Study finds human DNA on cats

Cats’ fur could help solve criminal investigations according to new research

For several years, investigators have relied on the extraordinary capacity of dogs to smell to demonstrate that a suspect was present at a crime scene. But what about cats, which are their greatest adversaries? Recently, investigators from Flinders University in Australia concluded that they, too, can be of great use in solving some types of … Read more

Feline virus could infect humans, science says

A new study reveals that a feline virus could spread to humans

Recent studies have shown that the virus known as “feline morbillivirus,” which can lead to renal failure in cats, is also a potential human pathogen. In October 2022, the National Academy of Sciences published the newest findings of virologists from the University of Pittsburgh. The highlighted research discovered that a virus responsible for chronic kidney … Read more

Feline Grimace Scale to detect cats' pain

Researchers release an application to assess pain in cats based on their grimaces

Veterinarians and cat owners will benefit from an app developed by University of Montreal academics Paulo Steagall and Beatriz Monteiro to determine feline discomfort levels. This new tool, called Feline Grimace Scale, is the first step in applying AI to veterinary practice.  Zoetis and the Quebec-based company Vertisoft funded its backing research. Available in English, … Read more

A grey-and-white kitten looking up.

Cats have a surprising superpower: the ability to track their owner’s location

Research has previously proven that cats possess impressive aptitudes, such as learning names. Now a recent cat study has discovered that felines can do much more. According to Japanese experts, cats can locate their owners on a mental map. A recent study undertaken by Saho Takagi, a doctorate student at the University of Tokyo, and … Read more

A tabby cat looking up at the camera.

Studies show cats memorize the names of their owners and cat friends

There’s a common belief that cats are antisocial and indifferent creatures, but this assumption has been challenged. A Japanese study has just shown that cats pay much more attention to humans and other cats than we think. Saho Takagi, an Azabu University fellow, led the research in collaboration with other campuses. Her team found out … Read more