The Water Bowl: Happy Cat Day, Japan!

02/22/2013 at 03:00 PM EST

Japan Celebrates Cat Day or Nyan Nyan Nyan Day
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Known for being a little cat crazy, the Asian country is celebrating Cat Day, also known as Nyan Nyan Nyan Day, on Feb. 22. "Nyan" is the Japanese sound used to describe a cat's meow, and the Japanese word for the number two is "ni," close enough to "nyan" so that Feb. 22, which can be read as nyan nyan nyan, was designated Cat Day. –Washington Post

Results from an experiment conducted by researchers from France's National Veterinary School showed that dogs are capable of recognizing their own species. When presented with a random sample of photos of dogs and non-dog species, the test subjects were able to identify fellow dogs, even when presented with differing breeds. –International Business Times

Kasel Associates Industries Inc. is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to salmonella contamination. The treats are sold under multiple brands, including Boots & Barkley, BIXBI, Nature's Deli, Colorado Naturals, Petco, and Best Bully Stick items. –CBS Detroit

Switzerland's only wild bear, named M13, was put down by authorities this week after being deemed a threat to humans. "The bear kept looking for food in villages, had followed people in broad daylight and – despite repeated measures to scare him off – showed absolutely no fear of humans," the Federal Office for the Environment said in a statement. –Huffington Post

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