Bacteria isolated from Bengal cat ( Felis catus × Prionailurus bengalensis ) anal sac secretions produce volatile compounds potentially associated with animal signaling

Bacteria isolated from Bengal cat ( Felis catus × Prionailurus bengalensis ) anal sac secretions produce volatile compounds potentially associated with animal signaling

In social animals, scent secretions and marking behaviors play critical roles in communication, including intraspecific signals, such as identifying individuals and group membership, as well as interspecific signaling. Anal sacs are an important odor producin…

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How Can You Know What Your Dog is Really Feeling?

How Can You Know What Your Dog is Really Feeling?

Every day watching dogs I see emotion in them. At the lab, many of the scenes we create for them are inadvertent emotion provocation. I see curiosity directed at a small robotic “dog” toy that dances and plays a tune. I see surprise when a hidden person appea…

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Sparky’s Scared of the Varram Pet Fitness Robot

Sparky’s Scared of the Varram Pet Fitness Robot

Maybe I just have an awkward puppy, but Sparky is one of those pets that you’d consider a “chewer.” So when introducing him to the “Varram” — a “robot for pets” — it seemed that Sparky was more annoyed by it than excited. Now hear me out, the Varram, pronounc…

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If a Snake Bites Your Pet, Never Do This

If a Snake Bites Your Pet, Never Do This

Recently I read about two separate snakebite incidents involving dogs and rattlers — one in California and one in Colorado. In the first case, two women and their three dogs were hiking in the desert and exploring mines, when one of the dogs, a 6-year-old Mas…

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