Cat History

The earliest record of the belief that cats are witches in disguise

Most of now know of the superstitious nonsense that cats are evil spirits because their bodies are occupied by an…

3 days ago

When was the first domesticated cat?

There is a common misbelief that the Ancient Egyptians first domesticated the cat. They did not because it happened thousands…

4 weeks ago

Did Pope Gregory IX Ban Cats?

He issued a public decree or charter (a papal bull) in 1233 in which he denounced the black cat as…

1 month ago

Sabre-toothed cat punctured skull of rival with its canine teeth

The large canine tooth of one cat is shown piercing the top of the skull of the other, killing the…

2 months ago

Feline Evolution in Brief

'The earliest cat-like carnivores, which were to evolve into the family Felidae appeared between 30 and 40 million years ago,…

3 months ago

The historical association between the words “cathouse” and “pussy”

The link is the promiscuous nature of the female urban cat when in heat. You have probably made the association…

4 months ago

Is the golden age of pet cats over?

In the 1950s, more new cat breeds were created than at any time before or since. In those far off…

5 months ago

Why are big cats like lions and tigers stronger than big dogs and wolves, but domestic dogs are stronger than domestic cats?

The answer to this question is actually straightforward. Because of circumstance and because the Near Eastern wildcat can be domesticated,…

5 months ago

If cats are feline what are dogs?

If cats are feline what are dogs? Dogs are "canine". Below I set out the origin of the words "feline"…

6 months ago

Kilkenny Cats

'Kilkenny Cats' refers to soldiers who fight with tenacity and conviction. However, the phrase originates in cat cruelty. It is…

7 months ago