Study debunks cat-psychosis hype

May 24, 2017

Study debunks cat-psychosis hype

A study in Psychological Medicine found no link between cat exposure and psychosis, debunking previous studies suggesting Toxoplasma gondii exposure may be associated with psychosis in humans. T. gondii may be shed in cat feces, where immunocompromised people and pregnant women could pick up the parasite, but there is no evidence to support the idea that the parasite causes mental health issues.

Scientific American online (5/23)

TEXAS Senate bill #762

May 24, 2017

TEXAS Senate bill #762

Bill sought to increase penalty for torturing, killing pets to a third-degree felony. Republican’s amendment limits animal cruelty to a state jail felony. Voting to add an abortion-related amendment Tuesday, the Texas House pulled the teeth from a bill intended to enhance criminal penalties for torturing and killing pets.Senate Bill 762 sought to raise the penalty to a third-degree felony, which has a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, for the worst types of animal abuse

Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, was outraged by the attempt to increase the punishment, saying abortion regulations recently approved by the House would make it only a state jail felony, with up to two years in jail, for abortion doctors who perform a “partial-birth” or a “dismemberment” abortion. Tinderholt’s amendment proposed limiting animal cruelty to a state jail felony.

“I cannot, will not and shall not allow the Texas House to place a higher value to a pet over the life of a human being,” said Tinderholt, who earlier this session filed a bill to outlaw abortion that was not acted upon. Voting largely along party lines, the House adopted Tinderholt’s amendment 83-60, with about 10 Republicans voting against it. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/texas-house-abortion-related-amendment-guts-animal-cruelty-bill/98LmwccAZKMt9dquGXhH2L/

Smithsonian exhibit spotlights cats in American art

May 31, 2017

Smithsonian exhibit spotlights cats in American art

“Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art,” an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, “is based on the idea that the Internet is this vast, endless source of information that has this unofficial mascot — the kitty cat,” says curator Mary Savig. The exhibit shows that cats have not only been the subject of art for centuries but have also inspired artists.

Smithsonian online (5/9)

House cat museum opens in N.C.

May 31, 2017

House cat museum opens in N.C.

Retired professor and cat shelter owner Harold Sims opened the American Museum of the House Cat on April 1 in Sylva, N.C. “The museum will be an educational institution where one can learn the history of the house cat, its place of origin and migration all over the world, and how the cat has interacted with humankind throughout the ages,” Sims wrote in a blog post.

The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (5/17)

Some cats are great adventurers

May 31, 2017

Some cats are great adventurers

Journalist and cat owner Laura Moss created the Adventure Cats website and Instagram feed to spotlight cats that go kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, surfing and, yes, swimming with their owners. The website has become a resource for people who want to travel with their cats, and Moss, whose “Adventure Cats” book was recently published, hopes the brand has broken some stereotypes of cats as well as cat owners.

Atlanta magazine online (5/22)

 

Cats’ sociability depends on nature, environment

May 31, 2017

Cats’ sociability depends on nature, environment

Domestic cats’ sociability levels vary from highly independent to strongly attached to people, depending on factors including the cat’s genetics and past experience as well as the person’s age and gender. Research also shows that cats are not friendly to people solely as a means to get food and do not maintain bonds with people who do not stroke or speak to them.

The Conversation (U.S.) (5/10)

 

House cats tap their wild side with food puzzles

May 31, 2017

House cats tap their wild side with food puzzles

Using food puzzles instead of pouring food into bowls can help keep house cats physically and mentally healthy, according to a study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Veterinarian Tony Buffington says cats that are left alone for long periods of time can develop urinary tract and other health issues.

KPIX-TV (San Francisco) (5/20)

TEXAS lawmakers approve veterinary medicine funding for Texas Tech

May 30, 2017

TEXAS lawmakers approve veterinary medicine funding for Texas Tech

The Texas Legislature approved a budget that includes $4.1 million in apparent startup funding for a veterinary school at Texas Tech University, although the school previously said plans had been paused.

The Texas Tribune (5/27)

Texas Bill #762

May 24, 2017

Texas Bill #762
Bill sought to increase penalty for torturing, killing pets to a third-degree felony. Republican’s amendment limits animal cruelty to a state jail felony. Voting to add an abortion-related amendment Tuesday, the Texas House pulled the teeth from a bill intended to enhance criminal penalties for torturing and killing pets.Senate Bill 762 sought to raise the penalty to a third-degree felony, which has a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, for the worst types of animal abuse.

Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, was outraged by the attempt to increase the punishment, saying abortion regulations recently approved by the House would make it only a state jail felony, with up to two years in jail, for abortion doctors who perform a “partial-birth” or a “dismemberment” abortion. Tinderholt’s amendment proposed limiting animal cruelty to a state jail felony.

“I cannot, will not and shall not allow the Texas House to place a higher value to a pet over the life of a human being,” said Tinderholt, who earlier this session filed a bill to outlaw abortion that was not acted upon. Voting largely along party lines, the House adopted Tinderholt’s amendment 83-60, with about 10 Republicans voting against it. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/texas-house-abortion-related-amendment-guts-animal-cruelty-bill/98LmwccAZKMt9dquGXhH2L/