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Boys and girls, guys and gals, chicks and dudes – no matter what you call 'em, they each have their own needs that we as pet parents must take into consideration. For your female cat, in particular, there are several special traits she'll need you to be aware of as she goes through life.
Whether you're already the proud parent of a female cat or you're trying to decide on the sex of your next adorable adoptee, here's the scoop on a few qualities unique to the ladies.

A Female Cat in Heat

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First things first: yes, if your female cat isn't spayed, she will have a fertility cycle. In feline terms, this is called "heat" and a female cat in heat is referred to as a "queen."
While many pet parents neuter their male cats simply for the fact that neutered males are less aggressive and more hygienic (i.e., they're less likely to spray urine to mark their territory), deciding whether or not to spay your female cat involves many other factors.
If you decide against spaying, your female cat may be more prone to certain health issues, she will go into heat every three weeks in breeding season, and she may one day have a litter of ridiculously cute kittens, should she meet a handsome tomcat.
Even if the idea of being a cat grandparent makes you giddy, coping with a female cat in heat may not. Unspayed female cats will go into heat in the spring and the fall, for most breeds. During this time - which lasts about 4 to 5 days and occurs about every three weeks - your female cat will be:
  • Extremely vocal
  • Obsessed with rubbing against things in order to get her scent on as many surfaces as possible
  • Far more likely to attempt an escape, especially if she senses a male cat is outside
  • More likely to lick her genital area frequently, which may increase the risk of infection
A female cat can go into heat as early as four months of age and it signals that she's ready and able to have kittens. However, a cat who gets pregnant before she's at least 10 months old is far more likely to have health problems as her body is still developing.
According to the ASPCA, "Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases."
Of course, if you plan to breed your pretty kitty, consult with your veterinarian to ensure you can take as many measures as possible to keep her safe and healthy without spaying her.

False Pregnancy

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When a female cat becomes pregnant and is awaiting her litter of kittens, it's referred to as "queening." (We'll pause for a moment to let you go hashtag crazy with that one on social media.)
However, like humans, a female cat who has not been spayed could present with signs of pregnancy, but not actually have a litter on the way at all. In that case, she's not actually queening; rather, she's showing signs of false pregnancy.
Much like women, a female cat can show signs of pregnancy such as abdominal distention (a growing or bulging tummy), enlargement of the mammary glands (breast tissue), and even morning sickness (vomiting and loss of appetite).
The best way to tell for sure if your cat is queening is:
  • To feel gently on your cat's belly
  • Visiting the vet for an ultrasound after day 16 of her possible pregnancy
  • Getting an x-ray of your cat's tummy
If your cat isn't pregnant, but she's showing several signs of pregnancy, then she's having a false pregnancy. It's not clear what causes this phenomenon, but vets believe it's most likely due to a hormone imbalance.
If your female cat experiences a false pregnancy, consider taking her to the vet for a check up to make sure everything is OK.

Birthing Issues

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Being in charge of giving life to new beings is a doozy of a responsibility (am I right, ladies?). Understandably, then, female cats who have not been spayed often deal with problems during the birthing process.
If your female cat has been unable to birth kittens or, tragically, has birthed still born kittens, she may be dealing with one or more of these issues:
  • Fetal Reabsorption – If a fetus is not viable, the mother cat's body will reabsorb the fetal tissue into her body. It is common for pieces to be found in the afterbirth when this happens. This is far more common if the mother cat has the FeLV virus.
  • Uterine Cysts – Cysts that are attached to the ovaries or uterus can cause hormonal imbalances and disrupt the development of healthy kittens.
  • Endometritis – A female cat with endometritis will develop a bacterial infection in her uterus that can kill any unborn kittens growing in her womb. In many cases, cats with endometritis are unable to breed again in the future; though in mild cases of infection, breeding may be possible with treatment.
As any woman can confirm, it's not easy being a female cat. Understanding the special health issues female cats are prone to, especially if they are not spayed, can go a long way toward helping you be the best cat parent you can be.
Do you have a female cat? Tell us all about her in the comments below! Every queen deserves to be celebrated.

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Cats are generally regarded as the human race’s second best friend. They’re part of families around the world, in almost every culture. According to Tuxedo Cat, the domesticated cat is actually the world’s most popular pet — beating the dog narrowly.

But how did this love affair with such a fiercely independent animal come about? It might surprise you to discover that humans have been keeping cats for around 10,000 years… far longer than they’ve been keeping dogs.

The story of the domestic cat probably began in Cyprus. While it’s impossible to be sure where and when cats first become domesticated, archaeologists have discovered human skeletons buried with cats. In some cases, these discoveries are believed to date back to around 9500 BC.

The evidence, however, is few and far between until you assess a major civilization’s relationship with its feline friends.

Cats in Ancient Egypt

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It is widely believed that the first civilization to domesticate cats in large numbers was Ancient Egypt. As food stores became increasingly old and decrepit within the empire, rodent infestations grew out of control. In an effort to tackle the problem, vendors introduced cats into their business. It would appear that mice and rats have always made very tasty and nutritious cat food.

Over the years, cat populations grew quickly in all of the major cities in Ancient Egypt. While friendly to humans, cats remained fiercely protective of their territory — which was great news for food vendors. It’s therefore not surprising that children formed a bond with local cats, and it wasn’t long before ordinary Egyptian families began to keep them as pets.

Such was the strong bond between humans and cats at this time, domestication eventually spread to the nearby empires of Greece and Persia, and thanks to one Chinese Emperor’s love of cats, the animal became the number one pet for the rich and powerful in China.

If you want an indication of just how important cats were in Ancient Egypt, take a look at the Egyptian god Bastet — which was half human, half cat.

The Roman Empire

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Historians now believe that the Phoenicians were the first to introduce cats to the Roman Empire. Initially, domesticated cats in Rome were used to protect larders and food stores from rodents and other pests. At the time of their introduction (around 500BC), the ferret was actually the pet of choice in the Empire. However, once people realized that cats were less smelly and easier to look after, ordinary citizens started to invite them into their homes.

Very little of modern-day Europe was left unconquered by the Romans, and everywhere the conquerors went, they took their beloved pets and protectors with them. If you want to know why cats have such a large role in modern civilization, you need look no further than Roman history.

Modern-Day Cat History

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The modern-day cat we all know and love is known as felis catus. After many years of interbreeding, today’s cats look very different from those kept by the Phoenicians. Thousands of years of evolution has made them more reliant on humans, and many of the natural hunting instincts that made Phoenician cats such good rat hunters have become less obvious.

Nevertheless, even the domestic cats of the 21st century like to hunt prey — even if it’s just a bit of fun. Perhaps this combination of hunting instinct, independence and playfulness is why Western society has grown to love its cats more than ever.

Fun cat fact: Queen Victoria was well known for her love of cats throughout her reign. She kept several at Buckingham Palace, and even held a lavish cat show — the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Today, cats are an integral part of most societies and communities. Whether they’re feral creatures scavenging in trash cans or pampered pets with their own quarters, domestic cats have a special place in the hearts of humans around the globe.

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For pet parents ready to take a walk on the wild side, it doesn't get much wilder (or rarer) than the Sokoke cat, also sometimes called a Sokoke hybrid because it was originally thought to be a hybrid between a wildcat and a domestic feline. Turns out these exceptionally hard-to-find kitties aren't hybrids at all, but instead are simply a very rare breed of domestic cat originating in the Sokoke area of eastern Kenya in Africa. Despite their wild origins and exotic appearance, these bouncy cats are renowned for their friendliness and eagerness to hang out with their human families. What else stands out about these unique cats? Well, for starters . . .

Sokoke Cat Physical Traits

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One look at this cat and it's easy to see why they are often mistaken for wildcats. While smaller than their wild cousins, they are still medium-sized cats with lean, muscular, athletic bodies that make them outstanding runners and jumpers. Their hind legs are just a bit longer and higher up than their front legs, leading to a pronounced arch in the back and a distinctive gait that makes them look as if they are walking on their tip toes. Don't mistake this for daintiness, though, as these kitties are rough and tumble and love to run around to get into whatever adventures they can find.
Further lending to their wildcat-like appearance, the Sokoke has a very short, thin coat that only naturally occurs in a blotchy, light brown to chestnut-colored tabby pattern that some have said resembles tree bark in appearance (though thankfully not texture).
Sokoke cats also have unique heads and faces. Their ears are more rounded at the tips compared to most domestic cats, and their heads are small compared to the rest of the body. Their noses are long and straight, giving them a distinctly regal appearance. Coupled with their wide-set oval eyes in shades of amber or green, these kitties will look every part the king or queen of the house from atop the high perch they'll undoubtedly claim as their own in your home.

Sokoke Cat Personality

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For pet parents looking for a feline friend to truly integrate with the family, Sokoke cats are a great choice. These playful cats have "dog-like" personalities, in that they form deep, lasting bonds with their human family members and generally adapt well to whatever life throws at them, including strangers, children, and other pets that might scare or annoy more timid cats. The Sokoke is a highly intelligent breed that can be taught tricks and be leash trained for owners who'd like to pop a harness on their furry friend and go for a trek in the wilderness (or just around the block).
Like all cats, the Sokoke's wild ancestry and evolution have made him a fierce hunter, and his strong muscles ensure he can leap to high points. Accordingly, pet parents shouldn't be surprised to find their Sokoke hanging out atop the fridge or some other high point in the house; they like to keep an eye on everything, and they like to be as far above the ground as possible to get a better lay of the land.
If you know anything about cats, it's that they generally prefer to stay out of water. Not the Sokoke! This breed loves water and might even go for a dip if given the opportunity. This can be a source of great amusement if you're prepared for it, but it can also be rather startling when your Sokoke barges in on you in the bathtub or the pool and starts swimming laps. You might enjoy having a new swim buddy, but if that's not quite your thing, you might want to give your kitty some quality play time if you find that he enjoys water; otherwise, he might decide to turn his water dish--and your floor--into a tiny swimming pool on his own!
Do you have a Sokoke? Is he a swimmer, or does he prefer to observe us mere mortals from on high? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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black german rex cat

When you want a beautiful, intelligent feline that bonds quickly with your family, turn to the German Rex cat. German Rex cats love nothing more than to curl up in your lap after a feisty play session. Before you decide to bring a German Rex cat into your home, though, you should learn more about the breed’s traits to make sure it will fit into your family.

Physical Traits of German Rex Cats

German Rex cats have medium-sized bodies. They also have long legs packed with strong muscles, so they can leap higher than you probably expect. Big, triangular ears will also help you recognize a German Rex cat.

When it comes to fur, most German Rex cats have short, thick fur that feels amazing to rub. If you let the coat grow out a bit, the hairs will start to curl, which makes the felines even more adorable. No cat lover can resist petting the thick, curly coat of a German Rex. You can try to resist, but you will fail!

German Rex cats come in a huge variety of colors. Some common colors include red, brown, frost, cinnamon, black, white, and chestnut. The blue ones look particularly amazing, especially in the right light.

Can’t decide which color you like most? You don’t have to decide because German Rex cats often have mixed colors, including calico and tortoiseshell.

German Rex Cats Have Serious Smarts

german rex cat

Don’t bring a German Rex cat into your home just because you love its cute looks. These cats have high intellects… compared to other cats, of course. They’re basically the Einsteins of the cat world.

A smart cat sounds great, right? Just make sure you have enough time to keep them stimulated. Without daily playtime, your super-smart kitten can turn into an evil genius that manages to invade your kitchen cabinets and escape from the house. Maybe they’re the Houdinis of the cat world?

As long as you set aside time to play with your German Rex cat, it will settle down for intense snuggles. The breed bonds quickly with its human family. Don’t feel surprised when this little fur ball demands to curl up at the foot of your bed.

Taking Care of a German Rex Cat

German Rex cats don’t require a lot of maintenance. The short hair doesn’t need much attention. Over a few months, though, the fur may get a bit greasy. When that happens, take your kitty to a groomer or give her a bath at home.

If you feel too lazy to bathe your cat, just think about how it will feel when the grease ball starts rubbing its head against your face. That should give you plenty of motivation!

Taking care of a German Rex cat gets easier when you choose PrettyLitter over conventional cat box litter. If you have one cat, you only need a four-pound bag of PrettyLitter per month. The company will even send the next bag to you on time to prevent any odd smells in your home.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to pick wet clumps out of the litter. PrettyLitter absorbs moisture and eliminates it. Other than changing the litter once a month, you don’t have anything to worry about.

Now that you know more about German Rex cats, do you think you should get one for your home? What qualities appeal to you most?

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grey raas cat

Raas cats get their name from Raas Island in Indonesia. If you want to find a Raas cat, then you have to travel to their place of origin. Nearly all of the world’s Raas cats live on the island. The few that don’t live there have been shipped from Indonesia to other locations where they live as pets.

Since Raas cats have been domesticated, you can technically keep them as pets. Their beauty makes them particularly attractive to cat enthusiasts. Unfortunately, they have strong personalities, so they don’t always get along with their owners. If you have one, treat it with respect!

Physical Traits of Raas Cats

Raas cats evolved in seclusion without interbreeding with other cat breeds. Living on an island makes it pretty difficult for animals to find new mates. Plus, you know how much cats hate water! Even the possibility of dating a new kitty won’t get them to put their paws in the sea.

The seclusion of evolving on an island gave Raas cats several notable traits.

You can identify Raas cats by their green, ovular eyes and large bodies. Look for bent ends on their ails, too.

Most have characteristics similar to bobcats. For example, they have squarish faces and triangular chins. They also have triangular ears.

Raas cats come in a variety of colors. Many even have multiple colors just like common housecats. Some of the most elegant Raas cats, however, have a dark black color with a blue sheen. If you find one like that, then you will fall in love instantly.

Training a Raas Cat to Live as a Pet

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Technically, Raas cats fall into the domestic cat category. People on Raas Island and nearby areas keep them as pets. The cats, however, have strong personalities that don’t bend easily to human commands. They don’t like to take orders from anyone.

You can train a Raas cat to live as a pet, but expect it to take some time. In the meantime, protect your furniture from their sharp claws. If you find a rather feisty Raas cat, you should also keep your skin covered until it has been trained not to scratch or bite.

The cats don’t have a ferocious nature, but they can get quite rough when annoyed. Just watch where you put your hands and pay attention to the cat’s demeanor. When it hisses or arches its back, take the warning seriously and back off for a while!

Since it will take some time for a Raas cat to adjust to its new home, make life easier on yourself and the pet by choosing a hassle-free kitty litter. With PrettyLitter, you only need a four-pound bag of kitty litter for your cat each month. Plus, you only have to change the litter once a month. When the next bag of PrettyLitter arrives in the mail, just dump the old bag and replace it with the new litter. You’ll keep your house clean and your cat happy without invading its space more often than necessary.

Have you considered getting an exotic cat for your home? What will you do with the time you save by choosing PrettyLitter over conventional kitty litters that require daily or weekly cleaning? Please feel free to share your thoughts!

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You can find a lot of information about the Kellas hybrid cat online. Not all of the information that you find, though, tells the truth. This article separates the myths and facts about the Kellas hybrid cat so you will know accurate information about this interesting, rare breed.

Myth: Kellas Hybrid Cats Don’t Exist

For a long time, many people put Kellas hybrid cats in the same category as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. No one could produce a specimen, so it made sense for people to reject the species as a myth.

That changed in 1984 when a Scottish gamekeeper found a dead Kellas cat caught in a snare. Poor, kitty! The species quickly leaped from the realms of cryptozoology to an independent breed known to roam the countryside.

Today, you can see a mounted specimen of a Kellas cat at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology Museum. The cats still turn up occasionally in areas like Fife and Aberdeen.

Fact: Kellas Hybrid Cats Can Reach Nearly Four Feet Long

Researchers don’t have many examples of Kellas cats, but they have found specimens that measure 43 inches long. That doesn’t include the tail, which can reach 12 inches long. Overall, you could find a Kellas hybrid cat measuring 55 inches from the tip of its head to the tip of its tail.

Fact: Kellas Cats Come From a Wild Breed

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Biologists don’t consider Kellas cats a formal breed of cat. Instead, the cat comes from a hybrid of domestic cats and a wild breed found in Scotland. The feral Scottish cat has bred with several species of domestic cats, which makes it nearly impossible to categorize the Kellas hybrid. Commonly, though, people still refer to the hybrids as Kellas cats.

Myth: You Can Keep a Kellas Cat as a Pet

If you find a Kellas kitten in the wild, you might think that it would make a good pet. After all, they look similar to other kittens. They just have heads that look a little too big for their bodies.

Over time, though, the kitten will grow into a wildcat with instincts to hunt and kill. Trying to keep one as a pet will put you, your loved ones, and other animals in danger. Even captive-born Kellas cats don’t change their wild ways.

Don’t expect a grown Kellas cat to curl up in your lap on a cold night. More likely, the cat will use its extremely strong hind legs and claws to destroy everything in your home. So long, couch!

Fact: Kellas Cats Are the Rarest Mammal in Britain

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Very few Kellas cats still live in Britain. The few that remain typically live in the Scottish Highlands or in captivity. Scientists want to keep the species alive because it represents the last of Britain’s native cats.

Kellas hybrid cats don’t make good pets, but they deserve the chance to live in the wild where they can hunt prey and enjoy their lives. The cats can still interbreed with household cats, though. If you live anywhere near the Scottish Highlands, you should keep your cat indoors to prevent interbreeding. You do not want your cat to give birth to a litter of Kellas hybrids. Once they reach maturity, they will ruin your home.

What do you think about Kellas hybrid cats? Do you want to find one in the wild, or would you prefer letting them live in the wild?

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pixie-bob cat
According to the International Cat Association (TICA), there are at least 71 breeds of cats to choose from. Even with so many different breeds, the Pixie-Bob cat is an amazing animal that stands out. There are several great reasons to own a Pixie-Bob cat.

1. Pixie-Bob Cats have a Very Unique Look

Pixie-Bob cats generally have a muscular build, with jagged black stripes and a rich tawny color. They tend to be medium to large in size. Female cats can weigh up to 12 pounds while the males can sometimes weigh as much as 25 pounds.
Beyond their beautiful appearance and large size, these cats have many unique features. Their tails are much shorter than the average cat. Pixie-Bobs are also polydactyl. This means they sometimes have more toes than other breeds.

2. Pixie-Bob Cats are Highly Intelligent

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Family Pet states that this breed is incredibly intelligent and has a very interesting way of communicating. They often chatter and chirp rather than meow. Their affectionate personalities and natural intelligence makes them easy to train.
They can learn several commands as well as learning their name. They can even be taught to walk on a leash like a dog. With a cat as smart as the Pixie-Bob, you're bound to have lots of fun!

3. Pixie-Bob Cats are Extremely Affectionate

Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but the Pixie-Bob cat can be very affectionate. Even though they can be large and have a "wild" look, they tend to be very laid-back. These cats love to be around people and enjoy receiving lots of attention.
If you're looking for a cat to snuggle up with and form a close bond, the Pixie-Bob cat may be for you. Along with being affectionate, the Pixie-Bob cat is usually very playful and displays high levels of energy.

4. Pixie-Bob Cats are Generally Very Healthy

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When you choose this particular breed you're likely to have a pet that will enjoy many years of good health, sometimes living into their late teens. These cats have a thick coat and should have their coats brushed once a week to keep them shiny and to remove dead hair. They can have either long or short hair. The long hair tends to be silkier while the short-haired Pixie Bobs usually have thicker coats.
According to the Happy Cat Site, there are a few health concerns to watch for. The genetic mutation that normally causes the Pixie-Bob cat to have a very short tail can also potentially lead to changes in the back legs and nerves. Sometimes elimination problems and reduced hind leg control can result.

5. Pixie-Bob Cats Have an Interesting History

The Pixie-Bob cat has the look of a wild bobcat and many people may think they're probably related. According to cattime.com, it was believed that the breed started when a litter was discovered from what was suspected to be the mating of a barn cat and a wild American bobcat.
This is a legend, however, without any real scientific proof to back up the claim. The Pixie-Bob cat is considered a domestic cat, and there aren't any legal restrictions regarding ownership.

6. Pixie-Bob Cats are Good with Children

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This particular breed is a great choice if you have a family. Pixie-Bob cats are devoted and loyal to their owners, making them the perfect pet for children. They tend to easily bond with their families.
They can get along well with other pets and have been known to even act as a "watchdog" over the family. Their affectionate nature and ability to adapt to different situations makes them good childhood companions.
There are lots of great breeds to choose from, but the Pixie-Bob cat offers a fun mix of interesting attributes that set them apart from many other types of cats. Leave your comments below and tell us what you think of the Pixie-Bob cat!

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“My beautiful cat, come onto my heart full of love; / Hold back the claws of your paw, / And let me plunge into your adorable eyes /Mixed with metal and agate.”
So wrote the 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire, author of the masterpiece The Flowers of Evil, and lifelong cat lover. Down through the centuries, great writers have been composing odes to the beauty of cats. Here are some of the most famous examples of those authors and their odes.
  1. T. S. Eliot

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The early 20th-century poet Thomas Stearns Eliot has earned a reputation as a difficult read – an erudite sophisticate who wove different languages and far-ranging literary references through his verses, but the author of the dense, allusive “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” could also be disarmingly homebodyish, unable to resist likening how cats move to “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes”: “Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, / And seeing that it was a soft October night, / Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.”

Eliot also took a break from highbrow poetry to dash off a children’s book titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Published in 1939, it’s a collection of poems about cats that Eliot wrote for his godchildren. (“Old Possum” being one of Eliot’s nicknames.) Good thing this family pastime of his wasn’t locked away for a few generations in a sock-drawer. The English theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Weber found inspiration enough in it to compose his long-running musical Cats.

  1. William Carlos Williams

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A contemporary of Eliot’s, William Carlos Williams was also a poet (who somehow found time to be a career physician, too). Known for his spare, even disjointed use of language, Williams attempts to replicate the precision and litheness of feline motion in his gem “Poem (As the Cat).” The lines are worth quoting in full:

As the cat

climbed over

the top of

the jamcloset

first the right

forefoot

carefully

then the hind

stepped down

into the pit of

the empty

flowerpot

Williams had an affinity for painting and even collaborated with some visual artists. So sparse are the lines above that they almost resemble the strokes of a paintbrush, sketching just the outline of a cat as it climbs past you in perfect balance.

  1. Ernest Hemingway

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When most people think of Hemingway, the first animal that probably leaps to mind is a bull. (The man was a bullfighting aficionado.) Next on that list might be any of the big game animals he hunted in Africa, or you might wager that he’d be the proud owner of a few Doberman Pinschers, guessing from the he-man persona he adopted. But, apparently, Hemingway loved cats. He called them his “love sponges.” Who knew?

If that’s not weird enough, remember that left his home in Key West to his cats. Yes, you read that right – he bypassed his wives, children, grandchildren, lovers, friends, and neighbors to bequeath his Florida villa to his cats. Fast-forward a few generations, and these cats still inhabit the estate. (Their numbers have risen into the 40-50 range.) Thing is, one of the cats that Hemingway himself owned was a certain Snow White, a polydactyl (or six-toed) cat. Today, a lot of Snow White's descendants that currently lounge around in the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are also six-toed. On some shelf in the attic of that house is probably a volume of Hemingway's unpublished work. I think it's called "Six-Toed Love Sponges and Other Tales: The Lost Works of Ernest Hemingway."

 

The ancient Egyptians made sculptures in honor of cats, these alluring creatures that killed the mice that ate the grain in their storehouses. Ever since, every artist from painters to photographers to writers have tried to capture the beauty of this animal, so strange and beautiful that they excite our creativity and stalk our imagination.

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Each cat ages differently. Rewind 20 years. I was in elementary school when our cat Otis died. My mom had gotten Otis from a great-aunt when he was a year old. She loved the way he hunted all day in the yard, purred like an engine when he sat down, and took a siesta on the sunlit limestone table in our garden. So, it took six months, maybe a year, until she was ready to get another cat. This time, she picked two. They were both girls. In the animal shelter, the pen in which we found them was swarming with kittens fighting, dashing, rolling around, swatting each other’s heads. My mom picked out a pretty black kitten who sat in the corner giving herself a bath. Then she lifted up a tabby who had been curled up while other kittens stepped on her head in the course of their play.

The black cat we named Zelda. The tabby, Hazel. For the first few weeks, Zelda and Hazel slept together in the basement bathroom, in a shoebox that we cushioned with a towel. They were so small that they could stand upright in the palm of our hand. They were both calm, which is the reason my mom picked them out, but their personalities were distinct from the get-go.

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When they grew up, Hazel became dominant, even though Zelda was more athletic. She was a natural hunter and practically lived outside – roaming the garden beds and stalking voles in the summer, bedding under the leafless shrubs in the winter. Whenever she explored the maze of alleys behind our house, she might be gone for a few days before trotting back to our patio. Hazel occasionally propped her paws on the windowsill and stared outside. Otherwise, she never left the house. She slept in the screened-in porch on fall evenings, and in the winter, she slept some more on a towel rolled out next to the hall radiator. (She wasn't exactly mouser material)

As they got older, they aged differently, too. Zelda had never made much noise, but when she was about 15, she went totally silent. Then she stopped ranging so far in the neighborhood. On cold nights, we’d lift her out from under the garden shrubs and bring her indoors. Soon her world narrowed to a 30-foot circumference between the back door (where her food and water bowls were set out) to the patio (where she used to hunt). One spring morning we found her in the garden, under a patch of hydrangea bushes. She had died that night from old age.

Zelda seemed to get sweeter and calmer as she got older. Not Hazel. She was brassy and pushy where Zelda was graceful and alluring, but she was also consummately competent. She knew where the litter box was and gave herself a bath every two hours, it seemed, but, when she got to be about 15, her mood soured. The noise she made had always resembled a yap rather than a meow, but in her final years, it turned into a full-on bray. She weighed less than 5 pounds, so it was jarring to hear her emit a noise that erupted through the house like a foghorn. In the last weeks of her life, those moans turned to sad, pained squeaks. The vet told my mom that her organs were failing. We had to put her down at the age of 17.

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My mom had loved Otis, but she said it pained her, even more, to watch Hazel and Zelda become frail and age, each in their own way. She misses them so much that she says they'll be her last pets.

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If you’re looking for more information about Scottish Fold cats, then you’ve come to the right place! Perhaps you are considering this breed as a pet, or maybe you are looking for more information concerning their care and cat litter box health and maintenance. The following will cover this unique breed’s origin, characteristics, temperament, and special considerations.

Scottish Fold Breed Origin

The Scottish Fold breed originated in Scotland with a folded-ear cat named Susie back in the 1960’s. Through the breeding of her offspring a genetic mutation occurred, resulting in a dominant gene of folded ears that can be passed on if only one of the parent’s carries the gene. There are two varieties of the Scottish Fold, a long-haired and a short-haired variation. The long-haired variation is also known as a Highland Fold. First brought to the United States in 1971, the Scottish Fold quickly gained recognition with many of the cat associations.

Physical Characteristics

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In addition to their folded ears, the Scottish Fold breed has distinct characteristics including large rounded eyes, a stub nose, and a rounded body. The legs can vary between short and medium length. Weekly brushing and monthly bathing will help to ensure your Scottish Fold maintains a healthy, shiny coat. If you own one these felines with long hair, special attention to their coat will help to prevent mats. It is recommended that long-haired Scottish Folds, or otherwise known as Highland Folds, be brushed twice a week. You can achieve a healthy coat with the use of a quality steel comb.

Breed Temperament

Since the Scottish Fold is known to be friendly and calm, this breed works very well in a home with children and cat-friendly dogs. They are also known to get along well with other household cats. These felines are fond of attention and playtime. They are known to follow their owners around and some have even been known to play fetch! This breed can also be vocal, but don’t worry, their voice tends to be on the softer side. Since this breed requires a good deal of attention, these cats need a home that has the time to devote to them. If your potential cat will be left home for several hours on end a day this may not be the best breed for your family.

Special Considerations

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As with any cat breed, there are special considerations regarding their health and care to go over. The Scottish Fold breed is predisposed to both degenerative joint disease, as well as heart disease. If proper care and regular veterinarian visits are adhered to, this breed can live an average of 15 years.

Regular grooming, including bathing, brushing, dental care, and nail trimming will help to ensure your pet’s overall health. Included in care should be attention to your cat’s litter box. To maintain your feline’s health, you should keep a clean and sanitary litter box area. PrettyLitter was designed with your cat’s health in mind. Our formula helps to keep moisture and odor away, resulting in less frequent litter box maintenance and a healthy, happy cat.

You should now have a better understanding of the Scottish Fold breed’s origin, physical characteristics, temperament, and overall unique needs. With proper attention and care, this amazing breed of feline has the potential to become a wonderful addition to any home. Do you have a personal experience with this breed? If so, we would love to hear about it! Comment below and share your love for this special feline!

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