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A behavior from kittenhood persists in many adult cats. Byron Chin/flickr

Why do cats knead with their paws?

According to a veterinarian, the behavior some people call 'kneading the dough' or 'making biscuits' is a clue your cat feels comfortable around you.
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Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough

Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and threaten at least 120 species with extinction. Five experts analyse a parliamentary report on the problem.
Numbats are among 20 mammals on the federal government’s priority list. Shutterstock

It’s not too late to save them: 5 ways to improve the government’s plan to protect threatened wildlife

The first Threatened Species Strategy fizzled out last year without making a big difference to conservation. With the next strategy due to roll out this year, let's look at what needs to change.
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Cats carry diseases that can be deadly to humans, and it’s costing Australia $6 billion every year

When cats were introduced to Australia, they brought several diseases with them. These diseases are taking a big toll on human health and the economy — but there are things we can do.
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‘Compassionate conservation’: just because we love invasive animals, doesn’t mean we should protect them

Compassionate conservationists believe no animal should be killed in the name of conservation. This idea is a death knell for Australia's native species.
Are cats really to blame for the worldwide loss of biodiversity? Dzurag/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Don’t blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
A brush-tailed rabbit-rat, one of the small mammals disappearing in northern Australia. Cara Penton

The mystery of the Top End’s vanishing wildlife, and the unexpected culprits

Small mammals in northern Australia have been rapidly vanishing for the last 30 years, and scientists weren't sure why. Now, a major new study found feral livestock are largely to blame.

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