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Unusual looking cat is a cross between Judd Hirsh and Liev Schreiber in human terms

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A stretch of the imagination I agree but there are some similarities between this cat and these well-known humans. The point is that this is an unusual feline face.  The cat might have some Oriental Shorthair DNA because of the long muzzle. He is described as having a great personality.  There is certainly a slight human quality about this cat. Some domestic cats are like that, but they are almost aways selectively bred pedigree cats. This boy looks very much like a random bred moggy which makes the unusual appearance all the more interesting. Montage: MikeB. I claim fair use in using all three images. We are not told if the cat is male or female, but he has a very thick set neck, and the face is very masculine. Sometimes looks can be deceiving but I don't think so in this case. There is always the possibility that the cat is a photo-edit creation. It is hard to tell these days. But I don't think so. When people photo-edit cats they normally go for something outrageously extrem

How long do bobcats stay with their mother?

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The answer to the question in the title is a little bit elastic because the moment when young bobcats no longer stay with their mother is itself elastic and they disperse at various ages. Essentially the answer is: until 7-12 months of age, but dispersal occurs at 9-24 months of age. Bobcat photograph by PD Ryan on Flickr. My resource, which is the excellent book Wild Cats of the World by the equally excellent Mel and Fiona Sunquist, states that "Kittens are dependent on their mother until about seven months of age, after which they spend progressively more time away from her, although some mother-young associations may last a year or more". You see what I mean by the elasticity of that moment? It varies from seven months to 12 months. The authors go on to state that before bobcats become adult in terms of size and weight young bobcats leave their "natal ranges" (the home range of their mother) and wonder looking for a home of their own in "unoccupied habitat&

For how long do Iberian lynx live?

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The excellent book Wild Cats of the World states this about the Iberian lynx lifespan: "There is little information on the longevity of Iberian lynx, although one skull in the collection of the Estación Biológica de Doñana was estimated from counts of tooth annuli (annual rings, like those of a tree) to be 14 years old." This Iberian lynx lives for 20 years, a record it is believed. The book was published in 2002. The stated 14 years of age as a likely and normal maximum lifespan and probably still holds true today. Wikipedia state the average age as 13 years. Occasionally, and very exceptionally Iberian lynx lifespans can be as long as 20 years as is the case of Aura, who is in the news today as giving birth to more than 900 Iberian lynxes according to the reports. Longevity as you can imagine is greatly enhanced in captivity. The bobcat (part of the same genus as the lynx) also has a long lifespan and is one of the longest lives wild cat species . Aura was born when there

What type of cat behaviour is this?

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Here is a video from social media and accompanying it is the question: What is this behaviour? And the answer which you probably know all too well is that this is feline play-hunting behaviour. All domestic cat play is based on hunting, which inevitably means chasing, stalking, attacking, tearing to bits, killing an artificial prey animal. The toy should be made of a material which can be destroyed (killed) to keep them interested. Cat play-hunting. Screenshot. In this video we have a cat hanging on to a bit of ribbon which looked like a cat tease. At the other end is the owner pulling on it. The cat resists because for her or him this is a prey animal trying to escape their grasp.  From the cat's perspective she has caught the prey animal and now it is trying to escape. This is the tug on the ribbon which is being resisted by the cat. That is the answer. And it is the reason why petting your cat can lead to your hand being scratched or bitten. Your cat may be stimulated into beli

Video on bathing a young rescue cat by holding the scruff throughout

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This is a slightly intriguing video. It took me about 10 seconds to realise that throughout the entire bathing of this young rescue cat (who was a bit grimy) the caregiver held the cat in her right hand by the scruff of their neck . And this accounts for the pliable and accepting behaviour of the cat.  We all know that holding a cat by the scruff helps to pacify them because they are mentally reduced to being kittens held by their mother when they are carrying their offspring from an old down to a new one. This is the 'kitten reflex response' when carried by mom. Images and video Both images below are screenshots from the video . The video is below the images . It comes from TikTok where they allow visitors to download videos which implies that they allow them to be used under a creative commons license. This woman has decided that the best way to bathe cats is to subdue them with the scruff-of-the-neck hold and it certainly works well as we can see in the video. Cooking pot? I

Can and do domestic cats sulk?

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I have conducted some research on this. The first point perhaps worth making is that 'sulking is a variation on jealousy' according to Dr, Brue Fogle in his book Complete Cat Care . And he goes on to state that 'jealousy is not as common in cats as it is in dogs'.  Annoyed, jealous or sulking cat? Image assessed as being in the public domain. D. Fogle strongly implies, therefore, that cats can feel the emotion of jealousy. And therefore, bearing in mind the link between jealousy and sulking, have the capacity to sulk. Sulking can also overlap with annoyance and cats can be annoyed. RELATED ARTICLE:  Cats Feel Jealousy but Not Grief . Today I went for two walks in Richmond Park. My non-attendance at home was almost twice as long as normal.  My cat often waits for me when I go out on my own (he joins me when I buy the newspaper).  Therefore, he had to wait a lot longer as I did not turn up when he expected, and I think he was sulking when I returned. That was judging by t

Cats are NATURALLY aggressive. Discuss.

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Dr Bruce Fogle in his book ' Complete Cat Care ' makes a statement which caught my attention: "Cats are naturally aggressive". We don't think of it like that very often. But it is true. And it is a source of potential trouble in the human-to-cat relationship.  Despite the beautifully relationships between cats and their caregivers all over the world, the domestic cat is a top predator armed with weapons: claws and teeth.  And they like to use them in play because play for domestic cats is play-hunting. All play is centred around hunting and hunting employs sharp canine teeth and even sharper claws on their forepaws. They are programmed to hunt and kill. It is their major activity in life. And we know how cats act on instinct. This makes their genetic programming more effective as it is not tempered by rational thought. Man used hand as a cat toy. Bad idea. Image in public domain and modified by MikeB. Sometimes a cat caregiver can become annoyed and emotionally hu

Use cat litter in tights to help prevent car windows fogging up!

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Yep, this makes sense. First thing is that, in the UK, if you are driving with fogged up windows it is illegal. The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 regulations 23 and 27 and the Highway Code state that 'windscreens and windows must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision'. Cat litter in tights can help reduce condensation on car windows. Image: MikeB. That does not mean that you'll be nicked for this minor crime, but it is possible. And if it happens you could be up for a £2,500 fine plus 3 penalty points. If the fogging causes an accident, you could commit a much more serious crime. It is dangerous to drive with a partly fogged up windscreen.  Secondly windows fog up in cars because of condensation. Evaporated water in the air from damp clothes and objects such as wet umbrellas and the breath of the passengers and driver condenses on the cold windows. This converts the moisture in the air to liquid water on the window. Wet dogs come to mind. There are a

Rescue centre insists people contact them if they want to relinquish their cats

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North Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NWSPCA) ask people to contact them if they want to relinquish their cats and not dump them in the car park! Joe Murray, the chairperson of the NWSPCA is upset because when people just dump cats near the rescue centre that he manages it creates all kinds of problems because they are suddenly presented with a large number of cats. It upsets the management of the cats currently in their charge and those cats due to be taken in. Cats and kittens dumped at NWSPCA in sealed containers. Image: NWSPCA. And of course, the dumped cats can be at serious risk of harm. He prefers it if people contact the rescue centre and discuss the matter with them so that the cats can be handed over in a controlled way which is good for the health of the cats and good for the management of the rescue centre. What sparked this request was a couple of incidents in which sealed boxes were dumped on the premises with mother cats and kittens inside. The

Can you do CPR on a domestic cat? Yes. Here are the steps.

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CPR is a combination of artificial respiration and heart massage. CPR stands for 'cardiopulmonary resuscitation'. Artificial respiration is an emergency procedure. It is used to exchange air in a cat who is not breathing and unconscious. Heart massage is used when there is no heartbeat, or one cannot be heard or felt. Heart massage and artificial respiration go together because when cats stop breathing their hearts stop functioning. CPR on a cat.  This is a screenshot from the video below. This is not a real cat! I am thankful to the veterinarians who wrote the book Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook for the following information. Artificial respiration You lay your cat on a flat surface with his right side down. You open his mouth and clear away any secretions with a cloth. Check for foreign bodies and if present you remove them if it's possible. If there are foreign bodies or a foreign body you should try and remove it using the Heimlich maneuver. You pull the cat&

US National Park Service wants to get rid of Puerto Rico's community cats and there's uproar

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This is an example of cat loving people power winning for the time being in a battle against a US government agency. First things first: Puerto Rico is neither a US state nor an independent country, but a territory of the United States and it is an island in the Caribbean. It is described as an 'unincorporated US territory'. That's why the US National Park Service is involved in deciding to remove all or some the beloved cats of San Juan, Puerto Rico. There is a battle going on between the citizens of San Juan and I presume the wider population and the US National Park Service. San Juan TNRed cat. Image: Pixabay. The citizens are challenging the Park Service officials who feel that the cats have become a problem. The National Park Service have a plan and in it they mention "encounters between visitors and cats and the smell of urine and faeces [which] are inconsistent with the cultural landscape". Their aim is to improve the visitor experience and protect cultural