For the first time in almost 20 years, there are cats living under my roof again. Actually, they are kittens. And they are eyeing up the Christmas tree we brought home over the weekend with equal parts wide-eyed wonder and mischievous delight. To keep the peace - and maintain my sanity - I looked up a few tips on helping kitties and Christmas trees co-exist. Here are a few that have worked for us:
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- Is this cat seeking out trouble?by Jenn Savedge, Mother Nature Network
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 8:42 AM ESTYour cat may be apathetic towards you, according to a new studyIf you've ever suspected that your feline friend isn't that interested in you, you were right. There's even a study to prove it.
The study found that 50 percent to 70 percent of the cats turned their heads at the sound and 30 percent moved their ears - typical reactions to hearing any sound.
Just 10 percent of the felines responded to being called by meowing or moving their tails.
In other words, your cat hears you when you call - he just doesn't care enough to acknowledge it.
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Response rates were similar regardless of whether the cats were
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 8:38 AM ESTCupcake, Anzac and Peggy.
One member of an adorable marsupial trio has been released into the Australian wild by the wildlife organization that rescued her.
Earlier this month Peggy the wombat was reintroduced to her natural habitat, and BBC's Natural History Unit filmed the release. Peggy will be featured in a 2014 BBC documentary on orphaned wildlife.
"Peggy will be monitored quietly and from a distance," said Alistair Brown, founder of Wild About Wildlife, the organization that rescued Peggy.
"She will be provided with supplementary feed while she learns all about her new environment."
Peggy and her friends - Anzac, a baby kangaroo, and Cupcake, a baby wallaby - made headlines when Wild About Wildlife posted photos of the unlikely trio.
Both Peggy and Anzac were 3 to 4 months old when their mothers were killed by vehicles. They were rescued by wildlife rehabilitators in the state of Victoria and even shared aRead More »from Insanely Cute Marsupial Trio Begins Return to the Wild
- New York CityNew York City's extensive sidewalks, bike lanes, bike share programs and public transportation help to make it the most walkable city in America, according to the recently released annual Walk Score ratings. The city has three especially walkable neighborhoods: Little Italy, Chinatown and NoHo, all of which were called "walker's paradises."
The Walk Score rankings look at factors such as walking routes, the number of amenities citizens can walk to, the average block length and the density of traffic at intersections. Rankings were calculated by scoring more than two billion walking routes in 10,000 neighborhoods or 2,500 U.S. cities. The organization said its algorithms to calculate the "most walkable" neighborhoods are significantly improved over past years. More than 10 million individual locations were examined and ranked.
Walkable neighborhoods offer numerous advantages for the people who live in them. "Being able to walk out your door and be at your destination - whether
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 8:43 AM ESTTim Phillips with a lion cub in a scene from the 'Lion Ark' documentary.In the spring of 2009, Bolivia banned animals in circuses, but not all circuses complied with the law. In 2011, animals were still being crammed into cages, mistreated, malnourished and neglected. Enter Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips, the married co-founders of Animal Defenders International (ADI), who spent two years investigating circuses undercover before mounting a rescue operation that succeeded in saving 25 lions from a miserable life in captivity.
Their efforts are documented in the film they made about it, "Lion Ark," which has been winning awards and accolades on the film festival circuit and is now playing in California and New York. It has also benefited from some Hollywood support: actress Jorja Fox of "CSI," an associate producer, helped on the filmmaking side, and animal activist Bob Barker was the biggest single donor, funding the lion's share (literally) of the $1.8 million rescue mission - including food, building a temporary sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:57 AM ESTIs this library book giving you germs?Library copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" tested positive for traces of the herpes virus and cocaine, according to two Belgian professors.
- What is this baby thinking?by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
I often wonder, as I watch my calmly sleeping baby randomly grin while she sleeps. What is she smiling about anyway? A bottle full of her delicious formula? A leisurely nap in the stroller in the afternoon breeze? Or is she perhaps having a terrible nightmare about her older brother sitting on her? Turns out it's probably none of the above.
Herein a little infant sleep primer. People go through five stages when they sleep. Four of these stages belong to non-REM sleep, and one stage is REM sleep - called such because of its characteristic rapid eye movements. As adults, we spend about one quarter of our sleep time in REM sleep - the time when our eyes jerk and bodies twitch. This is also the stage of sleep in which we dream. Infants actually spend much more time in REM sleep - about 50 to 80 percent of their sleep time is spent in this phase. Many people presume that infants do indeed dream during this stage, just as adults do, butRead More »from Do Babies Dream?
- Xena and Jonny, a boy with autismSeveral outstanding people and animals - including a cat that helped a soldier in Afghanistan and a 6-year-old victim of the Newtown shootings - will be honored this week at the ASPCA's Humane Awards.
Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott met Koshka on a military base while serving in Afghanistan. Concerned for the stray cat's safety, Knott moved Koshka into his office, where the two bonded.Read More »from 3 Inspiring Animal Stories You've Got to Read
- by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
Why do people get headaches?Question: I've typed "do I have a brain tumor" into Google for the last time! I spent an hour late last night reading horror stories about headaches. I'm sick of not knowing whether my headache is a sign of some ominous diagnosis or is - just a headache. I get these bad ones all the time, right around my temples, sort of a dull ache that prevents me from functioning. Is there any way I can tell for sure when it's something to actually be worried about?
- Could this trick ease embarrassment?Of all the gestures people make when flooded with embarrassment, burying one's face in the hands may be the most common. It's as if there's an instinctive need to hide; and now, a new study confirms that irresistible desire to "save face" when mortified.
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