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10 Cats on Catnip

There's little that thrills cat owners more than watching their pets bliss out on catnip. If you love watching cats on 'nip, these videos will delight you.

Scientists at a behavioral studies facility in Budapest set quite a tasks for themselves. They set out to analyze, with non-invasive methods, dog brains to see if our canine companions could detect emotions in both human and dog voices and to compare it to human brain activity when given the same stimuli. Credit: Getty Editorial The hardest part, in my opinion, must have been training 11 dogs to lie perfectly still for about 10 minutes while they were being scanned by an MRI machine. The neurobiologists chose Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers for the study. (I myself would have chosen Basset Hounds or English Bulldogs, which would have been a leg up - or perhaps...

Are Dogs Capable of Love?

People love to talk about how much they love their dogs and often mention that one special individual to whom no others can really compare. I wonder, are the dogs in our lives capable of these same types of feelings? Credit: Getty Creative One of the problems with exploring the idea of love is the all encompassing nature of the word in the English language. We can love our mates, our children, our pets, or even a favorite desert; but these are all actually very different emotions. No one ever talks about how they'd jump in front of a speeding truck to save a piece of chocolate cake, after all! Other languages have different words for different types of love, but in everyday English we're...

What's the best wood for constructing beds? According to chimpanzees, one wood is superior to all others for beds: Ugandan ironwood. Credit: Getty Creative And chimps should know. They make their own beds and sleep in them too, as the old saying goes. Each chimp is a bed builder. They seem to be picky as well. RELATED: Say Cheese! Similarities of Human, Primate Expressions "Chimpanzees, like humans, are highly selective when it comes to where they sleep," David Samson of the University of Nevada said in a press release. "This suggests that, for apes, there is something inherently attractive about a comfortable bed - down to what kind of wood you use to make it." Samson and colleague...

Keeping Your Cat Calm at Night

The Natural Behavior of Cats Like most New Yorkers, I keep late work hours, so when I arrive home the only thing on my mind is my fluffy pillow. Instead I'm greeted by four sets of glossy eyes staring at me, waiting to be fed. No problem. After a hearty meal and a bit of grooming, three sets of eyes disperse. However, the owner of the other set, instead of eating, starts darting back and forth across the floor. Yahoo! It's playtime. Credit: Thinkstock Sometimes this feisty kitty, my darling Lil' Pete, will grab a toy mouse and toss it under a piece of furniture in anticipation of me going to get it for him (he's trained me well!). I certainly can't be annoyed; after all, I haven't been...