You can’t make this stuff up

sqshootIn Colorado, a dispute arose over whether a man should be feeding local squirrels. Folks in the community were apparently concerned about the fact that he was feeding peanuts to the squirrels, which could be problematic to local children with nut allergies. These concerned neighbors posted flyers, and at some point a tete a tete between the squirrel feeder (Jon Barbour) and a neighbor occurred. Things escalated, the men accused each other of being “white trash,” punches were thrown, and Barbour consequently shot the neighbor in the buttocks. He called police to turn himself in, was arrested, and now faces attempted murder charges, and from 8-32 years in prison.

But the story doesn’t end there. Barbour defended his squirrel feeding frenzy (apparently leaving “pounds of peanuts” out for our twitchy friends) by explaining that feeding squirrels was how he communed with the spirits of his dead parents. I’ll be following this case, as the preliminary trial happens on June 9th.

Crime and squirrels

A home invasion was averted…by a glass door. That didn’t stop the squirrel from trying...a few times

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This squirrel did make it into a woman’s home, even into her bed. But he was busted by police.

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A man was cited for firing a pellet gun in his backyard, shooting two squirrels while he was at it, and another man was busted trying to steal two squirrel traps from Home Depot.

Omaha’s police station had their own mascot squirrel, with her own twitter handle @OpdSquirrel. She recently turned up dead in the police station parking lot. The death was not considered suspicious.

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In Wisconsin, a woman called the police for help freeing a stuck squirrel from a fence, and police were also called to help a squirrel in Winona, MN who got stuck in a city garbage bin.

And not quite a crime, but a woman in Ohio drove into a house when she swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel.

Perhaps not the cheapest way to cook a squirrel

Back in 2012, a man basically destroyed a 32-unit building by trying to remove a squirrel's skin with a blow torch. Instead he burned down the apartment building. His girlfriend (who was the registered tenant) is now being held responsible for $2 million in damages.

Crimes AGAINST squirrels

City workers in Pennsylvania were painting new stripes in the road, and rather than move a dead squirrel, just painted right over it!

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Squirrel attacks

There's no shortage of animal-related injuries in Scotland. I'm not sure why the squirrel was scapegoated, as it seems that dogs and cats are responsible for most of these injuries. However, mice, monkeys and pigs were also represented in the count.

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And in South West England, a "squirrel gang" confronted a family, becoming one of several recent incidents where squirrels bit humans.

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And a brazen squirrel jumped on a man in NYC. The video ends with the jump, so what happened next is unknown.

Squirrels and raccoons, in cahoots

In a rare example of intraspecies "cooperation," it appears that squirrels and raccoons have joined forces to bust into Canadian trash cans. By chewing holes in the bins, it appears that the squirrels have established a path for raccoons to reach in and grab food. The city recommends spraying hot sauce on the bins to deter squirrel chewing.

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and let’s hope there’s no hot sauce shortage anytime soon, as it’s also recommended as the way to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder. A researcher in Maryland just patented “chili birdseed.”

More power outages

Squirrels shut down an NBC affiliate station in Springfield, MA this week, and took out the power in Granite Falls, NC and Cookeville, TN.

A "squirrel king"

Apparently animals getting all tangled together by their tails is a real thing. Five Canadian squirrels "tied the knot" so to speak, and required veterinary assistance to be set free.

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Want bobcats to visit?

Apparently it helps to have squirrels around.

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Squirrels and sports

A squirrel in South Africa disrupted a cricket game. According to the article "A barefoot lady laid a trail of nuts" to lure the squirrel off the field, but that was not sufficient.

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This week in cute

We especially seem to love when animals act like us. Hence, the viral video of a squirrel in a chair, eating corn.

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The gray vs. red controversy continues

In the UK, the gray squirrel has basically driven the red squirrel to endangerment, due to competition for similar resources and the fact that the gray squirrel carries, but is immune to squirrel pox (which is deadly to the small but fierce red squirrel). There is never a shortage of news related to the battle between two squirrel species!

How did the problem begin? Apparently an English Duke brought some American gray squirrels to the UK in 1890. They've been unstoppable since.

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Another lovely summary of the history of this problem (WELL WORTH A READ!) was recently posted on Atlas Obscura.

In Scotland, gray squirrels were recently seen "breaching" the Red Squirrel Protection Line, suggesting that this problem is far from over.

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The question is how to save the red squirrel? One option: reintroduction into select areas.

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And saving abandoned baby reds if they are found!

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Was this squirrel bridge an epic failure?

Perhaps inspired by Longview, Washington, the city with five squirrel bridges (and a sixth on the way), the Mayor of the Hague in Holland had an expensive squirrel bridge constructed. Unfortunately, only five squirrels have used the bridge in the four years since it was built, leading residents to cry foul.

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And speaking of Longview, the city with a yearly squirrel fest and many squirrel bridges has (FINALLY!) named the squirrel as its official mascot.

 

 

 

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I have really fallen behind on my squirrel news reporting responsibilities, and there has been SO MUCH squirrel news, that this week will require two posts to catch up. Today, a lot of power outages, squirrels and food, and squirrels in schools and squirrel rescue. Stay tuned for Part II, which will feature A LOT of squirrels and crime, squirrels and sports, this week in cute, and MUCH MORE!

Annoying squirrels for science

slateI'm very excited that my research examining fox squirrels' responses to a frustrating task has finally been published. This was my first study in graduate school, and although my research questions have changed a lot since then, I had a lot of fun with this one! I spoke with Rachel Gross at Slate about my study, you can read all about it here!

Power Outages

vandalA squirrel "committed suicide" in Lockport, NY, causing three schools to be canceled. Squirrel-related power outages also happened in Berwick, LAWestbrook, MEKennewick, WAGaffney, SC; and Bartlesville, OKAustin, TX is apparently being held hostage by the threat of "hacking squirrels," and in Madison, a squirrel was electrocuted and started a grass fire. Another person in Madison reported vandalism in the form of snipped electrical wires, which was blamed on a squirrel – perhaps the same one that started the fire?

The omnivore’s dilemma – nuts….or pizza?

Last year, a New York city rodent (a rat), took the world by storm when she was filmed dragging and eating a slice of pizza in a subway station. "Pizza Rat" may have been the best PR rats have ever had. But the rat's cousin, the squirrel, also has a taste for human food.

I prefer NY style pizza, but looks like Chicago pizza has one fan…in this squirrel

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Not to be outdone, Portland has their own pizza squirrel...

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...and now Ann Arbor wants a “piece” of the action.

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Even the squirrels in Florida are eating pizza

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and now pizza squirrel has gone international – even the British squirrels are getting into it:

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This is a new one…"fried chicken squirrel?"

They’re often called “chicken of the tree” but a squirrel got the best of one bird.

And in Kentucky, we have a “sundae squirrel” – I’m starting to get a little concerned about the health of my rodent friends!

And finally, in this week's rodent junk food news, milkshake squirrel is back.

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Some squirrels with healthy eating habits

This squirrel was observed by local police officers stealing an apple, brazenly climbing up a tree in full view to dig in!

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Other squirrels are desperate for nuts…and will do what they can to get them!

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stormNo storm is going to stop a squirrel either - this squirrel braved 70 mph winds to get at a bird feeder!

 

Squirrels and schools

Pest control workers were set to shoot some squirrels (I guess that’s how they do it in Arkansas?) -- but instead sent swat teams running and caused a school shutdown.

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And a rogue squirrel injured two school children in Corbin, Kentucky.

A squirrel in Iowa has been dubbed "Fred" and has won children's hearts after peeping into their classroom.

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Squirrel in a “bonnet” (aka squirrels and cars)

I mostly like the Brits call “under the hood of a car” a “bonnet.” But a lady found a whole family of squirrels there. With video!

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Maybe it was this squirrel who found themselves homeless after a tree was chopped down.

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And a squirrel in York, Pennsylvania was up to similar tricks - building a nest in a truck.

Cars aren't just good nests - for some squirrels, they're a great place to store food!

Squirrel rescue

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And a vet saved a squirrel who got himself stuck in a bottle.

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Rescued, released, still hanging around - this squirrel stayed close to home.

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This baby squirrel was rescued from house fire, and nicknamed “Crispy.” Crispy was sent to a wildlife center for rehab and release.

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Strange squirrels

foxcoatWhen a gray squirrel isn’t gray - people seem particularly fascinated when they encounter a squirrel that isn't gray...but many "color-morphs" pop up in populations, including all-white and all-black squirrels. And even fox squirrels come in many variations.

 

baldyOf course some squirrels have no hair at all! In the UK, one such squirrel, Baldy, was rescued by a wildlife rehab center. It's believed that Baldy died of cancer. Another naked squirrel, Earl, was found in North Carolina.

 

 

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Or perhaps you have no tail...this little guy lives on the Berkeley campus, and I think it is one of my displaced research subjects! People have fallen in love with his "stumpy" tail.

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Well, a new collar made for cats, the Catterbox, that claims to translate meows into a human voice, is not likely your solution. But I wrote ALL ABOUT IT at the Conversation! Check it out!

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corenApparently there is nothing more offensive to the pet-loving masses than suggesting that pets might not love everything we do. Stanley Coren, a psychologist who has been very active in studying the human-animal bond, recently presented his observations that when analyzing randomly selected photos of humans hugging their dogs, over 80% of the dogs appeared to be exhibiting behavioral signs of stress (to be clear, some dogs seemed perfectly happy with the hugs, just not too many of them). Now, this was not a peer-reviewed study, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater just yet.

This article, posted on Psychology Today’s website, created a furor around the internet. Headlines and reactions went strongly in both directions (and even in the middle):

Dogs don't like hugs, according to a new study

Dogs hate hugs, study suggests

Don't hug your dog – it hates it, say animal psychologists

Study says dogs hate hugs

How do dogs feel about hugs?

No, 'science' didn't 'prove' that dogs hate hugs

Your dog may very well hate hugs, but this 'study' didn't prove it

Science says dogs hate hugs, but you should hug them anyway

The reasons why I need to hug my dogs

Most people seem devastated by his suggestion because THEY LOVE HUGGING THEIR DOGS. Other people seem downright ANGRY! One writer proclaimed he was going to hug his dogs like it or not --- because HE NEEDS a hug from them every once in a while.

And that’s fine. Hey, we live in a world where animals are property, you can do whatever you want.

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The funny thing is that this is not a new idea. Patricia McConnell posted about this SIX years ago – explaining why hugging is a very primate behavior, and not a very canine one. Dr. McConnell is a very well-respected expert in dog behavior, and her excellent book “The Other End of the Leash” explored the ethological foundation of human-dog interactions. Her observations that many dogs probably do not enjoy this type of handling are based both in the natural history of the dog, and  from years of watching humans and dogs interact (she very kindly updated her blog post to reflect the furor over Coren’s post here).

And other dog experts have respectfully reflected on Coren’s “findings” and the controversy, suggesting that this is a potentially rich area of future research.

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I did this to my cat! It makes me feel pretty sh**ty now.

As a cat behavior consultant, I wasn’t too blindsided by Coren’s conclusions. I routinely see people do things to their pets that their pets do not like. I’m not talking about things that are necessary (like keeping your cat in a carrier for car rides or giving your pet medication). I’m talking about social interactions that we instigate because WE want something from our pet. Maybe it’s a laugh. I tried to put a small derby hat on my cat because I thought it would be cute. Guess what. She didn’t like it. See!?! Even I am guilty as charged. But I felt like an ass-hat after I looked at the photos and never put it on her again.

Maybe we want reassurance. You really love me, don’t you Fido? I’m sad and need comforting, Fluffy. Maybe we like the feeling of control over another animal. You don’t want something right now but I’m going to show you who is the boss. Sometimes we just look at our pets and think “YOU ARE SO CUTE I MUST SQUEEZE YOU RIGHT NOW!!!” (why cuteness makes us want to get aggressive and squeeze things).

And maybe we are anthropomorphizing so much that we think that our pets want what we would want if we were in their shoes – reassurance when we are afraid, to share things with others, to be hugged…

I can’t count the number of clients I see who want to pull their terrified cat out from under the bed when I come to their home, so I can meet the cat. Guess who doesn’t want to meet ME? Your cat. Other clients describe how they want to SHOW their cat that being picked up isn’t scary…by picking them up more. Some people like to “tease” their cat with rough petting or by poking them with a toy, ignoring obvious signs of irritation that the cat is sending out.

Okay, but that’s cats. They’re barely even domesticated. Haven’t we selected dogs to LOVE US? I’ll admit, I don’t know that much about dogs – they are definitely an enigma to me. But even I can understand that hugging is not part of a dog’s natural behavioral repertoire.

Maybe YOUR dog does love hugs. I’m sure some of them do. One of my cats LOVES to be held (the same one who hated the hat). I feel pretty certain. My evidence?

  1. she (a) climbs into my lap (b) of her own free will, (c) wraps her arms around my neck and (d) settles in.
  2. She (e) jumps into my boyfriend’s arms from the ground to be held.
  3. She (f) digs at the bedcovers for me to let her in, and (g) settles into my arms to sleep all night.

I’m going to take this as a pretty strong indication that she likes being held (at least by the people she knows well). My other cat doesn’t like being held – but she loves belly rubs. Guess what my first cat hates? Belly rubs.

Can you help your pet “like” some of the things they don’t like? Sometimes – you can use training, rewards, and counterconditioning to help change your pet’s emotional response from negative to positive. In fact, it’s a really GOOD idea to train your dog (or cat) to accept handling of many types. But you may not get them from “hating” to “loving” anything anytime soon.

When we really want something from our pet, it’s difficult for us to see clearly what they want. But if we watch them closely while putting our own interests aside, we might get an idea. And if your pet is sending you a clear message that they don’t like hugs, why keep hugging them?

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But it’s really not about hugs. It’s about the outrage people feel that their dog might not like something that humans want to do to or with them. The question that keeps spinning in my head is why it’s so hard for us to accept that our pets have their own desires and needs, ones that might not coincide with ours? Is it our pet’s responsibility to “make” us feel good, feel happy, feel loved? That’s a lot of responsibility. And what if they fail?

 

**thank you to Julie Hecht at DogSpies for her thoughtful feedback**

 

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In the early 1900s, scientific attention to animal cognition was focused on the performance of one animal, Clever Hans the horse. His owner, a mathematics teacher, claimed that Hans could perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and work with fractions. Indeed, Hans could answer questions correctly even if his owner was not present, which led an investigative panel to conclude that this was not a case of fraud (NYTimes, 1904; Pfungst, 1911). Several months later a psychologist was able to determine that Hans could not do mathematics, but instead was sensitive to human cues of correct answers (Allen & Bekoff, 1999; Pfungst, 1911). This planted a seed of doubt in psychological explorations of the numerical abilities of non-human animals; however, these doubts have since been challenged again and again! It is clear that while non-human animals’ cognitive abilities are clearly different than those of humans, these differences, to quote Darwin, are “of degree and not of kind."

Numeracy is the broad range of numerical applications used by humans and other animals. At its most basic level, numeracy is expressed in the ability to discriminate between the size, amount or other aspects of quantity of different objects (Devlin, 2000). Quantity discrimination has been studied in animals from fish to birds to primates, and most animals show some level of it. Many studies of numeracy have been done on carnivores, with canines overly represented. It’s time to give the kitties some scientific attention. An amount that they can detect.

“Number sense” could contribute to the survival of cats in many ways, including reproduction (how many female cats are around?), predation (how many mice are over there? how big is that rat compared to this one?), and safety (how many dogs are in that yard?). But yet only two studies of quantity discrimination have been done with cats.

Slide1In 2009, in a study titled Quantity discrimination in felines: A preliminary investigation of the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), four domestic cats were tested by presenting them two food bowls with a card above them (see figure). The cards had either two or three dots printed on them. One of the two stimuli indicated a food reinforcement – for two cats the two dots indicated reinforcement, and for the other two cats, the three dots led to food. Cats were able to discriminate between the two stimuli correctly, but their performance dropped to chance when the area of the stimuli was controlled for -- by increasing the size of the two dots to be equivalent to the area of the three dots on the other card.

From a book a love, Paul Leyhausen's Cat Behavior: a cat with six mice.
From a book I love, Paul Leyhausen's Cat Behavior: a cat with six mice.

For a non-foraging, hunting species that usually catches one prey item at a time (unless you’re this cat) size discrimination may be more important than quantity discrimination.

 

 

 

A new study (“More or less: spontaneous quantity discrimination in the domestic cat) by Bánszegi, Urrutia, Szenczi & Hudson was just added to the mix! All cats were tested in their own homes with a preferred wet food item. The cats were deprived of food for several hours before the experiment to ensure motivation. The cat was placed in between and several feet away from two white boards with the food choices hidden under a cover. When each trial began, the choices were uncovered and the cat was allowed to pick a side, and eat the food that was there (the assumption being that untrained cats would naturally prefer the side with more food, especially if they were hungry).

Slide2In the first experiment, cats were given a choice between a different number of 4-g balls of wet food. Each cat received two trials each of eight different combinations of choices – small ratios (1 vs 2 food balls, 1 vs 3 food balls, 1 vs 4 food balls, and 2 vs 5 food balls) or large ratios (2 vs 3, 2 vs 4, 3 vs 4 and 3 vs 5 food balls). Seventeen out of 22 cats chose the larger quantity more often than the smaller quantity, and performance was impacted by the ratio – with cats more likely to choose the large quantity when the difference between the two amounts was larger (in other words, it is easier for cats to discriminate between 1 vs 4 than between 2 vs 4).

Experiment two looked at whether cats would choose a larger ball of food over a smaller ball of food. The larger food ball could be 2, 3, 4 or 5 times larger than the other ball. The answer is mostly yes. Eighteen of the 22 cats tended to choose the larger food ball more often than the smaller one, but again performance was impacted by how big the difference was between the two amounts, and when the difference was too big (1 vs 5) the cats actually tended to prefer the smaller amount.

Finally, to see if cats were using their sense of smell to make their choices, the experimenters hid food inside opaque tubes – one side had one food ball, and the other had six food balls - and let the cats “follow their noses.” Turns out the cats’ behavior was random in this condition, suggesting that cats are more likely to use visual cues over olfactory cues in the quantity discrimination task.

Even humans have difficulty discriminating between two amounts when the ratio is close to one.
Even humans have difficulty discriminating between two amounts when the ratio is close to one.

Several studies of quantity discrimination demonstrate a common influence on success: ratio. In general, in both nonhuman and human animals alike, performance on all types of quantity discrimination tasks, is best when the ratio is small, and performance degrades as the ratio approaches one. This ubiquitous effect of ratio follows a principle called Weber’s Law (Brannon, et al., 2009), which states that in order to detect a change in a stimulus, the change required is relative to the stimulus intensity, rather than an absolute amount (in other words, it’s easier to tell the difference between 5 and 10 lbs., than between 105 and 110 lbs., even though the absolute difference between them is the same).

The new study did not control for area, so when taking both studies into account, it appears more likely that cats respond to the overall volume or area as a cue more than any numerical information. So based on the results of these two studies, it seems that to cats, it is more important to find the bigger rat than to find more mice. On the other hand, if that rat is too big, it might just be safest to go for a small one - rather than risking a tangle with a very large rodent that might have very big teeth and claws.

References

Allen, C., & Bekoff, M. (1999). Species of mind: The philosophy and biology of cognitive ethology: MIT Press.

Bánszegi, O., Urrutia, A., Szenczi, P., & Hudson, R. (2016). More or less: spontaneous quantity discrimination in the domestic cat. Animal Cognition, 1-10.

Berlin's Wonderful Horse: He Can Do Almost Everything but Talk. (1904, September 4, 1904). New York Times.

Brannon, E. M., Cantlon, J. F., Tommasi, L., Peterson, M., & Nadel, L. (2009). A comparative perspective on the origin of numerical thinking. Cognitive biology: Evolutionary and developmental perspectives on mind, brain, and behavior, 191-220.

Clever Hans Again - Expert Commission Decides that the Horse Actually Reasons. (1904, October 2, 1904). New York Times.

Darwin, C. (1982). The Descent of Man. (1871) New York: Modern Library.

Devlin, K. J. (2000). The math gene: How mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip: Basic Books London.

Pfungst, O. (1911). Clever Hans:(the horse of Mr. Von Osten.) a contribution to experimental animal and human psychology: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Pisa, P., & Agrillo, C. (2009). Quantity discrimination in felines: A preliminary investigation of the domestic cat ( Felis silvestris catus). Journal of Ethology, 27(2), 289-293. doi: 10.1007/s10164-008-0121-0

 

 

 

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If not, now is the perfect time to learn more!

I've joined forces with my dear friend and fellow cat consultant, Ingrid Johnson of Fundamentally Feline to bring you a new web resource: Food Puzzles for Cats!

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We show you how to get started - or how to keep challenging your cat if you already use food puzzles with your cat! We'll be describing and reviewing different types food puzzles and giving you links to DIY projects and videos about food puzzles!

We'll also be on Facebook and Twitter...check us out!

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I'm finally realizing how busy getting a PhD makes you! I'm wrapping up a semi-failed experiment and I'm also about to head to the East Coast for a few days of fun and work in Atlanta, and then off to Melbourne, Florida for the Comparative Cognition Society Conference where I'll be giving a short talk on some of my squirrel research.

But I haven't been too busy to chat with folks about my favorite thing...cats.

wapoI was ABSOLUTELY thrilled to talk with Sadie Dingfelder at the Washington Post about her experience clicker training her cat to sit on her lap. Was the loving response fake because she gave him treats for being loving? NO! I don't know why humans get so hung up on "bribing" cats to do things when we "bribe" humans to do things we want all the time! Alexandra Horowitz also weighs in, just in case you thought dogs were not bribe-able. And why do people treat reinforcing behavior you like as if it were a bad thing?

For the record, I love dark chocolate, especially the Alter Eco Quinoa bar.

tailspetDo you love cat videos? Me too, as long as there are no scary cucumbers. I spoke with Laura Drucker at Tails Pet Magazine about why we love cat videos.

 

 

 

atlasI also spoke with Dan Nosowitz at Atlas Obscura not too long ago about how to talk to your cat (last year I spoke to him about whether squirrels are smart). Some great quotes from my favorite cat scientist, John Bradshaw, as well!

 

 

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Dominance: An illusion when it comes to dog-human relationships

domThe always astute John Bradshaw wrote a lovely summary this week as to why trying to assess your relationship with you dog through the lens of a hierarchy is misguided and a possible welfare issue. Read it here!

Could a parrot serve as a witness?

echofascinating story of a parrot who knew too much...while humans have a long history of placing animals on trial, this is a new case questioning whether a talking parrot who had been previously owned by a mob boss could provide court evidence against him.

 

 

 

Prairie Dogs: Cute but deadly

Turns out prairie dogs are top killers of a fellow rodent, the ground squirrel. Although it's not unusual for carnivores to kill other carnivorous species, herbivore-on-herbivore violence is considered rare!

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Eye Candy: Hidden cameras capture beautiful wildlife shots

Just for fun, check out some lovely pics of African wildlife caught by camera traps.

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Appetite for Destruction

Squirrels turn off the lights

Squirrel related power outages were reported in: Greenfield, WI, Danbury, CT, Muncie, IN, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tulsa, OK, Glenpool, OK, Lee County, TX, Columbia, SC, and Pinewood, Ontario.

But it’s not just squirrels

Other wildlife may be to blame, including possums, racoons and even the occasional bird that gets into a power substation.

Why do they do it?

Attraction to warmth and lack of traffic (which presents less of an obstacle) are factors that lead squirrels to the wires.

Fire starters

A squirrel started a fire in a garage in Traverse City, MI, losing its life in the process; and burned down a home in South Nashville.

 

Police blotter

breakinA citizen reported a dead squirrel on their porch - was it a gag?

And in Massachussetts, citizens reported a bagel being thrown at their home, a man walking around with an umbrella, and a squirrel in a piano.

In Northport, NY, it turned out that the destruction in a ransacked home was caused by a squirrel who then died in the house. And in Canada, a squirrel broke into a home, and stepped on the remote to turn on the television.

In Chelmsford, MA, a “squirrel problem” was reported - what does that mean?? And in Swampscott, MA, a citizen called the police to report a sick squirrel in her yard (what is going on in Massachusetts?)

In Texas, a woman was accused of stabbing a squirrel by her neighbors. She ran from police, and was eventually arrested.

Last year, a police officer in Tennessee tried to subdue a squirrel trapped in a Dollar General store by shooting at it. He lost his job for discharging his weapon unsafely. He sued to get his name cleared, but the case was dismissed. For the record, he was able to catch the squirrel and release it outside safely.

 

Hunting corner

Some like their squirrel with a side of green peas and mashed potatoes.

A teen shot himself while squirrel hunting, and a man shot his friend instead of a squirrel

One man shot at a squirrel who was eating bird seed he'd put out for BIRDS NOT SQUIRRELS, and subsequently put a hole in his neighbor’s window instead.

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A squirrel who was impaled with an arrow will survive thanks to a local animal clinic who treated him.

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And in Minnesota, scientists are fitting squirrels with radio collars to determine the impact of hunting on local squirrel populations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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liliesA message worth repeating: lilies kill cats!
I wrote more about it a few years ago in the Dodo...

 

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