Are Cat World Records Sensible?

People like world records including ones to do with cats. There is a well known record holder on PoC – Magic. Magic is a stunning cat, perhaps the world’s most outstanding cat and, I believe, is a genuine record holder … please continue reading

Wild Cat Hoarding

We are all familiar with cat hoarding. It refers to collecting domestic cats in large numbers to the point where the caretaker can no longer caretake adequately to the detriment of the cats’ welfare. It is said that the reason … please continue reading

All Cat Breeds Are One Species

Although I have said it before a few times, in the light of the recent discussion on the cat breed mashup, I think it is useful to remind ourselves that there are 36 wild cat species¹. Amongst these species, within … please continue reading

Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) in Kutch-Gujarat, India

By Veer Vaibhav Mishra (Naturalist), India Dear Michael, Greetings from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India! I am very glad to share information with you and am sending a short note and photograph of the rusty-spotted cat. Kindly find enclosed a report of … please continue reading

Can Catnip Make Your Cat Aggressive?

By Elisa Black-Taylor Do any of my friends at PoC have cats who suffer from “catnip disorderly conduct” while under the influence of catnip? This is one of my strange but true experiences that happened last week when Sealy received … please continue reading

Cat Breeds: It’s a Mashup

In analysing the differences between the cat breeds using DNA testing, I am compelled to come to the conclusion that it’s all a mashup. Nothing is what it seems. Everything is blurred and grey without clean distinctions. The breeds, themselves, … please continue reading

Bengal Cat of 1889

There is a reference to a wild cat hybrid in Harrison Weir’s excellent book of 1889, Our Cats and all about them (note: the title is written exactly as per the original). I am told the book is copyright protected … please continue reading

Persian Cat is Entirely American and European

With the name “Persian” you would have thought that this long established cat breed came from Persia, now Iran, or at least somewhere east of Europe. However, on the basis of “DNA microsatellite evidence” the Persian cat belongs to the … please continue reading