Do Cats Recognize Their Names?

Do cats recognize their names?

Cats are notorious for ignoring their owners, but a new study suggests they recognize the sound of their names.

A group led by Sophia University Associate Professor Atsuko Saito has reported the results of its experiment in the online version of the British journal, Scientific Reports.

Cats Find Their Purr-fect Home In Houses Made Of 'washi' Paper

Cats find their purr-fect home in houses made of 'washi' paper

GOTSU, Shimane Prefecture--Perfect for catnaps or just hanging out, houses and beds for felines, created by craftspersons of traditional Japanese "washi" paper here, are gaining in popularity among pet owners.

Makoto Sasaki, 60, and his wife, Satomi, 52, who operate the Sekishu Kachiji Banshi washi workshop, in the Sakuraecho district of Gotsu, Shimane Prefecture, developed the products.

Tashirojima, Japan Is Home To Some 200 Cats Who Live Alongside Human Residents

Tashirojima, Japan is home to some 200 cats who live alongside human residents

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Here kitty, kitty! Visitors to Tashirojima Island here will have no trouble finding the fluffy winter coats of the feline inhabitants.

Often called "cat island," Tashirojima, whose perimeter is 11 kilometers, is home to some 200 cats who live alongside human residents, and are no stranger to tourists from both inside and outside of Japan. On a day in mid-December last year, this cat-loving reporter made a visit to the island and its furry citizens.

Cats, 'kotatsu' Tables Provide Warm Welcome At Tochigi Zoo

Cats, 'kotatsu' tables provide warm welcome at Tochigi zoo

NASU, Tochigi Prefecture--For winter visitors to the Nasu Animal Kingdom zoo here, "kotatsu" heated tables are provided to keep their legs and feet toasty while the cats all around will warm their hearts.

The special winter kotatsu service is marking its seventh year, allowing sightseers to spend time with the animals at two kotatsu with benches set up in the corner of a space for the free-roaming small dogs and cats.

Laughing Lucky Cats

Laughing Lucky CatsHitomi Takashiro (Fumika Shimizu) and Akako Honda (Rena Matsui) are members of comedy duo “Akako to Hitomi.” The created the comedy duo about 5 years ago, but they are still not very popular. Everyday, they perform manzai to a regular audience in a corner of a small theater. One day, Hitomi and Akako catch a middle school student trying to steal Hitomi’s bicycle. Since then, their fate as a female comedy duo begins to change.

Mechanisms Of Arthritis In Cats Uncovered By Researchers

Mechanisms of arthritis in cats uncovered by researchersJapanese researchers have uncovered differences in the way that arthritis occurs in cats compared to humans, in a study published in the online version of the British journal Scientific Reports on Jan. 5.
Arthritis in humans occurs when cells in the joints are stimulated and three different enzymes in the cells act separately. Arthritis in cats was thought to work in the same way, but a team including professor of veterinary biochemistry Hiroshi Sugiya at Nihon University found differently. After culturing cat knee joint cells, the researchers determined that of the three enzymes two work together in a unique way in the cells to cause arthritis.

If Cats Disappeared From The World

If Cats Disappeared From the WorldA postman learns that he doesn't have much time left to live due to a terminal illness. A devil then appears in front of him and offers to extend his life if he picks something in the world that will disappear. The man thinks about his relationships with ex-friends, ex-lovers, relatives and colleagues who will be sincerely sad when he dies.

Cats Expected To Top Dogs As Most Popular Pet In Japan

Cats expected to top dogs as most popular pet in JapanCats are poised to end the long reign of dogs as Japan’s favorite pet this year, as man’s best friend has become somewhat of a burden in the nation’s aging society.
The number of pet dogs stood at 10.35 million in 2014, compared with 9.96 million felines, according to a Japan Pet Food Association survey of 50,000 people.

Pet Food Makers Develop Products To Assist Lives Of Elderly Dogs, Cats

Pet food makers develop products to assist lives of elderly dogs, catsPet food manufacturers have expanded their lines of dog and cat foods for older animals to boost their health and eliminate the problem of stinky canines and felines.
The average lifespan for domesticated dogs and cats in Japan is 14 years, nearly double that of 30 years ago for canines. To meet their needs, pet supply makers are responding with products developed especially for senior animals.