I like cats, always have. We had both cats and dogs in the family home, but it was the cats they drew me. Photos of me as child have me with kittens and cats hardly a one with the dogs. I collected postcards of them, learnt quite a bit about them through books and experience. I knew when the kittens were due before the adults. My knowledge of the domestic cat went back to the Egyptians, and had skidded over the sabre tooths. Of the big cats no further than zoos and wild life documentaries
After I left home my life style was unsuitable for the keeping of pets not even cats. I didn’t have my first cat until retirement. And have been content with this.
The other day I watched a documentary of the cat family and discovered much that was new to me.
Cats were well evolved by 11 million years again, in S.E.Asia
They arrived in
Africa 8 Million years
And there I was thinking they all began in Africa!
I always knew that sabre tooth cats were in cat’s history but had not realized we were talking 25 million years ago.
There are now 37 species of cat or is it 41, accounts appear to differ!
They are some very small wild cats like the Rusted-spotted cat who weighs in at 4.6lbs
Younger cat (she is no longer young, neither is she a younger cat, older cat died over a year ago) weighs in at approx 6lbs - there is a wild predator in the wilds of India and Shi-lanka smaller than my cat
Then we have the big cats - I knew they were big I had seen them - but a Siberian tiger has weighed in at 930 lbs He was a (captive animal but still) even in the wild a Siberian has been weighed in at 857 lbs
There was so much more I didn’t know in the programme, there is always so much I don’t know, a thousand lifetimes would not suffice to know it all - pity that:)