Category Archives: felids

Free ticket to the cats vs. dogs debate in NYC this Saturday

Sadly, one person for whom I’d earmarked a free ticket for the Cats vs. Dogs event is unable to use it, so I’m putting it up for grabs. It’s in Manhattan this Saturday, so you’ll have to live nearby. The event is this one:   I was going to offer it to the first person […]

Thieving cats!

Here’s a bunch of thieving and unrepentant moggies, from Bored Panda, of course. There are several others; I’ve just highlighted my favorites: Pen thief from imgur: Sausage thief, safe from interference; from kotofoto: I haz a fish! From Yoshinao Tanaka: Got milk? From Adrian Davies: Cat dreams big. Source unknown, from Becca Aspro on Pinterest: Why […]

How cats have trained us to pet them

Among the other benefits for which cats have domesticated humans, one is the procurement of fusses. Here is a video, sent by reader Diana MacPherson, showing the variety of ways that cats demand petting. As she said, “My favourite is the last one because the kitteh is so polite.” And so it is!

Caturday felid trifecta: Cat steps, boxing cat, and chest-hair cat

Next week will be busy: I’m leaving Thursday for New York to argue the case for cats, and then one day after I return on Monday I leave for Bulgaria to lecture about mimicry and see a bit of the country. But, like Maru, I do my best. I haven’t missed a Caturday Felid in years and […]

Bedtime reading for Gus the Cat: WEIT

To finish off the work week, what better thing could we have than Gus the Earless Canadian Cat being read a bedtime chapter on speciation from WEIT? Here reader Taskin takes a few liberties with the text in my chapter on speciation (Chapter 7, “The Origin of Species,” p. 168), a chapter that I’m quite proud of. […]

If only all cats were like Bobo. . .

It’s Felid Friday (just a one-off), and here, courtesy of Matthew Cobb, is Bobo: Bobo and his pal Nikita have a Facebook page. 

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Dorsa Amir is a second-year Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology at Yale University, and has a website. She sent us some photos of primates, along with captions. I didn’t know that there were macaques in Morocco, but Wikipedia tells the tale: The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), Barbary ape, or magot is a species of macaque unique for its […]

Why are dog breeds so variable compared to cat breeds?

This is a question for readers to answer. I have my own theories, but I want to hear yours. Dog breeds (I’ll spell out “dog” this one time) are of course tremendously more variable than breeds of cats. It doesn’t matter what trait you pick: behavior, color, skeletal configuration, size, and so on—dogs are more […]

Willie the Cat changes the bogroll from over to under

This, O readers, is the feline incarnation of Diana MacPherson. Notice that Willie accomplishes, at much greater effort, exactly what Diana does. h/t: Smokedpaprika

Three cat gifs

Oy vey! I’m formatting endnotes all day on orders of my draconian editor! You haven’t lived until you’ve spent hours cutting, pasting, and formatting, all without the need to think (I do not find that relaxing). But what is relaxing is to find and post cat gifs. Here are three. Cat overdoes it with “catch-the-mouse” game on […]


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