Everyone knows that cats hate water but today I read that cats that come from the area around Lake Van in Turkey actually like swimming. They are known as Turkish Van cats. I don't know whether this is true or not. It seems odd for a cat to like water. Maybe that is a cat myth not a cat fact! Could there be something different about their fur?
Turkish Vans are large white cats with coloured markings around their face. They also have colour on their tails. Their fur is long and soft.
A 6-year-old fluffy feline from Reno, Nevada., is the certified longest cat in the world. Stewie, a Maine Coon, measures 48.5 inches long from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail bone. (That's a little longer than 4 feet.)
Tony is pretty old now. I think he is over twenty but I'm not really sure. I think I got him in 1995 and he wasn't a kitten but a feisty young cat, maybe a year old. At the time I had a cafe in Fitzroy with my mum and sister. It was really, really hard work as we hadn't worked in cafes before and there was a lot to do and an a lot to learn. I had a ginger cat called Patsy and she was a lovely cat but I was working really hard and sometimes I didn't pay her as much attention as I should. Then one day she was gone. I think she moved in with a family down the lane as I saw her around and she looked well cared for but she wouldn't come to me. Being so busy, I just sort of let it be which was probably the wrong thing to do.
Anyway after a couple of months the house began to be over run with mice. You could hear them scritching in the space between the walls and they left their droppings around. It was annoying but, yeah I was busy. Then one morning after I had been working at night, something happened. I had got up early to answer the door. It was a police officer about a break in next door. Then I went back to bed and to sleep. I woke up to the feeling of my fringe being chewed and then I saw a mouse running away. A mouse had been eating my hair! You could even see where my hair had been chewed. I decided that I needed to get another cat.
So I went to an animal shelter, Lort Smith I think, and chose the feistiest cat I could find. He was a young black and white cat. He was a great cat for me because not only did he keep all the mice away, he was very, very vocal. There was no way that anyone would forget to feed Tony or pat him or look after him, because he would always tell you what he needed. Sometimes very loudly. It took a while to think of a name for him and finally after my housemate telling me that he really needed a name, I settled on Tony. It seemed to really suit him.
These photos are from 2007, when he was about twelve.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat in the world was a cat called Creme Puff. Creme Puff lived in Austin, Texas and was born on August 3, 1967. Creme Puff died in August 2005 at the age of thirty-eight. Her owner was a man called Jake Perry who loved cats. The cats had an unusual diet as in the morning he fed them bacon, eggs, broccoli and coffee. Here is a video about him and his cats.
There have been some other old cats. There might have even been cats who lived longer than Creme Puff but weren't in the Guinness World records. Like Lucy below who is 39! However the general life expectancy of a domestic cat is 15 to 20 years. Over twenty years is considered pretty good going. Here is some information about ageing in cats.
Hello my name is Grace and me and my Mum Janet are starting a blog together. We decided to have it only about cats. We will post on it daily and only post things with cats or kittens in them. Mum and I LOVE Cats and kittens!!!!!