Speaking from my own experience with various different cats either my own or other people's it is my opinion that cats only really choose one or maybe two people in their family that they truly bond with, while cats will still give other people their attention they usually choose to... Читать далее
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Why do my cats run around the house in the early hours?
Animal behaviourist and Scientific Officer, RSPCA. www.rspca.org.uk @RSPCA_offic... · 9 января 2017
Although other factors can also affect their activity (such as the weather, the presence of other cats in their territory, or their health), cats tend to sleep for several short periods during the day and night, rather than a long period of sustained sleep over night, like humans do. In... Читать далее
I think my answer to that would be that it’s much more difficult to meet a cat’s needs when they’re kept purely indoors.
There are a number of pros and cons involved in terms of cats being allowed outside versus cats being kept in the home. In terms of the concerns people tend to have... Читать далее
Chief Horticulturalist, The Royal Horticultural Society. @GuyBarter · 8 ноября 2016
Sadly, there’s nothing you can do about it. Even if you pay for a pest control company to remove the foxes, another one will come in quite quickly. We have urban foxes because they were always hunted by dogs or by man in the countryside to keep the populations. They realised there is... Читать далее
How can I win an argument for evolution against a stubborn creationist?
Synthetic biologist//currently working with plants// at ETH Zurich//occassional... · 15 декабря 2016
Just to add to the point about the eye, Richard Dawkins gave an excellent demonstration about the evolution of the eye in his Christmas Lectures in 1991.
The entire series of lectures is a must watch though and answers several basic... Читать далее
Cats sleep for about 16 hrs a day on average, although it varies according to the individual – and it also tends to decrease as cats get older, as the sleep can become more fragmented and is a lighter, less deep form of sleep. Kittens (like puppies) tend to sleep for longer, as they’re... Читать далее
Naturalist, writer and zoologist who loves animals, especially the overlooked... · 15 февраля 2017
For one reason only, which is to get soil out of their tunnels. Moles are the only perfectly subterranean mammals and their tunnels are two things: their home and their larder. They build territories that vary enormously in size but can consist of 1000m of tunnel covering an area of... Читать далее
Why do cats play with their prey rather than eating it, or present it to their owners as a 'gift'?
We tend to think that cats are playing with the prey, but that’s probably not what they’re doing.
Some cats are not very experienced hunters, or their mums may not have been particularly skilled hunters themselves (as it’s the mum that passes on their skills to their kittens). So a cat... Читать далее
Nepeta cataria is the technical term for catnip. We believe that catnip gives off a vapour (nepetalactone) – the molecules of which are detected by receptors in the roof of the cat’s mouth in the Vomeronasal organ (also known as Jacobson's organ).
This organ allows cats to ‘taste’... Читать далее
TV vet, vet of the year, animal welfare campaigner, author & @pupaid founder... · 5 декабря 2016
Easy – a rescue dog. You can have any breed or crossbreed really, as long as you can provide its exercise needs, and keep it physically and mentally stimulated.
But the best dog in most situations is a rescue dog and there are obviously lots of them out there who desperately need... Читать далее