Crazy for Catnip

Hey Garfield, don’t bogart that catnip! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our feline friends love to trip out on CERTAIN plants! Does all that euphoric chewing and rubbing have any other PAW-sitive effects? Plants like catnip and silvervine make chemicals called iridoids. When they’re

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Confuzzled Cats

Wanna hear something PAW-esome? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You just want some peace after a long day at work. But that darn cat! It won’t leave you alone, no matter where you hide! What sort of sixth sense are they using to pin

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Cat-titude

Hey cat, quit staring at me! What on EARTH is he thinking about? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Those of us who work at home are spending a LOT more time with our pets these days! How can we better understand our feline friends’

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(Un)treatable Disease

Up close photo of cute cat.

It’s a medical miracle — for cats!!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We would love to have our furry friends with us forever! However, a DEMON called Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or F.I.P, may rob cats of all nine of their lives.  F.I.P is a

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Kitty Cat Secret

Kitten

LOL! A cat rubbing its face all over its toys! SO CUTE! Or is it? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Kitty LOVES catnip and SILVER VINE – a plant that has the same magic as catnip! But is it all about pure feline pleasure?

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Killer Kitty

Cat with a mouse as a prey next to it

Kitty’s bringing home dead birds AGAIN? Is she hungry, or just having fun? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Tail twitching, butt wiggling – and POUNCE! Outdoor cats think they’re providing for us, but their hunting can hurt native animal populations. How can owners help

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Friendly Felines

Two cats, one with blue eyes and other with green eyes, looking at the camera

If you love cats, blink once! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unless your kitty is Garfield, you don’t really know what it’s thinking. Cats can’t speak! So, how CAN we communicate with our feline friends? Tasmin Humphrey at the University of Sussex says: it’s

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Kitty Antidote

What goes meow AND achoo? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying allergic cat owners! We LOVE our cuddly feline friends. Yes we do! But what if your HUMAN lover is allergic? Is there a better solution than buying Benadryl by the case? Ebenezer Satyaraj

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Cali-chromosomes

Why do cats come in so many different colors? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Calico cats are mostly white with patches of orange and black fur. Though the pattern is always different, they almost all have something in common. Ninety-nine percent of calico cats

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Finicky Felines

Dogs have masters, but CATS have…staff? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cats are notoriously picky eaters. What makes our feline friends so finicky? Adrian Hewson-Hughes at England’s Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition decided to find out. Scientists presented cats with three food options. The

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