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 >>

animals
How Cats Conquered Humans Thousands of Years Ago

Cats play an essential role in our everyday lives. They have many jobs around the house, such as monitoring humans in the bathroom, knocking stuff off tables to make sure gravity still exists, and most importantly, being our snuggle buddies. While cats might seem perfectly content with being couch potatoes, the reality is they’ve been pulling the long con on humanity for thousands of years. New research that tracks the palaeogenetics of cats across ancient Europe, Asia, and Africa proves what the internet has long suggested—cats have already taken over the world, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Read More >>

cats
Adorable Kitten Mysteriously Appears Inside Tesla Bumper

Imagine you’re this guy. You wake up on a Saturday morning, and your Tesla is meowing. You do not have a cat. But there is definitely a cat inside of your car’s bumper. What do you do? Make a YouTube video, obviously. Read More >>

history
Funny Cat Happenings First Recorded by Romans

Cats haven't just started doing interesting stuff since you bought one for something to tweet about, you know. They've been doing it since at least Roman times, with an archaeological dig discovering one of the world's first ever pieces of amusing and potentially viral social content generated by a cat doing something quirky. Read More >>

alexa
One Of Amazon Alexa’s Top 5 Skills Isn’t For Humans

When Amazon's Alexa voice assistant first came out, we were all sold on the description of 'Skills' (like apps) as an exciting, open way to make Alexa work with just about anything. We could summon an Uber, we could get our favourite takeaway, we could play games – all by voice. Read More >>

animals
Spoilt Instagram Generation Fat Cats are Developing Diabetes

Vets are seeing a massive rise in cases of diabetes among cats in the UK, as a generation of the furry social media content generators falls victim to the same obesity crisis as their owners. Read More >>