Purrs, not frowns: Kids feel comfortable reading aloud to shelter cats

Cats are cute. Kids are cute. But kids reading to cats? That’s off-the-charts adorable. At the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pa., schoolchildren are improving their literacy skills by reading books to cats during the Book Buddies program.image

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Cuddly kitty or ruthless killer? Evolution explains why cats are grumpy

Do you ever catch your cat staring at you, as if to say, “I could kill you right now … very easily”? There’s a reason for that: evolution. And cat grumpiness just might get worse in the future, thanks to the way we breed and adopt cats. But there are cures for a grumpy cat, according to the author of a new book about our feline friends.British anthrozoologist John Bradshaw’s latest book, “Cat Se…

Then and now: Kids growing up with their four-legged friends

“Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz once said that “happiness is a warm puppy.” Well, if that’s the case, absolute bliss might be a child cuddling up with one. As kids, pets are our friends, family members and, sometimes, partners in crime. In celebration of a pet’s influence on our childhoods, we asked for photos illustrating your kids growing up with their ever-faithful friends. Here are some of…

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