Halloween is right around the corner, and while your thoughts turn to ghosts and goblins, trick or treating, and parties, remember that some Halloween traditions can be stressful and dangerous for cats. Between the constant ringing of the doorbell and tempting treats and decorations, it’s important to keep your cats from harm during the festivities. Lorie A. Huston, DVM offers Halloween safety tips for your cat on PetMD.
There have been numerous stories about cat cafes in Japan, an idea I would love to see take hold in the United States. While I have yet to hear of any in this country, Russia just opened its very first cat cafe, Cat Republic, in St. Petersburg. As reported by Ria Novosti, the Russian state news agency, the cafe currently has eight feline residents who spend their time playing or chasing toy mice. The main rule at the cat cafe is to is never to insist on any interaction the cats are not willing to engage in, because the citizens of the republic are free cats. Read the full story on the Ria Novosti website.
Can cats count? A researcher at the University of Padua in Italy is studying something called numerical competence in a number of animals, including cats. David H. Grimm, a journalist and online news editor of Science, reports that Christian Agrillo used a simple process involving dots on a desirable object to see if animals could distinguish between the number of dots.
One of Agrillo’s challenges was finding extremely docile and compliant cats. But even once he found them, many of the cats didn’t take to the lab and Agrillo had to turn most of them away. “We had to say to the owners, ‘Sorry, we can’t use your cat. It’s not interested in the experiment.’” The four cats he selected still presented challenges. “Very often, they didn’t participate in the experiment or they walked in the wrong direction,” he said. “It was really difficult to have a good trial each day.” Read the full report on the experiment on David’d blog.
Our video of the week come from Sparkle the Designer Cat. In this beautifully produced video, Sparkle and her pals Binga and Boodie extol the pleasures of a multiple pet family: