Creator of Pictures of Cats

Michael Broad

The above picture was taken in the USA in 2008-9 approximately.

This is me today April 2014 (older etc.):-

Michael Broad (cats)

The creator of Pictures of cats org, Michael Broad with RW, SGC Magnacats Jack Black (the link leads to a v.large format photo) a champion Maine Coon cat. The breeder and owner is Carol Campbell. Photograph ©copyright Helmi Flick.

If you would like to know a bit about the person who built this website please read on.

I am a retired Solicitor who practiced divorce law. I live in Barnes, West London, England. Before practicing as a locum solicitor I worked in a number of businesses including photofinishing and, yes, there were other jobs including working as a freelance photographer illustrating articles on well known personalities. This was mainly photojournalistic portrait photography and my first form of self-employment.

Having retired from law work in 2005, I decided to keep myself focused by building a website that could earn money to improve the lives of cats on an international level. This has been a rewarding challenge the result of which is this website, which is constantly under construction. The site is doing quite well. At early 2009, it has about 8,000 visitors per day, including the sub-domains. Update April 2010: 11,000 unques per day on PoC and about 2,000 on the blog is the usual. But things change as always. Update Oct 2010: 14,000 uniques per day, sometimes, but this fluctuates!

My mother passed on her love of cats to me but my interest in animals goes wider. Having a great interest in wildlife and its preservation, I am painfully aware of the gradual erosion of wild cat habitat, for example. I believe that not enough emphasis is being placed on this. I am also aware of the difficult lives of domestic cats in many parts of the world. This site discusses this on a number of levels. But the core of the website is Helmi’s wonderful cat photographs.

I have kept cats for many years. They have always been moggies, cats that have come to me. My favorite cat is the one who comes to me and quietly asks for help. I live with Binnie, Charlie and Michelle. Binnie is a female tuxedo cat, 18 years of age (at Oct 2010), who I found hiding under a parked car on a cold November night in London’s Notting Hill Gate, where I lived at the time. Update: Binnie has passed on to a better place. Greatly missed. She had a long and good life.

We have a frequent visitor, a tuxedo male stray cat who comes and goes as he pleases, who we have named Timmy. I prefer cats to dogs because, like cats I am independently minded and decidedly not a pack animal. Charlie is a three legged cat.

Average cat to others. Eighteen year companion to me.
Binnie
Charlie looking handsome
Charlie

 
I continue to have an interest in photography and I have always liked to play and watch sport.

I am pleased to be the creator of Pictures of cats org. I hope that you enjoy the website. There is lots more to do for the love and welfare of the domestic and wild cats of the world. And I couldn’t do it without Helmi and Ken Flick.

Here I am with Helmi:

Michael and Helmi Flick

Photograph by Ken Flick

About the photograph of me and Jack Black heading this page: This was taken by Helmi at the Waxahachie cat show on 22nd-23rd Nov.2008. Waxahachie is in Texas about 50 kms south of Dallas.

If anyone wants to contact me personally, to discuss joining with me in being an internet voice for the cat, including the wildcat, here are some details at April 2010:

Tel: 0208 546 8126 — If calling internationally the number from the USA (as an example) would be 011 44 208 546 8126.

Address: 2 Byron Court, Parkleys, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 5LW.

Email: mjbmeister[at]gmail.com (the @ has been changed as email addresses can be hijacked. Please convert [at] to @)

Ethos – purpose of this site

cat on back legs

Photo: ©copyright Helmi Flick

The purpose of this website, pictures of cats.org, is to present the best cat pictures and information, improve cat welfare and to make money. Some of the money is spent on improving the welfare of cats. Please note that this is a long term project and some monies are routinely held back for future large investments to the site to make it the best.

I have chosen a variety of charities and I constantly review things. You can See the donations here. One of my favorites is Texas Maine Coon Rescue. Things change and evolve, of course.

The goal of this site is to provide the finest pictures of cats supported by carefully researched facts and fair comment. These are my views.

Both wild and domestic cats are vulnerable to the activities of the humans, stay catwho came to this world many millions of years after the wild cat was here.

My favourite cat is the vulnerable stray cat, who comes to me and in presenting him/herself to me silently asks for help.

Enjoy Pictures of Cats and live harmoniously with our more vulnerable fellow creatures.

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Creator of Pictures of Cats — 39 Comments

  1. Hello Michael,
    Have not been receiving any updates of your blog “Pictures of Cats” on my e-mail address.I have learnt a lot and also contributed by own experiences to your esteemed website.Whats the reason for the abrupt stoppage of ‘P.O.C” to my mailing address?Sincerely addicted to the site and missing the exchange of “Cat Experiences and comments” by fellow Cat owners.
    Thanks,
    Yours sincerely,
    Rudolph.A.Furtado

    • Hi Rudolph, Sorry, I had to move the site. Things changed. You can subscribe by email by putting your email address in the panel underneath the “Subscribe to receive new blogposts” in the right hand navigation bar.

      Hope you are well…Michael.

  2. Hi Michael,

    I was greatly surprised at this new website – not sure if I particularly like it. I don’t mind change, but this one isn’t as user-friendly as the old one. The old one had all the subjects cohesively by subject in an orderly fashion. Now the margin to the right has nothing but a bunch of words that’s way too busy and hurts the eyes while trying to search thru all the junk for the subject of interest. Not a good move. Sorry.

    • Hi Gail, first, the move was forced on me not a choice! Secondly I can change things. In fact I can change anything whereas with the old site I could not change anything globally. I’ll make the right hand navbar the same as the old one. But the navbar at the top does the job better actually. Also this site is functionally much better (i.e. comments work better) and if you want to find things you can use the search facility. That is the best way and always was. Stick around please. It is developing and I need to repair some pages because the move altered them slightly.

  3. Hi Michael. I subscribed to your site in google reader a long time ago and would always read every single post that showed up in my reader – they were truncated – so i would always have to click to go directly to your site to continue reading. I can only imagine you truncate them in order to get more clicks/unique visitors to your site. I understand the need to do this. If its not for a specific reason then would it be possible for you to let us read entire posts from our readers? Also, I read so many things about cats from many different sites – so many, ‘Life with Cats’ for example, and even from the ‘Cat Blogosphere’ for more light-hearted but informative stuff too.

    I literally subscribe to about 40 sites which I read regularly, about cats, and many which I browse just occasionally, and its very helpful to have a reader. Furthermore I can search through all my reading/subscriptions and find what I am looking for very easily, just like with gmail.

    I thought I should point out, and I see why now I have finally gone on the web looking for POC, that my last post that showed in my reader from POC was on June 16th. I was getting worried after seeing no futher posts. But as I said, I have so much other stuff to read about cats that I didn’t get around to finding out what happened until yesterday. I have resubscribed and you are now back and functioning in my reader thank goodness. I was getting worried.

    Anyway, just to tell you that there might be many regular visitors who use a reader such as google, who think you have just disappeared. If you can send out one little post on the old subscription protocol/address or whatever you would call that channel, just to tell people they need to come and resubscribe you might get some people back who didnt know about the server change. I’m glad to be back. I always read everything that come from POC. I’ve commented a little bit here and there too, not that it matters so much. POC has its own style and sense towards the subject which I like very much as part of a larger balance of all things cat. Its an important site therefore in my mind. It would be sad if you lost regular visitors. If your choice to truncate posts in readers happens to be arbitrary then I would advise to undo that, just so people can organise and search from their own personal systems of organisation. BUT I understand the variety of reasons that you might keep things as is with that.

    Kind Regards, Marc in Switz.

    • Thanks Marc for your feedback. It is appreciated. I think the disappearance (which I had no idea about) was due to the change in host company, which was very difficult and fraught with problems and the URL of PoC losing the www part. I had no control over these things! But it may also be due to Google Feedburner which lost my feed details due to the change. I have updated it and Feedburner now sends out feeds.

      As to Google Reader showing part posts, I’ll have a look at this. This is probably due to Feedburner. I can alter those settings. That said I don’t want visitors to read the whole post off-site! It is important that people visit as you say. But it is also important for me that people like you are happy!

      Thanks for the idea of sending out a post on the new feed. That might be impossible now but I’ll have a look. However, as you received a new feed in Google Reader without changing any settings, I hope the same has occurred with others.

      Thanks again Marc.

  4. No problem Michael. Just to be exact, when I re-found your site, all I did was copy the URL from the address bar and pasted it into a new ‘subscribe’ field and it worked fine displaying all the stories I missed since June 16th. As you say therefore – there must have been a small change in the URL. It works perfectly now as it always did.

    I understand the need to have unique visitors when promoting a site. I figured this might be the reason. Therefore you must keep it as is so people cannot read – as you say – the entire post in a reader without visiting POC. What I had hoped would solve this would be a system that also included subscribers in your unique visitor counts so the figures still add up and look good. It should be like that. A subscriber is better than a unique visitor in my opinion, as it obviously shows a loyalty to POC.

    • Nice point. Personally, I have learned to dislike the whole Google ranking, Alexa ranking, visitor-chasing thing. It becomes tiresome and artificial. Glad you are back as a subscriber.

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  6. I was looking for (what I assumed) was an orange tipped Siamese. Siamese are my favorite breed of cat and my neighbor just happens to have a male running loose on the outside. He is not neutered, so I cannot bring him in because I currently have an unspayed female (not siamese) cat staying with me and I cannot afford a litter of kittens at the moment either. Thank you for posting the pictures of the flame point as that is what the tom cat looks like!
    If I get a picture of the tom cat, how would I send it to you?

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  9. I have killed cats as an adult. Does that mean I will be a serial killer ? I am in treatment for this on a very regular basis and would like to speak to you. Can you please send me a txt message 330-631-3122 … I would be facinated to talk with you and get your personal opinion. Please…. I suffer from ocd but why the cat killing. Ive stopped and feel deep regret about what ive done but i would still like your input……please

    • Hello. Your comment is extremely interesting. Thank you for commenting. Why don’t you write a bit more about yourself in another comment and then let me post what you say in an article on this website so that I and other regular visitors can comment and provide their input?

      There is no absolute connection between killing cats and then becoming a serial killer. I’m sure that there are cases of people who have gone from animal abuse to human abuse but it is far from definite. I will try and text you anyway. It would be nice to discuss your feelings and emotions and why you killed cats as an adult.

        • Dee, I did in fact send a text message and he has just telephoned me. He is an American and is living in America as far as I can tell. He admits to killing 6 cats when he was 31 years of age. He referred to an article that I’d written in which apparently I stated that if a kid killed the cat they go on to become serial killers and I don’t recall saying that because is not true. Sometimes young people who abuse animals may go on to abuse people or even kill them but there is not an automatic progression from one to the other.

          To be honest, Dee, I am a bit concerned about this because this person may have conned me in someway but no idea what his intentions are other than as he has stated. He may well write another comment and I hope he does just to reassure me that he is genuine.

  10. hi i have been trying everything and doing a lot of research on trying to find a way to update you all about my cat milo but the website changed so much that i am very confused on where i am suppose to write an update on this site could you please give me an e-mail address to send my update of how milo is doing please thank you so much

    • Hi Darlene. Nice to hear from you. You can just write another comment and I’ll turn it into an article. I’ll email you anyway and you can them respond to the email with your story. Hope you are well.

  11. I have a cat that has the basic looks and personality of a Maine Coon but all the personality traits of a Ragdoll. He is currently 15 months old and weighs almost 16 pounds (and is solid, not a fat cat). Is there a way to tell by looking at him what breed he is? He was a rescue (abandoned at 3 weeks old) so we have no parent information.
    Thanks for your time 🙂

    • The trouble is that in America or the UK a cat can only be a member of a cat breed if she is registered and there is a family tree registered as well. My experience tells me that there is no way to tell from appearance but exceptionally it is possible to say a cat is a purebred cat of a certain breed because the cat has outstanding appearance characteristics for that breed (to “type”).

      Both the Ragdoll and Maine Coon come from random bred cats. That muddies things already! Thanks for visiting and asking.

  12. Hi there,
    I like your blog. However I have a question. You have the a cat escapes fire video, and I am wondering if you have an authorised permission release for it. I had to take my post down. Just wondering if you contacted the original owner of the video and how much it cost for the copyright. Thank you.

  13. Michael,
    I am working on an article on “fading color” in the Bengal cat, I found your article on your black cat turning red and wondered if the addition of tyrosine changed the coloring back to the black? I am wondering if diet might not be a piece of this issue.
    Wanting some more information. Have you heard of anyone with patterned cat also finding the addition of tyrosine helping?
    thank you. Libbie

  14. Don’t you think you should delete articles that are untrue. Trinity Acre does not insist all cats are declawed.

    • Hi Vicky. Thanks for contacting me. This article was written years ago. The author is reliable. At the time, was it true that Trinity Acres declawed cats as described in the article? Have they changed their policy since the article was written. (Note: the article was written before the date heading it because that the date the website was transferred to a new host).

      What I can do is amend it to say that at June 2015, their policy is not to declaw cats or something like that. What would you like me to write (provided you can confirm that it is true).

      • They DO NOT insist there cats are declawed. Many people have commented on this including the writer of the article. This should have been taken care of a long te ago.

        • Vicky, do you work for the organisation? Can you get someone who works for the shelter to certify that they don’t insist on declawing? I do need to check. Anyone can say what you are saying although don’t take that the wrong way.

  15. Michael, I found an article you wrote in 2010 about Guillaume and Kitty traveling on foot to Patagonia. The last report I was able to find on youtube was a stop they made in Colombia, staying with some folk in an unfinished house. Do you know whether they were able to reach their final destination….or what happened to them? This seems to be such a dangerous and mysterious story with Kitty along, I wish there were a follow-up. I went to the website, but it was so long ago, there was nothing about them.

    • Thanks for asking Yaya. I have responded to your other comment. I am as keen to know what happened as you are. I’ll try and find out.

  16. Love your work, as you know, and am a frequent commenter. Would it be possible to have this photo be my avatar when I post? Thanks! (just for kicks)

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