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What wild cats are black?

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No wild cat species (as a species) is black. Sometimes individual wild cats of some species are black or dark charcoal because of a genetic mutation resulting in melanism. The classic melanistic wild cat is the black jaguar called the black panther. The puma can be black too and so can the bobcat, the serval, the leopard and Geoffroy's cat. These names come out of my head. I have probably forgotten some. Black leopard (melanistic). Pic: Pixabay. But the point is that the answer is NONE. It is just that some individuals do end up black against the usual colour of the species concerned because of this genetic mutation. SEE SOME BLACK PANTHER PICTURES. Melanism affects many animals of many species, not just some wild cats. For instance melanistic leopards are quite common. They are sometimes bred in zoos. Black leopards are caused by a recessive gene. They are less fertile than normal leopards according to Sarah Hartwell, a cat genetics expert. Black leopards in captivity may be mo

Portrait of old-style Siamese cat twins

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A nice Siamese cat portrait from the website Reddit.com. I like to find unusually good photographs of cats and this is one of them. You can get twin cats. I remember writing about twin domestic cats years ago. Although, also about 18 months ago I failed to find any references to twins in the world of the wild tiger . Strange that. But twins are not limited to the human race, that is for sure. There is a little video of twin cats sleeping while facing each other for exmple.  These are 'old-syle' Siamese or what you might call the original-looking Siamese cats as opposed to the modern elongated variants that have become the defacto norm. I dislike them and prefer the original. The breeding of Siamese cats has become a mess I believe because there are too many different types. It is confusing. There was even an attempt to rectify this by creating the Thai cat but it made matters worse.

Smoky Selkirk Rex Kitten

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This is a smoky Selkirk Rex kitten. I think the coat is called black smoke. It is definitely smoke! It's got to be by the very distinctive appearance. A gorgeous looking kitten from the Chatterie du Berger cat breeders in Canada. The location is at the bottom of the page . The breeder is Nathalie Jacques. Smokey Selkirk Rex Kitten. If the Selkirk Rex breed interests you please click on this link to see some pages on it . You can explore to your hearts content. Every face is covered. Nathalie Jacques , Saint-Léonard d'Aston , Québec, Canada    1(819)399-3747

Spot the cat - Selkirk Rex sleeps belly up on shaggy rug

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Cool photo of a Selkirk Rex. Shaggy on shaggy = camouflage. Clearly a nice place to live as this cat is so relaxed. It is a good sign. Cats like to sleep like because it is comfortable - obvious. But it does mean that they are confident in their surroundings as they are highly vulnerable. That is obvious too. Here is the photo embedded from the Instagram page of gina_and_gepetto. The reason why the above photo is here is because embedded images from Instgram and Twitter such as the one below tend to disappear leaving a link to their website. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝓖𝓲𝓷𝓪 & 𝓖𝓮𝓹𝓮𝓽𝓽𝓸 (@gina_and_gepetto)

Ozzy Osbourne said that he likes to shoot cats to keep himself sane

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I believe that Ozzy Osbourne and his family i.e. his wife Sharon and his daughter Kelly live in Los Angeles in a large house with extensive grounds which cost a fortune. Ozzy Osbourne is known for his outlandish behaviour and views.  However, I don't think anything could be quite more outlandish or schizophrenic than his claim, in a radio interview reported in The Mirror newspaper, that he likes to shoot cats wandering into his extensive backyard with a rifle, I presume from inside his home.  Ozzy Osbourne said that he likes to shoot cats to keep  himself sane. Photo in public domain. He said that it keeps him sane and implies that the coronavirus lockdowns have driven him to insanity combined with the fact that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's not long ago which leaves him concerned as to whether he will be able to walk. His claim reminds me of Jeremy Paxman shooting squirrels from his toilet (sitting on the loo). That was a bizarre claim as well . He also claimed that he

Rescued shelter cats suited to a barn cat life

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The Bangor Daily News has a nice article about barn cats and domestic cats suited to the barn cat lifestyle. It's a reminder to me that some domestic cats like the old-style way of living. And this is the old-style way of living because it's the way people related to domestic cats long ago in the past. It's a question of individual cat personality as some cats are really suited to being left alone to their own devices. All they need is veterinary care, a food source, a warm place to go to when it gets cold and some general interaction with their human caretakers but to relatively low level that are normal.  Rescued shelter cats suited to a barn cat life. Photo in public domain. One rescue centre in Brunswick, USA, Midcoast Humane, have a Barn Buddy programme designed specifically for these types of cats. They are cats who are shy around people and who typically prefer to live outdoors. They going to be happier, this rescue organisation believes, living in a barn or ware

Do cat siblings get along?

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Do cat siblings get along? It is an important question. On the face of it, if a person adopts two siblings from the same litter when they first adopt a cat they give each cat an instant companion for life. This can take a load of responsibilities away from the cats' owner because they can entertain themselves.  Domestic cats are social creatures despite what you read on the Internet about them being independent and solitary. Over 10,000 years of evolution in domestication they had developed into far more social creatures which means they need companionship which in turn means that their human guardian should be around. Sometimes they can't be around because of work commitments which is when a cat companion steps up to the plate. Lykoi cat siblings. Photo: Brittney Gobble. So the question as to whether cat siblings get along can be vitally important. And the answer is yes and no. When they are kittens and sub-adults they do get along. They entertain each other and play-fight

Stress of moving home can makes us leave behind our cat

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Moving home is stressful. People do forgetful things at best and crazy things at worst when they are stressed. So when we move home we tend to leave things behind or, to put it another way, we lose them. And I will put it in a third way: removal company employees steal items. Are you like me when I believe that removal company employees steal valuable items which you have hidden away and forgotten about? 5 TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE MOVING HOME WITH YOUR CAT A SUCCESS It is so easy to do and we might only discover that an item has been lost months if not years later. That is why I believe removals companies become involved in this form of theft. It's a personal viewpoint perhaps but I also believe other people have the same thought. It is also possible to mislay your cat when you move (or for a cat to be stolen, I'd argue). This is according to Animal Home Insurance. Their research tells them that about 50% of UK homeowners have lost or misplaced something when moving home. And amo

Chicken defends a fellow chicken against a farm cat attack

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The video is called 'Chicken Solidarity'. It is exactly that. The well fed black-and-white farm cat attacks a chicken. The others chickens run away at the horror of it all but one brave chicken charges at the cat to stop the attack. This causes the cat to turn his attention onto the chicken rescuer and attack, which in turn prompts the original chicken victim to save his mate. It is a great example of chicken cooperation in the face of adversity. Chickens are smarter than people believe. There is one caveat to my commentary. It is not altogether clear that the cat mounted serious attacks with the intention of killing. They are on a farm and I am sure they know each other. I think they sort of get along normally but the cat's innate hunting instincts take over at the sight of birds and he attacks. Remember someone filmed it and it's probably the farmer's wife. Why didn't they intervene to stop the initial attack? Perhaps they know something that we don't.

Cats are the third most costly invasive species

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According to the phys.org website domestic, stray and feral cats are the third most costly invasive species on the planet. To be clear their scientific name is Felis catus . The infographic below tells us that the cumulative cost of costs between 1970 and 2017 in billions of US dollars is 51.6. This is dwarfed by mosquitoes costing hundred US$148.7 billion.  Cats are the third most costly invasive species. Infographic: phys.org. Of course, the reason why cats are invasive species is because of people. We made this rod with which to punish ourselves. It all started when people began to travel on ships to far-flung countries and they took their domestic cats with them. Romans brought domestic cats to the United Kingdom in around 200 A.D. We don't refer to them as invasive species, by the way, in the UK. This is probably because they're not invasive species as the wildcat once lived in the UK and the domestic cat is a domesticated wildcat. They say that the domestic cat is one

Cat likes to sleep in resident bird's cage

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This ginger tabby-and-white domestic cat likes to sleep in the birdcage. But this is not an empty, redundant birdcage but one with a resident bird. This family has what looks like a parrot as well as their domestic cat. The owner of the two, Tracey Robinson, cannot understand why her cat prefers to sleep in the birdcage and not somewhere else. I think she is saying that they are friends which has to be the case. In the photograph you can see the bird looking at their cat friend snoozing and wondering what to do next! He's probably a bit miffed because he has lost his home. I'm going to guess and say that this cat likes the smell of the cage because it is the smell of his friend, the bird. Cat likes to sleep in the bird cage occupied by a bird. Photo: Tracey Robinson There is one interesting comment on the Facebook page of Tracey Robinson where this photograph comes from which states that cat saliva is toxic to birds. They say that it is possibly fatal even if the cat just sn

What wild cat species are native to Asia?

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Here is a list of wild cat species native to Asia: Asiatic golden cat Borneo bay cat Clouded leopard Fishing cat Flat-headed cat Jungle cat Asiatic leopard cat Marbled cat Rusty-spotted cat Sunda clouded leopard Chinese desert cat Bengal tiger Sumatran tiger China tiger Leopard Asiatic lion You can read about these wild cat species in detail by clicking on this link . Here is the smallest wild cat species anywhere and it lives in Asia, the rusty-spotted cat: Rusty-spotted cat. Photo: Pixabay And here is the largest, the Bengal tiger. Actually it is not quite the largest. That title goes to the Siberian tiger which is technically in Asia. Bengal tiger. Photo: Pixabay. The Bengal tiger is the second largest Asian wild cat species after the Siberian tiger.

How do I make my cat love me?

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How do I make my cat love me? You can answer the question in one sentence. Love her or him. If that is your starting point you will respect your cat as a cat but you will treat her as a member of the family. They are open to being friends and bonding. Just open the door to them. In respecting her you will understand her behaviour and requirements.  You will understand that she needs to behave naturally to be happy. And if you provide that environment and she is happy she will be inclined to love you. And if you give her the best quality food that you can it will also help to make her love you. But above all all your actions must be the actions of a person who loves their cat. So you will pet her in a way that she likes. You will learn what she likes through observation and by trial and error but all the time it will be gentle and respectful. And you will learn her rhythms and routines. You will learn her fears, her likes and dislikes. You will prevent the circumtances that make her

Every day cat greets woman going to work on her bike

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"On my way to my previous workplace i met every morning this cat at the same spot. She jumped always on my lap while i was on my bicycle and collected her daily cuddles...." on my way to my previous workplace i met every morning this cat at the same spot. She jumped always on my lap while i was on my bicycle and collected her daily cuddles ☺️ from r/aww Note : videos on this site are typically made by people other than me and held on YouTube servers or the servers of other businesses (not the server storing this website). Sometimes the videos are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened I apologise but I have no control over it. Once again, this is a particularly sweet story. I actually feel very sorry for this cat. Perhaps I should not. But, the cat needs company. And as you can see in the words of the woman she mentions her "previous workplace". This means that she no longer takes this route, I believe. This in turn means t

Grandma buried cat on farm for apartment dwelling cat owner

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She wrote: "My cat, Mayhem, unexpectedly died about eight months ago. Since I rent, I didn’t have anywhere to bury him and I was too heartbroken to really deal with it. My 86-year-old grandma ended up volunteering to bury him out on her farmland. She sent me this email today." Grandma buried cat from apartment dwelling cat owner. Reddit.com screenshot. It is a cute story. It is also an interesting story because my first instinct is to ask why this cat owner did not take her cat to her veterinarian to organise a cremation. Or perhaps take the cat to a cat cremation facility where she could have asked for an individual cremation. It is unusual, I believe, for people to want to bury their cat in the garden. Perhaps, there was an issue of money. An individual cat cremation might cost about $150 in America and the same in pounds in the UK. That's not inexpensive but for me it is an absolute necessity so I find the money. Obviously a burial in the back garden is entirely fre