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The science of pets

Does your cat love you? Can dogs talk to you? How does your pet improve mental health? Using scientific research, Inverse reports on the big questions that we have about our furry (or not) friends.

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Canine Psych 101

Why do dogs wag their tails? It’s not just because they’re excited

This common behavior reveals fascinating details about your dog's state of mind.

Leave Me Alone?

Does my cat want to be left alone? Pet experts reveal the surprising answer

The answer might not be what you think.

Cat nap

Is it OK to let your cat sleep in your bed? Why the science is complicated

Plus why you may want to invest in a fleece blanket.

Dog house

Will my dog get separation anxiety when I go back to work? 7 things to know

Returning to the office? Here are some essential tips to keep your pup happy and anxiety-free.

Chill Out

How do you cool down an overheated dog? 7 questions to ask during a heatwave

Hot pooch summer.

Doggy Drool

Why is my dog green? Viral tweet explains the strange science of drool

Science can help you understand your dog's powerful spit.

Pet Science

Is it OK to let your dog sleep in your bed? The science is complicated

Pet owners and experts discuss the pros and cons of letting your dog share the bed.

Culture

Is weed harmful to dogs? What to do if your dog eats your pot brownie

Not for dogs.

Pet problems

Does my dog love me? Two studies hint at the complicated answer

“Dogs typically are attached to their owners in the same way that an infant is to its parent.”

Safety First

Dogs and babies: Why you shouldn’t train your dog in the way you think

Pet experts offer advice on how you can keep both your pup and children safe.

Here, Kitty Kitty

Your cat might hate this one thing — but pet experts say you absolutely need to do it

Do *not* use human toothpaste.

Doggos

Dogs and fireworks: 10 expert tips to help nervous pets calm down

Independence Day fireworks may be a source of joy for you, but your pup might not be in on the fun.

All animals
Innovation

Why this absurd helicopter study could help save a critically endangered creature

While hanging rhinos produce spectacularly absurd photographs, behind the award and the study lies a serious business.

Science

How one small insect outsmarts the powerful sonar sense of bats

A tiny stealth bomber, if you will.

Science

This bizarre animal experiment could solve climate change

It could offer surprising benefits.

Culture

Bone study reveals what ancient peoples on the Mediterranean coast really ate

Plus: There may be hyper-advanced aliens hiding in one of these two places in the universe.

Feasts with Friends

Bloodsucking bats have one thing in common with humans

These blood-sucking creatures get by with a little help from their friends.

This week in science

La Palma volcanic eruption and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Canine Psych 101

Why do dogs wag their tails? It’s not just because they’re excited

This common behavior reveals fascinating details about your dog's state of mind.

dinner's ready!

Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret

Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets.

Mind and Body

The real reason people won't let their cats outside

If cats are your children, they’re indoor kids.

Science

How do birds fly across the ocean? Research reveals one biological trick

These epic journeys can cover thousands of kilometers, often crossing oceans and deserts where birds cannot stop to rest and eat.

Blah blah blah

Listen: 6 animals that can imitate human speech

We’re not the only blabbermouths.

Leave Me Alone?

Does my cat want to be left alone? Pet experts reveal the surprising answer

The answer might not be what you think.