Do cats purr when humans aren’t around?

Jan Hoole, Keele University Why do cats purr? Humans tend to think that purring is a sign of happiness in a cat – and indeed it can be – but there are other reasons why our feline friends produce this particular vocalisation. Purring is a habit that develops very early in a cat’s life, while […]

Ancient DNA reveals how cats conquered the world

Jan Hoole, Keele University Humans may have had pet cats for as long as 9,500 years. In 2004, archaeologists in Cyprus found a complete cat skeleton buried in a Stone Age village. Given that Cyprus has no native wildcats, the animal (or perhaps its ancestors) must have been brought to the island by humans all […]