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2021 pet care science stories
Biomarkers, Nutrition, Genetics

Our 2021 pet care science stories

orange tabby cat licking paw
Nutrition

Could science hold the answer to senior cats' picky palate?

British cat and labrador retriever sitting at the dining table
Nutrition, Welfare and Behaviour

How data is helping us tackle pet obesity

senior man petting a black and white cat in his lap
Human Animal Interaction

Unravelling the science behind the human-animal bond

woman holding and caressing happy black puppy during covid19 pandemic lockdown
Human Animal Interaction

New study explores impact of pets on loneliness during pandemic

lockdown pets
Human Animal Interaction

5 ways to help your pet through lockdown and reverse the trend of pet abandonment

cat and dog sleeping next to each other
Nutrition, Welfare and Behaviour

3 ways to keep your pet at a healthy weight

adopted corgi relaxing in owner's lap
Human Animal Interaction

The benefits of adopting a rescue pet

Pets agaisnt lonliness
Human Animal Interaction

Pets against loneliness

The power of faecal analysis
Microbiome, Nutrition

The power of fecal analysis

child holding cat in field
Human Animal Interaction

How important is children's relationship with their pets?

woman feeding dalmatian dog
Mars Petcare, Nutrition, Welfare and Behaviour

Survey weighs up potential reasons behind the pet obesity crisis

social capital
Human Animal Interaction

Pet ownership can help us build social connections and a sense of community

dog therapy in a hospital setting
Human Animal Interaction

New funding to advance research into health impact of therapy dogs

cute kitten lying on radiator
Nutrition

Neutered female kittens require portion control to stay at a healthy weight

elderly Asian lady holding a pup in her lap sitting on a bench in a park
Human Animal Interaction

Pets can support healthy ageing: a guide to successful pet ownership

kittens in field
Nutrition, Microbiome

How dietary protein levels influence gut bacteria in kittens

Cat eating from bowl
Nutrition

Can chemical clues speed up diagnostics for ill cats?

Cat eating from bowl
Nutrition

Commercial dry pet food can significantly benefit the oral health of cats and dogs

grandmother with granddaughter and dog
Human Animal Interaction

Pets can impact our physical, emotional well-being, social relationships and community connectedness 

Elderly man petting dog in wheelchair
Human Animal Interaction

Researchers call for more studies looking at role of pets in healthy aging

border collie and owner
Human Animal Interaction

How neurobiology and genetics can help researchers understand human-animal interaction

cat stalking in long grass
Nutrition

Cats prefer food similar to their natural prey

little girl playing with a kitten
Human Animal Interaction

Family pets can help boost children's development

person feeding cat
Nutrition

How cats can achieve a consistent intake of macronutrients

child reading to dog
Human Animal Interaction

How pets could aid learning in the classroom

vet with dog
Mars Petcare, Nutrition

WikiVet and Mars Petcare release new materials for cat and dog nutrition and health

Cat eating from bowl
Nutrition

Cat foods need the perfect combination of great flavour and nutrition

woman and dog silhouette
Human Animal Interaction

Is the pressure to be a ‘responsible’ pet owner increasing?

Man petting Husky
Human Animal Interaction

Pets can be good for you – but the evidence shows it’s not quite that simple

senior lady holding jack russell in her lap
Human Animal Interaction

Creative solutions could help seniors benefit from pet ownership

ornamental blue and yellow fish
Nutrition

Invertebrates could provide a sustainable protein source for fish food

family walking a dog in the forest
Human Animal Interaction

Pets estimated to save UK National Health Service up to £2.45 billion a year

boy with dog
Human Animal Interaction

Pets prove to be a child's best friend

obese cat at vet clinic
Welfare and Behaviour, Nutrition

The danger of pet obesity

cat playing in the grass
Nutrition

Cats benefit from increased dietary moisture

cats grooming each other
Nutrition

Diets high in fat don't impact healthy cats' cholesterol

Mars associate in pet food factory operating a machine
Nutrition

New technology allows continuous sampling of food in a can during sterilisation

senior african american man petting a labrador
Human Animal Interaction

Waltham-funded study to examine the impact of pet ownership on healthy human aging

cat licking nose
Nutrition

A new way to test new umami flavours that might appeal to cats

boy looking out of window with dog
Human Animal Interaction

Violence against pets and domestic abuse: how are they linked?

Senior lady being visited by therapy dog in hospital
Human Animal Interaction

Animal therapy: can the human-animal bond treat mind and body?