The Turkish Van: A Unique Cat Breed

Turkish Van cat sitting on arm of sofa

Van is a large lake, 80 miles long by 40 miles wide. It is located in the mountains of Southeast Turkey, close to the Iranian border. It’s over 5,260 feet above sea level. In winter, it is the recipient of frequent icy storms. In 1955, visiting a village at the shore of the lake, an … Read more

Birman Cat Breed Information

Birman kitten, lying down

The Birman, which is known as the sacred cat of Burma, is a very handsome cat. It has the mask and coloring of a seal point Siamese, but with long fur and four white feet. Its fur is not as long as a Himalayan’s, but it is silky and more like that of the Angora. … Read more

Have You Heard Of The Cymric Cat Breed?

black and white tailless Cymric

The Cymric cat breed is a relative of the Manx. This cat is a long-haired, tailless cat. (Pronounce the name with both c’s hard.) The cat is fairly rare, and the breed is recognized only in North America. This small acceptance is narrowed even more, because in Canada, only the Canadian Cat Association accepts it, … Read more

Bobcats In The News

A bobcat lying down

Today, there are bobcats in the news. Read this post to learn some basic bobcat facts, as well as to learn about some newsworthy bobcats. They are quite common in many parts of the United States; sometimes their life journey overlaps with ours. Common Name: Bobcat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrate) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora … Read more

Learn About American Shorthair Cat Breeds

Tuxedo cat, sitting

Similar to their British and European cousins, the American Shorthair cat is derived from the domestic cat. The difference: In Britain, the shorthair has been around for at least 1,000 years, but has only been established in America for about 400 years. It is noted that the American Indian probably did not domesticate one of … Read more

Looking At Persian Cat Breeds

Persian mother cat; two kittens

I’m sure we are all familiar with the beautiful Persian cat. However, did you know that in Britain, Persians are classified as Longhairs for show purposes, thus mixing in other breeds. In this article, I will focus solely on the variety of Persian cat breeds. This cat has a cobby build, featuring short, thick legs, … Read more

Did You Know These Siamese Cat Facts?

Siamese cat standing in grass

Did you know many Siamese cat facts? For example, the Siamese cat was the legendary Royal Cat of Siam, now known as Thailand. The story goes that it lived in the royal palace, where it guarded the place from intruders by jumping down from the walls upon them. Have you ever had a Siamese cat? … Read more

Learn Here About Rex Cat Breeds

Grey and white cornish rex cat

Are you familiar with the curly-coated Cornish and Devon Rex cats?  These cats come from two distinct rex cat breeds even though they look quite similar. The cats have been appearing in cat shows in Europe since the 1950s.  Soon after they also appeared in shows in North America.  They both developed from a mutation. … Read more

Learn About Havana Brown Cats

Havana brown cat in box

The Havana Brown is a breed that is recognized by the cat fancies of Britain and North America. It is a distinctive cat with a rich brown coat and an amiable personality. The breed has slightly different credentials, depending on which side of the ocean it was bred on. In the 1950s, breeders in Britain … Read more

Meet The African Wildcat, A Domestic Cat Ancestor

Seated African Wildcat, grey & black

I’m happy to introduce Felix silvestris lybica, the African Wildcat, and a domestic cat ancestor. This animal is a subspecies of F. silvestris, and became a distinct species about 131,000 years ago. Then, about 10,000 years ago, some of these African Wildcats were domesticated in the Middle East. These early domesticated cats became the ancestors … Read more