housing crisis
New Charity Campaign Asks Landlords To Let People Have Cats, FFS

A new campaign from Cats Protection is asking the landlords of the UK to consider allowing their tenants to have just a tiny bit of joy in their lives. Read More >>

science
The Devilish (and Dare We Say Brilliant) Way Australia’s Feral Cats Use Fire to Hunt Down Prey

It’s hard to imagine your housecat as a particularly savvy killer. Sure, it may swat at a shoelace dangled in its face, or bunny-kick its favourite fish toy when it’s in, you know, a mood. It may even catch a bug now and then. But your cat probably spends most of the day delicately curled up on the couch, seemingly content to do absolutely nothing. Read More >>

giz asks
Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?

Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats – or at least some cats, some of the time – can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me. Read More >>

animals
New Zealand Village Plans to Ban Cats

Cats are nuisances. But cats are also cute and fuzzy and make quite nice pets, so we tend to mostly ignore their bad habits. You know, their innate need to murder smaller animals for fun. Anyone who owns a cat who goes outside will have been greeted with a dead mouse, bird, rabbit or vole on their doorstep at some point. You'll grimace, laugh, dispose of the carcass and call little Tiger a naughty little bugger and forget all about it. Well, until they do it again a few days later. Read More >>

cats
Who Is the Best Fictional Cat? 

Yesterday was International Cat Day, and it made us face the cold, hard truth: genre movies and TV have the best cats. They talk, they scheme, they creepily tell people when they’re full of bullshit. Normal cats don’t do any of that. Well, except scheme. They definitely scheme. Read More >>

ecology
Australia Finishes Building World’s Largest Cat-Proof Fence, Cats Accept the Challenge

Australia has completed the world’s longest cat-proof fence, because cats, an introduced species on the island, can be a huge freaking problem. Read More >>

giz asks
Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

Cats are enigmatic little creatures. It’s hard to get a read on the species. Does your cat love you, or would it gladly stab you in your sleep, if only it had thumbs and a slightly larger brain? The cat never tells—it thrives on inscrutability. But it can’t help betraying certain signs of its inner life: it’s hard to play things totally cool when you have a large, ungainly tail sticking out of your back, swishing this way and that for no immediately clear reason. Do these movements actually mean anything? Or is this just the species’ way of distracting us from whatever it is they’re really feeling? Read More >>

dna testing
I DNA Tested My Cat and She Was Not Happy About It

I was crawling around on the floor, chasing my cat, Avalanche, as she artfully wriggled away from me over and over again to gnaw at the piece of tape I had stuck to her grey and white fur. Avalanche had unwittingly become a victim of journalistic inquiry: I wanted to explore the latest fad in consumer DNA testing, genetic analysis for pets. But rather than somehow coax my cat to spit in a tube, Basepaws required that I stick a piece of tape to Avalanche’s body, then “gently” pull it off. Except it turns out that there is no way to gently rip tape off of an animal completely covered in two-inch-long fur. My cat was furious with me for hours. Read More >>

reviews
The Litter Robot is the Ultimate Tech for Cat-Owners – But It Comes At a Hefty Price

If you walk into my house at night, you'll see a strange object emitting a blue glow in the corner of the dining room. Off-white in colour and egg-shaped, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's some kind of cryopod ripped from a futuristic ship capable of intergalactic travel. You'd be wrong. Its actual use is really much more mundane: it's my cats' litter box. Read More >>

gadgets
I Snuggled With This Robot Cat and It Didn’t Scratch Me Once

I did not grow up with cats, so the past three months since adopting one have been flecked with trial, error, and disappointment. It short, I don’t think he likes me much. Over drinks recently I commiserated to a friend about his frustrating and sometimes aggressive tendencies. “Well,” she said flatly after my list of grievances ended, “that’s a cat.” Read More >>

science
Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practise of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surprising degree to which germs and parasites can be found in commercial raw-meat products—posing potential health risks to both pets and their owners. Read More >>

animals
Welsh Cat Lovers Warned Against Petting Escaped Lynx

There's an escaped thing in Wales, and it's either tearing through the countryside looking for blood or cowering in a corner behind someone's shed, depending on which side of the lynx debate you sit on. Read More >>

animals
Parliament Spent £130,000 on Pest Control Last Year

It's no secret that the Houses of Parliament cost a lot of money to maintain, particularly when they're in desperate need of renovation. But it turns out there's another big bill MPs need to deal with: the £130,000 needed to deal with all the pests. Read More >>

review
This Treat Camera Gave My Cat Trust Issues

My cat, Artemis, is a bustling career woman. She has many jobs that she juggles between stealing my hair ties and spilling her kibble; in addition to serving as the Mayor of Fluffingsville, she runs a network of freelancers as Editor-in-Chief of Catmodo. Since both of us are busy most of the day at our respective places of work, we forget to check in on each other. Thankfully, Petcube’s newest gadget, Petcube Bites, lets humans check in on their furry companions when they’re apart. It also lets us fling treats at them on command which is both heartwarming and mildly horrifying. Read More >>

animals
Lynx Trust and Sheep Association Prepare for War Over Wildcat Reintroduction

The Lynx UK Trust, a group of people with an extreme and possibly even unhealthy preoccupation with all things to do with the wildcat, has revealed a plan to ask for permission to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx to a part of the UK, seeing as all our original stock was killed and eaten about 1,000 years ago. Read More >>