A New Generation of Kittens Struggles with Physics

If Isaac Newton had kittens (and I'm not saying he did, because, for all I know, Isaac Newton was an iguana person), you can bet they wouldn't have been interested in physics or calculus. They would have wanted to move to Italy and become painters or layabouts in spite of Catdaddy Isaac Newton's strenuous efforts to… » 12/29/13 12:28pm 12/29/13 12:28pm

To bring a puppy home is to initiate a "countdown to sorrow"

Or so says Louis C.K. Parents, after all, rarely expect to outlive their children – but most pet owners acknowledge on some level that they will probably live to see their animals pass away. Still, many of us sincerely regard our pets as family. How, then, do we cope with the loss of these loved ones? » 11/21/13 2:40pm 11/21/13 2:40pm

The Strange History of Bottled Drinks Marketed to Dogs and Cats

We were thrilled to see wine made for cats the other day — but this wasn't the first time someone has marketed beer, wine or sodas aimed at your pet. Check out our gallery of the tastiest and wildest beverages for dogs and cats! » 10/18/13 3:00pm 10/18/13 3:00pm

Your Cat Is Trying to Kill You Again, Part II: The Quickening

Remember how your cat was waging a long-con, biological war on you? And then — with suspicious abruptness — it wasn’t waging war on you anymore and you were like, “But I could have sworn...” uneasily returning to your household chores with a creeping feeling that your cat hadn’t abandoned its murderous plans? Well, it… » 6/30/13 4:30pm 6/30/13 4:30pm

Research Suggests That Left-Pawed Dogs Are Just Slightly Evil

You probably already assumed that left-pawed dogs — and yes, some dogs do have forepaw and even hindquarter preferences — are ever so slightly evil, but now there’s a scientific study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior to confirm your suspicions that left-pawed dogs are scheming to bark at you and make you seem… » 6/02/13 2:32pm 6/02/13 2:32pm

Finally, your dog can get in on that sweet Star Wars cosplay action

Fans have been forcing their pets to cosplay since... actually, it's probably not been that long. But now instead of going through all the trouble of making a costume for your furry friend, you can simply buy one, as Costume Craze has unveiled the first ever official Dog Star Wars Cosplay line. And it's awesome. » 4/17/13 6:20am 4/17/13 6:20am

Winter is coming, so why not get yourself a real-life Dire Wolf?

Anyone who's seen Game of Thrones and has a pulse has probably coveted the Stark children's dire wolves, the giant lupines that are loyal to their Winterfell masters, powerful, and generally just awesome. Unfortunately, actual dire wolves died out about 10,000 years ago, and even the Starks needed a lttle help from… » 3/28/13 11:30am 3/28/13 11:30am

When cats are outlawed, what animals should replace them as pets?

We have learned that cats appear to be environmental murderizers. Some people even want to ban them as pets. Let's say we have to do that for the sake of the Earth. What local, replacement pets would make good replacements for domesticated cats? Here are a few good ideas. » 2/21/13 1:00pm 2/21/13 1:00pm

People believe tortoiseshell cats are "aloof" and "intolerant," study finds

There are a lot of urban legends and folk tales about black cats, but apparently there's nothing worse than a tortoiseshell. A group of psychology researchers have just published a study about people's beliefs when it comes to cats — and it turns out that even cat people judge felines by their colors, rather than… » 10/23/12 3:58pm 10/23/12 3:58pm

Why cloning is a terrible way to bring your pet dog back from the dead

This weekend, Frankenweenie is teaching children about the wonders of brining your beloved pooch back from the dead. We may not have perfected doggie resurrections by electroshock, but some folks have tried to bring their dogs back from the dead (or at least create a genetic facsimile), through cloning. But in addition … » 10/07/12 7:00am 10/07/12 7:00am

The end of Harry Potter leaves hundreds of pet owls homeless

When Harry Potter first appeared in books and on screen alongside his loyal owl Hedwig, many folks were so charmed that they ran out and bought pet owls of their very own. But know that the books and movies have run their course, the magic of owning a nocturnal bird has worn off, and hundreds of owls are landing in… » 5/20/12 8:30am 5/20/12 8:30am

Portraits of proper Victorians with their pet troll heads and yetis

Upper class Victorians had a great affection for pets, from fashionable lap dogs to canaries, and even the occasional monkey. But Travis Louie envisions some far more fanciful companions for his proper gents and ladies, who keep squids and giant spiders as beloved family pets. » 4/22/12 4:30pm 4/22/12 4:30pm