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“Scientists have identified a shocking new truth,” proclaimed New York Times science reporter Natalie Angier in a recent story. “Cats are far deadlier than anyone realized.” The Times account was just one of dozens — probably hundreds, including international outlets — describing work published late last month by a team of researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and U.S. …

With just weeks to go before Election Day, the increasingly heated rhetoric has the fact-checkers working 24/7. But dubious claims and media spin aren’t limited to the political sphere. Witness a recent press release from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC): “Study finds free-roaming cats pose threat from ‘serious public health diseases.’” Of particular concern, according to ABC, are rabies, plague …

These kittens, along with two adult females, were abandoned on the doorstep of a country home. Almost every summer, Carol goes out on the porch of her remote rural home and discovers an unfamiliar feline face. Another cat or kitten has been thoughtlessly abandoned during the night. Carol is a senior citizen, and all of her own cats are fixed. …