Category Archives: felids


The smallest of cat breeds, with a beautiful gray-and-brown ticked coat and huge olive-green eyes, Singapuras have been called “fairy cats.” Does anybody here own one of these?:

Fun cat facts

And from BBC Radio 4, courtesy of reader Laurie, we have “16 things you never knew about cats.” Hint #4 could be useful if you own a cat.  I knew 8 of these “facts” (some of which may be doubtful). 1. When night falls in the Disneyland theme park, 200 cats are released to catch […]

A cat named Fat Boy rescued after 8 days atop a telephone pole

To end the holiday, at least on this site, we have two posts. The first is a heartwarmer (sort of): a tuxedo cat named Fat Boy was marooned on top of a high-voltage power pole in Fresno, California for six to eight days!  As this video shows, Pacific Gas and Electric finally sent reinforcements, first de-activating the electric lines (cutting […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

A year ago, reader Benjamin Taylor went on a camping trip around southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia) and took lots of photos. I’m continuing his series today, and his captions are indented. There are bonus kittens!  Tawny eagle (Aquila rapax).  A white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus) on its nest. Common impala (Aepyceros melampus), Chobe National Park, Botswana. […]

Rabbits and cat living in harmony

Reader Brigette Zacharczenko, a grad student in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut at Storrs (she has an insect website), sent me some lovely photos (in an email titled “Some fluffy kitty belly for you to enjoy”) of her rabbits and new kitty that I’m posting with her permission. Her description is indented. My […]

Meet Samson: a big 28-pound Maine Coon cat, and not fat!

If you remember the movie “Boogie Nights”, you’ll know this paraphrase: “This is a giant cat!” Yes, it’s Samson, a big 28-pound Maine Coon cat, said to be “the biggest cat in New York,” which isn’t really a world-class distinction. Still, Samson is a magnificent animal; as I always say, a bigger cat—so long as […]

Black and white cat photos

I think the true beauty and mystery of cats—their status as living sculptures—is best conveyed in black and white photography. Top has a serious of lovely pictures in its post “The mysterious lives of cats in black & white photographs“. Here are my favorites to end the week:

Winner of the Clapham Common Cat Station Contest

As I noted recently, for the next week and a half the Clapham Common Tube station in London will have nearly all its advertising posters replaced by pictures of cats, thanks to a crowdfunded initiative. I offered an autographed (and cat-illuminated) copy of Faith Versus Fact to the first person who had their picture taken […]

Two reviews of a book on killer cats

A new book has appeared whose thesis is, apparently, that outdoor cats are vicious predators who destroy over a billion animals a year, and are endangering wildlife—mostly birds. Stringent measures are required to extirpate the killer cats. Here’s the new book; the screenshot goes to the Amazon site where you can buy it. The Amazon reviews are […]

British ailurophiles: Get your tuchas to Clapham Common Tube station, where there are no ads—just cats!

It’s time! For two weeks (see my announcement here), the Clapham Common Tube station in London will have every ad replaced by pictures of . . . . CATS! No ads, just moggies! This is the result of a Kickstarter campaign that raised £ 23,000 pounds. As the BBC reported a while back: Almost 700 people […]