In case you don’t know off the top of your head, scatalogy is “the study of fecal excrement.” Yes, I do mean poop, ca-ca, or whatever else you call it around your kids. Admittedly, a fascination with this stuff is usually the provenance of three year old boys. But, here at Tabby’s Place we spend an inordinate amount of time with cat poop.
It goes a little something like this: Andrea Bocelli’s voice, a golden harp strummed with expert skill, U2, a purring cat…and, at the pinnacle of auditory bliss, the sound of a cat peeing.
Just a few days ago, the FDA issues an alert about Vetsulin®, a type of insulin created for cats (and dogs). We have quite a few diabetics at Tabby’s Place. Most of them use glargine, but two of them were on Vetsulin. I suspect some of you have diabetic cats, so I wanted to make sure you knew of this, in case any of your cats are using
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Cats & rats go together like, well, soup and salad (rats playing the role of both courses :-). Cats have been prized as rat-catchers on farms for many centuries. And, it is widely believed that the persecution of cats that began in the Dark Ages allowed the rat population in Europe to grow uncontrolled and led to the Bubonic Plague, which killed 25,000,000 Europeans in just three years.
So, how effective are cats at reducing rat populations in urban envrionments? Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida recently studied this question, coming to some surprising conclusions.
I am fascinated by evolution and the way various life forms are categorized and compared. I have spent countless hours at home leafing through my copy of The Tree of Life (a Phylogenetic Classification) studying the branches in the tree and looking for interesting patterns (“Where did the four-chambered heart appear?”)
You won’t be surprised to hear that I am particularly interested in the evolution of felis catus (house cat). It is a tricky area and good information was hard to come by, especially for an amateur like me. I was, therefore, thrilled to find this wonderful article in the June 2009 Scientific American. Continue reading » » »