Caturday felid trifecta: Rare cat breeds, sleeve Maru, cats caught mid-pounce

These are supposedly the 13 rarest breeds of cats. My favorites are the Burmilla, the Chartreux, and the Kurlian bobtail. (and the British shorthair is not to be sniffed at).  The caracal, however, is not a cat breed, but a wild felid species, and shouldn’t be on this list.

Here’s a new Maru, part of which is appealingly titled “Sleeve cat under the buttocks”. The buttocks apparently belong to Hana, Maru’s companion who’s sitting on the sleeve.


The Guardian features an adorable panoply of kittens caught in mid-leap (and just posing cutely), all taken by Seth Casteel and included in his new book, Pounce.  Here are four of my favorites, along with the kittens’ names:












Lagniappe:The “water cat cake”, from Bored Pandais a popular kind of ‘mochi’ in Japan now. You can find the recipe here; it’s basically sugar, water, and agar. But you can mold it into cool shapes like this kitty:




h/t: Ivan, Grania, Paul M.


  1. rickflick
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Cats come in an amazing variety. I find most attractive, except the naked types. In selecting a pure breed, you’d want to make sure it was a relatively healthy type devoid of genetic issues. Your vet would likely have a good idea of a breeds track record is.

  2. somer
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I just think natural born catties for me – Im really not keen on all this genetic tinkering for fancy breeds for the sake of humans and I bet its unhealthy for many of them

    • somer
      Posted November 19, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      … they’re pretty nice though

  3. jaxkayaker
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I’m not too big on cat breeds either, except I’d love to have a Maine Coon. And the bengal cats of Jerry’s acquaintance are great, as well.

  4. Christopher
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Love those leaping kitten pics, especially the third one, Bug-a-Boo. Obviously that is the last thing you would see before you die. Vicious!

  5. Ken Pidcock
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    About a year ago, there were numerous stories in the scientific press about an anticipated shortage of agar. I haven’t heard so much about it recently – and I keep using a shitload of the stuff – but that won’t keep me from expressing my outrage over seeing this precious resource used to mold sweetened cats!

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 20, 2016 at 1:43 am | Permalink


      • Ken
        Posted November 20, 2016 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        That was the claim.

  6. nicky
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Caracals (‘rooikat’ here in SA) are not a rare breed of domestic cat, they are wild cats, not really rare (yet), but sadly still persecuted for their killing of sheep. Mostly they are completely innocent, btw, but they are perfectly capable to. I would not advise anyone to keep Caracals as pets.

  7. Mike
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    That Cat “Maru” is a weird old

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