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Dark Delights – Thoughts about Black Cats

Black cats like Hannah need homes tooIn a wonderfully seasonal story for Halloween, this week the charity Cats Protection has put out an appeal to find new homes for black cats. Tragically, black (and black-and-white) moggies are unpopular with owners, taking 22% longer to rehome. I find it bizarre that according to their surveys, when trying to decide which cat to take home, more people rated “appearance” the most important trait (34%) than “cuteness” (32%) or even “friendliness” (a mere 22%). Although I agree it's harder to photograph a black cat (as witness the photo - best I could get in those light levels!), I’d strongly advise reversing that order when choosing a pet!
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What’s all this fuss about antibiotic resistance? – Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and how without these drugs, modern medicine (surgery, chemotherapy, organ transplantation) would be almost impossible. In this second part, we’ll look at what drives resistance in the real world, and how we can help.
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If cats were banned from going outside, the rats and mice of the world would celebrate

Dr Peter Marra, an academic who is the director of the Smithsonian migratory bird centre in Washington, has written a book called “Cat Wars”, and he's made a call for all cats to be kept indoors or on a lead to address the “devastating impact” that they have on wildlife.
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What’s all this fuss about antibiotic resistance? – Part 1

You’ve almost certainly heard of “antibiotic resistance”, or “antimicrobial resistance”, or “superbugs”. But do you know what they are? Or why they’re a problem? Or why we’re worrying about them in animals? Read on to find out more!
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Unusual pet homes: guinea pigs living in a fireplace

When you think “guinea pig house”, do you think “traditional hutch in a garden”? Think again. With a bit of imagination, guinea pigs can be kept in all sorts of locations.
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