| Cats Might Make Skilled Search and Rescue Animals, Here's Why
Experts say cats may hold even more potential than dogs when it comes to sniffing out missing persons, bombs drugs and diseases. Cats notoriously turn their noses up to many foods, but this ability to sniff out particular odors holds tremendous potential, according to new research that makes a case for training domestic cats as search and rescue animals. Cats may even be superior than dogs in this role, since their genes indicate they have better olfactory discrimination power than dogs do, according to the new paper, published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science. "Given the importance of olfaction in cat sensory perception, cats could be trained to discriminate between a variety of odors, therefore serving in working roles for detecting specific humans, medical scent detection, bomb sniffing, or drug sniffing," said Kristyn Vitale Shreve, who co-authored the paper with Monique Udell. "Given the popularity of cats, with cats outnumbering dogs by almost 10 million in the U.S.