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A black ink line drawing of an old man standing before a hill teeming with cats.

The Oldest American Children’s Book Still in Print is About Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

At its core, "Millions of Cats" is a fable about the folly of vanity and the value of uniqueness.

A closeup of the face of a bicolor gray and white cat.

Bicolor Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

Bicolor cats have fur patterns made up of two colors.

Gray tabby cat staring at a closed white wooden door.

Why Can Some Cats Open Doors?

Caitlin Dempsey

Cats are extremely intelligent, and the most perceptive cats can learn to open doors simply by watching their owners.

A collage of eight pictures in frames showing cat breeds.

Timeline of Modern Cat Breeds

Caitlin Dempsey

With the advent of modern cat breeding, more and more purebred cats are being developed.

The upper chest and head of a black cat with spots of white fur.

What is Being Afraid of Cats Called?

Caitlin Dempsey

The most commonly accepted term for being severely afraid of cats is ailurophobia.

Woman wearing a pink flannel shirt working on laptop with grey and white cat on couch.

Study: Link Between Anxiety and Bonding With Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

A study by researchers from the University of Helsinki surveyed pets owners to understand the link between mental health and types of pet relationships.

A picture of tan metal shelves in a store with litter boxes on display.

Picking the Right Litter Box for Your Cat

Caitlin Dempsey

Picking the right size and style of litter box will help encourage your cat to use it.

Little tabby kitten carrying feathers in its mouth.

How Do Cats Learn to Play Fetch?

Caitlin Dempsey

A study found that most cats who play fetch are self taught.

A grey cat and an orange cat smelling each other's face against a white background.

Study: Bacteria Change the Smell Cats Use to Communicate

Caitlin Dempsey

A published study analyzed the microbiome and chemical composition of anal gland secretions used by domestic cats to communicate.

A pair of Bengal kittens play on a dark wooden set of drawers.

Cat Breeds with Rosettes

Caitlin Dempsey

Bengal cats are the only domestic cats with rosettes as the standard fur coat pattern.

A series of cats making different faces

Cats have more facial expressions than we give them credit for

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers analyzing cat interactions in a cat cafe have found that cats can make 276 different types of facial expressions.

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