Cats

Find out everything there is to know about cats and stay updated on the latest feline news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and cat pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating creatures as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about cats.
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Feline Friends: Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient China
Leopard Cat Skull
February 5th, 2016
Wild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils.
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Tracking Cats from Space: Satellites Estimate Feral Ranges
Two Cats
October 2nd, 2015
Feral cats adjust their ranges depending on the greenery of their environment, which reflects the resources available.
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Internet Cat Videos Keep You Purring, Study Finds
Lil Bub
June 18th, 2015
Internet cat videos don't just result in major "LOLs," they also deliver significant health benefits, a new study suggests.
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Ligers and Tigons, Oh My! Cat Lineage Littered with Interbreeding
Two big male lions on the hunt. National Park. Kenya.
January 15th, 2016
Modern-day felines may be the ultimate mutts. Turns out, the ancestors of modern-day cats, from lynxes to the domestic Fluffy, interbred across species at many points in history, a new analysis of the feline family tree suggests.
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Sorry, Cat Lovers: Felix Doesn't Need You
Portrait of green-eyed cat
September 4th, 2015
Cats do not form the childlike, dependent bonds on caregivers that dogs do, suggesting that the felines really are more independent than their canine counterparts.
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Kitty Kickstarter: See the Microbes That Live in Your Cat
cats
May 18th, 2015
A citizen-science project will examine the microbiome of cats' digestive systems, in both house pets and wild animals.
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Will Purr for Treats: How Cats Became Domesticated
kittens on cat tree
November 10th, 2014
A new study has revealed the genetic changes that led cats to become domesticated, and many are related to reward seeking and fear conditioning.
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This Adorable Kitty Looks Like a Werewolf: Here's Why
Two female Lykoi cats.
November 10th, 2015
This oddly adorable cat carries a genetic secret.
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26-Year-Old 'Corduroy' Crowned World's Oldest Living Cat
Corduroy the cat.
August 14th, 2015
Twenty-six is old … if you're a cat.
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New Pet Therapy Guidelines: No Cats in Hospitals
A man wearing a gas mask holds a cat at an arm's length
March 3rd, 2015
A furry companion can offer comfort to hospital patients, but new guidelines recommend that only dogs — and not cats — be allowed in hospital pet therapy programs.
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