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October 4, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Why Are Black Cats Considered to Be Bad Luck?

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Black cats are as beautiful and cuddly as any other cat of any origin. But they have been demonized for centuries and are considered to bring bad luck. It is regarded as unlucky if a black cat crosses your path. This superstitious belief has been around for centuries, almost all around the world. But why are these beautiful felines considered to bring bad luck?

The story behind black cats bringing bad luck

There are several stories about why a black cat is bad luck. In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped, and a person caught killing a cat had to face the death penalty. But this is not the reason they are considered bad luck. Like any other cats, black cats were loved and worshipped, so much that even the Ancient Egyptian god of cats, Bastet is portrayed as a woman with the head of a black cat. These beautiful felines had nothing to worry about. A legend called Cat Sìth existed in the Celtic mythology. It is said that Cat Sìth resembled a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. According to Celtic mythology, these cats could steal a person’s soul by passing over a corpse before the burial. They stole the soul before it was claimed by God, and hence were considered bad luck.

In the middle Ages in Americas and Europe, cats were linked to the supernatural evil, the witches due to their nocturnal nature. Of all the colors in the world, the black cats suffered the most as in Christian cultures; black is a symbol of danger, and white is generally a symbol of goodness. Many superstitious beliefs were revolving around black cats which included

  • Witches turned into black cats at night
  • Witches were reborn as black cats
  • Black cats aided witches in their witchcraft
  • They were supernatural servants of witches as they roamed at night

The superstition and fear were so strong that women who were considered as witches were burned along with their cat.

The origin of the ‘black cat is bad luck’ myth is still unknown. These felines just got a bad reputation because they are sneaky, as any other cats are. Spotting a black cat at night is extremely difficult, and it is obvious that in a pitch-black night, two floating brightly lit eyes can give anyone a heart attack. Superstitions revolve around such unfortunate incidents, and innocent lives are made victims of unnatural beliefs. Fortunately, black cats survived the superstition and marched up to the 21st century.

In many cultures, black cats are considered good luck. In Scotland, it is a sign of prosperity; in France, they are referred to as matagots and considered good luck; in England, they are presented to a bride as a sign of good luck; in Japan, a black cat crossing your path is a sign that you will be in control of your luck. Black cats indeed have magical powers of bringing good luck to anyone who believes in it.

October 3, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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What Is Heterochromia Iridis In Cats?

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What is the color of your cat’s eye? Brown? Yellow? Blue? Green? What shade of the color is it? Have you ever noticed how beautiful their eyes are, and how they express their feelings with them? It is unusual to see a cat with two different eye color, but these cats are beautiful and unique felines that attract a lot of attention, just with a blink of an eye.

What is heterochromia iridis?

Heterochromia is the difference in coloration usually of the eye, hair, or skin. It is determined by the concentration of melanin and usually inherited or caused by genetic mosaicism, disease, injury, or genetic chimerism. It occurs in humans and some breeds of cats and dogs. Heterochromia iridis or heterochromia iridum is Heterochromia of the eye, and it can either be sectorial or complete. 

Complete heterochromia iridis in cats is when one iris is a different color from the other, and sectorial heterochromia iridis in cats is when part of one iris is a different color from its remainder.

What causes heterochromia iridis in cats?

Most of the cats with two different colored eyes or eyes having two different colors, are white or at least have white areas on their body. Their eye color is controlled by the same gene responsible for their white fur coloring.

All kittens are born with blue colored eyes. Blue eyes are a result of no melanin. We cannot determine their eye color until the kittens are between 7 and 12 weeks old. That is when the melanin begins to move into their irises. Their eye color is determined by the amount of melanin that moves into the iris. As the kitten grows up, her genes may prevent the melanin from reaching one eye, causing complete heterochromia. When there are varying concentrations of melanin spread throughout one iris, it causes sectoral heterochromia. It results in a single eye with different colors.

As awesome as this sounds, it is important to seek medical attention for the kitten if the eyes begin to become multi-colored after reaching maturity. A kitten will develop healthy eye color within the first 12 weeks of its life. Any change in color after that may be caused by inflammation, blood in the eye, or iron deposit.

Which breeds of cat have a higher rate of heterochromia iridis?

Heterochromia condition is caused by the gene that causes all-white or bi-colored cats. Only some breeds with this gene are more prone to this condition and include the Japanese Bobtail, Turkish Angora, and the Turkish Van, though other breeds with the right genetic cocktail can also have heterochromia iridis.

Cats with heterochromia iridis are sweet and unique. If you are blessed with the company of one of these beauties, consider yourself lucky.

October 2, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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These Smallest Breeds of Cat Will Make You Go Aww

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Cats have this unique charm in them that attracts us to them even when they are doing nothing. They give out a vibe that calls for attention. There are so many different breeds of cats, some big, some small, some common, some rare, that it’s just not easy listing them all at once. Every cat breed is worth mentioning, but the few that make us go aww are the smallest cat breeds in the world. These cats grow up to remain tiny their whole life!

Singapura Cat: With this breed of cats, you can rightfully say that great things come in small packages. This humble street cat from Singapore is extroverted, super-smart, inquisitive, friendly, and affectionate. It is the smallest breed of cats among the domestic cats which is rapidly increasing in popularity.

Munchkin Cat: The Munchkin cat has an average body like any other cat, a little smaller. Well, its not an average cat, for it has particularly short legs. As a result of a natural genetic mutation, these felines have distinctive short legs like Dachshunds. Despite the short legs, these cants cam move quickly, and they are very fun to be around. These cats do not let their short legs get in the way of fun!

Cornish Rex Cat: These cats are extremely intelligent and family-oriented. It is an unusually coated breed that is petit and playful and has a kitten-like appearance. It not only looks like a kitten but also acts like one. It has a slim muscled body and an egg-shaped head with huge wide-open ears. It has long tail and legs that make this feline breed look fragile.

Devon Rex Cat: This is one breed that is unique with unusually large ears and eyes, high cheekbones, with a slender body and long legs. Their striking deep eyes make them more attractive than any other breed.  It is a highly intelligent breed with a big personality. This feline breed can even be taught to do tricks like a dog and they make great companions.

American Curl Cat: Faithful and attentive are the two strong words to describe this cat which has made its way into the breeds of smallest cats. These adorable cats are famous for their signature ears that curl back into a unique arc. Though this breed of cats is not as talkative as the other feline breeds, they make up for it with their strong relationship that any pet owner will treasure forever.

Oriental Shorthair: This active breed of cats is related to the Siamese family and are nicely muscled. The most attractive feature of this breed is the beautiful almond-shaped eyes that are either blue or green. Oriental shorthair breed of cat loves to involve themselves in different activities. They are very entertaining and make a great companion. These cats are also susceptible and need a lot of love and attention.

October 1, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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The Rarest Breeds of Cats Existing Today!

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As a cat lover, you will know how an American Curl looks like, or a Persian, a Sphynx. These cats are often discussed and recognized easily. But there are some breeds of extremely distinctive cats. Chances are, you might not have heard of some of these breeds of cats that exist today.

Burmilla

The Burmilla breed of cats originated in the United Kingdom in 1981. It was an unplanned combination of Chinchilla Persian male and a Lilac Burmese female. The accidental kittens were so beautiful that a breeding program was established. The Burmilla features glamourous silvery, shiny coat, and the markings in its eye resemble eyeliner.

Korat

The origin of Korat dates to the 14th century and this cat is believed to have lived in monasteries in the Kingdom of Siam. These cats were believed to be lucky and reserved for foreign representatives of Thailand and members of Thai government. These cats come in one color only, silver-tipped blue. 

Chartreux

The Chartreux is believed to have originated in Persia and brought to France by the knights returning from the crusades in the 16th century. They became a part of the French monasteries and were an important part of monk’s lives. These cats were named after the Carthusian monks who lived in the French monasteries and known for their unique color and coat texture.

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van is one of the most ancient breeds of cats which surprisingly love water and swimming. Originating from Eastern Turkey in the Lake Van area, these long-haired beauties have been around since the 1800s. They are recognized by the striking reds of their heads and tails.

LaPerm

The LaPerm cats are known for their curly fur and a variety of color pattern. These beautiful cats came from a humble beginning in a barn. It was a spontaneous genetic mutation in a regular litter of tabby cats. These cats were named LaPerm after their unique curls that range from tight to wavy ringlets or long corkscrew curls.

Sokoke

The origin of this gorgeous cat breed can be tracked to Kenya where Sokoke came to be from natural breeding. This breed of cat is peaceful and easy-going and known as a free-roaming feral cat by the people of Kenya. The Sokoke breed is recognized by its vibrantly striped coat.

Minskin

The Minskin breed is a cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx. They are recognized by the short stature of the Munchkin combined with hairless body of the Sphynx. These hairless breeds of cats are known for their friendliness as well as compact size.

There are several other breeds of cats that are rare and include Ojos Azules with their distinctive blue eyes; European Burmese with solid pointed color; Turkish Angora recognized by their silky white coat; American Bobtail is known for their short tail; and American Wirehair which has a wiry coat and crimped whiskers.

September 30, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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The Most Adorable Long-eared Dogs

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Every breed of dog is born differently, and the unique feature of a dog serves a specific purpose. While a dog with long dreadlocks protects the dog from harsh weather, their slender body lets them run fast. Based on the function they carry out, these dogs are separated into different groups such as terrier, hound, toy, sporting, non-sporting, and such. Most dogs with long ears are categorized as hound dogs, and they are bred primarily for hunting.

List of the ten most beautiful hounds flaunting long ears

  1. Basset Hound originated in France and are famous for their stubbornness and exceptionally long fluffy ears. They have a keen sense of smell, and they are ideal for hunting either alone or in a pack.
  2. Bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds of hounds and named for its status as royal and aristocrat, and great lengths were taken to keep this breed pure. Unlike their lazy looking face with droopy eyes and long ears, these dogs are very active and require plenty of activity.
  3. Black and tan Coonhound are easy-going and friendly dogs that are mellow by the fireside and, rough and rugged by the trail. They are hunters who work at night and need occasional grooming.
  4. Afghan Hound is a breed that screams elegance. Their bright coat on lean and agile body display nobility. They have a high prey drive, and you will need a leash while you walk them.
  5. English Cocker Spaniel is blessed with a cute and adorable face to go with its long ears. They are brilliant, friendly, and playful dogs, and are susceptible to separation anxiety.
  6. Its long coat characterizes Lhasa Apso. This breed is originally from Tibet and looks like a miniature version of old English Shepherd.
  7. Shih Tzu is in an intelligent and affectionate breed that is coupled with a beautiful coat. It is one of the most friendly and playful dogs that need constant attention from its human.
  8. Beagle is one of the most popular dog breeds that belong to the hound group. Their origin dates to the 5th century BC and have been favored by royalty. They are pack hunters and hence prefer the company of other dogs or humans. 
  9. Standard Poodle is elegant, intelligent, and have a balanced character. They are a natural athlete and are very active. They are characterized into four varieties; toy, miniature, medium, and standard, and all four varieties share one feature, the long fluffy ears.
  10. Dachshund is one of the few breeds that everyone can easily recognize. Also called as sausage dogs, they have surprisingly long ears and an unusual shape. This breed of dogs is extremely energetic and surprisingly agile.

There are several other breeds of dogs with long and fluffy ears such as Irish Setters, Papillon, among others. These dogs are known for their striking ears that serve a purpose, and their general attitude.