books



no previous pagepage up: Cat Books
  
next page: Cats And All About Them | by Frances Simpson

The Book Of The Cat | by Frances Simpson



Fanciers have long felt the want of a work dealing in a popular manner with cats, and it was therefore with great pleasure that I undertook to write The Book of the Cat, and to give the results of a long experience in as simple and interesting a form as possible, so that the book might be instructive to cat fanciers, and also readable to that portion of the community which loves cats for themselves and not only for their prizes and pedigrees. It is possible that the beautiful reproductions in this work may result in the conversion of some cat haters, who, seeing the error of their ways, may give poor puss a corner in their hearts. Dogs are more essentially the friends of men, and cats may be considered as the chosen allies of womankind...

TitleThe Book Of The Cat
AuthorFrances Simpson
PublisherCassell And Company, Limited
Year1903
Copyright1903, Cassell And Company, Limited
AmazonThe Book Of The Cat

With 12 Coloured Plates, And Nearly 350 Illustrations In The Text From Photographs And Drawings

-Introduction
Fanciers have long felt the want of a work dealing in a popular manner with cats, and it was therefore with great pleasure that I undertook to write The Book of the Cat, and to give the results of a l...
-Chapter I. Cats Of The Past
THE origin of the cat has puzzled the learned, and the stock from whence it sprang is still, in the opinion of some, a mystery for the zoologist to solve. Historians tell us that the feline race came...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 2
The Temple of Bubastes, according to Herodotus, was the fairest in all Egypt, and here special reverence was paid the cat. The local goddess of this city was Pasht, who was represented as a woman with...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 3
M. Champfleury, in his delightful book, Les Chats, gives a good deal of information regarding the cats of ancient Egypt, and mentions the existence of funerary statues of women which bear the inscri...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 4
A writer of the Middle Ages says: The peasants wore cat skins, badger skins, etc. It would appear that lambs' and cats' skins were of equal value at that period. Harrison Weir, in his work on cats,...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 5
At the coronation of Elizabeth there is an account given, in the Hatton correspondence, of an effigy of the Pope being carried through the streets and afterwards burnt with several live cats, which, w...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 6
Robert Liston, who, as everyone knows, was the leading London surgeon in the middle of the nineteenth century, was passionately attached to his cat, and used to introduce it to his guests at the dinne...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 7
M. Presse d'Aveunes gives an account of a curious cat superstition. When a woman gives birth to twins, boys or girls, the last born of the two, whom they call 'barecy' (sometimes both), has at times,...
-Cats Of The Past. Part 8
Coming down to the cat artists of the present day, we would mention Madame Henriette Ronner, who has justly deserved the great reputation that she has acquired in her own country as well as ours. It i...
-Chapter II. Cats Of Today
THE term Cat is applied in its widest sense to all feline animals. The following are the various names by which the cat is known in different countries, and it is curious to note that, with two exce...
-Cats Of Today. Continued
All sorts of stories are related of pussy's superhuman intelligence, but the most uncanny one of very recent date I will refer to here. It may be remembered that in the winter of 1901 a vessel named t...
-A Ping-Pong Cat
The following extract from the Daily Mail of February 1st, 1902, gives us an account of a most exemplary, well trained, and up-to-date cat, and opens up a fresh field for the utility and agility of ou...
-List Of Cat Clubs And Societies
The National Cat Club, founded 1887. Hon. sec., Mrs. A. Stennard-Robin-son, 5, Great James Street, Bedford Row, London, W. C. Annual subscription, 1 guinea. The Cat Club, founded 1898. Hon. sec, Mrs....
-The National Cat Club
Patron H. H. Princess Victoria of Schleswig Holstein. President Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford. Vice-Presidents The Right Hon. the Countess of Warwick, The Viscountess Maitland, The Marchioness...
-The Cat Club
(Founded by Lady Marcus Beresford. ) The objects of the Club are the general good of the Cat, the promoting of true breeding of Cats, the holding of a Winter Show, so that Cats may be exhibited at th...
-Beresford Cat Club Of America
Officers Mrs. Clinton Locke, 2825 Indiana Ave., (President); Mrs. Charles H. Lane, 5323 Madison Ave., (First Vice-President); Mrs. F. A. Howe, 3041 Grand Boulevard (Second Vice-President); Mrs. A. A....
-Beresford Cat Club Of America. Continued
And now a few words on those most excellent institutions which should appeal to the hearts of the animal loving public - I mean the homes for poor stray and starving cats. It is a mercy that there are...
-Chapter III. Care And Management
IN the care, management, and feeding of cats no hard and fast rule can be laid down, for the dispositions and constitutions of these animals differ just as much as do those of human beings. Fanciers m...
-Female Cats And Kittens
As regards the management of female cats, it is necessary to start from the time when they first arrive at maturity, viz. when they are first capable of becoming mothers. This usually takes place - or...
-Female Cats And Kittens. Part 2
All medicines should be given quietly and quickly, so that there may be no struggling. The cat's head should be grasped firmly with the left hand, the fingers and thumb on each side of the corners of ...
-Female Cats And Kittens. Part 3
After the first is born, the rest come comparatively easily. Very occasionally there is a cross presentation; but as only those really competent should attempt to do anything in this case, no time sho...
-Female Cats And Kittens. Part 4
At about five weeks old the kittens will begin to lap and possibly to eat. Many fanciers are delighted if they will eat and drink before a month old, and some make the serious mistake of trying to coa...
-Stud Cats
A male cat should not be allowed to mate under a year old, and if you wish to keep your stud in good condition do not allow more than two, or at most three, lady visitors a week. There is no doubt tha...
-Neuter Cats
Opinions differ as to the best period for a cat to be made neuter, but it is generally considered advisable to have the operation performed between the ages of five and eight months. A male cat can be...
-Chapter IV. Housing Of Cats
THE proper housing of valuable stock is the first essential subject to be studied by the beginner in the cat fancy, and one requiring both careful thought and attention. For I do not hesitate to say t...
-Housing Of Cats. Part 2
A, the sleeping-room; B, a playroom for queens and kittens; and C, the third apartment for kittening, or cats it is desirable to isolate awhile. The smaller houses at the outside ends reserved for stu...
-Housing Of Cats. Part 3
Then the rest of the tray forms a glorious playground for the first week or two, when one adventurous mite finds out he can climb up the shallow sides, and tumble out on a large strange world of floor...
-Cat Appliances
In the preceding section on the cattery proper, I have not spoken of the very useful variety of portable houses which are now made a speciality of many firms, considering them more or less as accessor...
-Cat Appliances. Continued
A 4 inch deep tray is quite deep enough, and this should not be filled more than two thirds full, or the cat rakes so much earth out on the floor. Neither do they require to be very large, as their we...
-Chapter V. Exhibiting
AMONGST cat fanciers there is a laudable . ambition not only to breed good stock but to exhibit it. Certainly there is vastly more gratification and satisfaction in obtaining high honours for cats and...
-National Cat Club Registration
The registration rules of the National Cat Club are as follow: 1. Every Cat exhibited at a show under National Cat Club Rules must (except such as are exhibited exclusively in Local Classes, or exhibi...
-National Cat Club Registration. Part 2
If litter classes are provided at a show, it is well for the intending exhibitor to send the whole litter, as the number of the family is taken into consideration in judging, and perhaps a large litte...
-National Cat Club Registration. Part 3
The prize cards should be returned in the hampers when sent back to exhibitors. If these are soiled or broken on their arrival, a request to the secretary asking for fresh ones will probably be attend...
-Cat Club Judging
A standard of points for all long and short haired cats was drawn up by a sub-committee of the Cat Club, of which I was a member; but since specialist clubs have come into existence, having each their...
-Cat Club Judging. Continued
It is quite legitimate for a judge to ask permission of the show authorities to award an extra prize in a large class with several fine specimens; and if he has withheld others in a poor and badly fil...
-Management Of Cat Shows
Now to turn our attention to the management of shows, and upon this question I feel I am fairly competent to give an opinion, as I have acted as show manager and as show secretary to some of our large...
-Management Of Cat Shows. Part 2
The names of the judges, with their respective classes, should be clearly set forth, and it should be mentioned whether classes will or will not be amalgamated or cancelled. A few advertisements of st...
-Management Of Cat Shows. Part 3
And here let me say how much better it would be if some arrangement could be made for the prize tickets to be fixed in a rack at the top of the pen, instead of being thrust between the wires, where a ...
-Management Of Cat Shows. Part 4
In order to facilitate the work of the judges, it is well to have their books carefully and clearly arranged, and this especially applies to the list of special awards. I instituted a plan at Westmins...
-Management Of Cat Shows. Part 5
What I consider is more practical than open judging for cats is that some arrangement should be made so that judges may be enabled to compare the points of the various exhibits, and for this purpose I...
-Cat Buying And Selling
I believe that a Bow Street magistrate once asserted that anyone owning a stud dog or selling a dog was, in the point of law, a dealer. I do not know if the same decision would apply in the cat world....
-Cat Buying And Selling. Continued
Here let me quote from an article in that excellent American paper, The Cat Journal, headed Unreasonable Buyers. The writer says:- One of the most difficult things with which the cat seller has to ...
-Local Cat Shows
As an example of the ever-increasing interest shown in cat sections at local shows, the following account, kindly supplied to me by Mr. F. W. Western, the secretary, will be of interest:Sandy Show ha...
-Chapter VI. The "Points" Of A Cat
BEFORE entering upon the distinctive breeds of cats, of which I propose to treat fully in the ensuing chapters, I would draw attention to the accompanying diagram of a cat, and will proceed to point o...
-Chapter VII. Long-Haired Or Persian Cats
IN classing all long-haired cats as Persians I may be wrong, but the distinctions, apparently with hardly any difference, between Angoras and Persians are of so fine a nature that I must be pardoned i...
-Chapter VIII. Some Notable Catteries
BEFORE entering upon a description of the various breeds, it may be interesting to my readers to give a short account, with illustrations (photographs for which have been specially taken for this chap...
-Some Notable Catteries. Continued
One of the largest catteries in Scotland, where the fancy grows pace, is owned by Mrs. Mackenzie Stewart, of Seagate House. Irvine. Mrs. Stewart has possessed several notable cats of different breeds....
-Breeding Blue Persians In Limited Space
The successful breeding of blue Persian cats in a space so limited that a grass run or green trees are things to be desired rather than attained, requires nice judgment and great care. The space at m...
-Breeding Blue Persians In Limited Space. Continued
All plates, etc., used for food must be thoroughly washed after each meal. In a space such as I have described my cats have to be kept, for they are allowed into the dwelling-house by special invita...
-Chapter IX. Black Persians
NEVER have these truly handsome cats received the amount of admiration and attention which they deserve. There are fewer breeders of black Persians than of any other variety, the two most noted fancie...
-Black Persians. Continued
In many of the accounts of our largest shows I remark such paragraphs as these: Good blacks with orange eyes were conspicuous by their absence. Or again: The black classes, as usual, were poorly fi...
-Chapter X. White Persians
A GREAT change has taken place of late years in the quantity and quality of these beautiful cats, for whereas formerly blue eyes were considered quite a rarity, now it is seldom we see any yellow-eyed...
-White Persians. Part 2
I am indebted for the following notes on white Persians to Miss M. Hunt, whose beautiful white cat Crystal appeared on an earlier page, and by an unfortunate mistake was stated to be the property of...
-White Persians. Part 3
This enthusiastic breeder always accompanies her exhibits, and her precious Pearls are never seen at the smaller mixed shows. I have always heard that white kittens are difficult to rear, and Mrs. Pet...
-Chapter XI. Blue Persians
A FAMOUS publisher once gave the following advice to a young author: Never take it for granted that your readers have any previous knowledge of your subject, but credit them with ordinary intelligenc...
-Blue Persians. Continued
It also sometimes happens that a kitten exhibits quite a light ruff, but this is generally shed with the second coat, and eventually disappears. There are some cats erroneously called blues by novices...
-Blue Persian Cat Society
Founded April 24th, 1901. Presidents: Viscountess Maitland, Mrs. Maconochie, Miss Gertrude Jay. Vice-Presidents: Viscountess Gort, Lady Danvers, the Hon. Mrs. Maclaren Morrison, Mrs. Collingwood, Mrs...
-Standard Of Points For Blue Persian Cat
Coal (30) -Any shade of blue allowable; sound and even in colour; free from markings, shadings, or any white hairs. Fur long, thick, and soft in texture. Frill full. Head (25) Broad and round, with...
-Standard Of Points For Blue Persian Cat. Continued
I know some judges who say commended cards are very cheap, and they please the exhibitors. True; but are you not pleasing them in a wrong way by making them think their cat is better than it is? ...
-Chapter XII. Silver Or Chinchilla Persians
PERHAPS no breed or variety of cat has been so much thought about, talked about, and fought about in the fancy as the sil-ver or chinchilla Persian. If blues are a new variety, then silvers are of sti...
-Silver Or Chinchilla Persians. Continued
It is a case of tabby blood which needs breeding out of the silvers, and which, no doubt, will be obliterated in time, so that two distinct types of silvers will only exist - the delicately tipped or ...
-Chinchillas
As pale and unmarked silver as possible. Any brown or cream tinge to be considered a great drawback. Eyes to be green or orange. Value of points as follows: Head 20 Shape.. 1...
-Shaded Silvers
Colour: pale, clear silver, shaded on face, legs, and back, but having as few tabby markings as possible. Any brown or cream tinge a great drawback. Eyes green or orange. Value of points: Head ...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 2
Amongst the well-known breeders, fanciers, and exhibitors of silvers in the present day, I may mention Lady Marcus Beresford, who owns some beautiful specimens of the celebrated Lord Southampton str...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 3
It is something like twenty years ago that, amongst the competitors in the classes for long-haired tabbies at the Crystal Palace and other important shows, was occasionally to be seen an alien with t...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 4
A letter redolent of lavender and old-world deliberation, but words of wisdom for all that. The reported delicacy of long-haired cats would trouble us less if we had more of the new milk and hay-loft ...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 5
The next that was heard of 'Twin' was that she had succumbed from the effects of swallowing a needle. 'I,' registered as 'I, Beauty's Daughter,' remained the whole of her lifetime at The Lodge, Penge...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 6
When the challenge cups of the National Cat Club were designed in 1897, it was decided that the beauty and interest attached to them should be enhanced by immortalising on each the most representative...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 7
Thus the type once fixed survives, though it be by the aid of the most incongruous connection, such as a brown tabby. Had the latter been the patrician bred from progenitors of her colours, and the c...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 8
When, after a provokingly long period, she again consented to appear clothed, her dress was of palest silver, unadorned by any markings except a very faint smudge on her forehead and - which, alas. sp...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 9
May I, at this point, plead that the little kittens taken from their mother for your benefit should not be drowned ? If they must be sent along the silent road to the Quiet City, let it be done merci...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 10
The average number of inmates of this cattery is about thirty, but at one period of Mrs. G. H. Walker's catty career the silver fever ran high, and there were sixty-three cats and kits within the prec...
-Shaded Silvers. Part 11
The dark or shaded silvers, it was understood, should have pale, clear undercoats; but instead of the neckings of the self silver (so called), the dark edges ran a considerable way into the fur. The ...
-Chapter XIII. Silver Tabby Persians
THERE can be no question that a really good silver tabby will carry off the palm even from the most exquisite unmarked silver cat, and in this assertion I feel I have the support of all our profession...
-Silver Tabbies
The Marquis Of Dingley. Silver Tabby, Owned by Miss Anderson Leake. (Photo: Cassell & Company, Limited.) At the meeting of the Silver Society, discussion arose as to whether the markings on silv...
-Silver Tabbies. Part 2
Mrs. Herring has bred some fine silver tabbies, notably Duchess Lestock, a sensational kitten at the Westminster show of 1900, when she was claimed at a high price by Mrs. G. H. Walker, of Woodheys ...
-Silver Tabbies. Part 3
Competent judges agree that to breed regular, symmetrical, and well-coloured markings is no easy task, for contrast is the grand point in a silver tabby. His ground coat from tip to tail should be pu...
-Silver Tabbies. Part 4
We believe exhibitors of magpies never allow their birds to enjoy the rays of the sun for a similar reason, but it is a question whether it is not wiser to study the beneficial effects of a sun-bath o...
-Silver Tabbies. Part 5
My own practice is to mate silver tabby with silver tabby invariably, and of the purest pedigree I can find. I should never breed from a sire that I knew possessed a brown tabby ancestry. I would far...
-Chapter XIV. Smoke Persians
IT is only within recent years that smoke Persian cats have really come into notice at all, and even now these lovely cats may be said to be sadly neglected in the fancy. It was not till the year 1893...
-Smokes
Smoke cats should bo black, shading to smoke (grey), with as light an under-coat as possible ; light frill and ear tufts : eyes to be orange. Miss Bartlett's Two Smoke Kittens (Photo: E. Landor, E...
-Smokes. Part 2
- The definition drawn up by the Silver Society when it first started reads as follows : 'A smoke cat must be black, shading to smoke (grey), with as light an under-coat as possible, and black poin...
-Smokes. Part 3
Mrs. Sinkins, to whom I have alluded as a smoke breeder, owns a splendid stud cat called Teufel that has made a name for himself as a first prize winner. This cat is as nearly a perfect specimen as ...
-Chapter XV. Orange Persians
IN the short-haired varieties, these cats are sometimes called red tabbies; but I do not think the term gives such a true idea of the correct tone of colour, which should be just that of a ripe orange...
-Orange, Cream, Fawn, And Tortoise-Shell Cat Society
Long And Short Haired As societies have been lately formed to promote the interests of one or more colours in the cat world, it has been thought by a few fanciers of orange, cream, fawn, and tortoise...
-Orange, Cream, Fawn, And Tortoise-Shell Cat Society. Part 2
I do not think orange cats have ever been very popular, and I have remarked at shows that a certain number of people refuse to give anything but a passing contemptuous glance at the classes which cont...
-Orange, Cream, Fawn, And Tortoise-Shell Cat Society. Part 3
There are two classes of oranges, one which has the ordinary tabby markings, more or less distinct, and the other which is 'flecked' all over the back in small patches, and which is usually not nearl...
-Orange, Cream, Fawn, And Tortoise-Shell Cat Society. Part 4
A herd of pure-bred goats supply the inmates of the cattery with milk, and rabbits, which abound, form their staple food when in season. The largest of the outhouses is fitted with a Tortoise stove, c...
-Orange, Cream, Fawn, And Tortoise-Shell Cat Society. Part 5
Miss Beal's male orange Minotaur is one of the most beautiful cats of this breed now exhibited, and has quite the best round head and face, with sweetest expression. These are qualities too often la...
-Chapter XVI. Cream Or Fawn Persians
THIS may be said to be the very latest variety in Persian breeds, and one which bids fair to become very fashionable. The term cream describes exactly what is the desired tint of these cats, but f...
-Cream Or Fawn Cats
Colour To be as pure as possible without marking or shading, either paler or darker, dulness and white to be particularly avoided. All shades from the palest fawn to be allowable. 25. Coat To be ve...
-Breeding Of Creams
Sir, - Being much interested in the breeding of creams, I should like to say a few words on the subject and state my experience. Though only a novice, I have up to date succeeded in breeding twenty cr...
-Chapter XVII. Tortoiseshell Persians
MANY years ago, when I first took up the cat fancy, I used to think tor-toiseshells ugly and commonplace, and I am afraid even now I have not that admiration for the breed which I feel a really good s...
-Tortoiseshell Cats
Colour And Marking The three colours - black, orange, and yellow - to be well broken and as bright and well defined as possible; free from tabby markings, no white. 30. Coat To be silky, very long,...
-Chapter XVIII. Tortoiseshell-And-White Persians
THESE cats, both long- and short-haired, have always had a great fascination for me. One of my first Persian pets was a tortoiseshell-and-white, with a gorgeous coat, stand-out frill, and wide-spreadi...
-Chapter XIX. Brown Tabby Persians
MY first prize-winning kitten was a brown tabby, exhibited many years ago at the Crystal Palace. He became my stud cat Rajah, called after an Indian prince who was visiting us at that time. Rajah ...
-Brown Tabby Persians. Part 2
These sable-marked cats are rare, but still more beautiful would be a cat entirely of the one tawny colour - a self sable, without markings. The most suitable factors to obtain this colour, so write...
-Brown Tabby Persians. Part 3
I am sorry we can manage to get no really good photo of' Master Ruffie.' Time after time we have attempted it - in studios, out of doors, by means of professionals and amateurs - including many kind ...
-Brown Tabby Persians. Part 4
I think I may with truth assert that brown tabbies are more appreciated, and that better specimens are produced in the North than in the South of England. I have mentioned Mr. Heslop as having owned s...
-Brown Tabby Persians. Part 5
The best-marked brown tabby I have ever seen was Lady Marcus Beresford's' Bas-sorah, who was unfortunately given away and lost. Her markings looked like oil painting, they stood out in such distinct...
-Brown Tabby Persians. Part 6
She is a most successful breeding cat, her produce being usually winners. Her sister, 'Brayfort Princess,' is also a sable tabby, and carries an immense coat, ruff, and frill; it is denser than'Fina's...
-Brown Tabby Persians. Part 7
As regards brown tabbies in America, King Humbert and his children have always held their own. Humbert was bred in England, and as he is now dead I may be allowed to say that when fit and in good ...
-Brown Tabbies In America
The brown tabby cat, whose fate seemed to hang in the balance for some time, is now, in America, on the road to social prominence, and daily we hear of the progress of the breed, so that the classes n...
-Chapter XX. Any Other Colour Persians
IN the early days of the fancy all sorts and conditions of cats were entered in this class. Blacks, whites, and tabbies were considered important enough to have classes assigned to them ; then the res...
-Any Other Colour Persians. Continued
Another type is the white-and-black cat, but unless the black patches are evenly balanced, especially in the face, the effect is not pleasing (see illustration, page 232). Harrison Weir gives particul...
-Chapter XXI. Neuter Cats
IT has been my experience in the past year or two that the demand for neuter cats, or, in other words, household pet pussies, is on the increase; and I am inclined to believe that if some fanciers mad...
-Neuter Cats. Continued
Miss H. Cochran, writing of neuters, says : There are, without doubt, a great number of people who like to keep a cat, especially a Persian, for a pet pure and simple - one that will be the admiratio...
-Chapter XXII. Manx Cats
THESE quaint cats are rapidly and surely coming into notice in the fancy. As a breed they are intelligent and affectionate, and, I believe, splendid sporting cats. They are undoubtedly great favourite...
-Manx Cats. Continued
Any traveller in the Far East - Japan, China, Siam, and the Malay region - who is a lover of animals must have noticed how rarely one meets with a really long-tailed cat in these regions, for instead...
-The Progeny Of A Tailless Cat Of The Isle Of Man
A cat brought from the Isle of Man (felis catus anura) to S. Germain en Laye, of which the pedigree is unknown, was mated with ordinary long-tailed cats, and among twenty-four kittens the four followi...
-The Progeny Of A Tailless Cat Of The Isle Of Man. Continued
As I before remarked, colour should be considered last. I think a good black is the nicest colour for a Manx, and, of course, the eyes should be of the colour sought for in ordinary black cats. A pur...
-Chapter XXIII. Siamese Cats
I HAVE often remarked at our cat shows that strangers in the fancy will inquire and ask to be directed to the Siamese class, and many and varied are the exclamations of surprise and admiration express...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat
Body Colour As light and even as possible, cream being most desirable, but fawn also admissible, without streaks, bars, blotches, or any other body markings. Points, i.e. mask, ears, legs, feet, and...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 2
All Siamese kittens are white when born, but in a few days slight markings appear on tail, ears, and paws, and by four months old the markings are dark and complete, excepting those which connect th...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 3
Of the royals there seem to be two types in England : the one - rather a small, longheaded cat, with glossy, close-lying coat and deep blue eyes, and with a decided tendency to darken with age - is ...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 4
Inside I line with new house flannel, and place a soft cushion at the bottom, and if very cold weather I put an indiarubber hot-water bottle under the cushion. If the cats have to pass through London,...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 5
All the points of a good Siamese are so well known that I need not touch upon them here. Start with a good strain, be careful, be patient, and you will be rewarded in the end. I have mentioned Mrs. ...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 6
Of course, they are allowed downstairs a portion of every day when their mistress is able to look after them. They are most fascinating, frolicsome little creatures. The outdoor catteries - for use in...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 7
I advocate that all kittens should be reared by healthy English foster-mothers, and am convinced that if breeders would adopt this plan we should in time succeed in establishing a far stronger breed ...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 8
Mrs. Robinson's 'Ah Choo'. and Mr. Cooke's' Zetland Wanzes' are well-known cats of to-day. Lady Marcus Beresford's 'King of Siam' is imported, has glorious eyes of sapphire-blue, and sires exceptiona...
-Standard Of Points For The "Royal" Siamese Cat. Part 9
In the foregoing remarks of noted breeders of this variety many useful hints are given, and some peculiarities of the breed mentioned. I would, however, draw attention to a curious and rather remarka...
-Chapter XXIV. Short-Haired Cats
IF a census could be taken of the cats in England, or even in London, I suppose the proportion of short-haired cats to long-haired cats would be about ten to one. In the cat fancy, however, the breede...
-Blue Russians
I am very interested in the discussion on blue Russians, as years ago I had a perfect type of a blue Russian, which had been imported. When Russians were judged as Russians it won well at shows, so yo...
-Blue Russians. Part 2
The three principal breeders at the present time of these cats are Lady Alexander, Mrs. Michael Hughes, and Mrs. Carew Cox. It is at the Crystal Palace shows that an opportunity is given of admiring t...
-Blue Russians. Part 3
It is often impossible to decide the ultimate colour of a kitten's eyes until it is four months old. They vary very much, sometimes giving one the impression that they are green, and perhaps a few da...
-Chapter XXV. Short-Haired Cats
AND now I will take a general glance over . the other short-haired breeds commonly called English or British cats. As regards points, these are the same as in the long-haired varieties. I give a list ...
-Short-Haired Cats. Part 2
A very beautiful cat is the English tortoiseshell - and -white when the colours are well distributed, the red and black showing up so splendidly on the snowy ground-work. I must say I far prefer those...
-Short-Haired Cats. Part 3
The stud books should be kept up to date, and stud registrations should be followed out, just as in the dog world. I can imagine many of my readers who do not take up cats as a hobby saying,' The ord...
-Short-Haired Cats. Part 4
Among the many notable males, 'Ballochmyle Perfection,' the property of Lady Alexander, winner of some 100 first prizes, championships, and specials, the sire of 'Champion Ballochmyle Goldfinder' and...
-Short-Haired Cats. Part 5
All this interest, together with the holding of many big shows in different parts of the kingdom, have brought into prominence a great host of fanciers, including many ladies holding high positions in...
-Short-Haired Cats. Part 6
In browns the old champion 'Xeno-phon' is, to my mind, the best tabby of any colour ever seen in the show pen; his picture is before me as I pen these lines. I well remember giving him the first and ...
-Chapter XXVI. Some Foreign Cats
IT is not intended in the following notes to enter into a description of the various beautiful and interesting wild felines, for although some of these - such as the Ocelot, the Geoffrey's Cat, and th...
-Some Foreign Cats. Continued
We can only add, whilst deeply regretting that Mr. Shinick did not mate his cats, the earnest hope that we may hear that he has discovered the existence of other specimens. Should it prove that a parc...
-Chapter XXVII. Cats In America
A REVIEW of the cat fancy in America carries us over so vast an expanse of territory, that it is not easy at one fell swoop really to do it justice. The only way that seems feasible is to take the fan...
-Cats In America. Part 2
At the Old Fort cattery reside King of the Silvers, Jack Frost, Tortie Diana Fawe, Lady Lollypop, and many other good ones, and from this cattery to many parts of the country have gone cats th...
-Cats In America. Part 3
Washington has come to the fore of late, but has not within her borders many regular breeders outside of Mrs. Hazen Bond, who exhibited with a good deal of success during the season of 19011902, and ...
-Cat District No. 2 - Chicago
District No. 2, that we shall consider next, is the city and region of Chicago, which is not placed second as a matter of its importance, but simply comes in in chronological order. The first show to ...
-Cat District No. 2 - Chicago. Continued
Mrs. W. Eames Col-burn has at the present time probably one of the largest and most successful catteries in America. In 1901 she made a reputation with her cat Paris, which was bred by herself, and ...
-Cat District No. 3 - Detroit
District No. 3, which we shall assign to the Detroit contingent, is certainly one of our most important. The Detroit fanciers are situated more in a central position - that is, as regards getting to s...
-District No. 4. - Canadian Cats
The two pioneers of the cat in Canada - i.e. the two who were most prominent as breeders when I went to the first Canadian shows - were Mrs. Cumberland, of Port Hope, Ontario, whose prefix or affix of...
-Cat District No. 5 - California
California is a district by itself, which can never be in active touch with the east, and the future cat of California may probably be the Siamese, for the demand for them is growing everyday, and the...
-Cat Judging In America
In 1900, I am not afraid to say, we had not more than two judges capable of judging a small show correctly all the way through. To-day we have a great many breeders who could do very fair work, and wo...
-Maltese Cats
A great deal of interest has been taken in England in the subject of blue cats in America, which are often called Maltese, and really among the rank and file of the public this is the name they go by....
-Wild Cat Species
We cannot leave the American exhibition cats without saying a word upon the wild species, some of which find their way into the show rooms on more than one or two occasions. Of course, the cougar or m...
-Some Of The Difficulties With Cats In America
Our English readers will, no doubt, wonder at a good many things we do in America; but, never having had the experience of our conditions, they would not be able to appreciate what it is that keeps th...
-Chapter XXVIII. Maine Cats
FROM my earliest recollection I have had from one to several long-haired cats of that variety often called Maine cats. As to how and when they came, I would say, like Topsy, they just growed, for th...
-Maine Cats. Part 2
I have a photograph of Richelieu, owned by Mr. Robinson, of Bangor, Maine, who had won first in his class at Boston, New York, and Philadelphia previous to 1884, when he was shown at Bangor, Maine, ...
-Maine Cats. Part 3
For a long time the long-haired cats seemed to be confined mostly to the coast towns and cities; but the giving their best to their sisters and their cousins and their aunts have spread them inland,...
-Chapter XXIX. Cat Photography For Amateurs
ALL lovers of the cat who are also amateur . photographers must have seen with envious admiration the lovely cat pictures by Madame Ronner, the more racy and amusing sketches by Louis Wain, and the ma...
-Cat Photography For Amateurs. Continued
Turning now to the more artistic side of cat photography, we find our real difficulties begin, for in photographing for the showing of points we seldom have to deal with more than one cat at a time. I...
-Chapter XXX. Rearing Of Kittens
IT may truly be said that the subject most interesting to cat fanciers is the successful rearing of kittens, and pages might be written on what to do and what not to do in order to bring up a family o...
-Rearing Of Kittens. Part 2
Small meals at short intervals are infinitely better than heavy meals at long intervals, and if a young kitten is left for many hours till half famished, it will in all probability eat too much and su...
-Rearing Of Kittens. Part 3
It is only of comparatively recent date that any serious attention has been given to the successful breeding of Persian kittens. A demand has arisen for animals that approach perfection, according to...
-Chapter XXXI. Colour Breeding
COLOUR breeding is a most fascinating pursuit ; but, unfortunately, the average cat fancier lacks the patience to follow it out to a satisfactory conclusion. There is no doubt that by judicious cross...
-Colour Breeding. Continued
This animal, though not particularly attractive in itself, is, I need hardly say, invaluable for crossing again either with a clear-coloured chinchilla, a black, or even a blue. A blue cross is, as a...
-Chapter XXXII. The Cat's Place In Nature: Its Ancestry, Classification, Structure, And Distribution
AT a very remote period in the history of animal life when the struggle for existence was rife, the carnivorous and pre-daceous animals (to which the existing cat belongs) occupied a position in the s...
-General Structure Of The Cat
The natural food of all the cat tribe in a state of nature is carnivorous, and the whole organisation of the group is specialised and adapted for aggressive or, if need be, defensive purposes. The bod...
-General Structure Of The Cat. Part 2
The cat's hind limb is articulated by a ball and socket joint to the hip-bone or pelvis (20), which is again firmly united to the three bones forming the sacrum D. The thigh-bone or femur (19) sustain...
-General Structure Of The Cat. Part 3
The temperature, or normal heat, of the body of the cat is 100 F. ; it may, however, be slightly above or below this. Fig. VIII.----Skeleton Of A Cat A. Cervical or Neck Bones (7 in number)....
-The Distribution Of The Cat Family
Long-continued and systematic study of the habits of living animals has led to the division of the surface of the world into specific, areas, called Zoogeographical regions, of which there are six - v...
-The Diseases Of Cats, And Their Treatment. Administration Of Medicine
IN the treatment of the diseases of the cat, the correct method of administering whatever medicaments are deemed necessary is a most important consideration. To the uninitiated and timid the task is g...
-Diseases Of The Stomach in Cats
Vomiting, though a symptom common to many diseases, may be quite natural in some instances, such as over-feeding or during the weaning period, when the mother-cat eats a lot of animal food and then br...
-Worms, Or Internal Animal Parasites in Cats
Cats, like all other animals, are liable to be infested with worms, which may not cause any disturbance, unless in great numbers or when another disease is in existence. The Common Round-worm is very...
-Diseases Of The Kidneys in Cats
Diseases of the kidneys, such as degeneration, fatty degeneration, parasitic disease, tuberculosis, cancer, acute and chronic Bright's disease, and calculi are not rare, but, as the space at our comma...
-Diseases Of Air Passages And Lungs in Cats
A Common Cold, or coryza, or acute nasal catarrh, or cold in the head, is caused by exposing the cat to the inclement weather, or washing it and not thoroughly drying afterwards. It may also be due to...
-Distemper in Cats
Distemper is a contagious, inoculable fever, due to a specific microbe (the cocco-bacillus, or pasteurella of Lignieres), and is similar, if not identical, to that causing distemper in the dog. Krajew...
-Distemper in Cats. Part 2
One season it may appear as a contagious catarrh, another season as an infectious sore throat, and at other times as a bronchitis or pneumonia, and, lastly, as a contagious gastritis or gastro-enterit...
-Distemper in Cats. Part 3
The lesions of the lungs may be slight, and yet the symptoms may be severe ; on the contrary, the lesions may be extensive, and the resulting symptoms comparatively slight. If the fever remains high, ...
-Distemper in Cats. Part 4
Prognosis Distemper is a most treacherous disease, and one of which even an expert cannot foretell the result. Many instances occur in which an animal appears to be on the right road towards recovery...
-Diseases Of The Ear in Cats
The external ear in the cat is short, upright, triangular, pointed, and opens in front. Its apex in some cats - especially Persians - has a tuft of hair growing from the inside. In the outer margin th...
-Diseases Of The Eye in Cats
In certain respects the eye of the cat differs from that of the other domesticated animals. It resembles the eye of the dog in its shape, which is somewhat rounded and globular. The membrana nictitans...
-Diseases Of The Eye in Cats. Continued
Sometimes the conjunctiva, or the pinkish membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelids and the front of the eyeball, becomes the seat of disease. A non-inflammatory swelling of it is seen, due to...
-Diseases Of The Skin in Cats
The cat is very fortunately free from many of the skin complaints that affect the dog. Nevertheless, domestication and improper surroundings - the curses of health - demand a few victims now and again...
-External Animal Parasites in Cats
The Cat Flea (Pulex Serraticeps, Var. Cati) The cat flea is identical with, but rather smaller than, that of the dog. It differs from the flea of mankind (Pulex irritans) by having black, blunt spine...
-Painless Destruction Of Cats
A knowledge of how painlessly to destroy a cat's life is very important to the owner of a cat who is not in reach of a veterinary surgeon - the proper person to undertake this duty under ordinary circ...









TOP
no previous pagepage up: Cat Books
  
next page: Cats And All About Them | by Frances Simpson