Reason why jet-black moggie cats are relatively rare (in an infographic)

Why do so many black cats have a few white hairs? Answer in an infographic.

This post has been deliberately précised into an infographic. I am summarising in a few words hundreds of years of black cat history. 😉 But that is the point. To try and focus on the knub of the matter. The ad hoc development of the moggie black cat in which random-bred cats with jet-black …

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America’s 4-H creed of teaching truth, kindness and sympathy is in tatters

E.L. and Cedar when they were together. Now Cedar has been eaten and E.L. is sad.

NEWS AND COMMENT: This story is very concerning to anybody interested in animal welfare and the welfare of children in this instance. In America there is a program called 4-H which is a network of youth organisations. Their mission is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development”. …

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How did the cat become associated with witchcraft?

Witch's cat

The compact infographic below summarises how the humble and innocent cat became so unfairly associated with witchcraft. Once again, I rely on the best man or women on the matter of cat history and behavior: Dr Desmond Morris. Such clean writing and clarity of thought. He says that religious bigots, in this case Christians, …

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Ricky Gervais calls Pope Francis ‘stupid’ when he said people are selfish in preferring companion animals over children

Ricky Gervais supports NY ban on declawing

Ricky Gervais has weighed into the argument about the Pope’s hypocritical pronouncements about some people preferring companion animals over children. Many people have always preferred companion animals over children but this topic has become heated recently because of discussions about global warming and a recognition of the unsustainable and rapid rise in the world’s …

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When did black cats become bad luck?

Medieval cat butt licking

It is probable that black cat became bad luck during the Middle Ages thanks to Christianity. The fear that all black cats are agents of the devil led to the common superstition which has survived to the present day namely that if a black cat crosses your path, it will bring you bad luck. …

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Was there a tabby cat in the stables near Jesus in a manger?

Proof that a cat was in the stables with Mary and Jesus!

As Christmas is drawing near, I thought I’d look into the evidence as to whether a tabby cat genuinely was in a barn or stables where Mary took Jesus and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn (a guestroom). One point to clarify is that the …

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Use the phrase ‘companion animal’ rather than ‘pet’ to describe your cat

Ingrid Newkirk and cat

Ingrid Newkirk, the founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urges people to think about the language they use when discussing domestic cats and dogs. It’s important to do this. I always make the effort to be careful with the use of language when I write articles because it …

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Atheists more likely to live with cats than churchgoers

Cat in church

Researcher Samuel Perry of Oklahoma University suggests that atheists are more likely to be the guardian of a domestic cat because their cat is godlike and they worship their cat! Also, they obtain the social interaction that they require from their cat companion while churchgoers already have plenty of social interaction which means that …

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