farms for food, rather than supporting groups that help cats, dogs and other human companions.
Did Puss in Boots have it all wrong? Flickr/zaimoku_woodpile

Curious Kids: Why don’t cats wear shoes?

Cats evolved in hot desert regions where there were lots of small animals to eat. So they evolved feet that are perfect for pouncing on prey, climbing, scratching and jumping from great heights.
Next best thing to a hidey-hole box? Maggie Villiger

Why can’t cats resist thinking inside the box?

Twitter recently blew up with posts wondering about the feline fascination with taped squares on the ground. An animal behavior expert explains it's not magic that draws Fluffy to the #CatSquare.
My footprint is how big? Freshita Maluven/Flickr

A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food

Pet food is a multi-billion-dollar industry that consumes huge amounts of animal protein. A veterinary nutrition specialist explains how to feed dogs and cats healthily and sustainably.
Feral cats are a major driver of global biodiversity loss, contributing to 26% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions. T Doherty

Invasive predators are eating the world’s animals to extinction – and the worst is close to home

Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world's animals extinctions.

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