Category Archives: felids

Cecil the Lion: The Séance

by Grania Most of you will already know of this story, an American tourist hunted and killed a lion in Zimbabwe and is now being investigated because the lion he shot happened to be a beloved tourist attraction at Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park. Walter Palmer is now under investigation as this hunt was clearly not […]

A night on the tiles – a Roman cat paw print

by Matthew Cobb A piece of Roman tile, dating back 2000 years, was dug up in the English city of Gloucester in 1969. It lay unremarked in the Gloucester City Museum until an archeologist noticed that when the clay was drying a cat walked across it, leaving its trace… According to the BBC website: The tile, a […]

Peregrinations: Austin, part I

Here’s the first of two posts of my visit to Austin (the second will be the documentation of my getting measured for and ordering custom cowboy boots. On the drive from San Angelo to Austin, which was largely on back roads, I got a good view of Texas country life. Many of the small towns […]

An exchange in Austin

Professor Ceiling Cat (observing Matt Dillahunty’s four cats): “I think the cat should be the Official Pet of Atheists™.” Matt: It’s actually the other way around: the atheist is the Official Pet of Cats.

Caturday: Big & Small

Felids are no longer confined to the four-legged mammalian body. Behold: KITY radio! This was Jerry’s contribution to Caturday, he wrote: It’s a Llano, Texas station, and an oldies station I was listening to while driving. Today we have a whole lot of videos, from the ridiculously cute to the sublimely majestic. Here’s some cavity-inducing sweetness […]

Peregrinations: New Mexico, part I

Las Cruces, New Mexico is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), where two of my friends teach: evoutionary biologist Avis James (named by a mother who was an ornithologist), and ecologist Bill Boecklen. I’ve known Avis for a long time, since she was a postdoc at Chicago working on flies, and later became […]

The Last Trump

Ceiling Cat (PBUH) has communed with His Emissary on earth and announced the close of the Trump Your Cat contest. Here are a few last entries. Pauline sent us this note: This is our skinny, no svelte, black Zelda of 18 years, working the Trump do. At this golden age, she’s still a master mouser. […]

Playing your Trump card

We have two more Trumped cats for your delectation. If you still are planning to send in your Trumped felid, get it in to us soon. When the cats find out what is really going on, there will be retribution. Ben Goren sends us one of Baihu saying: Not sure if this counts, but…. And […]

Coming up Trumps

by Grania Readers have been sending their entrants in for the Trump Your Moggie contest. Here’s Kevin Henderson’s Lyra Here is Lyra taking a break from a three-mice-kill weekend.  We give her a bath every time she brings one in; you might think this would curtail the carnage.  [Hairdo is courtesy of her Siamese-Calico housemate […]

Trumped: Booker, Carmen, and Sherlock

We now have four entries to the Trump Your Cat contest; eleven more and the contest becomes official. Reader Merilee Trumped her cat Booker: As well as her cat Carmen (looking here like Ed Grimley from Saturday Night Live): And reader Lori Way trumped her moggie, too: Here’s Sherlock, AKA Homie, “donning” (get it??) his Trump toupee! […]


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