Category Archives: felids

Another cat named Jerry Coyne

I’ve lost track of exactly how many cats have been named after me, but most of them were so named at my instigation, usually accompanied by begging and pleading on my part. I see these cats as my legacy, for I’ve passed on none of my genes, and—aside from my (so far) non-reproducing nephew—I’ve reached a genetic […]

On the inability of medieval artists to paint cats

One of our readers, Laurie Sidoni, has started her own website, A Classicist Writes, covering a mix of topics that looks propitious: …on myriad themes, including – but, not limited to – ancient Rome to cats (especially THEO!) to “The Walking Dead” to Amsterdam to atheism to hockey to “Everybody Loves Raymond” to “Les Mis” and almost […]

Bob the Kitten is going to live!

Yesterday Gayle told me that Bob the Kitten (whose name will not be Bob) was losing weight, as he was not eating enough, “He’s going to live, though, right?” I asked. Gayle said she didn’t know.  And that honest response had me worried sick all day. How could such an adorable and lively little thing […]

Bob the Kitten

Gayle Ferguson, a biologist at Massey University who’s hosted me for a day and a half, has fostered twenty-five stray or abandoned kittens, and hasn’t lost a single one: none have died and all have found loving homes. (You may remember her as the rescuer of Jerry Coyne the Cat.) Her latest acquisition, number 26, […]

Further adventures of Business Cat.

by Grania Twitter is the gift that keeps giving. Sometimes. Today is one of those times. Regular readers of  this website will of course be familiar with the doings of Business Cat. (Click on the white play button).

World’s most cooperative cat

It’s getting its paws shaved, surely a most traumatic event for a cat. And yet it couldn’t care less. -Love it!!😻😽😻 pic.twitter.com/BleI7QIMou — Awesome Planet™ (@Awesome_planet_) March 13, 2017 h/t: Barry

Close cheetah enounter of the first kind

All I know about this 5-minute video is that it was filmed at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, next to the Serengeti, and that the tourists in this vehicle were lucky in two ways. Cheetahs don’t attack humans very often (but some do have rabies). h/t: Stephen

My Handicat!

Last Caturday I highlighted the “Handicat” finger puppet, and told you where to order it.  Well, a kind reader named Michael (THANK YOU!) sent me a Handicat in the mail, and it’s quite funny. This morning I entertained my office cleaner with a little puppet performance; she was pretty amused.  Here’s my new toy: Look at those […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John Conoboy sent. . . CATS!  His notes are indented: Here are some photos from my recent trip to Tanzania. I will start with cats. Lions, leopards and cheetahs are the big draws, and the guides all communicate by radio whenever there is a sighting and swarms of vehicles converge at the site and […]

Kevin Richardson cuddles lion cubs

Kevin Richardson is an animal behaviorist and conservationist who works in South Africa. He’s also called “The Lion Whisperer” because of his remarkable ability to bond with wild lions, and the fact that he’s never been seriously injured. He does have a rapport with those cats, one honed from a lifetime of experience (he’s 42). […]