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Dead reckoning as to whether cats (or dogs) have exactly nine lives

How long does a cat last, statistically speaking? This study cast a cold eye on that question:

Epidemiological studies on the expectation of life for cats computed from animal cemetery records,” H. Hayashidani, Y. Omi, M. Ogawa, and K. Fukutomi, Nihon juigaku zasshi, The Japanese journal of veterinary science, vol. 51, no. 5, 1989, pp.  905-908  (Thanks to investigator Bob O’Hara for bringing this to our attention.)

The same team looked, a year earlier, at the competition:

Epidemiological studies on the expectation of life for dogs computed from animal cemetery records,” H. Hayashidani, Y. Omi, M. Ogawa, and K. Fukutomi, Nihon juigaku zasshi, The Japanese journal of veterinary science, vol. 50, no. 5, October 1988, pp. 1003-8.

BONUS: Dropping and bouncing cats (a collection)

BONUS (related): Camille Dalmais comments on the nature of the beasts:

BONUS (somewhat related, but not just to cats and dogs): Rosie Ifould’s essay: “Eat five portions of fruit and veg, drink eight glasses of water, exercise five times a week… these figures grab our attention, but do the numbers really add up?

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