Wild Kitty Playtime

Across the cat family, kittens and cubs have a long infancy. It takes time to learn the skills needed to hunt for themselves. [meowing] Often, brothers and sisters are on hand for training. Play is the key to honing coordination, building strength and agility. The bond between them might endure for years, probably the closest […]

Web Appraisal: German Cat Family, ca. 1905

GUEST: I found these at the antique show a couple of years ago. They were just so cute, I was attracted to them and just had to have them. APPRAISER: Do you collect cats? GUEST: Cats, horses, dogs, I just love animals and toys so it was perfect. APPRAISER: How much did you pay for […]

How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

When a group of French archaeologists landed on the island of Cyprus in 2001, they quickly found that they were … outnumbered. Despite having a population of about 1.2 million people, Cyprus turned out to have an even bigger population of cats. By some estimates, as many as 1.5 million felines, including both pets and […]

Is Minimalism the Secret to Hello Kitty’s Success? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Why Does Your Cat’s Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper? | Deep Look

Cats are obsessed with staying clean. They can spend up to half their waking hours grooming. Their tongue is covered in tiny spines. They’re what makes the tongue feel so sandpapery. These spines, called papillae, are made of keratin, just like their claws and our fingernails. The papillae even look like miniature cat claws. They […]

Are lions the most intelligent cat?

“So…here looks good.” Natalia has designed a puzzle for the cats to solve. A lion must work out how to open a door, then reach her head inside to get a reward. “Good.” There’s nothing like this in nature, so to Jenny the Lion it’s a Rubix cube. “And if the lions come you just […]

Fishing Kittens See Water For the First Time

This is the first time they’ve seen water. It’s natural to be nervous, but these kittens are born water babies. It’s time to show them the real reason they’ve been brought here. Long whiskers detect vibrations from fish moving in the shallows helping to gauge the exact striking distance. Then it’s the kitten’s turn. For […]

Kitten Forever | Full Episode | The Lowertown Line

[electric bass guitar plays] (Laura) We always, always get asked if we need a guitar player. Laura, Laura, Laura, Laura. It works. Guitar players are not hard to find! [laughs] Like oh you’re right, like I totally forgot about guitarists! Like thank you for reminding me! [laughs] We’ve been a band for 8 years, we […]