Here's a handy list of places where you can legally walk your dog off leash in Australia. Please remember you must actively supervise and be able to keep your dog under control while off-leash and you should always have their leash handy in case you need it. ... See MoreSee Less
When you own a dog, giving them a walk quickly becomes part of your daily routine. Sometimes you want to mix things up, to let Rover off their leash and have them roam more freely. That's not always a...
A set of foot prints of a young child and a wolf or dog walking side by side was found in the Chauvet Cave in France. This information suggests the origin of the human-dog companionship could date to before the last Ice Age. ... See MoreSee Less
The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in the Ardèche department of southern France is a cave that contains some of the best-preserved figurative cave paintings in the world, as well as other evidence of Upp...
According to a study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 66 per cent of cat owners said their cats had outdoor access, while 34 per cent said their cats were indoor only. However, further questioning revealed that more than half of these ‘indoor only’ cats actually had outdoor access. In total, 83 per cent of pet cats had some form of outdoor access during their lives.
The study also revealed that stress for the cat, along with financial cost, was one of the main deterrents of people not taking their cat to the vet.
Researchers asked 157 Hungarian cat owners about their pet’s behavior, cognitive abilities and social interactions using a questionnaire. They found that owners use pointing signals more often if the cat is their only pet, and otherwise they do not give verbal commands often to the cat. Young owners imitated cat vocalization more often; while emotional matching of the cat was more commonly reported by elderly owners. The more an owner initiated playing with his/her cat, the imitation of cat vocalizations was also more common.
Sadly, most respondents to the questionnaire agreed that it was not easy to assess their cat’s inner state. In particular, people felt uncertain what cats were trying to communicate with their meows, other than that the cat “wants something.” In contrast, people are fairly good at assessing the emotional content of dog vocalizations, especially barks.
Looks like we need to get better at teaching owners how to really 'speak cat' as a better understanding of cat-human interactions may help to improve cat welfare.