Category Archives: Animal Research

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Raw Is Not Always Healthy – Why Dog Food Opponents Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A recent ‘Daily Mail’ article reawakens the old raw food controversy arguing that dog food companies are getting away with murder feeding our pets unhealthy processed foods: “The big businesses selling us processed dog food use ingredients unsuitable for human

Raw Is Not Always Healthy – Why Dog Food Opponents Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A recent ‘Daily Mail’ article reawakens the old raw food controversy arguing that dog food companies are getting away with murder feeding our pets unhealthy processed foods: “The big businesses selling us processed dog food use ingredients unsuitable for human

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

More Proof We View Dogs Like We View Ourselves

If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is: “Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.

More Proof We View Dogs Like We View Ourselves

If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is: “Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

The Dog Delusion, Part 1. The Intelligence Myth

There are facts about dogs we assume to be true. Now with the help of the folks at the Duke Canine Cognition Centre we are discovering how many of our basic assumption about dogs are wrong. In this series of articles

The Dog Delusion, Part 1. The Intelligence Myth

There are facts about dogs we assume to be true. Now with the help of the folks at the Duke Canine Cognition Centre we are discovering how many of our basic assumption about dogs are wrong. In this series of articles

Dogs Evolved To Suit Humans? Or Is It The Other Way Around?

New research to Britain suggests that dogs evolved ‘child-like’ appearance to look more appealing to Humans: “In conjunction with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, researchers used a newly developed tool called DogFACS to analyse dogs’ facial expressions. They studied

Dogs Evolved To Suit Humans? Or Is It The Other Way Around?

New research to Britain suggests that dogs evolved ‘child-like’ appearance to look more appealing to Humans: “In conjunction with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, researchers used a newly developed tool called DogFACS to analyse dogs’ facial expressions. They studied

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

Could Your Pet Be Giving You Worms?

After a long hiatus, I am back talking about an issue deserving much more attention then it currently gets. We love our pets, let them eat from our dishes and sleep on our bed, give them hugs and kisses… but

Could Your Pet Be Giving You Worms?

After a long hiatus, I am back talking about an issue deserving much more attention then it currently gets. We love our pets, let them eat from our dishes and sleep on our bed, give them hugs and kisses… but

Human Flu Can Infect Pets

New research is emerging that it’s not only our pets who can make us sick – the infection works the other way, too: “Since then, researchers have identified a total of 13 cats and one dog with pandemic H1N1 infection

Human Flu Can Infect Pets

New research is emerging that it’s not only our pets who can make us sick – the infection works the other way, too: “Since then, researchers have identified a total of 13 cats and one dog with pandemic H1N1 infection

Could Cats Hold The Key To Alzheimers Cure?

Scientists have discovered Alsheimers-like disease in big cats, which could hold the secret to finding the cure in humans: “In the study, published in the science journal Plos One, researchers examined the carcasses of 14 Tsushima Leopard cats, endangered species

Could Cats Hold The Key To Alzheimers Cure?

Scientists have discovered Alsheimers-like disease in big cats, which could hold the secret to finding the cure in humans: “In the study, published in the science journal Plos One, researchers examined the carcasses of 14 Tsushima Leopard cats, endangered species

At Last – Scientific Proof That Cats Are Smarter The Dogs! Well… No.

The Very Funny video below purports to ‘prove’ that cats are smarter then dogs. After I stopped laughing, I realised that there is more to this video then a simple joke. It is actually a brilliant repudiation of the power

At Last – Scientific Proof That Cats Are Smarter The Dogs! Well… No.

The Very Funny video below purports to ‘prove’ that cats are smarter then dogs. After I stopped laughing, I realised that there is more to this video then a simple joke. It is actually a brilliant repudiation of the power

Spots Or Stripes? It’s All In The Genes

A new scientific discovery sheds light on the subject scientists have been pondering you years – how do cats get their stripes? “A newly-discovered animal gene may explain how the common housecat comes to have a blotchy or stripey tabby fur pattern.

Spots Or Stripes? It’s All In The Genes

A new scientific discovery sheds light on the subject scientists have been pondering you years – how do cats get their stripes? “A newly-discovered animal gene may explain how the common housecat comes to have a blotchy or stripey tabby fur pattern.

Could GM Food Give You Cancer? Or Is It Drinking Pesticide?

A French scientific study breaks new ground… in public deception: “King’s College molecular biologist and GM expert Michael Antoniou said he was shocked by the ‘extreme negative health impacts’. “It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more

Could GM Food Give You Cancer? Or Is It Drinking Pesticide?

A French scientific study breaks new ground… in public deception: “King’s College molecular biologist and GM expert Michael Antoniou said he was shocked by the ‘extreme negative health impacts’. “It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more

Do Dogs Need Food Variety?

Imagine you would get porridge – for breakfast and dinner, every day. Or a soup, or roast chicken – doesn’t matter what, but the same thing every day. It would get pretty boring, wouldn’t it? So it’s not surprising that many of

Do Dogs Need Food Variety?

Imagine you would get porridge – for breakfast and dinner, every day. Or a soup, or roast chicken – doesn’t matter what, but the same thing every day. It would get pretty boring, wouldn’t it? So it’s not surprising that many of

The Healing Power Of Pets

We have always known that pets can make us feel better. Now this power of healing is being used in medicine: “Research has found many patients recover faster and more fully if their mood can be raised, and the arrival

The Healing Power Of Pets

We have always known that pets can make us feel better. Now this power of healing is being used in medicine: “Research has found many patients recover faster and more fully if their mood can be raised, and the arrival

Dogs Understand Humans Better Then Humans

We have always known this but now it’s official: dogs empathize with people more then any other animal, including people: “During one experimental condition, the people hummed in a weird way. For that one, the scientists were trying to see if unusual

Dogs Understand Humans Better Then Humans

We have always known this but now it’s official: dogs empathize with people more then any other animal, including people: “During one experimental condition, the people hummed in a weird way. For that one, the scientists were trying to see if unusual

Is Your Pet Right Or Left Handed? Yes, It Matters

Most pets, like people have hand (paw) preference: “A 1991 study at Ataturk University in Turkey showed 50 percent of cats were right-pawed, 40 percent were left-pawed and 10 percent were ambidextrous. That study might be out-of-date, Schwartz said, but

Is Your Pet Right Or Left Handed? Yes, It Matters

Most pets, like people have hand (paw) preference: “A 1991 study at Ataturk University in Turkey showed 50 percent of cats were right-pawed, 40 percent were left-pawed and 10 percent were ambidextrous. That study might be out-of-date, Schwartz said, but

Pets As Therapy For Internet Addiction?

A Korean treatment centre is giving away pets to patients suffering from internet addiction: free of charge and with spending money thrown in: “Anyone who is an Internet addict or who believe they have the symptoms of becoming one can

Pets As Therapy For Internet Addiction?

A Korean treatment centre is giving away pets to patients suffering from internet addiction: free of charge and with spending money thrown in: “Anyone who is an Internet addict or who believe they have the symptoms of becoming one can