The first high-quality Australian dingo genome gives a multi-thousand-year-old snapshot into the evolutionary history of dogs.
Although cats are evolved for night-time activity, during domestication they have adapted to human lifestyles. There’s plenty you can do to try and get your cat to stop waking you in the wee hours.
But what can your dogs tell you?
A wealth of online videos show dogs that, with the help of a keyboard, seem to be able to communicate with their masters. But does it really mean that dogs can “talk”?
Evolution can explain why animals are scared – but what can we do to help?
How to prepare pets for the arrival of a new human in the home.
A gambling commodity.
It’s a breed of dog which deserves a better place in society.
No cases of feline parvovirus were reported from the 1980s until 2015.
The good news is there’s a vaccine to prevent feline parvovirus.
1947 - A patron of “Sammy’s Bowery Follies,” a downtown bar, sleeping at his table while the resident cat laps at his beer.
It’s the season to be jolly – but don’t share that jollity with your pets. Alcohol, whether in a wine glass, egg-nog or a boozy pudding, is seriously bad for our animal friends.
The things you see your cat doing are probably what it enjoys.
When humans are happy, they may smile, or laugh, or dance - but what do animals do? Melissa, age 12, wants to know how she can tell if her cat is happy and likes you.
Red-eared sliders were once popular pets but are currently banned in Australia. These turtles are still regularly found in the wild and being kept as illegal pets.
Exotic pets may rank highly on the novelty and excitement scale, but little is known about their ownership in Australia.
When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community.
A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people’s connections with their neighbours.
Animals can bring a sense of trust and stability.
Why does everyone say I’m aloof?
Our feline friends have a reputation for being distant – but are cats really that cool?
A feral dog chasing a wild boar, Banni grasslands, India.
Cats have a bad reputation as wildlife killers (deservedly so). But dogs aren’t off the hook: new research shows domestic dogs have contributed to the extinction of at least 11 species.
Dogs are a big part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring.
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Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog. But research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and increasingly, we’re monitoring our pets’ behaviour.
Australians are keen pet owners and increasingly, we’re monitoring the behaviour of our domestic animals. Webcams, GPS tracking, dogs joining Skype calls … pets are becoming entangled with technology in myriad ways.
How good are people at interpreting a cat’s meow?
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While cats – with their steely demeanor – have a reputation of being hard to read, humans seem intent on figuring out what they’re thinking and feeling.
Buddy is a sucker for the silly season.
Christmas is here again, and we’re excited for decorating, parties, and summer getaways. But before we dive into the silly season, let’s first make sure our pets are properly taken care of.
You’ve come a long way, baby.
The how and the when of dog domestication are fairly settled. As for the where: now DNA says Fido traces his roots back to wolves in Central Asia that lingered around people’s camps millennia ago.
According to some surveys, more than 90% of owners view their pets as members of the family.
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In the past, owners were quick to put their pets down. Now, with many viewing pets as family members, are they waiting too long?