To Make A Cat


Look! A cat!

No, seriously. Have you ever really looked at one of these before?

The kitty doesn’t have to be Fluffy, although house cats are a lot easier to study at home than, say, mountain lions or tigers.

Believe it or not, apart from size and a few lifestyle-related anatomical details, you do have a little mountain lion/tiger there!

The essence of Cat is not so easy to describe. (Image: Olas, CC BY-SA 2.0)

That’s because all members of family Felidae are built alike. (Turner and Anton)

What is a cat?

This information is from Kitchener et al., Wright and Walters, and some fun hours spent watching house cats — my own and friends’ cats.

The long feline body is much more supple than that of a gray wolf (Fido’s closest relative; I use wolves for comparison because dogs have been domesticated longer and in many cases don’t look much like their forebear now; outside the show ring, Fluffy still resembles its African wildcat ancestor in many ways).

Cats do some amazing…

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This is Chapter 2 of the cat-evolution serial. I couldn’t quite manage a teaser post here for Feline Friday, but if the volcanoes stay quiet, maybe I can get back into that groove. The next couple of posts will be catch-ups, though.

Once again, thank you for your interest!

The feature image is by Tobias Mandt, CC BY 2.0.



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