Only one out of three cats did not respond to catnip (the study included 100 domestic cats
and nine tigers; tigers do not respond to catnip, in case you need to know).
Both Near Eastern and Egyptian cat lineages contributed at different times to the maternal genetic pool of domestic cats
, with one or other present in the vast majority of present-day cat breeds," the researchers said.
However, the biggest threat to Scottish wildcats, according to those charged with their conservation, is neither the loss of habitat nor direct killings, but rather the growing presence of feral domestic cats
in 'wild' Scottish landscapes (Scottish Natural Heritage, 2013).
By their calculations, haplotype V is at least 60,000 years old, which means the ancestors of domestic cats
had already encountered a primitive version of FIV long before cats were domesticated about 10,000 years ago.
If we are to successfully reduce the number of wildlife deaths caused by domestic cats
, the study suggests that we should use cat welfare as a method of encouraging cat owners to get involved.
Due to human assistance the population density of domestic cats
is usually not limited by disease, food availability or lack of shelter, and therefore their numbers are usually high, especially in urban areas and villages (Baker et al.
Fatal and nonfatal cases of tularemia in domestic cats
(Felis catus) have been reported, as has the transmission of this disease from cats to humans (5-7).
Some of the sightings are undoubtedly larger than usual domestic cats
, or fancy breeds such as Bengal cat or Chausie, a cross between jungle cats and domestic cats
An international team of researchers has also found that the number of cats per household had no influence on the stress of the animals, rather stress in domestic cats
depends more on the socialization of the animals, on the relationship with humans, on the space available to them or on the access to food.
THE average pet cat kills up to 40 small creatures every year and with almost nine million domestic cats
living in the UK that accounts for nearly 300 million deaths a year.
Americans are just learning about the dangers posed by domestic cats
that spend some or all of their time outdoors.
Clear, bright, colorful illustrations by Susan Detwiler provide vivid images of both the wild and domestic cats
discussed in the text.
Meanwhile, shadow rural affairs minister Antoinette Sandbach has written to Mr Griffiths highlighting the growing incidence of bovine TB in non-bovine species such as pigs, sheep and domestic cats
Powerfully built and considerably larger than domestic cats
, these are the rare wildcats of Scotland - and they are under threat.
kill millions of birds a year, but they can live harmoniously in our gardens with a few simple measures, says the RSPB.