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Aren’t We All Just Giant Versions Of Our Domestic Feline Friends?
2014-01-13 07:34:47

[ Watch the Video: To Our pet Cats, We're Just Giant Versions Of Them ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cats have been man’s other best friend for thousands of years, with the first felines coming into the lives of humans at least 9,500 years ago, based on a grave unearthed in 2004 in Cyprus that contained the remains of a cat with its possible human master. Since then, cats have spread to Egypt and throughout the rest of the world and have quickly become...

Cat Domestication Started In China
2013-12-17 10:31:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cats were drawn to human settlements near the ancient Chinese village of Quanhucun more than 5,000 years ago, a development which may have eventually led to their domestication. "Our data suggest that cats were attracted to ancient farming villages by small animals, such as rodents that were living on the grain that the farmers grew, ate...

New Species Of Big Cat Discovered In Tibet Fills Evolutionary Gap
2013-11-13 08:21:19

[ Watch the Video: Fossil Skull Of Ancient Big Cat Unearthed In Tibet ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The evolution of big cats has been nearly as mysterious as the cats themselves, but a new discovery will likely lead anthropologists to a better understanding of when and where big cats originated. During a 2010 paleontological dig in Tibet, a husband-and-wife team who were part of a larger expedition discovered the fossilized partial remains of what...

An Unstroked Kitty Is A Happier Cat, Says Study
2013-10-07 14:30:34

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It’s long been understood that cats and other pets can reduce stress in their human caretakers. Yet, there has been little understanding of how our affections toward our feline companions affect them. That is until now. A new study says that slow petting and stroking that is so beneficial to humans could be absolutely nerve-wracking to the animals on the receiving end. Researchers from Austria, Brazil and the UK say they were...

Selkirk Rex Cat Officially Its Own Breed
2013-06-24 09:27:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online For over 20 years cat lovers and breeders have recognized the Selkirk Rex, or the poodle-haired cat, as its own breed. Now, scientists have finally agreed with these fans, formally classifying the interesting looking animal as its own breed. This means that every Selkirk Rex roaming the planet can be traced back to a single cat named “Miss Depesto” who was born in Montana in 1987. Though they are sometimes confused with other...

Genetic Analysis Shows Reasons Behind Selkirk Rex Curly Hair
2012-10-31 04:52:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Appearance plays a large part in choosing a mate, whether that is your human spouse or your animal pet. Many human societies place a high value on curly hair for appearance — as generations of perm-offering hair dressers can attest. It should be no surprise that pet owners and breeders are attracted to curly haired animals more frequently. Three curly-haired varieties have been recognized and developed into competitive breeds...

Never Judge A Cat By Its Color
2012-10-24 04:28:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley says you shouldn't judge a cat by its color. Domestic cats are often judged by their color, with media and folklore perpetuating the stereotypes. Think about feline archetypes: the snobbish, white Persian promoting Fancy Feast cat food or the spooky, bad luck feelings engendered by a black cat. The research team wanted to...

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2008-08-02 11:25:30

For the first time an international researcher team has developed a model, which identifies potential habitats and corridors for the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris). Using Rheinland-Pfalz as an example, it was demonstrated that almost half of this German federal state could be suitable for wildcats, enabling a maximum population of 1600 females. The model can also be adapted for other regions and could therefore prove to be of significant value in protecting this highly...

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2007-06-28 15:00:00

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID WASHINGTON - Garfield, Morris and the Aristocats get the fame, but look to the origins of today's furry felines and you find "lybica," a Middle Eastern wildcat. Domestic cats can be traced to wild progenitors that interbred well over 100,000 years ago, new research indicates. "House cats - which includes fancy breeds and feral cats - those cats all form a genetic group that is virtually indistinguishable from ones in the Middle East," said Stephen J. O'Brien of the...


Latest Felis Reference Libraries

Dragon Li
2013-06-12 16:16:03

The dragon li, also known as the China Li Hua or the Li Hua Ma, among other names, is a domestic cat breed that originated in China. This natural breed is a descendent of a wild natural breed, or landrace, and occurs in dynastic culture and Chinese folklore. Although it goes by many names in its native China, which has caused some confusion, it has more recently been called the dragon li or the Chinese Li Hua in recognition of the cultural popularity of the Chinese dragon. The dragon li is...

2013-06-12 16:11:04

The bambino cat is an experimental breed of cat that was registered with the TICA under the designation Experimental Bambino in 2006. This breed is a mix of the munchkin cat and the Sphynx cat. It received its name from the Italian word bambino, which translates to baby in English. Like the Munchkin breed, the bambino cat is short and has large ears. Its skin is like that of the Sphynx cat and is pink or white in color, but this also means that it requires frequent bathing in order to keep it...

Donskoy
2013-06-11 15:52:04

The Donskoy is a domestic cat breed that originated in Russia in 1987, when Elena Kovaleva, a cat breeder, discovered it in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. The cat was found to be distinct from the Sphynx, a cat that shares its hairless appearance, because a dominant gene causes its lack of fur. The breed was not recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF) until 1997, and was later recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA) in 2005. The Donskoy is preferably medium in size with a...

Burmilla
2013-06-11 15:47:50

The Burmilla is a domestic cat breed that was developed in 1981 in the United Kingdom. Unlike other breeds that were developed by breeding two distinct cats in a controlled environment, this breed was accidentally created when a lilac Burmese and a Chinchilla Persian, both pure bred cats awaiting breeding partners, encountered each other after a domestic worker left the door separating the two cats open. The resulting litter of four kittens was born in 1981. This breed is accepted by the...

York Chocolate
2013-06-11 13:15:07

The York chocolate cat, also known as the York, is a breed of domestic cat that originated in America in 1983 and is used as a show cat. It was developed by Janet Chiefari, who bred kittens that were descendants of Siamese cats. The York can be medium or large with a slightly long nose, a round head, and large round eyes that are gold or green in color. Its feet are sometimes tufted and it has a fluffy tail. Its body is covered in semi-long, soft fur that can vary in color. Preferred colors...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.