The Water Bowl: Your Cat Might Want to Go for a Walk

09/12/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Your Cat Might Want to Go for a Walk
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Some pet owners are finding that their felines can be trained to go outside, just like their canine counterparts. Tip No. 1: Walk your cats on tight leashes just in case they get startled and put themselves in danger. –AP

Not all female snakes need mates: A new study published in the Royal Society Biology Letters followed the virgin births of female copperheads and cottonmouths that lived in populations with access to males. This male-less phenomenon can also occur among chickens, turkeys, sharks, lizards and insects. –Discovery News

A mother and daughter who hoarded cats in San Francisco, Calif., have pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and neglect charges. Authorities found 51 cats in the home belonging to the 79-year-old and 46-year-old; they also found 113 dead kittens in a connecting apartment. –AP

Could a spider bite help men with erectile dysfunction? Venom from Phoneutria nigriventer spiders (a.k.a. banana spiders) causes prolonged (but painful) erections, and researchers think the toxin could possibly provide an alternate treatment for humans with ED. –National Geographic

Meat from the California slaughterhouse that was under investigation due to concerns about animal cruelty is back on the market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is once again purchasing meat from the Central Valley Meat Co. and says the slaughterhouse's improved efforts toward animal welfare influenced their decision. –AP

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