For cat lovers who are never tired of learning every tale on their beloved ‘cat-scratch’ capable pals.
- The first cat show was organized by Harrison Weir and held in London at the Crystal Palace in 1871.
- Benignus, the large ruby color cat belonging to author Eleanor Farjeon, was extremely possessive towards his mistress and would spit at all who visited her at the house. Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965) was an award winning English author of children’s stories and plays, poetry, history, biography, and satire. She was a devoted cat lover and enthused that one special feline ‘was the reason that all Egypt knew cat worship’.
- The Chinese knew of the domestic cat way before Europeans had ever heard of it. The cat was used to protect the precious silkworms from rodents.
- Both the Chinese and Egyptian have the same name for cat, ‘Mau’.
- Cats were commonly believed to have been domesticated by Egypt farmers from Near Eastern wildcats (also known as African wildcats) around 9,000 years ago. Their descendants form the domesticated populations of today.
- A separate domestication of the leopard cats were undergoing independently in China around 5,500 BC. However, this line of partially domesticated cats is no longer traceable in modern domesticated populations.
- Non-pedigree cats generally live longer than pedigree cats. The oldest cat as recorded in Guinness World of Record is Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005 – a grand total of 38 years and 3 days! Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas, US
- Jake Perry was also the owner of Grandpa Rex Allen, the previous cat holder, born in Paris in 1964 and died in 1998, aged 34 years and 2 months.
- Jake Perry fed his cats an unusual diet of, among other things, bacon and eggs, broccoli, asparagus, and coffee with heavy cream, much to the amazement of the cat lover community.
Be sure to access A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 1 too. Stay tune for more to come.