Top Ten Cats #1 – The Domestic Cat, Felis catus

Right, we’ll start with the controversy shall we? Because that is how We Lack Discipline does things. Domestic cats are responsible for a significant reduction in numbers of hedge birds, small rodents and other, various, ecological damages in every habitat in which they are present. The irresponsible keeping, especially with feral populations, of cats isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #1 – The Domestic Cat, Felis catus”

Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.

One of my proudest moments in academia, if not my proudest moment, you know not having graduated or won a Nobel Prize or anything, was in ‘Scientific Communications’ class when I gave a presentation about the cheetah. Now let me explain a few things. For one thing, I’m autistic. Standing under bright lights talking toContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.”

Top Ten Cats #5 – Black-footed cat, Felis nigripes

A short article explaining the life, habits and (multiple times) the exceptional cuteness of the black-footed cat of Southern Africa.

Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca

Content Warning: This article contains images of animal predation. I left this one up to the community and your voices were heard. They were completely silent. Thanks, guys. So given how I feel you basically stuck your teeth on my skull and bit a hole in it, I put a cat in this place thatContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca”

Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa

In case you hadn’t noticed by now I am a lexiphile. I love words for words’ sake. It separates me from the bibliophiles, who like words to be structured into tomes and books with contexts and narratives. I don’t mind so long as the word sounds good. Like with yesterday’s jaguarundi. Well Neofelis nebulosa isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa”

Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi

What do I know about the jaguarondi? What don’t I know about the jaguarondi!? The answer to the first question is not a lot, the second is a lot. It’s a weird little cat, this, showing features more akin to the Viveriddae (feliforms like civets and genets) or the Mustelidae (otters, weasels, badgers, that sortContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi”

Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul

Nick-named after a Prussian biologist, the Pallas’ cat, or manul, is relatively small and extremely, and I mean ridiculously, fluffy, with low-set, rounded ears. That basically gives it the appearance of a guilty stuffed-toy. I mean, it is going to be hard to talk about these little guys without getting all misty-eyed and squeeing. They’reContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul”

Top Ten Cats: An Introduction

Content Warning: There are gifs of animals hunting animals. Firstly I would just like to say; LIFEDOMAINKINGDOMPHYLUMCLASSORDERFAMILYGENUSSPECIES What does that mean? It is the basic scheme of modern scientific classification of organisms. I will use some of these terms below, some of them are debated, the only thing drunker and more pedantic than evolution isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats: An Introduction”