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Science Explains Why Your Cat Feels Like Your Soulmate

Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners for a new study.

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Pets and their owners often share a deep connection, and researchers at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln may have figured out one of the reasons.

They surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners in the U.K. to learn about the respondents’ personalities as well as their pets’ personalities, People.com reports. The research was published in the journal PLOS One.

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Among the humans, traits evaluated were extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness and neuroticism.

Various traits in the owners correlated with different behaviors in the pets. For example, higher neuroticism in the owner was linked to higher aggression or anxiety in the cat.

Owners with more agreeable personalities tended to have cats with less aggression and less aloofness, People.com reports.

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The study authors wrote: “Our findings mirror the findings of research on parental personality, parenting styles and child behavior in various ways.”

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Lauren Finka, one of the co-authors, told The Telegraph that “it’s very possible that pets could be affected by the way we interact with and manage them, and that both these factors are in turn influenced by our personality differences.”

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$34M Factory Will Produce Dry Dog and Cat Food

It’s expected to open in early 2021.

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DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC — The Groupe Inovo, a family poultry business, and Groupe Legault, a family business that owns Mondou pet store chain, are planning a C$45 million (US$34 million) manufacturing plant.

The facility, to be called Jupiter, will be located in Drummondville and will manufacture dry dog and cat food, according to a press release. It will create about 50 jobs over the next five years.

The plant will be located on Route 139 in the Drummondville Industrial Park, near highways 55 and 20 as well as the U.S. border.

The site was chosen “to allow the plant to be more agile in its exports to the United States,” according to the release.

Construction began in July and will take approximately 18 months to complete, with an expected opening in early 2021.

The project will be supported financially by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Investissement Québec and Desjardins, in addition to Groupe Inovo and Groupe Legault.

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‘World’s Cutest Rescue Dog’ Revealed (VIDEO)

She’s a 6-year-old Keeshond.

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People magazine has announced the winner of its second annual World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest.

It’s Kasey, a 6-year-old Keeshond. She beat out 7,000 other dogs to claim the 2019 title.

He rewards include an appearance on the Today show, a year’s supply of dog food from Pedigree and a $1,000 donation earmarked for the Keeshond Affiliated Rescuers of the Mid-Atlantic, according to People.

 

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Help Wanted: NC Seeks First Dog Travel Agent

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Visit North Carolina is seeking a dog to help tell the world about the state’s best travel destinations.

The lucky canine will be the state’s first Dog Travel Agent.

The search began on National Dog Day (Aug. 26), when North Carolina dogs and their humans were invited to submit a one-minute application video at DogTravelAgent.com, according to public relations and advertising agency LGA, which partnered with Visit North Carolina for the campaign.

The recruitment effort runs through Sept. 15.

The campaign “was inspired by the insight that most dog-focused content is created by and for people, not their pupper pals,” according to LGA.

Dog Travel Agent will produce and curate dog-friendly travel content showcasing the state’s beaches, national parks, cities and outdoor activities, along with information such as where to stay, what to eat and how to get around. Dog influencer visits and in-market activations are also in the works.

Here are the benefits of the job, according to Visit North Carolina:

  • A travel stipend to help your hooman buy more of those souvenir stuffies that keep exploding.
  • Four sight-sniffing trips to hike mountains, explore parks and bite waves all across North Carolina.
  • Be your own pupparazzi with a GoPro camera and harness just for you.
  • Get asked for your pawtograph by your fans.

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