FUN FELINE FACTS
and links to hep-cat sites
Ancestors of both common short-haired and long-haired domestic cats
were not indigenous to the United States and were imported from foreign
countries, so I proably have royal bloodlines.
Speaking of bloodlines, one of my most famous relatives is that animated rascal
Felix The Cat. (This is where I got my middle name). Felix and his bag of tricks
made his showbiz debut in 1919 in the four-minute debut film Feline Follies
by Pat Sullivan. Felix's personality was based in part on Charlie Chaplin.
Ancient Egypt. Now that was the place to be. Felines enjoyed a special
status in ancient Egypt, due to their indispensability as ratters and
mousers in the granaries. The cat was even deified by ancient Egyptians
as the goddess Bast. Official decrees deemed cats as sacred beings
and protected them from all harm. Upon death, cats were embalmed
and laid to rest in elaborately painted and bejeweled mummy cases,
just like members of the royal family. Mummified mice were entombed
with the cats for the purpose of nourishment during the long
journey to the kingdom of the dead. Just west
of the ancient Egyptian city of Bubastis, known in modern times as
Tell Basta, lies the site of an enormous cat cemetery containing
tens of thousands of feline mummies. (By the way, the British Museum
in London houses a stunning collection of beautifully preserved cat
mummies--and upstairs, there is an excellent cafeteria.)
Modern America should take a clue from ancient Egypt. Hey,
Socks, do something about this?
The average house cat weighs in at 11 pounds.
So I am not overweight at all.
We are always looking for fun and unusual stories and info on cats, and will
be updating this space. Come back for your weekly cat-scan. If you have
any ideas, suggestions, questions or good jokes please