Caturday Special: The Cougar (Puma concolor)

We look at the cougar, or puma, or mountain lion – it’s a cat of many names mainly caused by its wide distribution. It is a big cat, but it is more closely related to small cats, it is absolutely beautiful, it loves the mountains and it rarely attacks people. We also discuss the hybridisation with texan cougar of the Florida Panther, in order to save that sub-population from inbreeding problems.

Caturday Special: Serval, Leptailurus serval

A short Caturday Special about the wonderful and elegant-looking medium-sized African Wildcat, the Serval. Giving a rundown of what it is, what it eats, when it’s active, how it has babies and most importantly why breeding them with domestic cats to make savannah cats is a bad idea.

Caturday Special The Origin Story: Proailurus and Pseudaelurus

Roughly translating to ‘before cat’ (even though it’s first cat) and ‘fake cat’ (even though its real cat) respectively, Proailurus and Pseudaelurus are the ancestral genera of all cats.  Do you remember the lesson from last time? Genera is the plural of genus and is the classification of living things, the group above, in sequence,Continue reading “Caturday Special The Origin Story: Proailurus and Pseudaelurus”

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: 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”