Crowdfunded cat collar uses ultra violet rays to alert birds

September 13, 2016  – Billions of birds fall prey to domestic cats annually but US company ChirpOn, LLC has developed a bird repelling cat collar it’s aiming to bring to market with a Crowdfunding campaign. The ‘ChirpOn Cat Collar for Birds’ is designed to take advantage of the unique characteristics of bird vision discovered by researchers in...
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Hereditary diseases in dogs far more common than previously thought – new study

August 25, 2016 – The most comprehensive study ever undertaken into hereditary disorders in dogs has found that one in every six dogs tested carried the genes for at least one of the inherited diseases or problems the researchers were looking for. Moreover, one in six of the tested genetic variants was also discovered in...
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International Black Cat Appreciation Day

17 August, 2016 – Today is International Black Cat Appreciation Day – not to be confused with the UK’s National Black Cat Day which is 27 October. Both days aim to dispel the negative superstitions that still surround the enigmatic black cat. While black cats have throughout the ages been attributed with many powers and...
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English bulldogs so over-bred, unlikely breed can survive current state of ill-health

August 3, 2016 – English bulldogs have been so over-bred for physical characteristics, there is not enough diversity in their gene pool to make much-needed health improvements, a new study has found. It is the first broad-based assessment of the breed’s genetic diversity using DNA rather than pedigrees. The researchers confirmed earlier assumptions and provided...
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