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How Deksy The Cat Conquered The Internet
With nearly 1 million followers on Instagram, 100 million likes on TikTok, and 175 million views on YouTube, Deksy The Cat has emerged as one of the most influential felines on the internet. What’s even more crazy is that it all happened by accident! If you haven’t heard of this cat already, here’s a quick breakdown. Although Deksy has been famously active on TikTok for years with her hyper personality (Watch a video and you’ll know what I mean), everything would change on December 6th...
Breed Of The Month: Khao Manee
The name Khao Manee (pronounced “cow man-ee”) means white gem in Thai and was given to this breed because of their notedly white coat of fur. History The Khao Manee breed hails from Thailand and has existed for many centuries. The earliest known documentation of the breed is a book compiled of illustrations of cats and descriptions of their physical appearance that dates back to approximately 1350 A.D., called Tamra Maew (Treatise on Cats.) The Khao Manee was imported to the US in 1999...
Vegan Diets for Cats–Is It Okay to Feed My Cat a Vegan Diet?
Vegan and vegetarian diets have become notably more popular during the past decade. Many people choose to follow a strict vegan diet to protect animal lives. Are Vegan Diets Harmful for Cats? Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they eat a diet consisting of at least 70% meat. Obligate carnivores like cats have shorter intestines as opposed to other animals such as dogs, and can’t properly metabolize fiber which is found in vegetation. In addition to being unable to digest fiber, a...
Breed Of The Month: Toyger
Toyger is a play on the words “toy” and “tiger”. This name seemed fitting for the breed because of their stripes that closely resemble that of a tiger. History The origins of the breed began in the 1980s when Judy Sugden–the daughter of Jean Mill, the founder of the Bengal breed–recognized her desire to create a cat with thicker, bolder, more wild-looking stripes than compared to the mackerel tabby pattern that we’re all familiar with. She started by breeding a Bengal cat named Millwood...
Breed Of The Month: Oriental Shorthair
The Oriental Shorthair was nicknamed the “honking cat” because of their unique meow that oddly sounds more like a geese’s honk than a cat’s meow! History Oriental shorthairs were created in the United Kingdom during WW2 in an attempt to preserve the Siamese breed. British shorthairs, Russian blues, and Abyssinians were bred to the Siamese to continue the breed. Naturally, many of the kittens were not born with the colorpoint pattern like the Siamese. These cats were classified as...
Breed Of The Month: Bombay
The Persian has been among the most popular cat breeds in the US for years because of their soft features and laidback temperament. History The earliest documentation of the Persian dates back to the 1500s, although the breed is believed to be years older! The breed is known to have originated in Persia (now Iran), hence the name. Persian cats were imported into Europe during the early 1600s and soon became very popular in England and among the royals. Queen Victoria–who reigned from...
Breed Of The Month: Bombay
The Bombay–dubbed the mini black panther of the Felis Catus species–is a relatively new breed that originated in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1953. History The Bombay cat was created by Nikki Horner (a cat breeder and Miss Kentucky of 1954.) Horner crossed a sable Burmese and a black American shorthair to create a domestic kitty resembling its significantly larger cousin: the black panther. Horner perfected the breed after nearly five years of selective breeding. The breed was given the...
Breed Of The Month: Neva Masquerade
Neva Masquerades are often seen as the colorpoint variant of the Siberian cat. They aren’t recognized by TICA (The International Cat Association) or the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) as a separate breed. History The Neva Masquerade originated in Russia–somewhere near the Neva River (hence the name) in the 1980s. This cat is known to be a cross between a Siamese and a Siberian cat, even though some believe that breeds such as the Birman, Balinese, and Himalayan were also used in the...
Debunking Myths & Misconceptions About Cats
There are quite a few myths about cats floating around–most are harmless, but there are some that all cat owners should know aren’t true. Cats always land on their feet. It’s not true! Cats don’t always land on their feet, although they do most of the time. Cats have a vestibular apparatus inside their ear that allows the cat to determine which way is up and turn their body the correct way in a matter of milliseconds. The shorter the fall, the less time the cat has to prepare for the...
Breed Of The Month: Somali
Somalis are virtually the longhaired version of the Abyssinian, although it’s considered its own breed. History The breed originated when the longhair gene was introduced to the Abyssinian. When, where, how, why–no one knows. An American woman named Evelyn Mague set out to have the Somali recognized by cat fancier clubs and registries. In 1979, the Somali gained championship status with the CFA and TICA. Appearance & Physical Traits Somalis have been dubbed “Fox Cat” because of their...
Breed Of The Month: Snowshoe
The American breed made famous by the Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who ironically was a mixed breed, although she did resemble the Snowshoe cat. History The Snowshoe breed began in the USA during the 1960s when a Siamese breeder named Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty noticed that three kittens of a new litter possessed solid white paws instead of the classic pointed paws typically seen in the Siamese breed. Hinds-Daugherty decided to breed these cats with black and white colored (tuxedo)...
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