Category: feline Friday

Book Preview: In 2016, Over 6 Million People Threw A Party For Their Cat

Yeah, I went there. I made cat birthday cake. — Casey Barker, https://www.goodfoodstories.com/cat-birthday-cake/ Casey’s cat Harry Plumparelli was turning 11 and she was certainly celebrating a long, happy relationship. But Casey is not the only animal partier out there. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 5% of all US cat

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Book Preview: Cat fanciers face ethical questions that never arose for early dog breeders

Is it right to build a breed on genetic disorders? No? Well, that’s exactly what we did with the dachshund. Centuries ago, hunters made a breed out of this canine dwarf mutation because they needed a badger dog and there was no concept of animal welfare to stop them. Everybody accepts dachshunds today. Dog fanciers

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Book Preview: Cats live longer than most other house pets, including dogs

On average, dogs live 12 years and cats, 15 years. For comparison, pet rabbits max out at around 10 years, guinea pigs 5 years, and mice at 4 years. Just how old can dogs and cats get? Eighteen dogs age 20 or older have been confirmed. The oldest, an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, lived

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Book Preview: A cat’s world is centered around territory.

Getting territory and holding onto it stresses any cat. They may seem laid back and care-free, but millions of years of evolution have hardwired into all cats the need for their own space. This even shows up indoors. In multiple-cat households, for instance, the best of feline buddies still spend as much time as possible

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Book Preview: Cat breed facts: D. Rex is not a dinosaur

This is another of those rewritten blog posts. Hope you like it! (I won’t be using videos in the final ebook, but it’s nice for this blog post.) It’s awesome to say “rex mutant” when somebody asks what kind of cat you have. Even better, these mutants and their unusual fur coats can only take

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Book Preview: Fancy Breeds Fit Into At Least One of Five Informal Categories

This post, adapted from one of the facts in my upcoming ebook “50 Facts About House Cats (And Where They Come From),” builds on last week’s post on moggies and fancy-cats. Purebred dogs get genetic testing, yet no cat registry requires DNA tests to validate identity, pedigree, and parentage. That’s because geneticists are struggling to

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Book Preview: The Recipe for Fancy-cat Starts With a Moggy

This is another of those old posts that I had to rewrite into a book chapter. Hope you like it! Fancy-cats are the beautifully groomed felines you’ll see at a show. The other 80% of the world’s cats are unpedigreed (but equally beautiful) moggies. Once upon a time, there weren’t any fancy-cats. And most moggies

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Book Preview: There’s more to cat memes than Internet LOLcats

What’s slowing down completion of the ebook, with 50 facts about domestic cats and where they come from, is that these last chapters I had intended to base on blog posts, and those old posts just aren’t that good; I’m having to rewrite almost every one. Here’s the final version of the one on cat

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Book preview: Cats and people have shared the planet for at least two separate ice ages

How far back do people and cats go? Too far for a written record of their origins. Still, we need to get both species onto the scene before describing how cats were domesticated. In lieu of human writing or art, today’s experts use fossils and molecular markers to “read” the past. They’ve found that most

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