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



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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