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Baltimore1937
10-23-2015, 07:25 AM
We can't leave out a cat thread, can we?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/snow-leopards-climate-change_5628465fe4b0bce34703f6f9

MikeWhalen
10-23-2015, 11:30 AM
excellent thread, don't know why I did not think of it!

when I get home, I will post some of my fav. cat meme's

Mike

MikeWhalen
10-23-2015, 08:34 PM
a few i find funny..

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MikeWhalen
10-23-2015, 08:39 PM
these are more inspirational types I like...

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MikeWhalen
10-23-2015, 08:41 PM
cool cat related art work...

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MikeWhalen
10-23-2015, 08:45 PM
and last for the day, so cute and sugary, diabetics should not look...

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Baltimore1937
10-23-2015, 09:10 PM
Cats are picky eaters:

http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/what-food-tastes-like-to-a-cat-151021.htm

Jean M
10-23-2015, 09:24 PM
Rare footage of endangered snow leopards released
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34612723

Baltimore1937
10-27-2015, 08:50 PM
I don't know where to place this, so I'll lump it with Cats:

http://www.livescience.com/52589-super-predators-ate-young-mammoths.html

GoldenHind
10-28-2015, 05:53 PM
A British animal behaviorist has predicted that the next animal to be domesticated by humans will be the cat. He currently assigns the cat to a position halfway between a wild animal and a domesticated one.

I think most people who have kept a cat will understand his point.

star rider
10-28-2015, 08:38 PM
A British animal behaviorist has predicted that the next animal to be domesticated by humans will be the cat. He currently assigns the cat to a position halfway between a wild animal and a domesticated one.

I think most people who have kept a cat will understand his point.
I had to re-read this
I thought it said "A British animal behaviorist has predicted that the next animal to be domesticated by CATS will be the HUMAN"....LOL

those of us who have cats will understand this as well ;)

in case you are wondering.. yes the cats in my Avatar are mine(I often think they own me.).

Baltimore1937
11-22-2015, 08:18 AM
A rescued Peruvian Mountain Lion:

https://www.thedodo.com/mountain-lion-chained-to-truck-rescued-1466555241.html

Baltimore1937
11-23-2015, 10:35 PM
Don't forget the Cave Lions:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151119-first-mummified-cave-lions-discovered-in-siberia

C J Wyatt III
11-23-2015, 10:47 PM
Cats earning their keep:

http://www.catchannel.com/cat-news/2015/11/feral-cats-guard-chicago-distillery.aspx

MikeWhalen
11-23-2015, 11:58 PM
that story has 2 of my 3 fav things...through in a pix of a pretty girl and it would be a home run!

Mike


Cats earning their keep:

http://www.catchannel.com/cat-news/2015/11/feral-cats-guard-chicago-distillery.aspx

Baltimore1937
12-02-2015, 07:42 PM
Saber-tooth Cats and early Humans:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34944560

Baltimore1937
02-04-2016, 10:17 AM
Our last Jaguar?

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/b2f0ca3a594644ee9e50a8ec4ce2d6de/Article_2016-02-03-US-Wild-Jaguar-Video/id-b7f36a35504848ca86bfdc2b2064afb8

Baltimore1937
02-16-2016, 01:13 AM
Snow Leopard encounter by skiers:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/snow-leopard-skiers-india_us_56c1ce02e4b0c3c55051de29

Baltimore1937
04-11-2016, 03:35 PM
Grrrr..., or do tigers roar?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tiger-numbers-increase_us_570b531fe4b0142232495502

Baltimore1937
05-09-2016, 04:35 PM
Latest about Amur Leopards and Tigers:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/06/russia-builds-tunnel-save-endangered-leopards-tigers?cmpid=tp-ptnr-huffpost

Baltimore1937
06-02-2016, 04:33 PM
Texas Ocelot problem solved:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/27/texas-builds-road-help-endangered-ocelots-survive?cmpid=tp-ptnr-huffpost

Baltimore1937
06-10-2016, 10:04 PM
And not to forget our local Cougars:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article82886562.html

I once saw Cougar tracks here in Whatcom County, but never a real live one.

MikeWhalen
06-10-2016, 10:36 PM
I was waiting for someone to mention cougars..

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Baltimore1937
08-07-2016, 02:58 AM
Whoever heard of Sand Cats?

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2100162-elusive-arabian-sand-cat-spotted-after-10-years-disappearance/

http://mspecies.oxfordjournals.org/content/mspecies/47/924/63.full

Baltimore1937
08-23-2016, 02:28 AM
Another endangered cat; the Fishing Cat:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101886-the-mission-to-find-the-worlds-rarest-cat-in-jungles-of-java/

MikeWhalen
12-18-2016, 06:10 PM
way cool footage of siberian tigers being filmed by a drone

love it around the 35 sec mark where 2 of them are clearly preparing to leap up and grab the interloper...poor kitties missed I guess

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfk6QcfyxKE

Mike

Adrian Stevenson
12-18-2016, 06:38 PM
We have a three year old tom cat named "Patch". He came to live with us when he was one year old. (He chose us) Born with only one eye, this does not stop him being a killing machine..

Totally spoilt rotten!

Cheers, Ade.

Judith
12-20-2016, 04:57 PM
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Our feline boss!
Our household runs in line with the saying "dogs have masters, but cats have staff"

DMXX
12-20-2016, 08:10 PM
Two summers ago, my brother made a birthday wish for a Persian cat.

The next day, miraculously, a stray, pregnant and somewhat emaciated white Persian hybrid turned up on our front door. We've been looking after her ever since. It's given birth to two litters of kittens since then, most recent lot entered the scene about a week ago.

My brother's home for Christmas, so I suppose the kittens are his presents - The mother's the gift that keeps on giving, I guess!

C J Wyatt III
12-20-2016, 08:17 PM
Two summers ago, my brother made a birthday wish for a Persian cat.

The next day, miraculously, a stray, pregnant and somewhat emaciated white Persian hybrid turned up on our front door. We've been looking after her ever since. It's given birth to two litters of kittens since then, most recent lot entered the scene about a week ago.

My brother's home for Christmas, so I suppose the kittens are his presents - The mother's the gift that keeps on giving, I guess!

Picture?

DMXX
12-20-2016, 09:18 PM
Picture?

Enjoy. First one taken by me a month ago, second last week.

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JMcB
12-21-2016, 12:44 AM
When I was growing up we usually had some mix of cats & dogs living with us. At one point we had three cats and two dogs living under the same roof. Which usually worked quite well, once they got acclimated to each other.

These are the last two, who are now unfortunately deceased.

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MikeWhalen
12-21-2016, 12:48 AM
my brother just got a new kitten...a chocolate Burmese...I will try to get his anti technological ass to take a few pics so I can post them

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MikeWhalen
12-21-2016, 07:10 PM
my brothers new Burmese kitten, presenting his belly to be scratched

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GoldenHind
12-21-2016, 08:32 PM
my brothers new Burmese kitten, presenting his belly to be scratched

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Our first cat was a Siamese who moved in from a couple of houses up the street. If you even thought about scratching his belly, he would shred you. Since then we have had other cats who absolutely loved to have their tummy stroked.

Baltimore1937
01-02-2017, 08:30 AM
Canada Lynx at a Colorado ski resort:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ski-resort-lynx_us_5869ca22e4b0d9a5945beb99

MikeWhalen
01-14-2017, 12:14 AM
a few more of my brothers kitten

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and just cause I thought it was funny...

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Mike

ps-he is driving my brother nuts as he wants to try all the human food and is a real little bully about it...in the above pics, he is not actually supposed to be up on the kitchen island counter but he is...first trying to get a bit of the old chedder cheese spread, then trying a sip of my brother rum and coke

MikeWhalen
01-26-2017, 08:47 PM
here are a couple more of Fudge, from New Years day...man, he loves being in the center of action and is very energetic and playful...and stubborn, just as he looks in one of these pics

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ignore the devil cat eyes, he is really very nice :)
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Baltimore1937
03-29-2017, 09:45 AM
Latest news about rare tigers in Thailand:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39423053

When I was stationed in Pleiku, Vietnam in 1968-69 a tiger was shot by a US Army patrol in the forested mountain ridge between An Khe and Pleiku. A photo of the trophy was shown in the local military newspaper. I always regretted not saving that issue.

Judith
03-29-2017, 04:09 PM
a tiger was shot by a US Army patrol .

I hope the shooter was put on a charge unless it was self defence! But I suspect it was a different world then with regards to conservation
It is good to see the Thai tigers still exist but sad to read that the others have virtually gone.

MikeWhalen
03-29-2017, 05:33 PM
my fav pic of my brothers Kitten...when it was staying with me as he traveled...I think it really shows his personality

he is very affectionate and cute, but super curious and stubborn and is a little devil at times
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he is around 6 months at the time of this pic...he just got 'fixed' this week and I am hoping it will dial back some of his 'leaping into trouble' issues

Mike

kaybee
03-29-2017, 06:06 PM
There was a study on cat dna a few years back, was there not? I think I even paid for a copy!

Baltimore1937
03-29-2017, 10:45 PM
I hope the shooter was put on a charge unless it was self defence! But I suspect it was a different world then with regards to conservation
It is good to see the Thai tigers still exist but sad to read that the others have virtually gone.

Back when I was there, vast areas of forest had just been clearcut around An Khe. It had been a lush forested area. I saw a few forest birds that had lost their forest home. The Bay Woodpecker springs to mind. But there were still some patches left, such as the hill behind the army base and along a nearby small river. I was there for a month or so before I was sent to Pleiku.

GoldenHind
03-29-2017, 10:54 PM
he is very affectionate and cute, but super curious and stubborn and is a little devil at times
he just got 'fixed' this week and I am hoping it will dial back some of his 'leaping into trouble' issues

Mike

IMHO being super curious, stubborn and a little devil at times is part of their essential nature. Nor do I think there is any known medical procedure which will prevent them from 'leaping into trouble' at times.

MikeWhalen
03-29-2017, 11:49 PM
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well, for the most part I would agree with you...but part of the problem is he is an excellent jumper and he is making some just crazy stupid jumps that could easily end up hurting him
...he fell off a staircase once, a 7-8 foot fall onto steps...he was not hurt but that was pure luck
...another jump was pretty much straight up about 3 1/2 feet off the back of my big reading chair,so he would land inside the upturned glass shade on a very tall 50's style reading lamp...aside from breaking part of the lamp, it of course could not handle the weight and started to fall over
... he bails out as I catch the lamp falling over...if that plays out just about any other way than how it did, he would have got caught in the crash and been badly cut by glass...aside from destroying a nice antique

we've had 6 different cats in this house over the 70 yrs we have lived in it, and none of the others have every tried some of the stunts he has, so I am fairly worried about him hurting himself
...now some of that is kitten stuff, hopefully he will get a bit more 'sensible' about what he can try, just via maturity
...cause some day, this 'extreme sport jumping' of his will burn all his 9 lives

-you might be right about getting fixed not changing much...I have read/heard a variety of conflicting info on that, but I do hope it helps him a bit

Mike

Calas
03-30-2017, 12:39 AM
he is very affectionate and cute, but super curious and stubborn and is a little devil at times it will dial back some of his 'leaping into trouble' issues

Mike. That's what cats do. Leap into trouble. I'd say spaying & age may save you a few headaches but then one of my oldest cats (a kleptomaniac to boot) always had his nose where it didn't belong.

Or at least that's what I've found with mine and I've "owned" [reality been owned by] cats since I was a toddler.





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well, for the most part I would agree with you...but part of the problem is he is an excellent jumper and he is making some just crazy stupid jumps that could easily end up hurting him
...he fell off a staircase once, a 7-8 foot fall onto steps...he was not hurt but that was pure luck
...another jump was pretty much straight up about 3 1/2 feet off the back of my big reading chair,so he would land inside the upturned glass shade on a very tall 50's style reading lamp...aside from breaking part of the lamp, it of course could not handle the weight and started to fall over
... he bails out as I catch the lamp falling over...if that plays out just about any other way than how it did, he would have got caught in the crash and been badly cut by glass...aside from destroying a nice antique

we've had 6 different cats in this house over the 70 yrs we have lived in it, and none of the others have every tried some of the stunts he has, so I am fairly worried about him hurting himself
...now some of that is kitten stuff, hopefully he will get a bit more 'sensible' about what he can try, just via maturity
...cause some day, this 'extreme sport jumping' of his will burn all his 9 lives

-you might be right about getting fixed not changing much...I have read/heard a variety of conflicting info on that, but I do hope it helps him a bit

Mike

He's a kitten. Kittens, like children, do "stupid" things. Even adult cats will attempt things such as too-far leaps or misjudge leaps.

The only thing I'd suggest is try and remove potential serious harm [or hard to replace] - such as the lamp - until he grows out of the "how-far-can-I-push-it" phase.

MikeWhalen
12-17-2017, 07:33 PM
a few new pics with the new camera of Fudge

mostly of him being king of the castle or mr relaaaaaxed

I have a spiral staircase going upstairs and he always rushes ahead of me and flops down partway through the banisters and we then play fight for a few minutes...half the time or more he really wants his head scratched and we quickly transition from scrapping to scratching (not him, he is quite good about just 'mouthing' me when he bites/chews on me)
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is there a more typical pic for a cat?...surrounded by expensive toys and technology and just as often as not, the box is one of his fav toys
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ohoh, despite it being quite dark in the room when I took this (this camera seems much better at taking pics at low light), he sensed i was watching him and decided he needed to make a break for it...the Fort was comprimised!
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taken today, a King, watching over his realm
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enjoy (I hope)

Mike

Baltimore1937
12-19-2017, 07:23 AM
The Iranian Cheetah needs saving:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/asiatic-cheetah-brink-extinction_us_5a37c53fe4b040881bec5f2d?ncid=inblnk ushpmg00000009

MikeWhalen
05-06-2018, 03:24 PM
I am babysitting my brothers burmese again...he loves my house as I have a zillion big windows and he can get a real close ground view of everything...so much so, that my venetian blinds are a mere nusance for him, one he happily mangles to get a better look at all the birds and winds blowing stuff and chippy's..

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C J Wyatt III
05-07-2018, 03:49 AM
Own two Maine Coons & a Norwegian forest.

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C J Wyatt III
05-08-2018, 03:04 AM
Sorry. Closest thing I have right now is (lvrs desert rose). A related cat to the mama Maine coon. I'm currenty in a different country & brother's looking after them.

Thanks, she is a beauty. I've never got to know a Maine Coon Cat, but I have always heard good things about them.

I had Siamese cats when I was younger, but now I just have what has found me.

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GoldenHind
05-08-2018, 11:00 PM
I happened to watch an interview of a well known scientist on TV a couple of weeks ago. Although he primarily addressed the mysteries of the universe and evolution, he did posit a rhetorical question that went something like this:

Why don't cats rule the world? They are certainly capable to doing so. The answer seems to be that they are perfectly content with their role as our domestic masters.

Saetro
05-09-2018, 11:21 PM
I am babysitting my brothers burmese again...he loves my house as I have a zillion big windows and he can get a real close ground view of everything...so much so, that my venetian blinds are a mere nusance for him, one he happily mangles to get a better look at all the birds and winds blowing stuff and chippy's..

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Burmese can be real princes.
They often don't get upset, but also think the world belongs to them. (A bit more than most toms.)
We had a tabby courted by two of them and ended up with a wonderful brood of chocolate and grey (blue) kittens with great dispositions.
And somehow they have a James Bond appearance when walking along fencetops.

Baltimore1937
05-20-2018, 06:21 AM
Fatal Cougar attack in WA:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/business/national-business/article211515829.html


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cougar-kills-mountain-biker-in-washington_us_5b00d357e4b0463cdba2da27

C J Wyatt III
05-20-2018, 07:18 AM
Fatal Cougar attack in WA:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/business/national-business/article211515829.html

Sounds like a fluke, but this type of incident could become more common.

The updated headline "The Latest: Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded" could have been written more clearly. My first thought was how do you upgrade someone's condition from dead?

Jack

MikeWhalen
06-03-2018, 04:21 PM
best laugh of the day...so far

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GoldenHind
06-13-2018, 11:02 PM
This post is due to being informed yesterday that a good friend lost his beloved dog from pancreatitis. Apparently the vet could do nothing for her.

We once had a cat who got pancreatitis. When he uncharacteristically refused to eat and started acting very lethargic, we took him to the vet. The vet said she suspected he had pancreatitis, but the best indication was to give him an injection of steroids. If he improved, the diagnosis of pancreatitis was likely accurate: if not, it was probably not. When we brought him home from the vet, he charged his food bowl at full speed and promptly finished off a large meal. He never had another symptom.

Later the same cat got diabetes. We had to give him insulin injections twice a day. The vet had told us that diabetes in cats, unlike humans and dogs, would often go into spontaneous remission. And it did so with him. After a couple of months, he was never bothered by it again.

It brought to mind a quote attributed to Mark Twain:
"Ďf man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat."

JMcB
06-15-2018, 02:11 PM
It brought to mind a quote attributed to Mark Twain:
"Ďf man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat."

Yes, but think how high we could jump!

MikeWhalen
08-26-2018, 09:02 PM
I probably have posted this before, but it is so good, I thought I would bring it up...

Sad Cat Diary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=PKffm2uI4dk

Mike

msmarjoribanks
08-29-2018, 03:28 AM
Amazing!

Baltimore1937
01-06-2019, 07:40 AM
That old Siberian Tiger turned himself in:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/wounded-tiger-finds-humans-ask-13814731

Mandoos
01-06-2019, 08:38 AM
In a new comprehensive study of the spread of domesticated cats, DNA analysis suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were domesticated. During that time, their genes have changed little from those of wildcats, apart from picking up one recent tweak: the distinctive stripes and dots of the tabby cat.

Researchers surveyed the DNA of more than 200 cats spanning the last 9,000 years, including ancient Romanian cat remains, Egyptian cat mummies, and modern African wildcat specimens. Two major cat lineages contributed to the domestic feline we know today, they report in a study published Monday in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
The earlier ancestors of today’s domestic cats spread from southwest Asia and into Europe as early as 4400 B.C. The cats likely started hanging around farming communities in the Fertile Crescent about 8,000 years ago, where they settled into a mutually beneficial relationship as humans’ rodent patrol. (See little-known small cats in “Out of the Shadows, the Wildcats You’ve Never Seen.”)
Mice and rats were attracted to crops and other agricultural byproducts being produced by human civilizations. Cats likely followed the rodent populations and, in turn, frequently approached the human settlements.

“This is probably how the first encounter between humans and cats occurred,” says study coauthor Claudio Ottoni of the University of Leuven. “It’s not that humans took some cats and put them inside cages,” he says. Instead, people more or less allowed cats to domesticate themselves. (Also see “Surprising Things You Never Knew About Your Cat.”)
A second lineage, consisting of African cats that dominated Egypt, spread into the Mediterranean and most of the Old World beginning around 1500 B.C. This Egyptian cat probably had behaviors that made it attractive to humans, such as sociability and tameness.

The results suggest that prehistoric human populations probably began carrying their cats along ancient land and sea trade routes to control rodents.

Tabby Takeover
By comparing the DNA of cats throughout history, the study captures a glimpse of how the animals were changing even before humans started to cart them across the globe, Ottoni says.

Surprisingly, wild and domestic cats showed no major differences in their genetic makeup, and one of the few traits available for telling them apart was the tabby coat marking.
The study sheds light on the late emergence of the blotched or striped coat markings, which began to appear in domesticated tabby cats in the Middle Ages. The gene for a tabby coat dates back to the Ottoman Empire in Southwest Asia and later became common in Europe and Africa.

It was only in the 18th century, however, that the markings became common enough to be associated with domestic cats, and in the 19th century, cat fanciers began selecting cats with particular traits to create fancy breeds.

Purr-fect Pets
Overall, cats became a domesticated companion of humans without changing much, says evolutionary geneticist and article coauthor Eva-Maria Geigl. Domestic cats look similar to wildcats, but they aren’t solitary, tolerating both humans and other cats. (See "Our Most Stunning Pictures of Big Cats.")
This is in contrast to dogs, the first animals to be domesticated, Geigl adds. Dogs were selected to perform specific tasks—which never was the case for cats—and this selection for particular traits is what led to dogs’ diversification to the many breeds we see today.

“I think that there was no need to subject cats to such a selection process since it was not necessary to change them,” Geigl says. “They were perfect as they were.”

Though everyone might not agree on cats’ perfection, felines are among the most popular pets in the world today, with as many as 74 million cats living in U.S. homes.

“We’re discovering incredible things about where they’ve come from, how far they’ve gone, and what kind of impact they’ve had on humans,” Ottoni says.

“I think studying more about this species is going to open up even more about the domestication process.”

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/domesticated-cats-dna-genetics-pets-science/

I've only seen short-haired "egyptian" type cats in Asia. They're extremely playful and hyper in temperament.

Baltimore1937
06-20-2019, 06:42 AM
A new species of cat is recognized (Corsica):

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/786581/cat-fox-new-species-cat-corsica

Baltimore1937
08-09-2019, 03:02 AM
A possible new cat species in Costa Rica:

https://www.globalwildlife.org/the-sixth-cat/

MikeWhalen
09-15-2019, 05:28 PM
they are always so very helpful...

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C J Wyatt III
09-15-2019, 10:56 PM
I don't know if anyone else will find this story interesting, but I thought it was pretty neat.

An original "Cats" musical cast member adopted a local stray and had it flown from Georgia to her home in Texas:

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/the-voice-of-broadway-adopts-local-feline/article_f444bb78-d734-11e9-bdf5-0b2fa3e52a5e.html

Kapisa
11-01-2020, 07:23 PM
Conservation effort of endangered Persian/Caucasian Leapord in Iraqi Kurdistan.4089640897http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ymnhxgw8Rw

Elizabeth
11-20-2020, 08:32 AM
https://media.breitbart.com/media/2020/11/cat-hijab-640x480.jpg

Feline Faith: Hijabs for ‘Modest’ Cats Grow Popular in Indonesia


The store sells variants of the costume featured above, offering the same product in a flower pattern. Also on sale are costumes featuring superhero characters and a popular elementary school character.

The unusual range of products caught the attention of people on social media, one of whom asked if it would prevent their cat from getting pregnant out of wedlock.

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/11/19/feline-faith-hijabs-for-modest-cats-grow-popular-in-indonesia/

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GoldenHind
11-20-2020, 06:08 PM
She certainly doesn't look very happy.

ffdp1919
11-29-2020, 07:11 PM
Ahaha, this cat will remember everything.

Elizabeth
12-14-2020, 08:48 PM
https://i.postimg.cc/jdM99S6Q/hobby-cat.jpg

TheIncredibleHulk
12-19-2020, 09:59 AM
The Kahjiits - my most favorite race in the Elder Scrolls franchise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWp0FfUITIY

Elizabeth
12-26-2020, 02:20 AM
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doanhmarket
01-04-2021, 09:08 AM
How high can a cat fall through the air without dying?

C J Wyatt III
01-04-2021, 09:44 AM
How high can a cat fall through the air without dying?

Here is an interesting article for you:

https://www.wired.com/story/how-can-a-cat-survive-a-high-rise-fall-physics/

Curiously, cats appear to have a better chance of surviving a high rise fall than a mid rise one.