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Welcome to the Cat Gallery!

a bi-monthly blog about cats

Hello, and thank you for visiting the Cat Gallery!

I am currently working on a book about cats entitled, Cat Tales: Origins, Interactions, and the Domestication of Felis Catus, and will be available mid-2021. In the meantime visit us here to learn fun facts about cats and see a few pictures of our furry friends. This gallery will provide you with facts about cats as well as my personal journey. 

My journey started about 35 years ago when two feral cats took up residence on our compost pile. The poor starving cats waited anxiously for my daily trips to the compost pile and would eat anything they could. So, of course, we started feeding them. 

Observation and research has helped me understand cats. We borrowed a couple of traps from the SPCA, trapped them, and got them fixed. When they recovered we released them in the backyard beginning my education and life experiences living with cats. We named them Whittie & Missy, and the rest was history.

Cat Facts One - Syd

Meet Syd the Vicious:

Syd came to us on the weekend of July 4th.  A friend reached out who wanted to get away for the weekend with her husband but she couldn’t find anyone to take this little, 3-week-old, abandon kitten.  When we got him, he had been alone in a field for a few days.  Someone picked him up and tried to feed him milk with a spoon.  All the fur under his mouth was just caked with milk. Over the next week, we taught him how to drink milk from a bottle and cleaned him up with a warm rag three times a day.  He was so small he fit into one hand with room to spare.  He also required round the clock care, but he made it.  Sid really bonded with my wife but lately, he had come around to accept me as a “partial bond.” Meet Syd!

Little known facts:

Bonding with a cat requires touching, holding, and fondling for at least 40 minutes a day preferably beginning shortly after birth. After the 4th-week bonding becomes more and more difficult. There is an old trick regarding bonding. For newborn cats, if you breathe onto the face of the cat it will bond more quickly. This may be one of the techniques used 10 or 11 thousand years ago in the Middle East when we first began domesticating cows, sheep, and goats.