The Water Bowl: Just How Deadly Is Your Cat?

01/30/2013 at 12:05 PM EST

Cats Kill 2.4 Billion Birds, 12.3 Billion Mammals a Year
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Sure, they're cute and fluffy, but cats are more deadly than previously estimated. Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say that domestic cats kill about 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, making them the largest human-linked threats to wildlife in the country. –New York Times

Meet Lisa: a 43-year-old Detroit, Mich., woman who has digested more than 3,200 cat hairballs since she discovered her addiction to feline fur. Featured on TLC's My Strange Addiction, the cat owner cannot go more than two hours without consuming a hairball. –Huffington Post

What's it like raising a puppy who cannot hear you? When one family took in a deaf dog, whom they named Ghost, they learned to rely on visuals instead of their voices. Jokes his owner, "He's not a very good watch dog." –Wired

Well, that's one way to win the science fair. A Miami, Fla., fourth grader took home an honorable mention after she tested how long it took drug-sniffing dogs to find cocaine in a room. Her father, a detective, handled the cocaine. "It was kind of my idea because I wanted to do my dad's job," she explained of her experiment. –NBC News

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