Fellow Creatures: Common Misconceptions about Cats

A new post on my Psych Today blog Fellow Creatures looks at some common misconceptions about cats.Photo: Krysten Merriman/PexelsBy Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.As my new book, Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy, is published, there...

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2022

"The book brims with Roach’s irreverent humor, which particularly shines when she experiences human-animal conflict firsthand... A blend of modern science and history, with Roach’s flair for spotting hidden absurdities... As another entry in Roach’s canon of books, Fuzz stands tall (and hairy), educating as much as it entertains."― Bethany Brookshire, Science News.By Zazie Todd,...

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What Do Dogs Want? Social Choices and Varied Breeding for Better Welfare

A comparison with village dogs highlights some of the ways that pet dogs’ lives could be improved.Photo: Lim Tiaw Leong/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.Do pet dogs have it all? They get to lounge about for most of...

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club April 2022

“I dare you to read this book and tell me that racial justice isn’t important in animal advocacy.” -- Dolores Huerta.By Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.This month, the Animal Book Club is reading Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation edited by Jasmin Singer, Aryenish Birdie, and Michelle Rojas-Soto.From the publisher:"Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation is…

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Reading Cats and Dogs: CAP10

The Reading Cats and Dogs event is part of Companion Animal Psychology's tenth anniversary celebrations.By Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.Earlier today, I hosted the online event, Reading Cats and Dogs: A Conversation With Lili Chin, Sassafras Lowrey, and Zazie Todd. The event was emceed by Kristi Benson, Special Correspondent to Companion Animal Psychology.Over 400 people signed up for this…

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Cats Need… A New Illustration from Lili Chin

The artist Lili Chin has created a new illustration about cats and it’s both adorable and useful.Photo: PILAIPHUN/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.Lili Chin is well known for her gorgeous and accurate illustrations of dogs, cats, and other...

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Why Does Your Cat Rub Their Head On You?

Your cat’s gentle headrubs are an important part of their social behaviour.Photo: Marie-Claude Lemay/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.Most people are flattered when their cat rubs their head on their legs when they come home from being out. After all, it shows the cat is paying attention to you. You should be delighted to see this behaviour which…

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