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Meet Cat-Fox, Your New Ruler
A new feline species was discovered in Corsica.
Your Cat Knows You’re Calling It — It Just Doesn’t Care
A new study confirms that your cat is choosing to ignore you.
The Challenge of Healing Animals Who Suffer From PTSD
For humans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, talk therapy can be a key part of recovery. For other species, that’s not an option.
Cracking the Code of Your Pet’s Facial Expressions
One day, we might be able to read animal emotions as well as we do human ones.
Dogs With OCD Are Helping Scientists Understand the Human Version
In dogs, the disorder can manifest itself as compulsive tail-chasing, licking, or chewing.
Pandas Have a Romantic Type, Too
Maybe they wouldn’t be so bad at sex in captivity if we were better matchmakers.
Turns Out Apes Are Pretty Good at Office Politics, Too
They may not have, you know, offices, but they can manipulate, plot takedowns, and build strategic alliances just as well as their human cousins.
Meet the Funeral Therapy Dog Who Helps Mourners Process Their Grief
His name’s Kermit.
Don’t Just Assume a Dog Is Cool With You Petting It
There’s a right way to approach a dog you don’t know: playing it cool.
Your Dog Can ‘Catch’ Your Feelings
A new study looks at emotional contagion between dogs and humans.
Here’s Why Your Cat Loves Crawling Into Small Spaces
An explanation for that whole #Catsquare thing.
Human Behavior Toward Animals Hasn’t Caught Up to the Science
We’ve seen massive growth in the scientific understanding of what animals think, know, and feel. But we sure aren’t acting like it.
Here’s an Evolutionary Explanation for Your Dog’s Guilty Face
Chewed up the furniture? Pooped on the rug? Time to bust out those big, sad eyes.
Dogs Are Much Better Than We Knew at Reading Human Thoughts
New research suggests they have something called “theory of mind,” once believed to be unique to humans.
We’re Now One Step Closer to Knowing What Cats Are Actually Thinking
▶️ Cats’ emotions break down into three categories …
This Is Only the Third Time in 27 Years We’ve Seen This Mysterious Octopus
▶️ A fascinating moment.
How Both Sides of the Pit Bull Debate Get It Wrong
Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon
— now in paperback — warns against both deification and demonization of the breed.
Was the Sensitive Lover You’ve Been Looking For
rubbed their sensitive noses together while mating.
Your Cat’s Favorite Thing to Do Is Hanging Out With You
The feeling is mutual, cat.
Scientists Really Want You to Send Them Your Cat’s Poop
We already know our gut bacteria can influence our health and behavior. Researchers want to investigate the same thing in your pet.
Chimpanzees Care for Dead Bodies the Same Way Humans Do
For the first time, scientists have observed another species handling the dead “in a socially meaningful way.”
Your Dog’s Not Above Lying to You to Get a Snack
Man’s best friend, unless treats are involved.
Watch Underwater Footage of the Secret Life of Wild Dolphins
Now we can see what they do when humans aren’t around.
WATCH: This Is Why Scientists Taught Bees to Play Soccer
It was a test of their cognitive abilities.
Why Your Dog’s Personality Is a Lot Like Yours
New research shows how pets adopt the traits of their owners.
How Dogs React When Their Humans Break Up
You’re in this together.
Empathetic People Make the Best Dog Whisperers
The more empathy you have, the better you may be at decoding dogs’ facial expressions.
Your Dog Really Loves Reggae Music
Music — especially reggae and soft rock — helps dogs relax, a new study shows.
One Way to Make Captive Whales Happier: Let Them ‘Skype’ Other Whales
A new paper argues that a sort of long-distance whale-chat system would improve the animals’ social lives.
Scaredy-Cat Dogs Go Gray When They’re Younger
Their distinguished looks may have been hard-earned.
Pigs Become Optimists or Pessimists for the Same Reasons Humans Do
Is the trough half-empty or half-full?
Humans Aren’t the Only Animals Who Need Glasses
A new discovery on blurry vision in the animal kingdom.
Having a Best Friend Makes Chimpanzees Less Stressed About Life
One more thing we have in common with our primate cousins.
These Scientifically Soothing Videos Are Made to Calm Stressed Pets
And they’re narrated by
’s David Tennant.
Your Dog Wants You to Be Quiet and Just Talk With Your Hands Instead
If you want to get through to a dog, gestures work better than verbal commands.
The Placebo Effect Might Work for Your Pet, Too
Some researchers believe animals respond to placebos, even if they don’t understand how it happens.
You Probably Shouldn’t Let Your Dog Kiss Your Face
Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than yours.
Apparently Dogs Can Tell Time With Their Noses
Each day wears a new smell, and its hours mark changes in odors that only your dog is noticing.
Bees May Have Feelings, and They’re Happiest With a Sugary Snack
Bees and I have that in common.
Pit Bulls Turn Out to Be Unexpectedly Chill
Chihuahuas, on the other hand, are tiny tough guys.
A New Video Shows How Elephants Pay Their Respects to the Dead
A mysterious mourning ritual.
Your Dog Is Too Smart to Be Fooled by Your Fake Happy Voice
“Who’s a big dummy? Who’s a big dumb boy?”
Scientists Want You to Mail Them Your Dog’s Spit
They’re hoping dog DNA will help them understand some human diseases.
Your Dog Wants Praise Even More Than It Wants a Snack
Who’s a good boy?
A Primatologist Just Took Sides in the Selfie Monkey’s Lawsuit
He’s on team monkey.
A New Study Says Your Dog’s Secretly Kind of a Selfish Jerk
Lassie is a lie.
Learn Something New About Evolution by Watching These Baby Monkeys Smile
An adorable way of understanding where our own facial expressions came from.
You and Your Dog Share a Language: The Feelings Written on Your Faces
Scientists are trying to systematically decode canine facial expressions.
Apparently Olympic Horses Have Their Own Psychologists
They get their own masseuses, too.
Gorillas Talk With Their Hands the Same Way Humans Do
Some gestures mean the same thing across species.