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Watson apologizes for stealing his brother’s chewy

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Friday stress relief: Owls!

We have owls, owls, and more owls!

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Elderly woman reunites with cat, lost in earthquake, after 4 years

If you love cats, this story will bring a tear to your eyes.

Four years ago, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy.

An elderly woman named Dora was one of many displaced by the earthquake. But it wasn’t just her house that was lost, Dora also lost her pet cat.

The ginger tabby went missing after the earthquake. Dora looked for him everywhere, but to no avail — until now.

The cat never forgot Dora. After years apart, the cat, in surprisingly good condition, somehow made his way back and was reunited with Dora.

Dora’s friend, Mimma Bei, posted to her Facebook page this video of the reunion. Look at how the cat repeatedly bumps his head against Dora. Head-bumping is one of a cat’s “I love you” gestures.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Dolphins bring gifts to humans gone missing from coronavirus quarantine

People usually line up to feed the school of humpback dolphins at the Barnacles Café and Dolphin Feeding in Esplanade Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia. But because of COVID-19 lockdown, the café has been closed for weeks, which means no one was feeding the dolphins.

So the dolphins are bringing gifts of sea sponges, barnacle-encrusted bottles and pieces of coral so that the humans would return.

On May 18, 2020, the café posted this on their Facebook page:

The [dolphin] pod has been bringing us regular gifts, showing us how much they’re missing the public interaction and attention☹️
Since the restrictions have eased we have been able to reopen the dolphin feeding & cafe.
Put a smile on someone’s face and come spend some time an feed these beautiful creatures, they are definitely missing you all🐬

But Barry McGovern, a wet-blanket “expert” in dolphin behavior, is dubious. He told 7NEWS.com.au that it’s possible but unlikely the dolphins are trying to express that they miss humans.

McGovern, a University of Queensland PhD student, said:

“Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behavior anymore. They do everything — they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles. In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se. They probably miss a free meal and the routine. They might be displaying a play-like behavior, or just acting out of boredom.”

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Cat walks like a horse and other feline destressors

Romka grew up on a farm with horses, and now she thinks she’s a horse 🙂

And the cutest kitten in the world is . . .

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Cat sings for food. Really!

Some cats meow in anticipation of food.

But Dave the cat sings!

See also “Cat says ‘Well, hi!’ in a southern accent”.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Can you outsmart this mommy dog?

Can you correctly guess which bowl the green ball is under?

I can’t.

But this mommy dog is so sharp and attentive that she was able to correctly identify the bowl three times.

Simply amazing.

H/t Maziel

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Cuddling our cats keeps them happy and healthy

There’s extensive evidence that dogs and cats, our companion animals, are good for our physical and psychological health. See “Having a dog can prolong your life”.

In fact, just stroking our companion animal calms us and lowers our blood pressure. But it turns out the benefits are mutual — being cuddled by us helps keep our pets healthy!

In 2015, two professors at the University of Queensland, Australia — Nadine Gourkow and Clive J.C. Phillips — published the results of a study they conducted on the effects that human interaction of petting, playing and grooming had on the health of shelter cats.

Their study was published as “Effect of interactions with humans on behaviour, mucosal immunity and upper respiratory disease of shelter cats rated as contented on arrival,” in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 121:3-4 (October 2015), pp. 288-296.

Methology:

(1) The study’s subjects were 139 cats who had been rated as “anxious” upon admission to an animal shelter. The cats were divided into an Experimental or Control Group:

  • Cats in the Experimental Group were “gentled” four times daily for 10 minutes over period of 10 days. “Gentling” is defined as positive human interaction, including petting, playing, and grooming.
  • Cats in the Control Group were treated to a human standing in front of the cage with eyes averted for the same 10-day period.

(2) Each cat’s mood or “persistent emotional state” was rated daily during those 10 days as “anxious,” “frustrated” or “content”.

(3) During the course of the experiment, the cats’ health was accessed on:

  • Their total secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA), quantified from faeces by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Immunoglobulin A (IgA, also referred to as sIgA in its secretory form) is an antibody that plays a crucial role in the immune function of mucous membranes. In other words, S-IgA is a measure of the health of the cats’ immune system because antibodies fight off infection.
  • Whether they developed an upper respiratory disease, determined by:
    • Swab specimens from the cats for feline herpesvirus type 1 or FHV (a virus that is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections), feline calicivirus  or FCV (a virus that causes upper respiratory infection), Mycoplasma felis (bacteria that cause a mild upper respiratory infection), Chlamydophila felis (a bacterium that causes inflammation of feline conjunctiva, rhinitis and respiratory problems), and Bordetella bronchiseptica (infectious bronchitis).
    • Clinical signs of upper respiratory disease — of eye and/or nasal discharge. 

Findings:

  • Gentled cats were more likely to be content and less likely to be anxious or frustrated than Control cats. A sign of anxiety or frustration is shedding: Control cats had a significant increase in shedding, but not the Gentled cats.
  • Gentled cats had a healthier immune system — more secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) — compared to Control cats.  
  • Gentled cats were less likely to develop upper respiratory disease, Control cats being 2.4 times more likely to develop upper respiratory disease (P 0.0001).

The study concluded that sustained interaction with humans, including petting, playing, grooming, can have positive effects on the mood (contentment) and health (better immune system, reduced incidence of upper respiratory diseases) of cats in animal shelters. 

In other words, cuddling our cats is good for their health!

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Dog pays for cookies with leaves

A black dog in Columbia, Negro (“negro” is Spanish for “black”), displays a remarkable intelligence in that he seems to understand the concept of money or currency as a medium of exchange.

About seven years ago in 2013, Negro wandered onto the campus of the Diversified Technical Education Institute (Instituto Educativo Técnico Diversificado) in Monterrey, Casanare, Columbia.

Negro quickly discovered the campus store where students would go during their breaks and purchase food.

Negro watched as the students hand money (in the form of peso banknotes) to the store, then receiving food back.

But the dog didn’t have access to money, so he decided that leaves would be his currency.

As recounted by Angela Garcia Bernal, a teacher at the institute:

“He would go to the store and watch the children give money and receive something in exchange. Then one day, spontaneous, he appeared with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and letting it be known that he wanted a cookie. When you first see it, you almost want to cry. He’s found a way to make himself understood. He’s very intelligent.””

Store attendant Gladys Barreto said:

“He comes for cookies every day. He always pays with a leaf. It is his daily purchase.”

Source: Animal Channel

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Stray Puppy Wanders Into Stranger’s Home in the Middle of Night

Luvs a happy ending!

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