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Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If a man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Did you know? A group of Adult Cats is known as a Clowder.

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The Earliest "Abyssinian" taken to Britain was called "Zula". Its owner was the wife of captain Barrett-Lennard and its picture appeared in a book published in 1874. Zula bears little resemblance to today's "Abyssinians."

The ears of the "American Curl" kitten will curl and uncurl for several months after birth, and it is not until they are four months old that they set permanently - either curled or uncurled!

An "American Shorthair" brown tabby was sold for 2,500 american dollars at the Second Annual Cat Show at Madison Square Garden, New York, in 1896.

If you stroke the coat of an "American Wirehair" in one direction, it feels as soft as silk. But stroke it in the opposite direction, and you will think that you are touching a mass of steel wool!

The name "Balinese" was chosen because the graceful way the cats moved reminded their breeder of dancers on the island of Bali.

The "Bengal" is the only cat with the striking rosette pattern of the wild leopard on its coat.

By the end of World War II there were only two "Birmans" left in Europe. Cross-breeding was necessary to establish the breed once more.

Although less vocal than many breeds, the "Bombay" rarely stops purring!

The word Tabby comes from the name of the Old Quarter of Baghdad, at Attabiya. Silk fabric patterned in black and white and known as "tabbi" in the west was once made there. The "British Shorthair" has a variety known as the "Blue Spotted Tabby", due to its coat having the classic tabby pattern.

The "Burmese" has lost many of the skills it needs to survive in the wild. Being far too friendly for its own good, it should always be kept safe indoors.

The "Chartreux" may have been named after a variety of spanish wool of the early eighteenth century. The thick coat parts in places just like the fleece of a sheep.

Contrary to popular belief, the "Cornish Rex" does shed hair, triggering allergies in susceptible people just as other cat hair does.

There is a danger of lameness with the "Devon Rex", its breeding lines are being monitored closely around the world to eliminate the potential health hazard.

The "Egyptian Mau" is one of the few breeds of cat that seems to enjoy being walked on a leash.

With "Exotic Shorthairs" even experienced breeders cannot tell which kittens in a litter will be longhairs and which shorthairs.

The "Havana Brown" possibly got its name because the coat is like the colour of the Havana Cigar.

China Cats depicting the "Japanese Bobtail" breed are often placed in shop windows in Japan. They have one paw raised in greeting and are called "Maneki-neko", or "Welcoming Cats." They are thought to bring good luck.

In Thailand a pair of "Blue Korats" is often presented to a bride as a symbol of good fortune and to bring happiness to the marriage.

The "Maine Coon" loves to find small concealed places to sleep, this may be because they once earned their keep as ship cats.

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