Which cats are more sociable in animal shelters?

BUFFALO, NY – Cats who are surrendered by their owners to animal shelters tend to spend more time near other cats than cats who were previously strays. Researchers from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, examined cats living in group housing in shelters. Although traditionally placed in single cages for adopters to view, many shelters are…




Does the company of a pet dog change our judgement of negative events or increase our tolerance to negative situations?

It is common to hear from pet owners that they feel attached to their pets. Also, they oftenly describe positive feelings in most interactions with them and view their presence as a kind of social support in difficult situations. The results reported in a recent study published by Pet Behaviour Science (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21071/pbs.v0i2.4002) In this…




“Man’s best friend”. The result of a genetic change in the receptor of the ‘social peptide’, oxytocin?

The gene involved in attachment and measures of sociality in humans may reveal why dogs went from being savage, fearsome creatures to “man’s best friend”. The oxytocin receptor gene has already been associated with ‘proximity-seeking’ and ‘friendliness’ in domestic dogs and now our Monash University study has identified differences between the dog and the wolf…




Canine Cognitive Dysfunction: A review

Ageing is a natural process that affects every cell of the body, including neurons. Advances in human and veterinary medicine have prolonged the life of people and pets and the subsequent development of diseases related to ageing, such as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) Syndrome, is becoming more frequent in dogs. This illness, widely reviewed in…