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This page also contains links to some interesting maps that deal with cat rescue, cat boarding and Bengal tiger reserves. As there are a lot of visitor stories and articles on the site I have included links to these while not forgetting Elisa Black-Taylor who has written many articles mainly on cat rescue.

In addition to the pages below I have:

  1. a large page on cat facts and opinion and a larger page on:
  2. the animal welfare laws of a number of countries for comparison. It is quite revealing.
  3. Cat Facts – a lot of fact and opinion as it happens. It can be hard to differentiate the two.
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Contact Me — 197 Comments

  1. Hi

    I have to be out of my house by the end of this month (July) and I don’t have anywhere to go for at least 2 months. A friend has offered to put me up for a couple of months but my problem is Tigger. He is a ginger and has cat aids and my friend has cats and does not want Tigger in his house. I don’t know what to do with him as I cannot afford to house him in a cattery and it is difficult to place him because of his illness. Please could you help in terms of trying to place him. It would only be for 2 months. I would very much appreciate your assistance with this. Thank you.

    • Hi Wendy. Sorry to hear about your difficult predicament. I would like to help. What would you like me to do? What you could do is write a post about Tigger and ask for help. Just jot down something about 15 lines long if you can and paste it into the input form and I’ll add some words too. At least tell me where you are so we can try and find someone to foster Tigger for at least 2 months.

  2. i am very sorry to hear this maybe if it is possible call some humane societies to see if they can take care of tiger for the months until you find a home of your own maybe that might work its worth checking into i think hope all goes well with you and tiger

  3. Is there anyone on the www. who can identify my furry baby by me sending a photo? I see many like my own but I just can’t figure out what they are. Thanks.

    • Hi Wendy, you can email me a photo and I’ll respond with my thoughts. I own this site. My email is

      mjbmeister[at]gmail.com

      replace [at] with @ in the address.

      Best
      Michael

  4. Is there such a thing as a coon cat? I have seen two cats that look like regular house cats but their tails are bigger and they have rings on them juct like a raccoon.

    • There are no cat breeds called “coon cats”. If someone is calling a cat a “coon cat” is an informal name and description. They may be referring to the Maine Coon. There is no formal recognition of this name as far as I am aware. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  5. Hello,
    I was just going through some pets related sites and came across your site (pictures-of-cats.org) too. I really found it interesting and informative. I am working and associated with much pet related sites as a content writer and I write articles on various topics pets like: pet shop, pet’s behavior, pets health care, pet’s insurance, pet’s training, pet’s food, travel with pets etc. I really liked the way you have presented your site. I have found a guest post submission option in your site. I would love to do a “Guest Post” for your site like I did for other sites without charging you a penny. 🙂
    It would be great to be a part of reputed site like yours.
    I guarantee you that the article will be 100% copyscape protected and will be of around 500 words. There will be “dofollow” links for my site.
    Please let me know if this sounds good to you, so that we can start working on your article.
    Contact me at writerjennifer.doherty@gmail.com.Looking forward for a positive reply. 🙂

    Thanks and regards,
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  7. Hi Michael
    I see you do not have any Highlander’s listed? The Highlander Cat is registered with TICA And is a recognized Breed.

    The Origin of Highlander Breed:

    The Highlander breed first began development in 2004 with its roots tracing back to the Highland Lynx,. An east coast breeder developed the Highland Lynx in 1993 and although given the name that included “lynx”, these domestic cats were not of any lynx ancestry. These cats immediately attracted interest and a devoted following rapidly developed due to their unique looks, size, and playful, clown like personalities. Upon welcoming the Highland Lynx into our homes and families we immediately realized that these cats were special, both in personality and looks. Uniting together we worked together to set up our breeding programs and develop a standard that we all agreed to adhere to and began working to develop a cat with a “big cat look” in a purely domestic breed.

    In late 2005 we took the name Highlander to further identify our cats as a breed of their own merit. We worked diligently to educate the public; to bring about an awareness of how special these cats are, both in personality and looks; and mostly to earn respectability for this breed and eventual championship status as a member of the cat fancy in one of the largest cat registers in the world, TICA

    Our foundation cats were carefully hand picked for the qualities important to our development in producing the Highlander’s “big cat look“, with domestic short hair and domestic long hair being allowed as acceptable out crosses when needed. It is important to note that Highlanders have never used any other recognized breed as an outcross.

    We have carefully selected each and every Highlander foundation cat by a combination of the unique Highlander profile that immediately draws attention to the long-sloping forehead, intense wide set eyes are separated by a wide nose with substantial nose leather to give Highlander a look of its own. The nose, muzzle, and chin form a blunt look to give an overall boxiness in profile. The Highlander has also maintained the loose curl that affects the top 1/3rd of the ear. It is not a tight curl like the American Curl.
    The photo that you see is a photo of my Sheetah Wood She Has 16 best-of-breed awards so far. Please feel free to go to my website and look at the photos if you see any photos there that might Be better Please just let me know I would Am glad to help With any question you may have I have been breeding This breed for 12 years And I am a foundation cattery For the Highlander. Thank you for your time Sue

    • Fantastic comment, Sue. It is very nice of you to make this extensive comment. The photo is excellent too. I do have a page on the Highlander. I wrote it at least three years ago. The date on the post is incorrect. You’ll possibly find something wrong with it 😉

      I’ll copy your comment to the Highlander page. Sue please remind me of the link to your website so I can link to it.

  8. I am posting the full reply here. I did not wish to take away from Depot’s thread with my gripe.

    Yes, without being verbose. Too many folks confuse well thought and well-written opinions with an officious lecture, which are oft given by pseudo-omniscient persons.

    I do understand your need to clarify my thoughts. as you are obvioulsy interested in protecting Depot. I didn’t say any more, because others had already expressed that opinion. May I suggest that when you clarify someone’s thoughts for them that you do not say that is what you are doing? I know this is a technique used in some professional conversations, but for some reason, I found it to be offensive. I’m fairly sure other’s might too. I even read your other replies to be sure. I tried to post this privately, but I did not see a link for that feature.

    Depot has lived at the store most of her life. Unless a change is necessary for her health and safety, she should stay, but with protective nighttime accommodations. Home Depot should be able to create acceptable accommodations for her without excessive expense or difficulty.

    As a one-person staff for several felines during most of my adult life, I can verify that cats do not accept change well, even when exposed to it on a regular basis. Depot should stay unless a move is better for her health.

    • Hi Anne, I am sorry you found what I wrote offensive. That was not on my mind. I wrote that comment very quickly and instinctively to basically agree with and then made an extra point that come into my mind as I was writing.

      Feel free to criticise me on the page in question next time. I don’t mind. I like transparency, fair play and honest open opinions.

  9. Please remove your photo of Dewey …. The kitty with the chemical burn

    It was myself who was unmindful about having the Reed Diffuser in the Room where Dewey was. Not his fault or the diffusers fault. Had I taken the time to look around and be aware of what might have been harmful to him…… this would not have happened.

    In my own selfish way…… I pulled that diffuser out of the garbage after my partner had thrown it away!
    I know it should have stayed in the trash. I was being very unmindful about my partner’s wishes
    These may be a dangerous product but it is MORE of a danger to be unmindful!!!
    Dewey is a very special little boy and it hurts me that I was the one that caused him harm.
    Will be giving him all the lovin’s he wants…. And be more mindful in the future.

    He came to us as a stray and needed a warm home and food. These babies that are tossed out because their homes don’t want them or because they have too many cats or because they come from a home that has unfixed pets and they just give them away. This is the pet owners being uncaring about these babies……. I will always give them a home if they need me.

    Our actions in caring for our pets starts at the very beginning of their life. A pet is a Lifetime commitment and should only be taken on as such. There are SO many unwanted pets in the wild and in shelters. Just think…. If everyone who truly wanted a pet would save one from a shelter. And everyone would take care of spaying or neutering their pets….. there would be a lot less of these babies that would need help.
    I know I will be trying even harder to be more mindful and would ask that EVERYONE who cares does the same.

    • Hi, thanks for contacting me. please confirm that you are the copyright holder of the photo and please explain why you have made the request when the photo has been shared 166,000 times on Facebook. It is all over FB and on Snopes etc. Why this site? Have you banned it from other sites?

  10. I’m just really curious what type of cat my cat is? His name is beans and he’s about 6 years old. I found him wondering the streets when he was a couple months old covered in fleas and starving. I called over to him kitty kitty kitty and he came running over and from that day forward he’s been family. He’s very docile and extremely mellow. He a talker for sure ad is very stretchy has lots of extra skin and a big flap of I don’t know under his belly. But if you could tell me his breed I would really appreciate it?

    Thanks Jesse

    • Hi Jesse, thanks for visiting and sharing. It is 99.9% certain that your sweet cat is not part of a cat breed based on what Americans (I presume you are in America) have decided what a cat breed should be, which is that the cat needs to be registered with a cat association and purebred.

      Your cat is probably what people call a “domestic short hair”. A random bred cat with short hair of various coat types. The most typical coat type is tabby after the wild cat ancestor that is the ancestor of all domestic cats: the North African wildcat.

      He is docile and mellow at least partly because you make him feel secure and comfortable. Well done.

  11. Hello Michael, I have been looking over your site and I am interested in a cat. I really would like a small, dwarf cat and checking out the Singapura cats (I think that is how you spell it?? Sorry if I am wrong on the spelling), I would be very much interested in one of these. A few questions. Are they good hunters? I just moved to the city and of course the cat would be an indoor cat, but I am dealing with mice and it freaks me out. I need a cat to help me deal with this issue. Can you suggest how I can get one of these cats? How much do they cost? I live in Massachusetts and would love to find a breeder or someone who has them locally. I hate the fact of putting an animal on a plane if I can avoid it. Or is there another type of cat that you would recommend to me? A small, dwarf cat is really what I want. I do have a dog, but he is great with all animals. I also have a parrot but my parrot is not prey to cats. How about Singapura cats? Are they fine with parrots? I would think they would be if gotten as a kitten. That is the other thing, I would like to get one as a kitten too. I await your response. Ashley

    • Hi Ashley. The Singapura is a rare cat breed. They are the smallest cat breed. There are probably not that many breeders. Dwarf cats are normal sized cats with short legs. They are pretty rare too. Both will have the usual cat characteristics – naturally drawn to hunting. It is in their DNA. Some individual cats are better hunters than others. It is an individual cat trait. Both are OK for an indoor life provided they are socialised to it (used to it from kitten-hood) and provided there is plenty of stimulation (an enriched environment).

      As for parrots, I would have thought that most or all cats would initially see them as prey unless they are socialised to be friendly with them. If your parrot is in a cage he/she may be stressed by the presence of a cat in the home. I am not sure about that. It seems likely to me. You might inquire about that or check it on the internet.

      As for breeders of Singapuras and dwarf cats, most cat breeders have websites these days so you can do an internet search. You may be lucky in find one nearby. I always recommend visiting the cattery to inspect the facilities. A lot of catteries ship cats these days. I am not sure about that. I don’t really like it.

      Check out:

      1. Dwarf cat links to breeders
      2. USA Singapura breeders on Breedlist.com

      Hope this helps a bit and thanks for visiting and asking.

      • Also, in many cases, “dwarf” or “miniature” cat breeds are the result of a genetic deformity or a glandular problem, or even inbreeding if the breeder is unscrupulous. Singapuras are small cats, that’s their breed. But the others are mutations (I hate to call it that, but it’s true) of so-called “normal” breeds, and that’s kind of an ethical dilemma.

  12. I have been following the actions of Caboodle Ranch since the beginning. At Christmas time I sent a $10 ck that was never cashed. Today a friend of mine received a note with an old photo of Craig asking for money for cat food. She has never sent anything but a Christmas card to him in the past. Something does not seem right here. Do you know what the update is there? I have looked at the facebook page and nothing has been posted since Nov. and only old photos. Is the place running again or is someone at the ranch putting out feelers in hopes of getting a little cash in an envelop for their own pocket. I have looked on the web for any updates and yours was the newest I could find ( a year old). The last I heard he was going to start up a place in another state, according to his facebook page. Since there has been no public articles telling of his progress and plans we are very wary of sending any money.

    • Hi Mary, you ask an excellent question that demands a full response. I’ll do some digging around and do an updating article in a day or so. Thanks for asking.

  13. can a cat have bengal nose if hes not a bengal my maincoon kitten 7mo has all symptons and looks exactly like picture and vet and dermantoligist all say i dont know what it is please help can i put anything on it

    • Hi Ginger. The truth is that not enough is known about this health problem for anyone to say that it might affect other cat breeds including the Maine Coon cat. I am sorry that that is not helpful. I have always believed that the condition is an autoimmune problem. Autoimmune problems can exist in any cat or person so it is possible that it may affect a Maine Coon cat I would doubt that your veterinarian knows much or anything about it.

      • thank you michael for getting back to me so soon is there anything i can try to help for two months they have givin max drugs nothing is working. Im hoping it will clear up as he gets older. I just worry about his nose closing up and it sounds and looks like bengal nose anyway thank you for any advise you can give. now hes on famciclovir for herpes virus which vet said that virus doesnt affect nose but it worth a try he not sick just dry crusty nose

  14. I moved to San Isidro de Grecia, Costa Rica, some 3 years ago with my 2 CFA Manx cats. About 10 months ago a small kitten showed up in my carport. At first she resembled a regular brown tabby, then a Mac/Tab and lately, spotted. At first I couldn’t get near her, but with feedings and caution she got tamer. Lately I’ve been wondering what to call her coloring, so I contacted a breeder of Manx about it. She suggested that my cat, Esperanza, could have some wildcat in her. Looked on internet and through my Costa Rican wildlife guides, and found her… an Oncilla. Want to find out if the Oncilla can interbreed with DSH or if Esperanza is actually a tamed wildcat. Help?

    • Hello Linda. Apparently, the little spotted cat (Oncilla) can interbreed with domestic cats. However the resulting offspring are often stillborn. This wildcat is also very aggressive and a meeting between the wildcat and domestic cat can result in the death of the domestic cat.

      As I understand it, the little spotted that has two chromosomes fewer than the domestic cat which results in this mating mismatch. Apparently, newsletters from the Long Island Ocelot club referred to the little spotted cat mating with domestic cats producing hybrids.

      As you can see, therefore, it can happen but is highly unusual. If you have a photograph that you can upload to this website of your cat that would help assess whether she is a wildcat hybrid or indeed a wild cat species.

      We do get quite a lot of reports of domestic cats that look like wildcat hybrids on this website and although many are simply an expression of the aspirations of the cat’s owner, there is no doubt in my mind that there are genuine examples of crosses between domestic cats and wildcat species in America.

      I hope that this helps.

  15. Maybe a myth-busting article for you?

    THE FABLED REFRIGERATOR CAT

    Several books and websites mention a long-lost American breed known as the (Pittsburgh) Refrigerator Cat or Eskimo Cat. In 1896, Lydekker wrote a report in his Handbook to the Carnivora, Part I, using it to illustrate feline adaptability.

    Note from Michael (administration): I have removed the text below and pasted it into a wordprocessing program on my website because it is copied text from another website and I’m not sure whether the search engines approve of that.

    Also, there is no need to leave the text here is it simply makes the page slow to load.

  16. LOST & DISCONTINUED BREED

    Over the last 150 years, numerous varieties have been discovered or developed, but only a few these become long-lived breeds. Here are some of the “lost” breeeds and the reasons they aren’t around today.

    1. ALBINISTIC ABYSSINIAN

    These blue-eyed creamy-white Abyssinian cats were bred by Sir William Cooke, of Newbury, until 1927. Sir William was confident that these were not Abyssinian-Siamese crosses; though keen cat historians will know that a descendent of the Swiss Mountain cat (a solid brown Siamese-type cat that carried the recessive colourpoint gene) was used in developing early Abyssinians. The Albinistic Abyssinians were creamy white, with rabbit-coloured fur on their ears and an “eelstripe” along their spine. In terms of colour, they sound more similar to Singapuras than to silver Abyssinians.
    Died out because: lack of interest.

    2. AUSTRALIAN CAT

    These were bred in the USA in the 1890s to the 1900s. They were very sleek, with satin-like fur and narrow, rather pointed heads (like modern Orientals). Like the Siamese of the time, they disliked the cold. In 1902, they were described as having multiple kinks in their tails and curious hindquarters so that they sat up like kangaroos. The most famous was probably a striped tabby called Tricksey whose photo apperaed in several early cat books. They were bred in tabby, tortie and solid colours, with and without white markings. One photo shows a cat with peculiarly thickened forelegs that seem to have duplicated leg-bones inside; this anomaly was not typical of the breed. Australian Cats were exhibited in the USA up until the 1920s. By 1925, a lack of males caused the breed to decline rapidly and become extinct in the USA. A white Australian Cat was exhibited in England in 1926 and three were exhibited in 1927, but the breed disappeared soon after.
    Died out because: lack of breeding stock.

    3. BUNNY CAT

    Often confused nowadays with the Abyssinian, the Bunny Cat was a distinct British variety in the early days of the cat fancy. They were born black and lightened to an unbarred ticked coat – a ticked form of British Shorthair and Longhair. They were probably used in developing early Abyssinians. The recently developed British Tick recreates the shorthaired form of the Bunny Cat, but ticked Persians haven’t yet appeared to recreate the longhaired form.
    Died out because: not recognised by early cat fancy.

    4. ORIGINAL BURMESE

    The “Burmese” cat originally imported into England in the 1890s was an Oriental ticked tabby. They were probably seen as non-pointed Siamese-type cats and therefore mis-mated curiosities rather than a potential breed.
    Died out because: cat fancy would only accept pointed cats from that region.

    5. CANON GIRDLESTONE’S BREED

    Short-haired blue cats with faint tabby markings were imported from the north of Norway and known as “Canon Girdlestone’s breed”. Mrs Carew-Cox owned a pair of these in 1890, but they succumbed to illness without ever breeding.
    Died out because: poor health and lack of breeding stock.

    6. CHINESE LOP-EARED CAT

    The Chinese Lop-Eared cat was allegedly found around Peking, China. It was described as a longhaired cat with a glossy black or yellow coat and pendulous ears, but much of this description was based on confusion with a type of marten kept as pets and rodent-controllers! A yellow-throated type of marten called the “Sumxu” or “Samxces” had been described in the 1700s. When a droop-eared cat was noted in another region of China in 1796, a series of mistranslations and misconceptions in natural history books led to this cat being confused with the Sumxu. A museum specimen suggests that the Chinese Lop-Eared cat was more like a cream-coloured Angora with drooping or folded ears. It was described as dull and inactive (perhaps docile would be a kinder term), kept by ladies as pets. In the 1920s, cat fanciers sought this variety without success. The last reported sighting was a droop-eared white cat from China.
    Died out because … uncertain whether it really existed as a breed.

    7. ORIGINAL HIMALAYAN CAT

    Today, the name “Himalayan” means a colourpoint Persian. originally the name referred to a large, robust, blue-eyed, pure white longhair found in the high forest regions of Northern India that bordered Tibet. The variety was allegedly centuries old. Himalayan cats imported into Britain were used to improve the eye colour and coat texture in white longhairs.
    Died out because: used to improve cat fancy longhairs.

    8. MEXICAN HAIRLESS

    A brother-sister pair of Mexican Hairless cats was imported to England at the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately the owner did not let them breed together and he couldn’t find hairless cats to breed them to. When the male (Dick) escaped and was killed by dogs, he couldn’t find a hairless mate for the female (Nellie). Given to the owner by Jesuit missionaries, the pair were allegedly the last of an Aztec breed known only in New Mexico (more likely they had resulted from a spontaneous mutation). Evidently he sold Nellie, who was renamed “Jesuit” and exhibited in England under that name. Although livestock breeders understood how to outcross animals and then backcross them to restore a trait (Bakewell had demonstrated how to line-breed livestock), Nellie/Jesuit’s owners didn’t seem to consider this option. The loss of the Mexican Hairless was preventable.
    Died out because: poorly managed breeding stock.

    9. THE PEKE-FACED CAT

    Occasionally, a mutation in Persian cats produced cats with a very Bulldog-like face. These were first described in the 1860s (though some also had bandy legs in addition to their protruding lower jaw). A strain of Peke-faced Red Persian was developed in the USA, but died out in the early 1990s due to problems giving birth (the kittens’ heads were too large) and problems suckling (high palates). These rounded-headed, flat-faced cats had additional indentations on the forehead that set them apart from other extreme-typed Persians. Although modern ultra-typed Persians are sometimes referred to as Peke-Faced, their features are due to the selective breeding of multiple genes rather than a distinct mutation.
    Died out because: health and breeding problems.

    10. OJOS AZULES

    This breed began with a blue-eyed tortie cat. Vivid blue eyes do not normally occur in coloured cats; it’s a trait associated with white cats and with Siamese cats, so this cat became the founder of the Ojos Azules breed. Unfortunately, the gene for “cornflower blue eyes” appeared inextricably linked to a gene that caused gross malformations, hence breed development came to a halt. Healthy blue-eyed coloured cats sometimes turn up in the random-bred population, but the Ojos Azules type hasn’t been revived.
    Died out because: health issues linked to the mutation.

    11. SHORT-HAIRED PERSIAN

    In 1926, a cat show in Lille had classes for “Short-hair Persians” as well as for normal Persians and normal Shorthairs. It’s tempting to think of these as Exotic Shorthairs, but iIn those days the Persian was more like a “British Longhair”. Nothing more was heard of it.
    Died out because … possibly never really existed!

    12. SWISS-MOUNTAIN CAT

    Several breeds have claimed this as their ancestor. In the late 1890s and early 1900s they were described as brown cats “probably from South East Asia as a branch of the Royal Cats of Siam”. They resembled “Siamese with coats of burnished chestnut with greeny-blue eyes” and were bred for a while. In the 1920s, the Siamese Cat Club of Britain discouraged the breeding of any but blue-eyed Siamese. Many of the progeny of the Swiss Mountain Cats were colourpointed and one was even used as an outcross for early Abyssinians. This type of cat (albeit unrelated) is probably represented by the modern Havana or Chestnut Brown Oriental, though these are undoubtedly more extreme in conformation.
    Died out because: cat fancy only accepted pointed cats from that region.

    13. RUSSIAN LONGHAIRS

    The Carthusian cat was a self-coloured ashy-grey to slatey-blue variety with long fine hair, black lips and soles. Kumani cats, originating from the Caucasus, had thick hair of white, black or rust-red and its lips and soles were flesh coloured. The Tobolsk cat from Siberia was red or fox-coloured, while those from the Cape of Good Hope were blue or red. The Khorassan seems to refer to Angora/early “Persian” longhairs. The Kazan cat could be black or silvery blue with blue extremities (i.e. black or blue smoke) and resembled the Turkish Angora with whome it shared its ancestry. The Crimean cat was pure white with a coat shorter than that of an Angora. It was already extremely rare between 1853 and 1856, and probably extinct by the time of the organised cat fancy. In general these cats had large heads, small ears and bushy tails and appear to be various colour varieties or regional variations of the Russian Longhair. The Russian Longhair is represented on the modern show-bench by the Siberian, although the modern Nebelung aimed to emulate it. None of the Russian cats described had the the refined conformation of the modern Russian Blue.
    Died out because: bred with early Longhair, becoming the cat fancy Persian.

    14. SINGHALESE

    The Singhalese was developed in the late 1960s using Siamese crossed with red/red-tabby Angoras (the cat fancy type, not the true Turkish type). The aim was to create a semi-longhaired Siamese-type cat. Its fur was shorter and fluffier than the Balinese; its tail was much fluffier! Its temperament was closer to the Angora than to the more highly strung Siamese. These were red-series equivalents of Balinese, since the US registries only recognised Balinese in seal, blue, lilac anc chocolate points. The Singhalese was allowed to be bred to either Balinese or to Himalayan, but was judged to the Balinese standard with allowances made for its fluffier coat. It seems to have been too close in type to the Balinese to be a viable proposition; especially when flame-point Balinese appeared.
    Died out because: nearly identical to Balinese.

    15. AUSTRALIAN CURL

    In the 1990s, a curl-eared stray kitten turned up in Australia. When old enough, she was mated, but none of the kittens had curled ears. Unfortunately, Matilda (the original female) became seriously ill and had to be spayed. For some reason, none of her kittens were bred among themselves or to other cats to see if the trait was inherited recessively, and Matilda was the only known Australian Curl.
    Died out because: unable to perpetuate trait.

    • Sarah, thank you very much for this comment. Is this original text that you have written or text that you have taken from your website? I can’t believe that it is the latter but I would like you to confirm the situation, please.

      If this is original text then I can certainly convert it into an article and make the usual donation to Cats Protection.

  17. I came to your site to read “We’ve Had 4 Cats Die of Mothball poisoning”. Though this article is an excellent, though sad, reminder to us all, I was ‘APPALLED’ to see the comments that followed !!! Not the fact that there are ‘IGNORANT, CRUEL’ responses; … but that “YOU ALLOW THEM TO REMAIN ON YOUR SITE”! What kind of site are you???
    Sadly, I won’t be back.

    • Hi, thanks for the comment Carol. I don’t know what you mean. Do you mean that you want everybody to agree with each other, pat each other on the back, tell each other how wonderful they are, turn the site into a mutual admiration society? Or do you want to see a real discussion from real people with different points of view? Some people hate cats, some people like cats.

      As it happens, I have forgotten what the comments say but I’m presuming in my last paragraph that there are people who are stating things with which you disapprove and which upset you. We need to have comments which are difficult to digest in order to fully appreciate the comments that we like. Also, no one is forcing you to read the comments. You could just read the article and leave it at that. You are probably used to going to sites that are heavily censored. The unreal world of the fluffy cat, the declawed cat. Really we can do better than that.

      By all means go way and go to some fluffy pink site of fakery but if I were you I’d stick around in the real world.

    • Hello Carol, I have already answered your question but just to repeat that this site is a very real site. We live in the real world and in the real world there are many people who like to poison cats with substances including mothballs. We have to recognise that. By giving them the opportunity to express their views we can see the reality of the situation which allows us to do something about it. If the problem of cat haters who like to kill cats is brushed under the carpet it will never be resolved.

  18. Many thanks for all the info on the possible identity of my Esperanza in Costa Rica! Hoping to get a pix to you soon. Very fascinating stuff from you and Sarah.

  19. Hi Michael,

    interesting to see the judgements people have that limit the possibility of seeing anything outside of those judgements

  20. Four inquests where the cause of death was due to the cat; three cases due to infection at a time before antibiotics and one due to accident towards the eand of the Great War when buildings were in a state of disrepair.

    News of the World; Jul 13th, 1851: Death From the Bite of a Cat.

    An aged and respectable female, of the name of Allan, residing at the West Port, died in consequence of the bite of a cat, received ten days previous. The animal, which belonged to a neighbour, had been in the habit of going into her house and sgtealing milk and other article. On Sunday fortnight, she had noticed it in the house, and was putting it out, when it turned round and bit her arm. Inflammation appeared next day, and continued to spread till it reached the shoulder. Various remedies were tried, but without success, and she died on the second Wednesday after she had been bitten. The cat, we understand, was in a very diseased condition, which probably accounts for the fatal consequence that ensued.

    Manchester Guardian; Jan 1st, 1856: Death from the Scratch of a Cat.

    A case awaits a coroner’s inquest at the king’s College Hospital, london, where a poor woman has died from teh effects of injuries produced by the scratch of a cat. The name of the deceased is Anne Smith, 30 years of age, the wife of a tailor, residing at 12, White Horse Chambers, Fetter Lane, and from what can be ascertained of the matter, it appears that she was chastising the cat in some way, when the animal turned round and scratched her on the arm. She took little notice of the wound until the arm began to inflame, and it soon assumed such a painful state of swelling, that application for medical assistance became indispensible. She was accordingly admitted an in-patient, under the care of Mr Partridge, but the inflammatory symptoms were of so obstinate a character that they failed to yield to surgical treatment, when erysipelas supervened, and she died on Saturday last in the greatest agony. – Globe.

    Weekly Dispatch; Date: Jan 17, 1886: Death From the Bite of a Cat.

    On Saturday afternoon, Mr St Clair Bedford, the Coroner of Westminster, held an enquiry at the St Martin’s Vestry hall, concerning the death of John James Ridley Marsano, aged thirteen years, an errand boy, lately residing with his parents at 6 1/2, Hallet’s-place, Rosoman Street, Clerkenwell, who died in the Charing Cross Hospital from the effects of the bite of a cat, inflicted on September 22 last.

    Mrs Marsano deposed that on the evening of September 22, when her son returned from work, he complained of having been bitten by a cat on the thumb. She took him to the Royal Free Hospital in Gray’s Inn-road, where the wound was cauterised. Since then no particular notice was taken of the matter, but when the cold weather set in about a week ago he began to complain of his hand hurting him. Witness then bandaged it up, and on the previous Saturday he said the pain had gone up his arm. On Sunday week he complained again, and witness said, “Never mind, old man; it’s only the rheumatics,” and that seemed to pacify him. On the following Tuesday morning his breath seemed very much affected, and the boy expressed a wish to be taken to the hospital, so witness obtained a letter for his admission. When he had been placed in a cab he asked for some water, but when some was shown him he hissed and scratched like a cat.

    By the Coroner: It was a strange cat that bit him, and it had not since been found. Frances Dickinson, a girl living at 10A Hallet’s-place, stated that she was with the deceased at the time he was bitten. The cat, which was a black one, was running along making a peculiar noise, when the deceased caught hold of its tail, and the cat turned round and bit him on the thumb. Witness did not know whose cat it was. It also bit witness’s brother at the same time. The animal was not making a noise usually made by cats.

    Dr Charles Freeman, house physician at Charing Cross Hospital, said the deceased was brought there about quarter-past one on Tuesday week, complaining of a pain in the thumb and spasm of the throat. He was unable to swallow, and when blown or breathed on the spasms reappeared. he was taken up stairs and put to bed. He could not drink any water from a cup, although he was able to lap from a saucer or spoon. The case was seen by the senior physican, but the deceased became more violent, and died at a quarter-to-one on the Thursday afternoon, the cause of death being hydrophobia.

    By the Coroner: It was not a very common thing for people to die from hydrophobia through the bite of a cat, because so few cats went mad; but there were cases on record. Cases of hydrophobia had been known to arise through the bite of a rat. The jury returned a verdct of “Death from hydrophobia.”

    News of the World; Jun 9th, 1918: Cats Set bed on Fire

    How two cats set a bed alight and caused the death of George Herbert Parsons (4), at Beaconsfield-buildings, York Road, King’s Cross was described at the inquest at St Pancras yesterday. From the evidence it appeared that the mother worked by night at a munitions canteen, leaving her 14-year old boy Horace Richard, in charge of the three younger children. Every night a paraffin lamp was left burning on the table by the side of the bed, which all four occupied. – The lad told the Coroner that he was awakened at 2 a.m. by the lighted lamp falling on his pillow. He saw a strange cat spring off the table, rush into the kitchen, followed by another cat, and jump out of the window through a broken pane of glass. He and two of the other children got out of bed, and, as the clothes were smouldering, he went for some water, thinking that the youngest would be in safety where it was lying at the bottom of the bed. When he returned he found that the child had crawled to the top, and before he could pick it up the bedding burst into flames, burning the boy, who subsequently died. He added that he had previously seen cats jumping through the broken pane and roaming round the room. “Accidental death” was the verdict.

  21. hi michael im thinking about writing an article. Mostly Scrapbook Pages of my cats, as well as marc and ruth cats. With a wee story. Will write some soon.

  22. Diphtheria and Cats

    For many decades it was believed that cats transmitted diphtheria to people. Experiments in the 1920s showed that cats did not contract or transmit the disease and suggested that diphtheria-like symptoms in cats were by a different pathogen that wasn’t transmissible to humans.

    The New York Times, July 9, 1888 reported “Diphtheria Spread by Cats – from the London Sanitary record.” This stated:

    In his report on the recent sustained prevalence of diphtheria in Enflield, Dr Bruce Low of the Medical Department of the Local Governance Board incidentally states that during the continuance of the epidemic cats were observed to suffer in considerable numbers from illness, and in December 1887, and January, 1888, there was a large mortality among those animals, so much so that the attention of the dust contractor was directed to it.

    He mentioned two cases specifically:

    A little boy was taken ill with what turned out ultimately to be fatal diphtheria. On the first day of his illness he was sick and the cat, which was in the toom at the time, licked the vomit on the floor. In a few days (the child meanwhile having died) the animal was noticed to be ill and her sufferings became so severe, and so similar to those of the dead boy, the owner destroyed her. During the early part of its illness this cat had been let out at nights in the back yard as usual. A few days later the cat of a neighbour who lived a few doors further off was noticed to be ill. It had also been out in the back yards at night. The second animal, which however recovered, was the pet and playfellow of 4 little girls, who grieved at the illness of their favourite, nursed it with great care. All 4 girls developed diphtheria, their mother being convinced that they cat it from the cat; and, indeed, no other known source of contact with infection could be discovered.

    From this, he concluded that close association with sick cats could transmit diphtheria to humans and vice versa.

    The New York Times of May 16, 1915 reported “Boy Gets Diphtheria from Cats” – 4 year old Richard Allen was believed hto have contracted the disease from two cats with which he played, and which have were pronounced as suffering from diphtheria. On both sides of the Atlantic, this sort of report added to anti-cat sentiment and calls to round up cuty strays as diease spreaders.

    WIilliam G Savage, M.D., County Medical Officer of Health, Somerset, published a paper called “Cats and Human Diphtheria” in The Journal of Hygiene (London). Feb 1920; 18(4): 448–462. (it can be found in full at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2206851/pdf/jhyg00389-0096.pdf), but here is a short summary of his findings.

    Savage wrote:

    “IT is a widely accepted belief amongst medical men, particularly those who are Medical Officers of Health, that cats may suffer from diphtheria and convey it to humnan cases and that they are a not uncommon source of infection. It is of considerable practical importance to determine to what extent this belief is based upon reliable scientific data or whether it is another of those opinions, still far too prevalent, which arise from the acceptance of insufficiently tested and incorrectly interpreted observations.”

    First he summed up several cases that implicated the cat. The most importance study in terms of influencing medical opinion was that of Klein (1888, 1889, 1890) who had inoculated several cats with diphtheria bacilli (rod-shaped bacteria). Six out of 10 cats died and were found to have diphtheria-like changes to their kidneys. Cats infected with the bacilli in their throat apparently became ill, but those that drank milk contaminated with the bacilli showed no sign of disease. Despite the absence of symptoms, Klein interpreted the appearance of their kidneys as indicative of diphtheria infection. In other cats, Klein found bacilli that resemble diphtheria in their throats. He concluded that catarrhal symptoms + bacilli = cat diphtheria. He then listed a number of reports where human diphtheria coincided with sick cats and he decided this was evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship.

    In his experiments, William G Savage tried to infect young cats with diphteria either orally, nasally or by inoculation. Only when inoculated subcutaneously with a diphtheria culture did the cats become ill and die. In all the other cases, the diphtheria bacilli only survived a short while in the cat’s nose or throat, while those that were given food laced with the bacilli thrived, showing no signs at all. This meant that infected vomit could not give a cat diphtheria.

    Having proved that the bacilli could not thrive in cats, but that the toxin it produced could kill if injected, Savage took a fresh look at cases where cats were blamed. He also obtained cats implicated in more recent cases and tested them for the pathogen. In all the cases he investigated, the cats had some sort of bacillus, but staining and culturing it proved that it wasn’t the diphtheria bacillus. He mentioned a study by Gray (1896) that stated that the so-called cat diphtheria was a contagious and 90% deadly cat-specific disease caused by a micro-organism not yet identified. Gofton (1913) stated that the supposedly abnormal kidneys noted by Klein as evidence of diphtheria infection were actually well known in cats.

    Savage wrote:

    “Summing up the matter I am of opinion that the common and widely accepted view that cats can suffer from a naturally acquired disease caused by the diphtheria bacillus is entirely without foundation. The reported cases of such an association are based upon insufficient examination and differentiation of the bacilli due to a failure to realise that a large proportion of healthy normal cats contain in their throats bacilli which closely resemble and are difficult to distinguish from the true B. diphtheriae.”

    Despite this, people continued to believe they could get diphtheria from cats and some elderly individuals claim to this day that when they were young they “caught it from the cat.” Today, cat diphtheria is better known as cat flu and is due to a variety of viral infection. The bacilli that Savage found in sick cats were probably secondary throat infections.

  23. Hello. I have a rescued cat that I’ve had a little over a year (ROCKY). He is an older, neutered, male cat, and has always been the only pet & the spoiled king of the house, I might add. Around 2 weeks ago, I brought another rescue home, but this time being about a year old , female (LIBRA). Upon them 1st meeting, they hissed and meowed and chased each other. So, I separated them. At first, I kept Libra in my spare bedroom with everything she needed, food,water, litter box, and a nice fluffy blanket to relax on. Rocky had the run of the house so his food was in the kitchen and his litter box was always in my bedroom. I’d let Libra out once a day and put her back in the spare bedroom at night. Whenever Libra was out of the room, Rocky would just hide in my bedroom, in his safe box. When Libra went back in the spare room, Rocky would come back out. I did this for about 3-4 days and Rocky had the same reaction everytime. One day, I let Libra out and thought maybe they’ll learn to get along, and just left the door open in the spare bedroom. . Well, it’s been about a week and for that whole week Rocky just chills in his safe box all day and won’t come out of my bedroom at all. He even has a huge cat tree that’s located in my living room, that he absolutely loves and always used to sleep on. And I feel bad that he confines himself and is missing out on his awesome cat tree and tv time with me. I was scared he wasn’t going to eat so I put his food and water in my bedroom. How in the world can I get these two kitties to get along???? Libra also might be pregnant, given I found her outside. She has seen the vet, got her shots, and was checked out. Do you have any advice to give? Will my poor Rocky isolate himself forever?

    • Annette, thank you for commenting and asking. I think what I will do is to turn your comment into an article and respond to your question myself within the article and also allow the regular visitors to see whether they can give you some advice themselves. I will do that immediately.

    • Thanks for this, Sarah. It’s a good one partly because the park where the kitten was found is a well-known park next to a main road where pets are routinely dumped. Horrendous. As the woman says there is a massive size difference. I’ve never seen such a size difference between mothering dog and her adopted offspring. I’ll do this tomorrow.

  24. Article Title: “Veterinarian Now” Advice Doesn’t Achieve Anything

    Being in the animal field for several years I understand the importance of proper care. Without the right care for certain ailments like feline infectious peritonitis, the condition could be absolutely fatal. People with no knowledge of treatment might have no idea how to manage the illness or lack the right medicine to do it at home. Further more, poor decisions could worsen these conditions such as using human medications. Immune suppression that often accompanies common diseases can cause various problems – one of which that can incur a secondary bacterial infection…….see the rest of this comment in an article. It is good believe me (Michael)

    • Here is another picture of her (she is still a kitten). Her facial structure is round and symmetrical, a slight ruff under her neck but not too substantial. Her ears have hairs but are not large for her build. Her front legs are significantly shorter and her fur is extraordinarily soft (unlike my ragdoll’s – and is much softer). Her eyes are a shade of amber and her nose is brown. She is a caramel sort of tabby, difficult to describe and unique.

    • Hello Jasmine. Thanks for asking. Your cat is a medium-long-haired brown tabby cat with a wonderful plumed tail and heavy “ear furnishings” meaning lots of ear hair together with small lynx tips on the end of her ears.

      She is, though, a random bred cat. Although she is really beautiful with a wonderfully sweet face.

      In order for a cat to be a member of a cat breed and a pedigree cat, he or she needs to be registered with a cat association (in the West). Sometimes random bred cats are also registered at cat associations and they are shown in what is called the household pet division. They are, though, still random bred cats and not members of a defined cat breed.

      Now that does not mean anything really because you have a beautiful cat and she may have some genes from for example the Main Coon cat breed in her. She may be a purebred mix which means not quite a purebred cat.

      Don’t worry and don’t be upset because as I say you have a beautiful cat who looks stunning.

  25. Dear Michael, thanks for replying so quickly. We have been wondering for a long time and suspecting that she has Maine Coon genes or Siberian Forest Cat genes, etc. She is just over a year old and though larger than a moggy she is smaller than most Maine Coons I have known. It has been a subject of hot debate at home 😉

    Here is one more recent picture of her – you can see the ‘mane’

  26. I live in France near Lourdes and I’m trying to find a grain free healthy kitty food. Any ideas and suggestions. Post would be very heavy and costly to send here if I have to. Thanks for advice.
    Best regards,
    Barbara

  27. Dear Michael, there is a federal cat trapped in a building , below me, I have called the police but to no avail,the humane society, they won’t help either, they called the office, they were told the cat comes in and out, not true it makes and wants out.

    I hear it my daughter hears it, the lady who feeds it takes pictures of it every day, it will come to her, all they have to do is open the door, and leave the door open with no one there it will come out . There is a new law that has passed about abusing cats and animals, I need help to get this cat out, please help me. Please contact me, aliceduggins@gmail.com ph no.

  28. After almost two years of mourning for my cat Dusty I did some internet surfing and found your site. I have never really considered that he was a special breed of cat. He was small (runt of the litter?), abandoned when we found him at ~4-6 weeks old, and lived to be 17.5 years with his last in a battle with CRF. He was an indoor/outdoor cat, bold for 6 lbs, talkative, a great mouser, playful until his death, and downright a beautiful cat.

    I was so excited to see that he really fits the look and description of a TIffany Cat breed (poor name but it is what it is). He was a very cool cat and the best companion I have ever had. We really bonded. It is so great to see others with “look a likes” of Dusty.

    I have attached a photo. He was hard to take a good picture of. The eyes were so bright, the coat was black to chocolate, to auburn, to slightly flecked with white (hence the name Dusty). I hope this capture some of his beauty. Thanks for the site. Peter McCarville from Crawford, CO

    • Hi Peter, you wrote a fine comment full of your love for Dusty, which shouts from the page. Dusty could well be a Tiffany. The only problem is that in the US cats have to be registered to be called a cat breed. No matter. Your relationship trumps everything we can write about him being a cat breed or not. Thanks for sharing.

      • Michael

        Thanks for the reply as I was just reading your take on some of the ideas of “breeds” and the lot. I too think the relationship is what it is about, not the name or idea that it may be a “breed”. I do like some of the traits that this breed (if indeed that is what he was) exhibit. He was not a great lap cat until he was much older and dependent. He was a very “busy” hunter, in his younger years, on our rural farm in western Colorado. I liked his talking, his devotion to me (although my wife and daughter had a bond too), his “dog-like” nature of coming when I called, hanging out with me, and his docileness. He trusted so well. Now, I understand that some of this is genetic, some is environmental and how we raised him. It is a lot like humans. He never had the classic (negative) cat attitude, nor aloofness, nor crankiness, nor finicky eating. He grew up with another cat (only a year older) who was a domestic North American short hair (from the pound). They were the best of buddies. Really like brothers at times who could play and tussle. Dusty was always the little brother who antagonized Mucki (1 year older but much larger). Mucki was a regal, lover of a cat, and loved sitting on your lap. He was a cat that helped my wife through cancer. He was not as good a mouser. He was born in the city! He was a socialite, however, as compared to Dusty. How does one separate breeding from nurture/bonding? Is this the age old question of nature/nurture? How much credit does one put on the “breed description” of a cat? I know that both our cat had very different personalities but they were both so loving, gentle, and connected to us. Dusty might have been even more so to one person than Mucki. I know many cat lovers who are kind of “on the fence” about their own cats. They have a love/hate relationship with them.

        • I too think the relationship is what it is about, not the name or idea that it may be a “breed”

          Agreed because the breeds are an artificial human creation if we are honest. They are just domestic cats labelled breeds because they are registered and have a 4 year pedigree. Cat breeds can have certain personality traits but it is not precise because individual cats have their own personalities as well which blurs the breed characteristic. Appearance is easier to create and control by breeders.

  29. Hello. I was told Bandit could be a Maine Coon. Since he was a rescue, I doubt it. What are your thoughts? He is 3 months.

    • Hi Monica. Bandit has a very beautiful bull-eye style classic (blotched) silver tabby coat. He may have some Maine Coon in him because the genes that make the Maine Coon are everywhere. The MC has been around in the USA for 400 years and initially for almost the first 300 years the MC was a moggie barn cat. If Bandit was living in Maine in 1850 in a barn on a farm he’d be classified as a Maine Coon. Thanks for asking.

  30. I love your website and gain many hours of satisfaction from reading the articles and also all the debates and advice given are second to none.
    I saw this on YouTube and would like to know how people feel about domestication of servals? I can agree this beautiful creature clearly loves the woman but why does she have one in the first place, is she going to breed from it? In which case I fell very disappointed in her intentions if that it’s only for monetary gain.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8dfXBy_JDFk

  31. A few years ago, I was tasked with researching the breeds and writing impartial histories and descriptions, providing some oddments of information and finding sources for photos of the rarer breeds. Even during that research period, new breeds were appearing, and a few were disappearing. It will be available in August.

    The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible The Definitive Source for All Things Cat by Sandy Robins, Dr Arnold Plotnick, Lorraine Shelton & Sarah Hartwell

    http://www.amazon.com/Original-Cat-Fancy-Bible-Definitive/dp/1933958790/

    Here are a few bits about my input from the pre-publication review:

    The Original Cat Bible promises to be the most complete and authoritative book of its kind, authored by award-winning writer Sandy Robins with special veterinary chapters by Dr. Arnold Plotnick and an extensive breed section by Sarah Hartwell and Lorraine Shelton.

    The Original Cat Bible discusses the development of cat breeds and the genetics of purebred cats. While the establishment of purebred cats is a fairly modern development, some breeds have existed in a “pure form” for many centuries. In order to explain the significance of specific breeds, the author describes the essential physical characteristics of the cat, including body types, coat types, colors, and patterns. Guest authors Hartwell and Shelton, both highly regarded experts in the purebred cat world, present seventy-five breeds of cat from the familiar Siamese and Persian to the lesser known Australian Mist and Pixie Bob, describing their origins, breed standards, personalities, all accompanied by dazzling color photography. The book features expansive coverage of every recognized cat breed in the world, plus many experimental and new breeds that have come and gone.

    It will be published in August, but I hope to be getting an early copy soon 🙂

  32. I got round to updating my index page with all the books I’ve contributed to (with links to Amazon of course). Visitors kept asking if I had anything in print.

  33. I am trying to figure out the breed(s) of my cat. I got him from my child when she moved. He is very affectionate and intelligent. I have attached some pics as well. He has long hair and a plume tail and talks a bit.

    • Hi Katherine. He is a medium long haired orange classic tabby. He is not a member of a cat breed in my opinion i.e. not purebred pedigree but don’t feel bad about that. Ginger (red) tabbies are fine cats, very popular with a tendency to be boss cat! Thanks for visiting and asking.

      Click on this link to see some pages on the red tabby.

    • Oh Katherine, he is one gorgeous cat.
      Michael, ofcourse, is the expert; but that tail reminds me of a maine coon.

    • Hi Alesia. I depends on which country you live in. I presume you are in America. If so your cat is random bred cat with a very special spotted tabby coat that is has the Egyptian Mau purebred appearance. The coat is rare in that the spots are small and well defined. The grey color is not quite accurate because the photograph has desaturated colors. If you had lived in Egypt that would explain things because your little tiger looks like an original Egyptian Mau in Egypt.

      Thanks for visiting and asking and sharing!

  34. I’ve just been out on an emergency rescue – 3 very scared indoor cats from an empty flat after the owner died (being fed, but otherwise no human company). The owner had problems looking after himself, but loved his cats. On Monday they are off for snipping & chipping and once they’ve re-socialised the 2 youngsters will be made available for adoption together while the older cat will stay with me. Kitty, who went missing for 6 weeks and recently returned emaciated, dirty and scared hasn’t yet discovered the lodgers, but I doubt she’ll be impressed!

    My arms are a mess from scratches and bites, but at least the cats are safe and have a bright future ahead of them, either here or in a new forever home. I am probably going to spend way too much time lying on the spare room floor trying to persuade them that I’m not a nasty person and I have a good line in tasty treats!

  35. I am an animal lover & graphic designer/label printer. I have 2 cat rescues & 1 pit mix rescue & they all are one big happy family. I have a client that has a domestic bengal cat & wants a pic of her cat jumping/lunging on the side of her boat. I wanted to please purchase the image I saw of a Bengal jumping & if it goes to help cat rescues all the better. The wed site is not letting me purchase the photo, although it appears that it is for sale? Please call me asap at 239-281-8669. Thank you:-)

    • Hi Wendy, thanks for visiting and asking. I am not sure where you downloaded this photograph from but it should not have been there unless it was the website of the breeder of the cat.

      The photo is by Helmi Flick and she has copyright of the photo. I can ask her if she would agree to you using the photo but I don’t have the authority to grant permission for its use. I am sorry that I can do no more.

      You might like to ask her direct. If you Google “Helmi Flick” you’ll find her website and there should be a contact page on it. If I can help in anyway please ask.

      If you could tell me where you found the photo that would be nice of you. Good luck.

  36. Are you employed by Google to spam websites? It looks like that. If so I am astonished. Who are you? What are you doing? If you don’t respond I’ll presume you are spamming on behalf of Google. I have to. No one would do it voluntarily.

  37. Hello Micheal I just wanted what infections you would have if u own a cat because i once heard that u could get cat parasites that infect the brain so i just wanted to know what else problem there? i need info because im writing an essay.
    Thank You

  38. hi Michael,

    We had 2 female adopted cats (Singapura-7 years old and a cross of a Singapura and a Persian-1 year old-name Zeena) and have just added a 2 month old male Ragdoll. The older one is very calm and has happily accepted the little one but the 1 year old(Zeena) is getting more and more aggressive by the day. The redirected aggression is getting more by the day when today she badly bit our housekeeper who’s primarily cat she is – so badly that her hand had to be dressed up. She has attacked the new addition in the past so we are keeping them apart. Can you please help as we are extremely distressed. To add to the information, Zeena has always been the aggressive one…

    • Hi Anuj. I’ll come straight to the point. Zeena may in time get better. Probably will. In other words Zeena will calm down and accept the newcomer. However, because of her extreme reaction indicating a lot of upset, I am not sure she will ever become as settled as she was before the newcomer’s arrival. Cats do have preferences and make friends and have emotions as you are aware. I believe that for some cats it is like putting a strange person in someone’s home and expecting the home owner to accept it. It may never happen.

      They say Feliway (an artificial hormone) helps calm down cats under these circumstances. But it is an artificial solution. They say to keep cats apart and introduce them gradually (which you are doing).

      Ultimately there is no easy fix. It is down to the cat. That sounds depressing but you’ll find it is the truth. In the worse case the newcomer should be rehomed. Good luck.

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